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Healthy Habits: Pork

 

It would be wise to consider eliminating pork from your diet. I know, I know! Bacon is GOOD! But, you won’t miss the many health challenges that it gave you once you stop eating it, I bet. You may miss having pepperoni on your pizza. Guess what though, turkey pepperoni and “fakin’ bacon” ain’t so bad when you consider the downfalls of pork such as, dun dun dun…parasites!!!! Ahhhh!

Parasites

It isn’t just undercooked pork that is the danger. Eating any undercooked meats can cause parasites. What pig’s eat while they are still alive causes them to have the most parasites though.

Pigs can be infested with one called a trichina parasite. If this infested pork is eaten, then the larvae are taken in. Stomach acid dissolves the larval coating and releases the larvae. They then mature in the intestine and grow into adult trichina parasites that can measure up to 4 millimeters long. Each adult female lays around 1,500 eggs that pass into the bloodstream and then go into the muscles! Once the eggs are in the muscles, new cysts with larvae in them form and the process starts all over.

Types of Parasites

If pork isn’t well cooked past the point of a rosy color, or frozen for 20 days at 3 degrees F prior to consumption, there is a good chance that it will contain trichina parasites. And, only a microscopic examination of the meat sample would reveal whether or not the larvae is there. Curing does not kill the larvae.

Another pork parasite, a protozoan called toxoplasma gondii, is a microscopic unicellular animal that can cause fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. Taenia solium is another carried by pigs referred to as “pork tapeworm” and is a flatworm that lives in the intestine. It can grow up to 5 meters in length! It is reported that 25 percent of swine in rural areas are infested. Unfortunately, it is also passed to some vegetable crops that are irrigated with contaminated human sewage so rinse your veggies well.

These are just a few of the main parasites that you could contract by eating pork. Parasites live off a host and take in the nutrition from that host to survive. So if you are infected, you have an unwanted guest that is stealing the nutrients you need! Parasites can also cause itchy skin rashes, intestinal illness, and can infect your lungs and brain.

Symptoms of Parasitic Infection

Symptoms of a parasitic infection are: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, seizures, severe headache, disorientation, rashes, sores, compromised immune system, constipation, gas, bloating, stomach cramps, dehydration, dizziness, blood in the stool and delirium. There are different symptoms depending on the parasite, and I haven’t listed them all here.

I recommend you ditch the pork, and then talk with your doctor and/or do your research and find the best method to detox parasites from your body. A natural remedy is taking an organic green black walnut, wormwood and clove compound tincture, and you can choose one made without alcohol. Just make sure that if you go the herbal route, that those herbs will not have a counterindication with a pharmaceutical/synthetic medicine you’re taking! Also, make sure and follow the correct dosage according to weight, age, height, etc.

Here is a list of some other anti-parasitic herbs and foods: limes, lemons, dandelion, ginger, raw garlic, pau d’arco, oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, clove oil, cayenne, green onion, horseradish, papaya, kombucha, red onion and thyme.

More Drawbacks

Pork is also full of saturated fats and cholesterol, which we all know are not good for us. And, pig farmers, reportedly, use 4 times more antibiotics per pound of meat than cattle farmers, and many more times the amount used by poultry farmers. The overuse of antibiotics is causing a crisis in public health because when they are truly needed for infection they are not as effective now as a result of this obsessive overuse.

These, believe or not, are only a few of the reasons to eliminate pork from your diet. Also, it is certainly worth considering what is said in God’s Word in the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 14:8 – “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh…”

Be Well and God Bless You.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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