With the Passover season quickly approaching us, I decided to do something a little different today. Before you jump to conclusion, I'm not Jewish, never have been & never plan to be. I have many friends that are Jewish, so I have nothing against the Jewish faith. I just walk as Yeshua walked in the Torah. (bible)
I want to take a look at food today, specifically pork & shellfish. Are these food we are supposed to eat? Are there health consequences if we do eat them? Lets answer those questions.
Very often in the news we hear about passengers becoming sick with the a sickness called the Norwalk Virus. The ship then heads to the nearest port where passengers disembark to get the medical help they need & then the ship is cleaned from top to bottom with disinfectant & other cleaners to kill any bug that might exist on the ship. Then the next set of passengers board & sometimes they get sick too. The process then starts all over again. Where does this Norwalk virus come from?
Shellfish are know as nature's undertakers. They eat the dead fish that sink to the bottom of the oceans. They also eat the manure that fish excrete. I was in a Hy-Vee Grocery store a couple of weeks ago & I saw a lobster eating a dead lobster that had died in the overnight hours. My first thoughts was ewww but then it made sense to me WHY we aren't supposed to eat them. Hepatitis A & paralytic shellfish poisoning are 2 other conditions that are related to shellfish. Specifically eating raw shellfish but with paralytic shellfish poisoning, this can not be killed by cooking. These shellfish can contain micro-organisms called dinoflagellates. These can cause numbness in the mouth, flu like symptoms & some case paralysis & death. Hepatitis A can be caused by eating shellfish that is collected from water that is contaminated by sewage.
Now what about pigs? Pigs are a popular livestock here in the state of Iowa. You can hardly travel more than 5 miles along a country road without passing a pig farm or smelling the smell that comes from one of those farms. I personally think its horrible that people are allowed to build pig farms but they are not required to live there so they know what kind of imposition they are putting on their neighbors. When my husband was driving semi & there wasn't grain hauling for him to do he would work in the farrow barns. He kept leaving earlier & earlier every day because the smell coming from these farrow barns would make him sick. He would strip outside our back door & then throw his clothes in the washing machine so I wouldn't have to touch them. He would then be in the shower for over an hour trying to wash the smell away. It would then take several washes of just soap & water just to get that smell out of my washing machine.
Now, with that background info, what else do we know about pigs? Lets take a look -
1. A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.
2. The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.
3. When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.
4. Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.
5. Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.
6. Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.
7. When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal's flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.
8. Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts,and eggs will be killed.
9. Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.
10. Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine's one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.
11. The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why God commanded that we are not even to touch their carcase (Leviticus 11:8).
12. The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.
13. The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.
When somebody has had a heart attack or high cholesterol, they are told by their doctor to cut back on their pork intake.
WOW, is anybody grossed out yet? Personally I haven't eaten pork since the Spring of 1986 when I converted to my current belief system.
Now I said earlier, that I'm not Jewish but I simply walk as Yeshua walked. The Torah or the bible actually does give biblical guidelines on what we should & should not eat. In Leviticus 11, dietary guidelines are listed. I have followed these for a long time. Since heart attacks & strokes are on both sides of my family & all of my family are pork & shell fish eaters, I'm hoping this will help buck the trend that has happened in my family for many decades.
That closes out this week, I wish all of you a great week, til next time,