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If Jews don't eat pork, Muslims don't eat pork, and it is forbidden to give it to cats and dogs, so if it is not fit for consumption by cats or dogs how can it be fit for human consumption? Why are Christians the only ones in the monotheistic religions that permit themselves to eat it although in the Bible in Leveticus and Deuteronomy it states "Thou shalt not eat the flesh of the swine nor touch its carcus, though it divideth the hoof but cheweth not the cud, it is unclean to you" ?
Janife Janife 51-55, F 63 Answers Jul 29, 2012

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Before bacteria was discovered, undercooked or raw swine caused trichinosis.<br />
Trichinosis is a terrible way to die...slow and painful. No treatments are cures were known, you got it, you died.<br />
Pigs also like mud, they fight for food, they were seen as unpleasant nasty creatures.<br />
In simple terms, various societies simply made swine illegal by religious taboo.<br />
Problem solved. Pork is not unhealthy if cooked properly, in fact in the U.S., trichinosis has been erradicated. Pink pork is now considered safe to eat.

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Logic is a lovely thing.

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That's what you think, I have read many article about this topic from many different points of view and Trichinosis is still present in many cases.
www.draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/

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Trichinosis can only be contracted eating RAW pork.

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Should we ban eating chicken because it's literally the filthiest domesticated animal? The chicken you buy at the store is covered in salmonella, that's why chefs keep chicken at the bottom of a fridge, you NEVER eat raw chicken, and in case you didn't know chickens **** in their drinking water. Yeah, I'd rather eat that slop than a pig that MAY have trichinosis.

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What is your source of information?

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Sorry if I bother you, but I was hoping to find on this website some interesting discussion. I mean every one is entitled to an opinion but I also appreciate discussions backed up with facts. I see some people on here get very aggressive if someone shares a different view. I mean even if people do have different views there is no need for insults. I am not referring to you here but one of the other answerers to my question. Sorry if I annoyed you. Maybe just avoid my questions if you don't like them that's what I do. If I don't like it I ignore it.

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Have you also heard about the dangers of circumcision?

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I don't eat pork. I also don't eat beef or chicken. I'm a vegetarian.

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excellent :) The animals thank you.

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I don't do it for the animals. I do it for me.

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Good for you, I wish I could become vegetarian. I don't eat much meat but I do like meat occasionally. One day I will become vegetarian I hope. I am trying. Thanks for your answer.

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You are very wise. I wish I could become vegetarian. I am trying by at least reducing my meat consumption. Thanks for your answer.

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You're welcome.

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Lucky you for being vegetarian, I have tried but failed to be vegetarian. I try to cut my consumption of meat down as much as possible, but sometimes I do have a mad craving for meat.

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Things take time. Getting used to diet changes takes time. You must make sure that you are getting enough of the required nutrients for your body. Be patient. I was a vegetarian for many years before I decided to go vegan. I took a lot of time to research it to see if it would be good for me.

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It seems difficult to think of a diet completely without animal fats or meat, and then looking at everythng you buy and having to ask or find out what is in the product, it was difficult enough to change my diet with no pork or pork products, no alcohol, and no geletine. I mean it wasn't hard for me to give these products up it was just difficult to find products in Germany that didn't contain them in one way or another. I mean who would think that yoghurt could be harmful? until I discovered it contained geletine. (Geletine is made with pig waste, bones etc. but now I have got used to buying only products that are free from alcohol, geletine and pork.

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You said the key word in how it is a struggle for you. "It seems difficult to THINK of a diet completely without animal fats or meat, etc. . . .

It is about the way we think about food. Germany has soy products (soy milk, soy yogurt, soy sausages, etc), as well as almond milk, coconut milk. Focus on the good foods that you can enjoy instead of the bad ones that you can't.

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Sounds like good advice. But now I don't live in Germany I have moved and here it is much easier to find products that are allowed. Thanks for the advice.

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Pork is delicious. Ham, bacon, sausage...mmm! It's not unhealthy when eaten in moderation. Those ancient religions made it a "sin" to eat pork and shell fish because back then they weren't as sanitary as we are now. In unclean conditions, shellfish and pork can carry a lot of nasty stuff and make you sick. But we don't have to worry about that nowadays.

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That is unfortunately not true and only a myth. Pigs are still filthy animals by nature and eat there own excretement and dead animals. I have done a lot of research on this subject and checked it out from a medical, scientific and religious point of view. It was the scientific and medical points of view that really put me off pork for life. It was so disgusting what pork and pork products causes, including tape worms and other horrible things.

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Many animals eat their own excrement. Chicken are notorious for it.

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In factory cage farms, they stack the cages 5 layers high, they only feed the top row. Guess what the other 4 rows are eating.

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Yes, I have heard this too. They get what the ones above drop out. Isn't it just disgusting. And to think until 7 years ago I also ate pork. Now the very thought of it revolts me. But the pigs in India are the best, they are sent to clean the fields of human droppings.

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Wild boar is not "filthy".... farmed meat in general is filthy.

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Pigs may be gross by OUR standards, but the more poignant point to me is the cruelty of the practice. Not only are factory farmed pigs injected with steroids, fed only corn which is not what they are meant to eat, and forced to live their short lives in tiny stalls in which they cannot turn around....but also pigs are as intelligent as dogs....they can live well into their late twenties if left to live. They are loving, social animals forced to live in tiny cages until they are slaughtered. for example.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDiSR0LGry8

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If you are referring to me than you need to face reality. There is enough documentaries out there like Food Inc. and enough literature, and enough video footage that tells the TRUTH of the cruelty of the meat industry....besides the obvious and blatant cruelty of raising animals to slaughter them.

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I know pigs are intelligent and looking at them they are quite cute. I am sure pigs love Muslims and Jews, and cats and dogs because we don't eat them.

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so do goats

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Each religion created its rules according to the place where it was invented, The Inuits will never have a deity forbidding to eat seals, I guess pork could be unsafe meat some centuries ago in hot countries. I say bless the pigs, they are worthy of much respect.

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Yep, what I said. :)

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I get sick from eating fast food, not pork that is cooked in my home. Your religion does not apply to everyone.

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www.draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/
Maybe you could take a look at this. It is from a scientific and medical point of view, not from a religious point of view. Thanks for your answer.

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I don't rerally know why you are so concerned-you are cocerned,right,about Chtristian dietary practices but,in the NEW TESTAMENT,when peter and Paul were disagreeing on wheter gentile converts had to "keep kosher",Peter had a dream from God in which he "blessed" the formerly "unclean " animals.You can look it up...and make no prettense,this is a religion question,a lone blog page by a chiropractor hardly constitutes scientific validation.Generally men don't wear head coverings in worship,and women attend services along side the men.Now I'll get back to my BLT,if you don't mind.

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That's what scares me about some Muslims. Some of them believe in superstition to the extent that they still practice stoning, and treat women like livestock. Some of them seem to be stuck in the 7nth century. <br />
Clean and unclean animals are a man made superstition. Catfish are very healthy. So are shrimp, crabs, and some grubs and insects. **It's true that long ago pork was a dangerous animal to eat., but other cultures were eating pork at that time and we're / are some of the healthiest people on the planet.

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Some muslims you say still practice stoning, what about some states in America still have the death penalty the electric chair or lethal injection? Is that good? In Islam women are greatly respected. It may only be some cultures that treat their women badly but that has nothing to do with Islam. I was married to a European non-muslim man who treated me like dirt through his alcohol abuse, this was before I became Muslim. I went to the Women's home 7 times to get away from him and the women's homes were full of European non-muslim women who had been misused, badly treated and beaten by their non-muslim husbands mainly through alcohol abuse. Islam is a religion wirh high morals, but most non-muslims judge Islam on some people who do not practice their religion so therefore they get a totally wrong impression of Islam. But look at other religions too, the crime rate in Mexico, USA, South American countries, and they are all mainly catholics or other Christians. I think a religion should be judged on the religion as it should be carried out and not on the few who go off the path.
http://familycarewellness.blogspot.de/2009/05/eating-pork-can-be-hazardous-to-your.html

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Thank you.

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Not if it's cooked

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http://www.draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/
A website which explains medically and scientifically the reasons for not eating pork. Please read. Thanks for your answer.

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Sometimes when evaluating "a source" you need to also consider bias vs. Non bias

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A rather poorly written article with its many faults.

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Probably because the admonitions against eating pork originated several thousand years ago before refrigeration when pork was easily infested with the trichinosis parasite.<br />
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Modern pork is grown in near sterile environments and is actually one of the healthiest meat proteins on the market. Your belief that pork is unhealthy is no longer scientifically valid. I cannot speak for anyone but myself, as religious beliefs and practices are all ba<x>sed solely on faith and not on facts, but personally, I follow the central tenets of my Christian faith while understanding that the majority of Biblical teaching originated in a far different world that knew nothing about microscopic parasites, bacteria, or viruses, and failed to understand the importance of cleanliness in the handling and processing of food.<br />
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Your decision and that of others not to eat pork because of religious teachings of your faith is a personal decision. That is fine and you have the right to believe and practice your religion as you choose. You do not however, have the right to tell others how they must live or what they can eat. Nor do you have the right to look upon us with derision or hatred because we do not accept your religious teaching. Worship as you wish and leave me to live my life as I so choose.<br />
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My apologies for misunderstanding/misinterpreting your question as a religious attack. I choose to eat pork for the same reasons I choose to eat beef, chicken, and other meats -- I enjoy the taste and texture and I was raised in a society where eating pork is considered normal and acceptable. The pork available today in American markets is lean, clean, and free of parasites. In fact, more people in America die or sicken as a result of vegetables that have been contaminated by human waste, mostly grown outside of our borders and imported. The other most common source of food-borne illness today is ground beef.

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I did not tell you how to live or what not to eat. I only asked Why do you eat pork ....... ? The question was also meant from a scientific and medical point of view but because most people associate it with religion I put it in the religious section to gain more answers. But anyway, of course you can continue to eat whatever you like, I was not even thinking of stopping you, only asking why you eat it. Maybe pork production is different in the USA but in Europe it is not so good and probably the pigs are still as happy as a pig in s--t.

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A very intelligent answer. Hey, the head rabbi of the largest synagogue in my village and his wife had concentration camp numbers tattooed on their arms. Were they compassionate people? HE wasn't. He told my grandmother after a head injury while hospitalized that a piece of paper he got her to sign was permission to get her mail while she washospitalized. It was a Power of Attorney, and he had twenty thousand dollars she'd saved all her working life to send me to college transferred to his congregation (a "donation" he scored he would've claimed). Although against bank rules, my father's friend, a v.p. of the congregation's bank, showed my father the bankbook. My father (in front of me) went to the rabbi's house &amp; threatened to expose his crime publicly if that money wasn't transferred back to her asap. It was, but within a year, without consulting us, the rabbi had her moved to a nursing home in Brooklyn, New York, run by associates of his ("religious" Jews). They soon cleaned my grandmother's account out, never to be recovered, as part of the N.Y.City Nursing Home Scandal of 1975 (websearch it for some good but sad reading). "Religious" business Jews embezzling old Jews placed in their paid-for care... one head embezzler telling another (paraphrasing) "they're gonna die anyway, and they can't take the money with them, so we'll take it". All the embezzlers were strictly kosher.

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Well, apart from religions, it is an industry in some countries so they have to follow up with some campaigns and diluting the realities. There is no doubt pork can be delicious but beef or lamb can be as well. However the eating habits of an animal certainly makes a difference in the flesh produced. <br />
Therefore its better to be safe but consuming it after proper satisfaction may work too for some...<br />
But its better to be safe when you have delicious alternatives

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Thank you for your answer, you are one of the wiser ones who answered this question.

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People choose to believe what they want to believe, and live in ignorance. Meat is unhealthy. Full stop. <br />
And people get pretty defensive about their choices, especially when it comes to the meat issue..

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I agree. They may say "it is their right"...well....what about the animal? Pigs are as smart as dogs yet we condemn the Chinese for eating dog in many places. I see no difference, so I eat neither.

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Thank you. You're 100% reasonable.

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Chill Out..

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Modern confined raised pork is one of the cleanest meats there is.

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http://familycarewellness.blogspot.de/2009/05/eating-pork-can-be-hazardous-to-your.html
Try reading this website and see if you have the same opinion after. What is your source of information that pork is one of the cleanest meats there is? Thanks for your answer.

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I know from prior experience that meat makes me fatter faster than anything.<br />
I don't eat it.

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good for you. Thanks for your answer. You are right at least with pork making you fat. Probably other meats too if you eat enough of it.

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LOL, red meat of any kind is among the most unhealthy foods you can eat. Forget the Jews and Muslims with their archaic ideas about hygiene and so many other things including how women should be treated. If eating healthy foods is important to you the Japanese have one the healthiest diets on the planet and the longevity to prove it. Those people eat raw eggs, shaved fish, and rice for breakfast.

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Razor burn from shaved fish? Sorry, Just being naughty.

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I don't know about you, but I get my bacon from cleaner pigs!

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Two Words. Babyback Ribs. Take your religious bigotry and shove it where the sun don't shine.

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Say it brother!

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Thank you for your polite answer. It was not entirely a religious topic but more a scientific and medical one. Hope you enjoy your next portion of Babyback ribs and the next trip to the doctor.
www.draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/

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Janife....I don't like religion, but I agree with you for moral and scientific reasons....but as you have discovered....people are reactionary and defensive when you question their love of cooked flesh. I am sure the pigs appreciate your so called "bigotry".

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I happened to go for my yearly physical last week. Yes I'm overweight.
BP - 125/74
Cholesterol - 155
Blood Sugar - 88

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Besides the fact that pork has been a part of my country's traditional cuisine, I cannot find any facts to confirm that pork is in fact unhealty. As a matter of fact:<br />
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Lean cuts of pork are high in protein, low in fat and have more B-vitamins (thiamin, niacin, B6 and B12) than many other types of meat. These vitamins play a role in a variety of body functions, including metabolism and energy production.<br />
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(Source: Blog of Foodnetwork).

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http://www.draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/
Maybe you could compare your theory with this one.

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I took the liberty to compare the two sources. In Dr. Axe's Blog, he first states the danger of pigs exported from China containing more than 100 viruses (like almost anything from China). BUT: China does not currently export pigs to my country - and since I buy all my meats at the local butcher, I know where it's coming from. The second point he brought up that the animal digestive tract is unable to get rid of toxins. Well, guess what: Do not feed them toxins yet. That's another point of knowing where the stuff on your table comes from. If the farmer is a professional, he knows what not to feed his animals. The third point he brought up was Trichinellosis. A quick look upon wikipedia tells me that this worm can actually be contracted by eating raw pork. But who the hell wants to eat raw pork anyway? Besides: Any meat that is sold at my local butchery is inspected by the Veterinäramt, which specialises in locating these eggs. So, I am not worried about that. The last part he mentioned in his article is that the bible warns about it... Well, I don't usually care about what the bible says on big issues, so why I would on a rather trivial issue like the consumption of pork?

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I don't eat pork. I grew up in a Christian/Jewish household. The dietary restriction regarding eating pork for Jews stems from cleanliness in food preparation. Pigs are considered filthy animals. Their habits are disgusting. That coupled with the way food was stored and prepared centuries ago is why Jews do not eat pork or other products from pigs.

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