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Why I don't eat pork?

Updated on October 15, 2014
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WARNING: Not for the squeamish!

Lydia's lechon (rosted pork)
Lydia's lechon (rosted pork) | Source

Important note:

Modern doctors advise three prohibitions during illness:

  1. No liquor
  2. No pork
  3. No smoking

According to the bible:

Leviticus 11:7-8:

“And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you. “

In Islam, pork is haram (forbidden). Quran 16:115-


"He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine (pig), and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit] - then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."

No, I am not religiously a staunch opponent to the consumption of pork but I stopped eating pork some 20 or more years ago. Do I miss it? Absolutely not! I do believe in the saying, “You are what you eat”. It’s obvious; everything that we put into our body affects us either in a good or bad way; negatively or positively. I am also a firm believer in the consumption of everything in moderation. Our body needs all the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals in order for it to function properly. And in my point of view, a swine or a pig is the most impure animal to consume.

Ready for pork chop!
Ready for pork chop! | Source

Why so?

Because truly, if God made this creature and yet forbid us to eat it, then there has to be a reason. Muslims are very much aware of that and the faithful ones abide. It’s not so with the Christians though despite knowing the major issues that are associated with the consumption of this apparently tasty meat.

Don’t tell me you don’t know that pigs are scavengers. They eat scraps. They are omnivorous animal. They eat anything even their own and even human carcasses. They are the dirtiest animals. They eat their own waste. Nasty!

Ready for some pork roast?
Ready for some pork roast? | Source

Pigs 101:

Biologically speaking, pigs are similar to humans and pig’s meat is believed to be the tastiest of all like human flesh. In fact, pigs have been used for dissection and study in science classes (Biology & Toxicology), mainly because of its similarity with human body from the skin to its internal organs.

So, now you can imagine that eating pork is just like eating YOU-man (human).

Dissected baby pig~
Dissected baby pig~ | Source

Would you like to know more?

Pigs have no sweat glands and thus, they are prone to disease. They have no other way of getting rid of their toxins but through waste excretion. However, as they eat anything including their own feces, obviously they are eating contaminated products and by-products. So, when you eat pork, you are also getting all those toxins that are in the pig.

These contaminated products can harvest parasites and these parasites can be transmitted to those who eat the pig’s flesh-pork. Read me: Worms!

Unlike other animal manure, pigs’ feces can’t be used for gardening because of its toxins. This clearly explains that pig is so dirty and gross—valid reason enough not to eat it.

Accordingly, pig carries more than a hundred viruses, which are evidently harmful to us-humans. Take for instance the case of H1N1 better known as the “swine flu”. H1N1 is a virus obviously transmitted from the pig and is fatal. However, this is not the only disease that you can get from eating pork.

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Did you know?

According to medical research, the fat content in pork is more than any other meat like beef, mutton, etc and it takes longer to digest. Pork takes between five to six hours to digest, while raw food, or other healthy foods take up to only half that time to digest.

What does it mean? It means that it takes such a long time to digest it that toxins are running through your bloodstreams before you can even get rid of it.

Parasites inside the pigs' belly~
Parasites inside the pigs' belly~

Parasites in the pork:

Did you know that pork carries a variety of parasites? Some of these parasites don’t die even when cooking. Thus, the danger of eating undercooked pork.

Trichinellosis or Trichinosis – this is an infection that humans get from consuming undercooked or uncooked pork meat, which contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. These worms often live in the stomach of the pig and can navigate everywhere in the body of the pig especially in the muscles of the pig, in which you eat. And so, from the body of the pig to yours—the unknowing human body that eats the infected pork. Yuk!

Bear in mind that trichinellosis is a serious illness and you definitely don’t want that.

Biology of Trichinellosis
Biology of Trichinellosis | Source

Common Symptoms of Trichinellosis:

  1. Breathing problem
  2. Heart issues
  3. Headache
  4. Vomiting
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Chills & Fever
  8. Coughing
  9. Muscle and joint pains
  10. Swollen eyes

These symptoms can last for weeks and in even more serious cases, maybe months.

"The typical life cycle for Trichinellosis involves humans, pigs, and rodents. Pigs become infected when they eat infectious raw meat, often pork or rats. Humans become infected when they eat raw or undercooked infected pork. After humans ingest the cysts from infected undercooked meat, pepsin and hydrochloric acid help free the larvae in the cysts in the stomach.The larvae then migrate to the small intestine, where they molt four times before becoming adults." - source: cdc.gov

Studies have also shown that pigs are the primary carriers of:

  • Taenia solium tapeworm
  • Hepatitis E virus (HEV)
  • PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome)
  • Nipah virus
  • Menangle virus

Taenia solium tapeworm on pork
Taenia solium tapeworm on pork

I’ll give you a brief on the above diseases on layman's term:

  1. Taenia solium tapeworm –it is a tapeworm also called as pork tapeworm. It infects pigs and humans. It causes cysticercosis, which is a major cause of seizures.
  2. Hepatitis E virus (HEV) – is a viral hepatitis. It affects the liver (liver inflammation) due to infection. It is spread mainly through fecal contamination of food and water supplies. Study shows that domestic animals have been reported as a reservoir for this virus, in which infection rates exceeding 95% is among domestic pigs.
  3. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) - also called blue-ear pig disease. It is a kind of virus that causes reproductive failure in breeding stock and respiratory tract illness in young pigs. It was originally called "mystery swine disease" and "mystery reproductive syndrome”.
  4. Nipah virus - is a viral disease that can affect people and animals. It is a severe respiratory disease, encephalitis that can be fatal. Pigs are the primary animal species affected by Nipah virus. They become infected through ingestion or contact with urine, feces or saliva from the infected carrier. And yes, humans can get infected with Nipah virus, in which death could occur without even signs of illness.
  5. Menangle virus – is a virus that infects pigs and humans, in which infection is thought to occur through contact with bodily fluids from infected animals like blood and again fecal matter. Human infection has resulted in influenza like illness with rash.

Prevention and control:

I don’t know about you but I have eliminated pork (and other red meat) in my diet long ago and I am surely reaping its benefits. Now, I digress but I still can fit in my pair of jeans bought 10 years ago.

Back to pork, I can’t even begin to imagine the tapeworms having a good time in my body; much more with the diseases and the viruses that we can all get infected with by eating pork. If you still cannot live without pork, make sure you cook it well; never eat it undercooked and again, consume in moderation.

Remember, that a high level of personal hygiene and prevention of fecal contamination of pig foods plays a major role in the prevention of all these infections.

Pork and bum! :)
Pork and bum! :) | Source

Did you know?

Diabetic people who are insulin-dependent inject themselves with pig insulin.

Conclusion: EAT RIGHT

Eating pork is not the only culprit of human ailments. However, what you choose to eat depends on you and it is strongly recommended that you educate yourself on other healthy food to feed your body. After all, knowledge by all means is power and in this case, wealth in your health.

So, why I don’t eat pork? Well, nothing to do with my religion. It's a personal preference more so of a lifestyle but mainly because I’d like to stay in the pink of health—without thinking about the tapeworms and all those nasty stuff that you get from eating pork (including cholesterol). Trust me, there’s a lot of healthier alternatives.

Bacon? Sure…turkey bacon!

Pork bacon (not for me)!
Pork bacon (not for me)!

Copyright @CrisSp~TM / 05-2013. Fearless but not Heartless!

Now, let's take a quick poll!

After reading this hub, would you seriously reconsider your pork consumption?

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© 2013 CrisSp

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Efficient Admin: Eating is a choice...lifestyle choice. So, eat wisely and stay healthy. Thank you for reading. I appreciate your comment.

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      Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      After reading this hub I am very glad that I don't eat much pork at all. Once in a while I will have some bacon (I have to admit though that I do love me some bacon) but purposely do not eat it very often. After reading this hub, I believe if I never ate bacon again I don't think I would miss it.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      frogyfish: Yes, I very much agree with your last statement. We should also take into accounts the food processing and handling specially of meat produce. Thank you for your feedback.Cheers to good health!

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      frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America

      Yucky info and pix, but well researched. I think the pig should be rated #1 or 2 for making homeopathic antiviral remedies. Your hub info reminded me that wild ducks and pigs carry more types of viruses than any other animal. On the other hand, like was stated in comments several times, much of our meat is 'mistreated' and diseased before commercial preparation, and thus actually unfit for human consumption!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol! Ron, thank you for the most enjoyable comments. Glad to see you back in the community and here in my barn. :)

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      Ron Hawkins 3 years ago from California, United States

      CrisSp,

      The reason I don't eat pork is because me and pigs have a mutual agreement not to munch on each other. This agreement has held so far even though it has been shaky at times (but never in the context of bacon. I must say unlike most others, I can't even stomach the smell of hot bacon.) After reading this, I'm glad I don't like it because imagine having to give up something you like after you find out the damn thing should be recategorized as a biological weapon. Good job disgusting people into not eating pork ;)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      liesl5858: You're welcome and thank you for stopping by. Keep well!

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      CrisSp, thank you for your informative hub, you had put me off pork now. Very good hub, voted up and well done.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for reading and commenting. It's important that we do trust in HIM! Peace~

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      Raganbogan 3 years ago

      The fact that God told us not to eat it is enough for me. He made them, and He made us, and He knows what is not good for us. I trust Him.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      DDE: Thank you. Lovely to see you here.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Why I don't eat pork? This is a well informed hub and I had learned so much more about the pig right here. Now I don't feel like eating any kind of meat. well said and you research is to the point.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Stephanie: I always believed in moderation but personally for pork, best to avoid it. Thank you for stopping by. Appreciate your honest comment. Cheers!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I used to eat pork with the best of them. Then a hunter told me about them not having sweat glands and how easily they get clogged and infected. The result is pigs that ooze mucus upon being slit open. I always heard pork was "dirty," but this first hand account from someone I knew personally sealed the deal.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Gail! Thank you for dropping by. Yes, I'm aware of the new testament. I just didn't elaborate on that anymore. The hub thoughts anyway shouldn't really be taken on a religious perspective but more so on a healthy life style although I believed, there must be a valid reason why this meat is prohibited in any religious book (Bible, Quran, etc). I very much appreciate your readership and your feed back though and again, thank you. I'll see you around HP. Cheers!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      CrisSp, this is a disgusting but interesting hub. lol I have never liked pork very much so I would disagree that it is the best tasting meat. As a child I saw pigs being raised and that may have been what turned me off from eating the meat too.

      The Bible does prohibit the eating of pork for Christians in the Old Testament (Leviticus), as well as other commands for healthy living. However, that is not the case in the New Testament. A present day Christian is not under the law (O.T.), but under grace (N.T., after Christ). Just like you would not take a sentence out of the beginning of a novel without reading the rest of the book, you can not really take an idea from the Old Testament without seeing what the New Testament has to say about it.

      In any case, pigs truly are disgusting animals that will eat anything and anyone who has ever raised them or even observed them should pretty quickly notice that. I did enjoy bacon and eggs until not so long ago, but then I wrote a series of hubs on parasites. I gave up the bacon pretty quickly! So I can definitely understand someone deciding not to eat pork! Even though it is not required of me to avoid pork, I think there were good reasons for it being singled out as unclean. I have not verified this, but I have read that pigs can carry no less than something like 70 diseases.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Raitu: Thank you for your interest. Pleased to meet you here.

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      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      mhmm! I'll have to think twice before I lift my hands to my mouth, the next time I am close to a pork dish! interesting hub! love it:)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Elisha! Glad to be of help. Again, moderation is the key for everything and although I have indicated the many cons of eating this meat, please remember that this is a personal preference. So, goodluck to you. Take care.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      zana: Thank you for stopping by. Apology for my late reply to you. However, you may please refer to "Insulin therapy" from wikipedia for more details on your question. I hope it helps. See you around HP.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello rajan, thank you for your visit. Appreciate your readership, the votes and all. Cheers!

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      Elisha Jachetti 4 years ago

      I have been thinking about giving up pork for a long time. It really is tasty, which is why I haven't yet. I am very health conscious and have given up many other foods, that it is time I quit dragging my feet with this. Thanks for the push!

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      SA Shameel 4 years ago from Bangalore

      Pork is one of the items prohibited for consumption in Islam. Muslim around the world don't for this meat, however tasty it may sound.

      thanks CrisSP for pointing out harmful effects of eating pork. Now I am doubly make sure not to touch this forbidden item.

      I also thank Jollyji for bringing this hub up by sharing. Otherwise, I wouldn't have stumble upon this useful information.

      Marking this hub as USEFUL, and voting up as well.

      Please can you provide the reference for your quote:

      "Diabetic people who are insulin-dependent inject themselves with pig insulin."

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for educating us on the pitfalls in eating pork. Now I'll think twice before eating it.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lady_E: It's alright. It's never too late yet and again, I'd like to emphasize, "moderation" in everything that we eat. If you can't stop it completely then you can always do it gradually and eventually completely eliminate the bad stuff in your diet. Pleased to see you here and thank you for reading and tweeting. Cheers!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Oh my goodness, I wish I had read this years ago because once in a while I eat sausages or bacon for breakfast. This is an eye opener and explains a lot of health problems people have.

      I doubt I'd eat port again. Tweeted. I want it to help others.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Sue! Happy to see you here and thank you for stopping by. Appreciate the vote and the share. Eat well and keep well.

      Love from the sky~

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi CrisSp,

      I am not a big meat eater. After reading this one I am one step closer to becoming a vegetarian.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Happy Sunday :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      b.Malin: Thank you for stopping by. I repeat, we all have a choice and I'm sure you're aware that moderation is the key. However, trust me...you'll do good without it. Lol! Happy thoughts!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi CrisSp,

      A well written and Thought Provoking Hub...You make an Excellent argument on the Cons of Eating Pork. I'm willing to admit, there was a lot I didn't know...and it's kind of Scary...But in back of my mind, I still think about the occasional BACON on Sunday...Of course there is Always "Turkey Bacon"!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol Carol, I don't intend to insist but I'm sure you'd do well without it. Thanks for stopping by. Glad to see you here. Stay healthy!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Ugh...I think I may never eat this again...

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Eww, I don't eat liver..no, not any of those internal organs. I join you on your vegetarian journey. Show us that new ice cream maker! Hub about it! Lol! And yes, thanks again for coming back.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      janshares: Thank you. You got it my friend, "moderation"---that's very important. Stay in the pink of health!

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Arun: You're welcome my friend and thank you for your interest in reading this very controversial hub. Appreciate seeing you here, the vote and the share.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      dreamseeker2: Lol! I can just imagine you with your "Eww"! Ha..ha...ha...Thanks for reading. Appreciate the comments.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      azrestoexp: Thank you for your interest in this article. As I said, this is a personal preference and by no means intending to persuade readers to stop eating pork. As well, I have to emphasize, "moderation" is the key. Pleased to meet you by the way. See you around HP.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Cris, also I forgot to mention any kind of liver can throw more toxins into your body, as it is a filtering organ. I eat meat--though rarely--and feel fabulous on my vegetarian diet. I can also eat A lot and not put on weight(even with that new ice cream maker that I just got).

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi CrisSp. Informative and eye-opening article. I've been aware of the controversies of eating pork for some time. However, I still eat it in moderation. I prefer the leaner cuts and enjoy cookjng it as an alternative to beef, which I eat even less than pork. I will pray to remain healthy and knock on wood as I eat it. Thank you for the enlightenment. This is a great looking hub, well done. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you very much for your valuable information on eating pork. In fact one should not eat any meat indiscriminately. Voted up and shared.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Correct and that's why we have to be careful on what we put in our bodies. I am slowly going through the trend of organic food stuff. I don't eat red meat at all and as I just told fellow hubber melovy earlier, I am happy with just the fish and chips and lots of vegies and lots of naturally filtered water. However, I am guilty of eating some fresh lobsters while I was in Boston last year (and that's it). I promised! :)

      Thank you for stopping by. Your valuable comments are highly appreciated. Here's to a healthier lifestyle. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Melovy: I know this is not for the faint of heart but thank you for dropping by. Sorry, it grossed you out as it did to me while writing and looking at those photos. There's a lot more of disgusting views on pork that I've personally seen when I was in medical school and that's why I never find it appealing at all--not any of the red meat. Even my poultry consumption is not that much. I'm happy with just fish and chips and a bit of green salad. Lol! Appreciate you passing it along. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      FlourishAnyway: Lol! Didn't mean to offend those pork lovers but it's really yucky! That's good on you--no pork! keep up the good work and stay healthy.

      Thanks for stopping by. See you around HP!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      prasetio30: Thank you. Keep up the good work---NO pork! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      kj force: Thank you for reading and for your feedback. I know what you mean....I was in a medical school too and there's really more to this tasty pork that our naked eyes can see. I saw them with my own eyes and so, a big NO- thank you to pork.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lupita: Thank you. Keep well...without pork! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      livingsta: Thank you my lovely!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      freecampingaussie: Thank you for your readership. I guess, moderation is the key. Happy camping! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      janetwrites: As I said, we all have a choice and as we all know, most of the food now a days are filled with harmful ingredients and names that we can't even pronounce. So, watch it! Thank you for stopping by though and take it easy on the sausages! Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Writer Fox: Eww, even disgusting! :) Thanks for coming by though. Appreciate it.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Ewww...okay, you've convinced me! I love ham (pork) sandwiches and at the holidays. Now you have me thinking differently. Perhaps I will rethink my thoughts and ban it from my diet now. Thanks for the new wrinkle in my brain...: ) Good hub, voted it up!

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 4 years ago

      OMGosh!!! I'm with aviannovice, meat these days is just not good or safe. Not only meat but fruits and vegies too. Unless you grow them yourself you really have no idea what you're putting in your mouth. Don't think I'll be eating pork any time soon. Thanks for the info.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Honestly, Cris, no meat today is really any good for any of us. Organic food is the best way to go, and the more that we buy, the better the prices will be. Like anything else, it is all supply and demand. I occasionally partake of meat, BUT I really feel better without it. Lobsters are scavengers of the ocean, and other animals eat their own waste, as well. Unclean? Lots more than the pig. What about growth hormones in chicken?

      I like the way that you presented this piece, as it tells the TRUTH. Awesome and up for the health of humanity.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Being vegetarian I don't eat pork but was interested to read this since my husband does. This is an interesting perspective, I hadn't thought about the impact of eating diseased animals, but it makes sense. (Sorry, I couldn't finish reading the hub because the photos make me feel squeamish.) I'll pass the info on to my husband.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I gave up beef in 1996 and this will be next. Although I love the taste of bacon, your thoughtful, logical presentation of health and sanitary reasons makes me throw up a little in my mouth right now. Yuck. Thank you for the education.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I don't eat pork as well. Thanks you to open my mind about pork. Voted up and useful :-)

      Prasetio

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      CrisSp....I for one do not and never have eaten Pork...for one I was raised in a Jewish Orthodox environment....although I am not as regimented today.. In Med school I did a research project on the "pig" and discovered a multitude of unknowns...however..your pics speak for themselves..great job....

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      LupitaRonquillo 4 years ago

      I don't eat pork but your article was so alarming with so much detail! I'm sure you will be changing many people's minds on ever buying pork again... Great job!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      An eye-opener for anyone who eats pork. Thank you for sharing this with us. There is so much to think about before eating pork!!! Voted up and sharing!

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      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Interesting hub especially as we have eaten more pork lately as it seems to be the main meat on offer in Europe/ Couldn't imagine not having bacon & eggs or a a prk roast with the crackling .... We are warned about so many foods 0 Be sad to cut them all out //

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing this information about not eating pork. I have never liked pork that much but I still eat small amounts of it from time to time as it is a staple food here in Germany. Reading your hub makes me want to avoid it completely.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Foxes don't eat pigs. (But we do find mice and rats to be quite tasty.)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Stephanie! Pleased to see you here. Thank you for your readership and valuable comments. I just want to add some more facts according to research: "One in six people in USA and Canada have germs in their muscles - trichinosis 8 from eating pork infected with trichina worms. Many people so infected have NO symptoms. Most of those, who do have, recover slowly. Some die; some are reduced to permanent invalids. All were careless pork caters". -Dr. Glen Shepherd, Washington Post

      Now, this is by no means trying to persuade you but you see, no one is immune from the ailments that we get from pork but then again as I said, this is not the only cause of our illnesses. And so, preventing any diseases to happen is the real answer.

      Mind you, my hubby and daughter loves bacon but I make sure it is well done for them--toasted and only once in a while, specially considering its high cholesterol content. :)

      Again, good to see you here.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Mhatter: You're welcome Martin. Good to see you here. Again, moderation is the key. Mind you, modern doctors advise three prohibitions during most of the illnesses: no liquor, no pork and no smoking. Now, keep that in mind. *smile*

      Keep well Martin and thank you for dropping by.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      TinaAtHome: Good on you! Pleased to know you and thank you for coming by. Yes, those sea foods are scavengers too (yet delicious). Like you, I stay away from them too and I'm happy without them. :) Stay healthy now.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ericdierker: I see....so, you're raising vegetarian pigs, eh? :) Still, no thank you for this sinful food but I'll take a shot of Tequila. Lol!

      Thank you for coming by my friend. I appreciate the honesty of your feedback.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      hawaiianodysseus: Joe, my goal is to simply educate, share my thoughts and experiences. I'm glad it poked on you that really, we should be very careful about what we eat. And on my decisiveness and willingness, if I may share? I quit smoking cold turkey too many years ago and no offense to smokers, I hate to see that butt!

      Well, thank you for reading. I very much appreciate your thoughts. You take care now and take it easy on pork adobo! :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Faith! Thank you for reading. I've warned my readers that this is not for the squeamish. Sorry, the hub grossed you out. Lol! So, take it easy on the pulled pork now. Appreciate the votes and the share.

      Love from the sky~

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      You make a good cause for your argument against eating pork, and your article is beautifully written, researched and designed. However, I doubt that it will really change my eating habits. While I don't eat a lot of pork, I probably won't cut it out of my diet completely. Nice article, though!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this information. Though I eat a little pork, I'm not sure why I avoid pork.

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      TinaAtHome 4 years ago from California

      I gave up pork years ago after reading similar things to what you've written above. I also don't eat prawns, shrimp, lobster, crab etc for similar reasons.

      Anyway, last weekend I ate a quiche with bacon pieces in it and found that I really didn't like the taste. I guess my body has got used to not eating pork!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh how true all your warnings. But I name my pigs to eat and raise them on pure corn for weeks. They are treated for eating in a Hawaiian style. Much Mango and Lemon and Lemon Grass and palm go into the process.

      Our pigs are revered and loved. But they are raised to eat. I even go the extra mile and bleed them appropriately as they would be Kosher if not for ancient traditions and sillyness. In my land Carnitas are specially cooked in huge copper pots and eaten with radish, onion, lemon, lime and Tequila.

      How can one culture be so mean to others.

      In Nam my 102 year old inlaw grandmother insisted they kill the fatted hog as I had taken her granddaughter as a bride. A youngest bride was not to be married in that culture, but the celebration was Christian and Buddhist and families from all around came to celebrate the pig. Have your ever seen a wild boar or a Havelina.

      Oh you ladies judge harshly what you do not appreciate through ignorance.

      Oh and by the way, what a great read and well done my friend. I like and enjoy your position. It is like arguing lake fishing versus pond fishing. Blessed be all of you.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Right on, CrisSp! I like your decisiveness and willingness to take a stand and defend it. I grew up in a culture where pork was a staple, as you well know, and later as a young adult, I learned why it wasn't wise to eat pork, Did I always follow the wisdom? No, and I'm sure that my stubbornness had consequences. Your article reminds me of the importance of being very careful about what I eat, and it underscores the teachings I know to be valid. Thank you, my friend! Aloha!

      Joe

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness, CrisSp!

      This is sickening! I almost could not make it through the whole article. I will never look at a BBQ sandwich the same, nor do I care to eat one now!!! Thanks for the eye-opener here. You are right, we should take great care and think about what we place in our bodies

      Voted up ++ and sharing (well buttons are not showing up, will return to share)

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper