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Why I Don’t Eat Pig Meat

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Why I Don’t Eat Pig Meat:

I am frequently asked about consuming pork and pig products. I personally have never eaten pig products as my parents raised me following many Jewish cultures as our intention was and still is to live like Jesus lived. Back then I followed the nutritional law because I was told so. As an adult, I have researched both Biblical practices as well as nutrition and toxicity.

My personal health philosophy is to consume maximal nutrients and minimal toxins while honoring and worshiping God with my body, mind and spirit. After researching Biblical principles, the nature of pigs and their poor detoxification systems I have decided not to endorse the use of these animals as food.

They are great trash cans as they consume anything that falls their way, but I don’t believe they were intended for human consumption.

The Hebrews Were Warned About Pork:

The Hebrew people have avoided pork and pig products as a dietary principle discussed in the bible. Leviticus clearly states that pigs, because they do not chew their cud, are an unclean meat. Modern science has shown that pigs carry a very high toxic load making them unsafe for human consumption (1).

“And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.” Leviticus 11:7

The bible warns the Hebrews about unclean foods and the rationale for the uncleanliness. Pigs are a dirty animal that ruthlessly scavenge anything they come in contact with on the farm. They are known to not only consume food scraps, insects and their own feces but they will also cannibalistically eat their own dead carcasses. They have been known to kill and eat their young at times as well.

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Pigs are Scavengers that Harbor Parasites:

Due to their scavenger lifestyle they harbor enormous amounts of viruses and parasites. Pigs are known to be primary carriers of the following pathogenic organisms that can create very serious health problems (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Taenia solium tapeworm

PRRS (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome)

Nipah virus

Menangle virus

Hepatitis E virus (HEV)

A Consumer Reports investigation found that 69% of all raw pork samples tested were contaminated with high amounts of volatile microorganisms such as Yersinia enterocolitica (8). This bacteria causes fever and gastrointestinal stress and could potentially cause a fatal infection.

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Why is Pig Meat so Toxic:

Animals that “chew the cud” as it says in the bible are called ruminants. These animals hardly chew their food when it is first swallowed. But they have four stomachs that digest and regurgitate food through a special process that allows complete digestion. The major ruminants are cows, sheep and goats (9).

The digestive system of a pig is unique in that it metabolizes food very quickly through one stomach in a process that takes about four hours. A cow takes twenty four hours to digest what’s eaten and it is able to get rid of excess toxins during the digestive process. The pig’s digestive system doesn’t allow for this and the toxins are carried into the fat cells and organs of the pig itself.

Pigs also do not have sweat glands. Perspiration is a key method the body uses to for detoxification and the pig is not designed to perspire. When we consume pig meat we get all of these pathogenic microorganisms and environmental toxins into our system.

Pasture-Fed Pork Products:

Pasture-fed pork products are much safer as they should naturally have lower parasite loads and a better ratio of omega 6: omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants. However, the animal is just not designed to eliminate toxins effectively.

Many of these toxins are not neutralized even with high heat cooking methods. The high heat cooking methods produces heterocylclic amine formation in the meat and damages much of the essential fats which makes the pork, ham or bacon highly carcinogenic (10).

From the perspective of minimizing parasite load, the healthiest way to consume pork is to cook it at very high temperatures. However, from the perspective of limiting free radicals, cooking at a high temperature is a significant factor in the development of chronic disease. One really does not win either way.

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Was God Giving us a Health Message?

Much of the biblical books of Numbers, Leviticus & Deuteronomy has to do with health principles designed to minimize infection. This is very logical as infection was the greatest health threat to entire tribes and cities in the pre-medical world.

The Old Testament narrative has much to do with seeing the Israelite culture survive and thrive in a hostile world. It is quite logical that God would warn his people about available animals and their relationship to tribal health.

Was the bible message to avoid consuming unclean meat necessary for reducing infection and serious health problems? Based on the nature of the pig and the toxic load they carry it seems to be the best advice for optimal health.

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Sources For This Article Include:

  1. Scientific studies on pork Link Here
  2. Hermann JR, Brockmeier SL, Yoon K-J, Zimmerman JJ. Detection of respiratory pathogens in air samples from acutely infected pigs. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. 2008;72(4):367-370.
  3. Mataragas M, Skandamis PN, Drosinos EH. Risk profiles of pork and poultry meat and risk ratings of various pathogen/product combinations. Int J Food Microbiol. 2008 Aug 15;126(1-2):1-12. PMID: 18602180
  4. What is Nipah Virus? Link Here
  5. Taenia Solium (Pork Tapeworm) Infection and Cysticercosis Link Here
  6. Kirkland PD, Love RJ, Philbey AW, Ross AD, Davis RJ, Hart KG. Epidemiology and control of Menangle virus in pigs. Aust Vet J. 2001 Mar;79(3):199-206. PMID: 11301749
  7. Kasorndorkbua C, Guenette DK, Huang FF, Thomas PJ, Meng XJ, Halbur PG. Routes of transmission of swine hepatitis E virus in pigs. J Clin Microbiol. 2004 Nov;42(11):5047-52. PMID: 15528694
  8. Pork chops and ground pork contaminated with bacteria Link Here
  9. The Digestive Tract of the Pig Link Here
  10. Chemicals in Meat Cooked at High Temperatures and Cancer Risk Link Here

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36 Responses to Why I Don’t Eat Pig Meat

  1. Sandy Kirkley April 19, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    David…very informative. I knew of the O.T. warnings …to avoid pork …and some reasons. I sort of dismissed it as pertinent to today’s culture…though I wasn’t quite sure. I’m thinking that though it is not an unforgivable “sin” ,it does affect our general health…as you said!——————-I had forgotten that high temps for food was unhealthful for us …though I had mostly chosen not to cook ham,bacon,etc….think I will totally avoid it now! Gotta figure out how to make a good Brunswick stew without it.—–Thanks.

    • Gene August 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

      If you are going to “quote” scripture, you can’t leave any other scripture out of your argument. The New Testament nullifies the Old Testament dietary laws.

      • Ted August 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

        No the NT does not contradict or change the OT. YHVH never changes.

        • Lydia August 28, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

          AMEN!

  2. Kayla May 24, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Please give us a complete list of unclean foods. Which birds are webfooted? Are rabbits rodents? Shrimp are not fish but they aren’t creeping things either.

    What protein do you eat for breakfast if you cannot have dairy (whey), legumes (pea protein, etc.), nuts or seeds, or grains? It is not feasible to have “meat” three meals a day. Or do you advise skipping breakfast (intermittant fasting)? (I am on a ketogenic diet for epilepsy and get tired of coconut oil being 80% of my diet)

    Thank you for all your excellent work. I appreciate your practical tips so much.

    • Dr. Jockers May 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Kayla,

      Some of those answers I address in this article: https://drjockers.com/2014/02/meal-planning-ketogenic-diet/

      • Carole June 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

        Just don’t eat meat at all.. Where in the Bible does it say it’s ok to kill animals for survival? I’m a vegetarian for over 25 years now. I’m 65, lean and healthy. I don’t need to take an animals life to exist! There is plenty of food to eat without cutting animals throats, contributing to greenhouse gasses and polluting the environment from factory farming, and the mistreatment and abuse animals suffer from as a result of our desire to chew on flesh and bones..I love ALL animals and will not harm them.

  3. Cynthia July 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    What about chickens? Check out what they eat. Your article has some truth in it but also a lot of fallacies. I love some of your posts especially the recipes but more and more I see so called health experts mixing truth with fiction. The animals of the day of Old Testament times were different than animals bred today. Pigs are treated for the above diseases. I do believe in eating more vegetables and less meat overall.

  4. Hind alaasemi June 25, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    In addition Muslims they don’t eat pork at all. God in our Quran prohibited us from eating all pork products due the unhealthy impact on the human body, so the Hebrews not the only people who don’t eat pork.

  5. Lori June 25, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    Dr Jockers is a Judeo-Christian though and not a Muslim so he follows the Bible not the Quran. He didn’t say Hebrews were the only ones to eat pork. He’s telling you why HE doesn’t eat pork

  6. Lori June 25, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    Dr Jockers, Please, what about Peter and the unclean/clean animal vision? My husband would freak if I took bacon, bbq and tenderloin away! lol He uses that scripture in Acts 10 to justify eating pork. thanks for taking the time to publish articles for us. 🙂

    • Richard Sabo June 25, 2016 at 9:32 am #

      Lori, the vision that you ask about is about preparing Peter for a visit from Cornelius, a centurion. Long story short, GOD want to make known to Peter that he (Peter) should receive Cornelius into his house, which would have been a big no no to Peter at the time. GOD was telling Peter, what he has deemed clean Peter should except and share the Good News with him.

      Is it about food, I don’t know for sure but I do not believe it was. But this is only how I see it and please read and pray about it for your understanding.

      GOD Bless

      • Megan June 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

        “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” Sounds like it’s about food to me. Peter objected because he’s never eaten any unclean food and was told not to call anything impure that God had made clean.

        • Darrell August 9, 2017 at 8:56 am #

          Hello Megan…Yes, your right on….I been scrolling down the commits hoping someone would quote this scripture….Blessings….

        • Josue August 24, 2017 at 11:57 am #

          No, it does not sound like eating. “A text out of context becomes a pretext.” The intent is clear: For Peter, “Mr. Judaiser”, to get up and go and preach to the Gentiles, not just the Jews. The Scripture does not follows by saying that he got up and make himself some shrimp scampi or pulled pork sandwich, he went to preach to some gentiles. Also notice how he went on to be reprimanded by Paul for “hanging out” with the Kosher crowd. You think they would accepted him if they knew he as eating lobster or rabbit? While I do eat pork, I hate when people applies bad interpretation to the Bible.

      • Kathleen June 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

        Thank you Richard! So many people use that one scripture in Acts to imply that it was now okay to eat pigs….it had nothing to do with changing dietary law.

    • Sandra Keller June 25, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Lori, maybe this will help. It’s and excerpt from http://www.wildbranch.org/teachings/lessons/lesson27.html and you can go there to read the entire article. And many other websites explain this in the same way.

      Peter, in verse 9, about the sixth hour, again the beginning of afternoon prayer, is hungry and falls into a trance. The Holy Spirit shows him a vision of heaven opening and a sheet knit at the four corners being lowered down to earth. This sheet contains a mixture of clean and unclean animals. A voice speaks to him in the vision and says to rise, kill and eat. Peter responds naturally. “Not so my Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” These are two different concepts biblically. The voice speaks again and tells Peter what God has cleansed do not call common. The vision is repeated three times. In verse 17, Peter is perplexed! What does this mean? Well for modern Christian scholars this is a no-brainer. He is telling Peter he can eat whatever he wants now, and Peter is scripturally incompetent. He can not figure it out. “Why would the Lord tell me to do something like this”, he must have been saying to himself. In verse 19 the Spirit says to Peter that three men seek him and to trust God for He has sent them. In verse 22 Peter is informed that a gentile, of all people, has sent for him. Between verses 22 and 28 Peter figures out what the vision was all about. Ordinarily Peter would not have gone to this man for he was a gentile and unclean in Peter’s eyes. Verse 28 sums up the entire episode. “And he said unto them, Ye know that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” How much clearer can God be? The purpose of the vision was to teach Peter about what God is doing among the gentiles now. This has nothing to do with changes to what is good to eat and what is not. This has nothing to do with dietary laws being done away with. In chapter 11 Peter retells this vision. In verse 17 and 18 he concludes again, “Forasmuch, then, as God gave them the same gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”

      So you see, the Ruach HaQodesh is showing Kefa (Peter) that he is bringing gentiles into the body of Messiah by trusting just like the Jews. No longer is conversion accomplished by or through the temple or animal sacrifices. Gentiles who trust are now one with HaShem and are no longer unclean or common. Kefa did not rise and eat nor did he explain the purpose of the vision as teaching such a thing. Why, theologically, would something not created to be eaten, suddenly because of Yeshua‘s sacrifice, be alright to eat? Yeshua died and rose to free us from the penalty of sin, not to free us from the laws that reveal our sin.

      Also, a good four-minute audio here: http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/media/e/1098/t/what-did-peters-vision-with-the-sheet-of-unclean-animals-mean

      Good article worth reading
      http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/RA/k/1049/Clean-Unclean-Meats.htm

    • Dr. Jockers June 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

      Hey Lori,

      There is no spiritual judgement for eating those foods, but there can be earthly consequences that result from it. The would mean poor health outcomes and that is why I don’t recommend consuming it.

    • Debbie June 29, 2016 at 10:41 am #

      that is the problem. The scripture of Acts in this case is not telling us we can eat anything. It actually has to do with the Jews and Gentile and how we are not to separate ourselves and we are all to be one. You need to read this in the contents that it is ment to be in.

  7. Anna Garcia June 25, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    You are the best.

    It pleases me that you are God-oriented. You are not afraid of talking about God and telling us what we need to know on all fronts (relating to the pig article this time).

    Thank you.

    • Dr. Jockers June 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks so much Anna! I try to weight in ancestoral nutrition, human genetics, biochemistry and God’s word into my understanding of health and performance.

  8. Ellie June 25, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    One can easily understand Peter’s vision concerning the clean and unclean in Acts 10 by examining the setting in which it occurred. This vision wasn’t a repeal of the laws concerning clean and unclean animals. But what was going on was the Gentiles, previously viewed as unclean/dogs, were now allowed into the covenant. Those unclean animals in the vision represented the Gentiles. It’s symbolism. The text says that Peter was puzzled and perplexed but he didn’t conclude that he could now eat a ham sandwich. Here’s his conclusion in his own words: Acts 10 NASB
    Gentiles Hear Good News

    ACTS:10:34 Opening his mouth, Peter said:
    “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man (or woman or anyone, the Greek word is similar to humankind but the patriarchal translators chose the word man instead of “anyone”) who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. (This is spoken on the occasion of Cornelius’s visit, who was righteous and accepted.)

  9. Judith McAllister June 25, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    I always appreciate your input and it helps me with making good decisions for my health. God bless!

  10. Gary June 26, 2016 at 6:32 am #

    I truly wonder in a stunned manner at times when Jesus told you to uphold the Law in Matthew 5: 17-20(not going to quote in length).

    Unless you uphold the Law(given to all God’s prophets gone by) better than the authority of that time….then you will not see the Kingdom of God.

    You can not use Acts to justify and over ride what Jesus told you to do. This goes for Paul as well.

    The Laws handed to the Jews were strict laws and there were reasons for this. Many were abrogated through time, but many…..still stand today.

    This law of not consuming Pork is observed by the Jews and the Muslims(does not matter what you think about the Muslims), but some how…..the Christians strike this down??

  11. Jackie June 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks for this article. I completely agree. Dr. Rashid Buttar said something interesting about why people shouldn’t eat pork. He said that it’s because pigs’ physiology is so close to humans, which is why we get thryroid hormone from them. So eating pigs would be sort of like eating humans. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I just though that was interesting. Anyway, Dr. Jockers, I’m curious………do you not eat shellfish either?
    I actually don’t eat pork OR shellfish, because shellfish are bottom feeders and most are super toxic, IMO.

  12. Kosher June 26, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    Regarding Acts 10…”I do not eat pork for the same reason YOU do not eat rat.”
    Kosher

  13. Liz July 10, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    I became a vegan and feel my best ever. I used to suffer from chronic depression. My low-protein vegan diet was what I needed to overcome that. I also limit high-sulfur plant foods (cruciferous vegetables and garlic/onion), and I limit plant foods high in protein (nuts, beans, seeds). I also limit night shades, especially white potatoes, but not everyone has a problem with that.

    Anyone suffering from achiness and/or depression should try the vegan low-sulfur diet. Its efficacy has to do with genetic mutations. Dr. Jockers addressed this very well in this article:
    http://drjockers.com/cbs-mutation-low-sulfur-diet/

    Pigs are as intelligent as dogs. Would you take one out to your back yard and slice its throat like Isis does to us?

  14. Porky January 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    This is nuts. First of all, if you’ve never experienced bacon, you’re missing out on one of the greatest experiences life has to offer. Second, yeah the Bible says not to eat pig, but in the Bible’s day there was no such thing as refrigeration and a green pork chop could smite you. Don’t be a dork, eat port.

  15. Nai Nai May 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    When was this article written?

  16. Laurie August 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    I’m on the same page as you! For over 15 years now. Thanks for putting it out there. I am going to sign up for the series on biblical health.

  17. John August 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    …and I’m now cancelling my subscription to your e-mails….why you brought religion into

    this, God only knows…I signed up for health and nutritional reasons, not to be taught the

    bible.

    Never talk about religion, or politics, anyone tell you this?, it only starts arguments, as I

    have seen from the many comments from the article “Why I Don’t Eat Pig Meat”

    This truly surprises me, from a professional, and so I say, adieu.

    • Dr. Jockers August 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

      No problems John! I am very open with who I am and what I am about. You can find many other blogs that are more “professional.” Wishing you all the best my friend!

  18. carol August 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    John, health & nutrition are a part of the Bible & should be considered along with any other resource you care to follow. I believe in God’s wisdom & appreciate the fact that Dr. Jockers does as well. You might want to participate in the Bible Health Secrets web talks starting Aug 14 – you might learn something – it’s your choice.

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