Can you imagine eating pigs? When I was a child, every week I would go with my mother to the butcher shop and drool over all that meat. The owner would routinely give me a raw wiener to keep me happy while my mother ordered her usual order of jack cheese, round steak, a whole salami (I used to like to eat the white skin too), a huge chunk of bologna, blood sausage, pork chops, pork roast, bacon, ham, and more.
I used to eat pounds pork and especially loved my mother’s ham and potato salad. I would fry the salami until it was a crisp black and the kitchen would be filled with smoke. I knew nothing of the word carcinogenic.
Since I was raised Catholic, I was never taught that God had given dietary laws to the Israelites to keep them healthy, and to prevent the diseases that plagued meat eater’s, like the Egyptians. The Bible says: “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. … And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.” Leviticus 11:2, 7, 8.
Some of you might think the Old Testament dietary laws are null and void today, because we are living in the New Testament era. But let me assure you that nothing changed in the anatomy of the pig at the cross, when Jesus died for our sins, that I am aware of. As if a dead pig’s flesh and body parts suddenly became health food. The “other white meat” is as unclean today as it was 2000 years ago. Pork, swine, pig, or hog was never intended to enter the mouths of God’s people or to grace their tables. And please don’t quote 1 Timothy 4:1-4, because swine’s flesh is not sanctified by the word of God. So praying over your pig before eating it will not protect you from the cholesterol, the toxins, and the parasites (trichina worms). You are eating second-hand filth!
Why did God forbid His people from eating the “unclean” animals like swine? I believe the main reason was for sanitary purposes. These creatures are scavengers and feed on the waste and filth of the earth, whether in the waters or on the land. Take the pig for instance. The animal is truly a scavenger and it will eat just about anything-from garbage to rattlesnakes. I have read that the pig doesn’t sweat and tends to be frequently infested with the trichina worm. The trichina worm has the ability, science has discovered, to cross the blood-brain barrier. If it does and gets in your brain, the symptoms can be similar to that of a brain tumor. Misdiagnoses of a brain tumor rather than a trichina parasite have been reported. One of my own employees was having headaches and a brain scan taken at U.C. Davis Medical Center. The scan which was done to rule out a tumor actually revealed two worms in her brain. Yuck! Now think for a minute-have you ever been told to cook pork well? For what reason? The answer is to kill the trichina worms. Well, who wants to eat dead ones?
Years ago in an issue of Health and Life, there appeared an article by T. C. Desmond-chairman of the Trichinosis Commission of New York. The article was entitled, “One in Six is Infected with Deadly Pork Parasite.” In the article Desmond stated, “One out of twenty-five pork products purchased over the retail counter was found by the Pig Commission to contain parasites. It has been estimated that our present hog crop may provide us with 60,000,000 trichinae-infested meals.
Another article stated: “The worms enter the human digestive tract as tiny, almost invisible cysts which digest and release the worms, so that they burrow through the walls of the stomach or duodenum to the bloodstream. The result is symptoms similar to food poisoning if the number of parasites is sufficient. Later may come rheumatic-like heart pain because of worms settling temporarily in the heart. Inflammation in the cardiac region may follow. In some cases the brain or nervous system may be disturbed. as though worms had invaded the brain or nerves, which possibly they do. Even invasions of the muscles may be fatal if the worms are numerous enough.” Illinois Health Messenger.
A friend of mine who worked at a meat packing plant once told me that he would get infections in his finger followed by a red line was running up his arm just from handling bacon and ham. He also said, “On one occasion, hams were turning green and I was ordered to smoke them and package them for sale back East.” He continued, “Another time the bacon was outdated and I was told to repackage the bacon and stamp a new date on the package and resell it.” How gross and deceptive! Is it any wonder why the Lord said, “And the swine, … he is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.” (Lev. 11:7,8).
If you carefully examine the front foot of the pig, you will find a small abrasion. If you then press the pig’s leg just above the abrasion, you will squeeze out a teaspoon of filthy matter. Some have called it “pork gravy.” It is actually an outlet or drain for the dirty filth of which the pig’s lymph system is filled. If you then carefully examine this filthy scrofulous serum, you will find that it contains many diseases, bacteria and viruses. Pickled pig’s feet anyone?
God commanded us not to eat, or even touch, the dead animal, because pigs are high in fat, cholesterol, deadly diseases, and trichina worms! Yet me touch the bologna, salami, pepperoni, and sausage every time you eat it. Even with all the bad publicity about pork and the health dangers of eating the pig, the devil smiles as Americans feast on their dead bodies from head to toe. The pigs head is turned into head cheese (ears and tails inserted), his stomach is transformed into tripe, his intestines are used for sausage covers, his heart, liver, and kidneys are eaten, and his feet are pickled. Even his bristles are used in brushes and his skin for wallets and purses. In the end, men and women “squeal and grunt” from the pain caused from their perverted appetites and for eating what God said not to!
No wonder there is an end-time prophecy given by the prophet Isaiah in regards to the coming of the Lord that warns: “For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination [sea creatures that do not have fins and scales like crabs, shrimp, oysters, lobsters and shark–scavengers of the sea], … shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.” Isa. 66:16, 17. I wouldn’t want to be eating a pork hot dog when the Lord comes. In fact, would someone pass me a bottle of Paratox please!
Furthermore, in Good Medicine, Vol. XVII, No. 3, it says: “In late 2007, the verdict came in. The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund released the most comprehensive review ever compiled on nutrition and cancer risk. Many foods are linked to cancer, the report confirmed. But it reserved some of its strongest language for them link between processed meats, like hot dogs and bacon, and colorectal cancer. The evidence was deemed ‘convincing,’ and no amount was considered safe. … This included ham, bacon, pastrami, and salami, as well as hot dogs and sausages to which nitrites and nitrates have been added.“
Now we are waiting and watching to see if the swine flu, which has infected more Americans (over 3,000) than Mexicans, will become a pandemic. There is also concern that it may mutate and become more deadly, since, at present, very few have died from H1N1. Now the president says we should not call it Swine Flu, but H1N1. I am sure all the publicity has hurt the pork business and we don’t want to do that, right?
There are many theories circulating on how H1N1 originated. I have commented on a couple, but today I want to propose another highly plausible theory; that people may be getting swine’s flu from eating, touching, or breathing the air from the waste at hog farms. Could the virus be transmittal through the ingestion pathway? The authorities “assure” that it can’t. It reminds me of when mad cow disease was exposed in Britain and the news reported: “You cannot get mad cow from eating cows and burgers; there is nothing to worry about.” Well, that proved to be false, as we all have learned. Bacteria and viruses like listeria, salmonella, campylobacter, and tuberculosis are transmittal diseases. I remember the headlines of the local paper years ago: “Cow AIDS no threat to humans.” Would you eat a hamburger made from the dead parts of a cow that had Aids? Well, who is checking the pigs to see if they have H1N1 before you bite into that disgusting piece of bacon? Remember, Satan wants to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” you!” John 10:10.
Years ago I read a prophetic statement written in 1905 that said: “Those who use flesh foods little know what they are eating. Often if they could see the animals when living and know the quality of the meat they eat, they would turn from it with loathing. People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculosis and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated [transmitted and spread from animal to humans.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 388.
Do you remember the Fishteria outbreak that happening years ago when tons of fish were dying in Lake Erie? That same year, I was flying to a speaking appointment in another state and happened to sit down next to a man who was a federal inspector for the government. He was returning from his investigation of the crisis and shared the story with me. He told me that they traced the problem to the waste run-off from hog farms in the area. The toxic pig waste from the farms was running into Lake Erie and poisoning and killing the fish. If pigs blood is toxic, what about their poop! Yes, it can kill even highly diluted in Lake Erie.
“Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Also known as factory farms, these industrial facilities cause substantial health problems, as well as environmental and economic harm to communities nationwide. The characteristics of a CAFO vary by what animal is being raised and region of the country. But the defining characteristic of such farms is that hundreds to thousands of animals (mainly cows, pigs, chickens or turkeys) are confined tightly together and provided little or no access to sunlight, fresh air or room for natural movement. A primary source of CAFO-related health and environmental problems is the vast quantities of manure they create. Livestock collectively generate 130 times more waste in the U.S. than humans. CAFOs’ manure ‘lagoons’ often leak and foul water sources, which impairs water quality, human health, and quality of life in rural communities.
“In one infamous case, in 1995 a North Carolina hog farm spilled 25 million gallons of manure into the New River — more than twice the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez — killing 10 million fish and contaminating more than 350,000 acres of coastal shellfish habitat. This led North Carolina to impose a statewide moratorium on new factory farms in 1997. Manure spills are exceedingly common; tens of thousands have occurred in the last twenty years. Manure runoff can also lead to outbreaks of pathogens (such as Pfisteria in MD or E.Coli 0157:H7) and increased costs to communities for drinking water treatments. Feedlot runoff has also contributed to the Gulf of Mexico’s ‘Dead Zone,’ a sealife-killing algae bloom the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined, as well as a similar catastrophe in Lake Erie.
God be with us,