Why You Should Avoid Pork

Why you Should Avoid Pork


If you’re at all familiar with the Bible you’ll probably remember that in it God specifically instructed His people not to eat pork and shellfish. Many people are surprised to find this out, but in the Old Testament God warned us that the pig was an unclean animal–a scavenger and not to be eaten (Check out Leviticus 11).

Why You Should Avoid Pork

No matter how you think about it, pigs are a rather dirty animal. They are considered the scavengers of the farm (created to eliminate any waste on the farm), often eating anything they can find. This includes not only bugs, insects, and whatever leftover scraps they find laying around, but also their own feces, as well as the dead carcasses of sick animals, including their own young.

This in itself can explain why the meat of the pig can be so dirty or at the very least not so appetizing to consume. And while being ‘grossed out’ may or may not be a valid reason not to eat something it’s vital to understand a bit more about pork before reaching your own conclusion.

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Pork is one of the most consumed meats in the world. China is the largest producer of pigs that were first domesticated way back around 7500 B.C.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that more than 100 viruses come to the United States each year from China through pigs. There are some obvious concerns about this. Aside from not needing more viruses to fight off, some of these viruses can prove to be downright dangerous to humans.

Of course, you’re probably familiar with H1N1, better known as ‘the swine flu.” This too is a virus that has made the leap from pig to human.

But H1N1 is not the only disease to fear from the pig. There are other sicknesses you can get from eating the meat of the pig.

Pork meat is loaded with toxins, more so than most other meats like beef and chicken.

Is Pork Meat Toxic?

There are reasons that the meat of the pig becomes more saturated with toxins than many of its counterpart farm animals. The first reason has to do with the digestive system of a pig.

A pig digests whatever it eats rather quickly, in up to about four hours. On the other hand a cow takes a good twenty-four hours to digest what it’s eaten. During the digestive process, animals (including humans) get rid of excess toxins as well as other components of the food eaten that could be dangerous to health.

Since the pig’s digestive system operates rather basically, many of these toxins remain in their system to be stored in their more than adequate fatty tissues ready for our consumption.

Another issue with the pig is that it doesn’t have any sweat glands. Sweat glands are a tool the body uses to be rid of toxins. This leaves more toxins in the pig’s body.

I don’t have to tell you that when you consume pork meat, you too are getting all these toxins that weren’t eliminated from the pig. None of us need more toxins in our systems. In fact we should all be doing what we can to eliminate and cut down on toxin exposure. One vital way to do this is by choosing what you eat carefully.

Trichinellosis, Pork Meat, and Your Health

Did you know that pigs carry a variety of parasites in their bodies and meat? Some of these parasites are difficult to kill even when cooking. This is the reason there are so many warnings out there about eating undercooked pork.

One of the biggest concerns with eating pork meat is trichinellosis or trichinosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating undercooked or uncooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm.

This worm parasite is very commonly found in pork. When the worm, most often living in cysts in the stomach, opens through stomach acids, its larvae are released into the body of the pig. These new worms make their homes in the muscles of the pig. Next stop? The unknowing human body who consumes this infected meat flesh.

And while no one particularly wants to consume worms, trichinellosis is a serious illness that you should do virtually anything to avoid.

Common Symptoms of Trichinellosis:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Swollen eyes
  • Muscle pain
  • Aching joints
  • Coordination problems
  • Heart issues
  • Breathing problems

These symptoms of trichinellosis can really put you out of the game for quite a while. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these symptoms can last for weeks and in more serious cases months on end.

The CDC recommends thorough cooking of pork as well as freezing the pork meat prior to cooking to kill off any worms. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel good about eating anything that I first have to kill off its worms to eat.

In fact, it’s been theorized that trichinellosis is the exact cause of Mozart’s rather sudden death at age 35. An American researcher theorized this after studying all the documents recording the days before, during, and after Mozart’s death. He found that Mozart suffered many of the above listed symptoms and he, himself, had recorded in his journal the consumption of pork just forty-four days before his own death.

(If you want to read more on this intriguing story you can find it in the Archives of Internal Medicine’s June 2001 issue.)

But that’s not all….

Pigs carry many viruses and parasites with them. Whether by coming in direct contact with them through farms or by eating their meat we put ourselves at higher risk of getting one of these painful, often debilitating diseases (not to mention put our bodies on toxic overload.)

Pigs are primary carriers of:

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

Each of these parasites and viruses can lead to serious health problems that can last for years to come.

What you choose to eat is up to you. Myself, I choose to stay away from unclean pork (and shellfish.) The reasons discussed here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to eating pigs and your health.

Do your own research, carefully consider what the Bible so many years ago warned us about, then make your own educated decision about what you choose to feed yourself and your loved ones.


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  1. Anant Chandler says:

    Thanks for the article. I work in mainstream healthcare hospital. I myslef don’t eat pork or any other unclean animals such as shell fish, cat fish etc. I am always having conversation with my co-workers and patients about how pork is very very bad for your health. Bible has warned us way in advance that everything created has a purpose. If God is wise enough to create the whole world then he is wise enough to tell us what not to eat since he is the one who created it in the first place. Apart from that, there are so many wise reasons not to eat pork and other unclean animals. Most time people know the truth but still dont apply it to their lives. Knowledge is only usefull when put into action. God has given us knowledge, it is our choice to retain wisdom. However, this article is given me good insight when communicating with people in regards to not consuming pork. Thanks. Shalom.

    • Stacy says:

      I agree.

    • Marty says:

      Good reason y’all to be vegan!

    • Bill Battis says:

      Please check your bible before you agree. See Gen 1, Gen 9, Deut 14, Acts 10

    • Tahnya says:

      Good article. I don’t understand how people can eat such a filthy animal. I am pretty sure we were not meant to eat scavenger animals or any carnivores for that matter. I also stay away from shell fish which are high in toxins but pig is just dirty. So many reason not to eat it. It was big in china because it’s cheap to farm and the meat is very affordable. But here in N. America I am sure we can afford to eat healthier animals.

  2. Daniel Douthit says:

    I am a 69 year old farmer that no longer raises livestock of any kind. I do consume and enjoy lean cuts of pork, not the high fat parts such as bacon. I feel obligated to comment on this article to share another perspective. First, it is the chicken (or poultry) that is considered the final cleanup animal in the barnyard, not the pig. For those that have never been in a barnyard, poultry scratches through piles of other animal feces looking for undigested food particles. They also quite consistently deposit their own feces in the food and water containers from which they are eating and drinking. By contrast, when given a choice the pig is one of the cleaner animals that will always poop in a far corner of a pen from where it is eating, resting or raising young. Also, the pig’s anatomy is considered more like our human anatomy than any other animal with it’s heart valves being used as replacements for human heart valves; and to my knowledge, neither the sheep, goat, nor chicken sweat. And clearing the parasites from sheep and goats is a far more complicated task than with pigs. I think that a far bigger health concern for meat consuming humans should be the conditions under which all animals consumed as food are forced to live. The “factory-farms” around the world raise animals where free-range is nonexistent forcing the grower/producer to load the animal up with preventive antibiotics just for them to survive in those conditions. And, just maybe, if those “humans” that wrote the Bible had spent less time creating a social control document and a little more time studying animals, they would not have singled out pork as a dirty animal.

    • susie says:

      (But)Poultry have a gizard and anatomy that “Filters Out” toxins. Something the swine/pork does NOT have.

      • Bob says:

        Yea! what she said…. and if those ‘Humans’ that wrote the Bible had spent more time studying animals like you say, we’d be living like them!
        Great job Doctor J.

      • Laura says:

        A chicken gizzard does not filter anything. It is a hard muscle. It aids in grinding the food in the digestive process, because chickens have no teeth. Their digestive system is even more simplistic than that of a pig.

        The matter of toxins in animals is simple – it depends more on what they are FED than on how they digest it.

    • Good points… and didn’t Jesus say that nothing is unclean in the New Testament??? As long as it has come from a good farm and is cooked well.. Pray God’s blessing upon our food and enjoy what He has provided for us :)

      • Anant Chandler says:

        Jesus will never contradict the father. Or else everything in bible is false. Proverb states the God said that once the word has left his lip it will not be changed. His covenant will not be altered. Jesus never ate pork or any unclean animal himself. Than why would he tell us to something that he he did not do himself. Everything has to be read in its context. When we take things out of context because of what we have been taught for generations or pure negligence it deviates the truth and makes it a opinion. In love, Chandler

      • Anant Chandler says:

        Here is just one verse regarding what God said will never be changed: Proverbs 89: 34-35
        34 My covenant I will not break,
        Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
        35 Once I have sworn by My holiness;
        I will not lie to David:
        verse 34 stating that once a word has left God’s lip, it will never change.

      • Sandy Oakley says:

        Thank you for reading the New Testment

      • Rex says:

        If you are using the passage in Acts 10 you are absolutely wrong. That was about going to the gentiles, he never said it was ok to eat the unclean animals. You must take that passage out of context to come to that conclusion. The Elohim that doesn’t change and doesn’t lie said don’t eat the pig or any unclean animal.

      • linda says:

        Yes God created pork for us, The old law was for other reasons not because he create poison for us to eat! Also it was for the jews ONLY, before Jesus came to let them know they needed him for their sins, because law was too hard. Once Jesus died for us sin was forgiven & all food good to eat, He would not have had a bad, poison, nasty sacrifice as pig if was so bad, render the pork he sais because it was so good. He demanded the best, as should be expected:)

      • Goran Bockman says:

        It was actually Paul who said “nothing is unclean”. He was in the bad habit of contradicting the Christ, i.e. creating his own religion. What Jesus said was that he was come to fulfill the law (of the Torah) not to change it.

      • Wolfgang says:

        I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but you definitely are not aware of what the Bible really says about forbidden food. The 2 pages FORBIDDEN FOOD and EDIBLE PORK, REALLY? in the website Tithinghelps.com will “spell out” what I am referring to. You need to understand the correct context and definitions of original Greek words in often quoted verses incorrectly interpreted as saying that all foods are now “clean.” Previously forbidden foods are still highly forbidden, and for good medical reasons, too. Read carefully the 2 pages above.

      • Bonnie says:

        Yep. Jesus gave us permission to eat whatever and stated that we are not to judge what people eat. It’s not what goes into the mouth, but what comes out. The old testament rules on eating were directed to the ignorant peasants who didn’t know how to cook certain foods.

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        Agreed, but that doesn’t mean a food is healthy.

      • Jennifer says:

        Aargh. No He did not say that That aggravates me that people take that so far out of context! Read Mathew 15:1-20 to take it in context it and you will see that he is talking about eating with washed or unwashed hands. He is saying the ceremonial washing is not law. Please don’t cherry pick out of the Bible

        19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ”
        Mark 7: 1-23 also says the same thing. Talking about washing hands.

        If your Bible has (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”) added to the verse, this is NOT PART OF THE BIBLE. That was added later.

    • E says:

      I think Daniel brings up great points regarding factory farms. I also thought the same thing about chickens. I grew up on a farm & they eat pretty much everything. The gizard is really only a grinding mechanism not a “filter” to remove toxins. Chickens also have no sweat glands, but that doensn’t mean they don’t release toxins in some other manner-I’m sure they do.

      Also Americans are hooked on a meat-centered diet because there is an illusion that there is on overabundance of cheap grain. Over 70% of grain in the US is fed to livestock. It takes sixteen pounds of grain yield to yield 1 pound of beef. Six pounds of grain produce 1 pound of pork and 3 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of chicken. Farming
      grain-fed livestock consumes resources far out of proportion to the yield, accelerates soil erosion, and affects world food supply. We could be using the farmland to grow “human” protein grain rather than feedstock.

      I don’t think any of these comments are attacking of Dr. Axe’s recommendation to not eat pork, I think it’s just clarification and critical thinking. Knowing what to eat and not eat can be complicated and we need to be able to have constructive conversations on the science of eating. Food industries have large voices and lobbying power and we need to have strong community voices that use science based research so we do not succumb to a very well funded food industry that has a lot to lose if we switch our eating habits away from the preservative/chemical laden food that is so readily consumed by the American public.

      I’m pretty sure “God” gave human beings a brain and the ability to have empathy for specific reasons. The bible is a source for Christians to guide their lives but those of us that have a belief in a different universal structure can still be in the conversation around food. I’m sure Dr. Axe has a client base with lots of different beliefs but one belief we all probably share is that we “consume” in a mindful way that allows enough food for everyone and feeds our bodies with as little harm to all systems as possible.

      Thank you for everyone’s spirited conversation around food, it’s a great start and a great privilege that we have to speak our opinions without being shouted down or muzzled.

      • Marti Royer says:

        Thanks for the thoughtful comment. It is good that all of us share our thoughts & knowledge no matter what different religous or cultural backgrounds we come from. I appreciate hearing all sides & opinions respectfully expressed so I can learn and make careful decisions. We have so many more confusing decisions re: eating than our grandparents had.

    • Mary Hysong says:

      I very much agree with you!it is not the pig that is the problem it is the factory where the pork is made. Sorry I can’t call them farms of any kind. where they do not have space to move, where their dead kin are left lying around for them to eat because they are crowded and can’t get to the feeders. Where the manure alone has become a health hazard to all concerned (and it’s these meat factories, BTW that are the cause of the spread of swine flu to humans) and these conditions exist for all the meat animals produced in corporate america; beef and chicken are right in there with the pigs.

      I recommend raising your own animals or buying local from a small farmer or even a hobbyist.

    • Terry says:

      Thank you Daniel, common sense all through your comment.

      And if God didn’t want us to eat pork, why did he make it taste so good?!

    • Michael says:

      Great comment. I grew up (from age 12) NOT eating pork, until age 40. Everything you said about both pigs and chickens is correct. And your take on the growing conditions of the two animals is correct as well. Every integrated farm needs a pig or two, just to handle the volume of excess material that a farm generates. From milk whey, a bi-product of cheese production to food scraps, pigs are the best. It has never made sense to my why people think chickens are so clean when they will eat ANYTHING, including, in my case, a dead chicken snake that got trapped in the netting of their hen house. Nothing was left after about 30 minutes.

      I especially think it is funny, in a VERY sad sort of way, that otherwise intelligent people would use the Bible as an “authority” for anything. Anyone that has looked into its origins will come away shaking their heads, wondering how they were so duped. I know, because I COMPLETELY took the Bible as ABSOLUTE fact for most of my life. It was only when I began to ask the right questions, that my eyes were opened.

      My favorite Bible verse? “And the TRUTH will make you FREE!”

    • Thomas Dodd says:

      When God tells us not to eat pork, why would you want to defend your eating pork? Are you superior to Him? When I read all of the many things you can catch from pork, I gave that meat up and have not touched it since and now that I see He also included shell fish, I now will not eat those either. No matter how much some “human” can extoll the benefits of pork, it cannot be better than what God said about these two foods. Be advised to obey what he commanded many centuries ago.

    • Laura says:

      Excellent observations about animals and factory farm production, Daniel. Every kind of animal, including dogs and cats, carry illnesses which can transmit to humans, and parasites which can be picked up by humans – there are more cases of roundworm in people from dogs each year than trichinosis, by far. Pastured pork is a different class altogether from factory farmed pork. Also, if the pig digests food more quickly, that REDUCES absorption of toxins, it does not increase it – less time for food to be exposed to absorptive surfaces means less absorption. Do pigs somehow manage to reverse the rules, or is this an indication that someone is making this up as they go along?

    • Jason Apfel says:

      It can be easy for people to judge works(such as the Tanakh(the “old testament”)) without thoroughly knowing or understanding their nature. It is, however, an unwise action to take. The Torah(first five books of the bible) was /is NOT a social document. And although we can use it in regards to physical matters, it is always about spiritual matters. In other words, although one can avoid unhealthy meats raised, slaughtered, & cooked in an unhealthy manner(by consulting the Torah), the reasons the Jews are commanded not to eat certain things has nothing to do with health.

      There are two primary reasons. The first is faithful obedience to God. The other is for the sake of SPIRITUAL purity. The forbidden foods are connected to spiritually impure forces. The kosher foods are connected to spiritually pure forces(all of physical reality is preceded by, and therefore connected to spiritual roots–completely undetectable by physical means).

      But again, these are laws that Jews are bound to. Gentiles are not. So you hve not been prohibited from eating anything (I’m assuming you’re not Jewish) except blood, and meat that has been taken from an animal while still alive. So have at it & enjoy your porkchop. And please, do not hand out judgments where your knowledge & understanding do not yet extend.

      Also, I mean none of this with any attitude(it can be easy for a person to read an attitude or tone into text). I mean it all with respectful sincerity. Good day & God bless.

    • Pai yong Soo says:

      Good article giving truful and fair view and knowledge. However eat pork moderately and nothing will go wrong. Olden days of keeping was more scary yet people consuming pork lived long. Though I have no statistics but my parents ,eating pork didn’t die young.. Well another reason. Is pig is representative of devil. It has alot of similarity to human DNA. Why, because it is devilish, eat pig by all means.. Remeber be moderate. I am CHRISTIAN.

    • Errol says:

      Bravo, Mr. Douthit! Well said!

    • Kia Ojensa says:

      Standing ovation on your comment Mr Douthit. This article and most of the comments are so ignorant and down-right stupid that it makes me cry.

    • Sammy says:

      Glad for your input. Information is power and soooo very true about chickens!!! THEY are the real bottom feeders. Ewh

  3. Martha says:

    Are pastured chicken livers OK to eat?

  4. Brandi says:

    very informative article… this is a subject that more people need to hear about kind of like diet coke it will kill you… you need to do a Transformation TV on Pork!

  5. Marshall says:

    Dr. Axe,
    I appreciate your reference to the Biblical statue forbidding the consumption and shellfish. In a way it proves that this warning came through inspiration from God as the people of this time would have no idea of the inherent dangers these foods can cause.

    I formally worked for a company called PIC or Pig Improvement Corporation. While I worked as an Information/Production Manager I was initially taken to a pig farm in Kentucky and later a slaughter house for pork. These pigs were raised on grain and slush but even then it was the most disgusting, filthy and appalling introduction to a company I have ever had. I even worked on a project to find ways to manage PRRS or Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome which could kill an entire herd in weeks by killing the piglets, breeding mothers, and the balance of the herd through respiratory distress. Unlike most animals the only way they expel any toxins is through breathing or feces. Besides eating it most people in the south tend to overcook pork so your advice is well taken. Any pregnant women reading this should take heed.

    Shell fish especially shrimp it can cause you to have an anaphylaxis response which is a multi system allergic reaction that can kill you in seconds or minutes. I had eaten shrimp all my life and then one morning ate it at breakfast and besides spending a week at VUMC in intensive care I came within literally minutes of losing my life as I experience angioedema and my tongue began to choke me to death. You are what you eat SO choose wisely. God holds the future in his hands so eat well so you can be part of it. Thanks for your great advice!

    • stacy says:


      I am sorry to hear about your allergic reaction to shellfish, but I am glad that God saved your life. However, as a medical doctor, I have to say that not everyone is going to go into anaphylactic shock after eating Shellfish. Unfortunately, this is a severe allergic reaction; thus, I fail to see this as a valid argument against eating shellfish. Sadly, there are many people who go into anaphylactic shock due to peanuts allergies; yet, the rest of the us aren’t avoiding peanuts…As one who actually doesn’t eat pork or shellfish, I do think it is important to educate people about nutrition and for them to develop a sense of responsibility for their health and what they eat. However, in doing so, let us not unintentionally provide false information.

      Lastly, I concur with others who have brought to light that other animals don’t sweat; yet, we don’t avoid those. Again, I hope we all aim to do proper research and not merely provide others with partial truths/false information in order to invite them to our cause.

  6. sonya says:

    Thanks Mr. Douthit for a more balanced insight on the pig. I too think the pig gets too much of a bad rep when really none of the animals are safe to eat due to the living conditions of “factory farms.” I have also been told by another person who grew up on a farm that chickens are way more unclean to eat than a pig. I would be more concerned about being exposed with an overload of hormones and antibotics from chickens than worrying about parasites i can easily kill off with heat.

    But what I really want to comment on is the biblicial quote about pigs being an unclean animal. It is true that the God’s people were instructed not to consume pork, but that restriction was lifted along with all the other rituals after Jesus came and fulfilled the law. This is evident at Acts 10:9-15 when God gave Peter the vision of unclean animals and told him to eat. God told him not to call unclean what he has cleansed. Under the new covenant, swine including other meats are lawful to eat, which is found at 1 Tim. 4:3-5. We are to simply give thanksgiving for the food we eat today.

    We are also cautioned in the bible not to admonish or discourage one who decides to eat certain meats or one who thinks it is unclean to eat meats and therefore eats only herbs at Rom. 14:1-6. I’ll end with this point that the bible says that all things that are lawful may not be beneficial at 1 Corinthians 10:23. Pork is not biblically unlawful to eat, but too much of it can make you ill just like anything else.

    I’m not sure if Dr. Axe was stating that it is biblically unlawful or rather he was just pointing out that even the bible mentioned the pig is unclean to eat. But i felt compelled to respond based on the comments I’ve read. Either way, great article Dr. Axe, but I’m not ready to give up my pork shoulder sandwhich just yet. I can do without the hot dogs.

    • Brent says:

      What God was telling Peter was not to call “people” unclean and after the third time God took the sheet away and Peter did not eat of the unclean thing. Scavengers are scavengers and since evolution is not real, those same animals that Lev. 11 and Deut 14 tells us to eat and not to eat have not changed in its biological structure.

      What Dr. Axe is telling you is the scientific and Biblical facts, but if you and others chose to consume those things, that is your choice, but it would be hard pressed trying to convince most other people and me that God really didn’t know what he was talking about.

      Jesus said that He had not come to change the law, but to fulfill the law. And those are dietary laws handed down by God, and since Jesus is God incarnate (Immanuel, which means God with us), Jesus would not have broken His own health laws.

      I certainly will not judge you or anybody else who would care to partake in the unclean thing, because it is ultimately your choice. But me thinks the problem is you and others do not like the idea that someone is calling these foods out and so it would appear we are calling the partakers unclean also and that is were the true problem probably lies. But in the end, we all sail our own ship, so have a good trip friend and I hope it goes well with thee.

      • sonya says:

        Part of fulfilling the law is putting away old rituals or requirements, which is why we do not sacrifice animals for our sins. I am not trying to “convince” you or anybody else of anything. I do not care about people calling a pig unclean because my guidance comes from the Word of God.

        If you don’t want to eat pork so be it, but telling people that it is an unclean thing biblically for them to consume pork is your own self righteousness and is changing or adding to the Word of God. If you take out the time to read 1 Tim and Rom 14 and still walk away thinking that it is biblically unlawful for present day Christians to consume pork, then I think you just don’t have understanding and not “God really didn’t know what he was talking about.”

      • TAMMY says:

        Way to know your Bible. You are correct. I stopped eating pork many years ago just because the Bible states it is unclean for consumption. It is not a sin to eat pork, but the Lord tells us if we want to be healthy we should not eat scavengers.

    • Teresa says:

      Okay, if Jesus “fulfilled” the law meaning that He canceled it or made it no longer valid, is it still wrong to lie, commit adultery, steal, murder? Yes or no? No? Then something is obviously wrong with the interpretation of this concept in Scripture. The definition of sin is transgression of the Law. If the Law has been canceled or done away with, then there is no sin. Have fun people! Nothing you do is wrong! NOT! I think it is stupid to think that God gave us laws for a limited period of time then decided that those laws were flawed in some way and decided to do away with those same laws which were described as good, just, and holy. Think about it people, those who are stating that the law was done away with are wresting (twisting) Scripture to their own destruction.

      • sonya says:


        The Mosaic Law, Halak, Ten Commandments..What law are you referring too? Do you offer up animal sacrifices when you sin? I think not..just one of the many laws that was nailed to the cross. You probably didn’t even look up the scriptures in my first post. A person with understanding of the scriptures would know that Jesus fulfilled the law otherwise what would be the purpose of his crucification and his elect would not be saved by grace. I’m not going to do the work for you. Read your bible and stop posting about God’s word based on your emotions.

      • Didi says:

        I totally agree you 100%. Concerning the Law/Torah/Commandments, Jesus said, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called LEAST in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever DOES and TEACHES them, he shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19. And there are so many more verses in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures that speak of this. So, Teresa, according to Jesus’ words, you shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven for upholding the Scriptures and defending it with logic. God bless you and guide you further into His truth and wisdom.

      • maria says:

        Teresa, ypu are so right. I feel the same way. If none of GOD laws matter, then WHY WERE THEY WRITTEN? Do you think that GOD thinks in a temporary manner? Or do you really feel that he MAKES Mistakes? If you feel this way then that explains your THINKING! To think in such a way IS NOT rationally, but yet Simply Downgraded. People I suggest that you strt using what GOD has Blessed you with, AND Stop being afraid to READ and RESEARCH. I find that people are so Afraid of looking beyond the risen, because it requires you to THINK. To accept what so one has Passsed down to you, is so much easier, because it doesnt require you to THINK! I am aware no matter how Plain Points can be proven, that People will always have the Choice of their Path. Goodluck and may God have mercy on his misguided children that has ignored his VALUABLE WORDS!

    • Didi says:

      After reading your comment, I feel compelled and obligated to respond to you. First, let’s discuss Acts 10:9-15. Throughout Scripture, when God uses dreams/visions to communicate with His people, He usually uses food as a way to make His point. So it is not surprising that God uses food and Peter’s devotion to Torah to drive home His point that people are not “unclean”. After reading Acts 10, Peter “wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant”…so Sonya, why are you so quick to interpret for Peter, when he interprets it in Acts 10:28-29 and Acts 11–“God has shown me that I should not call any MAN COMMON OR UNCLEAN”. Peter’s interpretation of this vision had nothing to do with food, it had to do with Gentiles. Please don’t interpret this vision for Peter 2,000 years later when Peter ALREADY figured out the meaning of it 2,000 years ago.
      My favorite Scripture in the food argument is 1Timothy 4:3-5. Once again, you forgot to read the verse in context. Yes, in Genesis, God declared that all of His creation is good. Swine and the unclean animals are good and were created with a purpose…to clean the earth. Though, swine and the other animals are “good”, they are an abomination to eat. In verse 5 it say’s “…for it is SANCTIFIED (set apart) by the Word of God and prayer. Yes, the food that we eat can be received with prayer and thanksgiving…the food that has been SET APART by the Word of God in Leviticus 11. God is good, He is wise and the CREATOR of everything. I trust that He made everything with a purpose because He is the One and Only Creator.
      And there is no reason to dig into Romans 14:1-6 and 1Corinthians 10:23 because WHEN YOU READ THESE VERSES IN CONTEXT (read the verses surrounding it, read it from the point of view of AD 1st century, etc) you will notice that these verses are about FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS and the audience was Gentile….not unclean food from Lev. 11.

      Furthermore, Sonya, read Mark 7:1-23 in a King James Version (the verse “thus Jesus declared all food clean” is not in the original Greek text, it was added to our Bible after the King James Version). Jesus is arguing with the Pharisees about the oral law and the traditions of men. Jesus said, “Neglecting the Commandments of God, you hold to the tradition of men.” Jesus was rebuking them for holding MAN’s tradition above God’s commandments.
      Sonya, I challenge you to read Psalm 119 everyday. This Psalm was written by the man after God’s own heart…David. David was described as the man after God’s heart, and he was in LOVE with God’s law. David considered walking in God’s law as liberty (and so did James when he referred to it as “the perfect law of liberty”). Also, read Isaiah 65:4b and 66:17 in context. “Do we then make void of the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish/uphold the law” (from the hand of Paul in romans 3:31).
      Lastly, I think that your argument was summed up by your statement, “but I’m not ready to give up my pork shoulder sandwich just yet”. Nobody and, not even the Word of God, can and will impact you to give up that pork sandwich, you said so yourself.
      I wish you peace and happiness all of your days on this earth. Peace and grace to you. God bless you.

      • Eric says:

        Here is a wonderful letter about the Law and grace


      • Irina says:

        Didi, if only ALL Christians had your knowledge of The Scripture and stop making excuses. Seems to me modern Christians tend to nail EVERYTHIG contrary to THEIR beliefs to the cross along with Jesus Christ. I pray that Sonya and many more confused Christians ask for some serious revelatory guidance from Holy Spirit to lead them in the right direction and to the proper understanding of God’s Word. God said do not eat pork, shellfish, seal, catfish and so on. I frankly do not need a reason to understand why. Health reasons or not, He said Not to eat what He calls unclean. Period! His Word is final authority and we must obey It! Thank you for the great explanation for the most misunderstood “food” verses in The Bible. May God Bless you for defending His Word!

    • Sandi says:

      I’m a pet parent feeding a Pork kibble to my guys. My first instinct was to discontinue feeding Pork after reading Dr. Axe’s article even though they are doing great on the kibble. Dr. Karen Becker, DVM also doesn’t recommend pork as it’s an “unclean” animal. After reading this article, I googled to see how pigs are raised.


      I gave up eating red meat back in the ’70’s when I learned how they were factory raised & injected with antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. and how they were slaughtered. I’m usually so concerned with the % of protein, % of fat and where the ingredients in the food is sourced from, I didn’t stop to think of how the animals are raised.

      In Biblical times, animals were free roaming. If the Lord wants us to be healthy, give up all meats. Look at all the recalls they have in hamburger meat causing e-coli. In a perfect world, all animals should be should be pasture raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. & treated humanely when slaughtered. This is definitely not a perfect world.

      Many people are allergic to shellfish. Catfish are bottom scavengers yet people are still eating it.

      Thanks for your post Daniel D.

      I love reading everyone’s opinion – thanks for having a voice!

      • monacruz2004@yahoo.com says:

        God has stated all unclean and clean animals ,read Leviticus 11 whole chapter it is Gods command.
        The devil can deceive us through our apetiite and our five senses since creation when adam and eve was on this earth they were deceive by satan on the first place. Now, knowing all what was happened are we still repeating the same history? fallowing our fleshly desire than spiritual ?

    • Michael says:

      I hate to debate a Bible believer. It is kind of like arguing about what Carroll meant when he wrote Alice in Wonderland. However, I cannot let this one go.

      You wrote: “This is evident at Acts 10:9-15 when God gave Peter the vision of unclean animals and told him to eat. God told him not to call unclean what he has cleansed.”

      If you will read the verse carefully, you will see in Peter’s response that “now God has shown me that no MAN is unclean.”

      NO reference is made to food. Food was simply the EXAMPLE “God” was using to demonstrate that it was now OK for Jews to associate with the “unclean” Gentiles.

      Decide to eat pork or not based on whatever facts or opinions you will accept, but don’t distort the Bible for your own personal uses. Or do, I don’t care.

    • Sue says:

      A much deeper study of the original intention and translation of the verses you refferred to will uncover a much different understanding. Peters vision was not about food at all, but about the Jews accepting “unclean” pagans into their synagogs to learn of Gods truth. Read on into chapter 15 and Peter relates this explanation to the council himself! The other verses are refferring to meat as “unclean” because it was offered in idol worship. It had nothing to do with changing God’s laws – even now you can’t find a single verse to support a change in God’s original plan that was given way back in Noah’s time to ALL men and nations not just a Jewish thing. King James did much damage to God’s intented message. Search out the truth through correct interpretations of God’s plan for ALL mankind.

  7. Brent says:

    Any of these could be explained so that it makes perfect Biblical sense, however I don’t feel it would persuade you.

    Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:6 and in that Scripture, Jesus also lets us know what He thinks about swine.

  8. CT says:

    H1N1 may have been transmitted from pigs to humans, but it was not from eating the meat, that is not at all how the virus was spread.
    Also the roundworm Trichinella spiralis is killed at about 140 degrees F (actually at 137 degrees F). Because thermometers can be inaccurate, most experts recommend cooking to 150 degrees F. So if you go any higher than that you should be in the clear.

    • Deanna says:

      There is an epidemic of MRSA in the U.S.A and it is only expected to get worse. MRSA is an antibiotic resistance strain of staph. Once you get it, you have it for life. Well, it is estimated that 75% of hogs on hog farms in the U.S have MRSA!! That is terrible! Also, in addition to the hog on the hog farms that have MRSA, 75% of the hog farm workers have MRSA! MRSA is a contact precaution, so when these workers go home and touch their children or are intimate with their spouses they are spreading it…and this chain of transmission goes on and on. If you work in the health field, you would know how serious this is. Yet, instead of the media focusing on trying to scare the public with the true epidemic of MRSA, they are using all of their efforts to scare the public into receiving the influenza vaccine. The hogs and the employees at the hog farms are passing this terrible strain of staph back and forth. This is truly a terrible situation.

    • Katie says:

      This article made some good points, but not everything is correct as CT has pointed out. I work in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory and we test thousands of pigs a week for PRRSV, and there is no risk to humans from the virus. It is not at all a zoonotic disease. The pigs that test positive are typically slaughtered and not allowed for human consumption, but this is due to a potential co-infection of Streptococcus suis which can be dangerous to humans who handle the raw meat. So either way, humans are not coming in contact with PRRSV infected animals and shouldn’t be worried about it. Undercooked pork IS dangerous, but if its prepared properly then people shouldn’t have to worry about the diseases/parasites that Dr. Axe listed. Due to this, I’m worried about how many other “facts” in this article are misleading.

  9. sonya says:

    Nope most of them don’t read. They sit in church every sunday morning and listen to someone tell them what to believe. And as soon as someone tell them some information that they don’t “think” is right or doesn’t “sound” right to them, they go to the extreme because they don’t have a basic understanding of the scriptures.

    • Brent says:

      There are none so blind as those who will not see…

    • av says:

      ever wonder why some people want nothing to do with christians? well this is it.

    • av says:

      ever wonder why some people want nothing to do with christians? well this is it, arguing scripture and insulting one another. it’s enough to run anyone off.

    • Sue says:

      Sonya, I appreciate your convictions, but please search out a more correct translation of Biblical truth before you “preach” a misinterpreted meaning of God’s word. Hebrew definitions were distorted greatly by Greek translations. God spoke to the Hebrew people in a language that reflects His heart, not the mind of a Greek translator. I hope you are curious enough to seek His truth, it will change your life and your HEART!

  10. Katie says:

    Any arguement on what the bible says and how you interpret it doesn’t make it any less likely that you’ll get any of the parasites listed above. The parasites are SCIENTIFIC FACT. The fact is, they can and often live in pork. Whether you believe what the bible says or not, you can still get these parasites by consuming pork. Chickens may be just as gross as pigs, but their systems get rid of toxins much more efficiently than pigs. That is also scientific fact.

  11. Eric says:


    Great article. Pigs are pigs and God’s law stands. We stopped pork after Jordan Rubin’s book “The Makers Diet”

    He almost died from pork and other unclean consumption.

    You rock, Josh.

    Eric Boehme

  12. Rana says:

    Dr.Axe, thank you for all you valuable articles.
    I am from Lebanon and being Muslim I totally understand why we shouldn’t consume pork meat. and that’s why it is forbiden in our religion!
    Keep the good work up!

  13. Vickie says:

    WOW! Dr. Axe, what a forum. People start posting about a comment you make and we wind up with a Bible study. How great is that?? It would really be interesting to know just how many readers ran to their Bibles to check out the references listed. GREAT JOB!! Young man, I believe that you are exactly where God wants you. I appreciate all that you are and do. God’s Sweetest Blessings to you and yours!

  14. I wouldn’t eat pork from the grocery store but I would eat pasture-raised occasionally. Why go to all the trouble of tacking down your own farmer?

    I’m not a big fan of pork personally, but I like bacon occasionally. We were quite amazed how different pasture-raised bacon tastes and cooks compared to grocery-store bacon.

    First, it cooks evenly and doesn’t spatter like regular bacon.
    It has more nutrients in the meat, the fats are higher quality. You can see this in the way the bacon looks – it looks like meat, not like curled up fat.

    The list of bad chemicals used in grocery store pork is long but here is one little thing I learned from my local farmer.

    Commercially raised pigs are given
    • antibiotics
    • lysine to promote fast growth
    • hormones for growth promotion
    • Paylean

    $$$ Paylean as the trademarked name suggests, makes the pigs leaner, they weigh more, thus paying the pork producers more. $$$

    Paylean is a product of Elanco technology, a company owned by Eli Lilly. It is fed to pigs during their final 45-90 pounds of gain before going to market.

    Paylean is a money maker for producers.
    The only reason to feed this to pigs is to increase carcass gain. (Paylean is not just for pigs! Paylean is marketed as Optaflexx for finishing beef and Tomax for fattening your Thanksgiving turkey).

    This is the equivalent of steroids for body builders, only this chemical makes the pigs agitated, irritable and aggressive. It changes their body composition and messes with their brains too.

    This chemical remains in the meat!
    20% of Paylean, given to pigs, Optaflexx, given to cattle and Tomax, given to turkeys remains in consumer meat says author and veterinarian Michael W. Fox

    We can thank the FDA for approving this drug for animals right before slaughter when it has already been declared “not safe for use in humans.”

    Other countries have banned Paylean in animals including Europe, Taiwan and China.

    Chemicals like Paylean and bovine growth hormone are commonplace in the food supply and they are harming people. The fine print on Paylean (aka ractopamine hydrochloride) is telling:

    Paylean Caution:
    Ractopamine may increase the number of injured and/or fatigued pigs during marketing.
    Not For Human Use
    The active ingredient in Paylean, ractopamine hydrochloride, is a beta-adrenergic agonist. Individuals with cardiovascular disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Not for use in humans. Keep out of the reach of children.

    You are your own food advocate. The government has strong ties to the food industry and puts corporate profits before your health and food safety. When it comes to animal products like meat, milk, and eggs, buying products directly from an organic producer will help you to eat high quality, safe food from animals that are raised by caring local farmers

    • jdl says:

      Right On! I wish more people would take time to get educated on what goes on behind the scenes in our country regarding food!

    • Michael says:

      I second what JDL said. I, like you, don’t eat that much pork, mostly bacon. Joel Salatin in Virginia is raising acorn fed pigs in the woods on his farm. Do a quick Net search and look up “acorn fed pigs” in Spain. Pasture/woods raised pork is healthy and differs as much from confinement pigs as night does to day.

  15. Melissa B. says:

    Ok, this post is almost enough to make me stop reading this blog, and make me feel like Dr. Axe is insane. I agree with Mr. Douthit’s comments. No animal is really clean, humans included. The way the animals are raised, slaughtered, etc. is what I am concerned about. I regard to disease, I have gotten sick on shellfish and chicken- due to poor meat handling- but never pork. I see no reason why one shouldn’t enjoy pork on occasion, along with all of the other wonderful foods that this world has to offer us.

    • Brent says:

      I would appreciate you not insinuating my friend is insane, especially on his own website. I don’t see where name-calling does any good, because I can think of many names I can call people who think they are smarter than the Creator, but it would serve no purpose. You can eat all the pork you want, but that still will not change the fact that God said it will make you sick and that is what he is trying to reiterate to people.

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  16. Joy Allen says:

    We were watching a cow walking down main street the other day (this happens alot in India) and it decided to poop right in the middle of the road. This article became very true to me that day as I and my kids watched a pig run up to the dirty spot and start gulping it down!

  17. Joy Allen says:

    Dr. Axe, When I think of PORK I think of pork chops. However, I know that foods made out of pig include pepperoni, ham, bacon and more. I am assuming that you mean we should be careful with ALL pig products, correct? Thanks.

  18. Andrew says:

    Mmm, turkey bacon, you get a nice flavor, less grease to clean up, and they don’t shrivel up to burnt little nuggets.

    It’s also leaner, most pigs that are for food are fed to be really fat to the point of being unable to move, ever see a turkey like that?

  19. Eric says:

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

  20. Joe says:

    I laughed out loud when I saw that action steps 4, 5 & 6 were just 1, 2 & 3 again! Bravo, Dr. Axe!!!

  21. Kathy says:

    I buy pork from farmers who pasture the pigs just as cows are pastured. The pigs have a great diet of natural forage, and are finished on acorns. No eating animal carcasses or other things you describe above. As with all meat, any animal raised in factory farming conditions is not fit to eat. Pastured pork fat is a great source of vitamin D. Not all pork is unhealthy, in my opinion.

  22. carol kemp says:

    I am so shocked to read this . I was goning to have pork chops for dinner now you have changeds my mind.

  23. Elaine B says:

    Isn’t a chicken also a scavenger? They will actually peck another chicken to death if it has an injury. Eessh.

    • Mary Hysong says:

      yes they will and since in the meat factories they are so crowded together they do not have enough ‘personal space’ they cut off part of their beaks so they can’t peck each other to death.

      Much better meat and eggs comes from organic free range production. Believe me if you have never eaten a free range egg you don’t know what you are missing!

      • Elaine says:

        Mary, Actually, I live in a rural area and am fortunate enough to get free range chickens and eggs. I also buy only local grown grass fed beef and pork. I think it is healthier for us to eat less meat then we do in our society. I feel that we would all be much better off getting our protein from nuts and beans etc.

    • Susan says:

      Chickens are cannibals and will eat each others’ eggs, and the poor chicken they have pecked to death.

  24. Karen Ferguson says:

    It’s a big turn off for those of us in the medical profession to mix up Biblical quotes translated in an utmost conservative fashion in order to persuade people to change their diets.

    Statistically, you are barking up the wrong tree. If you are so intent on moving in this direction, you should know about Hallelujah Acres who are raw vegans.

    As an educator, I separate chuch and state for several reasons. I have a multi-cultural class and each religion represented in my class is just as legitimate as mine. Do you really think these 22 year olds would say “Oh..he quoted the Bible, I think I’ll stop smoking and eating pork?”

    Unless your clients are primarily of your religious perusasion, there’s not a chance. I’m disappointed in your approach. I gave you more credit to be a healer, not a preacher. The latter brings with it shame, blame and guilt.

    Those have never brought about change in my students and I’ve been working with people for over 35 years.

    All the best to you,

    • Inger says:

      I don’t feel there is an agenda religiously here… Just because someone has a religious opinion does not mean they think they are a preacher. If that isn’t your view just ignore it. Every day there is something said, written or seen that I do not agree with but unfortunately we have the right to speak freely and the right to choose our religion so if I spent my whole day complaining about what I think should be said and or done I would be pretty exhausted!

    • Anant Chandler says:

      Something has to be the truth because if not than nothing is truth. If there is not such thing as an absolute truth than what you just wrote is not truth either. Everything is not relative. Every road does not leads to truth. If it does than which road leads to lies.

      Truth is so important that almost every time it is protected by a bodyguard of lies. I believe there is a truth. For example, when you are crossing a road and get hit by a car and you die than there is no two truths; either you died or you did not. There is no relative in that truth. Speaking what you believe and in some cases know to be absolute truth does not need to be tamed or adjusted according to audience. We have already done that for thousands of year where we have to sugar quote everything to not offend. Truth is mean to be shared regardless if it offends or defends.
      There is a Truth but if yours is better than mine or more practical than I can say the same thing about your truth.

  25. E Howell says:

    Holy cow! Er……

    This was a very interesting read. Not sure how to process it all.

    I honestly do not believe that Dr. Axe had any ill intent in making a statement about the Levitical Laws. Just used it to make a point.

    If you hadn’t noticed, he seems to be very conscious of everything he eats…and makes great suggestions to his listeners/followers.

    We are all adults…I assume. Grow up and act like it!

    • Karen Ferguson says:

      Sounds like a 6 year old, angry that he’s not winning a game and saying “I”m gonna take my toys and go home.”

      LIve and let Live.
      My experience stands as my experience. Argue the facts, offer your opnion, but just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they need to grow up.
      Perhaps that’s pure projection on your part.

      I’m done w/ it…was done with it after I posted.

  26. Inger says:

    SO glad you posted this article!! I have been telling people this for a few years now and they think I am crazy….Thanks!

  27. linda says:

    People I believe, started dying as soon as God told Adam & Eve they would positively die,(if ate fruit) Their bodies started dying. They were perfect bodies then, so naturally it would take longer to die from a perfect body. As all born from them were imperfect & many problems began (mental,physical,etc) along with the dying. Of course we have so much help now with satans time getting shorter, pesticides,hormones etc. Geez we don’t know whats good or bad anymore so many different studies conflicting, Fats bad, carbs bad? I try to eat what God gave us & man hasn’t touched much, even though impossible totally.

  28. jdl says:

    Such a shame! I do really like pork, but don’t eat it that often (2x/mo?). What do you think about pork raised organically from a small, privately owned farm, sold at a farmer’s market? Does it really not matter that much?

  29. Joy says:

    Hello All :)
    Ok, go grab a cup of coffee or something…this is going to be a long note, but hopefully not boring. :)
    Wow! This article and interactive forum brightened up my midnight wanderings. First of all, thank you, Dr. Axe for posting quite an informative health warning. And I appreciate that you were not afraid to mix science and the Scriptures. The two go together more often than most would care to admit.
    Daniel Douthit, Marshall, Deanna and Erin Chamerlik, thank you for your input, regarding other pressing health issues that do not receive proper media coverage. Sometimes, it is unfortunate to say, voices of importance are swallowed up by the deafening machines of government and media. And, of course, thanks to everyone else to for making this such an interesting topic ;)
    Now I would like to join in the religious banter for a bit, if I may. *grin*

    Karen Ferguson, dear, you have made some statements that just would not hold water in a scientific world. First, it is not accurate to speak on behalf of everyone in the medical profession, as if they all shared your opinion. Second, when you say “statistically,” what set of statistics are you quoting? In order to be scientifically accurate, one must know not only the literal statistics, but who took them and the agenda of the statistician. Then, if accurate, these must be able to be repeated again and again with the same results. Thirdly, as an educator, you have not separated your religious beliefs because it is impossible to do so. For instance, if you do not believe in God, then you will not mention God. That will affect your students just as much or more as mentioning God will affect them. Some of your students, obviously, already have religious beliefs and some of those will certainly base their diets on their beliefs. So, yes, some would stop smoking or eating pork based on the Bible. In fact, take a look around the world and you will see that a large portion of diets are structured by religion. You say that the Bible has not brought change to your students or people you have been with in 35 years? But I would venture to say that neither you nor they have tried putting the words of Jesus into practice. For, it is impossible to put into action the words of Jesus and not be changed by them.

    Anant Chandler, I just have to say that I love your note on truth, and I completely agree with it. There is indeed One Truth, yet at the same time we all see through a darkened glass. I’m reminded of the story of five blind men who discover an elephant. One has the tail, another an ear, another the trunk…and so on. Each man does describe the elephant, but none of them has it all right. So, though there was only one elephant, there were many descriptions to it. All of them were accurate, but not complete. That’s why we need each other. By working together and studying God’s Word, we can more fully comprehend that One Truth.

    Now, as far as the pig goes…
    Ahhhh…we are missing it. Christians are generally as obsessed with tithing (not even Scriptural tithing at that) as Jewish people are with kosher. But what of it? Have you ever asked yourself why we are even now “demanded of” to tithe or abstain from eating certain animals, but not held to stoning still? Yes, I said stoning. For all those blasphemers, adulterers, disobedient children…what else was there? I’m sure you or someone you know will fit into one category or another that requires stoning. Why did we give that up so quickly? Not as convenient, eh? I mean, what would society think, after all? And what about baldness? In fact, what about anything to do with priests and the temple? Yet we hold so fast to one law or the other. Aren’t there 613 commands in the Torah? And how many instructions are in the New Testament? Really folks…pigs? Everything boils down to that? Don’t you know that if you’ve broken one law, then you have broken them all. You are no longer perfect. You’re ruined…undeserving of God’s presence. And there is no hope…ever…of getting back into the Lord’s favor. So, in the scheme of things, eating or not eating pigs is NOT your greatest problem.

    Buuut…since pigs are soooo important to you.
    I speak as a Christian to those of you who are Christians. First of all, Jesus was Jewish, so you cannot use Him as an example of why we are not required to eat kosher. Even when He said to eat what is set before you without asking questions, He was speaking to His disciples who were going into kosher homes. He was telling them not to be picky and not to look down on those who didn’t have very much to share.
    What about Paul? Yes, that’s where you can use Scripture to show that we are permitted to eat anything. Acts 10-11 and other verses show us this. But since that is the main story of confusion, I want to address it. There are generally two parties: one says that this is meaning only the Gentiles were made clean, and the other believes it pertains to food. Well, if you read the story, you will see that both parties are correct. In fact, the Cornelius story pertains to both the cleanliness of Gentiles and their food. If there is any doubt about the vision with the sheet, then we can look at 11:1-3. The Jewish believers were appalled and reprimanded Paul because he both went into the house of the uncircumcised, AND ate their food. But when Paul explained that he could not fight God, then they all praised God that the Gentiles could also come into the faith. So, of course, the Gentiles were more important than the food. Buuut, the food was a part of that permission.
    However, like one of our peers mentioned, Paul says that even though all things are lawful for him, not all are expedient (I Corinthians 6:11-13). He was talking about food here as well. In other words, though he had permission to eat non-kosher foods, he was not going to lord it over those who felt it unlawful to eat. Paul knew that God’s power is greater than anything we can eat or drink. But he was not going to use his freedom to offend those who needed the love of Christ.
    Here is the way one Messianic Rabbi put it to me. He said that you do have the freedom to eat pig, but you also have the privilege to choose not to. I think that’s an excellent way to sum it up. Why would you want to eat something that’s bad for you? Of course, I must say that the “bad foods” are cheaper, and as a broke college student, yes I certainly do eat bad foods sometimes and give thanks anyway. But if you have the resources, I would suggest choosing to eat well. After all, are we not the temple of the Holy Spirit? So, what is the argument about?

    Well, if you read all the way to here…you made it! Hahaha :D Thanks for reading. I look forward to your comments…I think. Have a lovely day!

    – Joy :)

  30. Nicholas says:

    I am one of the people who originally saw dr.axe as a healer and helper of people but more and more am seeing him as profit driven and way too preachy. It makes it hard to believe all of the information is for my health

  31. valerie says:

    All food is a gift from God. Pigs were never given to us as food. People just decide to eat them anyways in the old testament. I don’t consider a cat or guinea pig food but some cultures do. So you have to go back to what God said was food in the first place before you declare it all good.

  32. Hilary Jones says:

    What you say about pigs sounds to me like just one more reason to eat organic food, pork and pigmeat included

  33. Vickie Turner says:

    So, Rob, is your only purpose in reading & posting to call us all crazy & try to discredit Dr. Axe & Jordan Rubin? I have never heard him say or seen anything where Dr. Axe claims to be a family practitioner or a nutritionist. It’s just that he has gone FAR beyond most medical doctors in his research & knowledge of diseases of the body, what causes those & how to nutritionally help those conditions. Most medical doctors don’t have a clue how to advise or treat their patients with anything other than prescription drugs or surgery. Their information on the drugs they prescribe comes from the drug reps who visit their offices and tell them about the latest drugs. Those reps, who may have no formal training in the processes of the body, actually get their info from the pharmaceutical company who makes big money by coming up with something that only treats the symptoms, not the cause of the problem. Their intent is not to cure anything and they don’t! Jordan Rubin almost died and was healed by eating natural foods, so he naturally wants to share his story & philosophy about how others may do the same. These two men are truly interested in helping others by sharing the information they have learned to heal our bodies & keep ourselves healthy the natural way. There are many of us who wish to get & stay healthy without spending all of our money being sick, Dr. visits, buying expensive drugs. As far as earning a living by informing & helping others to live healthy lives, I can’t see why you would have a problem with that. Doesn’t a family physician, pharmacist, surgeon or nutritionist earn money by doing their thing? They just do it a different way. I, myself, prefer the natural approach. God has given us a body that heals itself, when it is given the tools to do so. Man made chemicals only tend to mask the symptoms. I want to heal my body so that it works properly, as God intended for it to. I, for one, am very thankful to Dr. Axe, Jordan Rubin & many others for sharing their knowledge with the rest of us. I am healthier now at 56 years old than I was at 35 because of what I have learned & then implemented. If you will stop & think about it, good nutrition, was what kept the people of long ago healthy, long before they even thought about manufacturing drugs. And the drugs that are manufactured today are trying to mimic the proven food & herbal remedies, but they are using chemicals that harm our bodies & cause side effects that require more drugs & more side effects…….All of those chemicals & their side effects put lots of money in the pockets of the manufacturers. I have found that by eating organically grown food (at least 80% of my diet) that I have lost the extra weight I didn’t need, gotten healthy with more energy than ever. I don’t have aches & pains anymore. I eat less, hence a lower cost at the store. The key is to look at the whole body, mind & spirit. Nourish & heal those 3 & you are good to go. But, above all that, my relationship with God is #1. I pray for blessings & healing on all of you.

  34. belinda says:

    God created all creatures, he knows how they are made, what they are made to do and not do. He know their anatomy inside and out, why? because he created them.. If God says a certain animal is not fit for food, thats good enough for me!!! And there is a reason
    God warns us. Humans were never intended to eat flesh food, look at the diet in the Garden of Eden. God only allowed it because we were bent on having our own ways and continuing in sin. flesh meat shortens the life span, In God’s love and mercy he tells us only things that are for our good, we choose to obery or disobey. we are responsible for the consequences. I for one am grateful for the counsel God put in His Bible OT/NT, He loved us so much He gave His only son to die the death that would have been ours were it not for his love, mercy, forgiveness.

  35. bill says:


  36. Giving it up says:

    Anyone else here find that they are more aggressive after eating pork? (alternatively, less aggressive when they don’t eat pork)?

  37. Michael says:

    After doing some more reading on the subject, it appears that the FORM in which pork is consumed has a major impact on how the body reacts to it. What follows is from an article from Weston A. Price Foundation website on the conclusions of a blood analysis of people eating pork prepared in one of 5 ways.


    1. Consuming unmarinated cooked pastured pork produces blood coagulation and clotting in blood examined at five hours after eating; however, consuming marinated cooked pork does not produce any blood coagulation or clotting.
    2. Consuming processed forms of pastured uncured pork, including bacon and prosciutto, does not produce any blood coagulation or other visible changes in the blood at five hours after eating.
    3. Consuming unmarinated cooked pastured lamb does not produce any blood coagulation or other visible changes in the blood at five hours after eating.
    4. No changes in white blood cell activity, white blood cell clumping, crystals, microbes, or spicules (indicating liver stress), were found before or after consumption of all five preparations of pork and lamb.
    The results suggest that unmarinated cooked pastured pork may be unique in producing these coagulation effects on the blood, which also appeared quite rapidly, in less than ten minutes after blood draw, and did not clear up during an hour of observing the blood under the microscope.
    The early blood coagulation and clotting observed after consuming cooked unmarinated pork are adverse changes in the blood. A shorter blood coagulation time is associated with increased systemic biochemical inflammation as well as the possible formation of blood clots in the body, as in heart attack or stroke. This condition in the blood, if chronic, is associated with increased risk of chronic degenerative disease, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders and others.2
    What is it about unmarinated cooked pork that may produce biochemical inflammation and early blood clotting? A literature search revealed use of pork in the Materia Medica of ancient China. In Chinese medicine, “pork has the medical properties of being bitter, somewhat cooling, and slightly poisonous, and was used for chronic madness.”3 Yet pork is the most common meat consumed in China, indeed throughout Asia. Usually it is marinated in vinegar before it is cooked; pickled pork is also a common dish throughout Asia.
    It is well known that allergies cause unwanted inflammation. Is this a possible link? In modern medicine, meat allergies are rare in adults, typically outgrown during the first few years of life.4 Those who are allergic to pork are typically sensitive to pork serum albumin.
    There is also an interesting link that has been found between sensitivity to pork meat and cats, as these two allergies are frequency associated, suggesting a crossed allergenicity.5 That is, those with allergy to pork frequently have respiratory allergies to cats. However, in this study, the subjects were allergic neither to pork nor cats. In searching the modern scientific and medical literature for clues, nothing was uncovered that might explain the results of this study.
    What is most notable, however, is that the results demonstrate the wisdom of traditional food preparation. The processing of pork in customary ways by salts and acidic marinades makes pork safe for consumption— not only by inactivating parasites, killing off noxious bacteria that may cause food poisoning, and promoting safe fermentations in the meat that add flavor; traditional processing of pork also seems to prevent the inflammatory and blood clotting effects as observed here through live blood analysis, although we do not know why. We speculate that raw pork contains a toxin, unidentified to date, and that heat alone from cooking cannot destroy it, but that fermentation with salt, and also acid plus heat, do so. This toxin in pork, if it exists, is therefore heat-stable and requires further denaturation by salt or acid in order to detoxify it. This is exactly what traditional pork preparation provides.


    So it appears that fresh pork should be avoided completely, but that traditionally prepared pork is okay.

    What do you think?

    • Barry says:

      I use the (Kiss) method, Keep it simple stupid. You are a product of surroundings and you all are inprinted buy actions from birth till death.God gave us the tools of life and the brain to make choices. This is what makes us learn,listening to our Brothers and Sisters comments.I have learn alot today!

      Love all,

  38. blakmira says:

    First off, you must question why the corpse of a pig becomes something different after death called “pork.” Is it because people need to disassociate this highly intelligent, playful and loving animal from the gristly, fleshy, bloody bone it’s become on their plate?

    Secondly, you must question why God would lovingly create any species of sentient living beings whom He considered to be “unclean.” Indeed, why would God create *any* living being solely for the purpose of being slaughtered, when the corpse of an animal is not even a source of “food” considered necessary for survival?

    Thirdly, I’ve known people who are a lot filthier than pigs (who are only considered dirty because they roll around in mud to cool off since they don’t possess functional sweat glands). Is this the reason why we don’t eat people, because they’re “unclean”?!

    Fourth, it depends on what version of the Bible you want to trust for the true word of God — one that you consider not to have been intentionally corrected and corrupted, mistranslated, and downright murky and misleading.

    If you go by what’s considered to be the unadulterated scriptures known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more specifically the Essene Gospel of Peace, nothing is ever mentioned about “unclean animals” or that God condones the eating OR sacrifice of any living being.

    In fact, it’s made quite clear that we are not to eat anything “dead” and that the commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” is inclusive of all life God created — not just humans. “But flesh, and the blood which quickens it, shall ye not eat… And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whoso eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats of the body of death.”

    Instead, we are clearly told that to promote life, we are to eat “living” foods: “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” It cannot be made any clearer that the bountiful fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes were given to us as life-giving sustenance, and that clearly it is wrong to kill animals for food or any other reason other than urgent cases of self-defense.

  39. Daniel says:

    *Jesus declared all foods to be clean…Jesus was a jew, pork is NOT “food” to a jew: therefore, Jesus did not declare it clean! Peter had a vision of unclean animals that was translated to mean that the unclean gentiles would be adopted into the faith. Never has anything in the New Testament contradicted the Old. There is way too much indication that eating ‘unclean’ foods may be hazardous to your health for me to take the chance.

    • James says:

      I’m sorry but one example of the new contradicting the old is Moses gave his people the ability or allowed them writings of divorcement. In the New Testament God said this was not so. In other words after the exodus you could get divorced and it be alright after the crucifixion not so. There are several other examples and what is clean and not clean to eat is another.

  40. Marcia Hentrich says:

    I’m with you! Most christians will argue this like crazy though. My thought: Pigs are NOT food…..and God doesn’t change his mind.

  41. Thank you for this info. I needed to hear for my own personal health and to share it with my family.

    I have an unrelated question for Dr. Axe. I am a diabetic. Diagnosed about 6 months ago. My diabetic nurse practitioner told me that the nerve pain I am experiencing in my feet and lower legs is permanent. I know there are a lot of body parts and functions that can replenish themselves with the proper diet and whole food sups.

    My question is do you say the nerve damage is permanent or can it be stopped or reversed and how would I do that?

    Leona Mollien

  42. Anant Chandler says:

    dr axe. could you please delete all comments made by me on this post for personal reasons.

    that would be really helpful. I made the first comment to to help you and few others down the line. please delete all my comments including my name anant chandler.


  43. Mary Evers says:

    This is an ignorant article, full of error. I used to raise pigs – they are lovely animals, very clean if given a clean place to live, and I never saw them eat their own waste. Modern hogs are fed grain, not scraps, and trichinosis is largely a thing of the past. Now I wonder – can I trust anything I read on this site?

  44. 1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: 3 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
    4 “‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. 5 The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. 7 And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. 8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

    9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. 10 But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean. 11 And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean. 12 Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.

    13 “‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,[a] the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

    20 “‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be regarded as unclean by you. 21 There are, however, some flying insects that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean.

    24 “‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

    26 “‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean. 27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. 28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.

    29 “‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31 Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening. 32 When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean. 33 If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot. 34 Any food you are allowed to eat that has come into contact with water from any such pot is unclean, and any liquid that is drunk from such a pot is unclean. 35 Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean. 36 A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean. 37 If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean. 38 But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you.

    39 “‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening. 40 Anyone who eats some of its carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

    41 “‘Every creature that moves along the ground is to be regarded as unclean; it is not to be eaten. 42 You are not to eat any creature that moves along the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is unclean. 43 Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. 44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. 45 I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

    46 “‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. 47 You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.

  45. Jaimee says:

    I have really enjoyed reading all the comments about eating/not eating pork. I love meat, but I think for awhile I am giving up eating pork.
    I found it funny in a way all the comments about what the Bible does and does not say about eating pork and the Old and New Testements. Not to get too much off track, but the way people interpet the Bible is why people who take the Bible at its word and do try to find the meaning behind certain scriptures beat us (LGBT) people over the head with the Bible and tell us we are all going to hell. I am a Transgender Christian and did not ask to be born the way that I am. I believe the Bible front to back. But like food we have to do critial thinking, dig deep, and go 360 to find out what the Bible really says. May God bless you all for your comments!

  46. Arlin says:

    Your article on pork was well done. As a nurse and a Christian, l have said a thousand times “God never permitted pig for food, at no time and no place”. But professed christians seem to be the worst. And the text they always give is “Every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused” 1 Timothy 4:4. But fail to quote next verse, 1.If it is received with thanksgiving, 2.Santified by the Word of God, & 3.Prayer. Thanksgiving and prayer will not alter what God has already condemned. Then they say, “God told Peter, ‘Slay and eat'”. Acts 10 was a message telling Peter the gospel was for Gentiles too, not just the Jews. Was the fruit on the Tree of Knowledge bad. No. Would it be better to obey just because God said so? It is clear that swine is a test of obedience, Isaiah 66:17. “I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.” 3 john 2. If this is not convincing enough. read the obituaries.

  47. Gael says:

    Thank you for the info I need to explain to folks why I don’t eat pork.

    I heard you tell the story of your cousin and the wild pig meat on your podcast and how he developed those digusting sounding parasites. I decided pork of any kind just didn’t seem appetizing at all.

    After not having any pork for 6 months I ate a couple of barbequed beef sausages and ended up sick for 2 days.

    No one else at the barbecue got sick which got
    me thinking. I contacted the butcher who had made and sold the sausage. Yes, as it turned out they used pork casings for their beef sausages.

    So there you go, if you decide to swear off pork and then go back to it (even unwittingly) your body won’t forgive you.

    I love your show.

  48. Pene says:

    I do not eat pork, shellfish or any other creature forbidden in the Bible. From the comments I have read, people are mistaking what God has forbidden to eat, as food. The creatures that God has forbidden are not considered food. They are necessary for the regulatory ecosystem. In the New Testament the reference is to man. If you are using the same logic that man is now clean, then I conclude that we can eat him too. Cannibalism is not an option.

    You must also remember that you are interpreting passages that were originally in Hebrew and Aramaic, then to Greek and English. As with any other translation from any other language, you loose something.

  49. Jon says:

    Yes pork is not a very clean meat indeed. In fact the it don’t help matters when the meat processing facilities are even more unclean. I work in one of these plants and I will never look at pork the same again. One of the top 5 largest pork processing plant facilities in the USA. With a building over 100 years old and falling apart. One of the last plants in existence with multiple stories. The ceilings all leak from the upper levels all the way down to the basement. Product put in vats with plastic bags over it to keep out leaks from upper levels and the century old sewer and water lines. You would be surprised what USDA allows these companies to get away with. One of the worse things i saw was. Stacks of hog bellies “used to make bacon” on thin slat pallets stacked about 5ft high. Wrapped in plastic wrap for protection. I am not sure how many there was in there but it filled the whole storage cooler. There was a lot of rain out side that day and it was just enough to make the century old sewers to back up. There was probably about a half a foot to a foot of sewage backed up all over the cooler floors. And the first three layers of bellies stacked on the pallets were submerged in the sewage. USDA inspectors inspected the mess and determined the bottom four layers would have to go to pet food. And the remaining on top could be used for bacon. Remember these bellies were stacked up on lath pallets belly on top of belly with no protection between the bellies. Just plastic wrap around the stack. Don’t tell me that sewer didn’t saturate through more than four rows of bellies. Another time there was a locker room bathroom where the toilets backed up and I got a call to repair them. When I got there I saw undigested corn and stuff with the human feces all over the floor. It was a mess the worse part was that all the immigrant workers that mostly had lockers in there were walking through it like there was nothing wrong with it. I eventually ran in to a guy who could speak good enough English and he said it had been like that for about a week. Just imagine there is product that sometimes falls on the floor and is allowed to be used after rinsing it off in a cold water rinse sink. Just think were all those feces tainted shoes had walked. I could rant about this stuff all day. But I think everyone who reads this gets the picture. Yes pork is a very unclean meat to eat.

  50. john Basinger says:

    Can you site real factual research showing that organic foods, milk and eggs are safer, more nutritious than convential methods of production. From looking at your web site you seem to use other peoples thoughts not always actual research. I have a M.S.in Agriculture and years experience in veg., fruit, milk production. I think organic foods are a fad and based on greed from sales and a rip off. . By the way the biggest killer of bees is diseases.

    • Lynn says:

      Organic foods are a fad? Do you realize that this is how our ancestors grew food? They didn’t poison our food and land w/ pesticides and chemicals. These chemicals are in our food which in turn are in us. Why would you even need any research to show that this is bad for you? How can man-made chemicals be better than God-given food? Organic is getting bigger b/c people are realizing that our ancestors had it right. Round-Up is not safe – for us or bees. If bees were healthy, they wouldn’t die from disease. Same with people. (Round-Up is just one example of the bad chemicals in modern-day food production.)

  51. Michell says:

    Some of the best tasting foods are the things that we shouldn’t eat. Just as some the things that seem fun or exciting are the things that we shouldn’t do. Honestly, I love pork but i’ll stay away from it considering all the toxins in it that will potentially harm me.”My people perish from a lack of knowledge” Well, now i know. I would love to be here and healthy as long as possible. Thanks for this information Dr. Axe.

  52. Wolfgang says:

    I agree 100% that we should not eat pork or any other Biblically forbiden food. A huge stumbling block for many Christians is their ignorance of the correct interpretation of 6 commonly quoted Biblical verses supposedly supporting the annulment of the Mosaic food laws. The bottom portion of the page FORBIDDEN FOOD on the site TithingHelps.us, previously named TithingHelps.com, explains what those 6 verses really mean. Here is one of those verses and a brief explanation:
    1 Corinthians 10:25,27: “Eat whatever is sold in the meat market …….. 27 …….. eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.” ANALYSIS: Briefly, the issue in these verses is not about whether certain meats are clean or unclean. The context involves whether or not you should eat clean meats previously meant to be offered as a sacrifice to a pagan god.

  53. Ohood Hakim says:

    Thanks for the good article, just needed ur references of reserch articles used regarding the pig meat and parasites, trichinellosis

  54. Sardis Jake Babineau says:

    I want to Say thank you my brother Dr. Axe , i can not explain the fullness of how greatful i am for you and your research, you have brightened up the picture alot, and bring such clearity upon a great confusion that has blinded so many of the faith full. Let Yahweh Jesus Christ bless your Heart and continue to show and guide you in all truth. now for all the comments that are left and those that will come, May our Heavenly father in the name of Thy Holy Son Emmanuel Jesus the Christ ( known) as ” Yahshua, Yahweh bless all who be a doer of the word ad keep true to his word, and for anyone who calls God a lyer or trys to change his word let them be cursed, Judgment awaites us all great are those who love Righteousness and keeps his Commandments. Dr. Axe you are welcomed into my home, Church and life any good information please keep me updated. i have two websites you can post your good news to reach many… thank you, love always in the King ,,Br.sardis Jake Babineau

  55. Zainab says:

    As a child, I grew up on a farm and saw no more a dirty animal than the pig. Because we didn’t consume our own livestock, I never equated this filthy animal with what was served on the dinner plate. My parents were Anglican/catholic but only in the loosest interpretation. When I converted to Islam I was informed about pork and stopped eating it. What surprised me the most was learning that this prohibition extends through all the Abrahamic faiths, however it is something generally ignored, or explained as something not consistent with the NT. Hopefully I will have more chance to convince my family to leave this filthy food by showing them this article by “one of their own”, ie; not muslim. Thank you

    • KeepitReal says:

      NT does not support PIG eating bro, its the perverts that twist the word to try and make it seems that it does. hit me up if you wanna know what i am saying

  56. Matt says:

    What I find so amusing is that people condemn each other and what they do based a book written by man. It is a book written a long time ago by a much less scientifically knowledgeable people as a way to understand the world around them when they had no other explanation. How can you create a health food article based on the bible and have all the followers propagating their beliefs into it and call it factual? ANY meat product not raised, butchered, packaged, handled and prepared properly is subject to causing us, humans, health concerns… including so called “clean” meat/animals. That is what needs to be understood and I will also say I completely agree with most (as I did not read every) post concerning the “factories”. If you choose to not eat a certain food or abide by a certain diet be it for a religious or personal reason, so be it, but don’t feel the need to try and use that reason as a way to cram it down my throat. Same reason I slam the door on Mormons when they knock. I will choose to follow my own beliefs as I will choose my own diet. I appreciate good scientific factual knowledge to help make that decision but at the end of the day, if it was so unhealthy and dangerous to eat things such as pork, then we as a human race would have stopped a long time ago as to preserve our own existence since our biggest uncontrollable impulse is self preservation!

  57. lara says:

    Dr Axe Do your views also apply to organic pigs raised outside only?

  58. sib reyes says:

    “As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice–they will all be destroyed together,” says the LORD.

    Isaiah 66:17

  59. sib reyes says:

    For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
    and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

    1 Corinthians 1:25

  60. KeepitReal says:

    Hey cut the crap all those who are trying to find excuses for eating pork. You all can eat as much as you want, its up to you we don’t care about you, we care about who wants to live healthy. I don’t understand how damn educated people can be so stupid. Its fricken amazing when the most educated people find childish excuses to do as they please. You don’t have to find excuses just say you want to eat pigs and that’s bottom line, nobody can force you not to. The pig is by nature a scavenger. Its is an animal that is simply unhealthy to eat. Not eating things that are unhealthy make you smarter, improves longevity. Damn its that simple. Live Healthy That’s all the guy trying to say. Then the others quick to jump on him because he makes reference to the Bible. The Bible is a Book some of the best counsels ever (Matt Columbus just found out the world was round, book of Isaiah said so a long time ago. Book of Leviticus teaches about quarantine before the people of 1300’s started to do it.) Quit being stupid and grow up! Why you have to try and show how smart you are. Proverb” Fool does not care weather he learns a thing or two he just want to show how smart he is”. To the guy who made the original post Thanks for your time appreciate it.

  61. fred says:

    This constant harping on that the Bible told us this that and the other about the consumption of pork!
    The Bible did tell us these things, but it was men who wrote the Bible, and just like every other religious writer(s) they had a particular axe to grind whist pretending that what they were saying was the word of God. There are no words of God, only the words of men and women Regarding food, pork or otherwise,
    man’s knowledge at that time was far inferior compared with today’s knowledge of the subject. Even today there are still some inaccuracies. But listen to the advice of men from those days and you may as well as be listening to advice from ape men, such was their expertise.

    There are some more valid and logical reasons that people were intentionally turned away from eating pork.
    Due to climate change the middle east was becoming short of water. There is one creature which consumes as much water as man and that is the pig. Apparently the rearing of pigs for food was a major industry at that time. So it would seem logical that the authorities, which were in those days the religious leaders, would put out an edict, calling it the word of God, forbidding the rearing of pigs and
    the consumption of their flesh, pretending it was sinful and unhealthy. People were more inclined to obey the commands of a deity than they were of mere men

  62. Jeff says:

    God’s Final Judgments against the Wicked
    …16For the LORD will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those slain by the LORD will be many. 17″Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens, Following one in the center, Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice, Will come to an end altogether,” declares the LORD. 18″For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.…

  63. Jax says:

    When did this become about religion??? All I have seen is people quoting Christian based faith garbage. If you are true Christians why not try to be Christ like? If slapped turn the other cheek. Pork is dangerous and so are other things around the world.. Seems like you turn on the news and learn your body is gonna kill you.. So my thing is there are 2 certainties in life death and taxes.. So your gonna die anyways. Why would you want to live till your 107 and watch your kids die and your friends and everyone else you knew…

  64. amanee says:

    these are reasons why Islam forbid eating pigs meat and product a hundred years ago, and only now the modern science discover it.
    people always think Muslims habit of not eating pork is a stupid and unreasonable thing
    this is the true answer to these people.

  65. Paul Bovis says:

    I dispute the article for modern day living. Though there are exceptions to the rule and having worked on a pig farm I would like to point out that pigs are probably one of the cleanest animals you will find. They do not foul their eating area, they do not eat their own feces, their pens are kept clean regularly and a pig will only poop in one spot. Probably why they have become pets as well. However if it was wild boar then I would be rethinking about digesting it for the very reasons stated above and would be what would have been available for the people of those times when God supposedly walked amongst them dictating words. Don’t get me wrong i believe in a God but not the man made version.

    As for all the crap on here about religion and words from Gods lips, give me a break, when did you last hear his voice from a set of lips. The Bible is written and penned by the hand of man from what was taught and handed down verbally (Chinese whispers). There is a lot of good information in the Bible and will be versed and taught from an age that was far beyond our understanding and a life on this planet that no longer exists hence “There is nothing new under the sun.” It is time mankind realised we are now catching up with what once was and destroyed itself, we are fast headed down that same track whether you eat pork or not.

    One of the biggest reasons pork is not consumed in the middle east is because it will not keep in those conditions, it soon becomes rank. Especially as they did not have refrigeration in those days. Just because a cows digestive system takes longer to pass through, does not mean it is cleaner, cows are pooping and peeing all the time and eating around those areas.

    Whilst we can produce scientific evidence about pests, worms and such no animal is free from them including the human body. I would however be worrying about the consumption of chicken over pork apparently also forbidden but widely consumed in the middle east as well as turkey.

  66. dan says:

    The Bible was “loosely translated from the Jewish Scriptures first into the Septuajint and lastly into the King James. It has been translated over a thousand times and has been and continued to be edited for political reasons so much that if you could actually read the Original Scripture which were sealed by the men of the Great Assembly – you would see why the Jews think Christians are nuts! The30-Bishops at the coucil of Leodasia in 331 changed the Sabath from Saturday to Sunday. The current versions of the Bible don’t trust Lividicud, Revelations, Ruth, Daniel etc and say that the “Gosbels were written by over 40 people over 400-years. To Jews a person who claims a revelation or prophesie is from GOD is sharman or a complete fake. Cook whatever you eat well – but don’t let yourself be spoon fed this “Biblical” nonsense that without microscopes, computers and science theyknew then what
    is best for you now.

  67. Brian says:

    It is my understanding that there are three distinctions to the Old Testament Law. The civil, the moral, and the ceremonial. The ceremonial was fulfilled by Christ in areas such as the levitical food laws, the sacrificial laws, etc. Its why we no longer sacrifice animals and many other things in Leviticus.
    The moral and civil aspects reveal GODs’ will and desire for our purity. These remain.

    As far as what meat to eat, i am not sure, but I appreciate all the input and see the wisdom in how the animals are raised as being important as well as the animals biology.

    On a side note, if we critique scripture and how it was written, it stands on its own. The scribes who wrote the old testament in hebrew were not allowed to deviate by even a letter, and it was their lifetime vocation. Greek Jews translated it from hebrew meticulously, once again without deviation, to the septuagint. The new Testaments compilation was truly remarkable as well. Please research, you will not be disappointed. Faith learns, and the journey will increase its depth.

  68. Rahid says:

    I do not find in what is inspired to me to be forbidden for any eater to eat except that it be carrion, or running blood, or the meat of pig – for it is tainted, or what has become wicked by being dedicated to other than God.

  69. truth says:

    Still can’t believe people live word by word by fairy tale written long ago to stretch control and fear into people. Im pretty sure its 2014. People really that scarred that when it’s over it might just be over?


    Aside from Holy Bible, in Islam Holy Qur’an also extremely prohibits eating Pork that’s why when we are eating Pork unnoticeably usually we end up by instinct of not able to swallow it.

  71. Darlene says:

    Genesis 9:3

  72. Jesus of New Mexico says:

    Hey dudes, I was sun bathing on Uranus when Clarence (George Baileys guardian Angel) just scooted over to tell me there was a ruckus happening way over yonder in the minor key about little miss piggy (tasty gal) I just came to say some strange lad wearing a curtain wrote some book after foraging in the woods and ate some hallucinogenic herbs. It’s quite an amazing piece of art. But here I am to enlighten you all for realz. Quit high fructose corn syrup was the only thing I said and the dude whipped up a massive story about romans/long hair/lord of the rings/his friends peter and john/fruit/and tides/ so stay away from high fructose corn syrup And never trust a man wearing a curtain coming from the woods

    I forgive you your sins AGAIN… (SIGH)

  73. Meagon says:

    You stated you don’t eat “unclean” pork-are you then still eating pork…but from pigs raised a certain way. We have raised our own pigs for years. They are on pasture have clean shelter to go in and out. We feed non GMO feeds and give them the veggies and fruits. I call these “happy” pigs. Just wanted to see what your idea of Unclean pork was?

  74. Cheryl says:

    Pork also adversely affects the pancreas. Our pancreas isn’t able to filter out the junk from pork. This leads to pancreatitis & can lead to much more serious illnesses. Pork has such a devastating affect on our entire body that, for my family, it’s just not worth taking a chance. Our health is too important!

  75. Ruth says:

    Sounds like Dr. Axe hates pigs. Also, does he follow everything written in the bible? Very surprised. I was a fan of this website until he had to go and bring religion into science oriented information. Bye!

  76. Hugely disappointed says:

    The ignorance of this article and the poor judgement of publishing it completely boggle my mind. You should know better. Just read all of the comments. No one is going to win, especially you. You started a flame war over an opinion you have. The Center for disease control says that there were 20 cases per year in the ENTIRE USA from 2008 – 2010. You have chosen to inflame your readership over a religious belief. I, for one, am so appalled at your choice to publish this questionable article that I must now doubt all of your other so-called ‘truths’. You have definitely lost a fan. I hope these other readers will also begin to question your opinions and seek out the facts elsewhere. They certainly aren’t getting them here.

  77. Craig Oliver says:

    Pork is no different than any other meat. It really depends how it is raised. If they are raised on a non GMO, chemical free diet with an abundance of greens, pork can be just as clean as any other meat. I raise my own pork, and they are not dirty animals, and I’ve never seen them eat their own feces. If raised in sanitary conditions (such as on pasture) and not overcrowded, they will not carry viruses. I realize you can’t find an abundance of pork raised correctly, but you shouldn’t condemn pork entirely. I think the better thing to say is avoid pork that has been raised in a CAFO environment.
    Josh, I usually agree with everything you post, but I think this needs clarified.

  78. Yosiah says:

    Dr Axe, while I read your article on why we should not eat the PIG, everything you said is TRUTH, no matter how much people want to rationalize in their minds that this animal is good for you & good to eat, the bottom line is that many have died from problems related to eating pork or any pork by products,like the stuff they hide in other products we consume while unknowingly consuming it b/c we don’t always read the labels of ingredients in the products we buy. There are a lot of people out here who do not eat pork or any of it products, yet there are other things they consume with some part of the PIG somewhere in the product. It is b/c of the confusing names in ingredients that are derived from the PIG that most people don’t understand as another name for PORK, which is sneaking it on us w/o most even knowing it. As far as what The Bible says about the PIG we have many different interpretations of why one should not partake of the PIG, most people believe that in their Bible those laws of the Old Testament were done away with when The Messiah said so in The New Writings aka The New Testament which He is also refer to as The God Of New Testament, but He said in Matthew 5, I did not come to DESTROY, BUT FULFILL LAW, and there is only one Father & only one Son, different names & all & but neither said it was ok to touch or eat the PIG, also the people who the Laws/Torah was meant for were called jews or jewish of judea in certain Bibles, however the real people of the bible were never jew or jewish b/c there isn’t a j in the hebrew language or alaphet, which meant the Torah/Laws were really meant for the Israelites of which jewish people don’t refer to themselves as, so for the GENTILE of the Bible, they could eat whatever and not get sick from it, why? the LAWS/Torah was not meant for them. That is why BLACK people who are DNA descendants of Israel(Read Deut 28) have the HIGHEST rates of diseases in accordance with the ones that come from the PIG, The PIG was given to them by their WHITE slave owners during slavery times, usually the worst parts, and today BLACK people celebrate holidays using the PIG & his body parts, all of them, including their favorite holiday dishes……the HAM & the CHITTERLINGS, of which is the PIG’s intestines…….yuck, But sadly enough people still love the king’s meat & defend their right to eat or partake of it, But thanks to Dr Axe’s efforts, i hope people will become aware of the PIG & how terrible it really is for our bodies. I am a Israelite man who hasn’t touched the PIG in a very long time, due to Leviticus 11 as Dr Axe referred to in his article, yet i am still learning about the other PIG by products & everything it is in. To those want to continue on eating the SWINE enjoy, but those who quote the scriptures better know what your talking about, like there is NO such chapter in Proverbs as 89, it only goes up to 31, u kno, a virtuous woman who can find her, also know who you are in the Bible THE ISRAELITE OR THE GENTILE as well b/c as stated in someone’s comment, the LAW is only for the ISRAELITE, no one else unless they believe in The God Of Israel as stated in Romans 1, the GENTILE who believes will get SALVATION, right……but 1st to the ISRAELITE, not jew(no j’s in HEBREW), so for the GENTILE OR ISRAELITE aka JEWISH person that think it good for you & you defend it………Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,………….IN OTHER WORDS, don’t vainly think that this PIG is good for you or your body. Blessings 2 All & Be Informed, Not Confused………………

  79. Lynda says:

    I have been dealing with Leaky Gut for almost 6 years and am trying to regain focus on the dietary aspect. Last winter I had no pork for several months and the first time I ate it in the spring, my knees kept buckling on the steps, my lower back and feet were painful. I have not touched it, other that occasional bacon bits(which trigger asthma and painful joints) on a salad when dining out. It is obvious there is something in the meat. The body tells the story, so it is on the “Ya Can’t Have That Diet List”

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