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Paleoman and trichinicosis?

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Created August 02, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Is trichinosis caused by poor factory farming methods? (feeding rats to pigs etc)

How did paleo man avoid it?

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You mean the PH would have been lower? A higher PH would be closer to neutral and safer for parasites and bacteria.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis#Life_cycle

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What? Lots of wild animals are carnivorous. It's found in bears, crocodiles and foxes for example. There are multiple species of the trichinella worm though and not all of them have high potential to cause disease in humans.

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How did the wild animals get it? I've read that only carnivorous animals have it.

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on August 02, 2011
at 04:56 PM

I think our paleo ancestors' stomach pH would have been much higher than most of ours, naturally protecting them from bacterial infections, parasites, etc.

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on August 03, 2011
at 12:45 AM

You mean the PH would have been lower? A higher PH would be closer to neutral and safer for parasites and bacteria.

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on August 02, 2011
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No, the parasite that causes trichinosis is found not just in domesticated pigs but in many wild animals. Obviously paleo man wouldn't have been eating domesticated pork but I guess he could have gotten it from wild game, though I have no idea if it was around in the paleolithic. If so I doubt paleo man "avoided it"; before modern medicine and sanitation, infectious disease was (and still is in some places) a leading cause of death. Having said that the majority of trichinosis cases aren't fatal or even severely symptomatic. Probably they had food customs/taboos involving not feeding certain foods to children, pregnant women, and other vulnerable people after noticing their potential to cause disease. That's found in pretty much all cultures, I think.

Edit: It's true that today one of the causes is feeding raw meat to pigs (including rats, yeah) and not all species of the worm cause disease in humans, so I don't think trichinosis would have been a concern for paleo man.

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on August 02, 2011
at 03:56 PM

What? Lots of wild animals are carnivorous. It's found in bears, crocodiles and foxes for example. There are multiple species of the trichinella worm though and not all of them have high potential to cause disease in humans.

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on August 02, 2011
at 04:12 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis#Life_cycle

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on August 02, 2011
at 03:51 PM

How did the wild animals get it? I've read that only carnivorous animals have it.

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