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Perspective on Jaminet on Pork

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Created February 25, 2012 at 6:51 AM

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Hack this article about the dangers of pork by the Jaminets

Ok, now that the 3rd installment of this series is up, can anyone provide some perspective on his conclusions on pork. Comments on his blog seem to amount to "see, pork will kill you for sure." Must be a bit more nuanced than this, yes? It seems illogical that periodically eating pork would be toxic in the context of a varied whole foods diet.

Helpful to read this earlier post on the subject: http://paleohacks.com/questions/96386/hack-this-article-about-the-dangers-of-pork-by-the-jaminets#axzz1nQDGLTqe

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Okinawan's don't eat that much pork. It's a myth. They eat more fish than pork.

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:02 PM

That said, you couldn't pay me to eat CAFO pork, thank you very much.

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on February 25, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Given that he quotes Leviticus in his first blog post title (and has mentioned God in comments on other blogs, I don't think Daniel is all that far off. Confirmation bias, methinks. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=5569

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on February 25, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Wow. Oh yeah this one gets a downvote for sure. I'm just hoping that you were drunk and/or stone or otherwise altered when you wrote this little nugget of nuttiness cause otherwise you're looking just plain crazy.

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on February 25, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Extrapolating from Paul's answers to a couple comments on the most recent post, I get the feeling that as long as you're eating healthy (Paleo, Primal, PHD - and there's no argument the Okinawans eat healthy) your system is going to be strong enough to fight incidental exposure - and that's the premise behind PHD, keep your system strong, provide it with the nutrients it needs to fight off infection (maybe Iodine from sea vegetables is the Okinawans' secret?), and keep blood sugar low so you're starving the pathogens.

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on February 25, 2012
at 02:22 PM

How odd. The articles I read by Paul were full of scientific and medical research citations. I don't remember seeing a Bible verse anywhere. Did we read the same post?

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on February 25, 2012
at 01:56 PM

How to explain the long lived Okinawans who eat a lot of pork. Is there high incidence of liver cirrhosis in this population of people who live long lives?

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on February 25, 2012
at 01:25 PM

This is besides the point...

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:13 AM

Summary (from all three installments)
There's a fairly high correlation between pork and liver cirrhosis. Most probable suspect appears to be Hepatitis E. Processed pork (smoked, cured, salted) seems safer than unprocessed. Avoid organ meats (pork liver especially) and products made with organ meats (pork pat??s and some sausages).

TLDR
BACON is good!

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on February 25, 2012
at 01:56 PM

How to explain the long lived Okinawans who eat a lot of pork. Is there high incidence of liver cirrhosis in this population of people who live long lives?

Medium avatar

(2923)

on February 25, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Extrapolating from Paul's answers to a couple comments on the most recent post, I get the feeling that as long as you're eating healthy (Paleo, Primal, PHD - and there's no argument the Okinawans eat healthy) your system is going to be strong enough to fight incidental exposure - and that's the premise behind PHD, keep your system strong, provide it with the nutrients it needs to fight off infection (maybe Iodine from sea vegetables is the Okinawans' secret?), and keep blood sugar low so you're starving the pathogens.

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:54 PM

Okinawan's don't eat that much pork. It's a myth. They eat more fish than pork.

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:15 AM

"Comments on his blog seem to amount to "see, pork will kill you for sure." Must be a bit more nuanced than this, yes?"

Yes, it is more nuanced than your hyper-generalization. Shocking. I think his 3rd post speaks for itself. Pigs have a biologic similarity to human (organs can often be substituted in transplants for instance) and it stands to reason (according to Jaminet) that pig viruses could survive poor preparation and transfer into humans.

Seems reasonable to me. Not sure it will affect my consumption of bacon and ham.

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:57 AM

I understand Paul Jaminet is a devout Christian who believes, 110% in The Bible.

In this hefty tome, Mister God decrees that pork is bad.

As Mister God is the supreme ruler of the universe, we must do what He says lest He smite us.

Other most peculiar things Mister God commands us to do can be found here:

http://www.evilbible.com/

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on February 25, 2012
at 02:22 PM

How odd. The articles I read by Paul were full of scientific and medical research citations. I don't remember seeing a Bible verse anywhere. Did we read the same post?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on February 25, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Wow. Oh yeah this one gets a downvote for sure. I'm just hoping that you were drunk and/or stone or otherwise altered when you wrote this little nugget of nuttiness cause otherwise you're looking just plain crazy.

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on February 25, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Given that he quotes Leviticus in his first blog post title (and has mentioned God in comments on other blogs, I don't think Daniel is all that far off. Confirmation bias, methinks. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=5569

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on February 25, 2012
at 01:25 PM

This is besides the point...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 25, 2012
at 07:02 PM

That said, you couldn't pay me to eat CAFO pork, thank you very much.

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