Hepatitis E is a zoonotic disease, meaning a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans. Pigs are reservoirs of Hepatitis E, which raises concerns regarding the safety of the pork. Being exposed to farm animals may actually be a risk factor factor for developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, exposure to cats, dogs, and other pets may actually decrease the risk.
No standard cooking method can completely kill Salmonella and even the American Egg Board reports that eggs cooked sunny-side up are unsafe.
The most common cause of adult onset epilepsy in the world is neurocysticercosis, which are pork tapeworms curled up inside the brain. There are a number of things one can do to reduce one’s risk of contracting pork tapeworms.
Nearly half of retail meat and poultry in the United States has been found to be contaminated with Staph bacteria. When retail meat samples are tested for MRSA contamination, the superbug is consistently discovered. MRSA kills more Americans than AIDS every year in the U.S. Mutagenic compounds and viruses found in meat may be the reason as little as two boneless chicken breasts can increase leukemia risk as much as smoking ten cigarettes. There’s even an obesity-causing virus in poultry that may transmit to the human population.
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