Doctor's Note

But who eats raw eggs? It’s probably more a problem of cross-contamination before they’re cooked. See Total Recall. For info on viruses in poultry, see the last three videos: EPIC Findings on LymphomaChicken Dioxins, Viruses, or Antibiotics?; and Poultry and Penis Cancer.

The retail egg survey is open access, so feel free to download it by clicking on the link in the Sources Cited section above.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Eating Green to Prevent CancerHow Tumors Use Meat to Grow; and Eggs, Cigarettes, and Atherosclerosis.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    But who eats raw eggs? It’s probably more a problem of cross-contamination before they’re cooked. See Total Recall. For info on viruses in poultry, see the last three days of videos: EPIC Findings on Lymphoma, Chicken Dioxins, Viruses, or Antibiotics, and Poultry and Penis Cancer. And as always, there are hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. The retail egg survey is open access, so feel free to download it by clicking on the link above in the Sources Cited section.

    • HemoDynamic

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    • chjones29

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    • Raw eggs are used in mayo, french silk, and tom and jerries just to mention a few things.

    • Karl Remmen

      Raw egg eating is actually very prevalent, especially among body builders and other athletes. In the past many writers have warned that salmonella and biotin deficiency could result from eating raw eggs, the info about cancer causing viruses is not yet commonly known. I hope you’ll update as more evidence appears. Thanks!

  • Lui

    Given this, should we be concerned about getting vaccinations?
    Do you know which vaccines use eggs?

    • JB

      MMR………..Measels, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Also, please check out my associated blog post: http://nutritionfacts.org/blog/2012/05/17/poultry-and-penis-cancer/!

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please also check out my associated blog post, Poultry and Penis Cancer!

  • Suzanna Dodd

    If you’re concerned about vaccines, when you go for a flu shot or whatever type of vaccine you’re getting they are required to ask you if you are allergic to eggs. Those are the vaccines associated with fertilized chick embryos, I believe. Better to get your vaccines than to put the rest of the public at risk by not getting them, though.

    • Karen

      Flu vax effectiveness pretty low says the CDC

  • Emiliano Lopez

    I throw raw eggs in my protein shakes :'(

  • Dennis Caeton

    is the virus found in the yolk. the whites or, both?

  • Jim

    It doesn’t matter whether or not there are endogenous retroviruses in chicken eggs or anything else. They are harmless. Retroviruses have long been known as passenger or associated viruses and do not kill the cells they infect. They are RNA viruses as opposed to DNA. No virus, either DNA or RNA is causal for cancer. Retroviruses have been known to cause tumors in chickens (Rous Chicken Virus) but they were never cancerous and not infectious to humans. Retroviruses are so small as to be almost invisible even in the electromicroscope. They were studied in the70’s as a catalyst for cancer in Nixons Cancer-Virus Program due to this property they had of living inside the cell without killing it. That program failed to prove they were carcinogenic to humans. Now though, corrupted science through the CDC blames them for cancer of the cervix and many say the SV40 virus, another RNA type, is causing all sorts of cancers w/o any evidence or studies… Science spokespeople always conflate these two virus types and/or forget to mention which virus, RNA, or DNA they’re talking about. That’s what happened when they claimed in 1984, w/o reproducible lab procedure, that HIV, a retrovirus, was the cause of total immune destruction…..hmmm never happened. Now most scientists use PCR to “isolate” viruses but they don’t say that this form of isolation can only detect minute fragments of what may or may not be a virus or microbe that may have been at the scene of the crime once. But that’s not isolation. Kochs Postulates is isolation.

    • Karl

      I hope you’re right. I love raw organic eggs