Medical professionals have identified another disease caused by parasites that reside in pork meat. This one affects the brain; the symptoms begin with light headaches that won’t go away. Doctors generally diagnose the headaches as coming from high blood pressure; but blood pressure medication does not stop them. They get worse and worse and the brain is finally clogged with cysts brought about by the parasites making their home in the human brain. A slow and terrible death is the final result.
According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), cysticercosis is an infection caused by the pork parasite, Taenia solium. Infection occurs when the tapeworm larvae are ingested, pass through the intestinal wall and enter the body to form cysticerci, or cysts. The cysts migrate throughout the body with the microscopic parasites living and eating and defecating inside them until they finally empty themselves within the human bloodstream, resulting in symptoms that vary depending on whether they lodge in the muscles, the eyes, the brain, or spinal cord. When lodged in the muscles these tiny bugs can cause severe soreness and stiffness, and eventually loss of muscle tissue. They will eventually cause blindness when in the eyes and crippling forms of pain and arthritis when tied to the spinal cord.
It can take years for the detrimental results of this parasite to show in the muscles, the eyes, or the spinal cord, but the negative effects are seen almost immediately when the parasite decides to take up its home in the brain.
I hate to say it, but this truly makes me laugh. For as many people as we’ve warned in the last twenty-five years not to eat swine because it is a dangerous health hazard, barely a handful have listened and continue to poison themselves with both swine and crustaceans. And as clearly as it’s written in the Lord’s Message, I can see no reason for compassion on a huge herd of stiff-necked apes.
Don’t forget it folks; the Lord said He would not be mocked (Galatians 6.7), and He truly will not be.
8. Also, the hog is unhealthy for you to consume, for even though its hooves are split in two, it does not chew the cud. You should not eat its meat or touch its dead remains.
The above rule the Lord gave us as a health rule, to help us live long and healthy lives — not to punish us and keep us from enjoying ourselves. Swine were created as sewers, to take care of the excrement dumped outside cities and camps. They were never meant to be eaten. They are in fact the only known animal to be able to subsist on their on dung.
For not obeying the Lord’s commands He promised that He will “bring upon you all the diseases the Egyptians had which you so dreaded.” And He promised that “those diseases shall cling to you from now on.” And, Moses informs us that He further added this: “The Ever-Living shall also cause every kind of disease and disaster not recorded in this book filled with my reasonings to descend on you until you are brought down to nothing.” (Deuteronomy 28.60-61)
Today we live in fortunate times, especially if you have a curiosity or wonder or simply need to know what happened in the ancient world, because we have much of that information today — that our ancestors did not have. Due to archeological digs and anthropologists having studied the remains of thousands of bodies in Egypt, we know that the Egyptians were the first people to have cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. And look at what is plaguing the Lord’s people from Europe to the Americas and Canada. It happens to be those very same diseases, and they have not always afflicted us as they have the last seventy-five years or so, because at the turn of the 20th Century none of these were even listed on the top ten diseases afflicting Americans. So, there it is.
Nope! The Lord shall not be mocked.