The Eating of Pork and Shellfish

An old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” The medical fraternity recognise this is a very true, and profound, statement of fact. Another way of putting it is, “Garbage in, garbage out.” What you eat can and does affect your physical health.Science:
Twenty first century science tells us that while “omnivores” eat just about anything, their alimentary canal is much shorter than other types of animals. As a result of these two characteristics, they are much more prone to be disease-carriers. The “pig,” is a prime example of this and can carry up to 200 different diseases, and 18 different worms and other parasites! They also carry large round worms, which can be 18 inches long, the gullet worm, three kinds of stomach worms, a tiny hair worm, a hookworm, and the thorn-headed worm, all in the small intestine. Several species of nodular worms, and one species of the whip worm, and the kidney worm, exist in the large intestine.

One worm parasite that infects many pigs is trichinella spiralis, which causes a disease known as trichinosis — for which even today there is no known cure.

In short, the pig which eats virtually anything and everything. It is a walking, wallowing “garbage can” on legs. It’s flesh is can therefore be unclean.

Shellfish, and other bottom-dwelling sea life, like the pig on land, are the scavengers of the “deep.” They are the “vacuum-cleaners” at the bottom of the sea, eating all the filth which filters down to the sea bottom. As “filters of filth,” they become “filth.”
They often contain high levels of cholesterol, mercury, disease, worms, parasites, and sometimes pesticides and other residue from man-made pollutants which they absorb from the waters where they dwell.

Herbivores however, who don’t eat meat, flesh or bugs, have two or three stomachs or secondary cud receptacles and a digestive tract that is 6 to 12 times the length of their bodies. As a result these animals avoid the multiple diseases as well as the worms and other parasites carried by omnivores. Their long alimentary canal also assures them of a much more complete digestion and detoxification of the food they eat.

The conclusion is that eaters of Pork and Shellfish risk ill health more than those who exclude them from their diet.

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The Bible:

You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud. You may not, however, eat the following animals that have split hooves or that chew the cud, but not both. … The pig has evenly split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is unclean.
Leviticus 11:3-7 (NLT)

The animals described as suitable for consumption are Herbivores while those who are listed as having split hooves or who chew the cud but not both are Omnivors.

… you must never eat animals from the sea or from rivers that do not have both fins and scales. They are detestable to you. This applies both to little creatures that live in shallow water and to all creatures that live in deep water. Leviticus 11:10 (NLT)

Interestingly the ‘edible animals’ listed in the Old Testament are complete herbivores, while the animals it discourages people from eating are “omnivores”. Given their primitive facilities for raising and preparing of food, these restrictions were prudent. Here once again we see wisdom and knowledge being taught and practiced by Israel, protecting them from ill health, before they were understood and accepted by modern society.

More evidence of divine inspiration and authorship of the Scriptures.