Bacteria and Parasites in Animal Based ‘Food’ Products

Bacteria and Parasites in Animal Based 'Food' Products

What is so bad about eating animal products?

With the rise of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, I thought it was important to update this post.  Zoonotic viruses are transferred to humans through the consumption of animals. Think Avian Bird Flu, Mad Cow Disease, Swine Flu, and now the Novel Coronavirus named COVID-19 which came from ‘wet markets’ in Wuhan China – in particular from Pangolins.

For the science on tracing the virus to Pangolins, please see:

IF you would like to know what a ‘wet market’ is, please see this video on Facebook (warning, graphic).

Here is a great Tedx Talk by my friend Aysha Akhtar – Forward to 8:36 for Dr. Aysha Akhtar predicting a pandemic virus from eating animals!

Additionally, there are MANY parasites and harmful bacteria found in meat.  Here are a few:

Chicken: Campylobacter bacteria (found in 73% of all raw chicken and will cause autoimmune disease), Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens.

I have written more about the camplyobacter bacteria here.

Eggs: Campylobacter bacteria, Salmonella, Bacillus cereus, and Staphylococcus Aureus.

 I have written more about eggs here: Are Eggs Good or Bad For You?

Pork: Yersinia enterocolitica (69% of raw pork chops sampled in the US have this bacteria and it can cause thyroid autoimmune disease), enterococcus, staphylococcus, salmonella, and listeria.

Life threatening superbugs found in 80% of Walmart pork! See:

Beef: Paratuberculosis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Clostridium perfringens, Enterococcus, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.

Dairy: Brucella spp., Campylobacter jejuni, Coliforms, Coxiella burnetii, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Mycobacterium bovis and tuberculosis, Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, Psychrotrophic Bacteria, Salmonella spp., Streptococcus, and Yersinia enterocolitica.

Dairy also contains casein (cancer causing), casomorphins (addictive quality like heroin), IGF-1 (a growth hormone), albumin peptide (a blood protein that causes type 1 diabetes).

Read more about the dangers of dairy consumption in this post.

Fish and Seafood: Vibrio, Salmonella, Shigella, and Listeri, Clostridium botulinum, Staphylococcus aureus, MERCURY, Ciguatera + Ciguatera (neurotoxins!), Paralytic shellfish poisoning (saxitoxin).

I have written more extensively about our toxic oceans and sealife here.

DID YOU KNOW: The toxoplasma parasite, which lives in the muscles of animals, infects more than 60 million Americans, says the CDC. Most people don’t get sick because their healthy immune system keeps it at bay…. but over 200,000 illnesses are reported every year.   In people with weakened immune systems, a severe infection can cause brain damage, blindness, or worse.

Scary Possibilities

Eating animal based products can cause autoimmune diseases.  Eating processed meats and red meat may cause cancer according to the World Health Organization.  Eating a plant-based diet will NEVER cause this.  Not only is a plant-based diet much more safe and good for the environment, it is a much healthier option in many ways.  I have a testimony section on this blog of many people that have found healing on a plant-based diet.  I personally know many people that have reversed chronic diseases (type 2 diabetes, heart disease) and autoimmune diseases (MS, Fibromyalgia) on a plant-based diet.

If you are not aware of Molecular Mimicry, I would encourage you to read my article ‘Molecular Mimicry – How Eating Animal Based Products Causes Autoimmune Disease

What About Plants and Produce?

I sometimes hear erroneous statements from the purveyors of low carb high fat diets.  One of those statements is that produce causes more illness than animal products.  Perhaps you heard about the recent outbreak of food borne illnesses and outbreak of Cyclospora in cantaloupe and the salads at McDonald’s.  These were caused by FECAL CONTAMINATION by the pathogen Cyclospora cayetanensis. In other words, it is from putting the animal shit from animal agriculture on fields for fertilizer.  This bacteria was virtually unknown prior to 1990.

Read more about Clyclospora on Wiki.

I would contend that these type of outbreaks are avoidable by growing veganically, and in greenhouses or grow warehouses.

Learn more aboue veganic farming practices at

With these types of pathogens contained in our produce, it is best to thoroughly wash all produce.  I know there are a lot of raw vegan enthusiasts.  For the sake of food safety, unless you can verify that your produce has been grown veganically, I would encourage the cooking of virtually all produce to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to taking food safety precautions, perhaps it is time for many of us to consider growing our own garden, and encouraging local farms and CSA’s to grow veganically.

As always, please feel feel to reach out to me directly if you have any questions about this article or any other content on my blog.

In good health,



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