The Adverse Influence of Pork Consumption on Health


by Professor Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, M.D.

Biological Therapy Vol.1 No. 2 1983

In consideration of wide sections of the population, it appeared strongly advisable to investigate more closely the reasons for the nocuity of pork and to report on the toxic and stress factors contained in pork, i.e. sutoxins. A possibility emerges that everyone can stay healthy by omitting toxic factors (specific pork poisons) from his diet or can regain health by observing a strict ban on pork.

The fact that pork causes stress and gives rise to poisoning is known. It is obvious that this does not only apply to preparations of fresh pork such as cold cuts, knuckles, feet, ribs and cutlets, etc., but also to cured meats (ham, bacon, etc.) and to smoked meats prepared for sausages.

Consumption of freshly killed pork products causes acute responses, such as inflammations of the appendix and gall bladder, biliary colics, acute intestinal catarrh, gastroenteritis with typhoid and paratyphoid symptoms, as well as acute eczema, carbuncles, sudoriparous abscesses, and others. These symptoms can be observed after consuming sausage meats (including salami which contains pieces of bacon in the form of fat).

The consumption of pork is particularly dangerous in the tropical regions. This, for example, is shown in parts of Africa where both the Islamic and Western civilizations live in neighboring territories under the same climatic conditions. The same conditions apply to various races in the Himalayas where the Hunsa (Bircher) live. The Islamic population does not consume pork and is healthy, working to a considerable age as porters for numerous expeditions. The races of the Western civilizations living on the other side of the valley do not observe the Islamic rules of behavior and eating, and suffer from all of the common illnesses. In other words .the population which observes the Islamic laws is healthy, while those who follow the habits of western civilization manifest all the typical diseases which come with the consumption of pork. Reference must be made to the founders of the great cultures, who have also fundamentally influenced Western culture. Moses, the prophet, and Mohammed, for example, recognized the prohibitions imposed by nature and based their laws on them.

The Old Testament: In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 of the Holy Bible is written:

Lev. 11. Clean and Unclean Food The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Say to the Israelites: Of all the animals that live on land, these are the Ones you may eat: You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud. There are some that only chew the cud or only have a split hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The coney, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you. And the pig, though it has a split hoof completely divided, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you."

Deut. 14: "You may eat any animal that has a split hoof divided in two and that chews the cud. However, of those that chew the cud or that have a split hoof completely divided you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the coney. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a split hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you. The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses."

The Koran: In Sura 1 6, Verse 115 is written:

He has forbidden you carrion, blood, and the flesh of swine; also any flesh consecrated other than in the name of Allah. But whoever is constrained to eat any of these, not intending to sign or transgress, will find Allah forgiving and merciful.

Jehovah, God of the Israelites also established identical prohibitions regarding the law of nature against which one must not sin; to do so will certainly bring biological retribution through the promise of "sickness in the form of punishment". (See Deuteronomy 28 for example)

It would be superfluous to mention the people of Saudi-Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, or any other country where Islam is the national religion since these laws of practice have been their principles for several thousand years.

The strict prohibition of pork, by the Jews and the Moslems is also very well known. It is often suggested that these customs are religious-hygienic measures ordered by the priests because of the Trichina content of pork. This, however, is unfounded as this practice dates back to the time of Moses and Mohammed when Trichina was not known.

In World War II, soldiers in North Africa were taken ill in ever increasing numbers. They were suffering from abscesses of the lower part of the leg called "tropical ulcers". These ulcerations left the soldiers unfit to fight and necessitated lengthy hospital confinement, often requiring their removal to more temperate climates. Every possible form of treatment as well as chemical therapy was exhausted without positive results. It was then suggested that these leg ulcers could possibly be connected with the soldiers' eating habits, as the natives showed no signs of this disease. Rations to the soldiers were then based on a diet free from pork, much like that eaten by the Islamic population. This resulted in the immediate relief of the leg ulcer syndrome.

During the lean years of the war and especially those after the war, the health of the population was, practically speaking, good. Few people could eat their fill. Meat from any source was only available in small amounts, pork was rarely ever available. There was very little fat, hardly any sugar, but there were plenty of cereals and grains, i.e., bread and pastries. These were supplemented with potatoes, root crops and fresh vegetables.

During that time there were hardly any cases of inflamed appendix and no gall bladder problems except among those who had managed to kill a black market pig, which was rare. At the same time rheumatism, intervertebral disc damages and similar complaints were almost unknown. This was also true of cardiac ailments, sclerosis, and high blood pressure.

Soon after the currency reform of 1948 was established, pork products, ham arid particularly bacon became readily available and the health picture of the German population completely changed. Inflammation of the appendix, gall bladder disorders, acute eruptions of the skin such as pyodermia, impetigo, carbuncles and sudoriparous abscesses became common place. Upon treating these illnesses with chemical drugs and sulphonamides. chronic mycosis as well as a variety of side effects soon became apparent.

Particularly frightening was the increase in cases of cancer at that time. A great many patients between 60 and 70 years old, who had hitherto been free of disorders, suddenly became ill with stomach complaints, which were found to be caused by cancer of the alimentary canal, the stomach or the intestines. The progress of these cases was so instructive and biologically significant, or rather had such causal bases, that certain deductions as to the origin of all illnesses had to be made; this being that the basis of all illnesses are poisons.

Over the years, it was found that many other illnesses, such as arthritis and chronic osteoarthrosis, were to a large extent due to pork consumption, as well as some special diseases such as leucorrhea in women, chronic fistular eruptions, not only those following ear surgery, as for example after otitis, but also those adherent to shot wounds suffered during the war. As these were sustained through the consumption of pork, they were slow to heal, if at all, unless a biological, particularly a homeopathic cure involving complete abstinence of any and all types of pork was undertaken.

Feeding experiment with white mice

The results of these experiments were documented and published in "Homotoxins and Homtaxicoses, Fundamentals of a Synthesis of Medicine" by H.-H. RECKEWEG, Aurelia Publishing House, Baden-Baden in 1955.

The mice fed on pork developed a marked tendency towards cannibalism. As they grew older (ranging from a few months. to about a year). many developed cancer in various parts of their bodies.

In some cases skin diseases also became apparent. On the other hand, the mice fed on a normal diet also developed diseases, but there were fewer cases of cancer or of fatal illnesses; also they showed no signs of cannibalism.

Pork should never be fed to dogs, particularly boxers as they develop mange and itching skin sores, as well as tendency for severe internal diseases.

The same was reported about circus animals; especially lions and tigers, which due to pork consumption became lazy and obese, suffered from severe bloody noses (probably due to high blood pressure), and soon died.

The owner of a trout farm reported that the entire stock could be eliminated in a matter of days by feeding minced pork to the trout.