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A 48-year-old member asked:

everytime i eat pork i get headaches?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Avoid pork: While you do not have an allergy, you may have a sensitivity to either some of the proteins or how it is prepared and i would avoid eating it. If you started noting headaches after eating raw or undercooked pork, you should know about cystercicosis, which can effect brain tissue as well.If you notice any changing neurologic signs, ask your primary to assess this very rare but possible disease.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for your digestive track to have difficulty with pork?

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Dr. John Edmison
Gastroenterology 19 years experience
Yes: The most common problem caused by consumption of pork is dysphagia from a food bolus. The pork gets stuck in the esophagus causing the person unable to swallow liquids or solids. An upper endoscopy is required for removal of the food bolus. Common causes include structuring of the esophagus and even esophageal cancer.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is eating raw or undercooked pork, dangerous?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Very dangerous!: Pork that is cooked rare may carry trichinosis, a parasite that can cause extremely serious health problems. I advise never eating pork unless it is well cooked!
A 30-year-old member asked:

How should I prepare pork to make it most healthy?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
COOK IT: Thoroughly and minimize salt as a spice.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the reason some semitic peoples avoid pork?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Religious: The proscription against pork comes from the issue of the trichinosis infestation common to pork. This can infest the human who eats poorly cooked pork with a sickening and sometimes deadly illness. Because of this, a religious prohibition to eat pork has become institutionalized in certain religions of semitic origin include islam and judiasm.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you still have a risk of trich from undercooked pork? Havent heard about it in years.

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
IMPROVEMENTS IN: Processing and education on proper cooking has helped, but there is always a chance.

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