(kosher?) vs. Unclean Meats
Dr. DeHaan's comment: I
would like to explain that the recommendation of eating clean meats
and avoiding unclean meats is not about religion. I do not practice
Judaism. But there is a good reason for most of the principles outlined
in the Bible and the principle of avoiding certain meats has complete
reason and science behind it. Animals found on the unclean meat
list either eat garbage, toxins and poisons, which becomes part
of the meat structure you would eat, or they do not digest the food
properly. It is good that there are animals like vultures that eat
dead flesh and shrimp or catfish that eat the waste in the ocean.
That is part of the cycle of nature. But the human body was not
designed to deal with those poisons, it does not have the same processing
organs. To eat of those meats is to invite all of those toxins and
poisons into our body. And those, friends, are exactly what accumulate
in our systems and become the sickness and diseases later in life.
Like I said, I am not
a practicing Jew. I do my very best not to eat foods on the Unclean
list, just because ingesting them is leading the body toward disease,
not away from it. But all too often, religion takes biblical principles
and turns them into law. This does not interest me, so I am not
real concerned that a food be "kosher." If you are interested
in the Jewish dietary laws or better yet the Biblical passages that
explain what foods are to be eaten and what foods are to be avoided,
you might look in the "details" section at http://www.jewfaq.org/kashrut.htm.
Biblically Clean Food List
MEAT: It must have a hoof and the hoof must be parted; it must chew
its own cud. A cloven hoof is divided or split hoof. Animals that
chew their cud are known as ruminants, whose stomach consists of
four chambers. Food enters the rumen where digestion begins, then
it passes to the reticulum, for more digestion and expulsion upward
(chew it again). The food returns to a chamber called the omasum
and finally to the abomasums where the cud passes into the duodenum
and intestines. The process that occurs in the four stomachs allows
ruminants to eliminate bacteria, toxins, parasites and other items
that might become part of the flesh and eventually end up in the
human body when it is consumed at the table. Overall it seems pretty
wise that we don’t eat any animal that does not have four
stomachs, lacking the ability to remove bacteria, virus, parasites,
etc. Wouldn’t you say?
• Roe deer
FISH: A fish must have fins and scales, whether in the seas or the
rivers (fresh or salt water). Scales help the fish repel toxins
in the water. They tend to be very picky eaters, rejecting dead
foods, polluted or otherwise contaminated areas to feed in. The
fat content described below is not something you need to be concerned
with as far as the Bible describes; it is only listed in case you
wish to eat meat of a particular fat content.
• Cod (*lower fat)
• Red snapper*
• Sea bass*
• Rainbow trout*
• Fin tuna*
• Bass (**average fat content)
• Mullet **
• Orange roughy**
• Bluefin tuna**
• Herring (***high fat content)
NOTE: When you purchase your fish, choose the whole fish, unskinned
if you can. You can ask the butcher to take the head off and debone
it, but it is best if the fish is sold whole. Look at the eyes of
the fish: they should be shiny, bright and bulging, firm and clear.
The scales should be shiny. If you touch the fish and leave an indention
in the meat, don’t eat it. The meat should be firm and bounce
back. If the fish has a fishy smell, it is not fresh and is not
FOWL: Fowl must not be a meat-eating fowl. If a bird eats rats or
snakes or other animals that are unclean to begin with, they will
be ingesting the poisons and toxins contained in the meat of the
animal they are eating. Examples of acceptable fowl include:
These are also allowed and considered clean.
Biblically Unclean Food List
it has no hoof; if the hoof is not parted; if it does not chew its
• Rock badgers
FISH: If fish do not have fins and scales (bony tubercles are not
considered scales). Any fish without scales, especially the catfish,
has a wonderful ability to absorb pollutants from the water. When
oil spills, pollution, chemical waste and such are dumped into the
water, many fish die. But how many of these have you seen dead on
the sea shore? They absorb the toxins into their flesh.
• European flatfish
SEAFOOD: All crustaceans and mollusk shellfish. Shellfish have a
unique ability to purify water of pathogenic bacteria such as those
found in raw sewage. Clams and oysters can filter up to fifty gallons
of seawater a day. These creatures clean the seas of waste, but
the waste becomes part of their flesh. Consider these the cockroaches
of the sea. The Bible considers them not only unclean but an abomination!
• Crabs (crustaceans)
• Lobsters (crustaceans)
• Shrimp (crustaceans)
• Prawns (crustaceans)
• Crayfish (crustaceans)
• Clams (shellfish)
• Mussels (shellfish)
• Oysters (shellfish)
• Scallops (shellfish)
FOWL: Anything that eats dead meat is unclean, or birds of prey
because there is no guarantee what they’ve eaten. Remember
that anything an animal eats will become part of its flesh and eventually
become a hazard to you if you end up eating that animal.
CREEPER: Any animal that creeps.
Additionally, no animal is to be consumed if it was not slaughtered
for food. This means you should not eat anything that died of a
natural cause as it might be diseased. You are not to eat meat cooked
in its mother’s milk. You are not to eat the blood, but drain
off all the blood from the meat and eat no fat from the meat, but
cut it off. This is what the Bible commands.
Not that it is allowable, but just as a note, the unhealthiest creatures
on the face of the earth are human beings. They are the most toxic.
I’m glad we are not on the food chain for anything else, or
we would surely kill them!
Scientific studies have proven that each of the
foods listed as unclean do have very toxic effects on the body (especially
in accumulated amounts). Although many religious people do not see
any harm in what is eaten believing that the Biblical principles
are no longer valid, it seems that Bible and science have come together
to show otherwise.
References for additional study
1. The Bible Cure by Reginald Cherry, M.D.
2. What Would Jesus Eat by Don Colbert, M.D.
3. Conscious Eating by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
4. Why Christians Get Sick by George Malkmus.
5. The McDougal Program by John A. McDougal.