Have you ever wondered if your food is clean or full of germs. Usually, you assume that your food is clean, cooked, washed, and safe to eat. However, even if you wash your plant foods really well, there could still be germs on it.
Even if you cook or pasteurize your milk, eggs, or meat, it can still be full of millions of pleomorphic, pathogenic microorganisms. Pathogenic means something that can cause disease. This means that it may not be as safe to eat as you had previously thought.
My husband and I studied from a microbiologist many years ago. His name was Robert O. Young Ph.D., D.Sc. and he’d written a book titled Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired? My husband read that, and I got and used the cookbook. Dr. Young discovered the importance of alkaline foods for helping the body to become more alkaline. He did blood tests on people and learned a lot about how disease is caused and about the warning signs in the blood.
We had a blood test to see how our blood looked. Mine looked healthy, but was moving slow since I’d eaten an old orange that morning. The person giving the test said that you could have perfectly fine blood and then walk across the street and have some cooked eggs at Shoney’s, and then come back 20 minutes later, your blood would be full of bacteria.
In the back of his wife’s recipe book was a chart of the Microform/Symptogenic Load Comparison of Foods. Here are the main points brought out in that chart.
If you have clean plant food that has been uncontaminated during the handling process, there is a possibility that there will still be about 10 microorganisms/pathogens per gram. These are also known as germs, parasites, bacteria, viruses, or fungi. You may think that this is a lot, but on the other hand, there are animal foods that have thousands of these microscopic invaders that we will just call germs.
Animal Foods with amounts of pathogens considered acceptable by the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
- One gram of grade A pasteurized milk has 20,000 germs, while a cup will have five million.
- Butter has seven million germs per serving.
- Honey can have up to 150,000 per gram.
- One serving of ice cream tends to have 225 million microorganisms/pathogens per serving.
- One egg has 37,500,000 germs per serving
- One serving of cheese can have up to 100 million germs.
- Each serving of beef, poultry, lamb, pork, and seafood can contain up to 336,000,000 germs per serving.
- And, the animal precuts for the average American Meals will have between 750,000,000-1,000,000,000 pleomorphic pathogenic microorganisms!!
While the average vegan or vegetarian meal of only plant foods can contain less than only 500 of those types of germs.Raw produce, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains that are as clean as possible or uncontaminated during handling can still have 10 microorganisms/pathogens per gram.
You may wonder how people survive, considering that they eat plenty of servings daily and weekly. Well, for one thing, humans have a wonderful immune system. Your immune system is very effective in fighting off these daily invaders. You also have a certain amount of hydrochloric acid, which helps you to deal with the germs you can’t quite wash off.
Think of all the herbivores out in nature eating grass and plants that usually haven’t been washed off. They seem to do very well in spite of the possible bugs or parasites on the plants. People are even told that it’s better to not wash off a carrot when pulling it out of the ground. They say, that ideally, you need the B12, so instead of washing off the carrot, just brush off the dirt.
You actually need some of those little microscopic bugs and the excrement that they give off. That’s how you get your B12. B12 is something that bacteria gives off and somehow it gives you energy. Cyanocobalamin is a byproduct of human sewage that is put into many supplement pills.
Don’t be afraid, though, there are supplements that have B12 that come from natural plant sources if you’re worried about the germs and the thought of where some things come from.
So, to conclude, you do need some foods with germs for their B12 content. But, too much will stress your immune system and body. You can end up with disease and illness. As a human, you do have an excellent immune system to be able to deal with germs. When you eat foods that are too full of germs, your liver doesn’t function as well, your white blood cells can’t handle it all, and cancer can grow.
If you eat more clean foods or specially fermented products with the good germs or probiotics and beneficial flora, you will have more energy and better digestion. I like to focus on the plant-based ones, because the animal proteins have been proven to cause cancer.
Japanese Miso Soup is a tasty recipe that you can link to here. Miso, kim-chi, sauerkraut, soy yogurt, raw soy sauce (Nama Shoyu), and sourdough bread can be helpful sources of the good germs and B12.
Make sure that you exercise regularly, it helps your lymph system to clean your body of infections and bacterias. Your lymph system doesn’t work unless you move your arms and legs.