Raw = not dangerous

In Short

We are constantly misled about bacteria in our foods.

Bacteria (like salmonella) are naturally present in all foods. Bacteria are not dangerous, unless your defense system has been severely weakened. If you don't absorb such bacteria on a very regular basis, your defense will be weaker. Only if your defense is exposed to hostile bacteria often enough, will your body be well trained to overpower them. Just think of having a locally prepared diner in a far away, less developed country; you may get seriously ill, while the locals have no problems at all, with that same food, simply because their bodies are trained to fight the bacteria in that food.


And parasites in fish? 

They can readily be detected, so, you can eat fresh raw egg yolks and fresh raw fish without concern, in order to have a well trained defense system.

Know how to recognize fresh fish and -eggs, and enjoy them and be healthy. 







In Detail




How could we ever believe that bacteria in fresh raw foods are dangerous ?

Cheetahís sometimes store their prey for days in a tree before eating it, without dropping dead afterwards. The fox steals and eats raw eggs, and chimps, gorillas and other primates eat insects.



Or are we fundamentally different from other mammals ?


Of course not; biochemically, we are very much the same, and for millions of years we also only ate raw foods.

But nowadays we hardly consume raw foods anymore. Especially elder people are advised not to consume raw foods. And when you only consume prepared foods, your defense system is not trained to fight bacteria. If they subsequently eat something that has been stored in the fridge too long, they can become seriously ill.


To be able to fight bacteria, you have to eat raw foods. It's criminal to advice elderly to consume sterile foods only, increasing fatal intoxication risk. Having an untrained defense system can be lethal ; during the conquest of South America a majority of 50 million natives merely died of contagious 'white man' diseases, for their defense systems weren't trained to fight these strange bacteria / viruses. (1)

Consuming raw foods daily, or incidentally consuming bad food can give you the runs at worst.

All fresh natural foods contain sufficient bacteria to train your defensive system. Don't eat bad food ''to intensify training'', because absorbing far too much bacteria on a regular basis eventually can cause arthritis (2), stomach- and / or colon cancer. (3)





lf your defensive system is not well trained, and you've consumed something that was not fresh at all anymore, it might be that your body needs to increase body-temperature to fight the bacteria; fever.

Unfortunately, antibiotics hardly work anymore (4), because we have used antibiotics too much, making bacteria resistant against these antibiotics. (5) Also, antibiotics (at best) not only weaken bacteria, but your defense system too, increasing risk of intoxication (6) and becoming ill again. (7) Some antibiotics (like streptonigrin) increase radical oxygen release to fight bacteria, which of course damages human cells too.

Antibiotics also kill bacteria in the colon, which can cause sleeplessness (8), because some of these bacteria produce factor S, which induces sleep. (9)


The only way to get ill from bacteria in food, is by having an untrained defense system, or by consuming food that contains far too much bacteria.

When animals are sick, they usually don't eat, because their defense system is weakened. When we are sick, we shouldn't eat anything either.

If food contains far too much bacteria, it is already partially decomposed by bacteria. And if this is raw food, the smell will tell you. But if this food has been prepared, containing herbs etc., and stored in the fridge, it is much harder to tell. Therefore, the real danger is in prepared food that has been stored in the fridge.


If fish isn't that fresh anymore, the smell definitely tells you so.

If fruit is rotten, you can see it.

If egg yolk isn't that fresh anymore you, itís also easy to tell.

In nuts it's a little harder ;


See more specific info about consuming raw nuts 

, about consuming raw fish

, about consuming raw egg yolk

and about consuming fruits 

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