Pig – More Than Just An Animal

Pig - More Than Just An Animal

Pig is undoubtedly the greatest gift from God, apart from being a choice food source of the Chinese, no part of the animal is wasted. Would you believe an incredible 185 different uses to which it is put  –  from the manufacture of sweets and shampoo, to bread, body lotion, beer and bullets? Please refer chart above.

This is really turning the world where there are religious restrictions & practices among the Muslims & the Jews pertaining to the consumption of pork, avoidance of pig products is inescapable.

The complex workings of the global food and processing industry have ensured that it is almost impossible to avoid pig altogether.

Christien Meindertsma, from Holland, author of “Pig 05049”, in a TED presentation that I saw recently, looks at the astonishing afterlife of the ordinary pig, parts of which make their way into at least 185 non-pork products, from bullets to artificial hearts.


Identified by its yellow ear tag number, 05049, her pig trail ended with her identifying an incredible 185 different uses to which it was put  –  from the manufacture of sweets and shampoo, to bread, body lotion, beer and bullets. As such, it would be appropriate to stop thinking of the pig as just an animal – but more like an industrial raw material with a mind-blowing amount of different uses.

She found that 4.9lbs of her 16st 3lb pig went to making wine gums, while 4.8lbs went into liquorice. In this process, collagen is taken from the pig and is then converted into gelatine. This finds its way into numerous foodstuffs, where it acts as a gelling agent.

It is not only sweets that contain pork gelatine. In some beers, wines and fruit juices, pig gelatine is used to remove the cloudiness from the drink. It works as a clarifying agent by reacting with the tannins in the liquid and absorbing the cloudiness.

Some ice creams, whipped creams, yoghurts and certain butters also contain gelatine, as do certain pet foods. More surprisingly, a number of medicines also contain pig gelatine  –  everything from painkillers to multivitamins.

Hygiene and beauty products are also made of pig. Fatty acids extracted from the bone fat of pigs are used in shampoos and conditioners to give them their shiny, pearl-like appearance. These acids can also be found in a number of body lotions, foundations and anti-wrinkle creams. Glycerine made from pork fat is also an ingredient in many types of toothpaste.

Christein, from Holland, found that while some companies were reluctant to cooperate in her quest, others claimed that they didn’t even realise their products contained elements taken from a pig because of the middle men involved in the complex distribution process.

The confusion is not helped by the fact that it is not clear on products’ ingredient labels where they originally came from.

According to the Food Standards Authority, there is no legal obligation for manufacturers to specify whether the gelatine they use is from a pig or another animal. When it is specified, it is often confusingly referred to as Suilline gelatine.

There’s an old expression that says: when it comes to pig, you can use everything but the squeal. Over the past 100 years those uses have expanded rapidly.’

Some of the surprising products that can include pig material include photographic film, which uses collagen from pig bones; shoes that use bone glue from pigs to improve the quality of the leather; and certain paints that use bone fat to enhance their glossy properties.

Some makers of cigarettes use haemoglobin from pig’s blood in their filters. Apparently this element works as a sort of ‘artificial lung’ in the cigarette so, they claim, ‘harmful reactions take place before the chemicals reach the user’.

And the next time you buy a loaf of bread you would be well advised to read the packaging. Some manufacturers use an ingredient called L-cysteine, which is a protein made from pig or other animal hair and which is used to soften the dough.

The strangest use for a pig by-product that Christein found was in bullets and explosives. Pig bone gelatine was used to help transport the gunpowder or cordite into the bullet. It is difficult not to be impressed by the sheer versatility of this animal and its parts.

Virtually nothing in a pig goes to waste. The snout from Pig 05049 became a deep-fried dog snack, while pig ears are sometimes used for chemical weapon testing due to their similarity to human tissue. Tattoo artists even buy sections of pig skin to practise their craft on due to its similarity to human skin, while it is occasionally used with burns patients for the same reason.

Pigs make an enormous contribution to medicine, with insulin, the blood-thinning drug heparin and pig heart valves all vital.

There you are. So it’s not just pork chop, roast pork, bacon, ham of which we are familiar with. There’s such a lot of wealth & value in the various parts of the pig to benefit mankind.

Enjoying pork rinds (skin) as a crunchy snack, certainly a delicious crackle, is only scratching its surface. Be surprised that one serving of pork rinds is higher in protein & lower in fat than a serving of peanut. Because pork rinds have 0 grams of carbohydrates, their glycerine response is zero, making them an alternative for some diabetics.Even Men’s Health Magazine agrees that pork rinds are good for you.


Believe It Or Not – One Year Old Child Is Pregnant!

By P Chong                                                                    Sat. 30 Oct. 2010


From the Virtual Fun Zone site came this amazing unbelievable story: “One Year Child Is Pregnant”! This news is indeed the most popular & shocking news on the web! It’s true. Believe it or not!

It is reported that a one year old child has been found pregnant in Saudi Arabia. Doctor says it’s a unique case for this world! Medical Science Report says : “When the mother of this child was pregnant, she had 2 foetuses inside her. But one of the foetus grew inside the other, this why this girl was born with the other foetus inside her womb.”


I am only guessing . . . this must be one in a million chance that such a natural phenomenon or freak occurred. Many questions come to mind:

    • Will the pregnancy be allowed to continue?
    • How will the little child mother cope?
    • If allowed to continue, will the foetus grow normally?
    • What medical ethics are there to rule in such a case?


Perhaps you have more questions to ask . . .


Here are some more pictures from the hospital:



Source: http://virtualfunzone.com/1-year-old-child-is-pregnant.html


Stopping that Nasty Cough!

By P Chong                                        Friday 17 September 2010

A sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc.

This is my personal testimony, often plagued with hay fever or catching a persistent uncontrollable cough . . . like picking bad habits . . . like having a cough of death!

If you are one of those unfortunate number that suffer from persistent & uncontrollable cough that keeps you wide awake at night (or even during the day), not just yourself but others too, it is time that you hear of this simple effective treatment for that nasty cough!

It is recommended that you do away with all past treatments & medicines. Forget about:

* antibiotics

No fear of harmful side-effects, as often accompanied strong medicine & prescriptive drugs.

You are absolutely guaranteed to feel extremely soothing & comforting with a sound sleep!

It works 100 percent of the time, although the scientists at the Canada Research Council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why.

 Vicks Vapour Rub is your magic medical formula.

All that you need do is to put Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottom of your feet at bedtime and then cover them with socks.

Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about five minutes and you’d stay relieved for many, many hours. You’ll sleep comfortably & be free from that nasty cough for hours on end!

Cough medicines for kids often do more harm than good 
due to the chemical makeup of strong drugs. 
If you have children or grandchildren, pass it on. If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed.

How to stop cough in 5 minutes!!! This is a must try . . .

It works like magic!

Remember where to rub that Vicks Vapour Rub . . . not near your nose, throat or chest as we all are likely to do BUT on the bottom of your feet!

Drug companies will not want to have this publicized for commercial reasons.

Dentists Galore . . . Services Deplore

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Dentists Galore . . . Services Deplore (By Paul Chong)


Kalamunda is a delightful place up in Perth Hills reflecting its glorious days when it used to be a weekend retreat for folks down in the City. Needless to say, you’ll find a greater number of retirees living up here with every conceivable human conveniences. There are banks, shops, shopping centres, post office, restaurants, bar lounges, lawyers, doctors & of course dentists – all in close proximity & within walking distances.

Dentists are found in every nook & corner whether it’s in Kalamunda, Lesmurdie or Gooseberry Hills. Like the medical doctors, they’re expected to perform a worthwhile dental service in true professionalism. With their numerical spread, one would expect the convenience & choice of excellent dental service.

To begin with, we as patients are much to be blamed when it comes to dental care. Though an essential part of health, we invariably neglect this area of care, especially when it means visiting a dentist. The very thought of the dentist’s drill sends chill down my spine. For that alone, we tend to postpone our dental appointment and seldom maintain our regular visits (at least speaking for myself).

As though it’s not painful enough, more pain is being extracted out of our pockets & wallets. This is because dental service is unregulated and charges & costs can hit the roof without any control. Unlike consulting your personal physician, you can be sure you’ll never be ripped off. But with the dentist, it’s said they make more money than the medical doctors!


The shocking thing is that in Kalamunda Shire where I have chosen to live for the last twenty odd years, dentists galore . . . but service deplore! Our Government has a scheme in place called EPC (Enhanced Patient Care) for diabetic patients, where dental charges are reimbursed by Medicare. The nursing sister at Stirk Medical Group told me that she wrote to all the dentists seeking their services under the scheme without getting as much as an acknowledgment. But why would they want to come under the scheme with restrictive charges? I have personally sought out some of them myself but to no avail with the exception of one pretty dentist, whose gentle hands & soothing voice release your tightening grip on the dentist’s chair.

Are dentists trained just to make money? With due respect & without prejudice, lots of the dentists are brilliant & bright, but I guess their lights shine along more on the financial path than on the path of care & service to the community at large. Diabetic patients requiring dental care are ever increasing but will be facing increasing deplorable dental service. Really a pathetic state of affair.

There is however one dental practice in Kalamunda, Jan Yeo Dental Surgery, that deserves every praise for the services rendered. Staffed by two very proficient dentists I(both ladies), it’s also staffed by a well qualified dental therapist (complete with a Bachelor of Oral Health), whose gentlest of hands render you a scaling & cleaning service virtually free from pain or uneasiness.

Dental care begins with oral health and here you have it at no. 1 Kalamunda Road, Kalamunda.

Paul Chong

Monday 23 September 2008