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"When I was a kid my mom had this habit (or whatever you'd call it). After arriving home from the supermarket, if she'd bought ground beef she'd always take a hunk of it and eat it raw before making it into patties and storing it in the freezer. She'd always give me a hunk to eat raw, too. It must have been a family tradition, because I noticed that when I was visiting my Aunt Carol and went grocery shopping with them, she'd do the same thing after arriving home. Nobody ever got tapeworms." Andrew

Yeah, my mom made "beef tartar" but I wasn't that crazy about it. It was raw egg, minced green onion, coarse cracked pepper, and a little salt. It's supposed to be real lean ground beef. Like ground round. I thought it was a German thing.

I think because we live in a more temperate climate and have more land, and the animals aren't as crowded and kept in as filthy conditions as in 3rd world tropical countries there are less parasites. Warm tropical countries are notorious for having internal and external parasites and pathogens that will infect you.

My brother's second Indonesian wife had human roundworms (ascarids) when she came over here. She had to take worm medicine. It was something she picked up in Indonesia. Probably had all her life till she moved here.

Underdeveloped tropical countries are nasty. BIL picked up something in Ghana that infected his eye. Was under his eyelid. It was while he was over there on the Water Well project digging wells in sub Saharan Africa. Trying to eradicate guinea worm.

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