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There are some things that we don't do because of the danger. Things we do not do because of Danger has a list of some of them.

Are these things dangerous to non-Jews as well?

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No I'm saying that non-Jews only have 7 prohibitions and this isn't one of them. [15 is just extra characters to get to the 15 character minimum for a comment.] –  Double AA Nov 9 '12 at 1:57
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@Ariel, your comments make your question much less clear. What exactly are you asking? Are you at least asking one of the following: Are they prohibited? Why aren't they prohibited? Are these things dangerous? Do non-Jews care that they are dangerous? Why don't non-Jews care that they are dangerous? -- Or are you asking something else entirely? –  Seth J Nov 9 '12 at 3:31
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@Ariel I don't understand: If they are not prohibited [outright] to them, in what way should they apply? What other kind of prohibition is there? –  Tamir Evan Nov 9 '12 at 10:46
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@Ariel saying 'these Halakhot do/don't apply to non-Jews', to me at least, is the same as saying 'those dangerous things are/aren't forbidden to non-Jews', as the application of halakhot is to prohibit or to obligate. Also, in my opinion, 'are they prohibited to non-Jews' and 'are they dangerous for non-Jews' are two( at least) separate questions, and should be asked as such. –  Tamir Evan Nov 9 '12 at 11:41
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Speaking for myself, because I don't know what you are asking. Every time I think I get it, you tell me (or demonstrate for me) that I don't. I'm at a loss. –  Seth J Nov 11 '12 at 3:18

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There is an interesting Gemara in Avodah Zarah (31b) which provides a partial answer to your question:

אמר ליה שמואל לחייא בר רב בר אריא תא ואימא לך מילתא מעלייתא דהוה אמר רב אבוך הכי אמר אבוך הני ארמאי זוקאני דהוו שתו גילויא ולא מתו איידי דאכלי שקצים ורמשים חביל גופייהו

Said Samuel to Hiyya bar Rav: "O son of a scholar, come let me tell you a good thing which your father Rav used to say. Thus said your father: "The reason why those swollen Arameans who drink what is kept uncovered suffer no fatal consequences is because through eating abominable and creeping things their bodies become immune from it.""

(translation adapted from Soncino)

It seems that some of the things which are considered dangerous are only considered so due to other factors having to do with the physical constitution of one who observes the other laws of the Torah.

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Verrry interesting. Good tie-in to this question (imho). –  Seth J Nov 9 '12 at 3:32

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