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
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 1:57
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    Why do you construe me as disrespecting those individuals?? Obviously they can avoid eating meat and fish together if they want. You asked if they must do so and I said (that I think) they can do what they want. Why would you think otherwise? Putting their lives in danger may be stupid on their part, but I don't see any formal issue from a halachik point of view. Let's wait for an answer and see if my view is justified.
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 2:45
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    @DoubleAA But I did not say "allowed to", I said "applies" to them. I'm especially wondering about things like eggs/onions/garlic overnight which is a ruach ra'ah - does a ruach ra'ah apply to a non-jew? Since these (some of them) are spiritual dangers, I would assume they would ask, so I was surprised when you insinuated they wouldn't care.
    – Ariel
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 2:56
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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
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 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
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 10:46

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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
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 3:32

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