I've eaten sushi, and in the distant past (when US grocers would grind meat in front of you, preferably from locally-grown beef), I've even eaten raw beef. I won't eat raw meat any longer, nor will I eat raw eggs. I just don't have that much trust in the output of agro-factories.
And I would never trust anecdotal evidence that hookworms cure, relieve, or prevent asthma or allergy.
Information about American English usage here and here.
Any New York City or Connecticut area jobs? I'm currently unemployed.