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Wild Twist of Events, People Are Forced to Avoid Red Meat

Many life-time meat eaters are now allergic to meat. The east coast of America is seeing an outbreak of meat allergies. As we all know, lyme disease is spread by ticks. In a wild twist of events, tick saliva may produce an allergic reaction in humans consuming red meat according to Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills of the University of Virginia. Certain antibodies found in humans are meant to defend against harmful bacteria or toxins. An allergic reaction is triggered when antibodies bind to the otherwise benign substance resulting in a release of histamine. Breathing difficulties, hives, nausea and swelling can develop from the histamine.

The University of Virginia study revealed that meat allergies are on the rise in areas with a heavy tick population in Africa, Central America and the United States. However, according to Dr. Platts-Mills, ticks may not be the only cause of the allergies. The allergy can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms do not appear until several hours after the consumption of red meat. The former meat eaters can still consume fish and chicken.

The meat allergy appears to be caused from the lone star tick. The lone star tick has a white spot on its back and is very small in appearance. According to Dr. Scott Commins, main writer of the University of Virginia study, the tick causes a small prick in the skin, which allows its saliva to enter the wound. The resulting allergic reactions can be potentially deadly with anaphylactic shock

Alpha-gel, which is thought to be the allergen culprit in the meat allergies, is found in red meat, lamb and pork. The group plans to conduct further studies between the connection of the tick bites and meat allergies. Until a cure is found, people with red meat allergies are forced to avoid steak, hamburger, pork and lamb.

Emily Masters of Bedford was diagnosed with a meat allergy after a 4th of July cookout. Her stomach began to hurt and her arm started itching at the bend of her elbow. Hives soon developed and she began to swell. Breathing soon became difficult. According to Masters, she was diagnosed with anaphylactic shock at Bedford Memorial Hospital. Later after a consultation with Dr. Louis Matos, she was diagnosed with a red meat allergy. Since that wild twist of events, Masters never leaves home without an epi-pen and avoids red meat.

Royalty-free pic courtesy of kmle.co.kr.

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. dianabart
    dianabart
    I have a cure: Don't Eat meat ever! This reminds me of a experience we did.. take a chunk of ham put it in a container add pop to it, seal the container for a few days.. watch it form maggots. Think about this meal: Ham sandwich and pop. Yummy in the tummy for a few days... I think we must realize our bodies become infested and polluted when we eat a carcass and rotting flesh period. (sorry for the gross visual- but hey, I truly believe we would see a lot less sickness and diseases if we quit eating flesh and other living sources of animals that are molesting and manipulated to the animals, (i.e. eggs and dairy). Think about it, all meat , eggs and diary has pus, blood and fat of another life from, maggots, worms, ticks etc.. we are fooled to think they don't. Do we really want to put this stuff in our bodies hoping for the best, taking a chance every time we consume it? Think about virus' as these: "Mad-cow" "Swine-flu" "bird-flu" the names speak for themselves. Why look for cures to such things, when it makes more sense to prevent and avoid them in the first place .Just my mind pondering there! I'm finished... LOL GREAT post.. voted and shared!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Diana for the commentary and the vote!
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  2. dianabart
    dianabart
    btw... no need to "force me not to eat meat", You couldn't even pay me "to eat meat" ever again after that tick pic. LOL
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  3. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 3. Ewwww, gross! The subject-matter and the pic, that is: very informative blog, and I am delighted to hear people are having to give up meat! I have a friend who got a tick in her stomach after doing an AR protest in a park: I think she has got rid of it now. That was disturbing to hear about anyway, and even more so after seeing this picture of a tick in close up! Although I am pro-life, I do find it very hard to love creepy-crawlies like this!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Veganara for the vote and the comment! My daughter just said that if you find a tick on your self or another person to take a cotton ball and swab it in liquid soap for 20 seconds. It will cause the tick to release its grip and fall nto the cotton ball.
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  4. Sheila Ray
    I've never even heard of this, Carolyn! voted
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Sheila for the vote! Type in Lone Star Tick into a search engine on the computer and you will find quite a number of articles.
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  5. Roopam
    Informative post Carolyn! #7
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Roopam!
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  6. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Ace of an article. I don't eat red meats. It's not just the red meats, most of the animals are shot up with antibiotics before they kill them for the production. That could have very well been the problem here as well. Not to mention that the animal didn't have that choice. This is one thing that they use on the production line, in my opinion, is the most deadly to humans. When you are getting antibiotics in your system, from your foods, your gonna get sick because that type and the dosage is not for your body. Let alone this plays russian roullette with your hormones. There has been drastic cases already reported, after parents, fed there kids these meats with the antibiotics in them. Bottom line, check all ingredients and know your upc barcode labels.
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks for the comment and the vote Susan!
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  7. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Weird yet interesting! Voted
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks Virtually Homemade!
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  8. SnakeWitch
    Seriously? Wow. I had a feeling that this day would come... the day when our systems were just going to stop being able to accept meat for some reason. Great article! Voted!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Thanks SnakeWitch! For more information check out numerous articles online about the Lone Star Tick by typing it into the search engine.
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  9. pentamom
    pentamom
    Voted #15. I really found your article interesting because my father just got a tick bite last week and ended up with a bulls eye of sorts. So he just went to the dr yesterday and he said it was dermatitis and not lymes. From the tick saliva, apparently my father is allergic. So needless to say this blog really hits home for me. Great post! Thank You!
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    1. Carolyn
      Carolyn
      Pentamom, sorry about your Dad! I do not want anyone to get sick, but rather felt that everyone would find this article interesting. Thanks for your vote and comment.
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