This summertime please always practice safeguards to prevent tick bites! On top of Lyme’s disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever now we have ticks that are causing people to develop allergies to red meat. With how much Americans love hamburgers, steak, and bacon this allergy can be difficult to swallow. Unfortunately for those affected, over the past 10 years we have been discovering more and more people developing lifelong allergies to red meat after being bit by the Lone Star tick. The Lone Star Tick is found in a good part of our country, in the Southeast from Texas to Florida and ranges as far north as Iowa and into the New England states.
Warning Signs of a Meat Allergy
We are all familiar with Lyme’s disease target lesion after deer tick bites, unfortunately the meat induced allergy from the Lone Star tick is less obvious. If you find yourself with a stuffy or runny nose that starts 3 to 6 hours after eating red meat or if you become slightly nauseated or have an allergic rash that starts 3 to 6 hours after eating red meat, then you might have a red meat allergy. The bad news for those with the allergy is the Lone Star tick causes a lifelong allergy and they will have to stop eating red meat from mammals which includes Beef, Pork, Lamb, and even Whale and Seal meat. The good news for all those found allergic to red meat, often times the hypersensitivity from the Lone star tick bite doesn’t cause allergies to develop to bird (chicken or turkey) or fish meats (since those are not mammals). Also there are some good supplements available that can provide 6 of the nutrients found in Red Meat (RareMyo.com being an excellent one to check out).
Why the Lone Star Ticks bite causes a Meat Allergy
After getting bit by the Lone Star Tick, it could cause a person’s immune system to develop an allergy to the carbohydrate found only in mammalian red meat called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose or “Alpha-Gal” for short. We are still uncertain on the causative agent on why the Lone Star tick is causing so many people to develop red meat allergies. There are also two other odd things about this Alpha-Gal meat allergy: 1) Humans typically don’t have allergies to sugars. Most allergies are to proteins such as pollen, cat dander, dust mites but the Lone Star Tick causes an allergy to a specific sugar or more correctly termed a carbohydrate found in red mammalian meat (Beef, Pork, Lamb). 2) The allergic reaction is delayed 3 to 6 hours after eating the red meat. This long delay makes it difficult to realize meat is the cause since the person ate the meat so many hours before the symptoms begin.
Professional Resources Discussing Meat Allergies
One of the predominate medical professional organizations for Allergies, is the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology who have created a dedicated page on their website for meat allergies due to the steadily increasing number of sufferers. Their website’s dedicated page discusses meat allergies in detail (Click Here for American College of Allergy Meat Allergy Webpage). When the Lone star tick started spreading this allergy, doctors only had the standard skin allergen test which was not sensitive enough to diagnosis. Luckily the company Viracor developed and patented a highly sensitive blood test looking for Alpha-Gal IgE antibodies for those unfortunate to have this red meat allergy (Click Here for Viracor Lone Star Tick Alpha-Gal Red Meat Allergy).
CDC Website Map showing Lone Star tick presence
Other Common Food Allergies
Unfortunately Allergies always seem to follow the things that we love. We all remember the kid in school that was allergic to peanuts or even worst that kid who couldn’t eat delicious chocolate. Of course there are so many stories of that person who can’t stay away from shrimp or crabs and have to be rushed to the Emergency Room for severe seafood allergies.
With the Lone Star Tick spreading red meat allergies across half our country we will start to see more and more people suffering from meat allergies often without them even knowing why they keep having allergy symptoms. With the 3 to 6 hour allergic delay after eating meat, it is difficult for the affected person to associate the allergy with meat. Luckily we now have Viracor’s sensitive blood exam to help diagnosis a red meat allergy. Additionally, for those who develop a red meat allergy and need to eliminate red meat from their diet, the company, VerJus Essentials LLC developed RareMyo capsules with 6 vitamins & nutrients comparable to 1 serving of red meat. (Click Here for link to RareMyo's Website)
RareMyo Muscle Supplement – 6 Vitamins & Nutrients Found in 1 Serving of Red Meat
Even for those who are fortunate enough not to get bit by a Lone Star tick, it is well known reducing red meat consumption is beneficial for other health reasons. Supplementing with a comprehensive product like RareMyo, will help alleviate concerns of deficiency of the 6 nutrients that are found predominately in a single serving of red meat. (Click Here for link to Amazon to order RareMyo)
This article was written by Dr. Robert Wimmer, co-founder of VerJus Essentials LLC manufacture and distributor of a dietary supplement product called RareMyo. Statements in the article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. RareMyo is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a professional medical care provider before starting any new dietary supplement to make sure you have no drug interactions or health condition that prevent use of a particular supplement.