“A rare meat allergy from tick bites is rising and may have already impacted as many as 450,000 people,” says the CDC who adds that there now is a “steep increase in cases of alpha-gal syndrome (AGS).”
AGS, they claim, “has been traced to the saliva from the lone star tick and their blood-sucking bites which can make a person sick when they consume certain meat and animal products made from mammals.”
Arguably, this seems to be more propaganda from the globalists in order to drive their “meat-free agenda,” and Simon Lee, Science Officer, Anew UK asks if this is “the most politically convenient allergy in history?”
The Curious Case of the Spreading Red Meat Allergy.
By Simon Lee
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) red meat allergies caused by certain types of ticks is an “emerging public health concern”.
(AGS), is a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to a type of sugar found in most mammals called alpha-gal.
A bite from the lone star tick can transfer alpha-gal into the body, by a non-oral route, thereby priming the body to launch an immune response whenever the sugar is subsequently eaten.
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick) is found across the south-eastern and eastern United States, as well as Mexico and parts of Canada. The “lone star” name is due to the tick having a single spot on its back, but it is also known as the northeastern water tick or the turkey tick.
The lone star tick is less likely to transmit Lyme disease compared to other ticks, but it is thought to transmit several other diseases besides AGS.
It uses thick underbrush or high grass to attach to its victim and can be found in wooded areas as well as areas between grassy and forested ecosystems.
According to the CDC:
“The number of suspected AGS cases in the United States has increased substantially since 2010, and states with established populations of lone star ticks are most affected, although suspected AGS cases were also identified in areas outside of this tick’s range.”
Because some of these ticks prey on deer, they can be transferred across state lines to new environments as herds migrate. This means increasing deer populations and/or environmental factors that cause herd migrations(like land development), may be responsible for introducing alpha-gal-carrying ticks to other states.
Unlike allergic reactions to other foods, which are usually immediate, AGS reactions can occur 3 to 6 hours after eating red meat and they can sometimes be severe life-threatening anaphylaxis reactions.
AGS symptoms can range from mild to severe and include a rash, hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and heartburn.
According to Dr. Johanna Salzer:
“The burden of alpha-gal syndrome in the United States could be substantial given the large percentage of cases suspected to be going undiagnosed due to non-specific and inconsistent symptoms.”
There is a lack of clinical awareness amongst doctors, but if AGS is suspected there is a blood test that looks for specific antibodies to alpha-gal.
A CDC survey found that 42% of 1,500 US healthcare professionals had never heard of AGS, and 35% said they were “not too confident” in their ability to diagnose it, and only 5% said they were “very confident.”
Between 2010 and 2022, about 110,000 cases of AGS have been officially diagnosed, but the true number of AGS cases may be as high as 450,000.
Those with suspected AGS are mainly in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Suffolk County, on New York’s Long Island, but there are also focal clusters of cases in areas where there are no known established populations of lone star ticks, such as Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The geographic distribution of AGS is very similar to that of ehrlichiosis, a bacterial infection known to be transmitted by the lone star tick.
AGS has now been reported on all continents except Antarctica, and at least eight tick species are confirmed or suspected culprits.