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A tick bite can make you allergic to red meat
The bugs harbor a sugar that humans don't have, called alpha-gal. The sugar is also is found in red meat — beef, pork, venison, rabbit — and even some dairy products. It's usually fine when people encounter it through food that gets digested.
But a tick bite triggers an immune system response, and in that high-alert state, the body perceives the sugar the tick transmitted to the victim's bloodstream and skin as a foreign substance, and makes antibodies to it. That sets the stage for an allergic reaction the next time the person eats red meat and encounters the sugar.


Via Shane Naughton
ticks  meat  food  allergies  immune-system  health  via:inundata  sugar  alpha-gal  red-meat 
august 2014 by jm

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