A BITE OF BUG CAN MAKE YOU STOP EATING MEAT IN YOUR LIFE FOREVER

American Mother Annia Contreras, Was Working In Her Garden One Afternoon, And As She Went To Have A Shower After, She Found A Tick Embedded Into Her Body. She Says That She’d Lived In Areas With Lots Of Ticks Her Whole Life, And Had Been Bitten Several Times Before. 

 

She Removed The Tick As She Normally Would And Went About Her Business. Soon After, While She Was Watching Tv, Her Feet And Hands Began To Itch. She Didn’t Think Much Of It, And Assumed ThatShe Had Gotten Some Irritant On Her Skin While Gardening, But Things Began To Deteriorate. Soon Came The Hives, Headaches, Mind Fog, And Exhaustion. Contreras Went To Her Gp, And The Two Of Them Used The Elimination Rule By Checking Different Allergens To See If She Would React. Her Doctor Also Offered Treatment In The Form Of Steroids And Allergy Meds, But Nothing Seemed To Work. 


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One Day, While She Was At Home, Contreras Saw A Segment On The News About An Ailment That WouldExplain Her Experiences: Alpha-Gal Syndrome. She Went To Her Doctor And Got Tested. It Came Back Positive. She Finally Had A Diagnosis. But Even With This Knowledge, Her Life Would Be Forever Changed. She Was Forced To Cut All Red Meat Out Of Her Diet, Essentially Starting A Vegan Lifestyle, But Still, She Continued To Suffer From Chronic Hives, And Lost Over 170 Pounds.


Symptoms Of Alpha-Gal Syndrome Are Basically The SameAs Any Other Food Allergy, Including Hives And Itching Skin, Runny Nose, Gastrointestinal Issues, Headaches, And, In Some Severe Cases, Swelling Of The Lips, Face, And Throat Which Can Get So Bad, You Go Into Anaphylaxis.


In Other Words, Suffocating On Your Own Tongue! Common Allergic Reactions Occur Within A Few Minutes Of Exposure, But Alpha-Gal Allergies Usually Take Place Three To Six Hours After Consumption. This Complicates Diagnosis Of The Allergy Since You Could Be Exposed To A Myriad Of Other Common Allergens Before Realizing You’re Having A Reaction. Alpha-Gal Allergies Isn’t Just An Allergy To Red Meat. It’s More Specifically An Allergy To A Carbohydrate That Exists Inside Mammalian Cells Except For Apes, Old World Monkeys, And Us Humans, Called Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, Otherwise Known As Alpha-Gal. 


Allergens Include Mammal Tissue, Dairy, Gelatin, Carrageenan, And In Some Severe Cases, Just The Fumes From Meals Using Any Meat That Contains Alpha-Gal. So Wait, What Do Tick-buddies Have To Do With Alpha-Gal? Since Humans Don’t Synthesize Alpha-Gal, Healthy Individuals Generally Have An Adequate Immune Response To It. When A Tick That Contains Alpha-Gal In Their Saliva Introduces The Molecule To Our Bodies Through Bites, Our Immune Systems React To Alpha-Gal As If It Were A Toxin. From Then On, Whenever You Consume Alpha-Gal—in Mammal Meat Or Other Byproducts Of Mammals—your Body Recognizes It As A Threat And Attacks.


Much Like With Other Food Allergies, And Seasonal Allergies, The Substance That Elicits The Reaction Isn’t Really A Toxin, Your Body Just Recognizes It As A Toxin And Goes Hog Wild.


Species That Have Been Associated With The Allergy Include: The Lone Star Tick From The States, The Castor Bean Tick From Europe, The Australian Paralysis Tick From, Obviously, Australia, And A Handful Of Other Species Throughout The Rest Of The World.


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suffice It To Say Though, There’s Enough Of Them That You’d Want To Avoid Contact. To Be Honest, You Want To Avoid Ticks Anyway, Because Alpha-Gal Allergies Aren’t The Only Condition These Little Bugs Can Pass On To Us. Like Lyme Disease! Which Can Lead To Brain Damage, And Heart Problems? To Keep Yourself From Being Bitten In The First Place, Wearing Light Colored ClothingWill Make It Harder For Ticks To See You. It’s Also Helpful To Wear Clothing That Covers As Much Skin As Possible, Including Tucking In Your Shirt Into Your Pants, And Your Pants Into Your Socks.


You Should Always Check Yourself And Any Pets For Ticks When You Come Back Inside, And Showering After Doing Outdoor Work Will Also Help You Find Any You May Have Missed. There Are Techniques To Safely Remove Ticks, But There Are Even More Ways To Remove Them Improperly.


First Off, Don’t Agitate, Squeeze, Or Twist Them, As This Can Force Them To Eject More Saliva Into The Wound. Don’t Try To Remove Them With Your Fingers Either. There Are Some Urban Myths That Claim Petroleum Jelly, Nailpolish, Alcohol, Gas, Or Essential Oils Will Make Ticks Fall Off, But They’re False.


Oh, And Most Importantly, For You, Grill. Don’t Burn Them With A Lighter, Or A Match. What You Should Do Instead, Is Use A Set Of Fine-tipped Tweezers, Or A Specifically Made Tick Remover Card To Grab The Tick As Close To The Skin As Possible. Pull Up With A Steady, Yet Gentle, Force To Ensure That The Mouth Doesn’t Break-Off And Get Stuck Under Your Skin. If You Do Happen To Break Off The Mouth, Just Use The Tweezers To Pry It Out As Soon As Possible. After You Remove The Tick, Wipe Down The Area With Alcohol, Or Soap And Water To Disinfect The Wound. The Cdc Advises To Dispose Of The Tick By Flushing It Down The Toilet, Drowning It In Alcohol, Or Putting It Into A Plastic Bag.


T’s Nice To Go Outside, Especially When You’re Stuck InsideAll Day Long, But With Anything, There Are Risks Involved. Whether It’s Driving To Work Or Eating Out At A Restaurant, We Make Judgements About How Safe We Feel In Any Given Moment. The Problem With Food Allergies Is That Sometimes You Just Don’t Know That You Should Fear Something. A Single Bite Could Send Your Day Spiraling Out Of Control. Just, Watch Out For Ticks, Read The Ingredients If You Have Any Food Allergies, And Take The Proper Precautions When You Go Out.






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