According to a report in USA Today, doctors in the south and west of the the US are seeing more cases of what they are calling a “sudden” allergy to meat, meaning that this allergic response to meat which includes symptoms such as itching and abdominal cramps and diarrhea has come on in these individuals after years of eating meat with no problems.
The cause of this syndrome has still not been firmly established but the most likely culprit seems to be a tick bite, specifically from a tick known as the Lone Star Tick.
As a long-time meat lover, this news concerns me a lot since with the planet gradually warming, warm-weather ticks are now spreading widely, so I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually Lone Star Ticks or their close cousins (which likely carry the same risks to health as the LSTs) show up much closer to our homes, and after my still-frequent Trumpmares, I can’t think of anything that scares me more than being suddenly told I can no longer eat chicken or an occasional steak because of my newly-developed allergy to meat.
Which gives me the opportunity to again slip in my standard piece of health advice: encountering ticks may no longer be avoidable if you love doing outdoor activities, but tick bites definitely are avoidable.
If you spend any time hiking or even strolling in the outdoors (particularly through wooded areas), learn how to recognize ticks, and what to do if you should discover one on your body or that of your walking partner.
And if you do get bitten by a tick, seek medical care ASAP.