Posted June 12, 2013. In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal there is an article talking about a possible connection between a bite from the Lone Star tick and a red meat allergy. It’s more than just Lyme disease they say. According to the story, Lone Star tick bites trigger the creation of the antibodies to a certain sugar commonly found in meat. There can be a delayed allergic reaction to red meat of days or months and it can result in hives and sometimes life threatening anaphylaxis.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence for this connection. I asked an LLMD friend about it and in his opinion, these meat allergies have more to do with the GMO foods people are consuming on such a widespread basis, and now for about ten years. He says he has seen an enormous increase in food allergies over the last ten years. He doesn’t think its coming from ticks, but good excuse. And besides, supposedly the Lone Star tick isn’t out here in California. (We all know how ticks obey state boarders!)
I don’t know what to think about the article. It isn’t very compelling but maybe there will be further conclusive evidence to come. In the meantime, I’m staying away from both the Lone Star tick and GMO foods! Let me know if you have had a Lone Star tick bite and you think there is a connection to a red meat allergy.
In the meantime, grass fed organic meats are good choices. Not only are you not going to get animals fed GMO corn and all kinds of stuff they were never meant to eat, but you will get the proper ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids.