If your nose gets stuffy or begins to run after eating meat, or you become nauseated or develop a rash, you may have a meat allergy. Meat from any kind of mammal — beef, lamb, pork, goat, and even whale and seal — can cause an allergic reaction. While we do not definitively know the number of people in the U.S. affected by meat allergy, we do know that it is uncommon.
A bite from the Lone Star tick can cause people to develop an allergy to red meat, including beef and pork. The Lone Star tick has been implicated in initiating the red meat allergy in the US and this tick is found predominantly in the Southeast from Texas, to Iowa, into New England.
A meat allergy can develop any time in life.
If you are allergic to one type of meat, it is possible you also are allergic to other meats, as well as to poultry, such as chicken, turkey and duck.
Studies have found that a very small percentage of children with milk allergy are also allergic to beef. Talk with your allergist to see if you should remove beef from your milk-allergic child’s diet…
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My Comment: Updated 11.7. 2020 from 4.21.2006.
I saw this story on the news last night. The suggested way to prevent a meat allergy was to avoid getting bit by ticks.
A better preventative measure, in my view, is to avoid eating meat altogether! Avoiding an insect, when it sneaks up on you is nearly impossible, even if you completely cover and contain your skin when outdoors, which is also nearly impossible.
Talking in percentages is a strategy used to minimize a problem where one exists. Actual numbers are more accurate in showing an impact. A percentage scale only goes to one hundred percent, whereas actual numbers of people affected has no limit except the population of the world.
The article refers to a very small percentage of people allergic to milk also being allergic to beef, but doesn’t say how small that percentage is.
And even if studies indicate that a small percentage of people have an animal aka meat allergy, how does one know that? How many symptomatic people actually seek a doctor’s care and out of those, how many get accurately diagnosed? What doctor is going to point to eating animals as the cause of their symptoms, when many diseases, conditions, disorders cause similar and familiar symptoms. There are only so many symptoms a body can experience and display. When a body is sick, it seems the body displays most of them, no matter what the ailment.
If you’re going to wait until a body goes into anaphylactic shock before declaring a meat allergy, you’re going to miss most people who have it, since the reaction isn’t usually that extreme.
Two percent of one million people doesn’t sound like much, but at 20,000 people they could fill a stadium. That’s a lot of people. Statistically significant can occur at two percent. Add all the different animal-related allergies and it jumps even higher. Yet, that single digit percentage appears to the mind viewing it as very small. One dollar is not much, one penny is much less, but the difference between the two isn’t that great at one percent.
The word ‘uncommon’ is further used to minimize the realities that the writer of this article claims to be unknown.
Just because allergies to flesh and blood and hair and bone and glands etc. go unreported, doesn’t mean they are uncommon.
When in dangerous territory, regarding health issues, statistics are used to minimize the impact to save on health care costs and in the case of meat allergies, to keep the populace eating that which is the foundation of all the world economies – the slaughter and animal-using and abusing industries.
Health insurance companies don’t want people flocking to the doctor to be tested for meat allergies, so they fulfill their obligation to report the danger by minimizing it to limit the response.
It would appear that given the numbers of animals enslaved, tortured and slaughtered every year that all other animals are allergic to the human animal. That humans seek to consume that which they are allergic to mimics the pattern of all other addictions, and in the case of at least alcohol those addictions appear to be related to allergies to alcohol.
Therefore it might seem that if our eating patterns mimic an addiction response caused by an allergy, which makes evolutionary and existential sense to preserve the continuation of life by making others allergic to us, rather than the meat/animal allergy being uncommon, it would be common. If it’s regarded as common, then statisticians would likely label it normal.
Therein lies the rub of statistics.
The article left out the number of humans allergic to fish which is also an animal. Insects, also animals.
The minimizing strategy worked. This article was published in 2016 and it is now 2020 with no further mention of meat allergies coming to my attention. It was out there but didn’t get much traction.