The Tick Bite That Makes You Vegan: ‘Eating In A Restaurant Was Out Of The Question’

The Tick Bite That Makes You Vegan: ‘Eating In A Restaurant Was Out Of The Question’


“You’re sick, you’re starving, you’re scared.”

That’s how one woman explained the first stages of suffering with alpha-gal syndrome (AGS), a rare, tick-contracted disease that can cause an infected person to become highly allergic to mammalian meats – even just their fumes – and dairy.

“You need to sit with the suck a little bit,” Courtney from Alpha-Gal On A Dime told newbies. “This does suck. It’s going to be a life-changer. But it’s doable.”

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And that’s what AGS seems to be: a life-changer.

What is alpha-gal syndrome?

AGS is a type of food allergy to red meat and other products made from mammals, often caused by a Lone Star tick bite, as described by the Mayo Clinic. 

A bite from the Lone Star tick can transmit a sugar molecule called

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