Doom: Tick bite can turn you into a vegan.

posted at 7:46 pm on July 1, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It’s not news that during the summer you can run into problems with ticks, particularly if you spend time out in the country, have a dog, etc. And we’ve also known for some time that certain ticks can cause serious health problems for people and animals alike. But now things have gone too far.

There’s a new weapon in the war on meat: a tiny tick, whose bite might be spreading meat allergies up the East Coast.

A bite from the lone star tick, so-called for the white spot on its back, looks innocent enough. But University of Virginia researchers say saliva that sneaks into the tiny wound may trigger an allergic reaction to meat — agonizing enough to convert lifelong carnivores into wary vegetarians.

“People will eat beef and then anywhere from three to six hours later start having a reaction; anything from hives to full-blown anaphylactic shock,” said Dr. Scott Commins, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “And most people want to avoid having the reaction, so they try to stay away from the food that triggers it.”

Commins said cases of the bizarre allergy are popping up along the East Coast and into the Bible Belt, areas ripe with lone star ticks. He’s already seen 400 or so. And 90 percent of them have a history of tick bites, he said.

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like – my clearly rational belief in UFOs and Bigfoot not withstanding – but this didn’t happen by accident. Of what possible evolutionary value is having saliva that can turn your victim into a vegetarian? OK… if the Tick Scientists are playing really long ball I suppose you could argue that by eventually turning everything on the planet into vegans there would eventually be a lot more food around for the ticks, but that’s giving them an awful lot of credit.

No, I think the answer will be found much closer to home. This is obviously a biological weapon cooked up at the Centers for Disease Control labs – following a generous donation from Michael Bloomberg – designed to get everyone to eat broccoli. We tried to warn you. But would you listen? Noooooooooo.

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Who the heck named this the “lone star” tick.

It’s a damn slur against Texas. Texas ticks promote the consumption of beef.

Why can’t they call it the PETA tick or the Michelle Obama tick?

MessesWithTexas on July 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

And what sort of bug bite turns a seemingly well-reasoned Constitutional scholar into a gutless incompetent willing to sell his nation into fascism for the sake of a few more cocktail party invites?

Gingotts on July 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Can it bite the Mooch ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Tick bite can turn you into a vegan

Heh. Kinda like that lady who went on tv blaming a spider bite for her weight ballooning up to 600 pounds!

p.s. I used to love “The Tick”. Funny shiznit.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Why can’t they call it the PETA tick or the Michelle Obama tick?

MessesWithTexas on July 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

because the tick doesn’t have a permanent scowl in it’s face ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Sounds a lot like the global warming scare and how they rolled that out. Fear, horror stories and theories….oh my!

I say more research. Lots more!

katy on July 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

MessesWithTexas on July 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Agreed. They should name it the PETA tick.

katy on July 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED?

GW_SS-Delta on July 1, 2012 at 8:02 PM

A bite from the lone star tick

Oh sure blame Texas why don’cha!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

How bout the w**kie tic, no more McDonald’s for you …….. Rest of life…….

angrymike on July 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Bloomberg doesn’t need the CDC to create these things.

He can just channel his naked Nannystate energies and create such problems!

For all his ‘caring’ about public health, his city has a problem with bedbug infestations and rat control: both major public health concerns. And he didn’t have to create those!

No, this is obviously a Soros-development to put the final nail into the coffin of all societies… his groups have been buying up farmland, after all. Bloomberg ain’t no evil genius on the scale necessary to do this sort of thing…

ajacksonian on July 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Last year we had mad flea/tick issues here. The forecast for this summer was supposed to much worse. And yet I have yet to see, as hot & humid as it is, a single flea or tick on either of my pets.

Also, minimal mosquitoes. Tons of Lampyridae, though… which is cool.

Ugly on July 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I forgot ~ I like boiled cabbage AND jerky

Ugly on July 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Hey, remember when Hot Air used to actually have posts about politics?

Like, I don’t know, maybe:

Ballot issues arise after Rangel’s apparent primary win

Flora Duh on July 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Is that an Apple logo on its back?

Blake on July 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Go ahead, make me allergic to beef. I’ll switch to Long Pig, starting with the grass fed ones first.

trubble on July 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Go ahead, make me allergic to beef. I’ll switch to Long Pig, starting with the grass fed ones first.

trubble on July 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I swear I once saw a sign for a restaurant: Father Dagon’s Human Cuisine!

I left that neighborhood very quickly…

ajacksonian on July 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

If a tick bite turns you into a vegan, you must bite a vegan on bath salts to revert to carnivore again.

Sincerely,
CDC Zombie Apocalypse Handbook

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 8:14 PM

“It’s a completely new form of food allergy”

Translation: “This a fantastic way to make billions”

Ugly on July 1, 2012 at 8:15 PM

NOPE! NOPE! NOPE!

Creepy pic.

MrX on July 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Hikers, get “Insect Shield” branded clothing, which is permethrin embedded and lasts 60 washes; it works wonders against ticks, plus also mosquitoes, if that counts for anything. Combine with topical DEET and it’s claimed to be 99.9% effective against ticks. Now if we can get that kind of assurance in the upcoming election…

anotherJoe on July 1, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Is PeTA behind this?

Philly on July 1, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Problems in the diagnosis:
1. What this doesn’t relate is how many people had PETA tick bites and didn’t react to beef. (I’ll spare the thin skinned Texans this time :) ).
2. How do you know it was the beef and not something else they ate along with the beef?
3. Does it make you partial to dog meat and OTaxaCare?

chemman on July 1, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Chiggers kill a few people and quite a few dogs every year.

I haven’t been out in the long grass much this summer but I’m sure a few of them are sporting “Forward 2012″ tattoos these days.

CorporatePiggy on July 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Flora Duh on July 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Oh, blue on blue cheating, this should be good!

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

So what Tick saliva turns you into a Liberal..?

God knows we have an epidemic of Libs.

Electrongod on July 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Why can’t they call it the PETA tick or the Michelle Obama tick?

MessesWithTexas on July 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Because both would be redundant.

Midas on July 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

A fate worse than death.

CW on July 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like – my clearly rational belief in UFOs and Bigfoot not withstanding – but this didn’t happen by accident. Of what possible evolutionary value is having saliva that can turn your victim into a vegetarian?

Actually, yeah, it could happen by accident. What evolutionary advantage does it give to peanuts that a few people are fatally allergic to them? None.

From the linked article:

Commins said cases of the bizarre allergy are popping up along the East Coast and into the Bible Belt, areas ripe with lone star ticks. He’s already seen 400 or so. And 90 percent of them have a history of tick bites, he said.

Out of all people who’ve been bitten by this tick, how many show the allergy? Curiously, the article doesn’t say.

JimC on July 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Oh, blue on blue cheating, this should be good!

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM

This Charlie Rangel from Harlem, he ain’t going to lose no how, no way.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Tick bite can turn you into a vegan

Can it bite the Mooch ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

….Mooch ATE it!

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on July 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I guess no matter how old he gets, some tricks last forever.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you like – my clearly rational belief in UFOs and Bigfoot not withstanding – but this didn’t happen by accident.
This is obviously a biological weapon cooked up at the Centers for Disease Control labs – following a generous donation from Michael Bloomberg – designed to get everyone to eat broccoli.

We tried to warn you. But would you listen? Noooooooooo.

edited excerpt: Jazz Shaw

.
I KNEW IT !

And the whole project was probably funded by George Soros.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Doom: Tick bite can turn you

a) Left
b) On
c) Into a man who can’t stop singing “Surrey With the Fringe On Top

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Doom: Tick bite can turn you

a) Left
b) On
c) Into a man who can’t stop singing “Surrey With the Fringe On Top”

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

.
d) All of the above.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Does it turn dogs into vegetarians or vegans or whatever?

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM

d) All of the above.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Correct-o-mundo!!

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Oh, please. These guys at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville apparently don’t realize that most people eat meat cooked – grilled, baked, pan-fried, etc. — and don’t bite into a raw rump roast which has recently been bitten by a tick.

But of course, the true intentions are here for all to see: fear mongering about meat, and the intimation that it just might not be safe. When that doesn’t work, meat will become more expensive than it is now. And as always, we end up with a very small population of people who are power-drunk trying to control the choices of foods we eat.

PatriotGal2257 on July 1, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Commins said cases of the bizarre allergy are popping up along the East Coast and into the Bible Belt, areas ripe with lone star ticks. He’s already seen 400 or so. And 90 percent of them have a history of tick bites, he said.

Notice what’s meant to be the condescending reference to the South as “the Bible Belt”. But this is objective reporting, um-humm.

Odd that people have had tick bites through the centuries and this curious vegetarian link has appeared so recently.

obladioblada on July 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

And what sort of bug bite turns a seemingly well-reasoned Constitutional scholar into a gutless incompetent willing to sell his nation into fascism for the sake of a few more cocktail party invites?

Gingotts on July 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM

CJ allowed poli-ticks into his chamber.

texacalirose on July 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Or you could be catty.

AshleyTKing on July 1, 2012 at 9:23 PM

So what creature infected Roberts? A Benedict Arnold spider?

AshleyTKing on July 1, 2012 at 9:28 PM

This sounded like the usual media-hysterical overreaction, guaranteed to sentence us all to DOOOOOOOM!!! But it got reported here on HotAir, so perhaps there is something to it. I went to the study and found:

From the Summary:

Results—Prospective studies on IgE antibodies in three subjects following tick bites showed an increase in IgE to alpha-gal of twenty-fold or greater.

From the Introduction:

By contrast, the known distribution of the immediate reactions to cetuximab was similar to the areas with high prevalence of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF)…(snip)…We were also aware of patients who thought that their reactions to red meat started after receiving multiple tick bites.

From Page 6:

Nevertheless, we do not mean to suggest that 15% of the population in these states has an allergy to mammalian meat. We are aware of many individuals with IgE to alpha-gal (and beef) who do not have reactions after eating red meat.

From Page 7:

Surprisingly, despite the severity of pruritic reactions locally and the presence of IgE antibodies to tick proteins, we are not aware of any cases of anaphylactic reactions to subsequent tick bites among patients we have seen.

And so forth. Yes, it is an hysterical overreaction. There is a link – maybe causal, maybe not; maybe single-instance, maybe not; maybe it takes hundreds of bites, maybe not; and on and on.

Please do not sully the HotAir brand. I resent having my time wasted and my intelligence insulted on this type of thing. Please leave these half-truths to the idiots at MSM.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085643/pdf/nihms-273885.pdf

ss396 on July 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

ss396 on July 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

You are skipping over a lot of other results that are much more indicative.

It seems to me this is not so bizarre as you might think. DNA transfers frequently between organisms. In this case, some portion of bovine DNA transferred into a tick in such a way that it was altered to trigger a human immune response to the tick saliva in a way that does not occur directly from beef.

The evolutionary pressure to accommodate such DNA mixing is very high, for the same reason that sexual reproduction is favored. More than that, the benefit to the tick of appearing to be genetically similar to its host is very high. The tick life cycle spans several different species, and so this could get mixed up. In the process it might even help humans to exchange DNA with other species. Not only does that provide us with a greater range of successful mutations, it could help us avoid allergic reactions to the animals when we eat them.

pedestrian on July 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Can it bite the Mooch ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

God! Just think of the dent in the nation debt that would make.

esnap on July 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

It’s nothing to be afraid of, Jazz. Just join our ranks. The Boca Burgers are fantastic.

bmmg39 on July 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Can it bite the Mooch ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

God! Just think of the dent in the nation debt that would make.

esnap on July 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

In her case it’s the lobster tab that’s killing us.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Keepin’ it classy tonight I see.

Personally, I think the tick was engineered by M. Night Shyamalan as method-acting prop for The Happening, but Marky Mark wasn’t having any of it. After slapping him silly with some pork chops, M. Night became a Born Again Carnivore, and accepted Pork as his Reason and Light, and turned the movie into an eco-terror train wreck instead.

Alas, PETA had a secret agent planted on the production. ELF-ninjas liberated the t-virus carriers ticks, and began trials in the Ozarks. Containment was breached. One tick has escaped.

Now only NCIS can save us.

/yupyup

ctwelve on July 1, 2012 at 11:57 PM

I have a friend in Virginia who developed an allergy to beef. He used to put fishing in the James in Charles City, in a wooded area near Shirley Plantation, and of course got tick bites with some regularity. He avoids beef, but carries an epi-pen just in case some finds its way into his food when out. No problem with any other meats, poultry, or fish, though.

Possibly many of the people who don’t report a bite have in fact been bitten without knowing it. These are very tiny ticks, and might bite you and get washed off before they can dig in enough to stay, yet transmit enough saliva to eventually cause the allergy.

Adjoran on July 2, 2012 at 1:19 AM

My dog thouroughly enjoys the deticking process. When i pull off a tick i has to examine it, starts to drool when he sniffs it, he growls at it all the while wagging his tail.

Repeat the process 12 or so time during after one typical hike in the woodsand he’s a happy camper.

rickyricardo on July 2, 2012 at 2:21 AM

My dog thouroghly enjoys the deticking process. When i pull off a tick he has to examine it, starts to drool when he sniffs it, and he growls at it all the while wagging his tail.

Repeat the process 12 or so times after one typical hike in the woods and he’s a happy camper.

rickyricardo on July 2, 2012 at 2:21 AM

rickyricardo on July 2, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

“Oh, my God… I have POCKETS!”

ZK on July 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Oh, please. These guys at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville apparently don’t realize that most people eat meat cooked – grilled, baked, pan-fried, etc. — and don’t bite into a raw rump roast which has recently been bitten by a tick.

Except the tick doesn’t bite into the animal. It bites YOU.

eaglescout_1998 on July 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I must have gotten bit by the tick. I’ve been smoking more grass than usual.

BruceB on July 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This has to be horse hockey. I live on a farm, I get bitten by lonestar ticks every once in awhile – my dogs get bitten by them a lot when they are out in the woods.

I still throw steaks on the grill and eat them with gusto. My dogs have not turned vegan, either.

This is crazy.

Beth Donovan on July 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Soooo . . .

Let me get this straight: They can spend time and money trying to promote the lame theory that venom can turn someone into a vegan, but they can’t bother to spend time and money to study a real disease treated by real doctors, like chronic lyme.

Wow, the inmates really are running the asylum.

EdmundBurke247 on July 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Looks like a MacTick. Check the logo on its caripace.

SJBill on July 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Screw them…I’m a vegetarian (low-low fat lacto-ovo) all bloody week long except for Saturdays and holidays.

I’m going to be stuffing grilled elk in my face tomorrow, and I will face the East with the appropriate one-fingered salute to Doomberg whist I’m chewing.

sage0925 on July 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM