The Lone Star tick is an annoying little bloodsucker that’s indigenous to the Midwest and the Eastern U.S. Its bite, believe it or not, has the unique side effect of turning its human victims into vegetarians.
Apparently this little guy contains a certain kind of sugar called Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal, that’s also found in red meat and some dairy products. When a person is bitten, that person’s immune system creates antibodies to that particular sugar, thus resulting in a mild or downright severe allergic reaction to meaty dishes. A doctor in Virginia noted that he sees “two to three new cases every week.” He also notes that some patients recover over time.
Now, I know this sounds crazy, but I’m thinking this might be a conspiracy between cows and ticks. I mean, it’s the only thing that makes sense, right? It has to be the work of the Illu-Moo-nati!