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New Virus Makes You Allergic To Meat?

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Are you allergic to meat (or know someone that is)? If so, the information in this article could be lifesaving!

Summer is in full swing, and that means that everyone is out and about in the sunshine. And, unfortunately, this is just as much the case for people as it is for ticks.

It’s no secret that ticks are prevalent in the hotter months, and that they can suck your blood if they’re able to bury their head underneath your skin. And this can turn into a serious (and even deadly) matter if the tick stays in for too long. However, if you can get the tick out of the skin quickly, there is typically no lasting consequences.

Unfortunately, the same may not be true for one type of tick that scientists have recently been observing.

New Virus Makes You Allergic to Meat?

This type of tick is called the “Lone Star” tick, which makes sense when you observe the marking on its back, which looks similar to the outline of the state of Texas.

Unfortunately, this marking does not make the Lone Star tick any less terrifying. That’s because it has the unique capability of spreading a dangerous sugar molecule into your system. And, oddly enough, this sugar molecule can make you allergic to red meat (a Texan’s worst nightmare).

The sugar molecule’s name is “Alpha-Gal” for short. And, unfortunately for feminists, this abbreviation is not meant as an empowering term for women. Instead, the name is short for galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose.

Once the Lone Star tick bites the victim, the Alpha-Gal molecule enters into your bloodstream. Once there, it works to essentially rewire your body’s immune system.

Getting down to it, the reason that this molecule causes the allergy is the Lone Star tick feasts on cow and mammal blood. This allows the Alpha-Gal molecule into the tick, which it carries on to humans. After one bite, the molecule activates the body’s immune system. The molecule is then able to trick the body into believing it’s allergic to red meat.

Once the bite has taken place and once the Alpha-Gal molecule is in the bloodstream, your body goes to work. It begins forming Alpha-Gal antibodies. From then on, the body’s new wiring is ready to fight off all Alpha-Gal sugar molecules that come into your system. And, since red meat is full of these sugar molecules, this causes the victim to become extremely ill after eating meat. However, it isn’t just meat. The Alpha-Gal molecule is also present in a variety of medications which use gelatins as stabilizers.

Unfortunately, victims of a Lone Star tick bite do not always know what the cause of their ailments is. Many times, all they know is that they suddenly are experiencing hives, shortness of breath, diarrhea, and vomiting. Sometimes, these bites can even be deadly, due to lowering the blood pressure to an extremely low level.

However, many times victims don’t know the cause of the sickness. This is because the reaction oftentimes isn’t immediate. In fact, it sometimes takes hours to feel any symptoms at all. This is because the Alpha-Gal molecule needs to travel through the GI tract in order to be released.

There’s much more to know about these ticks and what they can do to the body. According to National Geographic:


“Some patients have had to be given life support because their blood pressure is so low that they’re in eminent danger of dying,” said Stone, who has treated those suffering a reaction.

“Most patients don’t know what they have,” he explained. It often takes repeated allergic reactions for people to link their diet to their outbreak. Repeated exposure to tick bites can also worsen the severity of a reaction. Those who developed more Alpha-Gal antibodies from more exposure to ticks saw the most serious symptoms.

The allergy so far has treatments for side effects but no cure or vaccine.

Originally found primarily in the southeastern U.S., the disease may become more common in farther north and western regions that experience warming temperatures. Cases of the tick-borne illness have been popping up as far north as Long Island, New York, and as far west as Minnesota.

The Centers for Disease Control do not log cases of Alpha-Gal allergy syndrome, so most reports of the disease’s rise are anecdotal.

“Five years ago, we probably had about 50 or so patients that had Alpha-Gal [syndrome]. Now we have about 200,” said Stone. However, until cases were first identified in the past decade, little to none was known about the origin of this meat allergy.

“The awareness of Alpha-Gal has grown,” noted Stone. “It’s also possible that because allergies in general are going up, reactions to Alpha-Gal are increasing.”

Studies have documented that warming temperatures have led to an increase in plant-based allergies from allergens like pollen.

Stone believes advancements in hygiene have led to a weakening of some of the natural immunity we develop to fight allergies.

In an interview with USA Today, Purvi Parikh from the Allergy and Asthma Network warned that as the climate has warmed, ticks have begun to spread their territory farther north.

Regardless, humans come into contact with ticks more frequently during warmer weather, and Stone recommends warding off Alpha-Gal in the same way other tick-borne illnesses are prevented: use insect repellent, pretreat clothes, and avoid high grass and shrubbery.

Easy Ways To Prevent It

Thankfully, there are things you can do to increase your chances of not getting bitten by the Lone Star tick (or any other tick for that matter). Here’s some helpful tips from Medline Plus on how to prevent tick bites:

Prevention is a top priority

Maliha Ilias, Ph.D., Lyme Disease Research Program Officer in NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, said it is important to prevent ticks from coming into contact with your skin.

Dr. Ilias discussed that there are ways to prevent exposure to ticks. She noted that the best way to do this is wear clothing that covers your arms and legs; tuck your pants into your socks or even put tape around openings in clothing so ticks have no access; and wear light-colored clothing to also help you see if a tick is on you. When you are in the woods, keep to the center of the trail, where ticks are less likely to be (ticks tend to stay in shrubs and bushes).

As soon as you are home, check yourself or have a family member help check you for ticks. Use a fine-tooth comb through your hair and check folds of the skin. You should also shower and wash your clothes at a high heat so any ticks on you are killed.

Stay calm

If you do find a tick on yourself or a family member, be sure to stay calm.

“I think the most important thing for folks to know is that if they find the tick on themselves, don’t panic,” Dr. Ilias said, noting that it typically takes 36 hours for the bacteria that causes Lyme diseases to travel from the tick gut to its salivary glands and into the host.

It is also important to remove the tick properly. “There is a lot of folklore about how to take a tick out of your skin. Some people even talk about having a lighted cigarette close by, things like that,” Dr. Ribeiro said. “The most important thing is just to use appropriate forceps such as tweezers. Grab the whole tick and pull it out.”

Saliva is a tick’s best friend

A tick’s saliva (or spit) is important in its ability to feed. A combination of compounds in a tick’s saliva stops human blood from clotting while the tick feeds.

“What we’re seeing now is ticks change the composition of their saliva every few days. So the cocktail that they’re showing on Monday will be completely different from the cocktail that will be showing up on Friday,” Dr. Ribeiro said.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health are studying the saliva of arthropods to see if there is a way to create a vaccine that will affect the saliva. A current study is looking at a vaccine that works against the saliva of sand flies, so the parasite cannot establish itself at the site of the initial bite. This sort of vaccine will be harder to develop for ticks, as the tick is constantly changing the composition of its saliva.

Early removal is key

The sooner you remove a tick, the better. It takes time for infections to reach a person’s blood stream, especially Lyme disease. A tick needs to remain attached for 36 hours before Lyme disease can be transmitted, so remove any ticks as quickly as you can.

However, you may not always know if you’ve been bitten by a tick, and therefore won’t know to keep an eye out for symptoms of tick borne disease.

Looking forward, Dr. Ilias noted the importance of a sensitive and specific diagnostic test for Lyme disease, particularly to detect it early. She added that Lyme disease can be effectively treated if it is diagnosed early.

Tick bite prevention

Tick borne diseases occur worldwide, including in your own backyard. To help protect yourself and your family, you should:

  • Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin.
  • Wear light-colored protective clothing.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks.
  • Avoid tick-infested areas.
  • Check yourself, your children, and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove any ticks.


Majority of Job Growth Since 2019 Has Gone to Migrant Invaders


The majority of job growth in the United States since 2019 has gone to newly arrived migrants, while working-class American men continue to fall out of the labor force, an alarming analysis reveals.

Steven Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies published this analysis, showcasing the devastating impact of President Joe Biden’s agenda to expand the labor market through mass immigration. Instead of focusing on getting Americans back to work, Biden’s policies have overwhelmingly favored migrants, both legal and illegal, at the expense of American workers.

Since 2019, before the Chinese coronavirus pandemic disrupted the economy, about 75 percent of all U.S. job growth has been attributed to newly arrived migrants. In stark contrast, fewer than one million Americans have joined the workforce during the same period. This betrayal of American workers is nothing short of scandalous.

“The government’s household survey shows that there were only 971,000 more U.S.-born Americans employed in May 2024 compared to May 2019 prior to the pandemic, while the number of employed immigrants has increased by 3.2 million,” Camarota writes. This stark disparity highlights the Biden Administration’s prioritization of foreign workers over American citizens.

Meanwhile, labor participation among working-class American men continues to decline dramatically. For American men in the prime age range of 25 to 54 years old with only a high school diploma, labor participation has plummeted from 95.7 percent in 1960 to a shocking 81.6 percent in 2024. Similarly, for those without a bachelor’s degree, labor participation fell from 95.8 percent in 1960 to a dismal 84.8 percent in 2024. Across all education levels, labor participation for prime-age American men has dropped nearly eight percentage points over 64 years, a clear sign of systemic neglect and failure.

Camarota emphasizes, “The labor force participation rate — the share working or looking for work — has declined dramatically among U.S.-born men since the 1960s, particularly for those without a bachelor’s degree. While labor force participation among these groups has roughly returned to pre-pandemic levels, the rate in 2024 remains at or near historical lows relative to other peaks in the business cycle. This is true even for U.S.-born men who are in the ‘prime’ 25-54 age range for working.” The administration’s disregard for these alarming statistics is both irresponsible and outrageous.

For years, the decline in labor participation among American men has been well-documented, yet the Biden Administration continues to prioritize the influx of newly arrived migrants, who are quickly awarded work permits after being released into the U.S. interior. Since 2023 alone, nearly 300,000 native-born Americans have fallen out of the workforce, while about 637,000 migrants have been added. This blatant disregard for American workers is unacceptable.

Biden’s policies have driven the foreign-born population to unprecedented heights. Today, the foreign-born population stands at a staggering 51.6 million — the largest ever recorded in American history. This means roughly three in 19 people living in the U.S. were born in a foreign country, a statistic that underscores the significant and troubling shift in the American labor market under the current administration. This is a clear indicator of the Biden Administration’s betrayal of American workers and its commitment to prioritizing foreign interests over those of its own citizens.



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GUILTY: Hunter Biden Convicted on All Counts


In a significant blow to the Biden Administration, a federal jury has convicted Hunter Biden on all three federal felony gun charges he faced. This conviction underscores the corruption and lawlessness that many believe epitomize the Biden family.

Hunter Biden’s conviction is historic, marking the first time an immediate family member of a sitting president has been found guilty of a crime during their father’s term in office. The jury, deliberating for less than three hours, returned guilty verdicts on all charges related to a revolver Hunter Biden purchased in October 2018 at a Delaware gun shop.

The charges against Hunter Biden include two counts of lying about his drug use on a federal background check form and one count of possessing a gun while addicted to, or using, illegal drugs. Sentencing is typically set for 120 days following a verdict, and Hunter Biden could face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $750,000. However, as a first-time offender, it is likely that his sentence will be far less severe, sparking concerns of preferential treatment.

Following the verdict, Hunter Biden expressed gratitude for his family’s support rather than addressing the gravity of his conviction. His attorney, Abbe Lowell, announced that they would continue to “vigorously pursue all the legal challenges available to Hunter,” displaying a defiant attitude despite the jury’s decision.

President Joe Biden, in a statement, reiterated his role as a supportive father rather than addressing the implications of his son’s criminal actions. “As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” he said, choosing to focus on familial bonds over accountability.

Special Counsel David Weiss emphasized that the case was about the “illegal choices” Hunter Biden made while using drugs, underscoring that no one is above the law. His comments highlighted the severity of Hunter Biden’s actions, contrary to the sympathetic narrative often promoted by the Biden Administration.

Inside the jury room, deliberations revealed an initial split among jurors. However, after thorough discussions of each crime’s elements, they reached a unanimous verdict. Some jurors felt they had no choice but to find Hunter Biden guilty, with one describing the case as a waste of taxpayer dollars—a sentiment that resonates with many critics of the administration.

Despite the serious nature of the crimes, some jurors expressed sympathy for Hunter Biden, focusing on the evidence rather than his lifestyle. This perspective further fuels the narrative of leniency and misplaced compassion often seen in cases involving politically connected individuals.

In a public display of support, President Joe Biden was seen hugging his son Hunter upon arriving at the Delaware Air National Guard Base, mere hours after the guilty verdict was announced. This embrace, captured on video, underscores the President’s unwavering support for his embattled son, even as public trust in his administration continues to erode.

Senate Republicans were quick to react, asserting that the guilty verdict shows the justice system worked, despite persistent claims of selective prosecution. Senators John Thune, Rick Scott, and Josh Hawley emphasized that the case against Hunter Biden followed existing law, in stark contrast to what they see as politically motivated charges against former President Donald Trump. This highlights the perceived double standards within the justice system under the Biden Administration.

A juror later revealed that the jury focused on evidence, not Hunter Biden’s lifestyle, during deliberations. This approach, while legally sound, does little to quell public outrage over the apparent disparity in how justice is administered to those with political connections.

In conclusion, Hunter Biden’s conviction is a stark reminder of the corruption and legal breaches rampant within the Biden family. The President’s continued support for his son, coupled with the leniency of the justice system, only serves to deepen public disillusionment with the current administration.


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Israeli Forces Rescue Hostages from Hamas Terrorists in Dramatic Operation


On Monday, Israeli forces released dramatic video footage showing the daring rescue of four hostages held by Hamas terrorists in Gaza over the weekend. This footage, captured from helmet cameras of Yamam and Shin Bet’s operational units, as well as Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, showcases the meticulous and courageous efforts in Nuseirat, a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

In a simultaneous operation at two locations, Yamam and Shin Bet operatives engaged in combat with Hamas terrorists to rescue the hostages. Noa Argamani, 26, was rescued at one site, while Shlomi Ziv, 41, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Almog Meir Jan, 22, were freed from another location.

Footage obtained by Fox News Digital shows Yamam officers and Shin Bet operatives storming the location where Ziv, Kozlov, and Jan were held. They are later seen boarding a helicopter, being flown back to Israel to safety.

All four hostages were abducted from a desert rave near the border during Hamas’s brutal and unprovoked assault on Israel on October 7. This rescue operation was part of a broader Israeli air and ground offensive in central Gaza, which health officials claim resulted in the deaths of 274 Palestinians. This comes at a critical juncture in the eight-month conflict as Israel and Hamas weigh a U.S. proposal for a cease-fire and the release of the remaining captives.

Hamas and other militants killed approximately 1,200 people in the October 7 attack and captured around 250 others, including men, women, children, and older adults. Since then, the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza claims nearly 37,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s ground offensive. It is important to note that Hamas does not distinguish between fighters and civilians in its reports.

Israel has contested these figures, emphasizing that its soldiers are specifically targeting Hamas terrorists who deliberately operate within dense urban areas, using civilians as human shields.

More than 100 captives, mostly women and children, were freed in exchange for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel during a weeklong cease-fire in November.

Israeli authorities estimate that Hamas is still holding around 120 hostages, with 43 pronounced dead. The remaining survivors include about 15 women, two children under the age of 5, and two men in their 80s.

This heroic rescue operation underscores the ongoing struggle against Hamas’s brutal tactics and the lengths to which Israeli forces will go to protect and rescue their citizens.

Vice President Kamala Harris mourned the death of the Hamas members killed in the raid.


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