Allergic to MEAT?! It’s Happening Thanks to Climate Change | Hot Mess 🌎
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By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


Picture this, one afternoon you’re at your
best friend’s backyard barbeque, enjoying a freshly grilled hamburger, then later that
night, you’re on the ground, barely breathing… because guess what?! You’ve become allergic to meat. The culprit? A tick bite. Thanks to climate change, critters like these
are expanding their ranges, and their seasons are getting longer — meaning they have more
space and more time to take a bite out of you or me. [OPEN] Could you really wake up one day and be allergic
to red meat? Yeah. If a certain tick, like this Lone Star tick,
munches on a mammal, and then bites you, it can pass a special sugar called Alpha-Gal
from that other mammal directly into your bloodstream. Your body doesn’t make Alpha-Gal, and for
some reason, it files it away as a threat, so the next time you munch on something that
has Alpha-Gal in it, your body freaks out. Currently, the risk of developing a meat allergy
is very low, but climate change might help these tiny monsters cross paths with more
people. Most ticks are limited by cold winters, so
as our winters warm up, they can thrive in more places and be active during more of the
year. And getting a meat allergy is just one of
many ways ticks can make you sick. The black legged tick, for example, can give
you Lyme disease, which can weaken you for life. The number of US counties home to black-legged
ticks more than doubled in the past 20 years. In fact, the relationship between climate
change and Lyme disease is so strong that the US Environmental Protection Agency uses
the number of new cases as an indicator of how the climate is changing. But this isn’t just a North American problem
– Lyme and many other diseasescarried by ticks are expanding around the world. And warmer weather doesn’t just help the
ticks spread; it can also make them more likely to carry disease-causing pathogens. Most of the time these germs live and multiply
in animals, like mice, who can carry the pathogens without getting sick themselves. With warmer winters, more mice survive to
spring, more mice can give their germs to ticks, and a greater number of infected ticks
are waiting around to bite humans. Of course, climate change is just one of many
factors influencing these diseases. And another one of these factors is us. We know to do things like tuck in our socks,
wear bug spray, and check each other chimp-style. But as climate change turns familiar pests
into more formidable foes, in the long run, probably the most important thing we can do
is learn more about these little buggers and the diseases they carry. The first documented case of a tick-induced
meat allergy was less than two decades ago, so we’re still learning about how ticks
make us sick, especially in a changing climate. And once we know more, we’ll hopefully be able to take some of the bite out climate change.


73 thoughts on “Allergic to MEAT?! It’s Happening Thanks to Climate Change | Hot Mess 🌎

  1. You know, I'm as rational as the next guy, but considering how much red meat production contributes to climate change, this sort of result and the consequent meat allergy is a pretty poetic punishment from Mother Nature. Enough people wind up allergic to steaks and hamburgers, and we won't have any choice but to all turn vegetarian.

  2. I feel that climate change is a necessary step into a becoming a cyberpunk society, which makes me kind of be for more CO2 emissions

  3. Thank you ticks, less meat consumptions = less cows, chickens, pigs = less methane = less green house gases = less global warming.

  4. I wish I could watch your video and 'Isaac Arthur' video at the same time since you uploaded it minutes later than his

  5. Could this be natures way of fighting back against the number one leading cause of climate change?
    I'll be OK, gave up eating meat 18 years ago, don't miss it. But I do feel sorry for anyone who has to go through this. I hear the allergic reactions can be very bad.

  6. I love your channel a lot❤️ but I would like to see more references to countries other than America…. Such as India since Indians make up 1.2 billion of the human population, or any other country really.

  7. I have seen a lot of vegans and certain religious groups claim meat allergies to avoid explaiing self-imposed diet restrictions which may skew numbers as well.

  8. My only problem with this channel, is that almost every episode, scares the hell out of me, and leaves me bereft of hope. I guess its deliberate.

  9. That's it, ticks had a good run but between lyme disease and threatening to take away my ability to enjoy a nice steak it's about time we douse their habitats with DDT and infect them with a tick focused plague. There are animals that just shouldn't exist and I propose we add ticks to the list.

  10. Time to unload your McDonald's stock? People would probably eat more veggie burgers if they were not priced higher than meat.
    A few months ago I found ticks on giant millipedes one night. I didn't know that ticks bothered millipedes before that.

  11. Sure, some people will be pleased. If some vegan moral ideologues can find a way to make everyone allergic to meat, they will do it without remorse, the end justify the mean after all…
    PS: lol, california is mostly impacted, and most of the "progressives" are there…is there a link ?

  12. 1:21, wait…the EPA for the current administration, really? Are you sure they don't just consult the bible and because there was no climate change then, there can't be any now, right?

    2:00, what is this "tucking in" you speak of?

  13. By causing climate change we are technically reducing it as meat is one of the biggest contributors to climate change

  14. An easy soluton. Engineer a virus (like scientists are doing with mosquitos) to wipe out all of them, or two just wear bug spray.

  15. Good video but the audio got more and more out of sync, it wasn't noticeable at the beginning but by the end it was pretty bad, possibly a YouTube issue after upload but still annoying.

  16. I am genuinely not sure if getting this allergy would be the worst thing that ever happened to me or the best. 😛

  17. Vegetarians result in less greenhouse gas emissions, maybe force vegetarianism is a good think? Nah, meat is too good!

  18. Of note: Lyme disease usually takes 1.5-3 days to transmit from the tick to you, giving you time to notice and remove the tick. The red meat allergy, meanwhile, can be transmitted in a matter of seconds.

  19. If we weren't so overpopulated, there wouldn't be that much consumption of meat in the first place. Instead of focusing on overconsumption of meat, why not focus FIRST on OVERPOPULATION and how to regulate it? We are not herbivores. Even the first humans hunted their prey. Deal with it.

  20. This is fear-mongering at best. So many factors into tick bite increases but you gloss over all of em in one quick picture and focus on the scariest.

    Also, it doesn't make you allergic to "meat", only certain kinds of meat, or did that get missed on purpose when making this video?

    I start cringing whenever I see this host doing any of these videos, hers are the least well thought out, maybe that's not her fault and more the writers, but it coincides with hers the most. :-/

  21. So these ticks are some sort of Earths antibodies.
    The production of animal products as food is the number one cause of climate change and these ticks take care of that problem.

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