If you haven’t already heard of it, you may be wondering what in the world the term Alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) means. Is it a new co-infection that you haven’t come across or your LLMD hasn’t explained? Is it a new supplement available for Lyme? Is it a new female superhero emerging from the comic universe?
Alpha-gal is a term dubbed for food intolerance, red-meat allergy, or more specifically, an IgG or an IgE reaction to the sugars found in red meat and pork that seems to originate from tick bites. When the alpha-gal molecule enters the body — via a tick bite or otherwise — the immune system produces antibodies to fight it. But ticks are not the only way to be exposed to the Alpha-gal carbohydrate.