Newbies

This page is intended as an educational reference point for those unfamiliar with the alpha-gal allergy. Maybe you were just diagnosed, or a loved one or friend has the allergy, and you want to learn more about it.

You probably have many questions, and there are lots of topics to cover. Here you will find information to cover the basics. In other areas of this site, you will find additional information that you may find beneficial. In addition, I will be posting blog posts with random information. I hope you find what you are looking for.

If you have this allergy, I’m sorry that it happened to you. But it’s not the end of the world. Many people have this allergy and continue to live happy and healthy lives. Did you know the famous author John Grisham and his wife have this allergy, too?

Alpha-gal is an allergy to galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, a carbohydrate found in non-primate mammals. What are “non-primate” mammals? All mammals that are not humans or Old World monkeys (whatever those are).

Not to scare you, but it is also potentially a life-threatening allergy. Read my story to learn how I died and came back again. Arming yourself with the most information is the best way to help you succeed.

Alpha-gal allergy is the first and only allergy to a carbohydrate rather than a protein. And this carbohydrate is in much more than steaks and cheeseburgers.

Alpha-gal allergy is also the first and only allergy that has a delayed reaction. Typically, someone with this allergy will experience symptoms two to eight hours after exposure.

Alpha-gal has been around for awhile, though it is not very common. I believe the first known case was around 2009, but it has been around before that first diagnosis. Those who suffered unknown anaphylaxis, for instance, may very well have had this disease. The doctors who pioneered the research into this allergy are Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills and Dr. Scott Commins.

No. We each react differently. Something that is a trigger for one person may not affect another person at all, or may only cause a slight reaction.

Check out my blog post, What can I eat…in a vegan nutshell?

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It depends. Some people react, and some don’t. Dairy comes from a mammal, so if you’re new to the allergy, my recommendation is to avoid it.

Are you eating chicken, turkey and fish for protein, but feeling tired? This is no instant online diagnosis, but it could be a vitamin deficiency. B-12 and Iron are at least two vitamins that are lacking in our diet that would cause tiredness and lack of energy. I recommend a daily vegan multi-vitamin such as Deva Vegan Multivitamin, Mineral Supplement.
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