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Is there such a thing. Because I'm trying to narrow down the causes for my families illnesses. We get stomach problems when we eat beef but I've never heard of on. We have celiac disease but I don't know if it would affect this.
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[User Picture]From: joyfulfeather
2008-02-12 01:25 pm (UTC)

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There is! I don't think it's particularly common, but I've got it. Or at least, when I was tested for allergies, that came up positive. I've never liked beef, so it's never been a problem for me, but I have to wonder if part of my aversion to it when someone tried to make me eat it was the fact that it made me feel bad. Either way, yes, you can be allergic to beef!
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2008-05-08 12:38 am (UTC)

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I am allergic to beef and so is my daughter
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[User Picture]From: humofyourvoice
2008-02-12 01:25 pm (UTC)

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Yes, you can absolutely be allergic to beef.
[User Picture]From: krasota
2008-02-12 01:52 pm (UTC)

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You can be allergic to anything, but it's highly unlikely that you would all share the *same* allergy.

It might be too fatty. It might just be too much for your digestion to handle, especially if you're not fully healed.
From: kittyviroq
2008-07-17 05:36 am (UTC)

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It's easier on the digestion if you're not allergic but, if you're allergic to cow's milk, it's not so friendly.
[User Picture]From: jaxia
2008-02-12 02:09 pm (UTC)

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My sister has celiac and is allergic to beef, so it is possible.
[User Picture]From: fizzgig_bites
2008-02-12 02:52 pm (UTC)

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Twenty years ago I was a vegetarian. I had to stop it for health reasons. When I added beef back it made me sick. I can't stand the smell of it and not too crazy about the taste. I believe the doctor said I had lost enzymes the body produces to break down beef and it was making me sick because I couldn't digest it.

I started slowly like drinking beef broth and have a little tolerance for it now. It's still not high on my list and I rarely eat it. Someone mentioned fat content. I highly second this. Fatty beef will make me sick and I can't handle greasy stuff anymore.
[User Picture]From: chrispina
2008-02-12 07:09 pm (UTC)

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i had the same experience with pork. after not eating meat for a few years, i was able to eat beef and poultry again, but i still get an upset stomach when i have pork, even 10+ years later.
[User Picture]From: zepharum
2008-02-12 03:30 pm (UTC)

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My family has celiac and has problems with beef as well. Beef is very dense and hard to digest, so putting it in a celiac damaged stomach, it's not surprising to have problems. After 3 years of being GF, we eat beef VERY occasionally without problems.
[User Picture]From: mare_in_flames
2008-02-12 03:34 pm (UTC)

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I've seen plenty of people lose the ability to digest beef after not eating it for a while.

Animal proteins are different. My cousin couldn't digest beef fat, so my uncle would make her venison burgers and she could eat those. A friend of mine brought home some bear meat and no matter how I cooked it, I just couldn't digest it, despite not having any problems with other meats. Sometimes you and a set of proteins don't mix. I think beef is harder to digest and more likely to be on the list of "one of those proteins a subset of people just can't handle".

Cows are plotting to overthrow their human overlords through heart disease and global warming anyway! Avoid them! ;)
[User Picture]From: mare_in_flames
2008-02-12 03:35 pm (UTC)

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Oh and P.S. Bear meat is VERY high on the "hard to digest" scale, don't even try! :)
[User Picture]From: shiningstar55
2008-02-12 04:33 pm (UTC)

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I'm allergic to all meat, but not egg or any other animal product. I've never figured out why. People like to tell me it's psychological. It's not, grr.
[User Picture]From: ghislainedel
2008-02-12 06:35 pm (UTC)

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Another possibility is that you may be reacting to hormones or medications the cow was injected with or fed. I know someone who cannot eat beef from regular stores but can eat organic grass fed beef.
[User Picture]From: tez_13
2008-02-13 01:13 pm (UTC)

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I don't think that's the problem because I already eat both kinds but have the same reaction.
[User Picture]From: queen_e1izabuff
2008-02-12 06:51 pm (UTC)

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I've also heard people say (but never read it in a reputable source) that many celiacs have trouble with beef because the cows are grain fed and gluten is in the meat. Whether that is true, no idea. However, I do know that alot of meat is injected with fillers to increase the substance, texture, and appearance of the meat and oftentimes it does contain gluten. Try getting gluten-free meat (it does sound strange, but many health food stores carry it) and see if that helps.
[User Picture]From: tez_13
2008-02-13 01:15 pm (UTC)

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I've heard of this before. I wonder if it really is true. I already get organic meat but I don't know what they feed it.
From: jeswel
2008-03-03 11:59 am (UTC)

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Beef is high in amines which is a very common and misunderstood food intolerance. Any beef (or meat for that matter) that isn't fresh will be high in amines, and when I say fresh, I mean within 3 days of butchering. The only way to be sure that you aren't sensitive to beef or amines in general is too do an elimination diet.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-01-18 09:48 pm (UTC)

Beef, Pork and all other Red Meat Allergies

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Three years ago I had a severe allergic reaction to Pork that I was eating and ended up in the ED, I was told I was allergic to strawberries since I had ate them too. However after eating Beef it started again. I went to numerous doctors and they all tested me and said that I was not allergic to Beef, Pork and other Red Meats.

When I look back the allergies started a long time ago. Every time I ate Beef, Pork or other Red Meats I had severe stomach pains and developed hives, no breathing problems or anything else. However it progressed to numbness, weakness and even facial droop and I was to a neurologist. The numbness and weakness would subside about two hours later. I went to the neurologist and he found nothing wrong with me.

However every time I ate it I would have a severe reaction (Hives, breathing problems, numbness, weakness and severe stomach pain). Finally during a normal check up my regular doctor was gone and saw a new doctor. It just so happened that she was highly interested and knowledgeable about allergies. She told me to avoid them and prescribed me two 0.3 mg Epi-Pens (adult). I was instructed to administer both of them in the event of a allergic reaction, call 911 and go to the ED (I live 35 mins from the closest ED).

I have since avoided them all together and have had no hives, breathing problems, numbness, weakness or stomach pain. People always ask me if I miss the food and I always reply "No, I am still alive and enjoying life!" I am still shocked at how many people are unaware of food allergies to foods other than shellfish and peanuts.

If you are wondering if you are allergic to it then don't eat it! Simple but works very well, however there are times that you can not avoid them if you do not know if the food contains it or not, my biggest problem is BACON it seems that it is very common to put it on and in everything! So I always find out who made the food and ask them what they put in it.

Be safe and don't it unless you know what is in it!
[User Picture]From: wherever
2009-04-22 12:24 am (UTC)

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I realize I'm a year late, but I found this entry when I was searching the web about beef allergies. Beef allergy is more rare, but it does happen. I have it, as well as being allergic to cow's milk and wheat, among other things. My symptoms are lower GI - cramping and diarrhea, and a general feeling of malaise, nausea, headache etc.

Basically, the type of allergy I have, my intestines can't handle the protein in these foods, and it turns to acid in my intestines.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-06 05:13 am (UTC)

Beef Allergy

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I tested positive for beef allergy. I thought it was ridiculous, but after being wracked with horrible intestinal pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and skin breakouts every time I eat beef, it's ridiculous to dispute it. I have a laundry list of other allergies that require an Epi-Pen. For some reason the beef seemed absurd, but it is very real and more common than one would think.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-14 02:54 pm (UTC)

possible beef allergy

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I have had two ER visits with severe itching after eating some form of beef (steaks). The visits were approximately 3 years apart. The itching did not start until 3 to 6 hours after eating. After the last ER visit I went to an allergist and had some allergy testing (by blood). I got the results this past Tuesday (5/12/09) and the results did not any allergies to beef or anything else. So last night I had some spaghetti with ground beef and 3 hours after eating my hands started itching. Fortunately Benadryl and Zantac took care of the itching. However I will have further testing done in July, skin testing this time. Obviously I am allergic to something in the beef and I LOVE my beef.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-26 11:36 am (UTC)

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I have never had a problem eating beef. I love beef. Last fall, at a family reunion, I had a meal at a restaurant with beef, and about three hours later I began itching on my thighs. I was in bed at a hotel, and thought maybe the sheets had something that was reacting. I went to the bathroom and saw that I was breaking out in hives. The hives spread over my entire body until I was one big hive. My throat started to close.

I recalled an incident about 15 years earlier where a similar thing happened and had to go to the ER, where they pump you with steroids, antihistamines, etc. I had my girlfriend run to the hotel store and buy me a bottle of Benedryl. I took 8 tablets, and the hives and symptoms slowly went away.

A week later, I ate hamburgers, and the same thing happened, only more severe. Again I did the Benedryl.

A few days later, again. And each time the symptoms worsened. A friend told me to cut the beef out of my diet - I did and the symptoms and it hasn't happened since. To boot, I see that bloody stool is mentioned in one of the posts. I had that problem which went away after cutting out beef.

The friend has the same intolerance, she developed it in her 40's. I am 47. Since then I met another local person that developed the same intolerance 4 or 5 years ago. Same symptoms.

People ask why I don't go to a doctor and get tested. No health insurance - and I simply cannot afford the costs of tests.

I advise against the Benedryl, though - it knocks me out for the entire day afterwards. I now have a mix of Zyrtec 10mg (2 tablets) which is a mild antihistimine; Zantac (2 tablets) which prohibits stomach acid production; and Singulair (1 tablet).

I can't eat other meat that was cooked on a grill with beef. I can do Jello without problems (yet)but if I eat something and the symptoms begin, I take the pill cocktail with about a litre of water.

My friend that told me to cut out the beef says that it is an intolerance to something in the beef during digestion, not a true allergy. An allergy would hit as soon as the beef touched your mouth.

The cocktail works, and I am not a zombie the next day like I am if I megadose on Benedryl.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-18 12:57 am (UTC)

Allergy to Beef

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My three year old daughter has allergies to beef (as well as nuts, soy, eggs, milk, pork, sesame seeds, potatoes, green peas, etc).

In her RAST test her beef allergy was very low. Other foods that are higher she has adapted to.

Recently, after having a tiny bite of beef she developed a cough and began to have facial swelling minutes later. Fortunately the doctors in the ER we able to clam her system down.

Very scary.

Interestingly, I her father, have no food allergies. Her mother none as well, other than a recently developed shrimp allergy at 36 years of age.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-22 02:00 am (UTC)

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I suddenly got beef allergy several years ago -- bad, itching, and warmer-than-usual skin rash/hives. Before then, I ate lots of beef and other meats and had never heard of beef allergy! After then, I have tried/tested eating beef several times - the beef allergy occurs even with a small amount and within several hours of eating it. I have no other allergy.

I am a working scientist (in physics and applied mathematics, doctorate from very top US graduate school) of reputation and consider almost all those "folk medicine" or "alternate medicine claims" non-scientific and do not believe in any of them.

But I must report and share with you a remedy that works for me: beef tendon. Just boil it for about 3 to 4 hours and eat it, and it cures the beef allergy symptoms in several hours. The beef tendon must be pure tendon, without ANY red (of close to red) beef meat attached.

I have tried and tested it several times and, to my amazement, it all worked. I happened to learn and theorized this from a program shown on Discover Channel -- which showed that beef tendon has some form of angio-inhibitor that prevents muscles blood vessel from growing into the tendon; thus I theorize that it may help this beef allergy by reducing the allergy's histamine effect. I also have used and verified it several times when I inadvertently ate some beef-containing foods.

Please try this. And let other beef-allergy suffers know if it works or not works.

Dr. Mo

From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-27 08:59 pm (UTC)

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It is a lot easier to use Benadryl or some generic form of diphenhydromine - it is very cheap and effective. When I come down with a bad case of hives, I don't have time to purchase and boil beef tendons and wonder why you would do that when the same store that provides the tendons probably also stocks Benadryl.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-17 06:33 am (UTC)

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You sound like you're from Nigeria not a top u.s. grad school. You can't even write properly. I'm allergic to meat, - beef (1.91kua/l on IgE), pork and mutton, get an insane itchy rash all over about 1-3 hours after eating, starts in the groin area for some reason. I think it's my body's way of saying don't eat the poor animals.
From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-26 02:08 pm (UTC)

allergic to beef and pork

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after several trips to the ER, the last one spent on a cardiac arrest machine I went to a specialist for tests, did not need tests, she handed me a report of another person, 1 of 24 that had the exact same problem. There is currently a team, headed by Thomas Platts-Mills at the University of Virginia School of Medicine that have linked 80% of these cases to a tick bite.
Hope this helps, this reaction can be deadly, please take it seriously. Pills may help at first but each reaction gets worse!
From: (Anonymous)
2010-02-10 08:44 pm (UTC)

BEEF ALLERGY

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I think I have a beef allergy, but am also worried about CJD. For the past 5 years if I eat anything that contains even the smallest amount of beef I suffer dizziness that last sometimes 2 or 3 months. Sometimes I get slight head pain, but I currently have more severe head pains - had them for a week - they started one day after I ate a pizza that contained 5% beef.
I am particularly worried now that this episode might be CJD, based on the fact my symptoms are not the same as I usually suffer after eating beef. Please can anyone tell me if I should be worried about CJD ????
From: (Anonymous)
2010-02-15 02:26 am (UTC)

Just Diagnosed

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My lab results just came back positive for a beef allergy. I had no idea that was even possible. This concept a bit difficult to "digest" so to speak. Obviously I'm not alone if it's something tested for.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-02-26 06:33 pm (UTC)

This is totally possible

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I am 20 years old, and I have a beef, pork, milk, egg, cashews and white bread allergy. No one ever believed me though. They usually thought that I just didn't like them, but no, I am allergic. I never have had anaphalaxis, but I get the hives and nausea and sometimes really crazy headaches. I didn't know about them until recently. My mom "forgot" that I was allergic to them when I was a baby, and then fed them to me until I switched and became a vegan two years ago, and all of my lifelong symptoms went away. I always had moderate to severe migraines, hives, and I never felt "good". When I switched, I felt so much better and all of my symptoms went away. Then, my family and I decided I would switch back to eating meat and dairy after a fainting spell and my symptoms came back. Then, one day after a cheeseburger dinner, I had extreme stomach cramps, terrible hives and a severe migraine. It hurt so bad my parents took me to the ER and they did a blood test. It was positive. Then, while in the hospital, my mom remembered that I was allergic to those things as a baby. Whoops? I think so.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-24 03:12 pm (UTC)

hidden products of beef tallow

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my child is allergic to both milk and beefprotein. the whole cow.even the fumes from menure will give her a reaction.also leather. other products that may use beef tallow. for instance soaps, lipsticks, lotions,fabric softeners, toothpaste,(total for instance)dishwashing liquids,shampoos,hair conditioners,the list goes on. i noticed my child would come out of the bath with a full body rash and itching. i called colgate for a list of products they made with animal free ingredients. they sent me a list. colgate regular the red box, palmolive dishwashing liquid, she doesn t seem to have a problem with dove soaps.if the product has the word gel then it s probably gelatin derived from animal byproducts such as beef.i also breastfed her and she had such vomiting. she was finally tested at 10 months and i bought her soy milk in a carton. the dietian advised to add fat oils to her foods.we have learned to cook for her.amazing what we can do.she has developped asthma because of the milk in school and all the cheese snacks. it s very tricky. the children do put her aside some. it s like they can t touch her. it s not fun.she herself feels afraid. and some kids terrorise her to manipulate her. it s an ongoing learning process for us.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-01 10:30 pm (UTC)

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I have just had the York test done and am intolerant to beef. All my medication will have to be changed as a lot of it comes in Gelatine capsules.I also have intolerance to all dairy foods. Beef was the only meat which proved to be a problem.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-12-02 05:02 pm (UTC)

Beef

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There is a sugar plus a protein called Alpha-gal, it is related to beef and pork allergy (mammal protein). There is a blood test for allergy to beef specifically, but also to Alpha-gal and it is available through Viracor-IBT lab in Lenexa KS.
Tina Merritt MD
Bentonville AR
From: (Anonymous)
2010-12-27 06:37 pm (UTC)

Beef intolerant

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I'm 65 and have 25 years experience with what could be now deadly reaction to beef. For 3 years I have been gluten intolerant (causes migraines for me) but I test negative for Celiac.

Beef intolerance might be a better description than 'allergy' for many of us. No doctor has ever allowed that I am allergic to beef because I don't get skin or breathing problems. All I get is extreme cramping and I pass out. The first episode was with medium rare prime rib at a restaurant; then steak; then Big Macs. After each episode I gave up that particular form of beef. Since I was 40 I have had this intolerance.

When the medics learn more about enzymes and stop treating nutritionists like quacks, perhaps there will even be professional literature on this. I am a physicist and I must say that practicing physicians are threatened by science. If a drug salesman didn't teach them about this problem then the problem doesn't exist; they are too busy to go home at night and read up on a patient's rare condition.

Oddly, I can eat corned beef still, but I go easy because passing out is not cool when you are driving or flying a Cessna. I can handle about 1/2 ounce of beef in a well cooked beef stew. One meatball at Olive Garden seems to be fine. I can get a tinge of cramping with roast pork now, so I go easy on that.

Left to noodle this problem out on my own, I surmise that there is something in beef that can be boiled or pickled out, but not roasted or fried out. Further, I suspect that the enzyme that I am lacking is that which processes some beef byproduct, hormone, or other additive.

A little story: "Gulliver's" was a fun restaurant in Irvine, CA. The serving wench, laced up and ballooning out of a peasant frock, convinced me that I must try the huge prime rib. Later that evening in my hotel room I woke up with my head against the bottom of the bathtub. I don't know how long it had been since I cramped up on the adjacent toilet. One clue was that the mirror revealed my forehead embossed with the nonskid pattern of the bathtub. Since that adventure I think of roast beef whenever I see enhanced cleavage.
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2011-01-09 06:39 pm (UTC)

Beef

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Beef allergy/intolerance is very real. Over half of people with problems were allergic to beef in a recent study:

http://www.mattmetzgar.com/matt_metzgar/2010/12/beef-allergy-ii.html
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