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Taking a Bite Out of Alpha-Gal Syndrome: How to Prevent and Manage Tick-Borne Food Allergy

This webinar will provide an overview of Alpha Gal Syndrome (AGS), the tick-borne condition that, upon a tick bite and exposure to galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose ("alpha-gal"), renders patients allergic to mammalian meats and products that contain mammalian-derived ingredients (e.g. pharmaceuticals and vaccines).

Original air date: January 31, 2024


Tina Merritt, MD

Dr. Merritt has done research on Alpha-gal, an allergy to beef, pork, and gelatin related to tick bites, and is part of the Arkansas Alpha-gal Task Force. She is the director of White Cell Support Group, a nonprofit support group for patients with primary immune deficiency. Dr. Merritt is a noted speaker for asthma, allergy and immune deficiency. She participates in the Food Allergy Research and Education Walk every year and the National Asthma Screening for the past 16 years.

Jennifer Platt, DrPH

Co-founder, TBC United

Jennifer Platt, DrPH is a public health and program development expert. During her doctoral studies in public health at the University of North Carolina in 2011, Dr. Platt contracted Ehrlichiosis and later developed alpha-gal syndrome. Her personal experience led her to create TickWarriors, LLC in 2016, an eco-friendly tick protection program for humans, pets, and properties. The need for education and awareness prompted Dr. Platt to co-found Tick-Borne Conditions United (TBC United) in 2018 with Beth Carrison. 
Beth Carrison, INHC
Co-founder, TBC United

Beth Carrison has been managing over 30 different food allergies for her family since 1996. Unfortunately, Beth was diagnosed with two tick-borne conditions - Lyme disease and Alpha-gal Syndrome. In 2019, Beth Carrison was appointed as a patient advocate to the federal 2020 Alpha-gal Syndrome Subcommittee, which serves the federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).