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Hi I am Jennifer and I started doing Bee Venom Therapy, with live bee stings, in April 2015 to treat my Lyme disease. I began this therapy after reading the amazing story of Ellie Lobel, who was attacked by killer honey bees and was led on a path to recovery via bee venom.
Bee venom therapy is a branch of Apitherapy, which is the medical use of honey bee products. “Api” is the Latin root for ‘Bee’, hence it is Bee Therapy. You can find out more about Apitherapy by visiting the website of the American Apitherapy Society.
Long before there were hypodermic needles to administer cortisone and anesthetics, there were bees. They are not usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of medicine, but to ancient healers and beekeepers all over the world, bees are a well-known form of treatment.
Bee Venom has been used medicinally since the time of Hippocrates, and even much further back.
Bee venom has long been used as a folk remedy due to the active compounds in the venom that have healing properties. Just as many plants have given the pharmaceutical industry the basis of many drugs, bee venom is also a little known, but treasured part of Nature’s pharmacy.
Melittin is the principal component of honey bee venom which has been proven to inhibit and kill the Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia Burgdoferi. Melittin is not found in wasps or bumble bees, therefore a sting from these others bees will not be effective in treating Lyme.
I quickly became interested in adding bee venom to my Lyme treatment and had no previous experience working with bees, beehives, or beekeepers. Experience is not necessary, as this is an easy treatment you can do yourself at home. What you need to do the therapy is easily available with a little bit of planning. You need bees, a small bee housing, tweezers, an epi-pen for safety, Vitamin C, detox supplies, and some courage and determination! And, of course, to read and follow the Protocol for Lyme on bee venom therapy researched and written by Ellie Lobel.
Those who have concerns over the bee population should feel rest assured that the amount of bees used for my treatment is nominal, compared to the fact that a queen bee lays 1500-2000 eggs per day. Also, please understand that the real threats to the bee population are chemicals, pesticides, and GMO’s.
If you are considering bee venom therapy, you must recognize that such therapy is a natural treatment for which, to date, there is no rigorous scientific evidence proving its medicinal effectiveness. No treatment should be rejected or embraced by anyone, based on the preliminary research and study in this blog.
Before trying this therapy, talk to someone educated in apitherapy, and never receive bee venom without taking safety precautions by having your own epi-pen and knowing the symptoms of a true bee sting allergy, which could result in anaphylaxis or death.
No patient should use the information in this blog for the diagnosis or treatment of any health problem, or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before deciding on any diagnosis, or initiating any treatment plan of any kind. Jennifer Lanett does not claim to be an expert in any illness, disease or treatment for Lyme. In this blog, she is merely sharing one of her interests. Please do not start any diet, exercise or supplementation program, or take any type of nutrient, herb, or medication, without clear consultation with your licensed health care provider.