How cool is this dude carrying is his pot of gold?
Apitherapy (treatment from bee venom via the sting) is starting to catch on in the Lyme disease world, ever since one woman nearly died from Lyme disease but recovered quickly when she was attacked by a swarm of African Honey Bees. Top Lyme disease researchers continue to study the effects of bee venom, and found that it does in fact kill all 3 forms of Borrelia burgdorferi. The question is, does the venom specifically kill the Borrelia or does the venom mount the immune system to attack it? It’s well known that the immune system is severely compromised by Lyme which makes it easy to spread in stealth-mode throughout the body. The sicker the patient is with Lyme, the lower the antibodies are in the body to fight it, which is the proverbial catch 22 for the standard tests pushed by the CDC and IDSA. If you can’t make the antibodies to fight it, you don’t show positive for the infection on those tests. There are better more sensitive tests out there that can find it though, much to the CDC and IDSA’s disappointment. If you're wondering why the IDSA doesn't provide better testing, follow the money trail. Many on the IDSA board are funded by those companies providing unacceptable tests.
My curiosity of bee venom grows each day. There are a lot of “sure cures” out there for Lyme, some out of my budget and some terrifying. I’m not sure I’d subject myself to most of them, but since I stick myself with a needle in my thigh every single day, apitherapy doesn’t seem so far-fetched. I would just hate to sacrifice so many cute bees when they are so desperately needed to keep our ecological system flourishing.
It's a never-ending solution.
It makes it a little scary that so many bees are dying in such large numbers. Hopefully, we'll find a cure for them and in return, if they'd help keep people healthy, it would be a nice turnaround!