Skin Conditions

Bee Venom Therapy for Skin Cancer

You know me. I’m the one who, in a conversation about too much sun, says, “I’m not worried. I have dark skin and I tan right away. I never burn.” A few years ago I noticed a sore on my forehead. I thought I’d burned myself with a curling iron. But months later the sore kept breaking open. When I mentioned it during an annual exam, my doctor had it tested. Then the dreaded phone call: skin cancer, a basal cell carcinoma. Surgery was scheduled: a scraping-or scrapings-layer by layer, followed by a test to determine when all the layers with cancer cells had been removed. Meanwhile, my husband, Jim, had neck and shoulder pain from a car accident. Nothing helped. Then a friend, Kristine Jacobson, persuaded him to try bee therapy. “Nothing else is working,” she grinned. “It can’t hurt!” After a consultation, Jim started on the bee products and bee stings, with immediate results. During one session, he mentioned that I had skin cancer. Two days later Kristine was peppering my sore with bee stings. First one sting, then 2, then 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 stings, in and around the sore. Surgery day. During the numbing time the doctor noted, “Numb deeply-this has been here too long. We’ll need to do more than one scrape.” After one scrape I joined other patients who had bandages on their nose, eyes, cheeks, ears, and neck and were waiting for further-2nd, 3rd, even 4th-scrapings. Finally I heard my results: they got everything the first time. While I was being stitched, the doctor asked what I’d been doing. Had I been poking the sore? There were dead cells or scars all around the cancer cells. “Bee stings,” I whispered. Silence. All I heard was a needle stitching my forehead. Finally, he said, under his breath. “Sometimes our bodies do weird things just to protect themselves.” That conversation was over! Later, when having the stitches removed, I learned that the numbness in my forehead might last two years before the feeling returned, so I’d probably want to have plastic surgery and have the other eyebrow pulled higher to make both of them seem more even. I looked like a monster. My eyebrow was shaped like an upside-down ‘V,’ and the scar was terrible. Fortunately I had long bangs. I went back to Kristine’s house three times a week. As I was numb anyway, there was no reason not to sting. Again the stings: on top of my head, on my forehead, and on the scar. Within a month the feeling was back and my eyebrow began relaxing. Now I can’t find the scar, and I don’t need plastic surgery. Today Jim and I say, “Thank God for the bees, and thank God for Christine.” – Ann Ashby, Michigan April 01, 2009

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BVT for psoriasis

Before I started apitherapy, my legs were pretty bad. I’ve had psoriasis for about 20 years and had tried doctors’ treatments and every over-the-counter remedy I could find. At best I would have remission, only to suffer a comeback of the condition and new patches. My shins were so awful that I refused to wear shorts. The itching was so strong that I would scratch myself and draw blood. A friend and his wife were using apitherapy for entirely different conditions, so I asked whether it might be able to help me. I was at the “What have I got to lose?” point. What I did was to gradually increase to 16 to 18 stings down both sides of my spine and stings directly on the patches on my legs. I had to start around the patches, as the skin was too tough for the bee stinger to go through. But after a while the hair grew back and the stinger was able to penetrate. After just a few months my legs have healed wonderfully. The primary remaining indication is skin discoloration. No more itching(oh, thank you, Lord), scaling, or new patches. Other patches on my buttocks and back have healed or are healing without direct stinging. The “after” photo of May 4, 2006, shows a work in progress. The scaling is gone, and the remaining spots are almost extinguished. I started with two sessions a week and am continuing the same schedule. Each day I apply a topical bee-products-based cream purchased through the “Bee People” network. I’ve also found creams like this at a honey farm’s commercial outlet. Incidentally, my minor bouts of arthritis in my shoulders have stopped. That’s the frosting on the cake! – Irl Henderson irll@juno.com January 07, 2009

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Acne

For nearly four 4 years our daughter, now 15, suffered from severe, scar-producing acne. We spent about $2,000 on various remedies – over-the-counter products like Noxzema and Clearasil, and ProActive, the prescription product popular with celebrities. Nothing seemed to work. One day, at Bennett’s Honey Farm, where I work, I heard Reyah Carlson speak about propolis and other bee products. Even though our daughter is not one to try natural remedies, she realized that she had nothing to lose by giving propolis a try. That night she took two capsules. The next day her swelling had already started to go down and her face was no longer red. Every human being is different, and we realized that chemicals were not suited to our daughter’s body. We are thrilled, and so is she. Her self-confidence is back. She has also started taking two capsules of royal jelly a day for rejuvenation of her skin. I now take propolis myself at the first sign of a cold. It’s better than echinachea. – Tonya Harris Tonjaharris4@msn.com January 07, 2009

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BVT for a Skin Rash

I began to develop a rash on my body in February 2002. My dermatologist thought it might have been caused by a blood transfusion I had been given. The rash got progressively worse as the year went on, so much so that by December I was admitted to the hospital and given huge doses of prednisone. This made the rash less aggressive, but it remained with me. I was kept on a regiment of prednisone. I then went to a specialist who thought it was caused by a parasite (dust mite). In addition, he said that my immune system was compromised because of chemotherapy and radiation I had received, following cancer surgery in early 2001. I met Reyah Carlson in September 2004. She believed that my condition was due to excessive toxicity in my body and suggested bee stings, starting with 3 or 4 and gradually increasing to 22 to 25, twice a week. I wasn’t able to see her twice a week, only occasionally, but I did manage once a week most of the time for about nine months. After Reyah left California, I continued to get stings from Ray Seipel in Dr. Andrew Kochan’s office in Encino, California. My rash is now completely gone. I continue to get stings one a month to improve my immune system and to keep in check a slight arthritic problem in my fingers. I can’t emphasize enough how this has changed my life. The itching is gone, and so is the redness of my skin. I am so comfortable now, not having to worry about my appearance and, most of all, that irritable itching. God bless His bees, and Reyah, for everything. – Dan Ackel dackel213@sbcglobal.net January 07, 2009

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Warts

In 1992, at the end of a season of “camp” nursing, in which I would live communally, I found my feet infested with several plantar warts. I decided to apply a few stings. I placed 6 “bee kisses” around the periphery of the wart. Immediately I noticed that most of the area immediately around the wart remained white, indicating that it was receiving no blood supply, probably because of the wart. Three days later I applied another 6 “bee kisses” around the periphery of the wart. Within less than 6 weeks, the wart turned blackish and fell off, leaving a pink-lined crater that filled in with time. The amount of affected area was astonishing – it was much larger than I would have guessed. This helped me understand how difficult it was to get the “mother” seed with other types of treatments I had tried. Although I only treated 3 of the warts on one foot, all the others on that foot, as well as on my other foot, vanished. And they have never come back. In 2002 my niece, then a high school junior, asked if I would sting her plantar warts. I treated 2 of hers on one foot in the same manner. These too fell off in about 6 weeks and left a pink-lined crater that has since filled in. Her other warts on both feet vanished as well. Nor have they returned. I have since treated 11 people for plantar warts; all of them experienced the same success. Yes, it does hurt, and sometimes the pain seems unbearable. However, it only hurts for a short while, and then it lessens. So it is well worth the final result. Perhaps it affords immunity for life. I certainly hope so! Although it’s too soon to claim this, it has been 13 years that I’ve been free of plantar warts. – Kate Chatot katechatot@charter.net January 07, 2009

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