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Happenings in the insect world
by Steve Swank DVM
on June 5, 2020 at 6:17 PM
I have been in touch with Dr. Stefan Stangaciu of Romania concerning this subject and as far as he knows only one of over 200,000 beekeepers has died of Covid-19. It seems to me that the most cost-effective way to approach this subject would be to test the antibody levels of beekeepers and apitherapists who have had direct contact with verified Covid-19 patients. If the results are significant, it would surely warrant further testing. We already know that bee venom can affect the T-cell regulators. If we can prevent the cytokine storm, we should be able to save lives. I would be glad to help in any way I can.  
Thanks for listening!  
Steve Swank DVM
by Tim
on June 27, 2020 at 12:15 PM
Bee venom therapy may help in reducing the inflammation of COVID 19, but it doesn't help prevent it. I'm currently COVID positive and I've probably had in excess of 200 stings so far this year.
by David Bill
on June 27, 2020 at 3:34 PM
I am a 3-year beekeeper. I do not have COVID-19.
by Andrew Wright
on June 28, 2020 at 2:55 AM
I am an apitherapist and have treated many many people with bee sting therapy since 2006.  
I believe that bee sting therapy could provide an immunity to COVID-19.  
Reasons why I believe this....  
1.Bee stings do prevent people from getting malaria, I personally have proved that.  
2. I have treated a number of HIV people in the final stages and I know in most cases this helps them recover only because the immune system has been given a wake-up call, the HIV virus still remains.
by Shirley Baumgartner
on June 28, 2020 at 8:51 AM
This certainly sounds interesting. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the bees could help us out? Wondering if there is any evidence that taking royal jelly gives a person any immunity.  
Thank you,  
Stay healthy!
by Mark Cunningham
on June 28, 2020 at 10:21 AM
China has made past claims in the medical field in other areas in which they couldn't produce any real data.  
So, while this certainly warrants further research, I am skeptical of any research that comes out of that country.
by DR K Ramachela
on June 30, 2020 at 4:44 AM
Quite interesting thinking. Worthy investigation. The sting obviously stimulates the body to react. Natural acupuncture.
by Steve Swank
on July 3, 2020 at 4:13 PM
I think we should try to check antibody titers on beekeepers who have had verified exposure to the COVID virus. If the number of positive beekeepers who have shown no signs is significant, then bee venom therapy could be used to save lives and reduce symptoms.
by Mark stowe
on July 5, 2020 at 9:28 PM
I have Lyme and co-infections for the past 28 years. I have only been aware of this after IgenX test 5 years ago. I am also insulin dependant diabetic. Apitherapy saved my life NO doubt. My wife and I are now beekeepers in northern New York. I am 65.
by German Bonilla-Rosso
on July 6, 2020 at 12:51 AM
It would be nice and beautiful. But these claims by Andrew Wright are based on wishful thinking, there is absolutely no medicine nor science supporting them.
by Stephanie
on July 27, 2020 at 11:23 PM
There was a beekeeper in Moultrie, Georgia,USA who died from COVID-19.
by Anuoluwapo Priestley-Adesubomi
on July 29, 2020 at 7:40 AM
This is quite deep,interesting and "novel."  
Novel cases require novel approach. While I respect medicine, science and research a lot, I think the embrace of "cultural humility" in our practice will make our work richer, more robust and our knowledge will be much more diverse as well as more experiential as we touch base with ancient notes, scripts and documentations.
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