Apitherapy: Beehive Benefits to Human Health including Bee Sting or Bee Venom Therapy

UPDATE 3pm 2/24
Apparently the main roads are fine, so we will proceed with the evening's activities!  Please drive safely and perhaps allow a bit more time to get there.


This talk is planned during the first half (7-8 pm-ish) of the February Bee Discussion Group gathering, regularly held the last Wednesday of the month.

Presenter: Bee Group member Sandy VonAllmen

Sandy VonAllmen is a retired RN who has kept a few beehives since 1998 in order to make good use of some of the health benefits associated with keeping bees. As her interest in bee venom therapy grew, she took an online Apitherapy Course with a Romanian doctor that expanded her awareness of its benefits. Sandy will discuss the many benefits to health of many byproducts of the hive and, of course, the most interesting to her being the Bee Sting (Bee Venom) Therapy that she also has the most experience with.

Small donation appreciated.

LOCATION

Betty Evans Community Room in the new wing (left hand door) of the E.J. Noble Medical Bldg., 80 E. Main Street, Canton, NY. (next to the Best Western, across from the Price Chopper on Rt. 11, Canton.)  Usually we post an orange 'Local Living Workshop Site' lawn site near the door.

The monthly Disussion Group gatherings are a place where novice to advanced levels of beekeepers (or wanna-bees!) are welcome to attend and share their questions, successes and challenges in a casual group setting. Last Wednesday of each month, 7 PM, 1 to 2 hours.

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PRESS RELEASE
 
Benefits of Bees

CANTON, NY -- "Apitherapy: Beehive Benefits to Human Health including Bee Sting or Bee Venom Therapy" is a talk that is planned during the first half of the upcoming Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group monthly gathering, hosted by the Local Living Venture.  A free will donation for the presentation is appreciated.

Bee Discussion Group member Sandy V. Von Allmen will discuss the many benefits to health of the byproducts of the beehive. She will cover propolis, royal jelly, pollen, and of course honey itself during this presentation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the presentation will focus on "Apitherapy", which is commonly referred to as bee sting or bee venom therapy.

"Bee venom therapy sounds scary to people but it's actually a lot fun." states Von Allmen, "In 1998 I had a severe case of arthritis, it took me ten minutes to get from the car into the house.  At that time it took three months of weekly treatments but I have a normal life and have been fine ever since!"

After the remarkable success of her own therapy, Von Allmen took an online Apitherapy Course with Dr. Stefan Stangaciu that expanded her awareness of the benefits of these treatments.  She is a retired RN and has kept a few beehives since 1998 in order to make good use of some of the health benefits associated with keeping bees.

Von Allmen states that consuming local raw honey is "more than just a sweetener."  It is believed to help with seasonal allergies and also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that modern science has found useful in chronic wound management.

The possible health benefits of consuming raw, un-pasteurized honey are documented as far back as ancient Greek, Roman, Vedic, and Islamic texts and  many scientists and philosophers throughout the ages have referenced the healing qualities of honey, including Aristotle, though some of honey's health claims have not yet undergone rigorous scientific studies to confirm them.
 
The name propolis comes from the Greek meaning "defense of the city."  The antimicrobial properties of propolis protect the hive from viruses and bacteria but it doesn't just benefit the bees. Over 2,000 modern studies show that propolis has a wide range of antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
 
Royal jelly feeds the queen of the hive, but is said to build up a persons strength and bone density.  Pollen is known as a "superfood" and bee venom is a stimulant to the immune system.

The presentation will be during the first hour of the event, followed by the usual open format discussion and then finalizing the co-op bee order the group is arranging in order to re-stock local hives in the Spring.

All are welcome to attend at the Betty Evans Community Room in the new wing of the E.J. Noble Medical Bldg. at 80 E. Main Street in Canton, NY.  The entrance is on the left side, at street level, next to the E.J. Noble Hospital Guild's butterfly and pollinators garden.  The building is next door to the Best Western and across from the Price Chopper on Rt. 11 in Canton, and will have an orange 'Local Living Workshop Site' lawn site near the door.

The monthly Discussion Group gatherings are a place where novice to advanced levels of beekeepers are welcome to attend and share their questions, successes and challenges in a casual group setting. It is held the last Wednesday of each month.

For more information, call (315) 347-4223 or email to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com. There is also a resource page on the web at www.LocalLivingVenture.org/content/bees-beekeeping-resources. The Local Living Venture coordinates Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, sharing traditional rural and simple living skills, for a healthy and capable community. Their model is to collaborate with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Local Living Venture
 
1)  Bees clustered in a package, awaiting the re-stock of a local hive.
2)  Local Living Venture Bee Group member Don Matheson demonstrates how to extract honey from a hive.
3)  A beehive made by local Amish builders.

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February 24th, 2016 7:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
80 E. Main St.
"New" Building Entrance on Left
Second Floor - Community Room
Canton, 13617
United States

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