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    Hats Off to Carl the King of Queen Bees

    Did I ever mention to you guys that over the course of this past summer I experimented with bee venom therapy for my multiple sclerosis? Turns out there was quite a bit of interest made when this one woman in particular who had been wheel chair bound for many years had tremendous results from bee venom therapy. So much so, that she was able to get up and walk. This was broadcast on a news magazine show and prompted several friends and neighbors to talk to me about it.

    I ordered the bee venom book that this woman had written and I found a local bee keeper by the name of Carl Jurica (hey Carl!). He was kind enough to work with me all summer and kept me in a good supply of bees. He and I were both very hopeful that I would see some improvements.

    Herman was the bee guy. Meaning, he would handle the bees after Carl gave them to us in these little wooden bee cages. He would take a long set of spring type hair clips and reach inside the bee cage after popping the cork. This, while being careful none of the other bees got out and wasted any of their venom on Herman. The book had suggested calming the bees by refrigerating them a few minutes prior to take off, and that seemed to help.

    There was a complete bee sting regimen and diagram of where and when to sting in the book. By following that regimen and keeping to the schedule and map of stings, we could be sure to get the maximum effect. I also learned that toothpaste, topically applied to the site of the sting, was a great relief for the itching that followed the stings.

    I tried it for over eight weeks, and at one point seemed to see a slight improvement in the function of the fingers of my right hand. But, overall, the pain I incurred from the stings and the inconvenience of stinging every other day plus the lack of any significant success made my choice to end it very easy.

    I cannot thank Carl Jurica enough for his kindness and willingness to help. He told us how at one time he supplied queen bees for hives all over the world. That was when he designed the little wooden cages that worked so well for transporting the bees, usually ten or twelve at a time.

    I also want to say that bee venom therapy has proven beneficial for arthritis and other ailments. I’m still looking for the "magic bullet" however, to knock the MS away. But I’m realistic, because I really think it will more likely be through stem cell research that a remedy will be found.

    Until that day, I will still be travelling by wheels instead of afoot and using what other aids come my way. And I will always be thankful for wonderful people I have met like Carl.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"