Q: What if I'm allergic to bee stings?
A: Fortunately, the incidence of serious allergic reactions to honeybee stings in the United States is low, one to five percent of the population. However, if you're sensitive to bee stings, you might want to consult an allergist before pursuing treatment.
BVT could be life threatening for someone truly allergic to bee venom. For people with only a sensitivity, gradual use of the venom over time may help build up a tolerance.
Q: Who will perform this treatment for me?
A: Apitherapists, beekeepers, acupuncturists, and lay practitioners are all possibilities. Be sure certain whoever it is follows BVT guidelines, and you should always inform your doctor of your decision before trying any new treatment.
Q: Is BVT a permanent cure for MS?
A: Currently there is no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, the reported dramatic improvements in MS from the use of bee venom indicate that it offers considerable relief to a condition that, for most, only gets worse.
Q: Can I do BVT in conjunction with taking conventional medications for MS?
A: Any medication will most likely slow the benefits seen using BVT. However, if you are taking a medication that cannot be stopped, BVT can still be used. If you are taking a beta-blocker, ask for another medication that is not a beta-blocker.
Q: How much does BVT cost? Will my insurance pay for it?
A: There is generally no charge for administering BVT. Therefore, insurance does not come into play. However, honeybees are good medicine, and they're free!
If you'd like to contact Pat Wagner for more information:
Write: Pat Wagner "The Bee Lady"
5431 Lucy Drive
Waldorf, MD 20601-3217