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People Are Stinging Themselves With Bees at Home to Treat Lyme Disease

Lauren Rothman has been stinging herself with bees for over a year — on purpose. She does this three times a week, 10 bees at a time, and leaves the stingers in for up to 20 minutes along her spine. Why? She has chronic Lyme disease, and the bee venom keeps the symptoms of the…

People Are Stinging Themselves With Bees at Home to Treat Lyme Disease

Lauren Rothman has been stinging herself with bees for over a year — on purpose. She does this three times a week, 10 bees at a time, and leaves the stingers in for up to 20 minutes along her spine. Why?

She has chronic Lyme disease, and the bee venom keeps the symptoms of the disease at bay.

“These bees have given me my life back,” Rothman, 34, told VICE News, as she carefully lowers a bee onto her back with tweezers and allows it to sting, emptying its venom sack and producing a red welt.

“I plan to continue to do it until I know that I’m okay. If that takes four years, I’ll do four years. It’s become so routine for me that it’s like making a cup of coffee,” she said.

The protocol is known as bee venom therapy (BVT), and among those afflicted with chronic Lyme, it’s gaining a lot of adherents. They call themselves “stingers.”

“I meet online two or three new people every week who I haven’t found before, who are doing BVT,” she said. “Most people, if not everyone, say that they’re improving.”

The claim is difficult to measure because chronic Lyme is not recognized by the medical establishment as existing at all. In other words, one can’t be recovering from a disease that most doctors simply won’t diagnose.

“The chronic Lyme label seems to be a convenient way to attribute very nonspecific symptoms that may have nothing to do with Lyme disease,” said Dr. Asim Ahmed, an infectious diseases expert at the Boston Children’s Hospital. “And it’s just medically unaccepted as a diagnosis.”

The stingers of course don’t buy that, and are in a sense willing to prove it by stabbing themselves with pulsating venom sacs multiple times a week, sometimes for years.

“I do that three times a week — Monday, Wednesday, Friday,” she said. “They say it’s important to take two days off to just get a break from all this medicine.”

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