Make a Beeline for Health-
Jessica Garza

My topic is about supporting Apitherapy, which is a form of alternative medicine that uses products from bees. If Apitherapy were to become officially sanctioned as an official treatment, it could be funded for proper research, meaning more potential breakthroughs in medicine. I care about my topic because I know family members that have used this treatment instead of over-the-counter drugs (OTCs) with successful results. This is either because they can’t afford OTCs, they have drug allergies or bad experiences with drugs in terms of side effects.

Everybody should care about Apitherapy because having an alternative for OTCs helps to make a more affordable and less deadly solution for common diseases. According to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in New Zealand, Apitherapy reduces prostate cancer cell lines. Currently, Apitherapy is a non-regulated practice, falling under the purview of herbal medicine, as well as dietary and nutritional supplement regulations. The position of the American Apitherapy Society is that all products of the hive have a legitimate and appropriate place within the biomedical healthcare system, in the form of integrated and complementary medicine.

My hopes for the future are that skeptical people will be able to look at current research on Apitherapy and see how getting it properly funded could benefit public health. Apitherapy is not a holistic form of medicine based on the mentality of individuals, but rather the results of physical case studies. While bee venom therapy is more expensive, ranging from $95 to $250 per treatment, over-the-counter Apitherapy products cost on average $20 and last a couple of months. While there have been over 2,600 studies on the effects of Apitherapy worldwide, one study costs $50,000 USD. Because of this large cost, studies are not done as frequently as they could be.

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