Keep bees – Save the World

Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Want to take up a hobby that delights and inspires passion and enthusiasm and,a t the same time,  save the world in your spare time?  Bee like mee. Keep bees.  

I have been keeping bees since before I studied to become a medical doctor. having founded the American Apitherapy Society 30 years ago, I have continued to champion our faux friends the hard working honey bees.  Did you know that one in three bites you take at a meal are provided to you by honey bees?  

Bee venom has powerful anti-inflammatory peptides and inflamed blood is thick or sluggish blood. Here is a study which shows that bee venom is an anti-coagulant.   The following studies shows that beekeepers have less cancer, less sticky blood and live longer and healthier lives!  

“Beekeepers have the lowest incidence of cancer of all the occupations worldwide.”

SOURCE  Annual report of the New York Cancer Research Institute in 1965.





J Pharmacopuncture. 2015 Dec;18(4):7-11. doi: 10.3831/KPI.2015.18.031.

Honey Bee Venom (Apis mellifera) Contains Anticoagulation Factors and Increases the Blood-clotting Time.

Bee venom (BV) is a complex mixture of proteins and contains proteins such as phospholipase and melittin, which have an effect on blood clotting and blood clots. The mechanism of action of honey bee venom (HBV, Apis mellifera) on human plasma proteins and its anti-thrombotic effect were studied. The purpose of this study was to investigate the anti-coagulation effect of BV and its effects on blood coagulation and purification.


Crude BV increased the blood clotting time. For BV concentrations from 1 to 4 mg/mL, clotting was not observed even at more than 300 seconds, standard deviations (SDs) = ± 0.71; however, clotting was observed in the control group 13.8 s, SDs = ± 0.52. Thus, BV can be considered as containing anti-coagulation factors. Crude BV is composed 4 protein bands with molecular weights of 3, 15, 20 and 41 kilodalton (kDa), respectively. The LD50 of the crude BV was found to be 177.8 μg/mouse.


BV contains anti-coagulation factors. The fraction extracted from the Iranian bees contains proteins that are similar to anti-coagulation proteins, such as phospholipase A2 (PLA2) and melittin, and that can increase the blood clotting times in vitro.

AND longevity is associated with longer telomeres….

Age (Dordr). 2015 Jun;37(3):9797. doi: 10.1007/s11357-015-9797-6. Epub 2015 Jun 2.

The relationship between telomere length and beekeeping among Malaysians.

Nasir NF1, et al



The belief that beekeepers live longer than anyone else is present since ages. However, no research has been done to explore the longevity of life in beekeepers. Here, we investigated the telomere length in 30 male beekeepers and 30 male non-beekeepers and associated them with the longevity of life using Southern analysis of terminal restriction fragments (TRFs) generated by Hinf I/Rsa I digestion of human genomic DNA using TeloTAGGG Telomere Length Assay. Interestingly, we found that the telomere length of male beekeepers was significantly longer than those of male non-beekeepers with a p value of less than 0.05, suggesting that beekeepers may have longer life compared to non-beekeepers. We further found that the consumption of bee products for a long period and frequent consumption of bee products per day are associated with telomere length. An increase of year in consuming bee products is associated with a mean increase in telomere length of 0.258 kbp. In addition, an increase in frequency of eating bee products per day was also associated with a mean increase of 2.66 kbp in telomere length. These results suggested that bee products might play some roles in telomere length maintenance

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