Bee Venom Extraction Methods

Michael Simics explains how bee venom is harvested for

The following is Copyright 2018  by Michael Simics. He has given permission to Lyme Compass to republish it here:

   “We use injectable bee venom only as the venom is being collected during the summer when bees have the most potent venom. The treatment of Lyme disease requires years around application of the venom with body weight based dose. It is called Weight-Dose Protocol. This cannot be done with live bees. The effectiveness of the injections to venom from summer bees is around 95-96%. One of the most valued product by Dr. Klinghardt is the VeneX Forte. It contains Apis Venenum Liquidum (liquid bee venom) just like as it comes from live bees.
  Bees will have good quality venom in June, July and August for Lyme treatment. The rest of the year and the poor quality venom that comes from bees is not for Lyme, or MS, or ALS treatment. The improvement one will gain during the summer months will the diminished taking venom from off season bees. Bees need bee pollen (protein) to make venom. beekeepers feed their bees with sugar syrup end of September. It is a carbohydrate.  Bees cannot make venom from carbohydrate.

In most cases, the treatment of Lyme disease requires year around treatment. However, the quality of bee venom from live bees is subject to seasonal changes due to age of bees and nutritional source (bee pollen) to produce venom with enough quantity of Melittin in it.  Venom quantity and quality is higher during the active beekeeping season and poor quality during off-season. From early September to end of April, the Melittin contents in the venom that is the most important in the treatment of Lyme disease can be as low as 1/8th to 1/6th, or none at all in a single bee compare to one during the summer. Venom from live bees end of June to end of August may be used for Lyme disease treatment, but subject to quantity and quality changes.

Venom Quality from Live Bees:
Good quality: Early June to end of August (summer)
Low quality: Early September to end of April (winter)

Safe Bee Venom Collection
I am glad to inform you that since the very beginning of my work here in Canada, the main goal was to introduce a bee safe, but commercial bee venom collection method. Because I rent over 1,100 bee colonies each year for venom collection from commercial beekeepers, -killing their bees were not an option. In 1991, I set the goal that during a 40 minutes venom collection; the venom extraction cannot harm more then 20 bees per beehive. When a beekeeper manages his hives, he will kill 50-100 bees just by moving the honey frames or replacing the inner lid/cover. During honey extraction, several hundred of bees will die.

In the early 1990s, I developed the 3rd Generation bee venom collector device that was in use until 2001. In 1994, in an independent set of tests by Amber Rose, Ph.D. and also by an apitherapist, we tested 20 bee colonies. During the 40minutes of venom collection, -an average of 6.8 bees died per bee colony. This is 1/3 of the set target of 20 bees per bee colony and it is a non-significant loss compare to the population of 45,000-60,000 bees per beehive. Daily, a queen bee lays around 1,500-2,000 eggs. Consequently, several hundreds of old bees die each day from natural cause.    Between 1997-2002, I developed the 4th Generation; microprocessor (computer) controlled bee venom collector device based on information gathered from collecting venom from over 14,000 bee colonies. The development cost in the first phase was over Eur 40,000 on 2002 price. This makes the most expensive bee venom used in products. Drug companies used to pay for bee venom used in their products about 1/20th of the cost, because they cannot afford it (:-). This new device was introduced in 2002 and it is even safer then the previously used one. During a 40 minutes venom collection, only 2.9 bees will die per bee colony.   Since 1991, I work with the same beekeepers and collect bee venom from the same bee colonies year after year. Every year I am away from my office for 5-6 weeks about 1050 km away from my home to collect fresh bee venom to ensure the quality of my products.

Bee Venom Collection
Honeybee venom is collected yearly around Calgary, AB, Canada during the beekeeping season with a 4th Generation collector devices. Beekeepers voluntarily participate in venom collection and a contract is arranged between the beekeepers and Apitronic Services specifying the number of collections per season, the times, the locations and the fee paid for each. It was found that the local beekeepers were highly motivated to accept new methods and widen their beekeeping operation.    A day before the collection, the beekeeper is informed of the exact times and locations of the collections but usually is not there during the collection period. Collector devices, used by Apitronic Services have the capability of collecting bee venom from 1 to 40 hives at a time. Beehives are generally grouped in 24 hives to a bee yard and it is most suitable to use 20 collector frames at one time. After removing the covers of the hives the collector frames are placed in an upside down position on top of the frames of each hive. The collector frames are connected with wires to each other and finally to the Impulse Generator. The collection time is 30 minutes. During this time the device works automatically and supplies preset impulses to the wire grids. When the bee touches two wires and completes the circuit she will receive a mild electric shock. The effect of the shock results in her stinging onto the glass collector sheet through a special space age material. The stinger penetrates through this material and the venom is deposited between it and the glass sheet. The alarm pheromone of the venom will mobilize the other bees and they will also sting the protective material. During the collection, more and more bees will gradually cover the collector frames and sting. After 30 minutes the collector frames will be removed from the top of the hives and placed at the side of the entrance for another 10-15 minutes. The bees will return to their own colony and the frames are gathered and placed in a storage box, ready to be taken to a new bee yard. It is possible to collect venom from 100-125 colonies within 8 hours if the colonies are in four locations within 15 miles of each other. However, these days I collect venom form the strongest 80 bee colonies only.    Bee venom dries quickly underneath the protective material due to millions of micro pores all over its surface. The scraped venom is then put into wax sealed vials and shipped to the clients. A Material Safety Data Sheet is also enclosed with the venom order, which provides information on the specifications, components and safe handling of the venom.    Bee venom collected with a 4th Generation collector device and by using the space age material can be classified as pure whole dried bee venom. It is snow-white, or white, or seldom off-white in color and is free from any contamination.

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