A Madison Lake woman who’s battling Lyme disease is finding success by allowing herself to be stung by bees.
Kali Huber was diagnosed in June and the disease left her with debilitating symptoms including severe pain, body aches, migraines, nausea, memory loss, fatigue and the loss of feeling in her hands and ankles.
Then about a month ago, Huber started receiving Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) via live bee stings. Huber says she now only has 1 or 2 “bad days” a week compared to 6 or 7 – and she’s “slowly getting my life back thanks to the honey bee.”
Huber says BVT is less expensive than antibiotics, and it’s hoped that the treatments will paralyze the Lyme bacterium in her body within three years. Huber is currently receiving 5 stings a day, three days a week. By next month, she plans to be up to 10 stings, three days a week.
In addition to the stings, Huber takes regular infrared saunas to help detox and a plethora of supplements and probiotics. Her special diet also consists of organic fruits and vegetables, along with grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free meat.
Through her journey, Huber is also hoping to raise awareness about Lyme disease. She notes that insurance often denies coverage of ongoing treatments and that Lyme still isn’t fully understood by the medical community, especially when it comes to chronic Lyme disease or what the CDC refers to as Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.
A benefit for Huber is set for this Sunday afternoon at Point Pleasant in Madison Lake, with food, drinks, a silent auction, a raffle and more.
Lyme disease is spread by the blacklegged or deer tick. The number of cases in Minnesota has increased dramatically since the 1990s due to a variety of factors. That includes increasing physician awareness, increasing infection rates in ticks, and expanding tick distribution.