Monday, May 19, 2014

Honeybees or Acupuncture Needles?

Episode #23: Honeybees or Acupuncture Needles?
Ken Rosen LAc., cancer survivor, bee venom therapist, and international health expert, joins the show. How does one hold a bee?  When do you use bee venom therapy compared to acupuncture?  Do you use the same points?  Hear those answers along with great stories and Ken's take on the importance of diet and nutrition in health care.

Everyone's story about how they got into acupuncture usually involves a medical aha moment.  With Ken Rosen, it was a diagnosis of cancer at the age of 12 then a secondary cancer diagnosis at age 25 because of previous western therapy.  Having been around bees and bee hives as a child, bee venom therapy became part of his medical treatment arsenal along with acupuncture and herbs.  

A book he highly recommends is "Health and the HoneyBee" by Charles Mraz.  In this book Charles Mraz introduces readers to the historical application of bee products in health treatments.

Having spent a career treating patients in the high end spa industry (such as world famous Chiva-Som) he has learned the importance of outcome oriented acupuncture.  Not having the luxury of treating a patient multiple times over a period of months, he usually only has one shot to help the patient.  This focus on "How can I help the patient right now!" goes beyond acupuncture and bees.  Nutrition to him is the key. It is the one thing he can educate his patients about that they can take home and apply immediately to their lives.  "It's all about draining the damp" he says, "Got to drain the damp".  

In this episode you'll hear about been venom therapy, how to catch a bee, his experience on how acupuncture works, and the importance of nutrition and diet.  He answer's questions such as:

Why do people not have anaphylactic allergic reactions to bee sting therapy? "when you are being consciously stung your body starts gearing up for the reaction,. as a soon as you see me coming at you with a bee, your body starts dealing with it, whereas when you are surprised by a bee that is when really bad things can happen"

Ken Rosen has over 10 years of experience as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specialist and trainer.  Merging these two worlds, Ken consults, trains, and teaches subjects on TCM for the SPA environment.  With International speaking and writing experience, Ken Rosen brings a unique perspective of both traditional and progressive views on healthcare.


Bee Venom Therapy and Cancer Research
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  4. Ip SW, Chu YL, Yu CS, et al. Bee venom induces apoptosis through intracellular Ca2+ -modulated intrinsic death pathway in human bladder cancer cells. Int J Urol. 2012;19(1):61-70.
  5. Jo M, Park MH, Kollipara PS, et al. Anti-cancer effect of bee venom toxin and melittin in ovarian cancer cells through induction of death receptors and inhibition of JAK2/STAT3 pathway. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2012;258(1):72-81.


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