NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 13, 1978
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(Studio) Report on bee venom and theories that it can be useful as treatment of arthritis.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Pain and sometimes death that come from venom of honey bee sting noted; bee venom researcher Colonel James Vick's near death from string cited as example [VICK - describes effects of drastic reaction to sting.] Details of Vick's experiments in use of bee venom, involving breed of dog prone to human-like arthritis, given. [VICK - cites outcome of experiments.] Other experiments by NYU's Dr. Gerald Weissman re: reason for changes in arthritic conditions treated with bee venom reported [WEISSMAN - describes relationship between venom and production of cortisone by body. Notes significant prevention of arthritis development in animals in which disease had been made arthritic by experiments.] Experiments in bee venom therapy by honey beekeeper Charles Mraz, of Middlebury, VT, described. [MRAZ - talks of device he developed to collect bee venom.] Device described. [MRAZ - notes amount of venom held in small bag.] Is noted that venom in drug form is strictly regulated and not authorized for arthritis treatment, but that there's nothing to keep person from being stung by bee. Details with regard to process of bee sting and injection of venom into flesh given and microscope image of sting and injection shown. Is mentioned that Mraz makes bee stings available to friends for treatment. [WOMAN - describes relief after stings.] [MAN - describes own relief from arthritic hip after stings.] [2nd MAN - can flex fingers after stings.] Med. establishment's reaction to bee venom therapy cited. [WEISSMAN - notes few modern studies of therapy. Thinks it's on horizon rather than here presently.] [Med. researcher Dr. Stephen De FELICE - cites plans for testing venom therapy on humans; mentions promise to Colonel Vick.]
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer