How 10,000 Stings Improved Both My MS and My Life

What the Honeybees Taught Me: How 10,000 Stings Changed My Life for the BetterMarilyn Murray Willison, former Health and Fitness Editor for The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, describes how Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) not only halted the progress of her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but has increased her strength, her hand-eye coordination, and transformed her life. Perhaps the best news of all is that after five years, she has no new lesions!

David Perlmutter, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, and Drop Acid: “Willison gifts us the tools to reframe our life experiences as we learn that there can be great depth and meaning from seemingly mundane events. The key, as she reveals, is to remain open and aware for the guidance that cradles us all.”

At one point, after decades of being afflicted with MS, the only functioning part of her body Willison could move at will was her left arm. Since 2019, when Marilyn began Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) — yes, bee stings — she has gotten stronger, not declined, and her hand-eye coordination has improved, defying everything she had been told about MS.

“Truly fascinating! Marilyn Murray Willison continues to astonish with her thought-provoking work.”
—Judy Blume, author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and many other bestselling novels

Today Willison’s weekly regimen of 50 bee stings boosts her immune system and provides anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory benefits to her system. This won’t surprise those who follow alternative medicine and know how apitherapy is used for the treatment of Lyme disease and arthritis. Since she began apitherapy, the bee stings have relieved her of headaches, reduced UTIs, and positively impacted her vision, flexibility, complexion, and weight.

Equally fascinating in this captivating health memoir are the lessons  Willison has learned from the lives and hives of honeybees, in particular the remarkably efficient, productive, valuable communities they create, how they have contributed to human health for centuries, and life-changing lessons of resilience, adaptability, and the interconnectedness of all living beings.




“As befits an award–winning journalist, Willison’s writing style effectively blends memoir with accessible, engaging informational text. A compelling and informative celebration of honeybees and exploration of their potential for medical treatment.”
Kirkus Reviews

What the Honeybees Taught Me is a testament to the transformative power of hope and the durability of the human spirit. Through her personal journey, Willison offers a beacon of light for those facing their own health challenges, reminding them that healing is possible even in the face of adversity.

Enjoy informative, inspiring life stories? Enjoy reading about the natural world or intrigued by beekeeping? Know any beekeepers? Know anyone with MS? (One of every 350 Americans has MS!) This memoir is for you.


William H. Stager, DO, MS, MPH, FAAFP, FAAMA, FAAO, FACOFP dist.
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine

“As someone with my own serious chronic illness, I appreciate Marilyn’s openness and her willingness to be vulnerable as she shares her experiences. In What the Honeybees Taught Me, she both educates and inspires. Her passion for life and learning is uplifting and sure to resonate with her readers.”


Dr. Tammy Horn Potter
Kentucky State Apiarist and author of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

 “This book is an amazing narrative on the use of bee venom, honey, propolis, bee pollen and other hive products to treat multiple sclerosis, by an MS patient who used an apitherapist to deal with her condition after neurologists threw away the towel. Enjoy and learn about honeybees, bravery, and Willison´s beautiful life journey.”



Diane Chamberlain
New York Times bestselling author of The Last House on the Street

A must-read book for any patient who has not yet found an effective path toward healing. Willison’s book stimulates our creativity, intelligence, love, intuition, will and courage, e.g., all the things needed before one starts a new health-oriented life project.”