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News

August 1, 2015

Oh, Honey!


At KCAA, we’re always on the lookout for effective treatments. However, some treatments just don’t work. Like honey.

Many folks are allergic to pollen. And bees carry pollen. So, the logic goes, by eating locally sourced honey, you could give yourself a dose of immunotherapy. You’d help your body build a tolerance to the pollen that you’re allergic to, right?

Wrong. Bees make honey from nectar, not pollen. And the amount of pollen that makes its way into honey after getting stuck on bee’s knees? Well, it’s negligible at best. Plus? It’s the wrong kind of pollen.

Bees get nectar from flowers, but most people are allergic to pollen that comes from less showy sources – like trees and grasses. So, the tiny amounts of pollen that might end up in honey aren’t even the kind of pollen that causes problems.

Immunotherapy is a very effective treatment for allergies. But we suggest getting the real deal from your allergist and caregivers at KCAA – just call 913–491-5501 for an appointment. Leave the honey to the bees.

Learn more about the local honey myth at Slate.

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