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August/September 2017                                                     Volume 13 Issue 6
  Director's Letter
It seems like the older we get, the faster life zips past. Perhaps that is because we get involved in more and more activities over time, many of which are ongoing. Perhaps it is because our expectations increase over time. Whether driven by our successes or our failures, we push ourselves to achieve more, faster, better.  
Regardless of our perceptions, the next few months really are a busy time for most of us, with kids going back to school, major holidays coming up, plenty of conferences offered (just take a look at the list of Biotherapy conferences!), grant deadlines . . . .  
Well, this has got to be the worst segue, ever.  After acknowledging how busy you probably are, I am now going to recommend more activities to add to your schedule:
List your services on our website - we have a job board and therapist listings. Use our platforms to get out your message. Share your experiences in our newsletters; publish your manuscripts or your art in our Journal (did you see the latest edition of Biotherapy Journal Review, featuring the Handimals of Guido Daniele?).  Recommend a topic or a speaker for our live broadcast (don't forget, you can view the archives of our Biotherapy Live! programs any time on our Facebook page.   Share with your colleagues how you solved a difficult problem.  As always, we are all best served when you let us know what support you need, what programs or learning aids you desire, and what news you want to hear about.  
In short, make your time with the BTER Foundation more rewarding, more enjoyable, more educational. Help us help you, BeTER.  

With best wishes, always,
R Sherman (signature)  
Ron Sherman

Biotherapy Facebook Live! BiotherapyFacebookLive
Have you heard?  We recently launched a new, free program for Biotherapy Education: Biotherapy Facebook Live!  It's monthly program of live lectures, interviews, and question & answer sessions on our Facebook page.  Joining us is easy - simply go to our Facebook page, like and follow us to receive notifications, and visit the page at the scheduled time (typically Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm PST).  You can view past programs here.   See you there!
  • October 17 - Dr. Charles Shapiro - Implementing MDT policies & procedures in a medical setting - 12:00-1:00 pm PST
  • November 11 - Live Broadcast from Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & Conference *Note that this is a Saturday rather than a Tuesday*
  • December 12 - Dr. Aletha Tippett - Maggots to the Rescue:  Using Maggot Therapy for Palliative Wound Care - 12:00-1:00 pm PST
Biotherapy Around the World
10th International Conference on Biotherapy - October 4-9, 2017
Visit Istanbul, Turkey, and enjoy lectures on the topics of Apitherapy, MDT, Hirudotherapy, Ichthiotherapy, Helminthotherapy, Bacteriotherapy, Bacteriophage Therapy, Biodiagnosis, canine olfactory detection, pet therapy, and hippotherapy. Registration fee is now only $50!

Obstacles on the Road to MDT
Are you having difficulties accessing or utilizing Maggot Debridement Therapy?  You might find some helpful tips on in this recently published blog post, written by Dr. Ron Sherman.  If you have further questions, email us at or drop in at our October 17 Facebook Live event, featuring a discussion on MDT.

2017 Biotherapy Conferences BiotherapyConferences

We have recently updated our list of Biotherapy-related conferences for 2017. We will continue publishing it in our monthly newsletter, but you can also find it on our website at
September 29-October 4;  45th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress , Istanbul, Turkey
October 4-7, 2017; Wild on Wounds; Las Vegas, NV, USA
Lecture and Hands-on Workshop led by BTER Foundation's Dr. Ron Sherman

October 4-9; 10th International Conference on Biotherapy; Istanbul, Turkey

October 26-27; 5th World Congress on Targeting Microbiota, Berlin, Germany

November 10-12; 2017 Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & Conference, Redondo Beach, CA, USA

November 2-3;  Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: USA; San Diego, CA, USA

November 28-30; 3rd Annual European Microbiome Congress; London, UK

**January 25, 2018; Grand Rounds at Childrens Mercy; Kansas City, KS, USA (Open to the public; contact Teresa Shepherd at if you are interested in attending)

Publication Credits

THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-246-1156 / Fax: 949-679-3001
Ronald A. Sherman

Assistant Editor:
Amy Lajiness

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang. Your name could be here!

Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Amy Mendez, Joanne Preston, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board:
Ronald A Sherman (Chair);  Sagiv Ben-Yakir; Chris Kleronomos; Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Sheri Rosen.

Past Board Members:
Donna Beales Sharon Mendez; Pamela Mitchell; Randall Sullivan

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Lajiness
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