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July 2016                                                                  Volume 12 Issue 7
  Director's Letter
The BTER Foundation, like most charities, has a mission and a vision. We talk about health care and education and research . . . but at the heart of what we do, and why we do it, is PEOPLE.  The BTER Foundation functions for the benefit of people, and are successful because of the efforts of many people.  Today I think about this because I am still hurting over the loss of one of those people:  Dr. Theodore Cherbuliez, who passed away at the age of 88 on July 2 at his home in South Freeport, Maine. 

Dr. Cherbuliez was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and came to the United States in 1959 for training in psychoanalysis.  As a psychiatrist, he worked for 53 years, both in private practice and at major centers such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital and Cornell Medical School. I came to know Dr. Cherbuliez through our participation at biotherapy meetings - myself speaking on maggot therapy, and Dr. Cherbuliez speaking about bee venom therapy (BVT) and apitherapy in general. We talked at meetings of the BTER Foundation and the International Biotherapy Society (IBS), and we corresponded via e-mail, as well. He was a Master Beekeeper, a BVT therapist for his community, and an apitherapy educator in the US and abroad. He was an active member of the biotherapy community in general (serving on the Executive Board of the IBS) and a very active member of the apitherapy community, with over 25 years of service as President or Vice President of the American Apitherapy Society, the Apimondia Apitherapy Commission, the Swiss Apitherapy Society, and the Belgian society, API-AR International. 

Dr. Cherbuliez is survived by his adored and adoring wife of 56 years, Susan (who worked tirelessly with Theo on many of his apitherapy projects), his sister Isaline, and his daughters Ariane, Nicole, Lisa, Diana, and Juliette.

The obituary that appears in the New York Times describes Dr. Cherbuliez also as "a consummate Swiss, his passions included mountain climbing, piloting, recorder playing, baking bread, and caring for generations of cats." I would describe him also as a soft-spoken, gentle, warm, generous man. Much of what I know about the basic principles and philosophy of apitherapy, I learned from him. For those interested in hearing Dr. Cherbuliez speak about apitherapy, psychotherapy, and his  philosophy of healing, check out the interview by Dr. Lisa Belisle at:, or view an article about his contributions to apitherapy here.

His New York Times obituary states that "Donations in his honor may be given to Doctors Without Borders, or The Southern Poverty Law Center." Another example of a wise and generous man reaching out to help other people. May his memory be a blessing for all.

With best wishes,

R Sherman (signature)
Ron Sherman

  Announcing our new Board Members!
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir
Dr. Chris Kleronomos
We are thrilled to announce  the election of our new Board Members, Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir and Dr. Chris Kleronomos!  These two professionals have certainly made important contributions to their fields, and we are confident that they will bring their expertise to the BTER Foundation and the broader biotherapy community through their service as BTER Foundation Board Members.

Dr. Ben-Yakir is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) and divides his time between lecturing internationally, teaching at The Wingate Academic College, Israel, and research and clinical work  in small animals, exotics, and large animals as horses and cows.  He specializes in hirudotherapy and Bee Venom Therapy.

Dr. Kleronomos is the Medical Director of the Fibromyalgia and Neuromuscular Pain Center of Oregon, LLC.  He is one of the leading experts on the application and administration of Bee Venom Therapy, and publishes and lectures on the subject around the country.

Interviews of our new board members will be featured in upcoming issues of the BTER Letter. Join us in welcoming Dr. Kleronomos and Dr. Ben-Yakir to the BTER Foundation Board, and in thanking them for their service!
  2016 Biotherapy Conferences
  * denotes BTER Foundation Presence
** denotes biotherapy lecture(s) by a BTER Foundation member or with teaching materials provided by the BTER Foundation.
** August 31-September 1;  Wild on Wounds Conference ;
              Las Vegas, NV, USA
   *September 12-13;  International Conference on Wound Care ; San Antonio,                   TX, USA
  * September 26-28;  SAWC Fall; Las Vegas, NV, USA
     October 3-4;  4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum 
               USA (including Probiotics Congress) ;  San Diego, CA, USA 
     October 21-23; Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & Conference; Redondo                   Beach, CA, USA
              Atlanta, GA, USA
     November 24-26; Innovative Veterinary Medicine Conference;  Veenendaal, the Netherlands

      View Past and Upcoming Conferences

Please let us know if you are aware of any other Biotherapy conferences!
Biotherapy Around the World
Service Animals in the Waiting Room
Service animals, especially dogs, can provide critical support to many individuals, and medical professionals are increasingly seeing them in waiting rooms and exam rooms.  What is the appropriate/legal response? 

Read the full article here.
The 4th Annual Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration: USA - October 2-4, 2016, La Jolla, CA, USA
The 2-day congress will examine a range of topics including related to probiotics, health, pharmaceuticals, and feature a co-located probiotics congress.

More information/registration here.
Sponsored Memberships - Take Advantage Now!
**Hurry, just a few sponsored memberships left**
The BTER Foundation has long had a program whereby one member could "sponsor" another member by paying their membership dues. This was particularly advantageous when we could find a sponsor to support those international members who did not have the funds for membership in an American professional society. Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, 20 sponsored memberships were made available to the first 20 applicants. The memberships are valid for 6 months (through the end of 2016), and include all of the normal benefits except gift store discounts, which are reserved for sponsors and paying members. The purpose of this group of sponsored memberships is to introduce the rewards of membership to anyone who has considered joining the BTER Foundation but not yet made the commitment.   

If you have been waiting to join, or if you are wondering whether it is worth joining . . . this is your opportunity to get in free for 6 months. Learn more about the benefits of BTER Foundation membership on our membership page . Remember: only a few spots remain, to be disbursed on a first-come basis.  If you would like to take advantage of sponsored membership, please notify us straight away at , and then apply for your membership online here , specifying your membership category (professional/student/community member).  Contac t  if you have any questions.
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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);  Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Donna Beales; Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members:
Randall Sullivan;  Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Pamela Mitchell

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Lajiness
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