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The enzyme in meat tenderizer is papain that breaks down the toxins. I did a little more research and some say this is an urban myth, not scientifically proven, having been circulating since 2006 or so, etc. etc. But, since I am out in the yard a lot, especially in the fall doing clean-up, etc., I usually get stung and when I came across that, I thought 'next time I get stung, I am going to try it'. I don't have severe reactions, but it does hurt like a son-of-a-gun at the time and I do get localized swelling. Maybe it was just the power of suggestion.....but it worked....this time at least. I did read that pennies after 1982 are only 2.5 percent copper with the rest zinc. I just tried to grab an old-looking one - didn't look at the date. And, I did just read that bee venom contains an anti-inflammatory, far more potent than hydrocortisone and may be useful in treatments of arthritis and MS - for those not allergic to bee stings.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom