Apparently, Gerard Butler Had Someone Inject Him With Bee Venom While Filming Geostorm

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Some people will try anything once if it means gaining some sort of health benefit. Gerard Butler went so far as to inject himself with bee venom, because that sounds like a thing that's a good idea. Apparently, it didn't really work out for the Geostorm actor, though mostly that's because the person doing the injecting dosed him with a lot more venom that he was supposed to get. According to Butler...

I had heard of this guy who injected bee venom, because apparently it has many anti-inflammatory compounds. So, I'm like, 'Come, come to New Orleans where we're filming.' So, he gives me a shot, and I go, 'Oh, that's interesting,' because it stings. Then he gives me 10 shots, and then I have the worst reaction. I kind of enter this anaphylactic shock. It was terrible. It was awful, creepy crawlies all over me, swelled up, heart's going to explode. But I got through it, and then I find out he gave me 10 times too much.

What happened to the less dangerous options like a nice juice cleanse? Gerard Butler says the shoot for Geostorm was a fairly arduous experience, putting him in a heavy space suit for hours at a time without the benefit of zero gravity to make the thing not weigh 65 pounds. This apparently led him to the idea that the anti-inflammatory aspects of bee venom would be good for him. Apparently, the bee venom treatment is normally a ten-week process, but Butler says whoever he hired decided to give him all ten shots at once.

The one-time random situation would be one thing, but it seems having his heart nearly explode wasn't enough to dissuade Gerard Butler from bee venom, as he tells ITV's Lorraine that a few weeks later he went ahead and had the treatment again. While he was sure to only get the appropriate dose that time, it didn't matter, he still ended up back in the hospital. Whether Gerard Butler has a bad reaction to bee stings and just didn't realize it, or the 10 injection insanity caused his body to overreact to the venom permanently, it now appears the guy's going to have to be careful whenever he's around bees from now on.

I'm not a doctor, but a quick Google search confirms that if you're interested in using something that bees produce as an anti-inflammatory, honey works. Maybe have a nice roll with some honey and skip the venom injections? Just a thought.

Maybe for other people, the bee venom things works wonders, but it seems Gerard Butler will need to find something new to give him that extra health edge. We'll look forward to the next Hollywood health fad to see what is.

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