Moisés Asís is a Cuban-American scientist, writer, criminal lawyer, and clinical social worker. He was born in Havana in December 1952, nine months after Fulgencio Batista’s coup d’Etat installing the General as a short-term Cuba dictator, and he was six years old when Fidel Castro’s Communist tyranny replaced Batista regime for the next many decades.
Asís has published over fifteen books, including essays and plays, and on subjects such as Apitherapy, Alternative Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Parapsychology, and Judaism, plus over a hundred articles in several languages, in addition to contributions to Encyclopedia of Cuba: People, History, Culture (editors Luis Martínez et al.) and to the anthology Havana Noir and La Havane Noir (editor Achy Obejas), and to documentary films Havana Nagila: the Jews in Cuba (Laura Paull & Evan Garelle) and Cuban America (Adelin Gasana). Some titles are Propóleo, el oro púrpura de las abejas; Investigaciones cubanas sobre el propóleo; Los productos de la colmena; Apiterapia 101 para todos; Apitherapy 101 Clinical Forms; Parapsicología e hipnosis experimental; Acupuntura y hatha yoga para las disfunciones sexuales; Apiterapia A-Bee-Z: prontuario de bolsillo; Vulnerables: una historia miamense de amor; Hipnosis: teorías, métodos y técnicas (with Braulio M. Perigod), and Cuban Miami (with Robert M. Levine).
Asís received degrees (including BSc, JD, PhD, AMD, MSW) from Havana University, Open International University for Complementary Medicines, and Florida International University. In 1974, he received prizes as a playwright in national literary contests by Havana University and by Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC), and in 1991 his book Hipnosis: teorías, métodos y técnicas received an award by Instituto Cubano del Libro and Cuba Academy of Sciences for authoring one of the best 10 scientific and technical books published in Cuba. Asís was an information analyst, professor, therapist, clinical social worker and protective investigator (API) in Havana and Miami. In 1993, he immigrated to the United States.
He was a board member of the International Apitherapy Healthcare and Bee Acupuncture Association and of the American Apitherapy Society, a founder of Bees for Life – World Apitherapy Network and, at his and other founders of Bees for Life’s suggestion, March 30 was designed as World Apitherapy Day, in honor of Dr. Filip Terč (1844-1917), Father of Modern Apitherapy.