Honey & Health E-News

This e-news is dedicated to bringing Benefits of Honey visitors interesting news related to honey, food, health and nutrition issues, which I think are really worth a read.


February, 2016, Australian honey producers tap into billion-dollar global Manuka honey market

Many species of Manuka flowers (Leptospermum) have been identified across Australia. Local universities'research studies on the potency, healing, anti-inflammatory properties of the honey have shown that these species share the same powerful antimicrobial properties as New Zealand's Manuka honey, possessing the high level of additional non-peroxide, antibacterial components, which are stronger than other hydrogen peroxide types of honey. With runaway global demand for the small supply of New Zealand Manuka honey, especially for the higher Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rated honey, the discovery of the Australian source represents a great opportunity for the Australian honey producers, who are raring to capitalize on the multi-million dollar market for medicinal honey.

March, 2015, What is Apitherapy Tourism?

This is what Honey Colony has reported in their website about Apitourism in Slovenia when a visitor on an api tour would "enter an oversizedbee house, where you can listen to the relaxing buzz of the bees", "the beekeepers place beds within bee houses, thereby transforming it into an apitherapeutic chamber... In this chamber, you are invited to inhale the healing warm beehive air."enjoy an organic honey massage or thermotherapy whereupon warm wraps of beeswax are laid on your body, allowing beeswax and propolis to dissolve in your skin..." This sounds totally inspiring, right? But would it be the type of vacation for you?

March, 2015, Flow Hive Rocks Beekeeping World

the flow hive imageOn 22 February, 2015, a father and son team from Australia (Cedar and Stewart Anderson) launched what was hailed as "the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852" - The Flow Hive. Their invention allows harvesting of honey without opening the hive and with minimal disturbance to the bees. Turn on the tap and honey would flow right out of the hive and into your jar. As reported by Indiegogo, the Flow Hive is the new record holder for the largest global crowdfunding campaign ever on the international platform. It raised a jaw-dropping $4.2 million in just 9 days. It was reported that this new way of beekeeping would encourage thousands more people to become passionate carers and advocates of bees. But how? More in: Flow Hive Works Like Tap.

May, 2014, Hunting Mad Honey - An Amazing Documentary

Watch how natives from a Nepalese tribe hunt in the dangerous mountains for "honey for immortality", a wild honey with natural psychoactive properties (hence also known as the "mad honey") and how they "steal" from the aggressive Giant Himalayan bees, world's biggest bees. Nectar is collected by these bees from the wild flowers of Rhododendrons which contain Grayanotoxins, a poison that can cause death when overdosed. The tribe believes tha the honey is supreme in its medicinal value and contains exceptional health benefits.

April, 2014, Nations Gripped by Honey Shortage

If you eat honey sourced from Australia and New Zealand, be prepared to pay more as the prices soar. In Australia, beekeepers are facing their worst honey season in ten years. Droughts, bush fires and floods have been cited as reasons for the terrible harvests.

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And in New Zealand, honey consumers are also stung by steeper prices. The bees are staying inside their hives due the colder weather and stronger winds.

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Jan, 2014, The Honey Diet Book

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Mike McInnes, the author of the Hibernation Diet, has launched his new book, The Honey Diet. As more and more research points to the link between sleep and metabolic disorders such as obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes and suggests that addressing your sleeping habits may be key for both the prevention and treatment of these disorders, The Honey Diet book will become even more significant in theorising the role of honey during restorative mode. More on how to fed the brain with honey and sleep away the fats in The Honey Diet Book.

May, 2013, Propolis Bee Farm in Penang Botanical Garden

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The propolis bee farm at the Penang Botanical Garden was open to the public since 2009, but it is news to me as we just stumbled upon it and discovered it! And it will be inside my bucket of to-visit-places!

Visitors can learn how the tiny, black stingless bees (Trigona bees) there are bred and how they collect propolis, a resinous mixture known for its potent antibiotic propoerties, from the surrounding botanical plants, as well as how they extract nectar from the garden's floral sources to produce honey. It is said that the bees there produce as much as 500kg of raw medicinal honey every month for commercial purposes. That means visitors can purchase and bring some honey and propolis back from the garden!

Address: Kuarters D, Mukim 18, Taman Botani, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Georgetown, Penang

March, 2013, Honey, Are You Real? Launched

honey are you for real imageRuth Tan published her third book in Amazon - Honey, Are You Real? Too many consumers have fuzzy ideas about honey in different forms and often wonder which honey is more superior (we are not referring to the thousands of different floral varietals worldwide). Other than claiming their honey to be pure, most honey suppliers do not explain very much about their honey. For instance, those who have been eating cream honey tend to question the quality of liquid honey when they see it for the first time, and similarly, those who encounter cream honey for the first time assume it is of a more superior quality than the liquid honey they are familiar with. This book gets to the bottom of the terms used in the honey world - such as raw, pasteurized, creamed, liquid, filtered, pure, crystallization, monofloral, multifloral, etc. It is specially written to help those who are curious about honey and would like to learn how to choose a bottle of honey from the shelves more intelligently. Get more details in: Honey Are You For Real?

October, 2012, Colorful Honey

The waste-processing plant for M&M's bite-sized chocolate candies has been identified as the cause of the production of unnatural shades of blue and green honey by the bees from the northeastern France apiaries. The honey is unsellable because it does not meet France's standards of honey production, resulting in a major set-back for the affected beekeepers who are already struggling with high bee mortality rates.

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May, 2012, Mysteries of Honey

Taken from the beautiful documentary "Queen Of The Sun":

July, 2011, Queen of the Bees Movie

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? is Taggart Siegela's profound look at the global bee crisis. A remarkable film not to be missed. Here's the trailer.

May, 2011, Beware of Fake Honey

April, 2011, Bee Pictures from Public Domain

Need I say more...enter gallery to view them!

December, 2010, Who's After My Honey

Little Black Rain Cloud
I'm just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I'm only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me
Ev'ryone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
I'm just floating around over the ground
Wondering where I will drip
Oh, ev'ryone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
I'm just floating around over the ground
Wondering where I will drip

July, 2010, Bee Sightings Set Neighbourhoods Abuzz

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Recent media reports of several beehives encounters in the neighbourhoods of Singapore have caught my attention. If you find it intriguing that these incidents are treated as news-worthy and are even reported by national media, you are probably not a local. Yes, by head-knowledge, the people here do know that bees are a vital part of the eco system, but in day to day living here, they are considered rare and dangerous, a menace.

You have to understand that in a setting imbued with city ways and highly encroached by science, technology, and innovation, the bees and the creatures from the nature are not top of mind for the urban populace. In fact, when beehives are ever sighted, they cause a stir and commotion, and are immediately reported, destroyed, and removed by the pest controllers.

Hold on a second, this is bizarre, did you say "pest controllers"? Bees are feared?

Yes, I did, but not erroneously. Hey, were you thinking of "beekeepers" instead?...Well, I'm afraid they don't exist here.

May, 2010, Honey Remedies Book

honey remedies book image "How to Effectively Use Honey as Medicine: What Doctors Don't Tell You" is now in Amazon! Have a peek at the synopsis of this remedies journal by a honey frenetic from Singapore.

April, 2010, Elephants are Afraid of Bees!

Despite their massive size, elephants are afraid of being stung by bees. Strangely comforting, isn't it. Read BBC's news: Elephants make alarm calls to warn of approaching bees

January, 2010, Explosives at Airport Turned Out to be Honey

honey bottle image In a false alarm, a California airport was shut down and evacuated after bottles of "a suspicious-looking liquid" in a passenger's luggage were tested positive for explosives, only to conclude later that they were actually honey. Even more incredibly, when the bottles were opened, two of the screeners reported of a strong chemical smell, complained of nausea and were rushed to the hospital. Questions remained as to how the honey was determined to be explosives by the detectors and had made the screeners so ill.

November 2009, Adopt a Beehive and Enjoy Your Own Honey

beehive image You can now own your personal beehive or colony in New Zealand from any part of this world and have your Manuka honey delivered to your doorstep. An enterprising New Zealand start-up offers this unique service via the internet. Owners receive photographs and videos updates about their beehives throughout the season. At the end of the day, it's all about having a one-of-its-kind product to share with family and friends!

May 2009, Growing Bee Numbers

bee image On 7 May, the Straits Times reported that the number of domesticated bees was on the rise worldwide despite the many reports on the colony collapse disorder in the United States and Europe and world pollination crisis.

Researchers found that commercial domesticated bee hives had increased 45 percent in the past 50 years, to match growing demand for honey among a growing human population.

March 2009, The Secret Life of Bees

secret life of bees image Catch the buzz on the big screen created by Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees.

View the trailer, watch the movie online for free, and get the book or DVD at Amazon - all at: The Secret Life of Bees.

February 2009, Honey Revolution Book - New!


Mike McInnes, author of The Hibernation Diet, has joined hands with Dr Ron Fessenden to publish his second book on honey called "The Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations".

Gist of its content:

- "Learn why honey is the sweetener of choice for diabetics

- Discover how honey can help you sleep better and wake up more refreshed

- Understand how honey will help you lose weight and reduce body fat

- Find out how honey reduces metabolic stress and lowers the risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension

- Get the facts on sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and artificial sweeteners"

The book is now available in AMAZON.

January 2009, The "Secret Language Codes" Used by Doctors and Drug Companies to Manipulate Patients

This article is startling. So, put on your critical thinking hat.

"Doctors carry a form of infectious disease in their use of language. Technically, it could be called a "virus of the mind," and this virus is dangerously infectious. It can be so easily passed from one person to another that a single visit to the doctor causes most health consumers to catch this virus and suffer an infection of their own minds, language and thought processes.

Symptoms of infection include the shift of language patterns towards a victimization posture, surrendering to the medical advice of doctors, and abandoning all hope for self determination. In other words, people exposed to this virus of the mind become hopeless victims who verbally recycle medical babble while believing disease is a matter of fate or luck, not a result of causative actions."

Ref: http://www.naturalnews.com/025396.html

October 2008, Bees Can Count!

numbers image We all know bees are special. Now we have one more reason to set them apart from other insects -- they've been discovered to do something really unexpected -- count!

Posted Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:30am AEDT
Honey bees learn to count: researchers

An Australian and a Swedish researcher say they have proved honey bees are more intelligent than previously thought.

Professor Mandyam Srinivasan from Queensland University and Dr Marie Dacke trained honey bees to count by placing food at different markers.

Professor Srinivasan says he has also found bees can learn colours and smells and be trained to fly through complicated mazes.

"The more we look at these creatures that have a brain the size of a sesame seed, the more astonished we are," he said. "They really have a lot of the capacities that we so-called higher human beings possess."

The scientists also say they have proved honey bees can count to four.

The put five markers inside a tunnel and placed nectar at one of them.

When honey bees were put in the tunnel, they flew to the marker with the food.

Professor Srinivasan says when the experiment was repeated without nectar the bees still flew to the marker that had contained the food.

"We find that if you train them to the third stripe, they will look subsequently in the third stripe," he said.

'If you train them to the fourth stripe, they will look in the fourth stripe and so on.

"But their ability to count seems to go only up to four. They can't count beyond four."

May 2008, Nagging Service for Dieters

loudspeaker image I am not sure how pragmatic or popular this new service by WeightNags will be, but at least it's an interesting (almost bizzare) concept -- pay USD 4.95 per month to be nagged at relentlessly and mercilessly on the phone until you get some exercise.

March 2008, Getting Out of the Sticky Business

honey drop image You know about liquid honey, cream honey and how messy it can get when dropping them into our tea and coffee, don't you. Ha, interestingly, there is now a new honey product by Island Abbey Foods that you can hold in your hands! Not sure whether this honey drop is better than fresh raw honey, but it does look like a premium and healthier alternative to sugar cubes to me.

December 2007, Honey is Better than Cough Syrup

The following article suggests that there is a natural and better way of curing children's cough. Have you tried it?

The Times, December 4, 2007
Honey is better than children's cough syrups for a silent night
By David Rose

Natural honey is a more effective remedy for children's coughs than over-the-counter medicines, researchers say. A dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime easily outperformed a cough suppressant in a US study.

Honey did a better job of reducing the severity and frequency of night-time coughs. It also improved sleep quality for children and their parents.

Dextromethorphan (DM), the active ingredient in many cough mixtures sold in chemists and supermarkets, had no significant impact on symptoms. Honey has been used in medicine for centuries, not only to treat coughs and bronchitis but also to assist the healing of wounds. For coughs it is often mixed with lemon, ginger or brandy.

Ian Paul, who led the researchers from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, said: "We hope that medical professionals will consider the positive potential of honey as a treatment, given the lack of proven efficacy, expense, and potential for adverse effects associated with the use of DM." DM can cause severe involuntary muscle contractions and spasms, the researchers said. Cases of teenagers using the drug to get "high" were also common, they said.

Dr Paul's team observed 105 children and teenagers with respiratory tract infections. The study ran over two nights. On the first, none of the participants was given any treatment. On the second, they were divided into groups who received either honey, an artificial honey-flavoured DM medicine or no treatment, about half an hour before bedtime.

Parents answered questions about their child's symptoms and sleep quality, as well as their own ability to sleep. They rated honey as significantly better for the relief of symptoms. The findings are reported today in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

— The Food Standards Agency says that honey should not be fed to children under the age of 1 due to the risk of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.

September 2007, Honey's New Snobmoddity Status

test tube honey Wow, awe-inspiring. Now there is this word called snobmoddity to describe a mundane commodity that's been transformed into luxury item to offer consumers a bewildering number of varieties of what was once an invisible part of our daily life, for instance, rice, corn, chocolate, coffee, and bread. And some honey suppliers are painstakingly packaging, marketing, and selling their products in an unconventional way by presenting the liquid gold in test-tubes, hand-sealing bottles with beeswax, and emphasizing the unique flavours of different varieties to give a honey's new star status just like premium coffee, tea and wines.

May 2007, Bees' Mysterious Disappearing Act

bee on comb image In 24 states of America, beekeepers were shocked to find their bees missing, threatening not only their livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops. And the strangest thing is nobody knows why. Speculations of the cause included the unusual hot-cold weather fluctuations due to global warming and the increasing use of chemical pesticides. Many started to question about the lessons humans can learn from this and if Albert Einstein had ever predicted: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live"?

Ref: Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril

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