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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Taken from the beautiful documentary "Queen Of The Sun":
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.
Need I say more...enter gallery to view them!
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
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.
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.
View the trailer, watch the movie online for free, and get the book or DVD at Amazon - all at:
The Secret Life of Bees.
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.
"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."
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."
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.