Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Japanese Royal Jelly Producer Expands

Japan Yamada Bee Farm to Open First Directly-Managed Store
Japanese News Digest, 2/28/2006

Japanese honey and royal jelly producer and mail-order seller Yamada Bee Farm Corp will open on March 3, 2006 its first directly-managed store, in Okayama, southwestern Japan, it was reported on February 28, 2006.

The 60-sq m store will sell approximately 200 items such as honey and beverages produced both in Japan and overseas, honey-based cosmetics and natural yeast bread. . .

Monday, February 27, 2006

Beeswax Lip Balm Infused with Caffeine

Eco Lips Introduces HIGH POWERED Lip Balm
NPI Center, 2/27/2006

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (February 27, 2006) - Want a high-powered boost from your lip balm? Eco Lips, Inc. introduces Eco Lips ENERGY, an all natural lip balm infused with caffeine, green tea extract and Vitamin B12 for a quick and discreet way to get more ENERGY— anytime, anywhere. Unlike coffee and most “energy” products which are absorbed through the digestive system, Eco Lips ENERGY transfers the nutrients directly into your body through the lips and mouth. The result is a quicker surge of energy utilizing a smaller dose of ingredients. Deliciously flavored with exciteMINT, the new balm contains organic jojoba oil, organic essential oils and organic beeswax for a “smooth and soothe” lip experience. . . .The boost is provided easily through one of the most absorbent parts of your body – your lips!” . . .

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Propolis Protects Human Spermatozoa from DNA Damage

Life Sciences, Volume 78, Issue 13 , 23 February 2006, Pages 1401-1406

Abstract: Many environmental, physiological and genetic factors have been implicated in defective sperm function, the most common cause of infertility. In addition, sperm preparation techniques such as centrifugation, used prior to in vitro fertilization, are associated with the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and an increase in the level of DNA damage.

Factors that can offer spermatozoa protection are, therefore, of great importance. This study was designed to examine in vitro the effect of a Chilean propolis ethanolic extract on human spermatozoa treated with benzo[a]pyrene and exogenous reactive oxygen species. . .

The propolis extract was shown to possess the capacity to protect sperm membrane from the deleterious action of oxidative attack, reducing TBARS formation and LDH release.

In summary, our results evidence that the protective effect exhibited by this natural compound in human spermatozoa is correlated, at least in part, to the antioxidant capacity of its active components, and suggest that propolis may have a role in protection against male infertility.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

APIMEDICA 2006 in Athens October 12-15

The "APIMEDICA2006 - Ist International Forum on Apitherapy" under the patronage of APIMONDIA is being organised in Athens, the capital of ancient and modern Greece. . .

Friday, February 24, 2006

Bees Being 'Trained' as Odor Detectors

Bloodhound Bees to Take the Sting Out of Terrorism
By Clive Cookson, Financial Times (UK), 2/24/2006

British bees are vying with American wasps to play a role as ultra-sensitive odour detectors, with applications that include sniffing out explosives, diagnosing disease and monitoring food quality.

The insects are as sensitive as bloodhounds but can be "trained" far more quickly than dogs to recognise specific molecules.

Scientists have known for decades that insects have amazing olfactory powers, detecting molecules in the air at concentrations below one part per trillion (million million) but they have only recently found ways to exploit that ability.

In the UK a company called Inscentinel, based at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, has been working for four years to harness honey bees for trace vapour detection. . .

Market for Propolis, Venom Grows in South Africa

Bee-Farming Project Causing a Buzz for Trainees
By Athane Scholtz, The Herald (South Africa), 2/24/2006

THE pilot project of an innovative bee-farming initiative that might possibly create endless job opportunities, this week got under way with the training of 17 former forestry workers to become bee farmers in the Wilderness National Park.

The project is already lauded as the new hope for communities that have been left jobless after the discontinuation of government pine forestry functions on the Garden Route a few years ago.

Trainees from forestry communities in Rheenendal, Karatara, Farleigh and Kraaibos yesterday said they were initially skeptical about the promises made regarding a community project that could create money and jobs. . .

The pilot project will start with harvesting of honey and propolis, but other products such as wax, venom and pollen can be added when appropriate. . .

“The market for honey, and by-products such as propolis, beeswax and venom, continues to grow and South Africa needs to produce much more for local and possible international demands.”

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Yemenis Recognize Medicinal Benefits of Honey

AP Blog From Yemen
Donna Abu-Nasr, Associated Press, 2/22/2006

Yemenis have honey for dessert. After a meal, they dip bananas in the thick, sweet liquid, the color of which varies from amber to black. Or it's poured in circles over a huge round pastry that tastes like chewy puff pastry.

But that's not its only use. Long before honey stores cropped up about three decades ago, honey was used mainly for medicinal purposes. It was not sold commercially; rather, jars were presented as gifts.

Today, the medicinal benefits of honey are touted by honey stores, which display jars of honey-laced cream to treat everything from hemorrhoids to back pain, fatigue to dry skin. The shelves the jars are on look like beehives.

There's also the "newlyweds mix," honey spiked with ginseng and herbal extracts that salesmen promote as an aphrodisiac.

"We give it to men and women who come to us with sexual problems," said salesman Ahmed al-Nahari. "Honey is a good aphrodisiac." . . .

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

4th German Apitherapy Congress, Expo and Course with International Participation

When: March 24 (noon) to March 29, 2006
Where: Holiday Inn Hotel, Passau, Germany
Contact: Dr. Stefan Stangaciu at drstangaciu@apitherapie.de or drstangaciu@apitherapy.com
For More Information: www.Apitherapie.de

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Brazilian Company Offers Propolis Mouthspray for Carnival

Brazil Carnival Kissers Get Anti-Germ Mouthspray
By Terry Wade, Reuters, 2/21/2006

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Serial kissers at Brazil's racy Carnival parades can now swap saliva with even more revellers thanks to a mouth spray designed to fight germs, just one of many weird products companies have launched to profit from traditionally libidinous revelry.

The spray was launched by a local company for Carnival celebrations this weekend in Salvador, the heart of Brazil's African culture, and Sao Paulo, its biggest city. . .

"Beije," or "Kiss," is made with propolis, or bee hive glue. Though propolis has long been used in natural medicine, many health experts disagree about its positive effects.

Still, propolis extracts from tropical Bahia state have special qualities that fight microorganisms and boost the immune system, Brazilian researchers say.

A 35-milliliter bottle of mouthspray will sell for 5 reais (1.35 pounds) and the local Naturapi company hopes to sell more than 100,000 bottles during the bash. . .

Chinese Spa Uses Honey Body Wrap

Wrap Me Up in Honey
Shanghai Daily News, 2/21/2006

Modern lifestyle can be hectic at the best of times, which means we often struggle to find time to relax. Yet it is essential to do this in order to maintain a healthy mind and body.

InterContinental Pudong's newly opened 600-square-meter I-Spa can offer you everything you could dream of in order to achieve the ultimate state of relaxation. . .

After another hot, cleansing shower, I was ready for the second section - a body wrap. A mixture of cooling honey, warming ginger and almond oil was spread all over my body and I was then wrapped up "mummy style." After 60 minutes, I was showered and a totally new me emerged. My skin was smooth, soft and moist - it was like magic. . .

Monday, February 20, 2006

Beeswax ‘Ear Candles’ Featured at US Trade Show

New Age Treatments Target Age-Old Ailments
Aline Mendelsohn, Orlando Sentinel (USA), 2/17/06

If falling asleep on the couch watching the Olympics is the extent of your relaxation and wellness regimen, perhaps you need some help. At the International New Age Trade Show East, held this month at the Orange County Convention Center, several products were featured that offer users the chance to march to a radically different drummer, including:

Ear candles -- These are candles made of muslin, food-grade wax and unprocessed beeswax that you light and place inside your ear for 10 to 15 minutes. The candle irrigates the ear canal and can also help with ear infections and pink eye, says Kevin Bolton of Harmony Cone, the company that makes the candles. Details: harmonycone.com. . .

Sunday, February 19, 2006

MediHoney Targets U.S. Wound-Care Market

The Buzz About Medical Honey
Elizabeth Esfahani, Business 2.0, 3/1/2006

Ancient Egyptians treated injuries with honey, and World War II doctors dressed wounds with it. Now honey is back on the medical scene, thanks to a startup called MediHoney.

A subsidiary of Australia's Capilano Honey, a maker of edible honey with $80 million in annual sales, MediHoney makes creams, ointments, and other products that treat everything from surgical wounds to eczema.

Honey's chemical makeup is determined by local plant life, so MediHoney and two U.K.-based competitors, Medlock Medical and Advancis Medical, sell different therapeutic varieties. In Australia, MediHoney founder Anthony Moloney discovered three types with high levels of hydrogen peroxide and antibacterial properties. "The view about honey is changing dramatically," Moloney says.

Now targeting Australia and parts of Europe, MediHoney hopes to gain Food and Drug Administration approval in 2006 and get a taste of the U.S. advanced wound-care market, which Business Communications estimates will hit $2.8 billion in 2008. It'll be up to MediHoney to make sure the idea sticks.

Comvita Deal May Mean More Jobs

By Stephen Ward, The Dominion Post (New Zealand), 2/16/2006

MORE jobs may be possible in the long term at Comvita's Cambridge factory after the company signed a deal with US wound care products manufacturer and supplier Derma Sciences.

The exclusive licensing deal covers the use of Comvita's medical-grade manuka honey-based wound care products, which are based on research by Waikato University's Peter Molan.

Comvita chief executive Brett Hewlett said it was hard to predict how quickly sales would take off as a result of the deal. The company's experience in Britain was that overseas markets were slow to take on new products.
But the deal with Derma gave Comvita an important foothold in American markets, he said. . .

Honey Fair Opens in Moscow

Moscow News (Russia), 2/17/2006

The sweetest All-Russian fair opened in the center of Moscow. In the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Muscovites can sample over 100 varieties of honey brought from different parts of Russia. President of the Russian Union of Beekeepers Arnold Butov told TV Center that honey sold in supermarkets is a good food source but is not a medicinal and biologically active product because it has been heated up and pasteurized. Ninety honey varieties sold in the fair are two times cheaper than that sold in the city's shops. Muscovites can also buy propolis, beeswax, pollen and natural drinks made of honey till February 25.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Honey Used in Ayurvedic System of Medicine

Try Honey!
Rama Gokul, Deccan Herald (India), 2/17/2006

Honey is invaluable with its nutritional and medicinal properties. It makes a very good substitute for sugar/jaggery in drinks. It is used in confectionery, ice creams, biscuits, cakes and fruit salads, candies etc.

Ayurvedic system of medicine uses honey as a medicine as well as a medium as it facilitates their use and acts as a catalyst.

It contains complete vitamin B complex and helps to retain vitality and vigour and refreshes a tired body.

Hence, while feeling low and tired, instead of a cola, go for a glass of water with a dash of honey (and lime) as the glucose in honey is rapidly absorbed by the body to energise you.

Honey has curative properties too. It cures cold/cough, indigestion and liver disorders.

It is also a brain and nerve tonic, which enhances memory. It is equally good for skin wounds and ailments. In fact, it makes an excellent first-aid for burns and scalds, when applied generously, instantly. It has antiseptic and anti bacterial properties too.

A regular use is recommended to build up good resistance and blood purification. A spoon full a day keeps doctor away. Its application on the skin along with glycerine, makes a good wrinkle remover. . .

A Sweet Treat With Honey For The Skin

Sharon Hopkins, Daily India, 2/17/2006

For the ultimate natural all round healing potion, try Honey. Thanks to Cleopatra’s milk and honey baths, Honey has become a favourite with one and all to be used in beauty regime. Beside Cleopatra, there were other beauties from the past, who swear by honey being an indispensable ingredient in beauty treatments.

Pollution, dirt, and other chemical agents in the air make the skin lose its ability to retain water, making it look dry, wrinkled and aging the person bit earlier. The natural hydrating and antioxidant properties of honey trap and seal the moisture, rejuvenate the skin, cleanse the complexion leaving it soft and supple.

Honey in its purest form is suitable for all skin types’ even sensitive skin. Beauticians suggest using honey abundantly for radiant complexion. Skin care products like baths, shower gels, face creams, skin lotions, moisturizers, body scrubs and even newborns products contain pure honey. . .

Friday, February 17, 2006

Use Extra Care with Bee-Sting Injection

Suzy Cohen, Newsday (USA), 2/7/2006

My 12-year-old daughter is very allergic to bee stings. In fact, I was told that if she ever got stung again, she could die. Her doctor prescribed EpiPen, a medicine that I'm supposed to give her if she gets stung. He went over it briefly, but I would like your input. . .

EpiPen and its pediatric formula, EpiPen Junior, are injectable drugs intended to be self-administered during an emergency by people who experience life-threatening allergic reactions.

The drug is just an injectable form of epinephrine, which is made in the body and completely natural to human life.

During an allergic response, the amount of epinephrine in the body plummets, triggering a cascade of potentially fatal symptoms. . .

Anaphylactic reactions are different from typical allergies because symptoms include flushing, fainting, rash, rapid heartbeat, a drop in blood pressure, wheezing, vomiting, convulsions and a closing of the throat. . .

According to the manufacturer's instructions, EpiPen should be injected only into the muscle of the outer thigh. It should not be injected into a vein because this could cause a brain hemorrhage. . .

If you think the drug comes without risk, you're wrong. . .

New Propolis Toothpaste Introduced in UK

Product Round-up: Shield Your Teeth
Community Pharmacy, 2/15/2006

Phyto Shield is a new range of natural toothpaste produced by The New Zealand Natural Oral Care Company.

The range is said to be based on natural antibacterial agents, which help to fight plaque, tooth decay and bad breath. The paste comes in three flavours: Herbal Botanical, an everyday paste with natural plant oils, Propolis Botanical, with healing properties of bee propolis for extra gum care and sensitive or receding gums, and Lemon Myrtle Botanical, which acts like a mouthwash and is recommended for stain removing.

The range, which retails at £3.95, does not contain fluoride or sodium lauryl sulphate and is sweetened with xylitol.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Can Local Honey Help Allergies?

The Bradenton Herald (USA), 2/16/2006

I heard that locally produced honey could help allergies. How much should be taken each day?

Although we, too, have heard of this remedy, a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (February 2002) suggests it is ineffective.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Does Raw Honey Help Cure Allergies?

A Honey of a Cure?
Probably not, but it sure tastes good
By Jean Prescott, Sun Herald (USA), 2/15/2006

As if the air weren't polluted enough, it's about to become saturated with spring pollen.

Bob Strickler of Strickler Apiaries in Moss Point says, "Oh, yeah, it's common knowledge that honey helps (with allergies), and we do sell it raw," raw being a requirement for allergy "treatment." It means the honey has not been subjected to the heat of pasteurization. . .

"I don't think there's anything harmful about taking it, but the science just doesn't make sense," said Dr. Douglas Leavengood, an allergist with Gulf Coast Asthma & Allergy Clinic in Biloxi. He has disappointing news for those who swear by the honey treatment.

"Here's the deal," he said. "Pollen allergy is caused by plants that don't flower. Trees, grasses - they produce huge amounts of tiny pollen that fill the air and our nostrils" and produce allergic reactions.

"Bees collect a small amount of much larger, very sticky pollen," he said. This pollen doesn't float in the air but migrates from plant to plant thanks to bees, which are only in it for the nectar.

So the pollen in the beehives isn't the pollen that produces allergic reactions, says Leavengood. . .

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US Firm Signs Deal With NZ Manuka Wound Care Products Producer

Derma Sciences Announces Licensing Deal with Comvita

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2006--Derma Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB: DSCI), a manufacturer and full line supplier of wound and skin care products, today announced that the company has entered into a long-term exclusive licensing deal with Comvita Limited, a New Zealand based natural health products company. The licensing deal, which includes patents and other intellectual property, covers the use of Comvita's Medical Manuka honey based products for the management of chronic wounds, skin tears, post operative wounds and burns. . .

‘Ear Candling’ Uses Beeswax to Remove Ear Wax

Ear Candling a Hot Topic as Natural Therapy
By Dawn Zera, Wilkes Barre Times Leader (USA), 2/14/2006

It's not often you come across people who say that sticking a candle in their ear makes them feel good. However, an ancient way of removing ear wax is fast gaining steam.

Ear candling, or coning as it is sometimes called, is believed to have originated thousands of years ago perhaps among the Egyptians as a therapeutic way to draw wax and toxins out of the ear. Today, it is used as a natural therapy to clean out the ears and provide relief for sinus passages. Ear candling at AJA Salon and Day Spa in Trucksville. The process involves a beeswax candle placed in the ear and set alight.

The results of the ear candling, wax and pollen that was drawn out, according to the practitioners. . .

At Star Tresses, West Pittston, 45-year-old Mary Rose lay down on her side while co-worker Stephanie Markert demonstrated the procedure. The comforting sound of a nature tape played background music as Markert carefully laid a flame-retardant cloth on Rose's head, then took a 10-inch beeswax cone candle, which was poked snugly through a tin pan, and inserted one end gently in Rose's ear. . .

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Brazilian Mini-Course on 'Management for the Production of Propolis'

Manejo para a produção de própolis
16º Congresso Brasileiro de Apicultura

Translate from Portuguese to English.

Organic Honey Certification Impossible in U.S.

Obstacles to Certifying Honey Organic
Producers feeling the sting from inability to obtain right to use 'organic' label
Kelly Stone, Grand Forks Herald (USA), 2/13/2006

When you think of honey, you probably think of words like "healthy," "pure" or "natural." But you might be surprised to hear that, currently, it's impossible for U.S. honey producers to get their product certified as organic.

Dr. Marla Spivak, a University of Minnesota entomologist, says while Europe and Canada have standards in place for certifying organic honey, there are no such standards yet in the United States. Spivak says under existing USDA guidelines, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to create honey certification standards.

Right now, USDA classifies bees as livestock. To certify livestock as organic, producers must prove that the animals have not come into contact with certain chemicals or genetically modified material. While cattle ranchers can confine their herd with fences, bees fly freely up to 10 miles from their hive in search of pollen and nectar. Spivak says it's unrealistic to expect beekeepers to control so much surrounding farmland. . .

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bee-Collected Pollen May Stimulate Reproductive Systems

The Magic of Bee Pollen
Hugh Martin, Jamaica Gleaner, 2/13/2006

Honey is expensive stuff. And yet it is one of the cheapest of all the products derived from bee-keeping except perhaps beeswax. One of the more expensive products is bee pollen which is what I really I want to look at, but have taken so long to come to.

The demand for this product is bound to increase dramatically after the publication in the Outlook magazine recently of Dr. Heather Little-White's article 'The truth about bee pollen and sex'. You only need to hint that a product has properties that can increase sexual performance and Jamaican men will be beating down your door for it. The article didn't hint, it declared that bee pollen 'contains natural hormonal substances that stimulate the male and female reproductive system to enhance sexual performance'. . .

Bee pollen has been used from ancient times to treat arthritis, hay fever, prostate problems and other ailments as well as for general good nutrition. It is the male sperm cells of flowering plants and is collected by bees to feed their young. Indeed the protein provided by it is essential to the growth and development of the bee in the first six days of the larval stage. . .

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Bee Venom Therapy May Relieve Arthritis Pain

Antinociceptive Effect and the Mechanism of Bee Venom Acupuncture (Apipuncture) on Inflammatory Pain in the Rat Model of Collagen-Induced Arthritis
Brain Research, 2/2/2006

Abstract: The antinociceptive effect and the mechanism of bee venom acupuncture (BVA) on inflammatory pain, especially in the rat model of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), have not yet been fully studied. This study was designed to investigate the antinociceptive effect and its μ-opioid and α2-adrenergic mechanism of BVA in the CIA rat model.

To induce CIA, male Sprague–Dawley rats were immunized with bovine type II collagen emulsified in Freund's incomplete adjuvant followed by a booster injection 14 days later. The antinociceptive effect was evaluated by tail flick latency (TFL).

After induction of arthritis, the inflammatory pain threshold decreased as time passed, and there was no big change of the pain threshold after 3 weeks. Three weeks after the first immunization, BVA (0.25 mg/kg) injected into the Zusanli acupoint (ST36) showed the antinociceptive effect. Furthermore, the antinociceptive effect of BVA was blocked by yohimbine (α2-adrenergic receptor antagonist, 2 mg/kg, i.p) pretreatment, but not by naloxone (μ-opioid receptor antagonist, 2 mg/kg, i.p.) pretreatment.

These results suggest that BVA can relieve inflammatory pain in CIA and the antinociceptive effect of BVA can be mediated by α2-adrenergic receptor.

Corresponding author - Fax: +82 2 958 9043.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Propolis Component Helps Prevent Colon Cancer

Use of Artepillin C Helps Prevent Colon Cancer
Drug Week, 2/17/2006

According to a study from Japan, "Potential chemopreventive agents exist in foods. Artepillin C in Brazilian propolis was investigated for its effects on colon carcinogenesis."

"We had found that artepillin C was a bioavailable antioxidant, which could be incorporated into intestinal Caco-2 and hepatic HepG2 cells without any conjugation and inhibited the oxidation of intracellular DNA. Artepillin C was then added to human colon cancer WiDr cells. It dose-dependently inhibited cell growth, inducing G(0)/G(1) arrest. The events involved a decrease in the kinase activity of a complex of cyclin D/cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and in the levels of retinoblastoma protein phosphorylated at Ser-780 and 807/811. The inhibitors of the complex, Cip1/p21 and Kip1/p27, increased at the protein level," explained K. Shimizu and colleagues, Kobe University. . .

The researchers concluded, "Artepillin C appears to prevent colon cancer through the induction of cell-cycle arrest by stimulating the expression of Cip1/p21 and to be a useful chemopreventing factor in colon carcinogenesis."

Shimizu and colleagues published the results of their research in Molecular Carcinogenesis (Artepillin C in Brazilian propolis induces G(0)/G(1) arrest via stimulation of Cip1/p21 expression in human colon cancer cells. Mol Carcinog, 2005;44(4):293-299).

For additional information, contact K. Kanazawa, Kobe University, Graduate School Science & Technology, Dept. Life Science, Nada Ku, Kobe, Hyogo 6578501, Japan. . .

Friday, February 10, 2006

Volatile Constituents of Propolis Vary

Volatile Constituents of Propolis from Honey Bees and Stingless Bees from Yucatán
Journal of Essential Oil Research, Jan/Feb

Abstract: Volatiles of propolis from honey bees and stingless bees from Yucatán were analyzed by GC and GC/MS. Ninety-nine volatiles were identified in the propolis from honey bees, whereas 94 were identified in stingless bees' propolis. It was found that in addition to yield variance of 16 and 465 mg/kg depending upon origin, the propolis could be differentiated by their chemical composition. In particular, upon the common constituents, α-pinene, β-pinene, trans-verbenol, α-copaene, β-bourbonene, β-caryophyllene, spathulenol and caryophyllene oxide, which were found in higher content in the propolis from stingless bees.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Beeswax High in Cholesterol-Reducing Component

Policosanol Contents of Beeswax, Sugar Cane and Wheat Extracts
Food Chemistry, Volume 95, Issue 2 , March 2006, Pages 312-318

Abstract: Policosanol (PC) is a mixture of high molecular weight aliphatic primary alcohols. Currently, a number of dietary supplements containing PC are commercially available in the US market. The majority of these products are prepared from beeswax or sugar cane extracts.
The main objective of this study was to compare the PC contents and compositions of beeswax, sugar cane and wheat as PC sources. . .

The total PC contents of brown beeswax were about 20 and 45 times higher than those of the WGO-solids and sugar cane peel, respectively. Commercial dietary supplements contained less total PC than were claimed on the product labels. . .

Corresponding author. Tel.: +1 405 744 7062; fax: +1 405 744 6313.

Canadian Couple Promotes Health Benefits of Manuka Honey

Natural Honey is Making a Buzz
Steven Heywood, Parksville Qualicum News, 2/7/2006

Some swear by a spoonful of honey each day to help ward off illness. In fact, honey has for years been considered as having antibacterial properties.

It is this fact that gave Catherine and Sebastien Martin an idea for a business on Vancouver Island.

The couple, who had worked in France in an importing business, moved to Chemainus and, with the help of the Duncan Business Futures office, embarked on a plan to promote the beneficial aspects of organic Manuka honey.

They, through their business Wedderspoon Organic, have become exclusive suppliers in Canada of the honey from New Zealand - obtaining the designation of Organic Manuka Active, which ensures their product is some of the best-quality Manuka honey available. . .

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

US Honey Board Requests Research Proposals on Honey and Disease Prevention

Honey Consumption and Disease Prevention: Request for Research Proposals
Deadline: March 15, 2006

Project Description: The National Honey Board is soliciting proposals from research institutions to study the efficacy of honey consumption on disease prevention/risk reduction. Conditions of particular interest include (but are not limited to) heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, glucose intolerance/insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

As part of this project, researchers would be expected to produce the following: (1) a presentation of the findings at an appropriate scientific meeting and, if appropriate (2) the publication of the findings in a scientific, technical or trade journal. . .

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

One-Week Sale on World Apitherapy Day Products

Save on quality T-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and posters imprinted with the World Apitherapy Day (March 30, 2006) logo. The logo features a 16th century woodcut of a beekeeper and "World Apitherapy Day" translated into the official languages of the United Nations - Chinese, Spanish, Russian, French, and Arabic. Sale ends February 14. All proceeds will go to Bees for Life - World Apitherapy Network.

To order online, go to: http://www.cafepress.com/apitherapy

Celebrate World Apitherapy Day following the upcoming 4th German Congress and Workshop on Apitherapy (March 24-29, 2006) in Passau, Germany.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Bacillus Species Found in Up to 38% of Argentinian Honey

Bacillus Species Highly Prevalent in Food Products in Argentina
Lab Business Week, 2/12/2006

According to recent research from Argentina, "The prevalence of Bacillus spp. in 279 samples of different food products collected in Argentina was studied.

"Bacillus spp. was confirmed in 28 out of 70 honey samples, 29 out of 29 flour samples, 15 out of 50 cheese samples, and 30 out of 30 spice samples, while Bacillus spp. was not found in fresh anchovy."

"Among the 70 honeys studied," said M.O. Iurlina and colleagues at the University of Nacl Mar Plata in Buenos Aires, "Bacillus cereus, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus laterosporus and Paenibacillus larvae subspp. larvae showed an incidence of 23, 4, 8 and 38%, respectively. . .

Iurlina and colleagues published their study in LWT - Food Science and Technology (Prevalence of Bacillus spp. in different food products collected in Argentina. LWT-Food Sci Technol, 2006;39(2):105-110).

For additional information, contact M.O. Iurlina, University of Nacl Mar Plata, Faculty Ciencias Exactas & Nat, Dept. Quim, Funes 3350, RA-7600 Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Publisher contact information for the journal LWT - Food Science and Technology is: Elsevier Science BV, PO Box 211, 1000 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Alternative to Langstroth Hive Gaining Acceptance in Africa

Please Just Show Me the Money, Honey
By Ted Keenan, Financial Mail (South Africa), 2/3/2006

Challenging the status quo is never easy. Crispin Jackson found this out the hard way when he developed a beehive that would improve on the mighty Langstroth hive - invented in 1853 by the Rev LL Langstroth and the standard hive of beekeepers around the world.

Jackson's design is called the Jackson Horizontal Hive (JHH) and has attracted global recognition as an alternative to the Langstroth. However, the commercial beekeeping industry has been slow to accept it, preferring to stick with conventional standards for producing and extracting honey.

Rather than confront the traditional industry head-on, Jackson has shifted his focus to rural beekeepers and is enjoying growing acceptance from African communities.

That's because Jackson's hive lends itself to rural environments. At 6,5kg it is 22kg lighter than the Langstroth, making it easier for women to manipulate; it costs R360, nearly half the price of the Langstroth; and it's easier to maintain. It incorporates the best of the Langstroth hive, the traditional African log hive and the Top Bar hive in its own unique design.

The hive is made of corrugated plastic, which is lighter than wood, sturdier than waxed cardboard, and more durable than rigid plastic, which becomes brittle under the African sun.

Though the plastic box of the JHH is less traditional-looking than other hives, it is light enough to be suspended from branches on greased wire stays. US-based research reveals that bees perform best in a hive that is positioned about 4m above the ground. This is difficult to achieve with a heavy and unwieldy hive. The height also deters vandals, both human and animal, especially honey badgers, which are particularly partial to bee larvae.

Bees in a JHH hive seem able to produce up to 30% more honey than bees in traditional hives.

The reason, suggests Jackson, is that bees use evaporation in the manufacture of honey and the corrugated plastic is more conducive to it than the wooden Langstroth hives. Up to 80% of the water is removed from the nectar when bees turn it into honey, and the faster this is done the more active the bees are in the collection process. . .

SIT Recommended as First Line Therapy for Allergies

Toll-like Receptor Ligands Act as Adjuvants in Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy
Lab Law Weekly, 2/10/2006

"Allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) leads to long-term amelioration of T-helper type 2 (Th2)-mediated allergic symptoms and is therefore recommended as a first line therapy for allergies. The major disadvantage of SIT is its low efficiency, requiring treatment over years. In this study, we evaluated the potential of Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands to facilitate Th1-type immune responses," researchers in Switzerland and the United States report.

"The immunogenicity and therapeutic potential of the major bee venom allergen phospholipase A2 (PLA2) combined with various TLR ligands were tested in mice and compared with immune responses induced by conventional aluminum-based preparations," said P. Johansen and collaborators at University Hospital in Zurich in Switzerland and MannKind Corporation in the U.S. . .

Johansen and associates published their study in Clinical and Experimental Allergy (Toll-like receptor ligands as adjuvants in allergen-specific immunotherapy. Clin Exp Allergy, 2005;35(12):1591-1598).

For additional information, contact P. Johansen, Unit for Experimental Immunotherapy, University Hospital, Gloriastrasse 31, CH-8091 Zurich, Switzerland. E-mail: pal.johansen@usz.ch

Friday, February 03, 2006

83 Pct of Royal Jelly Arriving in Italy Contaminated

ANSA, 1/31/2006

(ANSA) - Florence, January 31 - A total 83 pct of the royal jelly arriving to the Italian borders is found to be contaminated with antibiotics, Italian zoological institute in Teramo, central Italy, said.

Italy has been importing royal jelly chiefly from China in the last three years. China is the world largest producer of royal jelly with an average 1.0 million kg per year.

The average annual consumption of royal jelly in Italy totals 400 quintals but only 3.0 pct of the consumption is covered by Italian products.

There are no apposite regulations regarding the production and the trade in royal jelly in Italy and this fact makes possible the sale of dangerous products, the chairman of the organic food and honey producers consortium Conapi, Lucio Cavazzoni, said. . .

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Animal Antibiotic Found in UK Honey

The Independent (UK), 2/2/2006

Traces of an antibiotic were found in honey sold in the UK, according to a Which? report. Tests showed residues of tylosin in three out of 20 jars. The antibiotic is licensed to treat animals but not bees. The consumer organisation said the antibiotic posed no health threat but that honey should be a pure food.

Honey Recommended for Coughs, Allergies

Treat Your Children Naturally
By Rachel Murphy, The Mirror (UK), 2/2/2006

To mix your own cough medicine, Janey Lee Grace, author of Imperfectly Natural Woman, recommends steeping 1oz of thyme leaf in a cup of boiling water.

Cool, strain then mix with half a tablespoon of honey. "Take a teaspoon whenever you need it and it keeps in the fridge," she says. . .

Janey Lee Grace suggests giving kids locally-grown honey before the hay fever season starts as it can ward off the allergy. . .

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

US Newspaper Says Honey May Be Harmful to Infants

Giving Young Infants Honey Can be Harmful to Their Systems
By Ruth Spencer, Detroit News (USA), 1/30/2006

You may have wondered why there's a warning for parents on jars of honey. Honey contains bacterial spores that adults and older children can handle, but babies' digestive systems are much more sensitive. A baby younger than 1 year could contract infantile botulism. It's very rare, but potentially fatal. Symptoms include muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and constipation. Heating honey or using it in a recipe does not diminish the potential danger. That's why honey packaging warns parents to wait until a baby gets older to give them the sweet stuff.


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