Enjoy some pure raw honey....
My honey is purely local, raw and unfiltered. It is cold extracted and directly strained using a stainless steel double sieve to remove foreign material down to 500 microns. Suspended micro-particles of pollen and nutrients are safely left intact.
The original hive nutrients are left intact in raw honey: the minerals, live enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidants are not destroyed by heating. Because the honey is not heated to a higher temperature than found naturally in the hive.
A backyard hive with honey supers.
forage in an abundance of diverse natural Kansas wildflowers on over 43+ open acres which includes a pond and stream running through; adjacent to our my backyard in the suburban environment of Overland Park.
I strive to keep naturally healthy bees allowing them an opportunity to more than just survive Colony Collapse Disorder. I hope to support greater numbers of healthier spring bees supplying a surplus harvest. My biggest suppliers are kept in three brood boxes.
Both mono-crop farming and newer pesticides found on countryside farms as well as taking honey and feeding back processed sugars are thought to be enemies of honeybees. Transporting honeybees for pollination stresses them and exposes them to unfamiliar diseases and unfamiliar diets. These factors can more readily weaken their natural immune systems allowing them to be overtaken by parasites and/or fungal and viral infections leading to Colony Collapse Disorder.
My allowing my colonies more honeycomb space, they store more honey for themselves. My colonies are not transported for pollination but always stay in their accustomed climate. I strive to use natural methods when they need help staving off hunger, disease and pests.
I've obtained all of my bees locally by professionally relocating honeybee swarms or hives from unwanted locations. See -> KCBeeremoval.com.
Evidence of Tainted Honey
Food Safety News published a report showing over 70% of honey purchased at most stores in 2011 is ultra-filtered to possibly make it untraceable as illegally imported from restricted countries like China. Ultra-filtered honey contains no nutrient value and in some cases, either is adulterated with honey substitutes or pesticide residues. The EU banned ultra-filtered imports after evidence of tainted honey and price dumping. More -> information.
Honey -> Allergies
Wildflower Honey is your best variety for allergies. It potentially has pollen stores from spring through fall. Honey is a solution that does not correct issues with your immune system, but it's like allopathic medicine: it gets you feeling better. The active ingredient in honey is pollen. If you cannot tolerate the levels of fructose in honey, consider taking pollen for allergies.
Diet -> Allergies
The most effective way to correct health problems like allergies begins with our immune system and is controlled by what we eat. I have followed what is known as macrobiotic principles for over twenty years. I rarely suffer from allergies.
The idea of macrobiotic diet is to utilize a balance between expansive and contractive food energies or acid/alkaline balance. The principles support nutrient rich blood with proper blood chemistry ph. Healthy blood is thought to be the key to a healthy vibrant body-- keeping our emotions in balance and our immune system strong. The principles help us overcome any underlying genetic predisposition toward a particular health condition or illness.
Steven Acuff first was first trained at the Kushi Institute. View Kushi Institute videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kushiinstitute.
Testimonial to Macrobiotic Diet
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Fasting -> Allergies
I'm a firm believer in fasting. Dr. McDougall and Dr. Goldhammer are two experts on the subject. If you are miserable, you will want to watch these video presentations. Fasting works almost always, without fail.
University of Illinois food scientists discovered that honey packs the same antioxidant punch as spinach and strawberries. Studies reveal that eating 2-4 Tbs. of honey daily can raise antioxidant levels in your bloodstream by 10%. The antioxidants stop cholesterol from sticking to blood vessel walls and help prevent a buildup of plaque in arteries. Honey can stimulate B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes to multiply, thus boosting the immune system.
The University of Lund in Sweden found raw honey contains bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, which help prevent stomach upsets. Including treating and preventing gastric ulcers by fighting Helicobacter Pylori bacteria that trigger ulcers.
Honey is more effective than antibiotic ointments on a cut or burn. It reduces infection, speeds healing and reduces scarring. In one study 87% of patients with honey-coated burns healed completely within 2 weeks, compared to just 10% of those treated with standard Rx, silver sulfadiazine. Also, the honey destroyed 100% of the bacteria that cause infection.
Raw honey contains an enzyme glucose oxidase that when comes into contact with moisture, releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide, which can kill bacteria without damaging skin tissue. In fact, the University of Waikato in New Zealand found when applying honey to MRSA infected antibiotic-resistant wounds, they became sterile and healed with scarring minimized. Peeling back a dressing -- as opposed to a dry bandage -- did not disturb the new tissue underneath. More -> information.
Conflicting thoughts on the health of honey.
For supporting optimum health, honey is best consumed in moderation. Heart disease research includes some fascinating science showing sugar and arterial inflammation is the main cause of plaque buildup, not cholesterol. More -> information. In contrast, research outlined in the movie Forks Over Knives, shows oil and animal protein in the diet are the main cause of heart disease.
Regardless, honey is the obvious choice over nutrient devoid white sugar or high fructose corn syrup. However; honey is still extremely left of center in the spectrum of food balance. In Fact, Robert H. Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, specializing in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity says honey could be classified as toxin when consumed in what might be considered moderate quantities.
See "Sugar -- the elephant in the kitchen: Robert Lustig at TEDxBermuda.
Bee Pollen is the source of nutrition and protein for the bees. Health professionals like William Peterson, M.D. recommend consuming it for boosting immunity to environmental pollution and to help the body handle allergens without miserable allergic reactions. Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, a Russian Botanist, studied a small village in Soviet Georgia in which 200 inhabitants were more than 100 years old. Mysteriously, many centenarians were beekeepers. Research correlations pointed to their intake of raw honey containing large amounts of pollen. The USDA's research suggests pollen has anti-cancer properties that "delayed the onset of mammary tumors." William Robinson who headed the study found cancer cellular growth rate slowed to about 1/2 original rate in rats. An Austrian report has pointed to reducing symptoms of radiation sickness in patients treated for cervical cancer.
Propolis, also known as "bee glue," is used as a disinfectant on the walls of their hive, to plug gaps, and to protect against infection by encapsulating foreign objects like a dead mouse that has strayed into the hive. Propolis is made from beeswax and other secretions mixed with resins from buds of conifer and poplar trees. It is used in the manufacture of toothpaste, chewing gum, cosmetics, creams, lozenges, and ointments. According to Andrew Weil, M.D., it is being investigated as a dental sealant and tooth enamel hardener. Dr. Weil states that a number of studies have tested its effectiveness in humans as a treatment for burns, minor wounds, infections, inflammatory diseases, dental pain, and genital herpes. We don't currently harvest our bees' propolis.