Honey for Allergy Relief

 

If you suffer from springtime allergies, consider adding a little local Honey to your prevention regimen. The theory is that, as with allergy shots, daily exposure to a small amount of an allergen can desensitize the body, allowing you to better resist it, explains Evan Fleischmann, N.D., board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In this case, that allergen culprit is pollen -- the very same ingredient bees use to make their Honey.

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The practice of eating Honey for this purpose doesn't have much research to its credit.  However, some holistic practitioners have seen a drop in symptoms as a result of prescribing it to patients. To try it out, eat one teaspoon daily of raw, unfiltered Honey made within 20 miles of your home.

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Body + Soul, March 2007 ..........................  www.wholeliving.com 

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Schmidt Apiaries does not confirm nor deny the above article; although, a lot of people at the Farmer's Markets swear by his Honey.

Some have attested to the fact that his honey has helped their allergy.

OWNER - Frank Schmidt

              The hardest worker on earth...                    Allergies; the cause could also be the cure?

 

                  A Bees Life

A World Without BEES

The price we’ll pay if we don’t figure out what’s killing the Honeybee

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By Bryan Walsh, Time magazine; Aug. 09, 2013
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Beginning nearly a decade ago, honeybees started dying off at unusually and mysteriously high rates—this past winter, nearly one-third  of U.S. honeybee colonies died or disappeared. At first this appeared due to something called colony collapse disorder (CCD); hives would be abandoned without warning, with bees seemingly leaving honey and intact wax behind. The apocalyptic nature of CCD—some people really thought the disappearance of the bees indicated that the Rapture was nigh—grabbed the public’s attention. More recently, beekeepers have been seeing fewer cases of CCD proper, but honeybees keep dying and bees keep collapsing. That’s bad for our food system—bees add at least $15 billion in crop value through pollination in the U.S. alone, and if colony losses keep up, those pollination demands may not be met  and valuable crops like almonds could wither.

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More than the bottom line for grocery stores, though, the honeybee’s plight alarms us because a species that we have tended and depended on for thousands of years is dying—and we don’t really know why. Tom Theobald, a beekeeper and blogger who has raised the alarm about CCD, put that fear this way: “The bees are just the beginning.”

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But while we don’t know exactly what causes CCD or why honeybees are dying in larger numbers, we do know the suspects: pesticides, including the newer class of neonicotinoids that seem to affect bees even at very low levels; biological threats like the vampiric Varroa mite; and the lack of nutrition thanks to monocultures of commodity crops like wheat and corn, which offer honeybees little in the way of the pollen they need to survive. Most likely, bee deaths are due to a mix of all of those menaces acting together—pesticides and lack of food might weaken honeybees, and pests like Varroa could finish them off, spreading diseases the bees don’t have the strength to resist. Unfortunately, that means there’s no simple way to save the honeybees either. Simply banning, say, neonicotinoids might take some of the pressure off honeybees, but most scientists agree it wouldn’t solve the problem. (And getting rid of neonicotinoids would have unpredictable consequences for agriculture—the pesticides were adopted in part because they are considered safer for mammals, including human beings.) Honeybees are suffering because we’ve created a world that is increasingly inhospitable to them. 
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Still, for all the alarm, honeybees are likely to pull through. As I point out in the magazine piece, beekeepers have mostly managed to replace lost colonies, though at a cost high enough that some long-time beekeepers are getting out of the business altogether. Beekeepers are buying new queens and splitting their hives, which cuts into productivity and honey production, but keeps their colony numbers high enough to so far meet pollination demands. They’re adding supplemental feed—often sugar or corn syrup—to compensate for the lack of wild forage. The scientific and agricultural communities are engaged—see Monsanto’s recent honeybee summit, and the company’s work on a genetic weapon against the Varroa mite. Randy Oliver, a beekeeper and independent researcher, told me that he could see honeybees becoming a feedlot animal like pigs or chickens, bred and kept for one purpose and having their food brought to them, rather than foraging in the semi-wild way they live now. That sounds alarming—and it’s not something anyone in the beekeeping industry would like to see—but it’s also important to remember that honeybees themselves aren’t exactly natural, especially in North America, where they were imported by European settlers in the 17th century. As Hannah Nordhaus, the author of the great book A Beekeeper’s Lament, has written, honeybees have always been much more dependent on human beings than the other way around.
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The reality is that honeybees are very useful to human beings, and species that are very useful to us—think domesticated animals and pets—tend to do OK in the increasingly human-dominated world we call the Anthropocene. But other wild species aren’t so lucky—and that includes the thousands of species of wild bees and other non-domesticated pollinators. Bumblebees have experienced recent and rapid population loss in the U.S., punctuated by a mass pesticide poisoning in Oregon this past June that led to the deaths of some 50,000 bumblebees. A 2006 report by the National Academies of Science concluded that the populations of many other wild pollinators—especially wild bees—was trending “demonstrably downward.” The threats are much the same ones faced by managed honeybees: pesticides, lack of wild forage, parasites and disease. The difference is that there are thousands of human beings who make it their business to care for and prop up the populations of honeybees. No one is doing the same thing for wild bees. The supposed beepocalypse is on the cover of TIME magazine, but “you don’t hear about the decline of hundreds of species of wild bees,” says Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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That’s meant almost literally—we don’t hear them anymore. The plight of the bees illustrates our outsized influence on this planet as we reshape it—consciously and not—to meet our immediate needs. But just because we have this power doesn’t mean we fully understand it, or our impact on our own world. We are a species that increasingly has omnipotence without omniscience. That’s a dangerous combination for the animals and plants that share this planet with us.  And eventually, it will be dangerous for us, too.

A lot of people consider the yellow pollen that coats your car in the spring a major nuisance.  To Frank Schmidt, it’s just about the sweetest sight in the world.  It’s a sign that his bees will stop loafing around their hives and start punching their time cards.  Pollen means nectar and nectar means Honey, that luscious yellow gold that keeps Schmidt in the beekeeping business.

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Schmidt manages 600 hives in various locations throughout El Paso County.  Each hive is home to between 60,000 and 70,000 working bees.  Schmidt Apiaries, his family-run business, produces 40,000 pounds of Honey a year.  Much of his Honey will be sold during the farmers' market season, which begins in June and runs through October.

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Consider what the bee does to make all of his Honey. The average hive of bees puts in 80,000 miles and gathers nectar from 2 million flowers to make a pound of Honey. While the bees are buzzing around getting that nectar, they manage to gather enough pollen to pollenate 95 different kinds of crops, worth an  estimated $15 billion in the United States alone. In fact, about one third of the human diet is from insect-pollenated plants. Honey bees are responsible for every almond produced and 80 percent of their foods such as; cranberries, sunflowers, and apples. Bottom line: No bees? No produce: no farmers' markets...  

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Honey is the only food that we eat that is made by insects.  Honey is the only food on earth that will never spoil, because it will not support bacteria.  It will remain eatable for thousands of years; as proven in Egyptian tombs...

Schmidt Apiaries

 Colorado Honey  

Schmidt Apiaries - (719) 574-1283

 

4802 Gatewood Dr.

Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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