Even Ants Use Natural Medicine Because It Works

hydrogen peroxideSayer Ji – A fascinating article published on TechTimes online titled, “Ants Treat Their Own Fungal Infections With Natural Medicine,” illustrates how universal the use of natural substances to maintain health is across the animal kingdom.

Researchers discovered that ants infected with a deadly fungus will ingest a naturally occurring — albeit pro-oxidative — molecule known as hydrogen peroxide when offered in combination with honey, presumably in order to medicate themselves:

“Scientists studying an ant species called Formica fusca offered the insects a choice between a pure honey solution and a honey solution spiked with toxic hydrogen peroxide. They found that ants afflicted by a fungal infection tended to opt for the hydrogen peroxide solution, whereas healthy ants were more likely to avoid it. This shift in preference suggests that the ants recognize that hydrogen peroxide helps fight off fungal infections and that its noxious effects become worth the risk when an ant falls ill.”

Furthermore, the infected ants who consumed hydrogen peroxide spiked honey had a significantly lower mortality rate (45%) versus the ants who consumed pure honey (65%). On the other hand, healthy ants fed pure hydrogen peroxide saw a 20% mortality rate, revealing that out of the context of infection where hydrogen peroxide is beneficial unnecessary “treatment” can have adverse health effects.

The researchers also noted that the ants were capable of properly dosing themselves:

When offered a solution that had only a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide, infected ants typically chose to eat equal amounts of the toxic food and the pure food. Offering a stronger hydrogen peroxide solution caused the infected ants to change the balance, eating only half as much of the toxic solution as they did of the pure solution.

It should also be noted that all honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, which is known to contribute to its antimicrobial properties. Continue reading “Even Ants Use Natural Medicine Because It Works”

Harvard Study Measures Pesticide Accumulation In Bee Hive Honey: Alarming Results

beesArjun Walia – Pesticides, which are sprayed in the amounts of billions of pounds per year, have been making a lot of noise lately. This is because multiple published studies, and hundreds of scientists all over the world have identified (without a doubt) them as a catalyst for multiple major human health ailments, including cancer, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few. They’ve also been reported to have disastrous environmental consequences, but it doesn’t stop there.

Another major concern regarding pesticides is the sudden loss of bees that the planet has been experiencing for the past few years. It’s quite concerning, which has scientists scrambling to figure out what’s going on, and it seems they’ve found it.

A new study, published in the July 23rd issue of the Journal of Environmental Chemistry states that:

“Data from this study clearly demonstrates the ubiquity of neonicotinoids in pollen and honey samples that bees are exposed to during the season when they are actively foraging across Massachusetts. Levels of neonicotinoids that we found in this study fall into ranges that could lead to detrimental health effects in bees, including CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder)” – Alex Chensheng, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study. (source)

The researchers analyzed 219 pollen and 53 honey samples from 62 hives, from 10 out of the 14 counties in Massachusetts. They found neonicotinoids in pollen and honey for each month collected, in each location — suggesting that bees are at risk of neonicotinoid exposure any time they are foraging. Continue reading “Harvard Study Measures Pesticide Accumulation In Bee Hive Honey: Alarming Results”

Fight All Forms Of Pain With This Incredible Homemade Drink

black teaWe all experience aches and pains from time to time, like after an injury or a hard workout. But what do you do when you start feeling pain? Do you reach for the painkillers? Next time you’re feeling achey, try this nearly magical pain relief tea. It’s easy to make and has no negative side effects.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 Teaspoons of black tea
2 glasses of water
2 teaspoons of ground cadamom
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
1/2 thumb-sized piece of ginger
1/2 cup of almond milk
1 teaspoon of honey

Instructions Continue reading “Fight All Forms Of Pain With This Incredible Homemade Drink”

Pennsylvania Researchers Discover Glyphosate Herbicide in Honey and Soy Sauce

GlyphosateResearchers from Abraxis LLC and Boston University have further confirmed that the world’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – is widespread in food products around the globe. The researchers tested honey, pancake and corn syrup, soy sauce, soy milk and tofu purchased in the Philadelphia, US metropolitan area.

Find the full published survey here.

Samples of honey (sixty nine), pancake and corn syrup (twenty six), soy sauce (twenty eight), soy milk (eleven), and tofu (twenty) purchased in the Philadelphia, US metropolitan area in 2014 were analyzed for glyphosate residue using ELISA testing.

The minimum limit of quantification (LOQ) of the method were determined for honey, pancake syrup, and corn syrup to be 15 ppb; soy sauce, soy milk, and tofu 75 ppb. This means that even if the results were negative for some products they could have also contained glyphosate at levels under the minimum limit.

Glyphosate residues above the minimum limit of quantification were not found in pancake and corn syrup, soy milk, and tofu.

However, the most shocking results were found in honey: Continue reading “Pennsylvania Researchers Discover Glyphosate Herbicide in Honey and Soy Sauce”

Herbology

When we got married Ernie was bringing home about £1 17s 6d.

Now this was long before we went decimal so in todays money that would be about £1.25 a week, a couple of dollars to you Tess.

Now, although everyone thinks that we have always had free healthcare in the UK that’s not so. A visit to the doctor when we got married amounted to just over half a months pay so it was pretty much out of the question if we wanted to eat. The National Health Service got started in the late 1940′s, before then we had to pay.

Unless it was especially serious we relied on remedies passed down to us over the years, and most of the things we used involved plants, with the occasional bee added for good measure!  Usually, someone local had what you needed if you didn’t grow it yourself.

I went to teach the kids crochet again on Monday and we got around to the old days and ended up talking about plants. One of the girls said she really enjoyed her lesson in ‘herbology’. None of us knew if it was a real word, but we liked it so we decided to stick with it.

As an aside, the crochet is going great but I have a feeling I am going to be inundated with scarves and knee rugs this Christmas.

Right, back to herbology…

Honey

We used honey a lot back then, far more than most people use it now for medicinal purposes. We stored lumps of honeycomb in jars and the honey would collect at the bottom of the jar. A spoonful when you had a sore throat helped and it was one ‘medicine’ the children never minded. Continue reading “Herbology”