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What’s Causing Colony Collapse Disorder?

Beware of Contaminated Honey

The U.S. consumes about 400 million pounds of honey a year, according to Food Safety News, which recently reported that dangerous, adulterated honey is reaching the US market in massive quantities. According to their investigation, about a third or more of all this honey is illegally smuggled into the US from China.

“Honey laundering” may sound odd, but it’s actually quite serious as much of this honey is tainted with illegal antibiotics, including chloramphenicol, and heavy metals like lead.

The US FDA banned chloramphenicol after it was discovered that children given this antibiotic become susceptible to DNA damage and carcinogenicity. China uses it to combat a bacterial epidemic of foulbrood disease, which has been decimating bee colonies. According to public health experts, presence of chloramphenicol in honey can cause aplastic anemia—a severe and potentially fatal reaction—in certain people. The lead contamination is caused by the unlined, lead-soldered drums used by many small-scale beekeepers in China to collect and store the honey.

As of last summer, 27 European countries banned all shipments of Asian honey for these reasons. Unfortunately, even if you decide to avoid this problem by buying locally-produced honey (which would be ideal), you are likely getting it anyway unless your diet consists primarily of whole foods, because 65 percent of all honey consumed is used by food manufacturers for the use in all sorts of processed foods…

Are You Buying FAKE Honey?

Furthermore, there’s also the issue of fake honey being sold as the real thing…

According to Food Safety News:

“[A] favorite con among Chinese brokers was to mix sugar water, malt sweeteners, corn or rice syrup, jaggery, barley malt sweetener or other additives with a bit of actual honey. In recent years, many shippers have eliminated the honey completely and just use thickened, colored, natural or chemical sweeteners labeled as honey.”

High quality raw honey has many health benefits, but you have to know what you’re looking for. Most store bought honey is filtered and pasteurized, which removes most of the beneficial nutrients and basically leaves you with liquid sugar. Manuka honey is the top of the line in terms of quality, both for internal and external use. In fact, the FDA has approved Manuka honey to be used in wound and burn care in the United States. If you can’t find Manuka, your next best option would be raw honey produced by a local beekeeper.

Related:
5 Ways to Help Save Bees
Beware Honey Scam
3 Reasons to Stop Eating Honey

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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5:06PM PDT on May 5, 2012

Thanks for keeping us informed, we need our bees.

9:20AM PDT on May 2, 2012

There is nothing like great honey thus why should we allow Monsanto to get into their own hives? So sorry that most people just don't realize on how harmtul it is to ruin them on flowers on our own balconies or houses.... it's very "Un-Eco" for our world's own survival.

11:27PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Noted.

6:12AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Speriamo riescano a fermare questa sparizione delle api.

7:37PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Thank you for sharing

9:47AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Only after a little research, anyone can see that the bees are being over-exploited, that is the reason for their decline.

Before you talk about the varroa mite, even top people at the NBU (National Bee Unit UK) agree, that when left alone, bees would become resistant to the mite and other diseases, they would probably also be stronger and more resistant against insecticides. This has been shown in other countries.

The real reason is the greedy bee keeper. After the bees work their guts out getting their food for winter, the greedy bee keeper takes it all, just before winter. The bees are then fed on supplement, sugar water, with none of the nutrients and goodies that are in the honey.

There are hardly any wild colonies of bees, they are reported by the concerned public then rounded up by a greedy bee keeper who then puts them into his concentration camp, with hundreds of other colonies usually within a couple of metres of each other. Naturally colonies would be over 100 metres from each other.

No research in this country is being done to see whether free wild colonies of bees will thrive. It is not in the interest of the greedy bee keeper for the truth to be outed, honey is big bucks, they don't care about the bees.

In the U.S. where they have already worked the bees to death, they transport them about and give them monocultures (single crops), against nature. The greedy bee keeper does this because it has become more profitable to cart bees around the country

4:36AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

SENSELESS USE OF PESTICIDES!!!

8:25AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

This is such a scary problem! And it's even worse that no one can seem to pin-point the cause :(

5:40PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Great article! Thanks

3:31PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Disturbing. What about the EMFs from high voltage power lines?

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