Day 17: Bee Products; B-Vitamins

Human-Active Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin); Bee Pollen Granules; Propolis; Royal Jelly; Miraculous Honeybees; The Vanishing of the Bees

IMPORTANT: We have put these two topics on the same day to get them in early for you on the Juice Feasting Program. Bee Pollen, though it is a miracle superfood, it is not high in human-active B-12 or other B-Vitamins such that you should think that by taking it you are taking care of B-12 needs. That being said, bee pollen is one of the best things you will ever integrate into your life.

Welcome to Day 17!

Today we are going introduce you to our favorite superfood, bee pollen, and to other bee products such as Propolis and Royal Jelly.

Our other subject of the day is B-Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B-12, a dietary element often asked about when discussing a diet of living foods, and which we find most people – regardless of diet – to be deficient in. In fact, it is so important we created a free webinar around the topic, which you can find linked below.

Vitamin B-12: An Essential Nutrient

It is my medical opinion, as a vegan since 1973 and live fooder since 1983, and as a person committed to supporting all those who choose to become healthy live food vegans, that it would be wise to incorporate B-12 supplementation in your diet. I believe it is more natural to be healthy than it is to be anything less than that.” – Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

Over 80% of westerners are deficient in Vitamin B-12, and if you have been eating a Vegan or Raw/Vegan diet for more than 3-6 months without proper B-12 supplementation, you are almost certainly among those who are deficient. No screwing around here. This is what the data shows, and what the Vegan and Raw/Vegan community has found over the last 40+ years. You can’t get human-active B-12 from plants. If you could, Dr. Cousens and every other Raw/Live Vegan advocate would be shouting from the rooftops. Hence, the need for proper supplementation.

This is such an important nutrient I did a free webinar on it and created the B-12 Exposed Book and Course to go into very specific detail. You can browse to my webinar lecture on it in the Downloads section today.

Vitamin B-12 plays a key role in the body and is also associated with lower levels of homocysteine in the blood. It is required for energy production and overall health of the body, including red blood cell formation. Other roles of B-12 include proper nervous system development and prevention of infertility in men.

It has also been shown to improve memory and promote heart health. Lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin B-12 can create a deficiency or absorption problems that can lead to pernicious anemia. Research has shown that vitamin B-12 levels decline as we age. This may be due to poorer food choices, reduced intake of B-12 or poor absorption.

Bee Pollen Granules

Are you ready? The first time I (David) learned about bee pollen, I laughed so hard – I could not believe there is a food that is so ridiculously nutrient dense that I had never eaten… and you can have it on a Juice Feast!

Bee pollen is one of the most amazing foods you will ever eat. Pollen is said to contain all the elements necessary for the sustenance of human life.

The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation estimates that pollen has more than 5000 different enzymes and co-enzymes, which is more than any other food in existence.

The high amount of enzymes, such as catalase, amylase, and pectin-splitting enzymes, make pollen and aid to digestion. Some research suggests that pollen is absorbed directly from the stomach into the bloodstream. Pollen is a vegetarian source of human-active B12, most of the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, rutin, all the essential amino acids, the essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, fats, complex carbohydrates, simple sugars, RNA and DNA, steroid hormone substances, a plant hormone similar to a secretion of the human pituitary called gonadotrpin, 15% lecithin, and many other unknown factors.

According to research by doctors from France, Italy, and the former USSR, pollen is the richest source of protein in nature. Gram for gram, pollen contains an estimated 5-7 times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese. The protein in pollen is in a pre-digested form and therefore easy to assimilate.

Pollen is also abundant in trace minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium, copper, silicon, sulphur choline, titanium, and sodium. These minerals are highly assimilable because they are bound organically from plant metabolism.

When you try it for the first time, simply eat a couple of granules under your tongue to check for any allergic response (only about 1-2 percent of the population). You can find pollen at Whole Foods Market, or from the online sources listed in your Ingredients List. YOU CAN EAT 1-2 TABLESPOONS of POLLEN EACH DAY OF THE JUICE FEAST. However, it is a high protein food–and excess protein during the Feast will slow down the cleansing process. Bee pollen is best suited to the second half of the Juice Feast (when you are in a period of more building, and less intense cleansing) and for the rest of your life!

Juicy Tips!

When you are making fruit juice, put your bee pollen into the juice and blend it up. Adding pollen to your fruit juice will create a more complete nutrient profile for your juice, so that you are not having such a high-sugar, low nutrient fruit juice!

Propolis

From Premier Research Labs . . . Propolis has been in existence for an estimated 40 million years. Man has used propolis both internally and externally for thousands of years as a healing agent.

In 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, prescribed the use of propolis to help heal sores and wounds and internally, to resolve ulcers. It was later used by the Egyptians as a preservative. Pliny, the Greek scholar (23-79 AD) wrote about propolis as having the ability to “reduce swellings, soften indurations [hardened tissue], soothe pain of the sinews [joints] and heal sores when it seems hopeless for them to mend.” . . . An Ancient Biblical Remedy.

The Hebrew word for propolis is “tzori,” and its therapeutic properties are mentioned throughout the Old Testament in the Bible. Records from 12th century Europe describe many medical preparations using propolis for treating many different conditions, from mouth and throat infections to dental cavities. Broad-Spectrum, Healing Properties. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that scientists, with the help of new analytical techniques, began to isolate the myriads of components in propolis and discovered their stunning ability to provide a wide array of healing effects, including remarkable anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-infective and antioxidant properties.

Royal Jelly

From Premier Research Labs. An excellent article on the realities and healing benefits of this bee product. . . Royal jelly is the sole food of the queen bee, allowing her to live an amazing 50 times longer than regular bees.

Royal jelly is an energy and nutritive tonic with a strong effect on the glandular system and is considered strengthening for the reproductive systems of both men and women. . .

Royal jelly has also been used to effectively treat malnutrition in children, arthritis, wasting diseases, varicose veins and clogging of the arteries. It promotes growth and development and is useful in the treatment of blood deficiency. When royal jelly is added to the diet, most people notice an increased hormonal activity in terms of an improved sense of well-being and more energy.

Mountain Top Honey Company

This is an article on Mountain Top Honey Company and Dennis Arp, provider of Bee Pollen Granules to the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center Awakened Living Shoppe. I have had a lot of pollens out there, and this is one of the best in taste and quality if you cannot find a local beekeeper you trust.

Do your own local due diligence. Visit a farmer’s market or your local organic foods shop and discover your local sources of pollen, honey, propolis, and royal jelly. Beekeepers are some of the nicest, finest people we have ever met! 

We hope you are having a great day, and enjoy hearing about your progress in The Green Room!

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Day 17: Introduction with David and Katrina Rainoshek

Theme Music: “A Pocketful of Miracles” by Frank Sinatra

Gabriel Cousens, MD on Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B For Anxiety

David Wolfe on Bee Products

Collecting Wild Bee Swarms

The Architecture of the Honeybee

Share the Buzz. A cute video that will make you want to go out and plant some pots of flowers for the bees.

Louie Schwartzberg: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

PBS: “The Silence of the Bees.”

60 Minutes: “Why Are the Honeybees Disappearing?” (Answer: Industrialized Conventional Agriculture and Lawncare with Pesticides and Herbicides)

The documentary film, Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.


Today’s Downloads

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Vitamin B-12 Exposed – the Webinar by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Over 80% of westerners are deficient in Vitamin B-12, and if you have been eating a Vegan or Raw/Vegan diet for more than 3-6 months without proper B-12 supplementation, you are almost certainly among those who are deficient. You should begin supplementing B-12 (in the methylcobalamin form) during your Juice Feast, if you have not already done so. No screwing around here.

Low Vegan and Raw/Live Vegan levels is what the data shows, and is what the Vegan and Raw/Vegan community has found over the last 40+ years. You can’t get human-active B-12 from plants. If you could, Dr. Cousens and every other Raw/Live Vegan advocate would be shouting from the rooftops. Hence, the need for proper supplementation.

This is such an important nutrient I did a free webinar on it.

The book I wrote was the product of years of research, and several months of nonstop, solo writing and re-writing I did in 2011. I poured my heart and mind into presenting this topic in as clear and accessible a format as possible.

Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the body and is also associated with lower levels of homocysteine in the blood. It is required for energy production and overall health of the body, including red blood cell formation. Other roles of B12 include proper nervous system development and prevention of infertility in men. It has also been shown to improve memory and promote heart health. Lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 can create a deficiency or absorption problems that can lead to pernicious anemia. Research has shown that vitamin B12 levels decline as we age. This may be due to poorer food choices, reduced intake of B12 or poor absorption.


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Bee pollen granules

This is my favorite superfood. As I said about Juice Feasting and Bee Pollen Granules: When you try it for the first time, simply eat a couple of granules under your tongue to check for any allergic response (only about 1-2 percent of the population). You can find pollen at Whole Foods Market, or from the online sources listed in your Ingredients List. YOU CAN EAT 1-2 TABLESPOONS of POLLEN EACH DAY OF THE JUICE FEAST. However, it is a high protein food–and excess protein during the Feast will slow down the cleansing process. Bee pollen is best suited to the second half of the Juice Feast (when you are in a period of more building, and less intense cleansing) and for the rest of your life!


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mountain top honey company

This is just an example of a beekeeper we knew in Arizona. Do your own local due diligence. Visit a farmer’s market or your local organic foods shop and discover your local sources of pollen, honey, propolis, and royal jelly. Beekeepers are some of the nicest, finest people we have ever met!


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propolis

The Total Natural Healer. Bee propolis has been used effectively for thousands of years in folk medicine. This broad-spectrum remedy from ancient times has been used effectively for a wide range of problems. Today, worldwide research by experts in longevity and nutrition have made amazing discoveries about this totally unique and powerful substance, propolis, that some claim to be a ‘total natural healer’.


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royal jelly

Royal jelly is made by nurse bees which chew pollen and mix it with secretions from glands in their mouth.Royal jelly is the sole food of the queen bee, allowing her to live an amazing 50 times longer than regular bees. Royal jelly is an energy and nutritive tonic with a strong effect on the glandular system and is considered strengthening for the reproductive systems of both men and women.

Royal jelly has also been used to effectively treat malnutrition in children, arthritis, wasting diseases, varicose veins and clogging of the arteries. It promotes growth and development and is useful in the treatment of blood deficiency. When royal jelly is added to the diet, most people notice an increased hormonal activity in terms of an improved sense of well-being and more energy.


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Four Excellent Articles on Bee Pollen

by Steve Schecter ND; C. Leigh Broadhurst PhD; and Frances Albrecht M.S., C.N.

About Bee Pollen; Medicine from the Beehive; The Buzz on Bee Products; Bee Pollen Facts


Online Articles

Large Scale Study Finds Vitamin B6 Deficiency Common in the U.S. by Teri Lee Gruss

Researchers at Tufts University have discovered that vitamin B6 deficiency is much more common than previously thought. The National Institute of Health has long held that vitamin B6 deficiency is rare in the U.S. and in 1998 the Recommended Daily Allowance was set in a range, depending on age and gender from 1.3 mg to 2 mg daily.

Vitamin B6 found to slash risk of Parkinson’s disease by NaturalNews

New research in the journal Neurology indicates that increased consumption of vitamin B6 could significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands studied around 5,300 participants over the age of 55, and found that those who had the highest intake of vitamin B6 had up to a 50 percent reduction in Parkinson’s disease risk.

Bee Pollen – A Budget Friendly Food for Health and Healing by Barbara L. Minton

Bee pollen is often referred to as nature’s most complete food. Pollen harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas contains all the essential components of life in a good tasting, chewable, easily digested, and highly bio-available form that can be consumed by anyone from young children to the very old. All the nutritive and rejuvenating elements contained in expensive, whole food vitamin pills can be found in bee pollen. But since these elements are crafted into the most super of superfoods by nature, they have the added benefits of perfect synergy. Pollen also offers healing, with interesting research studies documenting its medicinal effects.

Pine Pollen: Boost Testosterone and Balance Hormones by Alex Malinsky

Raw pine pollen is the richest seedbed of testosterone derived from plants; since it is the male sperm of pine trees, it fosters plush growth in all living creatures, from trees and plants, to animals, to humans. Some experts claim that pine pollen is an ingredient in certain pharmaceuticals designed to treat low testosterone levels in both men and women.


Great Books

By Susan Pacholok, RN

Presenting a wide scope of problems caused by B12 deficiency, this comprehensive guide provides up-to-date medical information about symptoms, testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Written for both the patient and the interested layperson, this detailed book outlines how physicians frequently misdiagnose B12 deficiency as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, mental retardation, Parkinson’s disease, depression, or other mental illnesses. Now in the second edition, this resource has been thoroughly updated with the latest research, diagnostic tests, treatment options, case studies, and testimonials.


By David Rainoshek, M.A.

This book is an in-depth research project I did, upon which I based the B-12 Exposed webinar, which you can watch for free here. Most people don’t realize how important this nutrient is, and how difficult it is to acquire healthy amounts in your system. In the webinar, I discuss B-12 from Plant-Based and Integral Nutrition perspectives, and what we can do to make sure that we have healthy levels of B-12 no matter where we eat on the Spectrum of Diet.


By Michael Schacker

Using CCD as a metaphor for our own human hive, Schacker asks: Are the bees trying to tell us something? Could this be the warning sign of a much larger crisis looming directly ahead? Might humankind suffer someday from ‘Civilization Collapse Disorder’? And how must we change our human hive in order to ensure its survival? Like “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Silent Spring” before it, “A Spring without Bees” is a compelling cautionary tale and a clarion call for action.

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, the world faces a new environmental disaster, from a chemical similar to DDT. This time the culprit appears to be IMD, or imidacloprid, a relatively new but widely used insecticide in the United States. Since honey bees are essential to the production of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops around the world, their demise could spell catastrophe for our food supply and global economy.


By Kim Flottum

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on “greening” your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook–all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference.

This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You’ll learn the best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you’ll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats, and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.


By Ross Conrad

The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.

Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive here in one book. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Conrad’s reservoir of knowledge comes from years of experience and a far-flung community of fellow beekeepers who are all interested in ecologically sustainable apiculture. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy to implement way.

Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations to improve the quality of hive products, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an Integrated Pest Management approach or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.


By C. Leigh Broadhurst

Beehive products are nutritional and medicinal powerhouses-the ultimate “nutraceuticals.” They are effectively used for hundreds of reasons from helping to alleviate allergies, fatigue, and impotence to recovery from illness and surgery. This book provides information on the health benefits of bee pollen, propolis, honey and royal jelly. Includes recipes that let the honey bee’s magic into your kitchen for both taste and health.


the honey prescription: the amazing power of honey as medicine

By Nathaniel Altman

Explores the latest scientific research on the healing powers of honey. The Honey Prescription:

• Explains the physiological reasons why honey is so effective and includes recipes for honey-based remedies for many different ailments

• Discusses the sacred role of bees from ancient Egypt to modern times and the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder (with methods for protecting hives)

• Reveals the healing power of honey for many common problems–from burns, ulcers, and conjunctivitis to tooth decay, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis–and honey’s ability to kill superbugs like E. coli

The use of honey as a healing agent is nothing new. It was an ingredient in medicinal compounds and cures made by Egyptian physicians 5,000 years ago, and its medical use has been found in other ancient practices from traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda to Mayan shamanism. In the past ten years there has been an explosion in scientific research on honey as medicine at universities, research centers, and medical clinics around the world.

Presenting the very latest scientific and medical evidence of the healing properties of honey–including that from the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand–Nathaniel Altman explores the broad spectrum of medicinal uses of honey and how these remedies can be used safely at home as well as by licensed health practitioners. He includes an extensive selection of honey-based recipes that can be used to treat common health problems–from burns, conjuctivitis, and ulcers to tooth decay, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. He explains the physiological reasons why honey is so effective in treating antibiotic-resistant diseases with no side effects and honey’s ability to kill “superbugs” like E. coli and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Drawing on centuries of material from historical and folk medicine sources, he also examines the sacred role of bees from ancient Egypt onward and the modern problem of Colony Collapse Disorder, including methods for protecting our precious hives.


Media, Films, & Documentaries

This is an important presentation on Vitamin B12 that is the culmination of years of research. This webinar is a MUST-SEE.

No matter what diet you are eating – but particularly if you are eating a plant-based diet – knowing about and supplementing with human-active B12 is absolutely imperative. In this webinar I will teach you why, and HOW. Enjoy – the B12 Exposed Webinar is one of my major life projects, and the presentation is free.


Spend a year in this hive and experience life as a bee.

Amazingly up-close footage filmed with specially developed macro lenses brings you the most intimate- and most spectacular- portrayal of a working bee colony ever filmed. It’s not frightening- it’s fascinating. See things you never imagined. Hear things only bees hear. Discover new found facts about the strange and complex life of bees.

Did you know it takes nectar from 10 million flowers to create a single liter of honey? No wonder they’re called worker bees! Tales from the Hive exposes a bee colony’s secret world- detailing such rarely seen events as the life-or-death battle between a pair of rival queens, a bee eater’s attack on the hive, a scout bee’s mysterious dance that shares special “nectar directions” with the rest of the hive. Also, watch the high-speed mid-air “wedding flight” of drone and queen. See the colony’s defense against a honey-loving bear.


Honeybees, a keystone species vital to sustaining our ecosystem, are mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries, almonds and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that provide one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, “Vanishing of the Bees” follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting opinions abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

Following the story for three years, directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein chronicle the innermost thoughts and feelings of beekeepers and scientists as they fight to preserve the honeybee and make it through another day. Combining interviews from around the world, animation, 50’s educational films and breathtaking nature cinematography, George and Maryam present not just a story about Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform full of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world.


Here’s the buzz on two great episodes from television’s most honored natural history series. Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, “The Silence of the Bees” explores one of Nature’s most baffling mysteries: the disappearance of the honeybee! Beginning in the winter of 2006, millions of bees vanished from their hives without a trace. A precious pollinator of fruits and vegetables, the disappearing bees left billions of dollars of crops at risk and threatened our food supply.

Join researchers as follow the trail of clues from the Untied States to southern France, from the hills of Spain to England, all the way to Australia and China as they scramble to discover why honeybees were dying in record numbers — and to stop the epidemic in its tracks.


BBC Documentary: Who Killed the Honeybee?

Bees are dying in their millions. It is an ecological crisis that threatens to bring global agriculture to a standstill. Introduced by Martha Kearney, this documentary explores the reasons behind the decline of bee colonies across the globe, investigating what might be at the root of this devastation.

PBS/Nova: Tales from the Hive

NOVA chronicles a year in the life of a bee colony with stunning images that take viewers inside the innermost secrets of the hive. The documentary team spent a year developing special macro lenses and a bee studio to deliver the film's astonishing sequences. These include the "wedding flight" of the colony's virgin queen as it mates in mid-air with a drone; the life-and-death battle between two rival queens for the colony's throne; and the defeat and death of a thieving wasp at the entrance to the hive. The show also explores such mysteries as the famous "waggle dance" with which scout bees signal the exact direction and distance of nectar sources to the rest of the hive. A vivid picture emerges of the bee's highly organized social life, revolving around the disciplined sharing of construction tasks, the collection of nectar, and warding off enemies. "Tales From the Hive" pushes the boundaries of wildlife filmmaking and opens up an unforgettable window on a strange and complex insect world.


FlowHive Honey Harvest | Non-Violent Beekeeping at Home

This couple bought their first FlowHive and this season collected their first harvest!! Watch and see what our experience was, how to do it, and what to expect if you decided to purchase your own.


I Am Active

Yoga Camp - Day 17. Time to focus. You have built a strong foundation here in Yoga Camp! It has been an incredible journey so far. Let's keep going. Go deeper. Notice where you are today and ask yourself if there is an area of your life that could use focus, or a refocusing? I Am FOCUSED.