Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

God designed bees to make perfect hexagon cells,

Delicious honey and beeswax to spare.

But most amazing of all, the red-gold propolis goo

Healing from the hive for me and you!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

People are talking about propolis and cancer on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor Network!  Cancer patients are using propolis and posting information about propolis and cancer fighting properties.  I decided to do some research to verify what is being said.

Propolis is a natural compound made by honeybees to coat the inside of their hives.  It is collected by the bees from plant buds and bark to disinfect and protect their beehive from disease, bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Its composition is approximately 55% resins and balms, 30% wax, 10% etheric oils, and 5% pollen. It contains over 180 compounds, many of which are biologically active. It contains almost all minerals, vitamins and amino acids needed by the body. Its great content of flavonoids, amongst others, is what makes it antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-allergenic, antibiotic, and anesthetic.  It can be ground into powder and consumed with honey, or it can also be chewed with gum. It may be dissolved in alcohol or in natural glycerin to make a tincture.

Some of propolis’ ingredients have shown antioxidant and anti-tumor properties in early laboratory and animal studies,

  • A study published in 2008 by Biosci Biotechnol Biochem shows that propolis suppresses tumor angiogenesis by inducing apoptosis in tube-forming endothelial cells.  This means that propolis suppresses the growth of blood vessels by the cancer cells and causes cell death.  This study can be found at:

Examine Guide, GreenMedInfo Recommendedhttp://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/propolis-suppresses-angiogenesis

  • Another study published in 2008 showed Anticarcinogenic and antimitotic effects  of propolis on tissue cultures of bladder cancer.  This means it decreased the cell division of the cancer cells.  This study is found at:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/propolis-has-anticarcinogenic-and-antimitotic-effect-tissue-cultures-bladder-cancer-0

  • A study from 2009 showed growth inhibitory activity of an alcohol tincture of propolis in four human colon carcinoma cell lines.  It states that propolis may provide a novel approach to the chemoprevention and treatment of human colon carcinoma.  This study can be found at:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/propolis-inhibits-growth-human-colon-cancer-cell-lines

Studies cited on http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/propolis, state that:

  • One of the flavonoids extracted from propolis showed a more potent cytotoxic activity against human lung adenocarcinoma (A549) and human fibrosarcoma (HT-1080) cells than did the anticancer drug 5-fluoruracil .  It also cited a study that showed propolis was found to inhibit proliferation and induced cell death in human leukemia (HL-60) cells.

Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center, intrigued by propolis’ anti-cancer potential, decided to look at one of its bioactive components, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), and its impact on human prostate cancer cells.

  • In cells grown in a lab, even small doses of CAPE slowed the growth of tumor cells. And when low oral doses were given to mice with prostate tumors, tumor growth slowed by 50 percent! What’s more, feeding CAPE to mice daily caused the tumors to stop growing, although they returned when the CAPE was removed from their diets.
  • This suggests the propolis compound works by impacting signaling networks that control cancerous cell growth, rather than by killing the cells directly. However, there are at least four studies on propolis’ apoptotic properties, indicating that technically it is capable of directly killing cancer cells, including prostate cancer, melanoma and more, as well. You can read more about this at:

http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2012/20120504-beehive.html

Writing in Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, researchers expanded on some of propolis’ potential effects:

  • “Propolis, a waxy substance produced by the honeybee, has been adopted as a form of folk medicine since ancient times. It has a wide spectrum of alleged applications including potential anti-infection and anticancer effects. Many of the therapeutic effects can be attributed to its immunomodulatory functions. The composition of propolis can vary according to the geographic locations from where the bees obtained the ingredients.
  • Two main immunopotent chemicals have been identified as caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) and artepillin C. Propolis, CAPE, and artepillin C have been shown to exert summative immunosuppressive function on T lymphocyte subsets but paradoxically activate macrophage function.
  • On the other hand, they also have potential antitumor properties by different postulated mechanisms such as suppressing cancer cells proliferation via its anti-inflammatory effects; decreasing the cancer stem cell populations; blocking specific oncogene signaling pathways; exerting antiangiogenic effects; and modulating the tumor microenvironment.
  • The good bioavailability by the oral route and good historical safety profile makes propolis an ideal adjuvant agent for future immunomodulatory or anticancer regimens.”

More on this at:http://www.naturalnews.com/040533_propolis_cancer_prevention_immune_function.html

  • A study from 2010 tested propolis for its effect on malignant colon cancer cells and normal cells. The extract of propolis compounds were found to be the most active against HT-29 human colon adenocarcinoma cells, without affecting normal human cells, arresting the cancer cells at the G(2)/M phase of the cell cycle.  This article can be found at:
1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

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