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Psalms from the Hive, by Jeannie Saum

Can nature be the answer,Human Brain Icon Png image #2541

When human-made is not?

What benefits await us

From bee hives’ abundance?

 

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

Parkinson’s disease  is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. A person’s brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions.  Symptoms take years to develop, and people can live for years with the disease.

In Alzheimer’s disease, a process of degeneration still not fully understood, disrupts the communication network in the brain.  In the brain, neurons connect and communicate at synapses, where tiny bursts of chemicals called neurotransmitters carry information from one cell to another. Alzheimer’s disrupts this process, and eventually destroys synapses and kills neurons.

Medications called Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors are  used in the treatment of neurodegenerative illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  MAOIs are also used for  depressive disorders. MAOI medications elevate the levels of norepinephrine,



 by inhibiting an enzyme called monoamine oxidase (MAO). Monoamine oxidase breaks down norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. When monoamine oxidase is inhibited, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine are not broken down, increasing the concentration of all three neurotransmitters in the brain. This can improve symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

In 2013, scientists at Karadeniz Technical University, in Turkey conducted a study of honey bee products – honey, pollen and propolis – to see if they had any capacity to inhibit MAO.  They treated MAO extracted from rat tissue. The three bee products exhibited substantial inhibition of MAO, propolis having the highest effect. Inhibition was related to samples’ phenolic content and antioxidant capacities.

The study suggests that the inhibition of MAO activity may lessen the process of aging.  This study suggests that these apitherapeutic products may also have a role in the treatment of depressive disorders and some neurodegenerative illnesses. In the light of this study, more extensive and detailed studies on specific MAO-A and MAO-B inhibition activity are now needed.

How does this study translate into future treatments for Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases? No one knows…

But it is exciting that  natural bee products are being researched for all kinds of health  issues.

To read the study go to: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14756366.2013.843171

Isaiah 58:9-11

 If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.

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Propolis and Endometriosis

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Always a wonder 220px-Propolis_in_beehives

God’s little bees

Designed to be a blessing

To those who will believe!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

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

 

Thanks to our young friend, Amber W., , who did some searching about this topic, I decided to look for some research on propolis and endometriosis.  I am amazed daily at what God’s little creatures, the honeybees, have been designed to do.  Turns out that propolis and its anti-inflammatory properties help with the pain of endometriosis,  but also produce an unexplained increase in conception among women with enodmetriosis, who take propolis!

In a study from way back in 2003, as reported in Fertility and Sterility it was found that:

  • Women with endometriosis who have been unable to get pregnant may have a more successful outcome by taking bee propolis, according to a preliminary study in Fertility and Sterility (2003;80:S32). This is encouraging for the millions of women with endometriosis who are suffering from infertility.
  • In the new preliminary study, 40 women with mild endometriosis and primary infertility (i.e., they had never been pregnant) who had unsuccessfully tried to get pregnant for at least two years were assigned to receive 500 mg twice a day of bee propolis or placebo for nine months. The number of pregnancies was recorded during the treatment period.
  • Women taking bee propolis had a significantly higher pregnancy rate than those taking the placebo. The number of women who became pregnant in the treatment and placebo groups was 60 and 20%, respectively. No adverse effects were reported by the women taking bee propolis.

This article can be found at: http://bastyrcenter.org/content/view/623/&page=

I always wonder why this kind of research doesn’t get more press, and why further studies have not been done.  Could it be that since propolis is a natural substance, no one will make millions on it??  People in other countries all over the world us it and much research is being done on propolis in Europe and Asia.  We need to get the word out about this amazing natural healer!

 

For Propolis Products go to :    mkt.com/beepothecary

Isaiah 43

8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. which of their gods foretold this and proclaimed to us the former things?  Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right, so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,  “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me  and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed,  nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.

12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,”  declares the Lord, “that I am God.