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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bee Symposium planned for Sebastopol Saturday

Published By Daily Democrat
Created: 03/14/2011 02:30:32 AM PDT

MacArthur Fellowship recipient Marla Spivak, professor of apiculture at the University of Minnesota, will give two presentations on Saturday, March 19. at the fifth annual Bee Symposium, a benefit for bees.

The all-day event, sponsored by Beekind, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sebastopol Veterans' Memorial Hall, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol.

This year's theme is "Medicine from the Hive."

Spivak will speak on "Socialized Medicine in Honey Bee Colonies" in the morning and "Bee Health and Breeding" in the afternoon.

Spivak is the Distinguished McKnight Professor and Extension specialist in apiculture at the University of Minnesota. She developed the Minnesota Hygienic Line.

UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty and staff have participated in the Bee Symposium for the past several years. They include Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen; native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology; and bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey.

Tickets to the Bee Symposium are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation, the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees and Partners for Sustainable Pollination. For more information contact Katia Vincent at or access the web site at

Bee Symposium

SATURDAY, MARCH 19th, 2011 - 9:AM to 5:PM


This symposium will be of great interest to beekeepers, health professionals and the general public.
The 2011 Bee Symposium will be held at the Sebastopol Veteran's Building
There will be morning and afternoon speaker sessions with a noon-time lunch break.
Tickets are 30.00 in advance and 35.00 at the door.

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Fifth Annual Bee Symposium 2011


This years symposium will be held at the Sebastopol Veteran's Building,
March 19th, 2011 from 9:AM to 5:PM
There will be morning and afternoon speaker sessions with a noon-time lunch break.
Tickets are 30.00 in advance and 35.00 at the door PURCHASE TICKET NOW


"Medicinal Use of Raw Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Royal Jelly, Bee Bread & Beeswax"
(Frederique Keller DOM, L.Ac.)
Summary: Definition of Apitherapy: The medicinal and therapeutic use of hive products. Internal and external applications of beehive products utilized for centuries as they intersect with modern research. Discover a medicinal treasure trove from raw honey for allergies, wound healing and digestive disorders to different varieties and therapeutic uses of propolis. Historically, apitherapy was known and practiced as a viable form of treatment for a variety of health problems. From ancient Egyptians to writings of the Koran and the Bible. Medicinal uses continued across Europe where C.W. Wolf of Berlin wrote "Honey Considered as a Therapeutic Agent into the 20th century with Austrian physician Philipp Terc who treated thousands of arthritic patients in the late 1800's. In the 21st century in New York, Charles Mraz, a Vermont beekeeper started treating people with pain and arthritis with bee stings in the 1930's and New York physician Bodog Beck authored the book "The Bible of Bee Venom Therapy".

"The Revolutionary Effects of Honey on Human Metabolism"
Dr. Ron Fessenden)
Summary: Honey is uniquely metabolized in the human and can be differentiated from sucrose, glucose, and high fructose corn syrup in several ways. These differences result in the direct formation of liver glycogen, the primary fuel reserve for the brain. Honey is high octane brain fuel. No other food can match the yield of liver glycogen produced per gram ingested. One significant health benefit of keeping the liver glycogen reserve "topped off" is the regulation and control of blood sugar, meaning that honey is not only safe for diabetics, but therapeutic. Another benefit is the prevention of and/or the elimination of metabolic stress, a condition responsible for all of the metabolic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, depression, sleep disorders, Alzheimer's Disease, and ADHD in children. Not only does the regular consumption of honey provide these health benefits, it does so without risk, complication or side effects.

"Socialized Medicine in Honey Bee Colonies"
(Dr. Marla Spivak)
Summary: Why do bees collect propolis? Most beekeepers are annoyed by the presence of sticky propolis in a bee colony as it makes hive manipulations difficult. Unlike pollen and nectar, propolis provides no nutritional benefit to the colony, so what do bee collect tree resins and cement them into the nest cavity as propolis? Our research demonstrates that the presence of a "propolis envelope" inside the hive helps the immune system of individual bees, and so is a form of social immunity for the colony. We are also exploring the antimicrobial properties of propolis, using modern analytical methods, to test the activity of different sources of propolis against bee viruses and bee bacterial pathogens. We hope to provide medical researchers with compounds in propolis that can be tested for their activity against human pathogens. Propolis has amazing antimicrobial properties, and has great potential for bee and human health.


"Bee Venom Therapy, Historical Perspective into Modern Applications" (Frederique Keller DOM, L.Ac.)
Summary: This presentation will start with a discussion of the components of bee venom and then focus on the technique and strategy of bee venom therapy, treatment protocols, contraindications and safety issues. This introduction to BVT will provide you with a solid platform for both those with prior experience and also those who are considering bee venom therapy as a treatment alternative for pain management, sports injuries, auto immune disorders, lyme disease, etc. You will be inspired and encouraged to explore all the gifts of the honeybee in a synergistic and balanced approach to share with your friends, family and community.

"How to Sleep Your Way to Better Health with Honey"
(Dr. Ron Fessenden)
Summary: Sleep is a high energy proposition. Failure to fuel the brain for the eight hours of sleep results in catastrophic health consequences when repeated night after night for months or years. Honey is the best, most concentrated fuel for the brain during the night fast. A "dose" of honey before bedtime can prevent or eliminate the primary factor responsible for all of the conditions and diseases known as the metabolic syndrome. Honey before bed will promote restful recovery sleep, immune system enhancements, memory consolidation and learning, and even weight loss. This is one bedtime story you won't want to miss.

"Bee Health and Breeding"
(Dr. Marla Spivak)
Summary: My research strives to help bees help themselves. Bee breeding is a way to enhance bees' natural tendencies to defend themselves against diseases and mite parasites. One natural trait of bees is called "hygienic behavior" in which individual bees detect diseased and parasitized brood and remove the unhealthy brood from the nest. This detection and removal process is analogous to how the immune system works to fight off disease, thus hygienic behavior is a form of social immunity for the colony. We are now working one-on-one with commercial bee breeders in northern California to help them enhance their tried-and-true stocks of bees by selecting for hygienic behavior. The goal is to maintain genetic diversity while improving disease and mite resistance in our bees.

This year, we are proud to present:

Dr. Marla Spivak:
Professor and Extension Specialist in Apiculture, University of MN, USA.
Dr. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, University of MN, USA. Dr. Spivak developed the Minnesota Hygenic Line and her current research is investigating the benefits of propolis to bees. She is one of this year's recipients of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.

Dr. Frederique Keller:
BeePharm: Apitherapy for Health, is a licensed acupuncturist & medical herbalist who incorporates classical homeopathy and apitherapy, the medical use of honey bee products. She incorporates bee venom therapy into her private practice as well as utilizes all the products of a bee hive including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee bread. She is president of the American Apitherapy Society and lectures across the United States and the world sharing her knowledge of the healing properties of bees. She has been raising bees for over 20 years.

Dr. Ron Fessenden:
MD, MPH, is the author of "THE HONEY REVOLUTION" and three more books on honey and health which will be published in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Fessenden has been networking and writing about the multitude health benefits of honey for over 4 years. As Co-chairman of the Committee on Honey and Health, Dr. Fessenden put together the first ever symposium on Honey and Human Health in 2008.

The annual bee symposium is put together by a small group of bee folk that want to share knowledge and promote enthusiasm about and for the bees.

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