Healing Hive And Humans

maryam bee hiveIn the world we live in, our paradigm for health and healing is dominated by allopathic medicine with an emphasis on surgery, tests and doling out prescription drugs. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry and while it provides many important and life-saving solutions, it leaves out a holistic approach to health and almost completely discounts a nutrition and food-based approach to health.

Thankfully, that is changing, albeit slowly! Not only do we have access to cutting-edge nutritional science; we are remembering the importance of listening to our bodies. Food is truly thy medicine and more and more of us are tapping into thousands of years of ancient nutritional wisdom.

But with all the information online and on the shelves, how do we really know what is good for us and what isn’t??

I’ve seen countless folks walking around the aisles of Whole Foods Market not knowing what to buy. For instance, not too long ago, I bumped into a Hispanic man with red swollen eyes who had been exposed to Asbestos on the job. He wanted to buy a heavy metal cleanse. No one told him that without first changing his diet and doing a colon cleanse, he could make himself VERY sick.

I know what it’s like to be caught between these worlds and utterly confused. After a terrible SUV-vs-pedestrian accident, I went from a healthy go-getting journalist to a confused young woman in pain. Frustrated with the traditional medical system, I did my own research, pouring hours into reading about nutrition and holistic healing.

Luckily, I am persistent and resourceful. But it made me wish there was a way for other people in my situation to find reliable information in such a confusing world.

The solution: HoneyColony

After finishing my documentary Vanishing of the Bees, it became evident how integral these virgins of toil (aka honeybees) are to our human food system. Not only do they pollinate one-third of our fruits, veggies and nuts, they also illustrate what can be achieved when a society operates with hive mentality and the greater good in mind.

Bees teach us so much about living cooperatively and harnessing the power of community! They are my heroes and not one day goes by where I don’t thank my sisters for their sweetness and splendor.

Their success depends on sharing information. Together they create a super-organism.  When the hive works together, it becomes more intelligent than any single bee.

On a basic level, the honeybee’s dilemma is a tale of two flower patches. Foragers use a figure-eight motion, better known as the Waggle Dance, to alert the hive that one bed of lavender is yielding better nectar and pollen than the other. Each element of the dance — including motion, scent and possibly even sound — gives eager followers clues to the nectar’s whereabouts.

Their success depends on sharing information transparently. HoneyColony replicates this model for humans by allowing users to find products based on knowledgeable recommendations and real reviews from experts and community members. Products that are good for human health and the health of the earth will naturally generate a ‘buzz.’

To find out more about HoneyColony please check out the Indiegogo campaign and the short video below.

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  • Heath

    Honey most certainly is a medicine. Exposing us to many different aspects in our environment. Those with allergies could benefit using local honey. The key is “local” not just some commercial brand which only contain some honey and highly processed.

    As for this demonstration you will note the subject is near Hollywood Hills. It is said that eating honey from this area increases ones desire for botulism as well as a false sense of reality and an expensive house and car you really can’t afford…

    • Auto5734955

      “It is said that eating honey from this area”,……well said !    I like your grasp of the situation.

      • David Howe

         Yes, it also makes documentary filmmakers think they are doctors

        • Maryamhenein

          I have been studying nutrition for several years. 

        • Maryamhenein

          Plus, HoneyColony consists of professional nutritionists and doctors that sit on my advisory panel. 

    • Maryamhenein

      Who gives a crap that I live in a rented home in the Holllywood Hills? I drive a beat up ’92 jeep and I’m a journalist and documentary filmmaker – not really a profession one goes into to make money. Secondly i am not even consuming my honey. I can assure you that your judgement and cynicism won’t get you far BUCKO. 

      • Heath

        Awww, so what your saying is you only allow people to view this with the expressed intention that they may only complement and never pick apart or accentuate the story with humor or perhaps even a separate point of view. Got ya..

  • David Howe

    Oh please.  Let’s rise above pseudoscience, shall we?  Is this a joke?  Can’t disinfo do better than this?

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      I’m not really sure what your complaint is.

      There are far flakier things rolling down the Disinfo site than this.

      This lady wants to build a consensual online community to help sort out these issues.

      I don’t think we can expect Merck (or even Monsanto) to pay for research in this area (and I likely wouldn’t trust it if they did). So the best we can probably do is build incremental anecdotal evidence until we can get the body of knowledge winnowed down to some manageable set of principles. Then use some Kickstarter type of process to fund some specific studies.

  • Calypso_1

    she should have been persistent and resourceful enough to discover that asbestos is not a ‘heavy metal’.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      I’m not sure that she was saying that it is a heavy metal, just that the Hispanic guy was looking for a Heavy Metal Cleanse in order to treat his asbestos exposure.

      So, the questions for you as our resident medical expert are:
       
      Does asbestos ever end up in the bloodstream and tissue fluids like heavy metals?

      Even though asbestos is just a mineral and not a heavy metal, would conventional IV chelation therapy do anything to help in that case?

      • Calypso_1

        Asbestos can accumulate in the pericardium of the heart.  It is theorized that it is transported through the blood stream from the lungs into cardiac circulation.  Also it can accumulate in the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen either through ingestion or through lymph transport through the lungs.  Both are rare. 

        These little fibers are like tiny molecular needles, once they embed they work their way in deep.  It’s even thought that mesothelioma may be caused in part by DNA becoming entangled with the fibers.

        Technically asbestos minerals often do contain iron, a heavy metal, which is responsible for some portion of the damage they cause the body, via oxidative free radicals.  Using chelators in lab tests has been inconclusive.  Some chelates actually increased reactive damage.  Realize too, that these did not remove the asbestos fibers, just the iron contaminant.  Asbestos is nearly chemically inert, hence it properties.

        • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

          Thank you for your answer.

    • Maryamhenein

      I can said that asbestos was a heavy metal. He had misinformed and the point was that he should do a gentle cleanse before detoxing from heavy metals. But thanks I’ll make it clearer. 

  • Ceausescu

    There’s larvaeeeeeee ! Woohoo :D

  • Haystack

    “In the world we live in, our paradigm for health and healing is dominated by allopathic medicine with an emphasis on surgery, tests and doling out prescription drugs. It is a multi-billion-dollar industry and while it provides many important and life-saving solutions, it leaves out a holistic approach to health and almost completely discounts a nutrition and food-based approach to health.”

    No it doesn’t. Doctors are constantly telling us to exercise, eat well, and studying the benefits/pitfalls of various diets. 

    “Not only do they pollinate one-third of our fruits, veggies and nuts, they also illustrate what can be achieved when a society operates with hive mentality”
    It already does. 

    • Anonnona

       sometimes i wonder if your thinking is on auto pilot. or is someone else driving it for you?

    • Maryamhenein

      Haystack i am glad you’ve had good experience with your doctors. You’ve been lucky. But i assure you that on the most part they don’t really stress the importance of a healthy diet. Hell they don’t even study nutrition during med school.  
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/15/why-your-doctor-has-no-time-to-see-you.html 

      Our society works with hive mentality? Oh yeah because most are programmed zombies. 

  • Mahajohn

    “We are also going to fly with our wings, cause pain with stingers that we’ll grow out of our coccyx, and finally, defend our leader to the death!”