There are many myths about honey, and because of misinformation, individuals can come to wrong conclusions about what honey is and how is it produced.
A brief description may be helpful. Forage bees, one class of worker bees within a hive, go out looking for sources of plant nectar. The bees use their long proboscis to collect the blossom nectar which is stored in their ‘honey crop’, part of the bee’s esophagus positioned before the digestive stomach.
When the forage bee returns to the hive, the honey is deposited into clean cells. It is not regurgitated over and over from their stomach as some propose and is not in contact with digestive enzymes. This plant nectar is collected by thousands of bees and fills up the honeycomb. The bees are gathering their pantry stores. When the comb is full, the bees will fan the warm air in the hive, therefore creating an evaporation process to concentrate the sweetness of that nectar. When the honey is evaporated to the correct percentage of moisture for storage, the bees cap the cells with new wax, sealing their store for future use. Honey that is uncapped is much like water and will run out of the comb if disturbed. Regulations for honey production call for a maximum moisture percentage of 18% water to keep honey from fermentation and from a diluted product being sold as ‘honey’.
Conscientious beekeepers do not ‘exploit’ the honey bees by taking away their food. In our operation, each hive is left with 50 to 100 lbs (22.7 – 45.4 kg) of honey for their winter storage. The bees have two full boxes that are filled with themselves and their stock of food. Should they be left with more, there would be more loss of life since in our climate, the bees must also keep their inside temperature above 10C or 50F to be able to move around, and the more empty space, the more cold air. In a healthy hive with no disastrous climatic events, that amount of honey will suffice until new sources of pollen and nectar are available in the spring.
Beekeepers do not take from the hive ‘home’. Those two full boxes equal that home and if the bees are the ambitious type, they will forage and bring in much more than they need. In other words, God’s lesson book demonstrates diligent work and service in the fact that these little creatures work together unitedly to produce the sweet stuff that can be shared with others = us! When a hive does not produce extra, nothing is taken from it. They are left with their neighbours to buzz in peace.
Honey is known to be anti-bacterial and a good source of micro-nutrients and energy. It also has a good reputation for some allergy sufferers who use local honey containing small amounts of pollen, which is said to build up the individual’s resistance to potential allergens. We recommend that the honey you use is from reputable sources that locate their bee yards in healthy places, and use responsible healthy management techniques to deal with potential diseases and parasites that could threaten bee health. It is good to ask questions to see if the source of your honey has been diluted with other sweeteners (which is illegal in this country), or contains residual amounts of medications or chemicals as a used by some producers.
We believe that by using organic methods of production, placement of hives in rural areas without undue exposure to chemicals, that the wildflowers are still producing healthy nectar and pollen that can be used for part of a healthy lifestyle. Have a sweet day!
Pam Stemmler writes from their apiary in Ontario, Canada
The 8 laws of healthy living are presented through Spirit of Prophecy Quotes.
“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55:2. ML 132.1.
Health reform is an intelligent selection of the most healthful article of food prepared in the most healthful, simplest form.” ML 132.2.
How should our food be eaten? In its most natural state. Gen 1:29 “And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which is the fruit of the tree yielding see, to you it shall be for meat.”
“God is trying to lead us back step by step to His original design that man should subsist upon the natural products of the earth.” CD 82.
Let them teach the people to preserve the health and increase the strength by avoiding the large amount of cooking that has filled the world with chronic invalids. By precept and example make it plain that the food which God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for man’s use as he seeks to regain that sinless state. 7T 135.
Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.” MH 296.1
“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Ecclesiastes 12:12.” ML 144.1.
“The health cannot be preserved unless some portion of each day is given to muscular exertion in the open air. Stated hours should be devoted to manual labor of some kind, anything which will call into action all parts of the body. Equalize the taxation of the mental and the physical power, and the mind . . . will be refreshed.” ML 144.3.
“Healthful exercise in the open air will strengthen the muscles, encourage a proper circulation of blood, help to preserve the body from disease, and will be a great help in spirituality.” MM 81.
What is the best kind of exercise?
“Walking, in all cases where it is possible, is the best remedy for diseased bodies, because in this exercise all the organs of the body are brought into use. There is no exercise that can take the place of walking. By it the circulation of the blood is greatly improved.” 3T 78.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:13, 14” ML 139.1.
“In health and in sickness pure water is one of Heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system and assists nature to resist disease. The external application of water is one of the easiest and most satisfactory ways of regulating the circulation of the blood.” ML 139.2.
“Pure water to drink and fresh air to breathe invigorate the vital organs, purify the blood, and help nature in her task of overcoming the bad conditions of the system.” ML 139.3.
“Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues.” ML 139.4.
Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
“Do not drink while eating. taken with meals, water diminishes the flow of the salivary glands; and the colder the water, the greater the injury to the stomach. Ice water or ice lemonade, drunk with meals, will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it to take up its work again. Hot drinks are debilitating; and besides, those who indulge in their use become slaves to the habit. Food should not be washed down; no drink is needed with meals. Eat slowly, and allow the saliva to mingle with the food. The more liquid there is taken into the stomach with the meals, the more difficult it is for the food to digest; for the liquid must first be absorbed.” CD 420.
“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun. Ecclesiastes 11:7” ML 138.1.
“Dispense with heavy curtains, open the windows and the blinds, allow no vines, however beautiful, to shade the windows, and permit no trees to stand so near the house as to shut out the sunshine. The sunlight may fade the drapery and the carpets, and tarnish the picture frames; but it will bring a healthy glow to the cheeks of the children.” MH 275.3.
“No room in the house should be considered furnished and adorned without the cheering, enlivening light and sunshine, which are Heaven’s own free gift to man. . . . ML 138.5.
“If you would have your homes sweet and inviting, make them bright with air and sunshine. . . . The precious sunlight may fade your carpets, but it will give a healthful color to the cheeks of your children. If you have God’s presence, and possess earnest, loving hearts, a humble home, made bright with air and sunlight . . . will be to your family . . . a heaven below.” ML 138.7.
The best source of vitamin D and aids in digestion.” See Te 159.
1 Cor. 9:25 “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.”
“In order to preserve health, temperance in all things is necessary–temperance in labor, temperance in eating and drinking.” ML 141.
Why is temperance necessary? It helps to preserve health. How often should we eat? 3 meals a day at the most, with each meal being 5-6 hours apart and the last meal should be light and several hours before bedtime.
“The stomach must have careful attention. It must not be kept in continual operation. Give this misused and much-abused organ some peace and quiet and rest.. After the stomach has done its work for one meal, do not crowd more work upon it before it has had a chance to rest and before a sufficient supply of gastric juice is provided by nature to care for more food. Five hours at least should elapse between each meal, and always bear in mind that if you would give it a trial, you would find that two meals are better than three.” CD 173.1.
“…Eating irregularly and between meals, is a most pernicious violation of the laws of health. With regular habits, and proper food, the stomach will gradually recover.” CD 175.2.
“Regularity in eating is of vital importance. There should be a specified time for each meal. At this time, let everyone eat what the system requires, and then take nothing more until the next meal. Regularity in eating should be carefully observed. Nothing should be eaten between meals, no confectionery, nuts, fruits, or food of any kind. Irregularities in eating destroy the healthful tone of the digestive organs, to the detriment of health and cheerfulness.” CD 179-80.
“I am astonished to learn that, after all the light that has been given in this place, many of you eat between meals! You should never let a morsel pass your lips between your regular meals. Eat what you ought, but eat it at one meal, and then wait until the next. I eat enough to satisfy the wants of nature; but when I get up from the table, my appetite is just as good as when I sat down. And when the next meal comes, I am ready to take my portion, and no more.” 2T 375 CD 180.
“It was customary for the Hebrews to eat but twice a day, their heartiest meal coming not far from the middle of the day.” 3BC 1165.
How many items should we eat at one meal?
“Knowledge in regard to proper food combinations is of great worth, and is to be received as wisdom from God.” CD 109.4.
“Do not have too great a variety at a meal; three or four dishes are a plenty. At the next meal you can have a change. . .” CD 109.5 1884.
“It would be much better to eat only two or three different kinds of food at a meal than to load the stomach with many varieties.” CD 110.2. 1896
“Disturbance is created by improper combinations of food; fermentation sets in; the blood is contaminated and the brain confused.” CD 110.6.
“True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judiciously ( in moderation)that which is healthful. . .” CG 398.3.
[C.T.B.H. 51] (1890) C.H. 119 “211. It is possible to eat immoderately, even of wholesome food. It does not follow that because one has discarded the use of hurtful articles of diet, he can eat just as much as he pleases. Overeating, no matter what the quality of the food, clogs the living machine, and thus hinders it in its work. CD 131.4. Signs, Sept. 1, 1887″212. Intemperance in eating, even of healthful food, will have an injurious effect upon the system, and will blunt the mental and moral faculties.Nearly all the members of the human family eat more than the system requires. This excess decays and becomes a putrid mass. . .
“The word of God places the sin of gluttony in the same catalogue with drunkenness. So offensive was this sin in the sight of God that He gave directions to Moses that a child who would not be restrained on the point of appetite, but would gorge himself with anything his taste might crave, should be brought by his parents before the rulers of Israel, and should be stoned to death. The condition of the glutton was considered hopeless. He would be of no use to others, and was a curse to himself. No dependence could be placed upon him in anything. His influence would be ever contaminating others, and the world would be better without such a character; for his terrible defects would be perpetuated. None who have a sense of their accountability to God will allow the animal propensities to control reason. Those who do this are not Christians, whoever they may be, and however exalted their profession. The injunction of Christ is, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” He here shows us that we may be as perfect in our sphere as God is in His sphere.” CD 133.2.
“He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Acts 17:25.” ML 137.1.
“We are more dependent upon the air we breathe than upon the food we eat.” ML 137.4.
“Lungs and liver are diseased because she deprives herself of vital air. Air is the free blessing of heaven, calculated to electrify the whole system. Without it the system will be filled with disease and become dormant, languid, feeble.” 1 T 701.
“It refreshes the body and tends to render it strong and healthy, while at the same time its influence is decidedly felt upon the mind, imparting a degree of composure and serenity. It excites the appetite, and renders the digestion of food more perfect, and induces sound and sweet sleep.” 1T 702.2.
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. Mark 6:31.” ML 133.1.
“The disciples of Jesus needed to be educated as to how they should labor, and how they should rest. Today there is need that God’s chosen workmen should listen to the command of Christ to go apart and rest awhile. Many valuable lives have been sacrificed, that need not have been, through ignorance of this command. . . . Though the harvest is great and the laborers are few, nothing is gained by sacrificing health and life. .” CHS 249.
What time should we retire at night? 9:30 PM is recommended especially for students. It is said every hour before midnight is equal to 2 hours of rest. A chemical called Serotonin found in the central nervous system is a well known contributor to feelings of well being. It secretes into the blood system during the hours before midnight.
Trust In God
Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. John 15:5 (last Part) “Without me ye can do nothing.”
“The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character.” Te 21.
“It is impossible for those who indulge the appetite to attain to Christian perfection.–Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 400.” Te 19.2.
“Only when we are intelligent in regard to the principles of healthful living, can we be fully aroused to see the evils resulting from improper diet. Those who, after seeing their mistakes, have courage to change their habits will find that the reformatory process requires a struggle and much perseverance; but when correct tastes are once formed, they will realize that the use of the food which they formerly regarded as harmless, was slowly but surely laying the foundation for dyspepsia and other diseases.” CD 24.1.
“We can overcome because Christ did it for us in the wilderness of temptation.” Phil 4:13Phil: 4:13 “We can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,””When they break away from all health-destroying indulgences, they will have a clearer perception of what constitutes true godliness. A wonderful change will be seen in the religious experience.” CD 34.2.
What’s the secret of this overcoming? Conversion. 9T 112-3
“When men and women are truly converted, they will conscientiously regard the laws of life that God has established in their being, thus seeking to avoid physical, mental, and moral feebleness. Obedience to these laws must be made a matter of personal duty.” CD 18.
“Letter 48, 1902, True Reform Is Heart Reform, Letter 3, 1884 ″40. . . . The question is, “Are we willing to be true health reformers?” 9T 112-3.
Conversion is the secret.
To Whom Do We Belong?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (KJV)
“God requires the body to be rendered a living sacrifice to Him, not a dead or a dying sacrifice. The offerings of the ancient Hebrews were to be without blemish, and will it be pleasing to God to accept a human offering that is filled with disease and corruption? He tells us that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost; and He requires us to take care of this temple, that it may be a fit habitation for His Spirit. The apostle Paul gives us this admonition: “Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” All should be very careful to preserve the body in the best condition of health, that they may render to God perfect service, and do their duty in the family and in society.” CD 21.1
“The living organism is God’s property. It belongs to Him by creation and by redemption; and by a misuse of any of our powers we rob God of the honor due to Him.” CD 16.2
So what is our duty?
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.“
Do all to represent God that He may be honored.
“God requires of His people continual advancement. We need to learn that indulged appetite is the greatest hindrance to mental improvement and soul sanctification. With all our profession of health reform, many of us eat improperly.” CD 45.
Of all temporal possessions; what is the most precious of all?
There are 2 reasons why God gave us light on health reform:
“(It is the )Lord’s means of lessening the suffering in our world, and of purifying His people.” CD 38.1.
Does God want His people to be in good health?
3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Have we reached optimum health? Is being a vegetarian or even a vegan enough? Does that alone represent health reform?
“Many who discard flesh meats and other gross and injurious articles think that because their food is simple and wholesome they may indulge appetite without restraint, and they eat to excess, sometimes to gluttony. This is an error. The digestive organs should not be burdened with a quantity or quality of food which it will tax the system to appropriate.” CD 133-4.
“Knowledge must be gained in regard to how to eat and drink and dress so as to preserve health. Sickness is caused by violating the laws of health; it is the result of violating nature’s law. Our first duty, one which we owe to God, to ourselves, and to our fellow men, is to obey the laws of God, which include the laws of health.” – 3T 164-5.
“Disease is an effort of nature to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the laws of health.” MH 217.
How many laws of health has God given us to keep these bodies in the best condition possible?
“Laws of Health – Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest, Trust in God.” CH 90.
How binding are these laws?
“God is as truly the author of physical laws as He is author of the moral law. His law is written with His own finger upon every nerve, every muscle, every faculty, which has been entrusted to man.” CD 17.1.
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
1 Corinthians 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.”
Is it a sin to violate those laws?
James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.
“Since the laws of nature are the laws of God, it is plainly our duty to give these laws careful study. We should study their requirements in regard to our own bodies, and conform to them. Ignorance in these things is sin.” CD 18.