My life experiences have always seemed to build upon themselves. I have been blessed with amazing teachers and opportunities that got me to this point. If I can be allowed a few minutes of your time to explain my history I think you will understand what Apis Biologics is. A synthesis of disciplines that overlap and seems to be uniquely suited for solving many of our issues with Honey Bees. Bees from plants from soils.
I have always loved knowledge, especially practical things. In college I studied physics, chemistry, environmental anthropology, and geology. I was fascinated by science and how Humans lived upon the land.
My senior project, I studied with a Curaduro in the Amazon Jungle, and it was my first introduction to natural healing. Using local herbs, flowers, and plants, Don Rojas would treat his flock.
I slept on a picnic bench in a hut for many months while in his apprenticeship. The thing I will always remember about his compound was how he maintained all kinds of animals around the house to remove/repel pests and predators.
The first time I saw a spider the size of a dinner plate doing a sprint of what seemed like 50 miles an hour I knew I was a long way from home. I was in deep.
Indigenous diet and localized herbal preparations kept these people alive. No hospitals nearby, no highways, and a lot of things out to get you. The jungle and the Amazon river was teeming with life. What a great experience, not always enjoyable, but certainly edifying.
In this same year of 1979 I was taught how to find water using welding rods. This was a nifty skill to try and master. Years later I found myself working for a very large Northeastern well drilling company, and dowsed out over 400 wells. Most well drillers are dowsers. Dowsing led me to my studies in water. The dowsers have a unique way about them..... a lot like beekeepers. Treatment free are like the new age dowsers, and the traditional water dowsers like the quiet conservative side-liners or pollinators.
I had a clinic as a natural-path and ran that for five years. Kneisology was forefront in my ability to diagnose patients and efficacy of treatments. Kneisology is another form of dowsing.
I was doing a lot of work with water, and was invited to speak at a water conference in NYC about the healing powers of water from Saratoga and Sharon Springs. I was studying the journals of the old doctors from the 20's about minerals and temperature for treating physical and digestive issues. The Halls of Rosevelt springs were once filled with crutches, wheelchairs, and canes from those that spent three weeks in the healing waters under a doctors watchful eye. Do a google search to see the picture. It is really shocking we left this medicine behind. Anyway, I met Oleg at that conference and we immediately hit it off.
I met Dr Yasko from the revitalized water company in Brooklyn, NY and we collaborated on making a machine that imprinted frequency into water. This sounds complicated and I guess it is, but let me explain.
We were working with a gifted Russian physicist who was a material scientist. His speciality was water. When the Soyuz astronauts returned from their missions they were severely dehydrated. Dr. Enyusian, and his team, were sequestered for two years until he could figure out the reason why they were dehydrated. Making water out of hydrogen and oxygen gases created a type of water. What was missing was an inherent energy or magnetic field within the water molecules.
Zeta potential. The ability of any object or material to generate a magnetic or electro magnetic field that cannot be easily disrupted or downgraded. Well Dr. Enusian figured out a brilliant solution, and created a machine that imparted zeta energy to the water. Problem solved. Btw based on Dr. Enusian's work Russia set up a filtration system with the water energizer at the center of the system. These are in all the major cities of Russia. It was close to a trillion dollars to set this up. The Russians are
Dr. Yasko got a similar piece of equipment and asked me to help build a machine that could imprint frequency signatures into this zeta field water. OK several modifications later we achieved our goal. Dr Yasko, was convinced using stem cells that were organ specific (protomorphogens) had a great potential for healing. He was right, and in particular, we saw incredibly positive results in renal failure. Point here is, I learned how energize water and add frequency to water to make it a medicine. This, by the way, is simlar to homeopathic, vibrapathics, and is the electromagnetic component of naturalpathic remedies. Yes, we use this in our formulas.
Moving along, I met a Nutritionist from Seattle who explained to me, that the real challenge in healing, was restoring the nutritional values in our food supply. He was right, as I had been thinking the same thing for a few years.Again, Zeta potential in the harvest. This led me back to geology and agronomy, again. All my medicine was for naught if we could not have a proper nutritional base for it to work from. Just adding minerals does not make it balanced. It helps, but there is mch more to it.
All these years later, here we are looking at our soil. I had Graduate level teachers in manipulating soils for crops or rebatement. Years of working in the grain belt and seeing what happened to our soils from over production it became very clear. The less minerals in our soil, the less in our crops. The obvious connection to the declining health of all species. Growing topsoil was my speciality.
To remediate land that had been commercially abused for decades was a challenge. To remediate it while still getting a crop off was even more so. The mineral values in the soil were depleted. Adding minerals helped but, it needed more.
I learned about the importance of bacteria in the soil. Most commercial acreage has virtually no building bacteria left in it. I had a friend that was making bacteria for use in feedlots and dairy farms. We started using it in foliar applications. The power of bacteria is amazing. We started using the bacteria in the fields and after some time we were noticing significant reduction in residues left behind. Secondly, we saw the rapid development of Mycorrhizal. A weblike weave through the soils that enables roots to expand there immediate area to procure needed minerals. Using minerals and bacteria we were able to double and triple brix readings in corn and alfalfa. More brix more nutrients.
Off the reservation, I started developing strains of bacteria to go after target toxins. I was working on the fresh water application of bacteria for oil remediation after the deepwater horizon disaster. Our bacteria was quite good at removing crude oil in fresh water. So much so we got to show the US Navy our testing, for the fresh water end of the clean up. We were eventually locked out because we were a small privately owned company and the big boys had this wrapped tight.
As an ND I was acutely interested in the role of minerals in disease. It became very obvious each disease had a series of nutritional values out of balance. This affected digestion and and overall cellular health. Minerals represent a magnetic field pressure composed of the total amount, weight, charge, and ph. PPZ parts per zillion. The minerals have a code that needs to be understood. It took me a long time to figure out the code in the honey bees. Nutrition in bees is a moving target. Manipulating nutrition for desired results even more interesting. This is why I grew weary of off the shelf one size fits all products. In reality, it can't work very well or very long. Give a man a hammer and the world looks like a nail.
In my practice I found that it was really beneficial to work from the physical plane and the electromagnetic fields to really affect change. So it would be the equivalent of using arnica oil and arnica homeopathic remedies for treating a sprain. Making homeopathic remedies was a lot of fun.
My first contact with HoneyBees was as a homeopath and I was invited to work on hives that were struggling. I took a worker and placed her in a test tube with small holes in it. I would prepare a sugar tablet with the frequency and through a process of trial and error we finally came up with a combination of frequencies that the worker seemed to have interest in. It was like free choicing minerals to a herd of cows. So I knew nothing about bees at this point and neither did the people who had the hives in question. I did know the principles of life, and my trusty homeopathic remedy machine and, while I never saw the end result last I heard about 2 months later they were still alive. The significance of this experience was two fold. I fell in love with the Melifera, and secondly, I knew we could work on them with frequency. A lot of water has passed under that bridge, but I still use frequency medicine as part of our program.
I currently run between 150 and 250 colonies here in a northern secondary marginal area. My annual losses are usually 10 - 15 percent. I make about 300 queens each year, about 100 nucs and requeen my hives annually. The stock is adapted to the local environment for whatever that is worth. In my journey with the bees, I can't seem to tell where behavior and genetics are clearly delineated. I have examined the bee from the inside out and outside in. Hive styles, managerial styles, treat no treat, and after all is said and done, what I have learned is how to make bees healthy and that resilient bees have greater immunity and more intelligence.
My experiments were all based on needs at the time. One outbreak or another, made me examine the nature of the disease, figure out what was missing in my environment, then the best way to fulfill that need in the hive. Being under funded, in true beekeeper fashion, I had to find economical solutions, both in time and cost.
Over time, I found synergy in many of the solutions and was able to apply multiple amendments together. This is a huge time saver. The best part about a more natural approach is that there is no resistance after much testing and they usually out perform the antibiotics.
So my applications and solutions were flexible in content and management and inexpensive. Good, but not quite done yet. I wanted to get my bees were they no longer subject to the flucuations of my environment nutritionally, and further more, I wanted them to be disease free on a consistent basis.
What I found was I had to clear the immediate conditions with one, then excite the rebuilding biological process with another, then could I start making resilient bees. A three stage process.
This is a beautiful word resiliency......
re·sil·ience | rəˈzilyəns | (also resiliency) noun1 the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
It’s not just hardiness that I observed, but as a juvenile colony is to a mature colony, a mature colony is to a resilient colony. A bit more horse power, A bit better planning, longer living bees, shorter brood cycles, further foraging, more immunity, and more ovi-positioning (egg laying).
The most fascinating part of these characteristics is the shortened brood cycle. It is believed (small cell philosophy) that a 19 day egg to hatch cycle would severely suppress varroa reproduction. When bees are nutritionally cared for, the royal jelly is so nutritious it shortens the time needed to fully develop. We are looking for a 10 % reduction in hatching time. Our queens hatch on day15, and our worker cells 19.5 to 20 days. Through nutrition and selective breeding we are quite possibly on the verge passing this trait into F1 ands F2 generations. I'm still not sure if this is even an allele that can be passed down. It might be just the super vitamins.
Some of my experiments included doing ovi-positioning evaluation of queens, drone sperm count enhancement, and all the various normal maladies that can affect the hive year in and year out.
Nosema A&C I was sick a few years ago and was not able to treat the hives in my usual seasonal wrap up, and the bees had a major outbreaak of Nosema come April. It was a wet fall, wet winter, and wet spring. I had nosema counts as high as 30M. (USDA Beltsville). I had little luck with probiotics and fumadil and all the tree honey got rained out that spring, no meaningful forage. Well we figured out Nosema, and that baldbrood that seems to go hand in hand with it. That November we where still holding at ZERO after the spring treatments.
EFB and EFBv2 yes bees will eat their way out of it......but what if there is no forage. We solved this little problem as well.
Chronic Bee ...this is a difficult virus to remove. some new studies suggesting it comes from ants. I have had little luck in treating a major epidemic of this but in lower titer values I have been very pleased. With a Virus I found if I gave proper nutrition, got rid of toxic combs (if present, post polination, entombed), and made sure all other pathogens were low or non existent, virus was a temporary time hole. Usually 2 brood cycles. I worked with mushrooms, colloidal silver, but found little result. I believe that those two can be helpful in suppression.
Jersey Snot Brood. Amino acids knock this out pretty quickly.
On going experiments
Queen fecundity , I have found some of my hives can lay as many as 5,000 eggs a day. They were disease free, low mite, and had perfect conditions. Yet, for winter, they go back to my normal winter cluster size. This is a neat trick like the British AMM without the attitude.
Breeding resiliency into queens for mite control
Mite control using new natural additives
Fungicide reduction in comb
Fungicide reduction in digestive track
So I have run on at great length, and hope this tale has not bored you, nor unwittingly raised your ire. I thought this background would help you understand how all of this came together, and who I am. It is based on practical experience, field work, and an insatiable quest for the truth.
Thank You for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.