Nicotinoid Insecticides Kill Bees And Harm Humans


Photo by Merrilyn on Holly’s camera:  Plant Daisies for the Bees and stop using poisonous insecticides and herbicides.

I have just had an important email from the Avaaz people, on the 15th March 2013.  I urge you to go to their home page to join the protest against the use of nicotinoid insecticides which have been proven to be deadly to bees.

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder is a very real threat to our civilization.  All over the world, whole beehives are being hit by a mysterious virus which kills the whole hive, and this virus has been related specifically to the nicotinoid range of insecticides.

The answer to this problem of dying bees, and one which will help address the rise in cancers, arthritis, and other degenerative disease, is to ban toxic insecticides and herbicides. Plant more flowers to feed the bees, such as the daisies pictured above, and chamomile daisies in your lawn, and avoid all the use of poisonous insecticides and herbicides.

Read Merrilyn’s other posts on the subject of bees and bee colony collapse disorder: ‘Bee Colony Collapse Disorder’, ‘Planting Lawn Flowers For The Bees’, and ‘Bees Killed By Insecticide’.

Without bees happily living in our environments, our crops will fail.

These insecticides are very bad things for the environment overall, and also pose a threat to humans, as well as other animals, bird, and insect life.

Here is an excerpt from the Avaaz warning I received today:

Thanks for joining the campaign to ban the bee killers!

Buzz key EU governments now!Lets make sure the EU leaders hear our call and take bold steps to protect the bees from killer pesticides. Take a moment to call the officers in charge and ask them to support the full bee killer ban now. Call European Ministers of Agriculture now:

Make an urgent call
UK: 08459 33 55 77 or from outside the UK +44 207 238 6951Germany: +49 2 28 / 99 529 – 35 27 Spain: 91 347 53 68 or 91 347 57 24Ireland: +353 1 6072 000 France: 00 33 1 49 55 49 55 Netherlands: 070-456 00 00 or from outside the Netherlands +31 77 465 67 67 Romania: +4 021 307 24 46Belgium: +32 2 552 60 00

Here’s some tips on what to say:

  • I urge you to support the EU Commission’s proposal to restrict use of neonicotinoid pesticides.
  • A comprehensive scientific review by the EU Food Safety Agency concluded that neonicotinoid pesticides pose ‘high acute risks’ to honey bees.
  • The science is clear, now Europe must act to reverse the decline in our bees, before it’s too late.
  • Caving to corporate pressure on timelines, enforcement or the breadth of this agreement is a blow to our democracy, our food and our environment.

Remember to be polite and patient. If phone lines are busy, keep trying until our buzz breaks through.

Avaaz have invited us to post this info on our social media, so here is more of the email which I received today:

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Thanks for taking action to ban the bee killers

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Thank you for taking action to ban the bee killers.Send the email below to friends and family, and post this link on your Facebook wall. again for your help,The Avaaz team——–Dear friends,In just hours, the European Union will vote on whether to ban toxic pesticides that are killing bees around the world and threatening our food supply. The big corporations profiting from this vile stuff are lobbying furiously to defeat the ban and we’ve just heard that key governments are about to cave — unless they feel the sting of public opinion!Bees are disappearing around the world at alarming rates. Because bees pollinate our crops, experts are warning that these mass deaths pose a catastrophic threat to our food supply. Thankfully, numerous studies have now identified the likely culprit: a certain class of noxious pesticides. An official EU report found that banning them could solve the problem, but pesticide giant Bayer is trying to convince our leaders to ignore the science to protect their profits.Over 2.5 million of us have signed the petition that made this vote possible — and now it’s time to tell EU decision-makers that they must side with science to save the bees this week. Let’s flood the inboxes of key EU Agriculture Ministers, drown out the corporate lobby, and make sure Europe saves the bees and our food — click below to send a message then share this urgent campaign with your friends: don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops and helping to generate an estimated $40bn value and over one-third of the food supply in many countries. Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Last month the European Food Safety Authority gave the most compelling evidence yet that toxic chemicals called neonicotinoid pesticides could be responsible for the bee deaths. Italy has banned some uses of these bee-killing pesticides and has already seen it’s bee populations come back, but Bayer and Sygenta are lobbying to prevent a Euro-wide ban, for fears it would harm their global business. It seems they’re close to having the support of the UK, Spain, and Germany, who want to protect their biggest chemical corporations.

Now the issue is coming to a boil. Just weeks ago, Avaaz delivered a petition signed by over 2.5 million of us to the European Commission, who proposed a ban days later. EU parliamentarians are stepping up their pressure and several other European governments have announced plans to push ahead with new legislation to ban the deadly pesticides on their own. So we have the power to win this, but we need one final push to overcome the pesticide lobby. Send a message telling EU governments to support the ban now and then share with others:

Our world is beset with threats to what makes it habitable, and to what fills it with wonder. The Avaaz community comes together to defend both — large or small. Whether winning a battle to keep the International Whaling Commission from sanctioning the murder of these giants, or saving bees, the tiny creatures upon which so much depends, we will come together and stand up for the world we all want.

With hope,

Iain, Marie, Pascal, Emma, Ricken, Alaphia, and the Avaaz team


Plan Bee: Brussels pitches 2 year pesticides ban (EurActiv)

EU Proposes ban on bee killer (The Telegraph)

Government to ignore European ban on neonicotinoid pesticides (Independent)

The Battle to ban bee killers (Avaaz Daily Briefing)

Studies fault Bayer in bee die-off (Christian Science Monitor)

Minimum Dose In Homeopathy Has Been Proven As Effective

Homeopathy Works: Opponents of Homeopathy love to spout emotive words which will induce the public to ignore Homeopathy, such as ‘quackery’ and ‘nonsense’.  ‘Totally crazy’, is a favourite term of one New Zealand doctor right now, who is trying to get his medical colleagues banned from using homeopathic medicines in their surgeries.  This sentiment is driven by the drug companies who fear Homeopathy as a competitor for their prescription drugs.

Homeopathy has never been allowed to ‘take off’ – the drug companies and medical authorities in the USA have seen to that.

We expect that all doctors are well-educated honest individuals who have the interest of the patient first and foremost.  We, the public, do not see any of these people as having  ulterior motives in prescribing all those vaccinations, blood thinners, and the like.  Sadly, this is not the case, although I think that many doctors themselves are conditioned by the drug companies into thinking that there is nothing better than prescription medicine.

Meanwhile, the drug companies have banned comfrey from our herbal gardens and household usage, and many other valuable herbs besides.  Now, they are trying to get herbal medicine restricted, if not banned, and Vitamins and  homeopathic medicine restricted or banned as well.

Their main argument against homeopathy is that ‘there is nothing in it’, and that homeopathy is nothing more than a placebo.  Well – I have an argument for these doctors, which I will share with you presently.

Many doctors who should know better, stand on the band rotunda claiming that there is no proof that Homeopathy works, and that there is no power in ‘the minimum dose’.  This is simply untrue:  For a start, these doctors resist gaining any knowledge about using homeopathy, and they resist learning about the many success of homeopathic medicine.

The opponents of homeopathy also manipulate statistics by not publishing vital information about homeopathic medicine. There is a wealth of documented provings, and research into minimum-dose-homeopathic medicine, which go back almost 200 years.  But these research findings are never divulged to the public.  In fact, in the USA in the 1920’s, it was illegal for homeopathic physicians to publish any findings or information on the effect of homeopathic medicine. This marked the official beginning of the movement to keep homeopathy out of the public domain, under wraps,  and discourage doctors from using it.

The drug companies began to gain great wealth in the 1920’s, and this wealth manifested an influence and certain prestige amongst the learned medical circles.  Governments always like big companies who generate big tax dollars and foreign revenue for them.  So the drug companies were given an influence and a pride of place which over-rode any strivings of the humble homeopath to practice his healing art:  Homeopathy is not a money-making concern, as there is no dependency built upon homeopathy, which there is in allopathic medicine.  This means that there is not a lot of  money to be made in homeopathic medicine, because people do not need life-long prescriptions of homeopathic medicines.  It is the dependency upon drugs, and their on-going use, which the makers of prescription drugs feed and thrive upon.

So of course, these drug giants do not want to let Homeopathic medicine gain a hold.  If given a chance, it could very quickly over-ride the popularity of allopathic medicine.

Well – here is the experiment which I read about, and which proves that a minimum dose DOES COUNT, and IS EFFECTIVE.

This research was outlined in the New Zealand Herald last year:  Research scientists found a cause of ‘Bee colony collapse disorder”:  The main reason they discovered that bees were dying in their droves was that they were exposed to VERY small amounts of a nicotinoid poison which was being used as an insecticide.  Nicotinoid toxins are common in insecticides at the present moment, because they are very effective.

Now the interesting thing was that the bees were dying, though this nicotinoid poison could not be detected in their systems.
But the scientists had previously deliberately exposed these bees to a certain amount of nicotinoid toxins:  They KNEW that the bees had been exposed to this poison.  All the bees who had come into contact with a minimum dose of nicotinoid poison caught viruses which killed them.  But the bees who did not come into contact with minimum amounts of poison, did not get sick from a virus, and did not die from either infection or poison.

This experiment should be a warning against using toxic herbicides and pesticides, as it shows that even tiny amounts of poison can cause a myriad of health disfunctions:  If chemicals do this in insects, then there is a liklihood that humans and other animals will be affected by the same poisons as well, although just how – who knows?  We should not be waiting to find out.  All toxic chemicals should be banned from being sprayed into the environment, anywhere at all.

This shows how miniscule amounts of certain substances  CAN and DO have an effect on the living organism.

Homeopathy uses the power of the minimum dose to effect healing:  Certain substances will produce a certain effect on the body if they are used in the natural state.  Digitalis is one remedy which will cause you to die of heart failure if you eat a leaf or two from the plant.  But when digitalis is used homeopathically, it becomes a strengthener of the heart, and will help many heart conditions.

There are many, many, homeopathic remedies,  each one having very specific properties which negate those very same symptoms of illness which the primary product will induce in a healthy person.

There are, and always have been, alternatives to allopathic medicine. Prescription medicines have their place, of course, and we would not be without surgery, which saves many lives.  But for many complaints, Homeopathy would cure them, thus removing any need to stay on prescription medicine for the duration of the life.

If you wish to avoid risk-laden vaccinations, then Homeopathic medicine is a fine alternative.  There are no permanent side effects to homeopathy, which there very often are with antibiotics, vaccinations and many other prescription medicines. Go see your Homeopathic physician for advice about those vaccination alternatives, for a start.