If you eat non-organic meats, you are being doubly exposed to these toxins. This is because xenohormones become more concentrated as they move up the food chain. Xenohormones are often stored in the fat cells of animals. The more fatty the meats you are consuming the more xenohormones you are consuming. For example if you are eating 80% lean/20% fat beef, you may be consuming 20% toxins that cow has stored in its fat. What was that non-organic cow eating? Well, conventional beef is raised in feedlots. They are fed corn and soy feed. This is GMO corn and soy, sprayed with pesticides, fertilizers and possibly herbicides. The cows eat this everyday. Then on top of that the animals live in horrible living conditions and are given antibiotics to stave off the spread of disease.
Foods to Focus On
Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
These foods should make up most of your diet. The study from 2004 that linked red meat consumption to endometriosis also suggested that women who eat green vegetables 13 times or more per week (roughly twice a day) were 70 percent less likely to have endometriosis than those who consume green vegetables less than six times per week.
The manufacturer claims that Apiguard is safe for the brood. However, in my limited trials, the brood initially gets hit hard. I’ve included two photos showing the type of brood damage that occurs in short order. These colonies were treated in the late afternoon with 25g (a half dose) of Apiguard on the top bars of strong double deeps. I used a 1-1/2” spacer rim to allow ventilation space below the hive cover. I took the photos the next day at noon, when the temperature had reached 76°F. The photo shows a typical brood frame, pulled from the center of the upper brood chamber, below the Apiguard gel. As you can see, the bees had removed most of the larvae, and in were in the process of removing pupae. The other photo is of a stickyboard placed below a screened bottom. The pile of debris is typical—consisting largely of pupal legs that appear to have been sucked dry. Note the large number of pupae initially killed relative to the number of dead mites!
Unlike the synthetic miticides, whose modes of action are well determined, that of formic acid on varroa is less understood, although it apparently affects a metabolic pathway, resulting in tissue suffocation (Keyhani 1980) or respiratory inhibition (Imdorf, et al 1999). Formic acid is the simplest organic acid, and due to its small molecular size, readily evaporates at room temperature. Once in vapor form, it can be used as a fumigant within the hive to kill varroa. Easily said, but as usual, the devil is in the details. Formic fumigation comes with a variety of issues—allow me to list some pros and cons: