Study to Determine Efficacy of Geodynamic Frequency Technology (GDF) in the Treatment of Bee Disease
and Purification of Honey
Declining honeybee populations have created alarm worldwide over the past several years sparking significant research to be conducted into discovering the cause or causes of these occurrences. One common thread found throughout these studies is the presence of high levels of chemical pesticides in colonies that have not survived. Viral infections, fungus and parasite infestation have also been identified as likely contributing factors.
Treatments to combat bee disease have focused largely on attacking the threat, such as the use of chemicals to control the varroa mite, a parasite believed to infect bees with other viral and fugal infections. Chemical treatments for mite control, however, have limited usefulness as the parasite eventually builds immunity to that substance. These medications may also contribute to the chemical burden on bees within the hive and therefore be more of a liability to the colony’s long-term survival.
Contamination of honey products, either from chemical treatments or from toxins being brought into the hive with pollen and nectar from the fields, is also a growing concern.
The study set out to answer the following questions:
- Is varroa mite infestation a symptom rather than a cause of bee disease? Is this parasite infestation a result of a weakened immune system of the honeybee?
- Could GDF technology isolate the honeybee colony from toxins being brought into the hive in the source of its nourishment – the pollen and nectar?
- In the absence of chemical and other toxic contamination, would the colony then be able to restore its natural immunity vitality, thereby becoming able to resist parasite infestations such as the varroa mite?
- Could GDF technology reduce or eliminate toxic substances from honey being distributed to the consumer?
For purposes of the study, it was theorized that treatment of the hive with the GDF technology would eliminate pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungus and poisonous chemical compounds from the colony. This would allow the bees to restore their natural vitality thereby preventing parasitic infestations from gaining a foothold.
Seven hives were selected for the study. Two control hives would be treated with formic acid for control of varroa mite. Two control hives would receive no treatment. Three hives would be treated with GDF technology. The three “GDF hives” were separated from the control hives to avoid accidental treatment of the control hives with the Resonator, a device that generates the GDF harmonic.
All hives would be regularly monitored by a master beekeeper for colony health indicators that included:
- Brood Pattern
- Honey Gathering
- Pollen Gathering
- Nosema Fungal Infection
- Mite Infestation
Bee and honey samples would be tested during and at the end of the study.
“GDF hives” would be treated in two manners:
1. The Resonator would be placed next to the treated colonies such that the hives are within the four foot radius of its harmonic field. An initial treatment of 4.5 hours would treat the hive for any chemical compounds, fungus or toxins already present in its interior. Subsequent treatments would be applied in this manner throughout the timeframe of the study.
2. A GDF “power cell” would be placed under each hive entrance such that bees entering the hive must pass through the 4” harmonic field being held by the power cell. The power cell can be charged with the harmonic generated by the Resonator and will hold the frequency for approximately ten weeks. They would be recharged with subsequent treatments of the hives by the Resonator. In this manner contaminants in the pollen and nectar entering the hive would be eliminated before finding their way into the colony.
The study took place between May and November 2010 at Ireland Apiaries, Violet Hill Ontario. Robert Ireland, a third generation master beekeeper, monitored and recorded his assessment of the colony health indicators throughout the season. An initial Resonator treatment took place on May 27 2010 lasting 4.5 hours. Subsequent treatments took place throughout the season.
One “GDF hive” swarmed in July and was consequently lost to the study. The two untreated hives had to be treated with formic acid as they were being overrun with varroa mite infestation.
In July, bees from each study hive were collected and tested for contaminants. In November, honey samples from both “GDF hives” and control hives were collected and tested. Mite traps were placed in the study hives on three occasions throughout the study to determine the level of varroa infestation.
Conclusions based on the observations of Robert Ireland were:
- “GDF hives” demonstrated a higher level of vitality than control hives
- Bees in the “GDF hives” would forage earlier in the morning, later in the day and were consequently more productive
- Brood patterns and honey storage in “GDF hives” were conducted in a more orderly fashion indicating a healthier colony.
- “GDF hives” demonstrated a higher level of hygiene, another indicator of a healthy colony
- Evidence of varroa mite infestation in “GDF hives”, as indicated by the use of mite traps, was insignificant and actually declined over the course of the study to a level of zero. Varroa mite levels in the control hives fluctuated with the use of chemical treatments (formic acid) but were not completely eradicated. This would indicate that GDF technology, as it eliminates the chemical, viral and fungal stressors in the hive, is an effective method of allowing the bee colony to resist mite infestation in a natural manner.
Conclusions based on test results
Testing for contaminants was conducted using “Vegatest” electro dermal biofeedback technology operated by a technician trained in using the technology to detect toxic elements in substances at very sensitive levels.
Bees from all study hives were collected and tested in July. Bees from control hives showed evidence of containing some or all of the following substances in their bodies:
Bees from the “GDF hives” showed no evidence of any of these contaminants.
Honey samples from the study hives were collected and tested in November. Honey from control hives showed evidence of the following:
Honey from the “GDF hives” showed no evidence of any of these contaminants.
Based on the test results from this study, the GDF harmonic is shown to be an effective method of purification – in this case of contaminants found in the pollen and nectar being foraged by the honey bee. The resulting effects on the bee colony, as observed by a master beekeeper, offer a compelling opportunity for the use of GDF technology in the effort to restore the vitality of the honeybee populations. The resulting honey product, free of insecticides and toxins commonly found in other samples, offers a healthier option for the well being of consumers.