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Bees – Lectures by Rudolf Steiner - Honey, infertility and rickety babies



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Bees – Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

December 10th 1923

Basically, it is truly a wonderful thing that such small creatures exist that are capable of extracting from blossoms, flowers, and plants that substance which they transform into this extraordinarily healthy honey, a substance that could play a more important role in human nutrition than it does today. All that is necessary is that people gain a thorough insight into how terribly important honey is as a food.

 For example, if it were possible to exert more of an influence on the entire field of what I might call "social" medicine, I would consider it an extremely favourable influence if couples, during the time of their engagement, would eat honey as a preparatory activity before having children. For in this way they would not have rickety children, because there is in honey a force that can affect the reproductive power in human beings, who then, in turn, transform this honey power further so as to give the offspring a proper bodily form. The parents'-more specifically, the mother's-consumption of honey has a beneficial effect that extends itself to the bony, skeletal frame of the child.


BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Aug 20;12:129. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-129.

Prevalence and determinants of complementary and alternative medicine use among infertile patients in Lebanon: a cross sectional study.

Ghazeeri GS1, Awwad JT, Alameddine M, Younes ZM, Naja F.

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon.



Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is widely used for the treatment of infertility. While the Middle East and North Africa region has been shown to house one of the fastest growing markets of CAM products in the world, research describing the use of CAM therapies among Middle-Eastern infertile patients is minimal. The aim of this study is to examine the prevalence, characteristics and determinants of CAM use among infertile patients in Lebanon.


A cross sectional survey design was used to carry out face-to-face interviews with 213 consecutive patients attending the Assisted Reproductive Unit at a major academic medical center in Beirut. The questionnaire comprised three sections: socio-demographic and lifestyle characteristics, infertility-related aspects and information on CAM use. The main outcome measure was the use of CAM modalities for infertility treatment. Determinants of CAM use were assessed through the logistic regression method.


Overall, 41% of interviewed patients reported using a CAM modality at least once for their infertility. There was a differential by gender in the most commonly used CAM therapies; where males mostly used functional foods (e.g. honey & nuts) (82.9%) while females mostly relied on spiritual healing/prayer (56.5%). Factors associated with CAM use were higher household income (OR: 0.305, 95% CI: 0.132-0.703) and sex, with females using less CAM than males (OR: 0.12, 95% CI: 0.051-0.278). The older patients were diagnosed with infertility, the lower the odds of CAM use (p for trend <0.05). Almost half of the participants (48%) were advised on CAM use by their friends, and only 13% reported CAM use to their physician.


The considerably high use of CAM modalities among Lebanese infertile patients, added to a poor CAM use disclosure to physicians, underscore the need to integrate CAM into the education and training of health professionals, as well as enhance infertile patients' awareness on safe use of CAM products.




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Steiner, Rudolf

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