What do the bees have? They have the ability to pollinate our food supply better than any other insect in nature according to one of the first studies of insect functionality within pollination networks conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of St Andrews; published in September 2015.
What they do not have is a certain future according to researchers scrambling to determine why bee colony numbers are shrinking. In fact, almost a year to the day after the aforementioned study; CNN reported in September 2016 the death of millions of honeybees inadvertently poisoned in South Carolina when a pesticide intended to kill mosquitoes and control the spread of the Zika Virus, was drop from the sky. Beekeepers stated in the interview that they were unaware the spray was scheduled and did not know to protect the hives. Even more alarming is that the beekeepers reported that they had sent their children out to play in the same yard on the same day that the pesticide killed their bees.
This is just one example of the struggle that the bees are facing to survive. On the cover of this edition is a print of the incredible original oil painting that beautifully depicts what could potentially be "the last honey bee" in action as painted by local resident, environmental activist, and master of Trompe L'oeil technique, Jerry Venditti. Jerry's desire is not "to fool the eye" with his fine oil paintings, which is the translation in English of the Trompe L'oeil technique; it is to enhance, highlight and expound the profundity of what is. His work literally appears to live in three dimensions and brings whatever he paints to life.
Be sure to read Jerry's Bio and visit his website www.jerryvenditti.com for more information on how you can support the conservation of wild life when you purchase his art and check out the cover story, The Last Bee on page 9.
You will also want to check out, Climate Change; It's an Inside Job, by Dr. Nanci Shanderá for advice on dealing with the mental thinking that can pollute your mind, body, and spirit on page 25.
For information on how Homeopathy may help ward off or relieve symptoms of Colds and Flu by naturally strengthening your immune system, read Good News for Colds and Flu by Classical Homeopath, Elizabeth Byszeski on page 29.
As always, the directory portion of Insight Healthy Living is at the heart of the Magazine as a resource and guide to find local practitioners, services, events, retreats, and products for you and your family's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
I wish for you and our planet a healthy fall/winter season!
Editor—Insight Healthy Living Magazine