FGMO/THYMOL: SCIENTIFIC, ECONOMIC, EFFECTIVE AND SAFE
“They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2Timothy 4:4
I feel compelled to start this FGMO/thymol follow-up with heart felt thanks to Joe Graham, editor American Bee Journal and Barry Birky, Beesource.com, for their continued excellence in support of my work with FGMO. Their support has been responsible for distribution of the FGMO concept to beekeepers worldwide and the public in general regardless of continued criticism from persons who chose to detract from the FGMO concept without due reason or cause.
While attending one of my college literature courses our teacher told us that there always was a story behind each story. Ever since, every time that I start to write, I have pondered many times about the truth of her simple statement. In previous occasions, I may have touched upon that format in a small way but never really telling a story to address the subject on hand. I am tempted to use the format today because I fear that I may have not told my story well enough.
It has been alleged that my research with honeybees is not acceptable because I lack “scientific qualifications” and perhaps some have doubts about my beekeeping qualifications as well. I would like to list some of my qualifications (in both fields) briefly, as a manner of justifying my “story behind a story.”
My ancestors had been in beekeeping for generations and apparently my father thought that the family tradition should continue when at the ripe age of nine years, gave me three of his choice bee colonies, an unthinkable deed in 1938. I became the envy of my peers for many miles around not only because such a gift represented “wealth” at the time but because I went on to add more colonies and soon was making a good bit of money from them, fact that my father used readily to brag about his expectations about the future of his only son. His guidance and The Lord’s inspiration laid the foundation to pay for part of my college tuition and has given me many hours of happiness during the past seventy years. I did not disappoint my father in beekeeping nor in his hopes for my future education. I chose science as my major life ambition as early as in elementary school when I organized and led other school children in agriculture-related activities as Future Farmers of America and 4-H Clubs, giving me a taste for utilization of sound principles in agriculture and animal husbandry leading to my early dreams of becoming a veterinary doctor.
My education as a veterinary doctor required sixteen semesters of study averaging about eighty five percent in scientific courses and the rest in literature and art. I had little desire to spend time in courses that took my attention away from obtaining the best and most solid education in my chosen career. After completion of my veterinary education I joined the United States Department of Agriculture in disease eradication, epidemiology and food sanitation programs attaining a GS-13 grade. I performed similar activities for the United States Army attaining the rank of Colonel. Needless to say, to obtain those two classifications, I was required to continue attending many courses of study at government training centers and spend hours on end on self-study courses leading to very solid knowledge of subject matter as demonstrated by ratings given to me by my superiors. I also dedicated several years in private practice and one year working with a research team at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa, a period that “planted the first seeds” of scientific research studies in my brain.
One might think that a person with as many qualifications as described above would seek employment at institutions with research facilities. Instead, because of my age and two service connected disabilities, after completion of my civil service and military careers, I decided to apply my beekeeping and scientific knowledge to the study of the illnesses of honey bees, primarily, honey bee parasites. Hence the beginning of my food grade mineral oil and thymol trials for the treatment of honeybee mites, Varroa and tracheal mites. I opted for independent work that would not require overtaxing my physical capabilities. Over the years I have dedicated a considerable portion of my retirement pay to my research, and thank The Lord, I have succeeded in performing responsible, effective scientific research as demonstrated by work performed with other participating beekeepers, e. g. FGMO/THYMOL APPLICATION IMPROVED. Dr. Pedro P. Rodriguez and C. E. Harris, published in American Bee Journal, as well as many other well documented field trials published by ABJ and similar trade literature in Europe, Asia and South America, and posted on the Beesource.com forum. I have spent the last fourteen years testing and fine-tuning a method of treatment of honey bee parasites in order that beekeepers around the world may have a means of protecting their honey bees and their business and at the same time providing wholesome honey bee products to humanity until such date and time when institutionalized research find other devices that beekeepers may use for this purpose. It is of outmost importance to consider that honey and wax samples taken from colonies treated according to my protocol have been found to contain no residues of FGMO or thymol when analyzed with gas chromatography methods by specialized laboratories in Europe and in the United States.
Perhaps, because my work has not been performed at formal institutions, there is a
tendency to minimize the value of FGMO/thymol by some who use descriptive terminology as “kitchen chemistry.” In my case, as I have stated earlier in some of my writings, my lab work has been performed in my garage. It may help them to remember that some very successful businesses rose in garages, e.g. Apple Computers, Wal-Mart. Contrary to sophisticated honey bee research laboratories funded with million-dollar-budgets, my “kitchen chemistry” (garage) research has yielded a safe, non-toxic, non-contaminating and cost-effective procedure for successful treatment of Varroa and tracheal mites
FGMO/thymol detractors allege that many calamities may arise out of the use of FGMO/thymol claiming that both FGMO and thymol have side effects. Hello. Wake up call. If that were the case, then the two commercial applications for mite treatment that are currently approved for use in the United States would not have been approved. Add to that, cosmetics. It would be interesting to find out the billions of dollars that have been spent on baby oil to be applied to something as delicate as the skin of babies and/or cosmetics for ladies faces.
Most if not all, medications have side effects, even aspirin. Does that mean that we are not to take any medication at all because all of them may have side effects? Certainly not! The procedure is to follow instructions of the manufacturer. Have we become so distracted that we have forgotten that food grade mineral oil has been used for ages for medicinal purposes and that it is widely used by packing industries to lubricate machinery and that the foods we eat and food handlers have been constantly exposed to FGMO for decades?
As stated previously, I do not seek wealth, fame or glory with my work. I am proud of my work and have promptly published my findings worldwide via trade magazines, newspapers and, yes, the Internet in order that beekeepers may have access to them and be able to use them accordingly. My compensation comes in the form of words of praise and encouragement from beekeepers worldwide that are using my FGMO/thymol protocol with high degree of success, most of them keeping a tacit attitude for fear of unfair criticism from false preachers who for unknown reasons employ scare tactics without foundation. My FGMO/thymol protocol has not been replicated; hence no one can rightfully offer critiques of any kind. In scientific work, ideas (hypothesis) are formulated and tested for efficacy. If successfully proven, then they are mostly used for the benefit of humanity. Detractors with fictional opinions about FGMO complain about my objections to debate my findings in public as in Beesource.com. I enjoyed participating in the forum initially, however I declined to continue because I felt that the forum was being used for personal attacks and that such behavior was highly unfair to Barry, a person with immense generosity and meritorious contributions to beekeeping. My faith and professional etiquette keep me from participating in such situations. My apologies to those who felt that I should have continued participation in the Beesource forum, however I continue to offer readily my disposition to communicate via e-mail or telephone. In Him.
Dr. Pedro P Rodriguez
Virginia Beach, VA
Alcalá de Henares, Spain
telephone 757-486-1573 (USA) ; 34-91-882-3138 (Spain)