Fekeshazy, Alex

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                                ALEX FEKESHAZY
                               By Margery MacRae

Alex Fekeshazy’s reason for raising bees is for the main product which they produce, honey.

Fekeshazy, of Blackville, said it has had an alimentary therapeutic effect since ancient times. A 3,500 year old Egyptian papyrus scroll recommends honey for kidney and liver ailments as well as stomach and digestive tract treatments, he said. “Man’s health and his wholesome food are more and more served by apiary or honey products.

The effectiveness of apiary therapy is well-known in respiratory diseases. “This has been proven by placing a small amount of honey into the nostril and bending the head backward. From the heat of the body the honey slowly coats the mucous membranes,” he said. This is a beneficial way to treat bronchial asthma. As with all the mediation, one must have patience before expecting a cure,” he added. Fekeshazy said regular consumption of honey protects against infectious and environmental diseases.

He is in constant contact with the beekeepers association in Hungary and is continually learning of new developments in the therapeutic uses of honey.

One thing which has been proven, he said, is the fact stomach ulcers can be successfully treated by taking one teaspoon of honey three times a day and a half hour before meals. “In the case of gastric diseases, it is desirable to establish the acidity of the stomach juices in order to determine the timing,” he said. “It is the opinion of many experts that the honey therapy is only a supplementary method, but it is excellent to promote bowel movement and to prevent chronic constipation and bleeding in the intestines,” he added.

Fekeshazy has arthritis for which he has a mixture, also good for rheumatism, that he recommends. “I mix one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of hot water and I drink this mixture before breakfast,” he said.

                          Beekeeping favorite hobby

Alex Fekeshazy has many hobbies, but beekeeping is definitely his favorite.

Fekeshazy owns a small cottage on a bank overlooking the Miramichi River. He has 12 colonies of bees, each containing about 40,000 to 60,000 bees. He is busy now preparing them for winter.

The beekeeper, a native of Hungary, came to Canada in 1956 following the Hungarian Revolution. He settled in New Brunswick in 1983 and immediately invested in some bees.

“As a young fellow, my father had an apiary (place where bees are kept) and I used to help him a lot. This is when I developed an interest in bees. I never had any fear of them at all,” Fekeshazy said.

Fekeshazy said his work with bees begins early in the spring. “If I find that their honey reserves are low I feed them sugar syrup I make, but if the previous summer was a good one and they have been able to collect enough nectar, then it is not necessary for me to feed them at all, but I do keep a close watch on them to be sure all is well. “Some colonies are weaker than others at the end of winter.

The old bees (five or six months) come outside to die; they don’t stay in the colonies. The summer bees usually live about a month. “They work themselves to death, hence the saying ‘busy as a bee’”, Fekeshazy said. “During the summer they will sometimes fly three or four kilometers and when they return they seem to know which colony to enter,” he added.

Fekeshazy markets his product under the name of ‘The Bee Sting Farm on the Miramichi’, selling it in local stores and in the town supermarkets.

Previous to his retirement, Fekeshazy was employed as an architectural and engineering inspector at the Atlantic Institution in Renous.

Source: Miramichi Leader Weekend – October 19, 1990

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