Dr. Petrusia Kotlar is a chiropractic alternative health care provider practicing for over 3 decades and part time farmer/beekeeper/research practitioner since 2004 on her New Jersey based Linden Hill Farm and Apiary since 2006. The Towaco Honeybee Sanctuary was established here where she grows medicinal herbs, linden trees and to produces high quality apitherapy products.
She believes that apitherapy is a healing modality that is due to become integrated into the preventative health and wellness care system in our lifetime. She would like to be a part of this accomplishment.
Dr. Kotlar has been a member the American Apitherapy Society for many years and an active beekeeper. She has participated in Dr. Stangaciu’s Apitherapy course in 2011 and attended Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course and Conference October 26-28, 2018, in Providence, RI.
She offers presentations and consultations on Apitherapy (products of the hive including honey, propolis and bee venom therapy (BVT) to patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s, and other disorders.
Dr. Kotlar received the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant Award “Alternative Honeybee Nutrition – Beyond Sugar Syrup.” in 2011 and continues as a research practitioner with PSU at her Towaco Honeybee Sanctuary and Apiary. Currently, a proposal for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE) 2021 Farmer Grant was titled: “Does adding Reishi mushrooms to smoker fuel improve honeybee health?” She believes a healthier honeybee will provide the best possible products for apitherapy. Previous work includes multiple proposals for protocols on the planting of superb bee forage crops to provide ample nectar and pollen for the apiary and teaching about creating honeybee sanctuaries.
Participation in PSU Feeding Study in 2019 testing effects of various feeds on honeybees using Broodminder (BLE) technology, integrated circuit temperature and humidity chips was an experience.
Other projects included organizing the first “Alternative Beekeepers Conference-Defining our Methods” in Kerhonkson NY, May 2019 and “The Search for Sustainable Methods – A Virtual Conference“ in May, 2020.
These studies apply to Apitherapy since the products of the hive should be coming from treatment free honeybees. Perhaps this would be a topic of interest for apitherapists and patients who are looking for improved grade products of the hive including BV, pollen, and honey.
This most recent project will provide data about a potential cost effective, easy, chemical free, natural method that could improve the health and lifespan of the honeybee.
– “Introduction to Apitherapeutics” (2017): webinar and PowerPoint presentation
– “Apitherapy- Medicinal Gifts from the Hive” presentation (2015): ” lecture and PowerPoint presentation
– “BEE DANCE- Steps to a New Future in Beekeeping” (2014): short video documentary with proposed solutions to the present-day global bee decline entered initially at Apimondia 2013 innovations in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since then, it was selected by the Black Bear Film Festival in 2019 and presented at the Narrowsburg Honeybee Festival as well.
– “US-Ukraine Honeybee Project- How Can We Change the Future?” (2012): video documentary on Beekeeping in Ukraine proposing 5 potential areas of collaboration between US and Ukraine.
Dr. Kotlar attended Apimondia 2013 in Ukraine and presented a documentary titled “Bee Dance – Steps to the New Future of Beekeeping” which compared methods of beekeeping in Ukraine and US. I have visited numerous beekeeping facilities in Ukraine filming and documenting styles of beekeeping. I continue to visit Ukraine every summer in August for the Feast of the Honey Savior when the entire country celebrates the honeybee and the beekeeper.
Other initiatives include organizing Seasonal Health and Wellness Retreats, four times a year at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, New York nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. “Celebrate the Feast of the Honey Savior” was the theme in August 2020 where Honey tasting was a highlight of the event.
I believe that apitherapy is a healing modality that is due to become integrated into the preventative health and wellness care system in our lifetime. I would like to be a part of this accomplishment.