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Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It
WakingTimes.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | John Stapleton

Posted on 03/13/2012 9:41:37 PM PDT by Windflier

Australian researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses — a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine.

Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.

Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.

It is applied externally and acts on skin infections, bites and cuts.

The honey is distinctive in that it comes only from bees feeding off tea trees native to Australia and New Zealand, said Dee Carter, from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences.

The findings are likely to have a major impact on modern medicine and could lead to a range of honey-based products to replace antibiotic and antiseptic creams.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: antibacterial; bacteria; honey; manuka; manukahoney; medicine; medihoney; natural; teatreeoil
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Nature is pretty unbelievable sometimes.
1 posted on 03/13/2012 9:41:45 PM PDT by Windflier
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To: Windflier

Btookmark


2 posted on 03/13/2012 9:46:06 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Windflier

Good News Ping.


3 posted on 03/13/2012 9:46:37 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: Windflier
So... can it make mead?

How do yeast do in that environment?

/johnny

4 posted on 03/13/2012 9:47:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Windflier

The only “food” science can’t copy.

I’ve always heard that bacteria won’t grow in honey. I guess the thing about this honey is it “kills” bacteria.


5 posted on 03/13/2012 9:53:32 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( "It happened. And we let it happen. - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: Windflier

Saving this.


6 posted on 03/13/2012 9:53:43 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President)
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To: Windflier

I’d like some on my waffle.... I think.


7 posted on 03/13/2012 9:54:00 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: Windflier

Unfortunately, it’s almost free.

Not much profit in free. :)


8 posted on 03/13/2012 9:55:27 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: InterceptPoint

” The findings are likely to have a major impact on modern medicine and could lead to a range of honey-based products to replace antibiotic and antiseptic creams.”

While Manuka honey may be more effective to some particularly nasty bugs, plain raw honey has been known to be antibacterial for centuries. Well, at least it’s been known to “cure” cuts and the like even before we knew what bacteria were. Bee’s “hive glue”, propolis, is used as a tincture like iodine, and dissolved in water or alcohol and used as a gargle for sore throats. There is nothing new under the sun.


9 posted on 03/13/2012 9:56:33 PM PDT by rickomatic
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To: Windflier

Manuka honey has been around for years...I used it for my sons acne..it kills staph and other skin infections.


10 posted on 03/13/2012 9:59:37 PM PDT by hope
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To: Jim Robinson

Was this the stuff?


11 posted on 03/13/2012 10:02:59 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Windflier

The Bible has a verse that says:

“Eat honey, for it is good”.

I think it could be found using the right search.


12 posted on 03/13/2012 10:03:04 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: Windflier

I’ve wondered about this for years. Honey is the only food that doesn’t rot, ever. So it has something in it that keeps bugs away.

Humble bee spit. Sometimes the answer is right under our noses.


13 posted on 03/13/2012 10:09:57 PM PDT by lurk
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To: hope

Yes, Manuka recommended in survivalists’ books forever. This is not news.


14 posted on 03/13/2012 10:13:42 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Finalapproach29er

Proverbs - 13 “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:”


15 posted on 03/13/2012 10:15:03 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: lurk

I drink honey and lemon at any sign of sniffles or sore throat.


16 posted on 03/13/2012 10:18:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: lurk

It’s the only kosher food that comes from an unkosher animal (in this case, an insect).


17 posted on 03/13/2012 10:32:22 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Windflier

Honey badger don’t give a crap!


18 posted on 03/13/2012 10:33:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Windflier

Ping


19 posted on 03/13/2012 10:48:04 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: lurk

20 posted on 03/13/2012 10:49:37 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Yes, I believe it is. The product name they’re using on me is Medihoney and I believe it is manuka honey.

Here’s an article I found on Medihoney:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22398921/ns/health-health_care/t/honey-making-medical-comeback/#.T2AvqfGPXjs

Excerpt:

TRENTON, New Jersey — Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature’s original antibiotic — honey — is making a comeback.

More than 4,000 years after Egyptians began applying honey to wounds, Derma Sciences Inc., a New Jersey company that makes medicated and other advanced wound care products, began selling the first honey-based dressing this fall after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. Also called Leptospermum honey, manuka honey comes from hives of bees that collect nectar from manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand.


21 posted on 03/13/2012 10:55:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: Windflier

Kills all bacteria, eh? It should be on the menu at the White House.


22 posted on 03/13/2012 11:01:36 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Finalapproach29er

The ancients knew that honey had health benefits. The oldest texts / scriptures mentioning this are the Vedas, 4000+ years ago.


23 posted on 03/13/2012 11:03:32 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Windflier

“Mysterious Honey Discovered That Kills All Bacteria Scientists Throw At It.”

I have a recipe for Thanksgiving turkey that can do the same thing...


24 posted on 03/13/2012 11:12:03 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Windflier

I’m still looking for that 250 year old man and when I find I’m going to ask him what he eats.


25 posted on 03/13/2012 11:14:24 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Windflier

Not exactly new. The famed Roman physician, Galen, was known to use honey as an antibiotic in wounds. He didn’t know -why- it worked yet, but he knew it worked. Honey kept even serious cuts from becoming infected.


26 posted on 03/13/2012 11:18:47 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

He learned about it from the Egyptians.


27 posted on 03/13/2012 11:21:18 PM PDT by Sundog (When Hollywood defines reality there is none.)
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To: Finalapproach29er

I have had the worst cold - really awful and could not get rid of it and it got so disgusting I was off work for a week. I tried to go in one day and a co-worker, told me to drink hot tea with lemon and honey. He said to drink a lot of this.

The first night I drank 5 big cups and got way better...that was a couple of days ago and now I’m back to normal.

Who knows, maybe I’d have gotten better anyway but it sure didn’t seem like it was going to happen until I started the tea.


28 posted on 03/13/2012 11:25:50 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Trillian

is this the same stuff I used?


29 posted on 03/13/2012 11:46:57 PM PDT by Conservative4Life (Those who don't learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Elections have consequences.)
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To: Sundog
He learned about it from the Egyptians.

Oh, yes... and they learned about it from someone well before them. The important thing is that honey has been used as an effective antibiotic for a very, very long time. If anything, Galen was the first "modern" (more or less) physician that bothered to keep good records and left a wealth of notes for others to learn from.

30 posted on 03/14/2012 12:02:24 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Windflier; Jim Robinson
IIRC, Jim Rob had some bandages which were treated with honey used on his leg, with some success.

Tea Tree oil is supposed to be an antibiotic/anti fungal/antiviral as well (topical use only--not to be taken internally). Maybe the bees are picking something up from the tea trees, too.

31 posted on 03/14/2012 12:03:51 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Terry Mross

My guess is that any highly concentrated sugar solution will kill bacteria.


32 posted on 03/14/2012 12:17:07 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Windflier

bflr


33 posted on 03/14/2012 12:32:07 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Windflier

I put Manuka on my Dad’s Cheerios. It is his part of his daily diabetic evening meal. We also luv the benefits of Silver Sol (liquid and gel). Excellent for wounds not to mention a myriad of other ailments.


34 posted on 03/14/2012 12:46:55 AM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Maybe the bees are picking something up from the tea trees, too.

My chickens got into some oyster shale once and their eggs started to smell and taste fishy.
After I eliminated that problem I decided to give them cheddar cheese
cracker treats every day and I must say their eggs were really good.
Someone should do gourmet eggs.

35 posted on 03/14/2012 1:29:12 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Jim Robinson
it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material

Is that like algae? Hmmmmmmmmmm..........maybe we can fill our gas tanks? Har!

JR, thanks for this forum...you da bomb. ;)

36 posted on 03/14/2012 2:03:26 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Windflier

I work with a guy who keeps bees. The stuff he tells me about bees and honey is amazing.


37 posted on 03/14/2012 2:39:54 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: All

Bookmarked...


38 posted on 03/14/2012 2:51:17 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo. VOTE HIM OUT!!")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Manuka honey bump...


39 posted on 03/14/2012 3:09:40 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Pinkbell

Me too.


40 posted on 03/14/2012 5:27:10 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Windflier

sfl


41 posted on 03/14/2012 5:40:45 AM PDT by know-the-law
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To: Yardstick
My guess is that any highly concentrated sugar solution will kill bacteria.

Finally a voice of reason!

A high sugar environment will not allow bacteria to grow. This is why fruit preserves have quite a bit of sugar in them and why one should not try to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipes.

Bacteria may not grown in a dish full of honey, but eating the honey will dilute the sugar concentration though the human body and render it ineffective.

I would give more weight to its use as a topical treatment than a systemic treatment.

42 posted on 03/14/2012 6:16:22 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: Jonty30

Only free to Bushmen.


43 posted on 03/14/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Jonty30

Only free to Bushmen.


44 posted on 03/14/2012 6:22:15 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Windflier

Beeswax too has anti-bacterial properties. If you think about it, it makes sense since the larvae are housed in the comb and it is true that we have had a jar of honey in our cupboard for years and it has never gotten moldy. That’s why I use beeswax for the finish on my wooden spoons.

My Grandmother knew a guy who lived to be 105 years old and he said his secret was to drink a glass of what he called “swaysel” (not sure of the spelling) twice a day, which was water, lemon juice and honey.


45 posted on 03/14/2012 7:10:35 AM PDT by albionin
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To: Windflier

Bookmarked...


46 posted on 03/14/2012 7:22:07 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Windflier

Woot! honey and tea tree oil! Awesome combo. TTO is an incredible microbe killer, and honey’s topical healing history is long and illustrious. Melaleuca (tea trea) is a very effective disinfectant. Stinks to high heaven, but it sure gets the job done.


47 posted on 03/14/2012 9:57:41 AM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: raybbr; Windflier
I work with a guy who keeps bees. The stuff he tells me about bees and honey is amazing.

ULEE'S GOLD is one of my favorite movies.

One guess what the "gold" is.

48 posted on 03/14/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points.)
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To: Windflier; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

It appears only 10% of the honey have enough of the compound “methylglyoxal” which is responsible for this.


49 posted on 03/14/2012 4:00:12 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Windflier; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

Correct.

Even though only ~10% contains the compound, honey is still good for you.


50 posted on 03/14/2012 9:55:58 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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