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Honey could be a wonder drug
News.com.au ^ | September 24, 2008

Posted on 09/24/2008 10:22:19 AM PDT by Schnucki

HONEY, used for generations to soothe sore throats, could soon be substituted for antibiotics in fighting stubborn ear, nose and throat infections, according to a new study. Ottawa University doctors found in tests that ordinary honey kills bacteria that cause sinus infections, and does it better in most cases than antibiotics.

The researchers have so far tested manuka honey from New Zealand, and sidr honey from Yemen.

"It's astonishing," researcher Joseph Marson said of bees' unexplained ability to combine the nectar of flowers into a seemingly potent medicine.

The preliminary tests were conducted in laboratory dishes, not in live patients, but included the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is highly resistant to antibiotics.

In upcoming human trials, a "honey rinse" would be used to "flush out the goo from sinus cavities," said Marson.

The two killed all floating bacteria in liquid, and 63-91 per cent of biofilms - micro-organisms that sometimes form a protective layer in sinus cavities, urinary tracts, catheters, and heart valves, protecting bacteria from normal drug treatments and often leading to chronic infections.

The most effective antibiotic, rifampin, killed just 18 percent of the biofilm samples in the tests.

"As of today, nobody is sure what in the honey kills the bacteria,"

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: antibiotics; bees; health; healthcare; honey; medicine
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1 posted on 09/24/2008 10:22:28 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

test


2 posted on 09/24/2008 10:24:37 AM PDT by stockpirate (Bitter white trash clinging to God and guns. Sarah Barracuda - the trilla from Willsila)
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To: Schnucki

Okay, do I swallow it, snort it or something (what could that be?) else?


3 posted on 09/24/2008 10:26:32 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Jemian

I use honey in my coffee, and it is fairly well known that local honey helps offset allergies. Just don’t pet the bees.


4 posted on 09/24/2008 10:29:52 AM PDT by billhilly (I was republican when republican wasn't cool. (With an apology to Barbara Mandrell.))
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To: All

bump


5 posted on 09/24/2008 10:29:52 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Jemian
Okay, do I swallow it, snort it or something (what could that be?) else?

Suppository.

6 posted on 09/24/2008 10:31:37 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Schnucki

I had a sore throat this past weekend and was amazed at how good green tea with honey made me feel


7 posted on 09/24/2008 10:32:19 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Jemian

It said something about a “honey rinse”. If you have ever had sinus infections, you may have come across a small device for rinsing out the nasal cavities. It is a small container with a longish spout that you pour though your nose. It think that *might* be one of the way they are talking about.

Me, I had honey to my tea.


8 posted on 09/24/2008 10:32:37 AM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: Schnucki

It does kill bacteria, just don’t give it to infants under 1 yr. of age. It contains botulism, but is harmless to those over a year old.


9 posted on 09/24/2008 10:33:07 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("Stand up, Chuck!")
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To: Schnucki

It does kill bacteria, just don’t give it to infants under 1 yr. of age. It contains botulism, but is harmless to those over a year old.


10 posted on 09/24/2008 10:33:13 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("Stand up, Chuck!")
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To: FrdmLvr

All true, all true! That is why I raise bees and sell honey which is raw with no chemicals used in my beehives to fight disease or mites.


11 posted on 09/24/2008 10:37:47 AM PDT by Beeman
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To: Izzy Dunne
Suppository.

And, of course, you should lick your fingers after insertion to get the full benefit.

12 posted on 09/24/2008 10:38:12 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: Schnucki

From the article: “Canada’s clover and buckwheat honey did not work at all.”


13 posted on 09/24/2008 10:40:18 AM PDT by decimon
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To: FrdmLvr

If anyone wants to know more you can do a post to me and I’ll get back to you later. I have to get to a meeting now.


14 posted on 09/24/2008 10:41:42 AM PDT by Beeman
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To: Jemian

Inject it.........


15 posted on 09/24/2008 10:43:48 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: billhilly

I think anytime you ingest a locally grown pollen, it helps. I have been growing all of my own herbs and doing pick your own and farmer’s market shopping for the past year. I have bought one box of claritin this allergy season (I should be on my third or fourth box) and my sinuses are not nearly as bad as they have been in the past. (Yes, I use locally grown honey too!)


16 posted on 09/24/2008 10:43:48 AM PDT by PrincessB ("I am an expert on my own opinion." - Dave Ramsey)
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To: Beeman

I always buy local honey to combat local organisms. Seems to work for me, (and my dog too.)


17 posted on 09/24/2008 10:44:33 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action Candidate)
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To: TruthConquers

Yep. I know exactly what you are talking about. Adding honey to that when infection sets in or prior would be great for someone like me that often has issues during winter. I also read the device you are talking about may actually be a viable replacement for nasal allergies sprays if used daily . . . but I digress. A honey nose is a happy nose :-)


18 posted on 09/24/2008 10:45:50 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Schnucki

Later consumption...


19 posted on 09/24/2008 10:46:04 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Schnucki

I have been a daily bee pollen and bee propolis for years. Yes...and use honey too, about a quart per month. My husband and son do not wish to take the bee products, and have had NASTY summer colds/nasal infections. We live in the same house and I haven’t even had a sniffle. Then again, I haven’t had a real cold in years. I also practice ginseng on a nearly daily basis. These old remedies of preventative maintenance work! Doctors do not want to tell you though. Know why? You’d be HEALTHY and NOT NEED THEM!!!

http://www.beepropolis.info/propolis-info/benefits/propolisbenefits.html


20 posted on 09/24/2008 10:46:09 AM PDT by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will loose")
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To: PrincessB

Where does one find locally grown honey? I am in the Santa Barbara area and would not have a clue to know who to even ask. Maybe the local Trader Joes?


21 posted on 09/24/2008 10:47:28 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Schnucki; steelie; SierraWasp

When I moved to N California in 1971, I became an antihistamine addict.

My airborne allergies were plant base and carried on the winds.

Last November a medical friend told me to buy some local honey, you need local honey, and to take a teaspoon a couple of times a day. I take a teaspoon when I wake up and one before bedtime and one about 3:30 pm if the coastal or north winds are up.

I have not had an antihistamine pill/tablet since then with the exception a fishing trip several hundred miles away. I only needed one and the symptons went away once I got home.

My oldest son and his 9 year old daughter, who both have allergies and Asthma sometimes during or after a severe allergic event, started their local honey routine this July. They both have been basically free from allergies. Our 9 year old grand daughter recently ran a mile in under 9 minutes, the fastest of any 4/5th grad girl and only two boys beat her in 10 classes. Her Asthma before would not let her do this.

Honey works very well on open cuts and lacerations.


22 posted on 09/24/2008 10:48:34 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: sevinufnine

Uh, my grammar sucks today, I’ve been a regular USER of pollen and propolis. (Maybe a shot of coffee would have helped today with my spelling/thinking ;>)


23 posted on 09/24/2008 10:48:39 AM PDT by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will loose")
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To: billhilly

Honey is good for allergies - - but it must be local honey, for it to have any affect. If you eat honey made 2 states away, it won’t help with your allergies.

By eating honey made locally, you are taking in small amounts of the same elements which cause alergic reactions. So you are slowing building up a resistance, similar to getting a flu shot against the flu.


24 posted on 09/24/2008 10:49:07 AM PDT by i_dont_chat (The elephant is dancing for the lady from Alaska)
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To: TruthConquers
...a small container with a longish spout that you pour though your nose.

It's called a "nasal douche".
I have one that glows in the dark and has my state's motto imprinted on the side.

25 posted on 09/24/2008 10:50:44 AM PDT by Ignatz (Why not enjoy the occasional swede?)
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To: GOP Poet

Look up the word Apiary in the yellow pages. That is the term for a honey bee farmer! Also, look for a local Farmer’s Market or health food store. I live in the boonies of Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mnts...and there are signs on the side of the road saying “buy honey here”...so I am fortunate I don’t have to look far :>)


26 posted on 09/24/2008 10:51:20 AM PDT by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will loose")
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To: Beeman

Question: In man-made bee hives is the square already pre made with a wax-type honeycomb so the bees are just making honey, OR or the squares totally empty and the honeycomb is true 100% honeycomb? Thanks.


27 posted on 09/24/2008 10:51:36 AM PDT by LivingNet
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To: Schnucki

Honey cures.....for what aches ya...

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/honey.html


28 posted on 09/24/2008 10:52:01 AM PDT by BigBlueJon ("And shepherds we shall be....For Thee, my Lord, for Thee....")
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To: GOP Poet

“Where does one find locally grown honey? I am in the Santa Barbara area and would not have a clue to know who to even ask. Maybe the local Trader Joes?”

In N California we get it from farmers’s markets, local grocery stores not chains and maybe your yellowpages can help.


29 posted on 09/24/2008 10:52:53 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: Schnucki
My daughter and I have used honey as an acne treatment - bacteria will not grow in honey.

Carolyn

30 posted on 09/24/2008 10:53:37 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: GOP Poet

Many apple orchards also maintain bee hives to help pollination, and often sell the honey. Try to find one in your area.


31 posted on 09/24/2008 10:54:24 AM PDT by Ignatz (Why not enjoy the occasional swede?)
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To: sevinufnine
"I live in the boonies of Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mnts"

You are so fortunate! My husband was born and raised in Marion, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley. I have always loved that area. If there had been jobs there when we got married, we'd be there now.

Carolyn

32 posted on 09/24/2008 10:55:06 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: sevinufnine

Gals I work with insist that a dose (Tablespoonful?) of high-quality Apple Cider Vinegar each day mixed into 8 oz. of water keeps them healthy, too.

What say you?


33 posted on 09/24/2008 10:56:10 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: TruthConquers; Jemian

You could use a Neti pot to instill the honey into your nasal cavities. The honey absolutely must be raw and unfiltered honey. Do not use store bought honey unless the labels reads “raw and unfiltered”. Almost always, store bought honey has been pasteurized which means all the “good stuff” has been destroyed by heating.

To instill the honey into your nose, put it into a small jar and then place the jar into a pan of hot water. Heat the honey for three or four minutes but absolutely no more than 150 degrees.

Pour this honey into your neti pot. This will insure an easier flow into the nostrils.

The easiest method would be to lay on your back on a bed or couch with your head off the bed and a bit lower than your body. Have a second person pour the honey into each nostril. It can also be poured off a spoon if you don’t have a neti pot. Eye droppers don’t necessarily work very well.

Remain on your back for 15 minutes. The honey’s warm temperature will cause it to spread throughout the sinus cavities.

Once you stand upright, the honey will rapidly begin to drain from your nasal cavity and sinuses. This will take a few moments to completely clear.

Honey is hygroscopic meaning it absorbs fluids. It is also antiseptic. It is anti-bacterial as well. It has amazing healing properties.

Be prepared for the honey to sting just a small bit when it is inside your nose. Other than that, it should not cause a problem to instill it.

I’m not a doctor and I didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn last night, but I have lectured on the health benefits of honey and all other products of the hive since 1997. Bee venom, for example, has amazing healing properties.

My FR screen name means “honey man”.


34 posted on 09/24/2008 10:57:14 AM PDT by miele man
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To: decimon
From the article: “Canada’s clover and buckwheat honey did not work at all.”

Oh good, never liked the taste of the Buckwheat Honey.
35 posted on 09/24/2008 10:59:08 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: GOP Poet

Check the labels at the stores. I live in Missouri and there are two brands sold that are locally grown at regular grocery stores. Your best bets are mid-sized regional stores. That is not where I get my honey though. Check your local paper archives to see if there have been any special interest articles on honey or beekeeping in the past few years. In our paper they had an article about a guy who keeps bees fairly close to where I live. It also listed where the honey is sold. I get it from a local tourist gift shop.

Fair warning - local honey may have a grassy taste


36 posted on 09/24/2008 10:59:52 AM PDT by PrincessB ("I am an expert on my own opinion." - Dave Ramsey)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

OMG !...


37 posted on 09/24/2008 11:03:57 AM PDT by UltraKonservativen (( YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!))
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To: GOP Poet

GOP Poet, I’m a beekeeper in the midwest so I have no personal knowledge of local sources for you. I suggest that you look at the listing on the BeeSource forum.

http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=214430

ND


38 posted on 09/24/2008 11:04:40 AM PDT by NuclearDruid
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To: miele man

Thank you for the info. I have long subscribe to local, raw honey as help with allergies and for colds and flu (mixed with whiskey, you feel better real soon!). I didn’t know about the rest. Would swallowing it help th kidneys and urinary tract?


39 posted on 09/24/2008 11:05:10 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Schnucki

And honey, I miss you
And I'm bein' good
And I'd love to be with you
If only I could


40 posted on 09/24/2008 11:06:03 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: Schnucki

I never had a sinus infection in my life until I went to an eye doctor for new glasses. He put some eyedrops in. A day later I had a violent infection. It never went away, has been chronic ever since. Two years.
When you go to an eye doctor, don’t let him put anything in your eyes that isn’t sealed and guaranteed sterile.


41 posted on 09/24/2008 11:08:13 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: GOP Poet

Try local produce markets, orchards and the Co-op. With all of the agriculture in your area there should be no problem finding it.


42 posted on 09/24/2008 11:10:49 AM PDT by billhilly (I was republican when republican wasn't cool. (With an apology to Barbara Mandrell.))
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To: shaggy eel

I see they mentioned manuka honey.


43 posted on 09/24/2008 11:12:04 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Honey works very well on open cuts and lacerations.

Honey was used on battlefield wounds as recently as WWI.

It's also hygroscopic, meaning it attracts moisture.

L

44 posted on 09/24/2008 11:15:06 AM PDT by Lurker (She's not a lesbian, she doesn't whine, she doesn't hate her country, and she's not afraid of guns.)
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To: Schnucki
I eat my peas with honey;
I've done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny,
but keeps them on my knife.
45 posted on 09/24/2008 11:18:55 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (don't worry, they only want to take water out of the other guy's side of the bucket.)
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To: Beeman

Bee right back? :)


46 posted on 09/24/2008 11:19:50 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (don't worry, they only want to take water out of the other guy's side of the bucket.)
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Just bee aware that most honey contains traces of BPP.

.

47 posted on 09/24/2008 11:24:59 AM PDT by polymuser (Taxpayers voting for Obama are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders)
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To: GOP Poet

Call your local county extension agent or agricultural representative. Also call local agricultural stores for more information. Is there a farmer’s market in your area? You should easily find sources for honey.

It is best to get honey from within 20 miles of your own home.


48 posted on 09/24/2008 11:26:52 AM PDT by miele man
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To: CDHart

Cool. It’s still beautiful here. Marion is west of me (Pulaski County). What I know about Marion other than it’s pretty is the mental health facility is still booming :>) Do you remember it? Right on the North side of the Interstate...you can see it from the road.


49 posted on 09/24/2008 11:28:15 AM PDT by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will loose")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I say it’s probably true. Also heard vinegar is used by those trying to beat drug test results..so it must clean you out really well!


50 posted on 09/24/2008 11:29:16 AM PDT by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will loose")
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