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Manuka honey—a delicious way to get well

You only need to watch a few pharmaceutical commercials and read the headlines about the latest unstoppable infection to know that medical science doesn’t have all the answers. When the best solution to a minor problem is a toxic drug that causes multiple life-threatening side effects, it’s time to look elsewhere. Then there are the infections that medical science can’t stop, like MRSA. Isn’t it comforting to know that there have been answers for these problems all along in nature? And nature’s answers will cure you without all the side effects.

Most doctors rarely or never prescribe a natural remedy. This is because there is absolutely no profit in doing so. Prescribing a drug can generate profit by requiring return visits to renew the prescription or for blood tests to make sure the drug is not destroying your liver. Prescribing drugs can also get your doctor bennies from the pharmaceutical companies, like lunch for the office staff or free samples—in some cases much more lavish gifts, like trips to exotic places.

Even doctors that are aware of effective natural remedies hesitate to recommend them, because to do so is to invite censure from other doctors who feel they have to stick together and present a united front to patients to justify the standard course of treatment. As long as a doctor prescribes the usual toxic drugs, his/her fellows will lend their support and even help cover up his misdeeds, but if the doctor ventures outside the standard protocol, he’s on his own—even if doing so is far safer and more healing for the patient. Still, a preponderance of research and countless case studies show that there are numerous natural remedies that work, and a significant number of them work much, much better than the drugs doctors prescribe.

One of the many natural remedies that doctors rarely use is manuka honey. All honeys have healing properties, but manuka honey contains special components that make it especially healing—so much so that it is effective even against MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, i.e., the kind of infection that antibiotics are useless against. Manuka honey is antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal. You can treat a cut or infection with manuka honey to heal it, just by applying the honey to the wound. And you can of course take manuka honey internally to combat infections. In fact, it has actually been used in wound care clinics to heal serious wounds.

Manuka honey has been reported to heal leg ulcers colonized by MRSA, heal diabetic foot ulcers, kill the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers, and tame inflammatory bowel disease. Mixing honey with beeswax and olive oil is said to be an effective topical treatment for psoriasis. Honey even works as a dandruff treatment. Honey even reduces C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and blood lipids. Manuka honey mixed in water and gargled can help heal a sore throat. Manuka honey has been found to be as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash in reducing plaque formation. Chlorhexidine can damage the liver; honey won’t. The honey has even been reported effective in healing colon cancer, although this does not mean it would not be effective in healing other cancers. And there are no side effects with honey like there are with antibiotics.

Manuka honey—despite being sweet—actually combats candida fungus, which is normally associated with a diet high in sugar. And manuka honey has a glycemic index of about 54 to 59, about the same as plain white sugar, which comes in at 58. Yet it doesn’t raise blood glucose as aggressively as white sugar does, and unlike sugar it is not empty calories. In fact, Manuka honey in moderation is a better choice for people watching their blood sugar than other forms of sugar are.

These are just a few of the many demonstrated medicinal uses of Manuka honey. Don’t forget about the flavor, though. Manuka honey has a richer flavor than regular commercially processed honey. It’s a bit smoky, and it’s thicker than the teddy bear squeeze bottled honeys. You can use it in all the ways you use regular honey—in coffee, tea, or on toast or crackers, and you can also make desserts with it. Or you can just eat it with a spoon, right out of the jar. Like any honey, though, don’t give it to babies under one year old, because their immune systems are not developed enough to handle any type of honey, and it can induce infant botulism.

Nature’s remedies are almost universally better than those concocted by Big Pharma, and manuka honey is no exception. It’s good for a wide range of ailments, does not require a prescription, and it’s fun to eat. You can probably find manuka honey at your local health food store, so look there first. If not, though, it’s available online from; I like this brand.

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