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Manuka Honey: The Honey That Heals

manukaDid you know that all honey, regardless of where it is grown, has antibacterial effects? Manuka honey comes from bees that get their pollen from the flowering Manuka bush, a tree that is native to New Zealand. The activity that makes honey an antibacterial comes from both peroxide and non-peroxide activity, and what makes Manuka honey so special.

In a study published in 2013, Manuka honey was found to benefit patients with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus when used topically to wounds that were not responsive to antibiotics. They were able to identify that the Methylglyoxal (MGO) was not the only antibacterial property in Manuka Honey as when this part of the honey was blocked the honey continued to treat the bacteria. Manuka honey has been used for over 4,000 years as a home remedy to treat colds and flu.

manuka_honeyHoney has a natural sweetness and tastes sweeter than sugar. The glycemic response to honey is lower than that of equal part sugar. This, along with the high nutrient property of honey; high in antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin E and D it also functions as an anti-inflammatory agent. The active enzymes in Manuka honey also enhance the immune system by increasing the acidophilus.

Used topically, Manuka can be applied to any infection or inflammatory skin like acne and eczema. Taken by the teaspoon it settles an upset stomach, lowers inflammation in the upper part of the digestive system, and is therefore soothing for gastritis and reflux. People use it for Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well. You can also use in an inflamed eye or ear by making drops of 1 tablespoon Manuka honey into 1 cup of warm water. Use a clean eyedropper to put into eyes or into inflamed ears. You can repeat throughout the day as needed. Some people even put this same mixture with salt into a Neti pot to soothe irritated, inflamed sinuses. If you buy Manuka honey to have in your medicine cabinet make sure you purchase one that is third party tested. There isContinue Reading >

Enterovirus and Our Children

Enterovirus and Our Children

The enterovirus that is causing acute respiratory distress in young children has been labeled EV-D68. This particular strain surfaces each year but this year it made national attention because in two areas in the United States, Illinois and Kansas there were 30 confirmed cases of EV-D68 in hospitals, all in the Intensive Care Unit between August and September. The virus affects the airways especially in children as adults have been exposed to it in the past and developed antibodies to the virus already. There have been just over 1000 positive cultures (out of 2000) so far with significantly lower incidences in the month of November.Continue Reading

Ebola Virus Epidemic

Ebola Virus Epidemic

Here are the truths on the Ebola Virus: Ebola virus or Hemorrhagic fever, a filovirus (thread like virus) is currently the cause of an epidemic in Western Africa with an initiation into the United States in late summer 2014. This virus causes internal bleeding and eventual death if not treated. A person can become infected Ebola from another person, from monkeys or apes, bats or contaminated food. Once infected, the virus can be found in many different fluids, urine, saliva, tears, mucus, feces, vomit, sweat, and breast milk.Continue Reading

Ozone Therapy: For Acute & Chronic Conditions

Ozone Therapy: For Acute & Chronic Conditions

If you’re like me, you probably think of ozone as being the layer surrounding the earth’s oxygen layer. You might also think of it as the major part of smog, which is caused by the combustion of gas in automobiles. You might have heard that the ozone layer is becoming thinner and therefore is dangerous, as it will prevent the earth’s oxygen from being “held in.” One way to make more ozone, which is needed for the survival of this planet, is through lightening that goes from cloud-to-cloud as in the Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela. It occurs for 10 hours a night on average 200 days a year. This type of lightening activates oxygen molecules, breaking up 02 molecules into 01 (oxygen ion) or 03 (ozone). Through this mechanism more ozone is made which is essential for Mother Earth’s existence.Continue Reading

Your Sleep!

Your Sleep!

We sleep one third of our life! Think about it – in a 24-hour period, if we sleep 8 hours of it we are sleeping 1/3 of our day or lifetime! During sleep the body heals and rebuilds from the mental and physical tasks from the daytime. Some people say they only need a few hours a night and maybe they are right. I believe that we are uniquely in tune with our body and that we know what we need for ourselves, but medically, sleep is an essential part of self-care.Continue Reading