What the Research Shows
Honey has a long medicinal history. The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. On that last point, at least, they were on to something.
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Honey is natural and considered harmless for adults. But pediatricians strongly caution against feeding honey to children under 1 year old. Department canada goose outlet black friday sale of Health and Human Services.
That’s because of the risk of canada goose jacket outlet uk botulism. The spores of the botulism bacteria are found in dust and soil that may make their way into honey. Infants do not have a www.canadagoosessale.org developed immune system to defend against infection, says Jatinder Bhatia, MD, a Georgia neonatologist who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Nutrition.
canada goose clearance sale “It’s been shown very clearly that honey can give infants botulism,” a paralytic disorder in which the infant must be given anti toxins and often be placed on a respirator in an intensive care unit, he says. Bhatia has never seen a case of infant botulism. canada goose clearance canada goose outlet sale
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The National Honey Board, which canada goose outlet in toronto the USDA oversees, also agrees that infants should not be given honey. coli and salmonella, and to fight certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors’ offices. But whether it does the same in people hasn’t been proven.
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Manuka honey is sometimes used to treat chronic leg ulcers and pressure sores.
Manuka honey is made in New Zealand from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium. It’s the basis of Medihoney, which the FDA approved in 2007 for use in treating wounds and skin ulcers. It works very well to stimulate healing, says canada goose outlet in usa wound care specialist Frank Bongiorno, MD, of Ann Arbor, Mich.
canada goose coats “Medihoney has been our standard for healing wounds in the past year, since it started coming on the market,” Bongiorno says. A healing wound, whether chronic or acute, is a clean, granulating wound that is absent of bacteria and swelling. Bongiorno doesn’t use Medihoney for burns because it can cause pain. canada goose coats
Bongiorno has visited Haiti, where people use ordinary honey for wounds, and although it isn’t harmful, it doesn’t have the impact of Medihoney, which is purified with ultraviolet light rather than heat. Its antibacterial action is better preserved, he says.
That, of course, is useful in treating wounds, but it is Manuka honey’s pH content, which leans toward acidic, that helps the healing process, says Bongiorno, who has no ties to Medihoney’s maker. “It is soothing and feels good to the wound.”
Honey and Allergies
Some laboratory studies suggest honey has the potential to clear up stuffy noses and ease allergies triggered by pollen. But it’s a bit of a stretch to apply that to patients, says New Jersey allergist Corinna Bowser, MD.
Bowser says she doesn’t consider the studies on honey and congestion to be adequate, for a few reasons: most allergy sufferers are sensitive to wind carried pollens like grass and ragweed the kind not carried by bees and transformed into canada goose outlet uk sale honey.
“If you want to treat someone for common allergies, it’s not commonly found in bee honey,” Bowser says.
“Even if there are allergens in the honey, it wouldn’t make a difference, because it gets broken down by stomach acids and doesn’t trigger an immunological response,” Bowser says. In contrast, “The pills we take for allergies are coated so they don’t get broken down,” she says.
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Maryland family doctor Ariane Cometa, MD, who describes herself as a holistic practitioner, likes to use a buckwheat honey based syrup to ease early symptoms of a cold. She says it calms inflamed membranes and eases a cough the latter claim supported by a few studies.
In a study that involved 139 children, honey beat out dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) and canada goose outlet buffalo diphenhydramine (an antihistamine) in easing nighttime cough in children and improving their sleep.