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'Super honey' discovered by scientists wipes out such deadly infections as MRSA

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
August 12th, 2013
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A new compound developed from honey has reportedly had "amazing" results on wounds and infections in hospital in the United Kingdom. Dubbed "super honey" by researchers, the material was tested on infants and new mother, as well as cancer patients and the elderly for over a year in hospitals in Hampshire.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ulcers and wounds, including those infected with the superbug MRSA were healed within days. The number of women who suffered infections after giving birth by caesarean section was cut in half.

The compound was also helpful in treating the wounds of soldiers returning from Afghanistan. The super honey was also successfully used to treat acne and to protect the skin of cancer patients fitted with a catheter for chemotherapy.

"It will revolutionize wound care around the world," Dr. Matthew Dryden, consultant microbiologist at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust declared.

Although doctors favor penicillin and antibiotics, honey has long been used for its healing powers for thousands of years. Surgihoney, which is stored in 10g sachets, can kill bacteria, parasites and fungal infections while also encouraging wounds to heal.

"I have conducted numerous laboratory tests and compared it with honeys from around the world," Dryden says. "I found Surgihoney better for treating every type of bug. So for the past year I have been using it on patients and the results have been amazing.

"There are plenty of products that can kill bacteria but they often don't help heal tissue . Honey is a fantastic natural medicine. The important extra is that it kills the bugs but doesn't damage the tissue."

Surgihoney is now being developed by Ian Staples, a businessman who once owned the Halfords motor accessories chain.

Staples has since bought an organic farm in southern Chile, set up beehives then funded scientific researchers in Ireland to identify the unique health elements.

The honey has been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority in the U.K. but is not yet commercially available.

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