Manuka honey to make its debut in hospitals?

Biofilms, a combination of bacteria that can accumulate on teeth, medical implants, heart valves and urinary catheters, are difficult to conquer.  After modern medicine bemoans germs are increasingly becoming resistant to man-made antibiotics, manuka honey is found to prevent biofilm accumulation on urinary catheters that are commonly used in hospitals for patients who are unable to urinate after anesthesia or for other reasons without germ resistance.  [Daily Mail UK Sept 26, 2016; Journal Clinical Pathology Sept 26, 2016]

Manuka honey was first lauded for its antibiotic properties in 1999. [Journal Wound Care Sept 2016] In fact, some microbiologists say manuka honey is ready to go mainstrain, not just serve as alternative medicine. [Frontiers Microbiology April 20, 2016]

Methylglyoxal, bee defensing, polyphenols and hydrogen peroxide (yep, the same hydrogen peroxide used to clean wounds), have been identified as the active ingredients in manuka honey. [Ultrastructural Pathology 2016]

Wait, it doesn’t stop there.  Some cunning researchers administered manuka honey intravenously to lab rats and report it inhibits tumor growth by 33%.  while not as good as existing chemotherapy drugs, it did produce a dramatic increase in survival. [PLoS One 2013]

The idea of brushing teeth with manuka honey has been validated. [Anaerobe 2011]  Manuka honey has been demonstrated to reduce dental plaque better than xylitol chewing gum. [Contemporary Clinical Dentistry Oct 2010]

There is considerable difference between medical grade honeys and other natural honeys. [Asian Pacific Journal Tropical Biomedicine 2011]

Manuka honeys with various strengths of methylglyoxal, its primary active ingredient, are available. []

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