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October 21, 2007

Rub Some Dirt Honey On It

We're supposed to start asking our physicians about using bee honey instead of the usual antibiotic preparations on wounds.

Dr. Fasal Rauf Khan said honey was an ancient treatment for wound healing, and that it never spoils. But when effective antibiotics came into use in the 1940s, honey was dropped.

"Honey has a number of properties that make it effective against bacterial growth, including its high sugar content, low moisture content, gluconic acid -- which creates an acidic environment -- and hydrogen peroxide. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling," he said.

Hey, you know what else contains hydrogen peroxide? A big bottle of hydrogen peroxide.

I wonder how many people are going to think this is a groovy natural-healing idea and actually start using honey on wounds.

But I don't wonder if Dr. Khan would smear honey on his own kids' cuts and boo-boos. I'm certain he wouldn't.

Oh sure, he'd think about it for half a second. And then chuckle and reach for the Iodex™.

UPDATE: The most annoying thing about this moronblog is the smart commenters.

Thanks to marcus for that interesting link.

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