Super Bugs Cause Thousands of Deaths

So-called Super Bugs cause thousands of deaths and disfigurements every year. Public health officials are alarmed and in recent years MRSA alone was responsible for half of all skin infections treated in the North American emergency rooms.

In normal situations, like a cut finger or a scraped knee, the wound will heal on its own, but sometimes wounds become infected with bacteria causing more tissue damage.

Though the practice is uncommon in the United States, honey is successfully used elsewhere on wounds and burns that are unresponsive to other treatments. Honey has four main properties that help to kill and to exterminate bacteria. Honey is a supersaturated solution of sugar and contains very little water.

Applied to a wound, the honey acts like a sponge and draws fluid away from the infected wound, this helps to kill bacteria, which need liquid to grow. Honey is also very acidic, with a pH of between 3 and 4 killing bacteria naturally in this acidic environment. But if honey is diluted with bodily fluids from the wound, bacteria can grow again.

However, when honey is diluted by these bodily fluids and the honey becomes less acidic, it encourages enzymes to become active and to produce hydrogen peroxide, an anti-microbial substance. The exact molecule responsible for this activity has not yet been identified but is known as the Unique Manuka Factor, a honey made from the flowers of the Manuka Tree (New Zealand) seems to be particularly powerful at killing bacteria.