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    Default Some interesting articles on Skin Health

    I thought i'd start a thread where people can post about interesting news articles about skin health.

    I often look through science sites (as I am a geek ) on my lunch break, so thought i'd share some relevant interesting articles with everyone.

    Here is the first.

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    Eating Vegetables Gives Skin a More Healthy Glow Than the Sun, Study Shows


    "Most people think the best way to improve skin colour is to get a suntan, but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective!."

    Dr Stephen and his team in the Perception Lab found that people who eat more portions of fruit and vegetables per day have a more golden skin colour, thanks to substances called carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combating disease. Responsible for the red colouring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and reproductive systems.

    See article for more information: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0111133224.htm


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    A nice alternative for us rosaceas to get a tan for the obvious reason of needing to avoid the sun and it may help cover the redness

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    Default A little known secret of healthy skin

    Here is another article. Bear in mind that this one is also selling a product. You cam buy borage oil very cheaply elsewhere.


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    BORAGE - A Little Known Secret for Maintaining Healthy Skin

    Dr. Dennis T Sepp
    Dr. Dennis T. Sepp is a PhD chemist with a degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught Chemistry at the University level and has conducted research in medicinal chemistry. He is the owner and formulator for ShiKai Products and continues to lecture and write about natural cosmetic formulations.* Do you have a question about cosmetic formulation?* e-mail him at: dts@shikai.com

    Borage Oil is a little known secret for keeping your skin healthy. It is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin, but can also provide relief to people who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.

    What is Borage Oil?
    Borage, (borago officinalis) is a wildflower commonly called the "starflower". It is a relatively large plant (1.5 ft. tall) with star shaped bright blue flowers and is found wild in almost all parts of the world. It is a well known herb that has been recognized and used for over 1500 years. The Roman historian, Pliny, writes of the virtues of borage, and it is suspected that borage leaves, steeped in wine, were the mysterious Nepenthe elixir that Homer writes of which causes absolute forgetfulness when drunk. In the middle ages, borage leaves were commonly brewed into a medicinal tea.(1)

    Today, the borage plant is grown and harvested not for its leaves and stems, but rather for the very valuable oil found in its seeds - borage oil. The great value of this oil is that it is the richest known source (24%) of an essential fatty acid called gamma- linolenic acid (GLA).

    A Little Biochemistry
    Our body is capable of naturally producing gamma-linolenic acid. In order to do so, it must have linoleic acid (LA) as its starting material. This is an essential fatty acid that our body is unable to make and we must ingest as part of our everyday diet. Fortunately, we get plenty of linoleic acid in our daily diet since it is commonly found in almost all edible vegetable oils. Once linoleic acid is ingested, it is acted upon by an enzyme called Delta-6- Desaturase (D6D) which biochemically converts LA into GLA . This is how we normally get our daily fix of GLA. Note the importance of the enzyme D6D - without it we would be deficient in GLA no matter how much linoleic acid we get in our diets. GLA is further converted, via a sequence of biochemical steps, into a very important compound called prostaglandin 1 (PG1), a key molecule for maintaining healthy skin. PG1 exhibits a potent anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and also is very effective in regulating water loss and protecting skin from injury and damage (2).

    The D6D enzyme is often referred to as a "lazy" enzyme. That is to say, it can be slow in doing its job, and under some conditions may actually be impaired. People with skin disorders such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis show increased levels of linoleic acid with a simultaneous decrease in gamma-linolenic acid (3). This evidence strongly suggests a reduction in the activity of the D6D enzyme. As a consequence, the resulting decrease in the synthesis of PG1 may be responsible for the characteristic dry skin and transepidermal water loss observed in these people. It is here that the importance of borage oil with its rich source of gamma-linolenic acid becomes evident. Used as a dietary supplement or even applied topically, borage oil can circumvent a "lazy" or impaired D6D enzyme by supplying the body directly with GLA and thus allowing the production of normal levels of PG1.

    Borage Oil in your Diet and on your Skin
    Several recent studies indicate that borage oil taken orally increases PG1 levels in the skin and suppresses chronic inflammation (4,5,6,7). Evidence from animal studies indicates that skin disorders associated with fatty acid imbalances can be corrected through dietary inclusion of borage oil. Similar research with humans has confirmed these findings (8,9). In fact, a recent study (10) has shown that dietary supplementation of borage oil for patients with skin disorders can result in direct improvement in the condition of their skin.

    Not only is borage oil excellent for your skin when taken internally, but there is also more than enough evidence showing that, when applied topically to your skin, borage oil has the same positive effects on clearing up various skin disorders (11,12).

    A very interesting experiment measured the effects of skin creams containing borage oil on dry or damaged skin (13). Twenty healthy subjects who had either dry (but otherwise normal skin) or had surfactant induced dry, scaly skin were tested over 14 days. Results indicated that the cream containing the borage oil was superior in restoring moisture and smoothness to both the dry skin as well as the surfactant damaged skin. This experiment was interpreted as strong evidence that borage oil plays an important role in restoring the intracellular moisture barrier of adult skin which is either chronically dry or has been environmentally damaged.

    Babies and Borage Oil
    One of the more powerful demonstrations of the benefits to the skin of topically applied borage oil is a clinical study (14) done on 48 infants suffering from severe infantile seborrhoic dermatitis, a common condition in infants known as "cradle cap." This condition is characterized by dry scales and crusts on the scalp, eyelids, face, armpits, breast and groin. The infants were treated twice daily with topically applied borage oil and the condition cleared within two weeks. Not only was there improvement in the areas where the borage oil was directly applied, but also in the areas where it was not. This result indicated that the borage oil was effectively absorbed through the skin and became available throughout the body as a source of gamma-linolenic acid for the biosynthesis of Prostaglandin 1. If the treatment was discontinued, the symptoms came back within 1 week. However, if the treatment was maintained until the infants became 7 months old and was then stopped, there was no relapse.

    The authors hypothesized that these infants were born with an immature D6D enzyme system and were unable to produce sufficient gamma-linolenic acid on their own, thus giving rise to the symptoms of "cradle cap". The borage oil treatment corrected the symptoms by supplying GLA until the infant's own enzyme system caught up.

    Conclusions

    There is ample evidence from research on both humans and animals showing that borage oil has a significant effect on improving the health and appearance of skin tissue. Clinically, borage oil has been shown to be a very effective agent for treating skin disorders and for alleviating the inflammatory symptoms associated with these disorders. For everyday use, borage oil has been shown to be very effective in treating the redness, inflammation, and moisture loss associated with dry skin.

    Whether you take borage oil orally or apply it to your skin, it appears to positively affect the texture, suppleness and moisture content of skin.

    Simply put, borage oil is good for your skin.

    References

    Grieve, M., A Modern Herbal (Vol 1) Dover Publications, NY 1971 p.119.

    2. Ziboh, V and Miller, C. 1990. "Essential fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids: Significance in Cutaneous Biology". Annu. Rev. Nutr. 10:433.

    Melnick, B and Plewig, G. 1991. "Atopic Dermatitis and Disturbances in Essential Fatty Acid and Prostaglandin E Metabolism" J. Amer. Acad. Dermatol* 25:859.

    Iverson, L., Fogh, K., and Kragballe, K. 1992. "Effects of Dihomo gamma Linolenic Acid and 15-lipoxygenase Metabolite on Eicosanoid Metabolism by Human Mononuclear Leukocytes in vitro: Selective Inhibition of the 15-lipoxygenase Pathway" Arch. Dermatol. Res. 284:222.

    Miller, C., Ziboh, V., Wong, T., and Fletcher, M. 1990. "Dietary Supplementation with Oils Rich in (n-3) and (n-6) Fatty Acids Influences in vivo Levels of Epidermal Lipoxygenase Products in Guinea Pigs". Lipids. 120:36.

    Bauer, P.M., Van de Kerkhof, P.C.M., and Maassen de Grood, R. 1986. "Epidermal Hyperfroliferation Following Induction of Microabscesses of Leukotriene" B4. Br. J. Dermatol. 114:409.

    Tate, G., Mandell, B.F., Laposata, D., Ohliger, D., Baker, D.G., Schumacher, H.T. and Zurier, R.B. 1989. "Suppression of Acute and Chronic Inflammation by Dietary gamma-Linolenic Acid". J. Rheumatol. 16:729.

    Ziboh, V.A. and Fletcher, M. 1992. "Dose-Response Effects of Dietary gamma-Linolenic Acid Enriched Oils on Human Polymorphonuclear - Neutrophil Biosynthesis of Leukotriene" B4. Amer. J.Clin. Nutr. 55:39.

    Ziboh, V.A. 1995. "The Biological / Nutritional Significance of gamma- Linolenic Acid in the Epidermal Metabolism and Generation of Potent Biological Modulations". Inform. 6;4:519.

    Bahmer, F.A. and Schafer, J. 1992. "Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis with Borage Oil (Glandol) - A Time Series Analysis Study". Aktuel. Dermatol. 18:385.

    Diezel, W.E., Schulz, E., Skanks, M. and Heise, H. 1993. "Plant Oils: Topical Application and Anti-Inflammatory Effects (croton oil test)". Dermatol. Monatsschr. 179:173.

    Elias, P. 1993. as quoted in: R.L. Goldberg. "The Compounder's Corner: Exotic Claims". Drug and Cosmetic Ind. Jan., p.40.

    Nissen, H.P., Blitz, H., and Muggli, R. 1995. "The effects of gamma-Linolenic Acid on Skin Smoothness, Humidity and TEWL - A Clinical Study". Inform. 6;4:519.

    Tolleson, A., and Frithz, A 1993. "Borage Oil: An Effective New Treatment for Infantile Seborrhoic Dermatitis". Brit. J. Dermatol. 129:95

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    Default Stem cell gun

    Here is an interesting article I found on a Stem Cell gun used to treat burns...you never know, it might work on Rosacea...

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    "Skin cell gun" regenerates cells in days

    By spraying healthy stem cells onto damaged areas, the skin cell gun cuts burn victims' recovery time drastically.

    Our skin is fragile, penetrable and flammable. Simply surviving immolation is a statistical feat, and the recovery process is slow and precarious. Every year, thousands survive the immediate effects of skin burns but die from infections while waiting for their skin to heal over the exposed flesh.

    Researchers at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine devised a tool to cut recovery time drastically and save lives. Their sci-fi-sounding "skin cell gun" trounces the traditional technique of grafting healthy skin onto a burn victim's damaged body -- a process that can take weeks and months -- by spraying healthy stem cell tissue through an airbrush-type nozzle.

    Doctors harvest the stem cells from the victim's body, add them to a water solution and spray them onto burned areas. Rather than weeks or months, the healing process takes hours and days. One man with second-degree burns came in for treatment on a Friday and left completely healed by Monday.

    "If we can find a way to get normal healthy skin, as much as we want, within a week, that's the Holy Grail," one researcher said. But if the dozen patients successfully treated with the gun are any indication, we may have already found it.

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    Default Some ingredients for skin care I'd never heard of...

    As the title says, i'd never heard of these...could be something in it.


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    Learn How to Heal Damaged Skin - 3 Natural Anti Aging Ingredients That Can Stimulate New Cell Growth


    Don't just accept the fact that as you age your body produces fewer cells, which can result in your skin drying out, wrinkling more and generally deteriorating.

    There are many benefits you can take advantage of by understanding how the advances in new skincare ingredient technology can better help you.

    Knowing how to heal damaged skin by using the most effective substances can save you a lot of time, effort and cost.

    There are 3 main reasons why your skin wrinkles and deteriorates, these are -- a reduction of protein production in your dermis, decreasing hyaluronic levels and damage to cells by oxidation.

    Ingredients that are specifically designed to address these issues obviously will be the most effective at reversing your tissue cell reduction.

    The following 3 natural ingredients have been scientifically proven to be able to increase cell production in your skin to help increase your skins moisture capacity, fight oxidation and build your hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin levels.

    1. CynergyTK(TM) is arguably the best natural ingredient available on the market, which is included in an anti-aging skin cream. It contains the ingredient functional keratin(TM) that has been developed by converting natural keratin into a more suitable form that is readily available to you inner dermis layer.

    Using this ingredient helps to heal damaged skin by stimulating an increase in the number of collagen and elastin protein cells being produced in your dermis. This results in your tissues becoming thicker, smoother and less wrinkled.

    2. Phytessence Wakame helps to build up your hyaluronic acid levels by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme hyaluronidase. Together with elastin and collagen, hyaluronic acid is essential to maintain the smoothness, tone and elasticity of your skin.

    Without hyaluronic acid your collagen and elastin fibers lose their glue causing dark eye circles and a less youthful looking appearance.

    3. The third natural way how to heal damaged skin is to use a special form of coenzymeQ10 called Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10, which has exceptional antioxidant properties.

    CoenzymeQ10 is a vitamin like substance that is one of first antioxidants to be depleted by UV radiation. This results in oxidation causing your cells to lose their energy production efficiency and the capacity to properly protect your skin.

    To discover more on how to heal damaged skin using these excellent ingredients.

    Visit Kathy's site where she discusses more about using natural anti-aging skin care products that are extremely effective and 100% safe to use. Go to http://www.best-health-skin-site.com today.

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    Default Very interesting...especially about astaxanthin

    Healthy foods for skin...

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    The Worlds Top 5 Superfoods For Silky Smooth Skin

    (NaturalNews) When it comes to healthy-looking skin, nutrition beats cosmetics hands down. Creating radiant, glowing, youthful-looking skin can best be accomplished by focusing on what's inside, not by covering up the skin with artificial colors that try to paint a new face on the outside. But which superfoods, exactly, are best for supporting healthy skin in the first place?

    In this article, I reveal the five best superfoods and health supplements I know of for creating youthful-looking skin with the power of nutrition. All of these supplements are available right now. Below, I'll tell you how and where to get them.


    Superfood #1: Astaxanthin

    What's astaxanthin, you ask? It's a deep-red microalgae that's a fat-soluble antioxidant. That means it can be delivered to the fat molecules of your body, and that includes your skin, of course, which is primarily made of fat and water (by weight).

    Astaxanthin is one of my top nutrients of all time. It even protects the skin from sunburn, eliminating the need to use toxic sunscreen lotions. In addition, astaxanthin protects the brain from Alzheimer's disease, the eyes from UV light damage and the entire nervous system from oxidative damage.

    You can get astaxanthin at www.Nutrex-Hawaii.com or www.Vitacost.com

    Read my article on astaxanthin here: http://www.naturalnews.com/023177.html

    The best way to take astaxanthin is with a dietary source of healthy fats (see below). That's because astaxanthin binds to fats during digestion and is carried with those fats throughout your body where it protects organs and cells from free radical damage. There is probably no stronger fat-soluble antioxidant in the world than astaxanthin.


    Superfood #2: Ocean-Derived Omega-3 Oils

    As hinted above, the best way to take astaxanthin is with high-quality omega-3 oils. Ocean-derived omega-3 oils are legendary for their ability to support the body's healthy response to inflammation, meaning that many people are finding marine omega-3s to be a safer, more natural and far more affordable alternative to dangerous NSAIDS and prescription anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Vioxx, which is well known for doubling the risk of heart attacks and stroke)*.

    While there are lots of sources of omega-3 oils to choose from, the ocean-derived omega-3s are far more potent than plant-derived omega-3s such as flaxseed oil or chia seeds. The two best omega-3 products I know of are Moxxor, made from green-lipped mussel oil, and LivingFuel Super Essentials, made from sardines and anchovies (wildcrafted, not farmed).

    NaturalNews has no financial relationship with Living Fuel. Its Super Essentials product, which combines a small amount of astaxanthin with fish oils, is available here: www.LivingFuel.com

    NaturalNews is a distributor of Moxxor, and over 1,000 NaturalNews readers have now joined in distributing Moxxor's green-lipped mussel oil, which is grown in eco-friendly aquaculture farms off the coast of New Zealand. The mussels feed on marine phytoplankton and are completely free of heavy metals, pesticides, PCBs and other chemicals. The product can be purchased here: https://www.mymoxxor.com/ProductListPage.as...

    Or you can get the product at a discount by joining the NaturalNews Moxxor team, explained here: http://www.NaturalNews.com/MoxorPre...

    Marine omega-3 oils not only support healthy skin, they also support and enhance the health of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and many other functions of the human body, including moods and balanced brain function.


    Superfood #3: Raw foods and fresh juice

    Raw vegetable juice does wonders for healthy skin. There's something about daily juicing that just brings out the most radiant, youthful-looking skin in people.

    Live foods, of course, support living, vibrant skin. Dead foods cause skin to age rapidly, and eating fried foods or animal products may cause your skin to break out with acne, eczema or various rashes. Consuming raw vegetable juice on a daily basis is a powerful way to support healthy skin. You'll notice the different in 30 days or less!

    Read my article on juicing to learn which juicer I recommend, and what recipe to start with: http://www.naturalnews.com/024586.html

    Or learn about "Juice Feasting" at www.JuiceFeasting.com


    Superfood #4: Shellfish, Pumpkin Seeds and Zinc

    Zinc is an essential nutrient for skin repair and injury repair (it's also really important for prostate health). If you're deficient in zinc (and probably 70% or more of Americans are), your skin will never look as good as it could. Zinc gives your cells the ability to properly construct and maintain their physical integrity, and it speeds the regeneration of new skin following injuries such as scrapes, scratches or cuts.

    Shellfish and pumpkin seeds are good natural sources of zinc. It can also be taken as a nutritional supplement. A good low-cost source is VitaCost at: http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Zinc-Gl...

    A high-end source is Wellness Resources' "Strengthener Plus," which also happens to contain MSM, a sulfur derivative that belongs near the top of anyone's list of skin-supporting nutritional supplements. I highly recommend Wellness Resources products, as the company was founded by Health Freedom champion Byron Richards. Here's the product page: http://www.wellnessresources.com/pr...


    Superfood #5: Clean Water

    Okay, I know water doesn't technically count as a superfood, but perhaps it should! Adequate hydration is essential for optimum skin health. Far too many consumers are chronically dehydrated, and as a result they suffer systemic dehydration of their skin, which makes it look older, more wrinkled and less smooth.

    Drinking adequate water is crucial for supporting your skin health, but you've got to drink clean water to accomplish this, not tap water.

    The cleanest water, of course, is natural spring water. If you're lucky enough to live near a spring, bottle up your drinking water from it (test it for contamination first, of course), and consume that.

    Don't buy bottled water as it creates a mountain of waste (plastic bottles). Furthermore, the Bisphenol-A in the plastic bottles has been proven so toxic that it was recently banned from baby bottles in Canada.

    So what's the next best choice for your drinking water? Bottle your own. Get yourself an Aquasana water filter, which is, in my view, the No. 1 consumer water filter on the market today. NaturalNews is an affiliate of Aquasana, so your purchase helps support our network. To pay you back, we negotiated a discount for NaturalNews readers on Aquasana products, including the countertop unit, under-the-sink unit, and the highly-recommended shower filter unit which I personally take with me everywhere I travel (it protects you from the toxic chlorine in public water supplies).

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    Nutrition is the key to healthy skin

    In summary, nutrition and hydration are the keys to healthy skin. Consume omega-3 supplements on a regular basis, take astaxanthin, drink plenty of clean water, and drink fresh juice on a regular basis. Also be sure to take in plenty of trace minerals through sources like sea salt. Healthy salt allows your skin and body to hold on to water, lubricating joints, boosting nervous system function and smoothing out the skin. Good sources for healthy see salt are www.MountainRoseHerbs.com or www.TransitionNutrition.com

    At the same time, here are some foods to avoid if you want healthy skin:

    Avoid MILK and DAIRY products. See: Four Ways Milk Causes Acne at http://www.naturalnews.com/024613.html

    Avoid FRIED foods, including fried snack chips.

    Avoid pharmaceuticals, since many of them cause skin hypersensitivity to sunlight, and that can lead to skin damage (especially if you're not taking astaxanthin).

    Avoid DEAD foods (manufactured foods or processed foods), as they contain chemical additives, unhealthy oils and nutritionally-depleted ingredients (like white flour) that strip the skin of nutrients.

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    Could be useful in diagnosing rosacea...


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    More Than 4,000 Components of Blood Chemistry Listed


    After three years of exhaustive analysis led by a University of Alberta researcher, the list of known compounds in human blood has exploded from just a handful to more than 4,000.

    "Right now a medical doctor analyzing the blood of an ailing patient looks at something like 10 to 20 chemicals," said University of Alberta biochemist David Wishart. "We've identified 4,229 blood chemicals that doctors can potentially look at to diagnose and treat health problems."

    Blood chemicals, or metabolites, are routinely analyzed by doctors to diagnose conditions such as diabetes and kidney failure. Wishart says the new research opens up the possibility of diagnosing hundreds of other diseases that are characterized by an imbalance in blood chemistry.

    Wishart led more than 20 researchers at six different institutions using modern technology to validate past research, and the team also conducted its own lab experiments to break new ground on the content of human-blood chemistry.

    "This is the most complete chemical characterization of blood ever done," said Wishart. "We now know the normal values of all the detectable chemicals in blood. Doctors can use these measurements as a reference point for monitoring a patient's current and even future health."

    Wishart says blood chemicals are the "canary in the coal mine," for catching the first signs of an oncoming medical problem. "The blood chemistry is the first thing to change when a person is developing a dangerous condition like high cholesterol."

    The database created by Wishart and his team is open access, meaning anyone can log on and find the expanded list of blood chemicals. Wishart says doctors can now tap into the collected wisdom of hundreds of blood-research projects done in the past by researchers all over the world. "With this new database doctors can now link a specific abnormality in hundreds of different blood chemicals with a patient's specific medical problem," said Wishart.

    Wishart believes the adoption of his research will happen slowly, with hospitals incorporating new search protocols and equipment for a few hundred of the more than 4,000 blood-chemistry markers identified by Wishart and his colleagues.

    "People have being studying blood for more than 100 years," said Wishart. "By combining research from the past with our new findings we have moved the science of blood chemistry from a keyhole view of the world to a giant picture window."

    The research was published last week in the journal PLoS One.

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    Its very nice and informative article. i totally agree from your view points.

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    Default Super bug breakthrough -- manuka honey may reverse antibiotic resistance

    Another very interesting article:

    Super bug breakthrough -- manuka honey may reverse antibiotic resistance



    (NaturalNews) In less than a week, three different research studies have been released about antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Two were issued as nothing less than dire warnings. For example, as NaturalNews covered earlier, UK scientists are calling for the "urgent need for global action" due to the discovery of a spreading phenomenon -- a gene that is turning bacteria into not just super bugs but SUPER superbugs.

    On the heels of that report, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has just sounded the alarm that an impending "health care disaster" is looming unless Big Pharma can find new drugs to combat deadly antibiotic-resistant super bugs.

    Tired of all this bad news? Keep reading. Because amid all this gloom-and-doom about the threat of deadly super bugs comes yet another study from a third group of scientists that reaches a new and hopeful conclusion.

    It turns out these researchers have found a way to battle life-threatening super bugs naturally with manuka honey. In fact, manuka honey could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and could even reverse super bug bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

    Those are the results of a report just presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate in the UK. Professor Rose Cooper from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff is investigating how manuka honey interacts with three types of bacteria that commonly infest wounds: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Group A Streptococci and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). She and her research team have discovered that honey can interfere with the growth of these bacteria in a multitude of ways. And that makes honey a strong option for the treatment of drug-resistant wound infections.

    The idea that honey has antimicrobial properties is nothing new. In fact, traditional therapies containing honey were used in the topical treatment of wounds by numerous ancient civilizations. Professor Cooper is particularly interested in the super bug-fighting potential of manuka honey, which comes from nectar collected by honey bees foraging on the manuka tree in New Zealand.

    Although manuka honey is found in modern wound-care products sold around the world, the anti-infection properties of the honey have not been used much by mainstream medicine. According to a press statement, Professor Cooper's group believes this is because the mechanisms of the honey's germ zapping action haven't been known. So they are working to document just how manuka honey halts wound-infecting bacteria, including super bugs, on a molecular level.

    "Our findings with streptococci and pseudomonads suggest that manuka honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues which is an essential step in the initiation of acute infections. Inhibiting attachment also blocks the formation of biofilms, which can protect bacteria from antibiotics and allow them to cause persistent infections," explained Professor Cooper in a media statement.

    "Other work in our lab has shown that honey can make MRSA more sensitive to antibiotics such as oxacillin -- effectively reversing antibiotic resistance. This indicates that existing antibiotics may be more effective against drug-resistant infections if used in combination with manuka honey."

    The researchers believe their findings may increase the clinical use of manuka honey as doctors are faced with the threat of diminishingly effective systemic antibiotics now used to try and control wound infections. "We need innovative and effective ways of controlling wound infections that are unlikely to contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance," said Professor Cooper. "The use of a topical agent (manuka honey) to eradicate bacteria from wounds is potentially cheaper and may well improve antibiotic therapy in the future. This will help reduce the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from colonized wounds to susceptible patients."

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    I'm wondering if it could work with other types of honey, like thyme honey or rosemary honey. I eat both, and I have a p. aeruginosa infection in the gut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasK View Post
    I'm wondering if it could work with other types of honey, like thyme honey or rosemary honey. I eat both, and I have a p. aeruginosa infection in the gut.
    Good question. Worth doing some research on maybe?

    I know the SD honey treatment doesn't require Manuka Honey, so maybe. I just think Manuka Honey is much more powerful - the higher the UMF, the higher the strength.

    How did you find out you had a p. aeruginosa infection? What were the symptoms and were you tested for it? Is it linked to Rosacea in any way do you think?

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