=SINUSITUS etc bacteria BIOFILM = killed by Manuka HONEY

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  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I know many of us also have 'sinusitis' problems along with these DDs... so I find this very fascinating. Diluted in a neti pot might be worth a shot; wish I could find it down here in Mexico even tho I've never been found to be actually infected except 1X, at least on ct scans or xrays.

    I ALSO find this fascinating as the reason this will likely work is that it dissolves the BIOFILM formed by the bacteria... even does it in water pipes!!!! IMHO, I really think we all have 1 or more bacterias (and viruses) hiding out in us causing our problems along with genetic susceptibility - tho not sure viruses can form biofilm, they do hide out in other ways like the herpes family.

    A quick google search turns up anecdotal evidence that it has helped other things like ulcers, which also interests me as I have a duodenal ulcer that is NOT h. pylori... but I'm strongly guessing there's some other bug/s that are causing it that haven't been discovered yet.

    If anyone tries it ... please post back!



    Healing sinusitis with honey
    Lab tests show it can kill up to 91% of bacteria
    Tom Spears, Canwest News Service

    OTTAWA -

    Ordinary honey kills bacteria that cause sinus infections, in many cases better than antibiotics, says a new study from the University of Ottawa.

    This includes the "superbug" MRSA. And honey is effective when the bacteria form "biofilms," or layers of living material that coat a surface (such as sinus cavities) and fight off normal drugs the way a raincoat sheds water.

    No one is sure what in the honey kills the bacteria... As well, it seems to stimulate healing in the injured tissue. .. bacteria (has never) built up resistance to honey.

    As well, it seems to stimulate healing in the injured tissue. . .

    So far the tests are strictly in lab dishes, not in live patients. But testing on live patients "is very, very close," says Dr. Talal Alandejani, a resident studying ear, nose and throat medicine at the U of O, though first they'll do safety tests on animals. He expects it to pass these tests easily.

    To reach the sinuses, "we'll use an irrigation needle. This is not new," he said . . . we're just going to use honey in it."

    When a sinus infection becomes chronic, it goes on for months, resisting multiple courses of pills, irrigation (squirting salt water or antibiotics into the sinuses) and even surgery. . . Current theory says there's likely a biofilm fighting off treatment.

    Honey, Alandejani knew, has been used for centuries to treat infected wounds and burns in much of the world. It's the backup when antibiotics fail.

    "Growth in biofilms increases bacterial resistance to antibiotics, which may explain why CRS (chronic sinusitis) responds poorly to antibiotic therapy," the U of O team writes.

    Bacterial biofilms can also form inside water pipes, where they are notoriously hard to kill by flushing or chlorinating.

    The team used two types of honey, diluted with water. (They looked at Canadian clover and buckwheat honeys as well, but these didn't work.)

    Both manuka (from New Zealand) and sidr (from Yemen) honeys completely killed bacteria free-floating in liquid. They didn't kill all the bugs in a biofilm, but both still did pretty well, killing 63 to 91% of different bacteria types.

    These bacteria included methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a "superbug" that is highly resistant to antibiotics.

    Antibiotics tested on the same biofilms didn't kill as many bacteria as the honey. One type, rifampin, killed JUST 18% of the biofilm samples, and seven more types (including vancomycin) all failed to kill ANY. (my caps)

    The results were presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, in Chicago.


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