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Old 19 July 2010, 06:10 PM
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Icon23 Sugar as antiseptic


Everybody loves sugar. And hereís another reason to keep it in your

Sugar can heal your cuts, scrapes, burns, and even large wounds without
leaving a scar. It kills germs and repairs tissue better than any
antiseptic or disinfectant on the market.1

Sugar may just be the first antiseptic in history. People have written
about its miraculous properties for over 4,000 years, since early Egyptian
times. But it fell out of favor once antibiotics became available.

I had firsthand experience during my first trip to the Amazon. When youíre
fighting your way through dense jungle, there isnít a day youíre not cut
up, scraped, or covered with bug bites. Infection sets in quickly in the
tropics. And a cut on my arm was becoming infected.

My guide carried small packets of sugar with him at all times. I thought
it was to sweeten his tea. But when we stopped to rest, he applied a sugar
paste to the cut on my arm and covered it with gauze.

Back then I was skeptical. But he assured me it was strong, native
medicine and repeated the process each time we stopped. Within a day or
two, the cut was healed Ė and no scar remained.

Since that time, Iíve seen sugar used to heal throughout my travels to
Africa and Asia. Other countries such as Australia and New Zealand use
honey instead of sugar.

Sugar and honey both contain high levels of glucose, the kind of sugar
your body uses for energy. Both are almost equal in their ability to heal,
with honey taking a slight lead.2

I read an interesting review of seven studies of 264 patients treated with
honey. Honey produced better outcomes, shorter healing time, and virtually
no infection.3

After seven days, 58 percent of patients were healed with honey versus 19%
with conventional antibiotics and unconventional treatments such as
silver, amniotic membrane, and potato peelings. And 85 percent of patients
treated with honey had the infection in their wound vanish compared to 30%
with the other treatments.
After 21 days, 99 percent of patients were healed with honey versus 75%
with other treatments. Only one study gave the infection rate at 21 days.
It was 96 percent for honey versus 76% for a silver treatment.

Sugar and honey prevent scarring to the extent it heals ulcers and burns
without the need for skin grafts. Scientists theorize sugar and honey
encourage the production of hyaluronic acid (HA), while it prevents stiff,
stringy collagen from forming.

HA fills out your skin by absorbing 3,000 times its weight of water. At
the same time, sugar and honey prevent the buildup of the stringy kind of
collagen that creates scar tissue. Instead, it forms a different type. A
delicate, mesh-like collagen structure that brings the skinís surface back
to normal and allows it to heal.4,5

The next time you have a cut, scrape, burn, or open infection, try using
sugar or honey:
1. Make a paste using filtered water and sugar, or use straight honey.

2. Apply to your wound and cover with gauze or a Band-Aid.

3. Change the dressing throughout the day to prevent the gauze from
sticking to the wound.
To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD
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Old 20 July 2010, 04:28 AM
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That sounds like a really bad idea. Take a wound that's likely already got some bacteria in it, and cover it with something they can use for food? I'll take my chances with the iodine, thanks.
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Old 20 July 2010, 04:44 AM
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I know someone who claims to do this on their cuts and such. I'll stick with neosporin myself.
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Old 20 July 2010, 11:26 AM
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There is such a thing as medicinal honey (Here is an example) which can be applied topically.

The honey used in Australia/NZ they're referring to would be manuka (tea-tree) honey which has medicinal properties (both as a food and as a topical application), though these properties probably derive from the tea-tree itself, since tea-tree oil is also an antiseptic.

Somehow I don't think refined sugar has the same qualities...

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Old 20 July 2010, 01:05 PM
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When I was a baby nurse (ca. 1990), a standard treatment for foot ulcers was a paste of betadine ointment and sugar. Orange-brown stickiness everywhere!
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Old 20 July 2010, 01:11 PM
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Honey has been used as a wound treatment for a very long time. Even without the tea tree.

Sugar is used as a food preservative.
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Old 20 July 2010, 03:05 PM
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I could see how sugar applied to a wound could dessicate the wound, including bacteria that might be in it. It would draw the moisture out of it, which could reduce the chance of infection.

But, you would need to clean it out and reapply frequently, and really pack it with a lot of sugar.

It could probably over dessicate the wound and prevent healing, as well.
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Old 21 July 2010, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Esprise Me View Post
That sounds like a really bad idea. Take a wound that's likely already got some bacteria in it, and cover it with something they can use for food? I'll take my chances with the iodine, thanks.
I rember reading somewhere a very high concentration of sugar won't allow bacteria to grow. This is why jam and jelly doesn't spoil.
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Old 22 July 2010, 07:32 PM
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But jam and jelly does spoil, in that it can readily grow a fungus or other mold.
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Old 22 July 2010, 07:59 PM
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I would think that salt would be more effective.
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