Hi guys & gals I want to advertise for the wonders of natural honey!
I'd like to post a little advise for those who have suffered from unknown chronic illnesses,
I suffered from constant bacterial infections, liver problems, joint pains, food intolerance, mycoplasmas, viruses, and Even Tuberculosis and osteomyltis.
By far the best method to regain health for me & would recommend it to anyone. Is follow the candida diet to the best of your abilities but do not be too extreme and use what has helped me beyond any doubt , Raw Active organic honey, Honeys I can recommend that actively kill candida & bacteria's in the gut are ofcourse Manuka honey from NZ , better to use 10+ to 20+ & jarrah honey from australia and my favorite if you can source it is Yemeni honey, take honey daily in moderation one spoon in warm water to dilute the honey which makes it 30% more effective.
Stick to a healthy balanced candida diet with natural antifungals in your food like turmeric and cinnamon and garlic but do not overdo it, just be patient it will take some weeks to kill of the pathogens in your gut, but eventually you will win back the fight against all those nasty bugs in your intestines that have made us sick for so many years. I tried all the drugs and all the herbs and all the methods and none worked for me, I wasted like most ppl here 10,000's of $ on dr's and medicines and supplements and fancy tests for over 15 years. Do not waste your money all of these unknown illnesses stem from the intestines & honey is the cure.
I don't work for any honey company's or benefit from honey, many ppl maybe skeptical but i'm sure you haven't taken honey for long enough or active honey, in order to reap the benefits, The method of honey is very important, in order to benefit and not get too much reaction you must take honey in warm water 1 spoon diluted in 1 cup 3 times daily on empty stomach.
By far this is the easist an cheapest method to win back your health, Like i said slow and steady wins the race, for if you draw out too many of those intracellular bugs from your intestine too fast you are going herx too much and set yourself back.
Be patient eat well & take raw organic honey you will eventually improve day by day. The intestines need time and balance to re balance but with patience and HONEY!! you will get there, please do not listen to naturopaths or "candida specialists" who sell expensive herbs and supplements and restrict your diet and blame everything on sugar, when they say Dont have Honey, Honey is natures antibiotic & antifungal in moderation it will cure your intestines!!
Is there a particular type that's best or is regular "raw, unfiltered" honey from the health food store good enough? I've actually been using honey off and on over the last few months. I have no proof but I just feel intuitively that it's a good thing to use. Doubtful that it would be enough in a chronic case but I'm sure it's healthy. I don't believe in overly restricted diets.
to answer a few questions and some more info just incase
I use manuka honey from NZ or Australia, I found more success on 10- 18/20 + honey as 20 & up is really strong for me, but others may tolerate it better than I did.
You can get manuka online its all organic if its active.
Honey from yemeni is the best in my opinion, I used to live in dubai and discovered the use of Sidr or Douani honey from yemen there, its expensive ranging from 30-50$ kilo for mutlifloral and 100$ for kilo of sidr but it lasts for a month or more and its well worth it.
Honey for me anyways didnt make my candida worse at all, the Sugar inside in my opinion was outweighed by the antifungal benefits, not to much it helps us digest and helps with constipation.
My diet was "sugar free" clean cooked foods, vegetables & meats and small amounts of pita bread or freshly baked wholemeal bread no preservatives at all.
Plenty of water & be vigilant with the honey as I said daily 3 times on empty stomach in warm water diluted. I stopped every vitamin & mineral , all a waste of time if you ask me, the diet rich in vitamins & minerals is sufficient.
Good links i see posted by others on the anti fungal properties of honey.
I have to mention I also had intestinal tuberculosis as well as candida. i got TB years after being sick with CFS/IBS 14 yrs of CFS to be precise, I was traveling to Middle east and picked up TB in the intestines quite bad, due to my suppressed immune system for which i had to take antibiotics, the honey still manages to kill the fungus even if we are on antibiotics, even tho being antibiotics is not advisable as we all know.
I truely believe the healing properties of Honey has been overlooked by lots of "candida specialists" because they cant make money from it.
The honey bee exhibits a combination of individual traits and social co-operation which is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. A glimpse into the nest makes it apparent why honey bees have fascinated us from the earliest days of scientific observations. The infrastructure of the nest, the perfectly uniform and functional comb, is composed of beeswax and is constructed into a repeating series of almost perfect hexagonal cells. The comb is the stage for the activity of the colony and is used for almost everything imaginable, from larval nursery to pantry to message centre.
At the individual level, honey bees have not one but three types of colony members: queens, drones and workers, each with their own specialisations and place in honey bee society. The queen reigns over the nest, surrounded by attendants and fed the rich food she requires to perform her few but crucial tasks in the colony. The queen produces powerful pheromones, chemical signals to recipient workers which control many of their behaviours and provide part of the 'social glue' which holds honey bee life together. A highly organised social structure exists within the colony and elaborate 'dances' are used to communicate the location of food sources.
The products of the hive are important to the modern agricultural system. Not only do honey bees provide us with honey, wax, propolis, royal jelly and pollen but they also pollinate a good portion of our crops, including such diverse agricultural plants as fruit trees, oilseeds, small berries and forage crops.
Honey is a remarkable viscous liquid, prepared by the bees from the nectars of various plants. It has occupied a prominent place in traditional medicines throughout world history. The ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans employed honey for wounds and diseases of the gut. When the Children of Israel were in Egypt or journeying through the desert, their promised goal was a 'land flowing with milk and honey'.
Both the holy Qur'an and Hadith refer to honey as a healer of disease.
'And thy Lord taught the bee to build its cells in hills, on trees and in (men's) habitations..... there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for mankind. Verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought'.
(Translation of Quran 16:68-69)
In addition, the Prophet (PBUH) said:
'Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur'an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur'an and honey.'
The reader may be surprised to learn that the above quotation from the Qur'an is mentioned in a well known encyclopedia on honey (reference 3).
In recent years, scientific support is beginning to emerge confirming the beneficial effects of honey on certain medical and surgical conditions. These effects may be summarised as follows:
Antibacterial and antifungal properties
These properties of honey are well established. Undiluted honey inhibits the growth of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, certain gut pathogens and fungi such as Candida albicans. At a concentration of 30-50%, honey has been shown to be superior to certain conventional antibiotics in treating urinary tract infections. The exact mechanism of the anti-microbial effect of honey remains obscure. Low pH, osmotic disruption of pathogens and the
presence of bactericidal substances, collectively called inhibine may all play a part.
At a concentration of 40%, honey has a bactericidal effect on various gut bacteria known to cause diarrhoea and dysentery such as Salmonella, Shigella, enteropathogenic E. coli and Vibrio cholera. In one study, honey given with oral rehydration fluid was shown to reduce the duration of bacterial diarrhoea in infants and children.
Wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties
Honey is of value in treating burns, infected surgical wounds and decubitus ulcers. Honey is very viscous, enabling it to absorb water from surrounding inflamed tissue. For example, a study in West Africa showed that skin grafting, surgical debridement and even amputation were avoided when local application of honey to wound promoted healing, whereas conventional treatment failed.
In another study, wound healing was accelerated by application of honey in women who had undergone radical vulvectomy for vulval cancer. Also, it has been suggested that honey may be useful in the treatment of chronic, foul smelling ulcers seen in leprosy.
Anti-tussive and expectorant properties
These anti-cough properties of honey are related to its capacity to dilute bronchial secretions and improve the function of the bronchial epithelium.
Uncontaminated honey is a healthy, easily digestible, natural and energy rich food. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, enzymes and vitamins. One tablespoon of honey provides 60 calories and contains 11g of carbohydrates, 1mg of calcium, 0.2mg of iron, 0.lmg of vitamin B and 1mg of vitamin C.
Honey is widely available in most communities but its medical potential remains grossly underutilised. Its mode of action remains incompletely understood and the healing properties of honey in other clinical and laboratory situations requires further evaluation. The miraculous beneficial properties of honey, so beautifully ex-pressed in the holy Qur'an and Sunnah 14 centuries ago expose the reluctance of modern Science to accept and exploit this 'traditional remedy'.
1. Ali A.T.M.M. (1989) The Pharmacological Characterization and the Scientific Basis of the Hidden Miracles of Honey; Saudi Medical Journal 10(3):177-179
2. Zumla A. and Lulat A. (1989) Honey- a remedy rediscovered; J Royal Soc Med 82:384-385
3. Crane E. (1975) Honey: a comprehensive survey;London, Heineman
4. Winston M.L. (1987) The Biology of the Honey Bee;London, Harvard University Press