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Dr. Jennifer Eddy of the University of Wisconsin is currently conducting the first randomized, double-blind controlled trial of honey as a treatment for diabetic ulcers - not to eat, but as a salve.
According to Dr. Eddy, honey's acidic nature, low water content, and the hydrogen peroxide secreted by its naturally-occurring enzymes make it perfect for combating organisms that have developed resistance to standard antibiotics.
All patients in the clinical trial will receive ulcer care and treatment from an expert podiatrist. Half, however, will be randomly assigned to receive honey salve, while the other half will be treated with a wound-care gel compounded to look and taste like honey.
Dr. Eddy is convinced that if honey works, it'll be an inexpensive tool in the battle against bacteria resistant to standard antibiotics. However, she cautions against using honey salve without a physician's involvement, noting that diabetic ulcers are too complicated to treat without a doctor's oversight (not to mention that you'd probably attract ants).
To be eligible for the study, patients must be older than 18, have diabetes and a sore below their knee, and not be taking prednisone. Interested patients may call (715) 855-5683 for further information.
Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jun 8, 2007
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