(NaturalNews) Conventional antibiotics are overprescribed and overconsumed. They are given out like parade candy, tossed out to anyone waving their hands. 2010 data obtained by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that a whopping 833 antibiotic prescriptions are handed out on average per every 1,000 people.
Conventional antibiotics make users sicker in the long run
Doctors carelessly prescribe antibiotics for viral infections, which is useless since antibiotics are only effective for breaking up bacterial infections. To make matters worse, overprescription and overconsumption make future infections harder to fight, since antibiotics deplete the good bacteria in the gut.
In this medical travesty, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising up, adapting to the singular mode of action that the prescription antibiotics lean on. The CDC has recently identified 20 resistant strains of bacteria, thanks to reckless dependency on these prescriptions. A 2013 report by the CDC sounds the alarm, reporting that over 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections each year. Conventional antibiotics are making users sicker in the long run, more vulnerable and more prone to infection.
As this disturbing trend continues, scientists are looking for simpler answers. Researchers from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rode Island, are rediscovering the reasons why raw honey is still one of the best natural antibiotics around to this day.
Honey fights infections on multiple levels and doesn't promote resistant bacteria
Lead author Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., presented the findings at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. She reports, "The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance."
Meschwitz said that honey uses a combination of weapons including polyphenols, hydrogen peroxide and an osmotic effect. Honey is practically an ambidextrous fighter, using multiple modalities to kill bacteria.
One of those fighting methods is its osmosis effect. This effect comes from honey's high sugar concentration. In this process, water is drawn from the bacteria cells, leaving the pathogens no option but to dehydrate and die off.
Honey breaks up bacteria by destroying its modes of communication
Honey also possesses properties that stop the formation of biofilms. These slimy biofilms are bacteria communities which harbor diseases. Honey keeps these biofilms from congregating by breaking up a bacterial communication process called quorum sensing. By breaking up this process, honey stops the bacteria from communicating and expanding their viability. Without this communication mode, the bacteria cannot release the toxins that increase their ability to cause disease.
Meschwitz said that, by disrupting quorum sensing, the virulent behavior of bacteria is weakened, "rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics."
Doctors should prescribe honey first, and antibiotics as a last resort
Honey is so powerful for destroying bacteria that it should be the first mode of treatment when treating a bacterial illness. Doctors should prescribe honey first, since it attacks bacteria from multiple angles. Prescribed antibiotics should be the "alternative" therapy, or the last resort. Honey is more powerful because it prevents the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Conventional antibiotics fail because they only target the essential growth processes of bacteria. This allows bacteria to build up resistance over time, while the user also destroys the good bacteria in their gut.
Honey works much differently, breaking down the bacteria's communication processes while dehydrating the bacteria's structures through an osmosis effect. On top of that, honey is filled with powerful antioxidants in the form of polyphenols. Meschwitz adds, "Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between the non-peroxide antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of honey and the presence of honey phenolics."
Honey is also antiviral, antifungal and full of antioxidants
Not only is honey antibacterial, but it is antiviral and antifungal. These properties alone make it more powerful than conventional antibiotics. Honey can target undetected fungal conditions that may be at the root cause of perpetual illness.
Meschwitz said that her team of researchers has been measuring the level of antioxidant activity of honey. "We have separated and identified the various antioxidant polyphenol compounds. In our antibacterial studies, we have been testing honey's activity against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others."
While many commercial brands of honey are filtered and fake, the best place to look for delicious, medicinal, and unfiltered raw honey is at local honeybee farms.
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6 Surprising Off-Grid Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide
When I was a girl, I was often plagued by painful canker sores. I remember my mother taking a mysterious brown bottle out of the medicine cabinet and pouring some of strange-tasting foaming liquid into a cup for me to use as a mouth rinse. Through my own research as a teenager, I discovered my canker sores were caused by food allergies, and I never gave much more thought to that little brown bottle.
That is, not until recent years when, as a mother myself, I discovered that little brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide can do much more than just serve as a mouth rinse. In fact, today I keep several bottles handy in my home for all kinds of purposes. Priced at under a dollar for 16 ounces at most retailers, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is one of the most useful household products you can find, and despite its severe-sounding name – which actually scares many people off – it is all-natural and safe for your family.
French chemist Louis-Jacques Thenard first discovered what he called “oxygenated water” in 1818. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) consists of a combination of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms.
An effective sanitizer, the colorless solution kills microorganisms in sort of a controlled burning process that separates them into oxygen and water.
Hydrogen peroxide breaks down rapidly when exposed to light – hence the familiar brown bottle – and its powerful pure form usually is diluted with 97 percent water for the over-the-counter market. Here are a half-dozen ways you can use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in your home.
1. Bleach alternative.
Got dingy white T-shirts, socks, sheets or towels? We all do. Hydrogen peroxide works well in place of bleach. Try adding a cup to your load of white laundry. You also can use hydrogen peroxide directly on troublesome blood stains on your clothes or rugs. Blot it on, let it sit on the stain for a minute or so, rub it in and then rinse well with cold water. For extra stubborn stains, you may need to repeat this process.
2. Mouthwash and toothpaste.
My mother was right. Hydrogen peroxide is good for mouth ulcers and toothaches. Swish a capful of the solution in your mouth for a minute or two and then spit it out. Hydrogen peroxide’s anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties help with mouth discomfort and aid the healing process.
For an effective, natural and inexpensive toothpaste, mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until you have a paste consistency. The paste will help kill unhealthy bacteria, help keep your breath fresh and even contribute to a whiter smile.
You also can keep your family’s toothbrushes clean and help prevent the spread of germs– especially during cold and flu season – by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide.
3. Contact lens disinfectant.
Many commercial contact lens cleaning solutions contain hydrogen peroxide. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, hydrogen peroxide is used for contact lens disinfection due to its broad antimicrobial activity. Check with your eye doctor about how you can safely clean your contacts with hydrogen peroxide.
4. Household cleaner.
When you pour your 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution into a dark-colored spray bottle along with the same amount of water, you have an effective cleaner for your kitchen and bathroom counters. Use it also to clean the inside of your refrigerator, your glass and mirrors and your cutting boards. Try adding hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher’s cleaning cycle.
Here are other cleaning ideas:
- spray shower curtains or shower doors to kill mold and mildew
- soak sponges overnight to get rid of stinky smell and kill bacteria
- disinfect lunch boxes and coolers
- clean tile grout
5. Fruit and vegetable sanitizer.
According to a study published in the Journal of Food and Science, rinsing produce, especially organic produce that may have been fertilized with manure, is not enough to kill dangerous bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide can be an easy and effective way to clean your fruits and vegetables. Add a quarter cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Then drain the water, rinse produce well with fresh water and let produce air dry.
You can also keep your leftover salad from wilting by spraying a solution of a half cup of water and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on the salad. Drain, cover and then refrigerate.
6. Ear pain remedy.
Do you have someone in your family who tends to get painful earwax build-up? A few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear can soften the wax enough so that you can remove it. Here’s what you do:
- Sit near a sink and place a towel on your shoulder under the affected ear.
- Tilt your head so your ear is pointing upward.
- Add two or three drops of olive oil to the ear with a medicine dropper.
- Wait a few moments and then add two or three drops of hydrogen peroxide.
- Wait until the bubbling stops.
- Turn your head so the ear is now pointing down toward the sink.
- Gently squirt warm water from a bulb aspirator into your ear to flush out the wax.
- Dry your ear.
- If the blockage is not relieved or if your pain is severe, consult your doctor.
Since it kills bacteria, hydrogen peroxide is also helpful in treating ear infections. In addition, many people have found relief from pain following an ear piercing by cleansing the pierced area of the skin regularly with hydrogen peroxide. Simply moisten a cotton ball with the solution and apply to the painful area.
You are sure to find more uses in your home for this important and inexpensive solution. With its versatility you may want to keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet, under your kitchen sink and on your laundry room shelf.
Bee’s Propolis Found to Combat Aluminum Toxicity and Much More
Now there’s no shortage of aluminum toxicity in our environment. It’s in cookware, beverage containers, foil, second hand cigarette smoke, cosmetics, sunscreen, chemtrails used for geoengineering, and in nearly all vaccines. Injecting aluminum bypasses the normal potential route of eliminating it, and breathing in those chemtrail aluminum nanoparticles that drift to sea level does as well.
Aluminum accumulates in tissue that doesn’t have a rapid cellular turnover. The slow turnover tissues are contained in bone matter, the heart, and the brain. The brain and its associated nervous system is where diseases such as Autism, Parkinson’s, MS, Alzheimer’s, dementia, chronic fatigue, and other neurological or auto-immune diseases manifest. And aluminum is often involved with all the above. Here’s that earlier Natural Society article.
What Exley recommended for neurological disorders from aluminum toxicity is Volvic water (unflavored), a rather pricey European mineral water that a few health food stores carry and can also be ordered online. That’s his choice because of its suspension of silicain liquid, which enables the silica to cross the blood-brain barrier and bind with the aluminum to pull it out of the brain.
But silica from other sources, such as horsetail herb extracts or cucumbers will be helpful for pulling aluminum out of other organs such as the heart and bones.
Not long ago in India, a group of researchers discovered another substance for chelating aluminum.
Bees’ Propolis Helps Eliminate Aluminum from Tissues
Propolis is one of honey bees’ healthy products, including royal jelley, bee pollen, and honey. Each of those has its own unique collection of health benefits.There have beenmany studies on propolis for its antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-tumor properties. The bees use propolis as a sealant for their hives.
Researchers at Jiwaji University in India recorded the results of studying propolis for chelating aluminum on rats in the July 2012 journal Food and Chemical Toxicity.
The researchers made comparisons using propolis alone to HEDTA or N-(2-hydroxy ethyl ethylene diamine triacetic acid) (a known chelating compound) and then combining the two for reducing aluminum (Al) induced toxicity in liver, kidney and brain of rats.
They discovered that either HEDTA or propolis reduced Al toxicity very close to the level of rats without induced Al toxicity (control), but the combination of the two was best.There’s little data on it for human consumption.
Propolis is accessible online and from most good health food stores. And it offers many other benefits as well a being a source of natural nutrition.
Avemar: Fermented Wheat Germ Kills All Types of Cancer Cells FAST
by Christina Sarich
March 22nd, 2014
Updated 03/22/2014 at 1:10 pm
One incredible, natural product kills seemingly ALL kinds of cancer, and has been subjected to numerous scientific studies to prove its efficacy.
A non-toxic, fermented wheat germ has been shown to halt aberrations in cells – that which makes ‘good’ cells turn into cancerous ones. Every healthy cell has the potential to either block, interfere or promote enzymatic activity, which can then turn healthy cells into tumorous cells. Fermented wheat germ (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) made by a standardized, patented process, and named Avemar, specifically inhibits interference in enzymatic activity so that regular cellular respiration (including glucose metabolism) can occur among only healthy cells.
While chemo and radiation kill healthy cells along with cancerous ones, fermented wheat germ only targets cancerous cells. Avemar not only halts cancerous cell growth, but also boosts the immune system in general. Fermented wheat germ has been shown to halt ovarian cancer, skin cancers, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and more. It has cytotoxic effects on almost every type of cancer cell. In fact, it had an 85% effective rate at reducing cancerous tumors in one study.
“Avemar (MSC) is a nontoxic fermented wheat germ extract demonstrated to significantly improve the survival rate in patients suffering from various malignancies. We investigated its effects in human HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cells. After 24, 48, and 72 h of incubation, Avemar inhibited the growth of HL-60 cells with IC50 values of 400, 190, and 160 microg/ml, respectively. Incubation with MSC caused dose-dependent induction of apoptosis in up to 85% of tumor cells. In addition, Avemar attenuated the progression from G2-M to G0-G1 phase of the cell cycle and was also found to significantly reduce the in situ activity of ribonucleotide reductase, the key enzyme of de novo DNA synthesis. We conclude that Avemar exerts a number of beneficial effects which could support conventional chemotherapy of human malignancies.”
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center says that fermented wheat germ extract (WGE) is not only anti-cancerous, but immune-boosting, as well as helpful in treating diabetes, obesity, and improves heart health. This natural supplement can be taken before, after, and during chemo and radiation treatments to make them more effective, but why not just ditch chemo and radiation altogether and use one of the numerous other natural methods to clear the body of cancerous cells:
How Turmeric Can Save the Aging Brain From Dementia and Premature Death
A promising new study published in Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry titled, "Dietary Curcumin Ameliorates Aging-Related Cerebrovascular Dysfunct...,"[i] reveals the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin (which gives it its golden hue) may provide what the study authors describe as an "effective therapeutic strategy to reverse age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction."
Age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction is occurring on an epidemic scale in Western countries and include, "stroke, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases." Presently, very few if any conventional medical interventions are capable of providing effective solutions, and none have been found toreverse underlying pathologies in conditions whose trajectories are generally characterized as 'incurable.' All the more reason why the new study holds so much promise in providing an evidence-based natural solution that is safe, effective, affordable and easily accessible as a familiar food ingredient.
The study was conducted using a rat model. 24-month old male rodents were given dietary curcumin (.2%), with young control rodents 6-months of age. After one month ofcurcumin treatment, the researchers observed a 'remarkable restoration' of the impaired cerebrovascular endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation (i.e. the ability of the blood vessels to naturally relax) in the aging rats. They observed three distinct 'molecular' ameliorative effects:
- Curcumin promoted eNOS and AMPK phosphylation: Increasing nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability enables the inner lining of the blood vessels (endothelium) to fully dilate, reducing cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension and associated damage to the arteries. Increased 5'-AMP activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity is also associated with improved age-related endothelial function.
- Curcumin upregulated mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2): UCP2 plays an important role in mitochondrial homeostasis and its optimal functionaing has been associated with increased lifespan.
- Curcumin reduced Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production: ROS reduction is associated with decreased oxidative stress and related cellular damage.
The authors summarized their findings as follows:
"In summary, our findings provide the first evidence that chronic pharmacological AMPK/UCP2 pathway activation by curcumin treatment may be an effective therapeutic strategy to reverse age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction. Curcumin administration may represent a promising lifestyle intervention for preventing age-related cerebrovascular disturbances."
A Massive Body of Research On Curcumin's Brain Protective Properties
GreenMedInfo.com houses a database of 1597 abstracts from the National Library of Medicine on the health value of turmeric and/or curcumin in over 600 health conditions. View them all here: turmeric health benefits. Of the 177 distinct beneficial physiological actions documented within this literature, 114 of them concern the spice's neuroprotective properties. View them here: neuroprotective properties of turmeric.
While this latest study, and most of the research on our turmeric database is preclinical, there are reports of turmeric causing significant improvements in cerebrovascular dysfunction diseases such as Alzheimer's. In a previous article titled, "Turmeric Produces 'Remarkable' Rocvery iin Alzheimer's Patients," we reported on the ability of turmeric to produce dramatic improvement in patients suffering from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
As we discussed in the article, other documented Anti-Alzheimer's disease mechanisms of turmeric include:
- "Anti-inflammatory: Curcumin has been found to play a protective role against β-amyloid protein associated inflammation.
- Anti-oxidative: Curcumin may reduce damage via antioxidant properties.
- Anti-cytotoxic: Curcumin appears to protect against the cell-damaging effects of β-amyloid proteins. 
- Anti-amyloidogenic: Turmeric contains a variety of compounds (curcumin, tetrahydrocurcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin) which may strike to the root pathological cause of Alzheimer's disease by preventing β-amyloid protein formation.   
- Neurorestorative: Curcuminoids appear to rescue long-term potentiation (an indication of functional memory) impaired by amyloid peptide, and may reverse physiological damage by restoring distorted neurites and disrupting existing plaques.  
- Metal-chelating properties: Curcumin has a higher binding affinity for iron and copper rather than zinc, which may contribute to its protective effect in Alzheimer's disease, as iron-mediated damage may play a pathological role. 
Turmeric, of course, is not the only natural substance that has been proven to have value in neurodegenerative conditions. For those looking for additional research on food and spice-based natural alternatives that are evidence based, here are additional substances that may be of value:
- Coconut Oil: This remarkable substance contains approximately 66% medium chain triglycerides by weight, and is capable of improving symptoms of cognitive decline in those suffering from dementia by increasing brain-boosing ketone bodies, and perhaps more remarkably,within only one dose, and within only two hours.
- Cocoa: A 2009 study found that cocoa procyanidins may protect against lipid peroxidation associated with neuronal cell death in a manner relevant to Alzheimer's disease.
- Sage: A 2003 study found that sage extract has therapeutic value in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
- Folic acid: While most of the positive research on this B vitamin has been performed on the semi-synthetic version, which may have unintended, adverse health effects, the ideal source for this B vitamin is foliage, i.e. green leafy vegetables, as only foods provide folate. Also, the entire B group of vitamins, especially including the homocysteine-modulating B6 and B12, may have the most value in Alzheimer's disease prevention and treatment.
- Resveratrol: this compound is mainly found in the Western diet in grapes, wine, peanuts and chocolate. There are 16 articles on our website indicating it has anti-Alzheimer's properties.
- Gingko biloba: is one of the few herbs proven to be at least as effective as the pharmaceutical drug Aricept in treating and improving symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. 
- Melissa offinalis: this herb, also known as Lemon Balm, has been found to have therapeutic effect in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
- Saffron: this herb compares favorably to the drug donepezil in the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.