THE ORIGINAL SUPERFOODS*
Made from the nectar that bees sip from flower blossoms, honey is a universal medicine, sweetener, and nutrient resource. The tremendous amount of research conducted on honey in Russia indicates that raw, unprocessed honey is nature’s richest source of live healing enzymes and that it increases reflexes, mental alertness, and even IQ! Some types of Lehua and Noni honeys from Hawaii (NoniLand™), Manuka honeys from the New Zealand rainforests, and Sidr honeys from Yemen have been shown to have antifungal, antibiotic, and antiviral effects.
Whenever possible, we recommend that you choose wild honey. We don’t have enough wild food in our diet, and wild honey is easy to come by, easy to store, easy to consume, and easy to travel with. Fresh, wild food has more vitality and more rejuvenating factors. Ten thousand years ago we all ate 100 percent wild food—we just foraged for whatever we could find, we didn’t grow anything, there was no agriculture. We know that our teeth and bone mineralization were vastly better in those days. Since the advent of agriculture, our bone mineralization has been gradually decreasing.
All honey should be eaten raw, as cooked honey has no enzymes. Honey can be taken with other mineral-rich superfoods to increase mineral absorption.
Honey has been shown to provide relief for, or to cure, a number of different disorders, including, but not limited to: diarrhea, ulcers, infections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastrointestinal problems, cancer, and staphylococcus (staph) infections.
Infectious diseases caused by bacteria that honey has antibiotic effects upon include the following: anthrax, diphtheria, urinary tract infections, ear infections, meningitis, respiratory infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, infected animal bites, typhoid, dysentery, abscesses, boils, carbuncles, impetigo, tooth decay, puerperal fever, scarlet fever, sore throat, and cholera.
Honey can also be used topically to heal wounds (especially Manuka hone — the higher the “active number,” the more healing and nutritious). A number of different types of wounds have been successfully treated with honey, including abrasions, abscesses, bed sores, burns, burst abdominal wounds following cesarean delivery, cancrum, cervical ulcers, chilblains, cracked nipples, cuts, diabetic foot ulcers and other diabetic ulcers, a fistula, foot ulcers in lepers, infected wounds arising from trauma, large septic wounds, leg ulcers, malignant ulcers, sickle cell ulcers, skin ulcers, surgical wounds, wounds to the abdominal wall and perineum, and varicose ulcers.
The medicinal benefits of honey are due to honey’s antibacterial properties and its moisture-retaining properties. Side effects: None.
However, honey is inappropriate for children under the age of one due to potential contamination with botulism. And toxic honeys are possible if collected from toxic pollens. Though it is rare, if you are new to keeping bees, please check with your local beekeeping association to see if the potential for toxic pollen exists in your area.
Purines and Blood Sugar
Our cells convert food into energy (ATP) in part by glycolysis. Some people (slow oxidizers) have a slow glycolysis cycle, so they need more carbohydrates due to a lower production of glucose and pyruvate. The glycolysis cycle of “fast oxidizers” is fast. It is recommended that fast oxidizers reduce foods high on the glycemic index (hybridized foods and food extracts too rich in sugar) and increase high-purine foods, which include high-protein foods such as chlorella and bee pollen.
Blood Sugar Disorders: Cancer, Candida
Special Note: If you have a blood sugar problem or are suffering from a critical health condition, it is a good idea to stay away from honey, agave,
sucanat, high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, any sweeteners, and any kind of sugar for at least two or three months and then reevaluate at that time. It is never a good idea for anyone with a history of cancer to have a lot of sugar in their diet of any type, even from a raw source such as fruit, honey, or agave.
To be contunued…
* “Superfoods” by David Wolfe