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Medi-honey, the new "sweet" way to heal wounds

Some people suffer wounds that just will not heal.

To solve the problem, doctors are going back in time to find a solution that helps heal everything, from diabetic sores to burns.

Josh Pennington has mowed the lawn more times in his 63 years than he can count.

But the routine chore nearly killed him when he hit a stone that wounded his leg.

That wound just would not heal.

"I do a lot of hunting and fishing outdoors where I could possibly get it infected, so that was always on my mind," says Josh.

His wound was so deep, it exposed his bone and nothing he tried for three years would fix it.

Then, doctors at Georgetown University tried a new bandage infused with honey.

"As long as it's clean and it's healthy and it's showing progress, I'm with the program," an enthusiastic Josh says.

Medi-honey is a highly-absorbent, seaweed-based bandage soaked with a special kind of honey produced only in Australia and New Zealand.

The honey is concentrated and provides an ideal environment for wound healing.

"It kills bacteria with some of the enzymes it has in it," explains Dr. Christopher Attinger of Georgetown University.

The acid in the bandage also helps lower the PH level in chronic wounds for better healing.

Unlike antibiotics, the honey poses no toxic effects or risks of resistance.

"We're starting to use manuka honey as a first-line drug as opposed to waiting to see whether other dressings work because we've had excellent success with it," Dr. Attinger added.

In just months, Josh's wound shrunk 95-percent.

He could not be happier that this sweet new treatment gave him his life and use of his leg back.

Doctors at Georgetown are the first in the United States to use the medi-honey treatment, but it is not a new idea.

Egyptians used honey for wound dressing and embalming 4,000 years ago.

Researchers think the bandage may also protect wounds from infections like MRSA.

The bandage costs $50 for a box of 10 dressings.


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