Honey: A Super Food??
In doing some research on Honey and it’s healing qualities, I came across a National Institute of Health abstract titled: Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research that extols the virtues of this food as follows:
Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products introduced to humankind since ancient times. Honey is used not only as a nutritional product but also in health described in traditional medicine and as an alternative treatment for clinical conditions ranging from wound healing to cancer treatment. The aim of this review is to emphasize the ability of honey and its multitude in medicinal aspects.
Traditionally, honey is used in the treatment of eye diseases, bronchial asthma, throat infections, tuberculosis, thirst, hiccups, fatigue, dizziness, hepatitis, constipation, worm infestation, piles, eczema, healing of ulcers, and wounds and used as a nutritious supplement. The ingredients of honey have been reported to exert antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, anticancer, and antimetastatic effects. Many evidences suggest the use of honey in the control and treatment of wounds, diabetes mellitus, cancer, asthma, and also cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal diseases. Honey has a potential therapeutic role in the treatment of disease by phytochemical, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. [READ MORE….]
And, this caused me great concern as to whether or not I should consume it and posed a dilemma for me.
Now, you have to understand that I have been a big user of honey which I feel has contributed to my well being and satisfying my sweet tooth. I’ve never had any chronic disease or more than a sniffle most of my life. I agonized over finding a solution to my dilemma.
To resolve my problem, I looked to my first line of logic when faced with a situation like this and that is the good old Serenity Prayer, and asked myself, is this something I can change in a short reasonable time period. The answer came back that with what I have on my plate and my sphere of influence, there’s no way I can be effective.
Next and more importantly, my belief system mandates that: “To save a life, you can break any law or rule.” So, in healing one’s self (or someone else), it could be tantamount to saving one’s life and I would be remiss if I didn’t take something that might do the job.
My Mother had cancer (and since passed away) and I wish I knew then what I know now to be able help her live longer. When the situation arises close to home, one often takes a different view of things and makes their path to follow then.
Life makes you make choices sometimes and you have to live with them. When that happens, just remember the Serenity Prayer. There are times when you can’t save everyone (or cure the ills of the world)…then you just save the ones that want to or can be saved.