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Honey – Nature’s Sweetheart

Honey – Nature’s Sweetheart
DIFFERENT TYPES
·      Raw honey straight from the hive (filtered or unfiltered forms)
·      Regular honey pasteurized, with added sugars
·      Pure honey pasteurized, no added sugar/ingredients
·      Manuka honey from the manuka bush
·      Forest honey (bees feed on tree honeydew instead of flower nectar)
·      Acacia honey (bees feed on flowers of black locust tree)
·      Organic honey (raw or regular)
·      Medical grade honey (topical therapeutic)
CONSTITUENTS
Raw honey contains water, bee pollen (26 amino acids), bee propolis (resin, oil and wax, pollen, amino acids, minerals, sugars, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E, aromatic compounds), antioxidants (flavonoids), enzymes (diastase, invertase, glucose oxidase), minerals (calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium zinc), and vitamins (pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin).
Raw honey may contain a few more antioxidants and enzymes than pasteurized honey. Pasteurization is necessary to kill any yeast, but may reduce raw honey’s antibacterial action, wound healing benefits, antioxidant value, and anti-inflammatory effects. Don’t microwave raw honey or put it directly in boiling water to dissolve crystals that form over time as this may destroy some of its nutrient value. Organic honey is available as raw or regular, as some manufacturers pasteurize their organic honey.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Honey is a carbohydrate that contains 30% glucose and 40% fructose, both of which when broken down by the body may cause spikes in our blood sugar levels. Pure honey has a glycemic index of 58. The type of flowers that bees pollinate to make the honey determine its taste, color, antioxidant and vitamin content. One tablespoonful honey contains 64 calories.
HONEY’S MEDICINAL EFFECTS
UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS (URIs)
Honey may be a good natural alternative for treating upper respiratory tract infections (Abuelgasim.  BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine August 18, 2020). In this review of 14 studies mostly in children and a few adults with URIs, authors concluded raw honey used to coat the throat was superior to usual care (e.g., dextromethorphan) for improving cough severity, cough frequency, or both.
WOUND HEALING
Honey has a low pH level (acidic) that may kill harmful bacteria in wounds.  As seen in vitro studies, topical therapeutic (medical grade) honey may inhibit bacterial growth due to its high sugar content, acid pH, hydrogen peroxide production within the wound to aid in debridement, and moisture.  Subrahmanyam described a prospective randomized clinical and histological study of burn wound healing in two groups of 25 patients assigned to either topical therapeutic honey or topical silver sulfadiazine.  In the honey treated group, 84% of patients demonstrated epithelialization by day seven, and all of them demonstrated satisfactory wound healing by day twenty one. In the silver sulfadiazine treated group, epithelialization was present by day seven for 72% of patients and by day 21 for 84% of patients.  Regarding histological evidence of wound healing, 80% of patients treated with honey showed wound improvement by day seven compared to 52% of silver sulfadiazine treated patients by day seven. These outcomes continued to improve for both groups up to 21 days of treatment.
Medical grade honey should only be applied with the advice and consent of a physician.  Bacterial susceptibility varies based on length of topical exposure to therapeutic honey.  It is prudent to closely monitor the use of therapeutic honey in patients with all wounds, especially diabetic ulcers due to risk of infection.  Before therapeutic honey is used on an open wound, the wound should be swabbed for bacteria culture and sensitivity to honey determined before treatment if necessary. 
Not all food grade honey is sterile, and Clostridium botulinum can survive in honey, thereby causing a risk of wound botulism when applied to the wound.  Food-grade honey should not be used for wound healing.  Clinicians should consult the honey manufacturer to find out more about the product before applying honey to an open wound.
SAFETY OF HONEY
Using/taking honey by any route of administration is contraindicated in individuals allergic to honey or pollens contained therein, and in children less than one year of age (Abell. Honey for upper respiratory tract infections. Pharmacy Today November 2020). Individuals with diabetes mellitus should monitor oral honey consumption and its effect on their blood sugar levels.
BOTTOM LINE
Honey is one alternative to table sugar or agave for sweetening effects, nutritional value, and potential medicinal use. Please consult with your physician for an accurate diagnosis and direction on how best to use honey for any medicinal purposes.
References
Lusby PE. Honey: a potent agent for wound healing? J WOCN 2002;29:295-300.
Subrahmanyam M. A prospective randomized clinical and histological study of superficial burn wound healing with honey and silver sulfadiazine. Urns 1998;24:157-161.
Cooper R, Wigley P, Burton NF. Susceptibility of multi-resistant strains of Burkholderia cepacia to honey. Lett Appl Microbiol 2000;31:20-24.
Olaitan PB. Honey: a reservoir for microorganisms and an inhibitory agent for microbes. African Health Sci 2007;7:159-165.
Boukraa L. Honey use in burn management: potentials and limitations. Forsch Komplementmed 2010;17:74-80.

Lavender Sugar Cookies

Lavender Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
4 cups flour
6 Tbsp lavender

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter, Crisco vegetable oil, sugars, then add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Grind up lavender in a food processor. Mix flour, baking soda, cream of tartar. Add lavender. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Drop by small spoonsful onto the cookie sheet, then flatten each cookie with a sugar coated fork. Bake 10-12 minutes. These cookies freeze well. Lavender flowers may be ordered from the Frontier Co-Op catalog.

Lavender is a relaxing herb to help calm us during stressful times or before bedtime.

Tai Chi Easy Classes Offered in Milford, OH

™Tai Chi Easy™ classes are being offered by Dr. Cathy Rosenbaum TCEPL at Miami Township Civic Center (MTCC), 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford OH 45150.

Tuesdays; Adults/Teens; MTCC; $60 R – $70 NR for each six-session package (Pre-registration required.  Limited Space.  NO DROP IN’s)

Winter Sessions begin on Tuesdays in JANUARY, 2021, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We provide a lovely, retreat-like atmosphere in the Miami Township Civic Center for your relaxation and joy.  What fun!  Our last Tai Chi Easy™ class of the summer session was held outside against the setting sun, cool evening back drop of Mother Nature, her sounds, fragrances, and to meditative music. Other pics shown below give you a sense of the lush indoor MTCC atmosphere with holiday lights on the ceiling for the other five classes in our sessions.

To register, please contact:

Miami Township, Clermont County Main Office

6101 Meijer Drive, Miami Township OH 45150

513-248-3727 Main Office

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Tai Chi Easy™ is a teaching method created by Roger Jahnke OMD that anyone can learn. You will learn five movement forms by the end of six weeks, enjoy the calming, emotional and health benefits in a safe environment, and have fun with others who desire improved health and balance.  Tai Chi Easy™ has four components: Mindful Movements, Breathing Practices, Self-Applied Massage, & Meditation.  This modality can be practiced while standing, sitting, or in movement so that seniors will be comfortable joining in.

Dr. Rosenbaum is a Holistic Clinical Pharmacist, Certified Health Coach, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach, and Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader who traveled to China years ago.  There she witnessed Tai Chi being practiced in large groups in early morning hours out-of-doors with splendor and in silence.  It has been her lifelong dream to recreate a similar integrative health program in the USA.

Facebook.com/rxintegrativesolutions -> Upcoming Integrative Health Events

Please visit Facebook.com/rxintegrativesolutions and ‘like’ us for an up-to-date listing of upcoming health events and classes with Dr. Rosenbaum, holistic clinical pharmacist.  Follow us on other Social Media: Twitter.com/DrCathyHolistic, Linkedin.com/in/CathyRosenbaum.  We’re over the moon with excitement about your health and wellness!

What Do Older Men, Restful Sleep, and Heart Health Have In Common?

Senior men having difficulty sleeping at night due to extended periods of interrupted breathing may be at increased risk of heart-related death.  This problem is thought to be due to poor oxygenation (study indicator) stemming from sleep apnea and other related factors, according to an Australian study in European Heart Journal (2018). Researchers Linz and Baumert reported that men with ≥ 12 minutes of oxygen saturation below 90% during their sleep cycles increased risk of heart-related death by nearly 60% in the study. The importance of restful, well-oxygenated sleep in relation to health and healing cannot be underestimated for many reasons.  If you suspect you are one of the individuals with sleep apnea or other sleep-related health issues, please talk with your primary care physician and ask for a sleep study to uncover the root cause of your problem and get help.