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Sugar, regular white granulated sugar, has a clinically researched and proven medical use. The study came about because an African physician working in a hospital in the UK noticed several patients for whom conventional drug therapy had failed to treat acute and chronic exuding wounds. And he wondered why the treatment he had seen his tribal doctor grandfather use in Africa was not being employed here. Didn’t everybody know about using sugar to treat such wounds?

Apparently, such knowledge had been long forgotten in a world where we have lots of money and can afford expensive drug therapies. Unfortunately, some of those very expensive antibiotic therapies are failing the fight against MRSA. Sugar, however, has been shown to work.

If you have a wound, such as a diabetic ulcer on the legs or feet or a burn or cut, you can apply sugar to it. If you apply some and it immediately soaks up the fluid in the wound, apply more until you still have some dry sugar on top. Apply a non-adherent bandage and secure in place. Change the dressing every other day. Do not wash away or remove the old sugar when changing the dressing; that will also remove the very delicate new tissue that is forming. Just add more sugar on top. Keep doing this until the wound is healed.

In the case of a large wound, you may wish to put a ring of petroleum jelly around the edges to better contain the sugar.

So why does sugar work here? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First, the sugar draws the fluid in the tissue out, keeping it dry and better able to heal. Second, it creates an acidic environment, which is very hostile to bacteria. Third, it also helps relieve pain, which contributes to greater sense of well-being in the patient and less stress in the body.

(This research was conducted using granulated sugar in the UK. In the United States, well over 90% of sugar beets are GMO. You may wish to use only cane sugar.)

Our personal experience with using sugar to treat a wound is ongoing. About a month ago, one of my daughter’s French angora rabbits somehow got some fiber wrapped around his back leg and pulled tight. By the time my daughter discovered this, he had chewed off hair and skin, we assume in an effort to relieve the pain associated with having the blood supply constricted. Everything around his foot and up to an inch above his ankle was completely gone. Because we couldn’t ascertain the extent to which his circulation had been compromised, my husband and I gave him less than a 1% chance of survival. Surely infection would set in.

We discussed options with our daughter, who of course was feeling horrible, it was all her fault, etc. Coal didn’t seem to be in pain, as long as we didn’t touch that leg. We could try to treat him, but we were sure he wouldn’t make it. Did she want to try? She did.

We tried honey, once. Honey and angora rabbits aren’t a good mix anyway, and it was hard to get the honey on his foot without hurting him. Next we tried a mixture of usnea, juniper, and yarrow. In retrospect, I think I should have applied more than I did. We had a hard time getting the wound powder to stay with the wound, even with bandaging. During this entire time, the bunny was getting fresh greens from the yard, until hard freezes killed them, as well as usnea tincture in his water. Rabbits are extremely sensitive and conventional antibiotics often do more harm than good. Some healing was occurring, miraculously, but it also smelled bad–not gangrene bad, but still bad.

About eight days ago, we decided to try sugar. That was the ticket. We poured it on as best we could, trying to cover all sides. We decided it was easier to dip his foot in a bowl of sugar. The smell dissipated almost immediately. We think healing has accelerated. We’re pretty sure he’s going to make it.

I encourage you to read the study on sugar for wound care. Here’s a quote:

Twenty-two patients (20 inpatients and two outpatients) with sloughy or necrotic wounds were recruited into the clinical study. Two patients had MRSA and two had Staphylococcus colonisation at baseline. Blood sugar levels remained stable in the seven patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. All wounds were clean/debrided in a mean of 11.13 days. Pain and malodour reduced markedly. Patient and staff surveys revealed overwhelming support for the sugar therapy.

The pilot study achieved its aim of developing a protocol for a RCT. Preliminary data suggest that sugar is an effective wound cleansing and is safe to use in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes. In vitro studies demonstrate that sugar inhibits bacterial growth.


The above article was written by Jennifer Rader of PrepSchoolDaily and is printed with permission. We encourage you to visit her site — it’s chock full of resources and information.

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