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Do we really choose our food or our food chooses us?

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Every year, food corporations introduce 15–20,000 new food products to the market.

Can you imagine? 20000 new food products!

Green and purple ketchup, mayonnaise from a squeezable bottle, soup you can eat while driving your car. New food products like these aren’t just flights of fancy.

Of each year’s new products, Lord said, only one-third will be considered successful in two years.

“This is called ‘product churn,'” he said. “The industry puts a lot of products out there and waits to see which ones stick.”

And we feel bad or good for Maggi ban 😀 😀. It was actually a right move to ban one brand so that industry can come up with few more improved brands 😀.

And during this sick churning, you and me, the supermarket consumers, become victim of churning.

Through the way we live, work and play, we don’t really choose our food – our food chooses us. And that is sad reality of so called modern life. By TV, by ads, by peer pressure, we are forced to useless food. Processed food. And pay hefty for nearly free-of-cost nature’s gift.

Unless we get rid of GDP obsession, situation will remain same. There will be group of decision maker who will control our food habits and by that control all of us. This is not freedom. Is it?

– Buy from the source (Farmers) by bypassing entire sick food chain discussed above
– Cook/Prepare for self/Family/Friends – that is really an ideal processed food. Processed by love and nurtured by care 🙂
– Live in community of like-minded so you don’t have to follow social dharma and attend parties and gathering where slave-food (processed food) is served often 🙂


New food products lifeblood of industry

Green and purple ketchup, mayonnaise from a squeezable bottle, soup you can eat while driving your car. New food products like these aren’t just flights of fancy.

“Food product development is critical to the survival and growth of the companies within our vast and vigorously competitive, $800 billion American food industry,” said Aaron Brody. “Probably a quarter of a million different food products are available, with 15,000 to 20,000 or so new items introduced annually into the crowded mix to try to satisfy consumer desires.”

“In the past, and to a degree, even today, to develop new food products, we went to the kitchen or laboratory or pilot plant and whipped up a recipe, which was sent to marketing to sell,” Brody said. “Or we assembled a group of creative people to brainstorm ideas that were sent to the lab. Or we waited for farmers to grow a new crop.”

Today’s food industry leaders have to know the consumers’ wants, create the right packaging and generate a profit, he said.

John Lord, a food product development and marketing researcher from St. Joseph’s University and member of the FOODPI&C program, said the high number of new products announced each year is actually much smaller than it seems.

“There may be 20,000 new UPC codes … each year, but a very, very small number of these are really new to the world,” he said. “Many are just new adaptations of existing products or temporary or seasonal products like Oreos with a different color icing.”

Sun Worship: Preventive Care for Societal Mental Wickedness

Sun Worship
Sun Worship

आदित्यस्य नमस्कारं ये कुर्वन्ति दिने दिने |
जन्मान्तरसहस्रेषु दारिद्रयं नोपजायते ||

The people who bow down to the Sun (perform SUryanamaskArs)everyday, povertydoes not arise intheir lives for thousands of births. (The people who are punctual in their duties like Sun, never become poor.)

Sickness is a state of poverty. Irrespective of sect, religion and spiritual inclination, this is wonder exercise that gives clarion call to all body cells and put them in motion again, everyday.

An energetic way to start a day.

By worshiping and focusing on param mitra’s external roop, we can finetune his reflection inside. Our biological clocks follow Sun’s the rhythm. Due to our habits, we disturb them. Everyday suryanamaskar can correct them.

For fulfilled and content life, it is important to have healthy mental state. Along with many benefits of प्राण ( modern science is not capable to explain it) at sunrise salutation to the Sun, sun-light interacts with brain serotonin systems and possibly influences serotonin-related behaviors.

So if you are nocturnal and hardly interact with rising sun daily (i.e. don’t wake up before sunrise 😉 ), chances are high that you have minor to major mood disorders.

Mental disturbance means disturbed physical activities. Difficulty in performing own duties ==> shortcuts ===> Crimes, suicides.


Here is the study supporting importance of Sun exposure and mental health.

“Lower rates of suicide are associated with more daily sunshine in the prior 14 to 60 days.
Light interacts with brain serotonin systems and possibly influences serotonin-related behaviors. Those behaviors, such as mood and impulsiveness, can play a role in suicide.”

Direct Effect of Sunshine on Suicide FREE

Importance  It has been observed that suicidal behavior is influenced by sunshine and follows a seasonal pattern. However, seasons bring about changes in several other meteorological factors and a seasonal rhythm in social behavior may also contribute to fluctuations in suicide rates.

Objective  To investigate the effects of sunshine on suicide incidence that are independent of seasonal variation.

Design, Setting, and Participants  Retrospective analysis of data on all officially confirmed suicides in Austria between January 1, 1970, and May 6, 2010 (n = 69 462). Data on the average duration of sunshine per day (in hours) were calculated from 86 representative meteorological stations. Daily number of suicides and daily duration of sunshine were differentiated to remove variation in sunshine and variation in suicide incidence introduced by season. Thereafter, several models based on Pearson correlation coefficients were calculated.

Main Outcomes and Measures  Correlation of daily number of suicides and daily duration of sunshine after mathematically removing the effects of season.

Results  Sunshine hours and number of suicides on every day from January 1, 1970, to May 6, 2010, were highly correlated (r = 0.4870; P < 10−9). After differencing for the effects of season, a mathematical procedure that removes most of the variance from the data, a positive correlation between number of suicides and hours of daily sunshine remained for the day of suicide and up to 10 days prior to suicide (rmaximum = 0.0370; P < 10−5). There was a negative correlation between the number of suicides and daily hours of sunshine for the 14 to 60 days prior to the suicide event (rminimum = −0.0383; P < 10−5). These effects were found in the entire sample and in violent suicides.

Conclusions and Relevance  Duration of daily sunshine was significantly correlated with suicide frequency independent of season, but effect sizes were low. Our data support the hypothesis that sunshine on the day of suicide and up to 10 days prior to suicide may facilitate suicide. More daily sunshine 14 to 60 days previously is associated with low rates of suicide. Our study also suggests that sunshine during this period may protect against suicide.

Modern Yoga : When you walk off the track from the prescribed path

Yoga without Yama and Niyama?
Yoga without Yama and Niyama?

Guam [1], an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in the western Pacific Ocean has the native Chamorro Indians as largest ethnic group, accounting for 37.1% of the total population. On this tiny island, the natives frequently consumed large amounts of a particular plant called cycas circinalis, or cycad. Actually cycad, made from the false sago palm, had been eaten by the natives for centuries. Natives also knew that plant was poisonous and for that reason they developed a ritual to render it safe for eating and facing no issue once proper purification ritual is followed. Of course, their ritual was not so great science but still it did not give them deadly diseases. (After several soaking, a chicken was fed some of the wash water. If it lived, the seed was deemed safe to eat.).

But during war times of WWII, during American invasion, the native people had suffered terrible hardships and famine. During this time, they felt scarcity of water and chicken, and started skipping cycad purification steps to avoid water wastage. Esp., the last poison testing step was completely missing. During same time, the US military doctors were astounded to find that large numbers of the Chamorro Indians, living on the Mariana Islands, were dying of a mysterious disease [2] that left the Indians too weak to stand or even swallow their food.

Reason behind motor neuron (A neuron conducting impulses outwards from the brain or spinal cord) disease was L-BMAA [3] a liver toxin that remained with cycad plant due to compromised purification ritual.

What’s the point of this narration?

Steps prescribed by ancestors based on their anubhava-siddha, nature-blessed, intuition based knowledge – it is essential to follow them as is to bear similar beneficial fruits. If we use ancestors way of living, it is advisable, not to make mindless alterations or situation led compromises.

Imagine mental toxin that remains with you, ever after you perform Yoga-Asana, due to skipping Yama and Niyama! Terrible subconscious stress! Though you feel physical freshness, deep down, there is no cleansing of soul happening! Every morning, back to the square one.

Yama (non-violence, non-illusion, non-covetousness, abstinence, non-possessiveness) and Niyama (cleanliness, satisfaction, austerity, study of the Vedic scriptures to know about God and the soul, surrender to (or worship of) God) are important. Learn to act upon them before you mimic Baba’s gymnastic/aerobics steps every morning.

Childhood, toys and psychological impact

Toys and Development
Toys and Development

What is common among breath [prana], time, sun, horse and the Universe?

They all are वेगवान. All of them has गति. They are not static. Their speed is their hallmark.

In Sanskrit, one word describes all of them: अश्व.

And so when you read : अश्वस्य भूषणं वेगो | Speed is the glory of Horse (Ashwa), one can correlate all above entities and their respective speed.

The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad begins by describing the sacrificial horse as representing the entire universe: ‘its head is the dawn, its eye the sun, its breath the wind, its trunk the year’.

The Ashvamedha sacrifice is the celebration of ‘victory over time’, ‘Synergy with Prana’ and ‘Seamless interplay of inner universe with external universe’.

It is good idea to introduce toy horses (if real ones not possible) to your kids and let their growing imagery is filled with full of vivid visuals of horses. Let there be mock interplay with अश्व. It will psychologically prepare his senses and mind to cope up with speed of the Prana, Time and the Universe when initiated for learning and later in subsequent ashrams.

The Cobra Effect : Is clean energy yet another scientific joomla?


The Cobra Effect : Is clean energy yet another scientific joomla? (Like Genome project?)

Case of Hydroelectric power

Poison in the Arctic and the human cost of clean energy

Poison in Arctic and human cost of ‘clean’ energy

Cobra Effect
Cobra Effect

Colonial New Delhi had a cobra infestation. To get rid of it, the government offered bounties for dead cobras, inadvertently turning cobra breeding into a thriving business. When the government got wise and cancelled the program, thousands of then worthless cobras were released into the city streets.

The cobra effect occurs when an attempted solution to a problem actually makes the problem worse.

Methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin, is especially high in Arctic marine life but until recently, scientists haven’t been able to explain why. Now, research from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that high levels of methylmercury in Arctic life are a byproduct of global warming and the melting of sea-ice in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions.

“We found more methylmercury in the water than our modeling could explain,” said Schartup. “All of the methylmercury from the rivers feeding into Lake Melville and from the sediment at the bottom of the lake couldn’t account for the levels in the water. There was something else going on here.”

When fresh and salt water meet– in estuaries or when sea-ice melts in the ocean– salinity increases as water deepens. This stratification allows fluffy organic matter that typically sinks to the bottom to reach a neutral buoyancy — meaning it can’t float up or down in the water column. This layer, called marine snow, collects other small settling debris and concentrates it into a feeding zone for marine plankton. The bacteria stuck in this zone are performing a complex chemical process that turns naturally occurring mercury into deadly and readily accumulated methylmercury.

“Clean energy benefits the entire world but the costs of hydroelectric power are often assumed entirely by the Aboriginal communities who live next to these developments,” said Sunderland. “Our research highlights some of the costs to the community with the goal of helping them plan and adapt to the changes that are about to occur.”

“Scientists have a responsibility to understand and explain how environmental systems will react before they are modified,” Schartup said. “Because once the damage is done, you can’t take it back.”

India so far has 47 major hydroelectric power stations. Can you imagine the havoc it may have created so far in local communities? Neurotoxic impact correlation? Data?

“Because once the damage is done, you can’t take it back.”

Only clean energy is energy where mother nature can help.

Gobar. Got it? Kamdhenu? Desi cow?

PS: Methylmercury is just a case study. Different region, same universal solution, different issue.

It is not that irrigation ponds using dammed rivers were never built. But designs were highly local. Impact was local. And never for energy!


Poison in Arctic and human cost of ‘clean’ energy

Poison in Arctic and human cost of ‘clean’ energy

The amount of methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin, is especially high in Arctic marine life but until recently, scientists haven’t been able to explain why. Now, research from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests that high levels of methylmercury in Arctic life are a byproduct of global warming and the melting of sea-ice in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions.

To mitigate global warming, many governments are turning to hydroelectric power. But, the research also suggests that methylmercury concentrations from flooding for hydroelectric development will be far greater than those expected from climate change.

The research, published in PNAS, began as a review of the environmental impact assessment for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador, Canada. In 2017, the dam will flood a large region upstream from an estuarine fjord called Lake Melville.

The communities along the shores of Lake Melville are predominantly Indigenous and rely on the lake as a primary source of food. One of these communities — and two-thirds of Lake Melville — is part of Nunatsiavut, the first autonomous region in Canada governed by Inuit. When the impact report predicted no adverse downstream effects on Lake Melville, the Nunatsiavut Government reached out to Elsie Sunderland, associate professor of environmental engineering and environmental health, for help.

Four years later, that initial review has morphed into a multi-pronged investigation that has led to important scientific discoveries about how methylmercury accumulates in the ecosystem and how it will impact communities who rely on the ecosystem for food and resources.

Demineralized Water: Silent epidemic

Demineralized Water
Demineralized Water

First pollute natural water resources. Dam them. And then come up with costly purification methods.

This is how Greed-based, GDP-obsessed society take care of basic necessities. (Now they have come up with Air purifier for home!! Selling Air to you and me 😀 😀 )

And poorer of the poor suffer. The so called bottom of the pyramid as described by armchair intellectuals and brain-dead economists with no common sense.

From Hemamalini to Shabana Aazami, all are fooling you by selling purest RO water plants. Some of them demean natural purification methods like boiling. Some co-relate it with price of Gas bottles! Builders use RO as catch word to sell their properties. Corporates, emerging water mafias, sell costly water in villages! Ha! ROna or RO – naa!

Since this part of RO plant is exposed, they are now here with new technology! RO + all minerals 😀 😀. Or Ionized water! 😀 😀

Demineralized Water Impact
Demineralized Water Impact

My dear friend, all this costs us. Severe cost of environmental degradation. And hidden health costs due to modification of natural form of water.

In rural India, these companies have already started selling RO water. Expect flood of malnutrition-led sicknesses from this area.

Here are the side effects of drinking demineralized drinking water. Doctors in my city suggest patients with vitamin deficiency to first unplug RO machines at home.

Imagine children growing in these homes! Hampered development!

Free water is fundamental human right. Selling it, polluting it, restricting it, should be crime of the highest order.

Free drinking water is possible. If we all try collectively. Zombies act individually. Like we do. So no free water for us.

Read more here:

Breastfed,Cowmilk-fed and wound healing, ulcer healing

Milk and would healing
Milk and would healing

Career-crazy and/or body-conscious and/or lazy women of 21st century avoid breast-feeding or restrict it up to only 2-3 months. Or rather we have turned into society where there is no collective importance of each child’s basic right i.e. breast-feeding.

I previously suggested that all lactating mothers should be financially supported by govt/society for 2 years. That is how caste-free, reservation-free strong generation can come up.

Cow milk is not more sacred. Mother is turned into machine. And with that, we lose all medicinal values!

Not only that, we have turned into pseudo-sentimentals. Instead of being part of natural cycles, we ignore cycles for false animal-sentiments. And we stop striving for Gau prasad!

Not only growth, breast-milk or desi-cow-milk supports wound-healing. Speedy recovery of injuries.

As this study proves that a hormonal factor, present in breast milk, plays a key role in regulating newborn metabolism. This is the key reason why milk of Desi cow is medicine for kids, weak, sick and elderly with dysfunctional metabolism.

This important growth factor is missing in all so called vegan milk alternatives.


A study proves that a hormonal factor, present in breast milk, plays a key role in regulating newborn metabolism

A scientific team led by Francesc Villarroya, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona (UB), together with the Biomedical Research Networking Centres on Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn) and the Danone Institute, has proved that a compound found in breast milk, named fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), plays a key role in neonatal nutrient absorption and intestinal function. FGF21 also contributes to improve newborn growth and metabolic profile.

This is the main conclusion of the project Estudi de FGF21 com a nou factor present a la llet, implicat en els efectes beneficiosos de la lactància materna, included in the programme of excellent research RecerCaixa, an initiative organised by the Obra Social “la Caixa” together with the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP). The results of the study have been published in the journal Scientific Reports of the Nature Publishing Group.

FGF21 is a hormonal factor produced mainly in the liver. The factor is present in the human body in a natural manner, even if in some people it is more active than in others. To date, it was known that it plays important roles in favouring glucose uptake and energy metabolism, and thus possesses anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties. The research study led by Dr Villarroya, director of the Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB), has proved that oral infusion of FGF21 to neonatal gut induces the gene expression of intestinal hormones and increases intestinal lactase activity and lactose absorption.

Animal models indicate that metabolic profile and growth is 25% better in neonates who receive the factor than in those who do not receive it. In order to come to this conclusion, researchers analysed the differences between a group of pups nursed with milk containing FGF21 and another group of pups nursed with milk lacking FGF21.

In a previous study developed together with the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, the team led by Dr Villarroya found that FGF21 levels are very low in fetuses, but the blood levels of FGF21 rise dramatically after birth and the initiation of suckling. This fact proves the importance of maternal breast feeding.

Recombinant bovine basic fibroblast growth factor accelerates wound healing in patients with burns, donor sites and chronic dermal ulcers.

rbFGF is effective in shortening the wound healing time and improving the wound healing quality. Accelerating wound healing is of clinical benefit in reducing the length of hospitalization, costs and emotional burden of the patient.

Bovine milk lactoferrin induces synthesis of the angiogenic factors VEGF and FGF2 in osteoblasts via the p44/p42 MAP kinase pathway.

Lactoferrin (LF) belongs to the transferrin family and is present in several physiological fluids, including milk and colostrum. LF has recently been identified as an anabolic factor for bone. Here we investigated whether bovine LF (bLF) induces synthesis of angiogenic factors by osteoblasts. If so, we examined the underlying mechanism. We found that bLF purified from milk increased the mRNA expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) in murine osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells and primary murine osteoblasts in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, bLF increased VEGF and FGF2 protein levels in MC3T3-E1 cells. In addition, treatment of MC3T3-E1 cells with bLF rapidly induced phosphorylation of p44/p42 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase. The bLF-mediated increases in VEGF and FGF2 mRNA and protein were inhibited by U0126, a specific inhibitor of the upstream kinase that activates p44/p42 MAP kinase (MEK). Taken together, our results strongly suggest that bLF induces VEGF and FGF2 synthesis in a p44/p42 MAP kinase-dependent manner in MC3T3-E1 cells.

Lactoferrin is only present in human milk and cow milk.

Sacred Grove : Lost tradition, lost microbial diversity, lost Prana

Distribution of Sacred Grove
Distribution of Sacred Grove

Every community of pre-British India had social responsibility to grow and protect groves. They were called sacred groves. There used to be rules defined for accessing these forest wealth. Not everyone can go and chop tree. Not in all seasons. Not all trees. All based on mutually agreed intuitive pro-synergy rules. These rules are sacred rules, considering groves alive and part of respected extended family for all.

What happened then?

We were brainwashed by education and having commune with Nature was taught as primitive and idiotic. Disconnected! There is no one to protect the groves. Now the same movement of brainwashing going in deep forests.

‘Sacred groves’ represents a traditional effort to conserve biodiversity. They are rich patches of undisturbed forests and serve as a natural habitat for many endemic, rare, primitive and economically valuable organisms representing a micro-level biodiversity hotspots.

Bacteria native to the pristine niche of sacred groves showed better plant growth promoting activities as compared to isolates from disturbed forest as well as type strains implicating the importance of sacred groves and their potential role in microbial diversity conservation.

Groves are प्राणवर्धक. Growing food without groves? It is nothing but highly unscientific way of greed-based industry. It cannot be called Agriculture (कृषि). Soil cannot grow प्राणवर्धक food without groves, without biodiversity. Without biodiversity, food lacks प्राण. Without प्राण, who can survive? Of course, we can survive. But like a dead body with little प्राण and anything worth to contribute in universal यज्ञ.

Read this paper to know more:

‘Traditional Sacred Groves’, an ethnic strategy for conservation of microbial diversity

‘Sacred groves’ represents a traditional effort to conserve biodiversity. They are rich patches of undisturbed forests and serve as a natural habitat for many endemic, rare, primitive and economically valuable organisms representing a micro-level biodiversity hotspots. In this study, Bacillus spp. and related genera characterized from native soils of the pristine sacred groves of Meghalaya, India revealed dominance of Bacillus, Paenibacillus, Lysinibacillus and Viridibacillus. All the isolates exhibited good plant growth promoting traits when screened for traits like phosphate solubilization, 1-aminocyclopropane-1- carboxylate deaminase and catalase activity, production of auxin, siderophores, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia. Bacteria native to the pristine niche of sacred groves showed better plant growth promoting activities as compared to isolates from disturbed forest as well as type strains implicating the importance of sacred groves and their potential role in microbial diversity conservation.


Sacred groves are of great research value in in situ
conservation of biodiversity. Understanding the
potential roles played by sacred groves in in situ
biodiversity conservation, it would have greater
appeal if efforts are diverted to inventorize the
existing biodiversity, especially the species that
might be of economic importance or facing
extinction. The present study is the first report on
the indigenous aerobic endospore-forming Bacillus
and related genera from the pristine and undisturbed
sacred groves prevalent in the tropical belt of
Meghalaya, India. The observations lead to the
conclusion that Bacillus and related genera isolates
obtained from the sacred groves exhibits stronger
activity and more PGP traits than the disturbed forest
isolates indicating their strong potential as candidates
for promoting plant growth in agriculture and also the
important contribution of sacred groves as a rich
source of economically valuable microbes hence
signifies the relevance of ethnic strategy and efforts
for conservation of these pristine forests



Shopping with Children: Imposing Adulthood and Killing Childhood

Shopping malls - Making of future consumers
Shopping malls – Making of future consumers by arranging kids events like fashion shows, dance shows, talent hunt etc.

Shopping is an adult habit. Especially, modern shopping is very much,exclusive, recently developed (Post 1991 liberalization) habit in society where majority of us are now surrounded by tsunami of choices. We now buy things that are not at all required for living. So basically, it is secondary life habit. One can live without it.

Super markets and modern FMCG companies want to sell things so they use children as Ad actors. And there is no TV restriction at home for children and hence children also force parents to allow them for shopping.

In short, kids (Age below 10 or 7) go to shopping with parents.

When I see, so many parents going to supermarket with their kids, I worry for kids as they are slowly being poisoned to become consumers of the future.

Children carry fragile minds. They learn from environment quickly. They learn from you at rocket speed. And they keep these habits (Good or bad, you decide) forever as they become primary habits.

Unknowingly, when you bring your kids to store, you train them for an unnecessary shopping habit. Their mind becomes confused seeing all choices. It affects their data processing. It affects their ability to take decision as they have not yet learnt to decide by discrimination of right vs wrong. So they exhibit uncontrolled refractoriness(दुराग्रह/जिद). They want all toys. They want all chocolates.


Bad food habits. Bad behaviour. Faulty development. Uncontrolled teens.

Stop bombarding consumer attitude upon developing mind in growing age. Stop them becoming future consumers. Too many choices are not good for adults too! Why expose kids to tsunami of alternatives? Why kill their development?

And if you really want them to learn shopping, take them to local farm or Gau shala and buy things afresh. Take them to local sabji mandi where choices are limited. Super market for kids as any day bad idea in my humble opinion.

Oh yes, when your kid turns 9 or 10. Do go to shopping with them. It is right time for them to learn लेन-देन/खरीदारी/shopping/हिसाब/money matters.

Honey as Antibiotics : Modern Science


When Ayurveda prescribes Honey as Swarnaprashana for children, we not only ignore but make fun of it.


Why? Because modern medicine does not approve it! 😀

Yes, we also prefer so called factory made refined honey 😀 but in reality, it is raw honey that is magic! Processed honey is nothing but insult to the nectar!

And yes! these benefits are soon going to be things of past. Pesticides led flowers, depleting forests and dying honeybees! Worse future ahead if continue living like this! 🙁

Read this to realize why honey is potent solution for so many issues!

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees have shown promising results in a series of studies at Lund University in Sweden.
  • The group of bacteria counteracted antibiotic-resistant MRSA in lab experiments
  • The bacteria, mixed into honey, has healed horses with persistent wounds
  • The formula has previously been shown to protect against bee colony collapse

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey – as we now know it – was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds.

These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on severe human wound pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), among others. When the lactic acid bacteria were applied to the pathogens in the laboratory, it counteracted all of them.

While the effect on human bacteria has only been tested in a lab environment thus far, the lactic acid bacteria has been applied directly to horses with persistent wounds. The LAB was mixed with honey and applied to ten horses; where the owners had tried several other methods to no avail. All of the horses’ wounds were healed by the mixture.

The researchers believe the secret to the strong results lie in the broad spectrum of active substances involved.

“Antibiotics are mostly one active substance, effective against only a narrow spectrum of bacteria. When used alive, these 13 lactic acid bacteria produce the right kind of antimicrobial compounds as needed, depending on the threat. It seems to have worked well for millions of years of protecting bees’ health and honey against other harmful microorganisms. However, since store-bought honey doesn’t contain the living lactic acid bacteria, many of its unique properties have been lost in recent times”, explains Tobias Olofsson.


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