Wednesday, 2 January 2013
A man from Glasgow, Scotland, who’d spent years searching for a remedy to a painful eye disease, was surprised to find the cure in a 99p jar of honey from Tesco.
Frank Dougan, 62, lost his left eye as a child, when he was accidentally shot with a bow and arrow, and has since worn a prosthetic eye. Unfortunately the artificial eye caused him to develop blepharitis, a persistent inflammation of the eyelid, making life difficult.
Mr Dougan sought medical advice but was unable to find a treatment that provided prolonged relief. “Lots of doctors gave me eyes drops, I have a whole fridge full and I have spent a fortune but nothing worked” he said.
After retiring as an international DJ, Mr Dougan went on holiday to Jerusalem where a B&B owner recommended he treat a cut on his hand with honey. The next day he was impressed to discover the wound had healed.
Soon after the holiday his eye was upset by blepharitis and he ventured to try the treatment on his eyelid. He applied the honey twice daily on both the eyelid and the tear duct and on return to the optician a few weeks later there were no traces of the eye infection.
Mr Dougan, was ecstatic with the results he said: “I have been all over the world and seen terrible illnesses in places where people can’t afford to go to the doctor. So to find a cure that’s so cheap could help so many people. It’s fantastic. My life has improved so much and for 99p I get a massive 340 gram tub which last for months.”
Dr Joseph Mercola of Mercola.com reports that honey has long been recognised for its healing properties and was frequently used in treating infections until the beginning of the 20th century.
Manuka honey, produced from the Manuka tree found in New Zealand and Australia was approved in 2007 by US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in wound and burn dressings. It’s also commonly used by veterinary professionals to treat wounds of the same nature.
More conventional forms of treatment for blepharitis include, Blephasol, Blephaclean and Blephagel.
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