By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2017 6 Comments
    How Can Manuka Honey Help to Heal Wounds?

    We first heard about the use of sugar to heal wounds from orthopedic surgeon, Richard A, Knutson, MD. He pointed out that the battlefield surgeons of ancient Egypt used honey and grease to heal wounds…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Sore Infected Finger Responds to Lambs Ear Leaf

    Q. By chance, I applied a fresh "lambs ear" leaf to a chronically sore finger. Within minutes, there was complete relief, and now I apply a leaf nightly. What do you know about this? A. Lamb's ear is …

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2013 3 Comments
    Drugstore Product Helps Stop Bleeding

    Q. I take blood thinners and spend a lot of time outdoors. I am looking for something I can carry in my first aid kit to stop bleeding in case I get a minor cut. What do you recommend? A. We trust you…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2011 10 Comments
    Home Remedy Put to the Test

    Home remedies are rarely put to the test of scientific scrutiny. That's probably why physicians frequently pooh-pooh them. But there may come a time when a home remedy is exactly what you need. That's…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2011 21 Comments
    Sweet Relief for Stubborn Wounds

    We first learned about orthopedic surgeon Richard Knutson in 1985. He had published a report about using sugar and povidone-iodine to "enhance wound healing" (Southern Medical Journal, Nov. 1981). Dr.…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2011 6 Comments
    Maggots Help with Wound Healing

    People with diabetes can develop skin lesions that may be hard to treat. Because of poor circulation, these wounds can become infected and are slow to heal. Doctors go to heroic measures to treat them…

    By: Joe Graedon August 18, 2008 0 Comments
    Science Supports Honey to Heal Wounds

    Q. I work with animals. Yesterday we had a dog rip out her stitches to a point where closure was not an option. Our veterinarian placed honey on a dressing and bandaged up our little beagle. Today the…

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2007 9 Comments
    Sugar Cure Helps Stubborn Wound

    Q. I want to thank you for the "sugar cure" column. I had a toe amputated in March, 2006, and here it is November, 2007, and it still is not healed. I read your column about using sugar for wound heal…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2007 5 Comments
    Old-Time Wound Treatment Helps Pets

    Q. You recently wrote about using sugar for slow-healing wounds and bedsores. As a nurse, I learned years ago that the best way to use this home remedy is to make a thick paste of antibiotic ointment …

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2007 90 Comments
    Sugar Speeds Wound Healing

    Q. My father developed a bedsore on his back around the beginning of the year. It became infected months ago and has healed somewhat. My dad is on hospice care. They were using a "wives'-tale" remedy …