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Want to discuss the latest health trends? A new “remedy” sounding too good to be true? Wish to share your knowledge, questions or concerns? Feel free to use this section as your sounding board. I will do my utmost to respond to you within 24 hours. Take good care, Rose

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  1. Hi, I was wondering what your thoughts are about the benefits of honey and cinnamon. Shakari 88

  2. Hi, I too received info recently that claimed cinnamon and honey can cure most diseases. I read it and laughed so hard. Firstly, it stated honey has no side effects. Actually, since honey is sold unpasteurized, it can contain spores of toxic bacteria (including clostridium botulinum or botulism), which is why family doctors and pediatricians advise against giving it to young children or (what grandma did) dipping a soother in honey to pacify a baby. Secondly, the source was quoted as from a Canadian magazine, “Weekly World News”…I never heard of it, so I checked and it turns out to be a supermarket tabloid magazine having the same publisher as the “National Enquirer”. It listed mostly ailments (not diseases) that are “cured” from various mixtures of cinnamon and honey, which included: heart disease, arthritis, bladder infections, cholesterol, colds, upset stomach, gas, immune system, cancers of bones and stomach, fatigue, hearing, bad breath, weight loss, skin infections, pimples, longevity, influenza and indigestion.

    Honey is considered to have anti-microbial properties..proven perhaps by its long shelf life. In 2003, cinnamon was thought to have some benefit for diabetics based on the work of Khan and colleagues – Diabetes Care journal. Successive studies in Germany showed very minimal benefit and in 2006, a study found no benefit. A meta-analysis (a study compiling all published human data from controlled studies) concluded, “Cinnamon did not appear to improve HgbA1c, fasting glucose or blood lipids in patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.”

    Getting back to the hype, I even read “stories” that honey has ‘large amounts of iron’ (good sources of iron are derived from animal and limited plant sources – organ meats, such as liver, being one of the best), it relieves ‘complaints’ of cholesterol (high cholesterol itself has no symptoms), clears stomach ulcers ‘from the root’ (there is no “root” in a stomach ulcer), and ‘restores’ hearing (??). A Copenhagen University study was also cited as ‘recently’ giving 200 arthritis patients honey and cinnamon before breakfast and found that 73 were totally relieved of pain. It didn’t say for how long or what is meant by totally relieved. Hey, if some handsome researcher visited my bedside every morning before breakfast and gave me honey and cinnamon, I’d have no pain either, for a while.

    The only thing I could find that had me thinking “maybe” was a study done in 2004 conducted at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Dr.Nada Orsolic and his colleagues injected bee VENOM (not honey) into the subcutaneous tumours (those just under the skin) of mice (not humans) which appeared to prolong survival (a far cry from a cure). Again, as in the diabetic studies with cinnamon, this requires more replication in multi-centres for a meta-analysis to be done. Since some people are severely allergic to bee stings (meaning venom can have a very powerful effect on some people), I thought for a moment, they MAY be onto something here. Snake and other venom from reptiles have long been thought to be an untapped source of new medicines and potential treatments. Dr. Orsolic concluded, “These results suggest the benefits of potential clinical trials using propolis or honey, combined with chemotherapeutic agents.” Remember the word COMBINED with chemotherapeutic agents here. Natural honeybee products include: propolis, royal jelly, caffeic acid, honey and venom. (This info was cited from the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, December 5, 2004, “Honey-bee products in cancer treatment and prevention.”) Hope this helps! Rose

    Update: There is pasteurized honey available on most store shelves as well. I incorrectly stated it was sold as unpasteurized. Take home message: no harm is done by taking cinnamon and honey. Just be aware of the placebo effect (click on my post “The Brain”) if you think it helps – it probably will.

  3. Hi Rose,

    I just discovered your blog.

    You certainly know your medical stuff.

    Excellent writing.

    Poutine

  4. Rose, this is very enlightening as we use cinnamon and honey with porridge in the morning. I leave out the honey but my husband likes his porridge with honey. This is more authoritative than the ones I have read.

  5. Rose, humma reviews is aesta1.


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