Dear Dr. Fox • I read with interest the article regarding wound-healing and aloe gel.
Our terrier Abbey had a lot of trouble with healing a wound from cancer surgery. With no clear answer from our vet, I got some local honey and applied it several times a day on the wound. Within several days, it seemed to be improving. Very soon after that, it was completely healed! The vet seemed very surprised.
I also used the honey on a bad hand wound my doctor-averse husband had, and it healed remarkably quickly. It seems this old-time remedy helped. Perhaps this information may be useful to others. — C.R., Freehold, N.J.
Dear C.R. • You are one of several readers confirming the healing powers of honey.
It was also used in the old days for maggot-infested wounds and bedsores in humans; when not available, refined sugar was used, which was nowhere near as effective in healing and preventing infection. Honey can also be used in an emergency to alleviate inflammatory eye conditions.
I learned from readers decades ago that locally produced honey and bee pollen can help alleviate seasonal allergies in dogs. With such safe, naturopathic remedies, finding out what an effective dose is often becomes a matter of trial and error. Start by giving an allergy-prone dog 1 teaspoon per 30 pounds of body weight daily, with food, for five to seven days. If there are no signs of improvement, try doubling that amount for another five to seven days. Then stop and repeat at weekly intervals as needed. Often one to two weeks of treatment with a local honey product will suffice. Animals who are diabetic would be better off with the lower sugar content of bee pollen.
We owe so much to the insect kingdom, and in particular the bees, who have helped us put food on our tables since the beginning of time by pollinating our crops and orchards, as well as the wild plants whose fruits and nuts we harvest. These insects are now being destroyed by toxic chemical-addicted industrial agriculture with its armament of insecticides and insect-killing genetically engineered crops, which we should all oppose, choosing instead to support insect-friendly, organically certified producers. These include our local beekeepers, whose bees can help us — and our dogs — cope with seasonal allergies with their pollen and honey.
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