Nature’s New Antibiotic

Alternative Healing

Manuka honey, from New Zealand, kills common Staphylococcus bacteria, reports a study published by the Society for General Microbiology. Staphylococcus is responsible for many infections, and scientists now hope to use this honey as a first-line treatment for bacterial infections resistant to antibiotics.

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