Fight resistance!

Honeybee bacteria – worlds best alternative to antibiotics?

Join the fight against the world’s pathogens, match by match

Antibiotic resistance is growing among the world’s pathogens. In the long run, this is a serious threat to both human and animal health. But after an amazing discovery and ten years of research, Swedish researchers Alejandra Vásquez and Tobias Olofsson, have developed a living, breathing alternative to conventional antibiotics, which can fight resistance. In a match series of three tests you will be able to observe how 13 beneficial lactic acid bacteria, found among honeybees (Apis mellifera), combat some of the world’s toughest pathogens. On Monday, April 27th, you can follow the opening game on and also give your contribution to the world’s best folk medicine.

Honey’s healing power has been known to man for thousands of years. It had a special position within the early Chinese, Indian, Sumerian and Egyptian cultures medical systems where honey among other cures, were used in the treatment of wounds and all sorts of diseases. On the Asian, South American and the African continent honey has played, and still plays, a similarly important role for indigenous people. Among the ancient Greeks, the famous physician Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, praised honey for its health-giving properties and the philosopher Aristotle stated that honey prolonged the lives of those who consumed the golden substance. Honey was later used as a kind of panacea in first the Roman, and then the Arab and European cultures well into the modern era of medicine.

The emergence of the modern pharmaceutical industry during the 1800s, however, meant a drop of honey as a medicine. When antibiotics were discovered, it completely wiped out all competitors and honey’s previous medical status fell into a dormant oblivion.

Ten years ago, researchers Alejandra Vásquez and Tobias Olofsson, at the Faculty of Medicine, Medical Microbiology at Lund University, Sweden, made an absolutely amazing rediscovery. They showed, as the first research team in the world, why wild and fresh honey has been used for as folk medicine to heal wounds and other infections for thousands of years.

The secret is that bees themselves add the world’s largest flora of good lactic acid bacteria in honey from their honey stomachs. All freshly harvest honey from wilderness around the globe contains the flora during a couple of days.  But when today’s processes are used to harvest honey from bees all the beneficial bacteria are lost, this fact also includes the famous Manuka honey. However, thanks to Alejandra and Tobias on going research, the lactic acid bacteria have been given new life. In test after test the researchers have been able to show how the 13 lactic acid bacteria, in cooperation with each other, have killed all of today’s known pathogenic bacteria. They have also in the form of a honey ointment begun to heal chronic wounds in both humans and animals. The 13 different lactic acid bacteria are simply being placed back in mature honey.

The antibiotic-resistant bacteria have not had a chance against the 13 lactic acid bacteria. Therefore, drugs based on the lactic acid bacteria may become a healthy and natural alternative to antibiotics worldwide, and our best alternative in the fight against global antibiotic resistance!

But does this really work?

In three games against a dangerous mixture of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, filmed in three different laboratory tests in a protected environment, Alejandra and Tobias will put both the 13 lactic acid bacteria and their competitors to test. In these challenges we will see how strong they really are and if they can offer protection to some of the world’s major diseases. In the opening game on April 27, lactic acid bacteria in a honey mixture challenges regular store-bought honey.

In the second match 4 May, Manuka honey, the contender for the title of ”world’s best antibiotic alternative” will be challenged. In the third and final match on May 11, it’s time for the main challenger: conventional antibiotics.

Follow the matches, the laboratory tests and the results on the following address; And share discoveries with friends and acquaintances that lost faith in antibiotics. On the web page you can also submit your contribution to the continued research of alternatives to antibiotics, and the world’s healthiest, most natural and most powerful folk medicine that these researchers have rediscovered!

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Rikard Edbertsson, Project Coordinator

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