The golden reason not to listen to a shouty man

The Good Life Letter 

29th November 2015

Now don't get me wrong... I think doctors are amongst the most selfless people on the planet.

Especially NHS doctors.

They work long hours, have a mountain of paperwork to fill in, have to put up with poor conditions, and yet they STILL manage to come through all that with a smile on their face.

But if we rely on our doctors to get it 100% right 100% of the time, we could be heading for trouble.

Of course, you should always go to your doctor when you have a medical problem, and you should always follow their advice.

But there's no harm in discovering things for yourself, and listening to different viewpoints, because as we know it can take years for mainstream medicine to accept a natural remedy, when it could be doing you some good right now.

A few weeks ago I read about the head of NICE saying that GPs should be chastised if they prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily.

Now we all know that there is a crisis looming when the drugs we have relied on for so long are becoming less effective, and the bacteria are overcoming them.

But to victimise the doctor for trying to help a patient is plain stupid.
What NICE should be doing is recognising how good, proven and natural remedies can help – and when it comes to dealing with coughs, colds, sore throats and even skin wounds there is no better than pure, raw Manuka honey.

Have you stocked up your medicine chest with the finest of medicinal honeys?

Proof – if any were needed

Over dinner last night Lara made a startling observation.

We were talking with some older friends about their experiences of queuing around the block to get their flu jabs, and she said that neither she nor I had had a cough or cold let alone anything like a flu virus for the last five years.

True we do get the odd sniffle from time to time, but never anything that lays us low.

As we discussed this it became apparent that our secret was the daily shot of honey that we have, and have had for the last few years.

I realise that this hardly qualifies as scientific proof, but from a personal standpoint I can’t think of any better reason to keep taking it regularly.

Of course there have been a number of powerful, peer reviewed research studies which show that pure Manuka does improve the symptoms associated with colds and sore throats(1), improved healing of wounds, boils and ulcers(2) and even as a post chemotherapy mouth salve for cancer patients(3).

But why should our health watchdog begin to listen to them any more than they do to me?

Well, primarily because this is THE scientific proof that they keep telling us is missing from natural remedies, but despite the many hundreds of trials that have been carried out we still only see marginal use of Manuka therapy.

In several major dermatology centres it is now being used as a wound dressing and oncology units are taking note of how effective it is for healing damaged skin in the mouth and throat.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Having said all of that though the Manuka industry isn’t doing a lot to help themselves.

Producers are seemingly at war with each other in trying to invent more fanciful ways of proving their honey is the best... and therefore most expensive.

With the prime culprit for confusion being the UMF.

The farce about the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) number doesn’t help authenticate the claims of medical efficacy because it just measures the levels of peroxide activity which is an indicator of its potency but can be misleading.

Likewise the proprietary MGO rating, which assays the methylgloxal levels, undoubtedly a potent bacteriocide but one which rapidly deteriorates depending on how the honey is handled, stored and transported.

Importantly, despite claims to the contrary neither of these established measures have relevance to the strength of the ‘honey effect’ or its purity – yet much is made of them.

In reality the compound which should be measured is called Leptosperin which is the true antimicrobial factor in honey and should be the one which all producers use in the future.

On top of this we have even less scrupulous groups trying to muscle in with fake Manuka – and that just isn’t good at all.

Buy raw, pure & powerful Manuka honey with confidence – here’s why

All that is golden may not be Manuka

At the beginning of this month a story in the Daily Mail claimed that half of the Manuka on sale in the UK was fake – and I can believe them.

The whole of New Zealand produces only 3,000 tonnes a year yet we import and sell around 6,500 tonnes in the UK alone! It can’t all be real can it?

The cheats include mixing Manuka with other honeys, claiming other floral honeys as Manuka or just using sugar syrup and making believe.

Clearly this is a practice which means those who buy the fakes don’t get the benefits they expect.

It also means that some commentators can make ill judged criticism.
For instance, Jeremy Clarkson.

Here is a man whose views and knowledge of cars is his speciality, however, when he makes comments like this in the Sun I think it shows his lack of understanding;

MAD people who do yoga and rub stones when they have a headache have claimed for years that Manuka honey — which costs £60 a jar — can cure bed sores, E. coli, stomach ulcers and just about everything else as well.

If you listen to them banging on about it, you’d form the impression that one single spoonful could also bring peace to the Middle East, end world poverty and provide green ’n’ clean electricity until the end of time.

Well, now it seems like they may have been talking out of their back bottoms because researchers have found that almost half of the Manuka honey sold in Britain is fake.

It’s obviously a terrible crime, passing off one sort of honey as another — and yet anything that proves alternative medicine is a load of nonsense is all right in my book.

Well Mr C I hope that you will have taken note of all the scientific research, and that I am certainly not taken to rubbing bits of the landscape for any ailments...

...but I do know and can categorically prove that Manuka honey is a true healing remedy.

You see if I took a 1972 Ford Escort and put a modern AMG Mercedes badge on it I wouldn’t expect the ageing car to roar around a track like the pace car for Formula 1 – and the same is true of a mislabelled jar of honey.

By getting the real product you will get the results you expect.

Make sure you get yours from our new season stock – it really is the best in raw, pure AND 100% genuine Manuka honey

Yours, as always


P.S. This year our Manuka honey is a rich dark colour which is characteristic of the season and area of New Zealand it was produced in – further proof (if any were needed) that this is a truly artisan product and not subject to manufacturing homogenisation.

Order this with confidence, and enjoy beautiful and rich tones of flavour.


(1) Schneider, M., Coyle, S., Warnock, M., Gow, I., & Fyfe, L. (2013). Anti‐Microbial Activity and Composition of Manuka and Portobello Honey. Phytotherapy Research, 27(8), 1162-1168.

(2) Al-Waili, N. S., Salom, K., Butler, G., & Al Ghamdi, A. A. (2011). Honey and microbial infections: a review supporting the use of honey for microbial control. Journal of medicinal food, 14(10), 1079-1096.

(3) Bardy, J., Molassiotis, A., Ryder, W. D., Mais, K., Sykes, A., Yap, B., ... & Slevin, N. (2012). A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial of active manuka honey and standard oral care for radiation-induced oral mucositis. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 50(3), 221-226.

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