Elixir is being hailed by the denizens of the internet as a drink to cure all ills, prevent disease, and save the world. But is it true?
First, let’s see what the researchers have to say in their own words:
Living antibiotics is a natural innovation developed by Swedish researchers Alejandra Vásquez and Tobias Olofsson. Ten years ago they discovered the world´s largest concentration of collaborating beneficial lactic acid bacteria in honeybees. Further research showed that these bacteria work as living factories of antibiotics, producing not just one weapon as conventional antibiotics but hundreds of different weapons in order to fight infections. Living antibiotics revolutionize the concept of antibiotics; from the static compound, which generates resistance; to the active, which generates protection.
Next, the researchers are raising money on Indiegogo, which is not how scientific projects are usually funded. That said, the world is rapidly changing and we think crowd funding science may be the next big thing. Although it removes some accountability, it can also combat certain forms of “science for hire.” Our opinion is that good science should be judged on the quality of the research and not its funding.
Speaking of the research, let’s look into that. Is there really solid, peer-reviewed evidence to support the bold claims that the lactic acid in honey is much, much better than antibiotics? Yes, it appears.
Like good scientists (who want to sell a product), the researchers have conveniently compiled all of their research into one place. You should check it out! Many of the articles are even Open Access, which is pretty rare.
So, dear Meadiacs, here’s what we’ve got:
- Is wound treatment an oft overlooked medical issue? Yes.
- Are existing treatments insufficient and potentially harmful? Yes.
- Is topical honey treatment an amazing potential treatment? It seems like it.
- Is mead awesome? Yes.
- Is mead going to save the world? Probably not.
Go read the science and decide for yourself!