Research on the Use of Sugar in Medical Treatment

Shaun's World Humanities Blog

A nurse is researching whether or not sugar can be used to effectively treat wounds, as is said in a family remedy. The idea behind this hypothesis is that sugar draws water away from wounds which in turn prevents bacteria from multiplying, preventing or helping prevent infection. The sample size of the research is not large enough yet to be able to consider it a success, but the results so far from 35 patients hint towards it being effective.

In the article it mentions a man, Alan Bayliss, who had his right leg amputated from above the knee. The procedure involved removing a vein from his left leg which resulted in wound that would not heal properly. The treatment involved using a good amount of sugar at first, with the first dressing using almost a whole pot of sugar, but it needed less as the treatment went on, only need 4…

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