Saturday, 13 June 2015

13th June 2015 - I feel the need - the need for Mead

Thought for the day :"I don't need a reason to enjoy a little wine. All I need is a glass."

A thought about mead..

Honey-based mead may curb antibiotic resistance, say makers

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 02:08

Scientists in Sweden say that mead - the age-old beverage made of honey and water - could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Jim Drury reports.

The word Elixir means medicinal potion.....Swedish scientist Tobias Olofsson says his new alcoholic drink Honey Hunter's Elixir is just that. It's a new type of mead - a honey-based brew dubbed 'the drink of the Gods' by Vikings. But Oloffson has a secret ingredient - 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of honeybees. Alongside Lund University colleague Alejanda Vasquez, Olofsson revealed last year that the bacteria contained antibiotic properties. He says Elixir could have wide ranging health benefits. 

LUND UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER, TOBIAS OLOFSSON SAYS: "We've seen in our research that the honey bees actually add great flora of lactic acid bacteria in honey so the mead, when produced, is actually fermented by these lactic acid bacteria together with wild yeasts and the lactic acid bacteria can really kill off all the dangerous pathogens that are even resistant against anti-biotics. So our thinking is that the mead, when you consume the mead, these lactic acid bacteria in the drink can actually be transferred to your blood and help you when you are infected with dangerous bacteria or promote health, preventing infections." In lab tests the bacteria killed all human pathogens it came up against. The pair already sell H13, a honey containing the bacteria. By contrast, commercial honey is sterilised during production. Vasquez hopes Elixir will be shown to improve our health.

LUND UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER ALEJANDRA VASQUEZ SAYS: "We will have volunteers drinking this drink and measure different parameters to see if the compounds the bacteria produce could end up in the blood system and for that to cause a prevention or a cure for infections." Scientists world-wide are seeking new ways to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Its makers say Honey Hunter's Elixir could be part of the answer and have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Finding an alcoholic drink that both raises the spirits and keeps you healthy has long seemed a fantasy. And if Elixir proves to be that elusive tipple, drinkers everywhere will happily toast its success.

And on another matter - a missive from the pen of Mr Roger Morgan - the Barber Surgeon..

What a day it has been. You see The Colours are at the centre of a Regiment or Corps. They are basically flags with the battle honours of a Regiment embroidered on them and as such they become the very soul and heart of a Regiment. Men have died to save the colours from the enemy and they are treated with huge reverence and honour. Well, today the old colours of the Royal Welsh were marched off parade for the last time, to be laid up in a suitable place, and the new colours marched on. 
More than that, the new colours were presented by the Queen today in Cardiff, you may have seen it on the news. For me it was very special, because along with good friends from the 41st (Wales and Canada) the Great War Society, the Welsh Reg and of course the 1879s we stood as historical soldiers for the present Regiment in the presence of the Queen. 

And as she walked between the two columns of soldiers of the past, within a foot or two distance, smiling and acknowledging us as she went, I couldn't help thinking of two men without whom I wouldn't be here. My grandfathers. Jim Morgan and Jim Irvine. Both South Wales Borderers who 'did their bit' in WW1 and were proud of serving their country and King. They never got close to their monarch, but in standing as a SWB in the uniform of the Boer War I hope that I stood as much them as for the men of 1902 in the presence of my Queen today. Like I said, what a day it has been.

I'll drink to that ... in fact - that sounds lie a good idea..

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