Dr. Frank Steele treats wounds and saves limbs using a combination of polarized light and honey. The polarized light adds energy to the affected tissues while relieving pain, and the honey kills the germs that are attacking the good tissue.
This article was written by Tracy Farnham and was originally posted in the The News Herald in Morganton, NC on 6/21/2008. The article has since fallen off the site.
Dr. Frank Steele
Much like recalling a distant memory, Dr. Frank Steele is reviving the use of honey, along with polarized light therapy, for wound care and, in some cases, an alternative solution to amputation.
Steele is a general surgeon who is now medical director of the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Valdese Hospital and at Blue Ridge HealthCare’s new Affinity Face and Body Center.
Steele said as a youngster he recalled seeing a short movie about an African Safari where a villager used honey to treat a child’s sore leg.
“I never thought that almost six decades later I would be doing the same thing,” he said.
Returning from recent trips to San Diego and Toronto, Steele has presented his latest work titled “Healing problem wounds using a combination of polarized light and honey.”
With this successful treatment, amputations of several limbs have been prevented.
Now using a walker, Parlier lives on her own after spending eight months in various rest homes where Steele would bring his portable polarized light and honey filled syringe.
“One therapist told me I would never walk, and I came home walking with a walker in March,” she said.
In 2002 Steele was treating a colleague with one amputated leg and suffering from diabetes, bad kidneys and a bad heart.
“Losing that other foot meant a lot to him.Without it he would become dependent,” Steele said.
He began polarized light treatment, which healed a spot, but after five months the extreme inflammation and MRSA created complications, and a hole emerged in one toe.”Conventional treatment was to take off his leg.”Steele said.
Antibiotics go where there’s blood supply and with dead tissue, no antibiotic could get there, he added.Since honey isn’t dependent on the blood supply to get there, it eventually produced results.
The colleague said he had nothing to lose and asked Steele to put honey in the hole.
“We applied honey every day for two and a half months.He was getting better almost immediately and kept his leg,” Steele said.
During recent wound symposiums Steele has shown documented photographs of the treatment.As a true test, a 76-year-old female diabetic presented a challenge for the honey treatment with venous stasis ulcers that remained after undergoing four years of treatment at another wound center.
“Following 10 months of treatment with honey the treated leg literally looks better than her other, non-treated leg,” Steele said.
FDA approved dressings made with manuka honey in alginate sponges are being used in some nursing homes.Manuka honey is produced from the manuka, a wild New Zealand shrub.
Steele’s results have been from locally-produced, raw, non-pasteurized honey which contains an enzyme that causes slow molecular changes.
“Antibiotics work on the developing germ – the next generation – while honey works on this generation,” Steele said.”If you put a germ in honey it will suck the water out of the germ.Essentially germs can’t live in honey.”
The light and honey are not dependent on each other.”The light puts energy in the wound and reduces pain while the honey messes with the germs,” Steele said.Currently, he credits saving seven limbs from four of his patients.
Another patient was told by three different physicians she would need amputations to treat her pressure sores.
“When I first saw her she couldn’t stand up.Now she is walking, driving and very happy,” Steele said.
In fact she called just to let him know she was shopping and said, “Thank you.”
Steele said, “A number of places are using honey as a first line of treatment not if all else fails.”