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Concern over swine flu prompts high demand on honey in Kuwait.

By Abdullah Al-Harbi (with photos) KUWAIT, Sept 7 (KUNA) -- The growing concern about the outbreak of Influenza A subtype virus (H1N1) has prompted citizens and expatriates in Kuwait to find natural ways for enhancing their immunity systems including regular intakes of honey. The lack of effective vaccine against the fatal virus aroused the public concern especially on the eve of the school year, Youssef Al-Faresi, specialist in traditional medicine, told KUNA on Monday. "Honey is commonly known for its stigmatization of the antibodies; it is useful for schoolchildren who could get in touch with swine flu patients," he said. Al-Faresi noted an apparent rise in demand for honey in the August, putting the rise at 20 percent compared with the previous month. "The recent studies conducted by western scientists proved traditional concepts on the positive impacts of honey on immunity. "Honey is an affordable natural way that could help man to lead a healthy life when it taken in its raw form on regular daily basis," Al-Faresi underscored. Honey is commended in its raw form but there are some lab-tested patented formulas that proved to be move effective as a way for enhancing acquired immunity, he added. He, meanwhile, cautioned against use of unpatented formulas even if they had temporary benefits. Since its early outbreak in Kuwait in April, H1N1 inflected 1,779, including 443 who contracted the virus last week only. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health affirmed that 99 percent of the patients recovered completely. (end) KUNA 080054 Sep 09NNNN

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Date:Sep 8, 2009
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