|That additional chemical, povidone-iodine proved superfluous and it was dropped from the formulation. More recently, the composition has evolved to include only two substances….powdered sugar, substituted for the Egyptian's honey, and cooking oil for their grease.
These two materials have proven to be powerful anti-bacterials and have been shown to be superior to all antibiotics in staving off infection; they have out-shined many of the much more expensive materials and products in not only fighting infection but in contributing to unparalleled healing as well.
They not only help eliminate infections, but substantially contribute to cost savings, reduction in necessity for skin grafting and overall cost of wound and burn care. Welcome to the exciting world
Sugardyne® is a wound and burn dressing and healing compound. It consists of 3 ½ parts powdered sugar and one part cooking oil. Over a period of 35 years, 7,000 patients have been treated, among whom were 1,700 burn victims.
Sugardyne® (originally containing povidone-iodine) has been used to treat the entire spectrum of wounds, burns and ulcers confronting man. And, to our surprise as surgeons, infections did not occur, ever.
WHAT ABOUT SUGARDYNE®?
Sugardyne® has been used successfully to treat a wide variety of wounds, burns and ulcers over a 35-year period. Its formula is based upon the ancient Egyptian battlefield surgeon's use of honey and grease. Over time, we replaced the Egyptian's honey with confectioner's (powdered) sugar; cooking oil (corn, canola or olive oil) now replaces the Egyptian's grease. We use the ratio 3½ parts sugar and combine it with 1 part cooking oil, mixing the two components until uniformly smooth. Storage is easy----any capped jar will do. The finished material is stable and remains easy to use.
Finished Sugardyne® should ideally have the consistency of thick, spreadable peanut butter. To prepare, mix 3½ parts powdered sugar with 1 part canola oil. Mix thoroughly. Should the mixture be found too "stiff" a few extra drops of oil will suffice. The finished material may be safely stored in a screw-top jar. It will remain "ready to use" for many years.
All bleeding must be completely controlled before Sugardyne® can be used on a fresh wound. The reason? All sugars, (including honey and syrup) chelate (bind with) calcium. If calcium is not available, no clot can form. Use of Sugardyne® after the wound is free of any bleeding is straightforward; Sugardyne® can be safely applied to the wound without fear of any bleeding once clots have been given adequate time to form—usually 1½ to 2 days. A copious amount (¼ to ½" thick) of Sugardyne® is applied to cover or fill the wound and then covered with dry gauze. Deeper wounds are packed full of Sugardyne® to the brim. Dressings are changed once daily. Dressing changes continue until the wound is fully healed. As a rule, no skin graft will be required. Skin will automatically cover the granulation tissue ("proud flesh") that fills the defect, completely.
Burn treatment is surprisingly easy. When Sugardyne® is applied, all pain stops immediately. Therefore, no narcotic analgesics are required. No meticulous debridement of the burn surface is required. Sugardyne® will insure that the burn literally self-debrides. The burn is covered with Sugardyne®, once again using ¼ to ½" of Sugardyne® and covering it all with a gauze dressing. Daily dressing changes are performed. Usually, no skin grafts are required. Skin islands will appear and then skin will follow to complete the healing process, generally leaving the patient with minimal scarring.
In the course of 35 years, a large variety of wounds have been treated successfully. These include human bites, shotgun blasts, frostbite injuries and Brown Recluse spider bites. Afflictions such as allergies, poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac will not improve with use of Sugardyne® unless there is an infection secondary to scratching. It is also true that viral afflictions (such as shingles except when similarly infected) will not respond favorably to the use of Sugardyne®.
Over a 35 year period more than 7,000 patients have been treated successfully with Sugardyne®. Among the 7,000, 1,700 were burn victims, with a variety of wounds completing the remaining 5,000 plus patients. Results were uniformly good. Wounds and burns did not become infected and healed without pain.
No patient had an allergic reaction to the Sugardyne®. No wound or burn developed resistance to the Sugardyne® by developing an infection after the problem had first shown a positive response. Patients found the treatment regimen easy, comfortable and free of pain. The largest number of patients was able to be treated as out-patients.
SAFETY AND EFFICACY
Every patient and medical practitioner wants to have the confidence that the medicines they are using are both SAFE and EFFECTIVE. In recent times, since 1975, literally thousands of patients were treated successfully with Sugardyne®; there were no undesirable negative side effects. No patient was allergic to the medicine.
No diabetic patient found his diabetic condition worsened by its use. Fears that sucrose on a wound's surface might lead to renal (kidney) damage through absorption were unfounded. No test indicated that any sucrose had been absorbed.
Was Sugardyne® effective? Indeed it was! Effective to the point where it could properly be called: "the broad spectrum anti-bacterial!" 'Nuff said!!
HOW DOES THE COMBINATION WORK?
Unlike antibiotics, Sugardyne® consists of two simple, but very effective, ingredients: sugar and cooking oil. While antibiotics chemically interfere with bacterial chemistry and function, sugar and oil depend upon physics for their antibacterial power.
Sugar is hygroscopic and functions to dehydrate all bacteria. Bacteria require water to survive and multiply. This lack of water results in bacterial death. When bacteria die, they cannot reproduce and no infection can occur if all bacteria die.
Oil also functions in a physical way. Oil coats the outer bacterial membrane or cell wall, interfering with the normal capacity of the cell to transport foodstuffs, oxygen and water into and eliminate the cell's capacity to transport waste materials out of the cell.
The oil therefore prevents water, oxygen and foodstuffs from entering the cell; it also prevents egress of cellular waste products.
The bacterial cell withers and dies. No infection occurs secondary to a dead crop of bacteria.
It is worth noting that all bacteria, both Gram-positive and Gram-negative types are affected in an adverse way by the sugar and oil in Sugardyne®.
And unlike antibiotics whose power is chemical in nature, bacterial resistance cannot occur with Sugardyne® because its power is based on its physical properties. [An antibiotic is a substance produced by a micro-organism and able to inhibit or kill another micro-organism.]
Antibiotics and antibacterials, such as sulfa, function by chemically having an impact on bacterial performance and reproduction. Every creature on earth fights for survival and overcomes threats to its survival, if possible.
Bacteria have the capacity to create chemical antidotes, such as penicillinase, enabling bacteria to survive the chemical threat of an antibiotic.
On the other hand, sugar, acting hygroscopically (physics), and oil, acting by barring normal ingress and egress of water and nutrients through the outer cell membrane (physics), acts to absolutely shut down bacterial metabolism. No bacterium is able to overcome these death threats; for example, no bacteria can create water to overcome its dehydration. This helps explain why no bacterium has been able to develop resistance to sugar and oil (Egyptian honey and grease) in 4,000 plus years!!
Our present day results using Sugardyne® are quite good. Wounds and burns heal without eschar (scab); and, despite lack of skin grafting, scars are minimal.
Our end results today help us to appreciate the quality of healing seen by the battlefield surgeons of ancient Egypt. Their experience, using honey and grease allowed, as today, their patients' wounds to heal without pain, without infection, the use of antibiotics or the need for skin grafts and end up with minimal scarring.
This understanding provided us with the clear insight to help us unravel the 4,000 year old mystery of Egyptian wound healing!!
In 1908, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, a German bacteriologist, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. In his acceptance speech for the Prize, he suggested the introduction of "magic bullets" to overcome individual types of bacteria responsible for the cause of specific diseases. Based on his ideas, anti-sera were developed to help combat a large number of diseases.
His efforts were cut short with the introduction of sulfa drugs and penicillin in World War II. It is worth noting that the first scientific paper on penicillin (1945) discussed two serious problems---bacterial resistance and penicillinase.
Despite the great joy with the new medicine's performance against so many harmful bacteria, society now lives with the negative heritage associated with all antibiotics: bacterial resistance, allergic reactions and diminished effectiveness.
Unlike antibiotics, Sugardyne® does not produce allergic reactions, it retains its full strength after 4,000 years, and bacterial resistance has never been demonstrated. Because of its performance over so many years, Sugardyne® may fairly be called "the broad-spectrum magic bullet".
Sugardyne® is not a panacea. All of the precautions routinely taken when engaging in wound or burn care MUST BE OBSERVED. Remember that each case treated by us was observed and monitored daily by a licensed physician practiced in treating wounds and burns.
An experienced physician should be contacted immediately if any of the following signs are observed: increasing redness, pain, swelling, malodor or drainage. Red streaks are particularly ominous and require immediate attention.
When bleeding is encountered in a wound, it must be fully controlled before sugar (or any material containing sugar — such as honey or syrup) is used on that wound. The wound should be carefully inspected for bleeding of any kind.
Gentle ooze can become far more troublesome if sugar contacts the wound. The reason is quite simple: sugar chelates (binds with) calcium. If calcium is unavailable in the surrounding fluid, no clot can form.
Absence of clot means continued bleeding. If bleeding is encountered, packing the wound with dry gauze or Iodoform gauze will suffice. After packing the wound for 1½ to 2 days with gauze the wound can be safely packed with Sugardyne®.
PUNCTURE WOUNDS / BATTLEFIELD-TYPE WOUNDS
The oldest caution in medicine must be observed: these wounds must be treated open. In addition, tetanus prophylaxis is essential, as is ruthless debridement and copious irrigation for puncture wounds and open fractures.
CAUTION: Those responsible for treating difficult wounds must always be conscious of the potential for gas gangrene, particularly where there are puncture wounds or open (compound) fractures.
In these cases, irrigation and meticulous debridement are essential to avoid infection. Sugardyne® cannot be expected to be effective if bacteria are buried deeply and cannot be reached (contacted) by the Sugardyne®.
Understanding how sugar and oil work via physics in Sugardyne® has helped us to solve the mystery of ancient Egyptian wound healing with their use of honey and grease, thereby solving the 4,000 year old mystery of Egyptian wound healing success!!!
The development of Sugardyne® was not accomplished in a vacuum, or by one individual. The discovery could not have been achieved without the assistance of so many physicians from the past.
This website wishes to honor and thank those who contributed so much to the simple concept that resulted in Sugardyne®. They are the ancient Egyptian battlefield surgeons, the Napoleonic army soldiers who uncovered the Rosetta Stone, Frenchman Jean-François Champollion, who deciphered the riddle of the Rosetta Stone, Dr. Louis Pasteur, the founder of bacteriology, Dr. Paul Ehrlich who suggested the concept of the magic bullet, and, more recently, Drs. Herzog, Chirife and Montenegro, Argentineans all, who performed such elegant research on the bacterial-inhibiting effects of honey; and to the orthopedic and surgical team from Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, Mississippi: Drs. Richard Knutson, Lloyd Merbitz, Maurice Creekmore, Gene Snipes, Philip Doolittle, Jack McNeil, John Brooks, John Sandifur all from Greenville, Mississippi, Dr. Martin Pomphrey, Starkville, Mississippi, John Gassaway, West Point, Mississippi and Bennie Wright of Cleveland, Mississippi along with Dr. Ron Tachibana, a general practitioner and Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, practicing in Sacramento, California, all of whom worked with Sugardyne® over a period of 30 years.
All of them courageously first explored the wound and burn healing effects of Sugardyne®. Collectively, they all contributed valuable knowledge that made Sugardyne® possible.
In the words of the chief surgeon of battlefield medicine:
"Try it-----you'll like it!!!!"
At no time has the group of doctors listed here accepted any government funds for the research that we conducted, whether federal, state or local. We treated many of our patients gratis and were pleased to do so.
We tip our hats to and say "thanks" to our patients who were kind enough to participate with us in our 30 year study.
SMALL TOWN PHYSICIANS
All of the surgeons who helped work on this project are "small town physicians". The largest number of these surgeons lives in the Deep South where medical excellence is oft-times denigrated by those who live elsewhere. We would hope that our work here in the Mississippi Delta might serve to encourage our nay-sayers to re-evaluate their "negative" positions and grudgingly admit that we succeeded when they had not!
© What is Sugardyne® by Richard A. Knutson, M.D., January 2012