Treating a Bullet Wound with Processed White Sugar

***I’m not a doctor, and none of this is meant to constitute medical advice***

sugarA character in my epic Post-Apocalyptic novel The WICK Omnibus is wounded by gunshot and, after a serious infection sets in, is treated by another character using plain white sugar.  So the question I’ve received from many readers is… would this work?

Hard to say.  No two gunshots is the same.  If the question is, can you treat an infectious gunshot with processed white sugar?  The answer is yes… and not only can you, but you probably should.

As the character Peter explains in the book, sugar and honey have been used to treat battle wounds for millennia, and many experts (unhappily, not many in America, though, where antibiotics are “god”) are coming to believe that sugar ought to be the treatment of first recourse when dealing with deep wounds that might not be absolutely “clean” throughout.  As always, most American doctors, who don’t want to think or examine the full evidence, still lean on the antibiotic crutch, even as more and more infections are being caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.  The following quote, by an American doctor who probably has not even been willing to examine all of the evidence, is typical of that coming from American practitioners:

“…there are about 600 lotions and potions for healing wounds, and I think you can get a lot more effect with our contemporary local antibacterials.”

Many experts around the world, however, are learning that sugar not only works great (in many cases better than anything else that could be tried) on deep wounds, but that it leaves the wound cleaner, “pinker, and healthier.”

honeyDoctors who do use the process in America have found that the wound heals faster and with less scarring.  There is less need for debridement, and the wound readily grows back new tissue.

The process works because the sugar liquefies in the wound (think of rubbing sugar onto a ham) as it absorbs liquids from the wounded flesh.  This coats the wound and forbids bacterial infection from infiltrating it.  Then, the sugar “syrup” has an osmotic effect… it pulls moisture from infected tissue and leaves the bacteria either very dead, or weakened to the point that the body’s immune system can defeat it.  Adherents to the sugar cure claim that sugar can even be used in battle wounds that haven’t been completely cleaned or debrided.

So there is a positive use for white, processed sugar!  As Peter says in The WICK Omnibus:

“Refined and bleached sugar has a multitude of excellent uses, but eating it is not one of them.  In fact, one of the poorest uses of refined sugar is as a food substance.  It has killed more humans than Stalin and Mao combined… but it is good for many medicinal reasons, not the least of which is the fact that sugar and honey have been used as an antibacterial agent for millennia…”

Hopefully you won’t ever have to treat a deep cut or bullet wound, but now, if you are forced to do it without access to a hospital or industrial medications, you’ll know what to do!

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Michael Bunker

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Michael Bunker is a USA Today bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a "plain" community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books...and occasionally tilts at windmills. He is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the WICK series, The Silo Archipelago, and the Amish/Sci-Fi thriller Pennsylvania; two books humor/satire including Hugh Howey Must Die! and LEGENDARIUM; as well as many nonfiction works, including the bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid.

6 Responses to Treating a Bullet Wound with Processed White Sugar

  1. I’m truly enjoying your blog! You probably already know this, but the simple sugar D-mannose is a true miracle for bladder infections. Most people drink cranberry juice, but it has too much refined sugar in it and it’s hard to drink enough to get an effective dose of the simple sugar needed from the cranberries. D-mannose is a simple sugar that coats the bladder and bacteria attach/feed on it, and are flushed from the body. A wonderful way to speed your body’s ability to fight the infection without antibiotics.

    • I’m in the dark here so have patience with my stupid question and tell me where to purchase D-mannose sugar. thanks

  2. Interesting post!

    I know first-hand that raw, unpasteurized honey is a time-honored remedy for all kinds of wounds and irritations. Honey is highly microbial (without water, it never spoils!) and not only can seal a wound from outside infection but has properties that can help a wound heal. As many people know, it’s also great to take internally for colds and flu, and can soothe an irritated throat.

    White sugar may do some of the same, but with all of the processing and bleaching, I wouldn’t trust it to work as well as honey. Of course, in our society it’s a whole lot easier to come by than raw honey, so it’s likely better than nothing.

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  5. This is very interesting. Thank you for posting. Do you have any references from the experts, mentioned in your post, who are using sugar to treat wounds?

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