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“Mad Honey” Poisoning – Increasing Knowledge and Reducing the Risk

Mad Honey Posioning

Mad Honey poisoning is caused by grayanotoxins, a foodborne agent found in honey. While its effects are generally mild, lasting no more than a day, everyone is at risk and in severe circumstances the effects can be lethal. The general public’s knowledge of the illness tends to be lacking. Therefore, the intention of this presentation is to increase understanding (by explaining exactly what grayanotoxins are and how they work) and reduce incidences (by offering preventive measures as well as treatment options).

Please click here to view presentation “Mad Honey” Poisoning – Increasing Knowledge and Reducing the Risk. I hope that the information is helpful. If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so, below.  Thank you.


Hope Thompson

PUBH-6165-4 Environmental Health

Walden University

2 Responses

  1. HI Hope,

    Thanks for an informative presentation. Did you find any information about honey ingested by people with decreased immune systems? I have heard that people receiving chemotherapy should avoid honey.

    Thanks again,
    Laura Sadowski

  2. Hello Laura,

    I have no information on this particular concern, I simply know that it is advised that babies/infants avoid honey completely because their bodies are in the primary stages of development. Adult stomachs are quite acidic and this can be very beneficial; if we are exposed to trace amounts of harmful “bugs”, the acid in our stomachs kills them. However, baby’s stomachs are not as acidic and even the smallest amount of a toxin can be lethal.

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