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'Miracle or Science?': Thai Navy SEALs rescue 12 boys, soccer coach from flooded cave

Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from deep inside a flooded cave on Tuesday, a successful end to an extraordinarily perilous mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

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Rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from deep inside a flooded cave on Tuesday, a successful end to an extraordinarily perilous mission that gripped the world for more than two weeks.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach became trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave," the Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page, adding all were safe.

British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the Tham Luang cave complex, on Monday last week.

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday, prompting rounds of spontaneous applause as ambulances and helicopters passed.

Celebrations were tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died on Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave.

"I want to tell the coach thank you so much for helping the boys survive this long," said one Chiang Rai woman wearing a traditional dress, tears brimming in her eyes.

"I remember all of their faces, especially the youngest one. He's the smallest one and he doesn't have as much experience as the others... I felt like he was one of my own children and I wanted him to come home."

The last five were brought out of the cave on stretchers, one by one over the course of Tuesday, and taken by helicopter to hospital.

Three members of the SEAL unit and an army doctor, who has stayed with the boys since they were found, were the last people due to come out of the cave, the unit said.

Officials did not comment on the rescue mission as it took place, so details of the final day of the rescue and the condition of the last five to be brought out were not immediately known.

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said earlier.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around in hospital.

Volunteers from as far away as Australia and the United States helped with the effort to rescue the boys. US military personnel also helped.

US President Donald Trump hailed the rescue.

"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand," Trump said on Twitter.

"Such a beautiful moment - all freed, great job!"

Authorities did not reveal the identity of the boys as they were brought out, one by one. Parents of the four boys rescued on Sunday were allowed to see them through a glass window at the hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday, but they will be quarantined for the time being.

The boys were still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week for tests, officials said earlier.


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Have you ever fond of that golden thick liquid produced by thousands of bees using enzyme and flowers’ nectar called honey? Do you use it as an alternative sweetener for sugar in your tea, juice or even use this as a filling on your bread and biscuits? If so, Manuka honey can be your newest favoriteto store in your pantry among different types of honey available in the store.

This kind of honey does not just taste better but it is also packed with nutrients that are good for your body. It is loaded with health benefits because of its Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) content and a good remedy for wound, sore throat, bad breath and other gastrointestinal diseases. So, if you are not yet familiar with manuka, this article will provide you practical information about this nutritious sweetener.

What is Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is a monofloral honey which was first originated in New Zealand and used as an alternative medicine. This type of honey is being produced by thousands of European bees from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium commonly known as Manuka tree which grows onlyin New Zealand and southeastern Australia. Since bees only pollinate and get the nectar from one plant species only, it has a distinctive and strong flavor—a combination of sweet, aroma, and slightly bitter flavor. Its color is darker and more intense that those regular honey.

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It contains methylglyoxal(MG), dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and hydrogen peroxide. MG is an organic compound and active ingredient for anti-bacterial, DHA is a carbohydrates used for anti-aging products while hydrogen peroxide is an antibiotic compound. It makes Manuka honey good for curing inflammation and wound cleansing.

Manuka honey vs raw honey?

As stated above, Manuka honey is a monofloral type of honey. European bees only pollinate in the flowers of Manuka tree unlike for the raw honey wherein the bees can get nectar from different flowers around them. Both are pure form of honey but Manuka honey undergoes creaming process after it is extracted from hive. Raw honey is extracted even without adding heat that is why, sometimes when you buy regular honey from the market, there are pieces of pollen mixed in the syrup.

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Also, as compared to other kinds of honey, manuka honey has a unique content of methylglyoxal (MG). Although, both has anti-microbial properties, manuka possesses a much stronger anti-microbial activity than to raw honey.

How to know if the Manuka honey you are going to buy is real?

Because of the buzz of Manuka honey, it increases its sale in the market over the years. A lot of people are willing to purchase this superfood even though it is a bit pricy as compared to regular honey. As a result, it makes more susceptible to adulteration.

So, before you buy (whether in the market or online), it is a must to check the label to know if the product really comes from the New Zealand. Remember that Manuka honey can only be harvested in New Zealand because the Manuka tree only grows in this place. Look for the abbreviation UMF and certified MG content. If these two are missing, the chance that the Manuka honey you are going to buy is fake is relatively high.

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If you order from the manufacturer, do business only in the trusted New Zealand brand. It makes you worry less because the honey undergoes to careful creaming process which conducted in the clean, safe and specialized facilities. Moreover, check also the consistency and color of the manuka honey being sold to you. It should be darker and bronzer while its texture should be more crystalized due to the heat temperature during its creaming process. A reputable brand would be Comvita Manuka Honey. They are a publicly listed company specializing in Manuka honey.

5 Benefits of Manuka honey

This gold elixir provides you with numerous health benefits. Get ready to be amazed because it can magically change the quality of your life even after one month of intake.

Cures pimples, acne and eczema

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Are you tired of your pimples, acne and eczema? Have you tried different beauty products yet you cannot get rid of them? Maybe, it is about time to use natural tonic to achieve your dream flawless and vibrant skin. Manuka honey has antimicrobial, antibacterial and healing properties that help you eliminate those dirt and bacteria hiding in your clogged pores.

Wash your face with lukewarm water to open the pores and apply the Manuka honey on your face. Leave it for 3-5 minutes. Then, wash it off with soap (to remove the sweet flavor) and rinse it with cold water to close the pores. Do this every night before you sleep for the best result.

Soothes sore throat and an effective wound, burn, and coughremedy

Traditionally, honey has been used as a remedy for cough with some slices of lemons on it. But Manuka is more effective due to its advanced antimicrobial, antibiotics, and anti-inflammation properties. When you put some of it in a cup of hot water, it soothes your throat which lessen the irritation and discomfort because of some bacteria lining on your gullet. So, before your cough and sore throat get complicated that would cause you other painful inflammation of the tonsils, get yourself treated by taking a teaspoon of Manuka honey 2-3 times a day. Apart from that, it can also treat wound and burn because it is rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Fights against dental plaque and other oral bacteria

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Manuka honey promotes oral health. Just like toothpaste, it can give you fresh breath because of the antimicrobial characteristic as well as the minerals important for building strong teeth such as phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Though, it is sweet, unlike those sweet treats, it has the ability to fight against plaque and other bacteria that damages your teeth and gives you bad breath. It can also keep your gum healthy which prevents you from having gingivitis—an inflammation of the gum.

Controls hair loss and other scalp problem like dandruff

Are you suffering from hair loss or other scalp problems like dandruff? Buy yourself a Manuka honey instead of trying different brands of shampoo to treat control hair loss and dandruff. Usually, when you are vitamins and minerals deficient, it is common that you experience premature thinning of hair. However, dandruff can also be a contributing factor why you lose a great amount of hair. When your scalp is undernourished, it would cause you scalp dryness thus killing your healthy skin.

With the help of Manuka honey, it can rejuvenate your hair follicles and nourish your scalp. It has antimicrobial and anti-fungal content, as well as it is packed with minerals such as B vitamins and amino acids that can keep your scalp hydrated. Aside from that, Manuka honey helps you achieve a smoother, shinier and more glowing hair.

Promotes gastrointestinal and digestive health

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If your stomach always hurt, maybe you have mild gastrointestinal and digestive problem. To prevent that from getting worse, treat yourself as soon as possible by taking Manuka honey. The anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory content of Manuka enabling you to be free of any stomach-related diseases and conditions such as abdominal pain, lose bowel movement, constipation, ulcer, and diarrhea.

Final Thought

Manuka honey provides incredible benefits not only those mentioned above making it extra unique than those raw and regular types of honey you can buy in the market. Generally, it is safe to consume even by kids (do not give this to babies under one year old). However, please consult your doctor if you are allergic to bees or honey and diagnosed with diabetes if it is okay for you. If yes, choose manuka whenever you buy honey. Just do check the label, consistency and color of the honey you are going to buy to know if it is real. Another good thing to remember about this honey is that it is specially made for you by those industrious bees pollinating in manuka tree—a type of tree which can only be found in New Zealand.

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Co-founder and Head of Marketing for HoneyCity. Henry's passion is building e-commerce businesses that create value for the society. Through his interactions with people around him, he realizes that there is a lack in understanding of how to improve health through food and that idea gave birth to HoneyCity. In his free time, he enjoys watching a movie or reading a book.

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