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  1. 1. Bookmark Print Text Resize: T T Reset ACTIVATED CHARCOAL Universal Antidote and Detoxifier By Richard C. Kaufman, Ph.D. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent gritty black material commonly found in air and water filters. Activated charcoal is created by carbonizing organic matter in a kiln under anaerobic conditions and activating the material with oxidizing gases like steam or air at high temperatures. This oxidative process erodes the charcoals internal surfaces and increases its adsorption capacity by creating an internal network of very fine pores. Usually bone char, coconut shells, peat, coal, petroleum coke, and sawdust are the starting materials for making activated charcoal. Early Uses Of Charcoal The medical uses for charcoal date back to the Egyptian Papyrus of 1550 B.C. During the time of Hippocrates (400 B.C.) physicians treated epilepsy and anthrax with charcoal. In the 1700s charcoal was often prescribed for bilious problems (excessive bile excretion). After the development of the charcoal activation process (1870 to 1920), many reports appeared in medical journals about activated charcoal as an antidote for poisons and a cure for intestinal disorders. Contemporary Charcoal Use Modern research has validated most of the early uses for charcoal and discovered exciting new applications. This article will discuss the many important therapeutic uses for activated charcoal;1,6 Universal antidote for drugs, chemicals and poisons.1. Systemic clearance of drugs and intoxicants.2. General detoxification.3. Anti-aging and life extension.4. Reducing cholesterol, coronary disease and arteriosclerosis.5. Counteracting pathogens.6. Intestinal complaints.7. Antidote For Drugs, Chemicals and Poisons Activated charcoal has the well-earned reputation of being a universal antidote. It can adsorb most organic chemicals, many inorganic chemicals and countless poisonous substances before they can cause harm. How well activated charcoal really works in practical situations depends on several different factors:8 The type of toxicant (its chemical structure and physical properties)1. The amount and type of charcoal ingested.2. The length of time from toxin ingestion to activated charcoal ingestion.3. The contents of your intestinal fluids and intestinal transport efficiency.4. As a general rule, a single large dose of activated charcoal should be taken as soon as possible after ingesting a poison. The amount of activated charcoal should exceed the toxic substance by a factor of eight (a ratio of 8:1). In other words, if youre poisoned with 5 grams of a chemical, you need to take at least 40 grams of activated charcoal. Other researchers recommend different dosages. Some experts believe a 10 to 1 ratio is correct. Still other experts recommend a fixed amount of 50 to 100 grams. I recommend ingesting a minimum of 50 grams of activated charcoal as a counterpoison, because ingesting large amounts of activated charcoal is harmless, and taking too little is ineffective. Besides, how often in the case of an emergency can you precisely determine the amount of the poison? The actual effectiveness of the activated charcoal will vary, so take more than you think you require. Activated charcoal should be taken within 30 minutes of ingesting the poison. The longer the delay, the less effective activated charcoal will be. On some poisons delaying more than 30 minutes decreases the effectiveness of the activated charcoal as an antidote by up to 60%. The bottom line is plain and simple. Keeping activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet and taking it if you are poisoned could save your life and your money too. It has been estimated that use of activated charcoal for treating poisonings could reduce the stay in intensive care from 3 or 4 days to one, saving over $100,000,000 in health care costs and preventing unnecessary disability and death.11 Systemic Clearance of Drugs and Intoxicants Nowadays, activated charcoal is often used to clear drugs and intoxicants that can enter the body through the intestinal tract, and even by injection and other routes. The systemic clearance of toxic substances or detoxification by activated charcoal is accomplished by taking multiple daily doses. Activated charcoal detoxifies the body in several manners:4 Purifies the 6-8 liters of digestive fluids that are secreted daily which in turn helps remove foreign substances from the blood.1. Absorbs the intoxicant substance and its metabolites that are excreted into the small intestine from the biliary (bile) tract, preventing their reabsorption. 2. Absorbs drugs that diffuse back into the stomach and intestines.3.
  2. 2. Tom Harrelson This POWERFUL Healing Tool ADSORBS EFFICIENTLY, being used for localized DETOXIFICATION (i.e. - TOXIC Liver, Bee Stings, Spider or Snake Bites and ...). NOTE: Adsorption (adsorb) is a POWERFUL Electrical Action and absorption (absorb) is ONLY a Mechanical Action. 1. Blend two tablespoons of Flax Seeds in a Blender to make a Flax Seed Meal. NOTE: Make up ONLY as MUCH Flax Seed Meal as you NEED for the Poultice and if there is ANY EXTRA Meal, then store it in the Refrigerator. Be SURE to use it though within 1 week, since the Meal starts becoming RANCID afterwards, making it TOXIC to the Body! Slippery Elm Inner Bark Powder, which does NOT become RANCID, could be substituted instead. NOTE: Dr. Richard Schulze's Intestinal Formula #2 can be used instead to make an even BETTER Poultice! Formula #2 can be obtained from the American Botanical Pharmacy. 2. Mix an EQUAL amount of Activated Charcoal Powder SLOWLY together with the Flax Seed Meal in a small Pot, that contains 5 - 6 tablespoons of Distilled (preferably) Water. 3. Bring this Mixture to a Boil and stir until obtaining a Toothpaste consistency. NOTE: The desired consistency should be such that it is NOT TOO WET to run all over, or TOO DRY to fall apart. 4. Spread the Poultice Paste EVENLY on top of a 6 x 6 inch Macroporous Cloth/Towel (i.e. - Cotton Cheesecloth, Cotton Gauze, or even an unbleached (preferably) double-layered Paper Towel). 5. Place another layer of 6 X 6 inch Cloth/Towel DIRECTLY on top of this Poultice Paste laden bottom layer. 6. Place a 7 X 7 inch piece of double-layered Saran Wrap DIRECTLY on top of the now COMPLETED Poultice to cover it, while leaving 1 inch ALL the way around. 7. Place this Activated Charcoal Poultice over the desired area of Skin to be treated (i.e. - Liver, Stomach, Kidneys, Spleen, Knee, Sting/Bite Area or ...). 8. Place Surgical Tape around the Poultice and stick it to the Skin Area to be treated. NOTE: Saran Wrap, a Towel, or an Ace or other stretch-type Bandage could also be wrapped around the Poultice to secure it into place. 9. Leave this Activated Charcoal Poultice in place overnight or at LEAST for 2 to 4 hours, if applied during the day.
  3. 3. , pp g y NOTE: If the Poultice is used over the Liver, it should be changed EVERY day until the very BAD odor is TOTALLY GONE for 2 days in a row. Do NOT reuse Activated Charcoal Poultice after each use! An Activated Charcoal Poultice can be made ANY size, using a Bandaid to make a SMALL one or a Cotton Sheet to make a LARGE one. If you NEED to use Activated Charcoal for an Eye Problem(s), then you can make a small 2" X 2" Charcoal Poultice (see above) and place it over one eyelid for 8-10 hours, repeat for the other eyelid. You can use a Ski Cap or Surgical Tape to hold the Charcoal Poultice on the eyelid. References: Charcoal Booklet - C.R. Carnes. Rx Charcoal - Agatha Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin. Home Remedies (chapter - Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin Thrash.
  4. 4. Tom Harrelson (Revised 9/11/08) Here are common UNTRUTHS (misinformation & disinformation) about Activated Charcoal Powder, that have been disseminated for MANY years, plus PROVEN TRUTHS about Activated Charcoal Powder. UNTRUTH No. 1: Activated Charcoal Powder will cause someone to have CONSTIPATION. TRUTH No. 1: Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT cause someone to have CONSTIPATION. Researchers found that, if a Person is CONSTIPATED and then drinks Charcoal Slurry, the Activated Charcoal Powder will PACK-UP in the Colon due to BLOCKAGES, which are ALREADY present in the Colon! And if that Person does Colon Cleansing, then he/she can drink EACH and EVERY Glass of Charcoal Slurry WITHOUT having the Activated Charcoal Powder PACK-UP in the Colon. NOTE: Activated Charcoal Powder will CORRECT Diarrhea. If a Person has SEVERE Diarrhea (i.e. - I.B.S., Crohn's Disease & Colitis), he/she should drink at LEAST 6-8 Glasses of Charcoal Slurry per day to STOP the Diarrhea! UNTRUTH No. 2: Activated Charcoal Powder is a Carcinogenic Substance. TRUTH No. 2: Activated Charcoal Powder is NOT a Carcinogenic Substance. Researchers found that when meat is being barbequed, the fats drip down onto the RED HOT Charcoal Briquettes (not activated charcoal powder), which then get SEARED, resulting in the formation of carcinogenic substances (HCA's & benzopyrene), which next rise upward and lastly are absorbed into the barbecued meat! UNTRUTH No. 3: Activated Charcoal Powder will ADSORB Nutrients in the Foods, that a Person eats. TRUTH No. 3: Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT ADSORB the Nutrients. Russian Researchers have found that Activated Charcoal Powder ADSORBS (efficient electrical action, not absorb - inefficient mechanical action) TOXINS (synthetic, inorganic & organic substances), before they can COMPETE with the Oxygen and the Nutrients (natural vitamins & organic minerals), which are passing through the Cell Membrane. And so, the Activated Charcoal Powder does NOT ADSORB Nutrients from the Food, but it INCREASES the efficiency of nutrient absorption! UNTRUTH No. 4: Activated Charcoal Powder will ADSORB the Nutrients in the Supplements, that a Person takes.
  5. 5. TRUTH No. 4: Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT ADSORB Natural/Organic Nutrients in the Supplements, that a Person takes. Researchers found that Activated Charcoal Powder will NOT ADSORB the Nutrients, such as NATURAL Vitamins & ORGANIC Minerals, that are in Supplements. Activated Charcoal Powder will though ADSORB the Nutrients, such as the SYNTHETIC Vitamins and INORGANIC Minerals, that are in these Supplements! MORE TRUTHS: Researchers found that Activated Charcoal Powder HELPS to POWERFULLY DETOX a Person, who is VERY ILL. Editor's Note: I've worked with SERIOUSLY-ILL (i.e. - Cancer, Diabetes, AIDS, ....) People for 15+ years, and if they drank 10-12 Glasses of Charcoal Slurry per day, they would ALMOST ALWAYS get WELL AGAIN!! But if he/she did NOT drink these HIGHER amounts of Charcoal Slurry, while his/her Body was DETOXING itself, he/she would usually DIE, because the EXCESS TOXINS going into his/her Bloodstream would OVERWHELM his/her Detoxification Organs (i.e. - liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin, ...)!! Activated Charcoal Powder acts like a POWERFUL Electrical Sponge, attracting and holding onto MOST of the Toxins being ELIMINATED by your Body, thus allowing your Body to RID itself of the MUCH LOWER Amounts of TOXINS, which remain! Researchers also found that Activated Charcoal Powder is a REAL LIFE-SAVER!! ALL Emergency Rooms in the Hospitals and Clinics, which are in the U.S., use Activated Charcoal Slurry for Food, Drug and Chemical POISONINGS as well as POISONINGS from the bites of POISONOUS Insects and Reptiles, SAVING MANY Lives!!! I've had Food Poisoning myself several times and Charcoal Slurry has COMPLETELY and QUICKLY ELIMINATED this SERIOUS LIFE-THREATENING PROBLEM!! FINAL COMMENT Please REMEMBER that Activated Charcoal Powder does NOT take part in ANY Chemical Reactions in the Body, but it does act like a POWERFUL Electrical Sponge, attracting and holding onto ANY Gases, Fluids and/or Solids, which do NOT belong in your Body.
  6. 6. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER Tom Harrelson In EVERY EMERGENCY Room in the U.S., Activated Charcoal Powder is used as a Slurry (see below) for a Person, who has taken a POISON ACCIDENTLY or otherwise! And for a Person, who has been BITTEN by a POISONOUS Insect or Reptile! The Person's Stomach is NOT pumped or Activated Charcoal Capsules/Tablets given, but the POWDER Form is used to make the Charcoal Slurry, so that it can be drunk!! Activated Charcoal Powder is also used in Gas Masks to SAVE LIVES!! ACTION: Activated Charcoal Powder ADSORBS (see NOTE) OVER 60,000 TOXIC Chemical Pollutants, that we have in our Environment, get into our Bodies through the Air, Water and Food and are ACCUMULATIVE. NOTE: ADSORPTION (adsorb) is a VERY EFFICIENT Electrical Action and Absorption (absorb) is a LESS EFFICIENT Mechanical Action. APPLICATIONS: (1) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Slurry (see below), which can then be drunk. The Activated Charcoal in the Slurry can ADSORB from the Bloodstream, Heavy Metals, such as Mercury, which usually comes from Mercury Amalgam Fillings in the Mouth. NOTE: The MOST EFFICIENT Method, that can be used to REMOVE the Mercury from the Body, is to have your Mercury Amalgam Fillings REMOVED by a QUALIFIED Mercury-FREE Dentist, using the PROPER Removal Protocol. (2) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Slurry (see below), which can then be drunk. The Activated Charcoal in the Slurry can ELIMINATE Food Poisoning, Indigestion, Gas and Colon Problems (Colitis, Crohn's, I.B.S, ...). (3) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Poultice, which can then be applied to Areas of the Body. The Activated Charcoal in the Poultice can ADSORB the POISON from Bee Stings or Snake Bites, plus HEAL Bruises, Ulcerations, Inflammation and Injuries. NOTE: Please be AWARE that a Tatooing Effect can occur, If it is used on an OPEN Cut &/or Wound! (4) Activated Charcoal Powder can be made into a Charcoal Poultice, which can then be applied to one or both Eyes. The Activated Charcoal in the Poultice can RELIEVE Inflammation of the Eyes. A small 2" X 2" Activated Charcoal Poultice (or Compress) can be made and applied over one eyelid for 8-10 hours. It should then be removed and another Charcoal Compress used on the opposite Eyelid. NOTE: You can use a Ski Cap &/or Surgical Tape to hold this Charcoal Compress over the Eyelid. DOSAGES - Slurry/Drink: General Health: Mix 1 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder into 8 oz. - Pure Water and drink 1-3 glasses per day. General Illness - Flus, Colds: Mix 1 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder into 8 oz. - Pure Water
  7. 7. , p and drink 4-7 glasses per day. SERIOUS Illness: Mix 1 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder into 8 oz. - Pure Water and drink 8-12 glasses per day. NOTE: If you have Constipation, the Charcoal Powder in the Slurry will probably PACK-UP, and so you'll NEED to drink 8 oz. of Charcoal Slurry, using 1/2 tsp. of Activated Charcoal Powder, that has been mixed into 8 oz. - Pure Water. If your Constipation STILL causes the Charcoal to PACK-UP, after drinking the above Mixture, then drink a Slurry, using 1/2 tsp. - Activated Charcoal Powder and 1/2 tsp. - Psyllium Seed Husks or Flax Seed Meal, that have been mixed together in 8 oz. - Pure Water. Please continue to drink your usual Dosage until the DESIRED Results are obtained and then you can drink the General Health Dosage for the REST of your LIfe. If and when you take ANY Drug(s) or drink Oxygenating Water, please WAIT at LEAST 1 hr., before you drink Charcoal Slurry, thus ENSURING that the Activated Charcoal will NOT ADSORB it/them. References: Charcoal Booklet - C.R. Carnes. Rx Charcoal - Agatha Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin. Home Remedies (chapter - Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin Thrash.
  8. 8. Tom Harrelson (Revised 4/17/08) An Article by HHR's Charles L. Church Published in Countryside Magazine If you’ve ever been poisoned, you know what charcoal powder is, because that is normally what Emergency Rooms administer for an antidote in most such cases. Like many healing substances that cannot be patented , the vast resource of credible data about the healing virtues of activated charcoal remains inaccessible to most. We hope to “scratch the surface”. Charcoal, like similar useful substances provided for in creation, has not just one healing application, but is believed to produce beneficent results in several instances of family health, and is therefore a product that no house should be without. Let us attempt to discuss just a few. Charcoal is a “clinical absorbent”. That means that it absorbs inorganic matter. That is why they use it in water filtration. But it does the same thing anywhere. On a bee sting; on a snake bite; in your stomach when you have the flu. Don’t take it with any pharmaceutical medication, however...... it will absorb it! (On second thought......) Activated charcoal is obtained by blasting the burning charcoal with oxygen, which increases its surface area, and hence its ability to absorb inorganic matter and toxins, enormously. When I speak of charcoal in this article, I am speaking of this activated variety. It will be perhaps necessary to point out that just because something has charcoal in it does not mean that it will therefore be safe to ingest.. Charcoal briquettes, for instance will make you sick if you ingest them. Activated charcoal is an extremely effective remedy for nearly all poisonings ......Tylenol, Aspirin, barbiturates, chemicals, etc.. Since Charcoal binds nutrients very poorly, an iron tablet overdose will be little helped by it. Strong acid or alkali substances are also best treated by neutralizing the substance with something of the opposite ph. Common household substances would be Vinegar, which is acid, for an alkali poisoning such as lye; or Baking Soda, which is alkali, for an acid poisoning such as a hydrochloric acid poisoning. Though such poisonings are rare, when they occur, it is a great comfort to have the cure at once on hand, and the knowledge of how to administer it, without dependence on a derelict and self-serving medical community. But Charcoal has a much greater value in the treatment of very common ailments. It works wonderfully, where the allopathic medical community has no remedy to offer whatever, such as in the case of the brown recluse spider bite. This bite can cause a large area of the flesh to die and fall off, and cause gangrene, and other complications. If the bite is on a finger or some area where there is not much flesh it can necessitate an amputation for obvious reasons
  9. 9. there is not much flesh, it can necessitate an amputation, for obvious reasons. Timing is everything here. If the bite is recognized quickly, the effects can be greatly mitigated, often leaving only a scar. But if the person waits a couple of days, then the results will be less impressive, but still better nothing ......the standard allopathic “treatment”. This works best if used in conjunction with Melaluca oil, for some reason, alternating between the two. As we would suspect, then, Charcoal will work very well for bee stings, or ant stings. In all of these conditions the method of treatment is the Charcoal Compress, which will be described shortly. Charcoal is also of great benefit in Snake Bites. The clinical experience for using this treatment in this case is not worth mentioning; but empirical evidence strongly suggests is effectiveness in treating such cases. An Arkansas couple reported the following experience: Their 1 ½ year old child was bitten by a Copperhead on the chest. There was swelling in the area, and the child was in extreme pain. They called their doctor, who advised them to get to the E.R. ASAP! But they were 60 miles of winding roads away from the nearest hospital. The doctor told them to use charcoal compresses, changed every ten minutes and get to the hospital. By the time they arrived the swelling was totally gone, and the child was sleeping. As a precautionary measure the antivenin was administered anyway. It should be noted here that the compress should cover the whole extremity, and charcoal should be taken internally as well. Departing for just a moment from our subject, it will be of interest to the reader to learn that electric shock can also cure snake bites. I know..... it sounds weird. It sounded weird too to a medical missionary, (an invention of this ending age), until he ran out of antivenin, and had people coming to his South American clinic with lethal snake bites. He had heard of this remedy, and had counted it a fable, but he had people in his clinic who were going to die anyway, and so he tried it. Much to his chagrin it worked. To this day they don’t have a clue why it works, but it absolutely must be DC power. NOT AC. That means that you take the spark plug wire from your car or boat motor, and touch it to the bitten area, and crank the engine, or pull the cord, or whatever, and it will shock the area with DC power. I read this man’s article in some sort of Christian magazine, and it all seemed quite reputable. Charcoal also works satisfactorily for Poison Ivy & Poison Oak, because it absorbs the toxic oils which cause the infection. Combining some French Green Clay with some Charcoal and Water and applied to the infected area works well. Fresh Plantain mashed up and applied to the infected area also works well. What works best, though, is to wash the area with isopropyl aclohol every time it gets itchy, so as to wash off the oils before they spread. Charcoal is also a phenomenal treatment for Diarrhea & Vomiting either from
  10. 10. Charcoal is also a phenomenal treatment for Diarrhea & Vomiting, either from food poisoning, or from infecting agents such as the flu. Finding a satisfactory treatment for nausea and vomiting is a great trial for most. When the flu bug comes into a house it usually means a great deal of suffering. I don’t need to consult the books here, but can speak from experience, that charcoal can utterly relieve these symptoms. I am not a doctor, and I don’t mean to act like one, but Charcoal has relieved great suffering in our house! Again, TIMING here is everything. When you FIRST start feeling nauseous, AT ONCE get up and take some charcoal, (2 tbs. In 8-12 oz. of water, and drink it), and that will simply be it. It will all be over. You will get the flu, you will feel weak, you will feel like going to bed; but you won’t be vomiting, and having diarrhea, which are by far the worst symptoms of this malady, and the next day you should be fine. As you would expect, it doesn't taste like chocolate milk. It is basically flavorless, but the texture is less than appealing. But most people seem to wait until they are good and sick, and then try to get better. Charcoal still works here. You WILL spend some time before the toilet, however. You stir in two tablespoons of charcoal into 8-12 oz. of water, and drink it down. If you are already sick you will usually throw it right back up within seconds, or atleast within 10 minutes. But just repeat the treatment, and wait to see what happens. You will usually throw up two times, and hold down the third. The only time that we have gone over three doses is when the intestines have been stopped up and could not receive the treatment, and when these are cleared, (by whatever means, enema, etc.), the cure should be effective. Charcoal has also been used in Uterine infection. A “pencil” is made by boiling water, starch, and charcoal together until thick, and this is formed into strips on a pan and let cool. These are then inserted through the cervix into the uterus. This is said to have cured Endometritis, but required more than one “pencil”. Just how this procedure is performed is unknown to me. Perhaps it could be beneficial when used as a douche in some cases. Charcoal is also the best possible agent for whitening the teeth. Just brush with it, and that's it! I should note that we have had our teeth look grey for a short time afterwards, but not to worry..... it goes away. Repeat treatments as necessary. Charcoal has many other uses. I am getting much of my information from a book entitled, “Rx Charcoal” by Drs. Calvin & Agatha Thrash, which we sell in our home business. It explains many other uses, and the ones I have mentioned it explains in much greater and authoritative detail. These would include, Eye & Ear conditions; Infections; Inflammation; Chronic Relapsing Pancreatitis; Kid & Li F il Ch l t l l ti Di b t d th
  11. 11. Kidney & Liver Failure, Cholesterol regulation, Diabetes, and others. How Do I take Charcoal? There are several ways. Ranging from most to least common, it would probably look like this: Charcoal in water, taken orally; Charcoal compresses, taken topically; Charcoal bath; Charcoal Enemas; Charcoal pencils; Intravenous Colloidal Charcoal. As nearly all treatments employ the former three methods, we will speak only of those. Before describing these methods, allow me to make the admission that charcoal is unavoidably messy. No matter how careful you are it will always make a disaster. But when you witness its healing effects and the weal to your household to break free from the monetary drain of the not so great physicians, this problem will seem infinitesimal. To get around this people often buy charcoal in capsules, but they pay dearly for it, and buy it thus in an amount that would be grossly insufficient for a compress, but only for oral administration. Buy it bulk. The Compress. The first thing that should be said is that any charcoal compress MUST remain wet in order to work. If it dries out it will effect absolutely nothing. The idea of a compress, then, is that you make a mixture of charcoal and water, (sometimes of charcoal, water, and starch to thicken it), and then spread it over the area requiring treatment. The Thrash’s recommend spreading ¼ in. of the mixture on a paper towel, and then placing another paper towel on top of this, (presumably the paper towels are wet), placing this on the treatment area, and then wrapping with plastic wrap to hold in the moisture. This method is a very clean way to apply charcoal, but our (non-professional) opinion is that better results should be attained by placing the charcoal mixture directly on the skin, and then covering with the wet paper towel, the plastic wrap, etc.. This is much messier, and doesn’t seem to keep the moisture in as well, but it does keep the mixture in more direct contact with the skin. For poison Oak, try adding some French Green Clay to the mixture. Warning: If you use charcoal to draw out toxins from a festering wound, be advised that it CAN permanently tattoo the patient. Charcoal bath. In some cases where there is a general poisoning, such as in a bee attack, or in a bee alergy case, charcoal can be of great use by taking a cup or two and putting it in the bath tub, and soaking the patient in it. One lady who got into some bees, and who was greatly allergic to bee stings used this treatment, and felt so great that she got out. Within minutes she could hardly breath. This method also underlines the necessity of having more than 100 capsules on hand! I should also here again mention the fact that I have never found a remedy that worked faster or better for the common bee sting, (one
  12. 12. sting, no allergies), than simply mixing a little charcoal and water and putting it right on the sting. Within about 10 seconds there is major relief, and within about 30 seconds there is almost total relief. you have to keep in on, though, for about five or ten minutes. The best remedies are those provided immediately by God to man, and charcoal is definitely once such remedy. While activated charcoal is obtained by employing some rather modern methods, (blasting it with oxygen while burning), and is about four times as effective as non-activated charcoal, it remains that it is but a wood based charcoal, and such as you can get from chewing on any stick put in the fire! Cool it first! References: Activated Charcoal Booklet - Carl R. Carnes. Rx Charcoal - Agatha Thrash, Calvin Thrash & Phylis Austin. Home Remedies (chapter - Charcoal Therapy) - Agatha Moody Thrash & Calvin Thrash.
  13. 13. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL - Uses In Modern Natural Healing Anonymous (Revised 3/8/08) A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD REMEDY-CHARCOAL Here is modern medical proof that the old natural remedy, Charcoal, is truly a very safe and highly efficient Natural Healing Agent. Presented here for your interest and examination are a few of the many articles and scientific papers that tell of charcoal research and its uses in modern natural healing. GENERAL INFORMATION Activated Charcoal has been used effectively in the healing arts for centuries. Doctors still use it today as a healing agent, an antidote for poisons, and an effective treatment for indigestion and gas. Modern Industry also relies on Charcoal to deodorize, decolorize and purity solutions. Charcoal can do these varied tasks because of its amazing ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold them there. This is called adsorption. Charcoal can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals, thus making them ineffective or harmless. The form of Charcoal used in modern medical science is Activated Charcoal U.S.P., a pure naturally produced, wood charcoal carbon that has no carcinogenic properties. Activated Charcoal is an odorless, tasteless powder. One teaspoonful of it has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet. This unique feature allows it to adsorb large amounts of chemicals or poisons. The powder must be stored in a tightly sealed container, as it readily adsorbs impurities from the atmosphere. Charcoal from burnt toast is not effective, and Charcoal briquettes can be dangerous because they contain fillers and petrochemicals to help them ignite. Studies show that Activated Charcoal is harmless when ingested or inhaled, or when it comes in contact with the skin. In rare cases, charcoal may mildly irritate the bowel in sensitive persons, but no allergies or side effects have been recorded. Ingested Charcoal may linger in the colon, but this is not harmful. Many pediatricians and pediatric handbooks recommend that Activated Charcoal be kept on hand as an antidote in the family medicine chest, especially in households that include small children (5, 10, 38, 41, 53, 64). Scientific experiments over many years attest to the effectiveness of charcoal as an antidote. In one experiment, 100 times the lethal does of Cobra venom was mixed with charcoal and injected into a laboratory animal. The animal was not harmed (15). In other experiments, arsenic and strychnine were mixed with charcoal and ingested by humans under laboratory conditions. The subjects survived even though the poison dosages were 5 to 10 times the lethal dose (1, 3, 14, 16, 17, 38). HOW MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS USE CHARCOAL Today doctors, paramedics and medical centers use Activated Charcoal in a number of different ways: 1. to eliminate toxic by-products that cause anemia in cancer patients (33, 50, 54). 2. to disinfect and deodorize wounds (48, 50, 58, 59). 3. to filter toxins from the blood in liver and kidney diseases (31, 48, 65). 4. to purify blood in transfusions (48, 60, 65). 5. to cut down on odors for ileostomy and colostomy patients (20, 22, 48). 6. to treat poisonings and overdoses of aspirin, Tylenol and other drugs (10, 30, 46, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 62, 63). 7 t t t f f d t di h d i d "f t d th" di
  14. 14. 7. to treat some forms of dysentery, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and "foot and mouth" disease (20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 37, 38 & 48). 8. to treat poisonous snake, spider and insect bites (38.). Activated Charcoal is REQUIRED by law to be part of the standard equipment on many ambulances, for use in poisonings. Mushroom poisoning, brown recluse spider bites, and snake bites can all be treated with Activated Charcoal. Doctors also use Activated Charcoal to prevent and treat intestinal infections, and as a cleansing and healing agents. Jaundice of the newborn, bee stings, poison ivy reactions, and many other illnesses can be helped with Activated Charcoal. SUBSTANCES ADSORBED BY CHARCOAL Acetaminophen Aconitine Amitriptyline Hydrochloride Amphetamine Antimony Antipyrine Arsenic Aspirin Atropine Barbital Barbiturates Ben-Gay Benzodiazepines Cantharides Camphor Chlordane Chloroquine Chlorpheniramine Chlorpromazine Cocaine Colchicine Congesprin Contac Dalmane Darvon Delphinium 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid Digitalis or Foxglove Dilantin Diphenylhydantoin Diphenoxylates Doriden Doxepin Elaterin Elavil Equanil Ergotamine Ethchlorvynol Gasoline Glutethimide Golden Chain Hemlock Hexachlorophene Imipramine Iodine Ipecac Isoniazid Kerosene Lead Acetate Malathion Mefenamic Acid Meprobamate Mercuric chloride Mercury Methylene Blue Methyl Salicylate Miltown Morphine Multivitamins with Minerals Muscarin Narcotics Neguvon Nicotine Nortriptyline Nytol Opium Oxazepam Parathion Penicillin Pentazocine Pentobarbital Pesticides Phenobarbital Phenolphthalein Phenol Phenolthiazines Phenylpropanolamine Placidyl Potassium Permanganate Primaquine Propantheline Propoxyphene Quinacrine Quinidine Quinine Radioactive Substances Salicylamide Salicylates Secobarbital Selenium Serax Silver Sinequan Sodium Salicylate Sominex Stramonium Strychnine Sulfonamides Talwin Tofranil Tree Tobacco Yew Valium Veratrine Some Silver & Antimony Salts Many Herbicides 32, 39, 40 & 4000+ chemicals, drugs, toxins, & wastes HOME USE OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
  15. 15. HOME USE OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL Indigestion and Gas- A study made in 1981 shows that activated charcoal cuts down on the amount of gas produced by beans and other gas-producing foods. It adsorbs the excess gas as well as the bacteria that form the gas (57). Activated charcoal helps to eliminate bad breath, because it cleanses both the mouth and the digestive tract (38). It is also helpful in relieving symptoms of nervous diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea (Turista), spastic colon, indigestion, and peptic ulcers. For such problems take between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of powdered charcoal up to 3 times a day. Take it between meals, as food can reduce its effectiveness. Swirl the charcoal in a glass of water and drink it down or mix it with olive oil for easy ingestion by use of a spoon (38, 47, 57, 58). Activated charcoal is inexpensive, simple to use and is a time-tested natural remedy that has many valuable uses without dangerous side effects or contradictions, a very efficient cleaner of the body when taken orally. It also helps to purify the blood (10, 38). Charcoal may adsorb and inactivate other medications. Usually you can take charcoal two hours before or after other drugs. If you are taking prescription drugs, check with your doctor before beginning treatment with charcoal. You can take charcoal intermittently for long periods or regularly for up to 12 weeks. TREATMENT OF WOUNDS, ULCERS, AND BRUISES Lancet, the prestigious British medical journal, describes the use of charcoal compresses to speed the healing of wounds and eliminate their odors. This article tells about the amazing ability of human skin to allow transfer through its permeable membrane and pores of liquids, gasses and even micro-particles by the application of moist activated charcoal compresses and poultices which actually draw bacteria and poisons through the skin and into the poultice or compress. Poultices must be kept moist and warm to allow this healing process to take place (59). Make a poultice by putting 1-2 tablespoons of charcoal powder in a container and adding just enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste on a paper towel, cloth, or piece of gauze cut to fit the area to be treated. Make sure the cloth is moist, warm, and thoroughly saturated with the paste. Place it over the wound cloth-side down and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap or plastic bag cut to overlap the poultice by an inch on every side. Fix in place with adhesive tape. Poultices should be changed every 6-10 hours. Do not put charcoal directly on broken skin, as it may cause a tattooing effect (21, 23, 24, 29, 38, 50). POISONINGS Activated charcoal can be used as an antidote in poisoning from most drugs and chemicals. DO NOT USE WITH THE FOLLOWING: cyanide, mineral acids, caustic alkalies, alcohol, or boric acid. Other antidotes are more effective. Consult a Poison Control Center or a doctor immediately for instructions and information in any poisoning emergency (10, 51, 52). In poisonings, activated charcoal works by adsorbing the poison or drug, inactivating it, and carrying it inert throughout the digestive system so that it can be eliminated from the body. Charcoal is neither adsorbed nor metabolized by the body (6, 13, 47, 53). In a poisoning emergency, if the patient is conscious, first induce vomiting if it can be done quickly. Syrup is ipecac is a commonly used emetic preparation. The dosage is 1/2 oz. for children and 1 oz. for adults. Induced vomiting will bring up about 30% of the poison from the person's stomach. Then give charcoal to help inactivate the remaining 70%. The usual dose of charcoal is 5 to 50 grams, dependent on the amount of poison taken and the ' b d i Ad lt h ld i t l t 30 b t h lf f li htl
  16. 16. person's body size. Adults should receive at least 30 grams, or about half a cup of lightly packed powder. Larger doses are needed if the person has eaten a meal recently. A dose of 200 grams is not excessive in severe poisoning cases. Powdered charcoal can be given in fruit juice, chocolate syrup, jam, or honey to make it easier to get down. Ice cream is not recommended as it makes the charcoal less effective. Powdered charcoal reaches its maximum rate of adsorption rapidly, within one minute. The sooner it is given the better the chances of successful treatment. The dose can be repeated every four hours, or until charcoal appears in the stool (3, 10, 41, 47, 48, 52, 53, 60, 61). Do not give charcoal or anything else to an unconscious patient. Consult a doctor at once. Do not give charcoal before giving an emetic, because the Activated Charcoal will adsorb the emetic and make it ineffective. Charcoal does not work in every poisoning situation, so be sure to follow your doctor's instructions. CONCLUSIONS Activated charcoal taken as a powder is the most effective form of charcoal that can be used. The best method of use is to take the required spoonfuls of powder, place them in the bottom of a cup or glass, and add water while rapidly stirring the charcoal into the water, then drink it down, along with a second glass of water to include any residue. Alternate methods listed below can also be used. You can put charcoal into empty gelatin capsules. They may act more slowly than powder; the capsule must dissolve before the charcoal can work. Vegetarians who object to gelatin can use starch papers called Kokko-Oblates to allow convenient ingestion of activated charcoal powder. These are obtained at health food stores. Medical researchers have discovered, that Activated Charcoal is so effective both chemically and physically, because of the it's electrical charge and the thousands of microscopic tunnels created by the process used to make it. The medical profession uses it as an antidote (10, 38, 41). It is inexpensive, harmless, and easy to use. DOSAGES 1 tsp./8 oz. Glass-PURE Water (1-3 times/day) - General Health 1 tsp./8 oz. Glass-PURE Water (4-7 times/day) - General Illness (Flus, Colds) 1 tsp./8 oz. Glass-PURE Water (8-12 times/day) - Serious Illness REFERENCES: 1. British Medical Journal, August 26, 1972. 2. Cooney, David O. Activated Charcoal, New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1980, p. 33, 47. 3. Acta Pharmacologica et Toxicologica 4:275, 1948. 4. Journal of the American Medical Association 64:1882, May 29, 1915. 5. Thrash, Agatha & Calvin Rx: Charcoal, New Lifestyle Books, 1998. 6. Journal of the American Medical Association 210(10): 1846, December 8, 1969. 7. Bulletin de la Society de Chime Biologique 27:513-518, October-December, 1945. 8. Journal of Animal Science 34:322-325, February, 1972. 9. Cooney, David O. Activated Charcoal, New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc. 1980 p. 63. 10. Clinical Toxicology 3(1); 1-4, March, 1970. 11. Annals of Emergency Medicine 9:11, November, 1980. 12. AMA Archives of Industrial Health 18:511-520, December, 1958. 13. Archives of Environmental Health 1:512, December, 1960. 14. Journal of the American Medical Association 240(7):684, August 18, 1978. 15. Comptes rendus Hebdomadaires des Seance de 1-Academie des Sciences 187:959-961, November 19, 1928. 16 Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 26; 103-108 September 1973
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