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An astonished gathering of the French Academy of Medicine watched as a pharmacist named Touery downed one grain of strychnine (10 times the lethal dose) without any noticeable ill effect! A few years earlier in 1813, another Frenchman swallowed a whole teaspoonful of arsenic trioxide, about 150 times the amount that would have killed most people. He lived without ill effect. Why? Both of these men had mixed the poison with finely ground charcoal, which has a phenomenal ability to hold poisons from being absorbed by the body. It is not recommend that you try the above 18th century experiments!
It is important to understand that charcoal (or carbon) does not function like a sponge in pulling into its inner structures various pollutants. Instead, poisonous gases and chemicals adhere or stick to its surface. If you were to eat the carbon, nearby poisons within your body would attach to it firmly until the body expels both of them from the body. The charcoal is not absorbed into the blood, but is merely a carrier of toxins. As far as we know, carbon does not lose any of them prematurely.
What does "Activated" mean? When wood is heated 600 degrees centigrade in a container with the oxygen removed, certain gases and liquids are driven off. It does not "burn" because the oxygen is missing. (Only a little may be in the wood itself.) After this process is completed, steam at 400 degrees centigrade is introduced (or air is sometimes used), under high pressure. By this means, the porosity or "holding power" of the charcoal is tremendously increased. One quart of activated charcoal can "absorb" 80 quarts of ammonia gas! Remember, it is not "absorbed" but "adheres" to the outer surface of the carbon.
Not only is this state of "active porosity" obtained by the steam or air pressure process, but simultaneously purifies the product for internal use. The powdered form or capsules are best.
Medical researchers acknowledge that charcoal is probably the best known antidote for poison. And charcoal is rated safe and effective for acute toxic poisoning by the FDA.
Internal uses: Hangover, hiccups, high cholesterol in blood, kidney failure (to help clean blood), breath sweetener, abdominal fevers in children, drug overdoses (with some exceptions), like phenobarbital, jaundice in babies, ingested radioactive substances. Intravenous injections of colloidal charcoal have been used by doctors for mastitis, lymphangitis, septicemia, metritis. (Not a recommended procedure for the layman.)
External Uses: Air purifier, insect bites including bee stings, brown recluse spider and snakebites. toothpaste to whiten teeth, cellulitis of face, eyelids and ears, cancer (and other) pains, infections (Charcoal will absorb bacteria, viruses and even hormones), eye inflammation (dip bag of charcoal in water that will be used for a fomentation application).
What Can It Do? Intestinal gas: Whereas carbon will not absorb air in the stomach, intestinal gas is usually hydrogen, methane or carbon dioxide (and sometimes ammonia and hydrogen sulfide) and these will be "absorbed" by charcoal.
"Few people realize that the body normally gets rid of most of its intestinal gas by diffusion through the intestinal wall where it is taken by the blood to the lungs to be expelled. An inflamed or toxic coating of the intestinal wall can prevent this process, allowing a buildup of painful and noxious gas. Activated charcoal will not only remove the gas, but often can remove the toxic irritant causing it.
Diarrhea: "Turista" or baby's diarrhea is not repressed by charcoal, but it does aid the body in getting rid of noxious substances. When these are captured, the body no longer has the need to hurry the bowels.
Poisoning: Activated charcoal will tackle almost any poison known to man, from hemlock to DDT. Doesn't that say something for having a goodly amount in the medicine cabinet? It can be given safely by nonprofessionals. To neutralize poison (even in cases of food poisoning), mix about one-quarter to one-half cup of powdered charcoal with a cup of water. Stir or shake the mixture and drink within the first 30 minutes after being poisoned. Use for mushroom poisoning, even up to 24 hours after ingestion. It will even "absorb" some or most of gasoline, kerosene, lighter and cleaning fluids, but use much larger doses. Secure your situation by seeing a medical doctor immediately.
Care should be used when applying charcoal to open wounds, as some of the black powder may get trapped as the skin heals, giving a tattoo effect! But at least you know it won't sting or irritate the skin.
Will Charcoal Absorb Nutrients? It is argued that charcoal can take vitamins from the intestinal tract. Clinical research has not shown any ill effects from long-term use of activated charcoal. In experiments with sheep and rats, no significant change in blood chemistry was detected after 6 months of observation. While charcoal "absorbs" extremely well at body temperatures, it loses this quality at higher temperatures. Charcoal can be reused once or twice by washing, allowing to settle, pouring off the fluid and drying the charcoal in the oven at a high temperature (about 350 degrees F.) but not high enough for the charcoal to ash. When dangerous compounds have been "absorbed," who wants to take the chance of depending on re-used charcoal?
Where Does Charcoal Work Poorly? Caustic materials like lye are probably not readily "absorbed" and in these cases very large quantities of charcoal should be used. Salts such as sodium chloride and potassium nitrate are poorly "absorbed," including iodine and mercuric chloride. But simple acids and bases are easily absorbed. There is a question about its power to remove alcohol from the body.
Commonly used for FOOD POISONING take 2-4 capsules every 15-30 minutes
Activated Charcoal (100 caps)