Charcoal (Activated) – capsules & powder – multiple sizes
$17.99 – $20.99
10 oz. powder
Suggested adult usages: see below
Approximate supply: depends on usage
- Weight: 4.50 Ounces
It was 1831. In front of his distinguished colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine, Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell the tale. You see, he had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal. That’s how extremely powerful activated charcoal is as an emergency decontaminant. Activated charcoal is considered to be the single most effective agent available. It works by keeping the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. It can be used after a person swallows or absorbs almost any toxic drug or chemical.
How Does It Work?
Activated charcoal exerts its effects by adsorption of a wide variety of drugs and chemicals. Adsorption is a process in which atoms and molecules move from a bulk phase (such as a solid, liquid, or gas) ONTO a solid or liquid surface. In other words, the toxic substance attaches to the surface of the charcoal. Because charcoal is not “digested,” it stays inside the GI tract and eliminates the toxin when the person has a bowel movement.
- In a study reported in the Journal of Toxicology – Clinical Toxicology, researchers surveyed 76 poison control centers in North America to compare their recommendations for treating large, acute overdoses of aspirin. 73 of the 76 centers (97%) recommended at least one dose of charcoal.
- Powdered charcoal reaches its maximum rate of adsorption in the stomach within one minute. The sooner it is given, the better the chances of successful treatment.
- There are over FOUR THOUSAND chemicals, drugs, toxins, and wastes adsorbed by charcoal, including: Arsenic, Atropine, Cocaine, Gasoline, Lead Acetate, Mercury, Narcotics, Opium, Pesticides, Radioactive Substances, and more!
- Two tablespoons of activated charcoal has the surface area of 4 football fields. Thus a tiny amount of charcoal can adhere to a large number of molecules, ions, and atoms and absorb poison quickly.
NOTE: Charcoal loses its effectiveness when mixed with chocolate syrup, ice cream, or sherbet. It is most effective when taken in water.
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea:
• 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 capsules) in a small amount of water after each vomiting/diarrhea episode. Follow with a glass of plain water, if tolerated.
• 2-3 teaspoons (5-15 capsules) for children, depending on body weight.
Gas, heartburn, or upset stomach:
• 4-10 capsules, up to 3 times a day as needed. 1-3 capsules up to 3 times a day as needed for children (depending on body weight.)
General cleansing and detoxification:
• Activated charcoal can be used as a digestive system cleanse. The duration of this cleanse is usually 1-2 weeks. 2-4 capsules three times per day (1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and medication). Activated charcoal binds intestinal toxins and unfriendly microbial growth and excretes them in the stools.
WARNING: Charcoal can decrease your body’s absorption of certain nutrients and also interfere with medications. Because of this, frequent use is not recommended. (For continued detoxification, try our European Green Clay).
It is best taken in powder form for poisoning, to adsorb the toxic substance as fast and as completely as possible.
• 1 tablespoon in a small amount of water for every gram of poison taken. If you don’t know the amount of poison taken, use 1 tablespoon per 20 pounds of body weight. NOTE: Charcoal is most successful if used within the first hour of swallowing poison. In severe poisoning cases, several doses of charcoal might be required. Activated charcoal should not be used to treat the ingestion of corrosive poisons such as: lye, acids, fuel oil, alcohols, etc.
United States Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222