WELCOME to the Fifth Issue of CharcoalTimes©, a courtesy newsletter of BuyActivatedCharcoal.com. This issue celebrates our first year, as well as our last feature here on BuyActivatedCharcoal.com (read the final section) Our mailing list is now up to 4,916 and we continue to get more requests. If you would like to share this information with a friend or family member, please send us their contact info and we would be happy to include them. Thank you to those who responded to our August Issue, but we would like to hear more feedback as to what works and what doesn't.
In this Issue:
Sincerely john dinsley
Sincerely john dinsleyeditor@BuyActivatedCharcoal.com
Activated Charcoal - the Universal Antidote
Just how many toxic substances there are in our environment is anyone's guess, but this we do know, the list is growing every day. They are in the air we breath, the water we drink, the houses we live in and the cars we drive, in the toys we give our children, the streams we swim in, in pet food, the pots we cook in, and in the food we eat. For instance, up to the time of harvest, apples and grapes can have over twenty toxic chemicals used on them. But don't stop reading yet, it gets worse!
And then there are Drugs - thousands of them, along with a thousand side effects, adverse reactions, contraindications, and warnings. According to the JAMA (July, 2000 edition) there are at least 106,000 deaths per year due to the adverse side effects of properly prescribed drugs by doctors in hospitals. The author noted this number did not include Emergency Rooms, Doctor's Offices, or Nursing Homes which would have driven the number much higher making it the 4th leading cause of death in America!
Now when it comes to the human body, as far as it is concerned, there is no difference if a poison is prescribed by a doctor, sold on the street, or brewed in some chemical lab. Drugs are poisons. Some are less poisonous than others but the human body reacts negatively to all of them. Thankfully activated charcoal is more than able to neutralize many of them if given soon enough.
In recent years emetics were most often prescribed for poisoning, Ipecac (itself a poison) being the drug of choice. But today, like past wonder drugs, it has been replaced, only this time, not by another poison, but by activated charcoal. The Kentucky Poison Control Center has been a leading advocate of activated charcoal, even to running a public awareness campaign encouraging every home to stock activated charcoal in case of accidental poisoning, drug overdose, or attempted suicide. The American Pediatric Assoc. finally threw in their approval in 2003. Their only concern was that parents might not be competent enough to administer activated charcoal to their children??
Whether it is aspirin, Prozac, Paracetamol, caffeine, THC, or cocaine, if given within half an hour of ingestion, activated charcoal immediately goes to work to neutralize these poisons and hundreds of others. The standard child dose for drug poisoning is 25 gms of activated charcoal powder in water. That's 2 ½ Tablespoons, which may be repeated two or three times over a period of 8 hours!! That is a lot of charcoal - a single adult dose is 50 grams or 5 Tablespoons. Now the best way to get young children inclined to take charcoal is to begin young. Whenever you have an upset stomach and they see daddy or mommy taking some charcoal they will be more willing to try it too. Mixing the charcoal with some grape juice or colored drink, or putting it in an opaque container with a straw, some funny faces thrown in, goes a long ways to making the experience an easy one for both the child and parent. So, why not get prepared today. Purchase activated charcoal for your home. When you have some indigestion stir in a Tablespoon of charcoal powder into water and "be a man" and just drink it back!
Poison Control Centers (reachable at 1-800-222-1222 in the US, 0870 600 6266 in the UK) provide immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of suspected exposure to poisons or toxic substances.
We want to thank the many who have shared their personal testimonies with us and apologize that we are unable to post all of them. Each are a witness to the efficacy of activated charcoal as a simple natural remedy for a wide number of conditions - for people and for pets. We would invite you to the Your Stories pages to read some of the many touching stories we receive regularly. We have included a number of stories from August, September, October, and November. This is a long read but no apologies. Each is unique and we felt we couldn't leave these out.
Sago Palm Poisoning
Pam called a vet and found out that sago palm is very toxic to dogs and that it was imperative she bring the dog in immediately. It needed to be admitted to a pet hospital - $500 minimum. Well Pam did not have $500 to spare. The vet suggested salt water to induce vomiting and then charcoal. Pam gave the salt water but it never vomited. She then scrambled to find some place to buy charcoal. No healthfood stores or pharmacies had any.
Pam went online and found our website. The page on Animal Poisoning confirmed just how lethal sago palm is to dogs and she also realized time was of the essence and she couldn’t wait for us to ship any to her. But she also learned about grinding up granular charcoal from the Make Your Own Charcoal page and decided to try and find some granular charcoal locally. She was able to find a pet store 25 miles distant that had some granular charcoal. She raced across town to get it and back home, ground it up in a blender as fine as she could, and mixed it with water into a thick paste. By this time the dog was very lethargic. With her son holding the dog’s mouth open she was able to get about teaspoon worth of charcoal down his throat.
She then called us and we encouraged her to give the dog repeated doses every couple hours along with water until it showed signs of returning to normal, and then to watch it closely for 24 hours.
We will let you know in our next newsletter what the outcome was. But we need to emphasize, as do the Poison control Centers and Animal Poison Control Center, that time is of the essence in poisoning. So it makes good sense to have charcoal powder on hand just in case, whether it is for yourself, your child, or your favorite pet.
Pars Planitis, Ocular Inflammatory Disorder, Pan uveitis
“I am a 32 year old married mother of two. I have been using activated charcoal for two years to treat a rare, painful eye condition that often leads to blindness. There are no traditional medical treatments that do not cause harmful side effects.
October 2005 was the beginning of a very traumatic medical experience that occurred with my eyes. I was diagnosed with Pars Planitis / Ocular Inflammatory Disorder / Pan uveitis, an autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation throughout the eye. I was sent to have blood work done and an MRI to rule out many different auto-immune diseases. I spent much time visiting different doctors, not knowing what was going to happen to me. Other than the dangerous inflammation throughout my eyes, no other problems were found. I was started on steroid eye drops and during the first year, after having been diagnosed, I ended up having to take additional eye drops due to the side effects of the steroid eye drops.
Over Christmas 2006, my eye pressure spiked to a very dangerous level that would cause blindness. My eye specialist gave me a prescription for Methotrexate, a form of chemotherapy that can cause serious or life-threatening side effects and can cause hair loss. I prayed so many times before that God would heal me, I knew at this time that I had to either begin this dreadful medication or suffer the damage to my eyes that could very well cause permanent vision loss.
I pleaded to God for a new direction, another option, but I had no idea what. I was led to Dr. John Clark MD as an answer to my prayer. Dr Clark explained to me hydrotherapy and charcoal treatments to do, along with dietary changes to make. Dr. Clark’s prayer for me over the phone kept me going through those first few days. The first week required me to turn the whole thing over to God and trust my eyes to Him. I was afraid because I was not on any prescription medications for the first time in over a year and my eye disorder had been in a crisis state when I started the natural treatments and lifestyle/diet changes. After only one day of hydrotherapy and charcoal treatments I was shocked because the halos I had always seen around lights as long as I could remember were gone!
Week after week I visited the eye specialist and we found my eyes were slowly improving! The doctor(s) however were not convinced. After a short while I was sent to see a top eye specialist in Boston and was told that “the beast is gone”. The interesting thing is that the particular doctor I saw was the head of one of the largest research institutes of Uveitis and he didn’t want to know anything about what I had done. On my last visit to my eye specialist, he told me that he thought I was taking the Methotrexate!
I am using activated charcoal over my eyes every morning and I don’t feel it’s time to stop these treatments anytime soon. My eyes are clearer and whiter than ever and my vision has improved. I praise God for his natural remedies!
Rudy’s father probably did not know that charcoal not only adsorbs thousands of natural and man-made poisons, but it also adsorbs the toxins of numerous microorganisms such as diphtheria, tetanus, dysentery, as well as the endotoxins produced by Vibrio cholerae and E. Coli (O157:H7) which causes food poisoning. But whether he knew this or not, he did know simple charcoal worked to help keep him alive. And little did Rudy know that he too would end up as a POW in WWII.
We keep many of your products on hand and take the charcoal capsules when we travel. We have never been disappointed in the results.
For example, soldiers often want pills for headaches. I tell them to drink a liter of water first, and if they object I threaten to give them an IV solution. That treatment usually works. For aching muscles or random pains, I do hydrotherapy baths, or alternating hot and cold packs when water is in short supply.
As for charcoal, we had one soldier that had a persistent fungal infection on the soles of his feet. After trying everything available in our pharmacy, I suggested trying a charcoal poultice. It actually worked! It took several poultices, but it drew out a lot of ‘junk’, but he was able to walk without pain. We also use charcoal internally for diarrhea and other GI maladies. But it is sad that we have to use charcoal off of the record, because if our higher medical authority knew that we were using charcoal for things other than poisonings, we would have been reprimanded… Peace
We always keep plenty on hand so we can share with our family and friends, which is why I needed two bottles, since I just gave away the last 1/4 bottle to a friend for treating an infected knee. The ABC bookstore usually keeps it in stock, but your website is so convenient! Thanks again!”
He mentioned seeing story about a young teenage girl who won a top science award. She made diamonds.
“What I remember was you take two charcoal briquettes, cover them with peanut butter then microwave them for 10 minutes on high. She then took them outside and lit them on fire and let them burn down to ashes. Whereupon she would sift through the ashes for the diamonds!!
PLEASE let us know if this works for you!!
I recently gave treatment to an eight-year old boy whose eczema became acutely infected. His grandmother took him to the doctor after three days who immediately prescribed antibiotics and steroid cream. His mother (who is a member of my staff) was reluctant to continue giving him antibiotic and steroid creams and chose to trust God and my treatment. He was covered in a thick rash and his face badly swollen. She has two sons – this one was vaccinated but the other son was not vaccinated and has no skin problems. However, I immediately put the infected son on my special ‘Zara’s Herbal Tea’ (which is a powerful blood cleanser, immune booster and alkalizer) mixed with the powder of one charcoal capsule. This he drank 3 times daily with prayers for healing. He was also given a charcoal bath with the herbal tea included. Within 24 hours his badly swollen face had reduced and there was no irritation. He gradually improved and completely cleared by day eight. He now has the charcoal with my Herbal Tea as a maintenance remedy twice daily.
A week later after his recovery, she took him back to the doctor, but was seen by different physician. When he checked the medication previously prescribed, he stated that she was correct not to give it to him as it was the wrong type of antibiotic. He was satisfied with his recovery and advised her to continue with my treatment from now on.
I have included your book as a ‘must read’ recommendation to my customers and would like your permission to include a few extracts to boost interest – as I believe it would revive the use of charcoal in Britain. I am also a health correspondent for a Caribbean food magazine (sold internationals) and wish to recommend your book in, which would also revive its use in these Islands.
In my grandmother’s day, there were no doctors on hand with drugs for poor-country folk, who made and used their own herbal remedies (handed down through generations). One such remedy was CHARCOAL. I remember my grandmother giving me a piece of charcoal to eat every now and then. Plus, they used to vigorously rub their teeth and gums with ashes (from fire-wood used for cooking), then rinse with clean water. They never had tooth decay or gum infections, lived to old age with all their teeth (strong & healthy)."
Editor: Hello Elizabeth
Elizabeth: "Hi. Well, I did a footbath (instead of a total bath) using a total of 18 oz of activated carbon for aquariums from Walmart. I didn't like the granules, but didn't want to go through the trouble of making powder.
I put the carbon granules into a very large canning pot, then set the pot into the kitchen sink, then sat on the counter with my feet up to my knees in this hot charcoal water for 40 minutes.
It does make you hot and kind of sweaty, but I just took a cool shower afterwards and felt fine. Actually, I felt so relaxed, I just laid on the couch and rested for the rest of the afternoon and didn't feel drugged or toxified or anything like that. I just felt really really relaxed. I'm going to do it again tomorrow.
One more question. Does heating the carbon/charcoal in the water de-actify it? I'd like to use the same charcoal again. Couldn't I strain off the cold water and add more hot water to the pot?
My husband got bucked off the horse yesterday and the doctor said he shattered a piece of his wrist and it would probably need surgery next week. So they put him in a soft cast last night, but I took it off tonight to look at the damage and his wrist looks really good, not swollen or puffy like yesterday. Do you think it would benefit him to soak in the charcoal to get the toxic acids out? Has anyone else used charcoal soak for a broken bone and gotten good results? I was thinking that if charcoal can draw out uric acid, then it can probably draw out lactic acids or other types of toxins that happen from that kind of bone trauma. Just curious.
Thanks for all your help. I am amazed at what charcoal did for my blood pressure. But that's another story. I gotta go take care of my hubby now. Cheers"
Editor: Yes you can use the granular charcoal over again several times.
This man had been involved in a research group at a famous medical research center testing the effectiveness of activated charcoal product in the management of pouchitis. In his case and in the cases of most of the other participants the results with activated charcoal had been very gratifying to say the least. Now that he was on his own he was trying to duplicate the test product which was in the form of a small ball. This was inserted into the ileal pouch through the anus (as one would with a suppository) and brought rapid relief. Because the product was of some size and rounded he thought large granular charcoal might also work. We assured him that whatever the test product was it was not plain granular charcoal, and that it would probably prove to be more irritating than healing.
We did not hear again from him. But I have to wonder if a substitute charcoal “ball” could be made with starch. Heating water starch and charcoal together will form a thick doughy product. When cooled it could be fashioned into a marble-sized balls and placed on a greased pan. The pan could then be put in a barely warm oven overnight to dry. If the balls were moistened before inserting into the anus they should enter more easily.
Another simple remedy may be to use FREEdHEM (with activated charcoal), a 100% natural hemorrhoidal cream.
Tuesday December 16, 8:00 am CST
Power Hour interview with Joyce Riley about our book CharcoalRemedies.com The Complete Handbook of Medicinal Charcoal & Its Applications
Charcoal Powder - Government Embargo?
Of late it has been reported to us that different ones have not been able to purchase activated charcoal in healthfood stores or in pharmacies in certain parts of the USA, not because it cannot be stocked but because they have been told the stores cannot sell it. We do not know the details of these occurances but they harmonize with reports that we have received from individuals in Canada, that some healthfood stores have been told to remove activated charcoal from their shelves. Another report from Oregon has it that activated charcoal was removed from the shelves of some healthfood stores because charcoal is an ingredient used in black gunpowder. Again we were told this past week by a large animal feed manufacturer that they could no longer mix activated charcoal in with their feeds. The USDA would only allow the use of Bone Charcoal. One large online healthfood outlet was served an injunction a couple weeks ago by the FDA and told among other things they could no longer carry activated charcoal powder with the present labeling being used - the labels listed only activated charcoal powder with absolutely no claims of any kind as to suggested applications.
What does all this mean? Again, we have not been able to verify any of these reports and so are not ready to jump to any wild scenarios. Even the worst case scenario, that activated charcoal may be removed from healthfood outlets or may fall into the realm of a prescription medication, does not mean the end of charcoal. If these rumblings are true we are unsure how this may affect BuyActivatedCharcoal.com. But at the suggestion of different interested parties it is felt that we completely remove all claims regarding charcoal as a medicinal from this site. As such this will be the last time that CharcoalTimes will be posted on this site. We have already begun reworking our original website CharcoalRemedies.com as a strictly information site. We see wisdom in working towards compliance with any FDA regulations that may impact our business.
As such, this newsletter is our invitation to all our customers, as of the new year, to visit us at CharcoalRemedies.com.
In the unexpected event we are told to temporarily take our site off until the changes are completed we hope you will continue to look for us in the new year. Should the unthinkable happen and activated charcoal suddenly become a prescription medicine or banned, let it be known that plain charcoal has been around for thousands of years longer than activated charcoal and it still works. Reread the story above about the POW and the stories by Pastor Paypa to reassure you that plain charcoal is still very effective.
How do you make your own charcoal when you cannot buy any? Go to Making Your Own Charcoal.
For now, Kimberly and I would like to thank all of you who have made this year a great experience. We wish you all a most memorable Christmas season and we look forward to hearing from you in the new year. For all the tragedies that the news offers us on a daily basis, still we can each find many blessings to be grateful for. We, our loved ones, and this whole world have not been forgotten or abandoned to hopeless despair. I so appreciate this thought: