Health – Charcoal, Use it More

Recent studies about the use and effects of charcoal have yielded some amazing results.

Dr. Thomas Janossy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences reported about a Russian study in which they put the charcoal into the drinking water of a control group of rats. These study subjects drank black water their whole lives. The lifespan and the health differences were striking. The “charcoal rats” lived 40% longer and were far healthier than their control counterparts. That makes sense because charcoal adsorbs poisons in the body. Dr. Janossy said that it controls the pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Because charcoal helps heal the gut, its ability to absorb nutrients is enhanced. Because it helps in removing the waste material from the whole body, it lowers the toxic load. So, charcoal is one product that targets so many things and so many processes. (See, p. 60.)

Charcoal and Cerebral Malaria

“It is estimated there are 400–600 million cases of malaria each year in Africa and that between one half and one million African children die each year as a direct result of malaria. Up until recently the standard treatment had been the use of the powerful toxic alkaloid drug Quinine. Considering the list of lethal side effects and 31% failure rate, it is debatable which was worse, the disease or the cure. …

“Three observations led researchers to examine a potential role for activated charcoal (AC) in the treatment of severe malaria. First, a number of studies have demonstrated that AC is highly effective at adsorbing a range of cytokines … AC is able to remove these cytokines from the blood including the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) which is associated with malaria. Second, the lethal effect of TNF is associated with its delivery to the intestinal lumen via the bile duct. This raises the possibility that AC in the intestinal lumen might directly reduce cytokine availability. Third, oral AC has for many years been used in the clinic to suppress chronic kidney disease, by indirectly controlling inflammation.

“With these facts researchers designed a study to calculate 1) to what degree AC would prevent Cerebral Malaria and 2) because AC dramatically reduces the effect of Quinine, to determine to what degree AC might interfere with the effectiveness of the malaria treatment of choice, artemisinin.

“The result? Researchers concluded: ‘We found that oral AC provided significant protection against … Experimental Cerebral Malaria (ECM), increasing overall survival time (95%) compared to untreated mice … .’

“… By the way charcoal also works for cholera, typhoid, infections, dysentery, poisonous insects, wounds … .” Excerpts from [Emphasis supplied.]

Charcoal has often been put into the closet and forgotten about. If charcoal can adsorb the poisons and remove them from the system, why would you not want to take something that may improve overall health? The following is a little history you may not have heard before—interesting!

“A chemist in the year 1813 surprised everyone when he swallowed five grams of arsenic trioxide poison that was mixed with charcoal with no adverse effect. This mysterious property of charcoal was discovered around 1500 B.C. by the Egyptians and since then it has been part of industrial and medicinal purposes. An activated carbon is potent in absorbing [sic] any gas or fluid most effectively compared to other natural products.

“There is an old history behind the discovery of activated carbon. The first recorded use of this miraculous product was in 1500 B.C. when the Egyptians used them to absorb [sic] foul odor from the putrefying parts within the intestinal tract. …

“Later in 1700s, the charcoal emerged again and was used for absorbing [sic] excessive bile secretions in the body. By the mid 1800s, the charcoal was prominently used by the army and navy surgeons to relieve their soldiers from different types of open cancer and for soothing pain. Charcoal was admitted in the London Pharmacopoeia for the general use of army and naval military hospitals and civil hospitals.”

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Praise God for natural ways to aid the body in healing over abnormal, artificial ways which may harm the body. Truly we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Note: “Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. …

“It doesn’t absorb the toxins, however. Instead it works through the chemical process of adsorption. In the body, absorption is the reaction of elements, including nutrients, chemicals and toxins, soaked up and assimilated into the blood stream. Adsorption is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface.” [Emphasis supplied.]