“Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal but is subject to a steam process to increase the internal spaces or “pores,” in order to maximize the charcoal’s ability to trap toxic chemicals. Activated charcoal can be made from coal, wood, coconut shells, petroleum, or bamboo. The wildcrafted bamboo form tests as the best source in my practice both clinically and energetically.
The many gaps or pores in Activated Bamboo Charcoal, or “ABC,” make it ideal for adsorption and detoxification. Taken before bed in a little water this powder can bind endotoxins (large molecules of gram negative bacteria cell membranes) and other pathogenic bacteria, yeasts, and molds; excess ammonia in the blood from liver dysfunction; exogenous toxic chemicals such as glyphosate and other insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides; heavy metals from toxic dental fillings and crowns; pharmaceutical and recreational drugs; and a myriad of other neurotoxic molecules generated in the body from chronic gut dysbiosis, insulin resistance, aberrant liver metabolic pathways, and impaired kidney filtration. These internal and external poisons in our body generate symptoms of excessive fatigue, joint pain, memory loss, indigestion and diarrhea, and a myriad of allergenic reactions. However, ABC’s strong adsorbing ability can bind these toxins, and over time reduce this chronic toxic load on the body’s vital organs and tissues.
Charcoal has been used as a folk remedy for millennia, and is even rated as a Category 1 (safe and effective) remedy by the FDA for acute toxic poisoning. It is an excellent supplement to keep on hand in case of food poisoning, drug overdose, and as a general emergency antidote for virtually all toxic chemicals and poisons. This very therapeutic remedy has even been known to neutralize the free radicals created from excessive EMF exposure (computers, cell phones, transmission towers, etc.) and radiation (airplane flights, cat scans, x-rays, etc.).
For chronic detoxification purposes, the suggested dose is ¼ teaspoon in a little water taken just before bed (so it doesn’t bind food nutrients and other needed supplements you ingest during the day), from 1 to 3 nights a week. (You can drink extra water to rinse the black charcoal off your teeth. However, since charcoal is good for teeth whitening, you can always brush it over your teeth even more and leave it there for 1 to 2 minutes, and then brush and rinse. The next day you might notice whiter teeth!) Note that the more charcoal you take the stronger the detox, so I am recommending a conservative ¼ to ½ teaspoon dose intermittently for more gentle detoxification in the body, rather than a full teaspoon (although dosage amounts and times can vary based on an individual’s size and sensitivity).
For acute poisoning from food or drugs, dosage can be ½ to 1 teaspoon in a little water, taken from 1 to 3 times a day, or as needed to reduce symptoms. (And of course call 911 and go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.)