Many people rely on activated charcoal, on a regular basis for pulling out toxicity. It has a high surface area, which makes it a powerful adsorptive agent. It is used as an adsorbent agent for drugs and poisons. Activated charcoal is not recommended on a regular basis and can cause depletion of food absorption. It can strip beneficial flora and create imbalance in the microbiome. 

PubMed Health says, “Activated charcoal is used in the emergency treatment of certain kinds of poisoning. It helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. Sometimes, several doses of activated charcoal are needed to treat severe poisoning.”


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The Western Journal of Medicine says clearing these substances from the tract is classified as gastrointestinal dialysis. They say, “The rate of removal of a drug or poison by charcoal in the gut is strongly influenced by the apparent volume of distribution of the drug or poison.”

Medical Toxicology And Adverse Drug Experience says, “In severe acute poisonings oral activated charcoal should be administered repeatedly, e.g. 20 to 50g at intervals of 4 to 6 hours, until recovery or until plasma drug concentrations have fallen to non-toxic levels. In addition to increasing the elimination of many drugs and toxins even after their systemic absorption, repeated doses of charcoal also reduce the risk of desorbing from the charcoal-toxin complex as the complex passes through the gastrointestinal tract. Charcoal will not increase the elimination of all substances taken.”

Dr. Gerry Curatola is a dentist who specializes in cavitations and the microbiome of the mouth. As a microbiome dentist, he said  in the Lyme Disease Summit 3, on May 9th , 2018, activated charcoal should not be used frequently, not even weekly, as it strips the beneficial flora, creating imbalance 

When healing the microbiome, die off, or Herxheimer Effect, can exist. Using activated charcoal at this time can be beneficial. 

“For a child, I would do one tablet, divided into halves. One half in the morning, one half in the evening, with the meal. For an adult, three tablets a day, up to six, depending on the situation,” Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride said at the Certified GAPS Practitioner gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November of 2017.

In FAQS on GAPS.ME she recommends activated charcoal for die off saying, “Yes, many people try (it) and find help.”

Truth be told, activated charcoal is being used on hair, teeth and even a face peel.

Teeth often become discolored when the body pushes out metals, as well as other toxins. Activated charcoal shows amazing effects buffing out the discoloration. 

Activated charcoal is almost a pure form of carbon from coconut shells, bone char, olive pits, coal or sawdust, which is activated by using steam, oxygen, carbon dioxide and acids for cleaning,

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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