I was recently present during a live presentation about the benefits of 'activated charcoal'-- live in that the presenter dumped a half-teaspoon of the black charcoal powder into a glass of water (which instantly turned black) and drank it down in front of us. I am Seventh-day Adventist, so I have known about activated charcoal for a long time, but had never really paid much attention thinking that it was probably some old-fashioned, ineffective remedy, maybe even poisonous. Now I think of all the tummy aches and gas-y upsets in my past (and in my children's pasts) when a 1/4 teaspoon of Activated Charcoal would have set us straight again.
To make activated charcoal you begin by burning wood to very high temperatures in an air-free environment. Following this, the burnt material is reheated with the addition of oxidizing gases which activates the charcoal. The pure black powder that results is odourless and tasteless. (It is, however, gritty). When ingested, the activated charcoal adsorbs toxins-- it attracts toxins to its molecular surfaces (binds with the poisons) and takes them out of the body before they can be absorbed. Activated charcoal has a lot of different applications that you can read about. Most of the processes related to detox have had clinical studies to support the rather miraculous functions of this black powder (let's not call it 'black medicine').
Gluten is a poison to people who are sensitive to its effects. How often have you experienced headaches, cramps, gas, diarrhea, etc. because you have eaten something that contained 'hidden' gluten in its contents? Amazingly, activated charcoal binds with the gluten molecules and issues them out so that you can return to pain-free balance. (Don't take painkillers and other pharmaceutical medications, though, because they will also be eliminated.) Some people who have been "glutenized" find that Activated Charcoal is a wonderful sleeping aid. Make a slurry of about 8 ounces of water with a quarter of a teaspoon of pure activated charcoal powder added. Stir well and cover for about 15 minutes. Pour off the water into another glass and drink this. Or take one or two activated charcoal caps. This sure has worked well in our household. (And although the charcoal looks like it will stain, it washes away quite well-- people even brush their teeth with it to whiten them).
I suggest that you do your own research (there's a lot online about activated charcoal) and it is a good idea to talk to more than one "health care provider" because even they appear to differ in their opinions. Check with the various 'gluten-sensitivity' and 'celiac' forums to see what others have to say. "Activated" charcoal is DIFFERENT FROM: the charcoal briquettes used to cook meat (potentially poisonous fillers and fire-starter chemicals), the char on burnt toast, and charcoal used to draw with. Please don't ingest any of these other forms of charcoal.
If you are unable to find bulk charcoal locally, a good source is usually your nearest ABC (Adventist Book Center). Contact them for further details.
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