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is activated charcoal effective against food poisoning, and gas etc? are there any side effects from taking it?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
SaveItForABarbeque: Activated charcoal adsorbs lots of stuff but is not used for"food poisoning"unless due to a toxic chemical,not the type of food poisoning from bacteria or viruses. Some say it's OK for gas but i don't think so.It comes as tablets & as a liquid mixture.The mixture can get really messy & tastes like Hawaiian poi.Take too much and it will constipate you.And if you take medications it will adsorb them
Answered on Jul 7, 2016

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