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I have heard of & have seen paramedics carrying activated charcoal. What is this used for and what effect does it have?
Soaks up poison: Activated charcoal is used when a person has taken a poison overdose of some sort, including an overdose of certain medications. It used to be that syrup of ipecac was used to induce vomiting, but that can be dangerous in some situations, so is no longer used. Colleagues? Correct me if I'm wrong on this. Lgromkomd. ...Read more
No: Charcoal is an inert absorptive substance. It will not alter the course of ibs. ...Read more
What the question?: Only the er dr can answer this now. ...Read more
WHY???: Hi. And why, pray tell, would you want to take activated charcoal everyday? Believe me, that has NOT been studied for safety! Activated charcoal is useful in some poisonings/overdoses because it binds a lot of things tightly and non-specifically. Much of what goes in your mouth is for nutritive purposes, including many trace substances. If you bind and don't absorb them, you become deficient. ...Read more
Not a good idea: While some properties of activated charcoal may make it seem like an ideal toothpaste alternative, it is way too abrasive. It's use will result in severe tooth erosion (especially at the gum line) and severe gum recession. The end result is that it will cause more problems then it will solve. ...Read more
Possibly not: What is the purpose of taking it daily? If it is for bloating, you need to see your doctor to find out the cause. Although not been studied, I am cautious about taking charcoal regularly since I am uncertain on its potential cancer-causing effect. At any rate, it is better to find out the cause than to mask the symptoms. ...Read more
Activated charcoal: Http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-and-supplements/activated-charcoal-uses-risksGet a more detailed answer ›
Nope.: Fluoride ion incorporates into the hydroxyapatite crystal of tooth structure and into bone. Fluorohydroxyapatite has a better acid resistance than normal tooth structure. Since Fluoride causes little to no health risk (fluorosis can be a cosmetic issue in overdose cases), why worry about better dental health? If child ate a tube of toothpaste, may have disrupted forming enamel--can't undo that. ...Read more
Activated charcoal powder is not a carcinogenic substance.
Researchers found that when meat is being barbequed, the fats drip down onto the red hot charcoal briquettes (not activated charcoal powder), which then get seared, resulting in the formation of carcinogenic substances (hca's & benzopyrene), which next rise upward and lastly are absorbed into the barbecued meat! ...Read more
Charcoal: Activated charcoal can indeed absorb paracetamol (we call it Acetaminophen in the U.S.) and it is often used in overdoses if the paracetamol is still in the stomach and not yet absorbed into the bloodstream. However, massive doses of charcoal are needed. It would not be possible to accomplish the same detoxification with charcoal capsules. ...Read more
No: The whole business of "heavy metal poisoning" cries out for better work and rigorous science. There are folks who will diagnose everyone with this and offer unproven remedies, and this tends to discredit real concerns about modern environmental toxicology. Activated charcoal binds many organic poisons that have been recently ingested but this won't remove metals from your system. Be discerning. ...Read more
Hmmm....: This is usually used to induce vomiting in cases of accidental/overingestions of medications to purge the stomach. It may have an benefit with parasite treatments; but it is not the standard of care. Please consult your doctor before you start playing one! ...Read more
Not A Good Idea: No. Charcoal won't adsorb minerals or metals. You need some form of chelation therapy, if anything. Depends on the type of heavy metal you're talking about and what if any symptoms you have and how serious they are. So if you suspect some kind of heavy metal toxicity, see a doctor sooner than later. If it's been diagnosed already and they gave you charcoal, get a second opinion pronto! ...Read more