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Doctor insights on: Chemical Composition Of Charcoal

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When should I take charcoal?

When should I take charcoal?

If poisoned: There are forms of charcoal that soak up small molecules such as some common organic poisons before they pass from the stomach and intestines into the blood. These are helpful. Charcoal pills are offered for sale. Put your hand over your wallet if you see these; i'm not aware of any reason to think they will do you any good. ...Read more

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Whats the benefits of taking charcoal tablet?

Whats the benefits of taking  charcoal tablet?

None: Charcoal is not approved for any disease. Doctors may use it for treatment of poisoning, but there is no indication for self treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get sick from eating off a charcoal grill?

Can you get sick from eating off a charcoal grill?

Sure.: Was the food cooked well enough? We're the coals or gas hot enough to cook the food all the way through? Was the grill cleaned from the last use? Was the food to close to charcoal briquettes allowing for some residue to get onto the food? Did the food sit out for a long time after it was cooked on the grill? ...Read more

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Is charcoal bad as a supplement?

Is charcoal bad as a supplement?

Charcoal: Not a supplement per se, but used in GI ailments such as bloating, & in stomach cleansing after ingesting poisons. ...Read more

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What are the effects of activated charcoal?

What are the effects of activated charcoal?

Absorbs...: ...Many drugs and toxins as well as gets bacteria to stick to it, and carries them out of the bowel. ...Read more

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Can charcoal tablets cancel out nicotine tests?

Can charcoal tablets cancel out nicotine tests?

No: I am aware of no evidence that this would be effective. The amount of nicotine that could be adsorbed through charcoal would be minimal, and if you were regularly consuming nicotine in tobacco products it would still be detectable in saliva, blood or urine tests for cotinine. ...Read more

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How long will activated charcoal stay in your system?

How long will activated charcoal stay in your system?

Depends on bowel...: ...Transit time. Ac stays in the bowel, never goes anywhere else in the body, so when you no longer see charcoal in the stool, it's gone. ...Read more

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What happens if you overdose and refuse to drink the charcoal ?

What happens if you overdose and refuse to drink the charcoal ?

Longer observation: Charcoal only binds up the drug that hasn't been digested and absorbed yet. So if you don't take the charcoal, they just need to monitor and treat you longer depending on the substance to make sure there are no serious side effects. ...Read more

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Could activated charcoal work as a toothpaste?

Could activated charcoal work as a toothpaste?

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

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Is activated charcoal a type of carcinogen?

Is activated charcoal a type of carcinogen?

Activated charcoal: 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

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Will charcoal remove an intestinal parasite?

Parasites: Activated charcoal has long been advocated as a home remedy for parasitic infections, but the validity of this has not withstood the challenge of controlled testing. ...Read more

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Are charcoal tablets cure for flatulence?

Are charcoal tablets cure for flatulence?

Rx for gas not cure: Charcoal is an absorbent. It can decrease gas, but it can cause constipation, black stools, interfere with absorption of meds and nutrients. Good idea is to find out the cause of the flatulence, to make sure there isn't a treatable disorder, e.g. Parasites, celiac sprue, pancreatic disease, ibd, polyps, etc. ...Read more

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Which works better for gas and gas pain: gas-x or charcoal caps?

Gas!: Gas-x will break up the large gas bubbles into smaller ones. Charcoal tablets will prevent the production of gas from various things. More importantly, you could consider decreasing the gas producing things in your diet, such as broccoli, beans, and cauliflower. If you eat those things take beano. Also, carbonated beverages can also make you very gassy. Good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of adverse affects from inhaling charcoal ash?

What kind of adverse affects from inhaling charcoal ash?

Inhalation injury: Charcoal ash is made from wood not from coal so it is not as dangerous but to be honest inhaling any foreign substance like that is dangerous to be inhaled and contributes to air pollution. I have not heard anything about getting any long term lung diseases directly from a cooking over a bbq but i would be aware that some hooka lounges add charcoal to their mixtures. Either way, don't inhale it. ...Read more

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Can i take charcoal tablets while pregnant?

Can i take charcoal tablets while pregnant?

Yes, but why?: Charcoal is not absorbed by your body and so should not cause problem for the pregnancy itself, but why you need to take charcoal? Did you ingest something--od on certain meds or chemical? Charcoal is often used to "bind up" other toxic chemicals and it is eliminated unchanged in the feces--it is not absorbed into your body. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take activated charcoal everyday?

Is it safe to take activated charcoal everyday?

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