MANAGING SYMPTOMS WITH ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

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occasionalflareups
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/13/2011 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings:

I'm 67 years old and I've suffered with ulcerative colitis since I was 19. Since then I've tried all the drugs that came along, and nothing seemed to help. I, like so many of you, lived my life as normally as possible, but with that subconscious planning of my life around proximity to bathrooms. Typically for me was the immediate need to find a bathroom about 6 to 8 times a day.

Two years ago, just after turning 65, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While prostate cancer (I later learned ) is the slowest growing form of cancer, its still pretty scary to hear the "C" word directed at you. My Urologist immediately told me that he had a very sharp knife and could remove my prostate completely. I spent the next two weeks learning all I could to find some more humane way to treat my prostate situation without surgery, radiation or chemo. I adopted a holistic regimen and I'm doing fine and my Prostate situation isn't getting any worse.

What, you might ask does any of this have to do with your problems? about six months ago I got interested in the various holistic practices of detoxification. One article introduced me to activated charcoal, the same stuff that's given to people who ingest poison because it adsorbs (yes "adsorbs" not "absorbs") the poison and saves the patient. The detoxification advocates say to take it two hours after eating in cold water for various digestive problems. I took one tablespoon in a cup of cold water every night at least two hours after eating and expected that I would help detoxify my system. What I didn't bargain for is that after one week of this my colitis symptoms have gone away. I am now, and for the past six months been a very normal person vis a vis bowel habits. No more diarrhea. once and sometimes twice daily on the toilet and no emergencies. I am totally amazed and thankful for this and I if only one of you benefits from my experience, that will be wonderful.

Be well,
VicG

SeasideSpyder
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 9/13/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
VicG,

I am pleased to hear activated charcoal has been such a big success for yourself, however, for me it takes away a lot of the discomfort but has done nothing to relieve the emergencies as I believe I am going into a pretty severe flare...the first since I began Remicade in September 2010. I submitted stool samples yesterday to rule out any sort of stomach bug or parasites and have yet to get the results. I just hope that it's something I can get under control before the end of the month because I planned a family vacation based on how great I was doing and what do you know?! I have a flare. This is so my luck, I swear!
27 yr old Married Female/ Severe Ulcerative Pancolitis Sufferer
Current medications: Remicade, 12 Asacol/day, Ferrous Sulfate, 2000mg Vitamin D, 2000mg B12, 1200mg Calcium, VSL#3 DS packets (2/day), 1tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 times daily (natural anti-inflammatory)...Pompeian or Carapelli for dipping are best and 1tbsp honey.
Diagnosed February 21, 2010

pb4
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   Posted 9/13/2011 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard of this therapy as well and some have had success with it, glad it's helped you...I may have to look into this for myself ...I don't know why I haven't yet, maybe because at the time I heard about it I was already trying a few new things that I was finding some relief from and I just didn't want to over-load myself at the time with all the other new supplements I was adding to my regime (listed in my sig below)
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

DanthaMan
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 466
   Posted 9/13/2011 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the sharing!

doors12
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 576
   Posted 9/13/2011 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting. What kind of activated charcoal do you use? I wonder if this could be attempted while one is on Colazal?

Eva Lou
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 3058
   Posted 9/14/2011 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have used it too, with little success- I tried it mainly for gas, bought it at the health food store, in capsule form. I think the key to this treatment is spelled out in the heading of this post- "Managing symptoms....". Not a cure, but can help alleviate some symptoms of a UC flare. One tends to burp up a charcoaly, grill taste though!

diagnosed 2002
Asacol
Remicade-10mgs/kg- from 4/07 thru 1/10
Humira- 1/10- present
Imuran- 150mgs/day
homemade kefir, turmeric

nyl
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Date Joined Apr 2012
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 6/20/2012 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
occasionalflareups said...
Greetings:

I'm 67 years old and I've suffered with ulcerative colitis since I was 19. Since then I've tried all the drugs that came along, and nothing seemed to help. I, like so many of you, lived my life as normally as possible, but with that subconscious planning of my life around proximity to bathrooms. Typically for me was the immediate need to find a bathroom about 6 to 8 times a day.

Two years ago, just after turning 65, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While prostate cancer (I later learned ) is the slowest growing form of cancer, its still pretty scary to hear the "C" word directed at you. My Urologist immediately told me that he had a very sharp knife and could remove my prostate completely. I spent the next two weeks learning all I could to find some more humane way to treat my prostate situation without surgery, radiation or chemo. I adopted a holistic regimen and I'm doing fine and my Prostate situation isn't getting any worse.

What, you might ask does any of this have to do with your problems? about six months ago I got interested in the various holistic practices of detoxification. One article introduced me to activated charcoal, the same stuff that's given to people who ingest poison because it adsorbs (yes "adsorbs" not "absorbs") the poison and saves the patient. The detoxification advocates say to take it two hours after eating in cold water for various digestive problems. I took one tablespoon in a cup of cold water every night at least two hours after eating and expected that I would help detoxify my system. What I didn't bargain for is that after one week of this my colitis symptoms have gone away. I am now, and for the past six months been a very normal person vis a vis bowel habits. No more diarrhea. once and sometimes twice daily on the toilet and no emergencies. I am totally amazed and thankful for this and I if only one of you benefits from my experience, that will be wonderful.

Be well,
VicG
Thank you so much for sharing your information. I bought the acivated charcoal, thanks to you, and it has been wonderful. A million thanx
 
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