Charcoal does much more than just GI detoxing. It goes into the blood stream to bind to toxins there as well, which is why binders like it are so effective for us.
When I was at my lowest point, I was having seizures, passing out randomly, was bed ridden, had such severe cognitive issues that I was having the same symptoms as a person in late stage dementia, pain levels were completely uncontrolled (and sky high), and on and on and on.
I had stopped treatments because I was so bad (and the start of seizures scared the crud out of me!), so all I did was detox. I had a long time getting up to a level of detoxing to address the level of toxins I had accumulated in my body, but detoxing alone lower my symptom severity dramatically (brought them down maybe 40 - 50%) in a matter of 8 - 10 weeks.
It was my own experience with detoxing, and watching this first few brave members (lol) that were willing to join me in doing heavier detoxing that convinced me to start heavily encouraging others to detox heavily and how the phrase got started "Trav says detox, detox, detox". Lol!!
Here is a good article explaining much of this, much Moe coherently than I can today:www.benbrew.com/lb/lyme5.pdf
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)