Activated Charcoal. Anyone use it for Diarrhea?

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Activated Charcoal is a good purifier, and you can buy capsuls at the health food store. It will absorb all the bacteria and will relieve gas and diarrhea. Bad news is it will also absorb any meds you are taking. It's great to have with you on a trip to a foreign country to help with Montezuma's Revenge. I was wondering if any of you use it to help with your gas, bloating and diarrhea.

I've used it for years for many things. It is great as a poultice over an infection. Pulls out the infection. I'm wondering if it will help UC.

I just popped a couple capsules, but I'm not on any meds. Leaving in a couple hours on a road trip to Vegas, so I'm using it as a precaution.

Anyone else use it? If so, could you let us know what you think of it?

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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
You're better to use fibre supplements, proper food intake and medications.

UC isn't "an infection"....

I personally think you'll set yourself up for problems in the future...

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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
With a fever it IS an infection. You didn't exactly answer my question. Have you used it? Could you expound? I took my 2 capsules a couple hours ago in anticipation of my trip to Vegas, and my gas is gone. I do eat correctly, and I take no meds because I have no insurance. Except for the leftover Donnatal which I use in emergencies only. So how has activated charcoal helped or hindered you?

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   Posted 1/5/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never used it but I would if I thought it would help my chronic D. Would it cause constipation, though, I wonder?
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   Posted 1/5/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Fever usually occurs in response to an infection or inflammation. In our case it's mainly inflammation in our colons that causes a fever, not infection.

I've never tried Charcoal but if it doesn't cause you any harm and it works then stick with it.
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   Posted 1/8/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, I popped 2 activated charcoal pills for the 4 hour drive to Vegas. Everything was fine. Lost my 40 bucks I threw at the slots, but, next morning. Nice BM. The buffets in Vegas give you anything you want. I had a banana, some egg whites, and some steamed veggies. Still, the slots took my money. Next day popped a couple more activated charcoal, just in case. Still the slots took my money. Ride home. All was well. The charcoal did not cause constipation. Nice BM this morning. Just reporting........

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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Never used it... but I do use a couple normal charcoal brickets and white rice in mason jar in my gun cabinets. Helps keep moisture away from the firearms.....
Might if it helped, would be afraid of it negating my meds though. Will put it on the list to talk to GI about next tues. Will try to remember to report back as to what he says.
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Activated charcoal works better than baking soda in the fridge too.

Bubba- I keep charcoal, popcorn kernals and instant rice wrapped in cheesecloth in my gun and bow cases for moisture too. I hate having to whip out the emory cloth and moleskin cause something was wet when I put my weapon away.

I've only heard of activated charcoal being used for gas and its danger of neutralizing meds. If it has antibacterial properties, how would one be sure it is not affecting good gut flora as well.
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   Posted 1/10/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, right on the label there is a warning that it is highly absorbent and can absorb meds, so use with caution! I used it on the 4 hour drive through the desert to Vegas because I didn't want to risk cramps and diarrhea. There is very little place to stop on that drive. Try hiding behind a Joshua Tree! For Cryin' Out Loud! LOL

I will tell you this little story. My cousin and I went to lunch and we ate the same thing. On the way home I started feeling crampy, so when I got home I popped a couple charcoal tablets. Then another couple later. My cousin called me the next morning. She was sick as a dog! Food Poisoning!! I escaped it because of the activated charcoal.

Unlike many of you, I don't have insurance and am not on meds, so it comes in handy for someone like me to relieve the gas and diarrhea cramps. Google activated charcoal if you want to know more about it's benefits and drawbacks.
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