Many people are looking for that new beauty or health trend that claims to revolutionize how we take care of ourselves. However, it’ can be difficult to decide whether we want to find a new trend for beauty or for health.
New studies from the Wexner Medical Center have revealed new and innovative ways of to use charcoal-based powder to absorb toxins that are damaging to the body. Not that this method is to replace standard day-to-day procedures, like taking vitamins, but it is a way to add an extra kick to your health regimen.
To be sure, this is not the charcoal you’ll find at the bottom of your grill after a Sunday barbecue.
In fact, charcoal-based powder is an odorless, tasteless powder that is used to absorb toxins. It is a wood carbon that has no carcinogenic properties, which makes the chemicals safe to digest. Even though it is safe for digestion, it is not recommended for consistent and daily use.
The main development of charcoal use is in the medical field, where it is currently being used for addiction overdoses and the intake of poisonous substances. Dr. Robert Weber, administrator of Pharmaceutical Services at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, works closely with overdose patients and has experience using activated charcoal during his time as a clinical pharmacist in the intensive care unit.
"These were the people who had taken too many pills or had too much of a toxic substance and it was very effective in the reducing its level in the blood,” Weber said. “We only prescribe the charcoal to the patients when it is clear there is a medication in the system.”
The activated charcoal enters the system and binds with toxic materials to better ensure their way out of the system. However, for those who are unable to use the activated charcoal for medical reasons, Weber said the alternative is for medical practitioners to work to support the patient and ensure their heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate are all normal as the toxins exit the body naturally.
“In addition to supporting the patient, there are certain antibiotics that target specific substances,” he said. “For example, the antibiotic, Narcan, can be used specifically to treat those who have taken too many narcotics.”
Activated charcoal powder can also be used to fight indigestion and bloating. Lori Chong, a registered dietician at the medical center for family medicine and integrative medicine, notes its effectiveness.
“When the powder enters the…