Activated Charcoal

We are constantly looking for a quick fix, and we are searching for it because we have screwed up our diets most royally. Putting activated charcoal into your diets isn't getting back to the basics—[it’s] a quick fix with no scientific evidence - Kristin Kirkpatrick

Activated Charcoal
Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal, the wellness scam

Despite the marketing hype, activated charcoal has no ability to suck out the toxic chemicals from the rest of your body. Its effects are limited to the gastrointestinal tract only, and it’s been studied in poisoning situations only. There’s no evidence to demonstrate that the everyday consumption of activated charcoal is either beneficial or helpful in any way.

Charcoal lemonade does seem to have one profound effect though. At $10 per pint, the product does seem very effective at removing cash from the wallets of unsuspecting consumers. As I have noted before, if you hear the words “detox” uttered anywhere but an emergency room, keep in mind that you’re hearing a marketing pitch,…

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 Activated charcoal, the wellness scam

Charcoal lemonade is yet another detox scam aimed at separating customers from their money. Activated charcoal is a medicine and drug sponge. It’s not absorbed into the body, and is put into the gastrointestinal tract to reduce the absorption of drugs and other poisons after they have been ingested, but before they have been absorbed into the body (scientifically speaking, the contents of the mouth, throat, stomach, large and small intestine and rectum are considered “outside of” the body).

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