Coronavirus and Activated Charcoal: Amazing Research Studies
Earlier this year [February 2020] before the Covid-19 really breached American soil, I wrote an article [Activated Charcoal and Microbes – Charcoal and Chemical Biological Warfare] on how Activated Charcoal interacts with microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In a nutshell:
Microbes produce exo/endo toxins [aka poisons] which trigger a host of different body responses including fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, inflammation [body swelling], pain, congestion, and more, all in an attempt to diffuse the lethal microbes. Activated charcoal has been found to adsorb and neutralize many of these toxic antigens, thereby short circuiting the biological/chemical war firing up our body’s immune system.
Here we are nine months into the newest world Covid pandemic and people are praying everywhere for a miracle vaccine to stop the invasion in their country, state, city, village, or hamlet. Drug companies, pushed by politics and financial rewards [drug companies are not charitable institutions] are working over overtime to get to market first with their patent nostrums. Which one will win the lucrative government contracts with their winning vaccine [from ‘vacca’ = cow medi-cine] potent enough to fire up the body’s immune system, without incinerating side effects or death?
Meanwhile the word is getting out that activated charcoal is a natural remedy that effectively works against a host of deadly pathogens. Is the dramatic worldwide rise in sales of activated charcoal capsules and activated charcoal powder just the result of slick marketing campaigns, sentimental TV ads, and online infomercials? Hardly.
Activated Charcoal’s medicinal history
Thanks to old fashioned word of mouth and modern social media, there are waves of informed individuals generating a worldwide interest in natural remedies, and, not least, in charcoal. Charcoal waves are not new. Pharaoh’s priests made charcoal a big splash in ancient Egypt. Hippocrates, “father of modern medicine”, made more ripples across ancient Greece. Pliny the Great, in Roman times, sent out waves of ardent students who took it to the ends of the old world.
While the Chinese were making charcoal explosives, the Japanese were perfecting dosages of plain charcoal for all manner of poisoning. Lo and behold, in the New World, when European settlers reached the shores of the mighty Missouri River, they found Midwest Plains Indians using charcoal for indigestion. By the mid 1800s, with the resurgence in ‘rational medicine’, and extensive use by the British military and navy, the interest in charcoal as a medicinal had become a global fascination. Notice:
“Charcoal mixed with bread crumbs or yeast, has long been a favourite material for forming poultices, among army and navy surgeons. The charcoal poultice has also obtained a high character in hospital practice as an application to sloughing ulcers and gangrenous sores [septicemia], and recently, this substance has afforded immense relief in numerous cases of open cancer, by soothing pain, correcting foetor [odor], and facilitating the separation of the morbid structure from the surrounding parts [formation of new tissue]. It is unnecessary to mention other instances of its utility; for in this form Charcoal is now admitted into the London Pharmacopoeia, and it is in general use in all naval, military, and civil hospitals.”
Dr. James Bird M.R.C.S., Surgeon, Royal Glamorgan Militia, 1857
Seriously, “in general use in ALL naval, military and civil hospitals”!
“To those disposed to give a fair trial to Charcoal as a topical or internal remedy, we strongly recommend Mr. Bird’s essay.” – The Lancet. [today The Lancet is the world’s leading independent general medical journal.]
Well that was the mid 1800s, what about today? First, be sure to read the book CharcoalRemedies.com The Complete Handbook of Medicinal Charcoal. Get even more up to date information on the Website by the same name. But back to the present.
Researchers: Charcoal “could aid treatment of COVID-19”
Breaking News: Charcoal a weapon to fight superoxide-induced disease, injury – Nanomaterials soak up radicals, could aid treatment of COVID-19, July 1, 2020: Rice University Medical Center in conjunction with the University of Texas Health Science Center’s McGovern Medical School and the Texas A&M Health Science Center, announce ongoing development of a simple treatment for Covid-19 using “inexpensive” activated charcoal. Yes, you read that correctly.
“They have now found oxidized charcoal nanoparticles [nanozymes] are not only effective antioxidants but can also be made from an activated carbon source that is inexpensive, good manufacturing practice (GMP)-certified and already being used in humans to treat acute poisoning…”
Chemist James Tour explained that the nanozymes are able to pass through the membranes of cells’ mitochondria to quench a major source of free radicals without killing the cells themselves. “We published a paper on this recently,” he said. “This seems to be really important to why these work so well in traumatic brain injury and stroke.” The nanozymes teem with oxygen-containing functional groups that bust up superoxides in solution.
Artificial enzymes made of treated charcoal, seen in this atomic force microscope image, could have the power to curtail damaging levels of superoxides. Courtesy of the Tour Group
While the end product is a supercharged charcoal, that does not mean regular charcoal is ineffective.* The effect may not be as fast or dramatic, but simple charcoal still works. Why charcoal? For the same reason why it is in 21st century military first-aid kits, in some military wound dressings, and in combat military NBC [Nuclear Biological Chemical] suits… How do we know? It is our business.
As most already know, activated charcoal is used to filter toxic air in nuclear submarines, on the International Space Station, and everywhere in between. Beside removing toxic VOCs, it also takes out many microbes and toxic antigens. So, it is not so strange then to see “Activated Charcoal” and “Covid-19” and “Treatment” coming up together in medical literature. Seriously, is activated charcoal a potential treatment for Covid-19?
Common Covid-19 symptoms that activated charcoal alleviates
Let’s review some of the common symptoms of Covid-19:
- Sore throat
- Lung congestion
- Nausea or vomiting
Each of these symptoms, common to so many different diseases, are known to be triggered by antigen/toxins, some of which are known to be adsorbed/diffused by activated charcoal. Simple math should tell us 1 plus 1 equals 0 – one microscopic microbe plus one charcoal particle equals zero toxin and no more symptoms. That is, taken before the storm arrives.
19th century applications of charcoal in military and civil hospitals.
Let’s go back in time to Dr. James Bird and his peers:
“The medicinal effects of Charcoal deserve investigation.” – Medical Times.
“As a curative** agent Charcoal has long been disregarded, but Mr. Bird has made an endeavour to bring it again into repute. The work is filled with evidence, and we have much pleasure in giving Mr. Bird the opportunity of making his views widely known among his professional brethren.” – Medical Circular.
Clearly Dr Bird was, in many ways, not only ahead of his times, but ours as well.
“It should moreover always be borne in mind, that the Great science that watches over health, is as complicated as it is important – that it requires attainments of the highest order, – knowledge of every kind, – and after the experience of ages, still remains the most learned and most skilful a science of great uncertainty, as respects the issues of life and death. Medical treatment should therfore, on no account be heedlessly, thoughtlessly, or ignorantly undertaken by irresponsible persons. It is better, far better to prescribe no medicine at all, than to prescribe it indiscreetly; and this fact should never be lost sight of, that the simplest elements in matter relating to health become the most potent instruments for good or for ill, according to the knowledge or ignorance of those who employ them.”
Let the believers say, “Amen!”
“Charcoal powder has been for a long period a favourite remedy in America, the Indies, and in many parts of Europe, for dysentry [severe diarrhea], and the severe forms of fever, prevalent on shipboard and in tropical climates. Many cases were published in the early part of the present century, in which its efficacy in those disorders was clearly marked and well defined, dangerous symptoms rapidly subsiding under its use; and the authors of those cases affirmed, that a complete cure was often effected by this substance alone… and it was furthermore believed, that it never aggravated any unfavourable symptom, even in those cases where it failed to give relief; but, on the contrary, that its administration in dysentery and typhus fever was followed by relief, absence of pain, repose, and a speedy amelioration of all unfavourable symptoms.”
Dr Bird had many advocates:
“Charcoal has been mentioned by many of the British medical authors, as an useful remedy in certian forms of fever and dysentery, as they occur in tropical climates; and Sir J. Pringle, Drs. Calvert, Chapman, and Calleagno, having used it with success on various occaisions, they have written favourably of its properties. Still more recently, Dr. Abercrombie, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Martin, and others, have admitted its efficacy, and the Army medical reports contain isolated cases, in which its use has been attended with considerable benefit…”
Back to the future and the 2020 World pandemic of Covid-19.
Sepsis treatment using Activated Charcoal in place of Antibiotics
Among those who become critically ill with Covid-19, many have underlying chronic health conditions, are older, or develop sepsis. Of the more dangerous symptoms of Covid-19, sepsis certainly is life-threatening. Sepsis is like fire in a field of stubble – there is little to control it once it gets started.
Sepsis [septicemia, gangrene], often referred to as “blood poisoning”, results from the excessive immune system response to infection, namely the explosive production of cytokines. A cytokine chain reaction, or “cytokine storm” throughout the body can rapidly go from normal inflammation to tissue damage, organ failure and death. The fast progression of sepsis makes it extremely important to recognize the symptoms early and treat the infection, but with what, anti-microbial drugs? If the body’s immune system cascades with an overproduction of cytokines, antibiotics are all but powerless. But activated charcoal is not. Charcoal works to reduce the cytokines that fuel the inflammation. Early intervention with activated charcoal can reduce if not prevent full blown sepsis.
Another route to sepsis is gangrene – read Dr M. Baldwin’s experience.
Blood Cytokine Removal with activated carbon
Several years ago we were invited by one of the founders of a research company to visit their headquarters. We first signed an NDA agreement then were given a tour of their research facility and introduced to their lead PhD scientists from various countries. They started out working on a hemoperfusion [blood filtering] unit for human medicine but got compliance for an animal unit first. The unit, a fraction of the size of a regular dialysis machine, employed a specialized activated carbon that could remove a dictionary of different poisons, as well as all or specific cytokines, in less than an hour, with no more than a few ounces of their patented beaded activated carbon. I can now tell you, four years later, ImmutriX [Rapid City, SD] has completed regulatory compliance for its Aimalojic hemoperfusion pump, has been tested in several veterinarian hospitals across America, with an enviable 100% success score in saving otherwise fatally poisoned animals.***
Cytosorbents, a competing European-based company, makes a blood filter column to remove cytokines using a porous polymer sorbent [not carbon or charcoal]. Their CytoSorb® blood filters are used by critical care intensivists around the world in a wide variety of conditions where deadly inflammation can lead to organ injury and failure such as: sepsis and infection, influenza, trauma, burn injury, liver failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome [ARDS]. As we all know, many of these conditions are associated with Covid-19. To date their product has been used in over 1,000 cases as an alternative to the dreaded standard mechanical ventilation. It began to be used for Covid-19 patients in China [February 2020], Italy [March], USA [April] South America [June].
Cytosorbents was given FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) spring of 2020 for Covid-19 US patients, to treat the inflammatory “cytokine storm”.
The polymer beads do have a significantly higher surface area than the standard 1-3 square meters in membrane-based blood filters, but a study published by University of Pittsburg showed that only the outer surface of the beads has the ability to adsorb anything, limiting their claims. Nevertheless a potent treatment.
Why do we mention these non-charcoal beads as a current Covid-19 treatment?
ImmutriX was also contacted by the CDC to submit an application for their activated carbon beads, but because they still have not run live human trials the FDA rwaved their application. Beginning 2021 ImmutriX will be perfecting their hemoperfusion units for treating humans. Their activated carbon beads have over 400% more available surface area than CytoSorb® beads.
Charcoal Nanoparticle Treatment for Covid-19
Referring back to the ongoing experimentation by Rice University, the researchers noted it may be worthwhile to study the application of their oxidized charcoal nanoparticles to treat the cytokine storms suspected of contributing to tissue and organ damage in COVID-19 patients.
“While speculative that these particles will be helpful in COVID-19, if administration is timed correctly, they could reduce the damaging radicals that accompany the cytokine storm and could be further chemically modified to reduce other injury-causing features of this disease.”
As the saying goes, prevention is better than treatment. As a daily preventive, Activated Charcoal Powder can be stirred into a glass of warm water. Certainly, with the first hint of flu-like symptoms, a person should drink a charcoal slurry a couple times a day to help diffuse any toxic antigens attempting to start a bonfire in the body. But the most common underlying health conditions that have been identified as serious risk factors for Covid-19 are lifestyle issues.
Reversible Covid-19 risk factors
Young and old alike need to realize if they do not begin to reverse these chronic disease patterns, they are much more at risk of not only contracting Covid-19, or one of its cousins, but also prematurely dying. What are those risk conditions that are to a great degree lifestyle reversible? You already know them – high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and chronic lung disease. With a balanced lifestyle program these common Western diseases can see significant reversal, at the same time pumping up the immune system. But, that is the “rub” – most people are not interested in changing unhealthy habits. It’s sacrifice, change, work, a vision. They would prefer to pray for a magic pill and keep their darling habits. When they finally realize there are no magic pills, and their condition is only getting worse, some are finally ready to experiment with something that is, as Dr Bird recommended, as simple as charcoal. And charcoal will not make one’s case worse if it does no good. AND, there’s more than enough scientific “evidence”**** to give one hope.
Like the story in the Bible [Matthew 9:20] of the woman who had suffered for twelve years, and exhausted all her savings on doctors and drugs, hope was still within arm’s reach. We need to be often reminded to cast all our cares upon God, “for He careth for you!” [1 Peter 5:7]
*Buckminsterfullerenes [C60 molecules aka buckyball and nanotubes] fall into the group of supercharged carbons that are included in the Rice University article as also being effective precursors for nanozymes, but they are very expensive to make. Wonder of wonders, fragments of these super carbons are found in the lowly charcoal left over in your campfire. Granted they are found in extremely small amounts, but they are there. Is it possible these nanoparticles do cross into the bloodstream, and from there to all parts of the body? Time may tell.
**To be clear, we do not believe charcoal cures anything. What charcoal is commercially and industrially celebrated for is removing toxins. In the case of a sick diseased toxic human body, charcoal works untiringly to adsorb toxins so the body can heal itself the way the Creator designed it to.
*** We should not forget, that of late, dogs have been identified as Covid-19 spreaders. Obviously they too can benefit from activated charcoal.
**** Evidence – the invisible stuff faith is made of.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1