Will Activated Charcoal help in the treatment of Ebola?
First, let me say, the CDC position is that there is NO cure for Ebola. Except for the unfounded claims for vaccines, the same was said during the Bird flu scare in 2009.
We have had several tell us that charcoal does help to combat the flu virus. A physician friend of ours lectures on swine and bird flu and recommends activated charcoal as the first line of defense and treatment. So, we suspect activated charcoal may also be of benefit in the comprehensive treatment of Ebola.
When the body is vomiting or has diarrhea, it is trying to tell us there is something in the stomach or bowels that is irritating or toxic. These body reactions are often in response to a bacteria, virus or parasite that produces a toxin or endotoxin that triggers the symptom. The same is true for other symptoms such as fever or pain. Unchecked these symptoms can become debilitating. In treating these microbes or parasites, charcoal is not “curing” the disease but rather has the potential of adsorbing the toxins produced by the microbes thus moderating the symptoms. Clinical research has shown this to be true for E. coli, tetanus, diphtheria, hoof and mouth, cerebral malaria, and certain others.
If the body can be relieved from diarrhea, vomiting, or fever (to whatever extent), that gives the body more resources and energy to deal with the other issues that charcoal does not help.
The same should be true for viruses such as Ebola. Charcoal should help to neutralize some of the toxins that trigger fever, diarrhea, vomiting… stomach pain, as in Ebola.
If your circumstances were such that you had no other form of treatment, the use of charcoal could be a simple remedy worth trying – taken as charcoal powder in water, and/or applied over the abdomen (liver or stomach) as a charcoal poultice on a continual basis until the diarrhea is under control. http://www.charcoalremedies.com/charcoal_poultice
Because of the potential loss of electrolytes from diarrhea and vomiting, rehydration salts should also be considered.
Hygiene is paramount both in prevention and containing all contagious diseases.