CHAR­COAL

The health ben­e­fits of this ac­ti­vated car­bon-based ma­te­rial are more than just myth. By David Smiedt

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - HEALTH -

With all the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in mod­ern medicine, you’d think that some­thing as old-fash­ioned as char­coal would be an anachro­nism in con­tem­po­rary hos­pi­tals. But you’d be wrong. Ac­ti­vated char­coal – which has been treated with oxy­gen to open mil­lions of pores in its atomic struc­ture – is still the go-to sub­stance when it comes to prevent­ing cer­tain poi­sons from be­ing ab­sorbed into the blood­stream.

Hope­fully you’ll never have to rely on the toxin-eject­ing power of char­coal in a med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, but how­ever you har­ness its abil­i­ties, the process is the same: It’s called “ad­sorp­tion”, in which one item passes into an­other. It in­volves the par­ti­cles of one sub­stance cling­ing

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