A BRIEF HISTORY & THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHARCOAL & ‘ACTIVATED’ CHARCOAL
A naturally active/adsorbent, charcoal has a long history of use as a filter, as an adsorbent, and as an antidote to poisons. Records of it being used in these ways and others go far back in history as early as 1500 BC in Egypt.
Hippocrates, circa 400 BC and then Pliny, AD 50 documented the use of charcoal for many applications, predominantly to adsorb unpleasant odours, and gas/smells from within the intestinal tract. Traditionally, charcoal would have been made from wood or bones.
North American Indians used charcoal for the treatment of gas pains long before our forefathers travelled to that continent and homeopathic physicians have used charcoal throughout the world for more than 200 years.
Carbo animalis (animal charcoal) and carbo vegetabilis or carbo ligni (wood charcoal) have been carried in the homeopathic pharmacopoeia of the United States with the description that these substances have "marked adsorptive power of gases."
Charcoal is rated in Category I (safe and effective) status by the FDA for acute toxic poisoning and is used similarly in the UK, Europe and throughout the world. There are no records of allergies to charcoal and it is inexpensive, harmless, and easily to use. Charcoal was an official remedy in the Pharmacopoeia for at least 100 years, until it fell into general disuse in medicine following the rapid and phenomenal growth of the drug industry.
‘Activated’ (also known as 'medicinal') charcoal is new to mammals and our civilization, having been created initially for industrial use. Commercial production of powdered activated carbon began in Europe in the early 19th century when it was widely used in the sugar industry. It is made from charcoal (using coconut shells primarily), which has been subjected to the man-made processes of extreme high temperature steam and acid washing, to produce super adsorbents. Its use in other applications spread rapidly when it was accidentally discovered that it was effective in decolourising liquids. Industrial scale production began in the early part of the 20th century and the products are known as PAC (powered activated carbon) or GAC (granular activated carbon). Both are highly super adsorbents and, depending on the raw material used (e.g. nut shells), some can be even more so.
TOXIN BUSTER™ charcoal is made from sustainably sourced hardwoods and is naturally ‘active’ and adsorbent. It is not ‘activated’ and is the type of charcoal we and other mammals have evolved with over the millennia. Its long legacy and history of safe and benign use stands witness to its efficacy.