Monthly Archives: March 2013

#Lyme Disease, Toxins, Activated Charcoal, and Food Intolerance

Hello Again To All,

I’m back after a long absence due to an intense detox or possibly an adverse reaction to medication. I believe ketoconazole was the culprit, but I may never know. So I apologize if it takes me a while to post comments or return emails.

During the crisis, my doctor recommended stopping all meds and taking the usual detox remedies of Pekanas, coffee enemas, saunas, vitamin C, Meriva turmeric, and something new for me: activated charcoal. She says one has to be careful using charcoal on a regular basis because it not only adsorbs (attracts particles to itself) toxins, but also adsorbs beneficial vitamins and minerals.

I tried 2 caps of charcoal in the evening and didn’t notice any benefit. Then I increased to 2 caps twice per day. Still no obvious relief. Then I started taking it 30 minutes before eating lunch and dinner and discovered something wonderful: it prevents me from getting food related headaches!

Two prominent mold researchers/physicians, James Schaller, MD and Ritchie Shoemaker, MD recommend a resin binder (cholestyramine or Welchol) 30 minutes before meals to bind up toxins in the bile. So I decided to follow this protocol with the charcoal. Voila! It may not be a long term solution, but it has reduced my headaches greatly. My Candida and food intolerances have obviously returned, so I need to deal with them. But the charcoal is saving me a lot of pain and allowing me to eat solid, nutritious food for the time being.

Dr. Schaller has a comparison of the effectiveness of common toxin binders on mold toxins on his website: http://www.usmoldphysician.com/articles/comparingmoldtoxinbinders.html

Comparing the Mold Toxin Binders

  • Cholestyramine showed the best adsorption capacity. It was quite effective at 85% absorption.
  • Activated Carbon had the second best mold toxin absorption at 62%.
  • Bentonite clay adsorbed minimally. Even when the amount of toxin load in the water was reduced to a low load of only 13 microg/ml, the Bentonite clay still only bound 12% of the toxin.
  • Celite was not effective even at the lowest tested FB1 concentration of 3.2 microg/ml.

So for those of us who require slower detox, charcoal is a good option. And it’s cheap, too! I was advised to take extra water and fiber to avoid constipation. I also need to take extra minerals, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and trace minerals to avoid depletion.

My next steps are to:
1) Have a few NAET/BioSET treatments to calm the food sensitivities,
2) Improve gut health and CAREFULLY kill off more fungus and bacteria,
3) Do genetic testing to determine SNP’s and methylation defects so I can detox and metabolize better,
4) Correct probable hormonal imbalances related to my age: the dreaded 45 and onset of what is most likely peri-menopause. (I’ve been having heart palpitations, nighttime sweats, and wicked insomnia. Yup, I think it has begun).
5) Support adrenals. I’m trying cordyceps, a Chinese mushroom herbal remedy.

More to come soon.

– Laura