27 Apr 2018
Mark Hall

Activated Charcoal All In 1 Go?


Paula takes about 5 grams of activated charcoal twice per day.  She always ensures that she takes it about 2 1/2 hours away from anything else.As she is bedridden, which may mean digestion takes longer for her than for people who are mobile (a gravity thing), she wonders if it is possible for her to take her charcoal dose all in one go and the end of the day?Presumably if she did this, any porphryins in her gut earlier in the day would be re-absorbed into the blood stream if she didn't take an earlier dose of charcoal?She definately has increased secondary porphyria if she only takes one 5


Mark- given that fat soluble porphyrins are excreted into the intestines every time the liver dumps bile, she is better off having some distribution of charcoal across the day, at least twice a day. Some people find that night time is good for a second dose, as it seems the liver is active during sleep. I'd argue against doing it all in one go.

Thanks Jim.  That's what I thought.  We will stick with the 5 grams twice per day.


UK Carer of bedridden Severe CFS Feb06. Tick bites Summer04.  CPN dx.Apr07. Borrelia dx Sept08. Samento 15 drps daily July07.  200mg Doxy Jan08.  300mg Roxy Apr08 Stopped abx Nov/Dec08. Building up on Supps again.