loess said:I just received some in the mail. The carrot is not doing me any good right now; since my digestion is so slow it doesn't get eliminated in a timely manner, I think I am just re-absorbing the endotoxins and estrogen and whatever else it binds.
loess said:I did 1.5 tbsp of charcoal and 1.5 tbsp of cascara yesterday at 12:30pm. Usually I know the carrot is working because it tends to clear up anxiety for me almost immediately, like within an hour of eating it. I'm guessing that's because it is binding up or reducing endotoxin and serotonin. The charcoal gave me that same good feeling, but no bowel movement yet, still playing the waiting game after almost 24 hours. I drank more cascara tea this morning so we'll see what happens. Doesn't seem to make a difference whether I ingest the powder itself or just the hot water steeped in the powder. Maybe I just need to significantly up the dose. I didn't feel like eating anything yesterday so I've really gotta take in some sugar+protein+fat today...if the charcoal is gonna bind or destroy those nutrients before it comes out, oh well.
I don't think my gastroparesis and sluggish digestion is going to clear up without the help of thyroid so I am probably going to start on some NDT soon. Maybe get some blood tests first to see where my T3 and T4 are at.
Charlie said:Cascara + carrot salad and alternating the salad with charcoal every 3 or 4 days = endotoxin/estrogen death blow. A truly wonderful experience all around. :)
The way I see it charcoal has "soaking up" properties. Carrot has "soaking up" and also antibacterial/antimicrobial properties.iLoveSugar said:Is charcoal likely more effective than the carrot salad?
I think this comes down to finding a good source just like with anything else. :2centsjyb said:Isn't there a RP quote about the impurities in those commercial charcoal supplements?
I agree carrot seems the better option and that's why I use it for the brunt of my "protocol" as opposed to charcoal.In theory it does seem useful, I remember some Russian study on rat I think where it increased lifespan, but if there are concerns about impurities, why not just carrot (and cascara if you have transit problem)?
It truly is.loess said:It's fun to observe this stuff and ponder all of the cool pathways and chain reactions going on.
Being able to evacuate the bowels effectively makes a massive difference on how I feel. It's quite incredible and I think this is another huge piece of the puzzle that should not be overlooked. If I need to take cascara for a while until I can get to that place where I wont need it, so be it. Because I am going to be so much better off metabolically during the times of taking that cascara when I needed it, then not taking it and trying to "tough it out". Taking it when you need it should actually help you get to the place much faster of not needing it.The cascara finally kicked in this afternoon, boy do I feel better. I think in the end I just need to be more patient with it. It seems that anything I ingest just takes longer than "normal" (whatever that means) to make it's way through.
Charlie said:Being able to evacuate the bowels effectively makes a massive difference on how I feel. It's quite incredible and I think this is another huge piece of the puzzle that should not be overlooked. If I need to take cascara for a while until I can get to that place where I wont need it, so be it. Because I am going to be so much better off metabolically during the times of taking that cascara when I needed it, then not taking it and trying to "tough it out". Taking it when you need it should actually help you get to the place much faster of not needing it.
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