Charcoal was given internally to help detoxify individuals for a variety of toxic conditions, and it was also used externally in poultices. While different ingredients were used to make poultices, there was a clear preference for charcoal. What I had only witnessed casually while working in Central America, I now was able to see applied on a daily basis to a broad range of diseases and conditions. One of the more common uses of charcoal is to control flatulence, and that was really the limit of my own occasional experience with it. However, while at Uchee Pines, a lifestyle center in Seale, Alabama, I was able to observe some amazing applications of charcoal both internally and externally for other conditions.
I found some of the charcoal treatments truly amazing. The memory of one treatment, given to a gentleman with liver cancer, is still vivid. His abdomen was quite distended from his condition, making it difficult for him to breathe. I had not been assigned to work with him, but stepped in for one of the other students. I followed the doctor’s orders, and made a charcoal poultice for the patient to wear over the kidney area on his back during the night. The next morning when I removed the poultice, I was completely incredulous at what I discovered. There was a distinct yellowish stain in the white areas of the poultice, and even more amazing, the poultice reeked with that unmistakable odor of urine! It was clear to me that the charcoal poultice, in some mysterious way, had managed to help eliminate body wastes. When I later learned that kidney and liver dialysis equipment use a bed of charcoal through which the blood is filtered, I better understood why the doctor had prescribed the poultice.
Previously I had heard the doctors and others relate what I was sure were exaggerations concerning the results they had seen with the charcoal. This was the first time I had been directly involved, and I knew the certainty of what I had observed. That was the limit of my involvement with that patient, and I don’t recall the outcome of his stay. However, it wasn’t long before I would have the opportunity to see the amazing healing qualities of charcoal again and again firsthand.
On completing our course of study, my new wife and I headed for Puerto Rico. There we joined a group of local families hoping to develop a training facility patterned somewhat after Uchee Pines. We lived and worked with this group for over two and a half years.
Since then my travels have taken me back and forth across America, to Asia, to islands in the Pacific Ocean, and back again. However, through all the passages and changes of my life, my appreciation for, and fascination with the amazing qualities of charcoal have only increased.
Whether you are one of the fifty million North Americans who cannot afford health insurance or one of those who pays large premiums for health coverage, you cannot afford to pass by this modern day wonder that is as ancient as the mysteries of Egypt.
Charcoal, as common and as glamorous as the bathroom toilet and yet less understood, less recognized, and less appreciated. Charcoal: unassuming, universal, international, cosmopolitan, inconspicuous, impartial, industrious, indispensable, benign, benefactor, mysterious, and black. The black sheep to some. The black diamond to others.
How could something so widely exploited in this technological age by so under-utilized in the fields of disease prevention and cure? Join me as we follow this globe-circling ambassador as it speaks to the power of nature’s simplest remedies.
Excerpted with permission from John’s book, Charcoal Remedies.