Purify Your World with Activated Charcoal

| 2/12/2015 10:18:00 AM

Informed people know that all the conveniences of our technological age come at a high price — pollution. Whether it is the air we breathe, the water we drink or bathe with, the food we eat or the very soil in which we grow our food, to a greater or lesser degree, the whole world has been negatively impacted by the chemical age we live in. But a great mystery to me is that so many of those who consider themselves informed, are all but unaware of the role activated charcoal plays in dramatically reducing or neutralizing the immediate and long-term effects of the toxic chemistry we are all surrounded by.

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What are the most basic ingredients of life? Not ignoring the spiritual and emotional needs of man, most would agree that to survive any length of time we all need fire, food, water, air, earth, clothing, and medicine. If you were going to name one thing on planet earth that is vitally connected to each of the above elements, then at the top of the list you would have to put charcoal. For thousands of years charcoal has been used to warm houses, cook food, purify contaminated water, remove toxic odors from air, decontaminate and fertilize depleted soils, treat dozens of common and otherwise serious health issues, and in our day, it is used increasingly in fabrics for such diverse things as clothing, wound dressings, and space suits. Who would have guessed?

The Difference: Charcoal & Activated Charcoal

When you think of charcoal, think of the cold, hard, crusty black pieces left over when your campfire or wood cook-stove goes out. As the wood is gradually smothered with ash, the fire is deprived of oxygen, and instead of burning up into thin air, the moisture in the wood, along with all the volatile hydrocarbons, is essentially cooked/vaporized off leaving behind the black pieces of charcoal. Activating charcoal takes the same process to another level. For example, using charcoal made from coconut shell. The coconut charcoal is placed in giant rotisserie kilns and heated back up to very high temperatures and the charcoal is bombarded with oxidizing agents such as steam. This “activating” process dramatically increases the internal surface area of the charcoal particles, and it is this tremendous surface area that industry and medicine capitalize on.

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Don’t let technology confuse you. Activated charcoal is charcoal, just like condensed milk is still milk. It is the classic example of, “less is more.” It takes about three pounds of regular charcoal to make one pound of activated charcoal. During the activation process, while the outside volume does not change that much, the internal volume is dramatically increased as layer after layer of carbon atoms are peeled away leaving an internal structure permeated with microscopic tunnels. If you could magically unfold the surface area in one teaspoon of activated charcoal, it would stretch out to a soccer field. A one-quart jar filled with activated charcoal can suck up about eighty quarts of ammonia gas. Now that is a microcosmic Black Hole!

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