Is the detox of all detoxes really a detox that you want?

This mouthful is exactly what you need to ponder when using activated charcoal. The compound — which is used in hospitals when people overdose on certain drugs — has risen to popularity. It became a hot nutritional fad in the LA restaurant scene a few years ago, and it’s picked up momentum ever since. 

Some claim it’s the ultimate detox. Others say it will improve general health. And, even the beauty industry has joined in, as it’s commonly touted as an effective “teeth-whitener.”

In this episode of That’s Healthy, Right?, we’ll look at the clinical uses of activated charcoal, the negative side effects of long-term use, and a study that proves all you’re doing for your teeth is brushing them with the stuff from the grill.

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Is Activated Charcoal Healthy for You? — Born Fitness

Activated charcoal for acute overdose: a reappraisal — British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Oral activated charcoal in the treatment of intoxications. Role of single and repeated doses — Medical Toxicology and Adverse Drug Experience

Whitening toothpaste containing activated charcoal, blue covarine, hydrogen peroxide or microbeads: which one is the most effective? — Journal of Applied Oral Science

Charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices: A literature review — Journal of the American Dental Association 

Position paper: Single-dose activated charcoal — Clinical Toxicology

Activated Charcoal for Acute Poisoning: One Toxicologist’s Journey — Journal of Medical Toxicology 

New York City Department Of Health Bans Black Foods That Contain Activated Charcoal

 — Tech Times

The Hype Machine: Do Detoxes Really Work? — Born Fitness

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