ropingheeler wrote:hi daunted
just wanting to know what is this charcoal you talk about
and why do you also use amoxicillin also i dont think this is included in david weldons regem does it do something extra
thank you jeff
The activated charcoal capsules are used to absorb toxins (dead CPn, presumably) which may cause a porphyric reaction. If charcoal isn't applied, the CPn bacteria can be killed, and then on the way out of the digestive tract, unfortunately re-absorbed by the intestine, and thus cause a nasty reaction. I must admit I haven't had much of this even when I don't take the charcoal- I'm mostly worried about this "re-uptake" happening and having a negative effect on my liver, which can happen even without any symptoms.
Some people have a really nasty time with this, though, and some patients have reported taking astounding amounts of charcoal in order to minimize these effects. Some doctors are prescribing Questran
for this purpose as well. I take either, depending on various factors, but I think the important thing is to at least take the charcoal at night, whether you feel you need it, or not.
You can get activated charcoal (cheaply) at Puritan's Pride.
It's $20 for 3 bottles so taking 15-20 pills a night isn't as expensive as it sounds.
The current protocol for CPn eradication from Vanderbilt, released by Dr. Charles Stratton for compassionate use, recommends the use of Amoxicllin, Zithromax (azithromycin), and Rifampin, with pulses of Flagyl (metronidazole). One can substitute Doxycycline for the Zithromax, which I have done. This lowers the cost substantially.
The reasons for the use of Amoxicillin are not clear to me but I think Sarah mentioned that it was to prevent the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Whatever the reason, it is really cheap and quite easy to take as compared to Rifampin and Metronidazole.