Cost Effective Home Remedies: Activated Charcoal/Plant-Based Diet
Do you realize a deficiency in B12 can mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's or Dementia. A close friend of mine was exhibiting the following symptoms: forgetfulness, flat effect, sometimes he was there physically, but not there, if you know what I mean. He was just looking spaced out and not engaging in conversation. He was forgetting things more frequently to the point that other people were questioning me about his behavior. This is someone I have known for over twenty years and I couldn't quite pinpoint why this was happening. A similar event prompted me to consider checking his B12 level. I finally convinced him to consult his doctor and sure enough his B12 level had plummeted down to 200pg/ml, which is Barely hanging on to the "normal" mark. Even though the "normal" level is gauged at 200pg/ml, levels below 400pg/ml are indicative of decrease cognitive function. Normal blood levels are often derived by averaging out the results of an averaged hundred people. There are billions of people in this world so this method of calculation should probably be reevaluated.
This person is a meat eater, so you can't use "vegan card" excuse. B12 is produced by the body, but because malabsorption issues are more prevalent, the challenge lies with the body's ability to uptake and absorb nutrients effectively. More important than finding out what your B12 levels are, find out WHY your levels are low. Two things should be considered: assess whether or not your intrinsic factor or hydrochloric acid levels are low. These two factors play a very important role in absorption. You may also want to check your Iron levels. Iron, B12, and Vitamin C work together to build healthy red blood cells. You could be anemic. An overindulgence in processed foods can be contributed to the destruction of the intestinal lining and therefore should be avoided. After a couple of weeks of supplementation, and a 3-day regimen of activated charcoal, his cognitive level remarkably improved. Some of his friends came up to me and said, " What happened, ...I can see a big difference in his demeanor,.. what happen?" and they shared their observations with him.
What did he do? Each morning for 3 days he took 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal (AC), started eating a plant-based diet and increased his activity level. If you are taking any medications, do not take meds and AC simultaneously, because it will not only absorb toxins, but also the meds. Wait at least 4 hours before taking your medications (for example, If you normally take medication at 9:00 a.m., you would have to get up at 5:00 a.m. to continue your routine). Black stools are expected when taking charcoal; In fact, this is a good opportunity to determine your transient time. To estimate your transient time, track the amount of time it takes from intake until the charcoal is eliminated from your body. If it takes a longer time to expel (> 12 hours), you may need a colon cleansing or flushing to clean out your bowels. Consult your doctor before taking activated charcoal.
Remember, all B12 supplements are not equal, read the labels. B12 works synergistically with other B vitamins, such as B6 and Folic Acid. Don't skip the doctor's office, he will have to rule out other issues. Consult your doctor and ask for a B12 test. That's not something they will usually check. I went to the doctor's office with my friend and asked if they would check his levels, otherwise it would have not been done. Be wise and use sound judgement, partner with your physician.