What to do if you think you have food poisoning

When I was a kid, one of the boys across the street took some kind of medicine from his mother’s dresser.

He had to go to the hospital and “get his stomach pumped.”

Getting your stomach pumped used to be standard for poisoning of any kind.

In this newsletter I want to expose the truth about the medical practice of pumping stomachs.

A medical practice that’s been done since the mid-1800s.

How it’s been wrong all along.

And I’ll tell you what to do if you have poisoning of any kind, especially food poisoning.

My daughter recently went to a Turkish restaurant with her fiancé.

They both had a hamburger that was a little off.

They ended up being sick for several days.

They were throwing up, projectile vomiting, and all the rest of it.

I’m hoping that this newsletter will get the information out.

I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.

2016-05-11_11-50-36Stomach pumping doesn’t work!

In this study, they actually processed people suffering from poisoning, in the hospital.

Some had their stomach pumped, and some did not.

They then put an endoscope down the patients’ throats.

They did this to inspect their stomach contents.

They wanted to make sure that pumping the stomach actually worked.

But when your stomach is pumped, a lot of poison still remains in the stomach.

So stomach pumping doesn’t even work very well.

It’s one of those things that seems to be a good idea but isn’t.

In the old days they used to advise people to administer syrup of ipecac if someone got poisoned.

Ipecac induces vomiting.

It’s used with the same theory as stomach pumping.

The idea is just to get the poison out of the body.

They no longer tell people to do that.

They don’t sell syrup of ipecac anymore either.

They stopped because it’s been found to be dangerous to the heart.

Let’s be clear, the ipecac itself isn’t the problem.

The extreme vomiting is what is dangerous to the heart.

It’s not like Karen Carpenter died from too much syrup of ipecac.

For those of you who don’t know who Karen Carpenter is, you want to look her up.

She was extremely talented but died from her anorexia.

She died because her pattern of vomiting put too much stress on her heart and it quit.

So now the popular theory of medical response for poison has been shown to be wrong.

And it’s been in use for over 150 years!

You should not try to empty your stomach when you have poison.

And that includes food poisoning.

In the face of a lack of clinical evidence showing effectiveness, and this study showing poor gastric clearance with these methods, more emphasis should be placed on other avenues of treatment.

These include specific antidotes and orally-administered multiple-dose activated charcoal.

Just take activated charcoal.

It was too late for my daughter this time.

But I told her to go and get activated charcoal in case food poisoning ever happens to her again.

Activated charcoal is inexpensive and very, very effective.

In multiple studies, activated charcoal has been shown to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of poison.

The charcoal absorbs all the poison and you pass it out when you have a bowel movement.

The dosage is about 50 g to 100 g, which is quite a bit.

You can put in yogurt, or in a smashed banana, or even in ice cream.

Or you can take capsules.

It doesn’t seem to matter how you take activated charcoal.

If you have a lot of poison, you can take it several times every 4 to 6 hours.

One recent study conducted in Finland showed how effective the activated charcoal really is.

The poison control center instructed parents to give activated charcoal to their kids instead of bringing them to the hospital.

Virtually all of hundred and five kids were treated with activated charcoal home recovered fine.

They never even needed a trip to the hospital.

Activated charcoal works.




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1. Is food poisoning stomach pump risky? 
Stomach pumping usually involves a process where a lubricated tube is inserted inside the stomach and suction is applied to remove the stomach contents. This is not safe since most of the poisons never leave the stomach even after a stomach pumping session. Then there is the danger of the stomach contents  entering the lungs or airways which can lead to lung swelling or pneumonia. Minor bleeding, stomach contents getting pushed further into the bowels and sometimes breathing problems, are additional dangers of stomach pumping. Sometimes the inserted tube can poke holes in the esophagus or the stomach which might become fatal. For a long time forced vomiting was a process used to clean out the stomach contents. But given the stress it caused to the throat and the heart, it was discontinued. In context to these usual methods of stomach clearing and its associated challenges, alternative modalities like orally administering multiple dose activated charcoals is a safe process. In the late 1800s and early 1900s charcoal was routinely used by many doctors. Not only is activated charcoal very safe, it is also very cheap and can be administered on the go. Since it can bind a large number of pollutants, its large surface area helps bind the poison and expel it through normal bowel movements. The normal dosage for activated charcoal is 50g to 100g and can be orally taken in a lot of ways. Mix it with smashed banana or yoghurt and you are good to have your superfood. One can also take it in capsule form or mix it with fruit juice and drink it. Since activated charcoal absorbs the germs that cause food poisoning it is a great way to prevent one from happening. Where the patient is undergoing phases of nausea or vomiting, the benefits are instant if the charcoal is taken orally. If the person vomits after the initial dose of charcoal, taking a second or third dose orally would help balance the stomach. Usually the discomfort is relieved within 4 – 6 hours minus the challenges of stomach pumping. Activated Charcoal is probably the best alternative to keeping your stomach healthy and fit. 

2. How do they pump your stomach? 
When your stomach is pumped, they put a tube down your throat and make sure the tube goes into your stomach, rather than the lungs. A human being has a point where your respiratory system branches off from your digestive system. The tube has to go into your stomach.Then they give you small amounts of salt water through the tube and they suck it up and they put it in and they suck it up and they basically wash out your stomach this way.They’ve been doing this for about 200 years. It’s not comfortable but it does work. It isn’t painful either. And it really does remove whatever was in your stomach. So that’s how they pump her stomach. 

3. What to do if you think you have food poisoning? 
If you think you have food poisoning, it’s important if you can to try to identify the food that you think caused it. Some food poisoning is very serious and if the doctor has an idea of what food because the problem, he may be able to treat you better.The general rule that I use for food poisoning is to take a large amount of USP-grade, pharmaceutical grade, activated charcoal. You can actually get activated charcoal as a liquid solution but I prefer the solids. You can put the activated charcoal in a capsule or by the capsules already filled with activated charcoal. Or you can put them in a bit of yogurt or applesauce if you just have the plane activated charcoal granules.For most poisoning, including food poisoning, activated charcoal is your best bet by far. You can even take as much as 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup of activated charcoal. As long as you have enough water with it and a little bit of food with it, it will go through your gut and it will adsorb the nasty poison that you consumed and you will defecate it out fairly harmlessly.Another thing you can do depending on the food poisoning is consume a bit of liquor which can help kill living organisms. Vodka especially or similar strong spirit can help. However, by the time you know you have food poisoning, the food is probably already out of your stomach anyway. It’s already in your small intestine and drinking alcohol isn’t going to fix it there. 

4. How does stomach pumping work? 
They’ve been pumping people stomachs for 200 years. When they pump your stomach they put a tube down your throat and make sure it goes into your stomach rather than your lungs. Then they put a little saltwater down there through the tube and then the second backup. They keep repeating this process until whatever they suck up is clean.This is how they literally clean out your stomach. And stomach pumping works because many people who ingest poison can become perfectly okay especially people trying to consume large numbers of pills that would otherwise kill them.Stomach pumping does work but sometimes food poisoning is better addressed with activated charcoal. However you should always call a doctor or go to an emergency room if you think you or someone else needs their stomach pumped because stomach pumping may be the best course or activated charcoal or some antidote may be a better course.