I’ve been eating a lot of shellfish lately because I’ve got a local hookup who doesn’t slurry-ice them. Well, it turns out when I’ve been steaming them, I haven’t been cooking them long enough. The Washington state DOH says:
- If boiling, continue to cook for 3 to 5 minutes after shells open.
- If steaming, continue to cook for 4 to 9 minutes after shells open.
I was just cooking them until their shells opened, which is what I had been taught by someone or other. That’s been fine for me for a while, but when I woke up at 3am this morning extremely nauseated, you know my first suspicion was the dozen steamed oysters I ate last night.
While I don’t know for SURE that what I had was food poisoning, it really felt like the beginnings of the last round that I had. Nausea, bloating, gas, cramping. Considering that the nausea was so intense that it woke me up out of a dead sleep, I assumed within the next 5-10 hours it’d be like someone stepped on a ketchup packet.
Well, I happened to have some activated charcoal, and I followed these instructions:
- Took about 1/2-2/3rds tsp of activated charcoal. I dumped out capsules into water and chugged. I am no longer recommending the charcoal I’ve been using because I asked the manufacturer what the plant source was and they *didn’t know. Also it has come to my attention that there are different methods of “activating” charcoal. The manufacturer of CharcoCaps brand activated charcoal has assured me that their charcoal is from coconut husks and is steam-activated rather than acid activated. I will probably go with that after my current bottle runs out. Note that there is a “homeopathic remedy” from CharcoCaps that has lots of iffy ingredients, that is NOT what you want. You want this stuff.
- Mixed about 2oz of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with a mug full of water and sipped. I heated my ACV in the microwave because I react to live yeast, but once it’s killed I am fine. Raw is better for you if you can tolerate it.
The nausea passed after the first dose, within 20 minutes. I had another hour or two of, ahem, toilet time, and then was able to fall asleep. I now feel weak, but never had the intense hours of expelling all of the water in my body from every orifice at once. I cannot properly express how relieved I am to not have gone through that again.
I don’t know for a fact that doing this actually stopped the progress of the food poisoning, but I don’t think doing any of it is harmful for ya, so I thought I’d pass it along as a thing to try. Oh,it is important to drink a LOT of water when using detox aids like charcoal or bentonite clay.