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WEST TOWNSEND — Having a bout of indigestion or fighting a sore throat that just won’t go away? A trip to the medicine cabinet may not be necessary just get some charcoal.

No, not the briquettes you might have recently used to cook up a meal on the grill (in between rainstorms) but activated charcoal — pulverized charred wood. It is an alternative remedy for many common ailments and just one of the things presented by Kae Borrero, director of the Wellness Secrets Lifestyle Center in Decatur, Ark., to a small crowd on Sunday, Aug. 3 at the West Townsend Reading Room.

Borrero, a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist, was flown in by the Seventh-day Adventists, a Christian adjunct group in Townsend spearheaded by Lois Rearick, who is also a member of the Reading Room Committee. She also encouraged people to use the reading room, pointing out that it was rentable to anyone.

“We heard she was good, and some of us knew her,” Rearick said of Borrero. “We thought it was a good thing for people to learn teaching people how to help themselves without drugs. It really does work.”

Activated charcoal can be used to treat a variety of afflictions, from headaches and sore throats to diarrhea and food poisoning. It can even help expedite a touch of influenza. Borrero showed the roughly two dozen people in attendance how to make poultices — small piles of medicated cloth or other soft substance applied to the area in need of treatment — using the charcoal and even sent them home with materials to make their own, should the need arise. All the items can be found at a health food store, she explained.

She also presented hydrotherapy — immersion in water to help facilitate movement — which can, like the activated charcoal, alleviate many common maladies including headaches and pain caused by sinus pressure or arthritis, and even soothe sore muscles. It was a very “hands-on” presentation, with those in attendance learning by doing and sharing with others.

The final part of her seminar was a PowerPoint presentation about the frontal lobe of the human brain. Rearick admitted it was an “intense” educational segment, but supplied a lot of information about the many things that can affect that portion of the mind in ways both good and bad. The presentation itself was based on the book “Proof Positive” by Dr. Neil Nedley and did not elicit as strong a reaction from the crowd.

Still, at the end of the nearly three-and-a-half-hour presentation, those who attended seemed pleased with what they had learned.

“Everybody really enjoyed it,” Rearick said happily.

For more information about the Wellness Secrets Lifestyle Center, visit For more information about the Seventh-day Adventist group or the West Townsend Reading Room, contact Rearick at (978) 597-8116.

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