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Clay Therapy - Healing and Detox Clay - Our Earth, Our Cure

Clay is renowned to have many uses in promoting health in plants, animals and humans. Bentonite, Montmorillonite, Pascalite, and other types of healing clays, have been used by indigenous cultures since before recorded history. Naturally absorbent and extremely gentle on the system, Montmorillonite clay is a powerful detoxifier. Edible healing clays can treat various skin and internal ailments and attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food poisoning and parasites. It adsorbs radiation. It enriches and balances blood. Clay was used during the Balkan war of 1910 to reduce mortality from cholera among the soldiers from sixty to three percent. In his book, Knishinsky states some of the benefits reported by people using liquid clay for a period of two to four weeks include: improved intestinal regularity; relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and ulcers; a surge in physical energy; clearer complexion; brighter, whiter eyes; enhanced alertness; emotional uplift; improved tissue and gum repair;
and increased resistance to infections.

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Geophagy - Eating Earth and soil like substances

"Earth-eating, or geophagy, is a well-documented phenomenon. Many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and even insects, in all parts of the world, eat dirt. In the animal world, parrots seek out particular clays and deer lick hollows into patches of soil, traveling long distances to reach these tasty spots. Cattle will chew on clods of particular earths; in South Africa, cattle will often be found meditatively licking away at termite nests, hollowing out polished scoops in any weak spots. Termite nests are rich in trace elements, as these "white ants" carry up fragments from as much as a hundred feet down."

Geophagy (earth-eating) has long been assumed to be an attempt to rectify mineral deficiencies in an animal or person's diet. However new evidence suggests that this cannot always be the case. It has become apparent that the clay content is often the most important ingredient of selected soils. Clay is an effective binding agent as its chemical structure allows other chemicals to bond with it and so lose their reactivity. Clay is therefore an effective deactivator of toxins from diet or pathogens. Clay is the primary ingredient of kaolin and kaopectate that we use when suffering from gastrointestinal malaise.

A very interesting report done by Discover magazine on Geophagy, or eating dirt. "Since most humans consume more plant food than meat, it should come as no surprise that geophagy (from the Greek roots geo for 'earth' and phagein for 'eat') is also widespread in peasant communities on all continents, with descriptions going back to Roman times. In such communities, pregnant and lactating women especially crave soil, typically consuming one-and-a-half ounces or more per day."

Birds eat soil to bind and deactivate plant toxins

Animal mud bath "Deep in the rain forests of New Guinea, Jared Diamond was surprised to see parrots, pigeons and crows fly down to a new landslide of earth and eat the bare dirt. The birds flocked to this rare opportunity to access bare earth in an area densely covered with vegetation. Not all of the observed 140 bird species came down to eat earth. Only the eight herbivorous species that regularly ate fruit, seeds and flowers. Plants naturally contain numerous toxins that protect them from predators and pathogens. When the landslide soils were analysed they were found to contain less minerals than the surrounding top soil but again the clay content was high and, what is more, found to be more effective at binding alkaloids and tannins than pure pharmaceutical kaolinite. These birds were taking advantage of newly disturbed earth and selecting soil of just the right properties to bind and deactivate plant toxins." [Diamond,J 1998 Eat Dirt: in the competition between parrots and fruit trees, it's the winners who bite the dust. Discover. 19(2) pp70-76.].

Animals Eating Clay as Medicine

The Wild Health BookIn her marvelous book Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them, Cindy Engles, Ph.D. devotes an entire chapter to geophagy (clay or earth-eating). She documents the benefit of clay to human and animal health all over the world. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates have been observed to eat dirt on every continent except Antartica. Clay has helped cows with scours and pneumonia. Veterinarians use it on dogs, cats, horses, etc... for various afflictions including injuries and infections. Pets are helped, too. Recently more information has become available outlining the important role clay can play in the recovery and maintenance of health. Many wild animals, and some people, develop , pica' when ill, a craving to eat earth - particularly clay, which assuages diarrhoea and binds to many plant poisons. Among the most famous clay-eaters are the parrots of the Amazon. Scarlet macaws, blue and gold macaws, and hosts of smaller birds perch together in their hundreds to excavate the best clay layer along a riverbank. Parrots' regular diet is tree seeds, which the trees defend with toxic chemicals, and clay is an essential buffer to the toxins. Edible healing clays have been shown to be able to literally pull pollutants out like a magnet, getting rid of years of toxic accumulation.

Bill Roundy is a retired rancher. He remembers a generation ago, when he lived in Utah, that he and other cattle ranchers, learnt a valuable lesson by watching their cattle. Whenever a cow got sick and went off her food, the ranchers would turn her out to fend for herself, as they could not afford to throw good money after bad. But, they noticed that, time and time again, the cows would return after a few days, fully recovered, and ready to feed with the rest of the herd. It wasn't long before these ranchers discovered how the cows were recovering. The sickly cattle would take themselves across the desert to clay banks, and feed on them until their health returned. When the ranchers saw how easy and cheap was the solution, they transported clay to their sick cows - a practice still continued today.

Humans have been eating earth for at least forty thousand years!

Terramin Edible ClayThe use of volcanic ashes internally is almost older than civilization itself. Primitive tribes of various continents have used various types of clay for conditions of toxicity. Dr. Weston A. Price in his book, "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration:, pages 266-267, stated that in studying diets of certain tribes he examined their knapsacks. Among those examined in the high Andes, among those in Central Africa and among the Aborigines of Australia he reported that some contained balls of clay, a little of which was dissolved in water. Into the clay were dipped morsels of food. The explanation was that this was to prevent "sick stomach". These people were reported to use the clays for combating dysentery and food infections. In South America he found that the Quetchus Indians, believed to be descendants of the once powerful Incas, were largely vegetarians and he stated, "Immediately before eating, their potatoes are dipped into an aqueous suspension of clay, a procedure which is said to prevent 'souring in the stomach'." Yet, only comparatively recently has the white man apparently begun to use kaolin, one of the clays.

"The Native Americans call it "Ee-Wah-Kee" meaning "The-Mud-That-Heals" Bentonite, as well as other types of healing clay, has been used by indigenous cultures since before recorded history. "The Amargosians (predecessors to the Aztecs ), the Aborigines, and natives of Mexico and South America all recognized the benefit of clays. " "...healing mud not only draws toxic material out of the body if taken internally, but also reduces pain and infection in open wounds on both humans and animals."

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Clay detoxes naturally

Clay molecules carry a negative electrical charge while impurities carry a positive charge. With the clay the positively charged ions are attracted to the negatively charged surfaces of the clay molecule. An exchange reaction occurs in which the clay mineral ions are swapped for the ions of the positive charged substance. The clay molecule is now electrically satisfied and holds onto the positive ion until our bodies can eliminate both.

Adsorbtion versus Absorbtion

The two words look alike, but their difference is critical in understanding the functions of clay minerals.

Adsorption characterizes the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of the adsorbent medium. The clay possesses unsatisfied ionic bonds around the edges of its mineral particles. It naturally seeks to satisfy those bonds. For this to happen, it must meet with a substance carrying an opposite electrical (ionic) charge. When this occurs, the ions held around the outside structural units of the adsorbent medium and the substance are exchanged.

The particles of clay are said to carry a negative electrical charge, whereas impurities, bacteria, or toxins, carry a positive electrical charge. For this very reason clay has been used to adsorb the colloidal impurities in beer, wine, and cider. The impurities in wine carry positive charges and can be agglomerated (brought together) and removed by stirring a small amount of negatively charged clay material into the wine. The clay particles attract the wine impurities and they settle out together (flocculate).

The process works the same in the human body. When clay is taken internally, the positively charged toxins are attracted by the negatively charged surfaces of the clay mineral. An exchange reaction occurs whereby the clay swaps its ions for those of the other substance. Now, electrically satisfied, it holds the toxin in suspension till the body can eliminate both.

The term active, or alive, indicated the ionic exchange capacities of a given clay mineral. The degree to which the clay-mineral ions become active determine its classification as alive. Living bodies are able to grow and change their form and size by taking within them lifeless material of certain kinds, and by transforming it into a part of themselves. No dead body can adsorb. It is physically impossible.

Absorption is a much more slow and involved process than adsorption. Here, the clay acts more like a sponge, drawing substances into its internal structure. In order for absorption to occur, the substance must undergo a chemical change to penetrate the medium's barrier. Once it has done that, it enters between the unit layers of the structure. Instead of the toxins, for instance, sticking only to the surface, they are actually pulled inside the clay. This is the reason why absorptive clays are labeled expandable clays. The more substances the clay absorbs into its internal structure, the more it expands and its layers swell.

Any clay mineral with an inner layer charge is an absorbent. Having an inner layer charge means having charged ions, sitting between layers, that are surrounded by water molecules. In this way, the clay will expand as the substance to be absorbed fills the spaces between the stacked silicate layers. Some clays are more gentle in their absorption, whereas others are definitely more radical. Absorption takes place with clay when the clay draws particulates into its internals layered structure, much like a sponge. Clay minerals have an inner layer charge that acts like an absorbent and can absorb and bond with many elements that are toxic, both man-made and natural.

Small platelets of clay

Photo above shows microscopic platelets of clay. Notice the huge surface area of these minute clay particles

Small platcets increase surface area

The smaller the particle size of clay, the more platelets there are per given cubic centimeter of volume or unit of weight and the larger the total surface area is. Their absorbent and adsorbent capacity increases with the numbers of clay platelets per given unit of measure. The natural parent size of clay particles as created by nature is fixed. The industrial process of crushing, grinding, milling, etc, will not change the parent particle size once created. They do clump or bond together many times making them larger in size, however processing it mechanically can make them no smaller than nature originally created.

On a molecular level, Robert T. Marin, a mineralogist at MIT, points to Bentonite’s minute particle size that creates a large surface area in proportion to the volume used. “The greater the surface area, the greater its power to pick up positively charged particles of ions.” Mr. Marin stated that one gram of clay has a surface area of 800 square meters. That equates to about 8 football fields in size. Thus the greater the surface area, the greater the power to pick up positive charged ions many times its own weight (free radicals are positively charged for example).

Clays are like people, there are no two alike. Each clay deposit on earth has its own fingerprint. This unique identity is comprised of its particular composition of the elements on the periodic table, different ratios to one another, different ionic electrical charge, different particle size, different purity, different exposure for a different amount of time, to mention a few of the differences. As a result of some of these differences, they react accordingly different when applied or utilized. Some clays “work”, while others do not or at least, not very well for the intended purpose, depending on what that purpose is. Examples of such purposes that the beneficial effects clay provides are: industrial manufacturing, cosmetic and paint base, paper coating, cleansing, detoxifying, polymer resin nanotechnology, agriculture, aquaculture, nutritional supplement for people and animals, ponds and waterways flocculation cleanup, and much more. As a result of the many various uses of this simple but yet very complex compound, the net effective difference between clays has a direct relationship to cost.

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Volcanic Clay May Have Served As Womb For Emergent Life

Life could have began from volcanic clay Scientists have discovered that certain clay minerals near hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean can act as incubators for organic molecules. Geochemist Lynda Williams, from Arizona State University, believes her study, published in Geology, shows how some of the fundamental materials necessary for life might have originally come into existence. Williams' findings are based on research that mimicked the conditions found in and around hydrothermal vents.

Studies show that the use of volcanic ash clay internally goes back to the Indians of the high Andes mountains, tribes in Central Africa and the aborigines of Australia. Taken internally, it supports the intestinal system in the elimination of toxins. The application of clay has achieved miraculous healing of Buruli Ulcer - mycobacterium ulcerans which is similar to leprosy and tuberculosis mycobacterium or flesh eating disease.

Clay May Have Been Catalyst For Life

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have discovered that clays may have been the catalysts that spurred the spontaneous assembly of fatty acids into the small sacs that ultimately evolved into the first living cells. Fine-grained crystals of clay might, all by themselves, have been the very first life forms on Earth. According to this hypothesis, self-replicating clay crystals evolved the ability to manufacture complex biomolecules such as RNA, which eventually out-competed their clay cousins to become the dominant form of life on the planet.

Protection from Radiation Exposure

Woman soaking clay bath The nuclear catastrophe raging through Japan’s nuclear power complex is generating an intense fear of radioactive fallout potentially reaching North America. Clay will do more than any other substance (natural or pharmaceutical) to remove radioactive isotopes from our bodies and to assist our bodies in returning to a state of good health. Most of the clean-up at Chernobyl was accomplished with Bentonite Clay.

Nuclear Fallout is composed of radioactive particles that are carried into the upper atmosphere by a nuclear explosion or meltdown and that eventually fall back to the earth’s surface. Radioactive material is formed carrying a positive ionic charge. Calcium Bentonite Clay is a negatively charged ion. Simply put, Calcium Bentonite Clay adsorbs and absorbs, capturing positive charged ions, and you wash them off or pass them through your body. Unlike other clays, only Smectites (Bentonites) can absorb and adsorb and are characterized by its expandable properties. I recommend reading the book Living Clay, Nature’s Own Miracle Cure for protocols, mixing directions, and to learn more about protecting your family and yourself from our inevitable exposure to radiation.

I use the Terramin Clay in my drinking water everyday and also add it to my dog's food and drinking water. I sprinkle one or two tablespoons of calcium montmorillonite clay into a quart of water . (I use ion-microwater (alkaline, live water). Unlike the pascalite or bentonite clay, Terramin clay is not gritty. It is pretty tasteless. Clay has done wonders for me health. I also add clay to my bath water.I use Terrabathe Clay and use about 3 to 5 cups in my bath water. To avoid creating clumps, I sprinkle clay over the hot water and let it stand without steering. Within 5 minutes or so, the clay will have dissolved into the water and sank at the bottom. Steering clay in water before it has a chance to dissolves on its own will inevitably create clumps which will be difficult to dissolve.

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Testimonial of Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

"I started taking clay in June 2005. I read an article in "California Wild" magazine, the Winter 2005 issue, titled Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud. The magazine is published by The California Academy of Sciences. I was quite impressed with the history of our ancestors, and the history of animals who instinctively crave clay, which "cleanses" our bodies of some of the junk type foods that we all ingest, including animals that may eat semi-toxic plants. The article stated that clay was the best substance to rebuild the bone loss suffered by our first astronauts. I have Osteoporsis, therfore I started taking your clay. Results of my bone density will not be known until May 2007. However, to my surprise, I have not had a cold or the flu since I started taking Clay. For the first time in my adult life (I am now 67 years old), I have not had my once or twice yearly cold, sinus infection, or respiratory problems. My wife had several bad colds the winter of 2005 - 2006, and I did not get sick! I have never taken any other "alternative" health product. Clay definitely works for me. I quit taking Clay for several days in the spring of 2006, and I started to develop breathing problems and a sore throat. I went back to the Clay, and I am healthy again!" Paul Juilly, San Francisco, CA.

Our Earth Our Cure by Raymond Dextreit
Dextreit writes that that clay stimulates the deficient organ and help the restoration of the failing function. Clay is a powerful agent of stimulation, transformation and transmission. Clay contains highly active ingredients, able to induce cellular rebuilding and to hasten all organic processes. He also says that clay acts with wisdom - it goes to the unhealthy spot. Used internally, whether absorbed orally, anally or vaginally, clay goes to the place where harm is, there it lodges, perhaps for several days, until finally it draws out the pus, black blood, etc. with its evacuation. Calcium montmorillonite and other types of clays attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay). There is virtually no digestive disease that clay will not treat. It enriches and balances blood. It adsorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food, for starters). It has been used for alcoholism, arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain treatment, open wounds, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne, anemia, in fact, the list of uses is too long for this article. It was used during the Balkan war of 1910 to reduce mortality from cholera among the soldiers from sixty to three percent.

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Healing Power of Mother Earth

These days, more and more people in rapidly growing numbers are aware of the healing properties of food, herb, and water, but as yet, very few know that the earth itself, receiving its vital energies from the sun, air, and waters, is a most powerful healing agent of physical regeneration. Clays, muds, sands--these different forms of earth all participate in life-giving, health-restoring processes. Clay treatment alone is, of course, not enough; it is far more important to establish correct eating habits. However, since the miracle of clay is a healing phenomenon so relatively unknown, it seems necessary to begin this book with a few words on the properties of clay and its uses. May the reader soon come to understand how our earth is our cure." "In cases of organic disorders, its intense activity eliminates and destroys unhealthy cells and activates the rebuilding of healthy ones

Ancient Volcanic AshCalcium montmorillonite is also known as "living clay" for it principally consists of minerals that enhance the production of enzymes in all living organisms. Benefits of calcium montmorillonite minerals have been documented in research conducted by many scientists and leading universities. "In addition to the role it plays as a potent detoxifier, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has also been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds, colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, acne, anemia, and a variety of other health issues." Dr. Cohen - more about the health benefits of calcium montmorillonite clay

Sodium montmorillonite is commonly known as bentonite; the name is derived from the location of the first commercial deposit mined at Fort Benton, Wyoming USA. Bentonite principally consists of sodium montmorillonite. Sodium montmorillonite clays are the industrial clays used in things like: plaster, oil well drilling mud, cat litter, matches, cement tiles, lubricating grease, paints, copy paper, dynamite, shoe polish, concrete, cleaning agents, wall boards, crayons, and bleaching agents to mention a few.

Pascalite clay is a calcium bentonite, formed thirty million years ago as the froth and foam of the fiery and convulsive era atop the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. Over the centuries, it captured the calcium from that limestone formation, and many other minerals (now known to be vital to life) in trace amounts migrated into it --manganese, cobalt, copper, etc...Technically, Pascalite is a calcium-based bentonite. Pascalite is also believed to remove toxins from the body.

Dr. Cohen - "In addition to the role it plays as a potent detoxifier, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay has also been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds, colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, acne, anemia, and a variety of other health issues. Clay not only cures minor problems, such as diarrhea and constipation through local application; it acts on all the organs—on the whole organism. Everything unhealthy, that emits negative radiations is irresistibly attracted to clay and becomes subject to immediate elimination."

Calcium montmorillonite, also known as "living clay," principally consists of minerals that enhance the production of enzymes in all living organisms. Calcium montmorillonite mineral deposits have been used by Native American healers for centuries as an internal and external healing agent. The Native Americans would use mineral rich clay on open wounds and for stomach or intestinal distress. The key to these benefits is the natural form in which these minerals are found.

Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper; then it absorbs the toxins, taking them in the way a sponge mops up a kitchen counter mess. Clay’s adsorptive and absorptive qualities may be the key to its multifaceted healing abilities. Knishinsky reports that drinking clay helped him eliminate painful ganglion cysts (tumors attached to joints and tendons, in his case, in his wrist) in two months, without surgery.

Clay is also an excellent vermifuge, attracting and binding internal parasites and packaging them for disposal. Knishinsky’s research suggests that the regular intake of liquid clay (typically one to three tablespoons daily, in divided doses) can produce other benefits including parasite removal from the intestines, allergy and hay fever relief, and elimination of anemia and acne. For example, clay helps anemia because it contains both types of dietary iron (ferrous and ferric) in an easily assimilated form; it reduces discomfort from allergies by quickly neutralizing allergens that would otherwise produce allergic reactions; and it reduces heartburn and indigestion by absorbing excess stomach acids.

Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is reported to contain no less than 67 minerals. This impressive assortment of minerals includes calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and silica as well as trace elements, those appearing in very tiny amounts. The mineral content being extremely high sets the stage for replenishing dietary deficiencies. Today more than ever before, diets are lacking essential trace minerals and micronutrients. Without the basic minerals, life cannot exist; without trace minerals, major deficiencies may develop. Lack of either will make it impossible for the body to maintain good health and function properly. In clay the minerals occur in natural proportion to one another encouraging their absorption in the intestinal tract. Natural “Calcium Montmorillonite” restores minerals in the tissues where they are needed. Furthermore, minerals are the carriers of the electrical potential in the cells which enable the hormones, vitamins, and enzymes to function properly.

December, 1964: Dr. Benjamin H. Ershoff, begins NASA-sponsored research prompted by evidence that astronauts' bodies lose large amounts of calcium from the bones under conditions of weightlessness. According to doctors, such conditions weaken the body and increase chances that kidney stones may develop during flights lasting months or years. Ershoff found that supplementing the diet with calcium alone couldn't reverse the severe damage of severely accelerated osteoporosis--but clay did, for animals. Especially the Terramin clay, (then called "ion-min) produced impressive results in promoting growth and preventing disorders in the bones of tested animals, Ershoff said.

When a small percentage of the Nutramin clay was added to the diet, Ershoff said, the animals' body weight increased and bone diseases were prevented. Little or no benefits were noted, he said, when calcium alone was added. "This means that the clay supplement contained some factor or factors other than calcium which promoted improved calcium utilization and bone formation," he explained. Ershoff added that the consumption of clay has been observed among many peoples and animals for centuries, especially in areas where there is a marked deficiency of calcium, iron and other minerals in the diet.

Clays Exhibit Novel Antibacterial Properties

Beauty treatments that use clay aren't new, but clay-based medicinal treatments are. And if Arizona State University's (ASU) Lynda Williams and Shelley Haydel's research pans out, then clay might one day become an antibacterial standard like penicillin. "We use maggots and leeches in hospitals, so why not clay?" Haydel asks. The ASU duo have just received a substantial grant from the National Institutes of Health that will allow them to examine the mechanisms that allow two clays mined in France to heal Buruli ulcer, a flesh-eating bacterial disease found primarily in central and western Africa. Buruli ulcer (related to leprosy) is caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, which produces a toxin and destroys the fatty tissues under the skin. It was recently declared to be "an emerging public health threat" by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Ordinary clay can kill the drug-resistant superbug MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- and other lethal infections, and is being investigated as a potential tool in treating patients. "Healing" clays have been known for years to soak up toxins produced by bacteria, which can limit the spread of infection. But now, research at Arizona State University shows some forms of clay actually kill salmonella, E. coli, MRSA and ulcerans, which causes flesh-eating disease. If they can figure out how it works, this could make a cheap, low-tech weapon against infection available throughout the Third World." The Calgary Herald 2008

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Book by Ran Knishinsky: The Clay CureThe Clay Cure - Knishinsky writes that clay is part of his diet and he never skip a day without eating clay. He writes "When clay is consumed, its vital force is released into the physical body and mingles with the vital energy of the body, creating a stronger, more powerful energy in the host. The natural magnetic action transmits a remarkable power to the organism and helps to rebuild vital potential through the liberation of latent energy. When the immune system does not function at its best, the clay stimulates the body's inner resources to awaken the stagnant energy. It supplies the body with the available magnetism to run well. Clay is said to propel the immune system to find a new healthy balance and strengthens the body to a point of higher resistance."

Naturally absorbent and extremely gentle on the system, clay can treat ailments affecting digestion, circulation, menstruation, and the liver, skin, and prostate. Clay also remedies symptoms of arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, gum diseases, and migraines. The Clay Cure contains complete and up-to-date information on choosing the appropriate type and form of clay, how and when to take it for your specific complaint, the science and history of ingesting clay, and the value of minerals contained in the many varieties of clay.

Ran Knishinsky says that he eats clay everyday, that it is part of his diet. He never skip a day without eating clay. On page 95 suggests the following : infants: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (in a bottle), Small frame: one teaspoon, Medium frame: one heaping teaspoon, Large frame: one tablespoon.

Clay provides an impressive assortment of minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, manganese, and silica as well as trace elements—those appearing in very tiny amounts. Without the basic minerals, life cannot exist; without the trace minerals, major deficiencies will develop. The lack of either will make it impossible for the body to maintain good health.

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Medicinal Clay Treatment: Simple Clay Bath

by Lauana Lei

Clay bath therapy treatment for healing and detoxification "A few years ago, I was diagnosed with heavy metal and chemical poisoning. Among the many toxic substances in my body, mercury from the fillings in my teeth was a major culprit. Having neither health insurance nor the money to pay for these expensive treatments, I began searching for alternative ways to eliminate these poisons--a major cause of immune system breakdown--and thus, the source of various diseases. Eventually, my search led me to a book, Using Energy to Heal, by Wendell Hoffman. Through his own research, Hoffman found that a special bentonite (a very fine volcanic clay) used in a bath can actually draw out toxic chemicals through the pores of the skin. After many experiments, he concluded that optimum results are obtained by immersing oneself in a tub of very warm water mixed with a special bentonite clay for exactly 20 minutes!"

Specially formulated clay baths have been shown to be able to literally pull pollutants out like a magnet, getting rid of years of toxic accumulation in just one bath. Detoxification symptoms are less than from internal chelation methods, and results can happen much more quickly. These clay baths have been scientifically proven to release toxic metals and chemicals from the body, and they are so inexpensive that anyone can afford to take them.

Earth Cures: A Handbook of Natural Medicine for Today
by Raymond Dextreit

Earth Cures: A Handbook of Natural Medicine for Today Many times "the cure for what ails ya" can be found not in your medicine chest but right in your own backyard, or at the local grocer. Raymond Dextreit, Europe's leading natural healer, explores every aspect of natural medicine and healing. Using the techniques found in EARTH CURES, readers can heal many diseases, eliminate pain, improve circulation, ease digestion, lose weight, and more. Line drawings throughout.

Earth Cures is a comprehensive one-of-a-kind book on the curative properties of natural clay found in the earth.It covers every aspect of the human body as to specific organs and diseases which clay can be used to cleanse and purify, treat, heal and improve. The author is comprehensive and has many recipes which include use of herbs for clay poultices and other methods of applying and ingesting via teas, etc. for treatments. The language is written in plain english without embellishments so anyone can understand it .I would recommend this alternative health therapy for anyone who suffers from disease, chronic health conditions, short-term problems like acne pimples and rashes. This book is an excellent resource guide and may be passed down from one generation to the next, as the information is so valuable.The book makes no miracle claims, it only suggests this alternative health technique and various uses as possible curative and therapeutic ways of improving one's health.

Ancient art of Clay Therapy (Pelotherapy)

Book: The Clay Disciples The Clay Disciples Cano Graham is among the foremost activists and authorities in the United States concerning the ancient art of Clay Therapy (Pelotherapy). The very soul of his book is the unimaginable healing spectrum, both internally and externally, of modern clay therapy. This healing phenomenon moves through dozens of inspiring human-interest tales, beginning in 1987 with Mr. Graham's odyssey of building the original Crystal Cross Therapeutic Clay Center in Tecopa Hot Springs, California. In Tecopa, the loveable old-timers exposed him to an "amazin' healing' mud," and his life was forever altered.

Pascalite Clay - a calcium bentonite clay from the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming

Pascalite is a calcium bentonite, formed thirty million years ago as the froth and foam of the fiery and convulsive era atop the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. Over the centuries, it captured the calcium from that limestone formation, and many other minerals (now known to be vital to life) in trace amounts migrated into it --manganese, cobalt, copper, etc...

Users of Pascalite have reported many dramatic health enhancing results from this enigmatic substance. Pascalite has been found to have many uses in promoting health in plants, animals and humans. One theory regarding the benefits of Pascalite is that its broad base of minerals serves as an excellent mineral supplement. Technically, Pascalite is a calcium-based. bentonite. Pascalite is believed to not only remove toxins from the body but also to build up the immune system. It is thus possible - perhaps even probable - that this combination may reduce the body’s sensitivity to toxins.

Pascalite is hand mined underground to avoiding contamination, and then solar dried in the high mountain to preserve it's apparent antibiotic qualities. It is then turned into powder to make it readily usable for both internal and external purposes. Please do not confuse Pascalite with ordinary clays such as bentonite, Jordan clay or French green clay. Though listed as a calcium bentonite, at least one government agent has hinted it may well be an as-yet-unidentified material outside the scope of present knowledge. Dr Walter Bennett, Ph.D., who investigated it in depth, stated it was still "a very mysterious substance".

Harvey C. Lisle, chemical engineer, specializing in biodynamics, established PASCALITE, as a "rock dust", is "Alive." radiating energy 100 feet, and POSSESSES THE ABILITY TO NEGATE NOXIOUS ENERGY. Placed above or below the TV set or microwave. testing shows complete irradification of the harmful electric energies emanating from them. And IT NEGATED THE NOXIOUS ENERGIES FROM A 12.000 VOLT LINE IN THE AREA IN FRONT OF HIS HOME.

Terrabathe Detox Soaking Clay are unique clays that are combined in our baths for the specific purpose of detoxifying metals and chemicals from the body. Not only are they excellent for health, but also for the environment. These special selected clays vary considerably in their purpose and are in our formulas: A special bentonite (selected from over 200 varieties), Aulterra Clay, Pascalite Clay, and Intrasound Clays are used to name a few!

One research group gives a possible explanation as to why Pascalite differs form other clays. It lies relatively near the famous, mysterious Big Horn Medicine Wheel, which dates back to antiquity. "We feel medicine wheels were build on vortex areas where earth energies surface intensely, and the Pascalite contains that same intense energy."

Pascalite is used in soap and toothpaste, applied as a poultice to insect bites, sunburns, infections, cold sores, canker sores and acne, and as a suppository for hemorrhoids. Users found it a potent skin cleanser and conditioner, drank it for heartburn and ulcers. One neglected mineral in Pascalite, lately recognized as vital to living tissue, is silica. It is found in Pascalite as silicate and silicones. In the body silica occurs as collagen, a connective tissue covering the brain, spinal cord, and the nerve systems. It is an essential part of hair, skin and nails. Some researchers have hinted that a lack of silica in the brain and nerves may be one cause of poor memory.

It has many other uses, many beauticians state it has no equal as a facial conditioner. They report that it's skin-tightening effect when used on the face is so strong as to be almost painful. We have been told that when PASCALITE pulls the red blood cells to the skin surface, leaving your face temporarily red, it has done it's job.

In addition to its other abilities, PASCALITE has been shown to be an anesthetic. Many users have reported almost immediate cessation of pain following its application in paste form to the areas.

Research - What Makes Pascalite Work?
To help explain some of the abilities possessed by PASCALITE, Ray quotes the report by Dr Walter W. Bennett, PhD., Epistemologist and Research Scientist, who spent several months during 1975 in a very sophisticated examination of PASCALITE. He reports: "The presence of protein in this material gives evidence of yet un-disclosed amino acids. The fact that amounts are small, and that even the requirements are for minute quantities in no way diminishes their great Importance.

"Microbiological analysis reveals the interesting fact that the raw material is completely sterile as pertains to any bacteria. However, it contains the spores of at least 6 different types of fungi.

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Buruli Ulcer caused by mycobacterium ulcerans

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Devastating Buruli Ulcer is caused by mycobacterium ulcerans which is similar to leprosy and tuberculosis. Scientists around the world have tried for over 40 years to find a cure, but failed. Only a very traumatic surgical operation offers some form of relief.

Thierry Brunet de Courssou Missillac: "My mother aged 73 has found an effective treatment using clay, thanks to her courage and perseverance spending a full year in a remote village in Africa taking care of these unfortunates infected people. The spectacular results, even of the worse clinical cases, have been acknowledged by WHO (World Heath Organization) last March. Continuation of my mother's work is planned over the next 2 years. All the details are available on our website especially setup to keep the public informed in real time.

It has always been believed, but never proven that French clay can kill several varieties of bacteria that cause diseases. Today, a researcher at Arizona State University at Tempe is leading a study to show why certain minerals kill certain bacteria.

French clay has been shown to kill Mycobacterium ulcerans, or M. Ulcerans, which is so epidemical in Africa. It also treats Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is responsible for deadly infections that are difficult to treat. Furthermore, it has been known for thousands of years that people have used clay for healing wounds, helping indigestion, and killing intestinal worms. Scientists are starting to look further into ancient remedies to see what exactly they do and how they work because their encounters with germs that are resistant to drugs are a serious problem.

Lynda Williams, associate research professor at Arizona State University at Tempe in the School of Earth and Space Exploration is leading three teams of researchers in studying healing clays. The other two teams are from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and The State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo).

Laboratory tests conducted at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have already shown that French clay, one type of clay, kills bacteria responsible for Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (PRSA), and E. coli. It also kills Mycobacterium ulcerans, which is a germ related to leprosy and tuberculosis. The germ causes Buruli ulcer. The bacteria produce a toxin that destroys the immune system, skin, tissues, and bones.

Line Brunet de Courssou, a French humanitarian working in the Ivory Coast, Africa, first reported the effects French clay has on Buruli ulcer in 2002. de Courssou had been familiar with the effects of French clay since childhood and found that she could cure Buruli by applying it to the infected person every day. The only other method science has of treating Buruli ulcer is by surgically removing the infected area or amputating the infected limb.

The findings on the medical benefits of French clay will be reported at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 29, 2007. They will also present the work of a German physician named Julius Stumpf who, one hundred years ago, used white clay from Germany to treat a form of cholera from Asia that is deadly. He also used it to treat diptheria, gangrene, eczema, and ulcers on shin bone, or tibia. Ann Cairns, "Drugstore in the Dirt," Arizona State University at Temp.

Dr. Janet Starr Hull - "French Green Clay is virtually unknown in America as an internal detoxification supplement, yet Europeans have used it internally for thousands of years to remove the causes of disease symptoms. In 1986 after the meltdown of the Soviet nuclear power plant, Chernobyl, the Soviet Union put French Green Clay in chocolate bars and dispensed them freely to the masses to remove radiation they may have been exposed to. Found only in France and India, the ancient sea beds that provide the green clays have healing qualities that not only attach themselves to and remove toxic foreign substances within the body, but activate the body's own immune system through its chemical constitution. Green clays contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous, zinc aluminum, silicon, copper, selenium, cobalt, micro-algaes, algae, and phyto-nutrients. French green clay has the ability to remove toxic metals and chemical residues, bacteria, and blood toxins with virtually no side effects of constipation, diarrhea, or stomach cramping. It is known to remove radiation, arsenic, lead, mercury, and aluminum amid other toxic metals in less than six weeks. The more you use, the quicker you detox."

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Incredible True Stories Of People That Use Clay

A patient taking 2 no. 00 capsules of powder by mouth four times a day removed all symptoms of an active ulcer and hyperacidity in 7 days.

A wet pack applied to corns and callouses on and between the toes was left on 3 days, then changed and left on 3 more days. All symptoms were relieved, and the corns had disappeared.

Used as a water-and-Pascalite pack on the face and arms of an explosion-burn victim, it relieved the pain almost immediately and these areas did not blister. The hands, given conventional treatment, did blister.

Three individuals stateed under oath that topical use of Pascalite paste had removed all symptoms of hemorrhoid in 2 to 4 nightly applications. Many other have reported similar results in uts use for piles, rectal fissures and related conditions.

Kit Nelson of Scottsdale, Arizona explains how Pascalite cured her 22-year old daughter of a serious case of chicken pox: "she was very ill and covered from head to toe with pox which nearly drove her crazy because of the itching and irritation. In desperation she mixed Pascalite with water to a thin consistency and applied it to her body. In a matter of hours ( ! ) the healing set in and she had complete rest and relief. Her recovery was fast and her skin remained lovely - the pox left no scars, which was a miracle."

A Vietnam veteran, returning home a hopeless addict and alcoholic, so desperate that he contemplated suicide, and was willing to try anything, was persuaded to take some Pascalite internally. He noticed from the first day that he began drinking Pascalite and water, his compulsion to drink slowly left him. Shortly his life did a complete turn-around. He not only lost his alcohol dependency, but also his addiction to dope. He then met another Vietnam vet suffering the same double addiction. He got the fellow to use Pascalite as well, and the results were the same!

Horse helped by clay

Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006
Name: Lynn Lawrence
Location: Surrey, British Colombia

I Thank-you for all of the great information you provide on your site, especially the information on clay. I had always wondered why my mare was digging holes and eating mouthfuls of dirt. I new there was a mineral deficiency in her diet, but what she was also telling me was she was trying to detox. The clay has supplied the answer to both. My mare gets the best quality hay, whole foods as well as flax, algae etc. But her diet, as with mine falls short because of our top soil.(To bad the price doesn't fall short as well).I have also noticed a sense of well being, that is starting to return. The day I received my clay one of the mares in the barn had her leg blow up for no apparent reason the Vet. could offer nothing. This mares back leg was four times the normal size, I have never seen this before, and I had a bad feeling in my stomach. I got some clay in a bucket, mixed with water and poulticed her leg from top to bottom, the instant the clay touched her leg she dropped her head and started licking her lips, by morning the inflamation had been reduced to half. I started the clay in her food, and she started to "pick up". I know in my heart that the clay saved her life. I am so gratefull that the day I was faced with this I had something to offer!!! Warmest regards


The Mother was diabetic and had heart problems which of course caused major circulation problems. Her doctor had tried to heal her legs for 3 months, without success. When I saw her legs they were an angry purplish-red color and without exaggeration about the size a glass gallon jar below the knees, with many open sores on her shin bones and part of her big toe on her left foot had rotted and fallen off, with the toenail "blowin' in the wind." We used about 2/3 of quart of bentonite mixed in a 5 gallon bucket of water and soaked her legs for 1 hour. The next day you could actually see a "water line" in her legs. In 3 days time, of soaking her legs for a hour, every sore on her shins was totally healed with new skin in place. In ten days you could see the tendons running to each toe and her ankles were the size they probably were when she was a young lady. She was in her 80's at this time. Her doctor made a house call and couldn't believe his eyes!!!!! During his visit he literally jerked her toenail off. Lots of compassion, huh? He also found a pulse in the back of her legs, which he hadn't been able to do before we started soaking her. This lady died with her legs on, about 2 years later. Needless to say, I was hooked for life, on clay after that experience. I sent 50 lbs. of bentonite to a lady in California, that was also scheduled for double leg amputation because of heart and kidney problems. She saved her legs. I've used it on horses that were graveled and horses that have had abcesses in their feet. I used it to cure scours in baby calves which of course is caused by E-coli. A friend of mine stopped her food poisoning "in a heart beat" by drinking it. Another friend of mine drew the toxin out of a spider bite on his arm and the infection and foxtail beards out of his dog's foot. Another friend's husband, in the process of cleaning out a grain elevator, poisoned himself with malathion and became quite sick, of course. The doctors didn't know what his problem was or what to do to help him. After several months his wife put some bentonite in some capsules and had him take them and of course he got better almost immediately.


A woman suffering from cataracts and threatened loss of sight was advised by a psychic to use water filtered through Pascalite as eye drops, combining this treatment with Pascalite paste on the eye-lids. The psychic did not know of Pascalite by name, referring to it as a "white clay in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, ' and it was some time before the patient was able to get an address and secure the white clay, Pascalite. She reports the treatment was effective, the cataracts dissolving. Two other persons have also reported similar results.


Nell Coates of Amboy, Washington, explained in her letter of [ sic. ] how Pascalite cured he psoriasis: Her doctors said there was "no know cure for it and gave me a list of things to purchase." After getting home and thinking about it, she decided it was too expensive for something that wouldn't work anyway. Instead she ordered a pound of Pascalite, mixed it with water to make a thick paste and applied this to the spots. When it dried, she washed it off with warm water, applied peroxide with a cotton ball, rinsed this off and held a 250 watt light close enough that the heat dried it. At night she applied the past and wrapped her legs in plastic and let it dry more gradually. She began this treatment in May of 1970 and continued through to August - by then she didn't have even a scar left."

It has helped cows with scours and pneumonia. Veterinarians use it on dogs, cats, horses, etc... for various afflictions including injuries and infections. Pets are helped, too. PASCALITE has been reported to stimulate plant growth and productivity.

Eaton's Amazing Healing Experience with Clay

Jason R. Eaton, developed a severe skin condition in 1988 which no dermatologist could cure. "After a host of antibiotic and acid treatments, I left the comforts of the realm of modern medicine in search of an alternate solution. The period 1989 - 1993 marked a time of extensive research into metaphysics, which eventually led to my own personal discovery of Bentonite late in 1993, where I literally stumbled into a natural deposit in the middle of the night! On that same autumn evening I tried an application of this natural clay while soaking in a well hidden natural hotspring pool deep in the far and silent reaches of the Mojave Desert. Within five minutes I experienced the first pain-free moment in four years."

The Healing Clay by Michel Abehsera
This is a good book, but Abehsera has a different point of view. He writes on pages 65 and 66: "...these catalytic substances need only be present in infinitesimal doses. Therefore, it is unecessary to absorb large quantities of clay; a teaspoon daily for adult and half for children under 10 years, although in some bowel infections (tuberculosis, dysentry, etc.), the dose may be increased to two or three teaspoons a day." I also use pascalite for fascial packs and/or for poultices.

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Question about Aluminum Hydroxide in edible clays and soils

Elements on the periodic table, including aluminum hydroxide, lead, copper, chromium, mercury, strontium, etc., in the natural form, are totally different than these same elements after they are transformed by industrial processes for manufacturing and commerce. The molecular rearrangement of these elements in the refining process isolates aluminum molecules for example, to make airplane parts or frying pans for commerce. This refining procedure changes the original natural elemental molecular structure by industrial processing through rearranging the natural elemental form to an isolated man made form. As a result of this process, many times this alteration of elements transform them into elements that are sometimes harmful or toxic to life forms.

Certain edible clays and soils in the natural and unaltered form are inert and safe for life, like food and water (H2O). Water is a natural compound and if one were to separate the hydrogen molecule from water by the refining process, it could be used to fuel cars of the future or make bombs and therefore is not only harmful and toxic but lethal. If one were to take a spoonful of earth from their own back yard and have it chemically analyzed, they would find many of these same elements. When chemically rearranging these elements by the refinement process, they also become harmful or highly toxic.The elements on the periodic table may be altered by many industrial processes through molecular isolation (separation) and further combined with other elements and chemical procedures to make products. An example in metals, alloys area among the most common combination for things like tool steel in knifes and machines. Many factory or manmade drugs also fall into this group. Many times both are harmful or even toxic to plant, animals, humans as well as the environment itself.

Molecular rearrangement, isolation, and combining other refined elements making industrial/factory compounds are totally different than elements found in nature. Throughout the world, soils that contain different minerals and clays are what plants utilize for growth and life itself. The nutrients in these soils transfer into plants by a process called plant root nutrient uptake. As a result, what elements found in plants come from the soil and the soil contains clay. If the plants that animals and humans eat to live are harmful or toxic, then plant, animal and human life would not be on earth as we know it. Certain edible clays, terramin calcium montmorillonite clay) when ingested are like food and water, is not only safe but provide many natural health benefits, including a high nutrient source, detoxification, PH and blood balance, colon cleansing, assist in total body healing, to mention a few.

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