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Prescriptive Nutrients Bentonite Clay
 
 
 
From Perry A Smith, California Earth Minerals Corp. and Neva Jensen
 


Native cultures have long sought and used living clays for healing purposes. Clay minerals are silicate crystals
that are so fine grained they are in reality microcrystals. Silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) is one of the
most abundant components in living clay. Silica makes our muscles firmer, our blood warmer and strengthens
all of the inner and outer membranes of our vital organs. There are approximately 15 minerals and many more
trace minerals (known as micronutrients) commonly found in living clays. Trace minerals activate our enzyme
systems and the biological functions that underlie nearly every manifestation of our lives. There is a 1972 report
from the U. S. Department of Agriculture which states, “Most of the health problems underlying the leading
causes of death in the United States could be modified by improvement in diet. The highest death rate areas
generally correspond to those where agriculturists have recognized the soil as being depleted for several
years. This suggests a possible relationship between submarginal diets and health of succeeding generations.”
Living clays can be used as a dietary supplement.” Living clays are not chemically treated in any way. There
are many different deposits of bentonite clays found in several parts of the U. S. A. No material extracted from
the earth has a greater variety of uses than clay. Applying living (cool or warm) clay on external body tissue has
a calming, cleansing and healing effect. Inflammations, open wounds, pains, stings and bites and sores simply
are repaired naturally. Toxicity was never evident when using living clay internally and/or externally. Living
clays have an abundance of positively charged ions that are essential to all metabolic process of life.
 
 
Information Provided by Perry A Smith
 
 1. Applied in poultices and compresses, bentonite clay provides numerous benefits. It can speed up the
healing process for sores and ulcers and aid in the rebuilding of healthy tissues and cells, and even of
fractured bones and vertebrae.

2. In ‘Our Earth Our Cure’, Dextreit writes 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.

3. In the ‘Clay Cure’, Knishinsky 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.”

4. Taken orally, bentonite clay initiates a many-pronged effect. In cases of organic disorders, its intense
activity eliminates and destroys unhealthy cells and activates the rebuilding of healthy ones. Besides the
colloidal properties of clay, it acts as a cleansing agent eliminating all noxious substances. The same
sedating, relaxing, absorbing and healing action is seen in treatment of the inflammation of the intestines
as well as amoebic and other types of dysentery.
5. One of bentonite clay’s peculiarities is based on its physical-chemical domination. From a thermodynamic
point of view, we must admit that clay cannot be the sole source of energy of the phenomena it
produces. Clay is effective through a dynamic presence far more significant than a mere consideration
of the substances it contains. It’s the alchemy of elements that enables it to act as a catalyst, rather than
an agent in itself. This is because clay is a living substance. Clay is “alive.”
6. Bentonite Clay Baths: Some people take about a cup of extra thick liquid bentonite and put it into their
bath water. Others have used a full quart and more. It is highly effective in drawing out toxins, but too
much, or too long exposure, will dry out the skin.
7. It has many other uses, many beauticians state bentonite clay has no equal as a facial conditioner. They
report that it’s skin-tightening effect when used on the face is very strong and firming. We have been told
that when the clay pulls the red blood cells to the skin surface, leaving your face temporarily red, it has
done its job..
In addition to its other abilities, bentonite clay 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.
9. Using bentonite clay for healing is a profound experience. Applying cooled or warmed clay locally on
external body tissue has a cleansing, and healing effect. Inflammation and pain soon diminish with clay
applications. Toxicity is never evident when using the living clay either internally or externally. The
internal use of clay for ulcerated or irritated conditions of the stomach, bowels, colon or bladder can give
noticeable relief. Over-acidity in the tissue of these organs can be corrected with the use of clay.
 
10. Bentonite clay works best when taken over a long period of time. That’s because its actions are subtle.
Like a snowball rolling down the hill, it starts off small and slow. As it continues to roll, it soon picks up
momentum and goes faster. Clay does not offer instant cures for all ailments, but history shows it can
encourage the body to put up a better fight when taken over a long period of time.
11. When bentonite clay is taken for indefinite periods of time, it has no addictive qualities. This is a big
concern for many who begin eating the clay. The effects can be so positive that it scares them into
thinking they might need it forever. However, one can quit eating clay at any time. There are no
withdrawal symptoms, and you will never need to enter a withdrawal program.
12. Incomplete hydrolysis of the bentonite clay particle to the individual mineral sphere denies it the ability
to take electrical charge. Therefore, the complete hydrolysis of clay is necessary for its use by the
human cell. The biological functions of the human body require essential minerals in the ionic state. So
essential are these constituents that without them life does not exist. From these specific, basic mineral
spheres the vital trace minerals the evolve. The movement of life proceeds from the constant changing
on one element into another.
13. The term active or “living clay” is born of research denoting ionic exchange capacities of given clay
minerals. In the montmorillonite group of clay minerals called smectite, its micro crystals are extremely
fine grained, irregular, and thin layered. The layers contain ions that are loosely bound and easily
exchangeable, a characteristic which gives smecitites the properties of absorption and adsorption.
This means that in bentonite clay found in the desert regions where temperature is high and water
scarce, leaching is minor. The washing away of the ions, and chemical hydrolysis is almost nonexistent.
These clays are richer in silica and alkaline earth minerals. In the hydro-thermal state the synthesis of
new clay minerals increases. Ions of silicon, aluminum, iron, magnesium and potassium are
concentrated. Evaporation of the water greatly increases the trace mineral content and leaves the ions
negatively charged.
 
As these ions enter the human body in this form, they respond to gastric activity to become electrons.
Adsorption takes place as dissolved matter is assimilated on the membrane surface. This begins the
process of absorption as nourishment is changed into living tissue. This creates very favorable
conditions for human consumption of living bentonite clay minerals.
 
14. The magnetic field [of the bentonite clay] has different qualities to it. When an electrical field is in
action, there is a positive and negative effect. A negative ion field takes on more electrons, while a
positive field gets rid of some. The negative ion field seems more compatible with human tissue than a
positive one. Negative charges contained in negative ions seem to be associated with healing, with
feelings of well-being and changes in physiology.
15. A German Scientist once described the bactericidal properties of clay:
The curative properties of clay are founded in its special physical characteristics, above all in the distribution
of its minute particles. Individual clay particles are smaller than many bacteria. If infected mucous membranes are more or
less flooded with clay, the bacteria are completely surrounded by clay particles and are thus separated
from their source of nourishment and become imbedded in the inorganic material. Growth and the
survivability of the bacteria are thus halted almost instantaneously, and from this explained strikingly
speedy abatement of the symptoms of infection and/or symptoms of poisoning in acute infectious
diseases of the alimentary canal.
- Julius Stumpf, Bolus fur medizinische Anwenduno Darmstadt, 1916, p. 19.
Bentonite Clay is one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available and has been recognized
as such for centuries by native peoples around the world. Whatever the name, liquid clay contains minerals
that, once inside the gastrointestinal tract, are able to absorb toxins and deliver mineral nutrients to an impressive
degree, says Knishinsky. Liquid clay is inert which means it passes through the body undigested.
 
Technically, the bentonite 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. Then the clay and toxins are removed with each bowel
movement.
 
Bentonite is a natural clay of the smectile family. Its platelet structure makes bentonite clay a versatile material
used in civil engineering, oil refining, paper mills, sewage treatment, fish ponds, foundries, detergents and as
a clarifier and/or stabilizer in the fields of edible oils and beverages. Bentonite is available in two forms:
calcium and sodium. Calcium bentonite does not swell or gel in water. Sodium bentonite swells and forms
thixotropic gels in water. Calcium bentonite can absorb two or three times of its volume of water in contact, but
sodium bentonite can absorb eight to ten times its volume of water in contact.
 
Therapeutic Bentonite Clay for Pets and Livestock
 
Bentonite clay is one of the volcanic ashes. Bentonite clay is a mineral compound mined from the earth
consisting of weathered volcanic ash and is one of the most flexible clays. Bentonite clay is one of the
strongest drawing agents available and can adsorb up to 40 to 50 times its own weight in heavy metals,
pesticide toxins and free radicals. It is not a drug or chemical composition made in a laboratory. It is a product
of Mother Earth. Bentonite clay in ages past was blown into the sky by volcanic action, which sifted down to
help impregnate the soil with 25 to 35 trace minerals. Bentonite, under a high-power microscope, is seen as
extremely minute rectangular particles, similar in shape to a business card. When hydrated, it generates and
maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold unwanted, non-nutritive
substances such as pesticides and other toxins so that they can be eliminated from the body.
 
Calcium bentonite clay has been used successfully on cats and dogs for skin disorders such as mange, cuts
and abrasions, removal of parasites and heavy metal poisoning and other toxins.
 
It is practical for both external applications and internal consumption. Add powdered or liquid calcium bentonite
clay to water bowls or feed dishes. Mix a little hydrated clay (½ teaspoon to 1 tablespoon depending on the size
of the pet) in its moist food.
 
Having a high alkaline reading of 9.7 it is good for balancing acidity in pets.
 
Calcium bentonite clay is a natural vermifuge and cats have been reported to pass worms within three days of
taking the clay in their drinking water. Calcium bentonite clay is considered to be GRAS - Generally Recognized
as Safe.
 
Pure calcium bentonite clay can be added to pet and livestock feeds to promote weight gain and eliminate
parasites (vermifuge). Studies at leading universities have demonstrated the growth promoting properties of
Calcium Bentonite Clay minerals when fed to cattle. Clay has also been shown to have beneficial effects on
overall livestock health when fed to horses, pigs and chickens. Because Bentonite Clay is on the list of
approved non-synthetic, non-organic additives, it can be mixed with organic feeds without affecting their organic
status.
 
Many wild animals, and some people, develop ‘pica’ when ill, a craving to eat earth - particularly clay, which
assuages diarrhea 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.
 
Excerpts from The Healing Clay by Michel Abehsera and Earth Cures by Raymond Dextreit, Michel Abehsera,
Judith Abinum
 
There are many studies showing that bentonite clay as an additive in livestock feed reduces the toxic effects
of aflatoxins (build-up of molds and bacteria in feeds) in pigs, chicken, cattle and horses.
 
Dirt as Medicine
 
Why would animals want to lick clay? Bill Roundy is a retired rancher. He remembers a generation ago, when he
lived in Utah, that he and other cattle ranchers, learned 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. Free-ranging cattle dig into ancient clay sub
soils to access clay and so have no need to be supplemented in this way. [Mahaney, WC Maximilliano, B
Hancock, RGV Aufrieter, S and Perez, FL 1996. Geophagy of Holstein hybrid cattle in the northern Andes,
Venezuela. Mountain Research and Development, 16 (2) pp 177-180.]
 
U.S. Army studies show that Bentonite may be a successful treatment for exposure to chemical warfare. One
Army emergency livestock protocol calls for immediate administration of Bentonite internally to counter effects
of radiation poisoning in livestock (food sources). Eyton’s Earth
More Dirt - More Wool
 
Recently, researchers at the University of New England in Australia claim to have made a surprising discovery.
While searching for means to combat a serious stomach disorder common to Australian sheep, they found that
“small quantities of a naturally occurring clay, called bentonite, mixed into a sheep’s drinking water” not only
improved the animal’s digestion but increased wool growth, reports The Australian. One of the researchers,
Professor Ron Leng, said that a daily dose of a half ounce of bentonite mixed into their drinking water had
resulted in increase of up to about one tenth of an ounce a day in a sheep’s growth. It is hoped that use of this
mixture on sheep nationwide will bring increases in wool production worth millions of dollars.
 
— AWAKE! 6/22/88
Hydrated Bentonite Clay
 
A Priceless Gift from Mother Nature
 
Herbal “First Aid”
 
According to Dr. Richard Anderson, one of the first items to include in an herbal “first aid kit” would be hydrated
Bentonite. Bentonite is known for its highly absorptive properties and its ability to draw out and bind heavy
metals, drugs and other toxins from the body. This clay has been used for thousands of years as both an internal
and external purification aid. The Egyptians used it to preserve their famous mummies. The ancient Greeks
and Romans used it to restore health. The great German Naturopaths of the last century hailed clay as one of
nature’s great remedies. Mahatma Ghandi advocated the use of clay for health and purification. Numerous so-
called ‘primitive’ tribes have used clay for both internal and external purification. Today, Bentonite clay is
increasingly used both internally and externally by those interested in natural remedies, and it is included on the
FDA’s famous “GRAS” list, which stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe.” With increasing public knowledge
about minerals, some have expressed concern over the presence of small amounts of aluminum in
bentonite clay.
However, Dr. Anderson himself, and numerous others who have used Bentonite clay extensively
with his cleanse program, have had hair analyses done which indicated that the body does not absorb
aluminum from bentonite. Bentonite is one of the volcanic ashes. It is not a drug or chemical composition
made in a laboratory. It is a product of Mother Earth. Bentonite in ages past was blown into the sky by volcanic
action, which sifted down to help impregnate the soil with its 25 to 35 trace minerals. Bentonite, under a high-
power microscope, is seen as extremely minute rectangular particles, similar in shape to a business card.
When hydrated, it generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and
hold unwanted, non-nutritive substances such as pesticides and other toxins so that they can be eliminated from
the body.
 
Dr. Jensen, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., suggests using bentonite to absorb radiation from the bones. Since so many of
us are subject to various forms of radiation, whether from X-rays or television or computers, this would be
something to consider. This could be extremely important for those who have undergone radiation treatment for
cancer. Some people take about a cup of extra thick liquid bentonite and put it into their bath water.
 
Others have used a full quart and more. It is highly effective in drawing out toxins. But too much, or too
long exposure, will dry out the skin.
 
Swelling & Pain in Gums & Teeth
 
Some bentonite users report relief from swelling, pain and aching in the gums and teeth. Since these symptoms
are manifestations of toxins or infections in the tissue surrounding the teeth and gums, it is easily apparent that
bentonite’s powerful absorbing qualities would provide relief for these areas. If you are suffering from pain or
swelling in the teeth and gum area, it would be wise to take a psyllium shake several times a day to absorb any
poisons being released from the infected mouth into the bowel. Dr. Anderson, himself, has done this many
times for a tooth infection and attained complete relief from the pain and aching. His tooth infections were
caused by old root canals. When he finally had the root canals removed, the infections stopped forever.
 
In this situation it would also help to pack powdered bentonite directly onto the swollen, painful areas to draw the
irritating toxins out. A combination of powdered bentonite and plantain (another powerful absorber) can be used
in a square of cheesecloth or muslin, which is then dampened and placed over the irritated area of the gums.
This seems to work best if you do this before bed and sleep with it under your lips.
 
Skin Eruptions
 
Hydrated bentonite is invaluable for skin eruptions as well. Dr. Anderson once got an extremely severe case of
poison oak, in every nook and cranny of his body, during a camping trip. When he got home, he put thick
hydrated bentonite on every spot he saw or felt, and noticed immediate relief from the itchiness. However, the
next morning after showering it all off, he saw that there were still some red spots, and the itchiness returned.
Again, he applied hydrated bentonite, and again the itchiness left. This time, when he showered it all off, it was
completely gone! We also use this on yellow jacket bites. For some people, when bentonite is applied to
the sting, it removes the pain within 10 seconds.
 
Many have used a paste of hydrated bentonite as a facial mask for general skin enlivening and cleansing, as
well as for specific skin eruptions. Whenever applied to a pimple or infected skin bump, the hydrated bentonite
will simply draw out the toxic matter that is causing the eruption. This application should be repeated each night
before retiring until the skin eruption has been completely eliminated.
 
Diarrhea
 
In the MEDICAL ANNALS of the District of Columbia, Vol. 20, No. 6, June, 1961, under the title “The Value of
Bentonite for Diarrhea,” are the results of the clinical work performed by a team of medical doctors using
hydrated bentonite in the treatment of diarrhea. The diarrhea was the result of virus infections, food allergies,
spastic colitis and food poisoning. The results of the scientific investigation indicated that liquid bentonite
provided substantial relief in 97% of the cases. The percent of relief indicated by the symptoms were: abdominal
cramps - 80%; anorexia - 78%; malaise - 80%; headaches - 71%; nausea - 85%; and weakness - 100%.
The article concluded:
 
“In addition to the growing number of external uses for bentonite, it has been reported to be of value as
an intestinal evacuant when used in the form of a gel.”
 
About Aluminum
 
Some people are concerned about the aluminum in bentonite. Yes, it does have aluminum. For
aluminum is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth. However, if you recall the above paragraph
where it states that bentonite has a negative electrical charge, you will realize that bentonite
cannot be absorbed by the body. The epithelium cells of the gut are also negatively charged. Like the
polar opposites of two magnets repelling one another, the cells of our bowels absolutely repel the
bentonite from entering the inner sanctum of our bodies. This means that you never need to be
concerned about taking psyllium shakes. Dr. Anderson has probably set the world’s record in the
consuming of bentonite. Not only has he no signs of aluminum poisoning, but also hair analysis has
never indicated any abnormal levels of aluminum in his body. And does he still use bentonite?
Absolutely.
 
About Bentonite Clay
 
Since bentonite has such strong absorptive powers, some may be concerned about whether it might absorb
necessary nutrients from the alimentary canal as well. Independent experiments designed to find out how
much this absorption would adversely affect the growth and health of animals indicated no ill effects when
the intake of bentonite was 25% of the total diet, but did adversely affect the health of the animals when the
intake of bentonite was increased to 50% of the total diet. (Annals of the N.Y. Academy of Science, Vol. 57,
pg. 678, May 10, 1954.) Even 25% of the total diet is a lot of bentonite!
 
It is important, however, not to take any nutritional supplement at the same time as the bentonite.
Especially when used with psyllium, the bentonite will absorb anything of nutritional value such as herbs,
friendly bacteria, and vitamins, as well as toxins, bad bacteria and parasites. Be sure to wait 1 hour after
doing a bentonite shake before taking anything nutritional.
 
Scientific research has shown that bentonite’s absorptive action is due to five characteristics. First, it has a
large and varied mineral content. Second, it has a negative electrical attraction for positively-charged
particles. Third, its particles (being shaped like calling cards), have the wide surfaces negative-polarized and
the edges positive-polarized, which give it an incredible negative pulling power. Fourth, the very minuteness
of the particles of bentonite gives a large surface area in proportion to the volume used, thus enabling it to
pick up many times its own weight in positively-charged particles. Fifth, to obtain maximum effectiveness in
the human body, it must be put in a liquid colloidal-gel state.

Clay Bath Directions for
Detoxifying Heavy Metal Poisoning
 

Information Provided by Perry A Smith
 

Use up to 2 cups of powdered bentonite clay (but not more than 2½ cups) into the bathtub and then run very hot
water over the clay, as hot as it gets. Use a wire whisk to stir the clay around and to help it dissolve. When
you’ve got about 3 inches of water in the tub and the clay is dissolved, start adding cooler water until the water
reaches the desired temperature.
 
The bath should neither be too hot nor too cool, but should be nice and warm, as warm as is comfortable.
Bathing time depends upon your condition, but can be anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Please don’t overdo
it! If you stay in too long you may have what is known as a cleansing reaction and experience fatigue, headaches,
muscle soreness, etc.
 
Another option is to take about a cup of extra thick liquid bentonite clay and put it into the bath water. Others
have used a full quart and more. It is highly effective in drawing out toxins. But too much, or too long exposure,
will dry out the skin. If so, follow the bath by applying a body lotion.
 
In Energy to Heal by Wendell Hoffman and through his own research, Hoffman found that a pure high-
grade bentonite 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 very pure bentonite clay for exactly 20 minutes! Not just any
clay will do. It is crucial to use “clean clay”.
 
Extreme amounts of bentonite clay used in a bath have been known to help the body detox from
severe heavy metal poisoning ( one can tell, because if it works, the clay turns black ). Eyton’s Earth.
Some people may notice the clay turns dark and may even take on a tar like consistency. Use rubber
gloves and scoop out as much clay as possible and then clean the bath tub. Usually 1 – 2 baths is
sufficient to draw out the toxins.
 
Clay baths using 1 cup of powdered bentonite clay or 1 cup of thick liquid clay is good for soaking tired,
sore muscles.
 
External Uses of Healing Clay
Topical Bentonite Clay Treatments: Clay Packs, Compresses
 

Brush teeth
Bentonite clay acts as an astringent to gums, removes tartar, controls bleeding gums
and pyorrhea.
 
Bone and Muscle Bentonite clay pack applied immediately after injury, applied ½ - 1 inch thick and
Damage due to covered, changed as needed (½ - 12 hrs.), duration to maximum tolerance.
Traumatic Injury
 
Carpal Tunnel Bentonite clay wrap around entire area if possible, ¼ - ½ inch thick, covered, for
Syndrome 20 minutes to an hour initially, increased to overnight applications as tolerance
Tendonitis permits, for 3 days to 3 weeks.
 
Treatment of Internal
Bentonite clay compress (dressing saturated with hydrated clay) applied to cover
 
Organs
the organ to 1 hour as tolerance permits— as needed with internal cleansing support.
for 20 minutes per application to start, tolerance carefully monitored, extended to
1-hour applications as tolerable, progress to clay pack and 20-minute treatments,
then to 1 hour as tolerance permits, as needed with internal cleansing support.
 
Chronic Headaches
Bentonite clay pack applied to the nape of the neck for twenty minutes, then applied
to the forehead for 20 minutes (continue to alternate as needed).
 
Skin Conditions Depending on the condition, bentonite clay compresses or packs can be used (any
(acne, athletes foot, cystic condition requires dense packs applied for an extended amount of time)
 
eczema, pimples along with 1 teaspoon of powdered clay taken internally each day.
rashes, warts, yeast
fungus, poison ivy,
cold sores, canker
sores, shingles, cuts,
boils, staph around
fingernails, more)
 

Rapid healing of Thick bentonite clay packs applied to sprains, bruises, breaks, etc. Thin clay strips,
injuries (bruises, covered, or compresses applied to burns. For any injury that includes a break in the
sprains, burns, etc.) skin, never allow the clay to dry. Simply change out the dressing as needed.
 

Severe Bacterial Wounds cleaned thoroughly with liquid bentonite clay packs applied at least ½ inch
Infections thick, dressings changed as often as required due to drainage, never allow clay to
dry on damaged tissues.
 
Skin rejuvenation 1 to 12 cups of bentonite clay added to a hot bath; hydrated bentonite clay used as
and deep cleansing a normal soap; clay masks applied to the skin; clay formulations used in a massage
treatment.
 
Radiation
Bentonite clay must be used internally and immediately. Clay baths repeated to
tolerance with as much hydrated clay as the individual can tolerate (based on their
stamina) for 20 minutes to one hour. Compresses or thick clay wraps, alternating
treatment to key locations of the body (targeting the lymphatic system and primary
organs, treatments based on tolerance).
 
Eye strain
Thick bentonite clay packs applied to both closed eyes, covered and left on from
between 20 to 90 minutes.
 
Bite and Sting Relief
Calcium bentonite clay hydrated with water (applied as a poultice) will relieve stings
and/or bites of fire ants, bees, wasps and hornets. Reapply as needed.
Calcium bentonite clay hydrated with 10 ppm colloidal silver can be applied as a
thick poultice to relieve brown recluse and other spider bites and to help stop
necrosis.
 
It is highly recommended that all external treatments with healing
(bentonite) clays be combined with a gentle internal cleansing program
designed to support the body’s elimination system and liver
function.

This results in several things: The reduction of edema, the support of the immune/lymphatic system, and overall
support for the healing process.
 
Surprising things can happen during such treatments. This particular treatment, since it was over the lower
intestines, resulted in the elimination of a bowel obstruction or possibly even a cancerous growth.
From Eyton’s Earth
 
Internal Uses of Healing Clay
Powders, Tablets, Gels and/or Hydrated Bentonite Clay
 

Internal Treatments Bentonite clay can be of help with colitis, diarrhea, hemmorroids, stomach ulcers or
any abnormal conditon of the ailmentary canal.
Surgery The use of bentonite clay internally before and after surgery gives remarkable
benefits.
Osteoporosis Astronauts in the United States space program ingested bentonite clay tablets (rich
in calcium) to reverse the effects of osteoporosis caused by zero gravity.
Anecdotal Personal Case Histories Using Living Clay
 
Bleeding, tender gums Dissolved several clay tablets in the mouth several times a day. Gum abscess
packed with clay cleared up in 4 days. Tooth abscess took 2 weeks.
 
Strep throat
Gargled with clay solution every 15 minutes. Relived pain when held in the throat a
few minutes.
 
Stomach ulcers
½ tsp. clay was taken just before eating. When acid was noticed, repeated use.
This condition was controlled and corrected with daily use of 1 tsp. clay in water.
 
Nausea
Drank ½ tsp. clay in water on arising. Older people found it alleviated nausea
caused by medication.
 
Rectal bleeding
Used 2 tsp. clay in cup of warm water; inserted with syringe. Pain and bleeding
stopped.
 
Diarrhea in small
Corrected condition with ¼ tsp. clay in applesauce or any baby food several times a
.
 
Fire ant/wasp stings
Covered them quickly with thick clay paste. No pain was experienced.
 
Athlete’s foot
Dusted entire area; all signs gone in 2 days. Dust shoes to prevent infection and
odors.
 
Cuts
Clay stopped bleeding and pain.
 
Acne
Severe acne was cleared in 4 months. The entire back was covered with clay pack
once a day as well as the face. Left on for 30 minutes and removed. After healing,
clay was continued until discoloration was gone.
 
Boils
Packed with wet clay and covered. Replace pack every 2 hours. Boils drained and
cleared in 3 days.
 
Yeast infection
Used clay solution for douche. Immediately relieved itching and cleared infection
with regular use for 2 weeks.
 
Burn from hot water
Covered with clay pack and ice. No blistering occurred. Sun burn will also respond.
Cover pack with chipped ice as well.
 
Eczema of the scalp
Covered with moist clay overnight. Repeated until healed.
Nursing mother sore nipples
Spread smooth paste over nipple after nursing; used olive oil before nursing. When
infant has yeast infections, clay protects the breast from the infection.
Diaper rash Severe blistering soothed and healed by putting a smooth covering of clay paste on
buttocks. Dusting with the clay at each diaper change prevented reoccurrence.
Blood lead level Reduced from 7 to 2 in 6 months. Using 10 clay tabs a day. Mercury blood levels
cut 50% in 3 months with 10 tabs of clay a day.
Pets Clay eating is usually instinctively accepted by animals. Adding it to the daily food
ration keeps a pet in good health. All forms of life benefit from clay use.
Fish Add to aquariums to control algae or fungus. Put ailing fish in a bag containing clay
and shake to coat them. Return to water quickly. Several treatments may be
needed. Clay reduces stress in aquarium fish.
Dogs Stool eating use clay in food, drinking water. Controls anal itching.
Cats Add to litter box.
Horses, Cows, Pigs Add to feed; gives stamina and prevents colic. Bonding agent in hay cubes and
pellets.
Other Uses of Clay Add clay to water of fresh cut flowers.
Add clay to watering tanks to control algae.
Dip roots of plants in clay water before transplanting.
Decontamination of water.
Filtering agent for cooking oils.
Place on top of soil in potted plants to control insects.
Removes and controls mildew on tile on bathrooms.
Increases seed germination when added to soil.
 
 
Dietary Clay by Neva Jensen (Note the term montmorllonite is the French word for Bentonite)
 
Of the clays used for human nutrition, the montmorillonite is the most common in nature. Because of the
unusual properties of this clay, it has proven to be most recognized in research for its use in the human body.
 
Montmorillonite clay was originally named after the town of Montmorillan in France. These clays were commonly
used by early cultures, both medicinally and nutritionally. Clay was put aboard vessels departing from
French ports. It was used in the holds of ships to absorb odors and moisture. However, the sailors traditionally
reserved supplies of these clays for dysentery, burns, boils, sore mouths, and other internal and external disorders.
Its fame spread in each port with tales of its use.
 
Legends told of a ship adrift at sea. Drinking water had become badly contaminated and the sailors became sick
when they drank it. One old “saltie” told them to put the clay in the water before they drank it. This made the
water drinkable and no more sickness occurred. As a result of this tale, clay was put into all of the drinking water
taken on at each port and the dreaded dysentery was conquered.
 
On early steamships, the men feeding the boilers dipped their hands and arms deep into a thick clay solution to
form a protective coating from the heat of the furnace. Covering their faces with these smooth textured clays
protected them also from burns. This practice spread to the deck hands to prevent sunburning. When the clay
was removed, the skin was clear and healthy. Burns and wounds had healed as well.


Clay became an item of barter at seaports. Clays of certain textures and colors were valued far above others for
human use. These early observations indicating the differences in clays, are now verifiable in research.
The term active or “living clay’ is born of research denoting ionic exchange capacities of given clay minerals. In
the montmorillonite group of clay minerals, called smectite, its microcrystals are extremely finegrained, irregular,
and thin layered. The layers contain ions that are loosely bound and easily exchangeable, a characteristic
which gives smectites the properties of absorption and adsorption.
 
As these ions enter the human body in this form, they respond to gastric activity to become electrons. Adsorption
takes place as dissolved matter is assimilated on the membrane surface. This begins the process of absorption
as nourishment is changed into living tissue. This creates very favorable conditions for human consumption
of living clay minerals.
 
Clay and Amino Acids
 
Recent research has shown that a number of organic substances formed by a combination of two or more
molecules can be bonded to the surface of clay minerals. A number of investigators think the adsorptive properties
of certain clays may have played a crucial role in the origin of life. The hypothesis arises as a result of the
effort to simulate the conditions under which amino acids may form proteins within the human body. Experiments
showed simple amino acids formed into the longer chains called peptides on the surface of clay particles.
It is thought that clay acts as a catalyst for the formation of long peptide chains, or proteins.
 
The hypothesis was tested experimentally in America and abroad. Scientists added one amino acid in solution
to various clay minerals. Then they exposed the clay to temperature and moisture variations. The main findings
were that more peptides were produced at various temperatures when clay was present than when it was
absent, and that the production of peptides was a significant advantage in the presence of protein conversion.
Protein conversion to amino acids in the human body can fail to proceed normally through the peptide chains
without all of the necessary constituents, thus preventing its use entirely. This confirms the nutritional benefits of
dietary clay.
 
On the basis of these findings the three investigators propose that temperature and moisture bring about a
distribution and redistribution of amino acids on the surface of the clay particles that favors the amino acids’
linkage into peptide chains. As moisture touches the surface of the clay mineral, the active site on the surface
that speeds the formation of peptides from amino acids are cleared. When the moisture is absorbed, new sites
become available for other amino acids to form new chains. This continuous function, completely dependent
upon clay type minerals in proper configuration, is synonymous with life. — Scientific American, April, 1979
 
Internal Uses of Healing Clays
Bentonite Clay Used Orally
 
 
Traditionally, only small amounts of hydrated clay are
required to achieve the following benefits:
 
Detoxification of the digestive system (the sorptive action of clay pulls contaminants
from the body) 
Bacterial, organic and non-organic toxicity
Elimination of internal parasites (digestive tracts)
Immune system support (clay used internally stimulates the body’s elimination system and
supports organ function) 
Fixes free oxygen in the blood stream (occurs once the liver has been restored to full
function) 
Increases T-cell count 
Fights free radicals 
Mercury poisoning! 
Trace mineral supplement 
Liver detoxification 
Stomach aches and bacterial food poisoning
Alkalizing agent in the body

Internal Cleanse with Liquid Bentonite Clay
 
Bentonite 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.
 
Knishinsky’s research suggests that the regular intake of liquid bentonite clay (typically 1 to 3 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.
 
In ‘Our Earth Our Cure’, Dextreit writes 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. In the ‘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.”
 
Primitive Uses of Clay
 
Dietary studies of descendants of the Incas of long ago, reveal clay eating as a common practice. When their
ancestral mountain empire was ravaged, the last of the Inca’s rulers escaped deep into the Andean mountains.
They took with them supplies of clay, which were valued even above the treasures of the empire. They were
transported by human carriers to the secret city.
 
Dr. Weston Price, a researcher studying primitive races of the high Andes, Central Africa, and also the Aborigines
of Australia, asked for the privilege of seeing what the natives carried in their knapsacks. Without exception,
each one contained a ball of clay, a little of which would be dissolved in water. Their morsels of food would be
dipped in their mixture before being eaten. This practice is carried on today and is undoubtedly one reason the
people of these cultures experience physical stamina and endurance.
 
As the explorers came to the New World, they observed the American Indian using various clays. Some of
these uses were: the face mask of a proud warrior, the painted body of a ceremonial dancer, or a cool clay pack
on an exhausted messenger. All contained special clays usually gathered locally. However, those for eating
were highly treasured and to secure a supply, the natives often traveled long distances. The use of clay was
introduced to the pioneers through the skills of the native Indian women, who on occasion were taken as wives
by the white men. However, the gathering of the clay had traditionally been done by the men of the tribe, thus
substitutions began to occur in the white villages. Slowly the effectiveness of this healing art was lost.
 
Clay was used in sacred ceremony by the American native. In these rituals, they reverently acknowledged
the intimacy they felt with mother earth and all nature. In deep reverence they partook of the sacred clays,
believing the clay and water that flowed from the breast of mother earth was to nurture their spirits, as they
believed the flow of a mother’s milk was given to feed the spirit of the infant.
 
By Indian tradition, the tribal father sought vision to guide his people. While in solemn ceremony, he might
perceive spirits petitioning birth into his clan. Lengthy preparation including clay ceremonies would then
follow. Tribesmen would leave the village together for several weeks to go through purification.
 
The tribesman’s knowledge of plant life and clays used to predetermine male offspring was held in reverent
secrecy. Observation of the moon as well as instinct directed the time for their return and the completion of
conception ceremonies. The participating women prepared for the sacred rites at the moon lodge.
 
Upon the birth of their infants they would return to the lodge for further ceremony. As the moon rose in her full
majesty, sacred clays were placed upon the infant as a symbol of protection from lurking spirits.
 
Should a maiden of the tribe be violated by a vagabond, she would go to the village outskirts in solitude to
heal her spirit and restore her virginity. She used foods and clays daily that had been blessed by the spiritual
father, as she shamelessly sought her purification.
 
Sweat lodges were a common practice of most tribes. Some sweats lasted a few hours at the day’s end.
Other sweats were held deep in the heart of a mountain in caves and could last several days. Clays were
traditionally used at both. The lengthy sweats were attended only by men and involved the extensive use of
clay. Skilled medicine men of the tribe presided at these sites as the tribal fathers awaited spiritual vision.
 
Seasonal migration of the Indians would take them to sites of warm clay pools. The complete submersion of
their bodies in clay held significant ceremonial purpose. It also served to cleanse and heal their bodies. As it
was tribal custom never to be without the edible clays, supplies were dried to be carried on the homeward
journey.
 
The use of clay by the American Indian was held in each tribe’s tradition; it was shared only among their
tribesmen. The seeking of clay took them to specific places, especially where the bubbling mud had brought
sedimentary deposits to the surface in active or extinct hydrothermal activity. On rare occasions, clay would
be pastel blue, green, or pink. However, most were grey or reddish in color.
 
This was due to extensive mineral concentrations, especially iron left by the continuous evaporation of water in
the bubbling mud. The hydrolysis and fragmentation of clay minerals in the heat and steam of a hydrothermally
active site, is much more complete than in the sedimentation stage. The clay minerals may otherwise be only
mildly transformed in various other ways.
 
This was due to extensive mineral concentrations, especially iron left by the continuous evaporation of water in
the bubbling mud. The hydrolysis and fragmentation of clay minerals in the heat and steam of a hydrothermally
active site, is much more complete than in the sedimentation stage. The clay minerals may otherwise be only
mildly transformed in various other ways.
 
Perry A Smith Recommends Taking Bentonite Clay over Time
 
Bentonite clay works best when taken over a long period of time. That’s because its actions are subtle. Like a
snowball rolling down the hill, it starts off small and slow. As it continues to roll, it soon picks up momentum and
goes faster. Clay does not offer instant cures for all ailments, but history shows it can encourage the body to put
up a better fight when taken over a long period of time.
 
When bentonite clay is taken for indefinite periods of time, it has no addictive qualities. This is a big concern for
many who begin eating the clay. The effects can be so positive that it scares them into thinking they might need
it forever. However, one can quit eating clay at any time. There are no withdrawal symptoms, and you will never
need to enter a withdrawal program.
 
Many people ask if bentonite clay is something they have to take for the rest of their life. The answer to the
question, of course, is they don’t have to; there is no risk in discontinuing its use. But, why not take something
that is good and will help clean out your body? Especially in today’s highly polluted world, the liver and kidneys
are so overworked they never have a chance to rest. Taking a spoonful of earth minerals every day helps them
to work better and keeps the mind and body functioning in tip-top condition. To remain healthy, eat clay for a
long time.
 
Knishinsky’s research suggests that the regular intake of liquid clay (typically 1 to 3 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.
 
In ‘Our Earth Our Cure’, Dextreit writes 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. In the ‘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.”
 
Technical Theory
 
Students of life sciences look to biochemistry to understand how the human body maintains its functions. Studies
show that trace minerals are the constituents found most necessary to every cell and its corresponding
enzyme systems. Though they are essential for all cell functions, trace minerals are required in very small
amounts. They become electrically charged particles known as ions and may be found in groups or singly. As an
ion takes and electrical charge of plus one or minus one, it begins to spin either to the right or to the left. This
creates not only an energy field, but also a signal or resonance. When an elementary particle of nature takes a
charge of plus or minus one, it becomes an electron.
 
The phenomenon of electron spin-resonance depends upon the fact that an electron has a magnetic movement.
If an electron is placed in a magnetic field, its energy is proportional to the strength of the field. Single
electrons which show spin-resonance or the ability to take a charge, are quite common in the rare earth clay
elements. Considering the resonant frequency to the resonant field may not seem significant to the uniformed.
However, it is this principle of signal and response that guides needed nutrients to a given site.
 
Texas A. & M. University
Experiment No. 3
 

The following experiment No. 3 was designed to compare Texas and Western bentonites with two available clay
products.
 
As in previous experiments, the birds receiving the clay or bentonite diets gained more body weight and laid
larger eggs. Those receiving the Cal-MIN and the Western bentonite also laid more eggs than the controls.
Feed efficiency was improved for the Cal-MIN diets and slightly improved for the 2% Western bentonite group.
The data clearly demonstrates that as the level of clay in the diet was increased, the percentage of water in the
droppings decreased. The percentage figures do not show an extremely large reduction but even small reductions
are quite apparent in the appearance of the droppings. Why these clay products give an increase in body
weight should be more fully explored. Perhaps they could be used in broiler diets with added fat to further
improve growth and feed efficiency. Reduction in the moisture content of the droppings might improve both
litter condition and incidence of breast blisters. — J. H. Quesenberry, Texas A. & M. University, College Station,
Texas, Experiment No. 3, Page 7.
 
Research on Desert Clay
 
Controlled studies by Benjamin H. Ershoff, Ph.D., were submitted to N.A.S.A. Manned Spacecraft Center on
Physiologic Effects of Dietary Clay Supplements, contain unquestionable results. Clays used were obtained
from a deposit near Brawley, CA. The samples contained no detectable plant organic matter or quartz sand.
 
Studies were conducted on the effects of clay supplementation on the weight increment and microscopic appearance
of the long bones of immature male rats, hamsters, mice and miniature pigs. They were fed a low
calcium, low protein, low fat, non-heat-processed, wheat flour-containing ration. Findings indicate that the clay
supplementation at levels of 1%, 2% and 4% in the above diet caused a highly significant increment in body
weight and prevented the occurrence of pathological changes which were observed in the long bones of immature
rats, hamsters and mice fed the unsupplemented diet.
 
Effects were proportional to the level of clay supplement fed. The protective effect of the clay supplement was
also observed on the microscopic and radiological appearance of the long bones of miniature pigs, although in
this species no growth-promoting effect was noted. Clay supplementation at the above levels of feeding was
also active in promoting growth and preventing pathological changes in the long bones of rats fed (a) a low
calcium, low protein, low fat rye flour-containing ration (b) a highly purified calcium-deficient ration containing
casein as the source of dietary protein, and (c) a highly purified, calcium-deficient ration containing methionine-
supplemented soy protein as the source of dietary protein. Findings indicate that the protective effects of the
clay supplement when fed with the wheat flour and rye flour-containing rations were due in large part to some
factor or factors OTHER THAN its calcium content. The beneficial effects of clay supplementation when fed
with the purified casein containing, soy protein containing rations, however, were due primarily to its serving as
a source of dietary calcium. Evidence was obtained that the clay supplement contained some factor or factors
other than calcium, which promoted improved calcium utilization and/or bone formation. A number of clays
were tested and found to differ significantly in growth-promoting activity.
 
Of possible pertinence to the above is the report by Cooper that “Keepers in the Baltimore Zoo routinely supply
to the kangaroos three to four pounds of red clay per week as a dietary supplement. In discussing this with the
administrative and veterinary staff of the zoo they said it is common knowledge among zoo keepers that kangaroos
in captivity are liable to develop lesions in the mouth which are more or less comparable to canine black
tongue. When this condition in the kangaroo is discovered very early, it can be treated successfully by the
administration of the B-complex (untreated, it is rapidly fatal) but it can be avoided entirely by supplying red clay
to the animals regularly.”
 
Physiologic Effects of Dietary Clay Supplements, Investigator: Benjamin H. Ershoff, Ph.D., Institution:
Institute for Biological Research, 5345 W. 102nd Street, Los Angeles, CA. Submitted to NASA Manned
Spacecraft Center, General Research Procurement Office, 2101 Webster-Sezbrook Road, Houston, TX,
July 19, 1965

Healing Crisis
 

As with all true natural cures, the road to better health may begin with a healing crisis. As you move toward
better health with natural healing programs and better nutrition, healing begins to occur. As part of the healing
process the body will begin to discard toxic residues which have built up in your body over the years. The
healing process usually does not occur without repercussions. During the initial phase of healing, as your body
begins to clean house, (detoxify) and your vital energy begins to repair and rebuild internal organs, you may
experience headache, uneasiness, flu like symptoms and fatigue. This is called a healing crisis.
 
You may feel worse before you feel better. As you continue to improve, you may begin a process called retracing.
For example, if you used to get skin rashes, the rashes may reappear or get worse for a period of time as
your body eliminates toxins through the skin. You may also experience an initial increase in urination, or you
may feel more nervous. In actuality, you are not getting worse, you are actually getting better. Eventually you
will reach a plateau of better health. During the healing crisis, it is important to not suppress these temporary
symptoms with drugs or the healing process may become interrupted.
 
Taking Bentonite Clay with Other Substances
 
It is important, however, not to take any nutritional supplement at the same time as the bentonite clay.
Especially when used with psyllium, the bentonite clay will absorb anything of nutritional value such as herbs,
friendly bacteria, and vitamins, as well as toxins, bad bacteria and parasites. Be sure to wait 1 hour after doing
a bentonite shake before taking anything nutritional.
 
Scientific research has shown that bentonite’s absorptive action is due to five characteristics. First, it has a
large and varied mineral content. Second, it has a negative electrical attraction for positively-charged particles.
Third, its particles (being shaped like calling cards), have the wide surfaces negative-polarized and the edges
positive-polarized, which give it an incredible negative pulling power. Fourth, the very minuteness of the
particles of bentonite gives a large surface area in proportion to the volume used, thus enabling it to pick up
many times its own weight in positively-charged particles. Fifth, to obtain maximum effectiveness in the
human body, it must be put in a liquid colloidal-gel state.
 
Eyton’s Earth recommends taking the clay at night so it can work unopposed with other things eaten during the
day.
 
Cattle- Poultry
by Mendel
 
Bentonite clay has numberless calcium ions that have not been replaced by hydrogen ions due to arid conditions.
This makes it alkaline, not acid as are clays in humid climates where this hydrogen calcium ion exchange has
already taken place. Because of the arid source of our clay these calcium ions are exchangeable; they are like
empty taxis ready for immediate ion exchange with water, nutrients and other minerals. The calcium ions in the
plate-like molecular structure of our clay carry a negative charge which attracts the positive charge of water,
mineral, and nutrients.
 
The wastes of bacterial digestion on which livestock thrive are also attracted, some are absorbed out but more
of them are retained; hence better utilization of feed. When these calcium ions are placed in the acid environment
of the digestive system, this ion exchange occurs and the nutrients, water and minerals are attracted.
Calcium that is available is released and absorbed and waste material carried out by adsorbent action of the
insoluble elements in our clay.
 
The practical result of this is greater bacterial activity, which provides greater absorption and utilization of
nutrients. Bacterial activity is stimulated by this ion exchange. Water is drawn from animal tissues and the
“boiling activity” of the bacteria is greater and faster, creating more of the bacterial digestive wastes on which
the animal thrives. More water and feed are consumed and the animal gains weight faster with better feed
efficiency. “When you keep the bacteria happy the animal can’t help but be happy, too.” All this bacterial
activity is carried on at an accelerated rate with less internal heat and stress. There is more efficient use of water
and nutrients, with less strain, and this is why the animals can do better with the clay than they can do without it,
especially under conditions of extreme heat.
 
None of this activity is chemical. It is physical, electrical, and is due to the molecular structure of the clay. This
explains the difference of performance in various clay samples that are practically the same in chemical analysis.
The differences are physical-not chemical.
 
In poultry the hydration theory is less active than in cattle because the digestive system is more simple than in
ruminants, and less efficient. Our clay is important in poultry-more because of the ion exchange releasing a
“flood” of available calcium which is speedily absorbed because of its greater availability of calcium which, in
our clay, is already in ion form.
 
These pages are for information purposes only. Please consult a health
care professional for medical treatment and/or regarding the applicability of any opinion or recommendations
with respect to your symptoms or condition. No statement in this information should
be construed as a claim for cure, treatment or prevention of any disease or sickness.
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