We know many of our customers by name because they are here all the time. Some come several times a week.
Through the years we have received many requests for edible and external clays for human use.
Although we had used our clay for poultices, clarifying wine and supplementing our animal feed we dismissed the idea of eating or bathing in it or selling it to others for that purpose.
After finding it listed in specialized foods for birds and other animals we started some in-depth research.
There is an abundance of material from the scientific community and we have found good solid scientific evidence that these clays are not only beneficial to humans, but may be essential for human health.
A German scientist (Julius Stumpf) once described the bacteriacidal properties of clay: "The curative properties of clay are founded in its special physical characteristics, above all in the distribution of its minute particles. Many of the individual clay particles are smaller than some 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."
So now we offer a complete line of clays for humans and for animals.
Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate, essentially impure clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite. There are different types of bentonite, each named after the respective dominant element, such as potassium (K), sodium(Na), calcium (Ca), and aluminum (Al).
Experts debate a number of nomenclatorial problems with the classification of bentonite clays. Bentonite usually forms from weathering of volcanic ash, most often in the presence of water. However, the term bentonite, as well as a similar clay called tonstein, has been used for clay beds of uncertain origin.
For industrial purposes, two main classes of bentonite exist: sodium and calcium bentonite.
Most sodium bentonite deposits in the United States are found in the west. Sodium bentonite is a swelling clay absorbing up to 30 times it's bulk in water.
The majority of the Calcium Bentonite deposits in the United States are found in the south. Calcium bentonite is a non-swelling clay.
Furthermore, activities such as drinking clay water, sucking on dry clay balls, and using clay for dental health, is a practice that predates recorded history and spans the entire globe. Evidence strongly suggests that people ( and animals ) have been safely and effectively using dietary clays for health since before the advent of fire.
While the effectiveness of clay use internally does have some modern scientific backing , the effects of clay internally remain largely understudied and even often misunderstood. Furthermore, each and every clay is unique, and different clays may respond in the body differently.
There are clays available that are perfectly safe to use every single day, there are effective clays that probably should only be used in moderation ( but are very therapeutic ); some clays that may pose a risk to use ( but have been proven to be very effective for some illnesses ) and then there are clays that should not be taken internally. There are some clays that are likely very good, but do not have an extensive history of human use. So, choosing a clay that is right for any one person can be quite intimidating. Through the rest of this article we will attempt to demystify edible clays.
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There are individuals who, due to unrectified health conditions, have had to learn to rely on drinking clays in order to maintain a good standard of health. Mahatma Gandhi was one such individual. Others, such as Jordan S. Rubin ( founder of the "Maker's Diet ), have been able to regain a full life, in part, through the practice of using clays to help with life threatening digestive conditions and disorders.
Even more people, such as many of the sufferers of the Dunsmuir Chemical Spill, discover that dietary clays can be literal life savers in an emergency situtaion. In Dunsmuir, the medical community at large was not able to respond at all to the extreme levels of toxicity experienced by the folks in Dunsmuir. The university scientists came and went with hardly a word for the wary ( or the wise ). Clay use provided rapid and permanent relief from severe symptoms of accute toxicity that showed strong indications of becoming chronic.
Uses of healing clays such as bentonite, montmorillonite, and kaolin ingested orally:
In order to understand how bentonite and other healing clays can be used internally, it is important to remember several facts:
In a modern society, it is increasingly difficult to live a lifestyle that promotes true health. While understanding how to best utilize healing clays internally is important, we'd also like to clarify that benefit can be achieved without modifications to diet and lifestyle. However, for sustained health and maximum effect of clay, dietary considerations are extremely important.
Please keep in mind that clay should never come in contact with metal.