Welcome to a brief introduction of our prize ingredient, Great American Clay, a Calcium Bentonite Clay for detox, which supports in balancing, cleansing, detoxing and speeding the healing process of the body. The Smectite family of clays, which include Bentonites, are called ‘living clays’ because of their ability to make chemical changes. Smectites are capable of both adsorption and absorption demonstrating the highest Cation Exchange Capacity of all Clay families. This Cation Exchange takes place in the adsorpotion layer of the clay molecule. Great American Clay is a weathered volcanic ash made up of numerous trace minerals in their natural oxide form that has evolved over 43 million years into a super-charged, triple-swelling, green Calcium Bentonite Clay. Its negative ionic (electro-magnetic on the atomic level) charge gives it a strong attraction ability to capture and discharge positively charged toxins from the body.
It has the ability to cleanse and detox internally and externally, while at the same time bringing balance and equilibrium to the body through its 9.7 pH and its homeostatic ability. Great American Clay is tasteless, odorless, non-gritty, and comes from a subsurface mine protected from the elements. It is milled to a 325 screen mesh for a creamy smooth texture when hydrated. The Great American Clay Company provides unparalleled Quality Control to ensure its purity, and caring people to answer your questions. Simply put, Great American Clay is a catalyst that supports healing. It is used by naturopaths, chiropractors, dentists, massage therapists, holistic healers, and medical doctors, around the world, for its amazing abilities.
HISTORY OF CLAY USE
Clays have been used by indigenous tribes since before recorded history. Their medicine men used it as an aid in the healing of numerous ailments. The Christian Bible also makes reference of clay’s ability to heal. Please see the long version of “History” for a more comprehensive overview.
PRIMARY FUNCTIONS OF GREAT AMERICAN CLAY
Whether used internally or externally, its strong negatively charged ions pull, hold, and capture positively charged toxins
Internally it cleanses the colon of old fecal matter and mucoid plaque.
Clay is homeostatic, constantly striving to bring the body into balance
It has an alkaline level of 9.7 pH.
It draws blood flow, oxygen and circulation for cellular repair.
It has an electromagnetic energy that resonates with the life force energy of the body.
Never underestimate what clay can do, directly or indirectly, to support good health. Every cell in our body excretes waste material, which can become toxic and poisonous to our bodies if allowed to build up faster than it can be eliminated or filtered out of the body. Therefore, it is imperative to naturally detox to rid yourself of the deleterious effects of impurities and toxins. Calcium Bentonite Clay therapy is the ideal detoxification treatment because it is both safe and effective.
Take control of your body by safely detoxing to help regain and achieve your pinnacle of health! Great American Clay is proud to provide this exceptional, unique, Calcium Bentonite clay to our customers. A clean, properly functioning digestive tract is paramount to our well-being. For internal cleansing and daily detoxing you ingest clay. Doing so on a daily basis will help clean your intestines and keep them that way. Liquefied Calcium Bentonite may be purchased or made from clay powder.
SUGGESTIONS FOR USING CLAY - EXTERNALLY
The skin is the largest organ of our body and can be considered the outward reflection of what’s happening inside. Used topically, Great American Clay pulls out excess oils, impurities and toxins while stimulating circulation and cellular revitalization. Whichever method you select, your skin will thank you for it!
BENEFITS OF CLAY BATHS
Because the body detoxifies through the skin, clay baths are becoming more and more popular for drawing out toxins and cleansing the skin.
HOW TO PREPARE A CLAY BATH:
- To make mixing easy, start by mixing 1-2 cups (8-16 oz.) of clay powder with 5 cups of water in a lidded container or in a blender, then add to bath.
- An alternative method is to lightly sprinkle 1-2 cups (8-16 oz.) of clay powder into the water as it is running, mix until fully dissolved. A whisk may be used to assist in mixing.
- Take care, if a blender or metal whisk is used, to immediately wash any clay residue off of the metal blades or wire hoops after mixing the bath.
Soak for 15-30 minutes. Submerge as much of your body as possible during the bath and stir the water to circulate the clay. The more clay that is used in the therapy, the more powerful the response. Drink water during and after the bath to avoid dehydration.
SUGGESTIONS FOR USING TOPICAL CLAY MASK
Cleansing Clay Mask draws out skin’s impurities and excess oils, leaving it refreshed and purified. Great American Clay for topical application may be purchased pre-mixed or made from Detox Clay Powder.
How to Make Your Own Clay Mask
- Combine clay powder to water at a ratio of 1 part clay to 3 parts water in a glass, ceramic, or food grade plastic container with a non-metal, air-tight lid. For example: ½ cup (4 oz.) of clay powder to 12 ounces of water
- Cover and shake vigorously for about a minute or until all lumps are gone. Larger batches may also be prepared using an electric mixer or blender; however, take care to immediately wash any clay residue off of the beaters.
- Allow the mixture to stand for 15 minutes with lid slightly loosened to vent and allow for expansion.
It’s best when allowed to stand for 24 hours so that the assimilation into a colloidal form if fully realized.
SUGGESTIONS FOR USING A CLAY POULTICE (PACK)
A clay poultice is simply a thicker application of clay mask, intended to be held against the skin for prolonged periods of time for the purpose of concentrating the clay’s action on the affected area.
HOW TO PREPARE A CLAY POULTICE:
- Use the topical clay mask mixture.
- Apply a ¼ to ¾ inch thick layer of clay mask over the desired area and cover with plastic wrap or an elastic bandage to keep the wet clay in place.
The timing and repetition of any application will vary from 30 minutes to an hour to all day, according to need.
SIMPLE RULES TO KEEP CLAY CLEAN, EFFECTIVE, AND ACTIVE:
- Store away from extreme heat and direct sunlight.
- Liquid clay should be stored in a food grade plastic or glass bottle with a non-metallic lid and does not require refrigeration.
Always use a clean utensil when scooping the clay out of the container.
- Never leave the clay in direct contact with metals for long periods of time. For example don’t leave the clay in a metal bowl. The clay’s electromagnetic charge will act on the metal severely limiting the clay’s ability to draw when applied to the skin and may cause the metal to prematurely rust.
- Keep out of close proximity to chemicals and strong odors.
GREAT AMERICAN CALCIUM BENTONITE CLAY AND HOW IT WORKS
I like keeping things simple…easy to understand. My intent is to reduce some relatively complicated scientific explanations into everyday language using analogies we can all understand.
I’ll begin with the most basic fact of all – all clay is volcanic ash. When a volcano erupts and the lava flows down the side of the volcanic cone, the ash is blown high, oftentimes miles, high into the sky. Slowly it settles to the ground, sometimes nearby, sometimes hundreds of miles away, and in extreme cases it can circumvent the globe.
Volcanic ash – Clay – falls into seven separate and distinct family groups. Within these seven families there are thousands of different types of mineral compositions, each unique and serving vastly different purposes in our world.
Kaolin clays are best known for their uses in anti-diarrheal products such as Kaopectate. While it absorbs toxins and bacteria to a very limited extent, as do most clays, Kaolin clay acts primarily as a bulking agent and a diuretic. Some health food companies of late have begun selling Kaolin as a mineral supplement. I do not recommend natural Kaolin for any purpose other than severe diarrhea.
Illite clays are known for their commercial applications. It is a dirty green mineral clay found in marine settings. Some cosmeceutical companies use this industrial clay in their “mud” formulations due to it’s high content of long dormant microbials and other sea life residue. Illite is generally a non-swelling clay, Pure finds of Illite are rare. Illites break down into the metal and mineral elements which are absorbed into the body. I would never recommend illites for internal ingestion.
Chlorite clays are known for their abrasive and cleansing properties. Cleaner and scrubbing powders are typical products made from this clay. Never use this caustic, abrasive clay on your body.
Vermiculite clays are used for making china, pottery and other like applications such as porcelain finishes on metals. While Vermiculite is not recommended for use on the body, there is one company selling a USP grade Vermiculite for internal use. This is not an adsorbent, swelling clay, and has both a positive and negative charge. Therefore I do not recommend it as it has no value as a detoxicant.
Mixed group clays occur when a volcano spews ash from several different internal plate formations. It is not uncommon to find mixed group clay formation at many mines or quarries.
Lath-formed clays are yet another mixed form and a typical use is fired bricks for construction. It is not suitable for use on the body.
Smectite clays compromise 99% of all clays used for health purposes today. Smectites are unique in that they swell while absorbing and adsorbing positive charged ions. It is the favored clay for health and dietary use as well as for many industrial applications.
Smectites are more complicated clays and have a higher exchange capacity than the other six family groups of clay. It has the unique ability to adsorb and absorb toxins at a greater rate than any other group. Calcium Bentonite Clay is a member of the Smectite family.
The term “Bentonite” is ambiguous. As defined by geologists, it is a rock formed of highly colloidal and pliable clays composed mainly of Montmorillonite, a clay mineral of the Smectite group, and is produced by in situ devitrification of volcanic ash (Parker, 1988.) The transformation of ash into Bentonite apparently takes place only in water (certainly sea water, probably alkaline lakes, and possibly other fresh water) during or after deposition (Grim, 1969; Patterson & Murray, 1983).
By extension, the term Bentonite is often incorrectly applied commercially to any pliable, colloidal and swelling clay regardless of its geological origin. Such clays are ordinarily composed largely of minerals of the Montmorillonite group but are not necessarily true Bentonite clays.
The term “Montmorillonite” is also ambiguous and is used both for a group of related clay minerals and for a specific member of that group (Bates &Jackson, 1987). In this case, Smectite is more appropriate.
ABSORPTION VS. ADSORPTION
The two words look alike but their difference is critical in understanding the functions of clay minerals.
Adsorption is the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of a clay molecule similar to the way a strip of Velcro works.
Absorption is the process of drawing substances into the clays internal molecular structure-similar to a sponge absorbing water.
The process by which substances are absorbed or adsorbed is through their electrical ionic charge. If you remember when you were young and you played with horseshoe magnets, when you placed like poles together-negative-to negative and positive-to positive –the two magnets repelled. When you placed opposite poles together-negative to positive-they actually pulled toward each other and stuck together.
The ionic charge of pure, natural Calcium Bentonite Clay is 100% negative. This unique clay adsorbs and absorbs positive charged ions in a similar fashion. Most everything that attacks our bodies – bacteria, virals, fungi, diseases , toxic chemicals, etc. is of a greater percentage of positive ionic charge. The beauty of Calcium Bentonite Clay is that it is blind. It doesn’t know an eczema molecule from a staph bacteria molecule, or a viral molecule. What it does know is a positive charge. As we apply hydrated Calcium Bentonite Clay topically to our bodies or drink liquid Calcium Bentonite Clay, its only function is to draw to itself positive charged molecules, which it holds like a magnet, both internally and externally, until we wash them form our bodies or pass them through our bodies. Calcium Bentonite Clay removes positive charged molecules that attack our bodies, from our bodies.
ALL CLAYS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
Within the Smectite family there are hundreds of different types of clays, each consisting of between 8 and 145 minerals . As mentioned earlier, the most common sub family is Montmorillonite . Further along the Montomorillonite family tree are the various Bentonites. It’s form the Smectite family tree that we find the broadest spectrum healing modality on our planet Calcium Bentonite Clay.
Montmorillonite Clay was named after the town of Montmorillon in France where it was first identified. Its common name is to French Green and you will see it packaged under several different brands today and available in many health food stores. Green swelling clays are known for their remarkable healing properties. Not to stay that non-swelling clays are not good also, but due to the molecular makeup the swelling clays have a greater drawing or detoxing potential.
According to Raymond Dextreit, an expert on clays and author of the book, Our Earth, Our Cure, the green family of clays is the most desirable and the only type recommended for ingestion.
Bentonite Clay was named after the town of Ft. Benton, Wyoming where it was first irdentified by a miner named John Pascal. His product was branded as Pascalite, which is a form of non-swelling calcium based Bentonite Clay.
Calcium Bentonite Clay is the most rare form of clay in the Smectite family. There have been only a few finds throughout the history of mines, which contained pure, natural, Calcium Bentonite Clay. Even though Sodium Bentonite, and Calcium Bentonite Clay are cousins from the same family genesis, they are as different as night and day in efficacy and intended uses.
There are ten things you should ask of any clay you are considering for topical or internal use for health purposes.
Is it a Calcium based Bentonite?
Is the clay milled to at least a 325-screen mesh particle?
Is the pH at least 9.5?
Is it a clay capable of adsorbing and absorbing positive charged ions?
Is it a green swelling clay of the Montmorillonite/ Smectite group?
Is it tasteless and odorless?
Is its efficacy, its ionic ratio at least 30 to 1? (Drawing power)
Is it an all-natural, clean clay, direct from the mine source which has not
been processed or purified in any fashion?
Is it a clay from a mine which has been protected from the elements
throughout it’s many million year history?
Is it a clay that expands and absorbs to a 3 to 1 ratio in volume? Three parts
water to one part clay.
WHY ARE THESE TEN QUESTIONS IMPORTANT?
It is critical that when you ingest clay it be Calcium based as opposed to Sodium based. Demand from any clay company that you be given a copy of the MSDS sheet and a copy of the Mass Gas Spectrometer Test results. These two documents will give you the specific mineral composition of their clay. Any company who refuses to give you this data is hiding something from you.
Most Sodium Bentonite is suitable for commercial and industrial uses such as sealing farm ponds, sealing asphalt and for use in oil rig mud pits.
A good quality Calcium Bentonite Clay should contain the following as its top three minerals in about the following percentages:
Silica Oxide 45%
Magnesium Oxide 11%
Calcium Oxide 9%
In addition it should contain no more than 3% in sodium. One popular Sodium Bentonite contains 29% sodium! When doing a cleanse, detox or tackling any health related issue, the last thing you want to do is to ingest substantial amounts of salt.
It is also important that the clay be pure, clean and natural direct from the source mine-preferably a subsurface mine that has been protected from the natural elements. Most clays that claim to be 100% pure have been cleaned using either a heat process or a hydration process to “wash” out impurities. Both processes can take a 95% pure clay to a “100%” pure state, but in doing so reduces the efficacy from around 15 to 1 down to 5 to 1. In their attempt to make a purity claim they are actually destroying the natural healing properties. Read labels carefully for any notation of the clay having been cleaned, processed, filtered, recharged or tampered with in any fashion other than milling.
Clays are all milled to various degree of “fineness”. This fineness number typically runs from 50 to 325-screen mesh. A 50-screen mesh feels like fine grain sand while a 325 mesh is almost a fine as talcum powder. The finer the mesh the better the milling process and in turn the better it hydrates when water is added. Suspension as a colloidal is cleaner, quicker and more highly charged. If taken internally in a capsule form it is a 325 mesh so that is assimilates into a colloidal in the shortest time possible after ingestions. I recommend you not buy any Calcium Bentonite Clay that is milled to less than a 325-screen mesh.
The pH of your Calcium Bentonite Clay is crucial. One of its greatest blessings to your health is its ability to increase your pH from acid to alkaline. While all clays are alkaline, only 2 are 9.3 to 9.7 pH in their natural state. I recommend you select a Calcium Bentonite Clay with the highest pH available.
Naturally you want tasteless, odorless clay that is creamy smooth when hydrated. Unprotected clays tend to pick up odors. Be wary of clays with even the slightest odor.
Lastly, and of paramount importance, is a clay’s efficacy rate – how well it works. This piece of information is provided in a ration from such as 10 to 1. This means the following: a clay with a 10 to 1 efficacy rating has the ability to remove 10 times its molecular weight in positive charged ions from your body. By contrast, a clay with a 3 to 1efficacy rating would remove 3 times its molecular weight in positive charged ions (the bad stuff that attacks our bodies). In this example a 10 to 1 ratio when compared to a 3 to 1 ratio means the first clay would be over 3 times as effective as the second.
Clays capable of exchanging ions are called Active Clays or Detox Clays. A clay’s ability to absorb directly affects it’s efficacy rate. Green swelling clays from the Montmorillonite/Smectite group are known as healing clays because of this trait.
There are three clays on the market today with an efficacy ratio greater than 12 to 1. Only one natural Calcium Bentonite Clay has a 31 to 1 efficacy ratio. I recommend you read the literature carefully and call the company reps to find the best products among the many second best on the market today. If they don’t know the efficacy rate and mineral content, I would consider it a doubtful source. Remember, the purpose of clay when used on a daily basis is to continually remove positive charged ions – the things that attack our bodies. The very best clay to accomplish this goal is a pure natural Calcium Bentonite Clay with a pH of 9.5+, a screen mesh of 325 and an efficacy ratio of at least 30 to 1.
That being said, knowing what clay to use, becomes the paramount question. I’ve looked at two clays, and swore by looking at them they were the same… And yet, the swelling properties were quite different, as were the tastes. They even look the same under a 10,000x microscope, as the screen mesh and minerals are the same, only in slightly different percentages.
Today there are many other technologies available for testing various clays. Most are very expensive. For verifying results of metal contamination I recommend Hair Analysis and the Melisa Test, a blood test for metal sensitivity. The Melisa Test measures your immune system’s (lymphocyte) activation when exposed to specific heavy metals.
NOW FOR A LITTLE MORE SCIENCE
The molecular shape of a Sodium Bentonite molecule is pyramidal in shape. Its molecular weight is the same as that of a Calcium Bentonite molecule. The difference is that a Calcium Bentonite molecule is shaped like a credit card- a large, very flat rectangle. Both have a negative ionic charge and both will absorb (soak up like a sponge) the same amount of positive charged ions. The difference is in the surface area where adsorption occurs (sticks to the surface like Velcro). The surface area of a Calcium Bentonite Clay molecule is 20 times that of a Sodium Bentonite Clay molecule, therefore the efficacy is a greatly enhanced based on its adsorption rates.
Remember, the magic of Calcium Bentonite Clay lies in the fact it is a strongly negative charged ionic molecule. It “works” by drawing to itself positive charged ions, holding them within itself and on itself until the Calcium Bentonite Clay is washed from your body or passed through your body… I really do like keeping things simple…
For those desiring a more scientific explanation however try this: You will hear clay referred to as a colloid. The dictionary defines colloid (k l’oid) [GR.,=gluelike], a mixture in which one substance is divided into minute particles (called colloidal particles) and dispersed throughout a second substance. A pertinent example is mixing dry powder clay with water. For practical purposes I refer to it as hydrated clay. A swelling clay with water added at a 1 part clay to 3 parts water ratio is about the consistency of thick pudding, depending on the amount of water added.
Colloidal particles are larger than molecules but too small to be observed directly with a traditional microscope; however, their shape and size can be determined by electron microscopy. In a true solution, the particles of dissolved substance are of molecular size and are thus smaller than colloidal particles; in a coarse mixture (e.g, a suspension) the particles are much larger than colloidal particles. Although there are no precise boundaries of size between the particles in mixtures, colloids, or solutions, colloidal particles are usually on the order of 10-7 to 10-5 cm in size.
The Scottish chemist Thomas Graham discovered (1860) that certain substances (e.g glue, gelatin, or starch) could be separated from certain other substances (e.g sugar or salt) by dialysis. He gave the name colloid to substances that do not diffuse through a semi-permeable membrane (e.g parchment or cellophane). Semi-permeable membrane- A membrane that permits the passage of a solvent, such as water, but prevents the passage of the dissolved substance, or solute-the clay.
One property of colloid systems that distinguishes them from true solutions is that colloidal particles scatter light. The British physicist John Tyndall first explained the scattering of light by colloids, known as the Tyndall effect. When an ultra-microscope is used to examine a colloid, the colloidal particles appear as tiny points of light in constant motion; this motion, called Brownian movement , helps keep the particles in suspension. Absorption is another characteristic of colloids, since the finely divided colloidal particles have a large surface area exposed.
The particles of a colloid selectively absorb ions and acquire an electric charge. All of the particles of a given colloid take on the same charge (either positive or negative) and thus are repelled by one another. If an electric potential is applied to a colloid, the charged colloidal particles move toward the oppositely charged electrode; this migration is called electrophoresis. If the charge on the particles is neutralized, they may precipitate out of the suspension.
The above passages are for those who need a scientific explanation of how clay works and why it is not digested or absorbed into the bloodstream. This is what is meant when clay is referred to as maintaining its integrity. Thus, a colloid may be precipitated by adding another colloid with oppositely charged particles; the particles are attracted to one another, coagulate, and precipitate out. When clay is taken internally, because of its large surface area and negative charge, it dominates positive charged particles (toxins and bacteria) drawing them to it and carrying them out of the body.
Many people are concerned about natural metals in some clays. Any metals in Calcium Bentonite Clays are never in isolated form and are not adsorbed into the body. Therefore the metals in clays make up are not harmful, as the body does not digest them. This is why clay is known first and foremost as a strong, safe detoxifier. For clays with a high pH it is also known as a balancer bringing the body to a balanced state. Most people are naturally on the acidic side and acidity is the breeding ground for bacteria disease.
THE ENERGY OF CLAY
The following are excerpts from two excellent books on natural healing and Detoxifying Clays.
“If we go back to our base physical components, we can safely say that we are built from multitudes of particles held together by electrical bonds. Electrical forces are what hold atoms and molecules together. Chemical bonds and reactions depend on these electrical forces. Therefore, all chemical reactions are, in essence, reorganizations of electrical forces, which continue to be vital at body levels, I.e, tissues and organs, When this is all taken into account, a living organism is shown to be an extremely delicate and intricate electrical system.” (homeopathy for Everyone, 1987, Gibson&Gibson.)
“During illness, the vital force is weak and incapable of supporting the body and its function. In health, however, the opposite occurs; the force is strong and is able to counteract sickness and decay. What keeps the immune system running is the energy that feeds it, the substance of life. The body will now run well, or will at least run with all sorts of mechanical problems, when there is no energy to support it.
When Calcium Bentonite 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. Its particles are agents of stimulation and transformation capable of withholding and releasing energy at impulse. The natural magnetic action transmits a remarkable power to the organism and helps to rebuild vital potential through the liberation of latent energy. When it is in contact with the body, it’s very nature compels it to release its vital force from which so many plants and animals feed.
Therefore, in order to create health, the body must be stimulated and restimulated by another working energy like Living Clay. 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 available magnetism to run well.
Does this mean you have to be sick to take clay? No, not at all. The best-known characteristic of clay is that it “acts as needed.” Calcium Bentonite Clay is said to propel the immune system to find a new healthy balance. Reactions are not forced, but rather triggered into effect, as they are needed. To put it in other words, clay strengthens the body to a point of higher resistance. In this way, the body’s natural system has an improved chance of restoring and maintaining health.” (The Clay Cure, 1998, Ran Knishinsky)
6000 Years of Documented History of Living Clay
When I first began research on Calcium Bentonite Clay in earnest in 1991, I was pleasantly surprised to find a greater lineage of documented history on clay than virtually any other mineral. That being the case, I asked myself the question: If clay had been the single most used healing modality for countless centuries, how had it suddenly fallen from the map into obscurity? The answer was quite surprising…
What I found was that it really hadn’t fallen off the map at all. In fact, what had happened in a well-orchestrated fashion, is that the major pharmaceutical companies had been buying Calcium Bentonite mining claims over the past 100 years, taking the mineral off the market. Then they began adding Calcium Bentonite Clay to their pharmaceuticals-not under the name of Calcium Bentonite Clay. Pharmaceutical companies hijacked the finest natural curative in the world, changed its name, and put it in hundreds of their chemical concoctions.
Today, the active ingredient in most all stomach and acid remedies is Calcium Bentonite Clay. It is Pepto Bismol, Tums, and Rolaids. It is in virtually every toothpaste on the market. Most recently it has been listed as an “inert binder” in pills of all kinds. The pharmaceutical companies may refer to it as an inert mineral binding agent, but the truth be known, it’s what makes their chemical curatives actually work.
These companies know the powers of Calcium Bentonite Clay and they have to a great degree been successful in securing the available resources and then using it to make their products work. What I want you to know is that it is the gift of the Calcium Bentonite Clay that is assisting bodies in healing themselves, the same as it has throughout history.
I’ve accumulated literally hundreds of references to the miracle of Clay during the past 20+ years. I’m including many in this article. Taken as a body of historical reference they paint a very clear picture.
Fortunately, our society has begun a process of returning to natural remedies, having awakened from the industry induced slumber. Please allow these historical accounts and quotes to take root and to enrich your personal awakening, then consider picking 1 or 2 favorites and sharing them with your awakening friends.
In recently discovered medical texts inscribed in cuneiform, the first system of writing, researchers JoAnn Scurlock and Burton Anderson found that physicians of ancient Mesopotamia delivered surprisingly sophisticated health care using clay as their principal curative agent. Between 3500-150 A.D., physician/priests treated over 300 documented ailments with natural desert clay in the same fashion as is recommended today. The clay cuneiform text tables state that methods of treatment included liquid clay and pill ingestion, rectal and vaginal suppositories, enemas, saturated ear tampons, transdermal patches, and salves spread on bandages. They were careful to keep surgical wounds clean with cotton bandages saturated with liquid clay.
Native Americans call it “Ee-Wah-Kee, “meaning” Mud that Heals.” Calcium Bentonite Clay has been used by indigenous cultures since before recoded history. The Amargosians (predecessors to the Aztecs), the Aborigines, and natives of Mexico and South America all recognized the healing benefits of clay.
Among the most famous clay-eaters in the animal kingdom are the parrots of the Amazon. In a recent National Geographic photo essay, it showed Scarlet Macaws, Blue and Gold Macaws, and hosts of smaller birds perched together by the hundreds eating clay along a riverbank. The parrots regular diet of clay allows-them to eat toxic berries as a substantial portion of their diet. The clay detoxifies the berries as they are eaten and sets up an essential buffer in the parrots’ bodies to protect them from being poisoned.
According to Jewish theology, the “Golem” was an eyeless, mouthless monster of a clay man who they raised to protect them from the “Goyem” who robbed and ransacked their villages.
“In the beginning God gave to every people a cup of clay, and from this cup they drank their life.” –Native American Proverb.
The Hunza people drink extremely small amounts of glacial clay daily in their water supply, from birth to death, and It was not so long ago that these people were considered the healthiest people on Earth; the average 70 year old would be able to run circles around our Western 20 year olds.
The Promo Indians of California consume Bentonite clay with traditionally bitter and toxic types of acorns, The clay absorbs the toxins and eliminates the bitterness. These Indians are able to survive on the acorns as a food stable because of the clay.
Mahatma Gandhi imported thousands of tons of French Green Clay to India to cure intestinal ailments and overcome constipation.
In Fiji, one of the native tribes uses this cure for cholera: Leaves of an herb are placed in a jar of water with a ball of clay suspended above the preparation. The leaves are boiled; the ball of clay is crushed and stirred into the water. This mix is given to the patient to drink, and reportedly the cure rate is 100%.
In Guatemala, home of the St. Esquipulas shrine, 5.7 million “Holy” clay tablets are produced annually! The evolution of the shrine here may have “Christianized” clay eating . The tablets are seen as an extension of the power of the shrine. Upon eating the Holy clay tablets, cures of many illnesses have been reported, including ailments of the stomach, eyes, heart and pelvis. Interestingly, the Roman Catholic Church has indeed blessed medicinal clay tablets since the earliest days of Christianity, a millennium and a half before the statue of Saint Esquipulas was carved.
In Malaysia, women who want to bear children eat clay to help secure pregnancy.
In New Guinea, pregnant women place clay on their tongue to expedite birth and to facilitate easier expulsion of the afterbirth. It is also used to combat morning sickness.
“Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff-Clay.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Clay is recognized worldwide as a treatment for diarrhea. In China, clay has used for centuries as a cure for summer diarrhea and cholera. In 1712, Father Deutrecolle, a Jesuit missionary traveling through China, described the clay works there and mentioned that clay was used in treating diarrhea. In fact, cholera epidemic that swept through China.
Long before recorded history, humans have used healing clays both internally and topically to cure illness, sustain life and promote general health. Ancient tribes of the high Andes, central Africa and the Aborigines of Australia used clay as a dietary staple, a supplement and as a curative for healing purposes.
In the second century A.D, Galen, the famous philosopher and physician, was the first to record the use of clay by sick or injured animals. He later recorded numerous cases of internal and external clay use in his book on Clay Therapy.
In Ancient Arabia, Avicena, the “Prince of Doctors, ”taught hundreds of his students about the curative powers of clay Therapy.
The Greek physician, Dioscorides, who was considered the engineer of medicine for the Roman Empire, attributed “God like Intelligence” to the properties exhibited by clay used for therapeutic purposes.
The Essenes, keepers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, used clay for natural healing of a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. In fact, the caves Qumran where the scrolls were kept were Calcium Bentonite caves. The clay caves are today credited for their preservation.
The many benefits of clay were recognized by the Amargosians (who preceded the Aztecs) and the natives of Mexico and South America.
Various North American Indian tribes use clay for food, body purification, healing in ceremonial events and as a form of currency to barter with other tribes.
Early French cultures used clay for nutrition and medicinal purposes. They touted the clay’s healing effect on gum disease, ulcers, rashes, dysentery, hemorrhoids, infected wounds and bites.
The 19th century German naturopath, Sebastian Kneipp, and fellow naturalist Adolph Just, accorded clay therapy a prominent position in their arsenal of Holistic Medicine due to the tremendous results they achieved using it.
Early in the 20th century, Julius Stump, a renowned German physician, successfully used clay therapy to cure Asiatic cholera. A contemporary, Dr. Meyer Camberg, used green clay to neutralize arsenic poisoning.
During, WWI German physicians offered clay therapy as a solution to food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea and battle wound infection that was rampant among troops on both sides, greatly reducing mortality rates.
Russian scientists used clay to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material. Because it absorbs radiation so well, Bentonite Clay was chosen to dump into the Chernobyl reactors after the meltdown there.
The Egyptians used it to purify bodies for mummification. It was used extensively in Egypt on both the living and the dead.
In Switzerland and Germany, doctors made use of clay for healing purposes. In Davos, an important center for treatment of tuberlulosis, patients were treated with clay; the whole thorax was daubed with a paste of very hot clay and this pack was kept on overnight. This treatment was credited with miraculous healings.
In the 16th century, the small village of Chatel-Guyen, France, became famous for its healing waters. Every day, at certain hours prescribed by a local doctor, people would go to various springs depending on their condition. Along with bathing in the waters and drinking prescribed amounts of the water, they would be treated to an “earth” bath, which consisted of freshly dug Calcium Bentonite Clay which was heated so that when applied it would almost burn the skin. After 2-3 weeks of treatments, people left cured of a wide range of ailments including dysentery, gastro-intestinal troubles and removal of amoeba and parasites.
The earliest recorded find of a pure, natural Calcium Bentonite Clay was at the western side of the Dead Sea in Israel. Traces of Calcium Bentonite Clay remain today which enable scientists to validate its prior existence in substantial amounts, as do the caves at Qumran. Biblical references to “edible white stones” and eating of the hidden “manna” I believe refer to white Calcium Bentonite Clay in its natural stone state and “manna” being a liquid colloidal form of Calcium Benotonite Clay mixed with honey for internal ingestion.
For 40 years, the Israelites consumed the white manna in order to spiritually prepare themselves for entry into Canaan, the Promise Land. Below are several biblical references to Clay, edible white stones and manna.
Exodus 16:15”And when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘It is Manna’: for they knew what it was. And Moses said unto them, “This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.”
Exodus 16:31 “And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”
Exodus 16:33 “And Moses said unto Aaron, Take an urn, and fill it with an omer of Manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.”
Exodus 16:34 “As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the testimony to be kept.”
Exodus 16:35 “And the children of Israel did eat manna for 40 years, until they came to the land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came to the borders of the land of Canaan.”
Exodus 32:20 “And he took the Golden Calf which they had made and burnt it with fire, and ground it to a powder and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink it.”
Could the gold calf have been made from Monatomic Gold, which came from calcium Bentonite Clay? It would all fit!
We also know from Biblical history that Moses was the adopted son of a royal Egyptian family. It is possible that the Divine Bread, or Manna, had its roots in ancient Egyptian alchemy?
Ancient Egyptians texts state that when the Pharaohs spiritually prepared themselves to enter the “Abode of the Immortals” (the Egyptian “Promise Land”) they were fed clay. The sacred white substance was prepared in the “House of Life” by the Egyptian high priests and was considered “Food of the Gods.”
The spiritual power of the clay is clearly indicated in the Egyptian texts. The Book of the Dead states, “Let there be given unto him clay and ale which have been issued in the Presence of Osiris, and he will forever be like the “Followers of Horus” (considered divine sage-priests).
The ancient Vedic tradition in India also sang the praises of a sacred white powder substance which, when mixed with water and honey, was called Soma, the nectar of immortality. Today, one of the world’s largest deposits of White Bentonite Clay is being mined in the region where tis verse was written.
Rig Veda 8:48 “I have tasted, as one who knows its secret, the honeyed (Soma) drink that inspires and grants freedom, the drink that all, both Gods and mortals, seek to obtain, calling it nectar. We have drunk the Soma, we have become immortal; glorious drops are my health and salvation; they
Strengthen my joints as thongs do my cart. May these drops guard my foot lest it stuble and chase from my body all manner of ills. Well known Soma, stretch out our life spans so that we may live long. Enter within us for our well-being…Our weariness and pains are now far removed. Soma has surged within us mightily. The drops that we have drunk have entered our hearts turning immortal inside mortals. We have reached our goal. Life is prolonged!”
The collection, crushing, and milling of Soma would be described in the Rig Veda. The chalklike stones would be collected by the dwellers of the regions and brought to the alchemist-priests. The Soma would be crushed into peas-sized pieces; then ground with large stones into a fine powder. Several stages of grinding, washing, cooking and filtering are described. A woolen fleece was used as the final filter.
After crushing, grinding, washing and filtering, the Soma would be cooked in water. As the Soma begans to “mature”, it was said to become clothed in robes of milk. In other words, it assumed a white appearance, resembling milk or the moon. Due to its white color, it was often referred to oin the Rig Veda as the “Milk of God.”
It is interesting to note that when monatomic elements are hydrated in water they quickly form a perfect colloidal that looks exactly like pure white milk.
Coming back close to home and moving to current times, one of the most fascinating natural formations on our planet is the Calcium Bentonite Clay Mountains near Shoshone, California. These mountains lie on the Western Shoshone Indian Reservation land. Over the past 1500 years medicine men from the Western Shoshone nation have carved out multi-room cave dwellings directly into the Calcium Bentonite Clay Mountains. These are sacred grounds and miraculous healings occur in these clay dwellings. The current Chief and Medicine Man of the Western Shoshone Nation, Chief Corbin Rainey, lives at his tribal compound about 8 miles south in Tecopa Springs, California. Chief Rainey uses this clay extensively in his healings, both at his sacred healing center and Chief Rainey says its powers will remove any disease from the body and double a life span if ingested daily.
Finally, from the most read book in the World, the Bible, man was created from clay and Jesus healed the blind with clay.
John 9:6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
John 9:7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Johan 9:8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
John 9:9 Some said, “This is he,” others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.”
John 9:10 Therefore they said to him, “? How were your eyes opened?”
John 9:11 He answered and said, “A man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
John 9:12 Then they said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
John 9:13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees.
John 9:14 Now it was Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
John 9:15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
And I personally believe there is a real simple explanation for the 600-900 year life spans spoken of extensively in the Old Testament, Calcium Bentonite Clay from the Dead Sea…