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Mineral Compounds: Not All of Them Are Clays


With the growing popularity of clay therapy, some merchants are advertising other mineral compounds as ‘clay’. They apparently hope you won’t know the difference. All of it looks like dirt, anyway, so how can you tell?

Lets begin by exploring geological origins. All clay is volcanic ash, and only clay is volcanic ash. In other words, clay began with volcanic eruption, lava that was hurled high into the air. This last detail is critical. Solidified magma or lava is not clay if it stayed underground until hardening into rock. Pyrophyllite or ‘sacred clay’ is an example of such volcanic compound; it’s not volcanic ash, hence is not a clay.

Why is this important? Passing through highly ionized air while molten alters the properties of the minerals. This process makes the minerals better able to absorb water, and it endows them with a powerful negative charge. Absorption and the negative ionic charge are essential to therapeutic effectiveness. The negatively charged clay attracts and holds positively charged toxins, bacteria, and other harmful elements until they pass out of your body, or you wash them off of your skin.

What should you look for, then? First, ask about the location and origin of the deposit the ‘clay’ comes from. If it’s not volcanic ash, it’s not clay.

Second, ask for the molecular analysis of the mineral compound, and for the Material Data Safety Sheet. Reputable clay providers will be happy to provide both.

Third, it may be helpful to compare different ‘clays’ by mixing them with water. A good clay will swell. Ours swells to three times its dry volume. Most other clays swell much less. Some will scarcely mix with water at all.

Fourth, ask for the clay’s efficacy rating. This is the ‘ionic exchange rate’ or ‘cation exchange rate’. Our calcium bentonite clay has a cation exchange rate of 37:1. This means that each molecule of our clay will attract and hold 37 times its weight in positive ions. This is essential for effective detoxification. The cation exchange rate for the most prominent competing clay is 12:1. Some clays have exchange rates as low as 3:1. Some mineral compounds marketed as clays have no measurable cation exchange rates at all.

Our clay is not the cheapest on the market. If you buy a cheaper clay, though, you will need much more of it for a given therapeutic effect, so the lower price won’t save you money. It may end up costing you much more. You also could put your health at risk with less effective treatments.  With some mineral compounds, such as pyrophyllite, you risk aluminum toxicity.

Accept no substitutes. Not all mineral compounds are clays, and not all clays are equally effective. For the most effective and safe detoxification- internal and external- use only 100% pure all natural calcium bentonite clay.

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