For decades, we’ve had plenty of testimonials about the use of clay for treating skin infections. Now we have confirmation from the National Center for Biotechnological Information. Lynda B Williams and Shelley E Haydel of Arizona State University, noting that clay has been used to treat skin infections from the dawn of recorded history, examined its clinical use for treating Buruli ulcer, a necrotic (flesh-eating) disease caused by a fungus. Buruli ulcer is endemic to central and western Africa. The disease causes skin loss and extensive damage to nerves, muscle, blood vessels, and limbs. In many cases, it causes deformity and disability. According to one study, 26% of patients with healed Buruli ulcers were functionally disabled long after their infections ended.
The standard treatment for advanced Buruli ulcer infection is removal of ulcerative lesions and much of the surrounding tissue. This halts the spread of the disease, but it leaves the patient with permanent tissue damage. Obviously, a less invasive treatment would be welcome. To this end, Williams and Haydel examined the use of two ‘French green clays’ in the treatment of the Buruli ulcer. They found that one (CsAg02) was extremely effective at killing bacteria. Interestingly, they found that heating the clay to 900 degrees Celcius (1652 F) “destroys its structure, and the oxidized product is no longer antibacterial”. This confirms a point we have made before: that clay is less effective when heated, irradiated, or washed. Use only 100% pure all natural calcium bentonite clay, and the only processing your clay should receive is milling.
Willams and Haydel also neutralized the ionic charges in the the clay samples by saturating them with potassium salts. The treated samples, they reported, “no longer killed e. coli, indicating that the antibacterial agent is linked to ions that are presumably in the exchangable sites of the clay.” In other words, this confirms another point we have made. The efficacy of calcium bentonite clay therapy lies in its negative charge, which attracts and holds positively charged parasites, bacteria, and other harmful elements. Your digestive system then passes them out of your body, or you wash them off of your skin.
Calcium bentonite clay has proven effective in treating Buruli ulcer. The family of Thierry Brunet treated hundred of cases with the clay, documented the cures, and presented their findings to the World Health Organization in 2001. The clay was the only treatment without harmful side effects, and the only one to reverse the tissue damage caused by the infection. The clay even worked where surgery had failed.
If it could cure Buruli ulcer, could clay cure milder skin infections? We’ve seen it work for acne, psoriasis, and many other ailments. Unlike other treatments, it carries no harmful side effects.
(The image in the photo is a Buruli ulcer case.)