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Montmorillonite Clay or Calcium Bentonite can be taken to charge the immune system during an ongoing disease, and it can also be taken as a preventative to ward off any potential ailments.
More people suffer from nervous and mental conditions in the twentieth century than in the last two centuries combined.
It is generally recognized that the United States is the most over-medicated, over-operated, over-inoculated, and doctor-dependent country in the world.
Natural medicine, with its emphasis on health prevention and maintenance rather than treatment of disease, offers a safe alternative.
These are some of the benefits most people experience from eating clay after two to four weeks of use:
Over two hundred cultures world wide eat dirt on a daily basis…In Europe, clay is sold for its gastrointestinal benefits and its purification properties…We have long heard of people eating clay, known as geophagy...
It has been credited with improving the health of many people suffering from a wide range of illnesses. These include constipation, diarrhea, anemia, chronic infections, skin ailments such as eczema and acne, heavy-metal poisoning, exposure to pesticides and other toxins, arthritis, and stress.
Why haven't you heard about eating clay more often? If herbs and other natural remedies are receiving national attention in the media, why hasn't eating clay become more popular with the mainstream by now? Actually in recent years it has been catching on.
The idea of eating dirt disgusts most people.We shower in chlorinated water, eat foods ridden with pesticides, and herbicides, consume meats plugged up with synthetic hormones and antibiotics, and breathe cancerous fumes and vapors from factories, cars, and dyes than ever consider eating natural dirt from the earth!Never mind that the dirt will pull toxins from the body, stimulate the immune system, and absorb and bind pathogenic viruses, pesticides, and herbicides such as Paraquat and Roundup, in addition to many other functions.
Animals are instinctively drawn to clay, often when it is in the form of mud. Animals lick the clay or if injured, roll around in it to obtain relief from their injuries.Many herbivorous animals will eat clay after ingesting herbs loaded with tannins, a toxic substance.
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. Its particles are agents of stimulation and transformation capable of withholding and releasing energy at impulse.When it is in contact with the body, its very nature compels it to release its vital force: the same vital force from which so many plants and animals feed.
The best-known characteristic of clay is that it “acts as needed.” Clay is said to propel the immune system to find a new healthy balance. Clay strengthens the body to a point of higher resistance. In this way, the body’s natural immune system has an improved chance of restoring and maintaining health.
Certain varieties of clay contain minerals in nutritionally significant amounts; it can successfully be taken as a dietary supplement. Without minerals, the body will easily succumb to disease. When a dying cell is charged by an electrical current, it will become living once again. Minerals themselves hold positive and electrical charges. The exchange of these charges accounts for its action. When we give the cell the essential minerals it needs to live, it can regenerate and “nurse” itself back to health.
One analysis of Montmorillonite clay found in Nevada contained 74 mineral elements!
Among the clays suitable for eating, Montmorillonite is the most common and most sought after.
Montmorillonite clay was named after the town of Montmorillon, France, where it was first identified. This clay belongs to the Smectite group.
It is the most preferred species of edible clay, next to green clay. Its ability to adsorb and absorb toxins is greater than that of the clays in the other groups. The available types of Montmorillonite vary in color, consistency, and shape. The color may be white, gray, or pink, with tints of yellow or green. Sources of Montmorillonite include the United States, Italy, and France.
Although you may have heard of Bentonite as much-used industrial clay, currently, several companies are selling Bentonite in their health formulas. Bentonite is widely distributed in nature. The source of Bentonite is weathered volcanic ash. Its name was derived from the Fort Benton series of cretaceous rocks in Wyoming, where it was first found.
The name can be misleading; Bentonite is not a mineral name but a trade name for commercially sold swelling clay. It is often used in commerce as a name for Montmorillonite, and sometimes the names are used interchangeably.
To understand why more value has been placed on certain clay minerals than on others, we must study two important properties that will help us define the minerals; Adsorb and Absorb.
The two words look alike, but their difference is critical in understanding the functions of clay minerals.
Characterizes the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of the adsorbent medium. The clay possesses unsatisfied ionic bonds around the edges of its mineral particles. It naturally seeks to satisfy those bonds. For this to happen, it must meet with a substance carrying an opposite electrical (ionic) charge. When this occurs, the ions held around the outside structural units of the adsorbent medium and the substance are exchanged.
The particles of clay are said to carry a negative electrical charge, whereas impurities, or toxins, carry a positive electrical charge.
In the human body... when clay is taken internally, the positively charged toxins are attracted by the negatively charged edges of the clay mineral. An exchange reaction occurs whereby the clay swaps its ions for those of the other substance. Now, electrically satisfied, it holds the toxin in suspension till the body can eliminate both.
This is a much more slow and involved process than adsorption. Here the clay acts more like a sponge, drawing substances into its internal structure...
by Ran Knishinsky
/The Clay Cure /by Ran Knishinsky, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT 05767 Copyright © 1998 Inner Traditions / Bear & Co. www.HealingArtsPress.com