Autism with Bentonite Clay
Many autism treatment centers,
including a clinic based in Austin treating autistic patients
worldwide, are incorporating the use of Bentonite clay in their
successful treatment regimens. Detoxing and chelating with calcium
Bentonite clay baths is proving to be a key factor in their success.
Studies are showing the clay's unique ability to safely remove metals
and environmental toxins from the body clears the way for greater
results with behavioral and integrative therapies.
The number of children diagnosed
annually with autism is escalating at a truly frightening rate. In the
1980s, a study showed that 4 in every 10,000 children showed signs of
autism. A recent study by Cambridge University's Autism Research
Center showed that approximately 1 in 60 children has some form of the
condition. The controversy over what causes autism spectrum disorder
has grown almost as rapidly as the number of cases, with most
researchers searching frantically for a genetic culprit, while others
point to environmental factors.
Current research has shown that
while there does appear to be a genetic factor in many autism cases,
environmental factors may be the trigger that actually sets off the
disorder. "There's really the role for something in the environment
that could be triggering someone who is genetically susceptible," says
Dr. Gary Goldstein, a child neurologist who directs the Kennedy
Krieger Institute in Maryland.
"I think there's a real concern
that there's been a change in our environment," said Dr. Carol
Berkowitz, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "An
exposure to some toxins, chemicals, environmental factors -- either
when a mother is pregnant or after the delivery of the child -- that
has led to autism."
Many have pointed to childhood
vaccinations as the cause of autism, and the debate continues on that
point. Some researchers dismiss the correlation while others refer to
data showing that unvaccinated children show a significantly lower
rate of autism than children who have been vaccinated. Specifically,
some researchers blame mercury, which is still present in the flu
vaccines given to children as part of the vaccination regime. Others
point to the dramatic increase in the number of vaccinations given in
accordance with the CDC Mandatory Vaccination Schedule. In 1983, the
total number of vaccines given to children from birth through 6 years
of age was 10. In 2007, that number had grown to 36.
The range of environmental toxins
that could be triggering autism envelopes everything from the
previously mentioned mercury to lead and other toxic metals,
pesticides, food additives, flame retardants, phthalates (found in
cosmetics and vinyl, including vinyl flooring), antibacterial soaps,
pet flea shampoos, and even fluoride.
Chelation, Internal Cleansing and
With environmental toxins playing such
a significant factor in the onset of autism, it becomes imperative to
protect ourselves from them, and to remove them from our systems as
rapidly as possible. Unfortunately, it's impossible to completely
avoid these toxins; they are in the air we breathe, the water we
drink, and the food we eat. Internal cleansing and detoxification are
needed to remove these substances from our bodies. Many naturopaths
and holistic doctors are recommending chelation and detoxification
programs in addition to behavioral therapy for their autistic
agree that when you remove these toxins, all other behavioral and
integrative therapies such as music therapy and applied behavioral
analysis, work much more easily and effectively.
Chelators are substances that bind to heavy metals. The two most
common chelators used by medical professionals are transdermal DMPS
and oral DMSA. These chelation therapies generally work well, but they
are quite expensive and there is a greater risk of side effects
(headache, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, cramps), especially for children.
There is a better, more natural way to detoxify the body that has less
risk of reactions, and works just as well, if not better -- calcium
is Calcium Bentonite Clay, and How Does it Work?
Calcium Bentonite clay is a member of the Montmorillonite/Smectite
family of clays. It is one of the most
sought after of the healing clays. It carries a uniquely strong
negative ionic charge which causes it to "magnetically" attract any
substance with a positive ionic charge (i.e., bacteria, toxins,
metals, etc.). These substances are both adsorbed (sticking to the
outside like Velcro) and absorbed (drawn inside) by the clay
molecules. The toxins are then eliminated from the body as the clay
is eliminated or removed.
Calcium Bentonite clay is used both internally and externally to
detoxify the body. Clay cannot be digested, so when taken internally
in liquefied form, the clay passes through your system collecting the
toxins, and removing them as the clay is eliminated. If drinking the
liquefied clay is not palatable to you, it can be added to food,
juices, or smoothies. Used externally, clay baths have proven to be
highly effective at removing toxins. Discussing clay baths in his book The Clay Cure,
Ran Knishinsky states, "It is a fairly simple procedure, and it can do
a lot of good in a relatively short time. Because of clay's excellent
drawing effect, the clay has the power to literally pull toxicities
through the pores of the skin in the bath." And Wendell Hoffman,
author of Using Energy to Heal, found that Bentonite clay, when
used in a bath, can and does draw out toxic chemicals through the
pores of the skin.
Dr. Miriam Jang, M.D., author of
Breakthroughs in Autism stated:
"I have put a huge number of
patients on these clay baths and the levels of heavy metals -- mercury,
lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium -- have come down dramatically. I
have been monitoring the levels of metals using all three methods (TD
DMPS, oral DMSA and clay baths) and the clay baths are way faster in
the removal of metals. One particular patient had very high levels of
mercury and levels of lead that were off the charts. In 3 months of
twice weekly clay baths, the lead came down dramatically and the
mercury disappeared. The muscle weakness associated with high lead
levels improved dramatically."
Choosing the right clay
When selecting a clay for healing and
detoxing purposes, it's important to remember that not all clays are
created equal. Some clays should never be used externally, let alone
internally. You must do your due diligence and make certain that you
are using a high quality, safe, healing clay. According to an article
written by Perry A~, author of Calcium
Bentonite Clay, Nature's Pathway to Healing, and published
certain standards should be followed when choosing a good quality
detoxing clay. The clay should be a natural, contaminant free calcium
Bentonite Clay with a pH of 8.7 or higher. Processed clays have a
reduced efficacy, so it's best to use a natural, unprocessed clay.
And choose the clay company carefully as well. You should look for a
company that provides a mineral analysis sheet, a certified laboratory
microbial test, and direct contact information including a phone
number and physical address. There are too many "fly-by-night"
companies out there, so make sure you're dealing with a reputable
of the current autism research funding is being spent on finding a
genetic factor that causes the disorder. This is vital research that
should continue. But more funding must be used to study the
environmental factors as well, and clay therapy in particular.
Several holistic autism clinics are achieving great success with clay
therapy. Unfortunately, since clay cannot be patented by the
pharmaceutical companies, they are not willing to promote its use, and
therefore the medical society is largely unaware of the benefits of
calcium Bentonite clay.
Cheryl McCoy has been
researching and studying the healing benefits of clay since 2003 She
has worked extensively with clay expert Perry A~ Arledge, and is the
co-owner of the Apex Bentonite Clay
company. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.