Calcium Bentonite Clay - Safe Protection from Environmental
by Cheryl McCoy
the past few months, there has been an outbreak of reports of
chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and toxins being found in
our water supply, our food, our air, our soil-- just about
everything we come in contact with it seems. But, armed
with the proper information, there's no reason to live in a
state of fear. Of course, measures must be taken to remove
these harmful substances from our eco-system, but until that
dream becomes a reality, you can protect yourself and your loved
ones with calcium Bentonite clay. Used both externally and
internally, calcium Bentonite clay safely removes toxins from
are we up against?
are just a few samples of the reports that have surfaced
CDC announced that traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were
found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed
what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water
also contaminated with the ingredient. The study by scientists
at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked
for the chemical, perchlorate, in different brands of powdered
baby formula. The chemical has turned up in several
cities' drinking water supplies. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-04-03-baby-formula-chemical_N.htm)
News recently reported on a study conducted by Baylor University
researcher Bryan Brooks, and published in Environmental
Toxicology and Chemistry, that examined fish caught near
Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and Orlando, testing them
for residues of pharmaceuticals. The results showed that these
fish are contaminated with a chemical cocktail of seven
different prescription medications, including cholesterol drugs,
blood pressure drugs, allergy drugs and psychiatric medications
used to treat bipolar disorder and depression, and two different
chemicals used as artificial fragrance in soaps. (http://www.naturalnews.com/025933.html)
Today recently reported on a new study finding that young
children have high levels of chemical fire retardants in their
blood. The report stated "Toddlers and preschoolers had
levels of the chemicals that were on average three times higher
than their mothers', according to a study of 20 families by the
Environmental Working Group, which has campaigned against the
chemicals for several years. The chemicals, called
polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are widely used in
televisions, remote controls, computers, mattresses and other
products. Scientists are concerned that the chemicals cause
brain damage in animals and may cause hyperactivity in children,
says Jimmy Roberts, a member of the American Academy of
Pediatrics' committee on environmental health. Doctors also are
concerned that the chemicals affect the reproductive organs and
hormone systems." (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-09-03-fire-retardants-children_N.htm)
same chemicals are showing up in high amounts in the breast milk
of American mothers. Two studies found that all of the women
tested were contaminated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
Their PBDE levels were the highest in the world: 10 to 20 times
higher than those in Europe, where the chemicals are being
phased out. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-09-22-breast-milk_x.htm)
year, an article in the Washington Post (Area Tap Water Has
Traces of Medicines) warned that trace amounts of 6 popular
prescription drugs had been found in the area's drinking
water, and that these harmful substances could not be filtered
out by most treatment systems. This was not an isolated
incident. According to the article, "Pharmaceuticals,
along with trace amounts of caffeine, were found in the drinking
water supplies of 24 of 28 metropolitan areas tested."
Although experts agree that aquatic life are most at risk from
exposure to the drugs in rivers and streams, researchers are
concerned about what they don't know about human health effects.
water is evidently not the answer. Natural News recently
reported (http://www.naturalnews.com/025993.html) that bottled
water from across the country contained a wide variety of toxic
substances, according to laboratory tests conducted by the
Environmental Working Group (EWG). "Our tests strongly
indicate that the purity of bottled water cannot be
trusted," the study authors write. Researchers
conducted comprehensive tests at the renowned University of Iowa
Hygienic Laboratory on 10 leading bottled water brands,
purchased from retailers in nine states and the District of
Columbia (D.C.). A total of 38 toxic pollutants were detected
altogether, with each brand containing an average of eight.
Chemicals detected included fluoride, byproducts of
chlorine-based disinfection, caffeine, pharmaceutical drugs,
fertilizer residue, plasticizers, solvents, fuel propellants,
arsenic, other minerals and heavy metals, and radioactive
isotopes. Four brands also contained bacteria.
is a safe and easy way to protect yourself from these horrifying
contaminants -- calcium bentonite clay. According to
Michel Abeshera, author of The Healing Clay, "Clay has
a remarkable resistance to chemical agents as a
bacteria-destroying agent it can render contaminated water
does calcium bentonite clay work?
clay 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.
Your body doesn't digest clay, so the clay passes through your
system, collecting the toxins, and removing them as the clay is
eliminated. It's like a little internal vacuum cleaner.
In his book The Clay Cure, Ran Knishinsky states it this
clay's immediate action upon the body is directly on the
digestive channel. This involves the clay actually binding
with the toxic substances and removing them from the body with
the stool. It performs this job with every kind of toxin,
including those from the environment, such as heavy metals, and
those that occur naturally as by-products of the body's own
health processes, such as metabolic toxins. It's hard to
believe that the body produces its own toxins, but that may
happen as a result of stress, inefficient metabolism, or the
proliferation of free radicals. The body has no problem
ridding itself of the clay. Don't worry about a tiny brick
house being built in the middle of your colon. The clay
assists the body's eliminatory process by acting as a bulking
agent, similar to psyllium fiber, sweeping out the old matter
that doesn't need to be there. It is not digested in the
same manner as food as it passes through the alimentary canal.
Instead, it stimulates intestinal peristalsis, the muscular
contractions that move food and stool through the bowels.
The clay and the adsorbed toxins are both eliminated together;
this keeps the toxins from being reabsorbed into the
bloodstream. Clay works on the entire organism. No
one part of the body is left untouched by its healing energies.
I don't know of another supplement that is quite as capable as
clay of producing such a wide range of positive reactions."
do we use the calcium bentonite clay?
this day and age, there's virtually no way to isolate yourself
from the toxins that surround us. In our air, in our food,
in the ground beneath our feet, and in our water, the
contaminants abound. However, with calcium bentonite clay,
you can keep yourself healthy and vibrant.
A~, author of Calcium
Bentonite Clay, Nature's Pathway to Healing,
suggests the following protocol to keep yourself internally
cleansed. First, clay must be taken internally. Take
two ounces of liquefied clay twice a day made with 1 part dry
powder calcium Bentonite clay to 8 parts water for 14 days.
After that, you can scale back to 1 ounce a day.
A~ also recommends taking clay baths twice a week. Clay
baths help keep your body cleansed by pulling toxins through the
pores. To prepare a clay bath, scatter about 2 cups of
Bentonite clay powder into the bath water as it's running, and
use your hands to swish away any lumps that might form. A
clay bath should last ideally between 15-20. Submerge as
much of your body as possible during the bath. The more
clay that is used in the therapy, the more powerful the
do we choose the right clay?
are many companies selling clay these days, but you need to know
this: 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
published in Natural News (http://www.naturalnews.com/025053.html),
the following standards should be followed when choosing a good
quality detoxing clay:
natural calcium Bentonite clay pure and free of contaminants.
*A pH of 8.7 or above.
*From a company that provides a mineral analysis sheet.
*From a company that provides a certified laboratory microbial
*A Montmorillonite-Smectite Clay that Absorbs and Adsorb.
*So pure it is odorless and tasteless.
*It is an all natural vs. processed clay.
*Has professional packaging (no Ziploc bags or hand-written
labels) with labels showing directions and ingredients.
*A non-gritty clay
*From a company that gives you direct contact information - a
phone number, physical address and an e-mail address.
*From a company available to answer questions about their clay.
*From a reliable company that has been in business for several
*A clay that does not stain material.
Today: "CDC: Rocket fuel chemical found in baby
Adams, Natural News: "Cocktail of Pharmaceuticals Found in the
Fish Caught Near Major U.S. Cities", http://www.naturalnews.com/025933.html
Szabo, USA Today: "Fire Retardant Chemicals Found in
Toddler's Blood", http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-09-03-fire-retardants-children_N.htm
Weise, USA Today: "Flame retardant found in breast milk".
D. Leonnig, Washing Post: "Area Tap Water Has Traces of
Gutierrez, Natural News: "Bottled Water Found Contaminated
with Medications, Fertilizer, Disinfectant Chemicals" http://www.naturalnews.com/025993.html
Healing Clay, Michel Abehsera, 1986, Lyle Stuart.
A~ Arledge, Natural News: "Criteria for Selecting a Quality
Healing Clay", http://www.naturalnews.com/025053.html
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 email@example.com.