The following bits
of research and information were gathered by Perry A~, author of
Living Clay: Nature’s Own Miracle Cure,
www.LivingClayBook.com, in an attempt to
explain many of the mysteries about clay and why its workings are so
hard to define and understand. The simple response is this: Clay is a
Living substance and is subject to constant change. Its primary
functions are to adsorb, absorb and balance. As it goes about its
primary functions, it opens the pathway for healing and the natural
restoration of health. The references below apply to the Smectite/Montmorillonite
family of clays commonly known as calcium Bentonite clays, that have
the ability to both absorb and adsorb, and are often referred to as
Disease happens when the body gets out
of balance. Clay helps bring the body back into its natural state of
Clay is formed from ash spewed from a volcanic eruption which landed
in an inland sea or lake bed and evolved over millions of years. Every
piece of clay retains a considerable amount of energy from the large
and powerful magnetic entity of the Earth. Raymond Dextreit says on
the subject, “Among the properties to which we can attribute the
effect of clay is radioactivity.” Not radioactivity as we know it. He
says that clay is radioactive to a degree but this radioactivity is
generally imperceptible to the testing apparatus used in laboratories
at present. Scientists differ widely as to the significance of the
radioactivity in clay. It seems that clay has, among other properties,
the ability to either stimulate a deficiency or absorb an excess in
the radioactivity of the body on which it is applied. On an organism
which has suffered and still retains the radiations of radium or any
other intensive radioactive source, the radioactivity is first
enhanced and then absorbed. Clay could, in this way, ensure the
protection of an organism overexposed to atomic radiations.
Through energetic action clay transmits an extraordinary strength to
an organism and helps to rebuild vital potential through liberation of
the latent energy. It is a catalyst more than an agent. As a
catalyst, clay favors the transformations and operations of synthesis,
thus allowing better use of the absorbed elements, i.e. vitamins and
minerals we take or get from the food we eat. As a powerful agent of
stimulation, transformation and transmission of energy, clay
stimulates energy and revitalizes the body
can only marvel at what clay can do. “The same teaspoon of clay can
cure an obstinate carbuncle and tenacious anemia equally well. Curing
the carbuncle is explained by clay’s absorbent power….but anemia?!”
questioned Raymond Dextreit, author of Our Earth, Our Cure.
Well, it seems that clay is particularly rich in certain diastases and
enzymes. Some of these diastases, the oxidases, have the power of
fixing free oxygen, thus making it a powerful antioxidant.
Clay’s amazing abilities to adsorb and absorb make it one of the most
powerful methods of cleansing the body by detoxing. Michel Abehsera,
author of The Healing Clay, tells us that when used internally,
whether taken orally, anally or vaginally, clay goes to the place
where the harm is found. There it lodges, perhaps for several days,
until finally it draws out the toxins or diseased tissue with its
Clay has high alkaline pH. Acidity is the breeding ground for
disease. Clay brings pH into balance.
Clay is a natural analgesic. It immediately reduces or eliminates
pain when applied topically.
Clay stimulates lymphatic glands, blood flow and circulation. A
natural chelator and detoxifier, clay pulls toxins and impurities.
French homeopaths documented that a system-wide detoxification effect
occurs within seconds of placing Montmorillonite-type clay in the
mouth, which demonstrates that the clay acts as a catalyst.
A recent article in NaturalNews.com (www.naturalnews.com/022674.html)
tells us that clay baths have become increasing popular as a safe and
effective means of detoxing heavy metals from the body through the
pores of the skin.
One of clay’s peculiarities is based on its
physical-chemical domination. From a thermodynamic point of view, clay
cannot be the sole source of the energy of the phenomena it produces.
Clay’s effect as a dynamic presence is far more significant than the
mere consideration of the substances it contains. It is much more
than its chemical analysis shows it to be. Jason Eaton of Eytons
said, “In fact, I do not believe it is possible for a clay bath to
LITERALLY pull out toxins in the body; not to the extent that it
does. I believe that the clay reaction enables the body itself to let
go of the toxic waste accumulated, and the clay provides the path to
Louis Kervran, the French scientist, world-famous for his provocative
work on Biological Transmutations, writes about a shrimp that lives in
clay: “It has been known for a long time that living organisms inhabit
clay without any organic supply of food from the outside. The
Niphargus shrimp lives in the clay of caves. Experiments have shown
that it grows normally in pure clay to which nothing has been added.
Research workers therefore thought that the shrimp lived on clay and
nothing but clay, an impossibility according to the laws of
biochemistry. Actually, it cannot live thus in clay alone, but this
clay contains microorganisms which work for the shrimp, making
vitamins, various mineral products, nitrogen, phosphorous, and
calcium, etc.” Therefore clay is a live medium which helps generate
and maintain life.
Raymond Dextreit wrote he was certain of the antiseptic and antibiotic
powers of clay but it puzzled him. Clay does not act specifically on
one or several bacteria varieties; rather it prevents their
proliferation by reinforcing the defenses of the organism. Thus again
we see how clay brings the body into balance.
general, clay has remarkable resistance to chemical agents and only
the most energetic ones can attack it. As a bacteria-absorbing agent
it can render contaminated water innocuous. The nutritionist Linda
Clark mentions in her recent book, The Best of Linda Clark,
that a European doctor, Meyer-Camberg, recommends clay for
neutralizing poisons. According to Dr. Meyer-Camberg, clay takes care
of any bad poisoning such as arsenic. It suffices to take 1
teaspoonful of clay mixed in a glass of water every hour for six hours
to be out of trouble.
According to information found at Shirley’s
Wellness Cafe (www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com),
myths about clay and the elements that make up a clay molecule are
rampant. One deals with aluminum. Clay is a
compound. All of the elements that make up clay are bound together and
act as a whole.
Alumino silicates are
crystalline compounds, usually made up of silicon, aluminum and
oxygen. They are tightly bound together. As long as the aluminum is
bound in this form, it poses no health risk. The aluminum in clay is
never in an isolated form, and is not adsorbed into the body. This
refers to all metals in clay. They are in an oxide form tightly bound
Clay is interactive with each person’s individual specific chemical
makeup. It adapts to your needs. As the Native American Indians said
of clay, “It has a wisdom of its own.” From helping to prevent the
proliferation of pathogenic germs and parasites to aiding with
rebuilding of healthy tissues and cells, clay is a ‘living’ cure.
Perry A~ is the author of Living Clay: Nature’s
Own Miracle Cure and has been an ongoing student in the study of
Bentonite Clays since the early 1990’s. It was then she first tried a
green healing Calcium Bentonite Clay that captured her fascination as
to the amazing healing potential of dirt. She has been an advocate for
this clay ever since. To read an excerpt from her book, please visit