Armed with the proper
information, there’s no reason to fear the latest news about toxins
and pharmaceutical drugs being found in your water. Not to say that
this news isn’t alarming. Measures must be taken to remove these
harmful substances from our eco-system. But until the day that dream
becomes a reality, you can protect yourself and your loved ones
with calcium bentonite clay. Taken internally, calcium bentonite clay
safely removes toxins from your system.
What’s all the uproar about?
A recent 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. The drugs found
included antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, a disinfectant, and
even anti-seizure medication – all found in a water supply that serves
more than 1 million people. And this is 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.” Nationwide, the AP reported that
researchers found anti-depressants, antacids, synthetic hormones from
birth control pills, and many other human and animal medicines in the
Francisco, tests found a sex
the water tested positive for heart medicines and a prescription
tranquilizer. The article states that scientists do not know the
health effects of long-term exposure to such drugs. And while some
scientist are saying there’s nothing to worry about, other’s fear
chronic exposure could alter immune responses or interfere with
adolescents' developing hormone systems. 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.
According to a CBS News article (Probe:
Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water),
there’s another issue: There's evidence that adding chlorine, a common
process in conventional drinking water treatment plants, makes some
pharmaceuticals more toxic. The article went on to say that even
users of bottled water and home filtration systems don't necessarily
avoid exposure. Bottlers, some of which simply repackage tap water, do
not typically treat or test for pharmaceuticals, according to the
industry's main trade group. The same goes for the makers of home
For several decades, federal
environmental officials and nonprofit watchdog environmental groups
have focused on regulated contaminants - pesticides, lead, PCBs -
which are present in higher concentrations and clearly pose a health
risk. However, some experts say medications may pose a unique danger
because, unlike most pollutants, they were crafted to act on the human
body. "These are chemicals that are designed to have very specific
effects at very low concentrations. That's what pharmaceuticals do. So
when they get out to the environment, it should not be a shock to
people that they have effects," says zoologist John Sumpter at Brunel
University in London, who has studied trace hormones, heart medicine
and other drugs.
There is a safe and easy way to
protect yourself from these horrifying contaminants –
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
How does Bentonite clay work?
Bentonite 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 way:
“The 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."
How do we use the Bentonite clay?
In 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 obviously now in
our water, the contaminants abound. However, with Bentonite clay, you
can keep yourself healthy and vibrant.
Perry A~, author of
Living Clay: Nature’s Own Miracle Cure,
suggests the following protocol to keep yourself internally cleansed.
First, clay must be taken internally. You can either eat hydrated
clay ‘paste’ or drink liquefied clay. A good Bentonite clay will be
very smooth and creamy and have virtually no taste. One to two
tablespoons of hydrated clay daily is the recommend amount for
adults. If you’re drinking liquefied clay, start with one to two
ounces twice a day made with 1 part of dry powder calcium Bentonite
clay to 8 parts of water.
Perry 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.
Or you can simply add 4 cups or more of liquefied Bentonite clay to
your bath. A clay bath should last ideally between 15-20 minutes
in extremely hot water and longer
in a less hot bath. Submerge as much of
your body as possible during the bath.
The more clay that is used
in the therapy, the more powerful the response.
Which clay should we use?
According to Jason Eaton (www.EytonsEarth.org)
the best healing clay is a natural clay that has not been processed
(heated or bleached). The ‘cleaning’ process removes many of the
healing qualities of the clay. You want a raw, clean, natural,
swelling clay (one that expands when mixed with water). Perry A~
recommends using natural calcium
clay due to its high pH and uniquely strong adsorption and absorption
abilities. It’s best to choose a fine-milled clay, preferably one
milled to 325 mesh. This ensures that once the clay is hydrated or
liquefied, it will not be gritty. Also, when choosing a company from
which to purchase your clay, make certain they can provide a chemical
analysis of their clay, along with lab testing to prove its purity.
If they can’t or won’t provide such documents, you should look