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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
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Why do you recommend Calcium Bentonite Clay over other clays?
Calcium Bentonite Clay - in its all natural form - has a uniquely strong pulling power, and therefore is the best clay for detoxing and internal cleansing, as well as for external uses such as facials and body wraps.

Is Montmorillonite Clay the same as Calcium Bentonite?
There are very few true 100% Montmorillonite clays.  Montmorillonite is a name given to certain properties and abilities of clays originally found in Montmorillon, France.  Some Montmorillonite  properties are found in different degrees in most all clays. It has become a buzz word by association. It can and is often found in your Bentonites but also in Illites, Kaolins and Chlorites as well, all to different degrees.  Today people are throwing the word around loosely. There is a good article in our Clay Info section on Criteria for Selecting a Quality Clay that is very educational in understanding clay differences.

Should I worry about draining bath clay into my septic system?
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Are Clays Organic?
To use the term "Organic" on any product without holding a certificate that indicates that your product has been manufactured, processed or grown under strict USDA guidelines can possibly lead to fines as large as $11,000.00. Simply claiming that a product is organic does not make it so. Basically, companies making claims about organic content must have their products inspected by a USDA certifying agency, and the name and contact information of that certifying agency must be displayed on the product advertised to hold organic content. This allows the consumer to verify claims made by the manufacturer.  Clay is made by God; natural clay is not grown or formulated by man. It was made pure. Without forethought, man has contaminated earth and thus, many clay deposits with chemicals, acid rain and pollutants.  Clays from deserted desert regions within sub surface mines are less likely to be contaminated. Make sure your clay is free of contaminants by requesting a copy of the provider’s lab test for microbial content. It is up to you to protect yourself. When in doubt, ask questions.  Be diligent about your health. 

Why doesn't the medical industry prescribe clay for illness and ailments?
The medical industry is run by the Pharmaceutical companies.  There's no money for them in a product that can't be patented, but there are BILLIONS for them in deadly prescription drugs.  Pharmaceutical companies go where the money is, not where the best treatment is.  Many naturopaths and holistic doctors use clay with their patients.

Is it better to buy dry powder clay or clay that has already been mixed to a gel?
That's a matter of choice.  It's quicker and easier to buy the clay already hydrated to a gel form.  But it's much more economical to buy the clay in powder form and hydrate it yourself!  Click Here for instructions on mixing clay.

Is there such a thing as safe edible clay?
Yes, but the FDA will never approve a natural clay as being edible (even though it lists Calcium Bentonite Clay on its list of GRAS - Generally Regarded as Safe - items) unless you have millions to spend for testing. They refuse to take into account the millions of testimonies and thousands of years of healing use.  Do you know who sits on the FDA Board of Directors?  Several representatives of the major Pharmaceutical companies!  There's no money for them in clay - clay can't be patented.  Therefore, they will direct the FDA to approve drugs that are unsafe and list all the many possible dangerous side effects IN SMALL PRINT, only to have to remove them from the market when people start dying.  So, yes, there is very safe, edible clay, but none that is FDA approved.  We recommend Calcium Bentonite Clay over all others. 

Should I be alarmed if clay has aluminum and other metals in it?
No.  Clay is not digested or broken down into its mineral elements.  It acts as a whole and holds its integrity.  It pulls any positively charged item (toxins, metals, bacteria, etc.) to itself and leaves the body.  Alumino silicates are crystalline compounds, usually made up of silicon, aluminum and oxygen.  As long as the aluminum is bound in this form, it poses no health risk.  The aluminum is never in isolated form, and is not adsorbed into the body.

Are all Calcium Bentonites non-swelling?
No.  There are some exceptionally strong Calcium Bentonites that swell at a 3 to 1 ratio.  Swelling Green Calcium Bentonites are historically very popular healing clays.

What is the best way to use Calcium Bentonite Clay to remove toxic metals from the body? I've heard that toxins can be re-absorbed by the body if the detox process is not done properly.
Taking a good quality natural clean Calcium Bentonite clay is always stronger than a processed clay.  A 325 screen mesh green healing is recommended. Take the clay daily, 1-2 ounce twice a day (depending on how many toxins you are consciously exposed to, i.e. working around chemicals) for a week.  And when the system is cleaned and balanced, 1 ounce a day usually does the trick.  This is referring to 1 oz of premixed liquid clay - 1 part of clay powder to 8 parts of purified water.  This is preventative and keeps toxins from getting in the body.
  To help rid the body of already stored toxins, the Family Hope Center, which treats Autistic children, recommends 2 clay baths a week for 5 weeks using 2 cups of Therapeutic Living Clay per bath.  Since Mercury tends to linger it would not hurt to repeat clay baths on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.  The beauty of clay is that it draws impurities to itself and pulls them into itself so that danger of re-absorption by the body is not likely to occur.  Some products loosen the metals, so to speak, but are not as good at capturing them like clay. 

I'm interested in knowing more about how I might treat my 2 cats and 1 dog for parasites, and other possible needs.  What type of clay and what dosage? 
Clay is so good for pets and ridding them of internal parasites.  You can put some powder clay in their water but it mostly sinks to the bottom.  A neat trick is to get a syringe (without the needle) and suck some of the premixed clay water (1 to 8 ratio of clay to water) into it and hold them and gradually inject it into their mouth.  You can't do clay wrong so don't worry about how much, though for kittens a teaspoon would be fine.  Bigger pets more.  Do it every other day for a week.  Then off a week and on a week for several months to get the unhatched parasite eggs out.  Usually you will notice white specks in the feces and your pet will be friskier.  You can brush their teeth with clay also and of course use it on cuts and rashes topically.  Good for horses too. We recommend the Therapeutic Living Clay but Pascalite might work equally well.  The Therapeutic Living Clay has a high pH and is milled very fine.  Since it swells to three times its mass, it has more volume for drawing out impurities and toxins. 



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