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Bentonite Clay and detoxification


Another important up and coming product these days has been around for a very long time; used by American Indians, The Aztecs and many other peoples for centuries is Bentonite Clay.   We would like to focus on Nature's Sunshine'sŪ Liquid Bentonite Clay in this issue.

An overview on how it works and where it comes from.

When a volcano erupts, there is often a fine steam or mist released which contains a substance known as volcanic ash. Bentonite is a volcanic ash. As it contains many minerals (24 to 33), it serves to mineralize the soil. Bentonite clay can be mined from veins which are two to three feet wide and deep, but many yards long. Natives on every continent have used volcanic ash for centuries both internally and externally.

The value of montmorillonite (the active ingredient in bentonite) lies in its ability to adsorb (not absorb) many times its own weight and volume in an aqueous medium. It has a predominantly negative charge that is capable of attracting many kinds of positively charged particles. Its negative charge enables it to pick up positively charged, toxic material from the alimentary canal to be expelled in the feces. The adsorption is a rapid process and can quickly neutralize allergens before they attach themselves to blood cells, thus preventing allergic reaction. There is no evidence that bentonite has any chemical action on the body. Its power is purely physical. Studies have also found that the montmorillonite in the Detoxificant removes bacteria and thus can help relieve symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, malaise, headaches and nausea.

Raymond Dextreit, the French naturopath who popularized the clay cure in his own country, believes bentonite's (a particular kind of clay) powers transcend its purely three-dimensional physical properties. "From a thermodynamic point of view," he writes, "clay cannot be the sole source of energy of the phenomenon it produces. Clay is a dynamic presence - a catalyst rather than an agent itself.  This is possible because clay is alive."  Most of the poisons in the body Dextreit notes, are positively charged, whereas clay has a negative electrical attraction. Thus, he writes, "These toxins cannot resist being drawn toward the clay."  Robert T. Martin, a mineralogist at MIT, points to bentonite's minute particles, which create a large surface area in proportion to the volume used. "The greater the surface area,," he says, 'the greater the power to pick up positively charged particles or toxins."

Metal and Chemical poisoning is considered to be one of the major causes of the following diseases:

Almost all cancers, but especially cancer of bladder, liver, stomach, and other organs.  Alzheimer's Disease, Asthma, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epilepsy, Emphysema, Fibromyalgia, Heart Diseases, Hypertension, Kidney diseases, Liver diseases, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Neurological disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia. Chemical and metal toxicity can cause cell breakdown, possible chromosomal damage, destruction of tissue, damages T-cell production, and causes genetic changes, a cause of tumors, and thyroid problems.

Natives of North America utilized a wide variety of clays for healing, food/body purification, and spiritual ceremonies. Quality clay, highly prized for trade with other tribes, formed a significant part of their culture. Berries were often added as a dye for use as facial paint for tribal warriors. It was used in sweat lodge ceremonies and taken with food to prevent stomach illness. They gauged the quality of clay and categorized it according to its natural color.

The Egyptians used clay extensively in their spiritual culture. High quality clay was the prime ingredient in their unmatched embalming process, helping to perfectly preserve mummified bodies for thousands of years. It is safe to assume that they used it for other purposes also, yet much of what we know of their ancient culture is built from an incomplete model and therefore sadly lacking.

The Essenes ( famed authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls ) used clay as a primary modality for natural healing, aware of it's incredible power to heal a wide variety of conditions.

The Amargosians ( predecessors to the Aztecs ), the Aborigines, and natives of Mexico and South America all recognized the benefit of clays. Modern research has shown that some cultures have greatly benefited from clays through ingestion as a natural ingredient in their water supplies.

Edgar Cayce once recommended a healing clay which proved to cure a serious eye condition which would have left the individual blinded ( the treatment worked ).

The largest clay deposit in the world is located in Bavaria, Germany.

The most famous clay comes from an immense deposit of green clay located in France, which is one reason why the French have more experience with the use of green clays than other modern/European civilizations.

The highest quality well-known clay deposits ( not necessarily for healing ) are located in India - hence the origin of the term Indian Clay ( the term itself did NOT originate from Native American use ).

Modern Uses

Modern man has also recognized the incredible qualities of bentonite for industrial and cosmetic use. Although the current medical community, under the hand of the FDA, has stated it has no medicinal or curative value, many people under the wings of experience use clay for healing.

Though known primarily for its use in luxurious facial cosmetics in France, French sailors at one time used clay to prevent dysentery by adding it to their drinking water supply. Indeed, bentonite will inoculate water contaminated with a very wide variety of bacteria, rendering it safe to drink.

Most of the mineral supplements purchased by our modern culture are extracted from clays; through years of natural development, prime quality clays often selectively adsorb trace minerals conducive to highly organized biological life.

Russian scientists use bentonite to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material, by coating their hands and bodies with a hydrated bentonite "magma" before donning radiation suits. Bentonite adsorbs radiation so well, in fact, that it was the choice material used to dump into Cherynobl after the nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union.

In industry, bentonite is used as an additive to cement and pottery. It is used as a lubricant in drilling, as a sealer for manmade lakes, a base in cosmetic formulas, and an emulsifying agent for countless products manufactured. A specially processed bentonite is used for bleaching countless food and other consumer goods. Many manufacturers add bentonite to their products to utilize its deodorizing properties.

Healing clay is by NO MEANS a cure all for disease. However, it IS UNDENIABLY one of the most effective catalysts for healing in nature.

 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and bentonite clay:  Hydrated Bentonite clay wraps properly heated and applied completely around the wrists ( about 1/2 inch thick ), covered, and left on overnight have a tremendous impact upon Carpal Tunnel Syndrome usually within forty-eight hours. Some people have reported increased localized pain and stiffness after the first night's application. However, these same people then have reported a lessening of pain after 48 hours, and complete relief after 72 hours. Full motor control in the severe cases I've seen is usually regained within three weeks of continued treatment. In two people that I've seen, the pain began to return two months later; one treatment of clay relieved all pain.

How can clay possibly accomplish this? The answer is as simple as it is mysterious.

In his article "True Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" ( Paul R. Martin, McHenry NeuroDiagnostics, McHenry, Illinois, copyright 1996 ) Paul writes "Anything which will promote circulation, help to relieve inflammation, aid in removal of local toxins, and soothe irritated muscles and tendons will help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

Healing clay packs worth energetically with the human system. By actually pulling contaminants through the skin ( due to it's electromagnetic properties ), the clay reduces swelling / inflammation and STIMULATES the immune system. An energy exchange that occurs in a strong clay action is so evident that it can be visually measured.

With a subtle radiation that is so minute it is nearly impossible to detect, the clay also increases the flow of energy to the area being treated. Due to the energy exchange and the immune system stimulation, one should always use the pinpoint treatment method, i.e.. Never treat more than one condition at a time.

Today, I share this information freely in hope that those who truly have the desire to heal may avoid unnecessary surgery, and eliminate a very painful condition.

CLAY SYNERGISTICALLY works with the body. In union, they work with the subtle realities of health, healing, and energy to restore the body to greater states of equilibrium.

Please note that in my own personal studies, I used a very high quality clay which I processed and prepared using my own methods. I have never seen a store bought clay or any other marketed clay as potent for healing purposes as that which I have used. However, the principles are the same, and anyone who prepares store bought clay properly should experience excellent results.

* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a degenerative condition that increases in gradual severity over time.

* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome eventually leads to loss of feeling in the fingers due to nerve damage.

* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome reduces mobility and dexterity of the hands due to loss of proper circulation.

* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes chronic pain in the wrists, forearms, and sometimes the shoulders.

* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome reduces the grasping strength of the arm affected.


bentonite_clay.jpg (2644 bytes) Have you seen enough to convince you?  Bentonite clay is a remarkable detoxifyer in a way we have not seen before.   Check out Nature's Sunshine Hydrated Bentonite for yourself.  It has no taste and a thin watery texture; just a TB in a glass of juice each day is all it takes. 

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