Earth's Living Clay | Calcium Bentonite Clay | Montmorillonite Learn how to use and benefit from pure calcium bentonite clay for detoxification, renewal and cleansing. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:53:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Prevent Acidosis with Calcium Bentonite Clay Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:43:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Prevent Acidosis with Calcium Bentonite Clay
Every day there are new reports of one thing or another in the modern world that threatens human health. It can be hard to know what to believe – especially if it’s found on the Internet. One such finding that has been proven in scientific studies is the effects of excess acid in the body, a condition known as acidosis. Here we explain what acidosis is, the negative impact it can have on health and how calcium bentonite clay can help combat it.

What is Acidosis?

Acidosis is a condition where there is too much acid in bodily fluids. On the flip side, alkalosis is the condition where there is too much base in bodily fluids. Extreme imbalances in either direction can indeed be life threatening, but fortunately, are rare. However, chronic, low levels of imbalance in either direction can manifest in serious health conditions if not addressed. It is much more common in Western cultures to find imbalances on the side of acidosis.

Acidosis, Diet and Cancer

It is well known that dietary factors directly impact risk of cancer. Certain dietary choices can change the balance between acid and base in the body over time. Acidic diets – high in animal protein and salt and low in fruits and veggies – can result in a state of metabolic acidosis. There are no studies that directly link acidosis brought on by diet and cancer. However, an acid-base imbalance has been shown to change molecular activity in the body in such a way to promote tumor production or carcinogenesis. “Acidity is a well-known factor associated with cancer. Specifically, lower pH levels (acid) promote the invasive and metastatic potential of cancer cells.”[1] Most fruits and vegetables are net-base producing foods. Asparagus is one example of an alkaline food. On the other hand, meat, eggs and dairy products are net-acid producing foods. Potassium salts and magnesium both serve to counter net acid production and help to promote alkaline balance. Cancer, candida, yeast, mold, fungus, viruses, bacteria and parasites cannot survive in a pH of 7.0 or above! Read more about what pH is and why it’s important here.

Respiratory Acidosis

Ordinarily, the lungs and kidneys maintain the proper pH level of acids and bases. A normal pH level in the body is 7.4. When functioning well, the lungs eliminate excess carbon dioxide (an acid) from the body. The inability of the lungs to remove excess carbon dioxide results in respiratory acidosis. Symptoms of respiratory acidosis include lethargy, fatigue, sleepiness and shortness of breath.

Metabolic Acidosis

Another condition marked by excess acid in the body is metabolic acidosis. This can result from the kidneys being unable to remove all of the acid produced by the body. Metabolic acidosis indicates the presence of an underlying condition that may include diabetes, kidney disease, and severe dehydration or poisoning by methanol, aspirin or ethylene glycol (anti-freeze). A buildup of lactic acid in the body is a type of metabolic acidosis. It can be brought on by excess alcohol consumption, strenuous exercise for a long time, hypoglycemia, cancer, medications, or liver failure or seizures among other things.

In the United States and other Westernized cultures, persistent, low-grade acidosis is the norm when it comes to acid-base imbalance. This is often the result of an ongoing buildup of excess metabolic acids. This is often seen as people age and the kidneys weaken. However, it can happen in younger people with the overconsumption of acid-forming foods including refined food, protein, grains, sugar, coffee and alcohol.

Harmful Effects of Acidosis

The body does an amazing job balancing pH and works to rid the body of excess acid. In the course of doing this over and over and over in individuals in a perpetually acidic state, it depletes the body’s alkali mineral reserves. This in turn has negative consequences. Listing every problem that can result from chronic, low grade acidosis is beyond the scope of this post. The harmful effects of an overly acidic body shown here were chosen because bentonite clay can help address them. Several studies have identified these conditions as resulting from acidosis:

  • Loss of calcium, dissolution of bone and development of osteoporosis
  • Loss of potassium and magnesium stores which can result in a tendency towards high blood pressure and inflammation and the associated pain that can bring
  • Increased production of free radicals which can exacerbate inflammation and pain
  • Imbalance of bad gut flora (bacteria) and associated digestive issues
  • Creation of breeding grounds for various type of viruses, which thrive in an acidic environment
  • Encouraging growth and spread of yeast and fungi
  • Increased acidity in the mouth that can cause an imbalance of oral bacteria and in turn increased dental decay and gum disease
  • Suboptimal liver detoxification

How to Prevent Acidosis with Calcium Bentonite Clay

One of the most important facts about Earth’s Living Clay’s Drinking Powder is that it has a pH of 9.7. This makes our calcium bentonite clay on the base end of the pH scale. For those with an overly acidic system, raising the pH of the body can be accomplished by consuming calcium bentonite clay with a high pH. Keep in mind that not all clays are created equally, so ask what the pH is of any clay being considered. Want to know what else to consider when researching clay? Get our Clay Comparison Checklist here.

In the 1960s, NASA commissioned a study to help counter the damaging effects of weightlessness on astronauts’ bone health. Experiments were conducted on rats, hamsters, mice and miniature pigs. Researchers concluded that there were beneficial effects of clay supplementation. Specifically they found that clay supplementation prevented pathological changes in the long bones of the animals. Researchers also found that the clay contained some factor/s other than calcium that improved the utilization of calcium and/or bone formation.

Earth’s Living Clay is a compound of trace mineral elements including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Trace minerals refer to the amount, which is very small or minute. The minerals are in a form (oxide) wherein they are tightly bound together, making them not bioavailable to the body. Bioavailable refers to the ability of a drug, herb, supplement, etc. to reach the circulatory system. For this reason, calcium bentonite clay is not considered a mineral supplement. However, there is anecdotal evidence that consuming calcium bentonite clay does remineralize bones and teeth. Find the book How I Healed My Teeth Eating Sugar that explains this here.

Calcium bentonite clay is a powerful yet safe detoxifier. It has a strong negative ionic charge that attracts positively charged ionic molecules to itself. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells in the body and have a positive ionic charge. Calcium bentonite clay absorbs and adsorbs free radicals in the body. There are also pathogens in the body including both ‘bad’ bacteria and viruses that can cause disease. E-coli and listeria are two such bacteria that cause illness in the body. Calcium bentonite clay can not only absorb and adsorb these pathogens, but it has been shown to be one of the only effective treatments against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Arizona State University has been studying bentonite clay to understand its powerful anti-bacterial effect.

Yeast is present in the gut and can grow on the surface in and around every living thing. Like bacteria, not all yeast is something horrific and to be feared. However, under certain conditions, yeast can grow out of control and wreak havoc on the body.   A common yeast overgrowth occurs with Candida albicans. There seems to be a strong link between candida and fibromyalgia, for example. Read more about candida here. There are several changes that need to be made to rid the body of candida, but all sound candida programs begin with detoxification of the body. Calcium bentonite clay is a safe yet effective detoxifier of the gut when consumed internally. It can also detoxify tissue when bathed in or used as a body wrap.

 Earth’s Living Clay’s Drinking Powder has a pH of 9.7, making it highly alkaline. Brushing the teeth with our Drinking Powder or our Tooth Polish are effective ways to add alkalinity to an overly acidic mouth. In addition to absorbing excess bad oral bacteria, there are reports of bentonite clay stopping erosion of the teeth caused by excess acid in the mouth. Some have even reported remineralization of the teeth from consuming clay.

The liver is the conductor and orchestrator of the detoxification functions in the body. Everything that goes into the body is processed by the liver; it works tirelessly to convert harmful chemicals to water soluble waste so it can be eliminated. When taken internally, calcium bentonite clay eliminates toxins, parasites, allergens and other harmful elements from the intestines. In this way, it lessens the load on the liver. Consider this analogy: Some cities (like San Diego) have curbside recycling of yard waste.  That is greenery that would otherwise go in the regular trash. By diverting the green waste into other bins for another truck to pick up, it lessens the amount of garbage the regular trash collectors need to process. Bentonite clay is a detoxifying agent that picks up a lot of the garbage so that it doesn’t have to be processed by the liver. Read more about how clay supports liver health here.


Imbalances in the pH level of body fluids – in either direction – can negatively impact health. In modern times, excess acid is far more common and a fairly easy state to enter. The good news is that mindful eating habits can go a long way towards preventing and reversing acidosis. Earth’s Living Clay’s Drinking Powder has a pH of 9.7, making it an alkaline compound. Consuming calcium bentonite clay can counter some of the negative effects of acidosis. It does this by ridding the intestines of unwanted and harmful pathogens including bad bacteria, yeast and molds, thereby easing the work of the liver. Calcium bentonite clay also remineralizes bones and teeth.

Calcium bentonite clay is a safe and natural remedy that helps the body return to homeostasis so that it can heal itself. A well-functioning body is in a better position to deal with the daily assaults encountered in our modern world. Can something so basic really be so beneficial? The answer is yes! Read our testimonials to learn how others have used Earth’s Living Clay to improve their health.


Brown, Dr. Susan E. and Trivieri, Jr. Larry The Acid Alkaline Food Guide, Garden City Park: Square One Publishers, 2006.

Lott, Joey How I Healed My Teeth Eating Sugar: A Guide to Improving Dental Health Naturally, Creative Space Independent Publishing, 2014.


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Meet Stan Zimmer and Ferment2Healthy Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:30:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Stan Zimmer is the owner of Ferment2Healthy, a new online store and educational resource started to share about theFerment2Healthy health benefits of eating and drinking fermented foods and supplements. Stan has personally witnessed the amazing benefits of fermented foods when his father suffered from crippling ulcerative colitis. As a result, he began cultivating his own yogurt for his father who had a nearly-miraculous recovery from eating Stan’s yogurt. Read more about Stan and his father’s story here. In addition to educating people on the benefits of consuming fermented products,  the Ferment2Healthy website also seeks to bring natural products and information about them to site visitors. Stan features products that he has researched and used himself.

Macaws and Parrots Eat Clay

Stan learned about clay through an advertisement he received about Amazonian Macaws that eat clay from a riverbank in Peru. Scientists discovered why these birds have a taste for dirt – the healing properties of clay. Read more about this phenomenon here. From this first encounter about geophagy (the consumption of clay), Stan did research on the web. He found the book Living Clay and discovered Earth’s Living Clay had the best information about bentonite clay  - and the best prices as well.

How Ferment2Healthy Started

Stan has always researched health-related books and products. He enjoys explaining and introducing the benefits people get by being proactive in the care of their own health.  Stan enjoys making his own kefir, kombucha, and fermented veggies. The Essential Supplements section of Ferment2Healthy allows him to introduce visitors to other products and also about animals as well.  Stan and his wife are determined to make drinking two ounces of calcium bentonite clay first thing in the morning part of their routine – and doing foot baths as well. He actually likes making a clay mask even more than his wife! Sometimes simple steps can help us in our walk through life.

In Stan’s Spare Time….

Even though Stan and his wife have a small lot in a 55+ community, they still have several little garden spots. They grow blueberries, Ningxia wolfberries,  flowers and veggies. Stan likes digging in the earth. Where he and his wife live in southern Salem, Oregon it is mainly clay soil, so he has to work hard using Bokashi to ferment his own compost! Each year the garden is getting better!

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The Benefits of Raw Honey : Why All Honey Isn’t the Same Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:10:09 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Raw Honey Improves Digestive HealthPart of the mission of Earth’s Living Clay is to educate people not only about bentonite clay, but also educate our readers about other natural remedies. In this post, our guest blogger, Adrienne Hew, CN, shares the important difference between raw and pasteurized honey and why this food should become a staple in your diet.

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In a world that relies so heavily on pharmaceuticals and quick fixes, it is often hard for people to believe that such a simple food as honey could provide the many benefits with which it is credited. To those in the know, however, honey is not only regularly consumed as food, it is a helpful addition to their first aid kits as well. Until fairly recently in America, most people were only familiar with pasteurized honey, or worse – a sugary syrup imported from China and other far off lands that is often labeled as honey. Not only do these honey impostors taste terrible, making most people believe that they don’t like honey, they also have none of the therapeutic properties of real, raw honey.

Consider the Differences in Honey

While it is clear why sugar syrup doesn’t have the health benefits of real honey, distinguishing the benefits of raw honey over pasteurized honey takes a little more analysis to understand. Pasteurization is the process of heating up a substance with the theoretical benefit of killing unwanted pathogens and bacteria. In the process, however, beneficial nutrients and enzymes are lost, weakening the natural curative powers of the honey. Add to that the filtration process, which most commercial honey is subjected to and now the product is little better than refined white sugar. Don’t be so quick to think that honey not labeled pasteurized isn’t actually pasteurized though. Some honey is what I call “accidentally pasteurized”.

Many honey producers extract honey solely for profit. The faster they can get the honey out of the hive, the more money they make. This means that the must liquefy the honey by heating it above its normal temperature of 95º. The result is a relatively lifeless honey providing minimal health benefits. Therefore, when purchasing honey, make sure it is labeled “raw”, “unpasteurized” or clearly states that the honey has not been heated above the temperature of the hive for extraction. If you buy raw honey locally, you can simply ask the beekeeper.

How Can Honey Benefit You?

Here are just some of the main ways raw, unprocessed honey benefits those who choose it as an alternative to regular honey:

•    Raw honey is a natural curative for sore throats
•    It boosts your energy levels – just don’t overdo it, especially if you’re prone to diabetes
•    Raw honey improves digestive health
•    It also contains vital antibacterial and antioxidant compounds that help fight off free radicals.
•    When applied topically, raw honey speeds up wound healing and provides relief for skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

If until now the only honey you’ve known is of the pasteurized, syrup variety, you’re in for a treat because raw honey is absolutely delicious! It bears no resemblance in flavor to the putrid, off-putting syrups, which are thankfully being displaced in the market. Instead, it raw honey has a clean, delicate flavor, which will vary based upon what the bees have been eating. Stop by your local farmer’s market, health food store, specialty shop or favorite online marketplace and get some raw honey to add to your table and first aid kit!

Are you a raw honey convert? Let us know in the comments below why you made the switch!

About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne Hew, the Nutrition Heretic is a Certified Nutritionist and author of several books on more than just nutrition and cooking. Through her own journey from ill health to vibrant wellness, Adrienne uses of storytelling to combine humor with scientific facts. Her books appeal to people who love to eat without guilt, while being mindful of the critical role that diet plays in overall health and well-being. Read more about Adrienne’s journey on her website. 

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Boosting Liver Function with Bentonite Clay Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:49:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

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Taking care of the liver is one of the best ways to ensure good health. Major organs including the heart are nourished and vitalized with high quality blood produced by the liver. Conversely, a poorly functioning liver can be a major contributor to virtually any disease in the body. It’s hard to imagine that any disease can be fully resolved without a healthy, functional liver. Perhaps because pain is not often associated with a malfunctioning liver – except in the case of an inflamed gall bladder – not much attention is paid to this connection between many diseases and an unhealthy liver. In modern cultures, it’s easy for the liver to become overloaded from processing bad food and other chemicals that make their way into the body.

Functions of the Liver

The liver is the largest gland in the body and is actually an endocrine gland. It is the conductor of detoxification processes. The liver’s primary responsibility is blood formation. Other functions of the liver include:

  • Transformation of proteins and fats
  • Biologically transforms materials prior to use for cell and tissue building and maintenance
  • Neutralizes toxins and certain poisons
  • Produces certain enzymes
  • Regulates bodily functions
  • Produces particular substances needed to help the body establish and maintain its ability to fight infection.

Should there be deficiencies in any of these functions, toxic overload and hypersensitivity can result. Signs of this dysfunction are generally expressed by rheumatism, hives or asthma. With the help of bile, the liver neutralizes toxins. However, even a small amount of toxin processing can fatigue the liver – or worse.  An overloaded liver cannot perform its defensive function and the unprocessed toxins go into the blood stream where they are circulated to – and degenerate – organs and nerve centers

 Blood Formation

The liver prevents hemophilia and coagulates the blood by regulating the amount of iron in the blood as well as the rate at which blood clots. The liver also stores and transforms a substance carried to it by the blood. This substance is then released by the liver and is delivered to the bone marrow where it supports creation of red blood cells. A congested liver cannot store this substance and an overloaded liver cannot transform it. One result of this can be anemia.

A traditional method of treating anemia is to eat animal livers. The idea behind this is to provide a hepatic, i.e. liver-related hormone which the sick liver is unable to produce. According to Dextreit, an enormous amount of  liver would need to be eaten to get a small amount of hormone. And of course, as the principal organ of detoxification in both people AND animals, the liver itself contains a large amount of toxins. It doesn’t make sense to consume a toxic substance to help remedy conditions brought on by toxic overload! Additionally, the results are temporary. What’s required is to return the liver to proper functioning through methods that include detoxification.


As the body’s largest gland, the liver creates its own hormone. In addition, the liver effects transformation of steroidal hormones. The liver also regulates the production of folliculin, a protein that is believed to be a tumor suppressor. Excess folliculin reduces calcium in the blood. Symptoms of this condition, according to Dextreit are hypersensitivity, anguish, constipation, hemorrhoids or dark and insufficient urine.


The liver regulates iron in the blood stream and helps to maintain a constant body temperature. When there are parts of the body experiencing congestion, the liver regulates circulation. The liver helps remove excess unwanted substances, such as cholesterol. An overactive liver will have a person overly warm and uncomfortable in the summer. Conversely, those that  are barely able to tolerate cold may have deficient liver function. Changes in the composition or density of blood brought on by liver dysfunction often results in small red dots that come and go on various parts of the body.

Consequences of a Malfunctioning Liver


Yellow coloration of the skin and membranes are caused by an excess of biliary (i.e. from bile) pigments in the blood. There are many types of jaundice, the most well-known being classic jaundice. In addition to yellowish skin, the urine is darkened by excess bile. Gastric problems may also present along with nausea and vomiting. The individual may shiver with cold, even in temperatures in the 90s. Headaches, hives and joint pain may also be present.


Normal elements in bile such as cholesterol or pigments that were not eliminated by the liver solidify in the gall bladder. Pain is sensed at the site of the gall bladder, most often at the level of the right breast. The pain can radiate out towards the right shoulder and is most acute at 3:00 AM. Breathing in can be difficult and nausea and vomiting may also be present. The mouth has a bitter taste and is sticky inside. These attacks can last three days, with body temperature sky rocketing on the second day. Some attacks last longer, as evidenced by a persistent fever – the body’s attempt at fighting the problem.


The liver can be the source of slow-growing abscesses in the body. Pain is felt at the site of the abscess and fever is present as well.


Cirrhosis is a proliferation of cells such that the liver expands. There are many types of cirrhosis, with the most well-known AND most common is alcoholic cirrhosis. This is evidenced by liquid in the abdomen. Although the body becomes thinner, the abdomen remains large. Often, the legs are swollen and the tissue is soft and insensitive. The mouth and skin is dry, the tongue bright red, and urination becomes less frequent. Another type of cirrhosis is hepatitis. Contamination is caused after a vaccine, blood transfusion or other injection into the blood by needle, such as IV drug use.

Drinking Bentonite Clay

The French homeopath Raymond Dextreit wrote that clay “absorbs impurities, revitalizes the organism and stimulates glandular function. Clay is an excellent healer of the liver and therefore must be included in every natural treatment.”]Mix our Drinking Powder one part clay to eight parts water in a glass or food-grade plastic bottle and SHAKE WELL. (This ensures the clay and water blend well and make it easier for drinking.) Drink one ounce of this clay water per day for the first week. Beginning in week 2, drink two ounces of clay daily. Since the clay will settler overnight, simply shake the bottle before drinking the clay water the following day. Two ounces per day is a typical amount of clay to consume for general health and wellness. Some people may wish to consume more clay beginning in week 3 and beyond. Please read our testimonials to learn how others have used our clay and in what amounts.

 Dextreit writes that a deficient liver may not be able to tolerate clay on the first attempt. If this is the case, he recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of clay in ½ cup filtered water and letting the mixture sit awhile. (He does not specify for how long.) After sitting awhile, filter out the water from the clay (which will have settled some, depending on how long it’s allowed to sit) and drink the clayish water. Our recommendation would be to drink 1 ounce of this per day for the first week and in week 2, drink two ounces of clay daily. This filtering method cuts back the amount of clay being consumed. Dextreit notes that should constipation occur to drink clayish water described in this paragraph along with an herbal laxative decoction.

Bentonite Clay Poultice

Dextreit claims that one of the best methods of stimulating liver function is to apply a clay poultice or compress to the liver at least two hours after eating. Our Bath Clay can be used to make clay poultices. As the body becomes accustomed to the clay and liver function improves, the poultice may be applied soon after eating. According to Dr. Dextreit, it’s best to warm the clay pack before applying to the liver. He suggests warming the clay on a radiator or more practically in modern times – in a double boiler. Since prolonged exposure to metal is to be avoided it’s best to create a modified double boiler by placing an oven proof bowl on top of a pot of hot water. If clay liver packs will be done regularly, it might be worth investing in a glass double boiler which can be readily purchased on eBay. Do NOT microwave the clay. Microwaving changes the molecular structure of everything subjected to it, so this is a no-no. Alternatively, place the clay poultice in a zip lock bag and warm it in a bowl of hot water or a sink.

Initially the clay poultice be applied at a tepid temperature. If results are not forthcoming, the poultice may be applied to the body at a warmer temperature. It can be left on for 2 hours or more. The clay poultice can even be left on overnight provided it does not dry out, become cold or cause an adverse reaction such as increased pain, nervousness, excess heat or cold within the body. To start with, it may be necessary to  apply a thin ( less than 1/2“) poultice and work up to a thicker (3/4 “ – 1) one.

Dextreit writes that poultices may be applied daily for three weeks to a month. In the case of gall stones, the daily poultice may be applied for several months. However, should there be any sign of fatigue, the practice should be stopped until strength is regained. Once this so, the poultices can be resumed. It’s interesting that he notes that sometimes the opposite happens, i.e. the clay poultices GIVE strength. In this case, they may be increased up to three in a 24-hour period. He also recommends massage of the area after the poultice with olive oil.


The liver is the conductor of not only the body’s natural detoxification processes, but plays a pivotal role in many other critical bodily functions.  The liver is the organ responsible for blood formation and revitalizing virtually all other organs and systems. With all the unclean food, toxic body care and household products in our world, it’s easy for the liver to get overwhelmed.

Raymond Dextreit writes “Clay is an excellent healer of the liver and therefore must be included in every natural treatment.” Fortunately, bentonite clay can help rid the body of toxins and other noxious substances, leaving less garbage for the liver to process. Whether used internally, externally or both, calcium bentonite clay is a safe, natural remedy to boost liver function.


Dextreit, Raymond Our Earth, Our Cure. Swan House Publishing Company, 1974. Print

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Herbs and Spices for Detoxification Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:00:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


Bentonite clay is not the only game in town when it comes to natural methods of detoxification. (Find testimonials from others that have used bentonite clay for detoxification here.) Dr. Benjamin Brown is a Naturopathic Doctor as well as a speaker and science writer. He is passionate about detoxification because it’s an important human health issue as well as an environmental issue. Dr. Brown believes not enough people are talking about detoxification and is committed to increasing awareness of it as a ‘big picture’ issue. This blog post is a rough transcription of an interview he recently had with Dr. Deanna Minich.

Why Aren’t More People Concerned with Toxicity?

In the course of his studies, Dr. Brown was introduced to a book by David Suzuki called The Sacred Balance. The book takes the reader on a journey of our connectedness to all the elements found on planet earth. While reading the book, Dr. Brown had an epiphany – we are all connected to everything around us. We’re made from the earth; we eat food that comes from the earth and sunlight. Toxicity arises from lack of awareness of this connectedness between us and the earth. Part of why toxicity is not talked of as much is that as people, we believe we live insular lives, separate from other beings and the planet. We’re all polluted because we’ve polluted the world around us. In fact, we are part of the world around us and there is no barrier. Toxicity is a health issue as much as a grass roots environmental issue. Human health is directly related to the health of the environment and vice versa.

Dr. Brown’s own experience with chronic fatigue syndrome as a teenager steered him towards self-care and natural medicine. According to Dr. Brown, chronic fatigue is an energy collapse. Energy can collapse or its production impaired a number of ways. Since there are a number of different causes, chronic fatigue is not a single disease. For some people, environmental toxicity such as mercury, environmental pollutants, pesticides, herbicides and use of plastics are triggers for chronic fatigue. There are scientific studies supporting this. There’s a very strong connection between environmental pollutants and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight gain. One of the underlying mechanisms for how this occurs in these metabolic conditions is that the pollutants hinder energy production. Environmental pollutants are mitochondrial toxins, meaning they impact cells’ ability to function and specifically, to produce energy.

A study on the herbicide atrazine shows a strong link between human exposure to this toxin and obesity. Herbicides are designed to kill plants. Atrazine targets chloroplasts, the cells in plants responsible for creating energy from sunlight in plants. From here, it’s not farfetched to imagine that the same function happens in people. The herbicide targets the part of the human cell responsible for producing energy. Atrazine falls into a broad category of toxins known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

Where Environmental Toxins Come From

Persistent organic pollutants are environmental toxins that are harmful to humans and the environment around the world. They are transported by water and wind, so a ‘clean’ area can easily become polluted with them. They are referred to as persistent because they stay in the environment for a long time and accumulate in plants and animals. They also pass from one species to another in the food chain. The major source of contamination is food. Fruits, vegetables and in particular fattier animal products grown conventionally are laced with these chemicals. Read about another toxin in the food supply, aflatoxins here.

How to Minimize Exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Eating organic food is an obvious way to minimize exposure to POPs. There is some evidence that transitioning from a conventional POP-laced diet to an organic diet can significantly reduce the amount of POPs found in the system in a matter of days.

Avoid eating foods that come in plastic packages as well as foods that come in cans with plastic liners. Many of these foods are acidic and therefore active and able to pull noxious elements of the plastic liner into the food.

Depending on where you live, eating food that is locally grown or raised is more likely not to be sprayed with herbicides and pesticides. If you live in an area where there is a lot of agriculture, such as California’s Central Valley, this is not necessarily the case. It’s always best to ask if the food has been grown with pesticides or other chemicals.

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Herbs and Spices as Detoxifiers

Herbs and spices are the bridge between food and medicine. They are powerful foods and delicious. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. They are also known as secondary metabolites and can enhance natural detoxification processes in the body. They also help with ordinary metabolism processes in the body. Traditional cultures incorporate herbs and spices in their diets and have lower incidences of many chronic diseases found in Western, modern cultures.  Spices in traditional cultures are often the feature of meals.

One of the single best ways to enhance your body’s ability to detoxify itself is to increase chlorophyll in the diet. Toxins bind to chlorophyll in the body. Specific herbs to include are dark green plants such as parsley, basil, oregano and coriander. Turmeric – a member of the ginger family – contains a lot of curcuminoids. Curcumin is the most active compound of turmeric and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, there are many other beneficial compounds in the whole turmeric root and should be used generously in the diet.

Rosemary increases the activity of detoxification enzymes in the body, in addition to have powerful antioxidant properties. A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that adding rosemary to hamburger has been found to significantly decrease the concentration of the toxin created from cooking muscle meat at high temperatures (malondialdehyde). Wild seaweed – in particular kombu – is a super food that pulls toxins from the body. It can often be substituted for salt in recipes and is used in traditional soups and stews in Scotland and Ireland.


Think of detoxification as a big picture issue. Detoxification is an environmental, political and human issue that extends beyond simply detoxifying yourself. It includes helping to reduce the use of environmental pollutants and getting engaged locally in your community to raise awareness. Reduce your exposure to POPs and other environmental pollutants. Educate yourself about their sources, primarily the food supply. Avoid non-organic foods. Increase your intake of chlorophyll rich foods as well as herbs and spices known for their detoxification properties. Short courses of detoxification are brilliant for enhancing the body’s ability to detoxify and kick start a detoxification lifestyle. However, you want to maintain the body’s detoxification function on a daily basis. You need to be detoxifying every day, really well for the rest of your life.



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Offset Deadly Aflatoxins with Bentonite Clay Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:42:06 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Aflatoxins Grow in Grain  Bentonite clay is a well-known mineral compound that has been used as a safe detoxifier throughout history. Thanks to more reporting on the abundance of toxins found in air, water, food, household goods and beyond, more people are beginning to understand the need for safe detoxification.  Sadly, ”progress” in modern cultures is primarily responsible for this onslaught. It can be overwhelming to consider everything harmful to which we’re exposed and even more baffling on what to do about it.

One approach to processing all of the bad news about toxins in our world is to prioritize them across a spectrum of risk to health and well-being.  One end of the spectrum holds relatively harmless elements, while the other end includes those toxins that are deadly.  An extremely dangerous toxin found on the high risk end of this toxicity spectrum is aflatoxin.  This post describes what aflatoxins are, just how harmful they are and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from them.

What is Aflatoxin?

Aflatoxin is a toxic mold (Aspergillus) that grows on peanuts, corn, rice and other grains. It can occur both before and after grain is harvested and are the deadliest type of mycotoxin (a type of toxic substance produced by microfungi during metabolism). According to Dave Slater of Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection, aflatoxin is a highly carcinogenic toxin.  Aflatoxin growth accelerates during warm, humid conditions or during periods of hot, dry weather. It’s become one of the biggest concerns of the agriculture industry as a result of the ongoing drought across much of the United States.

Effect of Aflatoxins

Exposure to aflatoxins can cause aflatoxicosis in both humans and animals.  The impact of exposure to this toxic mold ranges from a weakened immune system to severe liver damage and in some cases even death. Even exposure to small amounts over time can negatively impact health. Fortunately, aflatoxicosis is not contagious. Unfortunately, neither drugs nor antibiotics can help.

Aflatoxins have been linked to both liver and cervical cancer. The high rates of liver cancer prompted a study of residents in three San Antonio, Texas zip codes. Twelve percent of the study participants had aflatoxin in their urine. As a result, it is suspected that food consumed by the study participants may – in part – be responsible. People whose blood had aflatoxin also reported eating higher amounts of corn, rice and peanut products.

Risky Foods

While the food supply in the United States is extremely safe, this toxic mold is dangerous enough to warrant knowing about if you consume food made with grains or animal products whose diet includes grains. Aflatoxins find their way into the human nutrition chain via milk, eggs, and meat from animals exposed to it. It follows that products made with these ingredients may also contain aflatoxins.


According to estimates by The American Food and Agriculture Organization, 25% of the food crops in the world are affected by mycotoxins. Of these, aflatoxins are the most concerning. They are also of greater concern in underdeveloped and developing countries. The following foods are most likely to contain aflatoxins:

  • Corn
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Tree nuts (especially almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts)
  • Wheat

Fortunately, in the United States and other developed countries, grain is tested for mycotoxins. This prevents high levels of aflatoxins in foodstuffs including milk. On the down side, not every kernel of grain is tested and most foods in fact contain small amounts of this deadly toxin.  As noted above, there is concern among the scientific and medical community of the impact of long term exposure to aflatoxins even in small amounts.

Protection from Aflatoxins with Calcium Bentonite Clay

It has long been common practice to add clay to animal feed to reduce aflatoxin exposure to the animals that eat said feed. The clay binds aflatoxins to itself during the digestion process and makes the toxin largely unavailable for absorption in the gut. Dr. Timothy Phillips has developed a media containing calcium bentonite clay and sand that has proven effective in removing contaminants by 97%.

More Natural Remedies for Aflatoxin

Extracts of turmeric, garlic and asafetida considerably inhibited aflatoxin production, according to a 1992 study published in Cancer Letters.

Rinsing nuts will remove toxins for their surface. Soaking nuts for 5 minutes in ¼ teaspoon vitamin C powder (per pint of water) helps destroy mycotoxins within the nut itself. The nuts can then be dried in a dehydrator or in an oven set at 300° F.

Add a bit of vitamin C powder to cooking water for pasta and grains.

Eat foods made with grains grown in the United States or other developed countries that test for mycotoxins.

Eat carrots and celery to reduce the carcinogenic effects of aflatoxins.


The price paid for advancements in technology and science is sometimes steep. Better information about the world we live in include scary facts about toxins and their potential for harm. Aflatoxins are one of the deadlier toxins worth knowing about. On the plus side, modern science also provides new information about how to avoid and when needed, neutralize toxins naturally.  Bentonite clay has been found to counter many damaging toxins, including aflatoxins.


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Doctors Recommend Clay Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:46:27 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Pastor Felke

While not part of standard Western medical treatment, bentonite clay has been recommended by doctors for more than a century. Native Americans have used clay for hundreds of years and there are biblical references to clay as a healing agent as well. Other indigenous cultures around the world have likewise used clay for generations.

Raymond Dextreit

The most well-known doctor to advance the use of clay is French homeopath Raymond Dextreit, author of Our Earth, Our Cures. Being WAY ahead of his time (having been born in 1908), he promoted consumption of food and herbs for their lifeforce and vitality. Like Hippocrates, he fervently believed that living food was the best medicine. In that same vein, he believed that clay was a living food. He believed that clay was one of three prized substances from the earth that promoted health and well-being. Of these three valuable gifts from the earth (mud, sand and clay), he was most interested in clay. Every remedy he prescribed – regardless of the ailment – included the use of clay. Dextreit’s recommended protocol for using clay internally involved taking clay daily for three weeks then abstaining for one week. After that point, he recommended taking clay one week on and one week off and so on. According to Dextreit, consuming the right type of clay brings the body into balance – or homeostasis. Dextreit also noted that different clays acted differently on different people and recommended individuals try different types of clay to see which they responded to best.

Dr. Julius Strumpf

Dr. Julius Strumpf discovered clay’s value in 1882 when a corpse that had been buried in clay for a little over 3 years was exhumed. Examination of the body showed remarkable preservation. Some years later Dr. Strumpf began using clay paste to treat septic wounds with excellent results. He found the clay protected the wound from irritation as well as healed it. Many years later, he began administering clay for internal use for patients suffering from dysentery, diarrhea, gangrene and cholera. Dr. Stumpf convinced naturopath Dr. Louis Kuhne to treat Serbian soldiers that had been banished to a cholera camp to be treated with clay. Amazingly, mortality rate dropped from 44 percent to 3 percent! Thereafter, Dr. Kuhne prescribed clay therapy for ALL cases of intestinal distress.

Pastor Emanuel Felke

Another German naturopath, Pastor Emanuel Felke advocated applications of clay including clay baths. In fact, he was known as the clay pastor. He recommended that his patients sleep on clay floors or straw mattresses open to the elements. As part of his regimen, clay baths followed breakfast and were taken outside during warmer months. During cooler months, hydrated clay mud was applied to the body and the patient sat in the modern equivalent of a sauna.

Dr. Simon Cohen

Dr. Simon Cohen is a retired, British physician who worked for many years in the intensive care unit at University Hospital College in London. According to Dr. Cohen, clay works not just on the intestinal tract, but on the entire organism. He states that clay works on all organs of the body and that all unhealthy substances in the body give off negative radiations (not to be confused with negative ions). These toxic substances are drawn to the clay and together are immediately eliminated from the body. Dr. Cohen notes that hospitals outside the United States are using clay as part of some of their protocols because its effectiveness has been substantiated.


Many people that are drawn to consuming clay are also skeptical of Western medicine. For these people, the word “doctor endorsed” hold little value and in some cases may create even more skepticism. In spite of this outlook, it is important to be able to look back in time and see some of the amazing health care professionals that have recommended using clay. The fact that there is indeed a history of clay use means that it is not a passing fad. Rather, bentonite clay use is a time-tested natural remedy that is gaining acceptance because of the remarkable testimonies from ordinary people.

Western medicine and medical doctors have their place in today’s complicated world. With this in mind, individuals are best served when they take responsibility for their own health and wellness. Those that listen to their bodies and intuition first often enjoy good health and vitality well into their golden years.


Anjoy Musafir, Pascal Chazot, Clay Cures, Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing, 2006. Print.

Jason Eaton, Upon A Clay Tablet, Las Vegas: AV Websites Marketing Group, LLC, 2009. Print.

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Introducing Herbs to Puppies and Kittens Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:11:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

White Poodle Puppy

Part of the mission of Earth’s Living Clay is to educate people not only about calcium bentonite clay, but also about other natural health topics. Our customers are not only interested in natural health for themselves, but for their pets as well.  In our blog post Holistic Pet Health: Six Herbs for Pets, we highlighted herbs that can be used with pets to cleanse the blood, strengthen the heart and boost liver functioning, among other benefits. In this post, we share Dr. Randy Kidd’s recommendations on using herbs SPECIFICALLY for puppies and kittens.

When cats and dogs are kittens and puppies, there is a perfect opportunity to teach them to use and even enjoy the flavor of herbs. This is important because as with people, herbs can be vital to their health and well-being as they grow older and throughout their lives.

One of the best ways to introduce puppies and kittens to herbs’ healing powers is to play with the animals outside. It’s a great way to let get them grounded and connected to nature. Encourage them to roll around in the weeds and learn the smells and sensations of plants. Yard weeds that are actually healthful include dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), cleavers (Galium aparine), chickweed (Stellaria media) and plaintain (Plantago spp.) Of course, avoid prickers and thorny weeds as well as known poisonous plants such as poison ivy, oak and sumac.

Tonics and Nervines

A tonic refers to an herb that is used to tighten, toning strengthening and feeding tissues directly. Their aim is to improve digestion in order to improve function as a whole. They are used to promote overall health viewed from Western herbal medicine. In Eastern herbalism, tonics are used to strengthen and build and can be specific to what they’re strengthening and building.

A nervine is an herb that works on the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, nerves and neurons. Nervines are used to create balance and accord and not generally looked to for stimulation. Rather, nervines are relaxants that ease anxiety and tension.

Herbs to Grow for Pets

Consider planting an herb garden for your pets to enjoy while they’re young. Oats (Avena sativa) is super easy to grow and one of the best herbal nervines. Ideally, start them from seeds in a small patch or flat that is protected. Let the oats grow to several inches, at which point it can be set out for your pets to enjoy. Oat grass is a nervine and is highly nutritional. Its nervine properties are great for balancing a new puppy’s or kitten’s mindset in a new home.

Other herbs to consider planting around the yard include Echinacea (Echinacea spp.), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), catnip (Nepeta cataria), valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Ideally, plant some herbs where your animals can both nibble on and roll in them (depending on their size). Where feasible, plant additional stands in an out-of-the-way place where your pet doesn’t go so that there is excess harvest to dry and use over the winter. A word of caution around catnip: this herb from the mint family is not only invasive, but is extremely desirable to cats and can bring unwanted visitors into the yard. Plant with caution.

Tonic Herbs for Pets

Following is a list of tonic herbs to consider using with puppies and kittens:

alfalfa (Medicago sativa), lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), ginger (Zingiber officinale), hawthorn berry (Crataegus spp.), licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), milk thistle seeds (Silybum marianum), peppermint (Mentha piperita), red clover (Trifolium pretense), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus).

Safety First

This information is not intended to help treat a sick pet with therapeutic doses of herbal medicines. If your pet is ill, bring them to a holistic veterinarian or holistic pet practitioner. The best and easiest way use herbs with pets is to use the entire herb – leaves, stems, roots and flowers. They can be used either fresh or dried. Puppies’ and kittens’ young bodies can be especially sensitive to biochemicals. Tinctures and some herbal capsules could have concentrated levels of plant biochemicals that may be toxic to babies yet suitable for grown animals.

By contrast, whole plants (or their roots) often have mild levels of dozens of biochemical that work in harmony to wake up systems in the body gently. This interaction also helps to offset any possible harmful side effects. To be safe, mix small amounts of ground or macerated whole plants into your puppy’s or kitten’s food. Start small and add every few days. Observe them and provided all is well, increase the frequency.

One precaution when using whole herbs with puppies and kittens is that many herbs have a slight diuretic effect. Keep this in mind if you are trying to housebreak a puppy. In addition, consider limiting the intake of diuretics such as dandelion until the puppy is housebroken.

Getting Your Pet to Take Herbs

Just as with people, herbs are an acquired taste. Some people love a particular flavor and others can’t stand it. Animals are the same way and with a little trial and error you can find herbs that your puppy or kitten can grow to love.

Try sprinkling the herb on top of food to start with. Kittens and cats in particular are finicky and may need a little more coaching. Try hiding the herbs in some wet food or piece of soft cheese. For puppies, try mixing them in peanut butter or a chunk of raw meat. Another alternative is to mix a small amount of herbs in cooked oats and then add that to their food. The oats will provide additional fiber as well as the nerve-calming effect of the herb.

Herbs can be added to liquids before giving to animals. Brew a mild herbal tea and pour over or mix in their food. Herbs can also be steeped in meat broth. Oils can be infused with herbs. The key is to find oil your baby enjoys. Put several teaspoons of an herb into several ounces of flaxseed oil in a brown or blue glass jar. Let this sit for several days in the refrigerator. When ready to use, stir the oil well and pour a small amount over the puppy’s or kitten’s food. Leave the herbs in the oil – do not strain them out. Use just 1/2 teaspoon of oil per 10 pounds of animal.


Getting your puppy or kitten exposed to and enjoying herbs while they’re young can serve them well throughout their life. Since the suggestions here are not therapeutic levels, they are more likely to stimulate or “wake up” their little bodies. In this sense, there is very little likelihood for causing harm. Choose one herb in this post and try it out with your little one. Let us know if the comments below how it works in your furry friend.


Kidd, Randy, D.V.M. “Herbs for Puppies and Kittens.” Herbs for Health March/April 2003: 24 – 25. Print.

Clark, Demetria. Heart of Herbs Certified Herbalist Program. Print.

Hoffman, David. Medical Herbalism. Rochester: Healing Arts Press, 2003. Print.


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Colostrum May Be Good for What Ails You Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:00:24 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

In an earlier blog post, we wrote about leaky gut syndrome and how calcium bentonite clay may help. Leaky gut syndrome is more common than you may think. Many people that suffer from it don’t even know they have it, which is why educating yourself on what it is, what causes it and how it can be resolved are so important to good health.
Colostrum can prevent disease

This post is written from an interview by Dr. Cherilyn Lee with Dr. Doug Wyatt on her blogtalkradio show. Dr. Wyatt is considered ‘the father of colostrum’. He has worked to bring this important gift from nature to people that want to address allergies, heal and strengthen the GI tract and improve immune system function.

Colostrum and the Immune System

Dr. Doug Wyatt says that the only thing that was designed to heal, protect and make the gastrointestinal (GI) tract perfect is colostrum. Colostrum is the first food of life. Colostrum is not mother’s milk; it is a pre-milk and is the most powerful immunological substance in the world. To better understand the benefits of colostrum, we first have to understand the immune system – the body’s way of defending itself.

All mammals are born without an immune system; at birth, it’s not turned on yet. If a developing mammal had an intact immune system, it would be fighting its mother’s body in the womb. Colostrum’s main function is to kickstart the operation of the immune system. The second function of colostrum is to deliver antibodies that can destroy disease-causing pathogens of all kinds – viral, bacterial and yeast. Dr. Wyatt says that colostrum can pass on immunity to every disease-causing pathogen our mother and her mother and grandmother came into contact with prior to birth.

Humans have an immature GI tract and immune system at birth on purpose – that is to allow colostrum to pass this immunity into our blood stream directly. Colostrum also contains skin growth hormones that heal and closes holes in the GI Tract. This is why breastfeeding is so vital to a newborn baby’s health and wellbeing. If a baby is not breastfed for the first two years of life, then the digestive tract never reaches full maturity and can result in leaky gut. Putting colostrum from cows into the diet of infants that are not being breastfed puts growth hormones and immune factors into the dietary process. As a result of babies not being breastfed long enough – or at all! – there is now an epidemic of people that have never had their bowels fully matured. These individuals often end up with allergies, food sensitivities, Type 1 diabetes and autism, all of which are related to leaky gut. According to Dr. Wyatt, if you have gluten allergies, any auto immune disorder, food allergies, inflammatory heart disease or diabetes, you have leaky gut.

Colostrum and Gut Health

Taken on a regular basis, colostrum can prevent leaky gut syndrome and keep the GI tract healthy and prevent the onset of chronic disease. Colostrum has the ability to eliminate infection, stop the crossover of toxins into the blood stream, cleanse the body and bring immune system function into normal ranges.

Colostrum contains the components that regulate production of serotonin and dopamine. There is a correlation between the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body and depression and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The serotonin and dopamine found in colostrum have a calming effect.  Colostrum heals leaky gut, aids the intestinal system in functioning better and increases the ability to uptake nutrients. Colostrum also enables better use of protein to repair and rebuild muscles and provides growth hormones to do that. It also provides brain chemicals that balance the emotional factors.

Colostrum and Dairy Allergies

Can you take colostrum if you’re allergic to dairy? To answer this, first understand that virtually all over the world – in Europe, Asia, Africa –the first domesticated animals were ruminated animals – cows, sheep, goats. And, humans drank the milk of these animals and never had allergies to them. We have allergies now because milk is homogenized. Keep in mind, homogenization is not pasteurization. Homogenization involves putting milk through a high pressure nozzle that breaks the milk molecule down to less than 1/100th of previous size. These teeny tiny molecules can then pass through bowel wall, even if there isn’t any injury to the bowel – because the molecule is so small. It passes through the bowel into the blood stream and causes allergy.

Colostrum isn’t milk. Colostrum is pre-milk. Over 4,000 years’ use by people around the world, there have never been any allergies to colostrum. Colostrum heals the gastrointestinal tract. Leaky gut syndrome causes food allergies. When you no longer have leaky gut you can eat practically anything. It will eliminate allergies. Colostrum is a great natural remedy for auto immune diseases (where the body creates an allergy to itself and attacks itself).  The key is to heal the GI tract and in so doing, bring the immune system into balance. Colostrum was made for our species by nature over 100 million years of evolution. Dr. Wyatt says there is nothing safer than colostrum and it is also safe for children.

Dr. Wyatt’s Recommendations for Taking Colostrum

There are no side effects associated with taking colostrum. It’s best taken before bed because growth hormones work during sleep. It’s recommended to take colostrum twice a day for optimum benefit.
Dr. Wyatt advises that how much one takes depends on what issue is being addressed. For chronic diseases, more would be taken. Dr. Wyatt recommends NOT taking growth hormones on an isolated basis.  Check with your healthcare professional before starting any new regimen or making other changes to your diet.


Mother Nature provides an amazing array of gifts that can help improve our health and wellness. Colostrum is one of those gifts that can heal the gut and thereby improve the immune response. An intact, functioning immune system is key to preventing chronic disease



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Can Bentonite Clay Help with Allergies and Hay Fever? Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:18:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Clay Neutralizes Allergens

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth on planet Earth. For some people, it’s also a miserable time of year because of all the pollen and other airborne plant matter circulating. Fortunately, calcium bentonite clay may be able to help hay fever and allergy sufferers. The following is an excerpt from The Clay Cure: Natural Healing from the Earth, by Ran Knishinsky, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT

Allergies and hay fever are caused by the release of histamines. The liver becomes plugged up with toxins and fatty tissue and therefore cannot produce the necessary antihistamines to neutralize the allergic reactions. The first thing to do is clean and rebuild the liver.  Once that is done, the allergies and hay fever may disappear.

 Clay Neutralizes Allergens

The good news about clay is that not only will it help stimulate the eliminatory channels, but it can effectively treat allergies and hay fever.  Adsorption is a relatively quick process–almost instantaneous in certain cases. The adsorptive surfaces of the clay prevent the allergic reaction by quickly neutralizing allergens before these foreign invaders can attach themselves to the blood cells. In addition, any histamines produced by the allergens that have “gotten away” can also be quickly adsorbed.  Water-soluble allergens are bound up by clay because if its intense hydrophilic (water-loving) nature.

Some people, after taking the clay, notice an immediate improvement in their condition.  Sometimes the allergies and hay fever disappear altogether.  Others see no sudden improvement and must keep taking the clay quite a while before they obtain visible results. The reaction, of course, depends on the state of the liver and the condition of the immune system.  A healthier liver will bounce back more quickly than one that is sick.

If you do not achieve results relatively quickly, then give the clay time to work.  One heaping teaspoon once per day in a glass of purified water will be sufficient. In the meantime, take advantage of homeopathic detoxification remedies and herbal formulas to stimulate cleansing.

Note: Hives are a skin rash that is typically due to an allergic reaction. The same suggestions for allergies and hay fever can be applied in this case. | calcium bentonite clay | ©Earth’s Living Clay

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