Earth's Living Clay | Calcium Bentonite Clay | Montmorillonite http://earthslivingclay.com Learn how to use and benefit from pure calcium bentonite clay for detoxification, renewal and cleansing. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 Energy Healing and Bentonite Clay Baths http://earthslivingclay.com/4338/energy-healing-and-bentonite-clay-baths/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4338/energy-healing-and-bentonite-clay-baths/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:06:18 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4338 Continue reading ]]>

Wendell Hoffman was a self-taught energy healer born in Utah in 1918. He spent several years in industry and joined the military when World War II began. After the war, he worked in industry until 1969 when he entered the health field.  He lectured around the United States teaching people the art of analyzing. He did ‘experiments’ on his friends and family and other willing participants using natural elements. The information gleaned from these experiments provided new insights into the nature of many illnesses and disease. They also led to the development of different natural remedies, many of which are outlined in his book, Using Energy to Heal, published in 1979.

Using Energy to Heal

One of the natural remedies Wendell Hoffmann writes about in Using Energy to Heal is bentonite clay baths. Bentonite clay is one of several natural substances that Mr. Hoffmann describes as having a very high level of [positive] energy. This blog post is an abstract of the information included in Mr. Hoffman’s book.

Energy Healing

All matter – organic and inorganic – gives off high frequency electrical and magnetic vibrations. Tissues, glands and organs of the body emit energy. Infections, bacteria and other health problems disturb the energy balance in the body and produce unnatural electrical vibrations. Energy vibrations – both good and bad – are similar to radio waves. If you’ve ever noted “That person has a negative vibe about them” or “I got a good vibe from that person”, you’ve experienced the energy vibrations that exist in the world.

Energy healing is NOT practicing medicine. Work is not done to the physical body as medical doctors do, but rather, work is done on the ENERGY in the body. This in turn influences and affects the physical body.  Like a battery, the body can be fully charged with energy and when in that state, can do amazing things. Likewise, when energy is gone from the body, it is static and lifeless. In his book Using Energy to Heal, Mr.Hoffman writes about healing the body with energy, using special products or substances that have a very high level of energy. This energy causes the body to respond and restore itself to homeostasis much faster than would otherwise the case. Not surprisingly, bentonite clay is one of the high-energy products included in his suggested remedies.

Causes of Energy Imbalance

Wendell Hoffman notes four causes of energy disequilibrium that can rob vitality from the body and lead to illness:

  1. Elemental toxins including mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, radiation and carbon gases
  2. Non-food substances that we consume including pesticides, medications, narcotics, stimulants, food additives and processed foods
  3. Outside agents that invade the body including bacteria, yeast, mold, parasites and fungus
  4. Malnutrition and in particular, mineral deficiencies.

 

Clay Bath Detoxification

In his work helping patients get well through energy healing, Wendell Hoffman formulated a detoxification protocol that was considerably faster than the one he and other natural health practitioners of the time had been recommending. The previous detoxification protocol was slow and called for bathing for up to nine hours. Yikes!

He began experimenting on himself, using one pound of bentonite clay in a bath and soaking for one hour. When he checked his energetic vibrations for toxins, he had lost 100 units of toxins in that hour. The next time, he used two pounds of bentonite clay and soaked once again for one hour. This time, the bath was twice as effective in removing toxins. For his last experiment, he put four pounds of bentonite clay in the tub and stayed in the bath for 20 minutes. Before getting into the bathtub on this last occasion, his toxic level was 560 units. Immediately after the bath, his toxic level was zero! His conclusion was that the more bentonite used, the faster the detoxification.

In all the experiments Mr. Hoffman did, the organs gave a non-toxic reading after the bath. He explains that the blood had simply gone through the organs, picked up toxic vibrations and eliminated them through the skin into the bath water. Before trying this experiment yourself, you should be aware of the possible outcomes and specifically, a healing crisis.

Healing Crisis

While this protocol may be tempting for those with heavy metal poisoning and serious illnesses, know that bentonite clay baths are powerful. Too much exposure at once can throw the body into a healing crisis. With any detoxification program, intense application of the remedy causes more toxins to be released into the body at the same time. Toxins are just that – toxic. Too many toxins running through a system can create undesirable symptoms. This effect is also known as the Herxheimer reaction.

Summary

There are many smart, dedicated lay people that came before us who showed that natural remedies can be extraordinarily helpful in achieving health and wellness. Bentonite clay has a very special, positive energy that can be used to correct an energy imbalance in the body. Energy imbalance can be at the root of illness and disease. Likewise, balancing energy in the body can return the body to homeostasis so it can heal itself. Clay baths can be very useful in eliminating toxins and the other causes of energy disequilibrium. Caution should be taken to not overdo it in order to avoid a healing crisis.

We are grateful for Wendell  Hoffmann for bringing the special energy of bentonite clay to people through his work. Try this amazing gift from nature for yourself and see if its very special energy helps with your own journey to good health and wellness!

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Detoxification With Ayurveda – The Basics of Panchakarma http://earthslivingclay.com/4331/detoxification-with-ayurveda-the-basics-of-panchakarma/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4331/detoxification-with-ayurveda-the-basics-of-panchakarma/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:56:16 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4331 Continue reading ]]>

Detoxification with Ayurveda

Your Unique Dosha

One of Ayurveda’s specialties is knowing how to recognize, treat and reverse chronic auto-immune disorders and health imbalances. Ayurveda believes that we all have a certain combination of elements in our bodies, and when we go out of balance in one or more of these elements, we experience health issues, ranging from minor complaints to full-blown chronic symptoms, or a medical diagnosis. The five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space – combine to form three body types – kapha, pitta and vata, called doshas, or constitutions. Each person has a unique constitution made up of these doshas, and each dosha will go out of balance and accumulate toxins in a manner that is unique to it. Thus, Ayurveda has developed unique detoxification therapies designed to address the specific imbalances that each dosha tends to experience.

Panchakarma

There is a five-step unique cleansing process in Ayurveda known as panchakarma, or “five actions” in Sanskrit, which is recommended for people to undergo either on an annual basis to maintain health, or as needed to address chronic health issues, depending on which of your doshas is out of balance. A lifetime of accumulated toxins helps to create chronic health conditions, and so making it a lifestyle practice to pay attention to is recommended for not only optimal health, but also for disease prevention.

Panchakarma focuses on cleansing the body of unwanted toxins, and removing them safely and effectively from the body, using therapeutic techniques that have been in use for thousands of years. The five therapies are bastis (colon cleansing enemas using herbal oil blends and decoctions), nasya (medicated oils placed into the nose and sinuses), virechana (herbal blends ingested to help cleanse the intestines), and two practices not commonly performed in the US, vamana (therapeutic emesis), and raktamokshana (removing impure blood).

Using Medicated Oils

The use of medicated oils is unique to Ayurveda. Many people have too much air in their body, and their lifestyle continues to aggravate this air element, or vata dosha imbalance. When vata is chronically out of balance, the person suffers from dry skin, constipation, a feeling of being ungrounded, a lack of focus, and insomnia or sleep disturbances. The use of medicated enemas delivers oil to where it is needed the most to help rebalance the air element in the body, assisting with the reestablishment of normal bowel movements, and helping the person to feel grounded again. The colon is an amazingly absorbent organ, and delivering herbal oils and oil/herb decoctions to this area of the body can restore health and help resolve many common complaints in a short amount of time. The more common water colonics can keep a person imbalanced, whereas the oil serves a nourishing, cleansing and healing role. Herbal purgation with virechana can also bring balance to this part of the body and release unwanted toxins from the intestines, commonly experienced when pitta dosha goes out of balance, resulting in acid indigestion, ulcers, heartburn and emotions that are too heated, such as anger.

The use of medicated oils in the sinuses, known as nasya, is also a deeply cleansing and healing technique, commonly for kapha dosha imbalances. Delivering warm oil preparations to the sinus membranes can help to heal imbalances in the sinuses. The sinuses also allow the delivery of the medicated oil to the cribriform plate at the base of the brain, where potent effects can be felt. Undergoing nasya can help release old, accumulated emotions and thoughts, and deliver herbs to the nervous system in a very effective and healing manner.

Complementary Treatments

Adjunct treatments to panchakarma often include massaging the body with medicated oils, scrubbing the skin with herbal preparations, hot steam therapy, a restricted cleansing diet that can include fasting, and the ingestion of herbal teas and treatments. During a course of panchkarma therapies, an “electronic fast” is also recommended especially in modern times, where the use of cellular phones, televisions, computers and other electronic devices are discouraged so that the body can return to a fundamental connection with nature. Short walks and long naps are encouraged so that the nervous system is allowed a deep rest, and even reading books and newspapers is discouraged so that the eyes can have a much-needed rest.

Summary

According to Ayurveda, vital health is possible when you eat, live and treat your body in ways that are in harmony with your unique constitutional, or doshic needs. Each spring and fall season, it is recommended to allow your body to detoxify and eliminate its deeper stored toxins, and panchakarma is an excellent therapeutic avenue to explore. Treatments are often recommended for a week or more, but you can also opt for several days of detoxification therapies. Utilizing the special detoxification therapies of Ayurveda will greatly assist you in maintaining your optimal healthy self. This bi-annual ritual can help restore your digestive function, help you let go of unwanted physical and emotional toxins, and reconnect with the healing and restorative power of nature. To learn more about Ayurveda, please visit www.inspiredayurveda.com.

About the Author

Richelle Jarrell, ND is the owner of Inspired Love and Inspired Ayurveda. She works with people who want to understand their life on a profound level, heal their relationships, and restore vitality to their body, mind and spirit.  An expert in the mind-body connection with more than 20 years of experience in the holistic health field, Richelle earned her Doctorate of Naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health. She completed her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Davis, and became an Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor from Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and co-author of two books: Reiki Plus Natural Healing and Reiki Plus Professional Practitioner’s Manual for Second Degree.  

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The Dangers of Heavy Metal Poisoning http://earthslivingclay.com/4298/the-dangers-of-heavy-metal-poisoning/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4298/the-dangers-of-heavy-metal-poisoning/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:24:24 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4298 Continue reading ]]>



What is a Heavy Metal?

SmokestackHeavy metals are those elements that are considered toxic to living beings AND have a high density, specific gravity or atomic weight.  This post is not intended to be a primer on physics. However, it’s only right to include definitions of terms used. Otherwise, readers are left confused and no closer to being educated. In that vein, basic definitions of terms related to heavy metals are provided.

Heavy Metal Terminology

Density refers to weight in relation to volume.  Compare the weight of a liter of muscle mass with a liter of fat. Muscle is denser than fat and is heavier compared to the same volume of fatty tissue. Specific gravity refers to the weight of the volume of a substance in relation to the weight of an equal volume of a reference matter. Reference matters are almost always either air or water. (Temperature and pressure play into the measurement, but since this post is not intended to be a physics lesson, their impact is not described here.) As an example, helium – the gas used to inflate balloons – has a specific gravity of .164g/liter and air has a specific gravity of 1.16g/liter. This means the specific gravity of helium is less than the specific gravity of air. Atomic weight is determined by an extremely complicated method so for purposes of this post, think of it as the weight of the atoms of an element.

Common Toxic, Heavy Metals

Lead, mercury, copper and arsenic are the most commonly referred to heavy metals today. In the absence of a no standard definition of the term “heavy metal”, confusion and misinformation abounds. Specifically, there are ‘light’ metals that are considered toxic and on the flip side there are heavy metals (like gold) that are typically NOT toxic. This means that strictly determining if an element is toxic based on its density, specific gravity or atomic weight does not suffice. In addition, minerals that are essential to human health – such as zinc and copper – can be toxic in high doses. For these reasons, it pays to stay abreast of current research on and studies from reliable sources about heavy metal toxicity.

Lead

Lead is a particularly noxious element because it can stay in the body and wreak havoc on health.  It is also odorless, tasteless and invisible.  Fortunately, lead is no longer used in gasoline and paint. However, lead is still a major health problem and is found in dirt soiled by years of exhaust fumes from vehicles burning leaded gas, new toys made outside the U.S., dust and old house paint (pre-1978). It is found in drinking water transported via pipes that were soldered with lead.

Children are much more vulnerable to lead poisoning because of their developing brain and nervous system.  While a single large dose of lead can create severe poisoning, it typically builds up over time, so symptoms may not be apparent at first exposure. Lead poisoning can be at the root of attention disorders and behavior problems, hearing deficits, kidney damage, reduced IQ and stunted body growth.

Mercury

Mercury has traditionally been used in the manufacture of some light bulbs, switches and thermometers. The burning of coal releases mercury into the atmosphere. It then settles into water and land, where it can be washed into rivers, streams and oceans. Microorganisms consume and convert it to methylmercury. These microorganisms are then eaten by fish, shellfish and other animals.

The most common form of this poison is methylmercury. Exposure is most commonly from consuming fish or shellfish that contain methylmercury. In fact, most people have trace amounts of methylmercury in their tissues. This doesn’t make it safe, but rather, point to the prevalence of it in our environment. Impaired neurological development is the primary health impact of exposure to methylmercury by children, infants and fetuses.  High levels of mercury exposure can cause harm to the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys and immune systems of people of all ages. As with lead, fetuses, infants and children are most vulnerable to harm from mercury poisoning.

Copper

Dr. George Brewer has hypothesized that copper toxicity is responsible for the explosive growth of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease in our aging population. This disease is only found in modern cultures that have copper plumbing. It is also associated with taking multi-mineral supplements. It’s also important to note the relative newness of and proliferation of Alzheimer’s disease in the last 100 or so years. The problem with exposure to these two forms of copper is that they are inorganic and therefor, bypass processing by the liver. They go directly to the blood stream and it is believed to penetrate the blood/brain barrier. Copper in whole foods is organic and is processed by the liver and thereby safely exited out of the body.

Arsenic

Up until 2003, arsenic was widely used to treat wood used in buildings, as a way to prevent insect infestation. Today it is mixed with either lead or copper to create a stronger alloy. Arsenic is also commonly used in insecticides and weed killers. Like other heavy metals, organic arsenic is a naturally occurring element. Although believed to not be poisonous to humans in small doses, there are studies showing health consequences. However, the amount of inorganic arsenic – a known carcinogen – in the U.S. has increased in the environment and farmlands by 1.6 million tons over the past 100 years. This means arsenic ends up in our food supply. What’s particularly scary about arsenic is that it does not break down.  It can enter watersheds from rainfall runoff. It stays around for a VERY long time.

Arsenic is commonly found in rice. Water supplies in developing nations are also tainted with arsenic from normal, geological leaching processes. In modern cultures, arsenic can be found in water supplies from man-made industrial waste and mining. It has also been found in meat and dairy products as well as some cereals. Arsenic reacts with certain types of proteins, then interrupts and inactivates critical cellular functioning. Studies are finding low-dose, long-term internal consumption of arsenic is associated with certain cancers, including those of the bladder, lungs and skin as well as other chronic illnesses.

Summary

Heavy metal poisoning can cause serious damage to living beings, especially the unborn, infants and children. Lead, mercury, copper and arsenic are the most commonly referred to heavy metals today. However, there are many more that are also extremely toxic. It’s important to become educated about sources of heavy metals, in order to avoid and minimize exposure.  Regular detoxification with calcium bentonite clay can help remove heavy metals from tissue. Earth’s Living’s Drinking Powder is safe for pregnant and nursing women, as well as newborns and infants. An alternative to drinking clay is to taking a detoxifying clay bath. If heavy metal exposure is suspected, using calcium bentonite clay can help. Let us know if you’re concerned about heavy metal poisoning and what you are doing to protect yourself and your loved ones.

 

References

http://chemistry.about.com/b/2013/05/20/what-is-a-heavy-metal.htm

http://science.naturalnews.com/2009/252002_The_risks_of_copper_toxicity_contributing_to_cognitive_decline_in.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Density

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_gravity#Examples

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-atomic-weight.htm

http://www.healthyorganicwoman.com/past-issues/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002473.htm

http://www.medicinenet.com/mercury_poisoning/page2.htm#what_are_the_health_effects_and_symptoms_of_mercury_exposure_or_poisoning

http://www.medicinenet.com/arsenic_poisoning/page2.htm

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/08/arsenic_its_whats_for_dinner/

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~toxmetal/arsenic/index.html

 

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How to Avoid Magnesium Deficiency http://earthslivingclay.com/4245/how-to-avoid-magnesium-deficiency/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4245/how-to-avoid-magnesium-deficiency/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:09:22 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4245 Continue reading ]]>




Swiss Chard
Magnesium deficiency in humans is very common and can range from mild to severe. Some believe that magnesium is the single most important mineral for bodily function. Magnesium contributes to over 300 chemical reactions in the body including aiding the ability to relax, maintain energy levels and even supporting circulatory system health. Proper mineralization in the body also contributes to beautiful skin. As important as this mineral is, growing numbers of people are realizing they are mineral deficient. Max Gerson, founder of The Gerson Institute noted nutrient deficiency as a leading cause of chronic disease. Read more about nutrient deficiency and disease here.

The Root Cause of Magnesium Deficiency

The more food moves away from its natural, wholesome state to a processed food stuff, the fewer micronutrients there are in it. The Standard American Diet is abundant with foods that have  been processed to the point that few natural nutrients remain. Foods that were once rich in magnesium including green leafy vegetables, brown rice, beans and nuts are now deficient in this vital mineral. This is a direct result of large scale farming techniques that have stripped the soil of nutrients. Read more about mineral deficiency in agriculture here.

How Much Magnesium Is  Needed

The average adult should have a minimum daily intake of 320-420 milligrams of magnesium, according to the Institute of Medicine and U.S National Academy of Sciences. Together, these organizations prescribe the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for nutrients.  Scientists on the other hand, believe these amounts should be higher. Specifically, it’s thought that men require 500-700 milligrams of magnesium a day and women require 1000-1400 milligrams daily.

Not surprisingly, however, the average person only receives 175-225 milligrams of magnesium a day. In fact, magnesium deficiency is one of the most common of all nutrient deficiencies today. This shortfall can have a significant impact on health and well-being.  A variety of conditions and symptoms, from simple irritability to chronic pain to life-threatening disease have been attributed a magnesium deficit.

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

A simple blood test performed by your doctor is the best way to determine if magnesium levels are low. A simple blood serum test will not do the trick, but rather, a detailed magnesium test is required for accurate results .

There are many possible signs of a magnesium deficiency. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
  • Muscle cramps, spasms, Charlie horses
  • Sore joints and/or muscles
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of energy
  • Tics, eye twitching, or involuntary eye movements

How To Avoid Magnesium Deficiency

As noted above, magnesium must be consumed either in the form of mineral-rich foods or supplementation. There are, however, certain behaviors that contribute to magnesium deficiency. Avoiding such behaviors will help reduce the risk of magnesium deficiency. Some of the behaviors to avoid include:

  • Drinking carbonated beverages regularly
  • Consuming sugar and sweets Stress
  • Consuming caffeine regularly
  • Drinking 7 or more alcoholic drinks per week
  • Taking a calcium supplement without magnesium or less than a 1:1 ratio of magnesium

 

The list above is not a complete list of symptoms. If signs from the first list are present as well as risk factors from the second, try eliminating the risk factors and see if the symptoms disappear.

 

How To Get Enough Magnesium

What’s equally as important to know is that the body cannot make minerals. It must come from food and absent that, supplementation.  By far, the best way to consume minerals and other micronutrients is by consuming foods that contain them. Specifically, organic, whole and unprocessed foods are the best sources of needed minerals.  For many people, this is easier said than done.

Supplements and vitamins are a man-made invention, designed to provide the body with nutrients absent from the diet. Synthetic supplements can be found in the average supermarket but in this form, are not typically well-absorbed by the average person.  This is particularly true of magnesium. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) listed on the nutrition label are not the amounts the body actually absorbs.

The best way to supplement with magnesium is by absorption through the skin or transdermally. Earth’s Living® now offers a Magnesium Oil spray that can be used transdermally as a magnesium supplement. The oil can be sprayed directly on the skin and massaged in prior to bedtime. It can also be added to a bath, including a foot bath.

 

Healthy Habits for Getting Enough Magnesium

Increasing magnesium rich foods in the diet is the single best way to avoid magnesium deficiency. Ideally, include three different sources and not just one. Avoid conventionally-grown foods that most often use industrialized farming techniques, fertilizers, and pesticides. Buying and consuming locally-produced food will almost guarantee that the nutrient value is higher. However, it’s best to verify growing practices directly with the producer of the food to be sure. Foods that are high in magnesium include:

  • Whole grains including rice bran and wheat bran
  • Spices including basil, chives and coriander
  • Leafy greens including spinach, collard greens and Swiss chard
  • Pumpkin, squash and watermelon seeds
  • Apples, bananas and grapes
  • Pacific halibut and Atlantic mackerel

 Summary

Anyone consuming a diet comprised primarily of processed foods is most at risk for magnesium deficiency. Those that drink carbonated beverages and alcohol regularly also put themselves at risk.  The symptoms for magnesium deficiency can range from subtle to disruptive and the best way to know if one is deficient is a detailed blood test. The good news is that consuming a natural, mineral-rich diet made up of organic, whole foods goes a long way towards avoiding a magnesium deficiency. Absent the discipline or lifestyle to make that happen, supplementation with Earth’s Living® Magnesium Oil is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure the body gets enough of this vital mineral.

Let us know in the comments below what magnesium-rich foods you include in your diet.

 

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_Reference_Intake

http://www.dietandfitnesstoday.com/magnesium.php

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/daniel-heller-nd/magnesium-miracle-mineral

 

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Earth’s Living Clay in Kansas City, Missouri http://earthslivingclay.com/4228/earths-living-clay-in-kansas-city-missouri/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4228/earths-living-clay-in-kansas-city-missouri/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:24:42 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4228 Continue reading ]]>




Jan FoxJan Fox of Kansas City, Missouri is a long time fan of calcium bentonite clay and other natural health remedies. Jan is the co-leader and founder of the Northland Getting Well Support Group, which meets the fourth Saturday of every month at Green Acres Market in Kansas City, Missouri.  The group hosts guest speakers each month and  members share how they address causes of ailments, giving each other hope along the path to healing. In addition, Jan and her co-leader Phyllis Woolard host a very active Facebook group. The Northland Getting Well Support Group currently has more than 600 members, including individuals from Paris, France, Ireland and other places around the globe. Anyone interested in natural health is welcome to join the group.

Jan accompanied Phyllis to a similar group meeting in Shawnee, Kansas – about an hour away from Kansas City. Jan thought “Why drive all this way? Let’s just start a group here” and Northland Getting Well Support Group was born.

Jan has been a fan of clay for so long, she can’t remember exactly where she learned about it. Being an avid researcher, she figures she read about clay somewhere and in her search for the very best clay for internal use, she found Earth’s Living Clay. In Jan’s mind, staying healthy now pays big dividends as we age – and natural remedies are a lot cheaper than Western medical treatments for chronic illness and disease.

In her spare time, Jan teaches chair yoga to other seniors where she lives. She began taking yoga in 1968 and started teaching it in 1970. Come this spring, Jan will also be teaching chair yoga at a nearby fitness center in Kansas City and another yoga studio in Liberty Missouri. Jan is also an  herbalist, having studied herbalism for 5 years. She enjoys making tinctures, salves and other herbal remedies for herself and friends and family.

To buy clay from Jan in the Kansas City area, connect with Jan through The Northland Getting Well Support Group on Facebook.

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Caring for Your Aging Pet http://earthslivingclay.com/4003/caring-for-your-aging-pet/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4003/caring-for-your-aging-pet/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:50:06 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4003 Continue reading ]]>




The average life expectancy for cats and dogs in America is between 10-14 years. By the time your beloved pet is 8 years old, they are well into adulthood and may show signs of aging. At this point, pets need extra attention and care to support them.

Earth’s Living clay can be a wonderful way to ease your pets into old age. Clay can help heal sores and maintain healthy skin. It can also be used to relieve pain from inflamed muscles and arthritic joints.

Holistic Approach to Caring for Older Pets

According to pet industry estimates, half the dogs in the U.S. are over the age of six, and over 40 percent of cats are over seven years old. Taking a holistic approach to caring for your furry friend is key to keeping them happy well into old age.

If your pets appears uncomfortable, don’t assume it’s just a natural part of aging. Twice-yearly vet visits are very important for older pets. These visits will help you stay on top of physical and mental changes to make sure the animal is not in pain. Between vet visits, use clay therapy to help them stay healthy. 

Clay for Aging Pets

There are a number of physical changes animals will experience as they age. As with humans, muscles and joints can weaken and infections can quickly escalate into serious health concerns. 

Support Healthy Muscles and Joints

Older dogs and cats typically can’t exercise with the same intensity they once did. However, they still need regular physical activity in the form of walks or playful exercises. Keeping your pet physically active is key to maintaining a healthy weight and muscle mass. It can also control arthritis and degenerative joint disease. 

Older Dog Clay Testimonial

Animals suffering from the same ailments as humans should also benefit from incorporating pure calcium bentonite clay into their routine. Whether used internally or applied externally, many people report relief from arthritis and joint pain when using clay.

Heal Cuts and Scrapes

With old age, comes frail skin. If your pet gets injured, Earth’s Living clay can help them recover quickly and avoid infection. We received this letter from a pet owner who used clay to heal a scrape on her beloved pooch (click the image to read).

Boost Immune and Digestive Health

Supplementing your pet’s diet with calcium bentonite clay can not only provide relief to achy muscles and joint, but also support healthy body function. It stimulates the animal’s body to defend itself against unwanted organisms.

Earth’s Living‘s Animin aids your pet’s immune system by gently detoxifying as it moves through the intestinal track, attracting parasites, impurities and toxins. This is especially important if your dog eats other animal’s feces, a disgusting but common practice. As their body is detoxified and stimulated, your pet’s immune system is strengthened and better able to fend off invaders on its own.

For more information about how to Heal Your Pet Naturally With Calcium Bentonite Clay check out these great other posts about clay and animals. 

Coconut Oil Massages for Your Senior Pet

Another option for keeping your pet physically healthy is the use of regular massages as recommended by Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. ”Regular massage can help keep your senior pet’s muscles toned and reduce the slackening that comes with aging. Massaged muscles are looser, which makes it easier for your pet to move around comfortably. Massage also improves circulation and encourages lymphatic drainage” she explains. 

Dr. Becker also recommends using a coconut oil mask on your pet for healthy skin and nails. The coconut oil treatments helps to reduce flaking skin and improve the skin’s ability to resist pathogens like yeast and opportunistic bacteria. Combine the application of the coconut oil mask and the health benefits of the massage by giving your pet a coconut oil massage.

To massage your pet, use a flat palm to slowly rub your pet’s muscles. Focus on what you are feeling and your pet’s reaction to decide how much pressure to apply. The layers of fur, skin, fat, muscle, and bone will each need a slightly different amount of pressure. Start out with light pressure and slowly build up to a medium pressure depending on what your pet likes. Use the coconut oil to act as a lotion. Here is an instructional video by Dr. Becker about how to apply the coconut oil:

Summary

Incorporating clay into your pet’s diet can support their aging body. Applied externally, clay can help heal wounds and stave off infections. Consumed for internal use, clay can reduce inflammation and support healthy digestive function. In addition to clay, coconut oil is also a great source for all natural health. It will keep you pet’s fur and skin moisturized. And it can be added to your pet’s diet for even greater benefit. A little extra care now can mean more time with your beloved pet down the road.

What all natural remedies do you use for you pets? Share them with us in the comments below! 

References:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/10/26/aging-dog-care.aspx

http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-massage-your-dog/2028

http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/life-expectancy-dog-cat-40.htm

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How Scent Affects Your Mood http://earthslivingclay.com/3905/how-scents-effects-your-mood/ http://earthslivingclay.com/3905/how-scents-effects-your-mood/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:46:43 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=3905 Continue reading ]]>

What if you were told at any given moment you hold the ticket to be transported to a place of wellness? “The area of the brain used to process smells is actually part of the limbic system – the emotional center,” says Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. This foundation specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of smell and taste-related disorders. The limbic system, which senses and stores odor information, has a direct link to your emotional memories. Different scents can help stimulate moods putting you in the right mindset for the right moment.

Let Smell Transport You to a New Mood

Lavender

In moments of chaos or times of stress, let the calming scent of lavender transport you to a more serene place. Fulfill the need for tranquility so your kind nature can shine through. Chatting with friends or being in a small group can stimulate your need for conversation and nourish the thoughtful side of you as you listen to others.

Coffee

Looking for an energy boost or need to tackle a project? “We’re so conditioned to believe that coffee makes us alert that its smell alone is enough to provide an energy boost,” says Dr. Hirsch. Do something spontaneous for an instant pick-me-up. When you feel energized you have a willingness to dive into new experiences. Your infectious enthusiasm for life will thrive as you are transported by the aromatic scent of freshly roasted coffee beans.Your Favorite Scent is Your Ticket to Wellness - How Scents Effects Your Mood by @earthslivingcla

Grass

Missing family and friends? Let the subtle scent of fresh grass take you back to your childhood. “The subtle scent of fresh green grass has been found to induce nostalgia,” reports Dr. Hirsch. If you’re drawn to this scent, it’s likely it brings back happy memories of time spent with family and friends. Your softer side will thank you for the trip down memory lane.

Citrus

Get creative and fuel your uninhibited nature with a pop of citrus essence. “The sharp acidic scent of citrus acts on an area of the brain that can increase excitement,” according to Dr. Hirsch. Go into a meeting ready to share your opinions and surprise yourself with a new found confidence and creativity.

Lilacs

For times when your optimism is the key to making it through the day, be sure to have a lilac essence around. The sweet scent of lilacs will appeal to the romantic in you. You’ll be more open to opportunities and you may even have a more positive outlook on things. Employees, family, and friends will thank you because you will boost their confidence about things too.

Incorporate New Scents into Your Clay Routine

1. Why not run yourself a clay bath and put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the tub?

2. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to your next clay mask. Whether its on your feet or your face, you’ll surely enjoy the aromatics.

3. Food-grade essential oil scents like citrus and coffee can add flavor to your clay drinking water or clay recipe.

4. If you’ll be sleeping with a clay compress on, try adding lavender essence to help you sleep soundly and boost the anti-bacterial property of the compress.

What is your favorite scent is and where does it transport you? Share in the comments below. 

References

First for Women magazine, 5/28/12, Pg. 50

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Detox for a Healthier Lifestyle http://earthslivingclay.com/3985/detox-for-a-healthier-lifestyle/ http://earthslivingclay.com/3985/detox-for-a-healthier-lifestyle/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:28:49 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=3985 Continue reading ]]>

New Years is a popular time for jump starting a new, healthier routine. Thousands of people make a resolution to live a healthier life, be more active, and eat healthier foods. In fact, it’s the number one New Year’s resolution! However, it can be particularly tough to get started when your body is used to the slower pace of winter and holiday over indulgence. By detoxing your gut and incorporating foods that support your body, you can boost your likelihood of sticking with your new, healthier lifestyle.

Living Clay Detox for A Healthier Gut

Detox for a Healthier Lifestyle by Earth's Living ClayAfter weeks of indulging in wonderful holiday goodies, your gut could use a helping hand to fully recover. Buttery sugar cookies, flavorful fatty gravy, and candy canes galore, mean your liver has been working overtime to filter out toxins and break down waste.

A living clay detox can help rid your body of impurities without putting additional strain on your liver. When taken internally, calcium bentonite clay not only helps to flush out toxins, but is also known to balance the pH in the digestive tract for optimal functioning.

We recommend mixing 1 part of clay to 8 parts of filtered or distilled (not tap) water. For example, put one ounce (2 tablespoons) of Drinking Powder in an 8 ounce food-grade plastic or glass (preferable) bottle. Then add 8 ounces of water and shake well. We typically recommend drinking 1 ounce of clay water a day for the first week. Provided the body is not constipated, week 2 we recommend 2 ounces of clay water daily. This is a good general health and wellness amount.

For more detoxification, more clay water may be consumed, up to six to eight ounces daily. It’s important to listen to your body. Should you become constipated, cut back on the amount of clay consumed and work your way up more gradually. After a few days of drinking six to eight ounces daily, cut back to two ounces a day. Alternatively, stop drinking the clay altogether.  Our Drinking Powder is safe enough to consume every day. Two ounces of clay water daily is considered a general health and wellness amount. When addressing health concerns, some people drink more than 2 ounces daily until the issue is resolved and then cut back.

How Clay for Internal Use Works

Clay only becomes ‘living’ or activated when it is hydrated. Calcium bentonite clay is highly charged with negative ions and attracts positive ions when hydrated. The clay molecules then begin attracting free radicals, impurities and other toxins, which are then passed out of the body. Watch these videos for more information about drinking clay water. 

Clay for External Use

How to Stick with Your Resolution for a Healthier Lifestyle with a Clay Detox by @earthlivingcla #detox #clay

There are many ways to use clay externally. Clay baths allow the adsorptive properties of the clay to go to work on the largest organ of the human body, the skin. This organ is a permeable membrane, constantly taking in new substances and expelling wastes.  The drawing power of  Earth’s Living’s calcium bentonite green clay naturally pulls heavy metals and other positively charged toxins out through the pores of the skin in a safe and gentle manner.

The high mineral content and vitalizing properties of the clay also make it an amazing cosmetic tool, which leave the skin looking and feeling amazing after a bath. Often, the skin will be red after a bath, which is normal. This indicates that the clay has aided the body in increasing circulation at the surface of the skin, hence the redness.

A typical clay bath for an adult is drawn by adding 8 ounces of Earth’s Living’s calcium bentonite green clay under the faucet as the tub fills. Bathing can take 20 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on the individual. Clay baths can be very effective for children including those with autism, as well. Read more about clay baths for children here. 

Foods that Support a Healthier More Active Lifestyle

The first trip to the gym or jog around the block can be particularly tough on your joints and muscles. The slower pace and colder weather of winter often lead to more time spent indoors sitting around. The sudden influx of activity can cause muscle pain, and inflammation. Give yourself the best chance of sticking with your healthier lifestyle resolution by fueling your body with foods that support physical activity.

4 Good-for-You Foods that Help You Stay Active and Shed Fat

Ginger

Munching on a bit of candied ginger can reduce muscle pain by up to 25% overnight according to an article in First for Women magazine. It has anti-inflammatory compounds that can help you overcome winter muscle fatigue.

Quinoa

Opting for a whole grain like quinoa instead of white rice or pasta can help you combat excess belly fat. According to Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, this high-protein grain can curb the body’s output of the fat-storing hormone insulin. In fact, the switch from refined carbs to whole grains has been known to help women shed twice as much subcutaneous fat. With less fat to carry around, you’ll have more energy to get out and be active.

Walnuts

Delicious, snack-able walnuts not only boost your energy levels, they can also breakdown fat. A research study in Canada found that eating a 1/4 cup of walnuts daily can boost belly fat breakdown by 62%. Furthermore, the way in which these nuts use the fat is converting it into fuel which should give you more energy for your trip to the gym.

Asparagus

Asparagus is a nutritious spring vegetable that supports healthy liver function. According to Stanford University researchers, the plant compounds in asparagus activate detoxifying liver enzymes. These compounds assist the liver in breaking down stored fat and eliminating metabolism-slowing toxins by 30%.

Summary

Whether your motivation is sticking to a New Year’s resolution or opting for a change to a more active, healthy life, detoxing the body and eating right can make a big difference. Detoxing your gut and incorporating foods like whole grains and fat fighting veggies, can boost your likelihood of sticking with your new, healthier lifestyle for the long term.

Let us know your favorite ways to stick to your New Year’s health resolutions in the comments below!

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Earth’s Living Clay in Queensland, Australia http://earthslivingclay.com/4037/earths-living-clay-in-queensland-australia/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4037/earths-living-clay-in-queensland-australia/#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:02:58 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4037 Continue reading ]]>

The Spice Connection, Mount Isa, Queensland

Gail Bishop is the smiling face behind The Spice Connection in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia. Gail owned a Cafe for nine and a half years and over the years evaluated how a majority of people LOVED spicy food and Gail Bishop The Spice Connectionaddicted to cooking shows on TV.  She started selling some spices from her cafe for a while.  When she sold the business and had a 6 month break, the time was right to open “SPICE CONNECTION”.  The ordering of herbs, spices and condiments led her offering tea and tea pots, another developing trend. She was branching out from one line to another, then another, and eventually gift lines were sourced to put with her other complementary products. It did not stop there! customers started asking for natural beauty products and essential oils,and another branch grew.  This is how she was lead to Earth’s Living Clay. A customer of hers actually asked Gail to source it and see about offering it at The Spice Connection.

A Passionate Entrepreneur

Gail is passionate about The Spice Connection because she enjoy pleasing people and providing them with unique products. She knows that if you make customers happy, they will keep coming back. Nothing makes Gail smile more than when she hears them take a big,  deep breath as they step through the door, followed by “Mmmm smell those beautiful spices!”  They often take a big deep breath as they leave also, quietly smiling to herself because another pleased customer has just left. After 14 hour days in the cafe, Gail’s little haven is like a permanent holiday – sipping on cups of tea and listening to calming music, which she finds affects my customers. In fact some comment that they do not want to leave The Spice Connection because they feel so calm and relaxed!  In her spare time, Gail enjoys photography or cruising around in her toy – a Black 1965 Mustang Coupe. She also spends time with her family including six grandchildren!

We think a trip Down Under is in our future so we can enjoy the same experience Gail’s customers do!

 

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What You Need to Know About Brown Recluse Spiders http://earthslivingclay.com/4031/what-you-need-to-know-about-brown-recluse-spiders/ http://earthslivingclay.com/4031/what-you-need-to-know-about-brown-recluse-spiders/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:35:39 +0000 http://earthslivingclay.com/?p=4031 Continue reading ]]>

Most people have heard of the brown recluse spider.  For many people, the name can cause chills to go down their back. But what are they and how real is the danger?

What is a Brown Recluse Spider?brown recluse spider

The brown recluse spider is exactly what its name implies – a recluse. They are very shy, sedentary, and non-aggressive spiders who have gotten a bad rap.  They can generally be identified by their eyes. The brown recluse spider has 6 eyes, which is very rare in spiders. They are more commonly identified by the violin shaped brown spot on their backs. They tend to live approximately 1 to 2 years and reproduce between May and July. The female spider will generally produce several egg sacs during this timeframe.  Brown recluse spiders DO have a potentially deadly venomous bite, which is why they are so feared.

Where Are They Located?

The brown recluse spider is native to North America. They are more likely to be found roaming homes in the Central Midwestern states south to the Gulf of Mexico. Despite rumors to the contrary, the brown recluse spider has not established itself in California nor anywhere outside its native range. However, you can still have a brown recluse spider in your home no matter where you live due to them climbing into boxes and crates that are shipped from their native habitat to other areas.

Why are they in My House?

There are many places in the home that invite the brown recluse spider to stay. Houses are a feeding ground for generally any type of spider due to them being an optimal environment for their survival. There are cold, dark basements, dry, dusty garages and hot, humid attics. People store clothing, linens, books and shoes in closets and garages for long periods of time. Furniture has lots of nooks and crannies in which to hide and is in every room of the house. We have, in a sense, created the perfect living environment for them.

The brown recluse spider enjoys hiding in the dark during the day and comes out at night to find food, weave their webs, and make their nests. They are drawn to artificial light, which spiders know other insects are drawn to. Spiders make their way indoors in search of food. Human flesh is not part of their diet. Brown recluse spiders generally are found in:

  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Closets
  • Shoes and clothing that has not been worn for awhile
  • Under or inside furniture
  • Garage
  • Bathrooms
  • Vents and heating ducts
  • Boxes
  • Corners and cracks

What Are My Chances Of Being Bitten?

The changes of being bitten are actually slim. There have been many recorded cases of the brown recluse spiders living in homes for years without an incidence of the humans being bitten. The brown recluse spider only bites when it feels threatened or winds up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thirty eight percent of bites happen when the spider decides to take a detour through the bed while being slept in. Another 38% of bites occur when clothing is put on that that has not been worn for a while. Keep in mind that pets can also be susceptible to spider bites too!

There is no record for how many bites occur every year because physicians rush to blame the spider and often the ailment turns out to be altogether different.  In fact, 80% of reported bites are actually misdiagnosed. There are over 15 diseases and illnesses that mimic the same signs and symptoms of the brown recluse spider bite including Lyme disease, bacterial and fungal infections, MRSA and even herpes.

Help! I’ve Been Bitten!

Though these spiders do pack a venomous punch – children, people with compromised health, and the elderly are more susceptible to the toxic venom.   While 49% of people who have been bitten will have little to no reaction at all to the bite, 37% of people who have been bitten can expect to have a necrotic area form –the rotting away of the exterior surface of the skin that may leave a scar.  Approximately 14% of people who have been bitten will experience nausea, vomiting, fever, rashes, and muscle and joint pain. Less than 1% of people who have been bitten have died and these have sadly mostly been children under the age of 7 and people with weak immune systems.

Most recluse spider bites are initially painless and signs and symptoms often do not show up for 24 hours after the bite. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and joint pain. Brown recluse spider bites can be serious because the venom is hemotoxic, which is a toxin that destroys red blood cells. As a result, the toxic venom can be carried throughout the body and become a systemic issue. It’s important to seek medical attention if a brown recluse spider bite is suspected.

Bentonite Clay for Brown Recluse Spider Bites

We have talked to several people that have used calcium bentonite clay for brown recluse spider bites. Ideally, the area can be treated with a poultice externally and also drank to remove any toxins that may be circulating in the body. One man described putting a calcium bentonite clay poultice on the site of the puncture before seeking medical attention. Once at the medical office, the doctor removed the clay poultice and gently squeezed the perimeter of the wound. Both patient and doctor were astonished when a sac of venom popped out of the wound!

Of course, it’s most convenient to have hydrated clay such as our Wound Warrior on hand for just such emergencies. Clay poultices can also be used for burns, cuts, scratches, scrapes and other insect bites.  To make a poultice, mix 1 part calcium bentonite clay to 1 part water and mix until a thick paste is formed. Immediately apply to the wound site and cover with damp gauze to keep hydrated until medical attention is sought. Our Drinking Powder is mixed 1 part clay to 8 parts water in a glass or plastic bottle, and shaken well. Drink one to two ounces daily, shaking the bottle each time before consuming.

Summary

You needn’t go through life fearing something as unlikely as being bitten by a brown recluse spider. It is important, however, to know the symptoms and what to do should you or a loved one become a victim of this elusive insect. Having calcium bentonite clay on hand can go a long way towards stopping problems in their track.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_recluse_spider

http://www.brownreclusespider.org/brown-recluse-spider-information.htm

http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/spider-bite-brown-recluse-spider-bite-treatment

 

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