Earth's Living Clay | Calcium Bentonite Clay | Montmorillonite Learn how to use and benefit from pure calcium bentonite clay for detoxification, renewal and cleansing. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 04:37:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Use Bentonite Clay Internally and Externally Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:22:18 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

How to Use Bentonite Clay Internally and ExternallyGenerally speaking, calcium bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally. However, since not all clays are the same, it’s important to know if the clay you’ll be using is for internal use or external use or both. Some clays can be used both internally and externally. If a clay is clean enough to be consumed, it is safe to assume it is clean enough to use externally. Think of apple cider vinegar. It can be consumed as a tonic or in a salad dressing, for example, and it can also be used as a skin toner and mixed with bentonite clay to create a face mask.

Drinking Clay vs. Bath Clay

Earth’s Living Clay offers clay for internal use (Drinking Powder) as well as for external use (Bath Clay). For those people that only want to use clay externally, our Bath Clay is a better value, as it costs less than our clay for internal use. The mineral content in our internal use and external use clays is different. Our Bath Clay is a sodium bentonite clay while our Drinking Powder is a calcium bentonite clay. Our Drinking Powder is also more finely milled (or crushed) and mixes better with water for drinking. Read more about the differences between sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite clay here.

The best way to determine if a clay is for internal or external use is to read the label and/or ask the supplier. Reputable retailers of edible clay will have a current microbial analysis available on their website or on request. A microbial analysis is performed by an independent laboratory and checks the clay for pathogens including e Coli, streptococcus, salmonella as well as yeasts and mold. None of the pathogens should be detectable. The report should be published on laboratory (not retailer) letterhead. Find our mineral and microbial analysis reports for our edible clay from an independent laboratory here.

Using Clay Internally

We recommend mixing our Drinking Powder 1 part clay to 8 parts water in a glass or food-grade plastic bottle. Using a kitchen funnel (or make one with a piece of paper), add dry clay to the bottle. Add water to the bottle and shake well. Drink 1 ounce of the clay water daily for the first few days to a week. Provided there is no constipation, drink two ounces of clay water daily beginning in week 2. After a few more days, another ounce of clay water may be consumed daily. Clay is meant to be taken in relatively small amounts. The thinking “If a little is good, a lot is great!” does not apply to taking clay. People that find it difficult to drink the shaken up clay water may want to try drinking the water after the clay has settled to the bottom of the jar and not shake the container prior to drinking.

Clay water can be left on the counter. Some people find clay water tastes better when cold. It does not however have to be refrigerated. Clay does not go bad. It is millions of years old. Either way, after sitting, the clay will settle to the bottom of the container. Simply shake the bottle prior to pouring it. Do not store hydrated clay in metal containers. Prolonged exposure to metal can result in clay pulling unwanted metallic elements from the container and into the clay.

How to Calculate 1 to 8

The easy way to calculate one to eight is to divide the size of the bottle you’re using by eight. With an eight ounce bottle, one part clay to eight parts water means mixing one ounce of clay with eight ounces of water. Add one ounce (2 tablespoons) of clay to the bottle. One ounce is equal to two tablespoons. Fill the eight ounce bottle with water and shake well. With a 32 ounce bottle, put in 4 (32/8) ounces of dry clay and fill the bottle and shake well. See the table below
for more on this.


Container Size in Ounces                  Dry Clay in Tablespoons
8                                                                 2
12                                                                 3
16                                                                 4
32                                                                8

Our recommendation of 1 part clay to 8 parts water is just that – a recommendation. You may find you like less clay and more water or vice versa. The important thing is to listen to your body
and find a formula and amount of clay that suits you. People have very different constitutions and everyone needs to listen to their body to know what is best for them.

An Alternative Method

Some people prefer to mix their clay as they drink it, which is fine. In this case, mix ¾ teaspoon dry clay with at least eight ounces of water. Shake well and drink the entire bottle. You may find you like more water, which is also fine. Keep the dry clay amount at ¾ teaspoon for the first week. During week two, you may choose to add 1 ½ teaspoons of clay to eight ounces of water. Shake well and drink the entire bottle in a day. You will find it best to add the dry clay to a bottle, then add the water, then shake. Adding the dry clay to a glass and stirring will likely result in clumps. Clay is best mixed with water by shaking.



Clay baths are an excellent and relaxing way to detoxify, exfoliate the skin, relieve sore muscles and joints and increase circulation. We recommend using 8 ounces of clay in a bath for an adult to begin with. Simply pour the clay into the running water right under the spigot. Get in the bath and stay at least 20 minutes. More clay can be added to subsequent baths, depending on the results from the first bath. Clay baths can be taken a few (three to four) times a week if desired. Listen to your body, as people have entirely different constitutions.

Clay baths are also safe and effective for children. There is some anecdotal evidence that clay baths help children with autism. The amount of clay added to the bath must be adjusted for children based on their body weight. Read more about clay baths for children here.

Clay is OK in both septic systems and in sewers. Be sure to rinse the bath tub well to make sure the clay has made its way all the way out to the street (in the case of sewer) or septic tank.


Clay can be mixed one part clay to three parts water and made into a paste or gel. Use a plastic, rubber or wooden utensil to mix the clay and water. A rubber spatula works well too. Mix to the consistency of sour cream. When feasible, let the clay sit overnight as it will thicken. Do not store hydrated clay in metal as the clay can pull metallic elements out of the container and into the clay.

Clay mud (our Wound Warrior) can be applied directly to open wounds, burns, scrapes, cuts, scratches, fractures, bruises, bug bites and infections both on people and animals. It can be applied topically as well as orally, vaginally and anally. In the case of a dental problem such as an abscess, for example, the clay poultice can be placed on the outside of the cheek at the site of the sore tooth.

Clay works as long as it’s hydrated. We recommend putting a damp piece of gauze or paper towel on top of clay poultices. Cover the gauze or paper towel with a clean plastic bag or plastic wrap to keep the moisture in. It’s perfectly safe to leave the clay on for extended periods of time.

There is no harm leaving the clay on after it has dried. Our Wound Warrior is a clay poultice. We also have a line of Therapeutic Muds that is our Wound Warrior with specific combinations of essential oils to help with specific conditions such as brown spots, sore muscles, psoriasis and hot spots (for dogs).

Some people find having clay mud in their first aid kit can be a lifesaver. Clay mud can safely be stored as in a tightly sealed glass (preferable) or food-grade plastic jar. Should the clay dry out (which it might over a year or more), just rehydrate with clean water. Clay does not go bad – it’s millions of years old.


Bentonite clay is an amazing gift from nature. It has so many uses, it boggles the mind. With so much versatility for both adults as well as children – and even pets – there’s no reason not to have some on hand. It has been used safely for centuries by indigenous cultures and is a “go-to” remedy in modern times as well.

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12 Small, Simple Steps To Becoming Healthier Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:31:30 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

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Everyone knows that eating organic foods and exercising is important for good health, but there are hundreds of little things you can do to become healthier, or at the very least, prevent yourself from getting sicker. Here are just 12 to help you get started.

1. Detox your body.

The body accumulates chemicals, (pesticides) toxins, heavy metals, artificial ingredients, etc. By detoxing on a daily basis, you can get rid of those poisons and have a body free of most chemicals and heavy metals. I use Earth’s Living Clay’s Drinking Powder to detox my body on a daily basis but everyone has to find what detox works best for them.

2. Make your own natural cleaning supplies.

Look up the DIY natural cleaning supplies on the internet. They are healthier and far less expensive than the harsh, chemical ridden cleaners on the supermarket shelf. My favorite general cleaner is made up of a half cup of lavender flowers and a half cup of thyme and a pint of white vinegar. It cleans everything, including windows and mirrors and it smells wonderful.

3. Make your own make-up.

It’s easy to do and you will save a ton of money in the process. You can go online and look for the DIY natural make-up. As a matter of fact, I will be holding a special class sometime this Spring, to teach everyone how to make their own make-up with zero chemicals in it. Follow me on the Northland Getting Well Support Group on Facebook to learn more.

4. Trade in your box of iodized table salt for sea salt.

Iodized table salt is overly processed and stripped of salt’s minerals which could otherwise help stabilize blood pressure. On the other hand, unrefined and unadulterated salt – in moderate amounts – can create an internal environment hostile to pathogens.

5. Change your pots and pans to stainless steel.

Teflon and aluminum pans bring unwanted heavy metals into your body. Budget one new stainless steel pan a month until you have a whole set.

6. Use Himalayan salt lamps.

Himalyan salt lamps purify the air and are less expensive than electronic air purifiers. I have one in my bathroom (also as a night light) and one in my office area (where I spend most of my time).

7. Get some (more) house plants.

Certain house plants help purify the air in your home or apartment, in addition to adding beauty and nature to your internal environment. Shoot for one plant for every 100 square feet of office or home space.

8. Invest in a good water purifying system.

If you rent or live in an apartment, purchase a water pitcher (I have Zero Water pitcher which actually tells you when to purchase a new filter for it). If you own your home, consider installing an RO water system and if feasible, a whole-house water filtration system.

9. Purchase a shower filter.

If your drinking water is full of chemicals, so is the water coming out of your shower. You can purchase a shower filter for when you take showers and wash your hair. (I use Aquasana). You can also fill your bathtub with water from the shower head so you’re not bathing in water with chlorine, flouride and other toxic chemicals.

10. Use coconut oil.

Coconut oil can be used for so many things besides cooking! I use it as a moisturizer on my face every morning. I put it in my hair and let it moisturize my hair. I leave it in for about 2 hours before shampooing my hair. No conditioner is needed since your hair will be so soft. In the winter time are feet are usually covered, with socks, shoes, or slippers in the house and the feet have a tendency to dry out. Rub coconut oil on your feet every evening before going to bed for softer, smoother feet.

11. Use herbal medicines in place of pharmaceutical drugs.

Look to nature first for your health and wellness. Mother Nature has gifted us with MANY natural remedies and they’re easy to find online. Many times on the Northland Getting Well Support Group on Facebook page, we include small tips on how to make your own cough drops, cough syrup, headache remedies, etc.

12. Reconsider vaccination.

Vaccines are loaded with stuff that our body doesn’t want or have any need for. Improving your immune system will do far more for you than any vaccine can do.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information and products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

About the Author

Jan Fox Northland Getting Well Support Group  Jan Fox has been a fan of clay for many years. In fact, she’s not sure exactly where she learned about it. As a prolific researcher, she assumes she learned about clay while investigating some thing or    another. In her search for the very best clay, she found Earth’s Living Clay. From Jan’s point of view, staying healthy now pays big dividends as we age, not to mention that natural remedies are much less    costly than traditional, Western medical treatments for chronic illness and disease.

Jan teaches chair yoga to other seniors where she lives. Jan started doing yoga in 1968 and became an instructor in 1970. Jan is also now teaching chair yoga at a nearby fitness center in Kansas City and  another yoga studio in Liberty, MO. 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. People  living in the Kansas City area can buy Earth’s Living Clay from Jan by connecting with her through the Northland Getting Well Support Group on Facebook page.

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Bentonite Clay – A Natural Treatment for Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:55:23 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Calcium Bentonite Clay Soothes the GI TractFunctions Performed by the Kidneys

The kidneys perform critically-important functions in both people and animals. The kidneys:

• filter blood and waste products
• help regulate blood pH
• maintain and regulate the body’s water balance
• help regulate blood pressure.

The kidneys also produce a hormone called erythropoietin which is important in red blood cell production. pH is a measure of either acidity or alkalinity of a liquid such as urine, blood and saliva. Optimal pH is best between the very narrow range of 7.3 and 7.5. Read more about pH here.

Who Gets Kidney Disease

Unfortunately, some breeds of cats and dogs are predisposed to kidney problems. Persian cats, for example, are genetically predisposed to kidney problems. However, any animal can develop kidney disease. Kidney damage can be sudden (acute) or it can develop over time (chronic). Sometimes the two conditions can co-exist, such as if an animal with chronic kidney disease suddenly gets a urinary tract infection. Acute kidney injury is usually seen in young and middle-aged animals, since they tend to be more likely to ingest toxic substances. Chronic kidney disease is more common in middle-aged to older animals. Although statistics are lacking for dogs, there are statistics that report chronic kidney disease affects between 10% and 15% of dogs. Chronic kidney disease may affect between 35% and 50% of cats older than 15 years old. It follows that as cats are living longer, this percentage is also growing.

What Happens When Kidneys Are Damaged

While some body parts (liver, bones, arteries, e.g.) can be repaired, the kidneys have a limited ability to repair themselves. Healthy nephrons – the thousands of functional units that make up the kidneys – can increase their output and compensate for damage to a degree. However, if one part of a nephron is damaged, the entire nephron becomes non-functional. If too many nephrons are damaged, kidney function deteriorates, sometimes permanently.

Two Types of Kidney Disease

There are two types of kidney failure – acute and chronic. Both types are dangerous illnesses that can afflict horses, cats, dogs and other animals.

1. Acute Kidney Disease

Acute kidney disease is marked by an all-of-a-sudden failure of the kidneys. Typically this happens when an animal consumes something poisonous or toxic. It can also result from exposure to Leptospirosis, a very serious yet rare bacterial infection. During the process of urine being formed, the bacteria spreads to the kidneys and damages them.

Causes of Acute Kidney Disease

Toxins such as anti-freeze, grapes, raisins, and lilies are well known examples of toxins that are very damaging to the kidneys. Lilies are problems with cats specifically, however, not all species of lilies are toxic. Tiger lilies and star gazer lilies are toxic but peace lilies are not. However, the kidneys can be affected by non-fatal exposure to toxins, medications (even when given at appropriate doses), prolonged dehydration and low blood pressure. The sweetener Xylitol is toxic to cats, for example. Examples of drugs that can be toxic to the kidneys include platinum-based chemotherapy agents and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like aspirin, carprofen and meloxicam. Other causes of acute kidney injury include infections, including bacterial infections, Lyme disease, leptospirosis and feline infectious peritonitis and trauma. Prolonged decreased blood flow, such as when an animal is hit by a car or other prolonged blood loss can also damage the kidneys.

2. Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease happens kidney function deteriorates over a period of time. In cats, this is known as chronic renal failure. With dogs, this is known as chronic kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease can be the result of consuming something toxic over a period of time or repeated exposure to heavy metals or other poisons. A long- standing, undiagnosed infection can lead to chronic inflammation which can also result in chronic kidney disease.
Animas’ diets are as important to their health they are to human health. The wrong diet or one that consists of cheap and substandard protein can tax the kidneys’ capacity for breaking down waste products. This results in excess nitrogenous waste in the system. Symptoms of chronic kidney disease include loss of muscle mass, weight loss and loss of appetite, stemming from excess nitrogen in the body.

Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is defined as abnormal kidney function that is present for more than three months. Aging is one of the most common, if not the most common, cause of chronic kidney disease. As noted above, other causes include a history of previous trauma or damage to the kidney, infectious agents like leptospirosis, Lyme disease and drug or toxin exposure. This can include chemotherapy drugs and for this reason, drug use must be monitored carefully. There are some unusual causes of chronic kidney disease including immune-related diseases and, in rare cases, even cancer. Some breeds of dogs and cats have inherited kidney abnormalities that can result in altered kidney function. Abnormal kidney function is sometimes noted in these animals at a very early age, but in others it can take years for signs of disease to become apparent.

Signs of Kidney Disease

• Increased thirst (chronic)
• Increased urination (chronic)
• Decreased urination (acute)
• Decreased appetite as a result of waste products building up in the blood
• Depression, lethargy as a result of waste products building up in the blood
• Vomiting, nausea as a result of waste products building up in the blood
• Halitosis (bad breath) that has a distinct odor known as uremic breath
• Mouth and stomach ulcers. The kidneys produce a hormone that creates the acid to break down food in the stomach. If the kidneys are not working properly and that hormone is not removed, it continues to cycle through the body and this excess acid can create ulcers.
• Pale gums (chronic)
• Discolored urine, straining to urinate.

How Kidney Disease is Diagnosed

Kidney disease is diagnosed through a combination of:

• physical examination findings
• history of the animal
• laboratory analysis.

Physical examination findings are often non-specific, but the history provided by the pet owner can be extremely helpful. Blood tests and urinalysis are the cornerstone of diagnosis. These tests look at nitrogen and creatinine values in the blood and compare them to urinalysis results. Kidney blood values like blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine can be elevated, but doesn’t necessarily mean there is kidney disease present. A classic example of this is dehydration. In that case, the kidneys are absorbing as much water as they can such that the urinalysis shows very concentrated urine. Conversely, high blood values and normal urinalysis values are a red flag for kidney disease.

Ultrasound examination of the kidneys is a newer diagnostic test that helps determine the underlying cause of kidney dysfunction. This is because the kidneys often develop very distinct changes with the onset of kidney disease. Other tests performed might include blood pressure measurement, a urine culture (if infection is suspected) and urine protein measurement.

As noted above, although the kidneys repair very well, they do have a great reserve capacity. Together, the two kidneys can compensate for a loss of about 67% of TOTAL kidney function before any noticeable signs appear. This is why people and animals can live with just one kidney and why kidney transplantation is so successful in humans. Once the loss of function hits 67%, increased water consumption is observed. After 75% of the total capacity is loss, blood values of certain metrics change.

Some veterinarians may order special tests such as a culture of the urine or a test for Lyme disease or leptospirosis.

Prognosis for Dogs and Cats with Kidney Disease

Unfortunately, the prognosis remains poor for dogs and cats with acute or severe kidney injury, with mortality rates around 50%. However, for those pets that survive, prognosis is reported as very good. There are a few reports that suggest that some pets may have residual kidney damage, but do not show any signs of kidney disease. For chronic kidney disease, prognosis tends to vary but with treatment is often very good for cats. The prognosis closely correlates to the IRIS scale for cats. (See explanation of IRIS scale below.) Unfortunately, for dogs the prognosis is poor overall, even when treated.

How Kidney Disease is Treated

Traditional Treatment

A common treatment designed to flush the excess nitrogen waste in the body is through subcutaneous or intravenous fluids. If after 48 hours of IV fluid treatment, if the BUN metric goes down by only 10 to 15 points, it’s likely that the kidneys are permanently damaged. Continuing this therapy could cause unneeded suffering for the pet. Often veterinarians recommend a special diet. In the past, low protein diets were recommended. The thinking was that a low protein diet reduced the work required by the kidneys to break down protein. Dr. Al Plechner, DVM, recommends small quantities of high quality protein, given more frequently. He believes this is less injurious to the remaining functioning units (nephrons) of the kidneys. A high quality protein for a pet suffering with kidney disease has the same characteristics that a high quality protein for people has. They are:

• Hormone- and antibiotic-free
• Grass-fed
• Organic.

Dietary therapy is the therapy most likely to increase long-term survival in pets with advanced disease. It does not PREVENT disease, but slows the progression for those animals that have been diagnosed with kidney disease. These special diets have less protein, phosphorous and sodium. They have increased B vitamins, soluble fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and for cats, more potassium. Another concern with kidney disease is phosphorous retention. For this reason, any diet for the animal with kidney disease needs to be low in phosphorus.

Inflammation is not good anywhere in the body, but is particularly bad for pets with kidney disease. There are several anti-inflammatory remedies to help. Omega-3 fatty acids are routinely given. It is not unusual for them to be administered Vitamin E to enhance their anti-inflammatory function. Currently, many vets are also recommending krill oil as a substitute for fatty acids. Another problem encountered with kidney disease is that potassium levels drop dangerously low. This needs to be monitored as well. In some cases, potassium gluconate is recommended.

Treating Acute Kidney Injury

The goal in treating acute kidney injury is to stimulate urine production. This can be accomplished through:

• Fluid support
• GI protectants or antacids
• Treatment of the underlying toxicity, if possible. These must be administered fairly soon after ingestion.
• Dialysis buys time while the team is working to get the kidneys to work again.

Treating Chronic Kidney Disease

A group of veterinarian specialists created the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) to try and standardize the terminology related to chronic kidney disease. A common language helps to compare results of various studies, when everyone has the same understanding of what terms mean. IRIS created a staging system for chronic kidney disease with the goal of customizing treatments based on the stage the animal is in. The IRIS staging scale is based on:

• Blood creatinine levels – creatinine level is a close marker of kidney function
• Protein levels in the urine – as kidneys start to fail, protein may leak into the urine. This may be an early marker of kidney disease.
• Blood pressure.
(Recently IRIS developed a similar staging scale for acute kidney injury.)
The treatment of chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing down the progression of kidney dysfunction, as well as improving quality of life. Treatment of chronic kidney disease (in both dogs and cats) may include:
• Dietary changes – the most beneficial treatment, particularly because of its ability to slow down the progression of disease. This has been proven with many good studies. This is the therapy most likely to increase long-term survival in patients with advanced disease.
• Fluid therapy -tends to work best in cats. This is more for making the animal feel better, not so much to stop the progression of the disease.
• Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation
• Correction of any underlying diseases
• Treatment of hypertension, if present
• Phosphorus-binding agents – phosphorous tends to increase late in kidney disease and is generally found in proteins. Kidney disease diets are often low in protein for this reason.
• Correction of anemia.

Additional Traditional Therapies for Kidney Disease

• Drug treatment with Calcitriol, a form of vitamin D used to treat low levels of calcium in the blood
• Surgery – if a stone is in the kidney
• Lithotripsy – a form of shock wave therapy (doesn’t seem to work well with cats)
• Dialysis – more prescribed for acute (rather than chronic) kidney disease
• Renal transplantation – very expensive and more often seen with cats but has really fallen out of favor.

Calcium Bentonite Clay as a Natural Complement to Traditional Treatment

Traditional medical treatment can help the animal to cope with some symptoms. Adding calcium bentonite clay is a natural remedy that can bring relief to many of the symptoms that come with kidney failure. There is scientific research that has shown that calcium bentonite clay may be useful in averting osteoporosis. A huge positive with using calcium bentonite clay is that there are essentially NO contraindications to using it. Food-grade calcium bentonite clay is actually safe enough for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use. It is completely safe and non-toxic.

For those veterinarians and pet owners that want natural remedies to both prevent and treat kidney disease, Dr. Plechner recommends using calcium Montmorillonite bentonite clay. He believes adding clay to the animal’s diet enhances traditional kidney disease treatment in dogs and cats in the following ways:

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Improves Absorption of Micronutrients

All clays originate from volcanic ash. The calcium Montmorillonite clay that is mined in California near Death Valley has baked in the hot sun literally, for centuries. Experts believe this exposure to these high desert temperatures permits the micronutrient to lose one molecule of water. This in turn creates a negative ion in the clay molecule that allows the micronutrient – once ingested – to enter the cell through the cell membrane. Other essential nutrients are aided in crossing the cell membrane as well, as a result of this negative ionic charge.


Calcium bentonite clay neutralizes harmful toxins that enter the body. This can happen through breathing, eating or through the skin. Bentonite clay is inert when dry. However, once hydrated, the negative ionic charge comes alive, hence the term ‘living clay’. As the clay moves through the digestive tract, it attracts positively charged elements such as harmful bacteria, allergens and parasites Earth’s Living clay both adsorbs and adsorbs toxins. Positive ions are exchanged with negative ions. Together, the clay and the toxins exit the body through normal elimination channels.

Elevated Nitrogen

Nitrogen accumulates in the blood stream since the failing kidneys cannot process it all. This elevated nitrogen can result in many problems. The measure of nitrogen is BUN or blood urea nitrogen. Excess BUN irritates mucous membranes in the intestines and stomach. Elevated nitrogen also hinders red blood cell production and the pancreas can become inflamed. Many veterinarians prescribe Carafate to treat such irritation. Calcium bentonite clay contains many trace minerals and it too can provide soothing. However, unlike Carafate, calcium bentonite clay is 100% natural.

Gastrointestinal Irritation

As mentioned above, elevated BUN in the system often irritate the gastrointestinal tract. This irritation can result in vomiting and diarrhea, as well as nausea. Calcium bentonite clay is well known as an anti-diarrheal and will also soothe the intestines. Calcium bentonite clay can also help with absorption of food, which is critically important during times of stress and illness.

Mineral Imbalance

Kidney disease often creates an imbalance in the ratio between potassium and calcium. Calcium bentonite clay provides both potassium and calcium, which can help correct any imbalance of these two minerals as a result of failing kidneys.

Osteoporosis from Phosphorous Retention

Often, animals suffering from kidney disease retain phosphorus, which is a serious issue. When functioning well, the body works to maintain a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 of calcium to phosphorus. When an animal is retaining phosphorous as a result of kidney disease, the body frequently removes calcium from bones. This is an attempt by the body to maintain the normal 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. When this happens, the result is osteoporosis.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology and Fim Biotect in Germany found that clay was equally as effective at binding phosphorous as conventional binders. They also concluded it was safer than conventional phosphorous binders. Specifically, these researchers determined that clay can be used for longer periods of time than conventional binders. They go on to say that it can help stabilize patients with kidney disease and improve kidney function.

According to Dr. Plechner, including calcium bentonite clay (which is high in chelated calcium), can reduce bone loss that occurs due to phosphorus retention. Bentonite clay is often used regularly by both pets and people that suffer from osteoporosis or lack of bone density but do not have kidney disease. NASA commissioned a study of calcium Montmorillonite clay in the 1960s. There was a concern with astronauts developing osteoporosis from lack of gravity for extended periods. Those researchers concluded that consuming calcium bentonite clay did stop pathological changes in the long bones of the animals studied. They found that it also helped to correct loss of bone density.

Bacterial Infections

Arizona State University has studied the ability of calcium bentonite green clay to kill Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA) E.coli, salmonella and staph. Calcium bentonite clay is anti-bacterial and as such, it can kill bacterial infections in the kidneys. Amazingly, it also neutralizes toxins molecules that build up in the body during kidney disease.


Kidney disease can afflict both dogs and cats at any age. Acute kidney disease is more common in younger animals, while chronic kidney disease is more common in older animals. There are numerous causes to kidney disease in cats and dogs and there are different treatments available. Calcium bentonite clay is a natural remedy that can complement traditional treatment for kidney disease. In addition to help animals suffering with kidney disease, calcium bentonite clay can help with other ailments including arthritis, parasites, itching, yeast infections and diarrhea. Calcium bentonite clay can also be used daily for general health and wellness. Visit our testimonials page to see all of the ways our calcium bentonite clay has helped people and their pets.

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Kidney Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment, Dr. Kelley Diehl, DVM, MS, DACVIM
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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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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. – See more at:

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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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.


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