Earth's Living Clay | Calcium Bentonite Clay | Montmorillonite Learn how to use and benefit from pure calcium bentonite clay for detoxification, renewal and cleansing. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:01:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Doctors Recommend Clay Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:46:27 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Pastor Felke

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

Raymond Dextreit

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

Dr. Julius Strumpf

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

Pastor Emanuel Felke

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

Dr. Simon Cohen

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


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

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


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

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

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

White Poodle Puppy

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

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

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

Tonics and Nervines

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

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

Herbs to Grow for Pets

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

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

Tonic Herbs for Pets

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

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

Safety First

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

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

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

Getting Your Pet to Take Herbs

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Colostrum and the Immune System

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

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

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

Colostrum and Gut Health

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

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

Colostrum and Dairy Allergies

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

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

Dr. Wyatt’s Recommendations for Taking Colostrum

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


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



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

Clay Neutralizes Allergens

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

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

 Clay Neutralizes Allergens

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

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

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

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

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Not All Bacteria is Bad Mon, 26 May 2014 13:09:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Not All Bacteria is Bad Part of the mission of Earth’s Living Clay is to educate people not only about calcium bentonite clay, but also aboutother natural health topics. So much of our health (and the health of animals as well) is dependent on a healthy digestive system. Here we explain why not all bacteria are bad and share information readers can use to take better care of themselves.

What You Need to Know About Bacteria in the Gut

The human gastrointestinal tract is home to many types and loads of microbes, also known as bacteria. They link in our skin, our mouths, women’s vaginas and throughout the entire GI tract. It’s estimated that there are more microbes than there are human cells in and on the human body. There is also a wide variety of the types of bacteria and there are more than 400 varieties present in humans. Because of their large number and the wide variety, bacteria play an important role in health and wellness. Most of these bacteria are not harmful and in fact, contribute to normal growth and development. Some bacteria, on the other hand, can be harmful.

Optimal health requires a healthy balance of bacteria, with more beneficial than harmful bacteria present. Beneficial bacteria have been shown to improve gut health by helping with digestion and elimination, alleviating symptoms of lactose intolerance, improving mineral absorption, reducing toxins in the bloodstream and improving the immune system.

Why We Need Good Bacteria

Some people hear the word bacteria and automatically think “Yuck! Bacteria is bad and will make me sick.” Actually, friendly bacteria is vital to good health and wellness. Some of the important functions of good bacteria include:

  • Manufacture and assimilate B vitamins
  • Produce digestive enzymes that help break down food
  • Detoxification of toxins in the body
  • Reduce harmful bacteria
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce blood cholesterol
  • Balance pH levels in the gut
  • Assist in protecting from colon irritation, constipation and diarrhea
  • Help digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates
  • Produce natural anti-bacterial agents
  • Detoxify chemicals found in processed foods
  • Increase assimilation of calcium
  • Retard yeast growth and candida in particular
  • Retard yeast infections, herpes
  • Help eliminate bad breath, bloating and gas.

How to Spot an Unhealthy Balance of Bacteria

Digestive issues can have a number of causes. One of the simplest ways to try and resolve them is to eliminate the foods and stop the behaviors that contribute to an overrun of harmful bacteria. Eating foods rich in probiotics and/or supplementation with a good probiotic at the same time may also improve symptoms associated with an overrun of bad flora. Symptoms of too much bad bacteria in the gut include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive problems
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Hypertension
  • Vaginitis
  • Kidney stones
  • High cholesterol
  • Allergies

The Enemies of Good Bacteria

The role of friendly bacteria or good flora in the gut cannot be underestimated. For this reason, it’s important to avoid and eliminate behaviors that KILL good bacteria. The most common things that destroy good bacteria include:

  • Antibiotics  - these kill both the good AND the bad bacteria in the gut. This includes antibiotics found in livestock and dairy products consumed. Just one dose can kill good bacteria.
  • Steroids – cortisone, hormonal birth control, laxatives. Steroids are not only available by prescription. They can be found in over-the-counter treatments too.
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Anything that weakens the immune system
  • Gluten
  • Meat – feeds the bacillus coli, which are harmful
  • Any foods that use fermentation or molds in their production.


The human intestinal tract contains countless bacteria, some good, some bad. Good bacteria helps to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol as well as detoxify and balance pH. Bad bacteria cannot be completely eliminated from by the body, but it’s important to keep it in check and under control. An imbalance of too much bad flora may result in diarrhea, hypertension, vaginitis and allergies, among other symptoms.

Foods to avoid include alcohol, coffee, sugar, meat and gluten. Steroid drugs (prescribed and over-the-counter) and anti-biotics kill off healthy bacteria. A diet rich in probiotics and/or a probiotic supplement can help to keep the good bacteria to have the upper hand and the gut in better health.


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Why You Should Consider Raw Food for Your Pet Wed, 21 May 2014 01:09:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Part of the mission of Earth’s Living Clay is to educate people not only about calcium bentonite clay, but also about other natural health topics. Our customers are not only interested in natural health for themselves, but for their pets as well. This blog post covers the topic of raw food from a leading homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Richard Pitcairn.Pets Thrive on Raw Food

The Case for Raw Foods

Once for ounce, raw food contains more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than cooked food. Quite simply, cooking destroys many nutrients. When nutritional standards for dogs and cats were initially established, the presumption was made that raw foods – not cooked foods – would be fed to animals. However, most of the commercially available foods are in fact cooked through and through, even more so than were the food cooked at home. Commercial, cooked foods are not nutritionally equivalent to the original standards. Fortunately, more raw foods have made their way to market, making it easier for pet owners to feed their pets more nutritious food.

When referring to feeding your pets raw foods, think of feeding uncooked food as much as possible. Think to how domesticated pets’ ancestors ate in the wild. Certain foods – like grains and some vegetables – must be cooked in order to be edible. However, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, soft veggies and fruits can be fed to animals raw. Just as with people, a diet of raw, whole foods brings many benefits including superior nutrition, better digestion and fewer skin problems.

The Pottenger Cats

Dr. Francis Pottenger was a scientist and medical doctor who became concerned with health issues in the offspring of the cats he worked with in his laboratory. This came about as a result of his work treating respiratory ailments in people. He was also worried about the bad survival rates of the cats he operated on as part of his research.

One of the landmark studies that speaks volumes about the impact a raw food diet can have was conducted by Dr. Pottenger, known as the Pottenger Cat Studies. Between 1932 and 1942, Dr. Pottenger studied 900 cats in California.

While his original goal was not to study cat nutrition – he focused on treating people – the differences in the health of cats he was using in experiments caught his interest. For many generations of his feline subjects, one group was fed all raw food including meat, bones, milk and cod liver oil. Other groups of cats were fed either wholly cooked or partially cooked food. His findings are summarized here:

  • Cats on the all raw food diet were completely healthy and never needed veterinary attention. Their bones had normal calcium and phosphorous levels. There were no reproductive problems and birthing and nursing was normal.
  • The more cooked the food was, the less healthy were the cats that ate it.
  • Health problems found in cats on the cooked food diet were the same as problems found in cats today – mouth and gum issues, bladder inflammation and skin disorders. The skin disorders included parasites, lesions and allergies. What’s more, with each successive generation of offspring, these conditions worsened.
  • Over three generations, cats on the cooked food diet continued to get worse, until they could no longer reproduce. There was absolutely no fourth generation of these cats because the third generation could either not reproduce or the offspring died before birth.
  • When cats were put BACK on a raw food diet, it took three generations for them to totally recover.

What Accounts for These Findings?

There are many complexities involved in the science of food and its impact on health. Researchers have discovered, for example, that cats require a dietary source of taurine. Taurine is an amino acid that many mammals (including humans) can make on their own from the protein they eat. Cats, however, cannot manufacture taurine. For this reason, they must obtain it from other animals in the form of food – in other words by eating other animals or parts of other animals. Taurine is only found in animal tissue and is destroyed by heat (cooking). Many commercial cat foods once had low levels of taurine as a result of cooking. Now, however, taurine is added to cat food and supplements. We are learning more every day about the science of food and how it can contribute – or harm – both our own health and the health of our pets.


While dietary requirements vary between man and animal, a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods is equally as good for our pets as it is for us. Raw, whole foods contain more nutrients, are better for the digestive system and are closer to nature than cooked and processed foods. Dr. Pottenger’s work made clear the negative effect a diet of cooked foods can have on cats. Each successive generation of cat feed cooked foods suffered progressively worse health until that lineage died out completely.

As with processed people food, it may be readily available and cheap, but there is a price to be paid in terms of obesity and chronic disease. The same is true with cheap, cooked pet food. Pay now or pay later. The good news is that healthy, raw foods can easily be made at home using human-grade ingredients. These can be made for pennies on the dollar compared to high end canned pet food. For those that lack the time or interest in making their own pet food, mainstream pet stores are now carrying raw pet food.


Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn


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Could You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome? Fri, 16 May 2014 15:23:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

In this post, we look at leaky gut syndrome and using calcium bentonite clay. Leaky gut is a common malady that most sufferers don’t even know they have. In fact, intestinal issues are more common than most people Leaky Gut Syndromerealize. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, constipation, bloating and gas. There are dozens of over-the-counter medications taken by millions of people that merely treat the symptoms without getting to the root of the problem.

Gut Health and Chronic Disease

The ancient medical doctor Hippocrates proclaimed that all disease begins in the gut. The saying “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” is also attributed to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. According to Dr. Doug Wyatt, M.D., all inflammatory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma – as well as all chronic disease – begin in the gut. Assuming this is true, it follows that healing the gut is an important goal for millions of people around the world.

Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

The surface areas of our intestines were designed to keep bad stuff out and only allow nutrients, vitamin and minerals and fully digested food to flow through.  While people have the ability to choose what is put in their body, unfortunately they don’t always make good choices when it comes to gut health.

  • Pain medications have warnings that one side effect is to erode and make the gut bleed. Unfortunately, the majority of drugs used to treat illnesses cause gut erosion, including aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Consuming alcohol on a daily basis will erode the gut.
  • Acidic drinks including coffee create leaky gut. Excess acid in stomach (acid reflux) is going to cause erosion of the lining of the stomach, bowel and esophagus. In fact, GERD is a symptom of leaky gut syndrome.
  • Antibiotics including those in foods that we eat, not just those we are prescribed, cause leaky gut. Virtually every animal fed in feed lots are fed antibiotics consistently. Therefore, people that eat conventionally-raised meat are consuming antibiotics consistently. This behavior erodes the gut lining and destroys beneficial flora and creates the opportunity for more infection.
  • Consumption of processed foods and in particular, gluten, are associated with leaky gut syndrome.

Dr. Wyatt says that people with a chronic disease also have leaky gut. At its core, the root cause of leaky gut is damaged skin tissue.

Your Internal Skin Matters

Most people know that skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects us from invaders, pathogens and toxins. It is also a barometer of the degree of health and wellness and in particular, of the gut. Protecting our external skin with sunscreen and clothing is important. Avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals when bathing (think shower filter) and noxious ingredients in personal care products is also recommended. What many people don’t realize is that our internal skin is also important to good health and wellness.

Internal skin tissue starts in the mouth and goes all the way through the body to the anus. It lines the entire alimentary canal. This skin tissue is very similar to the skin outside our body. When we damage our skin tissue, bacteria, parasites, toxic waste and other unwanted substances are allowed to penetrate the lining of the gut. From there, they get into the blood stream and can affect other parts of the body.  The body’s immune system jumps into action and inflammation is often the result. Symptoms of inflammation include bloating, cramps, joint pain, headache and food sensitivities.

These unwanted substances may not only create health problems, they are also likely to worsen other conditions including Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis and asthma. Damaged intestinal walls not only allow unwelcome substances through, but the ability to uptake vital nutrients may also be impaired. This can result in malnutrition.

For these reasons, keeping the gut free from toxins is required for good gut health.

Calcium Bentonite Clay – Nature’s Original Gut Cleanser

Food-grade calcium bentonite clay is an excellent intestinal cleanser and detoxifier of the entire alimentary canal. Taken internally, bentonite clay’s negative ionic charge attracts toxins, free radicals and other positively charged substances. These are then absorbed into the clay molecule as well as attached to the surface of the clay. From there, both the clay and toxins are passed from the body through ordinary elimination processes.

The most common way to consume our Drinking Powder is to mix it one part clay to eight parts water. The result is a batch of clay water that can be consumed daily. To start with, drink just one ounce of clay water daily for the first week. Provided there is no constipation, two ounces of clay daily is in order. Listen to your body. Everyone responds differently and same people may wish to consume more when trying to address specific health challenges. Clay is perfectly safe and non-toxic and can be taken regularly. Calcium bentonite clay has been used by indigenous cultures for thousands of years. It is even safe for pregnant and nursing women!

Haven’t tried our Drinking Powder yet? Head over to our online store and order a pound. Take care of your gut – and your health. Let us know your results in the comments box below.




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Energy Healing and Bentonite Clay Baths Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:06:18 +0000 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.


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 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:56:16 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Detoxification with Ayurveda

Your Unique Dosha

Ayurveda’s specialty is in knowing how to recognize individual constitutions called doshas. 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.


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.


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

About the Author

Richelle Jarrell has taught Reiki since 1996, and utilizes the wisdom sciences of Vedic Astrology, Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy.  Her work goes in-depth with sign compatibility and other astrological factors essential for vibrant relationships, including how your Ayurvedic body type impacts your relationships and your health.

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The Dangers of Heavy Metal Poisoning Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:24:24 +0000 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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.




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