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The Science of Clay

Clay cannot be reproduced in a lab. Clay is the product of the earth birthing itself in a new form. It is from the struggle of the birthing process that clay emerges as highly charged trace minerals in the form of ash created from the extreme heat and force of the volcano from which it comes. Known as having beneficial effects upon the health of plants and animals, clay has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures that ate it in order to stay healthy and in shape. Clay helps treating and curing a wide range of disorders and diseases, from mild to very severe ones. Clay can be used for cleaning and purifying our mouth, as well as for a fresh breath. To prepare a clay mouth wash, mix 2 spoons of clay with half a liter of water and leave the blend to sit for 8 hours before using it. After waking up, in the morning, stir the clay water so that the compound becomes homogeneous and then rinse your mouth with it. It works against any kind of oral infection and removes all the bacteria in the oral cavity. Clay also works for respiratory disorders, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, lack of smell etc, by droping a clay/water solution into the nose. Prepare a solution from a spoon of clay and a spoon of water, leave them to intermingle for about 20 minutes and then extract with a dropper the clear solution from the recipient. Use it 3 - 4 times daily, approx. 40-50 drops in a nostril each time. It must be used for at least 3 weeks and can be repeated whenever you suffer from all kinds of respiratory affections. For the stomach, clay works both internally and externally. It can be eaten for preventing or curing gastritis, or used externally in the form of clay wraps in order to release pains in individuals with stomach burns, ulcer, digestion problems etc. Clay wraps also help fighting against liver or visceral disorders (enteritis, colitis). Used internally, clay removes toxins from our body, intestinal parasites, prevents us from nausea and vomiting caused by food poisoning. Clay releases pains in the joints. It is used in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by applying warm clay wraps around the wrist, which are left on for at least 48 hours. Also, it prevents or eases the pain caused by the arthritis and rheumatic symptoms. Clay is used by some people for curing eye diseases, such as the fearful cataract that is the main cause for blindness. It may be used as eye drops (water filtered through clay) and as a paste or lotion for the eye-lids. Clay is the most effective on our skin, as it is a powerful, yet gentle purifying agent that deeply cleanses skin pores, removing dirt and impurities, lifting out poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis. It enhances growth and tissue repair of gums and skin and was successfully used in healing psoriasis, acne, hives and other types of skin disorders. Natural clay is preferable over processed clay. Clays sold in health food stores have often been heated, gamma-rayed and treated in an effort to "clean" them to pass FDA requirements, and lose much of their healing properties according to a report by Dr. Linda Williams and Dr. Shelley E. Haydel from Arizona State University which states that "Heating clay to 900˚C destroys its structure and the oxidized product is no longer antibacterial." Her studies have concluded that untreated naturally occurring clay can stop the growth and spread of viruses including the MRSA virus, E-Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus viruses. Because a good clay has the ability to bind and bond with a substance of positive charge ions, the clay molecules (due to their very strong negative ionic charge and mineral composition) surround and draw into themselves the weaker positive virus. Once surrounded and held in this state, the virus is incapable of multiplying. Because it is cut off from its source of nutrition, it either dies or is carried out of the body. This works well on open wounds, boils, and internal infections. How clay works in blood borne infections is more of a mystery. Here is a review of the scientific study titled 'Chemical And Mineralogical Characteristics Of French Green Clays Used For Healing' (1): Natural clay minerals have been used to heal skin infections since the earliest recorded history. French green clays have recently been shown to heal Buruli ulcer, a 'flesh-eating' infection by Mycobacterium ulcerans. These clays may reveal an antibacterial mechanism that could provide an inexpensive treatment for this and other skin infections. In an attempt to scientifically substantiate the observed effect of the French green clays on bacteria, we have examined the mineralogy and chemical composition of two different French green clays used in the treatment of Buruli ulcer. Tests of the effect of the two clays on a broad-spectrum of bacterial pathogens showed that one clay (CsAr02) promotes bacterial growth while another (CsAg02) kills bacteria. Analyses of mineralogy (by X-ray diffraction), major element chemistry (by electron microprobe), trace element chemistry (by ICP-MS), and textural relationships (by high resolution SEM) were used to deduce that the killing mechanism is not physical (attraction between clay and bacteria), but by a chemical transfer. Mineralogically the two clays are similar, however their trace element chemistry differs. Cation exchange procedures remove the antibacterial component of the clay, and leachates are shown to effectively kill bacteria. Heating the clay to 900˚C destroys its structure and the oxidized product is no longer antibacterial. The pH of the clay and associated water is high (9.4-10), and may play an important role in the speciation of toxins. The study concluded that the chemistry of the water used to hydrate the clay poultices contains the critical antibacterial agent(s), and this chemistry is controlled by the clay mineral composition and surface properties. The clay that promotes bacterial growth (CsAr02) may have provoked the natural immune system of the patients infected with M. ulcerans. Treatment with the antibacterial clay (CsAg02) may then have sterilized the wound, promoting natural healing. A new birthing of Bentonite clay and its recognized place as a safe agent of healing has begun