Because mercury and many other dangerous chemicals like lead and halogenated hydrocarbons (halocarbons) are now everywhere we live and breathe, it is virtually impossible for humans to avoid exposure to a growing list of pollutants that are now blending together and contaminating our blood streams and cells. We now need safe and effective detoxification protocols and/or chelation protocols to help us eliminate these toxic burdens.
The use of bentonite clay both for internal and external applications uses natural materials so pure they yield health benefits without the dangerous side effects of most medicines.
There is nothing that has a stronger pulling power on the toxins and impurities in the body then bentonite clay has. When you are stung by a scorpion or a wasp - wet bentonite clay will work quickly to draw the venom out. You can use bentonite clay packs on your eyes as you sleep to bring soothing relief to the stress caused by cataracts.
If you suffer from gingivitis, toothaches or any other infection or decay in the mouth - putting moistened bentonite clay into your mouth for an hour each day for four days will not only relieve the pain but the infection will also be drawn out by the clay.
Healing clays including bentonite clays have been used by man before recorded history, and these healing clays still provide us with safe, inexpensive and effective healing today. On every continent there are people who eat healing clays. "The Native Americans call it "Ee-Wah-Kee" meaning "The-Mud-That-Heals". Parrots, cattle, rats, elephants and chimpanzees also ingest healing clays.
Bentonite clay maintains its molecular integrity; it does not break down and assimilate into the body. It maintains a molecular whole as it passes through the body acting like a vacuum cleaner or sponge carrying poisons out of the body. Since clay is not digested and assimilated as it passes through the alimentary canal, the clay and the absorbed positively charged ions are both eliminated together. It also pulls toxins through the skin when applied topically in clay baths.
Bentonite clay's immediate internal action upon the body is directly on the digestive channel. This involves the clay actually binding with the toxic substances and removing them from the body with the stool. It performs this job with every kind of toxin including those that occur naturally as by-products of the body's own health processes, such as metabolic toxins.
Bentonite clay assists the body's eliminatory process by acting as a bulking agent, similar to psyllium fiber, sweeping out the old matter that doesn't need to be there. It is not digested in the same manner as food as it passes through the alimentary canal. Instead, it stimulates intestinal peristalsis, the muscular contractions that move food and stool through the bowels. The clay and the adsorbed toxins are both eliminated together. This keeps the dangerous toxins from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
Many naturopaths recommend ingesting bentonite clay on a daily basis to maintain optimal health. Generally, it is suggested that one to two teaspoons of clay mixed in water be taken daily. It is recommended to take the clay on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for best results. If you cannot take it first thing in the morning, at least make sure that it is in on empty stomach. If you're taking any medication, it is recommended to wait 1-3 hours before ingesting clay, but please check with your physician, as medications vary in time release and content.