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Study Reveals Evidence of the Healing Properties of Clay

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 by: Perry Arledge
Tags: clay, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) A new wave of consciousness has arrived to the clay front with some serious testing of clay's potential as a healer. Lets examine the results of a recent study by Dr. Linda Williams and Dr. Shelley E. Haydel from Arizona State University.

This study is just the beginning; an awakening for the sleeping world and the medical powers-that-be that clay is a serious contender in the field of safe healing. The missing element in advancing the interest in clays has been group research studies, which is proof for the FDA. The pioneer who is responsible for this study is Thierry Brunet De Courssou, who pursued the work his mother started and broke through to Dr. Williams.

For those of us who have trusted the history of clay-use in healing down through the ages, we know clay is safe. We are comfortable taking clay knowing a good, clean, pure, natural clay of the Smectite family of clays (and possibly other clays as well) has no dangerous side effects and does in fact work amazing wonders in multiple areas.

I stress natural clay. Clays that have been heated, gamma rayed and treated in an effort to "clean" them to pass FDA requirements, are reduced to mere energy-less muds. From the report below, "Heating the clay to 900˚C destroys its structure and the oxidized product is no longer antibacterial."

This new surge of information, putting clay into the healing spotlight, can and will open many doors of great magnitude. The quest has just begun.

Discovering that a particular clay can stop the growth and spread of the MRSA virus, E-Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus viruses is just the beginning. In a petri dish, it is easy to understand how clay works to stop the spread and proliferation of the bacteria. 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) actually 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; but what about blood borne infections? How does the clay get to the source?

I have seen clay do amazing and miraculous things and there is still so much waiting to be discovered about how clay works. We are at the edge of a medical phenomena. Clay is about to come into its own true purpose. Will Big Pharma allow the research to happen? 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.

Wouldn't it be ironic if the answer to health and healing has been beneath our feet all this time? Remember, all clays are not created equal. Select a good one.

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.

We conclude 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. It will not be suppressed.


1. Chemical And Mineralogical Characteristics Of French Green Clays Used For Healing - WILLIAMS, Lynda B., School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Box 871404, Tempe, AZ 85287-1404, HAYDEL, Shelley E., School of Life Sciences & Biodesign Inst, Arizona State University, Box 875401, Tempe, AZ 85287-5401, EBERL, Dennis D., U.S. Geological Survey, 3215 Marine St, Boulder, CO 80303-1066, and BLUM, Alex E., U.S. Geological Survey, M.S. 964 Box 25046 Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225-0046

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About the author

Perry A~ is the author of Living Clay: Nature’s Own Miracle Cure and is a frequent contributor to Natural News and other health publications. She has been a student in the study of Bentonite Clays since the early 1990’s, and is the founder of the Living Clay Co. www.LivingClayCo.com. For more educational information on Bentonite Clays go to www.AboutClay.com or
Perry A~ is available for radio interviews and for questions about clay. She can be reached at 1-866-262-5611 or [email protected].

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