A summer day a few years back, my wife Vida and I were in the kitchen when we heard one of the piercing wars sending sentinel spikes through a parent's heart. Our son Max, who was 8 at the time, had picked up a stone and was stabbed by a scorpion. I knew that our central Texas scorpion was not known to be lethal, but I also knew Max was allergic to ant bites and I was afraid that the much stronger toxins in scorpion sting would cause chaos in his system.
As soon as we discovered the pain, Vida and I had two completely different reactions. I ran to the phone to call poison control and she ran into the bathroom and grabbed a Tupperware box with Bentonite clay mixed with water she sometimes used as a beauty mask. At the same time, the caregivers' shimmering screams shout the chandeliers. When I found the number for poison control and would call up, a strange thing happened. Silence. I went out into the living room and my son's face was still oscillating white and red from a lack of oxygen from all the screaming and staring openly in the mouth of a ball of wet clay that was snapped on top of the hand. He seemed shocked that the pain was gone.
"What the hell is that?" was my question.
"It's mud," Vida told me. "I read that it was good for insect bites."
So it was my introduction to calcium bentonite clay. Apparently, the clay paste lowered the toxins from the shallow puncture wounds and eased Max's pain within seconds. He was good by the way and the swing went down about 30 minutes after we removed the pasta.
As it turns out, we literally live 15 minutes from writers, motivational and keynote speakers and the founder of The Living Clay Company Perry Aldridge. Her book Living Clay is the premier work on the subject and Perry A has access to a calcium-bentonite mine that produces some of the world's finest calcium-bentonite clay. The source of the following information on the benefits of bentonite clay comes from this book.
Bentonite clay sometimes referred to as "Montmorillonite" refers to edible Bentonite clay belonging to the Smectite family of clays. These clays were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Many sodium-based clays are marketed as edible Bentonite Clays but require blending with an acidic beverage to compensate for high sodium content prior to consumption. Our bodies cannot tolerate large amounts of sodium, so the amount of sodium-based clay that can be consumed in one day is limited to small amounts. There are no such restrictions on consumption placed on pure calcium bentonite clay.
As Clay A says in his book Living Clay: "Sodium-based clays are mainly used for industrial purposes, including: drilling mud, cat litter, plaster, matches, cement slabs, grease, house colors, copy paper, dynamite, shoe cream, concrete, crayons and bleach. Calcium based clays, concrete, crayons and bleach. is called "living" clay because they mainly consist of minerals that contribute to the production of enzymes in all living organisms. "
Calcium Bentonite clay is the preferred clay to be ingested by humans, animals and plants, and to be incorporated into the soil, therefore, be cautious when purchasing clay for consumption as you check the labels. The best Calcium Bentonite Clay is clean with a very fine mesh.
People have used clay healing externally and internally to cure disease, maintain life, and promote general health and well-being.
Calcium Bentonite clay is both an "adsorptive" and "absorbent" agent.
The difference between these two words is fundamental to understanding how bentonite clay minerals work and how healing soil works.
Perry A explains in his book Living Clay: "Adsorption describes the process by which the charged particles of other substances are combined with the charged particles on the outer surface of the clay molecule. Parasites and other pollutants carry a positive charge. When the clay is taken into the human body, it is attracted. The positively charged toxins of the negatively charged surfaces of the clay molecule, impurities on its surface and removes them when clay is removed or expelled, so it is important to drink plenty of water after taking live clay to help expel the now toxic clay.
Absorption is a slower and more complex process. As a sponge, the Bentonite clay body carries other substances in its internal structure. Absorbent clays have a charge on their inner layers. This means that charged ions sit between the layers of the clay molecule surrounded by water molecules. The clay is expanded because foreign matter is absorbed and fills the gaps between the clay body's stacked layers. Absorbent clay absorbs positively charged toxins and contaminants and ignores negatively charged nutrients. Calcium Bentonite clay is by far the most effective clay, with the strongest traction. "
As it turns out, Bentonite Clay has many more uses than just a paste for scorpion and insect stick. I travel to Southeast Asia every year. I never travel without my clay and I no longer suffer from the traveler's diarrhea or dysentery or any of the other myriad diseases that I used to get at perennial when traveling. A couple of ounces are mixed with water before going to bed followed by a glass of water and this just does the trick for me.
Most snakes when I tell them I eat dirt and they have no idea that I even brush my teeth with it. But do you know what? It is OK. Our family's budget for medical expenses has nothing but zeros in it.
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