Far removed from prominent view, exists an age old substance in nature, known
as "Calcium Montmorillonite Clay." There are only a limited number of "Calcium
Montmorillonite Clay" deposits around the world. The first site was discovered in
Montmorillon, France in the 1800's, hence the name, Montmorillonite. For
centuries Native American healers used it internally and externally in the
treatment of a variety of illnesses. In years past sailing vessels departing from
France were known to store clay on board for the treatment of dysentery as well
as other ailments. Animals, domestic and wild alike, instinctually drawn to clay
deposits have been observed licking the clay as part of their everyday diet, and
rolling in it to obtain relief from injuries.
A recognized detoxifying agent, nutrient and bactericidal "Calcium
Montmorillonite Clay" is in the smectite group of clays. Only those clays within
the smectite group have the ability to absorb. Its power as a detoxifying substance
comes from its inherent ability to adsorb and absorb. Its unique ability to grow
and change (adsorb) is the reason for its classification and recognition as a
"Living Clay". While there is more than one Montmorillonite, the red "Calcium
Montmorillonite Clay" of the smectite group remains a favorite for human use.
Clay which has been hydro-thermally altered and seasoned in the arid desert is
rich in content. The color of clay is determined by the mixture and ratio of
elements contained within it. Hydro-thermal exposures over long periods of time
affect the clay in two important aspects; it becomes negatively charged and
crystallized. As a result of the crystallization process the clay is reduced into small
particles that make it easy for the body to assimilate. The negative charges on the
clay give it the ability to adsorb or attract positively charged toxic matter, which is
then absorbed into the clay and dispelled from the body as waste.
In addition to the role it plays as a potent detoxifier, "Calcium Montmorillonite
Clay" has also been used extensively in the treatment of pain, open wounds,
colitis, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, intestinal problems, acne, anemia,
and a variety of other health issues.
"Calcium Montmorillonite Clay" is reported to contain no less than 67 minerals.
This impressive assortment of minerals includes calcium, iron, magnesium,
potassium, manganese, and silica as well as trace elements, those appearing in
very tiny amounts. The mineral content being extremely high sets the stage for
replenishing dietary deficiencies. Today more than ever before, diets are lacking
essential trace minerals and micronutrients. Without the basic minerals, life
cannot exist; without trace minerals, major deficiencies may develop. Lack of
either will make it impossible for the body to maintain good health and function
properly. In clay the minerals occur in natural proportion to one another
encouraging their absorption in the intestinal tract. Natural "Calcium
Montmorillonite" restores minerals in the tissues where they are needed.
Furthermore, minerals are the carriers of the electrical potential in the cells
which enable the hormones, vitamins, and enzymes to function properly.
As mentioned above "Living Clay" is known to have been used historically as an
effective antibacterial in the treatment of dysentery, and as a means of
decontaminating water. Presently it is being used internationally to clarify and
balance small and large bodies of water. This is so because "Living Clay" particles
are smaller than many bacteria; when bacteria encounters an environment
abundant in clay it becomes surrounded by the clay, and imbedded in it. The
immediate result is that the bacteria are unable to receive nourishment and
The dominant approach in health care today is from the viewpoint that considers
the notion of parts. The diagnosis of illness is often arrived at by looking for a
specific disease by relying on symptoms surfacing in an apparently localized part
or parts of the body. Once identified a specific medication for a specific problem
is applied. Only recently has medical science begun once again, to explore the
idea that health problems surface as a result of disease in the whole system, not
just one or more of the parts. The immune system intimately affects each organ
on a fundamental level, which spans the boundaries of all the body's vital
functions. This is critical to understanding the cause of chronic and degenerative
disease. The body's vital systems are dependent on each other. The presence of
disease in any system impacts all systems. A lifestyle without substantial
nutrition, sufficient rest, a proper balance of stress, and numerous other factors
can weaken the immune system. Malfunction of the immune system leads to
infectious disease. It is unrealistic to treat parts, and expect a whole result.
Because of its inherent healing properties, clay has long been recognized as a
subject worthy of study. It is included as such, in many educational institutions
today, which teach pharmacology, herbology, and nutrition. "Calcium
Montmorillonite Clay" is currently being utilized in hospitals outside of the
United States where it has already proven its effectiveness. In recent years clay
has become a topic of discussion in numerous publications. Recently more
information has become available outlining the important role "Calcium
Montmorillonite Clay" can play in the recovery and maintenance of health. It has
also been receiving significant recognition by the health care community, as a
proven and much overlooked natural alternative remedy in the prevention and
cure of disease.
Recent exposure has spurred the interest of people around the world, prompting
them to seek out reliable high quality resources for clay. This well deserved
notoriety is serving to educate the public about this natural healing agent, as a
true "Miracle of Life".
While "Calcium Montmorillonite Clay" is a powerful nutrient and detoxifier it is
important to recognize that it is a part of a total health care system. Healing
benefits may result from internal and/or external clay applications. The clay may
be ingested, applied as a poultice, and/or used in a bath. An appropriate lifestyle
and the proper guidance of a health care practitioner are essential to one's well
being. Determining the most beneficial and appropriate application of "Calcium
Montmorillonite Clay" is best discussed with someone familiar with its
Natural medicines serve as catalysts triggering our bodies built in healing
mechanisms as they work to restore health. I was prompted to write this article
because of my personal experience with the far reaching healing powers of
natural "Calcium Montmorillonite Clay". My hope is that the information
provided here will encourage others to consult with their respective health
practitioners, in considering its use as a part of their daily health regime.
I-AM Perfectly Healthy is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.