Hydrated Bentonite is a natural clay, which comes from volcanic ash. Studies show that the use of volcanic ash internally goes back to the Indians of the high Andes mountains, tribes in Central Africa and the aborigines of Australia. Taken internally, it supports the intestinal system in the elimination of toxins. Hydrated bentonite is made by suspending the microfine bentonite of USP grade purity in purified water. Beware of containers that do not say USP if you will use it internally. Ingredients are usually 96% water and 4% bentonite.
Recommendation: One teaspoonful (5ml) with a teaspoon of psyllium in a glass (250 ml) of water, twice daily, between meals.

Bentonite attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It helps eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, such as stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay).(1)

Some people are concerned about the aluminum in bentonite. However, because bentonite has a negative electrical charge, bentonite cannot be absorbed by the body. The epithelium cells of the gut are also negatively charged. Like the polar opposites of two magnets repelling one another, the cells of our bowels repel the bentonite from entering our bodies. Dr. Richard Anderson has probably set the world’s record in the consuming of bentonite. Not only has he no signs of aluminum poisoning, but also hair analysis has never indicated any abnormal levels of aluminum in his body.
Today, Bentonite clay is increasingly used both internally and externally by those interested in natural remedies, and it is included on the FDA’s famous “GRASS” list, which stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe.”

Dr. Jensen, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., suggests using bentonite to absorb radiation from the bones. Many of us are subject to various forms of radiation, whether from X-rays or television or computers. This could be extremely important for those who have undergone radiation treatment for cancer. Some people take about a cup of extra thick liquid bentonite and put it into their bath water. Others have used a full quart and more. It is highly effective in drawing out toxins. Too much, or too long exposure, will dry out the skin.

It is important not to take any nutritional supplement at the same time as the bentonite. Especially when used with psyllium, the bentonite will absorb anything of nutritional value such as herbs, friendly bacteria, and vitamins, as well as toxins, bad bacteria and parasites. Be sure to wait 1 hour after drinking a bentonite shake before taking anything nutritional.

Scientific research has shown that bentonite’s absorptive action is due to five characteristics. First, it has a large and varied mineral content. Second, it has a negative electrical attraction for positively-charged particles. Third, its particles (being shaped like calling cards), have the wide surfaces negative-polarized and the edges positive-polarized, which give it an incredible negative pulling power. Fourth, the very minuteness of the particles of bentonite gives a large surface area in proportion to the volume used, thus enabling it to pick up many times its own weight in positively-charged particles. Fifth, to obtain maximum effectiveness in the human body, it must be put in a liquid colloidal-gel state.

Though bentonite has been used internally by the American Indians for hundreds of years to help detoxify the bowels, Dr. Anderson recommends that when using it internally, to always use it with psyllium, as a psyllium shake. Dr. Anderson suggests this because psyllium is known to help prevent undesirable inorganic minerals from entering the system.

According to the Canadian Journal of Microbiology (31 [1985], 50-53), bentonite can absorb pathogenic viruses, aflatoxin (a mold), and pesticides and herbicides including Paraquat and Roundup. The clay is eventually eliminated from the body with the toxins bound to its multiple surfaces.

According to Sonne’s Organic Foods of North Kansas City, Missouri, a company that markets Detoxificant (a liquid montmorillonite), “There is no evidence that bentonite has any chemical action in the body. Its power is purely physical.”

One manufacturer of USP (United States Pharmacopoeia – means suitable for human consumption) grade bentonite is Vit-Ra-Tox, available from Jeff Kowalski, (763) 425-1699. You can also buy the powder from various internet sources. One brand is “Now,” but it is not USP. It might be suitable for use in your bath. Only use the USP grade in a Colema.


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