Did you know that the 21st Century is often called “The Age of Toxicity”? We are exposed to hundreds of thousands toxic chemicals every single day of our lives, with three more toxins added to the environment every day. Today we are faced with GMO plants and Roundup-ready pesticides used in most food plants: corn, sugar, and apples just to name a few. Between the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, our bodies are constantly working hard to remove these poisons – but the body is not always able to do this. Yes, 0ur bodies are designed to do this, but in this day and age we’re quite a bit more overwhelmed than we used to be. Detoxifying means mobilizing poisons out of the body. The body must do the removing with help from_____ (you fill in the blank).
“Clays are little chemical drug-stores in a packet. So far, clay killed everything we tested.” Dr. Lynda Williams, Ph.D.
Clay has been used for thousands of years for promoting health and protection against diseases.
Bentonite Clay, also known as Montmorillonite Clay, has scientifically proven benefits for detoxification and immune defense. Bentonite Clay is composed of ash made from ancient volcanos located all over the world.
This most basic and ancient earth material has many uses both internally and externally including the powerful suction of poisons and heavy metals out through the skin. Once the clay is wet, it attracts everything from pesticides in the blood to heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum. Bentonite Clay used in a bath, can draw out toxic chemicals through the pores of the skin.
Raymond Dextreit, the French naturopath who popularized the clay cure in his own country, states that “Most of the poisons in the body are positively charged, whereas clay has a negative electrical attraction. These toxins cannot resist being drawn toward the clay."
So… how does it work exactly? Bentonite clay carries a uniquely strong negative charge which causes it to magnetically attract any substance with a positive ionic charge (i.e. bacteria, toxins, metals, parasites, fungus, etc). READY TO LEARN SOME NEW VOCABULARY? These substances are both adsorbed (sticking to the outside like Velcro) and absorbed (drawn inside) by the clay molecules. So in laymen’s terms….. When this clay is wet, it swells up to 16 times its original size, and because of the attraction, it literally sucks poisons out of your body through the skin. WOW!!!
Why Clay Baths?
There are 7 channels of toxin elimination in our body: lungs, liver, kidneys, the skin, colon, lymphatic system and the blood. Our bodies are constantly trying to eliminate through these routes.
Our skin is amazingly complex and is the biggest organ in our bodies. Because our bodies are constantly trying to eliminate toxins through the channels as stated above, the organs such as our liver, kidneys, and colon can be overworked and less effective. And due to modern day diets, the colon is a toxic cesspool lacking the capacity to get rid of these toxins. Thus, the skin is an important organ of detoxification and can take a great load off these overworked organs.
Naturopath and Chiropractor, Dr. Hazel Parcells (Live Better Longer) popularized therapeutic baths for radiation detoxification. Her suggested protocol was to dissolve sea salt or rock salt and baking soda in a hot bath and soak in the water for about 20-25 minutes. Dr. Parcells stated that the best time for this type of bathing is at night when the body is naturally geared to detoxification. The idea behind clay baths is similar.
Clay baths have been safely used for centuries. These days, they’re used to treat everything from tired, achy muscles to heavy metal poisoning, radiation and chemical/pesticide exposure. Very recently, some surprising and encouraging results have been reported when using clay baths to treat autism.
Certain clays have the ability to remove toxins through the pores of the skin. Discussing clay baths, in his book The Clay Cure, Ran Knishinsky states, “It is a fairly simple procedure, and it can do a lot of good in a relatively short time. Because of clay’s excellent drawing effect, the clay has the power to literally pull toxicities through the pores of the skin in the bath.” And Wendell Hoffman, author of Using Energy to Heal, found that bentonite clay, when used in a bath, can and does draw out toxic chemicals through the pores of the skin. Jason Eaton states on his website: “Taking a therapeutic clay bath, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours, is one of the most effective methods in existence to help assist the body in the elimination of toxic substances which have accumulated in the body. Clay baths stimulate the lymphatic system and deeply cleanse the body’s largest breathing organ (the skin). Acting both directly on the body and acting as a systematic catalyst, clay used in this manner interacts directly with the body’s immune system.
Have you ever heard of the DAN protocol? Here’s a synopsis of the protocol “I have put a huge number of patients on these clay baths and the levels of heavy metals – mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium have come down dramatically… I have been monitoring the levels of metals using all three methods (TD DMPS, oral DMSA and clay baths) and the clay baths are way faster in the removal of metals…One particular patient had very high levels of mercury and levels of lead that were off the charts. In 3 months of twice weekly clay baths, the lead came down dramatically and the mercury disappeared. The muscle weakness associated with high lead levels improved dramatically.” Dr. Miriam Jang, M.D., author of “Breakthroughs in Autism,”
What do children and mothers have most in common? Baths! There is nothing more relaxing for a mother than a nice, hot bath and nothing more fun and exhilarating for a child than bath-time fun.
Clay baths are the most gentle, comfortable and effective form of detoxification that you can do in your own bath tub!
Bottom line…. This clay is amazing. It heals. It restores. It gives hope. I have personally witnessed this healing, restoring, and hope seen in our sweet Benjamin. He is the reason I am so passionate about these baths.
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