A Priceless Gift from Mother Nature
Herbal “First Aid”
According to Richard Anderson, one of the first items to
include in an herbal “first aid kit” would be hydrated Bentonite. Bentonite is
known for its highly absorptive properties and its ability to draw out and bind
heavy metals, drugs and other toxins from the body. This clay has been used for
thousands of years as both an internal and external purification aid.
The Egyptians used it to preserve their famous mummies. The
ancient Greeks and Romans used it to restore health. The great German
Naturopaths of the last century hailed clay as one of nature's great remedies.
Mahatma Ghandi advocated the use of clay for health and purification. Numerous
so-called "primitive" tribes have used clay for both internal and
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 “GRAS” list, which stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe.”
With increasing public knowledge about minerals, some have expressed concern
over the presence of small amounts of aluminum in bentonite clay. However, Rich
Anderson himself, and numerous others who have used Bentonite clay extensively
with his cleanse program, have had hair analyses done which indicated that the
body does not absorb aluminum from Bentonite.
Bentonite is one of the volcanic ashes. It is not a drug or
chemical composition made in a laboratory. It is a product of Mother Earth.
Bentonite in ages past was blown into the sky by volcanic action, which sifted down
to help impregnate the soil with its 25 to 35 trace minerals. Bentonite, under
a high-power microscope, is seen as extremely minute rectangular particles,
similar in shape to a business card. When hydrated, it generates and maintains
a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold
unwanted, non-nutritive substances such as pesticides and other toxins so that
they can be eliminated from the body.
Dr. Bernard Jensen, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., suggests using
bentonite to absorb radiation from the bones. Since so many of us are subject
to various forms of radiation, whether from X-rays or television or computers,
this would be something to consider. 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. It is
highly effective in drawing out toxins. But too much, or too long exposure,
will dry out the skin.
Swelling and Pain in Gums and Teeth
Some bentonite users report relief from swelling, pain and
aching in the gums and teeth. Since these symptoms are manifestations of toxins
or infections in the tissue surrounding the teeth and gums, it is easily
apparent that bentonite’s powerful absorbing qualities would provide relief for
these areas. If you are suffering from pain or swelling in the teeth and gum
area, it would be wise to take a psyllium shake several times a day to absorb
any poisons being released from the infected mouth into the bowel. Rich Anderson,
himself, has done this many times for a tooth infection and attained complete
relief from the pain and aching. His tooth infections were caused by old root
canals. When he finally had the root canals removed, the infections stopped
forever. In this situation it would also help to pack powdered bentonite
directly onto the swollen, painful areas to draw the irritating toxins out. A
combination of powdered bentonite and plantain (another powerful absorber) can
be used in a square of cheesecloth or muslin, which is then dampened and placed
over the irritated area of the gums. This seems to work best if you do this
before bed and sleep with it under your lips.
Hydrated bentonite is invaluable for skin eruptions as well.
Rich Anderson once got an extremely severe case of poison oak, in every nook
and cranny of his body, during a camping trip. When he got home, he put thick
hydrated bentonite on every spot he saw or felt, and noticed immediate relief
from the itchiness. However, the next morning after showering it all off, he
saw that there were still some red spots, and the itchiness returned. Again, he
applied hydrated bentonite, and again the itchiness left. This time, when he
showered it all off, it was completely gone! We also use this on yellow jacket
stings. For some people, when bentonite is applied to the sting, it removes the
pain within 10 seconds. Many have used a paste of hydrated bentonite as a
facial mask for general skin enlivening and cleansing, as well as for specific
skin eruptions. Whenever applied to a pimple or infected skin bump, the
hydrated bentonite will simply draw out the toxic matter that is causing the
eruption. This application should be repeated each night before retiring until
the skin eruption has been completely eliminated.
In the Medical Annals of the District of Columbia, Vol. 20,
No. 6, June, 1961, under the title “The Value of Bentonite for Diarrhea,” are
the results of the clinical work performed by a team of medical doctors using
hydrated bentonite in the treatment of diarrhea. The diarrhea was the result of
virus infections, food allergies, spastic colitis and food poisoning. The
results of the scientific investigation indicated that liquid bentonite
provided substantial relief in 97% of the cases. The percent of relief
indicated by the symptoms were: abdominal cramps - 80%; anorexia - 78%; malaise
- 80%; headaches - 71%; nausea - 85%; and weakness - 100%. The article
concluded:“By virtue of its physical action, bentonite serves as an absorbent
aid in detoxification of the intestinal canal.
”Both U.S. Government Bureau of Mines Booklet #609 and a late edition of
the Dispensatory of the United States of America, an official compendium, give
bentonite high praise:“ In addition to
the growing number of external uses for bentonite, it has been reported to be
of value as an intestinal evacuant when used in the form of a gel. Some people
are concerned about the aluminum in bentonite. Yes, it does have aluminum. For
aluminum is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth.
However, if you recall the above paragraph where it states
that bentonite has a negative electrical charge, you will realize that
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 absolutely repel the bentonite from entering
the inner sanctum of our bodies. This means that you never need to be concerned
about taking psyllium shakes. Rich 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. And does he still use bentonite? Absolutely.
Since bentonite has such strong absorptive powers, some may
be concerned about whether it might absorb necessary nutrients from the
alimentary canal as well. Independent experiments designed to find out how much
this absorption would adversely affect the growth and health of animals
indicated no ill effects when the intake of bentonite was 25% of the total
diet, but did adversely affect the health of the animals when the intake of
bentonite was increased to 50% of the total diet. (Annals of the N.Y. Academy
of Science, Vol. 57, pg. 678, May 10, 1954.) Even 25% of the total diet is a
lot of bentonite! It is important,
however, 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
doing 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, Rich Anderson recommends that when using it internally, we
always use it with psyllium, as a psyllium shake. The reason for this is that
some people fear that bentonite could get stuck in the gut. We do not know for
certain if this has ever occurred with anyone, but just to be safe, use it with
psyllium. Rich Anderson suggests this because psyllium is known to help prevent
undesirable inorganic minerals from entering the system. Rich Anderson also
explains that he has consumed as much as 1/4 cup of hydrated bentonite right
out of the bottle many times. Why would he do this? Because he had eaten
something that was contaminated. The bentonite eliminated the problem
Q: Should I use the
bentonite in my enemas?
A: It is not
recommended. It can cause damage to the
colon if too much is used.
Q: What is your opinion of pharmaceutical grade bentonite?
A: It is very poor. The only difference between
pharmaceutical grade bentonite and other bentonite is that pharmaceutical grade
bentonite has been irradiated!
Q: Why are the toxic
metals in the minerals in bentonite not a problem (like chlorine, arsenic,
aluminum, and lead.)
A: These minerals are in small, trace amounts and organic in
nature. They are not toxic in this
medium. They are derived from ancient
vegetation and are naturally chelated to plant proteins. Organic aluminum
actually transmutes into silica and then
into calcium according to Professor Louis Kervran. This is explained in his book
Biological Transmutations and Modern Physics on page 157. (Magalia, California: Happiness Press, 1988.)
Q: Would you
recommend supplementing with liquid minerals when taking lots of bentonite? Is
it true that bentonite absorbs minerals and nutrients as well as toxins?
A: No, the bentonite
will not absorb minerals and nutrients from the cells of the body. It only
absorbs that which is cell-free in the intestinal tract as it moves through.