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History of Use
Bentonite is not a new product. Primitive tribes of various continents have been using volcanic ash for centuries for various conditions of ill health. Primitives used to carry with them a ball of bentonite clay, which they would mix with water. They would dip their food into it before eating to prevent "sick stomach". Liquid bentonite was used for centuries in China for summer diarrhea and cholera. In 1712, Father Deutrecolle, a Jesuit Missionary, described the clay works in China and mentioned that the clay (bentonite) was used for diarrhea. The use of bentonite as an adjunct to medications during the Balkan war of 1910 helped to reduce the mortality from cholera among the soldiers from 60% to 3%, and also proved valuable in the 1919 cholera epidemic in China. In India, bentonite was found useful for acute bacterial food poisoning encountered by the British Army. For over 50 years, we have made this ancient secret available for modern man. Imagine, a natural clay that can draw pesticides, clean and disinfect wounds, support immune function, and make food and water safe for consumption - without side effects!

What is Bentonite? Bentonite is a natural clay mineral formed in the extreme heat and pressure of a volcano. In ages past, it was blown into the sky by volcanic action, and sifted down to earth to help impregnate the soil with its 25 - 35 trace minerals. Sometimes it accumulates in layers or veins from which it is presently mined. Although bentonite contains a rich amount of minerals, there is no evidence that we can absorb any of its mineral content. Anyone who tries to sell the product on the basis of the minerals in it is only guessing.

Many products on the market use bentonite in a raw and unprocessed form. However, our bentonite is different. In making our Detoxificant we start with the highest quality bentonite (U.S.P. Grade), and mix it with purified demineralized water. During our exclusive and secret process, the mica and impurities are removed, and the purified montmorillonite is put into a liquid colloidal-gel state. The product is sterilized and subjected to independent laboratory analysis for heavy metals and microbiology, ensuring a substance suitable for internal use and detoxification. It works better simply because it is better.

Bentonite should never be packaged in plastic. Because of its extreme drawing properties, bentonite can leach petrochemicals from plastic bottles. That is why Vit-Ra-Tox only packages #16 Detoxificant in inert glass bottles.

The Expert's Opinion

Dr. Robert T. Martin is a mineralogist and one of America´s outstanding authorities on bentonite. According to his research, its action is due to five characteristics:
  1. It has a large and varied mineral content.
  2. It has a negative electrical attraction for positively charged particles. In the human body, various toxic poisons are positively charged.
  3. Seen under a high power microscope, bentonite is composed of extremely minute rectangular particles in the shape of a credit card. The wide surfaces are negatively charged and the edges are positively charged. Therefore, its adsorptive power is many thousand times more negative than positive.
  4. The very minuteness of its particles gives it a large surface area in proportion to the volume used, enabling it to pick up many times its own weight in positively charged particles.
  5. To obtain maximum effectiveness in the human body, it should be put in a liquid colloidal-gel state. This is why we do not keep it as powder or put it into a tablet form to save shipping costs.
Dr. Martin stated that one gram (1/28 ounce) of our product has a surface area of 800 sq. meters. This is 40 times that of its commercial competitors. The larger the surface area, the greater its power to pick up positively charged particles (toxins). An edition of the Dispensatory of the United States of America states:
"In aqueous suspension, the individual particles of bentonite are negatively charged, this resulting in a strong attraction for positively charged particles and being responsible for the ability of bentonite to clarify such liquid as contain positively charged particles of suspended matter."
Since bentonite has such strong adsorptive powers, its consumption could theoretically render unavailable some nutrients, as certain vitamins, by adsorbing them from the alimentary canal. However, independent experiments designed to find out how much such adsorption might adversely affect the growth and health of experimental animals indicated no ill effects when the intake of bentonite was 25% of the total diet. (Reference: Annals of the N.Y. Academy of Science, Vol. 57, page 678). Our product is mostly water, with only a small proportion of bentonite. In order for the bentonite in our product to reach a toxic level (i.e., 50% of the total diet) it would be necessary to consume a 3-year supply each day for an extended period of time.

Montmorillonite is classified as a hydrated aluminum silicate. But, it is very different from the aluminum used in cooking utensils, deodorants and other preparations. The aluminum molecule is integral to the structure of montmorillonite, and cannot be removed by normal digestive processes.

A perfect accompaniment to #16 Detoxificant is our #19 Intestinal Cleanser. Mixed together in juice, this Cleansing Drink offers the scrubbing and roughage benefits from soluble and insoluble fiber from psyllium, and the detoxification properties of bentonite.

Recommended Dosage: For average adults, take 1 tablespoon. For others, take 1 teaspoon for each 50 lbs. body weight.

Directions: Take 2 doses per day. The first one in warm water upon rising in the morning; the other undiluted at time of evening meal. It is important to drink plenty of water between meals to assist in elimination. It can also be taken in conjunction with #19 Intestinal Cleanser in juice or water. May be taken as long as desired.

Literature: "The Value of Bentonite for Diarrhea," "Hydrated Bentonite," "Our Bentonite Products," and "Addressing the Aluminum Issue in Detoxificant"

Our DETOXIFICANT product is offered only as a nutritional adjunct insofar as it has a cleansing action, and not for any disease, ailment or other specific condition of ill-health. Nothing stated above shall be construed as a claim or representation that such product constitutes a cure, palliative or ameliorative for any such disease, ailment or condition.

Our #16 Detoxificant is liquid packaged in a one quart, recyclable amber glass bottle that ensures potency and freshness.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Learn how to detoxify electromagnetic radiation and more with bentonite clay
by Carolanne Wright

(NaturalNews) Consuming clay may seem like the action of a child rather than an adult, but wellness professionals are clear: Clay is good for you. As a mighty cleanser, bentonite detoxifies the liver, colon and skin. It also absorbs nasty bacteria throughout the system and even soaks up radiation -- electromagnetic or otherwise. The list of ailments that respond to bentonite is long. It eliminates food allergies, parasites, candida and viral infections. Arthritis, diarrhea and stomach ulcers are conquered too. Think of bentonite as a benevolent porous sponge, mopping up toxins from poor food choices, contaminated water and modern living.

Time-honored treatment recognized by science

Dr. Weston A. Price, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, observed that several indigenous groups around the world used clay readily to outsmart disease and illness. Those in the Andes, Central Africa and Australia would often carry dried balls of clay in their satchel to be consumed in water before meals -- thereby warding off possible toxins or poisoning.

Fast forward to the present. A study from Arizona State University found bentonite clay extremely effective in destroying MRSA, salmonella and E. coli, among other potentially deadly bacteria. Science discovered what indigenous groups had known all along: clay is a powerful, protective and healing substance. The secret is in the negative charge which bonds with positively charged toxins -- namely, heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, fungi, radiation and free radicals. Not only does the clay attract these unsavory hazards within the body, but it also absorbs and promptly escorts the troublemakers quickly out of the system. This is why bentonite clay is so effective for detoxifying the colon -- harmful pathogens really don't stand a chance against it. As an added bonus, bentonite helps to balance gut bacteria through its alkalizing properties as well.

Tips for using bentonite clay

Two types of bentonite clay are available -- sodium and calcium. For internal use, it is important to use calcium bentonite. Purity of the clay is vital to avoid contaminants -- always use a reputable and trusted brand. Also, do not allow healing clays to come in contact with anything metal -- to mix, use a glass jar with a plastic lid. Make sure to drink plenty of water to sidestep constipation. Likewise, it is a good idea to combine bentonite liquid with an insoluble fiber source to keep things moving in the colon.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs, typical preparations and general guidelines include:

Large physical stature: Take one tablespoonful of bentonite and add it to about eight ounces of liquid and thoroughly mix until the clay is completely combined with the water.

Medium physical stature: Take one heaping teaspoon of bentonite and add it to about eight ounces of liquid and thoroughly mix until the clay is completely combined with the water.

Light physical stature: Take one level teaspoon of bentonite and add it to about eight ounces of liquid and thoroughly mix until the clay is completely combined with the water.

For best results, do not take within two hours of medications or supplements. Additionally, those with iron intolerance or high blood pressure should not ingest bentonite clay.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/032549_bentonite_clay_health_benefits.html

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com

http://www.dailyglow.com

http://wellnessmama.com/5915/the-benefits-of-healing-clays/

http://www.morethanalive.com/Bentonite-clay-powder

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/06/guide_to_clays.php

http://www.naturalnews.com/028014_bentonite_clay_healing.html

About the author:
Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website www.Thrive-Living.net, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.