Detox Radiation & More with Bentonite Clay

The Incredible Healing Powers of Edible Clay:

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 external purification…. Jesus healed the blind with Bentonite Clay, dams are patched with it. The Native Americans used it for money. The Russians capped Chernobyl with it after the nuclear plant melted down. NASA feeds it to astronauts to prevent osteoporosis.

A few years ago I discovered that using Calcium bentonite clay was the only thing that would stop and reverse my cyclical vomiting syndrome (most likely a result of severe leaky gut). As I have come to learn more about my condition and what bentonite clay does I now understand much better why this was the case. Bentonite clay removes all types of toxins from our bodies, either by ingesting it directly or by bathing in it or even by washing our produce in a bath of bentonite clay. Bentonite will also help to remove parasites from your bowel and is a very powerful bowel cleanser. It is coming more into the spotlight these days because it is also able to remove a variety of radiation from our bodies as well as heavy metals. As our bodies do not absorb bentonite at all, the toxins will not get re-absorbed into our bodies, but will be removed. I am a big fan of bentonite. It is also very helpful if you have diarrhea, a tummy bug or food poisoning. These following quotes show why bentonite helped my condition:

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. -Source: Hydrated Bentonite Clay

Dr. Timothy Ray says that during chelation of mercury with DMSA and DMPS (sulfhydryl chelators), “Some of the mobilized metals may be unbound because the mobilizing and binding mechanisms of each chelator may have different degrees of efficiency depending on each patient’s current biochemistry. The longer the metals stay in the bowel, the more damage and inflammation they can cause. If the patient has Leaky Gut Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which most of these patients do, the increased permeability of the intestinal wall may provide little resistance to the re-absorption of these mobilized metals, which then travel back to where they came from – the brain, kidneys, liver, connective tissue, etc., or are deposited into previously healthy tissue.”

Now, I have seen a variety of websites lately promoting using bentonite internally, recommending that we take around 2 teaspoons of bentonite daily to help keep our bodies clean. I get the feeling that the folks recommending this have forgotten how dangerous it can be to suddenly start adding that amount of bentonite into your daily regimen. When you start to use bentonite or other clays you should start very slowly and cautiously and see how your own body responds. Be sure to drink lots of water. I would even recommend starting with very small amounts of bentonite 1 t every 3 days. The way to do this is mix up 1 t of clay in about 1/2 quart/litre and drink 1/3 of that each day. Shake the jar well before drinking it. Wait a couple days and if you do fine then gradually increase the amount. Again, be sure to drink tons of water. Bentonite can cause extreme constipation as it absorbs many times it’s weight. It can also cause herxiheimer reactions. I think bentonite is great, it just needs to be used with respect and caution.

Your clay should be drunk at least an hour before or after taking supplements and not taken at the same time as pharmaceutical drugs as it will reduce their action. It is best to take it on an empty stomach before eating anything else in the morning or evening. I have also seen various sites warning that there are types of bentonite with aluminum which should be avoided. Other people have said that since the bentonite isn’t absorbed by our bodies any aluminum will also not be absorbed:

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. -Source Hydrated Bentonite Clay: A Priceless Gift from Mother Nature

Other people have been recommending zeolite clay, but bentonite clay works much better internally than zeolite, especially if it is being taken long term. -Source Zeolite vs. Bentonite Clay

Bentonite and other clays have been used for millenia by humans, birds and animals. They have even been called the first medicine. Special clays were even used as money in cultures all over the world, and are still made into clay cookies and sold in markets in Africa. People who eat clay have been called clay-eaters, dirt-eaters, chalk-eaters and other names (the official term for it is geophagy or geophagia), but they knew what they were doing. The first time I ever came across this phenomenon was when I read Gabriel Garcia Marques’ book One Hundred Years of Solitude. One of the characters in the book was obsessively eating dirt. I think she might have been pregnant, but I don’t remember all the details. I remember being rather shocked and alarmed by the idea at the time, but somehow that sunk into my subconsciousness and when I stumbled on research discussing the healing uses of bentonite clay and whatnot, it was easier for me to accept.

Bentonite attracts and neutralizes poisons in the intestinal tract. It can eliminate food allergies, food poisoning, mucus colitis, spastic colitis, viral infections, stomach flu, and parasites (parasites are unable to reproduce in the presence of clay). There is virtually no digestive disease that clay will not treat. It enriches and balances blood. It absorbs radiation (think cell phones, microwaves, x-rays, TVs and irradiated food, for starters). It has been used for alcoholism, arthritis, cataracts, diabetic neuropathy, pain treatment, open wounds, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne, and anemia. Lacerations, bedsores, spider bites, poison ivy and mysterious rashes seem to vanish. -Source: Healing Properties of Bentonite Clay

Historically, clay eating has been associated with treatments for cholera and bacterial infection. In a practice dating back to Greek and Roman times and later absorbed by Christianity, holy clay tablets were widely distributed and traded throughout the Mediterranean region and Western Europe for use in religious customs and rituals, and as cures for poison and the plague. These clay tablets, blessed by the Roman Catholic Church, were listed in pharmacopeia as late as 1848. -Source: Eating Clay

Pregnant women have a particular affinity for eating clay in various cultures in Africa, Southern America, Australia. In Africa clay is taken from termite mounds and is especially high in minerals. Research is being done as to why pregnant women crave clays and various theories have been put forth: clay is rich in minerals, clay is a powerful detoxification tool and clay helps to prevent nausea. Modern people are often deficient in various minerals and have high levels of toxins in their bodies, so clay can help with both of these things.

One example from the animal kingdom is the use of clays by animal species that regularly scavenge for a wide variety of foods, often of varying toxicity. Researchers discovered that the ingestion of clays by such species, among them birds, parrots, rats and primates, enables a diverse diet without suffering the toxic effects of substances consumed. The chemical structure of earthen clays determines their suitability as a detoxicant.

Their crystalline shape includes hexagonal networks of silicon-oxygen tetrahedrons, giving them a large surface area with which to bond with potential toxins. In addition, hydroxyl ions and colloidal properties within their structure promote the ability to bind and exchange metals as well as adsorb water and other organic compounds. In cultures across continents, anthropologists and mineralogists have documented and substantiated the use of clays to reduce bioavailability of plant toxins from foods and make them more edible.

Also documented is the practice of baking clay with acorn flour in breads, used historically among peoples of present-day California, Sardinia and Sweden. In examining the mineralogy of the acorn bread clays, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports the effectiveness of clays both as adsorbers of toxins and as contributors of trace minerals to the diet. Their function was found to reduce the toxicity of acorns by as much as 77%, and to potentially provide 38% of the adult RDA of Calcium. -Source: Eating Clay

Edible clay can also be used topically. I have used it on my belly when it wasn’t feeling so good, after a bath. It can also be used for toothaches, by packing it into the tooth. It will draw out the infection and reduce the pain. It can also be used on other infections. It can even be used for carpal tunnel syndrome by wrapping the wrists in clay. Spider veins can be removed by using clay as well. I have also seen reports that it will help with skin cancer as well as Morgellons disease. It will remove heavy metals such as mercury and more from the body.

“Ordinary clay can kill the drug-resistant superbug MRSA — methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — and other lethal infections, and is being investigated as a potential tool in treating patients. “Healing” clays have been known for years to soak up toxins produced by bacteria, which can limit the spread of infection. But now, research at Arizona State University shows some forms of clay actually kill salmonella, E. coli, MRSA and Mycobacterium ulcerans, which causes flesh-eating disease. If they can figure out how it works, this could make a cheap, low-tech weapon against infection available throughout the Third World.” The Calgary Herald 2008

It also can be used to cleanse your plants if they have had radiation rain fall on them. A liquid solution is good to use to wash your produce in these days as our world has incredibly high levels of radiation, which is rapidly increasing with the Fukushima nuclear disaster and has already been detected in our food supply as well as our drinking water. Washing your fruit and vegetables with a clay/water solution will also remove toxic pesticides.

Protection from Radiation Exposure:

The nuclear catastrophe raging through Japan’s nuclear power complex is generating an intense fear of radioactive fallout potentially reaching North America. Clay will do more than any other substance (natural or pharmaceutical) to remove radioactive isotopes from our bodies and to assist our bodies in returning to a state of good health.

Fallout is composed of radioactive particles that are carried into the upper atmosphere by a nuclear explosion or meltdown and that eventually fall back to the earth’s surface. Radioactive material is formed carrying a positive ionic charge. Calcium Bentonite Clay is a negatively charged ion. Simply put, Calcium Bentonite Clay adsorbs and absorbs, capturing positive charged ions, and you wash them off or pass them through your body. Unlike other clays, only Smectites (Bentonites) can absorb and adsorb and are characterized by its expandable properties. I recommend reading the book Living Clay Nature’s Own Miracle Cure for protocols, mixing directions, and to learn more about protecting your family and yourself from our inevitable exposure to radiation. -Source: Our Earth, Our Cure – Clay Therapy

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 is not a mineral, but a commercial name for “montmorillonite”, which comes from the city Montmorillon, in France, where the medicinal clay was first identified and is the active mineral in many medicinal clays. -Source: Hydrated Bentonite Clay

Clay has been used for soothing stomach ulcers and acidic conditions successfully:

I’ve suffered from a small stomach ulcer for a while and am on Pantoloc. I also use Gaviscom when my stomach gets upset, but after a while I found it helped very little. One day I decided to drink liquid clay and was astonished that within 30 seconds my stomach felt fine….Stomach Ulcers: ½ tsp. clay was taken just before eating. When acid was noticed, repeated use. If you are inclined to constipation, then I highly recommend you take an herbal laxative each and every evening of the day you take the clay drink as it can be very constipating. -Source: Bentonite Clay Healing

What are the Benefits of Eating Clay?

  • Soothes and Purifies the Digestive Tract
  • Remineralizes Cells and Tissues
  • Promotes Bacterial Balance in the Colon
  • Assists in Heavy Metal and Chemical Detoxification
  • Augments Digestive Efficiency
  • Supports Nutrient Assimilation in the Gut
  • Alkalizes the Body

More info here

Some Things to know about Edible Clays:

First, all clays are different, making it complicated to understand the many differences in clay families. For this article, let’s focus on the Smectite Family of Clays known commonly as Bentonites. A unique trait of the Smectite Family of clay is the ability to adsorb, as well as absorb. In the Smectite Family of clays, there are predominately Sodium and Calcium Bentonites.

Sodium Bentonites are naturally high in salt – as high as 14%. They are the swelling or expanding clays, taking on more water when hydrated. These have been used primarily for industrial purposes (e.g., liner materials for landfills, binders for iron ore processing, suspension agents in oil well drilling, and water-proofing products for building materials.

In addition, all Calcium Bentonite Clays are not the same! They differ in composition of minerals, colors, textures, swelling capacity, taste, odor, grittiness and purity. The major differences lie in proportion of the trace minerals that make up clays. All clays contain from 60 – 70 trace minerals, and most in parts per million (ppm) and in insignificant amounts. The primary minerals determine the common names of many clays, as do locations.

Calcium Bentonites are more widely known as healing clays for detoxing, cleansing, drawing our impurities and used in many products such as toothpaste, antacids, and cosmetics. -Source: Criteria for Selecting a Quality Healing Clay

I am sure there is more information out there on clays and more soon to come, especially as they seem to be very helpful for detoxing radiation for plants, animals and people.

Great Websites with more info on Edible Clay:

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Marilyn

    In the first paragraph of your website you state that NASA feeds it to astronauts to prevent osteoporosis.’ That is true, but what they tested and are giving the astronauts is calcium montmorillonite. Bentonite and Montmorillonite are two different clays. If you are going to use that statement on your website you should make note of the fact that NASA is using calcium montmorillonite, not calcium bentonite.

    1. Kerry

      It also states above;
      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 is not a mineral, but a commercial name for “montmorillonite”, which comes from the city Montmorillon, in France, where the medicinal clay was first identified and is the active mineral in many medicinal clays. -Source: Hydrated Bentonite Clay – See more at:

  2. Mazen naji

    Dear Sir,
    I would like to buy ca bentonite clay , I’m from Egypt .do you know any place in Egypt which sell such a product

    Kind regards

  3. janelle diters

    Diatomaceous earth with bentonite is difficult to find. It is considered nutritional grade which is one grade above food grade. Diatomaceous earth has its own set of benefits which you can view on this website: We carry it because of its increased calcium bentonite. We do not charge extra for it and are usually lower than retail.

    Janelle Diters Owner | Operator

  4. Sharon Ricketts

    My husband has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and began chemotherapy today
    Our health practicioner referred us to this website because we are all taking the clay, and really appreciating the effects, but have stopped my husbands dosage because we do not know if he takes it while on chemo if it will dimish the effectiveness of the chemo against the cancer. If you have any information, please share

    1. hellaD

      Hi Sharon,
      I haven’t seen any studies on the effects of clay while taking chemo. My experience with chemo is that it is very important to make sure that the patient is having regular bowel movements. If they are constipated the build-up of toxins in the bowel will cause seizures and other issues with cognition.

      Personally I would absolutely use clay while on chemo, but just use very small amounts. But again there is no research on this so it is important to pay close attention to what is happening with the patient especially the first three days of using the clay. Be sure that they have at least one bowel movement a day.

  5. nisar

    Hi, I just started craving for clay about 6 month ago and I justed eating it. Then i was trying learn about it and web sites i could find out. I asked my mum–she said pregnent women use to eat back home in Pakistan.

    I’m 48 years old and had 5 children-never had this before but now my body is craving for this all the time. I was in Austraila a month ago found some there called Bentonite clay with great difficulty. Then i went to pakistan looking for it– now I’m in London I found one store which sell Terramin and I’m looking for cookies. I take a small amount a suck it slowly for hrs twice a day. Please can I get African cookies made with clay if you can help.

    It had helped me much better i had bags under my eyes — now gone. I’m not craving for sweets or chocolates. I’m feeling much better. I had discharge all the time much better. All is just too good to be true. I wish you can help I’m looking for chunk of clay.

    1. hellaD

      Hi Nisar,
      Sorry to reply so late to your comment.
      I really appreciate you sharing your experience with us around eating clay.
      I think it also helps to provide minerals necessary.
      Unfortunately I do not know of a place to buy clay cookies and I don’t even know of a place to get bentonite clay in London from.
      I think it is quite easy to make clay cookies if you can access clay. Just add a bit of water and then allow it to dry in a low oven or in the sun.

      I have a place I get clay from in the US, but I don’t know if they ship to UK or how much that would cost:

  6. Anthony Parlato

    please get back to me soon, i have heavy metal poisoning, but intentionally, i am cdurrently in the process of toxicologist and detective. but i need to get out of my house and go to place and take clay and clay baths. any suggestions where i can go for aobut a month tto get the metals out of my body. i am hurting really badly, but i know the hostpitatl is not the answer for me… please get a hold of me soon.

    this is a serious condition. but i know the cflay can save my life.
    631 745 2868

    anthony parlato

    1. Hi Anthony,
      Did you find a hospital or a place to go to get the metals out of your body?
      I have been facing the same exact problem. I was poisoned deliberately by my fiancé’s sister.
      I am still struggling with my issues. I have been taking edible clay for about a month and have noticed a big improvement. Also will be starting sauna therapy this week.

      1. hellaD

        Wow that is terrible. The other thing to use is cilantro tincture and chlorella.

    2. Dianne Schrimsher

      There are places you can go to take natural clay baths. My mother is from Colombia and there is a dormant volcano that people hike up to and sit in various warm, natural, bubbling clay pools.They claim these pools have nearly miraculous healing properties. The clay is very thick, almost like taking a mud bath. She can’t remember the name of the volcano she visited, but one popular one is El Totumo. Google it and you will see pictures of people taking baths there.

  7. Dee

    Hi, I really enjoyed the read as I am fairly new to clay. I also like the fact you have included so many links to other sites. One site I am interested in ( i will find it) however is not working proper, the one about removing spider veins, others I had clicked were working although you may want to check out all of them. Thank you so much for your time you put into this, it will be of great benefit to many. Have a great life.

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