On Friday April 30, 2010, I wrote a blog about applying clay poultices on a possible MRSA infection. I mentioned that I use ¼ cup of clay blended in 32 ounces of water and pour it into all my baths.
I also said the clay takes chlorine out of bath water. How do I know? Remember I’m not just a comedy writer livening up your day. I’m a scientist! I have chlorine-testing drops. Yes, if you have a pool or a fish tank, you probably have some too!
At any rate the scientist in me wanted to see if clay could detox the chlorine in my water. So I did the before-and-after test and was delighted to see that chlorine no longer existed in my clay bath water.
Since that post, I’ve been getting testimonials from people who use clay detoxing baths. One woman used it during her withdrawal from an SSRI antidepressant (in the Prozac family).
A combination of magnesium, bentonite clay orally, clay baths, lots of dark chocolate and plenty of water evolved into her personal prescription. Yes, dark chocolate. It’s high in magnesium.
Why this combination works is because you are enhancing the pathways of elimination: bowels (with magnesium and oral bentonite clay); skin (with clay baths); and kidneys (with plenty of water).
Yes, detoxing can be just that simple. A more complex and expensive solution may include various herbal formulations for liver, kidneys and intestines; IV chelation for heavy metals; IV mineral drips to replace the minerals lost due to chelation; and saunas.
With perfect timing, someone just sent me the following headline “Gulf spill workers complaining of flulike symptoms.”
Well, guess what? These people are toxic! If you know anyone who’s exposed to this type of toxicity, tell them to start soaking in clay baths. The clay I use is LL’s Magnetic Clay. I get the Natural Detox clay. I also recommend their Edible Earth bentonite clay, which is high in magnesium and a good intestinal detoxifier.
Clay Bath Treatment: LL’s has elaborate instructions for doing these baths…but you can simply blend 1/4 to 1 cup of clay in your blender with lots of water and pour that into your hot water footbath or tub. Soak for 30 min and shower off. Repeat, three times a week.
I should include a warning that if you decide to follow some sort of detox program, go slowly, especially if you are very toxic. Be aware that things can get “stirred up” and you can actually feel worse when you start eliminating toxins.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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