Here’s a great question that I received from a blog reader. “How does clay remove only toxins? Doesn’t it also remove minerals, like chelation does?”
Clay is a homeostatic substance, which means it does not force change but brings processes into equilibrium. The body is constantly trying to bring about physiologic balance. Heavy metals and other toxins are not a natural substances for the body to retain and it will try to detoxify these poisons. However, if a drug is given to chelate (grab) heavy metals, the body might just treat that drug as a poison too and try to get rid of it. On the other hand, clay, being a natural homeostatic substance, is able to work in accord with the body.
Clay detox baths probably do remove some beneficial minerals because the basic chemistry seems to say it does, e.g. negatively charged clay will attract positively charged toxins, yet some beneficial minerals also have a positive charge. However, blood testing doesn’t bear this out.
However, if we are talking about clay baths versus traditional chelation agents such as DMSA and DMPS, there really isn’t any comparison. When you receive IV chelation, you must have regular blood tests to check your mineral levels and receive IV minerals to replace losses. Low mineral levels are found on blood testing within a few weeks of DMSA or DMPS treatment. Yet you don’t see that from clay baths even after months and years of treatment.
An extreme example is one person who has been using around 20 pounds of clay every month for years with all her mineral values staying within normal range.
Clay baths allow a gentle and selective binding of toxins versus a violent mobilization of toxins and minerals bound by an indiscriminate synthetic chelation agent.
Clay detox is safe enough to allow me to recommend it as a general cleanse for all ages and all health conditions. Here is my favorite product. Clay Detox Baths from LL’s Magnetic Clay.
Start with the Natural Clay. Blend up 1/4 to 1/2 cup with 32oz of water and pour that into your hot water foot bath or tub. Soak for 30 min and shower off. Do a bath or footbath at least three times a week, more if you have time.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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