No holistic or natural medicine book collection is complete without
a good selection of materials on natural clays. Why? To site just one example,
there is a great depth of information on herbology and natural medicine in Raymond Dextriet's "Earth
Cures" that cannot be found anywhere
else, some of it having very little to do directly with clay and
Pelotherapy is an incredibly unique discipline. It is almost
with natural earths, a creative genius is forced to emerge to rise
to challenge of finding new understandings of human health and our
relationship to the natural world.
The personal stories in "The Clay Disciples",
by Cano Graham, truly describe such miraculous experiences. The
written material rings with an authenticity that is very rare in
the modern medical and alternative medicine world.
Learn about Gandhi's experience with using natural clays for healing
in "Clay Cures", by Anjou Musafir & Pascal Chazot. Anjou
and Pascal do a fantastic job documenting the historic use of clays,
and all readers will no doubt appreciate their tone of honesty throughout
Every single "clay
disciple" has, at one time or another ( and sometimes on many occasions
) been shocked into silence by experiences with using natural earths
for human health. All of the works below are excellent, authentic works about natural medicine and healing clays.
Upon a Clay Tablet by Jason R. Eaton - by Eytons' Earth founder Jason R. Eaton, "Upon a Clay Tablet" is the first of a two volume set exploring the use of natural and alternative medicine, focusing on clay use across the globe.
The Clay Disciples by Cano Graham - Cano Graham has written an excellent experiential book that truly presents the miraculous properties of healing clays (right). This text is a must have for any clay healer book collection. Cano is singularly the most dedicated clay proponent I have ever met.
Our Earth, Our Cure by Raymond Dextreit - Often known as the modern "grandfather" of clay therapy, Raymond Dextreit sets the standard for clay use in natural medicine. However, readers should remember
that Dextreit did not have to deal with many critical issues
that have arisen in matters of health-- due to environmental
toxicity-- over the last 20 years. Clay therapy is continuing
to evolve to meet these new challenges.
Clay Cures by Anjou Musafir and Pascal Chazot - Please note that this book is currently out of print. Anjou Musafir and Pascale Chazot
have done an excellent job in writing this uniquely useful
text. However, we please ask
that readers review all of our sections, as we don't quite agree
with everything that is presented. As an example, we do not believe
that clay should be cleaned and reused.
A Rocket Scientists Blueprint for Health by Roy Mankovitz - Roy Mankovitz has produced a bold and unique treatise on a bluerpint for health, built upon research conducted for over 25 years, and based upon a scientific approach to developing nutritional habits based on successful human eating habits in the Paleolithic Era. The Wellness Project includes an excellent section on using clays and other earths for detoxification and nutrition. This is a must read for anyone struggling with health problems due to toxicity.
Clay Minerals and the Origin of Life by Alexander Graham Cairnes-Smith - Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith presents advanced theories on clay as the origin of life. His work can be very technical but a 'clay library' is incomplete without his works.
Healing Springs, The Ultimate Guide to Taking the Waters by Nathaniel Altman - Eytons' Earth would like to give a special thank
you to Nathaniel Altman for his ground breaking work, which
provides the only in-depth look into European Balneology available
in mass print
for the North American audience.
Did You Know...?
"What is the evolutionary significance of plant toxins and animal anti-toxin behaviour? From a plant's evolutionary perspective, a seed should be high in nutrients to support germination and seedling growth; the ripe fruit around the seed should also be nutrient-rich and attractive to animals, encouraging them to pluck and eat the fruit and disperse the seed. On the other hand, the seed itself should be repulsive to animal consumers, inducing them to regurgitate or defaecate it, and the unripe fruit should be repulsive, lest animals harvest it before the seed is viable. From an animal's evolutionary perspective, an ability to defeat the plant's toxin defences would enable it to obtain the nutrients in the seed as well as those in the ripe fruit, and to outcompete other animal consumers by harvesting the fruit while it is unripe and still unpalatable to them.
"Any textbook of animal biology describes the resulting evolutionary arms race, in which plants evolve increasingly potent toxins (such as strychnine and quinine), and animals evolve increasingly potent means of detoxification. While enzymatic detoxification has previously received the most attention, the work of Gilardi et al.10 and the wide distribution of geophagy among animal herbivores suggest an additional important means of detoxification by adsorption on ingested soil minerals."
- Jared M. Diamond, Department of Physiology, University of California Medical School, Los Angeles
Read more about indigenous habits and instinctual use of edible clay minerals in our bentonite articles section.