Bentonite, Living Clay : Public Research Project
An Educational Compilation of Related Commentaries
and Articles: 1995 - 2006
Did You Know...?
A German scientist once described the bactericidal properties of clay:
"The curative properties of clay are founded in its special physical characteristics, above all in the distribution of its minute particles. Individual clay particles are smaller than many bacteria. If infected mucous membranes are more or less flooded with clay, the bacteria are completely surrounded by clay particles and are thus separated from their source of nourishment and become imbedded in the inorganic material. Growth and the survivability of the bacteria are thus halted almost instantaneously, and from this explained strikingly speedy abatement of the symptoms of infection and/or symptoms of poisoning in acute infectious diseases of the alimentary canal.
-- Julius Stumpf, Bolus fur medizinische Anwenduno Darmstadt, 1916, p. 19.
Living Clay: Bentonite & Montmorillonite
The coined term "Living Clay" is one of
the most misunderstood statements commonly used by those
who value clays for their
therapuetic properties. Some texts
state that the term living clay is due to the extensive
micronutrients found in clays. Others state it is due
to micro-organisms sometimes found in clays.
Neither of these statements is true.
The following is a quoted passage written
by Michael Talbot, New York City, February 1984, as quoted
from "Windows of Light", by Randall & Vicki Baer:
"Crystals are dramatic examples of the
capacity of matter to self-organize. As we saw in the
incident related by Holden and Sanger, they can also
acquire and retain information-- for example, their geometric
structure-- and reproduce copies of themselves containing
the same information. Given that they perform all these
functions while remaining far more stable and durable
than DNA, Cairns-Smith believes that crystals make very
likely candidates as the most ancient progenitors of
life. However, to more fully establish his case, Cairns-Smith
knew that he had to find a crystal that possessed one
further quality, the ability to use the information it
possesses to interact with its environment..."
"...Clays not only have the ability to grow and adsorb
other molecules, but they can then incorporate
the information from those molecules and
use it to alter and change themselves. Clays were almost most certainly
among the most abundant substances on the early Earth.
Even while the Earth was still too hot to support life
as we know it, cooling rains poured down upon the mountains
and the rocks, slowly pulverizing them into vast percolating
beds of clay. Cairns-Smith believes that it was clay
itself that formed the first link between life and
nonlife. In his book "The Life Puzzle", he sketches
out a possible evolutionary description fo three different
species of clay he calls Sloppy, Sticky, and Lumpy..."
"Lumpy solved this problem by accidentally picking
up just enough organic molecules to make it both a
little sloppy and a little sticky. Having the thick,
coagulated consistency of modern clays, Lumpy was able
to grow rapidly, survive storms, and even spread, sending
broken lumps of itself downstream to grow into new
claybeds. In this way Lumpy not only interacted in
a complex manner with its environment but also survived
selective pressures. Add just one more trait to Lumpy--
the ability of crystals to apparently duplicate and
pass on innovation-- as demonstrated by Holden and
Sanger's crystals of ethylene diamine tartrate-- and
you have everything necessary for the acquisition and
inheritance of new characteristics, a quality hitherto
believed confined to the realm of biological life..."
"...Weiss has identified more than eight thousand
different derivatives in which clays have acted as
templates, causing chemicals like ammonium ions and
alcohols to solidify into organic components... Cairns-Smith
believes that it was inevitable that the clay would
ultimately have assumed a secondary role, providing
little more than a protective clamp, until at last,
life broke free and started to form its own protective
Therefore, the term "Living Clay" refers
to the only class of mineral (crystal) in nature that
encompasses all elements science associates with biological
life. If clay indeed is the primary catalyst for all biological
life, then it is likely also singularly responsible for
the pattern of biological growth and evolution.
Some researchers believe that clay, as an inorganic mineral, actually mimicks the function of living enzymes.
Did You Know...?
a quality internal healing clay can help to resolve sleep
disorders caused by metabolic problems and digestion issues.
of the small intestine
...So, I went back to the clay last week and now for almost a week, I have drank the clay water and slept like a baby. And the best part is that once again I dream! Taking the pills, I never dreamed. It is healthy to dream. I am now sleeping at least 7 hours each night, and I never wake up at all. Now I am waking up around 7:00-7:30 am, and suddenly I have more DAY TIME and I am getting more done and have more energy. The longer I take the clay, the more energy I have, because I am getting--finally--the rest that I need and getting it in a natural, safe and healing way."
Read the rest of this story: Drinking Clay Relieves a Sleep Disorder
The above article also contains notes about the homeostatic nature of clay, clay and the digestion system, and clay use with medical prescription drugs.
Read more from our clay archives: Clay Healing Stories and Examples