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  "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

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Moluscum Contagiosum: Virus Caused Skin Condition

Cured with Clay Baths

Clay therapy in integrative medicine and Pelotherapy - Heavy Metal Toxicity - Eytons' Earth
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Date: June 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Synopsis: The parents of a four year are told by their doctor that the condition had no cure, and would likely last for between four to five years. The child did a series of clay baths and all of the wart-like lesions dissapeared.



Date: June 2009
From: Robyn. C
Format: Email
Location: Melbourne, Australia


My 4 year old son had a condition known as Molluscom Contagious, I took him to my GP a few times to be told nothing could be done; it was a viral condition and could take up to 5 years to clear up. It didn’t really bother him except in hot weather when he became very itchy. These last 4 weeks I have given him clay baths using one cup of clay 3 times a week. There is not one single spot left on him and he was covered in these little wart type spots under his armpits and behind his knees. An amazing result.

- Robyn C., June 2009


Molluscum Contagiosum Virus: A Viral, Infectious Disease

Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions
Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions

Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions
(Image from CDC, USA)

Severe Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions
(Image from CDC, USA)


The Molluscum contagiosum virus only infects humans, and is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. Small lesions appear from between two weeks and six months after the initial infection. The lesions only exist on the top layer of the skin. The central, waxy core contains the actual virus. The virus can spread across the body by a process known as auto-inoculation; the lesions therefore often appear in clusters.


The infection is cosmetic and not life threatening. Generally speaking, very little discomfort is experienced. However, scarring can occur when the lesions are damaged before having the chance to completely heal.

Since the virus only exists on the topmost layer of the skin, a cure is realized once every single virus-containing lesion is eliminated before it can spread to the surrounding areas. The cycle of the virus is relatively short lived (usually six to eight weeks). However, since the virus spreads across the skin, the disease condition usually lasts much longer.

Clay therapy, utilizing both clay baths and by spreading hydrated clay to cover the entire affected area, is an absolutely ideal method to treat this condition.

Adding a few drops of Australian Myrtle and Tea tree oil to clay gel when hydrating the clay (prior to application) is also an excellent idea, as both of these essential oils have been found to be beneficial in the treatment of the lesions. Silver Iontophoresis has been well documented to kill the virus in-vivo (in-body); therefore, using a silver hydrosol to hydrate the healing clay would also be an excellent idea.

Molluscum Contagiosum Cure: A Second Treatment Method

Rather than clay baths, a thick clay poultice can be used. Terrance Gallagher (tgallagherp at gmail.com) pioneered a method he used with his daughter, and completely cured the condition in three weeks.

The treatment is simple: Apply clay to cover the affected area, dry with a blow dryer, and leave the clay on the body. Do this twice daily.

Normally, I recommend that people keep clay wet while it is on the body, as many of clay's cherished chemical/mechanical properties require clay to be in hydrated colloidal form. However, as Terrance has so aptly demonstrated, sometimes there is value in using clay to dry out an area on the body:

"We left the clay on through the night and day. The longer the clay is on the faster it works to break the molluscum and then heals perfectly. I believe for Molluscum the goal is the get the clay to pull out the waxy core which contains the virus.

"I noticed that they would pop like a pimple and then bleed a little. This is usually how it spreads. But surrounding the area with clay prevents it from spreading. By drying it prevents the kids from wiping it off. Once I started drying it the quicker they healed."

We have currently now explored three of four complete and "painless" cures for this condition using our green desert clay.


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Clay Eating Peruvian Macaws / Parrots

"All sorts of macaws converge at a small area on the main claylick outside the Tambopata Research Center. The claylick is pretty much a simple cliff face. Somehow all of the birds know that if the clay they eat in the morning will dispell the toxins in the poisonous fruit during the day. They only need to eat clay during the times of the year when the non-poisonous fruit is not available. Many species of parrot know to do this. How do they all know? When did they learn? How did they discover this amazing property of the clay and propagate it to the rest of the parrots?"

- Mick @ MickTravels Around the World Travel Guide, Copyright 2005, Reserved

To explore potential answers these excellent questions, consider reading our new document: Living Clay

Read more about indigenous habits and instinctual use of edible clay minerals in our bentonite articles section.


Green healing clay, bentonite, Fuller's Earth, Montmorillonite

See Also:


General Uses of Healing Clay
Introduction to Healing Clays of the World


Mastering Therapuetic Clay Baths





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