Wyoming's Pascalite: White Calcium Bentonite
P.O. Box 104 329 Lawson
Worland WY 82401
ph 307 347 3872 fax 307 347 2346
From "Nature's own laboratory in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains" comes
a wonderful healing clay called Pascalite. Tests and experiments
have revealed many almost unbelievable cures.
The valley near the top of the Big Horn Mountains, South
Paint Rock Valley, was for a vast period of time a favorite
camping ground and arrow-chipping ground for various Indian
tribes - the Crows, Arapahoes, Shoshones, Blackfeet and Sioux.
They knew about and used Pascalite, which they called "Ee-Wah-Kee"
( "The-Mud-That-Heals" ).
Some tribes even offered it for bartering purposes at the
various rendezvous, such as the Green River Rendezvous, where
trappers, traders and Indians all congregated once a year
to trade furs.
Pascalite was unknown to the white man until Emile Pascal,
a trapper, found it by accident about 1930. He accidentally
got his badly chapped hands coated with Pascalite. His hands
improved, and with continued use of the clay, healed. Pascal
filed mining claims on it, and his friends began using it
as his urging.
Ray Pendergraft is president of Pascalite, Inc. now and
has many interesting stories to tell. He recalls a story
he found in an old newspaper: "Chief Washakie of the Shoshone
tribe, on his last buffalo hunt, about 1888, had a white
newspaperman with him. After the party had hunted over the
Owl Creek Mountains in Wyoming, traveling north from the
Wind River Reservation to the Greybull River at the foot
of the Big Horn Mountains, the newsman got very sick. Chief
Washaie ordered his medicine man to cure him. The medicine
man muttered some incantations over him, rubbed his abdomen
and chest with some herb, then gave him some of the white
powder from the mountains in water to drink. After ingesting
this decoction ( Pascalite ), the man felt soothed and shortly
fell into a sleep which lasted several hours. When he awoke,
he was completely well".
Ray also recalls:
"Back in the 'golden days' of our mining venture - in the
1930's - we had the entire mountain ( that section of it
containing Pascalite ) to ourselves. It was our kingdom in
which we were for the most part the only subjects. Few people
ever came down into that deep valley - it was off the beaten
trail; the road was rocky, rough, and on occasion impassable...
And this was as close to Shangri La as civilized man could
come in the 20th century.
"Nature was indulgent toward us; we had the icy pure water
from the spring-fed little lake ( which we had stocked with
cutthroat trout ), and we had abundant fuel in the dead pine,
quaking aspen, and red spruce within a few yards of us. We
had wild raspberries and gooseberries. We had 'uncontaminated'
sun... And we had the Pascalite.
"We has a 50-gallon iron barrel fastened to one of the buildings
for an outdoor shower. We would fill it by hose and let the
sun warm it; it was always available along with the Pascalite
to make a thick paste to be smeared over our scratched or
bruised limbs, then rinsed off with the needle-sharp finger
of water, still cold enough to bring forth a gasp, and a
resulting feeling of well-being that bordered on euphoria!"
Ray explains how he came into the picture when, as an unemployed
coal miner in the 1930's he sought for and found a job as
the mine foreman for Labbe Products, which was the company
formed to market the product - then called "Life Mud". The
company had acquired a processing plant in Worland and a
factory in Casper. It manufactured toothpaste, hair pomade,
rectal suppositories, ointment, poultice and soap.
The company ( faced with accumulated debts and public indifference
) failed, Ray Pendergraft bought a half interest in the mine
claims from Emile Pascal for a nominal sum plus his agreement
to do the assessment and other mining work, file labor proofs,
"During the fifties I tried vainly to get large drug and
cosmetic companies interested in the material we renames
Pascalite ( after Pascal ). We finally leased it to a mining
man, but after one year he was unable to meet the advance
royalty payment and we canceled his lease.
"Meanwhile, people who became interested used the product
and reported their results. We were gradually building up
a file on its uses with sometimes dramatic results being
An outstanding case history is that of Carl Largent, a teenage
boy in Ten Sleep, Wyoming at the foot of the Big Horns, who
had scratched his leg accidentally. It became infected and
gangrenous. His doctor want to amputate it, saying this was
the only way to save his life, but Carl's father would not
permit it; instead he packed it with a thick Pascalite paste
and the leg promptly healed and was as good as ever in three
Finally in 1970 Ray was able to get an article published
in a national publication called "Beyond," and he began to
get requests from all over for the product. It was sent out
to them with no claims made and the signed understanding
that it was being obtained and used at their own risk and
for research purposes only. Other magazines picked up his
story, and the demand continued.
"We do not make any claims for Pascalite," explains Ray, "nor
do we prescribe it or offer it as an agent for any treatment.
But results of experimental usage of Pascalite, as done by
the U.S. Testing Company of Hoboken, New Jersey, private
testing companies, medical doctors, and users who, acknowledging
that no claims were made for it, willingly used it at their
own risks, cannot be ignored. I have documentary support
of all cases in my files."
Ray shares the results of some of those cases and test with
Germicidal test show Pascalite to be sterile; and further,
that it possesses the physical ability to occlude and precipitate
cultural media. A solution of 2 ounces of powdered Pascalite
in one gallon of water used to wash two walls of a hospital
room showed a sterile culture 4 days after washing. The
other walls, washed by the conventional method, showed
A patient taking 2 no. 00 capsules of powder by mouth
four times a day removed all symptoms of an active ulcer
and hyperacidity in 7 days.
A wet pack applied to corns and calluses on and between
the toes was left on 3 days, then changed and left on 3
more days. All symptoms were relieved, and the corns had
Eczema, treated by 'everything' for 10 years, responded
within 2 days to treatment by Pascalite, an in 1 week the
hands were normal.
Used as a water-and-Pascalite pack on the face and arms
of an explosion-burn victim, it relieved the pain almost
immediately and these areas did not blister. The hands,
given conventional treatment, did blister.
Used in powder form, it has cleared diaper rash overnight.
Three individuals stated under oath that topical use
of Pascalite paste had removed all symptoms of hemorrhoid
in 2 to 4 nightly applications. Many other have reported
similar results in its use for piles, rectal fissures and
Kit Nelson of Scottsdale, Arizona explains how Pascalite
cured her 22-year old daughter of a serious case of chicken
pox: "she was very ill and covered from head to toe with
pox which nearly drove her crazy because of the itching
and irritation. In desperation she mixed Pascalite with
water to a thin consistency and applied it to her body.
In a matter of hours ( ! ) the healing set in and she had
complete rest and relief. Her recovery was fast and her
skin remained lovely - the pox left no scars, which was
Nell Coates of Amboy, Washington, explained in her letter
of [ sic. ] how Pascalite cured he psoriasis: Her doctors
said there was "no know cure for it and gave me a list
of things to purchase." After getting home and thinking
about it, she decided it was too expensive for something
that wouldn't work anyway. Instead she ordered a pound
of Pascalite, mixed it with water to make a thick paste
and applied this to the spots. When it dried, she washed
it off with warm water, applied peroxide with a cotton
ball, rinsed this off and held a 250 watt light close enough
that the heat dried it. At night she applied the past and
wrapped her legs in plastic and let it dry more gradually.
She began this treatment in May of 1970 and continued through
to August - by then she didn't have even a scar left."
A case of anemia due to anorexia nervosa was reported
by a doctor in New York: "As this is an emotional disorder,
it is difficult to establish any biochemical effect with
regard to Pascalite. Nevertheless, after 2 weeks of 3 No.
00 caps per day, the blood serum of this patient had returned
A woman suffering from cataracts and threatened loss
of sight was advised by a psychic to use water filtered
through Pascalite as eye drops, combining this treatment
with Pascalite paste on the eyelids. The psychic did not
know of Pascalite by name, referring to it as a "white
clay in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, ' and it was
some time before the patient was able to get an address
and secure the white clay, Pascalite. She reports the treatment
was effective, the cataracts dissolving. Two other persons
have also reported similar results.
A woman who was taking 3 No. 00 capsules of Pascalite
daily, reported that a place on her scalp damaged several
years previously by a hair preparation was now growing
new hair by using Pascalite applied directly to the scalp.
A sufferer from an advanced stage of pyorrhea was told
by her dentist that she should have all her teeth extracted.
She began to use cotton pads soaked in a Pascalite-and-water
solution, applying them between gums and cheeks at night.
Her dentist later found the pyorrhea gone; and now, 10
years later, her teeth and gums are in better condition
A Cleveland, Ohio doctor who has repeatedly ordered Pascalite,
states that he has found it aids in eliminating arthritis,
that it reduces cholesterol, dissolves gallbladder and
kidney stones, and neutralized metabolic waste.
A man suffering from a case of penile Herpes Simplex
first used the expensive cream prescribed by his doctor,
but to no avail; the infection spread. He turned to a mixture
of Pascalite and honey and within 3 days the swelling had
disappeared and within an additional week "blister, cratering,
necrosis, and suppuration had healed over with fresh pink
flesh." When it appeared again the following year, he "nipped
it in the bud by using mere tap water added to the Pascalite
and within 7 days it was all healed, and the original blisters
never spread as before, and the amount of pain was this
time almost negligible. The skin is healthy, pink and unscarred."
Some animal testing and usage was sine by some vets with
gratifying results. Several cattlemen in the Worland area
have been using Pascalite for the treatment of scours in
their herds. Two large tablespoonful placed well down into
the back of their pried-open mouths, repeated a second
day, was the average treatment used to bring about complete
relief from all symptoms. They reported a 100% success
during the 2 years they have been using this treatment.
One of these cattlemen states he used the same treatment
for pneumonia in one of his cows with complete success.
"The list of often-dramatic benefits from the use of Pascalite
is so long and varied that it might well cause skepticism
in the minds of the uninitiated. The surface has been barely
scratched herein; and documentary support of all statements
exists in our files."
In addition to its other abilities, Pascalite has been shown
to be an anesthetic. Many users have reported almost immediate
cessation of pain following its application in paste form
to the areas.
"In our mining operations we have discovered that dead animals,
buried in the tailings of the mine which contained a minor
amount of Pascalite, did not decompose, but eventually became
DOES PASCALITE DO IT?
To help explain some of the abilities possessed by Pascalite,
Ray quotes the report by Dr. Walter W. Bennett, Ph.D., Epistemologist
and Research Scientist, who spent several months during 1975
in a very sophisticated examination of Pascalite. He reports:
"The presence of protein in this material gives evidence
of yet undisclosed amino acids. The fact that amounts are
small, and that even the requirements are for minute quantities,
in no way diminishes their great importance. Suffice it
to say, we may be flirting with the outskirts of some carinolytic
"Microbiological analysis reveals the interesting fact
that the raw material is completely sterile as pertains
to any bacteria. However, it contains the spores of at
least 6 different types of fungi."
"When used as a media of raw material it inhibits the
growth of representative pathogens such as staphylococcus,
streptococcus, salmonella, escherichia coli, and pseudomonas
"Only 2 of the fungi of the several found in the sample
have been identifies at this time; namely Actinomyces and
Penicillium. Each of these fungi is responsible for production
of its own class of antibiotics."
Ray explains he offers Pascalite as a mineral and protein
supplement which under a federal law of April 13, 1976, removes
such supplements from the drug classification.
However, since the Pascalite mine exists of [ sic. ] Forest
Service land, the government decided it had the right to
dispute all the claims made about Pascalite on the grounds
that there were no valuable minerals in that stratum.
When the case finally came to court, the government presented
their one witness, a geologist, to state his opinion that
there were no minerals in Pascalite. In response, Pascalite
presented a number of witnesses, including a medical doctor
who came from Oklahoma to testify to the great value as a
healing agent for "fiddleback spider" bites - no
cure for which had ever had ever been developed previously. This
same doctor also testified that Pascalite was the best know
to her for burns, and was 'very, very good' for the treatment
of varicose ulcers, acne, and other related conditions. Other
witnesses from outside the Worland area were glad to come
and testify, including 2 veterinarians and one dentist.
Last summer, the government finally agreed to dismiss the
case provided all the buildings were removed - one small
dwelling house and 2 storage buildings. Ray Pendergraft explains "we
felt this was probably the easiest solution, rather than
dragging the matter out for an indeterminate time. The Forest
Service is permitting us to proceed to develop and market;
however, we cannot at this time do any strip mining, but
must go underground."
Dr. Bennett summarizes regarding Pascalite:
"Considering the mineral composition and the soluble
forms available, this natural mineral is certified as a
valuable food supplement and has extraordinary qualities
as related to nutrition and health."
"All analyses and testing confirms that there is no contradiction
to human health when this material is consumed in moderation."
( Dr. Walter W. Bennett has more than thirty years experience
in scientific research, consulting and teaching as a graduate
professor. He holds four academic degrees in science with
testimonial qualifications as a Doctor of Philosophy. )
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
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