Trace Minerals and Bentonite Clay
( Incomplete Article )
It is believed that
all life began from the vast mineral sources of the land
and the sea. No one has explained satisfactorily
the marvel of the creation of life. Because the components
of the structure of living organisms is known, it becomes
obvious what is needed to maintain that life properly.
Trace mineral elements, know as a micronutients, are substances
of which only minute amounts are essential to life. Trace
minerals become catalysts to speed the rate of chemical
reaction to create movement. This is one of the most striking
properties of living matter. Trace minerals activate the
enzyme systems and biological functions that underlie nearly
every manifestation of life. The tissue of higher organisms,
such as the human body, are made up of vast numbers of
cells that have relinquishes some of their independence
in order to function together as a coherent, unified whole.
It is believed that the trace minerals are the messenger
elements vital for the development and normal functioning
of a higher form of life which depend on the exchange of
information among their constituent cells.
Less appreciated is the fact that many trace minerals
contribute significantly to establishing the polarity or
energy of the cell and the surrounding membrane in order
to maintain an internal environment that is different from
the external one.
Foods grown in mineral-rich, composted soils [ supply
] an abundance of the trace minerals. However, the Department
of Agriculture acknowledges a serious [ lack ] of many
necessary elements in foods grown on commercially treated
soils. Their 1972 report on nutrition research states:
"Most of the health problems underlying the leading causes
of death in the Unites States could be modified by improvements
in diet. The highest death rate areas generally correspond
to those where agriculturists have recognized the soil
as being depleted for several years. This suggests a possible
relationship between submarginal diets and health of succeeding
It is evident that trace minerals must be found in other
sources than in foods. Clay or montmorillonite is the source
of most commercially produced trace mineral supplements.
The eating of clay has been observed in [ native ] peoples
and animals in all parts of the world since antiquity.
Early writers described the widespread use of kanwa (
earth from a lick near Lake Chad ) for animals and humans
in Nigeria. Long journeys were made to [ this ] lick to
obtain a tribal supply of this earth, and it was then issued
as rations to cattle and humans...
...The magnetic field [ of the clay ] has different qualities
to it. When an electrical field is in action, there is
a positive and negative effect. A negative ion field takes
on more electrons, while a positive field gets rid of some.
The negative ion field seems more compatible with human
tissue than a positive one. Negative charges contained
in negative ions seem to be associated with healing, with
feelings of well-being and changes in physiology.
Extensive research in bona fide institutions confirms
the benefits of active clay trace minerals to the biological
engineering that occurs at the cellular level.
Modern soil cultivation practices have caused serious
mineral depletion in the food supply. Trace mineral supplementation
is more necessary than ever before to protect the cell
in our chemicalized environment. The daily intake of trace
minerals should be universally accepted.
[ SOURCES ] :
University of Nevada, Reno - January 29, 1981
California Department of Agriculture - April 29, 1965
University of California, Davis - April 19, 1968
University of Southern California, School of Medicine,
Los Angelas - September 14, 1964
US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service
- August 1971