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Article: Protocol for a Clay Colon Cleanse - by Perry A~

Why do I need a COLON CLEANSE?

When discussing a colon cleanse, I think we should broaden our view to the aspect of an Internal Cleanse of the entire digestive tract.  While it is true that a colon cleanse may be accomplished with clay colonics and drinking liquid Calcium Bentonite Clay, we will cover every aspect of an internal cleanse from the mouth, south. In this day and age, we ALL need to cleanse! 

"In a world where dietary choices are poor, environmental pollution is heavy, stress levels are high, and exercise is often a last priority, internal cleansing is more important than ever for optimum health."  ~ Dr. Bernard Jensen


Understanding the basics of how our digestive system works is vital to understanding personal health.  Before we can fully grasp the extreme importance of internal cleansing, we must first know what's going on in there.  So, let's start with a quick primer on the digestive system.


Dr. Lindsey Duncan, CN, ND, provides the following succinct tutorial: 

We live and die by what foods we put in our mouth and how our bodies assimilate these foods.  Digestion starts in our mouths, when we bite into our food and begin chewing it and mixing it with saliva, a powerful digestive enzyme. As our food travels down to the stomach, it mixes with hydrochloric acid, a powerful digestive acid that liquefies the food and prepares it for further digestion in the small intestines with help from the pancreas and liver.

Our intestinal systems are connected to a network of blood vessels and veins, which wrap around the stomach, small intestine, and bowel. Our blood receives nutrients from our digested food through this network of blood vessels, which look and function much like the roots of a tree, drawing dissolved nutrients out of the intestines and transporting them to the liver, where they undergo further breakdown, recombination, and storage. Later, the heart pumps these nutrients, stored in the liver, to nourish the various living cells that make up the tissues of the human body. By-products of the digestive process are passed into the bowel, where they solidify, and "in a perfect world", are completely excreted from the body.

This is basically how our body gets nourishment and energy. After it delivers nutrients throughout the body, the blood also collects cellular waste materials (by-products of metabolism) and "drops them off" at appropriate eliminative stations (lung, kidneys, skin, lymphatic system, colon) where, also, "in a perfect world" they are quickly excreted from the body.  

Unfortunately, our "modern day society" is NOT a perfect world. Pollutants, toxins, chemicals, fertilizers, growth hormones, pesticides and other hazards to our health bombard and infiltrate our air, water and food on a daily basis. Our diets, no longer wholesome and fresh, consist of fast foods, junk foods, pre-prepared foods, fatty foods, and devitalized foods. There is no way our digestive systems can function optimally with the heavy burdens placed on them on a day-to-day basis. Digestion becomes sluggish, assimilation becomes inefficient, mal-absorption of nutrients begins, the metabolism slows down (weight gain!) and elimination becomes poor.

A clean, properly functioning bowel is paramount to our well being.  Dr. Bernard Jensen, nutritionist, lecturer and author of over 30 books on natural health care, states this best: 

"Every cell and tissue in the body is fed by the bloodstream, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty, the blood is dirty and so are the organs and tissues. It is the bowel that must be cared for first before any effective healing can take place."

So, how do you know the state of your bowels?  How do you know if you need to do an internal cleanse?  Dr. Duncan writes:

"Many of my seminar topics focus on internal cleansing and bowel management. Repeatedly, I am asked the same question by seminar attendees: "How do I know if I need to cleanse?" My answer is quite simple... After consulting with over 20,000 patients, I can honestly state that I have never worked with an individual that did not directly benefit from detoxifying his or her body.  In this day and age, we ALL need to cleanse!  In a world where dietary choices are poor, environmental pollution is heavy, stress levels are high, and exercise is often a last priority, internal cleansing is more important than ever for optimum health."

Okay, I get it.  I need to cleanse, you need to cleanse, EVERYBODY needs to cleanse!  How is it done, and what should be used?  According to Ran Knishinsky, author of The Clay Cure, the best, most natural way to internally cleanse is with Calcium Bentonite Clay.  The following is an excerpt from his book:

“If the system fails to get rid of poisons through the bowels, a constipated condition arises in which the toxins never leave the body.  They sit inside and putrefy.  What's worse, the body doesn't know the difference between live food and dead food in the colon.  It will still try to get nourishment out of waste you would never want to set your eyes upon.  Naturally, this puts a strain on every functioning cell in the body.

Calcium Bentonite Clay’s immediate action upon the body is directly on the digestive channel.  This involves the clay actually binding with the toxic substances and removing them from the body with the stool.  It performs this job with every kind of toxin, including those from the environment, such as heavy metals, and those that occur naturally as by-products of the body's own health processes, such as metabolic toxins.  It's hard to believe that the body produces its own toxins, but that may happen as a result of stress, inefficient metabolism, or the proliferation of free radicals.

The body has no problem ridding itself of the clay.  Don't worry about a tiny brick house being built in the middle of your colon.  The clay assists the body's eliminatory process by acting as a bulking agent, similar to psyllium fiber, sweeping out the old matter that doesn't need to be there.  It is not digested in the same manner as food as it passes through the alimentary canal.  Instead, it stimulates intestinal peristalsis, the muscular contractions that move food and stool through the bowels.  The clay and the adsorbed toxins are both eliminated together; this keeps the toxins from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream.

Clay works on the entire organism.  No one part of the body is left untouched by its healing energies.  I don't know of another supplement that is quite as capable as clay of producing such a wide range of positive reactions.”

Okay, so how do I take clay?

First Prepare Powdered Detox Clay to a liquid consistency: The ratio is 1 part dry clay to 8 parts water.  For example, ¼ cup of powdered Calcium Bentonite Clay to 2 cups of filtered or purified water in a glass or food grade plastic container with a plastic lid.  Shake rigorously. Loosen the cap to let the clay breathe and expand.

For an internal detox and cleanse drink 3 ounces three times a day for 4 weeks and then gradually reduce to 1-2 ounces a day for maintenance. Be sure and drink plenty of water daily to help flush out the toxins. The protocol amounts and times will vary depending on what you are working on and want to accomplish. The liquid clay will keep for months on the kitchen cabinet. The book, Living Clay, Nature’s Own Miracle Cure, has protocols for over 100 ailments as to how much and how long to take. 

It is important to use care in selecting the right clay as all clays are different. Criteria for selecting a quality healing clay and a reliable clay source are:

1.   A natural calcium Bentonite clay, pure and free of contaminants.

2.   A pH of 8.5 or above.

3.   A mineral analysis sheet.

4.   A Quality Control Lab report showing the clay falls within the safety guidelines.

5.   A living clay, Montmorillonite/Calcium Bentonite, from the Smectite family of   clays.

6.   A green swelling clay that Absorbs and Adsorbs.

7.   A pure clay that it is odorless and tasteless.

8.   An all natural vs. processed clay.

9.   Professional packaging (no Ziploc bags or hand-written labels) with labels showing directions and          ingredients.

10.  A non – gritty clay milled to a 325 screen mesh.

11.  A clay that expands to a 3 to 1 ratio in volume.  3 parts water to 1 part dry clay.

12.  A company that gives you direct contact information - a phone number, physical address and an e-mail address.

13.  A company available to answer questions about their clay.

14.  A reliable company that has been in business for several years.

15.  A clay that does not stain material.

16.  A clay from a subsurface type mine protected from the elements.

17.  A clay with an ionic charge of efficacy of at least 20 times its molecular weight. 

Ingesting clay on a daily basis is recommended to maintain optimal health.   It is recommended to take the clay on an empty stomach for best results, however there are times you may want to take it before eating rich or greasy foods too. And if you're taking any medication, it is recommended to wait 1-3 hours before ingesting clay, but please check with your pharmacist, as medications vary in time release and content. 

People who have made this a part of their daily routine have been astounded with the outcome.  According to Knishinsky, benefits reported by people using liquid clay for a period of two to four weeks include: improved intestinal regularity; relief from chronic constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and ulcers; a surge in physical energy; clearer complexion; brighter, whiter eyes; enhanced alertness; emotional uplift; improved tissue and gum repair; improved skin tone, more relaxed sleep pattern and increased resistance to infections.  Clay works on the entire organism.  No part of the body is left untouched by its healing energies.

 So, begin your internal cleansing program today.  Ingesting Calcium Bentonite Clay on a daily basis will get your intestines clean, and keep them that way!  Make Calcium Bentonite Clay a part of your daily routine, and experience all the life-enhancing benefits that Calcium Bentonite Clay has to give!


Perry A~ is the author of Living Clay: Nature’s Own Miracle Cure and a student in the study of Bentonite Clays since the early 1990’s. 




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