I am not
completely convinced of the safety of using a Zeolite internally for
long-term use... But please let me put that in context: Compared to
the same use thereof of sodium Bentonites/Montmorillonites and Calcium
We can trust the
true healing clays, because they are largely inert in the human body.
It is nearly impossible to get any significant amount of these clays
past the liver.
natural Bentonites/Montmorillonites is in the realm of natural
medicine, Zeolite falls into the realm of alternative medicine.
When animals need
and seek out a clay mineral source, they do not go out and find a
Zeolite, they go out and find a Smectite.
As an example,
Nature's Body Beautiful's clay, a calcium sodium Bentonite (sharing
properties of both), has a history of use by man dating over 10,000
The studies done
on Zeolite are very interesting. However, when I viewed some of them,
I noticed they performed poorly compared to Bentonite/
Montmorillonites. For example, with animal studies, animals that are
overweight due to toxicity should lose weight; healthy animals should
gain muscle mass.
internally by use of Bentonites is equally effective, without
delivering a clay substance into the metabolism.
In fact, (thank
you Thierry), French homeopaths documented that a system-wide
detoxification effect occurs within seconds of placing Montmorillonite
in the mouth, which demonstrates that the clay acts as a catalyst.
monograph on the above website, by an "authoritarian figure", I became
irritated. He states that the FDA considers Zeolite 100% safe. This
is not true. Zeolite is on the FDA's GRAS list. This means that [all
of these clays] have been used prior to the foundation of the FDA, and
the FDA currently has no reason to examine it AT ALL, because
historically, it has been generally regarded as safe. It DOES NOT
mean that the FDA has determined that they are safe.
may alkalize the body is another ludicrous statement... In the
monograph, we see that we cannot trust any of these scientists, as
they apply good science out of context. Of course, they could have
tested their theory in about 72 hours of real testing, but of course
they did not. Perhaps because they knew that taking a Zeolite
supplement will not alkalize the soft tissues.
You'll see that
at the bottom of their monograph:
additives and supplements in the U.S.A. are approved by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Title 21. Zeolite (CFR Title 21 (182.2727)) and Sodium Magnesium or
Aluminum Silicates under CFR Title 21 (182.2227) are listed as GRAS
(Generally Recognized as Safe), and are permitted as food additives
(supplements) without FDA approval. Furthermore, all
ingredients (Zeolites) are found on the TSCA listing of GRAS chemicals
used in every day commerce in the United States.
You'll see that
the FDA has grouped these clays together. The FDA leaves these
substances alone because of the history of use **AND** because the FDA
generally considers clays to be inert. The minute a medical doctor
files a complaint demonstrating that there are clay particles floating
around in the blood stream, the FDA is going to step in and reclassify
it. Years and years ago, we predicted that this would happen with
silver, as marketers kept touting "FDA approval". Of course, it did
like this, it's only a matter of time before the same occurs with
Zeolite.... and due to the density of the FDA, perhaps ALL of the GRAS
I once tried
Zeolite internally, perhaps eight years ago. I wasn't interested
enough in the effects to pursue it further.
caution is a valid one. While the promoters point to studies done, I
don't see one study that actually addresses Campbell's concerns.
To close, I doubt
there is any real concern using a Zeolite in the suggested manner
(which is in very small doses), even though there are unanswered
questions. Yes, clays are powerful forces for health. However, I
don't see anything to indicate that it is superior to healing clays.
In fact, Illite may achieve the same effects, and I like the Illite
molecular configuration a lot better than the Zeolite one.
Of course, the RX
people who are marketing the product chose something they could
patent, and they shy away from comparisons with other, more