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Does Aluminum in Therapeutic Clay Pose a Risk for Long Term Use?
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:25:19 PM »
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...Thank you so much, love your clay. Also, I saw this video by Dr klinghardt saying that although bentonite is amazing that it has aluminum no matter how much itís purified and to not take it internally for longer that two weeks. Iíve taken it a lot longer than that before. How much of that statement is true ?
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Please refer to the following page for information on clay composition:

Clay Chemistry

Most healing clays have aluminum silicate as their base crystal. Since it is in crystal form, it is completely inert.  Furthermore, for smectites, the particle size of the clay is too large to absorb into the bloodstream.

If I had not researched thoroughly, I might assume that some of the aluminum might become bio-available, and apply due caution when recommending its long term use.

However, I and others have determined via DMSA heavy metal challenge testing that regular users of clay have lower than expected levels of aluminum.

It makes sense that since clay is used to remove heavy metals, that if there are trace amounts of nascent aluminum in the clay, the clay removes it as well.  My own personal exposure to clay is very long term and extensive!  I have been bathing in it, packaging it, drinking it, covered head to toe in it, over and over again for more than 25 years.

So I have seen a lot of evidence to the contrary, and have seen no evidence that the body retains any heavy metals from clay use... PROVIDED that the clay is true therapeutic grade and not contaminated: Those clays that have been used trans-generationally by indigenous peoples and shown to be completely safe by tradition.

All of that said, while there is no actual evidence to suggest  the bio-availability of aluminum in clay, and while there is plenty of evidence to the contrary, this evidence cannot be considered as definitive or conclusive.  I think it is a good idea if everyone gets heavy metal testing done every so often!

Please note that we do deal with this question in our beginner's guide to edible clay as well:

Beginner's Guide to Edible Clay
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