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Topic: Mineral Colloids | Clay | Zeolite | Illite - 3 Classes of Particle Sizes  (Read 162 times)

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(these are simply generalized thoughts on the nature of mineral colloids like clays and activity based on what is known by science and by observation)

I see clay colloids as an irreplaceable part of any detoxification protocol.  They are electrically active (with surface area charges/zeta potentials), and they do not rely upon any chemical reactions to work.  As "chemicals" they are completely inert; the elements themselves that make up the crytsals have no direct effect.

Therapeutic grade clay is a non-toxic, pro-life, anti-infective bio-terrain modulating crystalline mineral with strong powers of sorption.  This makes it ideal to use in the human body.

One of the things that clays do better than anything else is bind heavy metal and toxins that are in bile.  This greatly reduces the toxic load the liver has to deal with, because bile is recyled many times as it travels through the colon.  An added benefit:  This reduction also increases the amount of detoxification the body can handle.

The therapeutic, water loving alkaline clays (swelling bentonite/montmorillonites) do a better job of binding the acidic waste in the digestive tract.  They work both by adsorption and absorption.  They are also generally superior at transforming the bio-terrain of the gut, and thus protecting the lining of the digestive tract.  That said, all of the "traditional-use" therapeutic clays work well to help prevent liver retention toxicity usually caused by the re-absorption of toxins back into the bloodstream.

Generally speaking, I see three distinct types of colloidal nano particles.  The first "group" are those clays which have particles sized in the range of 40-60 microns.  These are the safest to use, and are generally considered to be completely inert. They remain in the digestive tract and only directly effect the digestive tract itself, and the liver.  These are the swelling and non-swelling smectite clays:  Sodium bentonite, calcium bentonite and mixed layer smectites (such as some calcium bentonites).  These are the most potent for digestive system health, as well as for healing the stomach, small intestine, and colon.

Here it is worth mentioning particle shape.  The smectite particles are flat and thin.  When the clay particle "meets" a larger particle or surface with an opposite charge, it adheres to it.  This includes damaged tissue in the digestive tract.  By doing so, it promotes healing, protects the tissue, and often eliminates irritation and/or pain.  Particles that are "roundish", such as micronized zeolite or illite, will simply bounce off of the surface.  They only directly effect particles that are smaller with a negative charge.

The smectite particles are really gentle in their healing ability.  To contrast that, French Illite has tiny tubules or dentrites or protrusions.  They grab and rip (at the molecular level).  I call Illite "The Grappler".  It appears to be better at breaking up things like bio film.

Moving on, second, you have clay particles in the range of 40 microns and below-- some of them small enough to enter the blood stream and detox the blood, the liver and the kidneys-- but particles that are too large to enter cells... Some Illite likely qualifies, as do many of the micronized zeolite particles.  The information available on the exact particle size that enters the blood stream and the cell is sketchy at best.  Just for the sake argument, say about 10 microns in diameter can readily make it into the blood stream.  When I find trustworthy and accurate data on what size particles are trapped in the digestive tract, I'll ammend this.

Third and last, there are nano particles below .5 microns (not certain on the exact size here, certainly particles sized between .1 - .5; scientific research suggests that solving this question is not as easy at it looks)...  Either way, this last group includes particles that are small enough to enter the cell itself.   The smaller you go, the more important the particle shape becomes to protect the integrity of the cell membrane.  Smaller particles need to be "round" for safety purposes; to avoid shredding the cell membrane.

Some micronized zeolite particles fit this description, as do round nano particles of carbon (like C-60), some silver particles, etc.  Other particles in this size range can be very dangerous, extremely cytotoxic, such as jagged silver particles at 5 nanometers in diameter (as an example).  By dangerous, I mean at a cellular level!

I do not see any one group as being superior, like some authorities try to claim.  The smaller particle is not always best!

In fact, illite is about half the size of smectite, but has less than 1/2 of the CEC (cation exchange, ie sorption or "pulling power").  So much for the concept that smaller particles have wider surface area and therefor are more active.  Sometimes this is true, sometimes it is opposite.

Much more work needs to be done exploring these three distinct groups of mineral colloids (which are mostly crystalline) for therapeutic use.
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