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The title question was sent to me by a client, along with the bottom link below.

A: Yep. Hydrated Bentonite (you can do the same thing with other clays) internally is a standard recommendation for intestinal distress such as food poisoning. My personal favorite is the Redmond Clay, from central Utah; in the kitchen I use almost exclusively Real (Redmond) Salt, which is pink from the clay content. Lots of kids who eat dirt do so because they are deficient in trace minerals. People ate dirt and clay in part via their earthenware dishes and lack of running water-maybe that’s why we feel so good at Alafia (our 10 day 18th century rendezvous)….!

Clay packs and baths are traditional in all kinds of detox programs, in virtually every culture. My favorite Russian bathhouse sells little cups of dried black clay to rub on yourself while you sit around and sweat. Interesting thing about zeolites, shown below the video link you sent, is that they are used primarily in laundry detergents and as catalysts-they help increase oxygen availability. Remember to breathe while eating your clay! Downside to commercial zeolite products? According to the United States Geological Survey, “it is likely that a significant percentage of the material sold as zeolites in some countries is ground or sawn volcanic tuff that contains only a small amount of zeolites.” They are easy to synthesize so there is another pretty good chance you may not be getting the real thing; the artificial ones have a much larger crystal size so would not be as effective at adsorbing waste matter. That is correct spelling-adsorbing means that toxins attach to it for easy elimination rather than being absorbed into it. Activated charcoal works the same way.

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