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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Why do you recommend 78minerals Clay over other clays?

Calcium Montmorillonite Clay - in its all natural form - has a uniquely strong pulling power, with over 78 minerals and elements chelated with a pH of 6.7 to 7.3 and therefore it is one of the rarest clays in the World. There are different types of clays that companies are now selling but ask them for a heavy metal analysis, they will not show or give one because the metals are too high. That's why we have the best clay for detoxing and internal cleansing, as well as for external uses such as facials and body wraps.

2. Why doesn't the medical industry prescribe clay for illness and ailments?

The Pharmaceutical companies run the medical industry. There's no money for them in a product that can't be patented, but there are BILLIONS for them in deadly prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies go where the money is, not where the best treatment is. Many naturopaths and holistic doctors use clay with their patients.

3. Is it better to buy dry powder clay or clay that has already been mixed to a gel?

That's a matter of choice. It's quicker and easier to buy the clay already hydrated to a gel form. But it's much more economical to buy the clay in powder form and hydrate it yourself! Check our Product Info page for instructions on mixing clay.

4. Is there such a thing as safe edible clay?

Yes, but the FDA will never approve natural clay as being edible (even though it lists Calcium Clay on its list of GRAS - Generally Regarded as Safe - items) unless you have millions to spend for testing. They refuse to take into account the millions of testimonies and thousands of years of healing use. Do you know who sits on the FDA Board of Directors? Several representatives of the major Pharmaceutical companies! There's no money for them in clay - clay can't be patented. Therefore, they will direct the FDA to approve drugs that are unsafe and list all the many possible dangerous side effects IN SMALL PRINT, only to have to remove them from the market when people start dying. So, yes, there is very safe, edible clay, but none that is FDA approved. 

5. Should I be alarmed if clay has aluminum and other metals in it?

No. Clay is not digested or broken down into it mineral elements. It acts as a whole and holds its integrity. It pulls any positively charged item (toxins, metals, bacteria, etc.) to itself and leaves the body. Alumina silicates are crystalline compounds, usually made up of silicon, aluminum and oxygen. As long as the aluminum is bound in this form, it poses no health risk. The aluminum is never in isolated form, and is not adsorbed into the body.

6. What is the best way to use Calcium Clay to remove toxic metals from the body? I've heard that toxins can be re-absorbed by the body if the detox process is not done properly.

Taking good quality natural clean Calcium Montmorillonite clay is always stronger than processed clay. Take the clay daily, 1-6 pills a day (depending on how many toxins you are consciously exposed to, i.e. working around chemicals) for a week. And when the system is cleaned and balanced, 1 - 4 pills a day usually does the trick. This is preventative and keeps toxins from getting in the body. To help rid the body of already stored toxins, the Family Hope Center, which treats Autistic children, recommends 2 clay, baths a week for 5 weeks using 2 cups of Clay per bath. Since Mercury tends to linger it would not hurt to repeat clay baths on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. The beauty of clay is that it draws impurities to itself and pulls them into itself so that danger of re-absorption by the body is not likely to occur. Some products loosen the metals so to speak but are not as good at capturing them like our Montmorillonite Clay. 

7. What is Chelation?

Chelation is the suspension of a mineral between two or more amino acids, or bonding to “small proteins”, peptides or amino acids. (“Chela” is Greek for “claw”.) Chelation substances can include things like amino acids, ascorbic acid and orotates, as well as hydrolyzed protein. Chelation improves the absorption of the mineral from the digestive tract.

8. What difference does it make whether the minerals added are organic or inorganic? 

If inorganic minerals are ingested they have to be chelated before they can be assimilated. This causes some absorption problems for the organism performing the chelating. However, if a second organism can benefit from ingesting pre-chelated minerals, this is ideal. Plants, or other marine life, therefore, has previously processed organic minerals,, whereas inorganic trace minerals are in their raw, elemental or metallic state.

9. What is all the fuss about chelated, colloidal ionic trace minerals versus regular minerals?

Inorganic (or metallic) minerals may only be absorbed up to 5% of their potential, whereas, minerals that are chelated typically improve absorption rates up to 45% of the mineral. Colloidal minerals because of their small particle size are readily absorbed up to 98%. Liquid products, which boast of containing colloidal trace minerals, are often mostly water. A capsule containing 100-200 milligrams of the actual clay, which contains the colloids, may be closer to the recommended daily dosage of trace minerals than a whole glassful of expensive manufactured suspension. An ionic mineral has either a positive or negative charge. Which of the two it is, may dramatically affect absorption capabilities. According to DeWayne Ashmead PhD “There are problems which will reduce the amount of absorption of non-chelated or improperly chelated minerals. Once such problem is the negative charge in the intestines. When the stomach acids make the minerals soluble, which are a necessary step in chelating them, they become positive charged. The negative charge in the intestines attracts the positive charge of the minerals. Thus, these mineral ions, as the positive charge minerals are called, stick to the intestine. They are not absorbed, but remain there as irritants until fluids from the intestine wash them away.”

10. What are some of the benefits of the so-called Trace Minerals?

Many Physicians are persuaded that the majority of all diseases are probably enzymatic in origin. Since metabolism is synonymous with enzyme activity, and enzyme activity is dependent on the presence of trace elements, it is axiomatic that proper proportions of trace minerals are the best defense nutritionally to ward off the threat of disease. Just about any symptom may therefore be a manifestation of a certain mineral deficiency, or lack of a combination of minerals. Just one, concrete example of proactive benefits of trace minerals from Benjamin Erschoff PhD, should illustrate, who reports, “Clays composed of the Montmorillonite group of minerals someday may replace calcium as a dietary supplement for promoting bone health. Adding calcium alone to the diet does not change the situation, but adding clay does. Montmorillonite clays contain something (trace elements) besides calcium which improves the body’s ability to change calcium into bone.” (Additional benefits are listed in the separate section entitled Trace Mineral Benefits.)

11. Can one overdose on Micro 78 Minerals?

In response to that question let us consider the opinions of four experts: DeWayne Ashmead PhD may be quoted as saying, “Many diseases have a mineral excess or deficiency relationship.” Walter Mertz MD has gone on to say, “The discovery of essential roles for arsenic and nickel strongly reinforced the conclusions of a decade earlier, based on the discovery of selenium and chromium as essential elements, that no trace element is inherently either toxic or beneficial. Toxic and beneficial effects are functions of dose levels (emphasis added)… Trace element research in the past 20 years has clearly shown that when the environmental exposure to an essential element is reduced below a certain level, the adverse health effects of deficiency can be as dangerous as the adverse health effects of excessive levels.” Melchior T. Dikkers PhD confirms, “I have advocated the use of the clay mineral Montmorillonite for the very reason that this clay mineral Montmorillonite contains all of the essential mineral trace elements – in a balanced ratio as laid down by Nature.” Jeffrey Bland PhD in his own writings has gone on record concurring with Dr. Dikkers’ assessment.

In conclusion we can see that while it is theoretically possible to gain toxicity from too much of a particular mineral, trace minerals by definition represent such minute amounts of any one mineral that a composite ingested in a proper dosage, would seem to be essentially risk-free. In fact, the potential detriments of a deficiency of trace minerals in the system may outweigh the risks of a possible overdose. The best insurance against either eventuality is to administer a bouquet of minerals whose interrelationships help prevent the effects of too much of any one mineral while providing catalysts to one another for enriched nutritional value. As observed above, experts say that Window Peak Trace Minerals occur naturally in such a balanced formula.

12. What does a catalyst do?

According to John A. Meyers MD and Karl H. Schutte PhD “a catalyst speeds up chemical reactions that take place only very slowly without them.” They advise, “It must be stressed that catalysts do not initiate chemical reactions that cannot occur in their absence.”

13. What is Montmorillonite?

Montmorillonite was the word coined for a type of mineral clay found in 1847 in Montmorillon (Department of Vienne, capitol = Poitiers), France. Its composition has been noted to be Al2O3 – 4 SiO– x H2O, and is actually very common clay of which there are perhaps billions of tons in many localities besides in central, western France. Nevertheless, it possesses the multitude of healing properties of clays known since ancient Egyptian times.

14. What is so special about 78 Minerals?

In addition to the valuable chelated properties in general of “regular” Montmorillonite, our deposit is documented to be high in humus lignite silts intermixed with highly fibrous organic matter. Its basic chemical structure is, therefore, set forth as MgO Al2 O3 5SiO2 nH2O. Besides the well-known colloidal properties of clays, it would seem to have more than one extra layer of organic material chelated by fulvic acids. We have been told that we have the rarest and most bioavailable minerals in the world (The Panaca Source)

15. After taking the pills I have a headache and my stomach hurts

We are not all the same especially now a days with the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe our bodies are full of heavy metals and toxins. A majority of the people has never detoxed themselves. So when you first start and your taking to many pills the clay will attach it to theses toxins, which will be in your blood stream causing the headaches and stomach cramps. What you need to do is to start off slow by only taking one capsule everyday for a week and work your way up. You will notice more trips to the bathroom as your body gets rid off these toxins. (Customers have noticed up to 15 lbs. in loss of weight within two weeks after taking 78 Minerals).