Baths - The Safe Method for Detoxing Your System
by Cheryl McCoy
the myriad and sundry ways of removing metals, toxins, and
other nasties from the body - is becoming increasingly popular
in alternative and natural medicine, and appears to be inching
its way into the more traditional medical arenas as well.
The beneficial health results produced by these procedures
cannot be ignored. As a result, it seems that everywhere
you turn, there are companies claiming to have the best product
for detoxing your system. "Clay and water--those two
lifelines are all you will often need to return your body to a
state of optimal health," states Perry A~, author of Calcium
Bentonite Clay, Nature's Pathway to Healing.
to Jason Eaton (www.eytonsearth.org): "There are many
methods available in both alternative and natural medicine that
are designed to "detoxify the body". However, nearly
all of them do exactly the opposite: They stimulate the body to
release toxic byproducts stored in fat, organs, and other
tissues. The result is that these substances are dumped back
into the active metabolism. The body, then, is placed under a
great deal of toxic stress, even to the point of toxic shock.
This poses quite a problem, for the body has stored these
substances for a very specific reason: It has been incapable of
eliminating the substances without causing significant damage.
Therefore, the short cut "quick fix" methods to
detoxify the body can actually be quite dangerous, and the
natural and comprehensive methods can require a lot of
attention, hard work, and anywhere from six months to three
years to accomplish, and are often accompanied by uncomfortable
symptoms as the body cleans itself." What is lacking is
an avenue to get the released toxins out of the body.
what's a person to do? Many experts, including Jason
Eaton, recommend clay baths for detoxing and chelation.
baths have been safely used for centuries. These days,
they're used to treat everything from tired, achy muscles to
heavy metal poisoning, radiation and chemical/pesticide
exposure. Very recently, some surprising and encouraging
results have been reported when using clay baths to treat
clays have the ability to remove toxins through the pores of the
skin. Discussing clay baths, in his book The Clay Cure,
Ran Knishinsky states, "It is a fairly simple procedure, and
it can do a lot of good in a relatively short time.
Because of clay's excellent drawing effect, the clay has the
power to literally pull toxicities through the pores of the skin
in the bath." And Wendell Hoffman, author of Using
Energy to Heal, found that bentonite clay, when used in a
bath, can and does draw out toxic chemicals through the pores of
the skin. Jason Eaton states on his website: "Taking a
therapeutic clay bath, lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to two
hours, is one of the most effective methods in existence to help
assist the body in the elimination of toxic substances which
have accumulated in the body. Clay baths stimulate the
lymphatic system and deeply cleanse the body's largest
breathing organ (the skin). Acting both directly on the
body and acting as a systematic catalyst, clay used in this
manner interacts directly with the body's immune system, and
helps to remove the post-digestive burden placed on the major
organs of the body."
Miriam Jang, M.D., author of "Breakthroughs in Autism," a
synopsis of the DAN protocol, says: "I have put a huge number
of patients on these clay baths and the levels of heavy metals
-- mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium have come down
dramatically! I have been monitoring the levels of metals
using all three methods (TD DMPS, oral DMSA and clay baths) and
the clay baths are way faster in the removal of metals. One
particular patient had very high levels of mercury and levels of
lead that were off the charts. In 3 months of twice weekly
clay baths, the lead came down dramatically and the mercury
disappeared. The muscle weakness associated with high lead
levels improved dramatically. Interestingly enough,
another 5 months of these clay baths showed even lower levels of
lead but the mercury reappeared. This supports the theory
that mercury is sequestered in different areas of our body and
it takes time to get it all out."
baths may be used for heavy metal toxicity, general chemical
toxicity, radiation and chemotherapy recovery, general systemic
support by stimulating the lymphatic system, comprehensive
cleansing protocols, as well as simply for relaxation and
enjoyment. They are wonderful for relieving stress and
helping to relax, especially in the evening before bed.
the Right Clay:
important to choose carefully when selecting a clay for your
clay baths. While certain clays are ideal, and others are
acceptable though not as good, still others should be avoided
altogether. It's vital to avoid
any contaminated clays, as well as any clays with additives.
Clay should be stored in containers that are completely sealed,
and kept away from petroleum chemicals. Clay should not
come into prolonged contact with metals.
a Clay Bath:
are several methods that can be used to prepare a clay bath.
When using dry powder clay, you can simply scatter 2 cups of dry
powder clay into the water as it's running and use your hands
to mix it and swish away any lumps of clay that might form.
To avoid lumps altogether, you can "premix" the clay to a
liquid state by mixing approximately 1 part clay to 8 parts
water in a lidded container. Shake vigorously, and allow
the clay to sit for a couple of hours, then shake again.
Use 4 cups or more of liquid clay in your bath. A clay
bath should last ideally between 15-20 minutes in extremely hot
water and longer in a less hot bath. Submerge as much of
your body as possible during the bath. The more clay that
is used in the therapy, the more powerful the response.
some rare severely toxic cases the clay may turn dark and gooey.
If the water has not turned dark, after your bath scoop some of
the clay water to water your plants. Run lots of water to rinse
the clay out of your tub.
Eaton states, "Hot showers, baths, and steam treatments cause
a forced respiration through the skin, resulting in a rapid
uptake of gases, ions, and water directly into the tissues of
the body. Indeed, any time one isolates a location of the
body, covering it with any substance and then applying heat
(even if this is only heat generated by insulation), an
"environmental exchange" is going to occur, resulting in the
absorption of substances through the skin and the release of
substances through the pores of the body." For this
reason, he recommends nothing be added to the clay bath -- no
herbs, oils, fragrances, etc. Herbal treatments, or other
skin treatments can be done after the clay bath if desired.
The only exception to this rule would be the addition of natural
sea salt, which simply acts as a tonic, and increases the ion
exchange capability of the clay in a clay bath.
McCoy has been researching and studying the healing benefits of
clay since 2003 She has worked extensively with clay expert
Perry A~ Arledge, and is the co-owner of the Apex
Bentonite Clay company. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.