Mineral-Rich Nourishing, Healing, and Detoxifying Clay – Ancient Medicine, Good Science Now
January 27, 2009
Scientists agree that a person might literally be starving, even while eating an ample supply of ‘proper’ foods – if the foods are grown on land lacking the mineral elements needed by the human body.
They suggest the majority of physical ills are probably enzymatic in origin: metabolism depends on the activity of hundreds of genetically programmed enzymes, and enzyme activity depends on the presence of specific trace minerals.
That’s why Medicine Men, from the ancient Egyptians to indigenous tribes of North America, would travel hundreds of miles in search of certain pure, highly nutritious, and healing mineral clay deposits. And why, in 1930, two college boys traveling in the vast Nevada Great Basin were amazed and intrigued to find their wandering burros eagerly eating a distinctive powdery clay.
Minerals in Unique Absorbable Organic Form
Analysis identified it as a very pure form of the edible mineral matrix Montmorillonite, first described in the previous century in France. And nearly 70 years of research since then have uncovered many roles in the biochemistry of the body for clay from that Montmorillonite deposit in Panaca, Nevada – now called Panak-ite.
Considered superior to all other known deposits, Panak-ite is unique in that it is easily metabolized. Formed over tens of millions of years from sedimentation of the mineral elements in plant and animal marine life such as seaweed, shrimp and algae, these minerals were naturally chelated in the plant and animal organisms. In other words, they’re already “in organic form” - pre-processed for easy absorption.
So instead of 5% absorption, which is the rate for inorganic (metallic) minerals, most of the 78-some elements in this nutritional clay are readily absorbed up to 98%.
Decades of Research Demonstrate Nutritional, Healing, Detoxifying Qualities
In 1931, Dr. Melchior Dikkers, PHD – a research biochemist at Loyola University – began a decades-long project to understand the beneficial properties of this mineral matrix. According to his account:
“A natural mineral compound was brought to my attention which later on proved to be one of the most amazing, and unique materials with which I have ever been fortunate enough to come into contact. Its properties were such that it caused me to become deeply involved in a research program that was to take me into many years of painstaking analysis and findings. The material was subsequently identified as a form of Montmorillonite, a colloidal silicate.
"Twenty some years ago, I began research on the natural clay mineral as a food supplement. At the onset of this research, the experimental work was done on laboratory animals. In the case of various forms of intestinal infections in rabbits, poultry, swine and cattle, amazing results were obtained whereas the animals did not respond to treatment with other, orthodox treatments.
“These findings were, of course on a control basis, meaning certain groups of animals were put on the natural clay mineral while others were not. The results were then noted for both groups. The results of these research experiments proved that the minerals contained in the natural mineral clay had a very definite value in the biochemistry of the body."
"The results of my research and findings on the natural clay mineral Montmorillonite [specifically Panak-ite] are as follows:
1. The mineral absorbs toxic substances from the intestinal tract, and at the same time possesses a healing and soothing quality.
2. The absorptive power of this natural clay-mineral compound is very great. It absorbs gaseous substances - and aids in regularity.
3. The natural clay mineral helps supply mineral trace elements that may be lacking in the diet.
4. The natural trace elements act as catalysts which aid in metabolism, and cell building.
5. These minerals form a gel-like substance that acts as a protective coating in the intestinal tract.
6. These minerals contain both ferrous and ferric iron. Ferrous irons for the hemoglobin (red coloring-matter of the blood) formation, and ferric irons for the muscular cells.
7. Minerals function in maintaining osmotic pressure and influence contractility of muscles.
8. Minerals enter into the synthesis of every living cell and they influence the vital processes of oxidation, secretion, growth, and reproduction.
9. Mineral elements are essential to the structure of certain complex chemical compounds, which influence the course of metabolism."
Essential Elements “in a Balanced Ratio as Laid Down by Nature”
Professor Dikkers continues, "Since 1950 I have advocated the use of the clay mineral Montmorillonite for the very reason that [it] contains all the essential mineral trace elements - in a balanced ratio as laid down by Nature. Montmorillonite as mined and processed, is a natural mineral, containing no harmful elements of any kind.
“It has no direct therapeutic effects, but acts as a normalizer of physiological activities in animal tissues. In comparing the chemical analysis of the mineral with the chart of biological elements, we notice that the mineral contains all of the variable, and invariable elements of the animal tissues.
“In comparing the chemical of the mineral with the analysis of blood and tissues, we again notice a similarity. However, the mineral contains the elements in a slightly higher percentage. According to these figures the mineral will furnish any one of the variable and invariable elements that might be lacking in the particular animal’s body tissues, or in the feeds furnished to it."
Source: Excerpted with permission from NVMinerals' overview of the "Panak-ite Colloidal Trace Minerals Compound," Sep 25, 2008; quotes from Dr. Melchior Dikkers' book, The Trace Mineral Story.
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