Extensive research has been done on clay...

The french CNRS ( Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) is often trying to break the "secrets" of clay.. and so are others !

Recent research indicates that French Green clays have an ability to bind mycotoxins in the digestive system of animals as well as several bacteria in-vitro. "In experiments, the clay killed up to 99 per cent of superbug colonies within 24 hours. Control samples of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) grew 45-fold in the same period. The clay has a similar effect on other deadly bacteria tested, including salmonella, E. coli, and a flesh-eating disease called buruli, a relative of leprosy which disfigures children across central and western Africa. It has been classed as "an emerging public health threat" by the World Health Organization (WHO)." The effectiveness of the French green clays, which are mostly made of minerals called smectite and illite, was first demonstrated by Line Brunet de Courssou, a French doctor fighting buruli at clinics in Ivory Coast and Guinea." The Independent, 28 October 2007.

A German scientist once described the bactericidal properties of clay: "The curative properties of clay are founded in its special physical characteristics, above all in the distribution of its minute particles. Individual clay particles are smaller than many bacteria. If infected mucous membranes are more or less flooded with clay, the bacteria are completely surrounded by clay particles and are thus separated from their source of nourishment and become imbedded in the inorganic material. Growth and the survivability of the bacteria are thus halted almost instantaneously, and from this explained strikingly speedy abatement of the symptoms of infection and/or symptoms of poisoning in acute infectious diseases of the alimentary canal." Julius Stumpf, Bolus fur medizinische Anwenduno Darmstadt, 1916, p. 19.

Scientific research into clay is ongoing. See: (Williams & Haydel) and G.S.A. Press Release. In a 2007 research report entitled 'Chemical and Mineralogical Characteristics of French Green Clays Used for Healing' Dr. Lynda B.Williams of Arizona State University states:

"In attempt to scientifically substantiate the observed effect of the French green clays on bacteria, we have examined the mineralogy and chemical composition of two different French green clays used in the treatment of Buruli ulcer. Tests of the affect of the two clays on a broad-spectrum of bacterial pathogens showed that one clay, (CsAr02) promotes bacterial growth while another (CsAg02) kills bacteria.

Analyses of mineralogy (by X-ray diffraction), major element chemistry (by electron microprobe), trace element chemistry (by ICP-MS), and textural relationships (by high resolution SEM) were used to deduce that the killing mechanism is not physical (attraction between clay and bacteria), but by a chemical transfer. Mineralogically the two clays are similar; however their trace element chemistry differs. Cation exchange procedures remove the antibacterial component of the clay and leachates are shown to effectively kill bacteria. Heating the clay to 900?C destroys its structure and the oxidized product is no longer antibacterial. The pH of the clay and associated water is high (9.4-10), and may play an important role in the speciation of toxins."


Some Technical Info

Illite is found in certain regions in the North of France and in the Atlantic basin. Montmorillonite is found mainly in the South of France.

Illite is a non-expanding, clay-sized, micaceous mineral. Illite is a phyllosilicate or layered alumino-silicate. Its structure is constituted by the repetition of Tetrahedron – Octahedron – Tetrahedron (TOT) layer. The interlayer space is mainly occupied by poorly hydrated potassium cations responsible for the absence of swelling. Structurally illite is quite similar to muscovite or sericite with slightly more silicon, magnesiom, iron and water and slightly less tetrahedral aluminium and interlayer potassium.

The chemical formula is given as (K,H3O)(Al,Mg,Fe)2(Si,Al)4O10[(OH)2,(H2O)], but there is considerable ion substitution. It occurs as aggregates of small monoclinic grey to white crystals. Due to the small size, positive identification usually requires x-ray diffraction analysis.

Illite occurs as an alteration product of muscovite and feldspar in weathering and hydrothermal environments. It is common in sediments, soils, and argillaceous sedimentary rocks as well as in some low grade metamorphic rocks. Glauconite in sediments can be differentiated by x-ray analysis. The cation exchange capacity (CEC) of illite is smaller than that of smectite but higher than that of kaolinite typically around 20 – 30 meq/100 g.

Illite is highly absorbent clay (30% - it absorbs 30% of water) and has a relatively low re-mineralization power (12%). It is used in cases where detoxification and decongestion is important. The active minerals in illite include calcium, silicium, several important mineral oxides, magnesium, potassium, dolomite, silicium, manganese, phosporous, copper, and selenium .

Cationic (ionic) exchange rate, alongside their sorptive properties, is one of the most important factors of clays. In fact, each type of clay exchanges mineral elements with the environment they are in and has a certain coefficient of absorption which varies from one clay to another.

This fundamental property is used in natural treatments to neutralize toxins, poisons, as well as to bring to the body the minerals it needs to stay healthy. Magnesium plays a particularly important role in health maintenance taking part in about 350 reactions in the body, and is part of the ATP (the energy molecule). Without sufficient magnesium we develop all sorts of problems.

Both Illte and Montmorillonite clays absorb water. However, the Montmorillonite clay is called 'the swelling' type, while illite clays are called 'non-swelling'. The reason that both are not equally referred to as 'swelling', considering that they both absorb water has been explained this way, apparently, the illite clays have a highly poprous crystal structure, so the water gets inside the crystals, which makes the clays so absorbent. With montmorillonites, on the other hand, the water gets between the flat layers in the clay particles, which causes the layers to move apart, causing the 'swelling' effect. Both the Green Montmorillonite and the Green Illite can absorb a large amount of water. For the other Illite clays and the Kaolinite the absorption rate is lower.



The following anaysis was done by IRM ( Microbiological Research Institute )

Origin: France

Shelf life- Indefinite (4-5 years recommended)

Color- Light green

Odor- Flat

Bulk Density (gm/20ml) 6.6

Extraneous Matter- 0.01%

Enumeration and detection of aerobic mesophilic bacteria (UFC/g) - 220

Enumeration of yeast and mould ( UFC/g) - ≤ 10

Detection of Escherichia coli -  Absence

Detection of Staphylococcus aureus - Absence

Detection of Candida albicans - Absence

Enumeration of the spores of sulfite-reducting anaerobes - < 10

Heavy metals (mg/kg)- <3 PPM Max.

e Coli- Tested Negative

Salmonella- Tested Negative

Moisture Content- 0.14%

Yeast & Mold- <10 CFU/G

Total Ash- 79.8

pH- 7.75

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