A couple weeks ago I sent out an email about the benefits of eating various types of clays, which was one of the tips inside of 101 Advanced Steps to Radiant Health.
I got a response from a man named Dan, which began a thread, that I figured you might also be interested in:
In my experience, a lot of the clays people take internally contain significant, sometimes seriously large, amounts of naturally occurring Aluminum.
With the link between Aluminum and dementia / Alzheimer’s, I felt it was not wise to continue consuming these products.
I asked numerous so called “Clay / natural health experts” about the chances of the clay increasing dementia and Alzheimer’s in later years. None of them could give me any information about this issue and the safety of taking clay, or similar products like diatomaceous earth.
What are your feelings about promoting the use of Clay when there is nothing supporting the safety of using clays in regards to Aluminum content.
Let me know if that doesn’t address all your questions on the topic.
I had a read and essentially what you appear to be saying is we get so much aluminum from our environment that we shouldn’t really worry about getting more. Isn’t that a little fatalistic. If we have a significant amount of natural exposure, shouldn’t we be attempting to lower or keep our exposure in that normal range given the risks.
I don’t think you read the article carefully enough. The point was that aluminum is generally not absorbed through digestion, that it is a much bigger issue in it being air and water, than in foods and clays.
The point is that you’re going to get more aluminum from regular eating than you would in supplementing with clay.
You initiated this conversation saying:
“In my experience, a lot of the clays people take internally contain significant, sometimes seriously large, amounts of naturally occurring Aluminum.”
This is true.
“With the link between Aluminum and dementia / Alzheimer’s, I felt it was not wise to continue consuming these products.”
Here is the error in thinking. Just because aluminum is showing up in brains of patients with Alzheimer’s doesn’t necessarily mean you can extrapolate that anything with aluminum in it is causative of this. That kind of thinking led us to thinking eating cholesterol was bad, because cholesterol was in clogged up arteries, when the fact is that eating cholesterol really doesn’t change our levels internally much. The body is much more complex than that.
Several indigenous human groups have regularly consumed things like clays throughout their lifetimes. I ask you, are these the people that are getting Alzhiemer’s and dementia? Is that not evidence supporting clay’s safety?
At that point I didn’t hear back.
So, either I convinced him and he went about his way…or he wouldn’t be convinced. No matter, I share this with you because I figure it might be beneficial to do so.
Helping support your detoxification is one of the most important things you can do to be healthy.
And if you’re healthier, over time, this means you have far more opportunity to be stronger and more fit.
That’s why I plan to talk about this subject even more so in the future. Tomorrow, I’ll cover something that helps with detox, relaxation and so much more.