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Clay Therapy for Cancer Patients

written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 3/30/2011

Are you looking to learn more about clay therapy for cancer? Here we will provide you with the details.

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    Clay therapy for cancer uses bentonite clay. This type of clay is purported to have powerful internal cleansing properties. It is weathered volcanic ash and it is rich in a variety of minerals. When mixed with water, a very powerful electromagnetic field is purported to be created, which is said to attract and hold toxic and unwanted substances so that they can then be removed from the body.

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    Benefits

    When using clay therapy for cancer, it is believed to be more beneficial when using it to fend off drug and treatment side effects and secondary illnesses. In its liquid colloidal-gel state, bentonite clay may be beneficial for viral infections, spastic colitis, abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, food allergies, food poisoning, depression and anorexia. It is said to help in removing waste and toxins from the body. It is purported to help in treating bloating, gas and constipation. This clay is said to help in boosting the immune system by helping to cleanse the colon and detoxifying the liver. It is also said to promote digestive system bacteria balance.

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    Side Effects

    Bentonite clay contains slight traces of aluminum, but no side effects related to this have been reported. It has been reported that in very high doses, constipation or bowel obstruction is possible.

    There is the risk that this clay may cause granulomatous lesions, a type of nodule or bump, in damaged mucous tissue.

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    Warnings and Precautions

    Bentonite clay is known for interfering with the absorption of vitamin A in the intestinal tract. It also absorbs vitamin A. Because of this, those using this therapy may need to take a vitamin A supplement.

    Because it may cause constipation, patients may also benefit from taking a fiber supplement when they are going through therapy.

    Patients who cannot tolerate aluminum should avoid bentonite clay. Pregnant women should also avoid it.

    Many practitioners recommend taking psyllium husk along with this clay to help achieve the maximum benefits. Psyllium husk is also said to be beneficial in preventing this clay from mucking up the intestines, which will help to prevent constipation and bowel obstruction.

    All patients using this clay should not take it within two hours of any other supplements of medications. The clay may absorb them, lowering their efficacy.

    Before using bentonite clay therapy, be sure to talk to your health care provider.

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    Resources

    Natural News. (2009). Bentonite Clay Provides a Safe and Effective Detox. Retrieved on March 29, 2011 from Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/025854_clay_detox_bentonite_clay.html

    Global Healing Center. (2011). The Benefits and Dangers of Bentonite Clay. Retrieved on March 29, 2011 from Global Healing Center: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/bentonite-clay.html

    Health Guidance. (2011). Introduction to Clay Therapy. Retrieved on March 29, 2011 from Health Guidance: http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/4347/1/Introduction-to-Clay-Therapy.html

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