Red Desert® Clay
FAQ

1) What is the difference between the Edible clay for People, Pet clay and the Bathing clay?

2) How much Red Desert® Clay Should I Use?

3) Can I give my Edible Red Desert® Clay to my Pet?

4) Can I use the Edible Clay for Bathing?

5) What is the Difference Between the Tablets and the Powder?

6) Can I Overdose on this Clay?

7) How Long Will it Take for the Clay to Work?

8) Will the Clay Remove Parasites?

9) Will the Clay remove mercury toxicity?

10) Will ingesting Red Desert® Clay help with osteoporosis?

11) Will the Red Desert® Clay Remove Candida Albicans?

12) What is the difference between Red Desert® Clay, Betonite, Pascalite and Other Clay?

13) Does Red Desert® Clay contain a lot of Iron?

14) Can I Brush My Teeth With The Clay? - Peridontal Issues

15) How long is the clay good for?

16) How long do I have to take the Red Desert® Clay before I feel a difference?

17) Why Is this Clay Termed a “Living Clay”?

18) Is this Clay from Volcanic Ash?


1) What is the difference between the Edible clay for People, Pet clay and the Bathing clay?

All of our Red Desert® Clay comes from the same mine.

The edible clay for people is our highest grade and purity.

The top 12" of clay at the mine is removed and used in agriculture for soil nourishment, as well as for koi and pond keepers. This top layer, since it is open to the environment, contains whatever is blown in with the wind. (i.e. sand, seeds and other natural elements in the air.)

The next layer down (a few feet below the surface) when mined, is screened at around 285 mesh and packaged as Red Desert® Clay for Pets, and Red Desert® Bathing Clay. There may be larger particles and a small amount of elements blown in from Mother Nature naturally occurring at this level, so we do not recommend people eat this.

Animals in the wild are known to hang out where calcium montmorillonite clay exists eating the top layer – so this works out well for them.

As we go much deeper in the mine, we reach a layer of pure rock hard strata, which is removed and packaged as our edible Red Desert® Clay for People. This layer is the purest vein and goes down more than 25' below the ground surface. When mined it is carefully and finely screened to filter out and remove any natural elements and larger particles with a very fine mesh (around 400 mesh). This is a very labor intensive, slow process and more costly.

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2) How much Red Desert® Clay Should I Use?

How much clay to use is a personal choice. Internally I take one heaping tsp of edible clay every day in a glass of water. I also brush my teeth with some of the thick mud right after I have flossed.

People EDIBLE Clay ~ Click Here
For Bathing Clay and External Uses~ Click Here
For Pets ~ Click Here

NOTE: If you or your pet are taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist for the possibility of clay removing them from the body. The book The Clay Cure (available on our shopping cart) suggests taking clay 2 to 3 hours away from medications, but still check with your doctor.

If you are currently under chemotherapy or radiation, calcium montmorillonite clay will likely contradict with your treatment, for its job is to pull poisons out of the body.

This high quality clay is often used after these types of treatments – but always check with your doctor. Chemotherapy is a heavy metal – platinum. Calcium montmorillonite clay may remove this quite effectively… along with other metals that do not belong in the body.

Lithium is another heavy metal, which calcium montmorilloite clay will bind to.

3) Can I give my Edible Red Desert® Clay to my Pet?

Yes, Edible Red Desert® Clay for people is a higher grade than the pet clay so it can be used for all other purposes. It is a little more expensive than the pet clay do to the labor intensive screening process making it fit for human consumption.

However, Edible Red Desert® Clay is the only clay screened for human consumption. We do not recommend eating the bathing or pet clay.

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4)Can I use the Edible Clay for Bathing?

Absolutely. We suggest our bathing clay, which is minimally screened AND less expensive. The edible clay is screened for the highest purity and edible use, and is our most expensive clay do to this labor intensive process. If all you have on hand is the edible clay, by all means use some for a bath.

5) What is the Difference Between the Tablets and the Powder?

The tablets are compressed powder. 4 tablets = approximately 1 tsp of powder. About 95% to 96% of the tablet is clay and the rest is binders used to hold the clay in tablet form. Tablets are very convenient and easy to use.

The powder is more versatile and economical, in that it can be used internally as well as externally, for facials, teeth brushing (wonderful for periodontal issues), spider bites, poison oak, bee stings, poultices etc.

6) Can I Overdose on this Clay?

When taken in sensible amounts, it would be hard to overdose. Everyone is different and some will take tiny amounts and others much more. If you have health concerns always ask your holistic MD or naturopathic doctor to assist you.

7) How Long Will it Take for the Clay to Work?

Although the clay starts working right away, the greatest effect will be with consistency over time. Some people will notice acid reflux symptoms are relieved, others will feel detoxification symptoms and others will feel the decreased pain in their joints and have more energy within days.

I cannot stress enough ~ The greatest effect is with consistency over time. I have been eating the Red Desert® Clay every day for nearly 5 years. As toxins are removed from the body, the deeper inbedded toxins will migrate to the surface of the cell and continuously be removed OVER the MONTHS.

If the food and water you take in are high quality, detoxification will be faster. **AND Equally IMPORTANT** Since most people's diets are not sufficient in minerals, the clay will be quite helpful in supplying minerals to nourish the cells and build bone strength.

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8) Will the Clay Remove Parasites?

I have heard through customer feedback that after regular use of the Red Desert® Clay the parasitic situation in their personal health or their pet’s health has cleared up. It is most likely due to the cleansing effect of the clay, which creates an internal environment where parasites cannot survive.

A person can make a paste of the clay and apply it externally to any affected areas as well… washing the clay off, once it has dried.

9)Will the Clay remove mercury toxicity?

Red Desert® Clay binds to heavy metals, i.e. mercury, alumimum, lead, arsenic, copper, nickel as well as pathogens and many other toxins. It is very important to have your dental amalgams removed, to stop the constant exposure to mercury vapors, which leak from these amalgams 24/7. Mercury bio-accumulates in the brain, and triggers many health challenges.

10) Will ingesting Red Desert® Clay help with osteoporosis?

Calcium, magnesium, boron and silica are very important components in bone formation, along with Vitamin D3 and exercise.

Red Desert® Clay contains all of these minerals and is very, very high in naturally occurring silica…55.3%, which is an essential mineral of significant value for bone formation… necessary for calcium absorption into the bone itself, for remineralization of bones and can aid in increasing cartilage between joints. Silica is present in your hair, nails, and skin and is needed for flexible arteries.

UPDATE: I have added the MSM powder to my regime - 1/2 tsp in the am and the pm. After a couple of weeks I noticed less joint stiffness and better flexibility. More Info>>

Neva Jensen wrote: “ calcium depends on alumina silica for entry into the bone...silica changes the arrangements of the atoms within the calcium molecule, thus enabling it to enter the bone cell. Without the silica, which is often missing or very low, the calcium attaches to the outside of the bone, but is unable to enter within the bone mass itself.”

Customer feedback: "I have been using Red Desert® Clay for about a year This year my Dexascan results improved. I went from borderline osteoporosis in my back to osteopaena. I work out regularly because of the history in my family. This was such good news--I told my doctor about Red Desert® Clay and she is going to research it. My daughter put me onto it, so I want to thank you for a health saving product for me." Jeannette W. Las Vegas

Remember ~ although calcium is necessary for bones, there must be adequate magnesium present to break down the calcium molecule for absorption; otherwise the calcium attaches to joints, becomes kidney stones, gall stones, arthritis, arterial plaque, restless leg etc.. Often people have calcium in their body, but not in their bones due to the missing magnesium and of course silica. Read about Magnesium...

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11) Will the Red Desert® Clay Remove Candida Albicans?

Some people have reported to me that their candida is cleansing out when they added the clay to their regime… this is probably happening because as the body is detoxified, the immune system function improves significantly – which eats up candida, bacteria, viruses etc.

Many people are taking other products along with the Red Desert® Clay to more quickly alkalinize, oxygenate and remove candida. Adding pH booster to your water will boost the water alkalinity to 9.5, which is 500 times greater than 7.0. Available at this link under Acid-Alkaline products.

12) What is the difference between Red Desert® Clay, Betonite, Pascalite and Other Clay?

Betonite is a tradename originally given to clay found near Fort Benton Wyoming; and it is a sodium montmorillonite (not edible). Betonite has become a nickname used for nearly every clay product, making it very confusing for people looking for quality edible clay.

Pascalite was the name of a French-Canadian trapper and prospector who began mining clay in 1930 in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, which has been marketed as Pascalite clay. This company classifies their clay as "calcium montmorillonite", however it is approximately .9% calcium and 9.7% silicon, which cause large particle sizes. The Pascalite is mined and then solar dried for about 9 months to remove all the moisture.

There are numerous factors which sets the Red Desert® Clay apart – location of the mine, the particle size, the elements it contains, i.e. high silica content, and the scientific studies (soon to be available on this website).

The Red Desert® Clay mine is located in the hot dry California southwest desert. The high heat and arid conditions keeps the clay particles in an 'open ion state' creating stronger pulling power for removing toxins. It also allows for high alkalinity and smaller particle size as explained below. It is termed “living clay.”

In the heat of the desert, the rainfall is minimal, moisture is nearly non-existent, and temperatures are consistently high; therefore there is almost no leaching of minerals. No drying is needed as found with other betonites and montmorillonites. This means minerals and trace elements are not lost, and washing away of the ions and chemical hydrolysis is almost non existent.

Clay deposits found in colder Northern areas where there is significant rain, snowfall and leaching of minerals are not as likely to be found in an 'open ion state.' The ionic charge will be less and most are not edible.

A very important componet of the "pulling power" of any clay is the PARTICLE SIZE. Most of the particle sizes of Red Desert® Clay are 2 to 3 microns in size. This microscopic size allows for a huge surface area of clay to pull out toxins. This is very, very important. The smaller the clay particles, the larger the surface area...the greater the amount of toxins, bacteria, impurities etc. are pulled out of the body.

Silica in the Red Desert® Clay is 55%, which is an essential mineral of significant value for bone formation… necessary for calcium absorption into the bone itself, for remineralization of bones and can aid in increasing cartilage between joints. Silica is present in your hair, nails, and skin and is needed for flexible arteries.

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13) Does Red Desert® Clay contain a lot of Iron?

There is 4.35% iron naturally occurring in Red Desert® Clay along with 60 other nutrients.

Red Desert® Clay contains FeSo3, which is a natural iron oxide that can be assimilated without harming your body. It is in ionic suspension and won’t be easily released unless the body demands it. Further, a tablet of Red Desert® Clay contains only 4.35% iron, which is still more than the recommended minimal amount for an adult, but vastly less than is considered toxic by the CDC. Even if iron oxide were toxic, you’d have to consume the whole bottle in one sitting to exceed safety guidelines.

A WORD ABOUT FERROUS SULFATE - Ferrous Sulfate is prescribed to people with iron deficiencies. If a bottle of ferrous sulfate tablets is left in the vicinity of children, and precautions are not taken to ensure that children do not access the tablets, then a child might become poisoned if they ingest the substance. This is not “Iron”. It is a highly toxic form of refined iron, and we would never eat this.

Ferrous sulfate is Fe So4: a byproduct from the process of the finishing of steel prior to plating or coating. This treatment produces large quantities of iron sulfate as a by-product. Another source of large amounts of iron comes from the production of titanium dioxide from ilmenite via the sulfate process. Ferrous sulfate is also prepared commercially by oxidation of pyrite, or by treating iron with sulfuric acid.

14) Can I Brush My Teeth With The Clay?

Peridontal Issues

We do. But only use the Edible Red Desert® Clay since it is screened to the finest purity. This clay has a wonderful affinity for unfriendly bacteria which sits around and under the gum-line. Often your dentist will comment that your pockets in the gum-line have disappeared. Those with gum disease have seen excellent results over time when eating and brushing with the clay.

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15) How long is the clay good for?

The clay does not expire. It's been sitting around for millions of years and does not need to be stored in any special conditions. It might clump a bit if left in very cold temperatures or in high humidity.

16) How long do I have to take the Red Desert® Clay before I feel a difference?

The Red Desert® Clay will start working right away on the entire body at removing poisons, i.e. heavy metals, bacteria, environmental toxins, nicotine, parasites, pathogens, radiation etc...keeping them from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. At the same time minerals are left behind for absorption into the cells when eaten. The effects are wide and varied.

The greatest effect will be with consistency over time; although some customers feel an increase in energy within days.

17) Why Is this Clay Termed a “Living Clay”?

Each particle of Red Desert® Clay is alive with its’ own ionic field of energy.

"Living Clay has not been chemically treated in any way. The extent to which the clay mineral ions become active determines its classification as “living clay.” The formation of clay mineral spheres from hydrothermal activity, consistently hot temperatures and minimal rainfall, allows each particle of clay to create its own ionic field of energy, each particle becomes an ion...hence an abundance of negatively charged ions is referred to as Living clay." -By Neva Jensen.

There is a great book, THE CLAY CURE , which offers information on the effects for ingesting clay and the science behind it. We have this book available on our shopping cart.

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18) Is this Clay from Volcanic Ash?

The original minerals that Red Desert® Clay consists of, contain rocks that were formed from volcanic activity during one period in earths history (tetonic activity) and transported by water and gravity to it's current location. The original rock, which formed the earth from the big bang, is the primary source of all elements on earth. What makes clay clay is the processes in nature, i,e weathering over millions of years, exposure to the elements, water, freezing ice, thermal heat, nature grinding etc.


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