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 Red Desert® Clay to my Pet?

4) Can I use the Red Desert Clay for Bathing?

5) What is the difference between Red Desert® Clay, Bentonite, Pascalite and Other Clays?

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

7) Can I Brush My Pet's Teeth with The Clay?

8) How long is the clay good for?

9) How long do I have to use the Red Desert® Clay before my pet feels a difference?

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

11) 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 the we used to label for people but now for pets 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 for animal use. 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 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 Red Desert® Clay for All Animals. 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?

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NOTE: If your pet is taking medications, check with your vet for the possibility of clay removing them from the body. 

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

Yes, edible Calcium Montmorillonite 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.  The edible clay for humans that we used to sell is now the same clay that we label for All Animals!

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4)Can I use the Red Desert Clay for Bathing?


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

Betonite is a trade name originally given to clay found near Fort Benton Wyoming; and it is a sodium montmorillonite (not edible). Bentonite 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 bentonites 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 component 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 re-mineralization 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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6) 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.

7) Can I Brush My Dogs Teeth With The Clay?

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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8) 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.

9) 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, environmental toxins, 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.

10) 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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11) 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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Highly Recommended for Your Canine Pet - A Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

One of the tests we recommend for charting the level of heavy metal toxins and mineral imbalances in your dog is a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. By taking a small sample of your dog's hair you can measure a total of 38 mineral elements, including 15 essential minerals, 8 toxic metals, 7 significant mineral ratios, 9 toxic ratios, and an additional 15 elements. 

A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a great way to chart your dogs progress as you help him or her detoxify from not just chemical contaminants, but heavy metal toxins as well.

Unlike a blood test, a hair analysis will give you a profile of what metals your canine friend is excreting (or not excreting) over a period of time, i.e. several weeks or months. This gives you or your veterinarian a good overview of your pets health and great insight into some of the causes of their symptoms.

The HTMA gives an indication of the long-term effects of diet, stress, toxic metal exposure and their effects on your dogs mineral balance that is difficult to obtain through other testing.

It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues. 

The precise analytical method of determining the levels of minerals in the  hair is a highly sophisticated technique: when performed to exacting standards and interpreted correctly, it may be used as a screening aid for determining mineral deficiencies, excesses, and/or imbalances.

For more information and to order the Canine Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, please click here.

Have a Horse? Click here for information on ordering an Equine Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.

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The Pet Alternative is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.

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