following is an excerpt from Ran Knishinsky's book, The Clay Cure.
In the not too distant
past, many people relied on natural medicine for minor ailments and
chronic problems. There were no "miracle drugs," just
old-fashioned home remedies. When you were sick, grandma made a
batch of chicken soup and loaded you up with cod liver oil.
Every family had bits and pieces of home doctoring knowledge. It
was essential to life.
Natural medicines are
pure medicines that accelerate our body's healing process to restore a
healthy balance; they help us take care of ourselves. The more
we listen to our bodies and the symptoms of our ailments, the more
responsibility we can take for our health.
It makes sense to use
the safe and effective remedies available to us. In light of
modern medical knowledge, who would not take something as simple as an
herb or a spoonful of dirt if they knew it would drastically help the
situation - not to mention the possibility of avoiding the side
effects so often associated with conventional chemically created
drugs? Home remedies will always have a place at the bedside,
treating human aches and pains.
Folk remedies have
made valuable contributions to scientific medicine. Many drugs
and over-the-counter medications owe their existence to nature.
For instance, white willow was one of the original sources of salicin,
the chemical that lead to the introduction of aspirin. And
kaolin, a mineral clay, has been used valuably by the pharmaceutical
industry in the form of Kaopectate to relieve intestinal diarrhea and
objective of natural medicines, as in clay, is to assist the body in
working properly - to help the body help itself. Clay is not a
quick cure for any disease. It is, however, especially suited to
dealing with chronic complaints. Clay, given in small doses, is
slow in effect, but the slow process evokes a more definite and
radical cure than other supposed "quick-fix" medications.
In the past few
years, scientific research has revealed some of the magic behind the
workings of clay. This helps us to better understand its
physiological actions, namely why clay is so effective in promoting
and maintaining health. Yet, for all the scientific analysis
done so far, we still don't know why or how clay exactly works.
Apparently, like so many other things in the universe, nature keeps
her work a secret. Consequently, it is up to us to learn how to
use these natural gifts in a wise and intelligent manner.