The Terramin Clay is a calcium based clay that has been proven to remineralize the body and remove toxins. NASA sponsered a study in the 60's and discovered the only effective product to reverse the osteoporosis in their astronauts (caused by weightlessness for extended periods) was clay - and the optimal clay was the Terramin Clay.
I was reading my Nourishing Traditions book the other night and flicking through the chapter on minerals to discover this passage:
"The proper way to take in minerals is through mineral-rich water; through nutrient-dense foods and beverages; through mineral-rich bone broths in which all of the macrominerals – sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur – are available in ready-to-use ionized form as a true electrolyte solution; through the use of unrefined sea salt; and by adding small amounts of fine clay or mud as a supplement to water or food, a practice found in many traditional societies throughout the world. Analysis of clays from Africa, Sardinia and California reveals that clay can provide a variety of macro- and trace minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium iron and zinc. Clay also contains aluminium, but silicon, present in large amounts in all clays, prevents absorption of this toxic metal and actually helps the body eliminate aluminium that is bound in the tissues.
When mixed with water, clay forms a temporary colloidal system in which fine particles are dispersed throughout the water. Eventually the particles settle to the bottom of the container, but a variety of mineral ions will remain in the water. These mineral ions are available for absorption, while other minerals that form an integral part of the clay particles may, in some circumstances, be available for absorption through ionic exchange at the point of contact with the intestinal villi.
Clay particles, defined as having a size less than 1-2 microns, have a very large surface area relative to their size. They carry a negative electric charge and can attract positively charged pathogenic organisms along with their toxins and carry them out of the body. Thus, clay compounds not only provide minerals but also can be used as detoxifying agents. As such, they facilitate assimilation and can help prevent intestinal complaints, such as food poisoning and diarrhea. They also will bind with antinutrients found in plant foods, such as bitter tannins, and prevent their absorption."
I had priced ceramic containers and I was looking at $165 or so...wow, alot of money...I thought I'd wait until the end of this year to purchase one, UNTIL I visited a garage sale and found this one (that suits my kitchen decor, how good is that?) it only cost me $20...it was minus it's lid but I just cover it will a plate or bowl.
I took it to Father to receive the special exorcism blessing (not just a normal blessing) and then placed it in the bottom of my ceramic container (I was joking with some homeschooling mums recently that it is our 'St Benedict Well'.) The Church provides us with so many beautiful sacramentals, it is lovely draw upon and use daily these special gifts, (St Benedict Medal being one of them) that we use with faith and love.
Here is our medal before we have added the clay.