I was presented with an "interesting" alternative form of medicine today: clay. As in, the consumption of it.
10 Good Reasons To Eat Clay!
- To assist your body in the removal of toxic substances in the digestive system such as bacterial food poisoning, organic and inorganic toxicity.
- To cleanse your colon and promote proper bacterial balance in the intestines.
- To begin the process of detoxification of the liver and to stimulate your liver function.
- To assist your body in the removal of heavy metals and recovery from chemical and radiation therapies.
- To detoxify throughout your entire body for better metabolism and weight control.
- To reduce free radical damage; thus anti-aging.
- To improve your immune systems function and cellular respiration.
- To increase the bio-availability/assimilation of calcium.
- To help moderate acids in your body due to a high PH compound.
- To provide your body with a full spectrum of natural bio-available colloidal trace minerals.
The explanation goes roughly like this: the clay is apparently negatively charged, and when consumed bonds with positively charged "toxins" in the body. This Wikipedia article quotes, I assume, from the source of this idea (although, it isn't referenced).
Is there any scientific or medicinal basis for this? And if not, how much of the claims, if any, are true? (e.g. is clay actually negatively charged normally?)