“Lynda Williams, a clay-mineral scientist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)… (explains) “One metallic element — chemically reduced iron, which in small amounts is required by a bacterial cell for nutrition — tricks the cell into opening its wall. Then another element — aluminum — props the cell wall open, allowing a flood of iron to enter the cell. This overabundance of iron then poisons the cell, killing it as the reduced iron becomes oxidized.””
Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells.
“After testing dozens of samples, Williams and her team identified a blue-colored clay from the Oregon Cascades that proved to be highly antibacterial. The research reported in the paper shows that it works against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).”
This is an incredibly useful discovery, with a vast horizon of applications. When someone is diagnosed with CAMRSA (Community Acquired Methcillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or MRSA, besides treatment with the potent antibiotic Vancomycin, and the possibility of a boil or abcess requiring incision/draining and packing with antimicrobial poultices, could we now apply a blue or green clay to the wound? Can these types of clay be ingested, and if so, how will the clay know where to find the brewing infection? Will regular mud baths prohibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria on the skin’s surface, useful as a preventative treatment, especially for someone who has had MRSA in the past? Is there a possibility of increased iron levels in the blood, or iron toxicity with regular use?
I have been using a blue and green 3-clay masque twice a week on my face for over a year now. It is useful to detoxify my skin, as well as remove dead skin cells. Every week or two, it will result in the development of a deep acne cyst. This particular clay masque acts to purify the skin by pulling pollutants from it. And pull pollutants, it does.
There are three types of clay in it — Kaolin, Bentonite and French Montmorillonite clays. Each clay is high mineral content, exfoliates, stimulates blood circulation, and removes debris from pores.
They help to chelate (attach to) heavy metals, remove toxins from the skin, and aid the skin in guarding against future oxidative environmental exposure.
There’s also the added plant based ingredients of Chamomile, Green Tea, Ivy, Goji Berry, Caffeine and Cucumber, plus hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.
- Keith D. Morrison, Rajeev Misra, Lynda B. Williams. Unearthing the Antibacterial Mechanism of Medicinal Clay: A Geochemical Approach to Combating Antibiotic Resistance. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 19043 DOI: 10.1038/srep19043