How to Substitute Bentonite for Antibiotics

For centuries, Bentonite, or weathered Volcanic Ash, generically called "clay", has been used as a body detoxifier/cleanser (bulk laxative) and in dermatologic skincare formulas, in special soaps, wound dressings and used to act as a skin-shield against exposure to poison-ivy/-oak rash.[1] Bentonite is very absorbent, having an enormous surface area when properly hydrated in water. Bentonite has ionic charges, which gives it the ability to adsorb (or bind) toxins in the digestive tract or when applied as wound dressing to hold toxins until they are eliminated (or when bandage is removed and skin washed).[2]

This won't affect bacteria, but might make you feel better.


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    Talk to your doctor before taking any Bentonite (there are many natural clays). Clay natural chemical concentrations vary, as: Sodium-/Na-bentonite; Potassium-/K-bentonite and Aluminum-/Al-bentonite and even Calcium-/Ca-bentonite (sold as one of several kind of fuller's earth).[1]
    • Caution: Some "bentonite clay" does not say what its constituents may be. So, grabbing your spoon is not highly recommended. Some bentonite clay is called Montmorillonite -- a very soft phyllosilicate group of minerals that typically form in microscopic crystals, that form a clay. Montmorillonite is the main constituent of the volcanic ash weathering product, bentonite.[3]
    • Caution: Other kinds of fuller's earth may, also, be palygorskite or attapulgite -- a magnesium aluminium phyllosilicate which occurs in types of clay soil common to the Southeastern United States.[4]Used in medicine, it physically binds to acids and toxic substances in the stomach and digestive tract. It has often been used in antidiarrheal medications, until 2003, it was the active ingredient used in Kaopectate(TM), before that product was reformulated with bismuth subsalicylate. Like bismuth, it palygorskite not absorbed into the body, however the two work differently.[2]
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    Purchase a good quality Bentonite, either in liquid suspension form (usually packaged in glass bottles), or in powder form.
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    Suggested use -- Laxative: so, at the first sign of colds or flu[citation needed] or infections[citation needed], put 2 Tablespoons of liquid Bentonite into a glass, add 2 oz. fruit juice, and 8-10 oz. water.[citation needed]
    • Stir the liquid Bentonite into water and drink down quickly, or it may thicken and be more difficult to swallow.
    • Repeat every 3-4 hours.[citation needed] Usually there will be great improvement in how one feels in about 24 hours.[citation needed]


  • When giving bentonite to dogs, mixing it in some canned dog food usually does the trick. Be sure to add plenty of water. Some dogs love it in milk.
  • This has been successfully used for colds, flu, infections, burst appendix, Dryland Fever, bison gores, and many other maladies.[citation needed]
  • Same rules apply for animals as humans; give about every 3-4 hours.
  • Most Health Food Stores carry Bentonite, and many can be found online as well. Bentonite powdered clay can be used for applying facial-masks, or dry as: after-shaving powder or absorbing oil for oily hair and scalp.
  • When giving bentonite to horses, mules, or goats, just pour it over some sweet feed.
  • Bentonite was historically used by Native Americans for purification.
  • When hydrating powdered bentonite, it is important to use purified water so as not to introduce pathogens or impurities. Follow the directions on the bottle of powder for proper ratios of bentonite to water.
  • Occasionally dogs [5] and horses will balk at the taste of something new, and it will be necessary to use a dosing syringe or turkey baster to give the liquid bentonite.


  • Should any conditions persist without any improvement, it is wise to seek help from a doctor or veterinarian.
  • These statements are anecdotal, e.g.: based on individual observation, case study reports, or investigations -- rather than systematic scientific evaluation.

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