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  • Writer's pictureRobert O Young DSc, PhD, Naturopathic Practitioner

The Healing Properties of a Smectite Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay

The French Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay

A Smectite Montmorillonite Terra pHirma clay from the French city, Montmorillion, has the power to biological transform ALL kinds of MATTER, including bacteria and is at the forefront of new and exciting research into age-old, nearly forgotten, but surprisingly potent natural remedies.

Among the malevolent bacteria that this French Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay has been shown to transform this so-called “flesh-eating" mircroform (M. ulcerans) on the rise in Africa and the microform called MRSA, which unfortunately was blamed for the recent deaths of two children in Virginia and Mississippi. (Bacteria does not cause disease – it is the evidence of transforming matter caused by an over-acidic interstitial fluid environment.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, "acidic chemicals and metals from diet, metabolism, respiration and environment (EMF microwave radiation) cause dis-ease and disease."

“There are very compelling reports of clay treating infections, but that’s anecdotal evidence, not science,” said Lynda Williams, an associate research professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, Tempe. Williams coordinated three teams of U.S. researchers (at ASU, USGS, and SUNY-Buffalo) studying healing smectite clays under a two-year, $440,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her ASU colleague Shelley Haydel was lending her expertise in clinical medicine to perform the microbiological research.

For thousands of years, people have used smectite clay to heal wounds, soothe indigestion, and eradicate intestinal worms. Though the practice has declined in modern times, the recent rise of toxic chemical acidic drugs that cannot transform germs has scientists looking more closely at these ancient remedies to learn exactly what they can do and how they do it.

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist at the pH Miracle Center, states, “smectite montmorillonite clay has the ability to neutralize dietary, metabolic, respiratory, environmental acids found in the blood and interstitial fluids and protect the body cells from biological transformation leading to the creation of bacteria, yeast and/or mold. The beautiful thing about the French Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay is that it can adsorbs and then absorbs micro and nano particulates and their toxins or acids over 100 times it own mass.”

In laboratory tests at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, co-PI Haydel, an assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences, showed that one clay transforms bacteria associated with many human illnesses, including:

Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), penicillin-resistant S. aureus (PRSA), and pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli).

This special Smectite Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay also transforms Mycobacterium ulcerans, a microform related to leprosy and tuberculosis that is present when metabolic and dietary acids start breaking down the flesh in a condition current medical savants refer to as flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer.

This effect was first described in 2002, by Line Brunet de Courssou, a French humanitarian working in the Ivory Coast, Africa, who cured Buruli ulcers with daily applications of the acid buffering French clay she knew from childhood.

To learn more about this special montmorillonite Terra pHirma clay please read on as Dr. Young explains the science and benefits of eating dirt.

‘In the beginning God gave to every people a cup of clay; and, from this cup they drank their life’

We have, long, heard of people eating clay known as either ‘geophagy’ (pronounced…gee-off-uh-gee), or, ‘pica’. Taber’s Cyclopedia Medical Dictionary defines geophagy as ‘a condition in which the patient eats inedible substances such as chalk, or earth’. And, it defines pica as ‘a perversion of appetite with cravings for substances not fit for food such as clay, ashes or plaster’.

This craving I perceive is not perversion at all; but, makes sense when you know what clay contains and what it does for the body. It has been credited with improving the health of many people suffering from a wide range of illnesses.

These include: constipation, diarrhea, anemia, chronic infections and ‘outfections’, skin ailments (such as eczema and acne), heavy-metal poisoning, exposure to pesticides, insecticides (and other, acidic, toxins), arthritis, acid reflux, infertility, liver disease and obesity. It is the ‘secret ingredient’ in the treatment of hair-loss and diabetes -(both Type I, Type II and Type 3)!

Monmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay provides an impressive assortment of minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, sodium and silica — all alkalizing to the blood and tissues and foundational in the production of other elements through nuclear transformations or biological transformations.

The minerals in this very special clay exist in natural proportion to one another. This encourages absorption by the intestinal villi. The body can tolerate a deficiency of vitamins for a longer period of time than a deficiency of minerals. A slight change in the blood concentration of important minerals can rapidly endanger life!

In a Montmorillonite Clay the mineral elements of oxygen, silica, and potassium are spheres arranged in a regular three-dimensional pattern. The spheres are the building-blocks of the clay minerals; and, the arrangement of the spheres determines the type of mineral. The character of the clay mineral group determines the type of clay and its eventual use. In other words, the clay mineral structure gives an understanding of its specific properties.

Among the clays suitable for eating, is the Smectitie Montmorillonite Terrap pHirma Clay, the most common and the most sought-after. Montmorillonite clay was named after the town of Montmorillon, France where it was first identified. The mineral clay belongs to a group of clays known as smectite, a word that describes its layered structure.

The smectites are one of seven clay mineral groups. Each group contains a certain number of species and variations on the layered structure. The clay that I recommend is structured in a single silica tetrahedron and is the main building-block of the Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay and the best clay for eating.

Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay is an old Home-Remedy that people have used since the beginning of time for various reasons.

And it is my personal belief that Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay was possibly the Manna that was given to the children of Israel by God as they wandered through the wilderness for 40 years.

Its origins are as simple and basic as the old practice of putting mud on a bee sting.

Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay comes from deposits near Montmorillon, France

Geologically speaking, Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay is a volcanic ash which was deposited in sea water.

By modern definition it is a swelling-type clay in its ‘natural’ state with no additives, chemicals or preservatives. The only processing it undergoes is crushing.

What Makes Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay So Special?

The Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay minerals occur in very small or colloidal particles. They are extremely fine-grained and thin-layered…more so than any of the other clay minerals. The layers contain ions that are very loosely, bound to one another…and, easily exchangeable. Not only will acidic toxins, like graphene iron oxide stick to its outside surface; but, numerous toxic elements and organic matter will enter the space between the layers.

In addition to its already unique structure, Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay has a particularly large surface area when properly hydrated with distilled water…which further boosts its adsorptive and absorptive properties.

These two words look alike but their difference is critical in understanding the functions of Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay minerals. Adsorption characterizes the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of the adsorbent medium. The clay possesses unsatisfied ionic bonds around the edges of its mineral particles. It naturally seeks to satisfy those bonds. For this to happen it must meet with a substance carrying an opposite electrical or ionic charge. When this occurs, the ions held around the outside structural units of the adsorbent medium and the substance are exchanged. The particles of Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay carry a negative, electrical charge; whereas, impurities or toxins carry a positive electrical charge. For this very reason Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay has been used to adsorb the colloidal impurities (alcohol and other endotoxins, exotoxins, mycotoxins and nano particulate oxides such as graphene oxide, iron oxide, copper oxide, aluminum oxide, titanium dioxide, hydrogen arsenic, carbon monoxide, lactic acid, citric acid, just to name a few) found in beer, wine, liquor, cider, vaccines, water and air.

The impurities in wine carry positive charges; and, can be chelated or coagulated (bound together) and removed by stirring a small amount of negatively-charged Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay material into the wine, beer or water. The clay particles attract the mycotoxins or alcohol in the wine, beer or heavy metals in water and they settle to the bottom of the bottle or glass together.

The process works the same in the human body

When Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay is taken internally the positively-charged exotoxins and mycotoxins are attracted by the negatively-charged edges of the clay mineral. An exchange reaction occurs; whereby, the clay swaps its ions for those of the other substance. Now electrically satisfied it holds the acidic toxin in suspension until the body can eliminate both. The term ‘active’ or ‘alive’ indicates the ionic exchange capacities of a given clay mineral.

The degree to which the clay mineral ions become active determine its classification as ‘alive’. Living bodies are able to grow and change their form and function by taking within themselves ‘lifeless’ material of certain kinds; and, biologically transforming it into a part of themselves. No dead body can adsorb just as no dead battery can provide energy! It is, physically impossible. That is why Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay is such a powerful earth substance!


Chemically and structurally Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay is shaped like a credit card with negative charges on the flat surface and positive charges at the edges. Therefore, the negative charge is many times more powerful than the positive charge.

One gram of Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay has a surface area of 800 square meters. To give that some serious perspective that’s about ten football fields! The greater the surface area of the clay the greater the power to pick up positively-charged particles or acidic toxins many times its own weight.If we go back to our base physical components we can safely say that we are built from multitudes of particles (from dust or clay you are and to dust or clay you will return) held together by electrical bonds. Electrical forces are what hold atoms and molecules together.

Chemical bonds and reactions depend on the electrical forces. Therefore, all chemical reactions are in essence reorganization of electrical forces which continue to be vital at body levels, i.e., tissues and organs. When this is all taken into account a living organism is shown to be an extremely intricate electrical system.

During sickness or disease the vital life-force is weak and incapable of supporting the body and its functions. In health and fitness however the opposite occurs: the life-force or ‘zeta potential’ is strong and able to counteract sickness and disease (or, should I say spoiling and rotting).

What keeps the white blood cells moving and doing their work of clearing out toxins is the energy that feeds it, the substance of life – the ‘zeta potential’

The body will not run well; or, will at least run with all sorts of mechanical problems when there is no life-force energy or ‘zeta potential’ to support it.

When Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay is consumed its vital life-force or ‘zeta potential’ is released into the physical body; and, mingles with the vital life-force of the body creating a stronger, more powerful energy in the host.

The Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay, colloidal particles are agents of stimulation and transformation capable of withholding and releasing energy at impulse. The natural magnetic action transmits a remarkable power to the organism and helps to rebuild vital ‘potential’ through the liberation of latent energy. When it is in contact with the body its very nature compels it to release its vital force: the, vital force from which so many plants and animals feed.

Therefore, in order to create health and true fitness the body MUST BE STIMULATED and, stimulated by another working energy like Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay!

When the white cells, the garbage collectors of our body fluids do not function at their best the Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay supports the body’s inner resources to awaken the stagnant energy by binding toxic micro and nano particulates, endotoxins, exotoxins and mycotoxins. It also supplies the body with the available magnetism to run WELL and reduce the acids that cause inflammation!

In this way, the body’s natural immune system has an improved chance of restoring the alkaline design of the body's pH by removing morbid matter and acidic toxins thereby maintaining perfect health, energy and fitness.

The Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay has a consistency of mustard and is ready to eat or it can be mixed in water. Old-Timers would apply the gel/paste directly to the skin for a drawing-effect as in the case of a bee sting, mosquito bite, boil, spider bite, stinging nettle, etc. If the clay is not covered it will dry out; and, as it dries you will feel it draw and pull. If you want a tightening-effect as in the case of a facial for acne, pimples, or minor cuts leave it on until it is almost, but not totally dry. Then remove with a warm wet washcloth and, splash with warm water to remove all traces of the clay.

If you want an even more ‘cooling and soothing effect’ such as for burns or scrapes and bruises; cover the gel with a plastic covering or wet cloth so that it won’t dry out. If users were not sure which technique would suit their needs best they often alternated between covered and uncovered applications of the clay. Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay has been applied once or twice daily or even left in place overnight, as desired.

Other external uses for the Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay have been as a fine talcum powder or a diapering powder.

As YOU can see there are many different ways of using the Montmorillonite clay externally; but, most all start out with the gel.

Make the gel about the consistency of mayonnaise or mustard by mixing 2 parts alkaline water at a pH of 9.5 to 11 with 1 part Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay.

Apply generously in a ½ inch to ¾ inch layer directly onto the skin.

An alternative that allows for more mobility is to apply the clay on a piece of ‘cheese cloth’; and, fold the cloth as if making a ‘burrito’. Secure to the skin with an ‘Ace’ bandage. After applying there are several options:Uncovered: Some people apply the Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay leaving it uncovered allowing it to dry. As it dries it will ‘draw’ or ‘pull’. Remove before the clay is totally dry.

Covered with Cloth:

Covering the Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay with a cloth will secure it to the desired spot and cause the clay to dry more slowly.

Doing this enables you to leave the clay in place overnight or to be able to be mobile during the day without the clay transferring to clothing and household furniture. Wetting the cloth with water will slow the drying rate and increase the ‘cooling sensation’. Again remove the clay pack before it is totally dry; and, replace it with a fresh application of Montmorillonite Terra pHiram Clay gel, if desired.

Covered with Plastic:

Covering the Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay with plastic wrap or a plastic bag keeps the clay from drying at all which is the desired effect if you are applying it to a burn. Even though the clay will not dry when covered with plastic some people prefer to replace it twice daily. Other people have found that even leaving the pack in tact on a burn for two or three days will produce beautiful new ‘pink skin’.

People say using it as a baby powder causes diaper rash to disappear before the next diaper change. Some people have reported a ‘drawing-healing action’ when the clay is applied to an openminfected wound.

If you have never used Montmorillonite Terra pHirma Clay before and plan on using it for the first time on your skin expect a REAL TREAT!

Here are some testimonies from people after using the Montmorillonite Terra pHirma clay for four weeks:

* No more skin rashes

* No more acne

* No more dandruff


* Less ‘wandering-pain’ all over my body

* Clearer skin

* Enhanced growth and tissue repair of gums and skin

* Softer skin

* No more brown skin spots

* Skin is less dry and feels more hydrated

* After soaking my feet in a water bath of montmorillonite clay no more toe fungus

* My skin feels tighter and younger

* The redness on my face is almost gone after all these years

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Penelope Delevoryas
Penelope Delevoryas
Jul 08, 2022

Hi, Dr. Young, Thank you so much for this article. I was wondering how to use this clay internally. Is there a protocol for heavy metal poisoning, detox from the vaxxes, etc.? Thank you. - Penelope


Momin Minnesota
Momin Minnesota
Oct 15, 2021

My husband took the Johnson and johnson shot, against my wishes. Since then he has developed some personal health problems he never had before, & i am terrified he will pass them to me even though i decline all shots. I hope he will try this clay!!!

Aminata Diouf
Aminata Diouf
Nov 20, 2023
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Hallo did your husband test the clay or the pine needle?Did it help your husband?


Nicole Lafleur
Nicole Lafleur
Oct 13, 2021

Thank you for writing about Clay. I am very familiar with it and have been using it for years. I am 76 yrs old, never been sick, have no personal doctor and I give part of the credit of being healthy to clay. I have always used it for most ailments. You may want to check Dr. Jade Allegre for more info about clay. She first started as an allopathic doctor and at 35, decided to study natural medecine and she did her thesis on clay. Then she went to the poorest countries in the world and found that those people in these countries still healthy and never getting sick use clay on a regular basis.

Oct 13, 2021
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Thanks for inspiration Nicole. Where do you buy your clay? :-) Kr, Christina


Oct 12, 2021

2 or 3 parts of Shilajit; one part of C60 (pure noble Shungit); 1 or 2 parts Kala Namak (black salt that can be mixed with unrefined sea salt); one part of pine resin (frankincense resin or/and Myrrh). All ingredients are in powder form and should be strained through a sieve so that the particles are the same size. At a cost of 50-60 pounds you can have an amount of at least 800 grams of this mixture, which will provide the necessary for the whole family for a year. The daily consumption would be 1 or 2 grams. If you do not have major health problems, you may not feel a big difference after taking this mixture, bu…


José Fco. Di Stefano G.
José Fco. Di Stefano G.
Oct 12, 2021

Excellent. I have to check if I can find it in Costa Rica. Parrots in SA eat clay to detoxify their system

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