a member of the smectite family is a 2:1 clay, meaning that it has 2 tetrahedral sheets sandwiching a central octahedral sheet.  The particles are plate-shaped and extremely small with an average diameter of approximately 1 micrometer.  Montmorillonite’s colloidal nature lends it well to the transport of nutrients and enhanced bioavailability of nutrients. 

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Book Review of and Excerpts from:
Secrets Of The Soil
New Age Solutions for Restoring Our Planet
© 1989 by Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird
Authors of the Secret Life of Plants
Harper & Row Publishers, NY
Isbn 0-06-015817-4
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Montmorillonite tetrahedral molecular geometry 

    If this should occur, it is recommended to reduce the dosage, and gradually build up again.


    What specific results have been experienced?  As stated earlier, has no direct therapeutic effects, but acts as a normalizer of physiological activities in human tissue. 


    There is no claim that these – or any minerals – cure anything.  But provide them to the body, along with exercise, good health habits, and an all-important balanced diet, free of junk foods – and the body begins to use the minerals to repair and heal itself, as Nature intends.  We have seen many benefits from multi-mineral therapy.  Some are dramatic.  But we purposely avoid claims of any kind.


    Obviously, it is not logical to expect dramatic overall results from taking a single mineral.  Many common illnesses have responded to therapy from the ingestion of this combination of elements.  A deficiency of even one element in the body can result in the entire biosystem being out of balance.


    How long does it take for noticeable improvement?  This depends upon how deficient someone may be in certain essential minerals.  A mineral excess or deficiency-related problem of long standing wouldn’t resolve itself overnight.  The body works slowly.  However, some persons have reported improvement after only 2 weeks, but would suggest that 30 days is not uncommon.


   Dr. John A. Myers MD, a member of the International College of Applied Nutrition reported in the January, 1978 issue of Let’s Live, regarding the clay mineral, Montmorillonite deposit, at Panaca, Nevada.  Although his original research and findings were based on samples from an older brand,  i.e., Mineral 72, that label’s minerals were then extracted from the exact deposit in Panaca.


    We excerpt or paraphrase from Dr. Myers article:

John Myers then adds that “there’s a supply of such material available in our country.  One in particular that has come to my attention is mined from an ancient inland sea bed near Las Vegas, Nevada.  What impresses me is its content of seventy-two minerals (giving it the name Mineral 72) which I emphasize, are recognized and measured by spectographic analysis.”  Myers says he’s using the material in table form “on a wide range of patients – babies, children, of 2, 3 and 13 and on up to individuals in their 80’s, as well as on patients’ dogs and cats.”


    At this time, based on his experience with the Mineral 72substance, John Myers finds “the product is very effective in supporting the sympathetic nervous system in all of its functions.”


    He’s observing, too, “a remarkable improvement in hair, nails and skin – one of the first noticeable signs the patients discover for themselves.” 


        How about canine response?  Dr. Myers finds that “weakness in dogs’ hind legs, making them limp and even preventing them form standing up, was completely relieved when their diets included the minerals.  Also, a tendency for dandruff to form on their skins was reduced.”


    All of Dr. Myers’ human patients have said, “they felt more calm, and generally had an easier disposition.  Many commented they were improved in their bowel action, and all felt they were less tired, more rested after sleep at night.”


    John Myers believes that if such a mineral supplement were given to children in the first grade, “within a year the improvement in all of them would be remarkable.”  He reports “seeing improvement in young patients within two weeks on as little as one tablet daily.”  He continually urges clinicians “to launch such programs in schools, not only for general health purposes, but to achieve the improved dental conditions that artificial fluoridation programs have not accomplished.”


    The Baltimore metabologist’s recommended basic supplement routine, presented to his ICAN colleagues, is two of the multi-mineral tablets three times daily after meals.  But he hastens to emphasize that each of us determine what seems best for him or her specifically.  


     Dr. Myers also states that the “Mineral 72 combination doesn’t replace, but supplements other minerals,” which he gives his patients in ion form.  He also suggests taking kelp for Iodine – one tablet three times daily and 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C in time-released form three times a day.  This would lay a general support foundation, “of metabolic excellence on which you could supplement other vitamins and minerals as they were indicated.”  Myers add, however, that “vitamins  are limited or useless without iodine and other trace elements for metabolic excellence.”



    One can conclude that trace mineral nutriture becomes very important in establishing proper physiologic function in man.  In the past, little emphasis has been placed on the need of optimal trace mineral nutrition, and as a result, many potential medical problems may have existed as a result of health practitioners being insensitive to trace mineral imbalances.  The amount of research currently being done, is staggering, compared to just five years ago.  As we learn more about the effects on optimizing human health through trace mineral nutrition, and deficiency symptoms caused by suboptimal mineral nutrition, the principals and concepts can be better applied, and accepted.  In the meantime, a conservative approach is recommended in assuring adequate trace mineral nutriture of the patient on a daily basis, either therapeutically, or for prevention. End!