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
Lib. Congr. S591.T64


Montmorillonite tetrahedral molecular geometry 

                            INTRODUCTION    Based on original research and excerpts from the book The Trace Mineral Story, by Melchior DikkersPhD-- research biochemist. 

   TRACEMIN 74 generically is a clay mineral, Montmorillonite.  Montmorillonite is a colloidal silicate mineral generally formed by the deposit of volcanic ash in lakes.  Its basic structure is:

                             MgO Al2 O2 • SiO2 nH2O.

    "In 1931 while Professor of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry at Loyola University, a natural mineral compound was brought to my attention which later on proved to be one of the most amazing, and unique materials with which I have ever been fortunate enough to come into contact.  Its properties were such that it caused me to become deeply involved in a research program that was to take me into many years of painstaking analysis and findings.  The material was subsequently identified as a form of Montmorillonite, a colloidal silicate."

    "Twenty some years ago, I began research on the natural clay mineral as a food supplement.  At the onset of this research, the experimental work was done on laboratory animals.  In the case of various forms of intestinal infections in rabbits, poultry, swine and 
cattle, amazing results were obtained whereas the animals  did not respond to treatment with other, orthodox treatments.  These findings were, of course on a control basis, meaning certain groups of animals were put on the natural clay mineral while others were not.  The results were then noted for both groups.  The results of these research experiments proved that the minerals contained in the natural mineral clay had a very definite value in the biochemistry of the body."

    "The results of my research and findings on the natural clay mineral MONTMORILLONITE, are as follows:

1.       The mineral absorbs toxic substances from the intestinal 

      tract, and at the same time possesses a healing and

      soothing quality.

2.  The  absorptive  power  of  this  natural clay  -  mineral

     compound is very great.  It absorbs gaseous substances

     - and aids in regularity.

3.    The  natural  clay  mineral  helps  supply  mineral trace

     elements that may be lacking in the diet.


4.  The natural trace elements act as catalysts which aid in

     metabolism, and cell building.

5.  These minerals form a gel-like substance that acts as a

     protective coating in the intestinal tract.

6.  These  minerals  contain  both  ferrous  and  ferric  iron.

     Ferrous irons for the hemoglobin (red coloring-matter of

     the blood) formation, and ferric irons for the muscular


7.  Minerals function in maintaining osmotic pressure and

     influence contractility of muscles.

8.  Minerals enter into the synthesis of every living cell and

     they influence the vital processes of oxidation, secretion,

     growth, and reproduction.

9.  Mineral elements are essential to the structure of certain

     complex chemical compounds, which influence the

     course of metabolism."

    "An interesting side-light on the background of this rare, natural Montmorillonite mineral, is written and told by many persons who have delved into its history.  It is told that deposits were rare and greatly esteemed by the
Indians.  Medicine Men wandered for hundreds of miles in search of the cherished minerals."

      "The most outstanding form of Montmorillonite, in my many years of experimenting with trace elements, is the brown trace mineral from Panaca, Nevada, processed by New World Minerals Company. 

   The Panaca Montmorillonite deposit is superior to all other known deposits.  All of the other deposits of which I am aware, were formed by volcanic action which means that most of the elements present are in the inorganic state, and are not really assimilated by animals and humans. Inorganic minerals such as dolomite, ferrous sulfate, zinc gluconate and calcium gluconate when ingested, must be made soluble in the stomach.  At the same time protein is hydrolyzed into amino acids.  When both are done, and conditions are right, the mineral is chelated by the amino acids, meaning suspended between two or more amino acids.  Once chelated the mineral can be metabolized."

    "The Panaca deposit was formed by heavy sedimentation of mineral elements in plant and animal marine life such as seaweed, shrimp and algae.  In this form the minerals were naturally chelated in the plant and animal organism, or in other words, "in organic form."