Our world has transformed over the last 100 years, it is quite remarkable to marvel at the technological leaps and bounds we’ve made. More concerning in these modern times, is that I feel constantly surrounded in a sea of radiation from all our revolutionary gadgetry.
I am not about to discuss if the benefits out weight the health consequences. I am more intrigued about ways of mitigating the effects of modern radiation in all its forms such as nuclear, WiFi, radio waves and cell/phones towers.
It led me to thinking about substances that could absorb radiation, like Bentonite Clay? I have now read several books and researched much about Bentonite Clay. There are many stories on the internet that states Russian Scientists used hydrated Bentonite Clay topically when working with nuclear materials to protect against the effects of radiation. I found this interesting and wanted to know more. This led me on a search of publications supporting Bentonite clay and its uses with various forms of radiation.
It was in the journal of Environmental Radioactivity 2016, I found references to the Bentonite Clay use in Chernobyl. However prior to the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986, the article describes how Bentonite Clay being used for animal health whereby it reduced Caesium absorption in the gut by 80%.
Following the Chernobyl disaster Bentonite Clay was added to animal feed in Sweden and Norway reducing radioactive Caesium transfer into milk and meat by 50%. Post meltdown the Soviet people were given clay-based chocolate bars aimed at reducing radiation absorption from the body. Bentonite Clay was also dumped by helicopters onto the reactors to stop the spread of radiation and reduce atmospheric contamination. To this day Bentonite Clay has been a substance of choice in nuclear waste disposal to prevent and reduce the spread of radiation from spent nuclear fuel.
Not one just to rely on internet blogs and articles, I set out to discover more research/evidence to support what I had read online. Well, it did not take long to discover a 2014 paper assessing the UV Light Radiation (Solar Radiation) absorbing properties of Bentonite Clay. Movahedi et al, 2014 in the Journal Biomedical Physics and Engineering demonstrated Bentonite Clay had a high affinity for absorption of UV Radiation. It was even suggested that it would be an ideal ingredient in sunscreens and encouraged makers to develop better products with Bentonite Clay.
When it comes to radiation, Gamma radiation or electromagnetic radiation is a deadly form of radiation which penetrates the body, it is typically safe in short term exposure like in X-rays or nuclear medicine. To protect themselves medical technicians will wear lead or stand behind protective barriers to reduce exposure. Research into Bentonite Clay based ceramics were shown to be effective as a shield against Gamma Radiation. The research was looking at better ways of protecting people and reduce exposure to zero levels of absorption. (Asal, et al, 2020, Nuclear Engineering and Technology).
Next, I looked at Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR’s), or Electromagnetic Fields (EMF’s), to see if there was evidence supporting the use of Bentonite Clay as a protectant from RFR’s. The reasons to look at RFR’s came from Scientific American, whereby reports that RFR’s have harmful biological health effects from exposure. It was quite shocking to discover the many ill health effects from electromagnetic radiation to both humans, animals and plants. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified RFR as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" . At this stage only anecdotal evidence was found on many websites (unreferenced).
It was from reading about RFR’s, that I asked another question, what are RFR’s made of? According to Robert Percuoco, in Clinical Imaging (Third Edition) 2014, electromagnetic radiation is transmitted as photons. I then thought do clays absorb photons? It was in the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics that Hager et al (2019) they reported that materials like clays do absorb photons.
Having spent way too much time researching the mitigating effects of radiation with Bentonite Clay, I do feel that Bentonite Clay will become an essential part of our modern electromagnetic lives. Other materials like Zeolites are also noteworthy of consideration too. What made Calcium Bentonite Clay appealing, is its broad array of uses, is considered “Generally Regarded as Safe” or GRAS, its low cost and most of all its historical use amongst indigenous communities.