Treating Autism with Bentonite Clay


As a children’s author, researcher, and humanitarian, I have been growing increasingly alarmed at the growing rate of autism diagnosis. Whereas in the 1980s, a study shows that 4 in every 10,000 children exhibited signs of autism, a study conducted recently by Cambridge University’s Autism Research Center showed that approximately 1 in 60 children have autism. Several years ago, I myself was diagnosed with celiac disease, caused by a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, after many years without proper diagnosis for my painful symptoms. I am now happily gluten-free and pain-free. Lucky to have been correctly diagnosed and had my symptoms handled with the natural treatment of a gluten-free diet, I am passionate about helping children to avoid the same pain of misdiagnosis and to find natural remedies for their health problems. According to a recent article on, one such natural remedy for autism is calcium Bentonite clay. I had to share this information!

The use of Bentonite clay has been rising in popularity in autism treatment centers. Calcium Bentonite clay, also known as “Living Clay” and one of the most sought-after for its healing properties, has a particularly strong negative ionic charge which magnetically attracts positively-charged substances such as bacteria and metals, for example, and absorbs them, eliminating toxins from the body. It is used both internally and externally and is a rather simple procedure.  In autism treatment centers, Bentonite clay baths are used to safely remove metals and toxins from the body to increase the chances of success when used in conjunction with other therapies.

As autism diagnosis increases, so does the controversy over its causes. Most researchers seem to be searching for a genetic factor, but others are showing evidence of environmental causes. “There`s really the role for something in the environment that could be triggering someone who is genetically susceptible,” says Dr. Gary Goldstein, a child neurologist and director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, located in Maryland.

The research supporting the impact of environmental toxins has spurred the search for detoxification therapies that can remove them from our systems.  Already large numbers of doctors are recommending chelation and detoxification programs in conjunction with behavioral therapy for autistic children, noting that with these toxins removed, other therapies are more effective. Chelators are substances that fix themselves to heavy metals. Chelation therapies are typically effective, but they’re expensive and carry a higher risk of side effects such as headache, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and cramps, particularly for children. Calcium Bentonite clay is considered more effective and safer for children.

While many autism clinics are citing successful results with clay therapy, its use isn’t being promoted to doctors due to the fact that clay can’t be patented by the pharmaceutical companies.  Similarly, celiac disease affects 1 out of 100 Americans, and since its treatment is simply a gluten-free diet—requiring no pharmaceutical products, doctors are failing to recognize the symptoms of the disease and diagnosis it correctly, leaving only three percent of celiacs properly diagnosed. However, just as in the cause to increase celiac and gluten-free awareness, by taking it upon ourselves to promote natural therapies for children’s autism, we will surely bring about increased awareness on the effectiveness of calcium Bentonite clay treatment, just as I’ve witnessed awareness of celiac disease and gluten-free grow a great deal over the years.

Tina Turbin

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12 Responses to Treating Autism with Bentonite Clay

  1. Paula Sorbich says:

    Hi, Tina! Thanks for sharing this piece about autism! It’s such a fast-growing disorder, we really need to focus our attention on it.

  2. Tina… I applaud you on your article on Bentontie clay and Autism. I wrote the book Living Clay, Nature’s Own Miracle Cure and daily we run into obstacles with the FDA over a natural product that doesn’t fit their definitions of healthy. I have never known of anyone to harm their body or organs or die from taking clay. Quite the contary as you have determined. I love the letters we get from moms with Autistic children and how even 1 clay bath begins to make a difference. I would love to add your article with all credits to you to our list of articles. Blessings. You are making a difference with the children – tomorrow’s decision makers.

    Live well, Perry A~

  3. Karen Hatfield says:

    Glad to see there are some advancements being made!

  4. Carrie says:

    Oh cool I was just reading about this on one of your other websites, I think the one.

  5. Maggie says:

    I am so glad to see a website that pays attention to autism and the more natural aspects of therapy. Thanks!

  6. Rachel says:

    I am so shocked to hear about the enormous increase in autism incidence. It appears to me to be very clear that there must be a major environmental factor in the pathogenesis of the disorder, as genes can’t change so rapidly in such a short period of time. Therefore it really makes sense that Bentonite clay and other treatments like this, designed to handle environmental toxins or issues, should be effective.

  7. Deanna Miller says:

    Yay, so glad to see something on autism on a children’s author’s website. What a truly important issue this is. I can’t believe the numbers! Would love to hear more on this some other time.

  8. Amelie Richardson says:

    I am so intrigued by bentonite clay now. I wonder what other health benefits it may have on those who aren’t autistic.

  9. Penelope says:

    What a neat piece! I had never heard of bentonite clay before.

  10. Georgette says:

    How interesting…I don’t know anyone very close to me who has autism, just a couple of friends of friends, but with the alarming increase of the rate, I’m glad people like you are looking into how to handle this serious problem!

  11. Deanna Miller says:

    I’m very happy to hear more about autism. I’d appreciate more blogs on this subject. Thank you, Deanna

  12. mutuelle optique says:

    Thanks for all the effort spent in making this fabulous blog ! ok,nice one

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