Treating Autism with Bentonite Clay


As a children’s author, researcher, and humanitarian, I have been growing increasingly alarmed at the growing number 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 increase awareness about 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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5 thoughts on “Treating Autism with Bentonite Clay

  1. Wow this is really cool to hear and it goes to show you that autism (just as I suspected) is environmental in origin. I mean, if you look at how much the rates have skyrocketed around the world over the past couple of decades, you can tell that if there is a genetic link, it isn’t as significant as something that’s happening environmentally.

  2. Hey Tina thanks so much for all the info you give on autism. My nephew is autistic and I am extremely interested in this subject now. He has benefited quite a bit from changing his diet to gluten free and casein free. I think there is a lot of false information out there about autism, duh, that’s why the numbers are increasing and there’s no known “cure.” In fact, just the other day I saw a study about how the gluten free diet doesn’t improve autism, but I have known several people including my nephew to get better after going gluten-free so that doesn’t really make sense to me. Please keep this information coming. Sincerely, Loretta

  3. Autism has been one of those strange areas where there’s so much disagreement that I get so confused, but I have what I call a “common sense” non-scientific opinion, which I still think has some validity even though I’m no scientist. The numbers seem to be climbing like never before, and I’ve seen graphs showing this, and with something like that there’s just gotta be an environmental factor. I think there are so many people and companies out there releasing toxins and whatnot into the environment or in our foods and medicines (and vaccines) and when you propose that this stuff can be making people sick they get scared and say no way that can’t happen, but to me it just seems like common sense! I tell ya, twenty years ago I never heard this word, “autism,” but now it’s all over the place. I am glad that there are many treatments out there like bentonite clay that seem to be effective and are outside the box to help us solve this unfortunate problem.

  4. @Loretta I remember seeing that online the other day about the gluten-free diet and I was like, “What are they talking about???” My nephew did very well on the casein free diet and then when he also went gluten free it was quite a difference! I don’t trust a lot of “studies” I come across. Some of them are very poorly done or are made by people who don’t want you to know the truth so they don’t do it properly on purpose. It was like when I heard about a study that said vitamin E has been shown not to heal scars and in fact to make them worse. What?? Probably some company like Neosporin funded that study. That’s why you just have to try things yourself and see how they work for you. Every one is different.

  5. Amazing. I love to hear stuff like this. I wonder if bentonite clay can help in general with removing impurities? I have never heard of this before. Glad to hear there are some effective methods out there for helping with this heartbreaking disorder.

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