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Amazing Clay

Healing Clay

Submitter: I just weeded this today. It just goes too far for me when suggesting using clay for dislocated collar bones(p.40) and severed fingers (p.44). The author’s note at the beginning of the book includes the following: “Everything I know about the amazing clay is contained in this small book; that frees me from the obligation to answer all inquiries that anyone would wish to make.”  There is no index, no bibliography, no citations of any kind to backup the medicinal uses of clay. It seems entirely anecdotal.

Holly: It definitely does not instill much trust in the author or his claims!

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  • I admit that I initially misread that font as “The Healing Gay.” I’m still having a hard time reading it as “Clay.” Not that either makes a whole lot of sense.

  • I also love the fact that the author, or somebody at his publisher, didn’t know how to spell “elixir.” 😛

  • When I first saw the cover I thought it said The Healing Gay. Wow this must be some clay. Severed fingers? Oh yes if I ever cut my finger off which is entirely possible since lefthanders have a great chance of cutting off a limb I’ll reach for the clay first thing. Oh wait I’ll be too busy screaming and passing out when I see the blood gushing out.

  • I’m glad you’re removing this false and dangerous hippie crap from the shelves. It’s just as dangerous as the false religious healing crap around. I’m a fan of good old science, and occasionally herbal/eastern medicine or placebo if it works. Well done!

    • I even veto herbal/eastern and placebo. Go science. Unless you’re a health food store.

      • Lots of doctors endorse herbal and eastern in combo with western. Science doesn’t have all the answers and in many ways has screwed us up more. Plus a lot of western cures are derived from natural ones. Ever hear of digitalis? You know where it comes from? Foxgloves. You know what people used to give those with heart problems before science turned it into a pill? Foxglove tea.

        Oh, and how about willow bark tea for pain? Guess what comes from willow bark. Aspirin.

        I’ve been on metformin for months for insulin resistance caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Despite this and changing my diet my blood sugar just would not go down. So I added dandelion root tea to my diet. Guess what? My blood sugar went from 105 to 81 and for the first time in about 10 years my liver is functioning normally. I’m even losing about a pound and a half a week.

        Oh, and as for religious healings – yeah, there’s actually scientific studies now that prove that religion actually helps aid in healing. Prayer and meditation reduces stress which gives western medicines a better chance of actually working.

        That being said, I only use clay for facials. Great for zits. Not so great for severed fingers.

      • When alternative medicine actually works, it just becomes “medicine”.

  • The fact that ‘elixir’ is spelled wrong in the title of his book doesn’t fill me with confidence, either…

  • Is “Elixer” a valid alternate spelling of “elixir,” or are we makin’ it all fancy and olde-fashioned, or what? Anglicized usage?

    The author’s other title, listed at the bottom there, got a 2001 hardcover printing. Apparently getting all the clay lore into this one slim volume freed the author up, allowing him to throw combinations of other stuff at the wall until he lit on a marketable niche.

  • Take that clay and mold it into a finger and stick it were the missing finger was. That’s about the best you could hope for back then.

  • Hmm, so this is the origin of “just rub some dirt in it and walk it off”. I didn’t know it working on severed fingers, too!

    • Yeah, didn’t Jesus spit in the clay and heal the blind man? This guy’s disclaimer implies we should consider him an equal!

  • Wow that one is scary. Glad it is weeded and hope it isn’t in too many other libraries.

  • Glad to hear I am not the only one that saw the healing Gay…

  • Add me to the list of those who read the title as “The Healing Gay”.

    ISRW: From what I can see, “Elixer” is a common misspelling rather than a valid alternate.

  • Yes! The Healing Gay – I saw it too ^.^

    Probably a healing gay is more effective than dirt!

    As a kid I was told by ‘those in the know’ to put mud on a bee-sting. I still am not sure why – probably something to do with drawing out infection or the actual stinger.
    Strangely, that might be more effective if you used – clay!

    I’m not one to shun ancient remedies, however. There are some good practices that have gone on for centuries, keeping humans healthy and hale, and now science comes in all surprised and declares ‘yep, this works, and we sorta know why, but not really – so for now just use a drug. Thank you big pharma, we’ll be collecting our kickback now’.

    Really.. I mean, scientists brought us thalidomide – ‘science’ isn’t always the royal road to the truth or even actual safety in wellness. Some treat it like a new religion and are as blinded by its ‘powers’ as some homeopathic adherents.

    But as for this ‘clay to fix a finger that’s been chopped off’…. just NO. A little common sense should prevail one would think.

    Good idea to weed this one out!

  • So, what do you DO with this healing clay? Eat it? We need sample pages! I would LOVE to have this book. You can just HEAR the sigh of resignation in his weird disclaimer. “Don’t blame ME when you get gangrene. This is all I know.”

  • Also saw The Healing Gay. I think we need to write that one because it’s an awesome title. It sounds like the opposite of ex-gay crap.

    Next time I sever a finger, I’ll think “Clay!!” not “911!”

  • I can’t believe anyone would think that clay could be healing…creepy.

  • When I think of healing clay, I see a lump of glowing clay. Eeeeargh! And I love the spelling error on the cover. Not the ELIXIR of proper spelling!

  • I saw “healing gay” too! xD

  • Ok, call me … whatever… but when I first looked at that cover, I read “The Healing Gay” not “The Healing Clay”. It’s the weird font, ok?!
    I couldn’t help wondering what the “amazing cures from the earth itself” were going to be.

  • CRAZY! I swear I actually had a patron ask for this exact book this week! I wonder where the heck he heard about it? Maybe he saw it on here and thought it sounded too good not to read.