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   What's the difference between ION-MIN® and other products, like TERRAMIN®

 

    If I use an ION-MIN® product as a mineral supplement, do I need to take any other supplements?

 

    Does ION-MIN® cure or prevent any specific ailment or disease? 

 

    If all of your mineral products are made from ION-MIN®, what is the difference between them? 

 

   What gives ION-MIN® its red-tan color? 

 

    How do I clean up TeraBathe or Terasilk? 

 

 

 

                      

Are there any warnings or contradictions for personal use of ION-MIN® products?
 

Why does my ION-MIN® product taste or smell different from the last time I ordered?

What is the shelf life for ION-MIN® products? I don't see an expiration date.

Can I take edible ION-MIN® with organic foods, such as green superfoods?

Where does ION-MIN® come from?

What is the average particle size of our clay?

 

 

Animal Questions:


What's the difference between Nutramin® and TERRAMIN®?

Can Nutramin® be given to baby animals?

Why should humans take TERRAMIN® between meals, but animals are encouraged to take the Nutramin® supplement with meals?

The Nutramin® label says it is not intended for human consumption. My animals are always fed as well as people and are part of my family. Am I feeding them a substandard product?

   

Mineral Questions:


I've been told that we can get all the nutrients we need from our diets. Is this true?

How is ION-MIN® different from liquid colloidal minerals?

What is the link between minerals and stress/anxiety

If I take ION-MIN® supplements regularly, will I receive too much of one mineral or another?

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Questions

 

That's the difference between ION-MIN® and other products, like TERRAMIN®?

ION-MIN® is the natural, pure, premium clay mineral compound that comes from our dry desert mine.  This substance is organized into five grades that are used in a variety of products, from edible mineral compounds to skin and bathing products, to environmental restoration agents.  One of our products is called TERRAMIN®, which is our ingestible clay mineral source.

We sell our branded products through resellers that can help you choose the best natural products for your well being.

We also sell ION-MIN® to other manufacturers and resellers that may sell their own brands.  So you will see it sold in a variety of health promoting forms from a number of good merchants.

Look for ION-MIN® wherever natural products are sold and check the label to be sure it says ION-MIN®.

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If I use an ION-MIN® product as a mineral supplement, do I need to take any other supplements?

ION-MIN® is one source of nutrients.  It can be used in combination with many other health product choices.  It is not sufficient in most cases to supplement your diet with ION-MIN® alone.  You need to eat a healthy diet and consider how your health and environment may cause you to need more of other nutrients.

The minerals in ION-MIN® are colloidal and ionic.  But every person needs a different balance and amount of minerals, and the amounts needed by a person can vary over time.  What ION-MIN® does is make 57 important, macro, micro, and trace minerals available to your body to help support your overall metabolism.  Other nutrients are certainly needed, and a person should evaluate if they need concentrated forms of other minerals.

If you wish to use supplements to resolve a specific health issue, or prevent one, you are encouraged to consult your physician or licensed practitioner of health.
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Does ION-MIN® cure or prevent any specific ailment or disease?

The makers and resellers of ION-MIN® and related products cannot by law assert that such products have passed FDA regulatory requirements for being considered a drug, and therefore cannot assert that the compound represents a cure or functions as a medicinal product.

None of the statements in this web site or in our literature should be construed as advocating the use of ION-MIN® products for curing or preventing a disease.

Even if we thought the product did cure something specific, we could not make that claim without going through costly, long-term randomized control trials and regulatory processes that would be expensive and could take years.  So we make no such claim.

Only you can determine what is good for you, and what you will accept as medicine.  Your doctor can prescribe medication, and your pharmaceutical company can provide information. Pharmacies can make products available, but nobody can make your health decisions for you.  Do your research and find sources you can trust.  Take charge of your health.

Why hasn't someone registered a patent for Montmorillonite?  Perhaps one reason nobody has yet patented any Calcium Montmorillonite product as a cure is that the substance is completely natural, and there is no opportunity to patent it as is. Perhaps the lack of any refined and synthesized form of the product is a scientific admission that there may be some substances that overall are in their best and safest form as natural compounds, and that man cannot improve them synthetically.

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If all of your mineral products are made from ION-MIN®, what is the difference between them?

We believe in the purity, simplicity, and naturalness of our products.  This is why we keep additives to an absolute minimum. However, our consumers often mix our clay with botanicals and other elements.

To support our different products and to keep prices as low as possible, we produce five grades of ION-MIN:

Grade A1:  Ultra-Fine, all powder below 450 mesh; 75% of the compound consists of sub-micronic sized (< 2 microns) particles. From lowest—Most protected layers of the mine; used for facial and skin applications.

Grade A2:  Extremely Fine, all powder below 350 mesh; 70% of the compound consists of sub-micronic-sized particles (< 2 microns).  From lowest—Most protected layers of the mine; packaged under food-grade conditions.  Used for edible supplements.

Grade A3:  Very Fine; slight amount of small silica particles.  All powder below 200 mesh; 60% of the compound consists of sub-micronic-sized particles (< 2 microns).  Used for water clarification, pain relief packs, and hydrotherapy products.

Grade B1:  Fine; some silica particulate.  All powder below 180 mesh;  50% of the compound consists of sub-micronic-sized particles (< 2 microns).  Used for animal feed and animal health supplements.

Grade B2:  Fine, blended silica particles.  All powder is mixed and some particulate is slightly over 200 mesh size, mixed with extremely fine powder; 40% of the total volume is sub-micronic-sized particles.  Used for soil supplements.

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What gives ION-MIN® its red-tan color?

Our clay contains around 4% iron. Just as the iron in your blood makes it red, the iron content of ION-MIN® changes its color to a reddish tan. Human blood needs iron, yet it only has a couple of grams in it to create all of your blood's dramatic red color. Incredibly, an adult human has only an amount of iron inside their entire body to equal the weight of  a US penny.

There are 56 other macro, micro, and trace minerals in colloidal, ionic form within this supercharged mineral compound.  Most don't create much color, but they are part of your physiology and help keep your body working.  Many absolutely critical micro minerals are needed in only hyper-trace amounts.  Don't let the small amounts lead you to think they are less important.  If you are missing some of these minerals, your health and life could be threatened.  Unfortunately, the food chain is depleted of many of these trace elements and processed foods make them even less available.  Most people are mineral deficient and unaware of the need for supplementation. 

Be sure you get the minerals you need by using our edible and cleansing products on a daily basis.

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How do I clean up TeraBathe or Terasilk?

Our clay mineral compound is safe for all types of disposal.  You can rinse it down the drain into municipal or mound systems. It will not damage anything.  In fact, the small amounts of clay that are rinsed away will actually help cleanup toxins and bacteria.

The clay mineral is made up of ultra-small particles and the red-tan color of these tiny platelets can leave a color in white fabrics. It is not a chemical stain; ION-MIN is inert and won't react with the air or the fibers. But if a thick amount is rubbed into clothes, the fabric will need to be aggressively washed or dry cleaned to get out all of the small particles.

We recommend using the same wash cloth and towel when working with our products, so you don't need to worry about stains.  It will not affect household surfaces and rinses with warm water.

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Are there any warnings or contradictions for personal use of ION-MIN® products?

We advise using common sense, such as the following:

  1. Use as directed

  2. Don't inhale powders.  No mineral powder is intended to be inhaled

  3. Like most powders, don't get in your eyes.  It is an irritant, although not a toxin.

  4. All Montmorillonite clays can be antagonistic to (cancel out) certain vitamins and minerals in supplements or foods. It does this by adsorbing and absorbing positive ionic substances. Don't take less than an hour before or after a meal.
     
  5. For the same reasons, don't take within an hour of taking prescription medications.  It is not known to react or interact with medications, but it might neutralize some of their effect.

  6. Don't use to treat a disease without first consulting a physician or natural medical practitioner. Consult a physician before using during pregnancy.

  7. It's always wise to keep supplements out of the reach of children.

The FDA considers all Calcium Montmorillonite compounds to be "generally recognized as safe."  It is one of only a few mineral materials allowed by the USDA to be used with foods labeled "organic."  The US Cosmetics Review board gives it their highest safety rating.  Many studies show no toxic effects even when consumed or used topically in moderate amounts over long periods of time. Quite the contrary, it will tend to detoxify and remineralize within any environment to which it is added: soil, water, and anatomy.

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Why does my ION-MIN® product taste or smell different from the last time I ordered?

ION-MIN® is a highly pure, rare form of Calcium Montmorillonite that has been deposited and stored by nature in a unique low-desert, underground dry-desert deposit.  As a result, it has been preserved in its pristine, pre-anthropic condition.

However, like all natural substances, our clay mineral compound is subject to slight variation, in taste, color, aroma, and average particle size.  In this sense, our product is not unlike many other natural products such from wood products to oranges, marble counter tops, or hand-rolled cigars.  Natural products are inherently non-uniform, and the only way to make them homogenous is to subject them to intense over-processing, which we will not do.

If the ION-MIN product that you just purchased seems slightly different than the last product you purchased, do not be alarmed.  It is not an indication of a change in quality, but rather a natural variation.  Any smell of flavor difference is due to natural hydrocarbons from the original deposit and mineral characteristics.

To assure you of the highest quality product, we test and control the purity of our clay mineral compound and adhere to good manufacturing practices for the grade and application of each product.  ION-MIN is free of contaminants, pesticides, man-made chemicals, and additives.  It is a powerful detoxing and remineralizing agent.

You can take ION-MIN as a tablet or powder, and you can mix it in water or with a juice.  For maximum benefit, take 1 hour between meals and medications.

Consult your dealer for more information.  Dealer inquiries welcome

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What is the shelf life for ION-MIN® products? I don't see an expiration date. 

ION-MIN® is an "inorganic" compound.  This means it has no biotic/carbon-based compounds in it.  Therefore, the product is not subject to degradation over time.

In fact, we believe ION-MIN® is billions of years old, and has been deposited in a pristine subsurface condition in its open ionic state.  It comes from a hot, dry region of the US desert Southwest.  When we extract it from below the earth's surface, we do not need to do anything to it to trigger its performance, and nothing we do to make it available to you reduces its capacity to work as a healing and regenerative agent.

It simply does not expire!  This is why for 100% ION-MIN® products, there is no expiration date.
However, ION-MIN® is sometimes used as an ingredient in other products.  So please pay attention to expiration dates that may appear on any consumer packaging.  If you are buying an edible powder or tablet, we do advise that you keep it in a dry place with the lid on tight.  This will prevent possible contamination or moisture accumulation.  For tablets and caplets, please keep out of reach of children.


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Can I take edible ION-MIN® with organic foods, such as green superfoods?

We know of a number of natural health practitioners who mix the clay with green superfoods to make a cocktail and they feel that they get good results.  This is consistent with the animal studies that suggest you can give it with feed (food) and the animals grow strong and healthy (bone, tissue analysis, especially young animals.

While we believe the silicate platelets compete with the intestine for nutrient uptake, a serving of clay also releases more than enough minerals (while in the stomach due to pH) to compensate for the re-adsorption in the intestine.
It's also possible that the green foods help chelate the minerals for broader uptake.

Some of our autism advocates have success with this formula to control the gut.

Nevertheless, for normal use, we still advise waiting between meals.

The beautiful thing is that once the clay gets to the colon, its powerful ionic charge detoxifies on the way out!  What could be better?

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Where does ION-MIN® come from?

Southern California near Arizona in an area known as the Colorado Desert, which is the original Colorado river delta.

Location is the reason our clay mineral product is so superior.  ION-MIN® has been preserved in a hot, dry desert location many feet underground, protected from man's "footprint" in an open ionic state.  Because the minerals originated from the pristine, nutrient-rich Colorado mountains, our compound contains a bounty of colloidal minerals in balanced proportions.

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What is the average particle size of our clay?

To provide you with the finest powder possible, the mineral powder in our products undergoes a separation process into grades that meet the needs for various markets. The larger particles are removed and we keep only very fine particulate of differing levels of fineness.

It is important to remember that as with all natural products, sizes vary. Traditional measurements of grade are inadequate for sizes as small as the particles in ION-MIN®. Unfortunately traditional measures of grade only tell you the largest particle sizes that have been removed from the product. However, most of the product contains particles much smaller.  And as a consumer, you should know what the ratios of fineness are for each product.

To find out how much of our material is ultra-fine, we analyzed ION-MIN® using a “Standard Test Method for Particle Size Analysis”. This standard method is issued under designation D22-63, (re-approved 1990), of the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). The determinations of average tested clays were as follows

    * 60%  2 microns or less
    * 10%  5 – 15 microns
    * 5%  15 – 20 microns
    * 20%  20 – 250 microns
    * 5%   over 250 microns

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Animal Questions

 

What's the difference between Nutramin® and TERRAMIN®?

  •  Both products are all-natural, toxin-free, pesticide-free, nontoxic, and made in the USA.
  •  Both products are 100% ION-MIN®.

Nutramin® can be given safely to any pet or animal.   Animals can instinctively self medicate and are able to restrict their own portions.  If they don't like it, they won't eat it.  Most animals seek it out because they can smell and taste the beneficial aspects of this mineral compound.  In the wild, some animals make long treks just to eat analogous clays.

Nutramin® is not food grade, and is not intended for human consumption.  Don't eat it...save it for your pets.
TERRAMIN® is made from a finer grade, from a deeper source in the mine.  We use exceptional quality control procedures for products used by humans.

Regulatory and market expectations help guide our decision to make different products for different markets.  This helps us keep prices of other grades down.

 

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Can Nutramin® be given to baby animals?

Yes.  it is good for animals of all ages.  Nutramin® has been shown in numerous animal studies to help animals grow healthier and stronger.  Animals using our products experience less risk of health problems, saving you anguish and money.

Sprinkle it in food or in water.

Their bodies will absorb what they need, and the clay base is very soothing to the digestive tract.

 

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Why should humans take TERRAMIN® between meals, but animals are encouraged to take the Nutramin® supplement with meals?

The first part of your question is why an animal like a dog can take our supplement with a meal but a person should not.  The answer is that our research indicates that animals (not just dogs) fed ION-MIN® with feed and foods seem to take in more minerals and grow better and healthier.  This may have to do with animal vs. human physiology and the way nutrients are absorbed.  Or it may be that people would be fine with this practice as well.  But we want to be more cautious with supplements intended for people.

We have more animal studies than people studies that show the supplement adds minerals regardless of how it is delivered.  But since we also know that ION-MIN acts as an adsorbing agent it can attract both minerals and metals.  So our goal for people is to be more conservative...to allow it to function in an optimal manner as a remineralizer and as a detox by keeping it away from foods.

In addition, people can overcome any dislike they may or may not have of taking supplements and health-promoting agents by deciding to take it between meals.  With animals, in case they are not naturally attracted to it, they would otherwise not perhaps choose to ingest it even if it is good for them.  So mixing some into the food gets them to take it.

Finally, and unfortunately more people take mission-critical pharmaceuticals than do animals, and we want to be sure these folks get the message that we do not want our product competing with the drug.

If I were you, I'd give it to the dogs with food or water.  For those that don't take it with water, give it to them with food.  Like many satisfied customers, you probably won't see any difference in performance.  If you do notice anything it will be that both groups improve, but the water-fed ones do a bit better because there is no competition between clay and intestines for minerals.

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The Nutramin® label says it is not intended for human consumption. My animals are always fed as well as people and are part of my family. Am I feeding them a substandard product?

Nutramin® is an animal and feed-grade supplement of the highest quality.  Even though it is 100% Calcium Montmorillonite from our mine and it is made in our facilities, it is not made to food-grade (human consumption) standards.

This is not meant to imply that there is something "wrong" with the animal line or standards for this industry, just that in the USA, our USDA and FDA and cosmetics standards are extremely high for personal/consumer products. 

Our Montmorillonite has been compared to almost every other brand on the market and found to be a superior food and feed supplement. Regulatory and industry sanitary requirements that we follow for our human-product market are more stringent and the liability for human products is therefore reduced. 

Unlike other products, because ours is a natural antitoxin, these standards is less of a concern than for other ingestible or topical products, we still want to make sure consumers don't assume Nutramin® is "food-people grade".

With our food-grade products, not only is the compound made from a finer powder, but it is made in accordance with practices intended for people.  Animals have much better innate defenses and the restrictions are lower on processing and regulatory compliance.  For example, if some powder on our stainless steel packing platform spills onto the formica-top table, our procedures allow us to scoop it back into the container and sell it for pets.  But for people, we don't allow this.

Moreover, if we wished to add an  ingredient in an animal product, it may not be tolerated well in some humans, and we would not want to set a precedent of encouraging human consumption either before or after such a product change.

An example of this difference in standards is the balanced omega-3/6/9 oils that you can buy for pets vs. for yourself at the health food store.  The respective products may be identical, but the makers of the pet oils should never invite human consumption of that product.

You have our assurance that all of our products meet respective industry standards and are of the highest quality available anywhere on the market.

Thank you for inquiring and we appreciate your business.

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Mineral Questions

 

I've been told that we can get all the nutrients we need from our diets. Is this true?

No.  At least not any longer.  In the past--prior to about 100 years ago, mankind's health challenge was general access to food, clean water, and the ability to fight off diseases.  In many parts of the world, these problems have not been overcome.  But the health problems faced by contemporary mankind are a result of two things:

  • Toxicity in the environment due to modern, development and "civilization"

  • Lack of access to minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that correspond to natural health maintenance

It has been demonstrated for decades that our soils in the US are largely depleted of many critical nutrients.  Our grocery produce is increasingly imported and tainted with toxins, pathogens, and man-made chemical fertilizers that give the impression of healthfulness, but in fact are no longer vehicles of the minerals that they were intended to carry.

At CEMC, we believe the only way to combat the stress in our post-industrial lives, including oxidants and immune-altering pathogens is to find other sources of minerals for internal and topical use.

If the plants and botanicals are not sufficient transporters of minerals, the only way to get the critical minerals you need is from mother earth, in the form of bio-available elements and in a buffered, balanced portfolio that is ION-MIN®.

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How is ION-MIN® different from liquid colloidal minerals?

There are many differences, and one should not think of them as product alternatives.

The main differences are:

  1. ION-MIN® contains a lot of silica, which is both a mineral delivery agent and a negative ionic compound (an anion).  Negative ionic stimuli may be helpful for human physiology.  But the silica is also very important for human and animal health.  Most nutritionists doubt that people get enough of it.  Moreover, it serves as a buffer so the right mix of minerals is introduced into the body.

  2. ION-MIN® serves as a detoxifier at the same time as a mineralizer.  Liquid colloidals do not work this way, except through the normal benefits of adding nutrients to your diet.  But the negative ionic power of the silica actually pulls toxins and pathogens from your body.  Also, ION-MIN®, like many Montmorillonites is a powerful antibacterial agent.

  3. Liquid colloidal minerals are cations; they are positively charged ions, as are most metals and toxins.  ION-MIN® outer layers are negatively charged ions (anions), with colloidal minerals loosely suspended within the crystal layers, so a buffered exchange can take place.

  4. ION-MIN® has a naturally high PH balance
  5. ION-MIN® is 100% natural and its mineral classification is listed as "generally regarded as safe" by the FDA.  Liquid colloidals cannot make that claim.

  6. ION-MIN® can be used effectively in hydrotherapy and skin treatments, and is shown to naturally relieve pain of bites, stings and abrasions, as well as joint pain.

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What is the link between minerals and stress/anxiety

nutrition expert, Dr. Gloria Gilbère, N.D., D.A.Hom., PhD.

"Because minerals are part of every cell and body fluid, they are the neurotransmitters that signal every action within the body, literally the body’s electrical system.

In addition, minerals are vital to the overall digestive process and play a major role in maintaining alkalinity within the body – enabling the blood to carry the correct amount of oxygen to all the cells while stimulating and regulating the heart muscle and enabling nerve tissue and glands to properly function.

Many cases of anxiety are a matter of mineral deficiencies that create an imbalanced internal environment, causing a chain reaction that manifests as anxiety, panic or even depression as the body attempts to maintain balance but doesn’t have the tools (minerals/electrolytes) necessary. Because minerals are water-soluble, they are easily forced out of the body by internal and external stresses including exercise, emotions, menstruation, diarrhea and, of course, many prescription medications.

Additionally, our body loses its ability to completely replenish nutrient levels as we age."

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If I take ION-MIN® supplements regularly, will I receive too much of one mineral or another?

ION-MIN® is completely safe and will not lead to mineral overdoses.  There are several reasons for this:

1.  ION-MIN® mineral supplementation has been proven safe and effective in dozens of studies on animals and lab experiments.

2.  In 50 years of human and animal use of the mineral, there has never been a complaint or evidence of the occurrence of mineral overdose from using our products.

3.  ION-MIN® uses a natural controlled-release mechanism to buffer the availability of minerals to the digestive tract.

4.  ION-MIN®'s mineral payload is 100% ionic, colloidal minerals in sub-micronic sized molecules.  As such they are highly bio-available and safe.  Ionic minerals do not get over-absorbed by the body, because a) they use selective uptake pathways in the small intestine, and b) they can easily be eliminated through normal metabolic pathways.

5.  ION-MIN® minerals are not salts.  They do not use passive nutrient absorption channels.

6.  The minerals in ION-MIN® are in balanced ratios, suitable for the maintenance of nutritional balance for most people and pets.  In other words, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium electrolyte balances are preserved, and trace minerals are present in viable, but proper proportions.

7.  While in the intestines, ION-MIN® begins to re-attract minerals that were distributed in the low pH conditions of the stomach.  Essentially, the adsorptive power of the mineral cleans up unabsorbed nutrients and carries them away (along with digestive toxins).  No other mineral supplement does this.

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Statements regarding dietary supplements are provided solely to offer additional information about alternative medicine. No health claims for these products have been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor has the FDA approved these products to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. Please consult your healthcare provider before starting any course of treatment.

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