his landmark book, Body Electric, Dr. Robert O Becker documents the
re-discovery of silver for use in modern medicine. As well as demonstrating
silver's antibacterial properties, Dr. Becker discovered that silver
ions have the potential to eliminate cancerous cells. View our overview of Dr.
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In his landmark book, Body Electric, Dr. Robert O Becker documents the re-discovery of silver for use in modern medicine. As well as demonstrating silver's antibacterial properties, Dr. Becker discovered that silver ions have the potential to eliminate cancerous cells.
View our overview of Dr. Robert O. Becker's research conclusions, and then explore our document on silver iontophoresis.
The Clay Colloid Plant Supplement Experiment
For presentation at a fifth grade science fair, we asked a simple yet very important question:
Will watering organic wheatgrass with water enriched with a complex clay mineral colloid increase the growth rate of the wheatgrass as compared to watering wheatgrass with standard irrigation spring water?
Why would we think so, and why exactly might this be important?
Volcanic mineral enriched natural farm soils, such as those found in Napa Valley and Northern California , have long been known to produce the most vibrant, healthy, and high-yielding fruit and vegetable crops in the United States. These growing conditions are not just beneficial to the plants. The effect can be demonstrated throughout the entire food chain of the region.
Modern farming practices, especially in regions that are not as bountiful, often leave soils depleted of the many vital inorganic trace minerals that would otherwise naturally be present in lands that are not over farmed. While chemicals and artificial fertilizers can be used to boost growth rates and preseve the soil so that it will continue to yield crops, we highly suspect that the food supply is greatly effected.
We hypothesize that water enriched with colloidal clay minerals will provide abundant inorganic nutrients which will result in the plants growing faster and with more dense blades, as measured by the height of the blades and the weight of the harvested grass, as compared to the control group. In our experiment, we water the control groupwith "normal" irrigation spring water.
We further hypothesize that by using a clay-enriched water that is properly pH balanced, that there would be no need for chemical fertilizers (this hypothesis, however, is outside of the scope of this single experiment). Therefore, the clay mineral plant supplement is a perfect choice for hydroponics and organic vegetable and herb gardens.
Some of the Basic Materials Required for the Experiment
Some of the above assumptions, such as the amount of water needed, will vary depending on the climate; adjust the amount of water used to suit.
Each morning, record the ambient weather conditions from the weather station monitors. This data will only be used to be certain that the ambient conditions for both groups are equivalent. Record the room temperature, the temperature at the sensor, and the humidity level for Group A and then for Group B. Each morning, add between 55 and 115 ml of clay mineral water to each container in group B (independent variable) and then add the same amount of mountain spring water to each container in group B. If necessary, drain any excess water in either tray to avoid mold growth.
On day three, measure and record the height, in millimeters, of each wheatgrass container in both groups using the wooden ruler. Measure from the top “lip” of the container so that each measurement is as uniformly conducted as possible. Estimate the average height of the grass growth in each container, not the highest blade nor the lowest blade.
Ambient Conditions for Groups A & B by Date
Trial #4 was declared void due a problem with the wheatgrass in Group A. The wheatgrass in one of the containers watered with spring water did not grow. The reason remained unknown.
Although one of the four trials had to be removed (4-A did not grow properly for some unknown reason), all three successful trials demonstrated conclusively that the clay mineral enriched water caused the wheatgrass to grow slightly faster and ultimately produced a significant increase in the amount of wheatgrass harvested at the end of the 7 day growing period.
The average height increase measured was 1.0 millimeters. The average increase in wheat grass yield (by weight) was 24.31%. The data fully supports the initial hypothesis.
This same procedure can be applied in home organic gardening and organic hydroponics.
This basic seven day experiment clearly demonstrates that the natural mineral content of soil contributes significantly to the vitality of plants, flowers, and vegetables growing in the soil. Undoubtedly, the effect of the soil-- for greater or for worse-- spreads through the entire food chain, effecting all land-based life.
This experiment was conducted by Nicholas R. Eaton in April of 2010.
For the entire experiment, including all credits and copyright information, please see the .pdf file:
Organic wheatgrass can be purchased at most produce stores (ours was purchased from Whole Foods).
You can purchase many of the supplies needed for this experiment online:
The Edible Clay Mineral Supplement: Blend of Three Edible Clays
Experiment devised by Eytons' Earth Therapeutic Healing Clays. While clay has long been used as a direct soil additive, Eytons' Earth developed the method for this experiment to further control and study variables that may be present... especially the potential for various clays to potentially adversely effect the pH of soil.
Furthermore, the experiment mirrors nature far more closely than actually adding dry clay to farm or gardening soil. Volcanic-origin clay minerals become a natural part of spring run off nutrient-rich river water that "naturally" feeds hillside and flatland vegetation (that is, as long as nothing interfers with this natural process) as spring turns to summer.
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