What is the difference between Betonite, Pascalite and Red Desert™ Clay?
The main difference is the location of the mine and the particle size. But first, Betonite is a tradename originally given to clay found near Fort Benton Wyoming; and it is a sodium montmorillonite (not edible). Pascalite was the name of a French-Canadian trapper and prospector who began mining clay in 1930 in the Big Horn mountains of Wyoming, which has been marketed as Pascalite clay. This company classifies their clay as “calcium montmorillonite”, however it is approximately .8% calcium and 9.7% silicon. The Pascalite is mined and then solar dried to remove all the moisture. Red Desert™ Clay is a trade name for the clay from a mine near Brawley California, which is also a montmorillonite, specifically a calcium montmorillonite. The calcium is 4.69% and the silicon is 55.3%. WHAT MAKES THIS VERY SIGNIFICANT is “calcium depends on alumina silica for entry into the bone…silica changes the arrangements of the atoms within the calcium molecule, thus enabling it to enter the bone cell.