Watchout for “zeolite”. Zeolite is being touted as the latest MLM snake oil… at least down here in Southern Oregon where due to high unemployment and a high proportion of gullible wealthy folk there are lot of people involved in pushing MLM health products from Rain Forest Herbs to “glyconutrients” and stem cell supplements.
I was asked by a patient whether they should take zeolite ( a “volcanic” mineral complex) for their malignancy. A quick down dirty MEDLINE search revealed that zeolite, unlike most MLM scams has hundreds of studies relating to cancer. OOops! I thought for a split second as the downloads started coming that I had been mistaken. Until I started reading them - they are all about how zeolite CAUSES cancer!!
Not only does zeolite cause cancer, it causes pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is the most deadly and almost untreatable form of lung cancer known, and is associated with exposure to asbestos and silicon fiber. The form of zeolite that causes meothelioma is fibrous, and is not the powdered crystal form pushed by the MLMers. But they have been told by their “UPLINE” marketors that zeolite cures cancer (among other things). Like babes in arms the new recruits sally forth promoting a “cancer cure” that causes mesothelioma. Well, ok the “fibrous” form causes mesothelioma not the powdered product. So would you eat ground up asbestos rather than inhale the fiber form? At least have a sales-chat line ready to explain away the embarrassing facts of the carcinogenic properties of the material to people who are not complete morons.
Now, I believe in the inalienable constitutional right of the American citizenry to inflict self abuse by any means, whether high velocity automatic weapons or MLM products. At least as consenting adults in private. What is objectionable is touting them as snake oil cure-alls to people with a cancer diagnosis. And especially my patients.
A single Croatian lab has recently put out TWO lame studies claiming limited antioxidant and anticancer effects for this material. The studies are so underwhelming that one wonders how they were even financed. Half a clove of garlic probably has more anticancer effects than a volcano full of zeolite, and is a lot better for your lungs too. Hmmm. What else is zeolite used for? Well as a silicate based mineral complex (= mud) it has physical adsorbent properties - a little like charcoal or bentonite clay. It can therefore complex certain metal ions, and has been used in industrial animal husbandry (=factory farming) for these purposes. Needless to say, that makes it a miracle “detox”agent - and detox = “cancer cure”.
I think a good rule of thumb is to avoid any cancer cure sold by multi-level-marketers.
*DISCLAIMER: Liquid Zeolite HAS NOT been approved by the FDA as a treatment for cancer or any specific disease. In addition, none of the statements above have been evaluated by the FDA. All content presented on www.zeolite.com has been compiled to provide information about Liquid Cellular Zeolite. Always consult a physician or board certified health practitioner before taking this product. Use at your own risk.
Does this "new breakthrough product that works at the cellular level by trapping heavy metals and toxins and safely removing them from the body through the digestive tract" pass the smell test for you? It doesn't for me. And the fact that one of the ordering options is for the customer to become a distributer doesn't add much credibility.
If you do try it, they helpfully provide this warning: "When looking for zeolite it's very important to buy high quality zeolite crystals to ensure that it's pure during the liquidation process. There are lots of low grade imitation zeolite products available, especially on the internet, so make sure you purchase zeolite from a trusted source. Order Cellular Zeolite Here! - We carry The Original Zeolite in it's pure liquid form at discounted prices."
So if you do order it, they certainly sound like the best place! After all, there are some places on the internet that sell "low grade imitation zeolite products". You certainly wouldn't want that! ;D