When Tom Clark took the first drink of the bitter water from the tiny spring it was an act of both trust and desperation. Tom was sick, very sick and he chose to take the advice of his Native American friend. As it turned out that advice probably saved his life. The rest is history. Tom made a concentrated formula of the spring water and called it “Mineral Water”. Later he called it “Colloidal Mineral Water“. The words were intended as part of a brand name and a very general and short description of what the product is made of. Once the word was out that someone had made “A Better Mousetrap” many people set out to copy it. Armed with the words “Colloidal Minerals” and an elemental analysis of Tom’s formula, “Colloidal Mineral Products” began appearing everywhere.
So what’s wrong with this picture? Suppose Tom’s discovery was made from a forest of Ginkgo biloba Trees. After all they were prolific in prehistoric times. If Tom had known the botanical origin of his discovery wouldn’t it have been a far more informative description to name it after the plants it came from? The problem is, of course, that Tom didn’t know the exact specie of plant or plants that made his discovery work. Hence the words “Colloidal Minerals”. So now that we are armed with the understanding of the origin of the words “Colloidal Minerals” what about this “elemental analysis” that everyone seems to put so much emphasis on.
Suppose you took a Ginkgo biloba tree, put it in a big pot and made yourself some soup. Then you took your soup to a laboratory and had them perform a detailed analysis of every element in your soup. Now armed with your analysis you make some new soup using the exact same colloidal elements you gathered from other sources (plant or other) and you carefully measured the exact same quantities and made some new soup. The question is, would you expect your new soup to have the same biological effect when you ate it as your genuine Ginkgo soup? If your answer is yes then why not join the crowd and make your own Colloidal Mineral Product. If your answer is no, congratulations, you understand something about the wonderful world of atoms, elements, molecules and minerals. As you browse our site you will find a couple of analysis that demonstrate this fact. There is also a graphic display of the origin and growth of the colloidal mineral business.
So what can we say about today’s colloidal minerals? The one thing we can say with certainty is that they are all different, very different. If they work for you or don’t work for you it is because of what they actually are. They may be Colloidal Minerals, they might even have an actual plant source, and they might even sport an analysis on an impressive letterhead showing “38 Grams of Dissolved Solids”. And—— (this is the important stuff) none of those things will give you a clue about what these products may do for you or to you! And—–none of those things will tell you what these products actually are! Just like Ginkgo biloba, Colloidal Mineral Products are only valuable for what they actually do for you. What they do for you depends upon exactly what they are and what they are depends upon their exact molecular structure not the elements that make up their structure. After all, Nature makes everything out of these very same elements from deadly toxins to life giving nutrients. Nature makes everything by assembling these same elements in different ways.
Both professionals and consumers demonstrate the well-known value of T. J. Clark Colloidal Mineral Products by 80 years of continuous successful use. You also have the assurance that comes from actual function testing in a prestigious laboratory. If you choose to use a colloidal mineral product, please take the time to understand it. Knowledge is power and Knowledgeable Consumers are, and have always been, the most valuable asset of T. J. Clark & Company.
So to answer the question, what are “Colloidal Minerals”: The answer is a lot of very different products, not to be confused with the Original Colloidal Mineral Product or even with each other.