Diatomaceous Earth from FFO – Benefits of Food Grade Powder


There is no life without Silica! Some say that, “Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health!” Silica plays an important role in many body functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. The average human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron.

How Diatomaceous Earth Works

When Diatomaceous Earth is taken into the body it starts working in 3 different ways:

1st: As it moves through the stomach and digestive tract, it attracts and absorbs bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticide and drug residues, E-Coli, and heavy metals. These toxins are trapped and passed out of the body. In addition, any larger parasites that happen to be in the stomach of digestive tract are “cut up” and killed by the sharp edges of the DE. All of these activities result in a much healthier body with less sickness. We often hear the phrase “I just feel better” with our DE users. This better feeling comes from all the “junk” being removed from the body and by giving our immune system the “jump start” it needs.

2nd: Diatomaceous Earth is very hard. On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, DE is a 7. This is very important, because as those millions of tiny hard and sharp DE cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they “scrub” the walls. After only a few months of taking DE, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus and molds but CLEAN!! The advantages of this are:

1. Regular bowel movements (This is the #1 comment everyone makes about DE)
2. Healthier Colon. This is especially important as we get older. A clean healthy colon keeps away polyps, cancers, and ulcers. Today, many are spending thousands of dollars to get colonics to do the same thing as DE does. Many users report increased energy and needing less sleep. This is a result of all the food and nutrients that are taken in being better absorbed into the blood stream. With a coated colon–many nutrients never get absorbed.

3rd: A small amount of Diatomaceous Earth gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica. One of the benefits of Silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats. Everyone that we know that is taking DE has lowered their cholesterol by 40-50 points. Everyone is also amazed at how their high blood pressure goes down.

The benefits of silica are many. In today’s grains, there is actually a shortage of silica. Years ago, the silica found in our foodstuffs was adequate, but with today’s hybrids and depleted soils, only about 1/3 of the silica needed is supplied in our food. DE is a simple and inexpensive way to get the silica your body needs.

The intake of silica through DE can help you in many ways:

1. Lower High Blood Pressure!

2. Lower High Cholesterol! – Most are reporting 40-60 points lower after only 2 weeks on DE.

3. Sore joints feeling better – Osteoporosis is a symptom of the aging process. As calcium in our body system depletes, our bones become brittle and weak. Taking only a calcium supplement can not correct or stop this threatening and crippling disease because the body cannot assimilate and make use of the calcium without the presence of silica. Evidence suggests that, instead of affecting healing, supplemental mineral calcium, on the contrary, accelerates the leaching away of bone calcium and thus hastens the degenerative process of osteoporosis and similar diseases that affect the supportive and connective tissues in the human body. For osteoporosis, silica can stop the pain and even restore the bodies’ self repair process. Silica is responsible for the depositing of minerals into the bones, especially calcium. It speeds up the healing of fractures and also reduces scarring at the site of a fracture. Even when calcium is insufficient, the body can turn silica into calcium that the bones need.

4. Healthier skin – Overseas, DE is used extensively as a health and beauty product for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints. Tissue degeneration accelerates due to aging when connective tissue develops an increasing inability to retain moisture when left unassisted. Silica can help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue. With silica, vitality and life, which are often lost as the years accumulate, can be naturally maintained or even restored to your skin. Collagen, largely made up of silica, is the glue that holds us together. If our body has enough silica, the collagen will make us look younger. Silica helps with skin problems and injuries including itching, rashes, abscesses, boils, acne, calluses, warts, eczemas, burns, frostbite, benign skin sores, insect bites and bed sores. If you regularly follow a silica regimen, your skin will keep its young look.

5. Hair That Grows! – Hair is nature’s greatest beauty enhancer. Hair deserves to be pampered. Hair at 90 micrograms per gram is almost as rich in silica as are healthy bones, which contain 100 micrograms per gram. Silica is a major component of hair. Using a good silica supplement (such as DE) should be part of your ongoing hair care program for revitalizing hair. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.

6. Teeth and Gums! – Hardening the enamel, silica prevents cavities and preserves teeth. Silica also prevents bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss. Silica effectively fights ulceration and the decay of bones and teeth and also lessens inflammation.

7. Toughens nails – Your nail plates are complex protein structures that grow four to five millimeters per month on average. With silica supplementation, fragile nails become normal within a short period of time. Silica will beautify the appearance of your nails and improve their hardness, making them shinier and less prone to breaking.

More Benefits!

  • Silica lowers bad cholesterol and raises good.
  • Silica fades age spots.
  • Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels.
  • DE has a negative charge and bacteria have a positive charge. It is believed that it sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.
  • Silica supplementation helps repair and maintain vital lung tissues and protects them from pollution. By maintaining or restoring the elasticity of lung tissues, silica reduces inflammation in bronchitis.
  • It acts as a cough decreasing agent. Silica tones the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, larynx) and reduces swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.
  • Silica supplementation keeps menopause free of stress and helps to prevent many unwanted side-effects.
  • Cancer can not survive in cells that have the correct levels of Silica.
  • Silica works with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging and to preserve youthfulness.
  • Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.
  • The presence of sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal mucus and ulcers. Silica can prevent or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation.
  • Silica will help normalize hemorrhoidal tissues.
  • In regulating and normalizing the bowels, silica has a pleasant side effect; it can alleviate lower back pain, which often troubles the elderly.
  • Silica proves effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).
  • The intake of silica acts as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear. Because of the beneficial effectiveness on the lymphatic system, silica can be used for swelling of the lymph nodes in the throat.\
  • Has anti-inflammatory disinfecting, absorbing and odor binding effects.
  • Silica can normalize circulation and regulate high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Silica can decrease vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia.
  • Silica can help diabetes by promoting synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas.
  • Silica can help arterial disease by strengthening the blood vessels. Studies confirm that with age, silica disappears from the aorta, the heart’s key blood vessel thus weakening its critical connective tissue and resulting in a greater cardiac risk.
  • Silica can help prevent Tuberculosis.
  • By improving the elasticity of the joints, silica helps rheumatism.
  • Silica has inhibitory effects on coronary diseases.
  • Silica can help avoiding or alleviating Alzheimers disease by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum and may flush out aluminum from the tissues. Silica can stimulate the immune system.

Dosage: Take 1-2 tablespoons per day mixed in some kind of liquid or food. There is no unpleasant taste. Since it will not dissolve, stirring several times while drinking will prevent settling. Some have experienced higher energy levels, so it is probably better not to take it right before sleeping. No worry about getting too much–any excess silica not needed by the body is automatically eliminated through the blood stream, kidneys and intestines.

Diatomaceous Earth For Pets and Animals

Pets – they come in all shapes and sizes. Protect them with DE. When lightly rubbed into their coats or dusted on their premises, it is very effective against fleas, ticks, lice, and other pests on pet dogs, cats, and birds. It can also be used as an organic wormer and will kill any worms or parasites the pets may have. When using as a de-wormer, mix the DE into their food as follows:

  • Large Cats – 1 teaspoon
  • Kittens – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dogs 100 lbs + – 1-2 tablespoons
  • Dogs 50 – 100lbs – 1 tablespoon
  • Dogs Under 50 lbs – 1 teaspoon
  • Mini dogs – 1/2 teaspoon

As pets get older, they also get sore joints. With DE in their diet they will feel better. Apply to moist kennel areas to reduce odors, dry the area, and prevent pest breeding. Deodorizing and absorption are natural functions of DE, so add to kitty litter to absorb odors and keep the litter box drier.

All livestock such as Horses, Cows, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, Chickens and others will benefit from the use of DE. It is completely safe and nontoxic.

Some of the benefits that have been observed:

  • Control of fleas and ticks
  • Stimulates basic metabolism
  • Converts feed better
  • Reduces the desire to lick soil
  • Scouring or diarrhea: when fed it seems to act as a material that draws both virus and bacteria out of the body and solidifies the stool
  • Reduces odor and moisture in barns and stalls
  • Better coat and hoof condition
  • Keeps fly larvae from developing in manure, noticeably reducing the fly population
  • Reduces annual vet bills–Decreased Mortality
  • In Cattle: Decreased Mastitis
  • Dairy Cattle: Increased milk production
  • Kills parasites without chemicals
  • Better egg production, stronger eggs, and reduces overall animal stress
  • Added to livestock waters, will prevent algae from growing

Suggested Feeding and Application for Animal Rates:

  • Beef Cattle – 1% of total weight of dry ration 5% in grain or 1oz. per day
  • Dairy Cattle – 1% of total weight of dry ration or 1 oz. per day
  • Calves – 4 grams in morning milk per calf or 2 oz. per day in feed
  • Chickens – 5% in feed, use at full strength in dusting boxes
  • Hogs – 2% of total feed ration, dust or spray on bedding and animals
  • Horses – 5 ounces (1 cup) in daily feed ration
  • Sheep – 1% in ground grains 1 part Diatomaceous Earth to 2 parts T-M salt
  • Goats – 1% in grain, 1/2 oz per day, up to 50% in T-M salt

Your livestock will also get the benefit of over 14 trace minerals that make up Diatomaceous Earth.

NEVER feed any other type of DIATOMACEOUS EARTH to any animal, other than the Food Grade fresh water DIATOMACEOUS EARTH byFlea Free Organically

Using Diatomaceous Earth As Organic pest control

Household Pests:
DE is a natural, organic insect killer. DE kills by physical action and not by chemical so there is NO harm to pets or humans. The tiny hard and sharp diatoms scratch off the insects waxy coating, causing it to dehydrate. Use DE for control of roaches, silverfish, ants, fire ants, bedbugs, lice, mites, spiders, earwigs, flies, fleas, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets, and many other insects. DE can be used in and around the home, yard, animal housing, etc. Sprinkle a 2 inch wide border around the foundation of your house to prevent insects from entering. DE will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms.

A Word about BEDBUGS
All over the United States we are seeing an outbreak of bedbugs. DE will not only kill the bedbugs you have, but will do it safely without chemicals. Remember-bed bugs cannot fly, so make sure bed is away from the wall and there is no bedding touching the floor. Surround each of the 4 legs of the bed with DE–this will kill them as they try to get on the bed the only way possible. Dust some DE on the mattress and bedding–especially in the creases. Dust DE in the carpets and in corners of room. Remove electrical outlet covers and puff some DE inside the walls. Keep this routine up for several days until no more bed bugs.

Plant Pests:
For control of aphids, white fly, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers, and others, use DE inside your home, greenhouse or outdoors on fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains and grass, up to and including day of harvest. For dry application of DE use a duster and cover entire plant, apply to both top and bottom of leaf. For young plants, as little as two pounds per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, five lbs. per acre is probably sufficient. DE will need reapplication after a rain. Applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. It is a long lasting, effective powder. The insects can not build up resistance. DE can be sprayed or whitewashed by mixing 1 cup DE with 1/2 Gallon of water. Stir frequently and spray/paint trees, yards, and fences. DE will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms. Wear a dust mask when applying large amounts of it.

Stored Grain:
Just add 7-10 lbs. of DE to each ton of grain as it is conveyed into the storage. When added to grain, it not only makes it flow better, DE kills the bugs that are present and protects the grain from further invasions. Bugs can not become immune because they are killed by physical action, not chemical.

Household Uses for Diatomaceous Earth

  • Metal Cleaner:
    Make a paste with DE and water to make a metal polish. DE also makes a very inexpensive soft scrub for the shower, sink and faucets.
  • Face Mask and Cleanser:
    Mix DE and water together until you have made a paste. Apply to the face with circular scrubbing motion until face is fully covered. Leave on face for approx. 2 min. and then wash off with warm water. Your face will be fully exfoliated and toned for pennies!!! Mix DE with your favorite cleanser and you will have cleaner, smoother skin.
  • Teeth Cleaner:
    Sprinkle a small amount on your favorite brand of toothpaste and brush as you normally would. You will notice that your teeth look and feel “Just went to the Dentist” Clean.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The statements are for informational purposes only and are not meant to replace the services or recommendations of a physician or qualified health care practitioner. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement. Avoid inhaling this product.

Customer Reviews

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I am very impressed so far. I printed the article and gave it to several friends. Hopefully, they will wise up and start using it also. My husband read the article and decided to start using it as well. Next order, he can pay for it. I am now on my second bag and enjoying the benefits. I can especially tell a difference in my hair. It is much shinier and easier to manage. Really impressed.


FINALLY, I’m being educated about what DE is, how it works, how to use it, + the benefits & features. My son’s become an organic chef & farmer, as a result of a rare cancer & 4yrs of chemo.
For once I wowed him with your info.


Hi, I always heard that DE was good for topical use on your pets, but never knew it was good for human consumption! Does it give you more energy? Did it help you lose weight?

Also, if this is not personal to ask, where does your son work? I live in NJ, but travel from time to time. Would love to sample his fare. Thank you.

Anonymous Coward

I purchased this and started to use it as a detox. And it works great! I take charcoal about an hour after DE so that the charcoal takes away the waste that the DE is scraping away.


the DE does that by itself. no need for Charcoal!!!


Charcoal should not be taken unless you’ve been poisoned or something. The DE safely remove toxins, no need for charcoal.


hi I wanted to say thanks for the timely shipping for my DE. so far, I have noticed that I have been sleeping much better than I used to.. and I definitely contribute that to DE. as for anything else, it may be too soon to tell and I also want to try increasing my dosage a little to see if it makes even more of a difference. Once again, thank you very much for a wonderful product and I will definitely be buying again in the future.


Why is it that when I’ve used this product ( gardening )it causes me allergy; stinging all over my face and any exposed part of my body. To me it has a chemical effect and also a chemical odor. Thank you



The DE you use in the garden is very different, taking that may cause dangerous side effects, this is a “human/animals” grade DE so it is safe for consumption.

Good luck!


Has anyone used diatomaceous earth while nursing, or have any info about it’s safety while nursing?


I am using DE while nursing, and my baby is fine. In fact I am producing more milk. His red cheeks are smoother, and the best part is I feel great… so I can be a better mommy! 🙂


My daughter recently contracted pinworms..yuck!!..from daycare. I gave her the meds and they worked,however two weeks later they were back. I researched natural remedies and discovered D.E. I ordered 10lbs. and informed my Husband and my Children that we would be taking a spoonful of “special dirt” daily from now on. Hubby read this article and was excited to start. It’s been 3 weeks now and no more nasty worms. We all feel great and I’ve even lost 7 lbs. so far. The pets are taking it too!


Is it still working? I have had pinworms…


Would this still be helpful and effective if I added it to my bread dough when I am baking? I doubt I could get anyone to eat this dirt, but no one would mind it being in the bread.


I was wondering if anyone answered you. My son just got me started on this & I added it to my oatmeal before I cooked it. I was wondering if the heat changed it at all. I would appreciate it if you found out anything to let me know.


I’ve been wondering this too — since it ranks so high on the hardness scale, it’s reasonable to believe heat won’t change the composition. I know you can drink it with pretty much anything – juice, water, milk, yogurt, etc… and get the same benefits.


Adding DE to hot food or boiling water (approx 212 F) will have no effect on it. Not sure about 500 degrees in an oven but boiling water is fine.


I bake and cook with DE all the time. I add it to breads, cakes, muffins, hot cereal, rice, veggies, just to name a few. Everyone raves about the fact that they can eat my pastries and lose weight…..They are really evicting their uninvited “host”.


I have been using the product as well as my sister too. It has helped with arthritis & a few more other things stiil taking to see what else it can help with. My sister has gotten a new growth of hair from the DE and she is excited. My dog gets it on her food in the morning & seems to be working on her coat.
I want the phonic pronouncation if possible, I get lost in the word> thanks will be ordering again soon!


Sue: It’s pronounced dye-uh-tuh-MAY-shush earth. 🙂


Six years ago I was given Satin drugs for high cholesterol, I had a severe reaction to them that has taken years to get over, I have battled the cholesterol since. This January it was once again very high, total cholesterol was 324, triglycerides 616. I decided to give the Diatomaceous Earth a try. I just had my levels checked again this week and after only 10 weeks my total cholesterol had dropped 91 points to 233 and my triglycerides dropped 370 points to 246. I am thrilled! I finally have hope of getting this under control without prescription drugs.


I have high cholesterol too, and I was wondering how much DE were you taking a day? Thanks Lynn


I have had a difficult time finding unbiased sources for information about DE. Almost all information I get comes from sites selling the stuff, so I decided to create a blog about my experiences with taking DE as a dietary supplement.

I am guardedly optimistic about the results I have so far – blood pressure is coming down, my appetite is now at a healthier level, and I have more energy.


Should I take DE by itself or can I mix it with the morethanalivesuperfood mix? If I mix it, will it absorb all the good ingredients – thus nullifying the benefits?


You can mix it with anything you want to. My daughter prefers hers in applesauce, my husband and I like to use orange juice with pulp as it suspends the DE (it doesn’t dissolve) shake real well and drink up! After more than 2 months on food grade DE I can’t say enough about it except I wish I had found it sooner!


If I were you, I would take DE on an empty stomach in the morning with 2 full glasses of water.
You want to absorb nutrients from good foods, and DE may pull the nutrients out, thus expelling them and they won’t be used by the body. DE is used for cleansing the bowels. I don’t take mine with food or supplements.


I’ve had pin worms for about a year and they have been driving me crazy. The prescription my physician gave me cleared up the itching for one night but came back after second night.

With Diatomaceous Earth my itching went away immediately and has stayed away for a month. I am cured. Thank you.


I’m very new about this product,but I have worms.That I been fighting for along time and I can’t take it anymore.Does this stuff really works I just order 1lb to try it out.I need help the Doctors don’t have anything to stop them an that’s crazy.


Ken, worms I did not have, at least not anything visible but my blood pressure is normalized and I’m BP pills free now, joint pains gone, ankle edema must relieved. Try it..it’s a good product.




No experience with pin worms but know DE will kill tape worms which are very difficult to eliminate because the “head” usually will not die but keeps breaking off segments. Used DE for a 14 year old Husky-Shepherd too fragile for poisons and the DE worked much better and quicker than any wormer I had ever used. The tapeworms were expelled dead. Worked on the cat too who keeps the rodent population in check and acquires worms in the process.


Yes it works! be patient and be diligent! My whole family has been taking it including the dog and the results have been amazing! No more worms, candida is on it’s way out as well!
we use it everyday! we are all feeling healthier and have stronger hair, nails and our skin is not as dry! this is incredible stuff! and so cheap!


I know how you feel!!! I have had them for years and it’s driving me crazy too!!! I have tried so many detox products to no avail and it’s so hard but diet and stress play a huge role. Parasites thrive on sugar, carbs, caffiene, junk food. They cannot survive in alkaline body. I just ordered the DE myself. Will see if this works. I also ordered pine nut oil and fulvic acid. Suppose to be effective. Good luck!!!


I received my order, quickly gave some to my little terrier, took a teaspoon myself. Less than a week later we are both now without hip pain. I gave a pound to my senior aged mother, she is also happily walking with less joint discomfort. An incredible, natural product. Thank you for a fast delivery!


Yeah,you get heal an stuff but you bloated and block at both side with they don’t tell you at all it’s good as well it’s bad.

Colleen Sine

The side effect can easily be rectified by drinking more water or liquids.

June 2, 2011 at 11:44 am reply?

Ken, are you still taking this? I have been taking for 13 weeks now. I notice everyone has different things happen to them. I think it is different bugs in the body. DE is a serious money saver for my home.


Ken, Today is our 5th day taking one heaping Tablsp of DE. I also have become VERY bloated and blocked (constipated). Have been taking the DE in warm water with a bit of truvia to get it down, as it tastes to me like concrete..Then I drink another glass of water. Had to take a couple of colon clenz capsules the other night to get relief, as I was SO VERY uncomfortable. I am concerned about it constipating me so badly, since it is my understanding a parasite cleanse etc requires elimination, and is part of it’s success. With all the great heralded benefits, though, I really don’t want to stop now. I hear it takes 45 days to expel parasites. Any advice from anyone? Thank you!

Sounds to me like he or she is going overboard with dosage. That person needs to cut back because he or she is detoxifying too fast. That isn’t good.


Thanks a lot I slow down on my doseages.I just want lose 100 lbs can anyone help me on that subject.

February 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm reply?

Try this body soak Ken!!!!!, do several and drink a whole lotta clean mineralized water!….sounds like you need to start with some whole balanced gentle but effective cleansing! also try the IONIC foot baths.
good luck and take one day at a time.


Ken, i have taken off 213lbs in the last 2yrs, and reversed all signs, and symptoms of diabetes from my body, and am no longer on high blood pressure meds, or diabetes meds. By eating nut’s, seeds, berries, and lots of fresh veggies, whole grains, taking sugar out of my diet, and cutting my meat consumption 95% -(no cracker’s, chips, or processed breads, or fast foods-they are bowel cloggers, and for all oxygen functions of the body, your bowels are more important than your lungs-oxygen burns fat, an oxygenated body can-not become overwieght). I am on facebook, (Elizabeth ‘Izzy’ Breuer Reithemeyer) and have dedicated my page to educating, and helping people loose weight, and becomming healthy. I’m still on this journey, and am sharing what i learn with all that want to hear me. 🙂 ps-i’m also writing a book.


I have been taking DE since Jan. 2010. I am taking 1 tab. a day. In June I got a rash like poison ivy on my leg that had a big blister the size of a quarter & another smaller blister plus a rash it took about a mon. to go away. Now again about a mon. later I got another rash like poison ivy on my arm, no blisters but itches really bad. I thought that I would quit taking the DE to see if it is causing it.
I don’t want to quit taking it but I don’t like getting the rashes either.
Has any one else got a rash something like poison ivy from DE?


Are you sure you are taking food grade DE? Not the stuff for gardens, animals or swimming pools?


Don’t animals take the food grade as well? Like what we give the dogs, pigs and cows? I bought food grade at the feed store.


I wouldn’t “trust” it to be food grade at the feed store, they sell lots of stuff to sprinkle on your garden for snails, etc……I would look at what is written on the bag or container for FOOD GRADE…….


Aloha Margaret,
After moving into a friends apt., I began to notice how many centpides were coming in. (if you’ve ever been bitten by one, you’ll NEVER forget it) I thought of going to somewhere that carried poisons such as Lowes or Home Depot but felt compelled (GOD answers prayer for sure, I don’t own any animals and have never had the need to go there!) to go to the only feed and farm store on the island. When I walked in I asked if they carried centipede poison. Yes, he said and then started doing deep knee bends and proceeded to tell me how he has had bad knees for years (he was in his 30’s) and after taking food grade DE for 3 months he could do anything with no pain! I was stunned! I said, “just to clarify, are we talking about centipede killer?” and he said “Yes”, just as long as it is food grade, and then proceeded to tell me all the human and animal benefits it gives. As far as using it outside to kill ants, cockroaches, etc., if it gets wet or damp, (do you live in an area high in humidity?) it destroys the “sharpness” or cutting effect that slices thru the exo-skeleton which causes the dehydration. The reason we can drink it is because the liquid softens the diatoms. Last but not least, I learned the hard way that if you put it around your bed or baseboards, it will ruin your vacuum cleaner! 🙂 Hope this helps. Aloha


I am looking for something to help with my skin and getting rid of acne. First of all i have to ask if anyone knows if this will effect my birth control??? ihavent been able to figuer that out and i have looked and looked. i have been taking this stuff for about a week and a half now. my skin seems to be breaking out a little more. icant figure out if my skin is just purging the stuff out of my pores or if i am having a bad reaction to it. My birth control helps my skin somewhat and i am worried that the DE could be causing my birth control to be less effective which is causing my skin to breakout??? I just dont know. Plus i dontwanna get pregnant!! I have been very regular. but other than that i havent noticed any difference. anyone seen any difference with their skin? And if so, how long did it take to see it and did you breakout for a while before it got better? any info would be great!! Thanks


Try food allergy. I always heard dairy allergy can cause it and had a friend with severe acne get total recovery from cutting out most dairy. I tried it and my acne improved, but it wasn’t until I cut out wheat and dairy that mine is almost all gone – FINALLY – after 10+ years of terrible acne. I feel better overall too. Never thought I’d be the one actually getting to write this instead of reading someone elses.
you could have any allergies, but wheat and dairy are the most common. A great book to test things out is “the mood cure”

Anonymous Coward

Hello, i had really bad adult acne. After I cut out all dairy, wheat, red meat, caffeine, and sugar my face completely cleared up. I don’t even get any acne when I’m PMSing anymore. I know that sounds like a lot of things to eliminate from your diet, do it gradually, one group at a time and see what happens. Start with dairy first. As far as the DE, that has been helping my skin. I would stay on the DE and start with eliminating foods. With your birth control issue I have no idea. I’m an esthetician so skin is my field of expertise. Good luck with that.


Does anyone know if there is any harm in taking Diatomaceous earth if you have digestive issues such as GERD, ulcers, etc.. Would it interfere with acid reflux medications? I have started taken Diatomaceous earth in hopes that it would fix my stomach issues and I would no longer have to be on medication for acid reflux. Any comments are appreciated.


hello Mary, I read that taking the Activated Charcoal and Bentonite clay, will clear up your acid reflux real quick. You mix 2tsp of bentonite clay to 1tsp of Activated Charcoal in 8oz of purified water, and drink through a straw. After drink another 8 oz of just the water, and plenty more H2O through out the day. I dont have reflux issues, but i did have digestive problems. After about a week of drinking the mix of Activated chrcl and the bentonite clay, I’m amazed with how much better my digestive system is working. Take a mild herbal laxitive with it. I bought mine here on this site. Good Luck, if you do end up trying the mix, you should post your results.

I have several customers who take DE to keep acid reflux away. Also, I used to suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Since I started taking DE, I have not had any problems with IBS.

I used to get sick all the time, but since I started taking DE regularly, 2 years ago, I have not been sick…not even a cold!


If DE will kill all the parasites, bacteria, etc., in your body, and then flush them out, will it also then kill the bacteria in a septic tank that has had DE laced feces flushed into it? Septic tanks operate by bacterial action. I haven’t seen any information on the web addressing this issue.


I don’t have a commet. I have a question.
I would like to know if it would help with mold in your body. Having a problem in one of my bathroom having it inspected.
Would be greatful for a response

Robert Madsen

Has anyone used DE topically to rid skin of parasites? They are also in my eyelids and nostrils and trachea…their bites are sharp for just a moment…but their crawling on or under the skin is maddening.
I know of no miticide effective and safe for human use!
Wild Bird mites are a genera all of their own…they are arthropods different from all the usually listed pests….fleas, spiders, bed bugs, silverfish, cockroaches, scabies and garden pests.


Seems like a good question. Don’t have an answer.


My chickens had lost a lot of feathers before I realized the cause was mites rather than too many roosters. Dusting sulfer will kill the mites but I thought it might be too strong on the birds’ exposed skin, so I used DE instead. I didn’t have food grade, which I would want to use on a human. So far the DE seems to be working. I did dust the roosts and egg boxes with both DE and sulfer. Happy ending is the growth of new healthy feathers.


Sounds like Morgellons which I have fought against for more than three years. Have used about anything advertised and a few I have made up myself. For the crawling and itching I have found great relief with the DE using it topically mixed half and half with baking soda. Not for the eyes though. I shower often and put the DE and BS on very damp skin everywhere unless I am to be around folks who scare easy. I sleep much better sprinkling it on to the sheets. Be especiallly careful about keeping mold away from yourself and out of the home. I believe the critters eat on mold. Keeping the body alkaline is helpful and I’ve found the DE is alkalyzing so take it in my drinks. I am 75, very energetic and healthy after severe heart surgery and exposure to black mold which killed my tiny precious dog at 11 years. All this in the past few months. I began the DE a month ago


Robert,..I have read extensively on benefits of DE, and believe it would help trachea when you drink it..May ultimately help the eyelids and nostrils once in the body, these may also be expelled, BUT I have read that DE should NOT be inhaled as it is drying and can cause lung irritation. So while you are waiting for the DE to get in your system enough to rid the eyelid & nostril infestation, you may want to consider swabbing your nose with some neem or tea tree oil on a qtip


Anyone taking diatomaceous earth must remember to drink a lot of water to avoid constipation.


Expecting DE to clean you without drinking water is like putting your clothes in the washer with detergent, and no water, and expecting your clothes to come out clean!

Im Convinced

Vivian, this was the absolute best analogy. Thanks

August 18, 2011 at 10:13 am reply?

YES!! I love it. Couldn’t have said it better myself.


Thank you, unbelievably I have been taking it for 2 months now and not drinking water like I normally do and just starting to get constipation, couldn’t figure it out…sometimes the simpliest things are overlooked. 🙂


Has anyone used this product for bedbugs? I would like to hear how successful it was. Thanks.


I have a rash by my liver and that area hurt like crazy. Plus it felt like a kidney stone was flushing out. Both areas were so bad i had to take a pain pill to sleep. i was taking two tablespoons with 8 ounce of water. any answers for this. Or could this be toxins comming out of my skin.


Can anyone actually provide me with any info on studies done especially on fecal egg counts in worms for this product? And I dont mean just ” I fed it to my dog and worms came out dead”. Please if anyone knows of any studies done that actually show documented physical benefits from DE I would really appreciate it. I have heard for years that this is a “natural” wormer, but am looking for conclusive evidence. Thanks.


Another thing that should be investigated is the bacteria that DE supposedly sweeps away. So many web pages say that DE has a negative charge and carries away the positively charge bacteria.

Well the body needs good bacteria to fight off the bad bacteria. What happens when too much good bacteria is swept away?


DE will not sweep away good bacteria. IT is a negative charge and so is good bacteria… things that are bad for us have a positive charge that is what DE sweeps away!

I have been taking it in my shakes for years with the probiotics in the same serving.


Call a horse vet, or a holistic vet. It’s great DE is becoming more mainstream, but it’s been a well known (dare I say panacea?) forever in the horse and livestock community.

On a side note, for those who believe (I do) that the planet is evolving to a higher level of consciousness/vibration, our bodies (and those of all sentient beings) are becoming more silicon (versus carbon) based. Interesting to note when one considers the large amounts of silica in DE=)


That’s an interesting point Brenda about the fact that we’re becoming more silicon based. It is interesting that DE is mostly silica


I took 1tbsp in water two days in a row and had unbearable nausea and cramping. I am a vegetarian and drink a lot of water. I haven’t taken any DE in two weeks and want to start again. Should I start with a smaller dose?


You should start out with a small amount of DE 1 tsp and drink plenty of water. Work your way up to 1 or 2 Tablespoons a day with lots of water. You are experiencing die off. I had the same thing. Don’t give up. Try again but slowly.


What quantity (dosage), should be taken per day?
1/2 teaspoon?
I thinks it is necessary to include that information…
Many Thanks!!!
The best for 2011! Ana


In the information provided above it states:
“Dosage: Take 1-2 tablespoons per day mixed in some kind of liquid or food. There is no unpleasant taste. Since it will not dissolve, stirring several times while drinking will prevent settling. Some have experienced higher energy levels, so it is probably better not to take it right before sleeping. No worry about getting too much–any excess silica not needed by the body is automatically eliminated through the blood stream, kidneys and intestines.”

Rita Faye

I have been reading about Diatomaceous Earth and its benifits. I can tell you it has helped me greatly.
Due to a stroke I was bedfast. Having Lupus and Lymphadema also made my skin very tender and easily damaged. Wound Care at the hospital worked 4 months and still there was no great show of improvement. I ordered my Diatomaceous Earth, I used it dry on most of my skin, but on the really bad places I mixed it with water to form a paste. 3 days and you can really see the improvement! Even the staff at the wound center wereamazed.Thanks

Frank Weber

Which bacteria does DE kill? If DE kills off too much good bacteria, then that is a bad thing. Bad bacteria can take over. For example, if someone gets the c-diff bacteria the person becomes really sick.


apparently it doesn’t kill the good bacteria but if you’re worried take probiotics multi strain


I started using DE for over a month now(& just started my hubby on it too, also sneak it smoothies for my kids)…At first I had headaches for a week (possibly die-off symptoms from the detox). My hair & nails are stronger, my skin is less dry, my complexion looks great except I still get the odd breakout, and my energy level is way up (be sure to take it in the morning because of this). And for my little dog, he brought in fleas and were biting me bad and so sprinkled DE onto all areas in my house and got rid of them all. I have been putting a teaspoonful into his dog-food and he has the most beautiful coat. I can’t say enough good things about DE…we are definitely onto a good thing here! I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS KILLS THE GOOD BACTERIA AS WELL AS THE BAD (I wonder if we should be taking a pro-biotic)


Will DE kill scabies on humans by sprinkling a film all over the body, if so how often should it be applied daily and for how many days in a row to insure wiping this outbreak out of our house? Does it need to be mixed with a carrier agent to effectively get deep into our skin?


IMHO, I believe it will kill scabies, but DE is very drying to the skin…be sure not to get it in your eyes. For scabies, I would use Nix instead, however you can lightly sprinkle DE on your mattress and pillows after you’ve washed them in very hot water.


Yes, it does kill scabies. My husband and extended family all had it 6 months ago. We used 25% food grade DE with 75% grapeseed oil. Shake well and apply all over skin daily except for face (although my husband did and was okay). You must do this for at least two weeks because the eggs and the bugs are hatching out of your skin over time and over several generations. Of course wash bedding in hot water and clean surfaces. We washed floors with 100% borax and left film on floor and put dry borax in carpets (use a lot, a box per room if needed, and sweep it in and leave it there). We just dried those suckers up and they were gone! We didn’t need those toxic pesticides on our skin and our small children!


If DE has a negative charge and kills positive charged bacteria, and some good bacteria are also positively charged, then won’t it also kill good bacteria? I’m a little confused and science isn’t my thing…..thanks!


Good bacteria are never positively charged, they are always negatively charged. Unhealthy organisms, toxins and chemicals are all positively charged, so DE removes those. Healthy bacteria, nutrients, enzymes are negatively charged so DE does not harm or remove those.


Been using this for a few weeks now and I feel great, lots of energy and I love the feel of my skin…it’s the silica in the DE.
A great way to get more silica throughout the day… I fill up a cup of water and add 2 Tbsp of DE, let it settle to the bottom, then occasionally sip the cloudy liquid above the settled stuff.


Starting out: I take a very small amount.less than half tsp. 4 me- a little goes along way. Everyone is different. Drink plenty of water.
I have many health issues(asthma, allergies food+seasonal).possible CBD cyst.

I think i am have parasite problems so hopefully the D.E. SIDE EFFECTS will dissapate!

Be careful if anyone has any type of medical condition. A balanced,healthy diet does make a difference.



Marlo: That would be great if you could get off those pharma-meds, albeit slowly, …DE should really help with arthritic pain! My hubby & I have been taking DE for quite a while now and have had really great results, especially with the plumbing (you want to scrape out the intestines and start anew)… as long as plenty of water is taken, drinking it all day long is good, you should start to feel much better.
I also have my dog on it and he has overcome chronic pancreatitis…and has the most beautiful coat and lots of energy(he’s a 10 yr old bichon).
Good luck!


May 4, 2011 at 11:31 am reply?

It won’t do this to humans…yes, DE will scrape the intestines clean but not to the point of bleeding.
…great natural insecticide, kills spiders, bed bugs, etc., but unfortunately it also kills bees and ladybugs so be careful when using in garden….it won’t harm earthworms.

NOTE: It does not kill bees because they have fine fur that covers their bodies that protect it.


PLEASE, NO JABBING COMMENTS CONCERNING MY COMMENTS. On several attempts to better my health I have added DE to my diet and have failed to consume enough liquid, at least for my body, along with my dosage of DE. My mistake resulted in (((extremely))) severe stomach pain and bloating! So, to those of you who have taken time to share your comment about the need to drink plenty of liquid along with the DE…I say thank you very much for your generous input. To those of you who are new to DE, please follow their advice. My initial mistake was that I was drinking PLENTY of liquid but it was the wrong kind of liquid. I was drinking TONS of green tea, though very good for me, but it was also very dehydrating since it caused me to “pee” lots more. The drying effects of DE plus “green tea pee” are not a good mix (*_*). GOOD HEALTH TO ALL!


DE is AMAZING!! Scrubs your intestines clean. Kills Candida! My nails are strong & growing. Skin is clearing. It just changes your entire body, from the inside out! I am so grateful to Holy Spirit for leading and guiding me to this site! I also ordered the Barley Grass, Dead Sea Salts, Act Charcoal &Bentonite Clay… I pray you will always carry such wonderful natural products for God’s people to use to “cure disease” Luke 9:1. Jesus is Lord & Savior of all, receive Him and watch your life change! Pray for Israel.


A-Jo, do you alternate between D.E., charcoal and Bentonite Clay or take them all throughout the day? I have been using the Himalayan pink salt, which according to naturalnews.com is the purest salt, but it is quite expensive at around $10.00 for 2lbs. (and that is at vitacost.com). Thanks so much for your response. Oh yes, and I also agree with your last statement too 🙂


How long after exposure does it kill ticks?


As with any product that is claimed to be safe and effective the claims are simply that, claims. Each of us are different and each of us will have a different result.
As in all things it seems a lot of hype is associated with anything new. That makes for some fabulous marketing but eventually the hype gives way to common sense. Not long ago I asked a practitioner of homeopathic medicine a question. I asked at what point does any given treatment NOT show a result? I even provided a scale of health with “A” being perfect health and “F” being nearly beyond hope. His answer was surprising. He said that he sleeps well at night. That’s great! But I didn’t ask him how well he slept.
So what did his simple answer tell me? It told me that whatever he gives his patients works! How could anything possibly fail to do what whatever he gave them? The problem is is many cases is that people naturally seek out cures rather then treatments or prevention. Does diatomaceous earth do what it’s supposedly does effectively? Of course it does and how well it does it depends on the severity of the problem. I’ve noticed that with practically every treatment either natural or otherwise there was also a change in diet, and increase in physical activity as well as a better attitude. Diatomaceous earth is only a part of a much broader change in lifestyle.
I really loved the comment by a young lady who was concerned about any side effects diatomaceous earth may have on the birth control pills she was taking. First off young Miss, if you are worried about getting pregnant you should avoid the activity that results in pregnancy. Stop screwing around! That was easy wasn’t it? And besides, if your concerned about keeping your body free from drugs and chemicals why are you taking drugs and chemical? A lot, if not most people will become suspicious of the food they eat and the world around them but throw all care to the wind when it comes to having fun.

Just my two cents. Thank you

Farmer’s Friend
August 20, 2011 at 9:50 am reply?

Glad to hear a straight forward comment w/o fear of being politically correct. Your post is clear thinking and logical and has nothing to do with sexism. If you do not wish ‘x’ consequence do not do ‘y’ behavior. The Farmer’s point is that you will reap what you sow, so include in your approach to finding a solution that which caused the problem. Why are so many folks looking to natural health remedies? Because mainstream medicine does NOT treat the cause or root of the problem, but only the symptom. It’s much more profitable that way…

As far as ‘sexism’ motivating ‘Farmer’s’ post, the sexism view is coming from the responders…

Doris Hunter
May 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm reply?

I have tried many supplements for parasites and nothing worked before DE. I had arrived at my “wits end”. Thank the Lord and you for the product. Going to medical doctors for parasites is a waste of time. Again, I say, “Thank the Lord for directing me to you.” Doris

May 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm reply?


Started taking DE 8 days ago.like the effects. pain in knees reduced. do not need ibuprophen(sp?) any more. BTW reduction of pain came after the 2nd day. age spots faded after the 1st day. initially took 1 heaping teaspoon in the morning (in water), followed by another at around 4:00 pm. have upped the quantity to 2 heaping tsp in the morning and afternoon.

have noted a slight tingling sensation in the middle of my back, which comes and goes. not too concerned yet. my wife on the other hand took 1 tsp in the morning and a half teaspoon in the afternoon. severe internal cramping. did not take DE the next day and it went away. now taking half a tsp in the morning and afternoon. no more cramping. will up the quantity once her body is use to DE (if it ever does). have not notice any benefits yet (only on the half tsp regiment for 2 days).

anyone one else notice any side effects from its usage?

Thanks, Noki

May 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm reply?


it has taken a range of 1 hour to 2 days to kill ticks. I would pull them off our dog, place them in a jar with DE on the bottom, and let them “swim” around in it. The ticks have been male deer ticks and I think male dog ticks.


June 1, 2011 at 2:24 am reply?

This is bar none the best supplement I have ever taken for skin health. My impression is it’s benefits are being suppressed in the States because it has long been used as a skin tonic over seas.

June 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm reply?

After reading all these great reviews, I just placed an order for me, my husband, daughter and her fiance. With the multiple problems we all have, we are truly expecting GREAT results – based upon reviews read. Wish us good luck!!! We will keep you all posted.

June 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm reply?

I wish you the best of luck, however, you will not need luck with DE.
I am disabled and spent most of my time in bed with pain meds, it has only been 4 days and I am up doing things I have not done for a long time ,my husband is happy ,he does not have to do all the work in and around the house by himself any more.
He is starting to take DE also.

Please let me know how you are doing you will not be disappointed.


P>S>My medication has been cut back also.

June 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm reply?

We have 3 old cats, one has suffered for months with what we thought were hair balls.Nothing helped the coughing or being sick all over the house.Finally figured out it was worms.
I knew she could not handle the poison they use for worms, so I got on the internet for a safer remedy and found DE.What a blessing,within 2 days she was up acting like a young kitten again.No more coughing, no more clean up.I now give it to all our cats everyday and us also.Can not believe the energy we all have now.

June 27, 2011 at 11:31 am reply?

I went to my local health shop and asked for something that was effective for parasite control. The naturopath recommended DE, but said to take it slowly at first, just half a teaspoon once a day and gradually increase it over a few weeks until I got to a tablespoon each day. I was skeptical and concerned, mainly because it doesn’t seem to be approved by any recognised authority for human consumption. But I thought I’d give it a go, I have heaps of problems with psoriasis and a condition called hidradenitissuppurativa, which is multiple carbuncles. The first thing I noticed was how much more energy I had after taking it. Unbelievable, I’m just so energised. I can’t say how my skin is going yet, too early to tell. But I’ll keep you all informed. I would however feel more comfortable if I knew that this product had been classified as safe by some authority. Going by testimonials is nice, but still, who can say what the long term effects of DE are.

July 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm reply?

Hi Sereena,

I tried this product on my old, cat as she was very ill and did not want to give her more chemicals for her worms.I got on the internet for something that would work for her.She is well and so energized I can hardly believe she is the same girl who was so sick 10 days ago.
Now for me, I have been on heavy duty pain medication for 12 years.I have spent days in bed due to pain. I tried DE on myself 10 days ago also, my time is now minimal for staying down. The best part is my pain medication is almost cut in half.I feel really good for the first time in years, every day I improve with Gods earth.


just getting started on this, a friend has been using it for about six months and feels and looks great and has lost alot of weight. i have ibs and colitis and hope this will help get my system back to normal soon. will keep you posted


I have a question about DE… I’m currently on thyroid medication and I was wondering if DE inhibits absorption?


I want to try DE for candidiasis, but need to find out if it stays in the stomach/colon area or could also come out through the bladder. My candida attacked my bladder and left it very sensitive and I don’t want to irritate it, or worse, cause permanent damage like interstitial cystitis-which is problems with the lining of the bladder. Could the sharpness of DE affect the bladder lining?


Not sure. I found for me that this seemed to help with the candida but what really helps is MSM. Work your way up slowly to avoid die off. I found 3 tsp a good amount for me. Your body uses what it needs and flushes out any it doesn’t use. VERY important for our bodies to heal. Our bodies can’t make healthy cells without it. It is not a bad sulfur like sulfa, sulfities etc. You can find books on Amazon about healing with MSM. I would also say take lots of spirulina. Best wishes. Also check out www.knowthecause.com


Thanks stef, I will check out MSM, I’m allergic to sulfa, the drug, but maybe this is different. The anit-fungals and diet have only kept it at bay, I want to find something that kills it–the overgrowth.


OK, regarding my question, I just read this above the comments: “Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.” However, I just read that on the earthworks site too–same wording. So it’s regurgitated material, but from where? What is the source?


Does anyone know if you can take DE when you are taking Coumadin?


My sweetheart is on Coumadin (aka, rat poison) and he took DE earch for a month before having a check-up. His blood test showed his coumadin level was low so he went off the DE for a month and his next test was “normal”. Since DE absorbes poisons and coumadin is a mild form of rat poison, it makes sence it would interfere with it’sabsorbtion. I take my DE at night before going to bed and my supplements in the mornings. This routine works for me. Been taking it now for over a year. I take several weeks off at a time to “rest”. My intent is prevention.


Celia, I strongly suggest you, and/or your sweetheart do research on Vitamin K7, or Nattokinase They are natural blood thinners and the nattolinase is said to “eat up” blood clots in the body you don’t even know may exist. However, neither of these should be taken with the “rat poisoning”


Pam this is great advise. However natto thins blood by removeing fibrins from the blood. Fibrins act like cheese cloth and attract red blood cells that stick to them,thus forming blood clots. I have been taking this for years. I also take krill oil to help make the rb cells less sticky. I had a stent put in 7 years ago and was told to take plavix&aspirin and vitoren for life. I take no meds at all and have led a pretty healthy lifestyle as well. I still have noticed a great improvement in my overall health and feeling of well being from de. The energy out ran my 64 year old bodies ability to keep up. I worked like a dog and was so sore that I slept like a dead man for 3 days. What a great feeling. I just started eating it after 20 years of useing it in the garden! The side effects people feel are normal and a great sign that things are working well.


Hello again

I take vitamins and a few proscriptions.
What effect has DE have on them?
When is the best time to take DE?
Before food or after food?

I take one tbs DE & juice with above in the morning.

Please avise, Rich


Important to note…. If you take too much too fast you can have die off effects…kill bad stuff too quick and make you feel ill…headaches, nausea etc. You should start out with a small amount of DE 1 tsp and drink plenty of water. Work your way up to 1 or 2 Tablespoons a day with lots of water.

DE and MSM and Spirulina will change your life.


My husband and I have been taking “dirt” as we call it for about two months now, and there are myriad positive side effects..From stronger hair, to easing of his tinnitis, to my arthritis easing up a lot. But the one I didn’t expect was the normalization of blood pressure. My husband has (hereditary) high blood pressure, and I have low (like 90 – 50 range) low blood pressure. We have observed that his is consistently coming down while mine is going up. Today I was at 134 / 77 which is great. So – it appears that blood pressure normalizes either direction…


Thanks for the encouraging news regarding you and your husbands blood pressure stabilizing. My pressure has been high for the last 4 months. I have recently begun a drastic campaign to avoid taking meds. Does “dirt” really work.and if so what brand are you two taking? Thank you!


after three days of using this my irritable bowel sydrome i went from going four or five time in the morning to just daily. i have had this problem for forty years. i tried a tablespoon at first and got constipated for a day so dropped back down to a teaspoon. what a wonderful product. cannot wait to see what else it can do for me.awaiting for in stock so i can order. my daughter gave me my first bag. try it


I have the same question as Walt, will it pull my thyroid medicine out of my body?

How many hours should I wait after the thyroid pill to take the DE? I take armour thyroid at 6 a.m.


We have started using DE flea control for an experiment our holistic vet is doing. So far it seems to be slowly working. We have just done our second dusting to capture a second flea cycle. We are seeing less fleas every week. We have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hamsters and 1 chicken. So far so good. We have dusted all the animal bedding and our couch each week. We have washed the dogs once per week and are dusting them twice a week. We have dusted the yard once and added pine shavings and DE to the chicken coop. I am starting to see a decrease in flea activity. We have also added to their food.
My husband decided to start taking it as well. He was 6′ 8″ 245 pounds. A week later he is down to 236. He has had extreme detox symptoms. He started taking 1 heaping teaspoon. This may have been too much for him. Until about 6 months ago he has had a very poor diet so he may have released A LOT of toxins into his system. He has had fevers, interrupted sleep pattens, weakness, triggered migraines, chills, heat flashes, sweating, lack of appetite, mood swings, emotional out burst and host of other flu like symptoms. Luckily he is a home schooling stay at home dad so he has been able to rest when needed. I am kind of impressed with the power of the DE. I am 5 months dairy and gluten free and went through a more mild detox and had similar issues but much less severe. He is on day 7 of these intense symptoms. Has anyone else heard of experienced anything like this? Please excuse any auto correct typos I am on my iPhone. Thanks in advance for any insight.


Just wanted to update my previous comment. We are 3 weeks in and almost flea free. I think if we treat a few more flea cycles we will be flea free!!! So I am considering the DE flea abatement a success.
The husband is feeling much better and has starts taking. 1/4 teaspoon of DE without any negative reactions. I am on week two and up to a 1/2 teaspoon. I am feeling great!!! I felt very thirsty and drank lots of water the first few days. I felt my body going through a little detox cleanse. So far loving the way I am feeling. Lots of energy, cannot wait to get out of bed.


If DE is like little pieces of glass that scrape your intestines, can it cut you also and maybe cause bleeding?


To Eileen
I would not worry. DE will not cut you. If DE is used for ridding your pets of fleas, it will cut through their exoskeleton (outer shell), drying them, then they die. But in the human intestinal tract, it acts more like a very fine polishing agent. DE is ground to a very fine powder. Like cornstarch or flour. Very safe.


I purchased 5lbs of diotamaceous earth food grade on line, on the lable it is printed that it contains less than one percent of crystalized sillica, i would like to know why the percentage is so low or if in fact it is the real thing.


All DE contains crystallized silica which is non-biodegrable and harmful except it is usually less than 1% in Food Grade DE so it does no damage- Pool DE has 70+% of crstallized silica in which is why it is poisonous and should not be taken. Food Grade DE is made up of amorphous silica which is the good stuff and a mineral our bodies need. You want to buy DE that has 90+% of amorphous silica. 100% is best.





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