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Amazing Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

Last Modified on Nov 21, 2015

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is your opportunity to turn fossils into medicine. How cool is that? DE is the fossilized remains of diatoms--marine algae that leave behind exoskeletons made up of silica. Effectively, diatomaceous earth isn't too different from sand, but the health benefits and overall usefulness of diatomaceous earth are much greater.

Diatomaceous earth is perhaps most famous as a natural insecticide that is safe for use environmentally as well as in direct application on pets and people. DE dehydrates insects, killing them and their larvae. This has made it an effective alternative as a anti-flea remedy for many pet owners. It's good for mites as well, and in both cases it can be sparingly dusted on your pet to kill off and control the insects. In the same way, it can be used internally to kill intestinal parasites.

CAUTION: Be certain to purchase only Food Grade diatomaceous earth, as the sort of DE sold for use in pools is very unsafe for health uses.

Here is a summary of some of the uses we have found for Food Grade diatomaceous earth.  If you have been using diatomaceous earth, please let us know how it's been working for you.

For People

  • Detoxing for metals and parasites - DE removes heavy metals and kills parasites.  Among other benefits from this detox is a possibly reduced risk of Alzheimer's as aluminum may increase the risk of developing this disease.
  • Regulates bowels, cleans out the colon and reduces gastrointestinal inflammation.
  • Some have said that the detoxifying effect has also reduced their cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • DE helps to repair and maintain lung function and can help reduce coughing
  • Regular use of DE has helped some deal with food intolerances and those who are on the GAPS diet.
  • DE can be used to treat for head lice.
  • DE sprinkled inside socks acts to help keep feet drier, useful if fighting foot or nail fungus.

For Pets

  • Killing fleas is one of the most popular uses of DE.  Fleas can never become resistant to DE, because the DE cuts and dehydrates the fleas.
  • Sprinkle DE on carpets and pet bedding; leave a few hours and vacuum up.  Repeat once a week for a month.
  • Farmers have been adding DE to animal food for many years because it is an effective de-wormer. 

For the Home and Yard

  • Bugs, bugs and more bugs - DE is able to kill many of them.  Bed bugs, fire ants, sugar and carpenter ants and flea beetles are some of the pests we'd rather not live with who can be sent packing with DE.  Sprinkle it across doorways, behind cabinets or wherever they seem to be hiding.

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Posted by Ben (Sacramento, Ca) on 12/02/2011

I sell DE for a living and can tell you that in it's dry form it is EXTREMELY hazardous long term as it is chemically inert and you can not eliminate it from your body if you inhale it. It is perfectly safe when wet and can not poison you in any way unless you (or your pet) swallow massive amounts which will bind together in the presence of muriatic acid, also known as stomach acid and create a very strong "mud."

Replied by Drema
Charleston, Wv Usa

If a person is allergic to shellfish could this be a problem too?
Replied by Q
Houston, Tx

No, having a shellfish allergy won't be a problem with DE. I've taken it many times and I'm extremely allergic to shellfish.
Replied by Joshua, Nd

I would like to see your references for the assertion that "you can not eliminate it from your body if you inhale it." Mucus membranes line the entire respiratory tract, as well as cilia. Also, hydrochloric acid is in the stomach, not muriatic acid. Please learn your biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology before making such assertions. Also, I do not sell any DE, and have no financial associations with such sale.
Replied by Bo Jangles
Texas, US

Muriatic Acid is dilute Hydrochloric Acid.
Replied by Kayte

I brush my teeth with it and coconut oil. I use the same concoction as deorderant.

I mix it in water and drink it. Ive had a friend cure stomach cancer by drinking it.

Ben, How in its dry form is it toxic? But in wet form isnt?

Its exoskeletons of diatoms that lived million of years ago which sustained life....for millions of years. It was once present in the soil, but now is depleated. God has a design that included Diatomaceous Earth.

I believe you are talking about the heated and chemically treated for swimming pool, D.E.

NOT the food grade. Why call it FOOD if harmful?

Also, the body will rid the excess through the urinary tract. And anything breathed in thats not oxygen, can irritate the lungs.

There are only 4 deposit sites that they take Food Grade DE from. So that shows something.

It is drying so try not to get in eyes or inhale it.

But it isnt toxic. It is 89 % silica with 14 trace minerals we need.

Replied by Sj

[NAY]   How much did your friend use for curing stomach cancer? I have someone in the family going through treatments for it and would like more info. I've just recently started using myself (not this particular brand) and am feeling the benefits after just a few days! Thanks

Posted by Deborah (Prattville, Al) on 11/21/2011

D.E. is NOT GLASS! Diatoms are actually made up of mostly calcium and other minerals and are the food grade is safe for humans and animals internally as well as externally.

Posted by Georgia (Toronto, Canada) on 05/15/2010

diatomaceous earth - I found this in the form at a garden nursery ( so the label said) as silicon was in powder you know if in this form it's supposed to be harmful in inhaled??

EC: People on the site report taking Food Grade or Medical Grade Diatomaceous Earth, which is different from the kind found in nurseries and pool supply stores.

Re: safety hazards, please see:

Posted by IVORY COAST (CYBER CITY, CALIFORNIA) on 07/05/2009

Do you realize that diatomacious earth is glass? the algae in the ocean make this glass as part of their body. they die and people collect this diatomaceous earth from the bottom of the ocean. it has a cutting action -- just like glass. thus you could cut a hole in the eardrum with this or your intestines. i would not drink this nor put it in the ear.

Replied by Diane
Ca, US

I don't think cutting is a problem with diatomaceous earth; if you feel it with your hands it is very smooth.

Silica, which is what DM is mostly, (it is not glass, though a large percentage of glass and don't forget 3000 degrees) is not good to inhale, silicosis is a problem with working with clay also which has a lot of silica so best to take care when working with the dry, like using for insect control, even mixing with water.

It does cut insects bodies and parasites. Silica is important to the body.

Food grade has been used in food and animal foods for a long time, so I don't think there is a worry.

Replied by Celeste
Tennessee, US

[NAY]   Why do people post things as facts when it is just their uneducated opinion??? You could not be more wrong in your statement. DE is NOT glass.
Replied by Stuart

I agree with Celeste. Too many people seem to think that blind scepticism is clever.

I tried food-grade DE in the hope that it would deal with a chronic (30 yr) bowel complaint, for which the doctor had no remedy. It worked straight away. Now I use just a couple of teaspoons a week mixed well in foods like hummus or mashed potato. It is practically tasteless and makes no difference to these foods. Sometimes I drink a spoonful shaken well in a little water.

I think it may be harmful if used dry or inhaled - so just don't do that!

Replied by Marya
Vermont, US

[YEA]   I am reading a book on Diatomaceous Earth by Tui Rose called "Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How to Tips." She says that straight food grade DE is not sharp like glass, it actually works to kill pests through dessication, or dehydration. Industrial grade DE is heated and the heating process makes it sharper, like glass. If you are using food grade DE it is not glass and not the sharp edges that are killing the pests.

Posted by Pamela (Houston, Texas) on 12/28/2008

I forgot to mention that I used FOOD Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It is real important to use food grade DE and not commerical DE.

Replied by Helpyourself
Texas, Usa

What is the brand name and where in Houston can I buy it? Thanks!
Replied by Jenny

I use earthworks health food grade
Replied by Tg

Go to your local animal supply store/farm supply company. Look in the area that deals with flies and other bugs---I see it in huge (50 lb) bags for $15 at my local Tractor Supply. The label will say food grade. It is used in grain stocks to keep weevils from developing in feed corn, black oil sunflower, dog/chicken/other kinds of feed. They are very helpful and will gladly show it to you if you ask. This kind of store is everywhere--esp since people are having chickens in the city.
Replied by Suzan
Houston, TX

Be careful with diatomaceous earth. Many companies claim to sell food grade de, but it's really not. Yeah, why give something to your dog that you are recommended not to take??

The Wabash Feed Store in Houston sells it. I have been shopping here over 20 years, and they are knowledgeable.

Posted by Amazon Thyrteen (Fresno, CA, USA) on 11/09/2008

First of all I want to say "NEVER" try anything on your pets you won't try on yourself. I won't give anything to my pets that I wouldn't take myself. The best rule of thumb is use human grade (whatever)you're using on your pets! I've noticed a lot of comments on Diatomaceous Earth. I would like to say that the only grade that is good for animals is the same grade that humans use, Freshwater, food-grade DE. If it doesn't state on the package that it is certified, food grade then you don't want to give it to your pets, period! I also noticed that on this site someone mentioned the use of "Neem Oil" it is a really good oil to use that is 100% natural. If anyone is interested in finding out more about Neem Oil go to, or call 1-888-989-Neem(6336). This oil is good for human use also for dry skin and scalp treatments. The one that I use is Thera Neem ,skin soothing 100% pure cold pressed. I'm one of their customers and have no affiliation with this company and I'm not getting anything for this endorsement, this is just great stuff!

Posted by Marsha (Wichita Falls , TX) on 10/24/2008

[WARNING!]  FYI! I lost a beautiful German Shepherd and the sweetest kitty because they ingested pool grade diatomaceous earth. Keep it away from your beloved pets!

Replied by Lorie
Richmond, Va

Yes the stuff for pools is hazardous. But the Food Grade DE is 100% safe! It is put in grain to keep bugs out. It is fed to livestock and it is 100% safe flea powder for pets.
Replied by Peggy
Delbarton, WV US

[YEA]   I was reading all the comments. I have used FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth on all my dogs and cat for years. It eliminates worms, and handles the fleas. During the worst season for fleas I use it around my doors. I only use it on their wet food, not dry and just a pinch once a month. I have yet to see any ill effects from the use of Food Grade DE. Pool Grade is very dangerous for humans and animals, make certain you purchase Food Grade, I get mine at Tractor Supply.

Posted by Missy (Toronto, Ontario) on 09/28/2008

[WARNING!]  Pool filter grade diatomaceous earth has been heat and chemically treated and will poison an animal or human who ingests it, so it is always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in and around your household.

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Posted by Valeria (Athens, GA) on 04/17/2007

[WARNING!]  I have been reading all of the suggestions and am planning to try some. I don't have a question or remedy to offer, but felt I must let you know about a dangerous option.

I've used Diatomacious Earth for years, I even used it to get rid of a horrific flea infestation in my asthmatic boyfriends house with no bad effects. It works against all insects and parasites. The IMPORTANT thing to note is that POOL GRADE D.E. IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND CAN CAUSE SILICOSIS (scarring of the lungs similar to asbestos poisoning) The only safe D.E. to use is natural pulvarized or ground D.E. that can be found in plant nurseries and food storage shops. This D.E. has NOT been superheated, a process which creates fine threads of silocone glass which makes it a better filtering product, but makes it dangerous to handle or breath. Flour grade D.E. is meant to be used in graineries as a bug and egg deterrant is fine enough to mix with flour. The Regular D.E. can be spread on carpets, or the cracks between wooden floors. Plan on not vacuuming for a while(like a week) in order to allow the D.E. to cut up and dry up the little buggers, and be prepared for a little dust to be produced for a short while as you walk on it. I've even heard of it being used a a coat powder and mixed in feed (for horses, cats,and dogs) but I've never tried that personally. I sprinked it in the carpets and brushed it in with the broom and let it sit for couple of weeks, them vacuumed and reapplied. This with Advantage treatment took care of all the fleas and there were none for the rest of the year.

Well I'm off to try an ear mite treatment on my new cat. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Posted by Breanna (Sedalia,mo) on 03/07/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello! We were told to use diatomaceous earth in our house to rid it of fleas. I took precautions by wearing a mask when I put it all over our house, which is 4000 sq ft. I left it there for 3-4 days. During that time my 2 year old was running and playing all over the house and moved around all of the particles in the air. Well after that she started coughing and 7 months later she has been diagnosed with asthma. She was fine before this exposure. My concern is that she got this from inhaling all of that in our house. She is too young to have tests to check her lungs and her function but my concern is that she could have serious lung problems and have read that this can lead to tuberculous, cancer, and death. Do you know how serious this is? How many cases has there been. What can I do to help her! ? Thanks

Replied by Taram7

From what I know, its not harmful if its small amounts and given time to clear out of the lungs... its the silica particles... but my question would be was it the Organic Food Grade DE or the hardware store kind? The first thing I would do is visit the place you bought it and write down all the ingredients. If they are not listed then you can contact the manufacturer- for stabilizers or anti-caking agents, etc. But asthma is inflammation- so anti-inflammatory herbs and foods would help and avoiding inflammatory foods. A quick internet search can pull these up for you. There are plenty of natural treatments for asthma. I am not a doctor, but my daughter had sports induced asthma for a while and it can flare up as side-effects of other things. But it its been 7 months at least and it was organic food grade DE and just minimal from breathing- I have always heard the lungs will clear it out with a good immune system and no side-effects.
Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa

Taram7: The asthma reaction is the lungs inability to properly remove the silica, which ends in an inflammatory response.

To hasten the removal of this particulate, use purified water in either a vaporizer or nebulizer. Three herbs which will help the lungs are Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, and Mullein. You may find an herbal lung formula at the health food store w/ these three as well as others. Read label for directions.

As these remedies begin clearing the lungs, there may be some silica build up in the colon, so sprinkle Milled Flax Seed in the child's food to final eliminate the silica. Speaking of Flax, you will need to increase the dietary Omega 3 Fatty Acids w/ cold water fish like Salmon, Mackerel, or Sardines. These greatly reduce inflammation and promote healing.

When you seem to have succeeded in this endeavor, you may consider giving one cap of Raw Lung Glandular so as to heal any possible lung damage.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

Dear Breanna,

Well, I am so sorry your daughter was left with asthma from the DE and also sorry you have gotten such dire predictions about her future health. I won't at all minimize the asthma issue (we have dealt with this in two of our children) however, the human body can generally deal with a lot of assaults to it and still live on well for a long time. (Not that we should assault it on purpose, but it is inevitable in this world, no matter how careful we are.) My father is in his 80's. He has some health issues and has asthma, likely caused by decades of smoking and some dangerous chemical exposure to his lungs as a young person. Yet he has led a long and very productive life.

Is your daughter needing medication to keep her asthma under control? Is this hindering her play of her sleep?

Tim's advice about herbs and pure water in a vaporizer or nebulizer are great.

Heritage Essential Oils makes a blend called, "Lung Healing" that we found very helpful for our daughter. We used it for months in an essential oil nebulizer while she slept for months and it kept her from wheezing or coughing.

Please keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sandee

Hi Timh ...I used diatamaceous earth (food grade) to get rid of carpenter bees. I used a pest pistol to get it into the openings. The dust did fly everywhere and I was not wearing a mask. Fast fwd several months later and a chest CT scan shows nodules (benign in nature...possibly from old pneumonia which I never had or breathing in some solvent) and slight swelling of lymph nodes. I feel it is safe to assume this was caused by my inhaling the diatomaceous earth as I have an autoimmune condition which keeps my immune system at a less than optimal level. I am going to try your suggestions and have a few questions if you don't mind. I have a nebulizer and will begin treatments with purified often do you recommend. Of these 3 Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, and Mullein...which do you think would be best for my situation?
Replied by Timh Donate


Sandee: It's always safe to start low and go slow, so one treatment on day 1 and if no bad side effects two treatments per day. You can use all three herbs together for best results. The nebulize water plus herbs should help significantly but true healing will take some time. Other treatment options would be an herbal expectorant like Lobelia or Licorice. The herb Hawthorn Berry has an antioxidant affinity for the lungs which should encourage the removal of anything foreign. After several weeks of treatment and you feel "cleaned out" you can consider the herbs Horstail, Gotu Kola, and Comfrey for removing scar tissue and encourage regrowth. Two other nutrients which will help is Glucosamine and Calcium-AEP. Looking forward to your results.
Replied by Sandee

Thank you so much Timh...I will go today to get the water and herbs. I am so happy and blessed to have figured the possible cause and to "stumble" upon this thread (no coincidences is my belief:)

Would it be ok to do nebulizer treatments along with using a vaporizer at night? Also if I use a vaporizer will my partner be ok ...want to make sure there will be no ill effects for him.

Thanks so have shed much light on this issue for me and others too I am sure.

Replied by Timh Donate


Sandee: I suppose you will use something like "Vicks" mentholyptus in the vaporizer and if so the same principle applies --start low and go slow; gradually increase the mentholyptus or eucalyptus. I forgot to mention these herbs but they are helpful. Back in the day, the steamrooms at the fitness centers I attended had the Eucalyptus available or allowable to mix w/ the steam and oh my what a cleansing & invigorating experience. Unfortunately nowadays most places have too many complainers of the "bad odor" and so goes the Eucalyptus. The advantage of the steamroom experience would be rapid cleansing as well as removal as per the sweating.

The only bad side effects I can imagine in your case would maybe be some heart pain or digestive discomfort as the lungs are clearing the toxins back into the bloodstream. Headache or dizziness would indicate a good deal of bad stuff, so it all comes down to what kinda levels of free radicals you have in your lungs. The marshmallow and Slippery Elm will help lubricate & protect the Kidneys as well as lungs so that would greatly reduce the stress loads on the Kidneys, although if there is any sign of infection some Cranberry will take care of it.

Am very glad to help and only hope to hear some good news from you soon.

Replied by John
Lakewood, Co

Thanks all for the info, a couple notes:

Try just not breathing it (any of it) ok?


I hear fire ants do NOT like this stuff (we are not blessed with them here)

A small quantity in an electrical box (which they are not good for I hear) makes it to a fire ant an unfriendly place.

As stuff in your electrical boxes goes, this is pretty safe.


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Posted by Natcat86 (Gaithersburg, Maryland, Usa) on 08/16/2011

[YEA]  I had really bad acne all over my face and neck with the random appearance on my chest, back, or shoulders constantly for 14 years (starting at puberty), and as time went on it only got worse (so it wasn't caused by changes in hormones as I was led to believe). I stumbled upon some information on Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and became intrigued because of its many proported benefits (I recommend looking it up). It is relatively unknown, and only sold for pest control and consumption by animals, (but you can buy food grade DE online) but since it is used to mechanically kill bugs in grain silos and just about every person who has ever eaten grain which was stored in a silo has eaten DE, I figured it would be safe and I would try it. DE is the fossilized shells of a type of algae called Diatoms. Their shells are extremely hard and very sharp (but yet not dangerous to your cells) and they mechanically scrub the walls of your intestines, scraping away any build-up. Some DE passes through the intestinal walls and into the bloodstream and while it is there it scrapes plaque buildup away from the walls of veins and arteries. It basicly acts like a plumber in your body.

I found that most cases of acne are caused by toxins entering the blood stream through the digestive system (some degree of leaky gut), not by a problem with the skin itself. It is your body attempting to expel the toxins from your blood. When you expel the toxins which originate in your digestive tract through the digestive system, they don't have the opportunity to make it into your blood stream and thus cause acne by pushing through your skin. So... I began adding 1tsp DE to water every day for a week, then increased it to 1tbsp gradually after that and drank it daily for 2 months. I noticed a difference my skin within a day. By the time 2 months was up I no longer had acne. I had to stop consuming it for a little while after that because I slightly threw my body off balance (my skin became a little dry). After a month off, I started consuming it again in moderation and have been ever since. I have been able to consistently keep the acne away as long as I continue to consume it at least a couple of times a week. I highly reccomend it because it is very effective and it gets to the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. I now have had only a few pimples (instead of many hundreds) within the last 9 months, and I know that in time I will get them to go away completely.

Replied by Rae
Oregon, US

Thank you for the testimonial! I don't and won't use harsh chemicals to treat my acne and lately it hasn't seemed to go away! I've used DE for a few years on my pets and had no idea that it had such powerful internal scrubbing effects! So excited to start consuming DE today! Thank you!!!

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Posted by Jenny (Winchester, England) on 08/04/2011

[YEA]  For bad breath, I take a level desertspoon of diatamaceous earth once per day in a drink, works a treat

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Posted by Rad_city (Brea, Ca) on 02/11/2013

[YEA]  I have never written on a forum or posted about my health but feel compelled to do so about Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) because I feel it will help a lot of people. (in particular, people with distended bellies, fungal overgrowth, clogged sinuses, mild allergies, food allergies, bad digestion, bad skin, low energy)

I have suffered from asthma all my life. Since a little child. And i've had a slightly distended belly (I am tall, thin, and not an ounce of fat on me! ) since I was a child. I had strep throat a lot as a kid and would take antibiotics (I now think I probably was allergic to some food, or had parasites, and antibiotics just slowly eroded my gut)

I smoked and drank casually in my 20s, and by my 27th birthday I had sinus infections a couple times a year, but then, things got worse. Tonsils were getting infected, horrible sore throats, fungus on nails, and gradual weight loss. I took more broad-spectrum antibitoics and got a yeast infection. Had to stop.

I developed a weird rash on both legs (on the shins) of tiny red dots. Tried using topical anti-fungal cream. Then turned to tea tree oil, fasted (which encouraged some die-off symptoms), pro-biotics, and then found colloidal silver (which also helped to kill off something in my body, but not totally).

I was coughing up white balls of phglem, bad digestion & constipation/diarrhea. Also have had horrible and chronic localized lower back pain on the right side, to the point where I haven't been able to walk, or bend over. I tried acupuncture, chiropractors, and tons of herbal supplements. I have tried mixing DMSO in a nebulizer and inhaling that, I've taked food-grade H2O2 in water (and inhaled). (If you choose to try these treatments please do a significant amount of research. They are safe but, like most effective treatments, can be harmful if you're not mindful)

I believe all of the above treatments are components of a well-rounded wholistic health system. I have learned so much in trying all of them, and now have an arsenal of alternative health options for the future. Many of them I learned about on THIS SITE! BUT, if you are suffering from a candidia overgrowth and/or parasites, then I believe D.E. is the first offense to clear you out so other things can help to make you healthy.

I began taking two giant spoonfuls of D.E. In water twice a day. Within hours I felt a headache. Within days I had full blown flu symptons. Achey body. Feverish. Sinuses in absolute pain. SOMETHING WAS/IS DYING OFF. What's really interesting is that I went through many of the symptoms of my past battles in reverse. I felt my tonsils get inflamed, and sore, for a couple days, then that subsided as the back of my throat was sore, then it moved down into my vocal chords (which as been a source of pain in the past as well), then into my lungs (where I've had horrible bouts of gurgly, phlegm filled coughing-having to use an inhaler many times a night).

I woke up on the 4th day with my tounge COVERED in white. It scraped right off with a toothbrush. I applied the D.E. as a paste to my face, shoulders, legs, and let it dry to white. And it has cleared my legs of the red-dot rash. It is making my pores on my face smaller. It seems to be very powerful in drawing toxins out of the skin. I'm on day 9 and still feel a bit loopy. My distended belly is going down. My gums, which once had dark rings where they met my teeth, now are healing. I've had back pains, then nothing (possible I had some overgrowth in my joints, or taking up residence in my lower back?), i'm having a strange pain in my knee that I think will go away.

I plan on taking D.E. for a year. I think I have a long way to go to help my body find balance. But D.E. seems like an incredible gift. I have been expelling phlegm out of sinuses and lungs for past 3 days. Thick gunk. It is incredible.


So, I will say to you who are searching for good health: Don't give up! Trust your intuition. Keep moving and experimenting. You can't hurt yourself by trying alternative health methods any more than a Dr. Can hurt you by prescribing harsh synthetic drugs that you might be harming you. Most people don't need antibiotics. They are good for extreme conditions. But most symptoms are caused by bad diet (i am now mostly vegan - has also helped clear my lungs, skin, etc. Highly recommended!) and lifestyle. I do believe that we live in a toxic world, full of pollution, but I believe nothing is more harmful to our bodies than the american diet and lifestyle (processed sugar, processed grains, alcohol, caffeine, etc).

I don't believe people are supposed to have mild allergies, stuffy sinuses, low energy, bad skin, etc. These are all signs from your body that something is wrong internally. You have to treat the internal for the external to be healthy!

If anyone has questions please feel free to email or reply. I love reading testimonials from real people because I feel like you can determine what might be effective for you by reading other people's voices. Every body is different, and what might work for some (like D.E.) might not work for you. But DON'T GIVE UP! Keep going! It is a journey. You can find good health. Keep stripping away the layers of your habbits and patterns and examine every part of your life.

Be Well! Paul

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada

Good hear a battling story. So how are you now? Are you cured or still in the self treatment? Is there a considerable improvement that you feel after a month, if so then people can try.

Good Health

Replied by Tikiwish
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca

Thanks for the info, I just started taking it, for two days now, for an bacterial infection. I felt really bad last at first, but then I started feeling a lot better than I hadfor a long time, today I had more energy too. I'm going to do the same thing, take it for a year and hope it gets rid of this infection. I bought a large box online, it's not expensive. And I used it for ants today, which worked great. I'll post more about my progress.
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For Rad_city from Brea, Ca

I am also a user of DE, and any other item I can use instead of going to the Dr for every little thing. Had some pretty miraculous things happen. AND, had some scary thing happen. Went for a long time working on a painful lower back, right side. Finally caved and had a Colonoscopy. Now the scary, I now have about 1/3 less larger colon on the right side. ALL my pain was in the lower right back. Cancer stage was 3a. What I want you to know is that your symptoms are identical. My suggestion, get a colonsocopy to make certain your good to go before you continue with anything else. With all the GMO in american food, no matter how well we why try, we are not immune to cancer. Now I am on my way to recovery, doing well. AND right back to my good old natural remedies. Have a good life! Yehsams

Replied by Yehsams

TO Rad_city from Brea, Ca. RE: pain on the right side of your lower back- don't want to scare you but get yourself a Colonoscoppy, NOW. I am a life long natural remedy user, with some miracle results. But I had the same complaint, and finally caved in to my DR and had a colonoscopy. Result was stage 3a colon cancer. I trusted the medical establishment, glad I did. Wish I had not waited years to find out. Now I am better, and back to my natural remedies, and happy to have made my decision.


Replied by Joy
Cartersville, Ga

Are you still taking DE? If so how is it going?
Replied by Maryam
Manchester, UK

Are you still taking DE has it helped you?
Replied by Lindsey
San Francisco, Ca

Hi Paul,

I was working in a pharmacy when I found out about how abundant pinworms were. I had never heard of them before. After reading about them, I was certain I had come in to contact with them due to all the time I'd spent near infested patients. I took one dose of pinx to ease my mind. Four days later I had severe diahrrea and got a "cold." I thought this was because I was traveling. Two weeks later, when I was in bed, I was certain I felt a pinch and spotted a worm on my toilet paper. I took the second dose of pinx and three days later started DE, 1 tablespoon in the morning. After a few days I got extremely exhausted. Then a day later I got a headache. The next day I started feeling sick again. It's been 8 days and for the past three I have had a sore throat and extreme congestion (worse than ever). I will wake up vomitting phlegm. I'm aware of the herx reaction. But what worries me is that I've felt sore of detached and out of it the past week as well. It seems as though my vision is a little blurry but I'm not sure if this is because I'm having a hard time concentrating. It doesn't seem like this would be part of the detox reaction and that it may be a toxicity to the DE, or worse the worms have travelled north (big symptoms of brain prasites). I was wondering if you had any of those symptoms? And how long your "detox" symptoms lasted. I want to clean my body but obviously do no harm in the process.

Replied by Myway

Food grade diatomaceous earth has to be started slowly....1 tsp in water on an empty stomach and over two weeks, increase to 1 tablespoon in water 2x a day. You have to drink lots of water or you may have a constipation effect. A headache or ringing in the ear indicates that you need to lessen the dose.

I take 2 teaspoons a day as a supplement but I did find out - it has to be started slowly.

MyWay :D

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Posted by Michael (nw) (Oregon) on 11/20/2015


I started DE about 3 weeks ago. The first 2 weeks I felt fine, no side-effects, no apparent die-off, felt actually a bit better in ways. But into the 3rd week, I started becoming Dehydrated, constipated, gut aches, etc... I took one day off, drank a ton of water, started up again, two days later my bowels are doing fine, but now I have major gut tightness, not really bloated as much as just feeling VERY tight. After this afternoon's dose I felt ill/maliase, etc...

Can it take a couple of weeks to start having die-off symptoms? I've been doing other detox treatments, and probably don't have as much heavy metals and toxic to clean out as some people do which is why maybe I didn't have an initial reaction, but I do have a parasite, and possibly SIBO which I'm hoping DE will take care of.

I usually take 1tsp 2x per day. Cheers.

Posted by Danimom (Georgia ) on 09/18/2013

[YEA]  I to have many health issues. Now my children also suffer health issues we started taking 1/2 teaspoon of D. E. A day mixed in water and already we are feeling better there acne cleared up my son who has always been large has drooped 2 pant sizes because the inflammation is coming off I have gone down 1 my oldest son who has terrible allergies has not had to use his inhaler even once since we started and no ill side affects..... My mom tried it a while ago and stopped because she to got sick but she was using a lot at once and now that she sees that we are good after 3weeks she has decided to try again but at the 1/2 teaspoon dose we increased to a teaspoon after 2weeks and will go up another 1/2 teaspoon next week but my Dr. Said no more the the 1 1/2 teaspoon s dose and every fife week stop for 2then start again at the 1/2 teaspoon dose so please reply with how your doing thanks Dani