Maximize Your Health: Unveiling Diatomaceous Earth Benefits

Posted by Arveca (Kansas) on 03/09/2018

Try the D.E. as a face scrub. Works better that way for acne. Also start with small dose for internal use 1/2 to 1 your way up to a tablespoon. Anything can be overdone.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Don (Ontario Canada) on 01/21/2018

I took DE for three months. I never missed a day, I don't know if it was the DE or not (I think it was a herxhiemer effect) but I got sick coughing up phlegm and mucus that lasted for weeks. After about three weeks I started seeing parasites in my stool. I swear I lost ten pounds of Candida. But the annoying cough wouldn't go away so I mixed my own borax mixture and started taking a tablespoon of the concentrate (1 teaspoon of borax dissolved in 1 liter of water) a day. Within a week I started dumping more parasites. Then something that I would say looked like a small scallop with thin white whisks coming off it like a sort a tail.( its hard to describe). I had some nuggets of yellowish waxy looking things come out as well My urine smelled weird. I started this initially as a candida flush but it did so much more.

1- it took away a sense of urgency to pee that I had for ten years.

2- I always was cold, now I'm comfortable.

3- I never get heartburn anymore.

At times I never felt better. I'm 58 and I really think this stuff has given me better health. Can anyone explain to me what all this was that came out of me? I am a cancer survivor and my gut tells me this was some sort of cancerous issue.

Good luck..... Don

Candida and Parasites
Posted by Jordan (Minneapolis) on 12/30/2017

I am not a medical professional, this is my personal experience. I had severe herxeimer reactions after beginning the candida diet and taking antifungals, and my reaction as candida and parasites died off was similar to yours. If you are taking DE to kill parasites, I imagine that you would have the same die off reactions. My die off was so bad that I didn't think I would be able to go to work. My doctor recommended coffee enemas to help get rid of those symptoms and they helped tremendously.

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 11/15/2017

HI U CEE,,,,,,,,, first, Diatomaceous Earth is a mined product so how do you get to food grade? I buy my DE at the co-op in 50# bags. It says on the bag that it is food grade. I maybe wrong and if so, will do something different in the next life. But for the here and now I have a brain and will use it.

Our idol, Bill Munro, used the brown bottle H2O2 to cure two cancers. Now our PC crowd now says we cannot use that. He lived to be 89 and I'll take that any day. We continue to out smart ourselves. Like our current news, there are gamesman in this world. You just must be smart enough to determine whose playing games. That is the reason I'm into survival, I trust no one including myself. That is the reason I shave in front of a mirror so I won't let me cut my own throat.

ATS ======ORH=====

Posted by Cee (Minneapolis, Mn) on 11/15/2017

Never, never use anything but food grade diatomaceous earth. The kind that is purchased from feed stores and garden centers may NOT be FOOD GRADE. Always check the labels. I would not use this to dust my sheets, carpet etc. Breathing the dust is harmful. Do your own research folks!!! Don't just blindly follow a review. Use wisdom!! If used responsibly, DE is an amazing product!

Posted by Jazz452 (Uk) on 10/09/2017

Yes DE does work for parasites, sure they will scatter they hate it, but they need to return to the gut to breed and if you keep taking the DE they won't return. Problem is you need to take for at least 90 days consecutive, well worth it.

Good Sleep
Posted by Jazz452 (Uk) on 10/09/2017

You go to sleep quicker cause you don't sit down much when taking DE, energy levels are higher, which makes you fitter and don't really need as much sleep. That's my findings anyway.

Avoid Inhaling DE
Posted by Violeta (Usa) on 09/17/2017


LOL, you're the one who needed to be educated with your own biochemistry haha. muriatic is hydrochloric acid, it is the same thing. But guess your being funny.... and that was a good laugh :)

Posted by Jo (Florida) on 08/10/2017

Hi Ray!

I've been drinking only distilled water since 1976. I do not drink tap water which is full of antibiotics, fluoride, chemicals, hormones, lead, bacteria, viruses and other goodies. Forty of the major spring water companies now add fluoride to their products.My health is superb. I take no pharmaceuticals, lots of nutriceuticals, and trace minerals. My mineral levels are fine, and I look (based on comments from others), 20 years younger than my chronological age. Since humans are 75% water, water is the most important thing we consume. I do eat intelligently, and I am a happy person, both of which I believe add to general good health.

One US naturopathic doctor says that no one who drinks distilled for more than 20 years will live to tell about it. Well, if you do the math, you can see that this is absolutely incorrect.

I will be buying a Berkey water filter and using that since I believe that level of filteration produces absolutely clean water. But until then, I will continue drinking a gallon or more of distilled water a day and recommend that others do the same.

Avoid Inhaling DE
Posted by Sheila (Cheshire) on 07/19/2017

If you use food grade, I've read that this is not harmful to inhale - though obviously take precautions and don't breathe it in deliberately!

Nail Growth
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 06/05/2017

If you were not having side effects maybe you should go back to that?

If it is a detox reaction consuming plenty of water and Epsom Salt baths may help you get past this.

More isn't always better---sometimes just a small amount of a remedy over a longer period of time is best in the long run.

~Mama to Many~

Nail Growth
Posted by Willistine (Mt Laurel, Nj) on 06/05/2017

I've been taking a /tsp of DE for a week my nails are growing. I went up a heaping/tsp and I'm getting a headache behind my left eye 3 days now but I don't want to stop.

Accidental Diatomaceous Earth Inhalation
Posted by Neal & Lorene (Montgomery Tx) on 05/22/2017

I was told when using DE for carpets/house to "wear a mask" due to the dust when applying. This makes good sense. I don't know about effects on Asthma victims, but would be cautious and be out of the house while someone else does the job. It settles really fast. You might want to dust excess off furniture if ppl are going to be running, raising the dust to inflict into lungs. (?) I would suspect that it is not that harmful. Read the bag! Follow directions. Asthma can be from many things, but mostly from a poorly functioning immune system.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Mspat (Nw Fla) on 04/15/2017

I take DE myself, as well as my animals. The benefits are many, both to humans & animals.

I am now able to sleep through the night, after years of energy draining, up every 2 hours, sleep problems.

And the extreme swelling of my feet, ankles & legs, went away. This, & a bit of effortless weight loss, all happened within a few months. I started with half a teaspoon in a full glass of room temperature, filtered water, as soon as I got up each day. In 3 weeks, increased the DE to a tablespoon. I still take it every day & my bowels are normal again, also. Age 68.

Please, make sure that the Diatomaceous Earth is FOOD GRADE.

Posted by Liz (Kitchener, Ontario) on 01/06/2017

I think you are very wise!! I totally agree with what you write!!

Posted by Vc (Canada) on 11/19/2016

Sounds like parasites. Billions of people all over the world are infected. There are many natural herbs and treatments. Some people take borax. 1/8 teaspoon in 1 litre of water. You should use very little. Search the benefits of borax. and get the testimonies. Countless people say it works. It is an old product and some people have been taking it for decades. They urge you not to take too much. Or you can try a combination of many herbs. I hope you choose a winning regiment. Just remember to drink lots of water. You must get the dead parasite bodies out of your body. Many people use coffee enema's. Organic coffee only. Checkout Gerson therapy. Many people swear by it. Be blessed.

Posted by Elly (Australia) on 09/17/2016

Reading about all your problems I can see what I went through the past 7 years. My health just kept declining and begin getting life threatening health problems, when the source of my problem become apparent. I have Candida overgrowth that even my Dr ignored as significant when I mentioned it. I went on a Candida diet 6 weeks ago and started DE, Candigest and Colostrum 2 weeks ago. This week I finally started to feel better, had more energy, brain fog lifted, headaches finally gone too and my period is stabilizing among many other things. My advice is to you is get yourself tested for Candida or read upon it and start your own journey, because truthfully you can't loose by trying. Hope you will get better soon, kind regards...

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Rodezmo (Westminster, Co) on 08/22/2016

I have been doing Diatomaceous Earth (DE) since May 14 2016. I have been doing Chlorella and Spirulina for years along with unrefined sea salt for a plethora of minerals and Vitamin C, Iodine, Vitamin D3, CoQ10, Resveratrol from Muscadine grapes, and Bromelain. I also take a strong Probiotic. I eat organically and Non-GMO primarily.

I was able to increase DE from 1 tsp to 1 TBS the 1st week and went to 2 TBS the second week. Because of my previous health regimen before starting DE I only experienced a slight headache near the end of the day for around 3 days and that quickly subsided.

I am experiencing dark hair growth in my beard and the hair on my head. Back pain is gone and nails are shiny with the North to South ridges dissipating. My skin has always shined from the previous regimen and there has been no change in that, which is great.

I sleep straight through now from DE and have experienced a bit more energy. Bowels will be a bit constipated if I fail on water consumption so I keep the hydration up and water is better than juices for that.

Initially I would wake up with a stiff neck because I would sleep so soundly that I would not move at night. That has passed.

I swear by DE. I am 66 years old and people say I pass for late 40s. I stay away from Doctors religiously. I would go for a broken bone or if I need a tooth pulled. They are good at killing you. I once worked at a Hospital in Dallas and would see several people going out the back each day in body bags. They never go out the front as it is bad for business. All those people I am sure had been treated by a doctor probably for years. The Hippocratic Oath, which they claim, to follow is nominally only with them. Hippocrates said, " Let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine."

Posted by Jean (Texas) on 07/25/2016

You can put DE in your Shampoo and hand soap. And, say good bye to lice and so much more. Works like a charm.

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Jean (Tx) on 07/25/2016

I use DE for my family and pets.

By the way, DE removes Fluoride and many of the other toxins in our tap water. Note my favorite vitamin supplement is Morringa Olifera leaves, Now I am growing it too. Plus, I also make it into a tea and add it to the regular tea. Morringa put all health products to shame, it is higher in vitamins, cholorphyll. I take two capsules a day. It is also a great detoxifier as well. Research it, it will blow you away. Oh, yea, Morringa Olifera seeds removes water born toxins and bacteria from all kinds of water. You will find tons of info on youtube on both DE and Morringa Olifera tree. We also take Reishi mushroom capsules. Note: DE and Collidal Silver was approve for Eboli but when these people came with the cure, they were refused for use. Take care of your health, preventive maintenance is the best cure.

DE and Amalgams
Posted by James (Waikato) on 07/25/2016

That's only if you are using a chelator, e.g., dmsa/dmps or ala. DE is not a chelator as such

Posted by Art (California) on 07/10/2016 2142 posts

I forgot to mention that "Feed Grade DE", not "Food Grade DE" can have more heavy metal in it.

Another quote from that previous link:

What is the difference between food chemical codex grade (food grade) and feed grade diatomaceous earth?

Although these two types are very similar there is one very important distinction between them. Food Chemical Codex Grade (commonly referred to as “Food Grade") DE must meet certain specifications regarding heavy metal content. To be considered Food Grade, the diatomaceous earth must not contain more than 10mg/kg of arsenic and no more than 10mg/kg of lead.


Posted by Art (California ) on 07/10/2016 2142 posts

There seems to be some confusion about food grade DE and industrial or pool filter DE. The pool filter DE is exposed to high temperature in the manufacturing process which alters it considerably, converting it to crystalline silica and making it not fit for human consumption and it is very important that people realize that fact as it will harm you if consumed and that is why I asked the question in the first place, to make sure,

Sarah, was actually using FGDE as opposed to pool DE or the DE that also has a pesticide in it. I have a bag of the pesticide type DE and it has a very distinctive smell to it........kind of like the smell of moth balls, but milder. In any case, a little safety here can go a long way! Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is what you should look for.

Here is a link that gives a detailed discussion on the difference between pool grade and food grade. Definitely worth reading for people who are considering consuming DE.

Here is an important quote from the link:

Crystalline silica is very dangerous and can be harmful to the health of humans and animals. For this reason, Pool Grade diatomaceous earth should NOT be used for any purpose other than filtration.


Posted by Anne (Byron) on 07/09/2016

You may have copper overload? Try reading: why am I always so tired by Ann Gittleman. High copper can do all those things you spoke about.

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 07/09/2016

HI U Timh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the whole world is saying that you must have food grade DE. We buy DE from the co-op in 50 # bags that is destined for livestock. It says food grade on the bag. DE is mined directly and I think without any other processing. So what is the process to get mined DE into this so-called food grade condition?

We also buy our MSM from the farm co-op that is 100% pure. It was made for horses, but it's hard to get bettern 100% pure. Bentonite clay is mined. How do you get food grade clay? It just is or it is not. You can't make it so.

In freshman chemistry we had to make the compound, salt peter. I spread some on a few cookies. All know how this compound affects men. I was SJS because my roommate came in that night and naturally ate my cookies. He got sick as a dog. That taught me a lesson especially the next day when he put a knife to my neck and told me to never do that again. My lab made compound was definitely not food grade. Tex was about 6' 4'' and brought that to my attention.


Posted by Timh (Ky) on 07/08/2016 2063 posts

Steve: From my recollection, you have made many good post here, but I must disagree with you on "typical" die-off reaction, as it appears maybe "possible". I have had much experience with paras & die-off of all sorts but nothing as severe as these reported side-effects.

Posted by Art (California ) on 07/07/2016 2142 posts


Are you sure it was pure "Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth"?


Posted by Steve (Nevada) on 07/07/2016

Typical detox reaction from parasite die off. Drink plenty of water and stop taking DE for a few days.

Posted by Timh (Ky) on 07/07/2016 2063 posts

R: I once tried D.E. orally and experienced ulcerative colitis, so from your report, it appears that you have some "leaky gut" issues which is allowing those sharp Silica mineral fractions to go directly into the bloodstream where they are cutting into the kidneys.

For now take Slippery Elm or Marshmallow to restore Kidneys.

Likely culprit is either Parasite infestation or candida infection or both in the gut. Once these pathogens are removed your intestines should heal back to normal.

I now add D.E. with other minerals for daily footbath and experience the benefits of Silica this way.

Posted by Rebecca (Phoenix, Az) on 07/06/2016

Started taking DE in morning (about1/8 teaspoon) and did not increase at all.Three days in I had nausea, headache and lower back ache which I understand is normal but then on 4th morning I had really cloudy urine with small amount of blood in it so I stopped. Anyone heard of this happening? Any advise or comments appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by Renay (Texas) on 06/19/2016

For the headaches and hair loss try pure black seed oil. You can get it on Amazon.

Posted by Art (California ) on 05/24/2016 2142 posts


Are you sure it is " food grade" DE? There is non food grade which is used for pool filters and is toxic. There is another type that has added pesticide for insect control and obviously should not be taken by humans.


Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 05/24/2016

Sarah, maybe you are detoxed already and don't need any more?

Posted by Timh (Ky) on 05/24/2016 2063 posts

S: This is a good example of "too much of a good thing". It is not wise to consider D.E. an end all for detoxification as there are many types of detoxification.

Anyway, you have gone beyond the daily limit of D.E. and so need to switch to other detox protocols. What exactly are you detoxing from, or just general detox???

For removing heavy metals, and environmental pollutants consider Detox Foot Spa and/or Detox Foot Pads. Steam Room Sweating or Saunas are good detox methods, as well as Mineral Baths. along with any of the above, there are herbs that hasten the removal of toxins in the body; one in particular is Dr Christopher's "Red Clover Combination", and maybe rotate with "Seaweed Complex".

You can easily replace the D.E. with Bentonite Clay as a gentle and effective chelator. Activated Charcoal is also used to remove toxins in the gut.

Posted by Sarah (United Kingdom ) on 05/23/2016

Hi. I am hoping somebody can give me some advise or share their experience of taking diatomaceous earth please. I've been taking 1 heaped teaspoon a day and some days 2 heaped teaspoons to help detox for about 6 weeks. I had the same initial symptoms that are frequently mentioned in the first week. Headaches and a runny nose and then my tongue got a yellow coating which I still have but it is clearing up. I was fine except for noticing a few strange things that I cannot be sure about when I went to the toilet. Until this last week when I've become quite worried. It started with back pain during the night and then I had a slightly painful tingling prickly feeling on the palms of my hands and the souls of my feet which lasted a couple of days, now my joints are painful mainly in my fingers, wrists and knees. This is worrying me but I don't want to stop taking the DE if it is a harmless side effect of my body detoxing.

I should add that I considered myself to be in good health before I started taking DE but decided to do a detox as I changed to a vegan diet about 5 months ago.

Thank you so much in advance, Sarah

Thin Hair
Posted by Ali (Wales) on 03/12/2016

Whilst the bleeding seems a bit worrying, it's possible it could have been caused by parasites as the DE was attacking them. When they let go of the gut wall they could potentially trigger a bleed. Or the DE could be breaking down polyps or even a tumour or something in the gut. It may not be the actual DE that is causing the bleed, but what it is dealing with.

The test may be to see if it stops over the course of a few days. Maybe taking less DE for a while would help. Can't be sure on any of this, but just thinking outside the box......

Posted by Zennish (Florida) on 03/06/2016

I have been taking diatomaceous earth to regrow hair and detox toxins and heavy metals, but noticed an effect on my strongyloides parasites infection I thought you might need to know.

When I take DE, I start to cough, but it's not a die-off cough, it's the same cough I get when I have what I call a "hatch-out" of new strongyloides about every ten days that migrate to my lungs. This is a cough straight out of the lungs, not from dry throat or sinus drainage.

I'm not breathing in the dust. I am very careful about that. I wear a mask when I'm handling it, and I put my dosage into a spoon, put the spoon into the water, and let it become completely saturated before I stir it, still wearing the mask. I drink the cup of water with the DE, then immediately follow up with another cup of water, which I also use to swish around my mouth and wash any residue left there into my stomach. There may be a tiny bit that is inhaled in this process, but not enough to cause the cough.

I think this new cough is caused by strongyloides dying and depositing their eggs, which hatch out in massive numbers and migrate to the lungs. The more DE I take, the worse my cough gets. It's a vicious cycle. Kill them in the digestive system (I'm hyperinfected), and they multiply and just get worse. Then you kill those and the cycle starts all over again. I keep thinking that if I just keep taking the DE every day, killing the adults and juveniles, it will eventually help, but I wonder if I'm just fooling myself.

So this is my experience. Hope it helps someone.

Posted by Steve (Nevada) on 02/07/2016

Those side effects are fairly normal to have when detoxing with DE. Drink lots of water and perhaps take 2-3 days off to give your body a chance to clear out all the toxins and dead pathogens.

Posted by Rose (Tulss) on 02/07/2016

I just started diatamaceous earth food grade 2 days ago and I'm experiencing slight headaches, muscle soreness in my shoulders, a little nausea, weak, had heart palpitations earlier.. I'm taking an antibiotic augmenting and cranberry supplement pills and probiotics so maybe diatamaceous earth causing me to feel kinda like under the weather head hurts, feel like it's starting to get stuffy ..I don't really know for sure..Anybody on here have those effects when they first started on it? If so how long did they last..

Multiple Cures Reported
Posted by Cat (Austin, Tx) on 02/05/2016

After great, initial results from 3 months of consuming FOOD GRADE DE at a dosage of 1-2 Tablesp. daily, I now maintain a flat tsp. 1-2 times a week.

With DE, I passed a hook worm and "rice" type wormy things by the 3rd day.

My carpel tunnel syndrome disappeared.

My face became VERY clear and bright!

My eyes get white as day whenever I take the DE and my energy shoots through the roof!

I sleep better and earlier.

My nails grow and my hair grows faster (but not thicker- ACV does that better, including de-aging for me).

My upper right hip discomfort disappears.

The best part? My teeth! They thickened into corn kernel shapes rather than the thin, playing card shapes they were. I've seen improvement in my gums (pinkish) and my ongoing pockets look way healthier and closer to the gums. DE also firmly attached a loosened tooth I was worried about. With DE, my brain is more focused, clearer, more precise thinking -- my thoughts don't wander as much.

It is the best, natural teeth whitener! I brush with it once a week (any more would strip my enamel).

This is my Sunday formula:

Pre-wet soft toothbrush. Pile on DE, VCO, peppermint oil drop, Hydrogen Peroxide drops. Make sure the DE is thoroughly wet and not dusty. You want to avoid inhaling the dust, similar to talc, into your lungs.

I backed off to 1- 2 tsps weekly when I began having slight pains on my right side. (Drinking LOTS of water is VERY essential! )

Plus, others have shown that DE may, over time, bring your good cholesterol (HDL readings) too low even while providing fantastic blood pressure readings. "Moderation in all things" is the best advice my granny gave me. Learning through life... CAT!

Candida and Parasites
Posted by Myway (Usa) on 11/20/2015

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

Candida and Parasites
Posted by Lindsey (San Francisco, Ca) on 11/20/2015


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.

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.

Avoid Inhaling DE
Posted by Sj (Tn) on 10/20/2015

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

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