Diatomaceous Earth: From Insect Control to Detox

Posted by Jean (Texas) on 07/25/2016
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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
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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 1661 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 1661 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 temprature in the manufacturing process which alters it considerably convreting it to a crystaline silica and makes 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 actualy 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 2072 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 1661 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 2072 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
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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 1661 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 2072 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
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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

Side Effects
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 04/24/2016 2072 posts

M: First thing come to mind is "silicosis" or way too high levels of Silica as Diatomaceous Earth is predominately Silica.

If you are using D.E. for the removal of intestinal parasites you will need to greatly reduce it and introduce other natural remedies for this condition.

Side Effects
Posted by Mijas (Ireland) on 04/23/2016
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Better But With Side Effects

Just wondering if anyone has used Diatamaceous Earth for months or years? Have you had any adverse reactions? I'm reading some good reports, many have die-off reactions, but I wonder if it is actually safe to take long-term?

I've been taking it for a couple of months, I did notice some die-off, but I have recently been thinking that it may be affecting my mood. I get bad dreams if I take it at night, so I am taking 1 tbsp in water in the morning. I drink tons of water with it and it has definitely helped with constipation. I get to sleep faster but then I wake up with an unusually low mood. I also feel very tired early in the evening, which was previously my 'high energy' phase.

Side Effects
Posted by Kelly (Nashville, Tn) on 03/24/2016
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I have been using the food grade DE for about 2 1/2 weeks. I noticed the complete opposite from what I keep reading everyone else's experienses. My nails are more brittle, no difference in hair and I am breaking out. (Which I am not prone to). I know everyone's body is different but I am not sure why I have not gotten any positive results yet. Has anyone else gotten negative or no results?

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Nattakit (Bangkok) on 03/16/2016

This website http://www.deoth.com/dosage.html selling food grade diatomaceous earth from Australia. They ship from Chiengmai at Bht.500/kg.

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Martin (Bangkok, Thailand) on 03/16/2016


Anyone know of places in Bangkok that sell food grade diatomaceous earth? I've just ordered some from Amazon but the delivery and import costs are a real killer. Would be great to know where to source this stuff locally.

Any clues?

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
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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
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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
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Better But With Side Effects


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.

Caution: Food Grade
Posted by Sj (Tn) on 10/20/2015
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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 Rachel (Flagstaff) on 10/10/2015
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I have also been taking DE for about 2 weeks and am feeling tried and breaking out and experiencing headaches and dizziness. I want to know if this is just part of the detox and if you're still taking it. Does it get better? Thanks! Rachel

Posted by Mal (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) on 09/20/2015

Do a face mask and add Diatomaceou earth to it!!!

Caution: Food Grade
Posted by Kayte (Tampa) on 07/29/2015

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.

Posted by Susan (Manitoba) on 07/13/2015

Hello, I'm sorry to hear your out their feeling so low I hear you ....but I have raised a - many children....and I am going to let you in on a little secret and that is .....quite the junk food ...denie it all you want ..pop sugar french fries - or at least cut down to very little junk food ...it going to kill you internal and external ...if you quit the bad the DE can start to do its job.....With DE you will go through a detox part of it ..cleaning out your system ... so it will get worse before it gets better ...and don't tell me you're not eating junk ..hahah your in that age group ...just be honest with your self ....okay their is another factor if your on certain medication or any sort of liver malfunction can attribute to the acne ...so if the last two are not the issue... it would than have to do with junk food or..milk has been noted as a cause of acne to especial if you have ADHA too...also what are you cleaning your face with ....wash your hands faithfully and don't touch your face as it will irritate the acne ..well unless your cleaning it out and use an astringent to close the pours ..and don't mix chemicals like acne pads and astringents that would hurt you bad ...do you use a steroid for medication on your face ....it really is simplistic

If it's not caused by a medical issue.

All the best sweety and don't give up

DE and Amalgams
Posted by Tea (New Zealand) on 06/22/2015

You can absorb transdermally through baths or use dmso and avoid the teeth altogether!

Thin Hair
Posted by Hoppimike (Kent, England) on 06/06/2015 23 posts
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Better But With Side Effects

Diatomaceous earth, I believe because of the silica, I'm 99% sure was making my hair thicker. However, I had to stop because it was also giving me bleeding which started when I started taking it and stopped when I stopped.

However, theoretically any silica should work I suppose. Best of luck!

Posted by Tamie (Fresno) on 06/03/2015
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Better But With Side Effects

I have no medical insurance and have always done what I could to "cure" my own ailments. I have high blood pressure, possibly thyroid issues (2 aunts an uncle and a cousin had thyroid cancer) eczema, and I have also experienced years of constipation and hemorrhoids with only 2-3 bowel movements a week. At times I have used enemas as a last ditch effort to remove the feces. I have been having severe chest congestion and phlegm suspecting that I have bronchitis or some other malady. My dad had recommended DE to someone for the bugs around their house and I decided to look it up myself. I read that it worked on the lungs and alleviated bronchitis. I also used drugs about 10 years ago. From what I understand through researching DE that drugs and other heavy metals will attach to fat and when you consume DE you go through a detox process. I have a lot of fat so this might take a while ... lol.

"DE detoxes mercury, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals; removes poisons from chemtrails, radiation and may alleviate the effects of GMOs. DE possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties."

So ... I went to a local pet store and bought FOOD GRADE DE.

I decided on 1 tablespoon in 4-6 ounces of water each evening and I have given the same amount to my fiance who is a diabetic with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hemochromatosis.

I immediately started going through the detox process.

My body aches, I have a dry cough, and we both have increased urination, and a slight headache each evening.

The bronchitis appears to be getting better as the severe congestion is gone.

A week into the detox I found that my body hurt too much and I decided to give myself a 3 day break. I just started back and my body is hurting again.

My fiance just started going through the detox and his body got real sore last night and he said he felt like he was getting the flu (a complaint of many DE users.) We talked about the issues we were having with detoxing and decided that we would stick with it as it must be doing something.

I did reduce my dose from 1 tbsp to 2 teaspoons and tonight I will reduce his as well. I have read that it could be that we are detoxing too fast. I really can't wait to get past the detox so that I can enjoy healthy blood pressure levels. We will know more about how well DE has worked on my Fiance when he does his next labs.

I am also hoping that DE removes the fungal infection from his toe nails. I am however, enjoying the regular bowel movements... I am hoping that the hemorrhoids heal up as I read that DE can normalize and reduce hemorrhoids. I hope this helps with your choice to use or continue with DE.

Posted by Timh (Ky) on 05/28/2015 2072 posts

This sure goes against the health minded professionals saying that our mass produced corporate agriculture practices are deficient in minerals.

BSM, raw or cooked Liver, Brewers Yeast, and Bee Pollen are the superfood exception to the rule of mineral depletion. Ionic Trace Minerals from Utah's Great Salt Lake is a superior source of major & trace minerals.

Posted by Artistwifey (California) on 05/27/2015

I distilled my own well water for 10yrs-for the most part one can get minerals in their food, especially if you eat fresh food often.

Where to Buy
Posted by Artistwifey (California) on 05/27/2015
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Red earth is fine, it has calcium bentonite in it which gives a geisha color. Google calcium bentonite--my research shows its goodstuff. I use diatomaceous earth in AM and the red earth brand later in the day.

Diatomaceous Earth Tips
Posted by Ashley (Florida, US) on 04/21/2015
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I've just started taking DE and I read up extensively on how much to take and what to take with it.

First and foremost. Water. Lots of water. That is probably more of a given. The other two things I take with my DE are a multivitamin and a pro-biotic. Since DE is removing things from your gut, you want to regulate it with a pro-biotic. I've also heard to take Omega 3 with it, but I haven't purchased any to start with it.

Hope that helps some.

Diatomaceous Earth Side Effects
Posted by Ashley (Florida, US) on 04/21/2015

My reply is probably too late, but you started off with way too much DE way too early.

You should've started at 1/4 tsp for a week, then worked your way up to 1/2 tsp for two weeks. After those two weeks, you can take 1 tsp daily. Try that for two weeks before going to 2 tsp daily.

Posted by Roxana (Mesa, Az) on 04/20/2015

when using DE it should be lightly powdered and vac weekly. I have used it for six months with no problems to my vacuum.

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