Diatomaceous earth definitely did not go well with me.
I'm currently having a really bad reaction to it...I can hardly breathe....then again the reason I'm using it instead of harsh chemicals is because I have auto immune disease and MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity)....I don't know what to use anymore... anyway I've read great things about this stuff like it can be used to detox yourself...the I read something about the cancer society considering it a caricogenic that can cause lung cancer if used too long or if your body respiratory system is already weak.....
I have been buying and using diatomaceous earth since about 1990, with great results for getting rid of fleas, mites, etc. I also have tried taking it internally over the years, with no results I could discern, so I never kept it up longer than a few weeks at a time. I gave it another try recently that turned out not so great -- perhaps being considerably older now has something to do with it, body is more fragile in general than it used to be, and my intestines are not in great shape. I took it (food grade of course) because I was having severe diarrhea (which I eventually figured out was caused by taking Concentrace trace minerals) -- and the DE did help with that issue.
I was happy and planned to keep taking it indefinitely, just on general principles and its good reputation (plus having just bought a giant bagfull). I think I took it, working up to 1 T twice a day, for about 3+ weeks, but then I started having twinges of pain in the intestinal area, on the lower right side, then on the left side as well. This was scary. I happened to have this book from the library (see excerpt quoted below), and based on its advice I quit taking the DE plus started a regimen of vigorous daily exercise to "shake loose the guts" (10-20 squats and full prostrations) and that seems to have worked, there are no more pains after several weeks now.
below is excerpted from book: Medical Medium, by Anthony William, p. 251 re Diatomaceous Earth:
it doesn't do a single useful thing for your gut. it can actually be quite dangerous for your health, if you're sensitive and have a health condition.
Diatomite clings tenaciously to the sides of your intestinal tract and colon, and severely interferes with their ability to absorb nutrients from yr food.... damages yr hydrochloric acid and kills good bacteria..... followed by long-lasting gastric spasms and pain.
It can take months to shake loose from your intestinal tract.
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.
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?
Hello , I started to use diatomaceous earth now for 5 days and I'm already noticing headache, pain in the eyes and dry cough. I am sure that diatomaceous earth caused it , I have to inform that I'm useing only freshwater food grade level spoon per day, and I never inhaled it, but these symphtoms really scared me, has any one experieced any thing like it ? and if so what could caused it ? and why ?
I always thought I had good nails but after taking DE only for a week, boy are they growing strong and long. Now I am waiting to see how my hair will grow better.
The testimonies of users are impressive.
Hi. This is about diatomaceous earth-food grade for thin, breaking, slow growing hair. I'm 62 and found this when I was trying to detox my kidneys and liver. It had a great side effect. My hair which has always been a little longer than my shoulders and no more is now down to my waist. It's still fine but healthier and faster growing. Where my hair was thinning it has regrown. Also my nails are a little stronger and definitely healthier.
Kat from Alaska
(Auckland, New Zealand)
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!
I have been using food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for quite some time for both myself (supplementation and bug killer) and cats (fleas) but wanted to give everyone a tip on it's use that may make application easier and inexpensive. Purchase a plastic mustard or ketchup bottle from the dollar store (here in US). These bottles are either yellow or red...anyway, they have the small hole at the top. Fill the bottle about 1/4th way with DE.
For Flea Prevention: start at the head of the cat or dog and go to the tail with a line of the DE from the bottle. Rub it in. Do this once a week during flea season. Once a month during off season. DE is not a cure-all in my opinion, it is part of the prevention. Again, you don't want you or your pet breathing this stuff in so, the environment for application should be very calm. Wrestling a cat and trying to apply this stuff would kick up the dust. It is non-toxic but you don't want it in you or your pets lungs. If your cat is a mixed martial arts specialist, try something else. I also use an old rouge brush - dab it on the back of the neck of one cat who comes by occasionally.
For Ants: Try to locate the entry point of your ant infestation and squirt a small amount of DE in the corners of the house where they are coming in. The ants or bugs will die with contact of this stuff. I had ants coming into certain parts of the house...I watched them and figured out where they were coming from. Problem solved. No need for pesticides. Remember, if you apply DE to the outside of the outside, it will have to be reapplied if there is moisture (rain) or very high humidity. It will wash away.
By the way, I am asthmatic - DE has not bothered me at all when used in this manner. If I had carpets, a respiratory compromised person or small children, I personally would not put it on the floors. This is just my opinion.
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.
Where to Buy
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.
Where to Buy
I use earthworks health food grade
Where to Buy
I am responding to the person looking for D-Earth in food grade. I found it at "Tractor Supply Store". They were very knowlegeable of this product and assured me that it works great.
Where to Buy
Hi: I was wondering if you could tell me where u get your DE?
Where to Buy
I bought my DE at a pets health food store. You may want to try that.
(The Ozarks, Arkansas, Usa)