It's not a lie ~ We Are What We Eat! - Cliffnotes for your HEALTH!
Diatomaceous Earth

Food grade diatomaceous earth (often referred to as "DE") has many uses and excellent health benefits for humans, plants, and animals. Diatomaceous Earth is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of microscopic one-celled plants (phytoplankton) called diatoms that lived in the oceans and lakes that once covered the western part of the US and other parts of the world. DE is almost pure silica (with some beneficial trace minerals).


Mammals and Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth does not hurt mammals. We can eat it as well as our animals (Food Grade only- this is important to remember). We can rub it all over our skin, our hair and eat it and we are unharmed.
 
This is a picture of Diatom (magnified 7000 times). It looks like a cylinder full of holes. This cylinder has a very strong negative charge. As these millions of cylinders move through the stomach and digestive tract, they attract and absorb fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides, and drug residues, E.coli and heavy metals. These are trapped inside the cylinder and passed out of the body. In addition, any larger parasites that happen to be in the stomach or digestive tract are "cut up" and killed by the sharp edges of the DE. All of these activities result in a much healthier body with less sickness.
 
On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, DE is a 7. This is very important because as those millions of tiny hard and sharp DE cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they "scrub" the walls. After only a few months of taking DE, the intestine wall is no longer coated with the harmful mucus and molds but CLEAN!!

The advantages of this are several:
  • Regular bowel movements (This is the number one comment everyone makes about DE and the first thing I noticed when I started taking it).
  • Healthier colon. This is especially important as we get age. A clean, healthy colon keeps away polyps, cancers, and ulcers. Many spend thousands of dollars to get colonics to do the same thing as Diatomaceous Earth does.
  • Many users report increased energy and needing less sleep. This is a result of all the food and nutrients that are taken in being better absorbed into the blood stream. With a coated colon many nutrients never get absorbed.
 
A small amount of Diatomaceous Earth gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica. One of the benefits of Silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats. It has been stated through user testimonials that DE has lowered their cholesterol by 40-50 points, and they are amazed at how their high blood pressure goes down.

The benefits of silica are many. In today's grains, there is actually a shortage of silica. Years ago, the silica found in our food was adequate, but with today's hybrids and depleted soils, only about
⅓ of the silica needed is supplied in our food. Diatomaceous Earth is a simple and inexpensive way to get the silica your body needs.

Other benefits of silica to the body:
  • Sore joints and ligaments feel better
  • Skin clears up (acne-age spots-psoriasis)
  • Hair and nails are stronger and grow faster
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Healthier respiratory tract--less coughing
  • Menopause has less symptoms
  • Healthier urinary tract
 
Organic farmers feed food grade diatomaceous earth to their animals to cure whatever ails them. Many farmers swear that the stuff kills all sorts of worms and parasites. Also, natural food grade diatomaceous earth contains 15 trace minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc iron, phosphorous, selenium, etc. People note shinier coats, better overall health, better production, etc. in their animals who are fed food grade DE regularly.
 
When shopping be sure that you get food grade diatomaceous earth, preferably with a guarantee stating to have "less than 0.5% crystalline silica". Do not get a product that is mixed with ‘something else’. If the label states "97% diatomaceous earth" it makes you wonder what the other 3% is.

Dosage
This was my first question when I started using DE; how much and when? I can tell you it will truly depend on your bodies current needs- but here are some ideas to start off with.

  • Take 1 TBSP in the morning in a big glass of water or juice
Well before breakfast, to allow DE time to move through and absorb toxins from your digestive tract without interfering with absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids.
  • Take 1 tsp before a meal (3 times a day)
  • Take 1 TBSP in the evening
Long after eating, to allow DE time to move through and absorb toxins from ones digestive tract during the night.
 
You do not want to detox so much that you feel very uncomfortable. If you notice you are, back off the dosage a little. If you do not feel anything, feel free to increase your dosage and play with the timing. Some people take up to ¼ Cup a day!
 
*For animal dosage information please go to the Wolf Creek Ranch website.*
 
DE deposits are mined from underwater beds or from ancient dried lake bottoms thousands of years old. This means, diatomaceous earth has an unlimited shelf life provided you keep it dry. There are food grade DE products that are yellow or tan in color which indicates higher iron content. Those which are gray in color contain more clay.
 
How safe is Diatomaceous Earth
Do not get diatomaceous earth in the eyes. DE is drying so be careful when you are placing it for pest control- you do not want to put it out when you or your pets are down-wind of it. DE is drying to your skin, hands, and feet, just as it can be to your pets. Do NOT use heavily in carpet. Some advise too much DE causes vacuum problems and could cause too much to become airborne- but remember it is not toxic! Inhaling it causes coughing as you would inhaling any flour-like substance.
 
The only legitimate concern I have found is DE that is not food grade. Pool filter grade DE contains up to 70% "crystalline silica". Various citations on the web state that if you inhale the pool filter grade DE over a length of time you could get cancer. Pool filter grade DE has been heated then chemically treated and considered a poison, so it is always of utmost importance to only obtain food grade diatomaceous earth to use in your system, with your pets and around your household.
 
If you were to inhale a massive quantity you should follow the protocol on this MSDS sheet for crystalline silica. Food grade diatomaceous earth will contain less than 1% crystalline silica, in most cases even less.

Bugs and Diatomaceous Earth
On a microscopic level, the diatomaceous earth particles are very sharp; under a microscope, it looks like shards of glass (glass is made from silica). When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (beetle-type insect such as fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs, ants, etc.) DE gets caught between their joints and works under the shell puncturing their body. As they move, the DE acts like razor blades and cuts them up which then leads to dehydration and death. The best part is DE is completely nontoxic. It has been reported to be the most effective solution when fighting pests.
 
*The worldwide web has many resources for proper applications of DE to get rid of all insect types. You are also more than welcome to email me for suggestions*
 
One strange thing about diatomaceous earth is that for it to work on killing bugs, you have to keep it dry. Even morning dew can make diatomaceous earth ineffective. Also, DE is not bait. If you put a little bit in a pile somewhere, the bugs are not drawn to it and they do not invite all their friends. DE is a very inexpensive, non toxic (great if you have children or pets) and generally more effective than anything the pesticide companies have to offer. Test it for yourself. Catch a few bugs; put them in a jar with some DE. Shake it so they get some on them and wait. If you want ants march through a pile the result is almost instant.

My Experience
I have tens of thousands of dollars in the past ten years since my cancer experience learning about health, trying different alternative methods, many different supplements, witch doctors (half kidding)... It has been an invaluable journey but at the same time you ask yourself - IS ANYTHING EVER GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE??? My greatest culprit- that took me years to discover was candida. Even after discovering this and reading journals, articles and books solving it has been overwhelming. I have an extensive section on Candida and cures on this website. My cravings for sugar and carbohydrates was uncontrollable- even with my high level of self discipline.
 
A very good friend, Rachel Kincaid, mentioned Diatomaceous Earth in an email. I read about it and thought it sounded interesting. Did not think about it for a week- but like anything the Universe REALLY wants me to be aware of the information came to me through others sources. So I decided to try it.
 
I read the dosage requirements, and of course when I do anything  I always go big. I thought I would start off with 2 TBSP of DE in some water at night for a week and see how I feel. Oh my goodness I was exhausted! The entire week I was so tired I could barely function. Serious detoxing was occurring and I realized maybe I should back off a little. So I adjusted it to 1 TBSP at night. This helped a lot, but then I also learned that I needed to take it before 7 pm or I'd be up for hours. It does have an energizing affect (varies with everyone though).  I state this with all sincerity- for the first time in my life I do not crave sugar or breads. I eat smaller meals and feel very satisfied. I rarely go back for seconds. I feel AMAZING. To constantly battle an addiction (as I mentioned my weakness is a sugar/carbohydrate combination) is tiring and frustrating. Although strange to eat a normal proportioned meal and not crave sugar afterwards, it is a gift I am grateful for.
 
As with anything we were not raised to believe in- skepticism is involved. This may not be something you want to try, but you might want to know you already may be eating it. Food grade diatomaceous earth is EPA approved to be mixed with grains to control mealworms and other pests who feast on grains.  This fact is astounding- A study done by ACRES, USA, Inc. advised that after 12 months of storage, the food grade diatomaceous earth treated grain had 15 insects, compared to 4884 for malathion (insecticide) and 16,994 for untreated grain. You are probably already eating some slight amount of diatomaceous earth every time you eat any bread, pasta or other grain based food.

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Disclaimer:
Please remember that the content on this website is for reference purposes only. The information is a conglomeration of many sources as well as my own experience. It is not intended to be a substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. Use or dosage recommendations have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before trying a new regimen or taking any nutritional supplement.


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