Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

I was wondering if food grade Diatomaceous Earth is effective at killing fleas and worms? Also, is it safe for humans, animals to drink?

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by: Andrea S. Dorazio

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Stopped Taking Food Grade DE Scary Results
by: Clairetta

In DE's defense, I am not a good water drinker. I drink more than I used to, but it is still way below what I should consume. Hence, I stopped using DE after a scary incident some months ago.

I got so dehydrated that I suffered from one of the worst cases of Vertigo I have ever had. I could not move my head without dizziness overtaking me. I became exceedingly ill. I was so ill I could not lie down. I had to sit in my chair and drink water for hours.

I take all natural supplements daily and have had much better results from them.

So, the only thing I will use it for now is to get rid of pesky ants that find their way into our house and facial mud packs

On the other hand, my husband used it for a few days and became so constipated he could hardly go. He is a diabetic and drinks water constantly. Now there is two sides to the story.

Do I think humans should drink or give it to their pets? That is each individuals decision.

As for our household, we no longer do.

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Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
by: Clairetta

I have been taken it for two days, in water, and it has helped me eliminate, three times, really well. I also slept super great!

I also have been drinking a lot more water, which is important for the body. I know some people have problems with constipation while taking DE, but I don't know why that is.

I also gave it to our cat, who suffers from Mega bowel. Finally, after four days of not having a bowel movement, he is back to eating and drinking again.

I have not read anywhere where it says Food Grade DE is bad for you or your pets. I will do more research and see if there is any basis to that claim.

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Diatomaceous Earth
by: Claire

What I learned is, you have to drink a lot of water or you will have problems with constipation.

When I first started consuming it, I felt 100% better. I even had great results with bowel function with complete evacuation, which I had not experienced for years. I also stopped having hip pain, slept more soundly and had more energy. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis of my hips, and lower back. I also was diagnosed with partial carotid artery blockage.

What I did then was to drink it in water first thing when I got up, but I started putting it in my food without increasing my liquid intake. Sure enough, within a few days, I was back to being constipated.

I have started using it in water again and increased my water intake. I will see what it does for me this time.

As far as using it for my cats, I just put it in his water. He suffers from Mega bowel and has not had a bowel movement for four days. I am hoping that this will help him.

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absorption of fat soluble vits
by: Anonymous

Hmm.. I was wondering about that too... I gave the stuff to my dog for 8 days.. and my cat and myself for 3 days. Have used it for several years on a once a month basis for my pets.. for worming.. which has ben fine.
But on a daily basis.. what I noticed in all of us was constipation and increased apetite... wouldn't these two factors be ways the body was trying to hang on to what it had and get more of what it was losing.. ie the fat soluble vits? I'm no chemist and maybe this is too simple a view.
Just a thought.
Sue

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Don't uncork that bottle just yet...
by: Gary

Many thanks to this anonymous contributor for a 5-star question.

Diatomite, also known as diatomaceous earth (DE), was formed millions of years ago through fossilization of countless gazillions of tiny hard-shelled algae called diatoms. DE is most commonly used today as a medium in swimming pool filters.

One of DE's most notable properties is its ability to absorb fat-soluble molecules including oils and waxes, which lends itself to pest control. When DE comes in contact with an arthropod such as a flea, it absorbs liquids from the insect's exoskeleton causing death by dehydration. Similarly, in the case of gastropods (common garden snails and slugs), DE absorbs body fluids but with very low efficiency.

There is no question whether diatomaceous earth is an effective mechanical insecticide for outdoor use (although such a broad spectrum pest control often causes collateral damage by killing beneficial insects in the same area). But as for indoor use around pets and children, I have certain concerns. And as for drinking the stuff, don't uncork that bottle just yet.

Since 86% of diatomaceous earth is composed of silica, the most common saltwater form (crystalline silica) should not be handled without wearing a dust mask. The health hazard posed from inhaling this industrial grade DE is called silicosis, a serious lung disease characterized by inflammation and scarring (nodular lesions) in the upper lungs. Victims of silicosis develop labored breathing, fever, and a bluish tint to the skin.

In fairness to the DE industry, food-grade diatomite contains a lower percentage of crystalline silica resulting in an equally reduced risk of developing silicosis. However, DE's most notable property of absorbing fat-soluble molecules (see above) brings yet another health hazard into play. DE readily absorbs fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K thus depleting the body of nutrients essential to good health.

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