Diatomaceous earth?

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CathyA
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   Posted 10/5/2006 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
   I don't want to start a big controversy here, and I definitely wouldn't recommend anyone taking it without doing tons of research on it first and proceeding very cautiously........but has anyone here ever taken food grade DE (diatomaceous earth), and found that it helped their IBS in some way?   Thanks.

Keriamon
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   Posted 10/5/2006 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard of DE, but as a roach killer, not as something to eat. Have you read something about it helping? What's it supposed to do?

CathyA
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   Posted 10/6/2006 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Keriamon,
I have chickens, and on a chicken forum that I am on, alot of people use it for keeping their chickens from getting worms (give it to them in their feed), and keeping down the external parasites (put it in their bedding), but some of them have been taking it orally themselves. One person said it helped her husband's GERD, and other people say it just makes them feel better in a general way. Another person said it helped with their IBS.
Diatomaceous earth is ground up exosckeletons from tiny ocean creatures, millions of years old. You can develop lung disease if you breath it in.
But some of these people (on the chicken forum), really feel that a little bit in a liquid drink every day makes them much healthier.
I would imagine it would be something like taking calcium, in terms of helping with diarrhea. But I don't know for sure. I would have to do a whole lot of research before I would feel okay to take it.
I guess it's already in tons of our foodstuff.........like cake mixes, powders, etc. I think it is used as an "anti-caking" substance, and also a preservative, since it keeps little bugs out of things. I guess the bugs eat it, and it tears up their insides. Hopefully it doesn' t do that to humans! Anyhow.....I was just curious if anyone here had tried it.

Keriamon
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   Posted 10/6/2006 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
You know, I think the best person to ask would be a farm vet. A lot of human drugs are used to treat animals and it's possible it works the other way around. I know my father read an article years ago about how they treat cows with kidney stones with more calcium, but at the same time they were telling humans to take in less calcium. They have since gotten all on the same page and have realized what the vets knew all along--you get stones because your body is hoarding what little bit of calcium it's getting, not because it's getting too much, and they now recommend more calcium for stone sufferers.

Exoskeletons of marine life is the key component in limestone. Which itself, if I remember my high school geology, is high in calcium. So I think you're right in suspecting that its benefit may dervice from its calcium content. Calcium is known to help soothe irritations in the digestive tract and there is even some early evidence that it helps prevent G.I. cancers--probably because it does keep everything in there less irritated.

My suggestion to you, though, would be to try OTC calcium supplements first. If you have D, try the Caltrate 660 w/ vitamin D. If you don't have diarrhea, then try another brand which will be less constipating. You can also try a serving of yogurt or a couple of milk everyday. I recommend the calcium pills because I have read that you can take too much calcium and mess up your kidneys; who knows how much calcium is in the DE and whether you're getting too much?

Of course, DE may still be good for intestinal parasite--it certainly seems to work for chickens'. Like I said, if you're really curious to try it, ask a vet. Even though they're not people doctors, they know why medicines work on certain animals and would know if it would be bad for a person. And actually, anyone who has a farm or farm animals is more likely to catch parasites from them, so that's always something to be on the lookout for.

CathyA
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   Posted 10/7/2006 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Keriamon,
I do use Caltrate 600D, and it works great at controlling my diarrhea. I would have a really rough time without it. Thanks for all your suggestions!

adhaincroi
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   Posted 1/30/2012 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat it…FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth ---It MUST be FOOD GRADE….between 1 and 3 tablespoonfuls a day…I feed it to my dogs and I put it on them as a dust to get rid of the fleas…I use it around my baseboards…Diatomaceous earth is mostly silicon dioxide (silica)…silica the human body contains about 7 grams of silica..that’s more iron than the human body has…we use silica for loads of systems in the body…is it is what is in all those hair and nail vitamins and indeed this is one of the things you notice most….also the colon likes it…diatoms are tiny phytoplankton’s they are tubular with little holes and they ostensibly scour the system as they move through the stomach and digestive tract…it attracts and absorbs … bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endo-toxins, pesticide and drug residues, E-Coli, and heavy metals….it traps all this gunk and pushes out of your system…it also “cuts” up any parasites in our system killing them so we can pass them out….it has no known toxins within the human body…the only thing to watch out for is don’t breathe in the dust…I have been using it for a while now and my Fiancé also who has a short digestive system due to an earlier operation…he has seen an improvement in his digestion which was objectionable and had similar symptoms to IBS neither of us suffer from digestive issues any more…also I have to say if you have allergies as I do and had built up candida then it seems to clear that also…scouring your system makes you feel great..my skin glows..my hair is super and so are my nails…the silica really helps your body out…it tastes like dirt to me as I just take it in water before bed..but lots of people put it in a smoothie or a yoghurt..or fruit juice…I like it to run through in the night to give it plenty of time to do its stuff…so some research and see if you think it would help…I personally highly recommend it
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