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Diatomaceuos Earth and Improving Health

June 22, 2011 at 1:56pm

Several weeks ago, I attended a mandatory medical training for my licensure. Throughout the course, information on Diatomaceous Earth (DE) kept coming up, along with the litany of benefits associated with its regular use. I decided to do a little more digging to find additional information on why this was heralded as such a great benefit to overall health, and now I'm beginning to understand why!

So many within our population have ongoing issues with viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites and toxicity that are significantly affecting our quality of life. Our immune systems are often compromised and we become susceptible to any, or all, of all of the above issues. Nutritional deficiencies become a problem, as absorption becomes impaired and begins a downhill snowballing of symptoms and difficulties that become increasingly challenging to manage, let alone eliminate. 

What has become difficult in this day and age is moving beyond mere symptomology, and addressing the etiology, or underlying cause, of the the health problems we experience. Strengthening the immune system, systematically eliminating the above intruders, along with toxicity, yet in a safe, natural, and non-synthetic way is essential to optimize health. 

Diatomaceous Earth is one way to accomplish that goal. DE is a naturally occuring substance, completely non-toxic, and safe for human and animal consumption (when food grade DE is used). I have listed some facts on DE below, that are well worth considering, especially for those who maintain chronic health problems with any of the above listed issues. (**Do not use filter grade DE. It's been heated and chemically altered to use in swimming pool filters and it is TOXIC! Make sure you use FOOD GRADE!)

I have no association with anyone who manufacturers or sells DE, and therefore have nothing to gain by promoting these benefits to you. My interest is simply to educate about tools that can be used to significantly improve health and well being. This is most certainly one of those tools! 

Keep in mind, much of the information below was written to be used with animals, so not all will apply! Humans have the same benefits however, and therefore it's great to review all the information, as I'm sure you will have some "AHA" moments while reading this!


While I am specifically looking at the applications in the realm of Autism Spectrum Disorders, this is certainly a substance that can benefit EVERYONE. We have a large population of individuals who suffer from chronic gastrointestinal issues including bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites, as well as overall toxicity within their bodies. Whereas antibiotics, anti-fungals and most other treatments have side effects and also build resistance, DE does not and can be used long term with no side effects. 

I hope you find this information helpful and it can make a difference in the health of your family!


Laura Lum Corby :)

Also - here's a great youtube video discussing DE that's well worth 


INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL: Food grade diatomaceous earth makes a very effective natural insecticide. The insecticidal quality of diatomaceous earth is due to the razor sharp edges of the diatom remains. When diatomaceous earth comes in contact with the insects, the sharp edges lacerate the bugs waxy exoskeleton and then the powdery diatomaceous earth absorbs the body fluids causing death from dehydration. Food grade diatomaceous earth has been used for at least two decades as a natural wormer for livestock. Some believe diatomaceous earth scratches and dehydrates parasites. Some scientists believe that diatomaceous earth is a de-ionizer or de-energizer of worms or parasites. Regardless, people report definite control. To be most effective, food grade diatomaceous earth must be fed long enough to catch all newly hatching eggs or cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach. A minimum of 60 days is suggested by many, 90 days is advised for lungworms.

Food grade diatomaceous earth works in a purely physical/mechanical manner, not "chemical" and thus has no chemical toxicity. Best yet, parasites don’t build up a tolerance/immunity to its chemical reaction, so rotation of wormers is unnecessary.
People often ask why our DE is rated Food Chemical Codex Grade. If it was only labeled as "food" grade, people would think it is only useful as a food supplement and since DE "acts" like a chemical by dehydrating insects, it was labeled "Chemical" grade since it acts like a chemical, but it is NOT a true chemical like a pesticide or insecticide. It is perfectly safe for oral consumption.

Daily recommended food grade diatomaceous earth feeding rates:Kittens - 1/2 teaspoon Cats - 1 teaspoon Puppies - 1/2 to 1 tsp. Dogs under 35 lbs. - 1 teaspoon Dogs over 35 lbs. - 1 tablespoon Dogs over 100 lbs. - 2 tablespoons Cattle, Dairy Cows, & Hogs - 2% of dry feed ration Chickens - 5% in feed Goats, Sheep, Alpacas, & Llamas - 2% in grain Horses - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration Zoo animals - 2% in daily feed *Humans - 1 heaping tablespoon daily (if addressing a problem, double that does for at least 60-90 days)

Internal feeding of food grade diatomaceous earth helps eliminate most internal worms, including roundworms, pin worms, tapeworms, etc. It's also excellent when fed daily to keep down fly loads, since food grade diatomaceous earth is eliminated from the body, exactly the way it went in, it helps reduce the manure odor and kills flies that come in contact with it.

Mix in animal feed or grain and/or feed free choice. Our goats, fowl, and dogs eat it free choice.*Some recommend to dose humans by mixing food grade diatomaceous earth in a glass of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well before breakfast, to allow diatomaceous earth time to move through and absorb toxins from ones digestive tract without interfering or absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids. Some report great results consuming 1 tsp. in a glass of water prior to each meal, 3x/day.

If fecal counts are not zero for worms and ova after feeding DE for 30 days, increase the daily dose. Feeding too small a dose of DE will not give desired results. Increasing the dose, even if greater than the above recommendations, will not harm anyone. Some horses do fine on 1/2 cup of DE daily, others need a full cup. This reminds us, that all beings are different. So again, if the worm and ova counts are not zero, increase your daily dose.

IS FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY? Definitely! When food grade diatomaceous earth is fed in adequate daily amounts, it eliminates all intestinal worms and parasites. This helps the human or animal better absorb the nutrients from the food they eat, which in turn benefits the being, but also greatly benefits the unborn infant or animals by passing on these nutrients to them helping to make them stronger and healthier as well. For human use, it is best to start at a small dose - 1/2 teaspoon for the first few days while making sure to drink plenty of clean fresh pure water (not city tap water) and slowly increasing the dose as your body tells you it is okay to do so and to make sure you don't have a heavy detox.

MORE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH BENEFITS: Food grade diatomaceous earth has been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses (including polio virus), organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Food grade diatomaceous earth detoxes.

There are some features about food grade diatomaceous earth that correspond with its ability as both a digestive aid and a colon cleanser. The honeycomb skeletal form of diatomaceous earth is found, under microscopic evaluation to reveal a tendency to become filled and clogged with hard debris such as intestinal scale. Food grade diatomaceous earth has not been found to cause any insult to the mucosa or barrier wall.

Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge, wherein it is believed by some that food grade diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.
There is no withdrawal period, no toxins, decreased mortality.


· Natural wormer – eliminates many parasites without chemicals· Safe, non-toxic, parasites don’t build immunity as they do with traditional wormers· 15 trace minerals – great for animals, humans, plants, and soil· No feed withdrawal for milk or feed animals· Decreased mastitis· Reduced scours· Decreased mortality· Better feed conversion· Helps detox heavy metals, ecoli, bacteria, viruses, etc.· Promotes shinier coats· Digestive aid· Colon cleanser· Better production· Better overall health· Eliminates pests in stored grains· Reduces flies, fleas, ticks, etc.· Reduces manure odor· Drying agent· Reduces moisture and pests in barns, coops, kennel, litter boxes, compost piles, and other moist areas· Anti-fungal properties – good for garden fungal growth· Reduces overall animal stress· Cost effective· DE health benefits mean reduction in vet bills and dis-ease

Legal Notice:
The information provided in this post is intended to educate the reader. It is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Do not attempt to treat yourself, your child, or anyone else without proper medical supervision!

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