Diatomaceous Earth 101
Author: Bob Cerami
Diatomaceous Earth 101
Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring element which is created from ancient fossilized sea shells from unicellular organisms called Diatoms. It is also know as sea shell flour and has many uses for humans, pets and in and around our house. The list of incredible results and powerful testimonies keeps growing. Originally used primarily for pool filters as a natural way to treat pools and also as an organic pesticide there has been a growing movement to the internal use for both humans and pets. Before we get into all the health benefits and the amazing results people are experiencing let's first try to understand what this substance is and than its many uses and benefits.
Let's start with some basics about Diatomaceous Earth (DE). There are two kinds DE; pool filter grade and food grade. Pool filter grade is treated differently and is more caustic to humans and animals and should only be used with a breathing mask when handling. Food grade can be consumed by both humans and animals to assist with creating a healthy digestive tract environment, a parasite and colon cleanse. It can also be used externally for a pest control in and around the house as it is widely used for farm animals and crops. Even though it is said to be OK to breath in food grade DE it is always wise to be safe and use a breathing mask when heavily dusting with it. We will focus only on the uses and benefits of Food grade DE.
What is it? Diatomaceous earth also known as diatomite or kieselgur, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. It has a particle size ranging from less than 1 micron to more than 1 millimeter, but typically 10 to 200 microns. This powder has an abrasive feel, similar to pumice powder, and is very light, due to its high porosity. The typical chemical composition of oven dried diatomaceous earth is 80 to 90% silica, with 2 to 4% alumina (attributed mostly to clay minerals) and 0.5 to 2% iron oxide.
Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, as a mild abrasive, as a mechanical insecticide, as an absorbent for liquids, as cat litter, as an activator in blood clotting studies, and as a component of dynamite. As it is also heat-resistant, it can be used as a thermal insulator. Diatomite forms by the accumulation of the amorphous silica remains of dead diatoms (microscopic single-celled algae) in lacustrine or marine sediments. The fossil remains consist of a pair of symmetrical shells or frustules.
What are Diatoms? Unicellular organisms with a hard silica shell of often intricate and beautiful sculpting and are found in fresh and saltwater. When aquatic diatoms die they drop to the bottom, and the shells, not being subject to decay and eventually form the material known as diatomaceous earth. When it occurs in a more compact form as a soft, chalky, light-weight rock, it is called diatomite. Deposits of diatomaceous material, formed underwater in past geologic time and now exposed above water, are found in all parts of the world, http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/diatom.aspx. Diatomaceous earth is mined and ground forming shell flour forming the base of our product.
Diatom facts: Diatoms are unique forms of algae that grow a silica shell that is preserved in underwater sediments after they die.
â¢ Diatoms photosynthesize. They are categorized as either protists or chromists.
â¢ They provide a significant amount of the world's oxygen supply (some say 35%).
â¢ There are over a hundred thousand species identified.
â¢ Diatoms live anywhere there is water and light, including lakes, streams, estuaries, oceans, puddles and wet rocks or soil.
â¢ That brown scum you see on the rocks in the stream is probably diatoms.
â¢ Diatomaceous earth is sometimes used in gardening as a pest control
What are the benefits of using DE? When micro algae dies leaving behind the hard shell of what is called the Diatom it works in two primary ways. First due to the hard shell with jagged edges when applied topically it strips off the waxy outer layer of the insect or bug and it dehydrates and dies. It also works the same way on intestinal parasites inside the body. It is also said to do the same to molds and fungus both internal and external. The second major benefit is the Silica and trace minerals that when ingested feed our bodies what it lacks from a depleted food supply. Each of our cells consists mostly of silica, which when not nourished from our food and water, begins to form an unhealthy environment where disease and poor health conditions rise.
In a sense picture a helium balloon when filled is firm and light. Over time it looses its helium and it sags and becomes heavier eventually dropping to the ground looking like a shriveled up prune. The same holds true to our bodies in many ways, which over time if not feed the proper nutrients and minerals shrivels up and dies. The more of our cells that lose silica the less energy and more pain we feel, like a feeling of heaviness. Many of our aliments are due to a deprived silica and mineral environment. Diatomaceous earth is 85% silica when taken internally mixed in a drink or food in a very short period of time gives our cells the silica they are so deprived of. The list of ailments from the many testimonies DE has helped or alleviated is amazing.
People are reporting tremendous results from the use of taking DE. The list is long but here is a snapshot of what people are saying; increased energy, arthritic pain gone, lowered blood pressure, hair and skin improved, psoriasis gone, lowered cholesterol, eyesight improved, cleansing digestive tract of parasites, the best colon cleanse on the market and the list goes on. Also for your pet it is a great de-wormer and flea and tic killer.
I was first introduced to DE as my wife and I was looking for a natural solution to a flea infestation we had on our dog and in our house. We located some and applied it on our dog, all over our house and in our yard. Here is the amazing thing! The next day all the flea bites stopped. In one day our flea infestation was solved without bombing the house with chemicals.
Then my wife said she read in her search that it was also good for getting rid of intestinal parasites which I knew I had. I did some research until I felt comfortable enough to try it. I kept a journal for my first 30 days which is posted on my website. After drinking it in a glass of water every day I started calling it the dirt. In short, after it cleaned my digestive tract and colon of parasites and toxins my energy sky rocketed and then the pain in my shoulders and hands went away. I now have no pain in my body. After my experience I felt like I needed to let everyone know about the "Dirt"
If you are consider taking Diatomaceous Earth or any product based off of DE you should consult your physician first, even though they may have limited knowledge of this substance. DE has not been evaluated by the FDA or any other agency. DE has not been widely used by humans, but those that have taken it love it and the results they have experienced. It is also recommended to wear a breathing mask whenever creating dust from fumigating or dusting your garden or lawn with DE.
For more information on Diatomaceous Earth and its uses or if you would like to order some go to my website. http://www.diatomaceousearthplus.com.