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Food grade diatomaceous earth is as safe for humans as it is for animals. Although not prescribed as a medicine,.
health information keeps coming in from outside sources. A Canadian Doctor discovered that putting a little sugar
with DE and giving it to people with e-coli poisoning will stop the poisoning
problem immediately. His work was noted in the November, 1994 issue of Discover Magazine.
From the European Journal of Medicine Res. 1998 Apr 8;3(4):211-5.
Diatomaceous earth lowers blood cholesterol concentrations.
Wachter H, Lechleitner M, Artner-Dworzak E, Hausen A, Jarosch E, Widner B, Patsch J, Pfeiffer K, Fuchs D.
Institute of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Innsbruck, Fritz Pregl Strasse 3, Innsbruck, A6020,
In this study a potential influence of diatomaceus earth to lower blood cholesterol was investigated. During 12
weeks we monitored serum lipid concentrations in 19 healthy individuals with a history of moderate
hypercholesterinemia (9 females, 10 males, aged 35 - 67 years). Individuals administered orally 250 mg
diatomaceous earth three-times daily during an 8 weeks observation period. Serum concentrations of cholesterol,
high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides levels were measured
before study entry, every second week during the period of diatomaceous earth intake and 4 weeks after stop of
intake. Compared to baseline (285.8 +/- 37.5 mg/dl = 7.40 +/- 0.97 mM) diatomaceous earth intake was
associated with a significant reduction of serum cholesterol at any time point, reaching a minimum on week 6
(248.1 mg/dl = 6.43 mM, -13.2% from baseline; p<0.001). Also low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (week 4:
p<0.05) and triglycerides levels decreased (week 2: p<0.05, week 4: p<0.01). Four weeks after intake of
diatomaceous earth was stopped, serum cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides still
remained low and also the increase of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol became significant (p<0.05).
Diatomaceous earth, a bioproduct, is capable of reducing blood cholesterol and positively influencing lipid
metabolism in humans. Placebo-controlled studies will be necessary to confirm our findings.
Publication Types:
• Clinical Trial
PMID: 9533930 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Silica Savvy
Silica Savvy

Clear, smooth skin, healthy hair, strong nails—
silica is known for its use in achieving all
of these and more.
One benefit of choosing a natural, nutritious
lifestyle is the opportunity for a long,
healthy life. Another is looking good.
Feeding the body the nutrients it needs
from within can help promote an outward
glow of health, with clear skin and strong
hair and nails signaling the body’s balance. These things,
as well as a variety of more serious conditions, can be aided
with supplementation of the mineral silica.
Silica should not be confused with silicon and silicone
Silicone, explains material provided by New York, NY-gased
Abkit, Inc., is a man-made, artificial material. It is a combination
of silicon, carbon and oxygen, and is used for breast
implants, aircraft and automobile parts and other commercial
applications. Silicon, on the other hand, is naturally
occurring and the second most abundant element on Earth,
next to oxygen.
Like silica, silicon also is noted for health-promoting
benefits. According to material supplied by Los Angeles,
CA-based Jarrow Formulas, silicon in its bioavailable form
(orthosilicic acid) is an essentiao nutrient that benefits bones,
connective tissue, joints, hair and capillaries. “As a rule,”
the material states, “the higher the concentration of silicon
in skin, hair and nails, the healthier these tissues are.”
Silica is a compound of silicon and oxygen.
Frank Murray, author of The Big Family Guide to All the Minerals,
explains the difference between various forms of silica.
“Silica supplements often are water-soluble extracts of horsetail,
while silica gel is derived from quartz crystals; that is,
a solution of minute nondiffusable particles suspended in
water.” Another form of silica supplement is derived from
purified algae, he says.
Silica is available in a number of foods, such as wheat,
oats and barley. However, it often is depleted from foods
due to processing, making supplementation necessary.
Silica supplementation has been shown to help the body
in numerous ways. Material supplied by Eidon, based in
San Diego, CA points out that silica has a variety of health
and beauty care (HBC) benefits. It has demonstrated an
ability to help the body deal with dry skin and associated
conditions, brittle nails, hair thinning, dandruff and burns
(including sunburn). In addition to these benefits, the company
says, silica may help the body in its internal defense of
joint and cartilage inflammation and deterioration, bone
support, cardiovascular support, vertigo, tooth and gum loss
and provide gastrointestinal support and immune system
enhancement. Since silica works from within, people taking
it for its beauty effects also may experience these other benefits.
“Fresh, natural beauty comes from within,” says Edward
A. Lemmo, Ph.D. in Silica. It is reflected in the user’s
shiny hair, clear skin and strong nails. He says, “It’s the
kind of beauty that cannot be obtained thorugh the artifical
use of cosmetic creams, lotions or hair conditioners.”
Lemmo cites a 1993 study in which women with aged skin,
thin hair and birttle nails were give 10 ml of silicic acid
once per day for 90 days, as well as colloidal silicic acid
applied to the face for 10 minutes daily. Significant improvement
in the quality and appearance of the ladies’ skin,
hair and nails were demonstrated. Also, a double blind study
of the effects of silica on acne and skin oil production showed
that the group treated topically with silica improved significantly
over the placebo group, Lemmo says.
“Truly, silica gel can care for the skin in a unique way
like no other skin care,” asserts Klaus Kaufmann, author of
Silica: The Amazing Gel. he explains that it is a general
tonic that increases strength and elasticity against a variety
of negative influences. he adds that, unlike other skin care
products, silica can be used internally or externally. “it has
a double action on damaged skin by restoring skin vitality
from within to without and without to within.” Externally,
he says, silica is effective for itching, rashes, abscesses, boils,
acne, calluses, warts, eczema, corns, benign skin sores, insect
bites and bed sores. Internally, he recommends it for
hair loss, brittle nails, flabby skin, aging disorders and more.
Over 50 Looking 30! by Nina Anderson and Howard
Peiper also recognizes the benefits of silica for the skin.
Silica derived from horsetail, in combination with herbs such
as aloe vera and chamomile and bonded with electrolytes,
readily enters the bloodstream and penetrates the cells of
the body. “This initiates a healing response that benefits
the entire organism,” the authors explain. They advise the
use of silica for the prevention of adult acne and for cellulite.
Silica may not be the best known mineral, but it certainly
is a very important one. Sharing these many benefits
with consumers will help silica achieve the recognition it
deserves. WF
The Big Family Guide to All the Minerals by Frank Murray.
Over 50 Looking 30! by Nina Anderson and Howard Peiper.
Silica by Edward A. Lemmo, Ph.D.
Silica: The Amazing Gel by Klaus Kaufmann.
Material supplied by Abkit, Inc.
Material supplied by Eidon.
Material supplied by Jarrow Formulas.

How to detoxify and improve your digestion and other helpful hints. — Adapted from David Pittman’s
10/7/99 writings.
Start with 1 level tsp. in 8 oz. water before breakfast. Then take another 1 tsp. in water before going to bed.
Warm distilled water is best, but any water will work. Gradually increase your dosage of food-grade DE up to 3
level T. per day. I sometimes forget in the morning and may add it in my oatmeal or juice later. Anyway, I try to
consume 3 T. per day one way or another. Try to do this for 4 months. After this I recommend 1 level tsp. in your
favorite drink at least once a day as maintenance.
I have read a lot of articles about the benefits of silica for humans. Older people and chronic diseased people
are almost always low on silica. People just do not have enough silica in their diets! Believing this to be true,
I try daily to drink 1 qt. food-grade DE water in addition to 3 level tsp. food-grade powder added to my food or
drink. To make food-grade DE water, add ½ tsp. food-grade DE to 1 qt. distilled water and bring to a boil; then
stir for about 3 minutes. You must use distilled water because it dissolves better. Do not boil the water in
aluminum pans and do not microwave food-grade DE. Some silica may still settle out, but if that happens, just
stir or shake it. The whole purpose is to dissolve the silica in distilled water so as to ncrease the bioavailability
of silica for absorption into the blood stream. I then drink it like a hot tea or cool it and fill my water bottle with
this solution. I try to drink it throughout the day and not all at once.
I call silica the mineral of light because it absorbs heat and stores light energy. Silica will absorb this energy
until it becomes a negative charged ion; then it releases electrons and repeats this cycle over and over again.
Numerous studies show how electrons neutralize free radicals and bacteria. My research also indicates silica
is a critical mineral essential for the body’s electrical system to function properly. Silica electrically stimulates
collagen formation and chemically makes collagen strong and flexible.
Based on the history of this product, I recommend giving food-grade DE powder to all pets. Small animals can
drink from unclean water from time to time, so I would add at least a teaspoon to their food on a continual
basis. I use it as a mouthwash and add to my flour and grains as a preservative. Finally, I use it as a first aid
powder for minor cuts and wounds on my children.
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