readingFOOD-GRADE DE FOR HUMAN USE
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
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,
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.
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PMID: 9533930 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Silica
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
purified algae, he says.
Silica is available in a number of foods, such as wheat,
barley. However, it often is depleted from foods
due to processing, making
Silica supplementation has been shown to help the body
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
ability to help the body deal with dry skin and associated
conditions, brittle nails, hair thinning, dandruff and burns
sunburn). In addition to these benefits, the company
says, silica may help
the body in its internal defense of
joint and cartilage inflammation and
support, cardiovascular support, vertigo, tooth and gum
and provide gastrointestinal support and immune system
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
use of cosmetic creams, lotions or hair conditioners.”
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
in the quality and appearance of the ladies’ skin,
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
from within to without and without to within.” Externally,
says, silica is effective for itching, rashes, abscesses, boils,
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
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
the body. “This initiates a healing response that benefits
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
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.
supplied by Abkit, Inc.
Material supplied by Eidon.
Material supplied by
WHOLE FOODS/JULY 1999
How to detoxify and improve your digestion and other helpful
hints. — Adapted from David Pittman’s
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
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
this solution. I try to drink it throughout the day and not all at
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
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
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