Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

diatomaceous earthDiatomaceous earth refers to the broken down remains of ancient organisms called diatoms. Diatoms were organisms that closely resembled algae in nature millions of years ago. As these diatoms died, they settled on the sea floor and formed massive deposits, which humans now mine. What’s so special about diatoms is that they had the ability to emit silica. In fact, diatomaceous earth is composed of about 85% silica. This is why diatomaceous earth is a white, chalky or clay like powder.

Diatomaceous Earth Uses

Diatomaceous earth has been used in a variety of manners, most commonly used as an organic pesticide. Farmers and organic gardens have benefited and been protected from various bacteria and pests that spoil and ruin crops. Diatomaceous earth protects crops due to its’ shape. If you were to look under a microscope, you would see DE has very sharp edges, which can cut the skins of pests like bugs.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

While diatomaceous earth is still used as a pesticide, it can be used as a nutritional supplement. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is readily available online and in some health stores. Diatomaceous earth has several health benefits due to its’ high silica content. Here are some of the most common benefits of diatomaceous earth:

Skeletal Health

While everybody believes calcium to be the most important mineral for our skeletal system, in reality is silica. Silica promotes collagen production in our bones, which is mainly what our bones are made of. Silica also regulates our calcium levels in our bones, which is vital to prevent Osteoporosis.

Digestive Health

The most common use for food grade diatomaceous earth is to cleanse the digestive system. The human diet is nowhere near as healthy as it used to be and asheavy-metal-detox a result, chemicals, bacteria, and other toxins fill our digestive system. Diatomaceous earth purges all of these parasites, toxins, and bacteria due to its’ shape. As we mentioned before, diatomaceous earth has sharp edges, which scrape away these toxins as DE travels through the digestive tract. As a result, your digestive system will operate much more efficiently, which improves the overall efficiency of the body.

In addition to these regular toxins, the build up of heavy metals the body can not process is also a major concern for digestive health. The most common toxic heavy metal is aluminum. Both brain tissue calcification and Alzheimer’s have been linked specifically to high aluminum levels in the body and numerous studies can confirm this. Therefore it is important to remove these metals from the body to avoid permanent health damage.

Silica helps acts a vessel to transport these heavy metals, including aluminum safely out of the body though the urinary tract.

In short, the most common digestive benefits of diatomaceous earth are:

  • improved colon health
  • faster digestion
  • improved nutrient absorption
  • regular, healthier bowel movements
  • metal detoxification



Cardiovascular Health

Numerous studies have shown that Diatomaceous earth can help naturally lower both blood pressure and cholesterol. The belief is that DE helps deliver the essential nutrients which improve heart health and help remove LDL cholesterol from the body. This in turn improves the overall efficiency and health of your heart.

*Some users report a drop of 40-60 points in blood pressure in only a month or so of taking a diatomaceous earth supplement.


As humans age, we start to notice our bodies slowly start to weaken and break down. Our skin, teeth, and nails are often the first parts of body to weaken. Silica is vital to the health of all three of these body parts. Silica hardens teeth and prevents tooth decay, helps hair grow faster and thicker, and helps nails grow faster and harder. Silica also boosts collagen production of the skin, which helps reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles.

Side Effects of Diatomaceous Earth

For the average user, there are zero side effects of diatomaceous earth. In some cases, too much diatomaceous earth is consumed at once, which can cause thirst of the course of a day or so. However, other than occasional thirsty DE user, there truly are no other side effects of Diatomaceous earth.


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Rebecca October 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Do you have information on if diatomaceous earth will bind to mycrotoxins to carry them out of your system? Looking for something to ease the burden on the organs and be able to detox at faster rate when heating the body with infrared to kill bacteria. Thank you

Brandon October 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm


Yes, Diatomaceous earth will bind to mycotoxins and remove them from your system. Due to the cylindrical shape of shape of DE, mycotoxins bind to diatomaceous earth and are trapped inside the cylinder. As you pass the DE, these mycotoxins are removed from the body and you can detoxify your body much more quickly.

I recommend taking one teaspoons to start to gauge tolerance and eventually work your way up to a tablespoon per day.

- Brandon

JCee October 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Does DE also remove minerals such as magnesium so we should just supplement with more?

Also, does it contain aluminum other than aluminum oxide?

Brandon October 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Diatomaceous earth can remove heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury, and cadmium from the stomach. It will then transfer them and expunge them out of the body to ensure a toxic buildup does not occur.

Tami November 10, 2013 at 1:11 am

Does DE kill the probiotics in the stomach?

roberta November 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

good quesiton, i would love to see an answer. Perhaps like any supplement, is it good to take a break for a week or two every so often?

Claire November 11, 2013 at 12:17 am

Just wondering more about side effects:
Is it safe for young children?
What about breastfeeding mothers?

Brandon November 11, 2013 at 2:24 am

Children are much more likely to consume enough silica per day because they need a much smaller amount. Breastfeeding mothers should speak to a medical professional before taking any supplement, including DE. This is for precautionary purposes as the effects of DE on breast milk are unknown. Hope this helps Claire!

- Brandon

Claire November 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Sorry I don’t quite understand. Children consume enough silica? from where? Can they still not take DE for parasites or toxin? Are you saying they could overdose on silica? Sorry I’m a bit confused :-S

Brandon November 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Hi Claire,

Children can consume enough silica per day from food sources because they need a much smaller amount than adults. Children CAN take DE to get rid of toxins and parasites, although they need a much smaller amount of DE compared to adults. If you plan on giving DE to a child make sure to keep him or her hydrated because DE increases the frequency of urination.

Hope this helps!

- Brandon

larry November 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

does it affect someone taking a blood thinner?

Jack November 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Simply out of health concern for fellow Diatomaceous earth fans… DE has been used and scientifically tested as a blood clotting agent. This means that it can help the blood to clot more quickly internally (so far only tests have been done on animals) and also externally…

From the research I have done about DE, it is a bad idea to take it if you are on a blood thinner.

Please be careful.

lucky November 26, 2013 at 4:24 am

I take two asa every day, is it still safe to take DE

Rocky November 26, 2013 at 4:50 am

Yeah I use it too.

OSIRIS HERNANDEZ November 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

would you said that DT is better than French clay & Bentonite?

Brandon November 28, 2013 at 4:32 am

Personally I think DE is better than french clay and Bentonite, but I might be a little biased. DE has more benefits to the overall health of a person than each and supports overall health. I’d choose DE over bentonite or french clay any day.

sabrina November 30, 2013 at 4:08 am

I am looking into starting a cleanse with DE, and I was wondering how much should be taken daily? and for how long? I also have a 2 year old and I would like to know if it is safe for her to take DE? If so how much should I give her? I have read that Diatomaceous earth contains heavy metals as part of its mineral content, but it also contains the natural antidote, selenium, which allows accumulative heavy metals to be flushed from the body. Should additional selenium supplements be taken to ensure that the body thoroughly flushes all of the heavy metals ? One more question. My daughter and I take probiotics daily, is it safe to take probiotics and DE at the same time?

Brandon November 30, 2013 at 4:15 am

Hi Sabrina,

1. I’d start with approximately 1 teaspoon per day for a few days to assess tolerance and gradually move up to one tablespoon. I recommend a 7-14 day cleanse, although you can take DE even after you’re officially “off” a cleanse.

2. I wouldn’t recommend giving DE to your two year old just because I personally do not believe children of such a young age should take any supplement. It’s probably best you speak to your child’s doctor and get his or her opinion on the matter.

3. Diatomaceous earth contains enough selenium to flush the heavy metals in your body. There is no need to take additional selenium.

4. Yes, DE can be taken with probiotics. In fact, it’s often beneficial to take probiotics with DE.

- Brandon

PDGotro November 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Is DE good for urinary tract infections in women?

KarenS November 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.

David December 2, 2013 at 8:05 am

Hello. Many people seem to believe DE has been detoxifying mercury in their body based on detoxification reactions they are getting. Are you aware of any references – including in vitro or in animals – that suggests DE may have any such interaction with mercury? Or perhaps you might know the name of any clinician who has claimed before and after lab tests showing a change in mercury status? I’m trying to investigate this further, but can’t find any real evidence. Thanks.

teensey December 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

i am disabled and take numerous meds plus pain killers. will this elimantemy meds in my system? also, how does this work on canine /feline intestinal worms and how safe is it?

Brandon December 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Diatomaceous earth works to dry out the worms and it actually contains sharp edges that cut the exoskeleton of the worms, effectively killing them. It may take a month for all of the worms and the eggs to be eliminated.

Jim December 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Does DE have any affect on the circulatory system such as plaque reduction. I have been taking DE for a while now and noticed a defffinate improvement in circulation. Thanks

Brandon December 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Yes, I’ve noticed the same thing myself Jim.

Brittany Brockway December 7, 2013 at 1:02 am

Hi. I just wanted to know if Diatomaceous Earth can keep roaches away from game systems, like a wii. The wii I have has a Few roaches inside, but I’m already trying to fix this. So, will it keep roaches away if I sprinkle some around the wii?

Brandon December 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Yes, Brittany you can spread Diatomaceous earth around the wii to get rid of all the pests.

Babycatcher January 13, 2014 at 6:58 am

Baking soda or boric acid might be less expensive. It’s what I used to rid my apartment of bugs when I moved in it( section 8)

Makeba December 7, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I see the question about the killing of the good bacteria is still unanswered. I would like to know about that as well. Does DE kill the beneficial bacteria? If it does then please let us know.

Brandon December 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm

No diatomaceous earth will not kill good bacteria. In fact, many people use probiotics and diatomaceous earth together to improve colon health and alleviate digestive problems.

candyman238 December 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

what about breathing in DE while applying in house for bugs? Will it cause breathing problems?
Are there any precautions that should be taken like wearing micro masks?

Brandon December 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I recommend you wear a micro mask and eye protection if you’re spreading it in the house for bugs. This will prevent any problems.

- Brandon

Gina Gregory December 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I take regular vitamans and supplements. I am also on an anti depressant. Is it safe to take De with these.?

Amiee December 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I take medication for asthma, antidepressants& stimulants is it ok, or will it interact?

Brandon December 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

It’s best to consult your doctor Aimee, although from my experience diatomaceous earth does not interfere with asthma medications or antidepressants.


Gina December 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Hi Brandon,
I was wondering how do you recommend the DE be taken, dry, mixed with something, sprinkled on food or what? I’ve seen that you recommend starting with a teaspoon and working up to a tablespoon, but have not seen anything that says about the actual administration of the DE.

Brandon December 18, 2013 at 1:06 am

I generally a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth with either a glass of water or a glass of orange juice. Just make sure to stir it very well and consume it somewhat quick because it does tend to clump up within a few minutes.


nancy February 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Should it be taken like one week on one week off or just as a continuoius dietary supplement or until digestive issues cease (IBS).

Brandon February 10, 2014 at 2:32 am

I take diatomaceous earth every day and recommend you do the same as well. There’s no need to discontinue it.


Thomas Bloch December 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I read that DE will help getting rid of Candida. From what I read I would get me some of it and keep taking probiotics. What would you suggest?


Brandon December 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Hi Thomas, I would absolutely keep taking probiotics while taking DE. From what I’ve read most people seem to get rid of Candida in a few weeks while taking diatomaceous earth. I highly recommend trying food grade diatomaceous for candida. Also, keep taking probiotics, I’m a huge fan myself.


ann December 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Which one the best between diatomaceous and Silcin is that a pill forums.and also I think I have theirod problem is it good for that also.
Thanks and have a bless day.

Renee Fahad December 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

I want to enquire that I have given my mother Diatomaceous to take. I have start with a half a tablespoon. She has breast cancer and is on chemo. Is it safe for her to take. She has just started taking it. I think it should help her with her energy and also overall.

I have taken it for the last 5 months and I feel great.

admin December 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hi Renee, I would make sure your mother’s doctor or primary care physician knows that she is taking diatomaceous earth but I don’t see any reason to think there would be any problems. If you haven’t noticed anything negative during the first few days then everything should be great. I wish your mother the very best and hope she fully recovers.

- Brandon

vivette December 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

will DE balance my ph balance? wil it damage my kidneys?

Brandon December 26, 2013 at 2:37 am

I taken correctly DE will not negatively affect your kidneys in any way. I recommend starting with a teaspoon then working your way up to a tablespoon.


Chris December 27, 2013 at 3:53 am


I have high uric acid. I am subject to gout attacks and even kidney stones are if I don’t keep am eye on it. Will DE do anything to help remove uric acid? If so, are there any documents supporting it?

Brandon December 27, 2013 at 4:44 am

Hi Chris,

From what I’ve read it does appear that diatomaceous earth can alleviate the symptoms and frequency of gout attacks. It also appears to limit the production of uric acid in the body as well. Unfortunately, I cannot 100% confirm this because the information I’ve been reading is through natural health forums and personal experiences from users, not a medical journal. Therefore, I do not feel right definitively telling you that diatomaceous earth will help you with your issues. If I find a credible medical source, I will be sure to post it here.

- Brandon

vivette December 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

I have a parasite problem that have been plaguing me for the past months. I first felt them in my groin area biting. I went on line a found a product that i bought tht is suppose to be all natural it did not work. THen i started a black walnut and wormwood liquid i am only suppose to take this for 10 day and that has not helped me. am desperate now i searched the internet and came up D Earth. Please tell me it will help me i am in tears now because i dont know what else to do.

Brandon December 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Diatomaceous earth is definitely something you want to consider. I recommend taking a teaspoon or two per day to start to start to get rid of your parasites. After you gauge your tolerance you can increase your dose to a tablespoon to further eliminate the parasites affecting you.


Babycatcher January 13, 2014 at 7:02 am

Depends on the parasites, doesn’t it, whether external or internal? I’m thinking pubic lice ( crabs) would be better exterminated with a topical cream, what is your take on it?

George Shingleton December 28, 2013 at 3:16 am

Is diatomaceous earth less effective if taken with food instead of on an empty stomach?

Brandon December 28, 2013 at 3:20 am

Hi George,

Diatomaceous is no less effective when taken with food than when it is taken on an empty stomach. I myself like to mix a tablespoon in with my protein shake after a workout and eat about 30-45 minutes later but that’s just my personal preference. Diatomaceous earth is equally effective regardless of when you take it.


aline December 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

Can I mix the powder with water make it a spray it around home annd on bed..will it keep spiders away too?

Brandon December 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Yes you can mix it with water and spray it around the house however I’d recommend mixing DE with water each time you want to use it. Diatomaceous earth starts to clump when mixed with water if not used for awhile. It will keep away all household pets, including spiders if sprayed around the house.


Owen December 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Hello, is there any side effects with Diatomaceous Earth, when taking blood
pressure and cholesterol medicines?
Thank you.

Brandon December 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hi Owen,

From my experience there are no side effects when taking blood pressure or cholesterol medications. Just remember, diatomaceous earth does flush the body of toxins, so it is important to drink a little more water each day than you normally would and you will be fine.

- Brandon

Owen December 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Thank you for your prompt response. Have a blessed and happy New Year!!

marvin December 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

would diatomaceous earth help for foot fungus. it appear white in between my toes and created sore. at one point I thought it was going to heal after i rubbed some vick nasal mixed with corn hush. it did stop the craving itch and heal some but, it kept coming back. I been four months now it still sored leaving and coming back and I’m growing weary and tired of it have to clean it and rubbed the mixed ointment on both of my feets. the right side is worser then the left. can you help me Brandon. I don’t want to go to the hospital where I have to take some stuff that wouldn’t work and I don’t like to take drug. I’m trying to go all nature organic then depends on drugs that may give me side affect. I be willing to try it to get rid of all kinds of parasites. Thanks :)

Brandon December 29, 2013 at 4:48 am

Hi Marvin,

I once used diatomaceous earth to treat a really bad case of athlete’s foot. Although it seems like you have a different situation, you could still give diatomaceous earth a shot. I applied a pretty generous amount of diatomaceous earth on my feet three times a day for about 10 days before I got rid of my athlete’s foot. It hasn’t come back since I’ve used diatomaceous earth. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes for you.

- Brandon

paul December 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Morning Brandon,
I am trying DE for internal parasite control in sheep. Just worried about overdosing. I thought I would give them free access for a day or so once a month. Your thoughts please?

Brandon January 2, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Hey Paul,

I’ve heard of several different cycles that you can use. Some of the most common cycles include:

Two weeks DE use – one week off
Three Days DE use – one day off
One week DE use – three days off

You can use any of these cycles or can come up with something similar as well.


Tea tree girl January 31, 2014 at 1:22 am

You could try a tea tree foot bath solution about. Tablespoon of tea tree oil mixed with
Around 1-2 litres of once a day for three days.

Tea tree girl January 31, 2014 at 1:23 am


Kelli January 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

First off….LOVE DE! I had IBS for 20+ years and I started taking DE everyday. Within 2 months I am normal. No joke. :) I have also had Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) for 20 years and have recommended others with HS use DE ( I just wish there were more clinical studies out there. :)

My only question is….. I once read that when DE is mixed with water it becomes ineffective. Just wondering what your thoughts were on this…. since we mix it to ingest it and to spray around the house for bugs. Thanks for your time.

Brandon January 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I’m not sure where you read this Kelli, but it is 100% incorrect. One of the most effective and easiest ways to take DE is to mix it to a beverage. I take it everyday with a variety of juices, water, or sometimes even coffee. It’s tasteless so it’s pretty versatile.


vivette January 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Hi do i have to be on a special diet to kill the parasites. A lot of people said that i should avoid all grains and no fruit either. that would mean i could only eat veggies. I am already pencil thin since i been trying to kill these parasites for over 2 and a half months now what do u recommend that i eat and dont eat.

Brandon January 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

You do not need to be a special diet for DE to kill parasites. Grains,fruits, and lean protein sources have several vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy body. It’s in your best interest to follow a well balanced diet to ensure you can both rid yourself of parasites and still consume the vitamins and minerals essential to your health.


Hazel January 3, 2014 at 12:25 am

I purchased diatomaceous earth food grade however it says it is for insects can I take it since it is food grade?

Brandon January 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

Where did you purchase it and are you positive it’s 100% pure food grade diatomaceous earth?


vivette January 3, 2014 at 12:59 am

Than you so much for your help with all my questions. I wish you every success at what ever you do this year and always.

Alice January 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Do you have to do an on/off schedule or can you take 1 tablespoon daily indefinitely?

Brandon January 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hi Alice,

I take one tablespoon of it indefinitely. Some people take a day or two off after a few weeks’ of use but there is no really need to have an on/off schedule.


Amy January 6, 2014 at 3:30 am

I take DE every day and love it. My mother recently moved in with me and I’ve started her on 1 tsp with her OJ in the morning. It’s been about two weeks and she’s reporting very soft, black, gritty bowel movements sometimes twice a day. This is very unusual for her. I’m not sure if this is related to the DE or something else. Does this sound familiar? Could this be a result of cleansing?

Brandon January 6, 2014 at 3:46 am

I would recommend she stop taking diatomaceous earth for a few days to see whether or not the symptoms persist. What you are describing could be a variety of issues. If the symptoms persist, consider consulting your mother’s medical professional

- Brandon

Kristi February 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Any black stool is cause for concern & evaluation. It is probably just her individual body reaction.

vivette January 7, 2014 at 1:35 am

Hi i got the DE and started on it a few days ago. I sprinkle it on all the food i consume because i dont want the worms to have any food that doesnt have DE in or on it lol. They have pestered me for so long i dont want them to get any thing to eat. I can actually feel them squerming in my stomach. About how long do you think it will take to get rid of them completely? I am so afraid that it wont work because i have tried other things that did not work. I am praying to the Lord that this do work because i cant deal with it any more its very tormenting.

Michele February 7, 2014 at 8:57 am


I know exactly how you feel! I too had worms and passed a live one when I went to the loo. It scared me so much and I still can’t get over the psychological effects of having them. I treated them with de powder a tablespoon twice a day before meals and it worked. I did a lot of research and from what I read, you should take it for one month if you believe it’s just your digestive system and three months if you feel the parasitic infection has migrated to your skin and other organs. I had them so long I did it for three months and also because I was so scared and upset. No can understand how mentally crazy it makes you feel. Good luck with it. I really feel for you. Michele.

vivette January 7, 2014 at 1:42 am

also i was thinking of taking a black walnut and wormwood mixture along with the DE what do you suggest

mc January 9, 2014 at 4:46 am

Are there any sources for any of the claimed benefits of mechanisms for how diatomaceous earth is beneficial?

I read the personal testimonials and believe they are valuable but where to people get off making these additional claims they state as scientific facts. I hope people aren’t dumb enough to believe them. And if there are any sources please share them….alternative health practices get a bad rep because people state outrageous claims and foolishly call them “facts”.

Katie January 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Does DE help with ringworm?

Lori January 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I have been told DE will help rid my cat, kitten and dogs of ear mites. Is this true and if so, how do I administer?

kim warnecke January 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

i Purchced st. gabrials food grade de but the ingredients on the pkg. says 85% silicon dioxide ,10% other element oxides ,and 5% moisture equals 100%. food grade. is this safe to consume? one teaspoon a day to start?

Bill January 13, 2014 at 1:52 am

Are there any meds that clash with DE?

Brandon January 21, 2014 at 3:55 am

None that I’ve researched or experienced Bill but you might want to ask your doctor if you are truly concerned.


Lauren January 13, 2014 at 4:04 am

I just heard about diatomaceous earth. In reading these posts, you say to start with 1 tsp. to see what you can tolerate. What are “symptoms” of toleration? What can you expect for the first few weeks when taking this? Look for things in your stool? Die off symptoms? I’m going through a season of repairing “gut” issues. Doing bone broth, ACV, kiefer and holding off on grains and processed sugar (which I really don’t do anyway). I was looking at bentonite clay but this sounds like it does the same thing plus more. I have been sensitive in the past to some things, so I just want to know what to expect. I would probably start out with 1/2 tsp. a few days then go to 1 tsp. for 3 or 4 then 1 1/2…etc. what do you think?

kris otto January 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm

will D.E. help control ringworm fungus in cats?

Brandon January 21, 2014 at 3:54 am

Yes, you can help control ringworm fungus in cats using DE.


Jake January 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I have severe skin and digestive problems. For my skin I’ve been on a very harmful steroid, and since I have been on it for a few months its started to deplete my bone density, and in 1 more month it will start affecting my fertility. My skin was so bad I couldn’t wash my hair due to the open oozing lesions, and couldn’t feed myself because my arms were so swollen I couldn’t bend them far enough to reach my mouth. 40% of my body was covered with open oozing bleeding lesions for almost an entire year. It is at bay now, but I believe the cause is that my digestive tract is not functioning so I’m detoxing through my skin. My concern with possibly taking DE is that it will continue to detox through my skin and it will get bad again. Has this ever happened where someone started taking this and their skin reacted???

Brandon January 21, 2014 at 3:53 am

I’ve never heard of anything like this Jake, I would consult a doctor. I’ll try to find some research regarding your situation though.


Louise January 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

Hi! I have read that it is dangerous to inhale silica and DE. Is that the case with foodgrade DE aswell?
Regsds Louise

Brandon January 21, 2014 at 3:53 am

This is regarding the industrial grade DE, which has a much higher concentration of silica. If you are spreading Food grade DE on your garden or for plants, yes use protection. If you are consuming food grade DE, you have no worries.


Pamela Melcher January 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

You say that you take DE with food….so that implies that the DE does not absorb valued nutrients that we want our bodies to have. But i would ilk e an explicit answer….does DE, if we take it with food, absorb any of the good nutrients in the food? Thank you. Blessings.

Rebecca January 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

After a week of de. I consume 3 tablespoons a day . I have considerably more energy, my arthritic pain while not gone has decreased amazingly so. Bowel movements first time I have had a solid bowel movement in 15 years. So for awhile I felt bound up but honestly it is that I am not used to the feeling of real bm’s. for the record. I have no thyroid no parathyroid no calcium glands ibs several ulcers and rheumatoid arthritis. While nothing is a cure all this certainly has went along way to contributing a little to a lot in a short period of time. I also have a limited appetite. I eat small amounts because that is all I need to be full.

Brandon January 21, 2014 at 3:51 am

Great to hear Rebecca! It’s amazing what DE can do.


JB January 19, 2014 at 4:44 am


I have a few questions. :-)
1) You said you use 1 TBSP indefinitely, can you tell me how long you have been using DE and if you have experienced any bad side effects, has it lost how effective it is and do you think it’s something that you will “NEED” to take indefinitely?
2) Is it safe to take with reflux, I don’t know if I’m being ridiculous wondering if it would be safe if I experienced reflux and some of it came back up?
3) Would it be safe to take the DE, a probiotic and a good quality multi vitamin (the DE to cleanse, and for the other benefits of long term use), the probiotic and multi vitamin to replace all of the good things? Would you recommend use the DE first and then waiting a few hours to take the probiotic and multi vitamin?
4) Do you have a brand you recommend so that I can be sure I purchase the correct item?
5) Last I promise. If I start with 1 tsp, how long should I do that before moving to 1 tbsp?

Thank you for any help.

Brandon January 21, 2014 at 3:50 am

1. I’ve been taking DE for well over a year now. I’ve never had any side effects other than extreme thirst because I took three tablespoons when I used a larger than normal scoop. I still have felt better than ever while taking DE so I still recommend it. I don’t think it’s something you NEED to take indefinitely, but it has certainly improved my health.

2. Yes it’s safe to take with reflux.

3. Yes, I take a probiotic and DE and havent felt anything bad. I generally take my probiotic in the morning then take DE in the afternoon.

4. I take Silalive, which is what I recommend.

5. I gauged my tolerance for about a week then moved up.


Alicia January 25, 2014 at 4:40 am

Can it make you infertile at all, I know u may be thinking silly question, but i dont want put anything into my body that may make me infertile?

Brandon January 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

Hi Alicia, no Diatomaceous earth will not make you infertile.


Trish B. January 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Concerning DE becoming ineffective when getting wet
I have read online that DE is no longer effective when it gets wet if using it to get rid of insects as when it is sprinkled on plants and then they are watered or if outdoors in the rain.

John January 26, 2014 at 12:40 am

Hi, Brandon I have been taking DE for 4 weeks now and yes this stuff is good I had chronic shoulder pain for 3 years do to my line of work. It was gone in a matter of 1 week of taking DE. I did have a detox sickness on the 3rd day but, it went away shortly about 12hrs. I did have some wired stuff come out of me Mucus looking things and worms. I now tell everyone about this. Great site btw.

Brandon January 28, 2014 at 12:15 am

Thanks John, glad to here it!


John January 29, 2014 at 5:40 am

Does DE help osteoarthritis?

John January 30, 2014 at 12:13 am


Michele February 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

I think it definitely helps with the pain. My joints feel so much better since taking it.

Nancy January 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Thank you for all this good information. Bless you!

Mike February 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm

My 4 month old lab pup has puppy mites aka scabies, mange etc. Can I use DE on his coat and rub it in? Will it be effective on getting rid of these critters. I just spent $20 for 1 dose of Revolution and 6 days later I don’t see any improvement. I feel so bad for my pup scratching all the time.

michelle February 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Hi there after having an 8 he operation at the age of 38 , 3 months later both of my knees swelled so badly I was unable to walk. Since then I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis do you think DE can help me and can you tell me if you know of others the same as me that have tried it. I have 1 MLS of methyltrexate a week, would it be safe to take DE with it. Thankyou

Brandon February 3, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hi Michelle,

I’m sorry to hear about your condition. I’ve heard of many stories and found a lot of people benefit from taking diatomaceous earth who suffer from RA. Silica helps reduce joint inflammation and strengthens the joints, which should help alleviate your joint pain and hopefully help reduce the severity of your condition.


maxine February 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I was wondering when taking DE if the die off systoms would make your muscle go stiff. I just starting taking a couple of days ago 1/2 teaspoon and feeling some stiffness in my shoulder and neck area. Is this due to the die off. Should I take less of this DE.? I was told that I have more bad bacteria than good in my gut. Plus my body is very acidy. I heard that DE is used for for many things. Please reply. Thanks

Jowara February 6, 2014 at 3:36 am

Hi brother, my wifes doctor said it was a bad idea that they use the stuff to clean swimming pools, what’s up with that?

Brandon February 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

There are two types of Diatomaceous earth – food grade and industrial grade. Food grade is safe for human consumption because it is not as concentrated as industrial grade.

vivette February 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hi Brandon i have been on D earth now since January i still have the parasites but i was searching on line and i found out that the black amalgam fillings is a source of mercury which support the life of these things. I am planning to have the amalgams removed but with all the hype about DE i thought it would still kill them. I havent seen any defference from it i still have irregular BM I have to take a laxative to go to the bathroom even on the DE.
Please reply thanks


Michele February 7, 2014 at 9:04 am


Please see my answer to your message above. I know how freaked you are feeling.

Michele February 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

Hi again Vivette,

Another thing. Look up ‘Oil Pulling’… It has really helped me. It’s a process of swishing a tablespoon of oil between your teeth for twenty minutes to remove bacterias (nasty ones) that have collected in your system. If you’ve had parasites you could probably do with including it once a day in you oral hygiene routine. Aparently, although I am no scientist, over 90% of all illness start in the digestive tract so ‘oil pulling’ together with DE powder, a multivitamin and probiotics (ones not containing milk and sugar) are the best chance you can give your body to fight disease and keep healthy. Hope this helps, it definitely is helping me and I am in the process of being diagnosed with suspected Lupus. Regards.

Jay February 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Hi Brandon,

I started 1 TBSP per day and on the 2nd day right away noticed more urination. I also did notice a slight burning sensation in privates after urinating. Wondering if it’s getting rid of a urinary tract infection I didn’t know about??? Any thoughts or have you heard of this from any other reports??


Brandon February 10, 2014 at 2:31 am

I’ve never heard of any problems with a burning sensation during urination. I would discontinue use and if the symptoms don’t go away I’d speak to a doctor.


Grace February 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hi Brandon

Do you have any experience whether DE can help persons with the following
Low Sperm Count

horsefeathers February 8, 2014 at 5:53 am

My brother has periferal nephrosis caused from Agent Orange. He is on medications which can only relieve the symptoms. Have you had any testimonials from people using DE for a condition of this kind? I know you will recommend asking his doctor before taking it. Do you have a personal opinion? Thanks

Sheryl February 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Hi there, just wondering if this should be taken with food or on an empty stomach?

Thank you!

brandon February 8, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Sheryl, it can be taken taken on an empty stomach or with food. It does not matter.


Sheryl February 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Great, thank you :)

Helen February 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Is it safe to use if you have the silver amalgams that contain mercury? I’ve heard not to do a heavy metal cleanse if you still have them cause it will pull the mercury from the fillings and deposit it into your body and brain making you feel worse.

Brandon February 10, 2014 at 2:29 am

I would not recommend taking diatomaceous earth in this case. The risk for complications is too high.


DB February 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Brandon: You seem well versed in ALL your widespread medical knowledge,everything from rare disorders to ringworm,where do you fit in here? Are you a Naturepathic Doctor or what? Your giving a lot of advise to a lot of people.I’m just courious,not that I don’t agree.I take DE every day myself.Have a great day! DB

vivette February 11, 2014 at 3:06 am

Hi Michele
Thank you for your information and your concern. Really no one can understand wath i am feeling unless they experience it. I dont tell any one about it i just try to live as normal as i can. I will be getting the amalgams out the first week in march and after that am going on a all veggie juice fast with the DE and other herbs black walnut and worm wood with a potent vitamin c and i will do also what you told me with prayer. I trust God that he will help me. I have never heard of this it is the worst thing a human could ever experience. I think this is worst than cancer. Thanks again

carol February 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Do all silver amalgams filings contain mercury?

Robin February 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Is it true that DE clots your blood? I have high fibrinogen & already have to worry about clotting so it’s important for me to know before trying.
Thank you,

lily February 16, 2014 at 2:16 am

hi, I have tick borne illness and co-infections, and I am taking hefty doses of anti-biotics and supplements. Will DE help in ridding my body of bacteria [Borrelia], which comes in 3 forms, spirochetes,cell wall deficient forms, and cyst forms ? Will it help with co-infection Babesia, which is a protozoal parasitic infection, also other viruses and bugs I have been infected with via infected tick ? I woud appreciate any advice, as Lyme disease is very difficult to treat. Thankyou.

vivette February 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Hi again Brandon
I gave the DE to my daughter she is 24 so she could takee it she
said she started to itch all over. could this be a die off symptom plz let
me know what u think it cud be.

DB February 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Brandon; Why haven’t you answered my simple question?, from Feb.18th. it’s not even medical,it’s just a question on where all the accumalated knowledge comes from. I’m sure you haven’t suffered all these discomforts.Have a great day.DB

Sheryl February 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Hi there, I was wondering how the lining of the intestines are protected from the sharp edges of DE? If it can destroy the exoskeletons of insects and parasites, could it have a negative impact on the lining of the digestive tract as well?

Thank you!

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