Moody Institute of Science put out some really informative videos about creation in the 50′s and 60′s. They have a video called Hidden Treasures that is probably my favorite. In this video they talk about diatomaceous earth, you can watch it here on google http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=794219833242953957 at minute 24 they start to talk about DE (Diatomaceous Earth) the video is only 28 minutes so should be easy to watch. Anyway, there are huge mountains of DE that were not formed millions of years ago, but they were formed because of the flood of Noah. Well really it was God‘s flood but you get my point. Diatoms are small creatures that live in the ocean and when they die their glass houses fall to the bottom of the ocean. In the case of the mountains of DE this happened as the waters receded and layers started to form. Take yourself a glass and fill it with different things, sand, clay, dirt etc now add water and shake. Let that glass of water and contents sit until everything settles (go ahead, I’ll wait), what do you see? Layers form because the floating contents have different weights and size. I learned this in the 6th grade at outdoor school. You’ll have layers of sand, dirt, clay etc, this same principle happened after the flood. So we have these mounds of DE and I’m pretty sure God knows what he’s doing so lets look a bit more into this powder.
First off the controversy. For the record I am ONLY talking about FOOD GRADE DE. There are different types of DE and some are toxic and are used in pool filtration. If your bag does not look like this next photo, do not buy, do not ingest. If you do, I am not responsible for your ignorance, well I’m not responsible for it anyway, but don’t get all American sue happy on me if you take the wrong stuff. That’s my “disclaimer” sad these days that we even have to put that in…
Back to the DE. I had heard of it before but only because my Hubby does gardening and self sustainable agriculture. If you ask most people they will probably tell you it’s toxic and you can’t eat it, well I disagree. I belong to a yahoo group about herbal medicine. Someone posted a question about FOOD GRADE DE, the consensus was that it is toxic and you shouldn’t eat it. It sparked an interest in me and I googled “food grade diatomaceous earth.” My first website was Wolf Creek Ranch located in California. http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html I started reading what they had to say about DE and it differed from the yahoo group opinions. They said that DE contains high amounts of silica and that without silica life is not possible. (See God does know what he’s doing!) Diatoms little houses that fall really is DE are shaped in a way that they will slice and kill any parasite, worm, or pest. You can sprinkle it on your chickens to help them with bugs, or place some in their coop to roll in. You can use it as a flea treatment on your pets. If you place a worm in DE first the sharp edges of the DE will slice open the worm, then the powder will dry the worm out and it will die. Same concept in your gut, although it doesn’t slice you. What it does do is clean out your intestines, years of gunk, garbage and even mold (yes, I know it’s SO gross) start to line your intestines and your ability to absorb vitamins and mineral is drastically reduced. I have also heard that many people are living with some type of parasite or intestinal worm without knowing it, this too will cause you not to absorb minerals that you need because the worm is getting it all. So you mix a heaping TBSP of DE (from now on we’ll just assume every time I say DE, I’m only talking about food grade) in water and drink daily. Some of the health benefits are healthier skin, nails and hair (or coat for your pets), lowers blood pressure, absorbs toxins (the shape of the DE is porous, and attract toxic metals and viruses, pesticides, E-Coli, heavy metals etc), lowers cholesterol, regular bowel movements, healthier teeth and gums. I encourage you to research yourself and see.
So I ordered a bag, a 50lb bag. Shipping cost me as much as the bag of DE did! Honestly a 50lb bag was only $26.99. You can learn from me on this, I just found out that our Feed and Seed store carries food grade DE! And it’s the same price but we save on shipping, so call your local feed store and find out if they carry it, which they probably do. If they don’t they might be able to get it, but again Food Grade only, the bag should look exactly like the one I posted above. Hubby and I have been taking it daily since November. I am still very much alive and well, so is hubby. I have also been giving it daily to our dogs (two black labs) and our cats, we are all just fine and healthy. I suspected the cats had worms and I KNEW our female lab did (yeah saw those nasty suckers). Since giving DE there has been no more worms.
I can honestly say I don’t notice that much difference in myself, not some kind of “miracle” at least. What I do notice is that I have regular bowel movements which never use to be the case. I don’t get diarrhea, or constipation which I was prone to both before. Some days I wouldn’t have any bowel movement and now I have generally two a day. We did notice what we called “oily butt” for the first day or two as the DE was cleaning out our intestines. I have read that people notice some pretty disturbing things coming out of them. Some people don’t want to know and don’t look. I was somewhere in the middle. I’m not a stool examiner by any means, but I did watch some what. The same time we added the DE to our diet we also added Iodine. I believe I did a blog on Iodine, so check that out if you want more info.
What I can say for sure is that I’ve always been the type of person who gets sick when someone looks at them funny. Since taking the DE I haven’t caught any cold or bug, and I work in a doctor’s office. It’s almost February and we are in the cold and flu days. I am keeping track of that, honestly if the only thing this is doing for me (which I’m sure it’s not the only thing) is keeping me from getting sick, I’m all for it. I notice our dogs and cats have no issue eating it. I make them a special breakfast (dog food, DE, water and some iodine) and they can’t wait for it. They also have easy stool. Their coats are great although I’m not sure I can say this is a DE result or not. But I do feel great, and just the fact that toxic stool isn’t built up in my body every day I know is a health benefit.
The taste is earthy and little “dry,” but it’s pleasant. We drink a bit in water every morning with our iodine. We also brush our teeth with it (see wolf creek ranch website for more info on teeth health, also read their testimonial page). I have put it on the backs of our dogs to keep some fleas down, although I should take them outside and really go to town with them (just don’t get it in their eyes, it’s drying). I will probably do that in the summer when the fleas are worse. It can be used in gardening, in your compost pile and even your worm bin (don’t mix it in to the worm bin just put it on top. It shouldn’t kill your worms because you aren’t putting it directly on them). Silica is an important mineral for ALL life and we don’t get enough. I’m a huge fan of DE and will continue to use it on myself, my family and pets and this summer it will go on our garden.
I am constantly learning about a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and nutrition. As I find new things I do try them, some stick and some don’t. I can honestly say I’ll be taking DE for the rest of my life. I think it’s an amazing testament of God’s love for us, he really did give us everything we need.
Update 1/27/12: I was just perusing naturalnews.com this morning and I discovered a recent article written on the benefits of silica Check it out http://www.naturalnews.com/034756_silica_anti-aging_heavy_metals.html
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