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Diatomaceous Earth – Human Use

Diatomaceous Earth is 84% Silicon Dioxide (Silica)

There is no life without Silica !!

In 1939, the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Professor Adolf Butenant, proved that life can not exist without Silica.

In the 2003 book “Water & Salt” Dr. Barbara Hendel states: “Silica it the most important trace mineral for human health!”

Silica plays an important role in many body functions and has a direct relationship to mineral absorption. The average human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals such as iron.

Lets look at some of the benefits of Silica:*

Lower High Blood Pressure!

Of the thousands of people that are using Diatomaceous Earth, most that have high blood pressure have reported that it has gone down.  It has been so thrilling to talk to people all over the United States and have them tell their stories. We are not just talking a few points—we are talking about LIFE-CHANGING numbers.  Doctors are amazed–customers are amazed—You will be too.

Lower high Cholesterol!

Just as Diatomaceous Earth has been lowering blood pressure–it has also been lowering cholesterol!!.  I have not talked with one person that has high cholesterol that has not had lower numbers after taking Diatomaceous Earth.  Most are reporting 40-60 points lower after only 2 weeks on DE.  I know it sounds too good to be true, but it works!

Just recieved this feedback from a user:

“I have been on DE for 6 months now and I just had my lab work done. My triglycerides have been reduced from 495 down to 203. I have so much more energy and my hair and nails are growing so much better. My husband has had High Blood Pressure and since being on the dirt, his BP is now in the normal range. It has also helped with my varicose veins and I no longer have any pain from them..”

Rhonda from Louisiana

My joints feel so much better!!

Osteoporosis is a symptom of the aging process. As calcium in our body system depletes, our bones become brittle and weak. Taking only a calcium supplement can not correct or stop this threatening and crippling disease because the body cannot assimilate and make use of the calcium without the presence of silica. Evidence suggests that, instead of affecting healing, supplemental mineral calcium, on the contrary, accelerates the leaching away of bone calcium and thus hastens the degenerative process of osteoporosis and similar diseases that affect the supportive and connective tissues in the human body.

For osteoporosis, silica can stop the pain and even restore the bodies self repair process. Osteoporosis symptoms attack women primarily after menopause but the degenerative process starts much earlier in their younger days. More women are dying of fractures caused by osteoporosis than of cancer of the breast, cervix, and uterus combined.

Silica is responsible for the depositing of minerals into the bones, especially calcium. It speeds up the healing of fractures and also reduces scarring at the site of a fracture. More and more research evidence shows that through a transmutation process, silica is turned into calcium when it is needed. That is why some scientists refer to silica as a precursor of calcium. Even when calcium is insufficient, the body can turn silica into calcium that the bones need.

Natural Weight Loss!

We have been getting hundreds of reports from all over the United States that DE is helping people lose weight.  Everyone is saying that DE taken in the morning helps curb their appetite throughout the day.  Just one more reason to take it everyday!!

Nature’s Internal Cosmetic!

In Europe and Asia Diatomaceous Earth is used extensively as a health and beauty product for hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints. They have no FDA.

Tissue degeneration accelerates due to aging when connective tissue develops an increasing inability to retain moisture when left unassisted. Silica can help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue. With silica, vitality and life, which are often lost as the years accumulate, can be naturally maintained or even restored to your skin. Collagen, largely made up of silica, is the glue that holds us together. If our body has enough silica glucosaminoglycane, the collagen will make us look younger. Silica helps with skin problems and injuries including itching, rashes, abscesses, boils, acne, callouses, warts, eczemas, burns, frostbite, benign skin sores, insect bites and bed sores.

If you regularly follow a silica regimen, your skin will keep its young look. A good silica supplementation program works far better than other products for maintaining healthier and longer lasting collagen.

Hair That Grows!

Hair is natures greatest beauty enhancer. Hair deserves to be pampered. Hair at 90 micrograms per gram is almost as rich in silica as are healthy bones, which contain 100 micrograms per gram. Silica is a major component of hair. Using a good silica supplement should be part of your ongoing hair care program for revitalizing hair. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.

Teeth and Gums!

By hardening the enamel, silica prevents cavities and preserves teeth. Silica also prevents bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession that causes the loosening of teeth, which could ultimately lead to tooth loss. Silica effectively fights ulceration and the decay of bones,teeth and also lessens inflammation.

Tough As Nails!

Your nail plates are complex protein structures that grow four to five millimeters per month on average. With silica supplementation, fragile nails become normal within a short period of time. Silica will beautify the appearance of your nails and improve their hardness, making them shinier and less prone to breaking.

The restorative effects of silica will be most noticeable on your hair, skin, nails and teeth. Our skin and hair require silica essentially for the same purpose as do other tissues. As we know, the supporting collagen underneath the skin enhances elasticity and beauty. Collagen owes that quality to silica, which provides a beautiful complexion that is more than skin deep.

More Benefits!

  • Silica lowers bad cholesterol and raises good
  • Silica fades age spots
  • Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels
  • Diatomaceous earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge. It is believed that diatomaceous earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in it’s honeycomb shaped skeletal form.
  • Silica supplementation helps repair and maintain vital lung tissues and protects them from pollution. By maintaining or restoring the elasticity of lung tissues, silica reduces inflammation in bronchitis.
  • It acts as a cough decreasing agent. Silica tones the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, larynx) and reduces swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.
  • Silica supplementation keeps menopause free of stress and helps to prevent many unwanted side-effects of menopause
  • Silica works with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging and to preserve youthfulness.
  • 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.
  • The presence of sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal mucus and ulcers. Silica can prevent or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation.
  • Silica will help normalize hemorrhoidal tissues.
  • In regulating and normalizing the bowels, silica has a pleasant side effect; it can alleviate lower back pain, which often troubles the elderly.
  • Silica proves effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).
  • The intake of silica acts as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear. Because of the beneficial effectiveness on the lymphatic system, silica can be used for swelling of the lymph nodes in the throat.
  • Has anti-inflammatory disinfecting, absorbing and odor binding effects.
  • Silica can normalize circulation and regulate high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Silica can decrease vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia.
  • Silica can help diabetes by promoting synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas.
  • Silica can help arterial disease by strengthening the blood vessels. Studies confirm that with age, silica disappears from the aorta, the heart’s key blood vessel thus weakening its critical connective tissue and resulting in a greater cardiac risk.
  • Silica can help prevent Tuberculosis.
  • By improving the elasticity of the joints, silica helps rheumatism.
  • Silica has inhibitory effects on coronary diseases.
  • Silica can help avoiding or alleviating Alzheimers disease by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum and may flush out aluminum from the tissues. Silica can stimulate the immune system.


Daily silica needs of humans are 20-30 mg. In Years past, our bodies would get enough silica from our diet. Unfortunately, many of the foods we now eat have lost their nutritional value due to soil nutrient depletion, food processing, and chemicals. Supplemental use of Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth is essential to total body health.

In my studies and searches of the internet, people are taking 1 or 2 heaping tablespoons of Diatomaceous Earth every day. Myself and my family take 1 heaping tablespoon per day.  We mix it with grapefruit juice. Others are mixing it with water, soda pop, juice, or whatever liquid they enjoy. Some are even putting DE in protein shakes, applesauce and yogurt. Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth is Food Grade and very pure. There is no unpleasant taste. Since it will not dissolve, stirring several times while drinking will prevent settling. Some have experienced higher energy levels, so it is probably better not to take it right before sleeping. No worry about getting too much–any excess silica not needed by the body is automatically eliminated through the blood stream, kidneys and intestines.

Content on this site is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of diatomaceous earth. It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. User statements regarding this dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement.

Any food grade diatomaceous earth uses other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly reports of what hundreds of users as well as we ourselves have done with diatomaceous earth.

33 Responses to “Let’s Eat Dirt”

  • Linda:

    I want some!!!

  • Cindy:

    I bought a 50# bag, I think it will last me a lifetime. I use it for me and my critters as well as my flowers and garden.
    I am always finding more uses for it.

  • MARY:


  • Cindy:

    Great!!! I would love to hear what you think.. Cindy

  • Hello:

    I got some of your “dirt” and love it. since taking it I am feeling clearer,more energy and all of the great benefits are real. thank you. I am so glad I found your site.

    Have a nice day.


  • Cindy:

    I am so glad your happy with it Meg.
    I love this stuff!

  • Cindy:

    Waiting for an update Mary…?

  • cecilia:

    where can I buy it? retailers in canda?

  • Cindy:

    Cecilia, You can call Earth Works Health for a quote to ship to you, they do ship to Canada
    It is just not listed on their website because it is set up for US delivery only.
    You can also do a Google search to try to locate someone who sells it locally

  • Bryan:

    Cindy, trying to find out if I can use this wonderful dirt…I have a blood clot and take warfarin daily. I have talked to my doctor and she said she has never heard of DE and doesn’t recommend it. What is your take on that? Also, I had read on your site here one can call – can you give that phone number to me – so that I can call them? Thank you for your informative website!!

  • Cindy:

    Bryan… I am no Dr. so I will not give you any advise on that, Your Dr. knew nothing about it and suggested that you NOT take it even though she admitted not knowing what it even was.

    If you will click on their link anywhere on my site it will take you to them. This is where I buy my dirt. I guide people to their website. Larry and the boys are a great group of people to work with. Please keep me posted about what you find out. Cindy

  • Mona:

    I have been taking DE for almost a year now. I bought it at the local Feed and Grain store where you buy farm stuff. I bought a 50 lb. bag, have given away lots and still have enough for a lifetime. I take a heaping tablespoon with water every morning. I put it in my cat and dog food. We are all well. I no longer have arthritis in the fingers on my right hand. Coincidence???? No longer have high blood pressure. Coincidence??? I am 70 years old, look much younger so people tell me. May be the genes.

  • Cindy:

    That’s Great Mona, I have heard many people say how their health has improved after using diatomaceous earth. I am glad that you like it so well

  • Henrietta:

    Hi Cindy!!
    Im really excited about the information on diatomaceou s,I happened to be in Pets Mart looking for flea replent,for my cat and dogs, and a customer heard me speaking to an employee for assistance, She motioned for me to come to her and upon responding she showed me some literature on Diatomacious as I began reading it my excitement level rose to such a degree that was unexplainable she did not have extra copies and I could not finish reading all the literature she had but it motivated me to seek information on the internet about it. I am pleased to say all that she told me and what I have read is a conformation that I need to invest immedateily.I suffer from asthma, bone disease, rumathoid arthrits and the lady assured me that it works for her and her animails. So Im going to begin the journey of it allowing it to work for me also and will gladly give you an up date on my progress!!

  • Cindy:

    That is wonderful.. I look forward to hear of your progress…

  • Mona:

    More good news. I used to have a deep ridge in my left hand index fingernail. I worried that the nail may actually split apart. I thought maybe I had injured the nail bed at one time and there was nothing that could be done about it. My nails have been growing very fast and stronger since I have been using DE but the other day when I was filing them down again I noticed the deep ridge was nearly invisible. I was thrilled. One more thing concerning nails. Last night I was cliping my toe nails and noticed the middle nail on my right foot that has had the toe nail fungus for years and used to be very thick, brown and hard to cut was now clear, white, and no longer thick. I was thrilled again.

  • cindy:

    How do you manage to drink it in water? Or anything? I’ve am really trying, but it doesn’t disolve and I can’t get past the gritty. Any suggests how to get it to go down easily. We bought a 50lb bag at the local feed store. Its the smallest size they had, lol

  • Hi Cindy. I bought “green clay” instead of DE as the health food store did not have it and she suggested the clay as she takes it twice daily herself. Is this a product similar to DE? The green clay is made by A. Vogel. Thanks.

  • Cindy:

    I mix mine in my magic bullet. I usually mix it in yogurt or a protein shake. I was not happy with just stirring it in a beverage. You may want to try a whisk.. that may work for you

  • Cindy:

    I can’t say for sure but I do not think that it is the same thing. I Googled “green clay A. Vogel” I just read a few of the posts. I only know about Food Grade DE. so I am not sure about what you bought, Sorry i was not able to be more help

  • Mona:

    I have no problem taking DE with water. In fact, the longer I take it the more I like it. When I first started using DE I would drink it down fast and then I would swollow some plain water to wash the grit out of my mouth. Now I enjoy the grit that is left in my mouth.

  • Cindy:

    I tried just stirring the DE in a glass of orange juice but I was not happy with how it didn’t dissolve. Good to hear that your don’t mind how it turns out.

    I guess we all have to find the best way to eat it.
    The important thing it to just eat it!

  • Cindy:

    That is wonderful news Mona. My nails have never been stronger either since I have been eating dirt! Thanks for the update!

  • Elle:

    Hello Cindy. I came across your website yesterday as I think that I have been dealing with a parasite issue for over a decade. I saw your dosage information, but I was wondering, does your dosage information depend on weight or height and severity? I want to be aggressive with this, but I don’t want to get sick. Have you ever heard of anyone taking it 2-3 times per day right from the start? I will be picking up some today and was going to start over the long weekend. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks again for such a great website, although I must say some of the vids grossed me out.

  • Cindy:

    Hi Elle… I would start out by only taking a half teaspoon to start off. Work your way up to a Tablespoon a day. You may want to try to increase it to 2 Tablespoons a day but I wouldn’t recommend being on that amount for long.

    Everyone is different but I think that 1 Tablespoon a day is a good amount for most people

  • Bill:

    What’s wrong with 2 tablespoons a day for a long time? The owner of Earthworks health ( the best DE) says the body will only use as much DE as it needs and any excess DE will be excreted through the Kidneys. I have also heard that to much in the beginning can cause you to feel weak & dizzy because DE expels toxins and can make you feel this way. Other than that DE is not harmful. How long do you recommend taking DE before working up to 2 tablespoons a day? I started right out from the beginning at 2 tablespoons a day and now after a week or so and today I am feeling a little weak & dizzy.

  • Cindy:

    Bill, I know that some places say to use it for a bit and then stop taking it… I take it all the time and do not stop and start again. The reason that you should work your way up to a larger amount is to let your body adjust to it…. When you start out slow and work your way up… ALWAYS DRINKING LOTS OF EXTRA water your allowing your body to adjust. When you are using DE as a colon cleaners you don’t want to take to much to soon and not drink extra water it may form like a paste inside….
    I would start out with only 1/4 teaspoon for a few days and then increase to 1/2 teaspoon in a few days increase a bit more.. ALWAYS drinking lots of EXTRA water….. The mistake most people make is to take to much to soon and not drink enough water…In my opinion… there is no need to be taking 2 Tablespoon daily… 1 is plenty I am sure…. Always with lots of water to keep things moving.. Please keep us posted.. Cindy

  • Stormy:

    I have Hashimotos Disease , I started taking DE after I started to experience achy joints, I can say I no longer have the aches , I also notice it seem to help clean out system from yeast over growth

  • Cindy:

    Thanks for your wonderful feed back.. It is much appreciated. So glad to hear that DE is helping you. When people post how diatomaceous earth helps them it is very beneficial to others… Thanks again… Cindy

  • Patty:

    Hi. My son gave me some of his de I decided to try it for a knee injury and migraines. Also want to detox heavy metals. I have taken it for 5 days no migraines & knee pain is less. Also not constipated. Felt a bit dizzy for a couple days but feel better now. Gave my husband a tsp in water today he gets heartburn everyday has leg leg pain and back pain so we will give it a try. Will keep u posted

  • Cindy:

    So glad to hear your happy with this product. I love it.

  • Lisa:

    I have been taking DE for almost two weeks and noticed a little weekness and not much motivation to get up early in the morning to go work out at the gym.
    My bowel movements are small and I feel bloated. I haven’t noticed any weight loss; however I am hanging in there. I do like to have a few glasses of wine or a beer or two on weekends, would that mess things up? Is it ok to drink alchol while taking DE?
    I have been taking 3 tsps a day for the last two weeks just about. I hope things get better. Only on a few days did I notice energy spurts and today was a good work out at my gym as I could have kept going but I stopped. I took it this morning before my workout. I am drinking about 3 16oz bottles of water a day but I think I need more. I eat a clean diet as well. I had back pain for a few days but then it finally subsided. My hair seems frizzier and I have curly hair. I really want to give this stuff a chance so I will continue on. Any advice? I hope to loose a few pounds; however, I have gone up a 1/2 pound. Not sure what is going on.

  • Cindy:

    Hi Lisa, Everyone who takes DE is different. Some people it gives them more energy and they lose weight.. others see no difference what so ever. I never tell anyone that you should take it to lose weight…. To me, when taken properly is wonderful for keeping your insides clean. If your insides are clean your entire body should function better. That just makes sense to me.

    There is no need to take any more that a tablespoon a day….. I think you should be drinking more water… does not sound like enough to me. Sounds to me like your body is trying to expel the bad stuff that it has collect… and that may be what is making you feel as you do.

    I am not sure what your expectations were when you started to take DE…I hope it was not for only weight loss….. I think that would just be one of the many benefits of taking DE…

    Taking DE and drinking lots of water should be keeping your insides cleaned out and FLUSHED OUT. I have heard all sort of wonderful things from people who are amazed at what DE has done for them… when in reality I truly believe that it is simply because they body is cleaned out. Getting the GUNK out of the way to be able to function better.

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