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postheadericon Probiotics and vitamins for your dogs and cats

Do you give your dogs and cats probiotics and vitamins? I have always said that diatomaceous earth (DE) is good for every one and everything. Not only is diatomaceous earth good for our health.. but it is also wonderful to keep our pets healthy too….. adding a bit more to the DE makes it even better.

When giving your dogs and cats DE please keep in mind that you should follow the EXACT same procedure when giving your pets DE as you do yourself…. YOU START OUT SLOWLY…. SLOWLY increasing the amount that you give your pets. Always being very sure that you offer lots and lots of fresh clean water…..

We talk a lot about the wonderful benefits of using diatomaceous earth for ourselves.. and it is also good  for your dogs and our cats… as well as the many other critters. Those that can be found on a farm and those in the wild too. I have a wildlife re-habilitator that uses DE on many of the sick and injured animals that she gets in.

Earth Works Health has a new product that is made especially for dogs and cats. It is 90% DE but the other 10% contains several nutrients to enhance the health of your dog or cat. They have added the probiotic Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Digestive Enzymes, Yeast Culture, Multi-Vitamins and Chelated Trace Minerals. This product is called Pro Pet Powder.

In this 1 pound container of Pro Pet Powder there are approximately 120 tablespoons. If you have a large dog and are using a tablespoon a day, this is a 4 month supply. Another fact is if feeding to a cat or small dog, this is up to a years supply! There is a scoop included in the package. Compare this product to other big name brands at half the cost! Pro Pet Powder is a specialty pet product you can find out more by clicking here…… Also on that page check out the Natural Dog Treats made using DE.

postheadericon The Bible About Diatomaceous Earth

miss dirt 2I bet you can tell that I love this wonderful stuff called Diatomaceous Earth, DE for short. It is indeed one of Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secrets. I am forever posting about the benefits of this wonderful product and I never miss an opportunity when speaking to someone to tout the many wonderful things it can be used for if the conversation just happening to go that way.

The only kind of DE that I speak about is FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth…. This is NOT the kind that is used for your pool….. I do not speak about DE that has had something added to it to kill bugs. In my humble opinion… there is no need to buy any other kind of DE for pesticide control than FOOD GRADE DE….. I only have 1 kind in my home and that is the FOOD GRADE DE.. I never have to worry about getting the kind I am able to eat myself with the other kind that I would sprinkle around to control bugs since I only have 1 kind.

I always buy my DE in 50# bags….. You may think that is a lot, but think of it this way….. It will never go bad as long as you keep it dry..after all… it is as old as dinosaurs… if not older.  Split that 50# bag with a neighbor or a family member…. it is the most economical for shipping charges as well.

I will get personal messages asking my opinion on one kind of DE or another…. I do not feel comfortable talking about another product other than the one that I promote….. Your not able to buy it in the store I always send people to their website…… I buy my DE from Earth Works Health.

Earth Works Health also offers a wonderful book written by Tui Rose… she has put together a wealth of information in her book Solutions For Healthy Living….Yes, it is true they is a lot of information on the internet about this wonderful product. BUT>>> this book has it all in one place… easy to read and easy to find what your looking for.

So head on over to Earth Works Health and order a 50# bag of Food Grade diatomaceous earth.. and the Bible about DE by Tui Rose… Solutions for Healthy Living

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postheadericon Handmade bar of soap with goat’s milk and DE

 

EarthWorksHealth has added a New Item! Handmade bar of soap made with goats milk and diatomaceous earth.

Before adding this item to their website, several people tried it out and everyone loved the soap! All that used it commented on how soft it made their skin feel.
The diatomaceous earth in the soap acts as a natural exfoliator. This is a large 4 ounce bar and was invented by one of their loyal customers. Are you ready to give it a try? Goat’s Milk Soap with DE.

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postheadericon Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Applicators

I am often asked what I use to apply diatomaceous earth (DE). I think it depends on what you are using it for. I have DE in a jar with a tight fitting lid in my kitchen for me to be able to easily scoop it into whatever I am going to mix it with for me to eat. I also have an old Parmesan cheese container that makes a perfect shaker when I want to spread a light dusting of dirt somewhere.

I am going to talk about a couple of different types of applicators and they are all able to be purchased when you get your dirt from the same place that I get mine. Earth Works Health

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Pest Pistol Powder Duster


The Pest Pistol can be used to apply dusts such as diatomaceous earth to insect hiding places. Includes a pointed applicator tip to reach cracks and crevices. Quick and easy to fill —just dip the accordion applicator into product to be applied. Holds about 1/2 lb of any powder. An interior filter helps prevent clogging- If powder clogs duster, sharply tap base of duster opposite the nozzle on a hard surface. The pest pistol is made from plastic so it won’t rust.

Can be used in two ways:
1. Invert duster for light crack and crevice applications.

2. Hold upright for wide dispersion in wall and ceiling voids.

THIS ITEM ADDS NO EXTRA FREIGHT WITH ANY DE PURCHASE from Earth Works Health

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Plastic Dispenser for DE


Great for easy dispensing of DE on carpets, pets, ant hills, etc. One side opens to large shaker holes while the other side opens to allow larger amounts to be dispensed–even with a spoon. Screw on/off cap and large opening make for easy filling.

THIS ITEM ADDS NO EXTRA FREIGHT WITH ANY DE PURCHASE from Earth Works Health


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Dustin-Mizer Powder Duster

This works well and is a great way to dust your flowers and shrubs. Also works good for fogging large areas for insects. Included is a removable deflector to help get DE on the bottoms of plants also. The easy-to-turn handle sifts any powder into a column of moving air, which assures even, thorough coverage.

THIS ITEM ADDS NO EXTRA FREIGHT WITH ANY DE PURCHASE from Earth Works Health

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And now we are getting into My kind of TOOLS! Gosh I love this kind of thing. Just look at this Big Boy…

Hudson Bak-Pak Duster Sprayer


Can’t you just see yourself with this on your back…. Gotta Love It!
It works just like a backpack leaf blower only you fill the tank on top with powder and it dusts large areas quickly and efficiently. This works great for barns, renovating homes and dusting attics and any large area you want to treat for bugs with diatomaceous earth or any powder or granule. Attachments are included to set up as a liquid sprayer also. This blower has a 2.4 HP 2 cycle gas engine and a 3 3/4 gallon holding tank.

Whatever way you decide to use this wonderful all natural product is totally up to YOU. The main thing is to USE IT…… Earth Works Health is where I get my dirt and my other supplies.

postheadericon Perma-Guard FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR®

DE Diatomaceous Earth

All Diatomaceous Earth is not the same.

Where can I find Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth packaged under our FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® label comes from an extremely pure fresh water deposit of the diatom Aulacoseira from a deposit created in the Miocene epoch. Why is this diatom so special? Its shell is made of amorphous silica. Its shape and hardness are important to how it works. Its hardness keeps it from dissolving in liquid. The holes along the diatom’s wall allow it to absorb moisture, hence its use as an anti-caking agent. Darker colored Diatomaceous Earth often contains an excess of a particular mineral such as iron or a high percentage of clay.

FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® is almost pure white and consists of 89% ( and sometimes more) Silicon Dioxide plus 28 trace minerals which means more diatom surface area is available. More diatom area means greater absorptive capacity and more improvement in the mixability and flowability of animal feed. FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® does not swell, does not absorb nutrients and poses no long term hazard when used as an anti-caking agent in your animal’s feed.

What is Diatomaceous Earth

Why fresh water vs. salt water Diatomaceous Earth?

Fresh water deposits like ours have a consistent diatom presence. Their fossilized shells have maintained their tubular shape. This shape and strength of the fossil shell is critical to its effectiveness. Our deposit has 89 – 95 percent amorphous silica content. This deposit is also more consistent in its purity of other elements that have settled in it. A fresh water deposit is confined to the run off water of its surrounding environment. A fresh water deposit in the mountains, such as ours, formed when snow was pure and its run off provided the water source these diatoms lived in. Salt water deposits contain a mix of types of diatoms of different shapes. Their fossilized shells are fragile and break easily. This renders them ineffective for our purposes. The salt water deposits are less predictable in their sediments.

What’s the difference between amorphous and crystalline silica?

Where can you buy Diatomaceous Earth

Amorphous (click here for definition) silica is silica in its natural occurring state. It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs to live. It becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme heat through volcanic activity or commercial manufacturing means. The type of Diatomaceous Earth used in swimming pool, and other, filtration systems is crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is extremely dangerous when inhaled or ingested. It is not biodegradable. Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth contains less than one half of 1% of crystalline silica and is considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe).

Bird and animal feed contain substances such as molasses that cause the particles to become “sticky.” It forms clumps that not only make the feed hard to pour, but also to become moldy. FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR®, mixed in the feed, coats each particle making it difficult for the particles to stick together. This allows the feed to “flow” better and its absorption ability protects it from mold. No mold means less wasted feed. By separating the particles of feed, the animal’s digestive enzymes are able to completely surround each particle. This allows for a more complete digestion. The animal gets more benefit from his feed and the farmer more benefit for his feed dollar.

FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® anti-caking agent is to be mixed at a rate not to exceed 2% of the dry weight of the rations. This means, when mixing, in every one hundred pounds of feed, 2 pounds of feed is replaced by 2 pounds of FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® . All regulated products are sold by the information on the label. FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® is OMRI listed.

View product label: FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR®

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth DE
Perma-Guard FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR® [Pure Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth] has been reviewed and is now listed with the Organic Materials Review Institute.

postheadericon What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous Earth is a fossilized deposit of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called Diatoms. These plants inhabit all the waters of the earth, and serve as the basic food for aquatic life, just as grass is the basic food for land animals.

What is Codex or “Food Grade” Diatomaceous Earth?
For Diatomaceous Earth to be called “Codex,” it must meet the following requirements:

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth DE

Perma-Guard diatomaceous earth magnified 7,000 times

Perma-Guard DE is what I use. I get it from EarthWorksHealth

 

postheadericon All That Itching and Scratching Must Be Miserable

Picture yourself lying down relaxing. You have your feet up and your sipping on a nice hot cup of tea…. If it were me…I most likely would be drinking and ice cold beer. Either way… you have music playing in the background and then something lands in your hair.

You itch and you scratch. You settle back into the relaxing position and there it is again. Once again you itch and you scratch.

Very annoying. Creepy actually. SOMETHING is crawling in your hair and your not able to get rid of it!

Has this ever happened to you? If so you know what a terrible feeling this is.

Cat, dogs, birds, all animals are no different. They are able to feel that same sensation when they have fleas or even ticks… MISERABLE!

When a dog or cat has fleas they usually have more than one. Fleas are able to multiply like crazy. So if you don’t do something to get fleas under control your dog or cat just becomes the walking host to more and more fleas.

Fleas are able to JUMP to other animals as well as to you and other members of your family.

Carpets are a nice breeding ground when the flea happens to fall of the host.

You can of course use chemicals to rid your animal of these nasty little crawly things. There are all kinds. Chemicals come in drop form. You can buy the small vials that contain the chemical that you break open and put the liquid chemical between the shoulder blades of your animal. One of the reasons that you place it in this spot is so that they are not able to lick it… because it is a CHEMICAL. You’re also able to choose from a wide range of sprays and powders, of course all of these also contain a chemical that kills the fleas.

OR… You could also use an “all natural powder type substance that is good for everyone and everything” to kill those nasty fleas. This all natural powder is used for many things including killing fleas naturally!

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a powder type substance that when fleas come in contact with it they will DIE within a few hours. DE scratches the bodies of insects and they dehydrate.

Insects are able to build up an immunity to chemicals that are used to kill them. You never have to worry about insects building up an immunity to DE. The method that they are killed is always the same… the bodies are scratched so they dehydrate.

It is important to note that the fleas MUST come in contact with the diatomaceous earth. So you will want to rub it into the fur so it gets down to the skin of the animal. Brushes and combs are good for this.

Farmers and ranchers put DE in the places that their chickens and horses give themselves dust baths. This is a great way for them to be able to rid themselves of those nasty insects by doing what comes natural to them… A dust bath.

I sprinkled DE on a fuzzy rug then I sprinkled catnip on the rug.. my cats took turns rolling in the catnip and dusting themselves with the DE all at the same time. They loved it! Use your imagination, I am certain you will be able to think of ways to get your dogs and cats to help you help them.

I love this wonderful all natural product. I use it for many things besides keeping fleas and ticks off my animals. I eat it for my good health TOO.

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postheadericon How To Take Diatomaceous Earth

I get asked a lot how to take diatomaceous earth. Everyone is different so we all have to find the way that is BEST for US.
It is important to remember that we are only talking about “Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
I personally have taken DE many ways….
Mixing it with:
Orange Juice
Tomato Juice
Cranberry Juice
Milk
Yogurt
To be honest I can’t remember ALL of the ways that I have tried diatomaceous earth.
The Very Best way for me to take diatomaceous earth is to put it in my “Magic Bullet” and whip it with vanilla yogurt and a splash of 2% milk. I drink it as a smoothie. I sometimes add a protein packet or some fresh fruit.
Everyone is different and using my “Magic Bullet” has been the best way for me to Eat My Dirt!

postheadericon Parasites And Our Pets

Here is an interesting article about parasites and our pets. I have pasted the entire article here. I found the article here resourcesforlife.net/article.asp?article=219   This post talks about our pets having parasites. I use diatomaceous earth to keep the parasites on my pets under control. I am sure you will find this an interesting read.

We adore our pets.  In return they accept and love us for who we are, even if we’ve had a bad day at the office, not put on the right eyeliner, are hours late to feed them or are distracted with other thoughts when they want our attention.

Humans are exceptionally good at looking after their pets when there’s something wrong with them.   Or at least we think we are.  The trouble is that, even with the animals best interests at heart, pet owners too often rush to the vet for minor ailments and the resultant treatment could be the proverbial sledgehammer cracking a nut.  In most cases preventive treatment would considerably cut down on a number of unnecessary health scares every year.

The first thing you need to have a look at is the food you are giving your pet, because many pet foods manufacturers use unpardonable ingredients as filler.  Most household cats are fed on only dried pellets but when did you last see cats in the wild foraging for dried foods?

Parasites in animals

All animals have  internal and external parasites. Internal parasites live in the intestines, bloodstream, joints muscle tissue and the brain. External parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites and lice live on or just under the skin. Internal parasites include intestinal worms as well as protozoa such as giardia, often ingested from contaminated water supplies. All parasites can cause discomfort, illness and even death.

The incidence of parasites in animals is high although it depends on the animal. Domestic pets that forage for mice, birds and other such wildlife will ingest parasites from their prey.  The danger is that these parasites can be passed on to their owners in a variety of ways. How many children play in sandpits where dogs or cats have left their calling card?  Or how many people are repeatedly licked on the face by a friendly pet?  How many people don’t scrub their fingernails before eating?

How can a parasite possibly live inside your body?  The answer is simple. The purpose of a parasite is to not make itself known. Parasites are very adept at evading a response from the immune system. They live undetected because once they are revealed, something will be done to eliminate them.  Parasites have an innate ability to survive and reproduce.  This is the purpose of any organism on this planet. Although this may sound simplistic it can make life for humans very difficult.

If you know how to recognize and interpret the symptoms, the presence of a parasite can be established easily. In humans this can manifest as low energy levels, health conditions, skin rashes, pains, frequent colds, flu and constipation.  The list goes on and on. The key is to question these symptoms rather than think such afflictions are commonplace.

In his book, “Animals Parasitic in Man.” by Geoffrey Lapage, states: “There is no part of the human body, nor indeed, any part of the bodies of the hosts of parasitic animals in general, which is not visited by some kind of parasitic animal at some time or another, during their life histories.” In short parasites can migrate to any part of your body. No organ is immune from their infestation.

Parasites that regularly affect animals include microscopic protozoans, a host of migratory worms and arthropod parasites such as mites, ticks, lice, fleas and even some spiders.

Hookworm infection occurs when larvae in the soil penetrate the pet’s skin, move into the bloodstream, and eventually travel to the intestine. Adult worms mature in the wall of the intestine and feed on blood from the intestinal lining, sometimes causing serious anemia.

Roundworm infections of dogs and cats occur when microscopic worm eggs present in the soil are eaten. The eggs develop through larval stages in the gut; some larvae penetrate the intestinal wall, migrate to the lungs and are coughed up then re-swallowed, after which they re-enter the small intestine where they mature into adult worms. Roundworms compete with your pet for food, causing malnutrition.

Roundworm enter their host by ingestion; hookworm by active penetration of the skin; the heartworm enters its dog host with the help of a mosquito vector. Microscopic larvae enter the blood along with mosquito saliva when an infected mosquito bites a dog. The larvae uses the blood stream to carry it right into to the heart where it matures, infesting the heart’s chambers and lodging in the veins that enter the heart.

National Geographic: October 1997   “Parasites: looking For a Free Lunch”
“Some parasites can change the habits of animals, prodding them to adjust their usual behaviour.  Horses of the Camargue in southern France leave their creekside habitat for a higher ground during hours of peak horsefly activity.  Field crickets in Hawaii adjust the timing of their mating songs to avoid attack by parasitic flies, says Marlene Zuk, a biologist at the University of California, Riverside.  Even the stripes of a zebra may be an adaptation for evading the blood-sucking tsetse flies of sub-Saharan Africa.  Tsetse’s often carry parasites called trypanosomes, microscopic protozoans that cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in animals, a disease marked by fever and anemia which usually ends in death.”

Discover Magazine  August 2000   “Do Parasites Rule the World?”
Leopard frogs may harbour a dozen species of parasite, including nematodes in their ears, filarial worms in their veins and flukes in their kidneys, bladder and intestines. One species of Mexican parrot carries 30 different species of mites on its feathers alone. Often the parasites themselves have parasites of their own.

Ann Louise Gittleman  “Guess What Came to Dinner?”
“Pets are host to numerous parasites and are unexpected spreaders of disease.   There are 240 infectious diseases transmitted by animals to humans.  Of these 65 are transmitted by dogs and 39 by cats.  One pet food manufacturer in America says that 89 percent of household cats sleep with their owners.  “Dog and car roundworm, hookworm and cat-transmitted toxoplasmosis can become severe in pregnant women and children and even life threatening in immunocompromised individuals”  Phillip Gosciensk, M.D. Head of the Infectious Disease Branch of Pediatrics at the Naval Regional Medical Center, finds it remarkable that these diseases are almost always unsuspected and unrecognized.“

Carl Zimmer  “Parasite Rex”
“Animals will sometimes defend themselves against parasites with a change of diet.  Some will just stop eating.  If a sheep is hit by a bad dose of intestinal worms, for instance, it may graze only a third of its normal intake.”

“Some animals under attack by parasites will start eating foods they almost never eat. Some species of wooly bears for example normally eat lupine.   When attacked by parasitic flies that lay eggs in their bodies, the woolly bears increase their chance of survival by changing from a diet of lupine to one of poison hemlock. The parasitic flies still crawl out of their bodies, but some chemical in the hemlock helps the woolly bears stay alive and grow to adulthood.  The woolly bears in other words have evolved a simple kind of medicine.”

“Sick chimps will sometimes swallow certain kinds of leaves whole; they will strip the bark of other plants and eat the bitter pith inside.  The plants have almost no nutrition in them, but they have another value.  The leaves seem to be able to clear out worms from the intestines, and the bitter pith is used as a medicine by the people who share the forest with the chimps. When scientists have analyzed the plants in laboratories, they’ve discovered that they can kill many parasites.”

With thanks to National Geographic, Discover Magazine, Ann Louise Gittleman and Carl Zimmer

I use diatomaceous earth for parasite control in my pets.

postheadericon I Use Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is EPA approved and registered for use against indoor and outdoor crawling insects, including cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, fleas, boxelder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers, ticks, millipedes, scorpions, slugs, and silverfish. For use in Cracks, Crevices, Hiding and Running Areas, Under and Behind Appliances, and Wall and Floor Surfaces. For use in and around homes, office buildings, restaurants, motels, warehouses, theaters, schools, hotels, and food handling establishments.

DE is odorless and nontoxic.

Indoor and Outdoor Application: Sprinkle a light layer of DE in areas where pests frequent, including under stoves, cabinets, sinks, garbage cans, window and door frames and sills, entrance ways, sewer pipes and drains, and in cracks and crevices. Repeat treatment as needed.
For Carpet Beetles: Thoroughly dust along baseboards, carpet edges, under furniture, carpet, and rugs, and in closets and shelving.
For Bedbugs: Take apart bed and dust joints and channels. Dust any hollow tubing and the interior framework as well as the mattress and all cracks in the room.
For Fleas: Thoroughly dust carpets and pet’s bedding and sleeping areas, as well as cracks and baseboards. It also can be rubbed into your pet’s fur.
For Flies: Thoroughly dust areas where flies frequent (walls, straw bedding, livestock pens). It also can be applied to livestock coat as an insect repellent/contact insecticide.

DE is composed of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. The microscopically fine, sharp edges desiccate the insects’ exoskeleton upon contact and the pests dehydrate and die within hours. The insects also die when they eat the dust.