Dangers of Diatomaceous Earth for Chronic Lyme Disease

Dangers of Diatomaceous Earth for Chronic Lyme Disease

Thanks to Don for this great information about “Diatomaceous Earth” otherwise known as “DE”.

There have been many statement of the possible benefits of DE including the possibility that it can assist in the breakdown of biofilms.  Don wrote to me with the following facts which I have checked out and found to be solid research.

“The thing with DE is that it does abrade biofilms but it also clogs cell ports , in effect giving the same protection in some respects that biofilms give to the bacteria, it also gets in the way of transporting your treatments to all your tissues. “

“Another danger is that people are tempted experiment with the use Diatomaceous Earth on themselves, and this is one of the worst things you can do.

“The people selling this stuff have mounted a large campaign to tell you that amorphous food grade DE is safe because it is not crystalline  The way DE works is to scratch off the surface biofilm internally and to fill up the skins pores with tiny shards of broken glass. DE is silica, which is essentially glass.”

“Glass is amorphous , if you get a window from a 100 year old house you will find that the glass is thicker at the bottom of the pane because it flowed over the 100 years. That’s amorphous neither liquid nor solid, it doesn’t have an exact melting point.”

“But if you break that window it will still cut you. All silica weather it’s called amorphous or crystalline is sharp, that’s how it works, and those sharp edges get stuck in tissue. That is why silica migrates through the body very slowly , it cuts its way through.”

“Also your body doesn’t metabolize it. In the case of breathing it your lungs will isolate it as a foreign substance and grow tissue around it to protect you, this is called interstitial lung disease.”

“Silica also has severe immune system effects. Don’t be fooled it doesn’t matter if it is amorphous or crystalline  all DE, read silica will hurt you. Your body can’t metabolize either kind of silica and there is always some crystalline silica in food grade DE. It also cuts through your GI tract which is how it has such negative effects on the immune system.”



“DE is a toxin and should not be used.”

“Silica in the body is only safe if it is in molecular form, and then your should only absorb it through food. It shuts down the very transport that is cell function that allows your treatments to be conveyed to all your cells.”

According to Dr. Cowden DE is safe as long as it is 100% FOOD GRADE. Be safe – not sorry!

Thanks Don!

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44 Responses to Dangers of Diatomaceous Earth for Chronic Lyme Disease

  1. C, B Roads says:

    Thanks. DE is great for slug/snail problems. Too many “solutions” can be dangerous for those suffering from chronic Lyme. Clarifying & sharing is a huge help to the Lymies…

  2. Angie says:

    So, who is Don and what are his credentials? I’ve been using DE for over a year now and I’ve seen the benefits of taking it internally firsthand. It even helped me reverse my osteoporosis! Until I see some actual scientific evidence of the dangers of taking DE, I will not stop taking it. I’m thinking Don must work for the pharmaceutical industry or some corporation that has a vested interest in discrediting the benefits of DE.

    • Don Mau says:

      Hi Angie.
      I was in the USN for 11 years as an “Opticalman”. I went to a military school for optics, physics and glass chemistry. I then went into CAD/CAM programming, in 2016 some of my work will begin to orbit Jupiter. It’s not so much what my credentials are as what the scientific literature clearly says.
      A thorough review of these documents should draw conclusions that are irrefutable.



      I also have interstitial lung disease from silica exposure in the military. It’s from filling nitrogen gas dryers for submarine periscopes with silica desicant.


      • Chantie Holland says:

        If we are talking about lungs and eyes then I clearly agree. But must of your post was claiming it destroys other organs internal. For this I see no evidence. Please show us these studies before you tell us scary horror stories about a product that has helped so many.

        • Jenna Smith says:

          Hey there Chantie –

          I was posting a “guest post” and do not take a stand either way however, there are many alternative treatments that can be harmful if taken incorrectly and it is always good to be informed. I apologize if you feel his opinion was upsetting!


      • Joe says:

        The last So called authority I would trust on Health issues is the CDC.

        Look what they have done about Ebola. Oh btw I heard they have the patent on the newly

        generated bio weapon version the Military created.

        Hum that is no conflict of interest huh Don?

  3. mike says:

    Yes ,Who is he, No last name even so we cant check his credentials and the cdc info only makes the article more suspect

  4. mike says:

    The same cdc who denies chronic lyme exists? and who wont allow us to be insured for treatments

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Hi Mike –

      Thanks for your comment.

      Diatomaceous Earth is controversial to say the least. This blog post was written by a reader and I thought he was well informed. I do not take it myself, but I do not judge anyone who does because some people swear by the benefits!

      The CDC is the evil enemy of those of us suffering with chronic Lyme, but we need to remember that they are all humans who are trying to do their best with the information they have and the reality of the power structure in place. I try not to throw the baby out with the bath water if you know what I mean.

      I apologize if my post upset you in any way, and wish for you the very best in health and prosperity.


  5. Betsy says:

    I love food-grade DE. I’ve only been taking it for a few weeks, but already I feel better. The ache in my right elbow which has been here all summer long, has gone away. My fingernails are much stronger; before I was always having to file them because they would chip or snag seemingly just by looking at them. I am slightly less tired than before. What got me started taking the food grade version was that my aunt said she’s been giving both her dogs something called Pro Pet Powder (available on Amazon). When I went on Amazon to buy some for my cat, hoping it would help improve her scratching etc, I noticed that there is a food-grade version for people. I started reading the reviews for that and figured for $13 after shipping it was worth a shot to get a pound of it. What did I have to lose? I have always taken vitamins because I am a picky eater (I wasn’t made to eat anything I didn’t like growing up!) and I would take these vitamins religiously even though they never felt like they helped. My nails still stayed brittle, etc. Now that I’ve taken DE, its almost like I can tell my body was missing something. Some mineral, or vitamin or something I wasn’t getting anywhere else. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with DE?

  6. Bunny Sun says:

    I read through both articles quoted above and the only reference is respiratory dangers. (Baby powder is also dangerous if inhaled for prolonged periods) and not one reference was made to orally ingesting DE. Nor is there any mention of blocking cell ports or the amorphous nature of silica’s effect on the body. Everything was pulled out of context to throw a negative view on a totally different product than food grade DE. Not sure of the authors intention, but it is biased and inaccurate.

    • Scott says:

      Thank you, I have been taking it off and on for 2 years. I now have Candida, parasites and have had lime in the past. I am using food grade DE as part of my protocol and will let you all know how it works. On this go I am only on day two and it is already working on my issues with some herxing.
      Keep you posted.

      • Jenna Smith says:

        Hi Scott –
        Have you tried Smilax (Sarsaparilla) for your herxing? I used to take it only when herxing and it helped a great deal – now I take it daily as I find it also clears neurotoxins that build up and keep us from full recovery.



        • Sharon says:

          Hi Jenna, what brand of Smilax do you use and how much do you take daily?

          • Jenna Smith says:

            I use Nature’s Way, 425 mg – I take 4/day and may double that during herx. Stephen Buhner recommends 4 capsules 4/day for 8 months in his healing protocol so that is the most I take but if you have had chronic Lyme for more than 5 years 8 months doesn’t seem to take care of it (on his protocol). The Smilax has totally saved me from the Lyme fog and neurotoxins though…great for all kinds of detox.

  7. Don Mau says:

    I wrote the above article because from my previous post in the comments section you can see I have a lot of personal knowledge of this and because it has impacted my life. The thing that people who are advocates of DE, which is said to be safe because it is amorphous, need to know is that ALL “amorphous” silica has some chrystalline silica in it , even if it is 1 or 2 percent it is harmful. Silica migrates through the body over years. It also has very adverse effects on the immune system.

    All you have to do is google, “Silica migration in the body” and read the very many articles available. As well “Silica exposure and immune system” as a search term will reveal a wealth of information.

    Here is one outlining the impacts;

    “Silica and the Immune System”


    • Karin says:

      Thank you for the research. I clicked on your links and after reading the articles I’ve decided to not use the DE.
      Again thank you for your research.

    • Sharon says:

      I am one of the ones who could not tolerate DE. I felt it was more than a herx and was not right for my body. I was weak and just felt horrible on it. I was on a small amount for about a month and will not do it again. I recognize all people have different responses to DE though. Wanted to post this as one of the ones that did not have a good response from it. It was food grade.

  8. Don Mau says:

    I went and found an MSDS sheet for DE. It shows the content of chrystaline silica at <1%. I have studied this extensively and in no way agree that amorphous silica is safe for consumption, for the people in that camp I would suggest the following. DE is dug out of the ground and there is no provision to remove the chrystaline silica from it. If you are using a table spoon a day for a while then this less than 1% number starts to accumilate in your body .In 100 days you have eaten a tablespoon of chrystaline silica, or slightly less if that is any comfort.



  9. Jack Bourke says:

    For all those looking into DE – there is a supplier in Australia that supplies DE that contains no amount of chrystaline silica. They even state on their website that chrystaline silica is dangerous and should not be fed to either humans or animals.




  10. Kelly says:

    With all due respect to Don, the only problem with silica, is if it is INHALED — as it was in his case.

    Inhaling finely divided crystalline silica dust can lead to silicosis, bronchitis, or cancer, as the dust becomes lodged in the lungs and continuously irritates them, reducing lung capacities.

    But ORALLY ingested silica — keep in mind it’s part of the earth’s crust, so it’s found in many, if not most natural foods — can be very beneficial. A study that followed subjects for 15 years found that higher levels of silica in water appeared to decrease the risk of dementia. The study found an association between an increase of 10 milligram-per-day of the intake of silica in drinking water with a decreased risk of dementia of 11%.


    In animals, a silica deficient diet has been shown to produce poorly formed connective tissue, including collagen. In fact, silica has been shown to contribute to certain enzyme activities that are necessary for normal collagen formation. Silica is essential for maintaining the health of connective tissues due to its interaction with the formation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are structural building blocks of these types of tissue.

    More information at Chris Kresser’s site:


  11. Toni says:

    Thank you for sharing this important information. I think that each individual is going to have to make the decision weather or not to take DE for themselves.

    I am currently suffering from Morgellons and this article was recently posted on a Morgellons FB page. Up until 2 weeks ago I had been taking DE every single day for 6 months. I wasn’t really sure if was benefiting me so after reading the article I stopped taking it. Within two days the crawling sensation and vibrating I had been experiencing returned dramatically. Now I have my answer…it was definetly helping.

    So with a lot of soul searching I have decided to start taking it again, but I certainly appreciate your efforts to keep us informed.

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Thanks for your input Toni, and thank you for taking the information in the manner it was intended…some seem to benefit and love it while others do not. We must each follow own judgement with the help of medical professionals.


  12. A Jack says:

    The CDC, which you referenced, does not reccomend the internal use of DE for humans because it cannot make such a recommendation. There is a big however though because DE is used in animal feed and is approved for that use by the government. It’s primary function is to rid the feed of bugs and to kill the intestinal parasites of livestock.

    DE is also approved for food storage such as corn and grain which humans consume.

    I’m not saying anyone should take it directly because I’m not a doctor but whether you know it or not virtually all of us are eating it in some way.

    Inhaling DE is the real problem as is inhaling any dust. When I use it on my cats for flea control, because nothing works better, I protect my nose and mouth. I also fan out the air to disperse it and get it to the ground. Its extremely fine and light weight, like powdered sugar so it stucks in the air longer. After I fan I leave the room for a while. A better tip is to do all your DE business in a room you don’t need to be in and where the DE can stay dry.

    Anyone who takes it needs to make sure they are getting the right kind and tge best quality. After all, we are all responsible for what we put in our bodies and what tge outcome of those choices may be.

    I want to also add, that food grade DE is ground up fossilized sea shells and not actual glass. Glass containes silica because it is made from sand. The crystaline is essentially glass and that is why you find a high quality DE.

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Hi there –

      Thanks so much for your input!

      DE is very controversial – some swear by the benefits others swear it is dangerous…I am just presenting the info.


    • Mcat says:

      That was a great response! People are so good at saying “THIS way is right!”; “No, you’re wrong, THIS way is right!”!!! Lol!
      I liked how you brought up exactly WHAT DE is made from, what GLASS is made from…& the differences?! :-P Sheesh!! I appreciate that “Don” has been thru a LOT…& because of “silica”….BUT….it’s also good to be able to NOT generalize! :-) At least “I” think so!! But you were NICE about it while still getting your point across…& that was great! Not that common nowadays! Have a great day!!!

  13. Glen Burke says:

    Jenna, thank you for all you have done for “Limees”. I have a precious daughter that has displayed the symptoms for a few years now and we have tried many natural remedies that treated one symptom or another with little total effect. Our research into DE led us to your blog – you are blessing many, thank you.

    G-day Jack, I’m certain you’re a distant cousin due to my family history and the few who were given free transport to the beautiful land of Oz in its early years of “colonization”. Thank you for the link to the company in AU – I’ll have to find a source here in the USA, or some one who imports the Super Fine Food Grade.

    Cheers Mate


  14. You’re so awesome! I do not think I’ve read through a single thing like that before.
    So nice to find somebody with a few unique thoughts on this topic.
    Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that’s needed
    on the internet, someone with some originality!

  15. crosswind says:

    My local Herbalist (also an RN) said it’s also a good reason to take CLAY powder & Charcoal with DE to bind to the toxins, so you don’t re-absorb them…

  16. Audrey says:

    I have been taking food grade DE for several month now and it has completely gotten rid of my Lyme induced joint pain. It is a great relief to be pain free. I also have more energy, my skin looks better and I’m sleeping better. I was nervous to take it at first so I gave it to my horses and dog for a couple of months first and tried it after seeing that did great on it. I highly recommend it. DON’T be afraid to try it. I did herx a little bit at first so build up slowly.

  17. James says:

    DE has some properties that may have some positive effects on our health. There is no shortage of testimonies reporting many issues cured with this product, including yours truly. The issue I have with DE is how much and how long we should be consuming this. If DE is removing the bad things in our systems, whats to prevent it from removing some good things like nutrients and minerals? I also believe that it gives most a false sense of security to change certain bad dietary habits and lifestyle changes for good health. I would add that I do not believe it cleanses our colon per se as the process is one that is more of a sledgehammer effect and most likely moving to quickly to remove the toxins/foreign matter in our colons that an enema or fast would remove. I still take DE, but not consistently, more short term 1-2 weeks, then stop for one month. I would like to see more from independent studies on DE, not from the FDA/CDC or DE sites for a true evaluation.

  18. Rachael says:

    “If you are using a table spoon a day for a while then this less than 1% number starts to accumilate in your body .In 100 days you have eaten a tablespoon of chrystaline silica, or slightly less if that is any comfort.”

    Most health gurus suggest taking food grade DE for only 7-14 days to eliminate parasites, not 100 days.

    Even if you did manage to accumulate say aprox. 1/8th of a teaspoon over the course of time, it’s not like it’s going to accumulated into only one area of the body and stay there. As you said, glass is amorphous, meaning that it will migrate through the body, so eventually it should migrate out of the body at some point, right?

    Perhaps the body would build mucus up around it and push it out of the digestive or urinary tract. If it’s microscopic enough to kill microorganisms, and the body can find ways of getting rid of those dead microorganisms, then the body can find ways of getting rid of stay microscopic shards of glass.

    If the glass does happen to migrate to one point in the body, say to the souls of the feet, dead skin will slough off with the crystalline silica entrapped inside it. The idea that glass will accumulate in the liver or kidneys and just stay there just does not make sense to me.

  19. carrie lambert says:

    I WOULD SAY Defintly paid by the CDC! DE is healing thousands of people. Read testimonies from sick, dying people…It works!

  20. Michelle says:

    I’m really happy to find this page, & particularly pleased to find all views published, for and against. Hoping to beat my lyme, as a desparate last resort, I’ve been taking 1.5 tsp dme for 3 weeks now. It has intensified many of my symptoms to an almost unbearable level. I know I could be going through a healing crisis. Anyway after finding this page I will be looking at all the data provided above. Thankyou Tony for the link above for australian dme

  21. Anne says:

    As a chronic Lyme sufferer, I’m always glad to hear about something that might work, but I am also aware of how desperately I want to believe there will be something out there that can and will provide a cure. I’ve been up against the naysayers for so long that I sometimes find myself doubting even myself. When I first heard about DE I embraced it like a precious panacea, but I have learned that, like everything else that can be used to treat Lyme, there is no precious panacea and balance is the ultimate goal. Dehydration is very important to guard against with DE, and realistically, it is only one more tool in an arsenal of tools that must be wielded wisely if you are going to realize any success in battling chronic Lyme.

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