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!