Is Diatomaceous Earth a Master Toxin Binder?


“Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health!” -Dr. Barbara Hendel


Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a chalky natural sediment. Diatoms are microscopic, single-celled algae that live in oceans, lakes, ponds, and marshes throughout the world.


Diatomaceous Earth is a remarkable, easily-available substance that 416619is inexpensive and can be bought in bulk. It is fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. It is used as a bug killer because upon contact, textured edges pull the wax off bugs with exoskeletons (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) and compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into goo. It is harmless to humans and is often used in grain-based foods to help prevent bugs, and as a detox staple in many wellness programs. Many farmers even use it in their feed to kill off or prevent worms and parasites. A unique property of DE is that to work as an environmental bug killer you have to keep it dry. Even the morning dew can deactivate its pesticide properties.

DE is a very safe and non-toxic substance for humans, internally and externally. The only known hazard is if it is inhaled. This is obviously in its dried form. Here are the FDA studies on it:


However, it is important to remember any powdered substance when inhaled usually causes problems, especially for the environmentally sensitive. If you’re going to use DE for detox, make sure it’s food-grade only. Pool-grade tends to be carcinogenic; 2111-Concentratefood-grade has less than 1% crystalline silica while pool-grade tends to be 40%. Amorphous silica is a non-crystalline form of silica.

Silica is used in many natural healing protocols to help raise calcium absorption in the body and rebuild damaged tissue, especially bone and connective tissue. It is used in Klinghardt’s protocols for toxin binding in a form called micro-silica – silica that has thiol binding groups that increases its ability to bind to metals. Bentonite clay is also a huge resource for silica and the LIPH protocol by Liph Solutions on the cancer tumor forum is a pH solution to help increase immune health with silica. Some people also swear by silica supplements such as horsetail while others say it needs to come from a natural source such as diatomaceous earth.


Although diatomaceous earth is alkaline in nature, it can create a lot of die-off, so it can tend to make you acidic. Alkalizing salts, macro- and micro-minerals, and fats would be essential to any detox program with it.


Silica is water soluble and does not build up in the body. It is also

digestive system. Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
digestive system. Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

easy to absorb in the intestines and rapidly excreted. Studies have found no negative side effects to ingesting too much silica. It has been known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, relieve arthritis pain, increase energy, and promote regularity, a smoother complexion, and sinus relief. DE can also detox the body. According to a top cancer researcher, it is also the best natural chelating product available for pulling heavy metals from the bloodstream. Its most famous healing use is as a natural anti-parasitic and it is known to clear out parasites in the gut really well. DE also has fantastic anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.



The silica in DE has many health benefits and with the decline in our food only about 1/3 of the silica needed is supplied in our food. Diatomaceous earth is a simple and inexpensive way to get the silica your body needs. Silica is thought to also be more important than calcium in the alkalizing of the body and the forming of strong bones and tissues. Dr. Edith Carlisle, a research scientist at UCLA School of Public Health, studied silica extensively in the 1970’s. She found you cannot have bone health without it. In 1939 Professor Adolf

The femoral head. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons.
The femoral head. Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons.

Butenandt, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, proved that life cannot exist without silica. Silica helps re-deposit minerals into bones, helping to prevent leaching of minerals. It also “morphs” into calcium, replacing it when and as needed. Silica has nanocrystalline properties. Crystals are thought to be capable of holding memory and energy. This energy may also aid the clay in its abilities to balance the body.


Where does Diatomaceous Earth come from? Its micro-fossil deposits, also known as Amorphous Silica, that’s mined from dried Diatomaceous-Earth-Diatomsancient lake bottoms.  When magnified DE looks like spiny honeycombs, probably where its binding like properties come from since this design is similar to Zeolites.  Diatomaceous Earth is used in paints, cosmetics, drugs, insecticides, etc. Its two main uses are filterting and filler, it is important not to use the filtering type for agricultural purposes.  Human use should only be Food Grade diatomaceous earth only!


Livestrong website states:

The International Programme on Chemical Safety reports no toxic effects from ingestion. As with any nonfood substance, if you are concerned that someone else has ingested an unsafe amount, contact your local poison control for advice.

and that…

Inhalation of diatomaceous earth may cause temporary respiratory irritation such as sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, eye, nose and throat irritation or bloody nose. People with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma patients or smokers, and children may be more sensitive to the effects of diatomaceous earth. Symptoms should improve after the exposure is removed. Crystalline silica forms when diatomaceous earth is heated to very high temperatures, and this form of silica may cause lung disease. However, exposure is considered an occupational hazard only. This means that workers exposed to crystalline silica on a daily basis for many years may be at risk, but casual contact is not likely to be hazardous.

Diatomaceous Earth has a long and safe history of use as a filter aid in food processing. particularly in the manufacturing of high-fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin. More than 170,000 tons of diatomaceous earth are used in the filtration of food products annually. For these reasons the FDA has granted GRAS, Generally Recognized as Safe, status to filtration media containing diatomaceous earth. No acute toxic reactions have been reported from ingestion.

Warnings are also posted by the FDA in case of industrial inhalation and not ingestion as some alarmist are claiming. DE is generally non-toxic for ingestion.

DE seems to have some amazing benefits, from alkalizing to binding to replacing and re-depositing minerals and calcium. How can some bloggers be telling the world how dangerous it is? You will have to ask them.   This is fear mongering at worse and ignorance at best.  It is used in many food products and we ingest it in small amounts ZN_13670948every day. Although i do not recommend adding anything new to your wellness plan without talking to a professional I do believe the product to be safe and useful as a toxin binder, anti parasitic and have even hear it used as a natural replacement for Cholestyramine.   Cholestryamine is a drug used in IBS, high cholesterol and some use it off label as a mycotoxin binder in mold exposure.

So it appears that DE is an amazing multi-purpose product that is inexpensive and easy to get.  There seems to be alot of knowledge and experience out there on what it is, what kind to use, how to use it, what its used for and on how safe it is for ingestion.  As always consult with a professional before adding any new wellness products to your diet.  Silica in general is such an important healing substance.

“The decision makers in the field of health politics are still not taking this widespread disease seriously enough despite its enormous impact on our society.”

Dr Rita Süssmith, former president of the German Bundestag, Patron of the National Initiative Against Osteoporosis (NIO) in Germany


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