The articles below have been written by Vets, Researchers, and users of pure
food grade DE.
I am offering them only as information that others have experienced and research
by those in the medical and scientific community. I tried to list them in
alphabetical order according to the Title.
Gone -PDF Format- Testimonial of Charlene Rowley
Biting Bugs cause Allergies too!
(Holistic solutions for
your horse-I have highlighted the comments about DE)
Diary of an Unsuspecting Hostess
Katherine, Eugene, Oregon 1/21/06
by Philip A. Wheeler
Diatomaceous Earth for Pest
Control by William Quarles
Diatomaceous Earth Lowers Blood Cholesterol Concentrations - Study
Earth-Reader Question-Mother Earth News
THOSE MARVELOUS, MYRIAD DIATOMS BY RICHARD B.
Diatomaceous Earth for Humans
Storage HEAT PLUS DIATOMACEOUS EARTH TREATMENT FOR
STORED-PRODUCT INSECT MANAGEMENT IN FLOUR MILLS
Non-toxic treatments that can be used on stored grain-ATTRA
Pest Management is People
Bedbug epidemic attacks New York
City NY Daily News Sunday, December 30th
Bedbugs From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Bloodthirsty Bedbugs Stage Comeback in U.S., Europe
James Owen for National Geographic News,
May 13, 2004
PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF BED BUGS IN
INFORMATION FOR HOMEOWNERS AND TENANTS
Stephen A. Kells, Assistant Professor and Jeff Hahn, Extension Professor
Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, August 23,
Bed Bugs Exhibit Resistance
to Pyrethroid Insecticides, University of
What are Bed Bugs?
Chemical Wormers are Becoming
Controlling Pests Naturally
Cockroaches in Schools
IPM: FLEAS IN SCHOOLS/COCKROACHES
Toxicity of Diatomaceous Earth to
Red Flour Beetles
DE in the
Control of Gastrointestinal Nematodes-American Association of
Immune System Care & Feeding
- Galen D. Knight, Ph.D.
Parasitic Infections What
They are and What Can Be Done About Them
by Garcia Thompson
What's bugging you?
At a California Medical Association meeting, one expert speaker
told his professional audience that worms are the unsuspected
cause of many diseases.
Worms infect more
poor Americans than thought. Tue Dec 25, 2007 8:13pm EST
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters.
Parasites Support Forum
Difference between Bentonite Clay and Diatomaceous Earth.
"Many harmful things entering the body have a positive charge. Silica is
a semi-conductive mineral which when warmed by body heat becomes
negatively charged and gives off electrons. These negatively charged
mineral ions and/or individual shells attract bad microbes, free
radicals, positively charged waste and other harmful things. Acting as
magnets, the negatively charged shells and/or ions attract and absorb
positive things that are small enough to go through the holes. Add a
sugar molecule and you can trap toxins into the porous food-grade DE
particle which is then excreted safely out of the body. Because of the
strong charge, each shell can absorb a large number of positively
charged substances, whether they be chemical or in the form of bacteria
or viruses. They pass on through the stomach and intestine, taking these
harmful substances out of the body." From the Difference
between Bentonite Clay and Diatomaceous Earth. Source:
Diatomaceous earth lowers blood cholesterol
Wachter H, Lechleitner M, Artner-Dworzak E, Hausen A, Jarosch E, Widner
B, Patsch J, Pfeiffer K, Fuchs D.
Institute of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of
Innsbruck, Fritz Pregl Strasse 3, Innsbruck, A-
In this study a potential influence of diatomaceous earth to lower blood
cholesterol was investigated. During 12
weeks we monitored serum lipid concentrations in 19 healthy individuals
with a history of moderate
hypercholesterinemia (9 females, 10 males, aged 35 - 67 years).
Individuals administered orally 250 mg
diatomaceous earth three-times daily during an 8 weeks observation
period. Serum concentrations of cholesterol,
high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein
cholesterol and triglycerides levels were measured
before study entry, every second week during the period of diatomaceous
earth intake and 4 weeks after stop of
intake. Compared to baseline (285.8 +/- 37.5 mg/dl = 7.40 +/- 0.97 mM)
diatomaceous earth intake was
associated with a significant reduction of serum cholesterol at any time
point, reaching a minimum on week 6
(248.1 mg/dl = 6.43 mM, -13.2% from baseline; p<0.001). Also low-density
lipoprotein cholesterol (week 4:
p<0.05) and triglycerides levels decreased (week 2: p<0.05, week 4:
p<0.01). Four weeks after intake of
diatomaceous earth was stopped, serum cholesterol, low-density
lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides still
remained low and also the increase of high-density lipoprotein
cholesterol became significant (p<0.05).
Diatomaceous earth, a bioproduct, is capable of reducing blood
cholesterol and positively influencing lipid
metabolism in humans. Placebo-controlled studies will be necessary to
confirm our findings. Source:
• Clinical Trial
PMID: 9533930 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Study on Mole Crickets:
treated only with the high doses (108 conidia per cricket) of
each of the three B. bassiana strains exhibited the shortest survival
times as well as the highest percentage mortality at 28 d after
treatment. However, these treatments did not differ significantly from
any of the diatomaceous earth combination treatments. Two of the strains
tested, 5977 and 3622, exhibited synergistic interactions with DE,
whereas the third strain, GHA, was not significant for synergy
Quote from the Bob Livingson Letter - Special Issue.
- I will share with you a grain storage idea that really
works. It is a personal story.
- Many years ago we went into the rice fields of Louisiana
and bought 2000 lbs of rice. It was brown rice with only the
husk gone, not polished into white rice. Brown rice is an
excellent, nutritious food and easy to store for long periods.
We then bought a nontoxic and tasteless powder called Perma
Guard (diatomaceous earth). We put the rice into metal barrels
with brown meat wrapping paper next to the barrel wall and
saturated the rice with Perma Guard. Perma Guard keeps the grain
dry and dehydrates any bugs or insects that may get into the
barrels. Stored grains have to be preserved with low moisture
content. Well, we raised our children on nutritious brown rice
that cost us ten cents a pound. We also shared the rice with
family. It didn't require all that much effort, but it had
long-term value. We still enjoy brown rice as perfect as it was
37 years ago.
Diatomaceous Earth Wrecks Insects' Internal Water Balance
What's a natural way to kill insects in food processing plants?
The answer has been around for 20 million years: diatomaceous earth
(DE). But DE isn't earth--or even dirt. It's the broken-up shells of
tiny plants, called diatoms, that lived in the sea roughly 20
million years ago. Today, these fossilized skeletons are being
combined with heat treatment as an alternative to methyl bromide for
controlling insects in flour mills and other food processing plants.
"Turning up the heat creates one big oven for the insect pests.
The heat breaks down the waxy layers of their exoskeletons, and the
DE absorbs the layers, disrupting their internal water balance.
Without this delicate balance of water, insects can't survive," says
Agricultural Research Service entomologist Alan K. Dowdy. He's at
the agency's U.S. Grain Marketing and Production Research Center in
In 1996 lab studies, Dowdy found that 98 percent of red flour
beetles were killed when exposed to 122oF and DE. This
insect is noted for tolerating heat under normal conditions. The
study then became the springboard for a 1997 joint U.S.-Canadian
field research project at Quaker Oats of Ontario, Canada. For the
field test, the researchers placed confused flour beetles--one of
the industry's worst insect invaders--in the processing facility.
One hundred percent of the beetles died within a day after exposure
to a temperature of 115oF and DE. The payoff for the food
industry: Cost of heat treatment may be lower, and insect control is
better using DE and heat, compared to using heat alone. Both
Canadian and U.S. food processing plants have used heat treatments,
but a few processors are concerned about expensive installation of
new heating systems in older buildings. The researchers showed that
lower temperatures could be used with DE and still control insects.
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