BENEFITS OF FOOD GRADE FOSSIL SHELL FLOUR DIATOMACEOUS EARTH
Diatomaceous earth (DE) Fossil Shell Flour has been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, drug residues, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Pyrethroid insecticide residues probably also bind to diatomaceous earth, since pyrethrins from Chrysanthemum flowers bind to and are stabilized by this material. The only brand of pure DE currently recommended is from Perma Guard. Perma Guard’s Fossil Shell Flour has been approved by the FDA (as a 2% by dry weight food additive, as an anti-caking agent, or as a grain storage additive).
Perma Guard™ Fossil Shell Flour is amorphous (non-crystalline) and is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS), but as an extra safety precaution the dust should not be inhaled. Since it appears to pass inertly through the digestive tract, releasing only a few trace minerals, decide for yourself what dose works well, bearing in mind that taking large amounts my have some very uncomfortable effects.
“Detox”-ing one’s system too quickly might not allow enough time for one’s metabolism to re-balance, creating discomfort known as “healing crisis”. This discomfort may be nothing more than inflammation caused by a REAWAKENING immune system as it detoxifies and begins to attack previously unaddressed chronic infections. Working up the amount slowly from about a teaspoon to a rounded tablespoon over a few days or weeks may help to avoid this situation.
The Fossil Shell Flour DE moves through and absorbs toxins from one’s digestive tract without interference and without absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids. Microscopic live cell analysis of blood taken from individuals who have detoxed for many months produced no evidence that this particular diatomaceous earth ever makes its way intact into the blood. Also, hair analysis of these individuals displayed normal or even slightly low amounts of silica. This evidence, combined with a very low trace and toxic mineral content, supports the concept that DE Fossil Shell Flour removes toxins that poison the immune and regulatory functions, instead of adding trace minerals that support these processes in the body, as was once thought.
Why fresh water vs. salt water DE?
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.
Indoor and Outdoor Application:
Because of the pumice-like quality of fossil shell flour, it has been used to deter insect pests. If you are bothered by any of the following pests, DE is a good way to fight them: ants, bedbugs, box elder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, cockroaches, earwigs, fleas, grasshoppers, millipedes, slugs and silverfish.
Sprinkle a light layer of Diatomaceous Earth 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.