DE (Diatomaceous Earth)

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  1. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have received numerous inquiries regarding Food Grade vs non-food grade DE, and other questions in general regarding DE. I hope this will not be too lengthly and will answer most of the questions.
    DE is the fossilized remains of crustaceons called diatoms, found mostly in the western United States. They are mined from dry lake beds, either salt or fresh water lakes. Generally, the non-food grade DE is mined from the salt lakebeds and the food grade, from the fresh. Crystalline silica content is the deciding factor in DE that makes it either food grade or non-food grade! This silica can and will cause lung damage! The silica content of non-food grade DE is roughly 65% At this percentage it maked DE lethal (deadly)! The food grade DE (as permitted by the FDA) CANNOT have a silica content higher than 3%. Most food grade DE has less than this amount. PermaGuard DE has less than one half of one percent, and I believe this is the lowest. What are the benefits of using food grade DE? First of all, it has 14 trace elements in it that is beneficial to life. I have taken it and I know many others have also.
    DE eliminates parasites internally, but may take up to 60 days of daily injestion to eliminate the entire system of them. That may seem like a long time but by putting it in food, you are assured of a continuous daily dosage!
    DE reduces odor, removes harmful bacteria from the upper intestinal tract and reduces fly hatch. It is used as a barrier to slugs and snails and reduces odors by sprinkling it on urine, feces or vomit. When used in chicken feed, it also makes their eggshells harder.
    Dosage Guidelines: Humans - 1 heaping tspn in water, juice or food. Children - 1/2 tspn in the same venue.
    CHICKENS - 5% of total weight of feed (100# feed = 5# DE 50# = 2 1/2# etc) - KITTENS - 1/2 tspn daily - CATS - 1/2 to 1 tspn daily - DOGS under 50# 1Tbls daily, over 50# 2 Tbls daily - ALL CATTLE (Dairy and other) 2% of weight of dry ration - CALVES 4 grams in the morning - GOATS - 1% in grain - HOGS - 2% of weight of dry ration - SHEEP - 1% in ground grain - HORSES - 1/2 to 1 cup in daily ration. These guidelines for feeding are found at PermaGuard recommendations. Although it states you cannot OD on DE, if given beyond the recommended dosages, it can have a drying effect on whatever it comes in contact with. At the recommended dosages it shouldnt cause any harm!
    DE is used in animal bedding to control pests and used in compost to control odor and unwanted pests (DE is harmless to earthworms). DE is used as a white-wash to control pests in the coop by mixing 1 cup with a half gallon of water and spraying or painting the walls (needs to be shaken often as it will settle to the bottom). Is it safe? PermaGuard states breathing food grade DE is likened to breathing "road dust", and a paper filter over the mouth should be used if exposed to the dust. I personally have never used a filter but would definately recommend that you do if you suffer from asthma, emphasema or any other breathing difficulties. I hope this has answered any questions you may have had concerning DE. If I can help further, you can PM me!
    Tim
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info! DE had me a bit confused before, but this answered all my questions. Now I just need to figure out where I can buy some in my area!
     
  3. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sent you a PM ChickenToes!
     
  4. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spatcher, your article was nicely condensed and informative. Thanks! I have been taking it myself for about 2 weeks and have been wondering how long it takes to get rid of parasites. I took care of my mother in law's new puppy for about a week last summer, and watched in horror as it pooped out a writhing mass of spaghetti-like WORMS on the lawn! I had been holding and handling the dog for days beforehand! I've been haunted ever since by the possibility that I accidentally picked up worms from that dog!!! EWWWWW! [​IMG]

    Anyway, when you mention the 60 day treatment, is that for animals, humans, or both? If I ever poop out worms like I saw that day, you will never hear from me again because I will [​IMG]

    Sorry if I've grossed anybody out. Rest assured, I'm plenty grossed out by it myself!
     
  5. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You didnt gross ME out. What would gross me out was if they lived inside you forever. The reason you saw them in the feces is because it cuts them up and "spits" em out. One of the PG websites has a 2 pg testamonial of a woman that had worms real bad and gave a running description of how long it took her to get rid of them. THAT was gross! Anyway, I believe it would take about the same time (60 days) to be rid of them completely, but am sure you would see them before that if they were present. I take it as well and actually tried it in scotch once and it was really gross! Any juice is best!
     
  6. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'd rather ruin my OJ than my 7&7! [​IMG]
     
  7. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe better in 7&7 but really gross in scotch and water! lol
     
  8. Stella1964

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    Also consider using dried shredded coconut, unsweetened, for your pets and humans alike. It is very effective anti-parasitic, -viral, and -bacterial. I give it to my cats, chickens, bunnies, and family of humans. No one has parasites, even when we travel south to places where everyone else gets sick. I have not tried it on horses yet though (have to get horses first!)

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  9. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How does it go with scotch?
     
  10. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't anything? [​IMG]
     

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