Frequently asked questions about

Diatomaceous Earth

Here is a list of FAQ you might want to look over 1st to see if the answer is here:


1. Is the same product used for killing bugs and helping people?

The same product is used for all applications: People, Pets,    Livestock and for insect control inside and outside.  The product is Food Grade Fresh Water Diatomaceous Earth, the purest DE on the planet.  It is the ONLY product we sell, so you do not have to worry about getting the right product for the right application, it works for everything.


2.  How much Diatomaceous Earth should a person take each day?

Many take 1 heaping tablespoon per day in liquid of their choice.  We use juice, but many just put in a glass of water.  I know some who take 2 or 3 tablespoons a day, but that is usually for a severe problem they are trying to correct.  I also know some who just take a teaspoon per day to start out with and work up to a tablespoon.


3. How can something that kills bugs be safe for me and my pets?

Remember - Diatomaceous Earth kills insects by PHYSICAL action, not chemical.  Hundreds of the microscopic DE get all over the insects body.  As the insects move, the DE scratches the waxy coating off of them and they dehydrate and die.  Because the DE particle is so small--it has no harm to people and pets.  It is a simple mineral---silica.


4. I have heard DE is dangerous--especially breathing it in.

Food Grade DE often gets confused with filter grade DE.  Filter grade DE starts out as food grade, but it is heated to about 1000 degrees and chemicals are added to crystallize it.  This works great for filtering but is dangerous to people and animals. Breathing the crystallized product in over long periods of time causes a disease called silicoses.  The world health org. has said that DE needs to be less than 2% crystalline silica in order to be considered safe.  The filter grade DE is 60% crystalline! Stay away from it. It is dangerous!  Perma-Guards food grade DE on the other hand is less than .50% crystalline silica.  As you can see, that is more than 4 times less than it needs to be to be considered safe! Daily use of Food Grade DE for people, pets and around the garden is perfectly safe.  Food Grade DE should be treated like any other dusty product, if you are going to breath it in over long periods of time, wear a dust mask, but it should in no way be compared to the dangerous crystallized filter grade.


5. Will DE interfere with any medication I am now taking?

Diatomaceous Earth is a mineral, silica.  We have never ran into a situation in the orders sold where anyone has had a problem or reaction to taking DE.  If you have any questions as to interactions with medications you are taking, ask your doctor or pharmacist if taking a silica supplement will cause any problems.


6. If this stuff is so great, why have I never heard of it before?

You have to remember that it is always "all about the money."  No one is going to spend millions of dollars and years of research on a product that you dig out of the ground and that cannot be patented.  Diatomaceous earth is one of those hundreds of natural products that get shunned by most doctors and drug companies.  Most DE is sold and used by someone who has a friend or relative that has used it and gotten results.  You would think that would be just the opposite, that a natural, safe, non-chemical and drug product that is inexpensive and has so many uses would be in every home in the country, but chemicals and drugs are where the big money is, so that is what gets promoted and used.

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