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Recently someone in my community asked how to get rid of pesky critters. A neighbor who own a garden center said that they use Diatomaceous Earth. Well, that seemed to me to be a golden opportunity to reveal my little secret to the world: that I have been eating Diatomaceous Earth for about a year now.
D.E. has many beneficial effects, but it is the anti-aging effect that I have seen most pronounced as a change in myself. Rather remarkably, since I have been eating D.E., I have stopped needing to bleach my hair. It has gone from a mousy mostly grey to a luscious blond/brown (my pre-65-year-old hair color). I am really happy about this change, as it is saving me tons of money ($300 a pop for tin-foil bleaching). Even my hairdresser is surprised at the change, and keeps telling me how nice the color of my hair is. However, the good news for my hair dresser is that my hair is now growing wildly faster, and so I am able to keep her happy by needing more frequent haircuts.
Diatomaceous Earth is a fossilized deposit of microscopic shells created by one-celled plants called Diatoms. These plants inhabit all the waters of the earth, and serve as the basic food for aquatic life, just as grass is the basic food for land animals. This mineral-based compound contains silicon, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron and other trace minerals that the body needs to stay healthy. All Diatomaceous Earth is 84% Silicon Dioxide (Silica).
Here is the science behind my peculiar habit of eating this stuff:
Diatomaceous Earth is the hands-down best source of the mineral silica. In 1939, Nobel Prize Doctor Butenant showed the importance of silica for life itself. It may be true that silica is the most important trace element in human health. Silica plays an important role in many body functions. The human body holds approximately seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the figures for other important minerals. Years ago, the silica found in our foodstuffs was adequate for our needs. But with today’s hybrids and depleted soils, only about 1/3 of the silica needed is supplied in our food.
Diatomaceous Earth looks like a cylinder full of holes–kind of like Rice Chex Cereal. This cylinder has a very strong negative charge while pathogens have a positive charge. As these millions of cylinders move through the stomach and digestive tract, they attract and absorb fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticides and drug residues, E-Coli, and heavy metals. These are trapped inside the cylinder and passed out of the body. In addition, any larger parasites that happen to be in the stomach or digestive tract are “cut up” and killed by the sharp edges of the diatomaceous earth. All of these activities result in a much healthier body with less sickness.
The spa that I own, La Casa Day Spa in Manhattan, emphasizes therapies that detox the body. Last month, we wrote our 50,000th receipt. That’s 50,000 detox treatments we have done in 18 years–a lion’s share of those being colonics. We want all people to continue to have colonics because colonics give a thorough cleansing of the colon. But we also want people to know how to continue colon cleansing at home. D.E. is the perfect home remedy.
Diatomaceous Earth is very hard. On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, Diatomaceous Earth is a 7. This hardness is important because as those millions of tiny hard and sharp diatomaceous earth cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they “scrub” the walls. After only a few months of taking Diatomaceous Earth, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus and molds but has become clean. The advantages of this are several:
-Regularizes bowel movements (this is the most frequently mentioned benefit about D.E.)
-Creates a healthier colon environment (a cleaner colon helps to keep away polyps, cancers and ulcers)
-Gives increased energy and less need for sleep (with a cleaner colon, food and nutrients are better absorbed into the blood stream)
-Reduces inflammation of the intestinal tract (can prevent or clear up diarrhea and, rather intelligently, also cures the opposite condition of constipation)
-Helps to normalize hemorrhoidal tissues
-Alleviates lower back pain that is caused by a too-full colon
But the health benefits of D.E. only begin with colon detoxification. Other benefits of Diatomaceous Earth can be organized around three principles: over-all health; anti-aging; weight loss.
Over-All Health Benefits:
-Helps repair and maintain vital lung tissues and protects them from pollution
-Lowers high blood pressure
-Lowers high cholesterol
-Addresses osteoporosis?& joint problems
-Acts as a cough decreasing agent; tones the upper respiratory tract (nose, pharynx, larynx) and reduces swelling because of its positive action on the lymphatic system
-Helps to prevent many unwanted side-effects of menopause?
-Helps to prevent kidney stones
-Heals infections of the urinary tract; is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs
-Effective with female discharge, abscesses and ulcers in the genital area and cervix, as well as mastitis (especially for breast feeding mothers).
-Acts as a supportive treatment for inflammation of the middle ear (effective in reducing swelling of the lymph nodes in the throat)
-Has anti-inflammatory disinfecting, absorbing and odor binding effects
-Normalizes circulation and regulates high blood pressure (hypertension)
-Decreases vertigo, headache, tinnitus (buzzing of the ears) and insomnia
-Promotes synthesis of elastase inhibitor by the pancreas, thus helping to normalize diabetes
-Strengthens blood vessels
-Helps to prevent Tuberculosis.
-Improves the elasticity of the joints; helps rheumatism
-Stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels
One of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats. Taken in the morning, it helps to curb appetite throughout the day.
Hair (90 micrograms per gram) needs almost as much silica as bone (100 micrograms per gram). Eating D.E., with its rich supply of silica, should be part of any ongoing hair revitalization program. Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.
D.E. serves as nature’s internal cosmetic for skin, nails and teeth as well as hair. Collagen underneath the skin enhances elasticity and beauty. Collagen is largely made up of silica. As we age, tissue degeneration accelerates because our connective tissue begins to lose the ability to retain moisture. Silica helps to slow down the degenerative/moisture-losing process of aging connective tissue.
Silica also protects our teeth and gums. By hardening the enamel, silica prevents cavities and preserves teeth. Silica also helps to prevent bleeding gums, gum atrophy, and recession.
Finally, silica can help avoid or alleviate Alzheimer’s by preventing the body from absorbing aluminum.