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Diatomaceous earth - anyone have bad side effects?
Get far in your science classes, Paleobird??? I thought not.
OK, try this: You have a swimming pool. It might have a cartridge, a sand, or a DE filter. Leaving the cartridge type aside, would you go into the pool store and buy a bag of DE for your sand filter? Or, the other way around? Of course not. THEY ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS!
You just refuse to listen to those who know better. It's not just that you are working from a point of wrong information, you refuse to learn.
No wonder our country is in such a state of idiocracy. Scientifically illiterate high school and college grads.
OK, personal insults aside (because they are too silly to dignify)
Yeah, I know that DE has lots of valid uses such as pool filters, and bug killing. I have yet to see any scientific backing for ingesting it being good for a person. Note: Scientific would mean "not offered up by someone trying to sell the stuff".
You can't get around the fact that DE is silica and silica is what makes sand. DE is sand, just very finely ground, packaged and expensively priced sand.
Try refuting the things I've said with evidence instead of insults.
So then, how did a marine creature get to be silica if it is still in it's original form? "Real" fossils as opposed to fake fossils?
Ahh! A good question! Actually the fossils are not of the soft parts of the organism, but the fossils are the skeletal (or shell if you would rather) remains. This organism secretes a skeletons of silica. This is one of the things that make diatoms very interesting.
Rather than saying people who eat DE are eating sand (which is wrong because sand is a grain size, and DE is smaller than sand), you could tell everyone how awful it is for them to eat silica skeletons! Opinion noted! Then we can all get over it and move on.
Too much inorganic material in our body is likely not the best thing in the world for it. DE is designed to shred apart bugs, but, just because our intestinal tract is stronger, doesn't mean it's not causing damage. You can't live in a sterile environment, and it's not practical anyway.
Yeah, I think all the bickering about grain sizes (what is "officially" sand and what is silt) and all the bickering about the origins of the DE people get talked into ingesting are all pretty moot, although the diatom is an interesting creature.
When it comes down to it though, silica is silica regardless of origin.
My real point is this. Don't eat sharp pointy pokey things. They tear up your guts.
Derp's point about DE shredding bugs is a good one.
I'm still waiting for any non vendor provided scientific evidence that this actually does any good.
Also the fact that someone survived ingesting it with no obvious bloody discharge=/=this stuff is good for you, eat up. It's just means they are some combination of strong and lucky. Also who knows what repeated exposure would do?
Why not just eat a carrot if you're after really indigestible methods to clean out bacteria? At least carrots aren't abrasives with a 7 mohs hardness rating. The worst thing is they use this stuff in toothpastes, when teeth can only handle ~5 iirc.