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Thread: Diatomaceous earth - anyone have bad side effects?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    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.
    it's been said repeatedly that it kills bugs. it scratches them and sucks out their bodily fluids until they are satisfyingly dead

    here's my scientific evidence: i sprinkled it on plant leaves with my fingers and the japanese beetles died within minutes

    my other scientific evidence: i ate some to see what would happen, i survived. my anus was not abraded upon evacuation. win-win
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    I looked, you won't find any. You won't even find any evidence pointing to safe toxicology in silica and all its forms.

    I did find one odd case where a fellow ingested silica and it was found in his lungs though, but can't remember for the life of me where that is.
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    that stuff is powdery as heck, if you get complacent you'll make it puff everywhere

    everywhere meaning your nose
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    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    yeah, some people take it for the silica. some people take it for worms.

    i took it once, a heaping spoonful mixed in yogurt

    i died. true story.
    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    it's been said repeatedly that it kills bugs. it scratches them and sucks out their bodily fluids until they are satisfyingly dead

    here's my scientific evidence: i sprinkled it on plant leaves with my fingers and the japanese beetles died within minutes

    my other scientific evidence: i ate some to see what would happen, i survived. my anus was not abraded upon evacuation. win-win
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    I used it for flea control a few years ago. It worked but it's awful stuff. My vacuum cleaner never recovered and I sneezed for a month.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceangrl View Post
    I used it for flea control a few years ago. It worked but it's awful stuff. My vacuum cleaner never recovered and I sneezed for a month.

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    Silica in the lungs on a repeated basis will cause silicosis, a nasty and often fatal condition.

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    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.
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    Carrots taste better too.

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