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    Quote Originally Posted by JennGlob View Post
    I think it is actually, ground up sea shells. We give food grade to our dog with his meals. It helps with parasites and fleas. It has lots of great uses.

    For the OP the reason it kills parasites etc, is it has shards of shells, small...but still. My guess is the blood was from the shards going through your system unassisted. When it goes away, try again with food of some sort.
    Why is anyone putting SHARDS of anything in their digestive system???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    Why is anyone putting SHARDS of anything in their digestive system???????
    You are right, should have googled before I responded. Dont know where I got the idea it was sea shells. Anyway, clearly I am not an expert, but when the vet recommended the DE to help our puppy get rid of a parasite, he used the word shards...obviously very tiny ones. It did kill the parasite, that 2 rounds of antibiotics couldnt. However, I don't think I would do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    Why is anyone putting SHARDS of anything in their digestive system???????
    Thank you! I was thinking the same thing. Wiki says:

    It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, and a stabilizing component of dynamite. As it is heat-resistant, it can also be used as a thermal insulator.
    I'll go back to margarine before eating this on purpose.
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    To be fair, that is the regular, not food-grade. However, it sounds like we all agree, broccoli might me a better route
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    Hey it works great if you want to keep bugs of the cabbage...

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    We use it in the pool filter~ also it's used in the garden to kill things like snails/slugs. Somehow, even if it's food grade, I can't imagine actually eating the stuff

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    I take it most mornings... haven't noticed anything negative at all
    I never know what to put in these things. I write songs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    It's. Sand. Why. Are. You. Eating. Sand?

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    DE is not sand. It is the skeletal remains of diatoms, a type of phytoplankton. It is taken internally primarily for killing intestinal parasites and for its high percentage (80%) silica, which is essential for the formation of hair, bones, teeth, nails, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, blood vessel walls, etc.

    Silica also aids in the absorption of calcium and is responsible for the mineralization of bone.

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    No, it is not sand. Again, it is the skeletal remains of diatoms. Sand is strictly silica. DE is 80% silica, 10% metal oxides (calcium, magnesium, etc.) and 10% moisture on average. The hardness on the Moh's scale of hardness silica is 7 while DE is only 1 to 1.5. Silica sand and DE are not the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    Why is anyone putting SHARDS of anything in their digestive system???????
    Do you ever take any pharmaceutical drugs? Many of the tablets and capsules use DE as a flow agent. It is also added to some foods to kill weevil eggs.

    Ingesting DE orally is not harmful. It is too fine to damage the intestinal lining,

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