Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is the answer to Non-Toxic, Safe Elimination of Fleas, Ticks, Bed Bugs, Lice, Ants, Aphids and Other Pests, as well as Parasites.
Internal worms like whipworms, pinworms, and roundworms can be a real problem and negatively affect your pet’s health. If your pet has lost weight and hair, vomited, or had diarrhea then it’s possible she has worms. There are a number of options owners can choose from for dewormers, and the kind you use depends on the type of worm present in your animal. Many people opt for a natural dewormer to ensure the safety of their animal, and to find a solution for all types of worms. If a pet owner chooses to use Diatomaceous Earth, then it’s best to use it as a long-term solution.
I tried Frontline this year and it did not work at ALL to combat the fleas.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a light fine white powder that consists of crushed up fossils and shells. It works by slicing the exoskeleton of the fleas, dehydrating them and causing death.
You can sprinkle the DE on your carpet and flooring, in the corners or cracks, or anywhere else that fleas may hide. After letting it sit for awhile, you simply vacuum it up. The fleas crawl through the DE powder and carry it to the other fleas. Any flea that comes into contact with it will die. Depending on the type of carpet you have, you may want to work the DE down into the carpet a bit before vacuuming. You want to make sure the fleas will come into contact with the powder.
Diatomaceous Earth Benefits
As inoculations routinely provided to cats and dogs contain toxins, it is advisable to follow-up inoculations with a regime of Diatomaceous Earth.
When you are adding DE to your dog’s or cat’s diet I recommend adding more moisture to their food as DE will make your dog or cat more thirsty.
Diatomaceous Earth doesn’t kill the eggs, so an animal needs to eat it consistently for at least 30 days.
Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic, safe substance made up from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. Crushed to a fine powder and observed through a microscope, the particles resemble bits of broken glass. Diatomaceous Earth is deadly to any insect yet completely harmless to animals.
Diatomaceous Earth’s mode of action for insect and parasite control is strictly mechanical. The microscopically sharp edges contact the insect or parasite, and pierce their protective coating, so they soon dehydrate and die. The larvae is affected in the same way.
Follow the steps below for step-by-step instructions on giving Diatomaceous Earth to your animals.
For internal parasites (round worms, tape worms and whip worms) you mix it with food. Simply sprinkle it on the dog’s feed.
Diatomaceous earth helps eliminate worms, but you must make sure to use only food grade DE for your dog. Pool grade DE is potentially toxic for the dog so check the labels.
This remedy will reduce the number of worms, but you’ll need to find a different solution if your dog has tapeworms.
Internal parasites can be controlled by giving Diatomaceous Earth internally. It is very important to note that it must be food grade – the earth used in gardens and pool filters can damage your dog. Diatomaceous Earth can eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, and hookworms within seven days of being fed daily. To be most effective, Diatomaceous Earth should be fed for at least 30 days, to catch all newly hatching eggs or the cycling of the worms through the lungs and back to the stomach.
Another use for Diatomaceous Earth is the control of external parasites and flies. This is achieved by dusting your dog with Diatomaceous Earth, along with his bedding area and surrounding carpeted areas.
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There is no wrong way to apply diatomaceous earth. It just needs to be put in the right place and it will work.
Simply feed DE to your cat, dog, horse or cattle once every 24 hours along with their feed. Keep in mind the ratio is 2% compared with the rest of the feed.
Daily Dosage for Diatomaceous Earth
Large Farm Animals
It’s a good idea to keep feeding your animals Diatomaceous Earth, even after it seems their symptoms have cleared up. This way you can safely protect your animals against future problems while increasing their overall health.
Human Health Benefits – Start with a dosage of 1 teaspoon daily. and work your way up to 1 to 3 Heaping Tablespoons per day. If you feel that you are very toxic or you have any flu-like symptoms from taking DE, you may be detoxifying too quickly and you should reduce your dosage to 1/2 teaspoon and gradually work your way up.
Some people prefer to take it in a glass of water before bed or first thing in the morning, well before breakfast, to allow DE time to move through and absorb toxins from the digestive tract without interfering or absorbing nutrients from foods or liquids. Some mix it in juice, smoothies, oatmeal or other foods.
A single dosage supplies millions of tiny negatively charged diatoms, attracting positively charged bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticide and drug residues, E-coli, and heavy metals and traps them in the cylindrical structure, to be passed out of the body. It has also been reported to absorb methyl mercury (mercury fumes from amalgam fillings that are in the gut become methylated) and proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections.
Because these cylinders are very hard and have sharp edges, as they pass through the intestines, they “scrub” the walls of mucus, molds and old hardened toxic matter and sweep it out of the body. Food Grade DE has not been shown to cause any damage to the intestinal mucosa or barrier wall.
After a few months of taking DE your intestines are clean and consequently many health benefits result from more nutrients being absorbed.
Detoxification improves the function of the immune system as it reduces the load of invaders challenging the immune system.
As fungi, bacteria and viruses are eliminated, symptoms associated with them such as fatigue, unclear thinking, headaches, endocrine and hormonal balances, bloating, irritable bowel, constipation, skin disorders, etc. can subside or be relieved altogether.
DE does not kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
DE is safe to use in pregnancy, it helps the mother better absorb nutrients from the food they eat, passing those on to the unborn child. It is best to start with a small dose of 1/2 teaspoon for the first few days and drink plenty of clean, pure water, and slowly increasing the dose to avoid detoxing too quickly.
Silica prevents and even reverses osteoporosis. Research conducted by biophysicists Louis Kervan and Dr. Richard Barmakian pointed to the fact that silica was more important in bone formation and repair than calcium. Bones healed extremely well when low amounts of calcium were present with an abundance of silica.
Builds collagen and elastin which not only prevents wrinkles but is important in all connective tissues including cartilage, tendons, ligaments and vascular lining. It strengthens the body’s musculoskeletal system preventing injuries and speeding healing of fractures.
Regulates blood pressure by maintaining the structural integrity, elasticity and permeability of the arteries.
Silica is an essential building block for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It makes hair thicker, can prevent hair loss and has been reported to increase hair growth. It makes nails stronger and more flexible.
Deodorizing and Absorption: Add to kitty litter to absorb orders and keep the litter box drier, sprinkle on compost piles to prevent breeding of pests and control odors, apply to moist kennel areas to reduce odors, dry the area, and prevent pest breeding.
Bed Bugs: Sprinkle DE on the mattress especially in the creases and on all the bedding. Bed bugs cannot fly, so surround the legs of the bed with DE so the bugs are killed before they can get on the bed. Keep the bed away from the wall and there is no bedding touching the floor. Dust DE in the carpets and in the corners of the room. Remove electrical outlets and puff some DE inside walls. Keep this routine up for several days until the bed bugs are gone.
Garden and Tree Insecticide: Apply to soil and on both sides of plant leaves. DE will kill beneficial insects as well, so don’t put it on your flowers where honey bees go and use it wisely. Food Grade DE will not kill earthworms if applied to the top of the soil, allowing the worms to work it into the soil as opposed to smothering the soil and the worms with large doses. Mix 1 cup of DE with 1/2 gallon of water and spray on tree trunks to avoid ant or other pest infestation of trees.
Organic Pest Control: Dust DE anywhere you have an insect problem. The pest pistol duster is useful to get it inside walls, either under the base boards or my removing electrical outlet covers and dusting it inside walls. For pests that have larvae and eggs, you will need to reapply several times. You can also apply a 2 inch barrier around your home to prevent pests from coming in. If you are building a home or remodeling, dust DE inside the walls to prevent bugs in the future.
Grain Storage and protection: Suggested use is 1 cup of Food Grade DE will protect 50 lbs of grain from insects. A study done by ACRES, USA, Inc. reported that after 12 months of storage, material treated with Food Grade DE had 15 insects, compared to 4,884 with malathion and 16,994 for untreated grain.
Do NOT get DE in your eyes. DE is a drying agent and will dry out the eyes. If you have asthma or some other lung ailment, either wear a mask of be very careful when using food grade diatomaceous earth.
Do NOT use heavily in carpet, it can cause vacuum cleaner problems.
NEVER USE pool filter grade diatomaceous earth around animals or humans. It can poison or kill them.
As with anything else, if you have any questions or concerns it is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian.
Diatomaceous Earth has also been reported in scientific literature to absorb methyl mercury, e-coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, drug resides, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections. Given this, Diatomaceous Earth is very useful as a detox solution, digestive aid and colon cleanser and YES humans get worms too.. if your dog has worms it is highly likely you do too. This can rid you of that problem.
DE can be used to filter drinking water and even swimming pools.
Unfortunately, water, whether it’s treated by the city or not, is one of the biggest culprits of introducing unwanted bacteria and viruses into our bodies.
Diatomaceous Earth is a very effective water filter! All you need to do is take a bucket and drape a tight-knitted cloth on top of the bucket, then a cup or two of DE on top of the fabric in a small mound. Slowly pour the questionable water through the DE into the bucket. Not only will you have drinkable water, but you will also have mineral and vitamin enriched water.
I can’t help but look at DE and say to myself, “Wow, Heavenly Father. You’re just full of nice little miracles all over the place.” I mean really, a substance that kills unwanted bugs of all kinds, but is good for humans and cattle! Cool!
Giardiasis epidemics have commonly resulted from contaminated drinking water. The long-term solution to waterborne outbreaks involving municipal water systems requires use of water filtration equipment in the water treatment process. Although most large U.S. cities use proper filtration methods, many towns and small cities rely solely on chlorination to disinfect drinking water; the amount of chlorine used often does not kill G. lamblia cysts.
How to treat drinking water for the removal of G. lamblia has become an important concern over the last few years as outbreaks of giardiasis have occurred. Designs appropriate for small water systems are particularly needed.
Giardiasis, a disease caused by the protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia, is characterized by chronic diarrhea that usually lasts one or more weeks. Diarrhea may be accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms: abdominal cramps, bloating, flatulence, fatigue or weight loss. Stools are often malodorous and have a pale greasy appearance. Infection without symptoms is also common.
Because the cysts of G. lambia resist conventional disinfection, effective filtration must serve as an additional barrier to prevent disease transmission. Studies have shown that diatomaceous earth filtration is an effective process for the removal of G. lamblia cysts. Only diatomaceous earth filters approved by the National Sanitation Foundation for treatment of drinking water should be used.
So, what are the consequences of parasites and other like critters in the human body? Blindness, obesity, anemia, frequent headaches, weakened immune system, irregular bowel movements, depression, stunted growth, autism, and even death (although the benefits are so vast and innumerable that it requires a whole “nother article). That’s just what can happen to humans. Imagine what is taking place inside the animals we love or are trying to raise. The great thing, though, is that de-worming doesn’t need to be an unpleasant one-time event that you hope you’re doing often enough. Keep your body optimal by paying attention to extracting toxins from your body every day by incorporating DE in your daily regime. After watching a medical video about what parasites can do in my body after only 72 hours, I’m definitely converted to the every day approach. Ugh! Besides, wouldn’t you rather use an organic method of de-worming you and your pets/cattle etc. instead of nasty chemicals?! I know I would.
Keep your body optimal by paying attention to extracting toxins from your body every day by incorporating DE in your daily regime… for YOU and your PETS!
Read more at: Excuse Me. Is This Your Worm?
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