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I inhaled diatomaceous earth (labeled as silicon dioxide) to control insect issue at home, and have been coughing for two days with slight chest pain.

I inhaled diatomaceous earth (labeled as silicon dioxide) to control insect issue at home, and have been coughing for two days with slight chest pain.

Not serious: Diatomite is an amorphous form of silica that is relatively non toxic. In contrast, inhaled crystalline silica is toxic, and Acute Silicosis from exposure to high concentrations can develop within a few weeks or several years after exposure. You may have incurred a mild irritation of the airway but not at risk for significant lung damage. Should your symptoms persist see your Dr. ...Read more

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Health benefits of diatomaceous earth?

Health benefits of diatomaceous earth?

Less parasites: it helps to reduce parasites in chickens, and many experts believe this is due to its negative charge and cylindrical shape. The thinking behind this is that positively charged bacteria and parasites (plus some viruses) may be attracted to it like magnets are attracted to one another. Because of its shape, the pathogens get trapped in the center and carried out of the body. ...Read more

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How could diatomaceous earth human food grade affect pica? Will it increase the pica?

How could diatomaceous earth human food grade affect pica? Will it increase the pica?

Diatomaceous earth: Some people tout food-grade diatomaceous earth as a digestive cleanser. It will not be harmful, but i'm not sure it's really needed. Pica involves compulsively eating non-nutritive substances like clay and dirt. The makers of food grade diatomaceous earth claim that use of their products may even help pica, rather than increasing it. I could find no studies addressing this -- sorry! ...Read more

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Is food grade diatomaceous earth well tolerated for internal use, specifically as an antihelmentic?

Is food grade diatomaceous earth well tolerated for internal use, specifically as an antihelmentic?

Yes. No: Diatomaceous earth is touted among natural medicine enthusiasts as alternative to treating intestinal parasites. Since parasitic disease is a worldwide problem, the who recommends effective avoidance/control programs and treatment of identified parasite with a drug or combination specific to that entity. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking food grade diatomaceous earth?

What are the pros and cons of taking food grade diatomaceous earth?

Why?: Though i'm no expert on this subject, i can't think of any advantages. And the disadvantages of eating dirt seem too obvious to mention. ...Read more

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Have you heard of Diatomaceous earth? If so would u recommend my brother thinks it's amiracle drug. he wants us all to get some and it makes me nervos

Have you heard of Diatomaceous earth? If so would u recommend my brother thinks it's amiracle drug. he wants us all to get some and it makes me nervos

Diatomaceous earth: Multiple uses - as a mechanical insecticide, an abrasive, a marker for veterinary GI experience, and originally as a stabilizer in dynamite, but no real good use in humans and potentially a lot of down side if inhaled. Definitely NOT recommended. ...Read more

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Is diatomaceous earth good for heart arrhythma?

Is diatomaceous earth good for heart arrhythma?

Its made from : The fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organism call diatom. Skeleton are made of silica. Basically it's use as a bug killer. Some argue silica may have health benefits if ingested. There is no prospective randomized scientific studies in the medical community saying that benefits human. I will advise to you not to use this product if you have any heart condition. ...Read more

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