Osteoporosis and food grade diatomaceous earth

Posted by sandyjr @sandyjr, Jul 1, 2022

I did not know there was such a thing as food grade diatomateous earth. My daughter takes a bunch of medicine and it has caused her to have osteoporosis. I sure do not want her to be taking biophosphates. I saw an article on this and I’m curious if anyone else has any information about it, has taken it or if anyone has had their doctor mention it. It’s new to me. I’m sure the drug companies would be against it because it would be an easy and inexpensive help for many people. The biophosphates come with their own set of issues.

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Hi @sandyjr, Thanks for starting such an interesting discussion. I had not heard of food grade diatomateous earth so had to do a little research. I did find a couple of references that tells more about the topic.

"Some claim that the silica in diatomaceous earth can increase silicon in your body and strengthen bones, but this hasn't been proven." — What Are the Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth? – Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-diatomaceous-earth

This one has a list of reference links at the end of the article.
"Every once in a while, a certain item becomes the newest hot commodity among health-focused people. With people reporting improvement from arthritis to …" — The Super Properties of Diatomaceous Earth | Marion Institute: https://www.marioninstitute.org/the-super-properties-of-diatomaceous-earth/

I did a search on Connect and could not find any posts discussing the topic. Do you remember where you saw the article?

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I see diatomaceous earth in a vitamin store, every once in a while, and occasionally mentioned in the local free 'wellness' papers. I get the impression that it's, not exactly an old-fashioned nostrum kind of idea, but has been around forever. I read a jar label once and the recommendation was to ingest some daily 'to detoxify' and 'clean' the colon by 'adsorbing' toxins while meandering the GI tract. I only wish we could detoxify from pollutants and pesticides and contaminants that easily.

I think it's one of those things that gets rediscovered every once in a while like tonics and the trendy sipping vinegars and artisan bitters. I'd be curious to see what you find about it.

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@johnbishop

Hi @sandyjr, Thanks for starting such an interesting discussion. I had not heard of food grade diatomateous earth so had to do a little research. I did find a couple of references that tells more about the topic.

"Some claim that the silica in diatomaceous earth can increase silicon in your body and strengthen bones, but this hasn't been proven." — What Are the Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth? – Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-diatomaceous-earth

This one has a list of reference links at the end of the article.
"Every once in a while, a certain item becomes the newest hot commodity among health-focused people. With people reporting improvement from arthritis to …" — The Super Properties of Diatomaceous Earth | Marion Institute: https://www.marioninstitute.org/the-super-properties-of-diatomaceous-earth/

I did a search on Connect and could not find any posts discussing the topic. Do you remember where you saw the article?

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https://www.ruralsprout.com/diatomaceous-earth/?fbclid=IwAR1UoauMoWm6KXsF6peuDVbERdtRIx4ksbIhVVD1CuCvwQX2ipqPcD_5mxs
This article seems more focused on gardening etc, but food grade was mentioned and if it could help people’s bones, that would be great. It seems that the go-to answer for osteoporious is biophosphates. It seems you are trading one bad thing for another with that. Who knows if this would work, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if it could? Of course, the drug companies would be all over bad mouthing it.

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There are alternatives to bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. None of them are free of side effects butba good endocrinologist who has a practice including many people with osteoporosis can look at ways to create a treatment plan that allows for switching drugs on a regular basis. Or taking drug-free vacations if enough progress is made. And there is some new diagnostic technology that can make diagnoses more accurate.

Check the topic threads on Mayo Connect for osteoporosis as there are a handful of them addressing different issues that people have experience with. I'm going to look into diatomaceous earth as I'm curious now.

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@callalloo

I see diatomaceous earth in a vitamin store, every once in a while, and occasionally mentioned in the local free 'wellness' papers. I get the impression that it's, not exactly an old-fashioned nostrum kind of idea, but has been around forever. I read a jar label once and the recommendation was to ingest some daily 'to detoxify' and 'clean' the colon by 'adsorbing' toxins while meandering the GI tract. I only wish we could detoxify from pollutants and pesticides and contaminants that easily.

I think it's one of those things that gets rediscovered every once in a while like tonics and the trendy sipping vinegars and artisan bitters. I'd be curious to see what you find about it.

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The Home Depot near me (Bridgeport Ct.) used to sell bags of it. Pardon the pun, it was dirt cheap. It did say that it was food grade. I bought a bag and used it to kill cockroaches. I can't recall if they exploded or simply crawled back into their homes to die of suffocation. It was about 20 years ago.

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@ctpaul

The Home Depot near me (Bridgeport Ct.) used to sell bags of it. Pardon the pun, it was dirt cheap. It did say that it was food grade. I bought a bag and used it to kill cockroaches. I can't recall if they exploded or simply crawled back into their homes to die of suffocation. It was about 20 years ago.

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Well, that's one good use I guess, lol. I'm guessing that the particles of the stuff might compromise the little guys' exoskeleton or something. Or maybe they did just suffocate but I wish I'd known that when I lived in NYC before Combat was developed.

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I ordered food-grade diatomaceous earth and take it periodically; I stir it into applesauce. It's just one more thing I have added to my nutritional regimen to make sure I am getting all the nutrients required for bone-building.

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