there are many in the alternative health community who recommend
Diatomacous Earth and claim that it has helped them, but I have a lot
of unanswered questions about it. It's not traditional. Ancient or
primitive people used it for paint or cement, not food. It was
discovered by us Westerners in 1837 and first used to make dynamite.
The DE I bought very cheaply feels very fluffy for ground up skeletons,
and, even if it does have pointy skeletons in it, I'm not sure I want
them in me. Just because something kills invertebrates is not a food
recommendation to me. DE is a hazardous waste product of the brewing
industry, and I am deeply suspicious about the real provenance of
so-called "food-grade" DE. Food-grade DE has less than 1/2 of 1% actual
ground up skeletons in it which, by the strangest coincidence, is about
what the industrial hazardous waste DE has. Of course, the beer
industry uses its DE to filter out the good stuff like yeast
and other nutrients and just leave behind the alcohol, so, even if some
food-grade DE is industrial hazardous waste, maybe it isn't that bad,
but I don't like the idea of giving money to an industry for the
privilege of disposing of their hazardous waste for them.
All in all, my answer to the DE question is to avoid it on the grounds
that it's not NT, eat sand for the silica (I chelate it myself so the
minerals will be more bio-available) and use clay and charcoal for the
removing of heavy metals.
On the other hand, it is probably very useful for all of us that
someone else is digging up the stuff and finding uses for it because
surface DE does get into the air in dry conditions as dust and it can
be very damaging to both humans and the environment.
commercial sites that sell the stuff will tell you all the wonderful
things DE does and where it comes from in general, but don't exactly
say where their DE comes from specifically.
is not registered for human use because not enough studies have been
there are studies on animals that indicate that it is safe for them to
consume. I cannot fault the lack of human use registration because many
times the stuff made for animals is the "good stuff".
DE as used by beer industry
Diatomaceous Earth Filtration
The sixth step is the diatomaceous earth filtration system is used to
filter out any solids left in the fermentation vessel before being sent
to the bright tank. The entering materials include the fermented beer
and the DE filter media. The two exiting streams include the clarified
beer sent to the bright tank and spent DE filter media containing
residual solids consisting of yeast, hops, trub, etc. not removed in
the previous steps.
Here it is not the solids passing through the system that are of
concern, since none of the discharge goes out as wastewater. The filter
media [DE] itself is considered a waste once it becomes soiled. The
filter media can be used several times but needs to be replaced with
fresh media periodically in order to maintain the quality of
filtration. Currently, the filter bed is bagged and thrown away as
municipal waste. Although the material itself is not considered
hazardous waste, the way in which it is handled after leaving the WBC
dumpster must be considered and will be discussed later on.
Diatomaceous Earth Filter
The wheeled piece of equipment that serves as the DE filter is also
cleaned with caustic, but only once per week on Monday’s in the morning
Ten ounces of 30& sodium hydroxide caustic solution mixed with
100 gallons of water are pumped through the filter
and subsequently through all of the piping for 10 minutes followed by
100 gallons of fresh water. Any removable pieces are soaked in highly
concentrated caustic during the 10 minute cycle and rinsed.
Diatomaceous Earth Filter Media
Diatomaceous Earth Filter media (DE) is considered a hazard when stored
as a dry material (Diatomaceous). The dust can cause nearby employees
with long term exposure a disease called silcolysis. DE filter beds
have also been found to be a carcinogen with long term inhalation
(Baker). There, even though Wachusett Brewing Company is only a small
user of DE, it still should be defined as one of the hazardous
materials located within the plant and treated with the utmost care.
Any employee in contact with it should always wear an appropriate face
mask in order to ensure their least exposure.
There are just too many unanswered questions. Silica is widely
available as sand. I suggest the next time you go to the beach, bring
back a quart of fine sand, dry it, run it through a blender and then
sift it to get it as fine as possible. Mix it with some acidic source
(see sources of suitable acids on my page on minerals
so that it can chelate to make it more bio-available to the body and
store it in a glass jar. Add it to your other mixed mineral sources in
whatever method you use to take more minerals.
Your Way To Health by Dr. David Brownstein. A good book for
who have been told by their doctor to cut down on salt because of high
blood pressure, and why natural sea salt is good for you.
Earth Our Cure: A Handbook of Natural Medicine for Today by Raymond
Body's Many Cries for Water by
Batmanghelidj. This is a
fascinating book. The
author is a doctor who spent time in
prison in Iran during the Revolution. Having no medicine, he cured many
of the illnesses of his fellow-inmates with just water.