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Book Introduction - 'Silica Savvy Solutions for Healthy Living' -- Welcome to Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth: An Ancient Treasure Trove from Mother Nature

     Untreated, pure food-grade diatomaceous earth is pri­marily composed of amorphous (non-crystalline) silicon dioxide (SiO2), also known as silica. It is millions of years old fossilized phytoplankton mined from ancient dried up freshwater lake beds.

For about 4,000 years DE was used by ancient cultures in China for oriental medicine and agriculture, and also in Egypt. People in third-world countries were among the first to consume grains and flour (in bread) protected with diatomaceous earth that naturally fortified the food with silica and over 20 other trace minerals. Without DE as a protective barrier, U.S. cargo ships transporting grains, etc., for humanitarian aid, and commercial use would need to throw out more than 50 percent of these dried foods.

Without DE, these foods would have been smelly and sour, crawling with weevils and larvae, coated in sticky silk webs and destroyed by moisture, mold, and mildew before reach­ing the target destination.

Chapter Eight provides many practical methods and proportions to mix DE in with whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and even ground flour. It covers uses from the granary conveyor belt, storage bins, cargo holds and 100 pound bags to cellars and kitchen storage jars, of which the survivalist’s movement is taking up interest.

As long as DE is kept dry and remains undisturbed in the place of application, it can last indefinitely, being effective for decades in many situations with a single application.

So where has diatomaceous earth been since its use in ancient cultures? Unfortunately, like many older things, DE’s benefits have been largely forgotten, replaced or sub­stituted by new, so-called “improved” technologies of the chemical pesticide industry, especially since World War II.

Although the chemical industry has produced many beneficial products, it has also been the source of harmful environmental and health consequences. Chemical pesti­cides can even be found in a mother’s milk, the unborn fetus, the newborn, and in most children, affecting our DNA, our genetic heritage.

Because toxic pesticides have been proven by the World Health Organization (WHO) to cause millions of deaths and a long list of diseases, the Environmental Protection Agency has been forced to remove from the market some of those chemicals that have proven to be harmful. Those same chemicals that the EPA once approved are now forced to have been removed from the market, or substan­tial restrictions have been imposed upon them.

Did You Know Cancer Strikes Nearly One in Every 2 Men & One in Every 3 Women?

Dr. Samuel Epstein, M.D., professor emeritus of environmen­tal medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and who is also chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), reveals a startling upward spiraling trend in the incidence of major diseases, especially cancer. He is particularly concerned about the risky use of toxic chemical cleaners and pesticides applied in our homes and gardens. He rules out smoking cigarettes or genetics as the cause of the increase to epidemic proportions over recent decades.

Are We Sacrificing Our Long-Term Health For Instant Gratification of A Quick Chemical Fix & A Few Dead Bugs?

It’s hard to ignore increases in the following types of cancer over the last few decades as revealed by Dr. Epstein.

*  Breast cancer increased 60 to 65 percent.

* Testicular cancer increased 300 percent between the ages of 28 to 35.

*  Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma increased 100 percent.

*  Brain cancer increased 80 to 90 percent

*  Childhood cancers increased 40 to 50 percent.

*  Dogs have a 5 times greater risk of getting canine  lymphoma if they wear collars containing carcinogenic chemicals.

A one-time exposure to a toxic chemical insecticide can cause many life-threatening ailments or diseases such as convulsions, tics, seizures, birth defects, childhood physical or mental developmental delays and disabilities, leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers and autoimmune diseases.

Chemical pesticide exposure can also cause a lifetime of any one of dozens of chronic diseases such as: asthma (one of the leading chronic childhood diseases in 2012, accord­ing to the American Lung Association)2, skin disorders, nervous system disorders, ADHD, panic attacks, learning and memory disabilities, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s dis­ease, inability to function for daily living, and endocrine, reproductive and genetic disorders, to name just a few.

Toxic pesticides also have a detrimental environmen­tal effect on our food chain, soil, air, and water supply. The result of such damage is billions of dollars in annual health care costs and personal suffering. Alternatively, food-grade diatomaceous earth, in the absence of chemical insecti­cides, can provide a resolution to this problem of health and safety issues.

Let’s clear up a few misconceptions. Unfortunately, with chemicals, the inherent danger as to how it can affect our future health is not easily seen coming. Further, the accu­mulative damage is not always acutely felt or known at the time—often not for years or even decades after exposure.

Whereas diatomaceous earth is a visible whitish powder, chemicals are usually invisible following applica­tion. The biggest mistakes made are to believe chemical insecticides are not damaging or deadly if they cannot be seen, or to falsely believe they must be safe if sold in our grocery stores along with our food.

Another mistake we make is thinking a little bit won’t hurt, that any contact now won’t be detrimental for a life­time, nor affect the genetic makeup of the next generation. Unfortunately, this kind of popular thinking is proven by statistics to be either disastrous or deadly, just as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have cautioned us.

It’s long past time for change! The more people become aware of least-toxic food-grade diatomaceous earth, the more they can create public demand for the government, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to provide an abundance of easily available, safer alternatives in our reg­ular superstores and chain stores without all the red tape.

Although diatomaceous earth is not a panacea for all problems that bug us, its effectiveness and potential as a major alternative to solve most of our insect problems is much underestimated.

Diatomaceous earth is not simply an alternative—it’s a preventive approach to health threats, ailments, and suf­fering caused by toxic chemical pesticides.

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Who can use this book? This practical guide for using food-grade diatomaceous earth is not only for consumers, but also for health practitioners who prefer to guide their clients to focus on natural, least-toxic alternatives to chemical pesti­cides. These how-to tips benefit a broad cross-section of the community: the unborn fetus, growing children, pregnant and lactating women, homeowners, gardeners, pet owners, bird keepers, animal breeders, boarding kennel operators, veterinarians, farmers, crop and orchard growers, and even commercial pest control operators.

DE is used internally and externally by farmers for cows, horses, alpacas, goats, pigs, sheep, poultry, and ostriches; by crop and orchard growers; by food mill and granary opera­tors for nuts, grains, rice, beans, seeds, lentils, and legumes; by grain growing, harvesting, milling, storage, and trans­portation facilities; by pest control operators for schools, playgrounds, parks, and city and county public facilities, including sewers; by medical and food-handling facilities and warehouse operators; and by managers of hotels, self-storage units, retirement and convalescent homes, agricul­tural fairs, trade shows and more.

The next part of this Introduction briefly summarizes each chapter, highlighting information about food-grade diatomaceous earth pertaining to specific target areas, benefits, practical tips, recipes, application methods, tools, anecdotal testimonials from successful users as examples of how people have used DE, and their results, precautions, and the health risks of toxic chemical insecticides.

Although the whole book expounds the benefits and uses of diatomaceous earth, each chapter focuses on spe­cific uses and target areas for DE.


C H A P T E R 1

What on Earth Is Diatomaceous Earth?


Diatomaceous earth is an ancient and natural product of Mother Earth—an off-white powdered mineral with hun­dreds of modern uses. Despite what the name implies, it is not made of dirt or earth, but comes from mines of soft diatomite rock several hundred or thousands of feet deep within the earth, at the bottom of dried-up lake beds. Diatomaceous comes from “diatomite,” which in itself is composed of uncountable numbers of diatoms that gives the soft chalky diatomite rock its name.

The single-celled diatoms are fossilized skeletal remains of a water plant called phytoplankton. Millions of years ago, this plankton served as nutritious food for all kinds of freshwater creatures and fish up and down the food chain.

Chapter One delves into the depths of the Miocene age—the formation, life, and death of the plankton diatom and why it is deemed such a treasure today.



C H A P T E R 2

Twentieth Century Pioneers of the Diatomaceous Earth Industry


Although DE is known to have been used in ancient China, Egypt, and in World War II as an insecticide, in particu­lar against lice, its benefits did not really begin to catch on commercially until the mid-20th century.

In Arizona, in the late 1950s, a dairy farmer and a gem­stone jeweler accidently discovered the insecticidal prop­erties of DE after it successfully fended off hoards of flies. By 1960, after many experiments and testing for the effec­tiveness and usage of DE in the farming industry, the first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registrations were obtained for DE to be legally labeled and sold as an insecticide.

The first patents were also obtained in the 1960s after DE was found to work at its maximum effectiveness as an insecticide, but only when milled and screened in a par­ticular manner, which is one of the differentiating factors between various brands of DE today.24 25
 


C H A P T E R 3

How Does Diatomaceous Earth Work?


DE is known as a desiccant, which is a drying agent, a mois­ture, oil, and grease adsorbent, and a very fine abrader. After it has been mined, milled, and ground in a trademarked manner from a soft, chalky rock called diatomite into a fine talc-like powder, it begins to do its magic without any addi­tives, or chemical or heat treatment.

DE works as an insecticide in a mechanical way, either by repelling bugs because of its dustiness and dryness, or, when contact is made by a bug, the DE abrades and absorbs its waxy outer cuticle, causing dehydration of body fluids, immobility, and death. DE being odorless itself, also works as a natural deodorizer.


C H A P T E R 4

How Diatomaceous Earth Benefits Human Health & Beauty


Although not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States for human ingestion, food-grade DE has been used for decades in capsules or powder form for humans in other countries. It has been used more popularly for a few decades in Europe,

Asia, and Australia as an antiparasitic, heavy metal binding agent, intestinal parasitic eliminator, and as a trace mineral supplement for strong bones, teeth, nails, and hair. Dosages included are the suggestions or comments by other practi­tioners or users.

DE is also used in some personal hygiene and beauty products as the author has discovered herself for things such as: exfoliating skin scrub for oily skin and acne, nail and skin antifungal, drying powder for moist skin folds, especially in high humidity, to help prevent itchy yeasty rashes, and bug bite or bee sting soother.

Many dozens of anecdotal testimonials are provided by happy users of food-grade DE who have taken it upon themselves to ingest it for their own health reasons. Many have beneficial results that pleasantly surprised their doc­tors whom had never heard of DE before, and won their professional approval, while continuing monitoring.

Caution: Not everyone can expect to obtain these same results, and some might get quite different results. The author strongly advises discussing ingestion with your health practitioner, staying in touch with him or her, and having regular checkups, because no clinical trials have been done and human ingestion is not yet FDA approved in the United States .


C H A P T E R 5

Household Uses for Diatomaceous Earth


Amazing DE has a number of other helpful household uses not widely known until now. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe to use like baking soda as a deodorizer in kitty litter, shoes, refrigerators, vacuum cleaner bags, bread bins, and garbage cans.

DE can soak up motor oil and grease in the garage or driveway, while it has even been used to contain large industrial oil spills and toxic spills.

DE is used to retard tarnishing when stored with silver and acts as a gentle kitchen metal polisher.

DE is used as a mildly abrasive soft scrub for the kitchen, bathroom, and toilet.

DE is nonflammable and can be used in an emergency by the handful to throw upon a kitchen fire to help put it out in the absence of a fire extinguisher.

DE preserves leaves for dried arrangements or art.

DE soaks up moisture, keeping items like paper prod­ucts, stacks of cards, and folded plastic tablecloths free of mildew while in storage.

DE is used in kitchen, and cellar storage jars and bags, by householders and survivalists to preserve grains, rice, nuts, beans, seeds, legumes, lentils, and even ground flour.

It is hard to imagine any other natural or synthetic substance that comes close to accomplishing so many solutions to so many challenges, for so many different kinds of people who have a smorgasbord of needs and uses without being toxic.


C H A P T E R 6

Using Diatomaceous Earth As a Safer Home & Garden Insecticide


Food-grade DE can safely be used in the home and garden around children and pets providing label directions are fol­lowed. Sensible cautions to follow involve wearing a dust mask during application while the DE is airborne to protect the sinuses and lungs, wearing goggles to protect the eyes from irritation by the DE dust, and covering the eyes of pets while applying DE to their fur. People with sensitive skin should wear gloves to protect from dryness if they apply the DE with their hands.

Aside from its use as a far safer insecticide than toxic chemicals, DE can be used in potted plant soil as a fertil­izer and clay soil aerator. Some bonsai plants love DE and can survive alone by the trace minerals in it. Sprinkled on the top of the soil DE helps keep those annoying little flying gnats away, while keeping snails and slugs away from climbing into the pots when sprinkled around the outside.

Dozens of “how-to” tips are provided for natural ways to treat an A-Z list of bugs (including ants, bedbugs, cock­roaches and lice) through the dehydrating and elimination

powers of DE without using chemical nerve poisons. Several anecdotal success stories by users help to expand individual ideas and ways to use DE around the home and garden.


C H A P T E R 7

“Goodnight! Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite!”


The growing problem of bedbugs and their resistance to chemical poisons require an entire chapter of their own as understanding, preparation, prevention, and treatment for elimination is complex. DE is also used successfully in com­bination with many other methods, such as heat.


C H A P T E R 8

Using Diatomaceous Earth In Grain Storage For Humans & Animals


Recipes and methods are provided for using food-grade DE as a storage protectant in granaries and seed mills, harvest­ers, bulk cargo transport and storage bins, animal feed stores, packaging warehouses, cellars, barns, and farm animal feed for preservation against insects, such as beetles and weevils and their larvae. Pure DE with no additives, being a natural desiccant (dehydrating or drying agent) also helps to pre­vent grains from destruction by moisture and mold.

 

Many recipes are offered, from ways to preserve quart jars of whole grains in the pantry to 25 or 50 pound bags, and from 100 pounds, to one ton storage containers. A few anecdotal success stories are provided for grain storage.


C H A P T E R 9

Using Diatomaceous Earth In Agriculture & Horticulture


DE has been used for decades in agriculture both internally and externally as a nutritional mineral supplement, feed additive, anticaking agent, and internal and external anti­parasitic. DE has a beneficial effect on animal health, not only when applied externally but also when added to feed by providing more than 20 natural trace minerals that are partially absorbed into the body for growth and strength, among many other benefits. Food-grade DE for animals comes under the labels anticaking agent, grain storage pro­tectant, or food-chemical codex.

“Anticaking agent” is just what it says—it’s a mate­rial that is added to another powder, or to animal feed or grain to facilitate better handling and mixability. DE keeps the animal feed clump-free and consequently free-flowing when poured.

The many testimonials from farmers attribute DE to making sick and skinny livestock and birds, such as poultry and ostriches well again.  

DE has also been used for more than 50 years in hor­ticulture in the United States to treat entire crops and orchards more cheaply than the use of synthetic chemicals against damage by insects.


C H A P T E R 10

Application Tools & Methods For Best Results When Using Diatomaceous Earth


A variety of user-friendly application tools and methods help the user get the best results from DE in almost any situation, no matter how small or large the challenge. Applicators included are kitchen squeeze dusters, accordion puffers, hose-end sprayers for applying a liquid solution, pest pistols, back-pack applicators, tractor sprayers, and even airplane crop dusters.

Electrostatic ionizers, which can be attached to many of these applicators use polarity to magnetize the DE, attracting it to the target, thereby making it stick better to the underside of leaves and tree canopies, to reach dense foliage in difficult to reach areas, or to efficiently treat very large areas and acreage.


C H A P T E R 11

Going Green Through the Grey Areas of “Red Tape”


Because official United States “red tape” labeling require­ments currently create public misconception and misunder­standing about what is purely food-grade and what is toxic, it’s vitally important to help readers figure out the labels. In the future, getting changes made in “red tape” affecting the “right to know” regarding labeling laws should make it easier for the consumer to pick the right product, but cur­rently it’s very tricky.

Did you know that food-grade DE already labeled for use as either an animal feed additive or grain storage pro­tectant, if sold as an insecticide is required by law to carry a hazardous warning on the label (other than a simple dust nuisance warning) for disposal of the container? This con­fuses the buyer into thinking that purely food-grade DE could be a poison, even if the container is refillable and reusable, and even if the exact same DE source is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for use in grain for human and animal ingestion.

Ironically and confusingly, the more hazardous indus­trial grade crystalline silica DE, which is sold in hardware stores and used for swimming pool or fish aquarium filters does not contain hazardous warnings—that this form of

DE is extremely dangerous for use as a pesticide, especially if used in and around the home.

The author is aware that even highly intelligent (med­ically trained) people have gone out and bought the wrong kind of DE for their pets, fleas and yard because they did not have the information contained in this book, and because proper label instructions are either lacking or mis­conceiving, which is just one of the many reasons why DE resellers recommend this book to their product buyers.

The much-needed change cannot be fully realized unless precious resources such as food-grade diatomaceous earth are unearthed and unleashed from so much “red tape.” It’s much harder to get this natural food-grade insecticide into supermarkets, pharmacies, and grocery chain stores, which ironically readily stock chemical pesticide poisons with no more warnings on the labels than DE is required to have.

It’s Tui Rose’s hope that this book about this much safer food-grade product causes those responsible in Congress, the EPA, and FDA to look at these issues and adjust the “right to know” laws regarding “inert” ingredi­ents in chemical pesticide poisons protected from exposure under the “Trade Secrets Act,” and to allow the appropri­ate labeling changes needed to correctly and adequately inform consumers.

If someone is allergic to one of those “inert ingredi­ents” there is no way of knowing from the label if they are contained in the product. This chapter also continues fur­ther into details of other “red tape” issues, which answers the question, “Well if DE is so good, then why haven’t we

all heard of it before now? It’s believed that about only one percent of the population know what diatomaceous earth is and how to use it, while toxic chemicals are allowed to reign (rain) on the rth.


C H A P T E R 12

The Natural Connection of Diatomaceous Earth to Rachel Carson’s Famous Book Silent Spring


In September 2012, it was the 50th anniversary of the pub­lication of biologist and environmental scientist Rachel Carson’s famous book Silent Spring. After five decades this book can still be found on book store shelves today. Twenty years ago, right after Tui Rose read Silent Spring and also saw a television documentary on PBS, it had an immediate impact and highly motivated her to try to find answers to the predicament of chemical pesticide poisoning posed by Carson, who had voiced her concern about toxic chemical pesticides killing and silencing the birds and other creatures and being deleterious to all health.

Unfortunately, it brought Carson much criticism and sabotage, mainly from the chemical industry whose bottom line was threatened. They tried unsuccessfully to shut down the publication of Carson’s book, and also to prevent a series of prepublication newspaper articles from being released, announcing the book, her work, and health concerns.

At the same time Carson was researching, writing, and publishing Silent Spring, it seems she was unaware of the concurrently timed rediscovery and emergence of diatoma­ceous earth as a natural, least-toxic insecticide which was first registered with the EPA in 1960. In the 1950s farmers had already been using DE as a grain protectant and insec­ticide. It wasn’t until Tui Rose published her third book on DE in 2010 that she realized the connection one day. One of Carson’s answers that plagued her about toxic chemical insecticides poisoning the planet was in fact DE as a safer natural insecticide.


C H A P T E R 13

Alarming Health Risks Linked to Toxic Chemical Pesticides


Professional health institutions, prestigious science and med­ical journals, and major well-respected news sources have made profound statements about the detrimental effects on human and animal health caused by chemical pesticide poisons. Wherever possible, web links are provided for the reader to research the information in more depth. Don’t just take the author’s word for it.

 


Resource Directory of Suppliers


For those who wish to research certain topics further or obtain least-toxic or non-toxic and natural products and services, contacts and links are provided for the reader’s convenience.

1  “Questions People Ask About Cancer,” official site of the American Cancer Society, Cancer.org, accessed April 15, 2013. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/questions people-ask-about-cancer <http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/questionspeople-ask-about-cancer> .

2 “Asthma & Children Fact Sheet,” American Lung Association, October 2012. www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/resources/facts-and-figures/asthma-children-fact-sheet.html#1 <http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/resources/facts-and-figures/asthma-children-fact-sheet.html#1> .

 

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