what is de

Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock. It’s derived from the remains of diatoms, or oceanic unicellular algae. The skeletons of these tiny little creatures are made of silica. Diatoms are over 30 million years old and are formed from the cementation of microscopic algae-like plant remains into the earth’s surface. Diatomaceous Earth was first marketed as a pesticide in 1960. It is effective against many types of pests; however, this substance is not innately poisonous. The fossils which make up DE acts as drying agents and are extremely abrasive. As insects move around within it, sharp edges of the fossils cut their bodies and the silica wicks moisture from them. DE is divided into grades for specific purposes.

DE currently has more than 150 registered private and commercial purposes. Industrial grade Diatomaceous Earth has been calcined by treating it with heat. In this form it is not safe for consumption and often contains high levels of crystalline silica which can cause silicosis.In Australia, Food Grade Fossil Shell Flour has only been approved for sale as an Anti-Caking Agent and animal feed, therefore we can only advertise it as such. Please see the manufacturer ’ s website www.perma-guard.com to find out more or research on the internet (Google, YouTubeetc.). In Australia it is currently not approved as a human health product. In other countries such as the US and Canada, the Perma-Guard brand of Fossil Shell Flour Food Grade DE is approved by PMRA & Health Canada, USDA, FDA and EPA.


Perma-Guard is the original and largest supplier of registered food-grade Diatomaceous Earth products in the world and is imported from the United States. Not all Diatomaceous Earth is Food Grade. There are many cheaper versions of Diatomaceous Earth starting to flood the market in Australia. We suggest you check that the product is registered/certified food grade before making any purchases. Some Diatomaceous Earth claimed as food grade contain higher amounts of sediment and clay that make them less effective. Depending upon how the deposits were formed, clay particles may be present in sufficient quantities to clog the pores of the fossilized shells. If this is the case, the effectiveness of the Diatomaceous Earth is severely reduced. The shape of the diatom must be tubular with holes in the walls. It must be fresh water because the diatoms form a harder shell and are less fragile than those in salt water. Perma-Guard Fossil Shell Flour DE is registered Food Grade and is 100% pure, organic and contains no chemicals or additives, and is now listed with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) in America.


Clinical observations of feeding food grade Diatomaceous Earth to Dogs, O.C. Collins, DVM, Midland Animal Clinic and Hospital, Midland, TX: “In clinical observations of feeding dogs over 35 lbs. 1 tbsp. /day and under 35 lbs. 1 tsp. /day of DE, within seven days all ova disappeared from stools. DE controlled Ascardis (Toxacara canids), Hookworms (Anclyostoma caninum), and Whipworms (Trichuris vulipis).”

Clinical observations of feeding food grade Diatomaceous Earth to horses,L. Thomas, Trainer, L. Frank Roper Stables, Winter Garden, FL: With horses fed approximately 5 oz. of DE mixed in the feed twice daily, the following results were observed:Stopped scours even on horses that had not responded to any other medications. Horses showed an increase in appetites, weight gain due to better feed conversion, reduction in manure odours, elimination of any internal parasites, healthier appearance, and stronger hooves.”


Diatomaceous Earth is quite hard. On the hardness scale where diamonds are a 9, DE is a 7. This is very important because as those millions of tiny hard and sharp DE cylinders pass through the small and large intestines, they “scrub” the walls. After only a few months of taking Diatomaceous Earth, the intestine wall is no longer coated with mucus and moulds but clean.Some people react with great scepticism regarding human consumption of DE, and while it is not allowed by Government regulators for distributors to make claims about DE’s use as a human health supplement. There is however Iogical reasoning behind the health claims of consumers regarding the use of Food Grade DE for human health. DE has been reported to absorb methyl mercury,E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues.DE is a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier. This cleansing and detoxification alone has a myriad of positive effects.Great results have been found when consumed in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Remove Toxins and heavy metals Lower Cholesterol
Clean Colon
Remove internal Parasites and bacteria
Reduces acidity in the body
Clears skin conditions
Helps reduce weight
Improves hair, nails, skin and cartilages – Anti-Aging


Many of our customers do choose to eat it, by starting with a teaspoon or so and increasing to approximately one to two table spoons/day. There is a lot of information on the internet that is helpful to read and we can recommend reading blogs as a good source of information and testimonials. Again we need to say that every person’s circumstances are different and we are not medical practitioners or therapists and so again, cannot offer advice.


Content on this page is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of Diatomaceous Earth. It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. User statements regarding this dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritionalsupplement. Any food grade Diatomaceous Earth uses other than those approved are strictly anecdotal reports of what countless numbers of users as well as we, ourselves have done with Diatomaceous Earth.