Diatomaceous Earth

Posted 18 February 2016

I have been asked a reader about the therapeutic benefits of Diatomaceous Earth. It is promoted by a few sites as being of therapeutic benefit, e.g., as an “internal cleanser”, “removing toxic metals” and being a detoxifying agent. Some sites (e.g. make even more ludicrous claims such as “boosts the healing of fractures”, “slow the degenerative process of ligaments” and “improve your overall health and well being”.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) (“Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies”) makes NO mention of therapeutic benefit.

PubMed (“comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books”) was searched for information. Only ONE single study has evaluated this substance for therapeutic benefit: a single study (1998) demonstrated a cholesterol lowering effect in a small group of … Read the rest