Diatomaceous Earth for Psoriasis:

When you start contemplating eating dirt – you know things are bad. But then again, perhaps taking diatomaceous earth for psoriasis isn’t a totally new level of weird.

After all, it’s not like soaking in bleach baths and drinking turmeric juice are what “normal” people do either.

But let’s not get sidetracked.

I first came across the suggestion of taking diatomaceous earth for psoriasis on a forum where someone reported they’d had success with it. At the time, I’d only known of diatomaceous earth (DE) as a form of pesticide…

…you know, the sort of thing you use to get rid of bed bugs.

That association immediately turned me off the idea.

I just sort of assumed that anything that could kill bed bugs – which are actually known to be disgustingly hardy species – wouldn’t bode well for my insides.

And then I forgot all about.

But as luck would have it, I encountered the idea again in India where I came down with one of the worst cases of traveler’s diarrhea I’d ever experienced.

Even the activated charcoal I had been carrying around barely helped and a fellow traveler suggested I try dirt, aka diatomaceous earth.

I said, no thanks, and although I was intrigued. ‘Cause the most important question is: does it work? And is it actually a safe alternative to traditional psoriasis treatments?

Here’s everything I’ve learned about this topic so far…

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid pests in your home, you might not even have heard of this stuff. So at this point, you’re wondering: what even is diatomaceous earth?

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is actually an all-natural sediment that’s made up of the fossilized remains of a single-cell aquatic organism called diatoms. So what’s so special about these diatoms? They’re microscopic algae with skeletons made of silica.

Diatoms are unicellular algae, one of the two major classes of the phytoplankton that constitute the bottom of the food chain in oceans and freshwater. Diatomaceous earth is a soft, siliceous sedimentary rock containing the fossilized skeletal remains of diatoms.

It is hypothesized that the sharp particles physically cut up the insects and also damage their waxy protective layer, causing dehydration.

It contains silica, mainly in the form of amorphous silicon dioxide but with some crystalline silica. Silica is dangerous when inhaled, causing lung disease in workers exposed to silica dust. Silicosis is the most common occupational disease worldwide.

Diatomaceous earth (DE, also known as diatomite) is a type of soft sedimentary rock composed of the fossilized remains of single-cell aquatic organisms called diatoms. These vast silica-rich deposits are mined, ground to a chalky white powder, and sold for various uses. Like soil, DE varies a lot in composition.

You may be familiar with DE as a natural pest control agent (against roaches, fleas, and more), which works by drying out the insects. Because of its abrasive properties (similar to pumice powder), it’s also found in some exfoliants, eye shadows, and other cosmetic and personal care products.

Diatomaceous Earth for Psoriasis: Does it Work?

Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe to Eat?

As for consuming it for health benefits, the sharp edges of D.E. particles are meant to “scrub” the intestinal lining so that nutrients can be better absorbed, therefore improving noticeable qualities like skin and hair, weight loss from feeling full and eating less, and increased energy. I’ve observed all of these in only my cats, not anything else, and since taking it myself I haven’t felt very good at all. I’m not suggesting its the D.E., as I have been in a bit of a stressful slump, so I’m still giving it time to see if anything comes about. I’ve read a ton of reviews from others who says that it has all of these great benefits and have records to support it (such as cholesterol reduction and improving blood pressure) but I personally am just not seeing anything — though over all I’m not an unhealthy individual.

Harris Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, 2lb with Powder Duster Included in The Bag

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