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Old 03-30-2010, 10:25 AM   #16
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We got ours at the local feed store. My husband called them and asked if they had it and how much. They said $28 and he went off to pick it up. I was shocked when he came home with a 50lb bag!
How big is this bag? I called a local feed store yesterday and they sell theirs for under $20, and she said it pretty much costs the same as the 5 or 10 pound container. I don't need 50# but I'm wondering how large a bag is this?
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:58 AM   #18
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Funny you should ask, because I took a picture.



That section of my desk is 4ft long, so I'm guessing the bag is close to 3ft by approx. 18inches.
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well..my guess is it is like flour... so think 5 of the 10lbs bags....
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It is like flour. Ashley, I've thought about cooking with it, but wondered if it would still work the same yk?
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The consistency is like flour.. a little bit more loamy or airy...
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Hmmm, good question....Well, didn't "me" say she made brownies? Or was that with bentonite clay?

A google search helped me find this recipe for cookies with DE...

http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Alm...Cookies-353862

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Diatomite is highly porous, because it is composed of microscopically small, coffin-like hollow particles. In addition, it is a good absorbent and is resistant to heat. Its typical chemical composition is 86 percent silica, five percent sodium, three percent magnesium, two percent iron, and other minor constituents.
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/...omaceous_earth
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What would be some potential side effects? Does it effect medication or absorption of vitamins and minerals? How does it effect the good gut bacteria? Do you find you need to increase your probiotic intake ?
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What would be some potential side effects? Does it effect medication or absorption of vitamins and minerals? How does it effect the good gut bacteria? Do you find you need to increase your probiotic intake ?
A friend who has recently been researching DE told me that it is best to take it first thing in the morning, well before eating, or late at night, right before bed because it can block absorbtion of good minerals. We tried to wait until evening tea to take it after I heard this, but forgot to take it too many times. So now I just put it in our morning green smoothies that we drink with breakfast. I figure it may block some minerals, but it's better than not taking it at all.

Also, my friend just told me she read that silica is great for hair, nails, and bones--better than taking calcium supplements.

---------- Post added at 12:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:53 PM ----------

She said people used to get silica in their diets, but since we've changed to a more modern diet, people get very little.
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I have been diligent about taking it since this thread started so maybe 4-5 days. My bones feel SO much better, it's not even funny. Most of the winter i was good just taking cal/mag and Vit D every day so I couldn't figure out what was going on now that it's spring. I've lost a couple pounds too which is great because I've been stuck for a while irt weight loss. Why did I forget how great it is?
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This is the first I've heard of it! And I can't wait to buy it!!!
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She said people used to get silica in their diets, but since we've changed to a more modern diet, people get very little.
how would they have gotten it in their diet?
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how would they have gotten it in their diet?
I think she said something about the soil, but since DE comes from plankton in the ocean, I'm not sure. Maybe there is silica in soil? . I'll do some research and get back to you.
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silica is in things like millet, animal feet and bones... we just don't get that much of it anymore
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right.. we don't eat stocks made from bones.. that is probably where they got the most of it. Millet also isn't as readily eaten.
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