DE causes mucus production in the GI tract because of its scratchy diatoms/ silica compounds. It also can be dehydrating. It seems to help with die offs but also creates die off as well. Its an absorbent that I have used occasionally if i eat a fatty/spicy meal. Seems to help take the edge off after eating that kind of meal. But all in all DE seems to be counter productive.
De works great for reducing itching on skin rashes. Ive used it on my athletes foot with great results.
I took the food grade from earth works. It did cause more mucus production in the GI tract this was evident in my colonics. It might not exactly kill candida but i think its absorbent properties aggravate the candida. Its high silica content can be a little abrasive to the GI tract. Not bad though.
There are some side effects of DE. For one it is dehydrating because of its absorbent qualities. Second it can bind with fat soluble vitamins/bind with fat/oils in general perhaps making them less absorbable.
DE has some good and bad features. Just dont know how effective it is with fungal candida. Its good just to keep some on hand for the occasional die off/ works great topically to stop itching/works good to help with indigestion of a fatty meal. I stopped taking it because it seemed like it wasnt getting rid of my fungal candida and was producing too much mucus.
DE does seem to have better fat/oil absorbing properties than betonite clay. DE seems to absorb die off better than betonite clay from taking fatty acids that kill candida.
I think coconut oil and undecenoic acid do a better job than DE for killing candida. I get much stronger die off from those than DE.
I think you did not read my previous post. I did the earth works FOOD GRADE powder. DE is a type of clay (absorbent that can soak up water) Your telling me i need science to back up a common sense statement? Do me a favor and do your own scientific experiment and put the DE powder in small bowl with some water and see how much water it will soak up in a week. I think youll be surprised with the amount of water it can soak up in a week. The websites that i have ordered it from said that it can "absorb" some oils/fats. There is companies that have actually used it to soak up oil spills.
The DE works great for ME to reduce itching from rashes/athletes foot. Probably because it keeps the moisture level down.
In my previous post i said that DE probably does not do much for fungal candida. Thats why I stopped doing it. But i do occasionally use it with a meal high in fat as it seems to help ease some of the discomfort.
So you think silica and diatoms are not abrasive at all?
Wouldnt something that can pierce soft body tissue be stronger than just "brushing" ?