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.