is the remanence of one celled microscopic plants better known as phytoplankton also called diatoms. These diatoms lived in the oceans and lakes very long ago. The
remains of these diatoms are mined from underwater beds as well as dried up lake beds.
Diatomaceous earth is used for a variety of products and processes, such as filtration, based materials for cosmetics, paint, drugs, and chemical insecticides. Diatomaceous earth also comes in variety a grades, but the one we are most interested in is food grade. Is important to know that there are non-food grade diatomaceous products on the market that can be harmful to both humans and livestock.
If you read a variety of sources on the Internet you will find that food grade diatomaceous earth is used in a variety of products such as an anti-caking agent for animal feed. It is also used as an internal parasite control mechanism for animals. Diatomaceous earth works mechanically by scratching, cutting, and interfering with insects and parasites, but not as a chemical. This mechanism makes diatomaceous earth an excellent and safe alternative to chemical products.
I’ve also read that to be effective diatomaceous earth must be given for 60 to 90 days, as it passes through the digestive system of animals, to be effective upon the variety of parasites. Parasites depending on the type have different cycles and migrate their way through livestock bodies are not always in the gut. This is why 60 to 90 day feeding must occur.
So all of this sounds really great. Diatomaceous earth is a wonder product that will destroy all sorts of parasites. However I’ve just read in Equus magazine online and article from a veterinarian and researcher at the University of Kentucky by the name of Martin Nielson he says that they have found no evidence of the claims that diatomaceous earth kills parasites within horses.
He says within the article “some have suggested that DE might be effective at disrupting parasitic larva within fecal pile on pasture. But, again, a number of my colleagues evaluated this hypothesis and controlled studies, and they have found no such effect.”
Dr. Nielsen goes on within the article explaining that diatomaceous earth will probably not kill parasitic larva within the gut of horses due to the dilution of the diatoms within the stomach. He also says that if the concentration of diatomaceous earth if found in such quantities as people suggest to kill parasites that they would also cause damage to the gut wall of the horse.
There are many claims on the Internet by variety of folks who appear to be trustworthy such as horseconnect.xyz. One must exercise due regard and do as much research as possible from as many trusted sources as possible on the Internet in order to protect yourself. A lot of claims come from websites that are just trying to sell a product.Read More