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    Default Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    Sorry to rain on anyone's parade but I was considering taking this and spoke to a biochemist friend about it. She was horrified and emailed me this link:

    http://www.vitalhealthzone.com/nutri.../silica.html#9

    Note it says over 100mg a day is toxic. The tolerable upper limit is 29-30mg and that should come from food anyway. It is very rare to be deficient in it.
    Please note it says toxic levels can cause irreversible kidney damage.
    It also says you must consult a doctor if you are considering taking any silica supplement.
    I know how tempting it is to take these things to speed up hair growth but please don't take this stuff, or at least do so in full awareness of the risks.
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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    this is why i never use any drugs to speed up hair growth. hair already grows at a constant rate.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    Cool, well bananas have a lot of silica. I do tend to eat a banana a day most days.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    Food grade DE is less than 1% silica.It is full of other essential minerals as well. It is perfectly ok to take in the amounts people here are taking due to the low silica factor.That is one of the things discussed in the DE thread here. DE in the food grade form is very safe to use.
    Many many people have taken this amount of silica for years with zero ill effect.

    Warnings are always good, they make people think.Always good to ask your doctor before starting to take anything if you have concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elainehali View Post
    Cool, well bananas have a lot of silica. I do tend to eat a banana a day most days.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Do bananas contain silica?
    What other foods contain sillica?

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    Quote Originally Posted by redneckprincess View Post
    Do bananas contain silica?
    What other foods contain sillica?
    If you click on the link in the first post in this thread it gives a list of foods that contain silica.
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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    Thanks for the warning Toadstool. I was not considering taking DE but these sort of fads take hold and people can end up damaging themselves, so well done to you for being so conscientious and caring about your fellow LHC-ers.
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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    Quote Originally Posted by Othala View Post
    Thanks for the warning Toadstool. I was not considering taking DE but these sort of fads take hold and people can end up damaging themselves, so well done to you for being so conscientious and caring about your fellow LHC-ers.
    Thanks Othala I appreciate it
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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    I saw the chart on the linked site. It says 250mg of banana contains 13.6mg of silica. That cannot be true, can it? I am eating a banana. It weighs 100g. So....

    1000/0.250x13.6=5440 mg of silica in a single banana!

    That's 388-600 times more than RDI. Maybe it is supposed to be 13.6mg silica/250g banana.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous earth/silica: WARNING

    This is why I just take my daily multivitamin and call it a day. It will grow as nature intends it to.

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