What is DE?

Nature’s Wisdom Diatomaceous Earth contains Perma-guard de. PERMA-GUARD is the trade name known world wide for using a grade and quality of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) that is extremely pure. It was important to have a consistent shape diatom and no unwanted sediment. The shape of the diatom must be tubular with holes on the walls. It must be fresh water because the diatoms form a harder shell and is less fragile that those in salt water. Salt water deposits contain a mix of diatom species. These deposits shapes and sediments are inconsistent making them unusable for our products. Because of water currents, most deposits are very impure, some even contain arsenic and can be very dangerous, but Safe Solutions, Inc. deposits come from a deposit so pure that it meets the standards required to be called “food grade”Out of 600 deposits in the US only 4 are considered “food grade” by the FDA standards. Other food grade deposits still may contain higher amounts of sediment and clay that make them less effective. We have analysis of many other “Food Grade” deposits and are satisfied that we still obtain the diatomaceous earth for our products from the purest fresh water source.

Perma-Guard products use Diatomaceous Earth, mother natures eco-friendly naturally organic material. Our products fit into the “living Green” lifestyle. Actually, DE is not an earth. It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called DIATOMS.

In all water, tiny one-celled plants or plankton live by the billions of billions of billions, and they are the basic food of the water dwelling animals.  Even the great whales could not survive without the diatoms. As these tiny creatures die, by the billions of billions of billions, their shells or exoskeletons drift to the bottom of the ocean or lake, building up large deposits.  Each dead diatom exoskeleton now is a tiny piece of poroussand.  Geologic changes put these deposits on dry land, making them accessible to mankind.

The tiny Diatom shells are not a food. They do not digest (except some of the trace minerals), they pass all the way through the body. Everything it does is either physical action or electrical action. The Diatom shell is a little cylinder full of holes. It resembles Rice Chex cereal.

Diatomaceous Earth Mag

The cylinders have a powerful negative charge and the holes are the right size to absorb positively charged viruses and bacteria, hold them, and take them out of the body. Each shell can hold and neutralize many positive particles. Mixed with feed or eaten the cylinders, by the millions, pass through the stomach and intestines, and being very abrasive, destroy parasites with absolutely no side effects. This is a physical action, not a chemical action.

Diatomaceous earth packaged under our label comes from an extremely pure fresh water deposit of the diatom Melosira Preicelanica. Why is this diatom so special? Its shell is made of amorphous silica. Its shape and hardness are important to how it works. Its hardness keeps it from dissolving in liquid. The holes along the diatom’s wall allow it to absorb moisture, hence its use as an anti-caking agent.

Why fresh water vs. salt water DE? Fresh water deposits like ours have a consistent diatom presence. Their fossilized shells have maintained their tubular shape. This shape and strength of the fossil shell is critical to its effectiveness. Our deposit has 89 – 95 percent amorphous silica content. This deposit is also more consistent in its purity of other elements that have settled in it. A fresh water deposit is confined to the run off water of its surrounding environment. A fresh water deposit in the mountains, such as ours, formed when snow was pure and its run off provided the water source these diatoms lived in. Salt water deposits contain a mix of types of diatoms of different shapes. Their fossilized shells are fragile and break easily. This renders them ineffective for our purposes. The salt water deposits are less predictable in their sediments.

What’s the difference between amorphous and crystalline silica? Amorphous silica is silica in its natural occurring state. It is a trace mineral every mammal on the planet needs to live. It becomes crystalline when it is exposed to extreme heat through volcanic activity or commercial manufacturing means. The type of diatomaceous earth used in swimming pool, and other, filtration systems is crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is extremely dangerous when inhaled or ingested. It is not biodegradable.

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Bird and animal feed contain substances such as molasses that cause the particles to become “sticky” . It forms clumps that not only make the feed hard to pour, but also to become moldy. Nature’s Wisdom Diatomaceous Earth, mixed in the feed, coats each particle making it difficult for the particles to stick together. This allows the feed to “flow” better and its absorption ability protects it from mold. No mold means less wasted feed. By separating the particles of feed, the animal’s digestive enzymes are able to completely surround each particle. This allows for a more complete digestion. The animal gets more benefit from his feed and the farmer more benefit for his feed dollar.

Technical Info

Diatomaceous Earth MSDS Diatomaceous Earth Technical Data
Diatomaceous Earth
Technical Data of the Diatomaceous Earth in Nature’s Wisdom DE


Do EPA Registrations apply to this product?
-EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) was formed by Congress for the purpose of registering and regulating the use and sale of toxic materials. Probably the most important thing they oversee for the health and safety of the nation are insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
-For example, anyone wanting to market a product claiming to kill insects must apply to EPA for a registration number, with acceptable data presented. On acceptance by EPA, a number is assigned to the product and the manufacturer can begin production and sales.
-Any product offered for insect control not having an EPA number is in violation of the law and the seller can be subject to serious penalties. Perma-Guard insecticides have all the necessary EPA registrations.

Is DE Hazardous ?-The IPM Practitioner, Monitoring the Field of Pest Management, William Quarles, Volume XIV, Number 5/6, May/June 1992 offers information on the safe and not safe types of DE.
-DE used in pool ( any water) filtration contains DE that has been chemically treated and heated making the silica crystalline which is a dangerous respiratory hazard and lethal if ingested. The fresh water naturally occuring DE deposits that are designated FOOD Grade by the FDA have less than 3% crystalline silica and all other sediment that are considered unsafe are also below harmful limits. These deposits are primarily Amorphous Silica which is harmless when ingested and is commonly used in feed and food industries.
Referenced Article–> IMP Practitioner: Monitoring the Field of Pest Management

The Department of Agriculture in Michigan said in a letter:
“Our animal pathologist has examined the vital organs and intestinal components submitted, both macroscopically and microscopically, and has found no visible evidence of organ abnormalities. These components consisted of brain, thyroid, rib section, lung, heart, liver, true stomach, small intestine section, large intestine section, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and forestomach. These organs were submitted under affidavit as being from a slaughtered dairy cow having Fossil Shell Flour added to the feed for approximately five years.”

University of Illinois, referring to tests run on dairy cattle fed 2% of Fossil Shell Flour as an anti-caking agent in their rations, stated there was no apparent harmful effect and that there was no evidence of the DE in the milk.

The University of Arkansas did a study to determine whether the addition of diatomaceous earth was harmful to chickens. Their conclusion: “It posed no threat.”


Wally Tharp and the Diatomaceous Earth Scene:
This is an article out of Acres with the owner of Perma-Guard, where our DE comes from.

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Marvelous Myriad of Diatoms:
Article by Richard Hoover

Marvelous Myriad of Diatoms