I suspected I had SIBO small intestinal bacterial overgrowth for a few years. I recently learned that that is what I have. I couldn’t or didn’t want to use the “normal” prescription for SIBO which is an antibiotic Rifaximin. While Rifaximin doesn’t get absorbed into the body, it can kill good bacteria as well as bad.

I got to thinking about the fact that diatomaceous earth also does not get “absorbed” into the body either because it is a cylinder like shape which has hard edges which scrape and cut bacteria, mucous, yeast, and parasites as traps or contains the pathogen and then it passes through the intestine and out of the body.

I figured if the antibiotic worked like that that I could try diatomaceous earth. I had purchases a 50-lb. bag a couple of years ago that I never used. I looked up the paperwork I got from www.sootheyoursoul.com about food grade diatomaceous earth and learned a lot. I’ll share some of it here since I found it very educational and helpful in my decision to use this while breastfeeding. They say there that it is ok for pregnant women to take DE. I figured if it is safe for pregnant women it would be safe for breastfeeding women.

If you want to know how to take this go to their website and get the full article or go to health practitioner that can muscle test how much would be good for you. I had my husband muscle test how much I needed to detox from yeast, mold, and fungus as well as heavy metals that I figured were in me since my daughter had such a toxic result from her heavy metal hair analysis (discussion for another blog.)

“Detoxification and cleansing of the intestines:

A single dosage supplies millions of tiny negatively charged diatoms, attracting positively charged bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticide and drug residues, E-coli, and heavy metals and traps them in the cylindrical structure, to be passed out of the body. It has also been reported to absorb methyl mercury…

Because these cylinders are very hard and have sharp edges, as they pass through the intestines, they “scrub” the walls of mucus, molds and old hardened toxic matter and sweep it out of the body. Food Grade DE has not been shown to cause any damage to the intestinal mucosa or barrier wall…

Detoxification improves the function of the immune system as it reduces the load of invaders challenging the immune system.

DE does not kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

DE is safe to use in pregnancy, it helps the mother better absorb nutrients from the food they eat, passing those on to the unboran child. It is best to start with a small dose of 1/2 teaspoon for the first few days and drink plenty of clean, pure water, and slowly increasing the dose to avoid detoxing too quickly.

Silica, which is abundant in Diatomaceous earth has many healing properties:

Silica prevents and even reverses osteoporosis. Research conducted by biophysicists Louis Kervan and Dr. Richard Barmakian pointed to the fact that silica was more important in bone formation and repair than calcium. Bones healed extremely well when low amounts of calcium were present with an abundance of silica.

Builds collagen and elastin which not only prevents wrinkles but is important in all connective tissues including cartilage, tendons, ligaments and vascular lining. It strengthens the body’s muscloskeletal system preventing injuries and speeding healing of fractures.

Regulates blood pressure by maintaining the structural integrity, elasticity and permeability for the arteries.

Silica is an essential building block for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It makes hair thicker, can prevent hair loss and has been reported to increase hair growth. It makes nails stronger and more flexible.

Trace minerals – Food Grade DE is a source of numerous trace minerals

Alkalizing agent (pH is 8.0)

It is organic listed in the OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute)

Note: it was graded as “Chemical” grade since it acts like a chemical by dehydrating insects, but it is NOT a true chemical like a pesticide or insecticide.

Disclaimer: Any food grade diatomaceous earth uses other than those approved by the EPA, USDA, or FDA are strictly reports of what farmers, others and we ourselves have done with diatomaceous earth. The following material is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or vet, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

On the website there was a long list of specific uses for diatomaceous earth and while I was excited to use it to reduce excess yeast and fugus, it was also listed as a good way to detox from heavy metals as well as being alkalizing agent since it’s pH is 8.0.

So far, I can say that I have clearer thinking, more energy, and I will soon have my labs retested to see what has actually happened in my body. I am hoping and thinking that I will get some good results based on how I feel. And, while how I feel can be and is usually a good indicator of things, it is not the only barometer I used to determine what’s going on with my health.

Use your own intuition and good common sense about whether diatomaceous earth is good for you at this time in your health journey.

Please let us know how you’ve used DE and what results you got. We can all learn from each other.

In the recent past I have given my daughter vitamin C, bone broth protein, carrot juice, astragalus, arabionogalactan. This was when she had constant low-grade fevers for several months and was reacting to the mold we didn’t know we had. It was only a few months after a strange reaction to one of the vaccines where her ankles and feet swelled up that she got RSV and then roseoloa. And then she got congestion that her body couldn’t fully fight so was on an antibiotic. That happened a second time and a second round of antibiotics. Then it happened a third time and I prayed. God directed us to a a medical doctor trained in some natural ways of healing. 

She said my daughter was immune deficient and may have been born this way. She recommended multiple supplements. This is what I started her on and what I am giving her now:

1. Arabinogalactan – 1 tsp.
2. Purified colostrum – 1 tsp.
3. Vitamin C – 1-2 tsp. daily which is 1000mg and sometimes a little more
4. Glutathione – ¼ tsp. liposomal liquid
5. Glutathione cream 1x daily on the belly
6. Probiotics – ½ – 1 tsp.
7. Digestive enzymes – 1 chewable tab
8. Omega 3 oils – 1 tsp. (cod liver oil)
9. Vitamin D – 4 drops

I mix the liquids in a combination of carrot juice or almond milk or a mixture of both with a couple sprinkles of stevia so she will like to drink it. I give it to her in a dropper like one you would get from a bottle of Tylenol. I put her on the changing table and give her a book or toy for her hands. She sometimes gets squirmy and wants to get off the table so I hug her and tell her how good these are for her. I pray a lot and have to make sure I don’t give her too much at one time. It seems 2 TBSP is the most she can tolerate at one time.

The supplements I can give alone are glutathione, vitamin C, and colostrum. The powders and oils have to be mixed with liquid to taste good and so she does not vomit them up. Pretty much all of the above supplements are good for and boost the immune system. Glutathione is used by the liver for detoxing. It supports the liver and can help to detox faster with more of it. There are certain chemicals that to process out of the body requires more glutathione.

Glutathione is made up of three amino acids you should get from your diet. ‘Production of Glutathione (GSH) in a cell depends on the availability of glutathione precursors, three amino acids glutathione is made of. These glutathione precursors are glutamate, glycine and cysteine.”


There are so many things that deplete or use up glutathione in the body including:

• Drugs or pharmaceuticals like Tylenol
• Heavy metals
• Pesticides
• Artificial food dyes
• Household chemicals like colored detergent and mildew removers
• Chlorine
• Medical x-rays
• EMF’s (electromagnetic fields like from your computer or cell phone) http://www.immunehealthscience.com/what-depletes-glutathione.html 

All babies are born with leaky guts and many progressive nutritionists and doctors recommend not starting solids too early because we have grown in our knowledge as to what causes leaky gut and what to do about it. One of those things is not to eat food you may be sensitive to.

I’ll give you a brief lesson in the difference between allergies and sensitivities. This makes a huge difference in how you talk to your doctor. I kept using the word allergy with our pediatrician and she kept disagreeing with me saying if Jess had a true allergy she may have blood in her stool, be vomiting a few other severe reactions and Jess did not have those kinds of reactions.

I believe now that Jess had sensitivities to wheat, dairy, beef, and was clearly reacting badly whenever I ate anything with too much sugar, natural or otherwise. Dr. Hoang did a muscle test to see if she was sensitive to wheat and dairy and she tested positive. I very much believe in and for the most part fully trust muscle testing to figure out difficult to figure out things in the body. A few times the results were a bit confusing so I never rely completely on a muscle test to figure out what is wrong in my body or my baby’s.

Here is what I learned about allergies vs. sensitivities:

IgE allergy is the type of allergy that someone who is allergic to peanuts might experience. Their throat tightens and they could go into anaphylactic shock. I was told by an allergy doctor that I should carry an epipen around just in case I had a reaction like that. She had done a skin prick test which showed different allergies than the blood test. Conventional allergy doctors typically do a skin reaction test called a skin prick test to determine allergies. Interestingly my skin prick test showed slightly different allergies than my blood test. IgE allergies are considered ‘true’ allergies.

Carolee Bateson-Koch DC, ND in her book Allergies: Disease in Disguise : How to Heal Your Allergic Condition Permanently and Naturally talks about food sensitives and says, “Food sensitivities is a common catchall term employed for food allergy, food intolerance and other adverse reactions to food. Proof of food allergy is still often difficult to establish. Most laboratory blood tests deal primarily in identifying the IgE antibody and often do not screen for reactions that may produce the IgG, IgA or IgM antibodies. It is interesting to note that the most accepted diagnostic test for allergy, the elimination diet and subsequent reintroduction of suspected substances, does not differentiate between the two terms, allergy and intolerance.”

Naturopathic doctor Russell B. Marz in his book Medical Nutrition from Marz said about the introduction of solid foods, “At the turn of the century 99% of all moms, in the U.S. were breast feeding. By the 1950’s and 60’s this percentage dropped to about 20% of moms. This is certainly unfortunate since this change has led to an increase in morbidity and mortality in infancy especially concerning the development of food allergies.” Pg. 298

He goes on to say, “If there is a strong family history of food allergies or sensitives it makes more sense to wait as long as possible before starting solid foods.” Pg. 298. There is a chart on page 299 showing a 6-8-month-old can have Swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, collard greens green beans, banana, mung bean sprout because these foods have a high iron level. A 9-12-month-old can have lima beans, pinto beans peaches, grapes, pears, carrots, squash, cabbage as those foods are highest in iron. The foods higher in zinc would be kidney beans white potato, quinoa leeks. A 12-15 month can have quinoa, lentils, broccoli, chicken because these foods contain higher amounts of protein. A 15-18-month-old could have oatmeal, barley, larger amounts of fish, red meats and the foods to go very slowly with for a 18-24-month-old are eggs, wheat, yogurt, cashew butter, walnuts because these foods are the most difficult to digest. The lists on this page are much longer but I wanted to include a few things here to get you thinking, curious, and researching the best time, foods, and ways to introduce foods to your baby.