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Diatomaceous Earth and Shellfish Allergies?





Q. Hello, My name is Matthew. I am the assistant facilities director of an Athletic club. I have a "potential" member who extremely allergic to shrimp and other shellfish. She is concerned with the use of shrimp or any type of sea shells used as a chemical treatment or in the filtration process of our spas and pool. We use DE in our filtration process.

My question is: Is the use of "Diatomaceous Earth" in a pool's filtration process a health hazard/issue to any person(s) having allergies to Shrimp and other shellfish products?

Matthew V [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
athletic club - Seattle, Washington, United States
2004



32977-1
February 2012

A. Hi Matthew.

Unfortunately your question remains unanswered after a very long time, and I don't want the site to be questions without answers :-)

Diatomaceous earth is dried algae rather than shellfish. With nothing to go on, I personally wouldn't expect it to be a problem, but I have no qualifications or experience in this I'm afraid. Good luck.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey



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A. My Friend is highly allergic too and got his all over him today after treating his animals and now broke out in hives all over. I wouldn't use it.

A Somers
Stay at home mom - Abilene Texas
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February 26, 2012

Q. What about Aluminium oxide ingested daily in the form of diatomaceous earth mixed into a glass of water? How toxic might that be?

I have a friend gone crazy, who is holistically trying to treat herself for some imagined "worm" by drinking this mixture twice a day! Aside from the obvious abrasive issue (!), what about toxicity to the kidneys and nervous system? I appreciate a response from anyone who knows the effects this might have on a human being.

Many thanks!

Sherry Kemp - Hawthorne, Florida



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A. Hi, Sherry. Diatomaceous earth is not aluminum oxide; it's mostly silica, although it might contain a few percent aluminum oxide.

Apparently food-grade diatomaceous earth is widely used in the fashion your friend is using it, but usually on animals, less commonly by people. I don't know the usual dose, but apparently health food stores sell it.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey




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