I've been trying to figure out how to update without giving TMI for my and everyone's comfort level. I'm not sure if everyone wants to know the details of my digestive, erm, process. So, my interest in DE was the detox aspect, the parasite aspect, and just general colon cleansing/improved nutrient absorption.
The most obvious results have been with parasite and digestion aspect. I took the DE after about 4 or 5 days on an herbal parasite cleanse. The herbal route did not seem to be going well. Based on other awful symptoms I had last month, combined with some ongoing parasite-type symptoms, I had deduced that there was a partial blockage in my intestines related to parasites. I don't know if they were able to take up residence because of a ballooned part of the intestines, or whether they caused the ballooned part, but either way it seemed ballooning and blockage was what was happening. The parasitic herbs just seemed to put more stress on the intestines, which is what had been my worry about taking them with the blockage symptoms. I just seemed to be having more digestive distress and more tenderness. When I added the DE, things turned around pretty quickly. All of a sudden I was no longer having tenderness and digestive distress, and I was having more frequent, regular, and effective movements than normal. By day 9 or 10, I was able to pass the "problem area", which looked very different than everything else, and included obvious evidence of parasites. My symptoms drastically, drastically improved after that day. The symptoms are still slightly there, but they continue to improve.
The detox and general colon cleansing/nutrient absorption aspects are harder to document and point to, as I wasn't having strong toxicity symptoms or nutrient difficulty to begin with. I am however, today and yesterday, getting some headache symptoms after I drink my kefir, which might mean some sort of toxicity removal, right? I wonder why it just started happening all of a sudden.
That's my update! Glad to read everyone else's updates, too. The achy joint stories remind me that I actually had some weird achy joints for one day last week, too. Again, perhaps a toxicity symptom? It's gone now. I'm doing between 1-2 TBS a day, either first thing in the morning or last thing at night.