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3 Food Grade Supplements That Help Clear Detoxification Pathways

When it comes to being active and having a fit body nothing is more important than the foods and supplements we intake on daily basis. For athletes their constant care for their body plays a key role in their lives, which is why they are always seeking the best treatments, habits and solutions.

One treatment that has become especially popular in the past few years is the process of detoxing the body to restore its health and vitality. Detoxing is based on using natural alternatives to get rid of carcinogens and toxins regularly carried in the air we breath and in the food we eat.

While the process of detoxification can be safely done through juicing and following a natural diet there are also natural supplements that can help speed up the cleansing of the body and return its natural vitality. One of these supplements that have been widely associated with ridding the body of toxic metabolic waste is a silica based supplement which is derived from ancient seashell fossils of Diatoms.

Diatoms are oceanic unicellular shells and algae in the earth’s surface that form a sedimentary mineral known as diatomaceous earth. The mineral contains up to 85% silica, which is the main reason why it offers many important benefits. Diatomaceous earth is a thick white siliceous powder that is rich in a variety of minerals. The formation of diatoms took place over 30 million years ago and the remains are normally discovered through mining. This article will highlight some of the major benefits of diatomaceous earth.

detoxTo begin with, the mineral is an internal cleanser that contributes to more regular bowel movements, which makes is a good natural detoxifier supplement. A side of Silica, Diatomaceous earth contains important minerals like copper, titanium, manganese, boron, iron, sodium and calcium that promotes shinier hair, healthy skin and strong bones.

The abrasiveness of diatomaceous earth plays a key role in controlling intestinal parasites such as viruses and bacteria in livestock especially when it is used in livestock feed. It is common to find heavy metals in foods, drinking water and vaccines, diatomaceous earth is one of the best and safe detoxification agents that one can think of, which is why is so widely use by many athletes. The mineral sucks heavy metal from the digestive system and in the process helps in the overall detoxification of your entire system.

The mild abrasive capacities of diatomaceous earth allow it to be used as a facial scrub and toothpaste. No matter what you are trying to cleanse your body from (alcohol or not) – remember the importance can not be lost or forgotten.

Diatomaceous earth helps when it comes to optimal absorption of important minerals; this is attributed to the fact that silica is water-soluble.

Additional Diatomaceous Earth Benefits


diatomaceous earth powderThe absorption properties of diatomaceous earth make it a very good natural insecticide for farmers. Insects are completely dehydrated by this mineral and their exoskeleton completely destroyed. The mineral can also be used to de-worm pets in a non-toxic way but it is advisable to use medical-grade diatomaceous earth. It is always a good idea to have your cat litter in its natural form and diatomaceous earth is a good option.

This mineral can neutralize toxic pills and it is good to know that most disease control centers recommend it. Most natural masks and facial products contain diatomaceous earth as a major ingredient because of its ability to absorb oil. Another great thing about diatomaceous earth is that the mineral has no major side effects.

Are There Enough School Nurses for Diabetic Children?

More than 150,000 people who have diabetes in the United States of America are below the age of puberty. This means that around 1 in 400 children who are currently enrolled in school have diabetes which can be very alarming. [1]

These children need medical attention especially when their parents are not around. Especially at times when the children are at school.

Sure, there is training for the “other nurses”…but that raises concerns.

The training includes how to swiftly and correctly respond when a child with diabetes needs special attention, who may not be able to have any sugar or natural fruits like Coleus forskohlii (forskolin). The trained employees can administer insulin to diabetic children.

People with diabetes particularly children must take injections daily. Moreover, they must monitor their glucose content in the blood several times a day. They must do this to avoid life threatening complications that may arise from abnormal glucose content in the blood. Abnormal content in the blood can come from over and under production of glucose content in the body.

Children showing physical signs of hypoglycemia can be treated with first aid. The first aid can include hydration of sweetened drinks like juice and other non-caffeinated drinks. For better results, candy can be placed inside the mouth of a child for faster absorption of the body. If a child is not properly medicated, seizures can occur and on other serious occasions can lead to coma. [2]

On rare occasions, a child who is unresponsive must be given a hormone called glucagon. The glucagon must be injected through the bloodstream to increase its effectiveness. Proper medical and healthcare professionals must be called fast to avoid further complications.

Glucagon is a hormone that is naturally occurring in the pancreas. Along with a hormone produced by the beta cells, the insulin partners with glucagon to control the glucose content on a patient’s blood. [3]

It has been continuously lobbied and promoted by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) that each school which has at least one diabetic student to train three employees for the responsibility of giving first aid. The first aid includes carefully diagnosing and treating the children showing signs of hypoglycemia. [4]

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) supports the sufficient training of the school employees. The training teaches the school personnel to be aware of the needs of the children suffering from diabetes. [5]

There are states where the law allows the nurses to train personnel to perform task allotted for licensed medical practitioners. The UFT fully supports this move only if the training is supervised by a licensed school nurse. However, they fully denounce if the people responsible for the said training are people with authority in school facilities like the principal.

However, there are also states where they don’t permit the performance of critical medical task other than licensed and certified medical professional. Violation of these regulations can cause sanctions on the school and its staff. Charges can also be filed against them by the district attorney

In conclusion, not a single child should be subjected to a quality of healthcare that is substandard because he/she is in a educational institution. All children in school should be given appropriate medical attention by a full time medical practitioner such as licensed nurse.

The best solution for this is the allotment of funds for the employment of a fully capable and experienced nurse.


[1 ] American Diabetes Association (August 2013). Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Diabetes Basic. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/.

[2 ] The Wikimedia Foundation (November 2013). Complications of Diabetes Melittus. Diabetes. Mechanism of Acute Complications. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complications_of_diabetes_mellitus.

[3] Medicine Net (July 2001). Drug Class and Mechanism. Glucagon. Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/glucagon/article.htm

[4] Allday E. (August 2013). Ruling lets school staff give insulin to students. Hearst Newspapers. http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Ruling-lets-school-staff-give-insulin-to-students-4726630.php

[5] United Federation of Teachers (2013). Caring for Diabetic Children in the Classroom. School Safety. http://www.uft.org/our-rights/caring-diabetic-children-classroom