Effects of Silica

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by Kumar, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    I think appox. 1/3rd of Earth Curst is Silica. It is the main constituent of sand, stone, gemstones etc. & exists universally everywhere on the Earth. It is one of the major constituent of plants which we are ingesting regularily. It is also called as an inert substance to human's body with just a foreign effect. Now, my question is that, If Silica is really an inert substance to human body or have some major/minor effects ( structural and functional) on it ? :m:
     
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  3. Gifted World Wanderer Registered Senior Member

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    When I was in masonry class, the cubes of brick had tags advising wet cutting, because the silica has been shown in high concentrations to cause lung cancer. They also use it those little bags you sometimes find in the box with something sensitive to miosture. Apparently that form of silica causes bad things if you eat it.
     
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  5. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    With this much exposure, silica should have some special uses. In organic form it is used for so many purposes. This is one of the most important remedy in homeopathy. Some recent studies shows it is useful in CVS diseases like athrosclerosis. Wheat grass also contain silica. Some important gemstone & other auspicious stone items contain silica.
     
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  7. The elements oxygen, silicon, and alumninum comprise about 85% of the earth's crust (Alumina, or Al2O3 accounts for the Aluminum abundance.). The Earth's crust is roughly 60% silica, or Silicon dioxide, SiO2. It can be found in the form of sand, quartz, flint agate, mica, and other minerals.

    Silicosis is a condition developed by those who breath in crystalline Silica too often. It is a scarring of the lung tissue and can lead to disability or death. Silica is also suspected as a carcinogen and is acknowledged as an such by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but this in not certain, though animal experimentation has proven affirmative.
    Silica is a considerable occupational hazard in places like quarries.
     
  8. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    This is true that foeign effect due to its overexposure destructing natural form of silica is a occupational hazard. But its natural(minute particles) & organic effects can act like a healer. Animals ingest lot of clay in leaves & straws never suffered with those diseases. Read its benefits at;

    http://www.arthritissupport.com/library/showarticle.cfm/ID/739

    http://www.prolithic.com/hpages/ref_docs/orthosil.html

    http://wij.free.fr/lancet.htm

    Overexposure & unnatural use of anything can cause problems but we have to judge the benefits or losses of anything in the considerations of its natural exposures on us. If antibiotics are related to it?
     
  9. Iris Registered Senior Member

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    Kumar, the big difference is in whether you breathe it in, or whether you eat it. If you breathe silica into your lungs, it causes silicosis or cancer. But if you eat it, it's harmless.

    So you can't state categorically "it's harmless" or "it's toxic" or "it's beneficial". Like with anything else, it depends on what you do with it.

    Hand lotion is harmless, even beneficial, as long as you're rubbing it on your skin. But if you drink it, it'll make you sick.
     
  10. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    Hi Iris,

    You have rightly seen the thing. Silicon have 4 valency & seems to have some peculier properties like insulating property & inertness. I have noted that in one healing system, Silica is prescribed against about 60-70% of all disorders which are also somewhat universally type disorders everwhere on earth(other planets I don't know)

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    Sometimes, I feel that if Disorders & exposures are directly in proportion to each other i.e.Exposure's % = Disorder's % . Some properties of cancer cells just resemble to it i.e. non-reactiveness, inertness, hardy, undiciplined etc. All disorder of cold/hypo & persistant nature may be related to this silica.
     
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  11. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    I have always been told it was dangerous.
    Plus there is the warning on the little silica absorption packets (in sneakers and stereos) to not eat it and keep it away from pets.

    What confuses me, is if it is so dangerous to us and pets, why are they now making cat litter out of it?
    Why does the litter pose no danger to cats?
     
  12. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    AS Iris said>> the big difference is in whether you breathe it in, or whether you eat it. If you breathe silica into your lungs, it causes silicosis or cancer. But if you eat it, it's harmless.<<

    But still, Eating should also be in accordance with the prescribed norms as applicable for most of the substances. I think it is also related to some energy/ energy's healings. Our skin particles which are sheded in millions regularily also contains silica. May be its particles remains present in our almosphere all the times specially in natural environment.

    Just go on google search for silica uses and benefits, you may get some special knowledge & eye opener.
     
  13. Iris Registered Senior Member

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    Those silica gel crystals that you find in packaging that are labeled "Do Not Eat" are used as a desiccant, which means to dry out stuff. The crystals are hygroscopic, which means they attract and hold water molecules. This makes them helpful in kitty litter, as they absorb moisture.

    The reason you don't eat them is not because the silica is toxic, it's just because the crystals simply aren't digestible. You'd get the same effect from eating a teaspoon of beach pebbles or sand.

    MSDS sheet for color-changing silica gel crystals with cobalt dichloride. Under "Ingestion", it says, "Will cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea."

    MSDS for plain silica gel crystals. Says, "May be harmful if swallowed. Irritant."

    Things can make you sick, but not be "toxic".
    Because silica is only dangerous if it's powdered and you breathe it in. The silica crystals in kitty litter are in huge crystals, impossible to inhale them. They'd only be dangerous to the cat if the cat decided to eat them, which I doubt would happen.

    They're not "toxic" the way, say, an insecticide-impregnated flea collar is "toxic", and you have to be careful how you handle it. They're just inert crystals that happen to be really good at absorbing water molecules, that's all.


    The only "benefits" I can find for silica through Google are some websites selling bottled artesian water. The silica in artesian water is not in pure form--it's in the form of magnesium silicate and calcium silicate. These are some of the dissolved minerals that make water "hard".

    There is no real scientific proof that drinking mineral water is better for you than drinking any other kind of water.
     
  14. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    It is ok. Its proper use can be very beneficial but the improper use can be harmful.

    It is said that we have 'AURA' around our body. Can we imagine that silica in our shedded skin particles is only shown as aura of the body?
     
  15. Why do we make cat litter out of it?

    I think we do it because cats don't typically stick their faces in it and suck. Well . . .

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    Animals have very different digestive systems, so cows eat grass, but we cannot, as we can't digest plant cellulose. Second, the links do not prove anything. The first one is a snake oil vendor, the second is some weird guy without any proof, and the third is a hypothesis paper. Silica is, like other trace elements necessary, but we take in far more than we need, like other vitamins. You simply do not need more with a complete diet. Last, "natural" is ambiguous and meaningless, unless you can prove humans did not originate on earth. What humans do is natural, hence everything is natural. Despite this circular argument, does it work? Is what they are saying is true? I think not. This reminds me of the "coral calcium" products of that Robert Barefoot guy.
     
  17. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    Its inertness & nonreactiveness qualities should be liked to pathogen's hardyness i.e capabilty to survive in difficult/adverse conditions. Its non reactiveness qualities may be having some links with non reactiveness of some of our diseased cell which also become inert & non reactive to our body's control, means independent.
     
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    haha...funny...

    now say something serious
     
  19. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    alas! this is the reason for everything that people are not serios & take it as .haha...funny...

    Read its some curing indications at;

    http://www.homeoint.org/books/boericmm/s/sil.htm
     
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    Why hardyness, inertness & non reactiveness in bacteria & cancer cells.
     
  22. blackholesun Registered Senior Member

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    Come on. Just admit that you don't know what you're talking about. Hardness? Inertness? There is nothing hard about cancer cells. They are aggresive and are just mutated cells that had their DNA damaged beyond repair. Bacteria are living organisms just trying to reproduce and thrive. They don't know they are killing us, it's just they're life cycle. They are reactive and can mutate as well to stimuli. That's why certain bacteria build a resistance to antibotics if they are not taken correctly. I guess I shouldn't even ask you if you know the major methods of killing cancer cells. You seem to think silica cures all. But MAYBE, JUST MAYBE you should do your research and check out what really works out there and the mechanism that is used to subdue the cancer. Medical science has taken us far. Far, far beyond what you think homoepathy does. And yes for the record, I believe that people who say it works for them are damn liars.
     
  23. Kumar Registered Senior Member

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    You are bit mistaken. I said hardyness not hardness. You know some seeds are called of hardy seeds because their plants can survive with least care & in adverse conditions.

    1.Cancer cell become independent(like sand particles), hardy, do not obey body signals (non-reactiveness) so go on multiplying without limit deprivig other healthy cells from protien. Whatever , happens to their DNA is just a suffocative effect due to change in cell membrane probably due to silica coating. Silica as mica can serve as a insulator(non reactiveness). So cancer people can have somewhat shiny skin. Study the structure of Diatomic earth.

    Read some molecular effects of silica & compare with cancer cells properties at;

    http://www.homeoint.org/books/boericmm/s/sil.htm

    2. Bacteria/virus like of anthrax can live in soil,skin etc which all contain silica. Possibily they get some power to survive in their adverse conditions like cancer cells from silica.
     

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