Monday, February 06, 2006

Colloidal Silver

So yesterday I'm at my parent's place, talking to my sister and her boyfriend (total altworld groupies) and the subject of antibiotics comes up. The boyfriend mentions that he takes colloidal silver and it's great. Not knowing what it is, I just smile and nod. He offers to loan me some literature. I say I'll just google it.

And google it I did.

Here are some interesting facts about colloidal silver:
  1. It has been shown to have dubious if any efficacy against disease (despite claims it is effective against HIV/ AIDS, cancer, and just about every other disease known to man including the common cold).
  2. The amount of silver actually contained has been shown to vary from 15.2% to 124% greater than that printed on the label (what is this 'dosage accuracy' you speak of?).
  3. The FDA have concluded that the risk of taking colloidal silver exceeds any unsubstatiated benefit.
  4. On September 17, 1999 the FDA issued a rule banning the claim that colloidal silver or silver salt products are effective in the treatment of disease. They can however still be sold as a nutritional supplement (supplements don't need to be useful, they only need to supplement, and since we don't generally ingest silver, any silver is supplemental).
  5. In 2000 the FDA issued warnings to more than 20 companies still advertising colloidal silver as a therepeutic product. Several subsequently required court actions to cease and desist with their claims. The FDA was successful in all counts in obtaining such actions.
  6. Peddlars of colloidal silver products not only make dubious claims about its efficacy, they also claim it has no side effects. This is not true. Continual exposure to colloidal silver products causes a condition called argyria where your skin turns irreversably grey. See an in depth medical report on the subject here. See a victim's website here. More pictures here.

So it's been shown to have dubious efficacy, claims of it having efficacy have been banned by the FDA, and it has permanently deforming side effects.

Sure, see me rushing out to buy it right now. No really. I'm going. Because I want to look like this:


Blogger moonflake said...

yeah, there's a picture of him on the link. Scary. Vote for the undead candidate.

February 06, 2006 6:31 PM  
Blogger drpsduke said...

A Libertarian (a minor political party in the USA) political candidate in Montana (a very rural agricultural stae in the USA) actually turned blue from ingesting a bit too much colloidal silver:

He is now referred to as the "Smurf" candidate. Smurfs are little blue cartoon characters.

February 06, 2006 6:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I see that your facts about colloidal silver were taken from Stephen Barrett, MD. It's not very common for those in the "medical industry" to advocate any type of alternative therapy. I'm sure you know why --- $$$$$ --- haha. I found your page on google while I was doing some research myself. Seems that Mr. Barrett is not a medical doctor afterall. He is a psychiatrist. Well, he was until he gave up his license. Hmmm? Don't know what that was all about. His wife is a practicing physician, though.

No, I don't sell the stuff or anything. Someone recommended it to me and I'm just doing some research - checking out everything that I can find. I was extremely surprised to learn of the condition argyria. Yikes! Seems it is caused when the silver is ingested at 10,000 ppm and around there for as little as weeks at a time. The product I was looking into is 10 ppm. People try to make it at home, too. What's up with that? Anyways, I found an interesting page at you can check out. BTW did your sister's boyfriend have any unusual hue to his complexion. Just checking! God bless, Lisa S.

May 20, 2006 11:02 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

Unless the qualifications for practicing psychiatry have changed in the last couple of days, I believe you still require an MD before specialising in psychiatry. You may be thinking of psychology, for which one needs a PhD. Also, he did not 'give up' his license, he retired from psychiatry in the 1980s to move into the field of Health Education and consumer awareness. He now spends his time educating people about medical fraud and quackery, serves as vice-president of the National Council Against Health Fraud, and is a scientific advisor on the American Council of Science and Health, as well as operating 22 health-related websites. He has written 50 books on the subject and more than 2000 articles and essays.

Given his 20+ years of experience in consumer awareness, I actually can't think of anyone whose opinion i would trust more when it comes to alternative medicine.

And no, the boyfriend doesn't have a grey hue yet, but we are watching closely :)

May 22, 2006 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your comment about colloidal silver. Actually, if you drink lots of high concentation of silver you will be like the one in the picture. We want you to know that colloidal silver is for topical use also. And that's our business selling it as for external use.

June 10, 2007 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Mandi said...

I want to add to what has been said already with a bit of a story as well. The picture you are showing is honestly an infrequent circumstance of drinking colloidal silver. My father has been using it for years with no negative effects such as the one you show here.

The truth is that colloidal silver IS most likely all that it has been built up by many to be. Antibiotics are not typically successful in killing viruses however a virus dies within 7 seconds of being exposed to silver. (This was told to me by a doctor. I haven't seen anything else to back this up.) Why does it get so much bad press? MONEY, of course. It costs less than a buck to make a gallon of colloidal silver which is basically more than any person should need in a year's time...and it works. I know this because of a 10 month ordeal with my youngest son. He had numerous swollen lymph nodes (one the size of a baseball) on his neck and no one knew why. He was in SO much pain. I had seen 3 different doctors and had him in the ER numerous times. He was given antibiotic after antibiotic over 10 months. Nothing helped him. I was convinced that he had some form of cancer and was terrified. My Dad got one of his clients to see my son...who checked him out and then handed him a bottle of what he called "magic water" and asked him to drink it. Three hours later I was on my way to take my son to a scheduled appointment with his pediatrician. A blood smear was done. After 3 hours in the doctor's office I was sent home with more antibiotics. We stopped to get the prescriptions filled and after getting into the car I noticed something. The lymph node seemed smaller and were squishy instead of hard as they had been for months. The "silver doctor" (as we called him) had given me another small bottle and told me to give it to my son the next morning. Three days later my son was back to normal. All of his lymph nodes had been reduced to the size of small marbles. I was shocked and thrilled. I got the test results back a week son had mono...I was told to keep giving him the antibiotics and just wait until it subsided. Instead we did one more small bottle of colloidal silver (also giving him the antibiotics...just in case) and it helped tremendously. My son was great!

So, maybe the antibiotics kicked in THAT day? I doubt it. He hadn't even HAD antibiotics for at least a month when it began to shrink that day...I am convinced it was the silver. And I am thankful for it.

I don't suggest it be taken lightly...not daily...only when needed...but of course the pharmaceutical companies do not want the truth of it's effectiveness put out there. It costs only a few cents to make all you would need to treat an illness. Pharmaceutical companies would shut down in a week.

Believe the hype. This stuff rocks.

December 02, 2007 9:52 AM  
Anonymous mandi said...

My mistake. It was 7 minutes. Not 7 seconds. But still...7 minutes is pretty dang good.

December 02, 2007 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen Barrett,has been sued out of existance,,,his first target was the chiropracters,,he failed there as well,he is a joke and any body that uses him or his trash to back up an argument is a trifle simple..

thousands of people have taken colloidial silver in sensible doses for 20 years or more,,but if you look carefully the blue people have as many obese chokolate indulgers not been sensible and taken way over the recomended limit,,

Why not inform people of the real killers and deforming compounds like chemo and radiation,more people die of processed sugar than are ever harmed by colloidal silver
and as the medics have started using it in dressings again you and mr Barrett might have to rethink your story

March 29, 2008 2:04 PM  

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