Colloidal silver and naturopaths

If someone randomly asked me what I thought of the idea of injecting silver into the body, I would say I presume it’s toxic, but I don’t know. I would then do a 30 second search on the effects of the stuff and discover that it offers no medical benefits and, in fact, can lead to the condition known as argyria. This is when the skin turns a grey/blue color for life. Apparently it’s only cosmetic, but so are many other disfigurements:

Now, if someone asked the same question to a naturopath or any other quack, the result might be this, especially in Vermont: “Oh, sure, it’s great stuff. Really great stuff. Do you want an injection? I’m legally allowed to put this poison into your body, after all.” They would say this because Vermont, like several other states, allows naturopaths to prescribe certain things for ‘patients’. One of these things is colloidal silver, which is just silver suspended in a solution. My hope is the Green Mountain State is unique in its allowance to naturopaths to poison people, but I’m not sure.

Check out the anger of one person afflicted with argyria:

If NDs had known as much about medicine as I, an educated consumer, do, they would have searched the medical literature before including anything in their formulary. If they had done that, they would have seen that: there are no studies showing that ingesting silver in any form or amount offers benefits; colloidal silver does not treat eye infections; taking silver internally or putting it in your eye can result in permanent discoloration.

If NDs had checked common toxicology reference books, they would have seen that silver causes argyria. If they had looked at old pharmacology books, they would have found warnings about the uselessness and danger of taking it internally. If they had checked current ones, they would have discovered that those practicing scientific medicine discarded silver long ago.

If NDs followed notices published by NCCAM, the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, or the FDA, they would have seen consumer warnings as well as the FDA rule in the Federal Register stating that silver cannot be used as a drug because ingesting it offers no benefits and is dangerous.

If NDs had googled “silver” or “colloidal silver”, they would have learned all of the above.

If they followed the mainstream media, they would have seen Paul Karason or me. The local, national and international media has covered our stories extensively. Paul was on Oprah. Consumers Reports listed “colloidal silver” among its latest list of “dirty dozen” supplements to be avoided. The Wall Street Journal said, “federal regulators say it a total scam”.

(Paul Karason is the guy pictured above.)

I find it just deplorable that we license these people at all, but to allow them prescription rights is actively dangerous. Even if they manage to not prescribe contraindicated drugs – something I doubt most of them are even aware should be a concern – they still have the right to effectively give people poison. It’s awful.

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4 comments on “Colloidal silver and naturopaths

  1. A bit more research might have blunted if not totally disarmed this person’s wild, prejudiced and ignorant attack on the use of silver in medicine. He or she might also have discovered how and why conventional medicine, big pharma and the media are so forceful as well as successful in purveying lies and disinformation.

    Please refer to the section “In vivo Testing” (= live testing, not “in vitro”) in this document, one of many on the subject of colloidal silver use for healing by the IMREF organization (Immunogenic research Foundation Inc):

    Thirty breast cancer patient were treated with intravenous colloidal silver (which has saved the lives of thousands of others). The final sentence in the Conclusion reads, “At 30 days post-treatment, silver-oxide-hydrosol appeared to have cured the breast cancers of the 30 test subjects.”

  2. Ha, ha, so what is this bologna?
    Does big pharma fund this blog?
    You are mistaken, colloidal silver is completely safe, and effective, and there is no germ that can’t be killed with 16 ounces of a 10ppm solution per day. Those who know this are laughing at you. And, no one is turning blue. Blue man is one of only 4 who have done this to themselves and they were NOT using colloidal silver, but were using silver salts or nitrate. But thousands of people use it every day. Silver is so safe that rich people actually use silver plates and silverware to eat off – for centuries. For Christ’s sake, babies are given silver spoons for a reason, they don’t have an immune system, yet. All that is required is the silver ions gained from the brief silver contact with food and mouth.

    Nothing but science? Ha, sure.

  3. Well, you can go ahead and poison the well by accusing this blog of being funded by this-or-this, but with all this colloidal silver floating around, isn’t there enough poison already?

    There are no reputable studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of colloidal silver, nor is its use practiced anywhere except amongst alt-med people. You’re free to provide studies which demonstrate otherwise.

    Lots of bacteria can be killed by lots of things. For instance, I commonly used the product formalin (37% formaldehyde) when I used to make animal vaccines. The stuff is highly toxic and just smelling it can be immediately irritating. But 250 ml of the stuff easily killed 500 L batches of autogenous salmonella. That doesn’t mean I should be regularly ingesting the stuff, nor does it mean that the incredible minute, diluted quantities we do get of it do anything to protect us.

    I cannot seem to find anything about your alleged number of 4 cases. Argyria cases have been documented for at least 150 years and far exceed four. It is rare (and, again, it’s cosmetic*), but it happens far more often than you would apparently like people to know. Complete skin color change is more rare than localized skin changes, but it happens. Furthermore, you’re being misleading, at best, when it comes to what the above pictured man was ingesting. He was indeed taking in colloidal silver, but he had also mixed the product with salts. I can’t find a source for what kind of salt he used, but I see no reason why any salt product would cause blue skin, even when mixed with silver; no MSDS sheet I’ve seen has ever mentioned anything like this, nor have I ever seen a recommendation to avoid combining these products. The fact is, suspended silver particles caused this man’s skin to change color – and it has happened to many people in the past, as well, whether to their entire bodies or just one area.

    But thousands of people use it every day. Silver is so safe that rich people actually use silver plates and silverware to eat off – for centuries.

    Silver has antimicrobial properties, so this makes silver dishware somewhat cleaner than other silverware. In the developed world this is now largely irrelevant since just about everybody has access to soap and clean water, but once served a purpose. However, the use of a clean surface is not the same as medical ingestion of a product. Iron cookware, for example, is sometimes delivered to developing nations because the heating and cooking done with it transfers iron into the diets of people who eat the food from such pots, pans, etc. The use of a silver spoon, however, is notably different: The spoon is used to serve cold or warm food and generally is not heated anywhere near the temperatures seen in stove top pots and pans. Molecules will be transferred, but not at any rate worth mentioning. (And besides/again, no studies have demonstrated a medical use for colloidal silver.)

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