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Colloidal silver: Is it safe or effective?
Colloidal silver: Is it safe or effective?
My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?
from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.

Colloidal silver isn't considered safe or effective for any of the health claims manufacturers make. Silver has no known purpose in the body. Nor is it an essential mineral, as some sellers of silver products claim.

Colloidal silver products are made of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid — the same type of precious metal used in jewelry, dental fillings, silverware and other consumer goods. Colloidal silver products are usually marketed as dietary supplements that are taken by mouth. Colloidal silver products also come in forms to be injected or applied to the skin.

Manufacturers of colloidal silver products often claim that they are cure-alls, boosting your immune system, fighting bacteria and viruses, and treating cancer, HIV/AIDS, shingles, herpes, eye ailments and prostatitis. However, no sound scientific studies to evaluate these health claims have been published in reputable medical journals. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has taken action against some manufacturers of colloidal silver products for making unproven health claims.

It's not clear how much colloidal silver may be harmful, but it can build up in your body's tissues over months or years. Most commonly, this results in argyria (ahr-JIR-e-uh), a blue-gray discoloration of your skin, eyes, internal organs, nails and gums. While argyria doesn't pose a serious health problem, it can be a cosmetic concern because it doesn't go away when you stop taking silver products.

Rarely, excessive doses of colloidal silver can cause possibly irreversible serious health problems, including kidney damage and neurological problems such as seizures. Colloidal silver products may also interact with medications, including penicillamine, quinolone, tetracycline and thyroxine medications.
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Silver has antibacterial properties which is why it's used in athletic clothing to keep the smell down. It's also why being "born with a silver spoon in your mouth" meant you were generally healthier in previous centuries. But taking it internally with turn you a splotchy bluish purple color.
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I always wondered about that stuff. I read that its a good water preservative. I havnt tried it and I dont think I will now. If anyone has info on it or whether this article is correct please post. I thought the Mayo Clinic was a good source of info though.
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I think its like how they promoted the shit out of tea as the wonder drug a couple years back with all its antioxidants....when if fact antioxidants are in all kinds of regular food so the tea does effectively nothing. I drink about 2 gallons of tea I brew myself from leaves, no sugar, every week and I would say that it has very little effect on my body at all. I never drank it for these reasons, I just like the taste. However like 99% of all alternative treatments very few of them have actual effects, and most that do have already been used by humans for that purpose in the past. If it actually worked that well the drug companies would lobby to get it taken off store shelves and then patent a derivative to sell via monopoly. Valium for example is a chemical derivative of Valerian root which has been around medicinally since the Greeks. That is an example of an herb that actually does have some limited medicinal value and has actual science to back it up. Kava root is another example of a plant with actual medicinal value.

Specifically, though silver DOES have proven antibacterial properties, that is a fact. However it does not discriminate, it doesn't target bad bacteria and leave the good or anything like that. You have thousands of different bacteria that keep you alive that you will quickly die without. So taking a supplement that claims to reduce bacteria seems like a bad idea, but I doubt that it really has any effect at all. Is it good to impregnate bandages, and surgical implements that reduce bacterial growth? Absolutely, in that case you are preventing the introduction of foreign bacteria that could cause you to contract a serious infection and die. In your body though, via supplements or impregnated water I don't see much beneficial use if any.

I would say rather than spending your money on products like these you'd be better off using the money to start a small medicinal and culinary herb garden in case SHTF in pots on your window sill and the pharmaceuticals aren't available. Whatever you decide to plant if you do this though, go through and research them and make sure there is a body of evidence to support their value. At some point I'll sit down post up a list of herbs and things that actually work and have a body of evidence supporting them. Anything that talks about "toxins" or "boosting your immune system" is pretty much always bunk. People die every day autoimmune diseases from an immune system in such overdrive that it attacks the body and kills them. It's also why people with transplants take immunosuppressant drugs to keep their body from killing the organ and themselves in the process.

In all I think your money could be much better spent elsewhere if anyone considers this.

Also... here's the offical word thus far...

Quote:There is no scientific evidence for effectiveness and a severe risk for serious side effects from colloidal silver.
The FDA does not consider colloidal silver to be safe or effective for treating any disease or condition and has issued an advisory regarding its safety.
Complementary products or practices that have not been proven safe and effective, such as colloidal silver, should never be used as a replacement for conventional medical care or as a reason to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem.
Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about complementary and alternative medicine, see NCCAM’s Time to Talk campaign.
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