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16 Aug

It’s Shiny, But It’s Still a Scam

gettin jiggy wit itI got a question last week from reader Barbara about colloidal silver supplements. For the record, this alternative health remedy is both ineffective and unsafe. It’s the latter that concerns me most, of course. A lot of the things we do for health are ineffective (homeopathy for starters; glandulars are another). Others are actually dangerous (the fat-free diet trend of the 90s that’s contributed to our metabolic syndrome epidemic). Colloidal silver supplements fall into the dangerous category.

Colloidal – a term for suspension of micro particles in liquid – silver is purported to treat or cure everything from acne to leprosy to AIDS to cancer to, most commonly, infection. Colloidal silver is touted as an all-purpose anti-viral, anti-bacterial therapy. Of course, those diabolical scientists have suppressed the truth about colloidal silver’s benefits. It’s the “natural antibiotic”! Going further, evidently Americans are suffering from a massive silver deficiency epidemic.

In truth, colloidal silver supplementation has zero health benefits and carries substantial risks. For all the talk about widespread growing resistance to antibiotics (a public health concern I cautiously share), a run of antibiotics to treat an infection is far superior to colloidal silver both in terms of efficacy and safety. Of course, the goal here is to boost your immunity naturally through a good diet, prudent supplementation and regular exercise, but everyone gets sick now and then. Colloidal silver isn’t the answer. Regular intake will result in silver “ash” deposits that can and do show up in unfortunate places like the eyes, skin and organs – permanently. (This condition is called argyria. Click here to see a picture of a bad case – but be warned that it’s very disturbing.) Moreover, silver is not an essential nutrient required by the human body.

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  1. I have been making and using my own colloidal silver for the past 12 years. I have never in that time suffered from flu or any serious infections. The rubbish about CS being disseminated by the FDA and its cohorts about CS is just that-pure BS.
    Their reasons are purely to protect Big Pharma.My wife, my friends, my dog, and my plants owe one hell of a lot to the properties of CS. I have not turned blue,grey, or purple. and am as healthy as I was when I was 30! I am 69 years old and will continue till I reach 100!CS is one of the best things I have ever “discovered” (Cape Town ZA)

    Tony G. Moen wrote on August 20th, 2012
  2. do some proper research on CS. this article reads like you did your research from limited sources as a person who never even experimented with CS. It totally works for me and so many people have turned their health around because of it. it’s actually amazing stuff! it’s totally safe if you take the correct doses in the lower ppm. saying its a scam because some guy overdid it and turned blue? common sense

    amy wrote on October 29th, 2012
  3. I wish that when argyria is mentioned people would tell the truth. It happens for one of two reasons (or both)
    1) The water used is not pure it needs to be filtered by reverse osmosis or distilled.
    2) The silver used is not 99.9% pure.
    Both of these will create a solution that contains colloidal silver but also high levels of silver salts and it is the silver salts that cause argyria.
    I have used CS on a persistent infection that courses of antibiotics only contained and it is gone. It is good internally and externally.
    As for the use of colloidal gold, gold unlike silver is known to be toxic at certain levels as is copper which is also being sold as a colloid.

    Linda H wrote on December 9th, 2012
  4. They used to put a silver coin In the milk jug to keep the milk from spoiling too fast.

    Donald V Dunham wrote on February 3rd, 2013
  5. Its been proven through sound scientific research that country’s who do not eat wheat have higher IQs

    Donald V Dunham wrote on February 3rd, 2013
  6. I hate seeing post like this guy made. He has no idea what he’s talking about yet puts forth ‘for the record…’. This is the type of misinformation that confuses people and frankly costs lives.

    Colloidal Silver WORKS. It has worked for a hundred years.

    Like ANY medicine it must be made correctly, stored correctly and consumed correctly. 100% of the ‘horror stories’ about colloidal silver violated one or more of these requirements.

    I have an immune deficiency which renders me very susceptible to infection. From age 8 I battled pneumonia time and time again. At age 14 I had to have half of one lung removed due to infection that antibiotics of the day (early 60’s) couldn’t clear up. The lung damage was done.

    I learned about colloidal silver some 15 years ago and even tried it for a very short time. But there was little information available and the story of the ‘Blue Man’ scared me off.

    Over the years my lungs have become damaged due to repeated infections. I have battled Pseudomonas aeruginosa in my lungs, requiring antibiotics like Levaquin, Cipro, Doxycycline and Tobramycin. Taken 10 days at a time I’ve needed as many as 15 to 20 rounds of these antibiotics in a year, year after year. And they were becoming less and less effective.

    Last year on 6/11/2012 I decided to try colloidal silver. I took two 6 cc doses daily (about 2 teaspoons) inhaled with my nebulizer. Within 3 days my lungs began to clear up. In less than a week the infection was gone. I don’t take it every day, but when I feel a flareup starting in my lungs I restart taking Colloidal Silver. If it doesn’t clear up within a couple of days I’ll start also drinking 1 ounce a day, never for more than a week.

    Today, 6/13/2013 I just passed one year with ZERO antibiotics. I’ve used about 1 8oz. bottle of Colloidal Silver per month on average. And I’M NOT BLUE.

    Yes, it works. Stop telling people it doesn’t. BTW, I don’t get any kickback for referrals but after my research I chose to buy my supply from Utopia Silver.

    Larry wrote on June 13th, 2013
  7. I left a message on here back in 2011. Just an update. I still make my own silver and I still take it only when needed. Add two more years to it. 4 years and running…ZERO sinus infections…and no allergy meds taken in over 1400 days. It’s wonderful being free of pharmaceuticals and the side effects and enjoying the outdoors no matter what time of year it is!!!!! Believe what you want. As some of said it’s psychosomatic…then I guess I’m one crazy allergy free sinus infection fee outdoor enjoying mofo!

    Mike C. wrote on June 13th, 2013
  8. There is a fairly new silver technology. It is not colloidal silver. The website is
    Any thoughts on that?

    Dan Saunders wrote on August 9th, 2013
  9. When someone makes a statement one must ask whats in it for him or for the one whom he speaks for.

    Big pharma loses money so they come up with this after years of thinking of how to get it off the market. So now they came up with this. But experience of people using it and it saved their life shows the opposite.

    Never trust everything but question everything and keep in the back of your mind how someone could benefit of what they’ve just said.

    Wonder wrote on November 4th, 2014
  10. 7 years sinus infection free…7 years free of taking pills and sprays in my nose 365 days a year. I still make CS and use it whenever I feel an infection coming on. I love it.

    Mike C. wrote on January 23rd, 2015
  11. what a moron whoever wrote this article about colloidal silver, just stupid as can be!!!

    hank wrote on February 19th, 2015
  12. This type of article is just as damaging as the ones that over-hype. Colloidal Silver is recognized by the medical community as an effective broad-spectrum anti-biotic, and should be used with all of the same precautions. There’s plenty of research available.

    Kerry wrote on April 24th, 2015
  13. For the love of all that is sacred, I implore the admin to please lock this thread off. Enough with the fruitcakes and their nutty claims.
    If the admin will not lock this turkey then I demand the CS crowd either provide a very real, very hard and VERY reputable study performed by a highly placed lab and vetted in a REAL science journal or go away.
    Yes, I invoke the science version of PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN.(
    Any takers?

    Roger Rabbit wrote on March 2nd, 2016
  14. Hey,

    It’s amazing just how these things that do not merely include absolutely no dietary worth, yet actually have unsafe components in them, get passed off as being nutritional and also healthy. Glitter eyes do seem good, I will certainly confess.

    Anyway, thanks for this great post. Keep up the good work, Mark!


    Davis wrote on March 29th, 2016

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