The Silver Supplement Fraud

The Silver Supplement Fraud

Guess who took the colloidal silver (CS)? Rosemary did. That's why
she is slate-gray. The condition is called argyria. It is
irreversible and cannot be covered by makeup.

Actually, Rosemary's doctor in New York prescribed CSP for her back
in the fifties as a treatment for allergies. It was sold as a drug
then. Today it is sold as a dietary supplement. You can find it in
"health food" stores and on the Internet. You can even buy the
equipment to make your own. It was snake oil when it was given to
Rosemary. It is snake oil now.

The only thing Rosemary recommends CSP for is a gray skin dye. She
knows that it is safe, effective, and permanent when used for that
purpose. She also knows that being a gray person in a black and white
world can have a serious negative impact on your social and economic

Promoters claim that CSP prevents and cures 650 diseases including
Aids and cancer. They say that people with even a trace of silver in
their bodies don't get sick!

Both Rosemary and the FDA have asked them for their proof. All they
get are quotes from old quacks who manufactured the stuff at the turn
of the century, misquotes from reputable authors and wonderful
anecdotes. "I've taken it everyday for four years and feel great,"
the saleslady says.

The only problem Rosemary has with the anecdotes is that they are
selectively chosen to sell CSP. The promoters refuse to include her
negative anecdotes or those of all the other argyric people recorded
in the medical literature. Rosemary had breast cancer at the age of
42. The silver in her body made her face so gray that the nurses in
pre-op thought that she was in cardiac arrest! The promoters won't
tell you this though.

The FDA has told the promoters that if they want to continue making
medical claims for CSP they will have to first have it approved as a
drug. Of course, that doesn't stop them from selling the stuff as a
"dietary supplement." It just prevents them from legally writing
their claims on the label or putting them in their ads.

And, oh yes, if you do decide to use CSP, have the product analysed
by an independent lab. According to the dietary supplement industry
itself, a lot of the stuff tested that is labelled colloidal silver
really isn't. You see "dietary supplements," thanks to intense
industry lobbying are unregulated by any government agency. So very
often what is on the label isn't in the bottle. In fact, what is in
the bottle may even be something more toxic than CSP. Buyer beware!

P.S. Rosemary will gladly provide you with documentation and
references. Just ask!

Here's Rosemary's story in her words...

Colloidal Silver: Better than Antibiotics?

Colloidal Silver: Better than Antibiotics?

"My son was recently hospitalized for an infected hip joint. He then
developed a blood clot in a femoral vein. The first antibiotic he was
given didn't work. Since this was his very first antibiotic, I
expected better results. What about " natural colloidal silver" ? "

-- Francelle Reynolds

Dr. Weil's answer

(Published 11/11/1999)

An infected hip joint is a serious condition, and antibiotics, given
for a long period of time -- and if necessary, surgical drainage --
are the best treatment. I certainly wouldn't recommend going off the
antibiotics in a case like this. As far as colloidal silver is
concerned, I can't see how it would help. In fact, it could be
The term "colloidal" means the minerals are of a certain size,
facilitating use by the body. The promoters of colloidal silver make
some fantastic claims: They say their products extend life, protect
you from cancer, and cure just about anything. They'll tell you that
mineral deficiencies lead to a weakened immune system and cancer. All
of this is nonsense. Colloidal silver supplements are also heavily
advertised as powerful antimicrobials and immune system stimulants,
capable of curing up to 650 different diseases. Again, none of these
claims have been proven.

At one time, silver products were useful as germicidals, but they've
been replaced gradually by more effective ones. And no matter what
the promoters of colloidal silver tell you, the human body doesn't
need silver. Safety is an issue, too. If taken orally, it can
accumulate in the body's tissues and cause a disfiguring skin
condition called argyria. Skin pigmentation, especially around the
nose and mouth, turns bluish, permanently. Those affected have been
described as looking like corpses suddenly come to life. Medical
literature also contains reports of neurological problems that
developed in long-term users of oral silver products.

My advice is to stick with the antibiotic treatment your son is
receiving. And what you might do -- what's better than using
colloidal silver -- is investigate electromagnetic stimulation for
bone healing, a treatment that is backed by scientific evidence.

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