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Cloudy subject doesn't have silver lining

Posted by: admin at 10:48 am on August 4th, 2016

Someone suggested to me taking colloidal silver for building immunity. I am not familiar with this product and was wondering what your thoughts were. Thanks!

Colloidal silver is a nonessential mineral and has no known function in the human body. I have been asked for many years about my thoughts on the use of colloidal silver and for those reading this column, that have asked, you already know what I am about to say. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has said that colloidal silver isn't safe or effective for treating any disease or condition and I agree completely. This warning, published by the FDA, was in 1999. I have always promoted products that are natural to the system and will not interfere with medications or any function of the human body. While many argue with me that a product is "natural," I always remind them that strychnine is considered "natural" but is highly toxic and can be fatal to humans.

The FDA warns that one of the problems with colloidal silver is that it can cause poor absorption of some medications, such as certain antibiotics, penicillamine, tetracycline and thyroxine, a drug used to treat thyroid deficiency. Colloidal silver can cause many side effects, the most common is argyria, a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, which is usually permanent.

Another side effect is Myoclonic status epilepticus, high levels of silver in plasma, associated with repeated use of colloidal silver. Ray Sahelian, M.D., states that colloidal silver products can cause irreversible neurologic toxicity associated with poor outcome.

According to the National Institute for Health, NIH, topical silver, used on the skin, has some appropriate medical uses, such as in bandages and dressings to treat burns, skin wounds or skin infections. It is also in medicines to prevent conjunctivitis, and eye condition, in newborns. However, there are no legally marketed prescription or over-the-counter drugs containing colloidal silver that are taken by mouth according to the NIH.

While manufacturers claim colloidal silver can boost your immune system, fight bacterial and viral infections, treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, shingles, herpes and prostatitis, there are no scientific studies to evaluate these health claims according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you are taking colloidal silver, I would strongly suggest you tell your physician immediately, as with any "natural" products, due to the possible contradiction with medications.

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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at docphylis@gmail.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.