I don’t know if it is due to the H1N1 media craze or if it just the normal cycle of this kind of snake oil business, but the colloidal silver scam, against which the Food and Drug Administration has been fighting for years, has resurfaced and spread across the Internet.
Since 1996, the FDA has warned many companies that were selling colloidal silver and claiming that their product was a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory immune system stimulant and might be effective against a long list of diseases, including cancer, influenza, syphilis, cholera, genito-urinary diseases, tuberculosis and AIDS.
Actually, like many heavy metals like lead or mercury, silver shows a toxic effect on some bacteria, algae and viruses and has been use for centuries to prevent water from spoiling, to cure infections and is still widely used today in water treatment.
But if is is much less toxic for humans than other heavy metals, it can still cause some side effects when ingested. The most evident argyria, a permanent condition in which the patient’s skin becomes blue. Ingestion of 1 to 5 grammes of silver is enough to cause this permanent disease: as silver is bioaccumulating in the body (in skin, liver but also in brain cells), the regular use of colloidal silver supplements over several years or even months can easily reach these dangerous amounts.
Read more on the subject in this article: Colloidal Silver: Risk Without Benefit by Stephen Barrett, M.D.
More worrying is this article (in Spanish) by Elda María del Rocío Coutiño Rodríguez, from the University of Veracruz (Mexico) in which the researcher established a link between colloidal silver and liver cancer.
Edit: for those who can’t read Spanish, the site admin has posted a translation of the article in the comments section below.
Still not convinced that it is a scam?
I’ve found a website which sells Silver and Gold Colloids on which you can read the following statement: « Please help stop the genocide taking actually place with all vaccinations and the lying deadly WHO – terror – propaganda with all the not existing phantom viruses like AIDS and H5N1, HPV, Sars, Ebola ».
Genocide? Phantom viruses? Looks like snake oils vendors and conspiracy theorists share some common interests.