Everything in life and in nature
has the potential for good and ill.
Colloidal Silver is no exception
According to the EPA potentially problematic conditions
associated with silver ingestion
Argyria (a gray or bluish gray skin
discoloration caused by an accumulation of silver in the dermal
"The critical effect in humans ingesting silver is argyria, a
but permanent bluish-gray
discoloration of the skin. Argyria results from the
silver in the dermis and also from silver-induced production of
melanin. Although silver has been shown to be uniformly
deposited in exposed and unexposed areas, the increased
pigmentation becomes more pronounced in areas exposed
to sunlight due to photoactivated reduction of the metal.
Although the deposition of silver is permanent, it is not associated
with any adverse health effects. No pathologic changes
or inflammatory reactions have been shown to result from
The EPA has no record on file of any person having contracted
argyria through the use of liquid colloidal silver.
A 2002 interview with Stan Jones ( a gentleman who ingested
roughly 8oz of concentrated large particle colloidal silver daily for
a period of nearly three years), the only documented victim of
argyria due to liquid colloidal silver ingestion of whom we are
aware, is available to interested parties.
For a free copy: Send a SASE to: Silver Bullet
Enterprises, 3620 W. 10th St., #180, Greeley, CO
80634. Specify that you want a free copy of the interview
with Stan Jones.
The records of argyria on file at the EPA date to the 1930's
"Gaul and Staud (1935) reported 70 cases
of generalized argyria following
organic and colloidal silver
medication, including 13 cases of generalized "..argyria
following intravenous silver arsphenamine injection
therapy Argyria developed after a total dose of 4,7 or 8 g in some
patients, while in others, argyria did not develop until after a total
dose of 10, 15 or
"The authors concluded that argyria may become
clinically apparent after a total accumulated
veinous) Dose of approximately 8 g of
arsphenamine. The book entitled "Argyria. The
Pharmacology of Silver" reached the same
All these cases appear to have been caused by the ingestion of
silver compounds or silver powder. None were caused by the
usage of liquid colloidal silver. Furthermore, the most common
appears to be related to treatments involving injection
of silver compounds.
As an additional consideration, the EPA reports that 90 to 99%
of ingested silver is excreted through the gastro-intestinal tract
within two (2) days.
"Furchner et al. (1968) studied the absorption and retention of
ingested silver (as silver nitrate, amount not specified) in mice, rats,
monkeys and dogs. In all four species, very little silver was
absorbed from the GI tract. Cumulative
excretion ranged from
90 to 99% on the second day after ingestion, with <1%
of the dose being retained in <1 week in monkeys, rats
mice. Dogs had a slightly greater retention."
This does not mean that the
potential for argyria can be ignored. It just indicates that one
should be prudent in his/her consumption of any form of silver.
rates the risk of argyria from Silver usage as low.
(A reputed cure(?) for Argyria)
Vitamin E and Selenium deficiency (pre-cursors to
This is important due to the symptoms
which MAY (or may not) OCCUR
in conjunction with this condition.
These adverse symptoms are most likely to
appear in conjunction with long-term
- Liver Damage
"Hepatic necrosis and ultrastructural
changes of the liver have been induced by
(although the EPA does not address this particular
phenomenon, it is a well documented consequence of
selenium/vitamin E/glutathione deficiency see"
Archives of Opthomology [2000; 118:1556-1563
to vitamin E and/or selenium deficient rats (Wagner et al.,
1975; Diplock et al., 1967; Bunyan et al., 1968). Investigators have
hypothesized that this toxicity is related to a silver-induced
selenium deficiency that inhibits the synthesis of
seleno-enzyme glutathione peroxidase. In animals
supplemented with selenium and/or
vitamin E, exposures of silver as high as 140 mg/kg/day (100 mg
Ag/L drinking water) were well-tolerated (Bunyan et al., 1968).
If glutathione are abnormal, they can affect the health of
the eye in a major way (Bunin et al. 1992). maintain the water
balance in the lens. It also is synthesized within the lens and is
made of three amino acids: glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid.
Selenium and Vitamin E
Selenium and vitamin E may work synergistically in protecting
against cataracts and these two nutrients have been shown to
reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Therefore, 400 to 800 IU a day of vitamin E and 200 to 600 mcg a
day of selenium would appear to be prudent methods of
protecting against cataract formation and maintaining
good overall health. A low plasma vitamin E level was shown to
increase the risk of lens opacities (Rouhiainen 1996). Selenium
works with alpha-lipoic acid to increase cellular concentrations of
glutathione. As previously discussed, glutathione is a critical
antioxidant in protecting against free radicals in the eye
Roger Altman Eng. Sc. D. , in his book
"Colloidal Silver: Where does it go when you drink it?
How long does it stay there?" , copyright 1999,
Ingestion of properly prepared CS does not result in silver
accumulating in the body. There is no evidence that silver
deposits significantly in hair or fingernails and, in fact, the data
support the conclusion that after taking more than 2 mg of CS per
day for several months, silver seems to be purged from the body
(mostly through urine) at about the same rate at which it is
consumed. Furthermore, upon terminating CS intake, it appears
that as much as half the silver residing in body tissue will be
purged (through urine and feces, but more and more
through feces as time goes on) In less than a month. Even this
relatively short residence time could be reduced
substantially if several liters of water were consumed daily."
work utilized a single subject, (himself) and therefore is statistically
and technically of little value. However, his tests and other
methodology appear both pragmatic and sound, providing
the reader some valid direction in seeking the truth of the matter.
Altman's e-mail address is: email@example.com
Diarrhea - We understand that the initial ingestion of
Colloidal Silver may cause a "die off" of bacteria in the
gastro-intestinal tract. This results in an almost immediate, but
short-lived case of diarrhea. This appears to be the body's
way of eliminating dead pathogens. The easiest method of
preventing this phenomenon appears to be "start with a
small dose and increase incrementally until the desired dosage is
This particular bit
of information has been relayed to us by word of mouth, and
should be considered anecdotal.
with prescription medications -We have
not read of any specific contra-indications or
interactions with prescription medications. However, new
medicines are being introduced almost daily, and
anything is possible. As an example,
grapefruit causes problems with some medications.
Medical Professional prior to starting or changing any course of
Colloidal Silver, when taken in
conjunction with anti bacterial and anti viral medications appears to magnify
the beneficial effect. The magnitude of the magnification varies.
Silver allergies - We find no record of
this occurrence. That doesn't mean that it
cannot occur, just that we
have not found a record of such an occurrence.
- the known symptoms are shown below. Utilizing the maxim "If the results you are getting are
not what you desire, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
", the author recommends vigilant observation of one
39;s own symptoms.
Based on the studies referenced above, the following dietary
changes:adding copious amounts of purified water
- the addition of selenium, & vitamin e,
reducing the known amounts of silver intake
(ingested or otherwise)
may help alleviate temporary silver toxicity. Also
, seek professional help if there is a
problem. Do not conceal any information from your Physician..
No-one's Judgment Is Any Better Than His (Her)
Knowledge Of The Facts
The following set of symptoms relating to
severe silver toxicity does not appear to have
sufficient credibility to require any form of mention by the US
EPA, or the US FDA.
homeopathic care includes various silver powders and silver
compounds, as opposed to liquid colloidal silver.
the following information
does come from the "LECTURES ON HOMEOPATHIC
TYLER KENT, A.M., M.D. Late Professor of Materia Medica in
Hering College, Chicago.
As such, it
MAY OR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE.
These symptoms have been included as guidelines. It is always
better to be aware of all possibilities than to
get an unpleasant surprise. As we mentioned above, the FDA
& EPA appear to give no credence to this information.
Metallic Silver poisoning as a byproduct of homeopathic
treatments for various disorders.
Silver Metal Poisoning Toxicity Symptomology
Anti Psoric and possibly anti-sycotic
Direct effect on cartilage
Direct effect on nerves and nerve sheaths
brain/nervous system over time
"intellectual" sections of the brain
changes to voluntary systems ( undefined )
symptoms of neck and back pain, and tearing pain throughout
fatigue and restlessness with vertigo
Symptoms masked by coffee/caffeine intake
Symptoms temporarily relieved by exercise
Cold weather increases pain from Rheumatism
Increased joint pain
knotting of cartilage
Effects left testes and right ovaries ( hardening )
Mental and emotional excitement to the point
Experience of shock sensations in the limbs
upon going to sleep
Skin irritation, itching sensation that cannot be
Painful tension in the throat
Gray mucus from throat and sinuses
Heart Palpitations while lying on the back
No other usage precautions are clearly defined in
any literature or documentation that we have been able to locate.
referring to the EPA come directly from The EPA report "
Silver; CASRN 7440-22-4"
Which is publicly available on the web.
Information attributed to the "Life Extension Foundation
" is available on their website, and similar
information is available elsewhere, with comparable conclusions.
The FDA has issued a Final Rule
declaring that all over- the-counter (OTC) drug
products containing colloidal silver or silver salts are not
recognized as safe and effective and are misbranded.
Emphasis within quoted passages may be attributed
to the author of this piece.