It can be difficult to get accurate information on colloidal silver, as many critics give misleading information on its possible side effects. For years, the FDA has waged an aggressive war against this natural supplement, severely limiting how manufacturers can discuss and market the product.
Commonly, critics will cite the condition argyria as the reason why colloidal silver is unsafe and manufacturers should be tightly regulated. Argyria is described as a gray discoloring of the skin caused by silver deposits, typically acquired by inhaling or ingesting too much silver. While there is no dispute that the condition is real, people who hold up argyria as evidence that this supplement is unsafe willfully ignore some basic facts.
According to Dr. Alexander G. Schauss of the Life Sciences Division at John Hopkins University, most products contain “1/500th to 1/1000th of the amount of silver considered being a risk in the development of Argyria.” Considering that true colloidal silver has 20 PPM ideally, one would have to ingest far more than the human stomach could possibly contain every day for an extended period of time in order to get the condition.
As a way of comparison, according the article “Unnecessary Prescribing of NSAIDs and the Management of NSAID-Related Gastropathy in Medical Practice” published in a 1997 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine,
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen “accounts for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States” every year. Yet there is no similar campaign to prevent aspirin manufacturers from making medical claims. It’s ridiculous for the FDA to claim this natural product is unsafe, when even some the safest over the counter medicines that they approve of
are far more dangerous than this supplement. Secondly, the majority of cases involve home made solutions, some of which have exceeded silver concentrations of 450 PPM, far denser than almost any reputable manufacturer sells.
So if it is highly improbable to contract argyria from a properly manufactured product, where do these cases come from? Firstly, the condition is extremely rare, even when high doses are taken, with only a handful of recorded cases in history.
Another recent and high profile case came from Stan Jones, a Libertarian Party politician from Montana. Jones was ingesting a home made solution, and later admitted he did
a number of things to make the solution unsafe, including using unfiltered water, adding salt, creating extremely high concentrations of silver, and he did not filter out insoluble compounds afterwards. In spite of acquiring the condition, Jones continues to use a safer true colloidal product today, and credits his good health to the natural supplement.
You may have seen Paul Karason, “the blue man”, in the media who turned blue from a product he made at home with a generator. He very well could have been creating a product consisting of mostly ionic silver and undoubtedly less safe than buying from a reputable manufacturer.
Anyone who wishes to enjoy the believed health benefits while eliminating their risk of argyria should definitely not purchase “kits” that allow them to manufacture the supplement at home. True colloidal silver is precisely manufactured to combine well documented bacteria fighting capabilities while minimizing risk.