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3 Myths About Colloidal Silver

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 02:56 AM

Although colloidal silver is credited with being antibacterial, myths about the substance’s true utility still cloud the issue.

Colloidal silver is a substance containing silver particles suspended in water. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), colloidal silver can carry serious side effects. The mineral’s most common side effect is argyria, a condition in which patches of skin turn blue when exposed to sunlight as a result of an excess silver build up within bodily tissue. NIH also said that colloidal silver can interfere with the absorption of some antibiotics.

Still, proponents of homeopathy and alternative medicine claim colloidal silver’s properties have the power to cure pneumonia and improve AIDS symptoms, according to Natural News.

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Here are three common myths surrounding colloidal silver:

1. It is Commonplace Within the Medical Field
Colloidal silver was commonplace in doctors’ offices and hospitals prior to the advent of prescription drugs in the 1930s. The substance soon became outdated and in 1991 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that colloidal silver “products may continue to be marketed . . . as long as they are advertised and labeled for the same use as in 1938 and as long as they are manufactured in the original manner,” said the Natural Healing Resource Center. Today, colloidal silver is only commonplace in its topical antibacterial use, not in its oral form, which was once popular.

2. It Has No Useful Medicinal Properties
“Scientific evidence doesn’t support the use of colloidal silver dietary supplements for any disease or condition,” NIH said. However, silver is still used as an antiseptic to treat burns, wounds, and other skin infections. Colloidal silver is also used to prevent conjunctivitis, a type of eye infection, in newborns.

3. More Means More Effect
“Anything in excess has consequences. … With normal responsible usage, silver supplements are entirely harmless to humans,” Jeffrey Blumer, M.D., Ph.D. of the Center for Drug Research said, according to the Silver Safety Council. Like with any supplement, too much colloidal silver can cause serious side effects. Even alternative medicine proponents of colloidal silver take a homeopathic approach, meaning that they deem only limited doses to be beneficial.

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