The Colloidal Silver Blue Man and Argyria, Revisited
This article on the so-called “blue man” by the good folks at SOTA Instruments just goes to show that what I have been saying all along about colloidal silver is true: the key to safe and sane colloidal silver usage is in the dosage.
According to the article, the so-called "blue man" was apparently taking upwards of 20 ounces a day, and at one point was adding baking soda and/or salt to increase the concentration. Yes, apparently for years on end. This is WAY too much colloidal silver to be taking daily, for such long periods of time.
In my opinion, this kind of reckless colloidal silver usage is the direct result of all of the colloidal silver web site operators out there claiming that it is impossible to contract argyria from "properly made colloidal silver," and that you can drink all you want and never have any side effects. But the truth is, it is strictly a matter of ingesting more mineral silver on a regular basis than the liver and kidneys can expel. If you drink more colloidal silver than your normal channels of elimination can handle, your body will store the excess silver, and, over time, will push it out to your skin, which is your third major organ of elimination. And when the sun hits it, it will "tarnish" your skin.
Using colloidal silver with in MODERATION and with common sense is the key. Just like mother used to say, "All things in moderation." We all know this, almost innately. Yet for some reason when it comes to colloidal silver usage some people become absolutely obsessed with the idea that more is always better. They seem to think that if an ounce a day is helpful, then 16 or 20 ounces a day must be incredibly helpful. It amazes me, because these same people probably take a daily multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, and they have probably received significant benefit from it. Yet they wouldn't think of taking the whole bottle of vitamins and minerals every day. Common sense alone would tell you that there will be significant problems if you take such an excessive amount of vitamins on a daily basis. Yet it never occurs to them that drinking 16 to 20 ounces a day of colloidal silver for weeks, months or even years on end is excessive.
Again, I believe this is because of the plethora of misleading information that can be found on the internet. One well-known colloidal silver advocate used to write that when colloidal silver doesn't work for you, the problem is not that it didn't work, but that you simply aren’t taking enough. How could he possibly know this? He advocated taking as much as 16 ounces a day or more. When I interviewed him at a health show about eight years ago, he bragged about drinking a half a gallon of colloidal silver the night before. Interestingly, after reports surfaced that his advice had caused at least two people to contract argyria, his web site disappeared from the internet. He apparently took it down. He has apparently also moved out of the country. But a number of colloidal silver vendors continue to post his articles to their web sites, advocating these unnecessary and excessively high levels of daily colloidal silver intake.
I have been a long-time dedicated user of colloidal silver, ever since it helped save my wife's toes from amputation nearly 13 years ago, and helped me resolve a long-standing case of chronic fatigue syndrome that would frequently leave me debilitated for weeks and sometimes even months every year. So please don't mistake what I am saying here as being negative toward colloidal silver. What I am negative toward is misleading information about colloidal silver dosage.
The bottom line is that we have to keep all of this in perspective. There are many other beneficial all-natural substances out there that can cause harm in excessive dosages, yet we don't eschew the use of these substances. We just take them in moderation and with common sense, in order to take advantage of their healing benefits.
As I stated in a previous blog entry:
You've got to realize that there is no substance on earth that does not have very real side effects when used in excess. For example:
- Sugar: Diabetes, pancreatitis and heart disease are very real side effects of excessive usage of sugar.
- Iron: Cirrhosis of the liver and heart failure are very real side effects of the excessive usage of iron supplements.
- Calcium: Kidney malfunction, calcification of soft tissue within the body, cellular toxicity and impaired immune function are very real side effects of excess usage of calcium.
- Vitamin A: Muscle pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, schizophrenia, fever, liver damage and anemia are very real side effects of the excessive usage of Vitamin A.
- Water: What's more, DEATH is a very real side effect of the excessive usage of...water (it's called "drowning").
None of those side effects justify being afraid to use the substances mentioned. Why? Because the key phrase involved in each one is "excessive use." When used in moderation, these substances are not only benign, but helpful. When used in excess, they can cause serious health consequences.
It is exactly the same with colloidal silver. If you use it in moderation it is completely harmless, and in fact extremely beneficial for boosting immunity and warding off infections of all sorts. It even helps the body heal from chronic degenerative diseases such as lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and a host of others that often are caused by underlying hidden infections.
But if used in excess daily over long periods of time, the result can be argyria, or skin-staining. It is a harmless, but cosmetically unappealing condition resulting from silver particles being pushed to the skin (the body's third major organ of elimination) at which point they oxidize (or tarnish) from exposure to the sun.
Out of the estimated 10 million users of colloidal silver throughout North America, only a very small handful have been naive, ignorant or ill-informed enough to take such excessive quantities over such long periods of time to result in skin-staining. It is ridiculous to blame the substance for the misuse by the person. That's kind of like saying water is terrible for you because several thousand people a year die in it due to drowning.
For anyone interested in learning about safe and common sense colloidal silver usage, please visit http://www.thesilveredge.com/ and download a copy of the FREE special report titled “What's the "Safest" Daily Dosage for Colloidal Silver?” which uses the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) own figures to determine how much colloidal silver is safe to take daily, based upon your weight. Just use the link in the located in the upper left-hand corner of the home page.
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