Wednesday, January 23, 2013

FDA Warns Against the Use of Colloidal Silver for Farm Animals (And Pets)!

Have you ever treated a sick farm animal or pet with colloidal silver? 

Or have you ever used colloidal silver prophylactically, which is to say, to help prevent the onset of infection and disease in a farm animal or pet?

If so, you could be in violation of FDA policies.  Here’s a story of blatant FDA hypocrisy you might not be aware of…

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You may not realize it, but on the Animal and Veterinary section of their website, the FDA has issued a special warning titled “Colloidal Silver Not Approved.”

The warning, originally issued in 1997 and updated in 2009, explains the FDA’s position against the use of colloidal silver in farm animals, calling it a “potentially serious public health concern.” 

In short, by FDA decree, colloidal silver cannot be used to treat farm animals, nor can it be advertised even as a nutritional intervention for farm animals for any specific disease. 

Ridiculous Reasoning…

The FDA claims the reason they've disapproved the use of colloidal silver in farm animals is because of the possibility of “residues” of silver ending up in the milk or meat once it makes it to the supermarket. 

Here’s the FDA’s own words (underlining mine):

"Use of colloidal silver ingredients in food-producing animals constitutes a potentially serious public health concern because of the possibility of residues in milk or meat.

According to several scientific publications mentioned in the October 15, 1996 Federal Register proposal, the human consumption of silver may result in argyria -- a permanent ashen-gray or blue discoloration of the skin, conjunctiva, and internal organs."

Of course, there's not a single documented incident on record anywhere in the world of a person ending up with argyria – or being harmed in any way whatsoever -- from eating meat from a farm animal that had previously been treated with colloidal silver. 

So not only is the FDA’s warning hyperbolic, but their reasoning is disingenuous, at best, and outright deceptive at worst. 

Your Pets, Too!

But the FDA doesn’t stop there.  Nope.  Instead, they double down on their warning against treating farm animals with colloidal silver by saying (underlining mine):

“In addition to the possible human health concerns, use of these products to treat a serious illness in animals (including pets) could potentially endanger the health of the animal by delaying timely, appropriate treatment.”

Note here that the FDA includes family pets in their hyperbolic warning. 

In other words, if you give some colloidal silver to a farm animal, or to one of your pets, according to the FDA you’re potentially endangering the health of your animal “by delaying timely, appropriate treatment.”

And exactly what is this “timely and appropriate treatment” the FDA is talking about?  Why, it’s Big Pharma’s antibiotic drugs, of course!

The FDA goes on to say that their inspectors “have found colloidal silver on some dairy farms,” and that they’re “continuing to investigate the promotion and use of colloidal silver in dairy and other animals.” 

Here’s what the FDA wrote (underlining mine):

Colloidal silver-containing products have not been approved by FDA for use in any animal species.

Promoting the use of colloidal silver for treating animal diseases causes such products to be misbranded veterinary drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act).

Labeling colloidal silver products to treat animals causes such products to be new animal drugs which are adulterated under the Act.

FDA has taken action against colloidal silver products, and is continuing to investigate the promotion and use of colloidal silver products in dairy and other animals.

If necessary, FDA will take further appropriate regulatory action.

Indeed, since publishing this warning on their website, the FDA has issued stern warning letters to colloidal silver vendors who even dare to mention the use of their colloidal silver products for animals, calling the products “mislabeled” and “adulterated.”

And in online FDA memorandums to their own dairy inspection agents, colloidal silver is listed as a “prohibited drug” along with Nitrofurazone, Baytril, Chloramphenicol, Clenbuterol, DMSO and Dipyrone. 

And, in various online documents, the FDA continues to emphasize to its field agents that colloidal silver cannot be used for farm animals.  Even topical ointments containing miniscule amounts of colloidal silver cannot be used.

For example, check out this brief question and answer I found in a recent FDA memorandum: 

PMO-Section 7, Item 15r

(Question):  May a dairy producer use an udder and teat topical ointment that contains colloidal silver on dairy animals?

The topical ointment contains a minimal amount of colloidal silver as a preservative.

(Answer) No.  Using such a topical ointment on dairy animals may cause some of the silver to end up in the milk. 

What it boils down to is that even in the most miniscule amounts, colloidal silver cannot be used on farm animals – even topically – because of the off-chance that “some of the silver” might end up in food products that will ultimately be sold to consumers, such as milk or meat. 

The Hypocrisy Is Galling

Yes, hypocritically, to this very day the FDA allows farmers to use as many of Big Pharma’s synthetic antibiotic drugs as they want on farm animals, without any restriction whatsoever. 

Powerful antibiotic drugs can even be used on healthy farm animals, without restriction, from birth to slaughterhouse, in order to help keep them from becoming infected in the overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions they’re often raised in. 

And of course these endless rounds of antibiotic drugs being given to the farm animals end up in the meat you (and your children and grandchildren) eat.  And they contribute directly to antibiotic-resistant illness in humans

According to the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, the situation is very serious:

“…up to 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States go to healthy food animals.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all testified before Congress…

… that there was a definitive link between the routine, non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in food animal production and the crisis of antibiotic resistance in humans.”

In other words, the more antibiotic-laden meat you eat, the more likely it is that prescription antibiotic drugs won’t work for you if you get a serious infection from a drug-resistant pathogen!

Yet, in spite of that clear connection between antibiotic drug use in food animals and antibiotic drug-resistance in humans, the FDA has adamantly refused to limit the use of antibiotic drugs in farm animals

And of course, farmers who would like to switch to using safe, natural colloidal silver on their animals in order to avoid selling the public antibiotic drug-tainted meat or milk are actually restricted from doing so by the FDA!

94,000 Deaths Per Year!

The result? 

Thanks to the over-use of prescription antibiotic drugs on farm animals, an astonishing 50% of all farm animals destined for a supermarket near you now test positive for superbugs like MRSA, which kill over 94,000 Americans per year!

So the FDA continues to allow the indiscriminate use of antibiotic drugs on farm animals, even though this practice is clearly endangering the health of the American public. 

But if you try to use safe, natural colloidal silver on your cows, sheep, goats or other farm animals (or pets) in order to avoid having to use antibiotic drugs, you're engaging in a “potentially serious public health concern” according to the FDA. 

And you’re in violation of their policies! 

Protecting Big Pharma

Once again, what we see here is the FDA protecting the interests of Big Pharma, as well as the medical profession (in this case, veterinarians). 

What it boils down to is that using colloidal silver as a nutritional intervention for your sick farm animal or pet, or as a nutritional means of helping prevent the onset of an infection, is represented by the FDA as a “threat” to public safety as well as to the animal’s well-being. 

But somehow, treating the same food animals indiscriminately with Big Pharma’s antibiotic drugs (that are known to lead to deadly drug-resistant bacterial infections in humans) is not considered a threat to public safety. 

Looking at the facts, one can only conclude that while the FDA is supposed to be working for the safety and well-being of the American public, it seems instead they’re working only to line the pockets of Big Pharma and the medical profession -- and the American public be damned!

Potential Criminals

In essence, they’ve turned farmers (and pet owners!) who prefer to use safe, natural colloidal silver on their animals rather than antibiotic drugs into potential criminals for violating FDA policies.

Even though there’s no evidence whatsoever that giving colloidal silver to farm animals (or to pets) has ever harmed a single animal, or a single human being, the FDA would have you think doing so is a “potentially serious public health concern.”

Interestingly, there’s never been a single documented case of a human being becoming resistant to the powerful infection-fighting qualities of colloidal silver.  Even people who have taken colloidal silver for decades find that it still kills infections when they use it.

Yet there are thousands upon thousands of documented cases of humans becoming resistant to Big Pharma’s antibiotic drugs, and of ending up with unstoppable drug-resistant infections that ultimately kill them. 

And according to the experts, this is due largely to the massive overuse of Big Pharma’s antibiotic drugs in farm animals, which drugs end up in the food chain for humans to consume. 

So through their policies, the FDA actually forces farmers to feed the American public antibiotic-tainted meat and milk from food animals that have been indiscriminately treated with antibiotic drugs their entire lives. 

Yet FDA policies restrict those same farmers from feeding the American public meat or milk from animals that have been treated with safe, natural colloidal silver. 

No Surprise

Of course, this is no big surprise.  The FDA’s heavy-handed 1999 “Final Ruling” against colloidal silver actually made it illegal for colloidal silver vendors to even mention the infection-fighting qualities of their product in their advertising or product labeling.

That’s how the FDA keeps the American public in the dark – at the behest of Big Pharma – in regards to the powerful healing and infection-fighting qualities of colloidal silver, the world’s safest and most powerful all-natural antibiotic substance. 
And that’s why it’s so important for people to spread the word about the powerful, infection-fighting qualities of safe, natural colloidal silver to your family, friends and loved ones.

After all, the FDA is doing everything in its power to keep knowledge of colloidal silver and its many healing uses from the American public.

You can learn more about making and using colloidal silver for just pennies per quart by clicking the link in this sentence. 

Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver.

Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,

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