Water of Life: Colloidal Silver

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This website, http://www.ammhealth.co.za/col.htm, states for this product: "The following is a comprehensive listing of all ailments or disease-conditions that have been successfully treated by solutions of Colloidal Silver:
Acne, AIDS, Allergies, Angina (Vincent's), Anthrax, Appendicitis (Suppurative — post-operative), Arthritis, Athlete's Foot, Axillae and Blind Boils of the Neck, Bladder Irritation or Inflammation, Blepharitis, Blood Poisoning, Boils, Bromidrosis (in Axilla or Feet), Burns and Wounds (Corneal), Cancer, Candida Albicans, Catarrh (Nasal & Nasopharyngeal)," and the list goes on and on.

Sorry, not a shred of proof that this product has any effect at all! 

When consumers health, money and safety is concerned, we can only argue for proof for the product, for without proof, we have to argue that it is no more than a scam.

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15 Responses to Water of Life: Colloidal Silver

  1. Roy Jobson 28 September, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Colloidal silver taken orally can cause argyria — a permanent and irreversible bluish-grey discoloration of the skin. This can occur quickly, or over a long time depending on the amount of silver ingested.
    See Dr Stephen Barrett's summary at http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/PhonyAds/silverad.html
    See also the FDA's advice to consumers: http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/Alerts/ucm184087.htm
    Note that in the USA if a product is sold as a dietary supplement it may not make any medicinal (therapeutic) claims. In South Africa products that are advertised must have evidence for any claims made before they are advertised according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
    Unlike the FDA, the South African Medicines Control Council (MCC) has not (yet) issued any warnings about the use of colloidal silver.

  2. Mark 1 December, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Please have a proper look at the website! Proof is given on the effectiveness of Colloidal Silver. I have seen the positive effects of Colloidal Silver can have on people’s health and I regularly recommend it.

    It’s easy to just shout SCAM when you haven’t taken the proper time and effort to do proper research in the efficacy of the the product.

  3. Harris 1 December, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    @Mark

    I have done an extensive review of Colloidal Silver and I can therefore make an informed comment that this is a scam. The only sites that argue for the benefits of the product are those selling it. I cannot find a single independent study supporting these claims.

    Even Wikipedia takes a dig at these products: "Since the 1990s, 'colloidal silver', a liquid suspension of microscopic silver particles, has been marketed as an alternative medicine, often claiming impressive "cure-all" qualities. The effectiveness of these products has never been scientifically proven, and in some jurisdictions, it is currently illegal to include such claims in product advertisements. Medical authorities and publications advise against the ingestion of colloidal silver preparations, because of their lack of proven effectiveness and because of the risk of adverse side effects, such as argyria." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_uses_of_silver

    Here is a recent medical article reporting severe side-effects to this product: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20883406, and here is another: http://dermatology.cdlib.org/111/case_reports/argyria/wadhera.html

  4. Mark 1 December, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    @Roy @Harris

    The Company I work for has been doing work with AIDS patients as well as other various Infections (Bacterial & Viral)

    One of the Doctors that works with us has in the last 90 days seen CD4 counts rise by an average of 63%! That was achieved with Colloidal Silver – no change in Diet or taking other medication. 

    Water of Life Colloidal Silver had an average of 57% increase in CD4 counts…

    You cant simply dismiss these cases as a scam.

    FDA doesn't like Colloidal Silver because of Economics – Pure and Simple. 

    MCC has nothing bad to say about Colloidal Silver either. 

    Argyria happens when Colloidal Silver is made incorrectly (One of the main cases in argyria the man admitted to making his water too conductive and thus compromised the quality of his Colloidal Silver)

    In house I've had staff with bladder infections, ear infections, colds, even HIV, and all have benefited from using Colloidal Silver…

  5. Harris 1 December, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    @Mark

    1. Low CD4 counts does not equal AIDS/HIV.
    Low CD4+ T-cell counts (CD4 counts) are associated with a variety of conditions, including many viral infections, bacterial infections, parasitic infections, sepsis, tuberculosis, coccidioidomycosis, burns, trauma, intravenous injections of foreign proteins, malnutrition, over-exercising, pregnancy, normal daily variation, psychological stress, and social isolation. This paper presents a brief review of several studies documenting low CD4 counts in people who have these conditions. The low CD4 counts caused by some of these conditions often fall below 200 per cubic millimeter, which is the level needed to diagnose acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in someone who was previously positive for antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-positive). (http://www.healtoronto.com/irwincd4.html)

    2. Giving Colloidal Silver instead of proven anti-retrovirals is unethical, immoral and can have the doctor struck off the roll
    You wrote: "One of the Doctors that works with us has in the last 90 days seen CD4 counts rise by an average of 63%! That was achieved with Colloidal Silver – no change in Diet or taking other medication." In other words, no anti-retrovirals? No other treatment for AIDS/HIV? Scary stuff.

    3. MCC and Colloidal Silver
    The MCC does not have anything positive to say about Colloidal Silver and is so paralysed that nothing is said about any of the AIDS scams. This cannot be used as a positive statement in support of this product.

    4. "FDA doesn't like Colloidal Silver because of Economics – Pure and Simple." 
    This is nonsense and the usual defense of scam artists claiming a conspiracy against "cheap complementary medicines".
    This is what the FDA had to say in 1999: “. . . are being marketed for numerous serious disease conditions and FDA is not aware of any substantial scientific evidence that supports the use of OTC colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for these disease conditions.” (http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/98fr/081799a.txt) And 11 years later, still not a shred of evidence has been peer-reviewed!

    I would not be surprised if this product is not more expensive than ARVs, and the outcomes much more deadly. Can you supply proper evidence to show what percentage of users are still alive after 1 year, 5 years, 10 years? Absolutely not, except anecdotal evidence which is really no evidence at all.

  6. Mark 1 December, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    You have obviously made up your mind regarding Colloidal Silver… 

    I am no Scam Artist and fully support Colloidal Silver. 
    Many people dont have access to ARV's – the people being treated were being helped by a concerned Doctor.
    Say what you want – my experience with Colloidal Silver has been positive and to date i've seen no side effects. 

    Dr Harris – I understand the purpose of this website – looking out for Consumers Best interests – and like you said – let the evidence speak for itself.

    I've seen it work for people – you have done reviews on the product and concluded it doesn't work… 
    Maybe i could ask you to look more into it before you so quickly dismiss this all as nonsense. 

  7. Harris 1 December, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    @Readers

    Mark is correct, CamCheck is to give you, the reader, the various arguments and for you to be able to consider the evidence and make up your own mind. 

    The lack of good evidence for a product does NOT suggest that the product therefore works.  

    Mark has given his personal belief – but note, he has not submitted a shred of evidence that one can use to verify that the claims are true. For example, what is the name of the doctor who is using this treatment, where has he published his findings, and who has checked that he is honest and not crooking the data? Even in orthodox medicine there are crooked doctors and professors who have fabricated data!

    As I stated, there is no evidence in credible complementary medicine publications or orthodox medicine to support Colloidal Silver. The belief is "faith" based and not evidence based. Readers will note that CamCheck is filled with similar arguments – this is not proof or evidence or evidence. 

    In fact, even the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has issued an advisory indicating the marketing claims made about colloidal silver are scientifically unsupported. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/silver/

    Want to read a balanced overview? Read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_uses_of_silver

  8. A.B. Dalbock 10 May, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Does eCs work or not? I would like to try the drink & gel application, but am doubtful !

  9. Harris 10 May, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    If you mean Colloidal Silver products, then the answer is no.

  10. iluvsolal 28 June, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    No offence, but I don’t think Wikipedia is necessarily the most reliable source. NIH or FDA etc. should be fine, but Wikipedia, not always.

    I would be very careful of the colloidal silver because of argyria (saw a scary website by a woman who took colloidal silver nasal spray some time ago), but I wouldn’t necessarily write it off without any further consideration because I did at the time find some research and statistics which did indicate some benefits. The problem is that you don’t know what you’re really getting in that little bottle of ‘colloidal silver’ and whether it really is what it says on the label.

    The “lack of good evidence for a product” likewise does NOT suggest that the product therefore does NOT work either.

    Solal’s products completely changed my life for the better, but since you clearly despise Solal, you’ll ask for proof, which I can’t give you, so I suppose it’s all just ‘fabricated’.

    So when Mark mentions what his experience has been, I can relate.

  11. Harris 28 June, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    @Iluvsolal
    There is NO obsession with Solal – the number of postings simply reflect the the fact that Solal run adverts for a wider range of products than other companies, and hence likely to be targeted for a wider range of products if consumers consider the claims to be misleading. There is no claim that all of Solal products make misleading claims nor that none are beneficial – only those making unsubstantiated claims have been highlighted.

    You are absolutely correct that Wikipedia may not be the best source of information – one can however assess based on one’s knowledge of published science to know whether the compiler of that entry has done a good job of it or not. In other words, not all entries are equal.

    I do want to make a comment on your point “[T]he ‘lack of good evidence for a product’ likewise does NOT suggest that the product therefore does NOT work either.” Although this may be intuitively correct, with health products the ONLY way one can know whether a product truly works or not, is by evidence. Without evidence, the claims may be purely a placebo response, or fabrication, or in some instances actually true. However, if one allows the claim that “I took this vitamin and it cured by xx” without evidence, then one has to also accept the claim that “I took this xxx and it cured my cancer” also without evidence – and that is a slippery slope!

  12. Mark 28 June, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Colloidal Silver is definitely not a cure for every one and no where is it stated that it should be used as a stand alone treatment for various ailments/infections etc – but there are results on the website to show there was a definite benefit to using Colloidal Silver in treating people who are HIV+. Also – tests were done to test liver function to see if there were any side effects – NONE were reported… The claims made on the website don’t state a cure at all – simply that people have said they have found benefit in using Colloidal Silver for various conditions.

    (http://www.ammhealth.co.za/tests.htm) Dr Harris – like i’ve said before – the work you do to protect consumers is admirable – but to simply dismiss tests and the results obtained from them is a little unfair.

    @iluvsolal – more and more people are becoming aware that Colloidal Silver has benefits – and i am happy to see that you have had a similar experience.

  13. Harris 28 June, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    @Mark
    I would counter your point by saying that to claim without robust proof that Colloidal Silver has “‘definite benefit” in treating people who are HIV+, is not only unfair but very dangerous. An anecdotal report does not equal data. Here is a challenge to you: submit your data to an independent respected group working with HIV/AIDS and if they agree your data proves your claims, I will publicly acknowledge this. Note: “respected HIV/AIDS group” e.g., Southern African HIV Clinician’s Society.

  14. Esther 2 September, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    There are probably as many arguments for as there are against. Fact is society is rife with unscrupulous economically active pseudo medcal sociopaths that are growing richer by the minute. I am all for properly validated data and just as much dead against red tape for the sake of red tape just to prove the power of red tape. A very interesting fact though is the existence of the massive drug cartels, and I am now not referring to the Colombian drug lords at all. At least they are more honest in their dealings because they have never made any claims to fame in terms of benefits or healing. I am now referring to the BIG PHARMA who are cashing in on the disadvantages of the general public – the same disadvantages that they are in any case the authors of and now conveniently supply the alleged “solutions” for. Oh by the way, the same solutions that create 10 times more problems than you could ever imagine. They ensnare and entrap and ensure that they spin you so tightly in their web that you can never get out. They enslave you until your untimely death and tens of thousands of good honest trusting well trained well meaning medical doctors are acting as their very willing, dedicated and unbeknownst minions. Mush has been written about it but BIG PHARMA literally owns all the money in the world to hush anyone who tries to expose them. No more said.

  15. Anne 11 December, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    well said Esther!

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