Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Consumer Reports Lists Colloidal Silver as One of the Top 12 Supplements to Avoid!

The supposedly “unbiased” Consumer Reports has just issued one of its most biased reports ever. They've apparently joined the battle to have nutritional supplements more heavily regulated by the bureaucrats at the Food & Drug Administration. And, surprise, surprise, colloidal silver is featured prominently in their cross hairs!

I've been getting a ton of emails, phone calls and other communications about the new Yahoo/Consumer Reports article that lists colloidal silver among 12 nutritional supplements that, according to the authors, should be avoided at all costs due to potential health dangers.

For those who are angry about the inclusion of colloidal silver in this ridiculous article, I couldn't agree with you more.

Centuries of Safe, Successful Usage!

After all, silver’s long and successful history in health and medicine dates back to well before the time of Christ. And colloidal silver’s long history as a safe, natural infection-fighting agent dates back to the late 1880’s when it was first discovered and manufactured by members of the medical community shortly after Thomas Edison harnessed electricity. None of this was mentioned by the Consumer Reports authors.

Indeed, most of the supplements listed in the Consumer Reports article – including colloidal silver – have a history of many decades of safe and successful usage. And some of the listed supplements have actually been used safely and successfully for centuries.

Pardon Me, Ma’am, but Your Bias is Showing…

But instead of providing some balance to their article by discussing the long and well-known historical uses of the supplements they featured, Consumer Reports instead focused solely on a small handful of negative reports from the past in which the listed supplements were misused by consumers.

The Consumer Reports authors could have equally as well claimed that water is dangerous, by only pointing out cases in which people have drowned. Or that sugar is dangerous by only pointing out cases in which people have contracted diabetes.

What’s more, Consumer Reports didn’t even quote a single advocate of the 12 nutritional supplements they listed as being “dangerous.” No colloidal silver expert was brought in, for example. And apparently no experienced nutrition-oriented doctor was even consulted for the article. Supplement industry experts were completely ignored.

In short, Consumer Reports, which proudly claims to be an “unbiased” source of information, wrote one of the most biased articles I’ve ever seen. It was little more than a journalistic drive-by shooting disguised as a “consumer alert,” pure and simple.

The Usual Claptrap…

And to make matters worse, the Consumer Reports authors wove through their article the usual claptrap about the nutritional supplement marketplace not being “as safe as it should be” due to lack of oversight by the FDA.

In reality, of course, nutritional supplements are among the safest substances on the face of the earth.

In fact, according to the U.S. National Poison Data System, last year there was not a single death from vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs or any other nutritional supplement (including colloidal silver).

No mention of that inconvenient little fact in the "unbiased" Consumer Reports article!

Yet in comparison, each and every year there are an average of 106,000 people who die from FDA-regulated prescription drugs…in the U.S. alone!

That’s only the deaths from Big Pharma’s drugs. It doesn’t include the additional hundreds of thousands of debilitating “adverse events” caused by FDA-regulated drugs.

So where’s the Consumer Reports article on the top 12 most dangerous prescription drugs? Hmmm. Nowhere to be seen.

Unbiased?

Far from unbiased, the article was thoroughly biased against nutritional supplements and the nutritional supplement industry in general.

What’s more, it was heavily biased in favor of the very regulatory authorities who have for so long now miserably failed to protect the public from the death and carnage being wreaked by Big Pharma, all the while whining about the supposed “dangers” of herbs and vitamins and other nutritional supplements.

The Campaign Against Colloidal Silver Continues Unabated

As I mentioned earlier this week in a post on the Discussion board at the Colloidal Silver Secrets Group on Facebook, the main thing to understand is that there's a concerted campaign going on right now (most likely backed by the pharmaceutical drug industry) to label colloidal silver as a "health hazard" and an "environmental toxin" and have it removed from the market or regulated as a drug.

If you go to our articles page and look at some of my most recent articles, you can see the ridiculous lengths the naysayers are going to in order to denigrate colloidal silver.

· In the last few weeks we've seen Dr. Hildegarde Staninger come out with a new "study" labeling colloidal silver a "health hazard."

· We've seen Purdue University come out with a "study" claiming colloidal silver (i.e., nanosilver, as they call it) harms "fathead minnows" and other creatures in the environment, and thus should be labeled an "environmental toxin."

· We’ve recently seen that the Environmental Protection Agency is still taking steps to re-categorize nanosilver products, including colloidal silver, as “new inventions” with “unique attributes” so they can be regulated as “environmental toxins.”

· And now we see the Consumer Reports article with its shrill exaggerated warnings against colloidal silver and other supplements that have been used safely for decades or even hundreds of years.

Whenever you see a concerted campaign in the media like this, you can almost always bet it has pharmaceutical industry backing.

Why? Because the pharmaceutical industry has long considered colloidal silver to be its #1 rival to their expensive and potentially toxic prescription antibiotic drugs.

Nothing New…

So this is nothing new. The Consumer Reports article is just another potshot in a long series of potshots directed at colloidal silver, in an effort to have it removed from the market.

Back in the mid-1990's the FDA attempted to ban the sale of colloidal silver, at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry.

This action, too, was preceded by a large number of news articles planted throughout the controlled media in order to turn the public against colloidal silver.

But instead of public support for the ban, the FDA was met with a barrage of protest from thousands of average people who had been using colloidal silver for years with significant positive benefits, and no problems.

After studying the issue for three full years, the FDA could find no evidence that colloidal silver, when used in moderation and with common sense, caused any harm.

Forced to backpedal on their claims against colloidal silver, they issued their "Final Ruling" in July 1999 allowing colloidal silver to remain on the market, with a few small restrictions in labeling and advertising (i.e., they basically ruled you could not make "drug claims" for the product i.e., you couldn't label it a "natural antibiotic" or claim in your advertising that it cured anything).

So as you can see, this is indeed part of a long-running battle the natural health community has been fighting since the mid-1990's.

The Battle Heats Up

Last year the battle heated up again when several radical environmental groups who had been taking collectively millions of dollars in funding from foundations associated with major pharmaceutical companies sued the EPA to pull products containing silver nanoparticles (i.e., colloidal silver) off the market and regulate them as "pesticides." (See this link and this link for two of the many articles I wrote on this topic at that time.)

Of course, they were soundly trounced in their efforts when once again public opinion turned against them, forcing the EPA to back off.

Unfortunately, today, environmental bureaucrats continue to try to regulate colloidal silver into oblivion, by re-categorizing it as “nanosilver” and claiming it’s “potentially toxic to the environment” and thus in need of being strictly regulated.

Of course, it’s the same old battle, but with new tactics. They simply won’t let up until they finally achieve their heavy-handed regulatory goals.

Faltering Faith?

If you find your faith in colloidal silver faltering in the face of this onslaught of false and misleading information, you might want to read the article "How Do We Know Colloidal Silver Actually Works?" at this link, and follow through on some of the links there to important recent medical studies demonstrating the astonishing power of colloidal silver against deadly viruses and other serious diseases such as MRSA.

And also, be sure to read the article "8 Prevalent Myths and Misconceptions About Colloidal Silver" at this link, as it answers most of the charges against colloidal silver referred to in the Consumers Report article.

There are tons of great articles on the benefits of safe, natural colloidal silver at this link.

You can read what some of the world’s top expert say about colloidal silver at this link.

You can read an overview of some of the many safe, effective uses for colloidal silver at this link.

I decimate the “colloidal silver will turn you blue” argument here and here.

And, if you haven’t done so already, you can get a FREE "Colloidal Silver Safe Dosage" report at this link.

Finally, be sure to take look at this extremely interesting Testimonials Page and read through some of the hundreds of testimonials from real-life colloidal silver users who have successfully and safely used this miraculous natural substance for everything from curing common colds and the flu to curing eye, ear, nose and throat infections, to curing food poisoning, to curing deadly cases of MRSA, skin cancers, etc.

At some point, you just have to ask yourself, are the estimated 10 million people throughout North America who use colloidal silver crazy, or is the controlled media lying about this substance?

The Bottom Line…

The bottom line is that the moderate, common-sense usage of colloidal silver has never harmed anyone, and according to the vast majority of colloidal silver users its well-documented benefits are often dramatic and even life-saving.

Which is all the more reason why you need to own the means of colloidal silver production by obtaining a high-quality colloidal silver generator, such as the new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge.

Owning a high-quality colloidal silver generator is now the only way left to assure yourself that you’ll always have access to all of the safe, natural colloidal silver you could ever need. It’s your #1 best defense against the relentless efforts of the bureaucrats and their lackeys to regulate colloidal silver completely out of existence.

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6 comments:

The Silver Genie said...

Again, thanks Spence great post.

This garbage report is everywhere.

I've been making and using Ionic Silver (generically and incorrectly referred to as Colloidal Silver) for over 10 years with amazing results and no adverse side effects even when taking other medications at the same time.

Safety Information Related to Nanoscalar-Oligodynamic Silver Ions

http://www.natural-immunogenics.com/pdf/SS-White%20Technical%20Paper%20002-SafetyInformation-01-23-033.pdf

Abstract:

3. e-Medicine Journal, November 2, 2001; Number 11

a. “Argyria results from prolonged contact to or ingestion of silver salts.

It produces a gray to gray-black staining of skin and mucous membranes produced by silver deposition. Silver may be deposited in the skin either from industrial exposure or as a result of medications containing silver salts.”

Neither Colloidal or Ionic Silver contain any salts if made properly."The magazine says it can be a killer at high doses."

So can water, so drink water with caution, "Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe."

Reference: Associated Press updated 1/13/2007 10:24:31 PM ET

"SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A woman who competed in a radio station’s contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner’s office said Saturday."

"Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home".

Get a grip people!

Safety Information Related to Nanoscalar-Oligodynamic Silver Ions

http://www.natural-immunogenics.com/pdf/SS-White%20Technical%20Pa

per%20002-SafetyInformation-01-23-033.pdf

Abstract:

d. 2.2.1. Inhalation Exposure:

2.2.1.1. Death – No studies were located regarding death in

humans or animals after inhalation exposure to silver or silver compounds.

e. 2.2.2. Oral Exposure 2.2.2.1.

Death – No studies located regarding death in humans following oral exposure to silver or silver compounds.

e. 2.2.3. Dermal Exposure

2.2.3.1. Death - No studies were located regarding death in humans following dermal exposure to silver or silver compounds.

5. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/IRIS CASRN 7440-22-4 (It should be noted that the individuals tested in these case studies are members of a subpopulation of unhealthy adults.)

10 ppm for Adult: a.) 7 teaspoons can be taken a day for 70 years in accordance with the reference dose.

b.) 19 teaspoons can be taken a day for 70 years while
remaining under the critical dose of 25 grams in a lifetime.

According to the EPA Dietary Silver Intake (10 ppm)

a. Taking 38 tspn daily of SS for 35 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

b. Taking 76 tspn daily of SS for 17 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

c. Taking 170 tspn daily of SS for 8 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

d. Taking 304 tspn daily of SS for 4 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

e. Taking 608 tspn daily of SS for 2 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

f. Taking 200 Tbspn daily of SS for 2 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

g. Taking ¾ gallon daily of SS for 2 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

(Colloidal) Ionic Silver for the health of your family, pets, plants and home.

Don't be fooled by negative propaganda or misrepresentations.

If you want to see dangerous, look here:

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/medicine/prescription-drug-side-effects.htm

The Silver Genie said...

Again, thanks Spence great post.

This garbage report is everywhere.

I've been making and using Ionic Silver (generically and incorrectly referred to as Colloidal Silver) for over 10 years with amazing results and no adverse side effects even when taking other medications at the same time.

"The magazine says it can be a killer at high doses."

So can water, so drink water with caution, "Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe."

Reference: Associated Press updated 1/13/2007 10:24:31 PM ET

"SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A woman who competed in a radio station’s contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner’s office said Saturday."

"Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home".

Get a grip people!

Safety Information Related to Nanoscalar-Oligodynamic Silver Ions

http://www.natural-immunogenics.com/pdf/SS-White%20Technical%20Pa

per%20002-SafetyInformation-01-23-033.pdf

Abstract:

e. 2.2.2. Oral Exposure 2.2.2.1.

Death – No studies located regarding death in humans following oral exposure to silver or silver compounds.

5. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/IRIS CASRN 7440-22-4 (It should be noted that the individuals tested in these case studies are members of a subpopulation of unhealthy adults.)

10 ppm for Adult: a.) 7 teaspoons can be taken a day for 70 years in accordance with the reference dose.

b.) 19 teaspoons can be taken a day for 70 years while remaining under the critical dose of 25 grams in a lifetime.

According to the EPA Dietary Silver Intake (10 ppm)

a. Taking 38 tspn daily of SS for 35 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

b. Taking 76 tspn daily of SS for 17 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

c. Taking 170 tspn daily of SS for 8 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

d. Taking 304 tspn daily of SS for 4 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

e. Taking 608 tspn daily of SS for 2 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

f. Taking 200 Tbspn daily of SS for 2 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

g. Taking ¾ gallon daily of SS for 2 years falls below LOAEL threshold for an adult.

Don't be fooled by negative propaganda or misrepresentations.

If you want to see dangerous, look here:

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/medicine/prescription-drug-side-effects.htm

TashTish said...

What a bunch of bull you quacks are. So a respected consumer union called you out, and now you're whining and crying because your quackery has been exposed. BFD!

Homeopathy, nutritional supplements, many (not all) forms of chiropracty: All flights of fancy unproven by anyone but profit-driven self-appointed "shamans." A pox on you all!

Anonymous said...

Dear Steve:

Received an email from WebMD about the "Dirty Dozen" of "Dangerous Dietary Supplements" which included Colloidal Silver.

The report came originally through Researchers from Consumer Reports and the "unbiased" "independent" experts from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

I looked up the Staff of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, it is a list of Doctors of Pharmacology (many are instructors/professors of Pharmacology at Universities in USA and Canada), Medical Doctors (a few), Registered Pharmacologists, Masters of Pharmacology, and even David C. Leopold, MD, DABFM (Director, Integrative Medical Education Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine (does the anti-depressant Norvask ring a bell?).

This independent organization is a who's who of pharmacology. Kind of like having the fox tell you that the chickens are safe while he (the fox) is on guard duty to protect the chickens.

The Consumer Reports and the "Independent" Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is no more unbiased than I am St. Thomas Aquinas.

Their report is slanted so that they can sell their killer drugs, made from petroleum based chemicals (the human body is not designed to absorb petroleum, or we would all be in Los Angeles at the La Brea Tar Pits getting big gulps of wonderful petroleum).
Thought you would like to know about the unbiased, untainted reporting.

Big Parma! Muhahahaha said...

snake oil--

A product that has been proven to not live up to the vendor's marketing hype. The term comes from the 1800s in which elixirs and potions of all kinds, even ones that supposedly included the oils from snakes, were sold as a cure for everything that ailed a person.


What was it that you were trying to sell again? Oh yeah, Silver.. the cure all.

"After all, silver’s long and successful history in health and medicine dates back to well before the time of Christ. And colloidal silver’s long history as a safe, natural infection-fighting agent dates back to the late 1880’s when it was first discovered and manufactured by members of the medical community shortly after Thomas Edison harnessed electricity. None of this was mentioned by the Consumer Reports authors."

That has to be the dumbest thing that I have ever heard. You stick with your science from the 1800's and we'll stick with ours. :)


-Dr. Hildegarde Staninger
-Purdue University
-Environmental Protection Agency
All are trying to push "Big Pharmas" agenda so they can get into our pockets and yet I can go to Publix and get my antibiotics for free. How much is the colloidal silver you're trying to sell me?

The sad thing is I actually know your making money off of the retarded sheep that fall for this "unbiased and truthful website." All the facts and studies that supposedly back your marketing scam lead to websites that were produced by none other than Natural-Immunogenics Corporation.

lol, what a joke.

I doubt Spensor Jones will remove this post because he is so "unbiased".. but we'll see.

S. Spencer Jones said...

To: Big Parma! Muhahahaha

Wow...free antibiotics at Publix, huh. You go, guy! Gulp 'em down. Enjoy the ride. I'll stick with the natural stuff. Don't come back here crying one day when you wake up with an infection your "free" antibiotics won't cure, because the pathogens have become resistant to them. Oh, hey, while you're at it, you can get $25 flu shots at Walgreen's now. You can even buy flu shot gift cards for your friends and family! Load up. Get some for the whole family. Get two in every color!