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In Defense of Colloidal Silver, Part I: Colloidal Silver Users Tell EPA “Hands Off Our Colloidal Silver!”

Hundreds upon hundreds of people have made posts to the EPA online comments page, explaining their views on the petition by several rabid environmental groups who want the EPA regulate silver as a “pesticide.”

Thankfully, the posts now run over 100 to one against the petition. Of course, that doesn’t mean the EPA will turn down the petition to regulate silver as a “pesticide.” The EPA is a bureaucracy, and all bureaucracies exist solely for the purpose of expanding their base of power.

So whatever you do, please don’t become complacent in thinking we have this battle won, just because we managed to post more online comments (so far, anyway) than the members of the rabid environmental groups have. We have not yet won this battle. As the old saying goes, "It ain’t over until the fat lady sings," and the fat lady (EPA) doesn’t sing until March 20.

So as of today (Feb 23, 2009), there are still 25 days left until the new petition deadline. (See this blog post for more information on the deadline extension.) And we are told that the lunatic environmental groups behind this ominous petition to have silver re-classified by the EPA as a “pesticide” have some real sneaky last minute tactics up their sleeves, including a last-minute release of new "studies" that supposedly "prove" silver's "harm to the environment."

We have expected these kinds of tactics from the enviro-whackos for some time now. So whatever you do, please don’t fall asleep at the wheel. This is not time to let our collective guards down. Continue to post your comments to the EPA online comments site, and also email, fax and write them using the contact information provided at the link in the paragraph directly above.

Why should you continue to post comments to the EPA? Simple. Because it is vitally important that we continue to keep up the pressure on the EPA, letting them know that our right to have unrestricted access to colloidal silver is an issue we care passionately about, and that we are not willing to lose our health freedom rights just because some sky-is-falling environmentalists suffer under the delusion that silver is somehow “harmful to the environment.”

Check out These Excellent Posts to the EPA Web Site

Comments posted to government web sites are in the public domain. So directly below I have taken some of the most interesting comments directly from the EPA comments page, and have re-posted them here for you to read.

I am doing this in the hope that some of the posts from your fellow colloidal silver enthusiasts will give you new ideas for making further comments to the EPA, and will also encourage you to help us keep up the pressure and force the bureaucrats to back down while there is still time to win this battle.

Here then, in no particular order, are some of the most enlightening comments from colloidal silver advocates about the petition to have silver classified as a "pesticide":

1. Comment Tracking Number: 8082c6ed

This writer points out that silver has been known for over 100 years to stop fungal and yeast infections, and that since even recent medical studies bear this out, it should not be regulated as a "pesticide"…

Comment: Nano Scale Silver which has been available for retail sale for decades and used in Medicine from circa 1902 to 1938 is a safe alternative to a number of prescriptions and OTC drugs for Fungal and Yeast (Candida) on the markets. Therefore, I request the EPA OPP deny the Petitioners request to regulate Nano Scale/Colloidal Silver. See documentation below.

1: J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2008 Aug;18(8):1482-4. Links Antifungal effect of silver nanoparticles on dermatophytes.Kim KJ, Sung WS, Moon SK, Choi JS, Kim JG, Lee DG. Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Korea.

Spherical silver nanoparticles (nano-Ag) were synthesized and their antifungal effects on fungal pathogens of the skin were investigated. Nano-Ag showed potent activity against clinical isolates and ATCC strains of Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Candida species (IC80, 1-7 microg/ml). The activity of nano-Ag was comparable to that of amphotericin B, but superior to that of fluconazole (amphotericin B IC80, 1-5 microg/ml; fluconazole IC80, 10- 30 microg/ml).

Additionally, we investigated their effects on the dimorphism of Candida albicans. The results showed nano-Ag exerted activity on the mycelia. Thus, the present study indicates nano-Ag may have considerable antifungal activity, deserving further investigation for clinical applications.

2. Comment Tracking Number: 8082b405

This writer points out that silver is has been found in the environment for millions of years, during which time life as we know it has developed and flourished. So it could not possibly be of harm to the environment and is in no need of being regulated as a “pesticide.” I would add that the environmentalists who think silver is somehow harmful to the environment must either be idiots, or have an ulterior motive for wanting to have silver regulated as a “pesticide.” I’d also ask, who’s paying these environmental nut-jobs to push this issue?

Comment: Colloidal silver is supremely effective against just about every kind of single celled pathogen, including bacteria, fungal growths and viruses (which antibiotics are often wrongly prescribed for, despite the fact that antibiotics have no effect on viruses).

Silver is a natural element that has been found in the soil for millions of years as mankind and animal and vegetable life have developed and flourished.

Recent studies in Hungary have discovered silver receptors on human cell tissue, which means that silver is in fact an essential element for health in humans.

The EPA conducted its own study on silver a few years back and found it to be non toxic in any but huge amounts far beyond what anyone would ingest in a colloidal silver product. NASA conducted tests to find the best and safest product for water purification and chose silver and they continue to use it in many applications, including the International Space Station, where they use nano-sized silver.

Nano-sized silver does not remain in that form for any length of time after being re-introduced to the environment and so should definitely NOT be considered a pesticide and any laws banning it's use are in violation of constitutionally protected unalienable rights as declared by the Declaration of Independence.

3. Comment Tracking Number: 8082a05b

This writer points out that silver’s value to society as a potent anti-microbial should trump the environmentalists’ desire to regulate silver products into oblivion.

Comment: Please don't regulate silver products as pesticides.

I've been using colloidal silver for years and have had no adverse side effects. I make my own with a colloidal silver generator that is very safe and easy to use. I've recently tried the nanosilver products and they're superior. I've found them to work much quicker at ridding flu and cold like symptoms. This is a valuable tool in the fight against infectious diseases and needs to be available to all human beings with purpose...

4. Comment Tracking Number: 80827ff0

This writer points out through a personal testimonial that silver has proven to be extremely effective against chronic illnesses and severe allergies for her, and that regulating it as a “pesticide” will likely force it off the market or price it out of the range of the average consumer, because only the largest corporations could afford to comply with the EPA regulations governing pesticides.

Comment: I am responding to voice my opposition to the petition to regulate nanosilver as a pesticide.

There are arguments I could make on the scientific side supporting my position. I will trust, not foolishly I hope, that the EPA will do its due diligence in this area because the research is out there to show the safety of nanosilver.

Instead I would like to offer comments from personal experience. I suffer with chronic illnesses and severe allergies. In an effort to control my symptoms and stop the deterioration of many of my bodies systems there have been different approaches tried but with only minimal success.

One blessed day, one of my doctors talked to me about some research he had read about the medicinal uses of silver and felt that it might be helpful in my situation. He did more research on the use of nanosilver and also researched the companies producing it. I also did research on my own, not only because I have to be extremely careful because my body can tolerate so little, but also because I take very seriously anything that I put in or on my body.

Only after all of this did we decide to begin using nanosilver which was purchased from one of the companies listed in the literature by the petitioners. I have been using the nanosilver for over a year now and have only positive results to report. There has been much improvement in my quality of life. I have suffered no side effects to date.

By regulating silver as a pesticide it will likely force it off of the market because of the costs that will be required to meet all of the additional regulations put on it. I imagine that these costs could be easily absorbed by a very large corporation who would then have control of not only the production but also the cost of the product which would be driven by nothing but the bottom line.

At this time, when the expense of health care falls on each citizen who has to struggle to do what he can for himself, taking away any of our options is not acceptable. I say this not only with the cost issue in mind but also because there are medically proven uses for nanosilver products. There is research out there that conclusively shows this.

Again, I oppose all action requested in this petition.

5. Comment Tracking Number: 80827ae7

This writer offers another testimonial to the fact that colloidal silver is extremely effective against serious infections, including antibiotic-resistant staph infections (which, I might add, are now reaching epidemic proportions, and according to CBS News are now killing more Americans each year than AIDS.)

Comment: Do not vote for EPA regulation of colloidal silver. I have used this product for years and have it to be completely and a very effective treatment for infection. I had a bad staph infection which numerous prescription antibiotics failed to cure. After a few weeks of colloidal silver I was completely cured.

6. Comment Tracking Number: 80824e14

This writer quite eloquently points out that there has been no documentation or proof whatsoever that silver has ever harmed the environment, or that it poses an imminent threat to the environment.

Comment: Regarding the Petition for Rulemaking Requesting EPA Regulate Nanoscale Silver Products as Pesticides

I am writing to oppose the EPA proposal to regulate colloidal silver products as pesticides. Colloidal silver has been shown to have significant infection-fighting properties, including recent evidence that it is effective against MRSA. Hospitals in Europe have begun using it for this purpose.

Nevertheless, the FDA continues to assert that colloidal silver has no meaningful anti-bacterial properties whatsoever. If this is the case, then it is inherently contradictory for the EPA to categorize colloidal silver as a dangerous pesticide due to those very same anti-bacterial properties which the FDA claims do not exist.

Notwithstanding, the EPA currently maintains that since nano particles of silver contained in colloidal silver products could be released into the general environment and kill beneficial bacteria, colloidal silver should be classified as a dangerous pesticide. Concern about the unknown environmental effects of nano technology in general is understandable. A review of the clearly established specific scientific properties of colloidal silver, however, renders this concern inapplicable. The small particles in colloidal silver are inherently unstable; without stringent efforts to combat their natural tendencies, they immediately recombine to form larger, non-nano-sized particles of silver naturally present in the environment.

Therefore, even if significant amounts of colloidal silver products were somehow released into the general environment, they would present no danger.

To date, there have been no scientific or environmental studies which have established that colloidal silver products present any kind of environmental danger. The proposed regulations are based on mere supposition.

Requiring the manufacturers of colloidal silver, who are small businesses rather than large corporations, to conclusively prove that their product is safe would implicate a huge financial burden which none of these businesses could sustain.

The effect of the proposed regulations, therefore, would be to eliminate, for no defensible reason, the availability of a product which many consider beneficial. If the EPA wished to regulate colloidal silver products, there should first be some clear scientific studies indicating that they are, in fact, harmful.

7. Comment Tracking Number: 80823bf4

This writer also has a great point, i.e., there has been no research documenting any harm from silver to the environment, yet the EPA is wasting time on this issue rather than investigating a real problem, which is the potentially detrimental effects of on both people and animals from the tons of prescription drugs and chemical concoctions that are dumped into our nation’s water system every year.

Comment: I WOULD LIKE THIS SENT TO THE EPA REQUESTING THEM TO NOT VOTE TO REGULATE COLLOIDAL SILVER FOR PERSONAL USE. I FEEL THIS IS A NATURAL PRODUCT THAT HAS DEFINITE HEALTH BENEFITS. NEITHER MYSELF, MY FAMILY NOR MANY OTHERS I KNOW WHO HAVE USED IT OVER A COURSE OF MANY YEARS HAVE EVER HAD ANY KNOWN PROBLEMS FROM TAKING IT - ONLY BENEFITS. IT IS NOT COSTLY AND IS READILY AVAILABLE.

I HAVE RESEARCHED MEDICAL PAPERS ON IT THAT HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND CANNOT SEE FROM THEM WHY THE EPA WOULD BE CONSIDERING REGULATION.

I HAVE SPOKEN AT LENGTH WITH A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR WHO REASEARCHED WHAT HE SAID WAS EVERY KNOWN MEDICAL PAPER WRITTEN ON COLOOIDAL SILVER AND FOUND NO PROBLEMS WITH IT. SO, AS PART OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT COLLECTION ON THIS SUBJECT PLEASE CONSIDER THESE COMMENTS IN THE DECISION PROCESS.

IF THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS AND WORTHY OF REGULATION I WOULD WONDER ABOUT THE OBJECTIVITY AND DATA USED. FURTHER, THE AMOUNT OF USE OF COLLOIDAL SILVER IS EXCEEDINGLY SMALL. BETTER TO LOOK AT THE SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT IS WELL WRITTEN ABOUT CONCERNING VAST QUANTITIES OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT ARE MIXED INTO UNKNOWN CHEMICAL COCKTAILS AND PASSED FROM PATIENTS INTO THE WATER SYSTEMS OF THIS COUNTRY VIA SEPTICS AND PUBLIC WATER TREATMENT PLANTS THAT THEN AFFECT THE LIVING FORMS WITH WHICH THEY COME INTO CONTACT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Help Us Keep the Heat on the Bureaucrats

It is plain to see that colloidal silver users are making some very important and thought-provoking comments regarding the petition asking EPA to essentially regulate silver products – including colloidal silver – into oblivion.

In a few days, I’ll post some more of these excellent comments, taken directly from the EPA online comments system, so you can read them and hopefully be inspired and encouraged by them. But for now, please, please, get back on the EPA web site and post another comment, or email your views on this issue to EPA director Stephen Johnson, or fax him your comments, or simply write him a letter.

Again, you can get all of the updated contact information you need at this blog post.

The old saying about dealing with the government is, “When they begin to feel the heat, they start to see the light.” We must keep the heat on them. We must make it abundantly clear to the EPA that we will not tolerate any threat to our health freedom rights, at any time, and particularly where they relate to colloidal silver.

One Final Important Note:
EPA to Target Colloidal Silver Generators, Too!

Apparently, the EPA even has the little colloidal silver generators in their gun sites at this point.

In fact, the EPA has apparently declared colloidal silver generators to be “pesticide” producing devices, and they have forced Samsung washing machine company to register the little colloidal silver generator inside their “Silver Care” line of washing machines. We believe this action sets the precedent for regulating ALL colloidal silver generators. You can read more about it in the blog post at this link.

In short, colloidal silver generator manufacturers will be forced to prove that their little units will not harm any “environmentally sensitive” microorganisms if the silver particles they produce are somehow released into the environment. This is ridiculous, of course. But it demonstrates how desperate the bureaucrats are to quash colloidal silver usage altogether.

Your best solution at this point is to purchase a colloidal silver generator now, while they are still legally available. That way, even if the EPA ultimately bans colloidal silver usage, or drives colloidal silver vendors out of business, you will be able to make all of the safe, pure, natural colloidal silver your family could ever need, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for only pennies per batch, and there is not a darn thing the bureaucrats can do about it.

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