FACT: You CAN Take Too Much Colloidal Silver!
Every so often I come across folks in online colloidal silver communities enthusiastically telling others that you can’t take “too much” colloidal silver if it’s the “right” kind.
While these folks mean well, this is a very common myth that people have been sharing as fact for – at the very least – the quarter-century I have been writing about colloidal silver.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: even the best made colloidal silver can turn you blue if you drink too much of it for too long.
This is an indisputable fact and if you have heard otherwise, you need to read this…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
I’ve been studying, writing about, and using colloidal silver for 25 years now. And the only things blue on me are my naturally blue eyes. But I don’t take excessive daily amounts. I only take colloidal silver in moderation, and never use it abusively. And that’s why I’m still not “blue” after a quarter of a century of colloidal silver usage.
However, there’s a reason I finish all my articles with the salutation, “Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver.”
The very tiny handful of people who “turned blue” from using colloidal silver did so because they grossly abused the substance.
Even my earliest mentors in colloidal silver usage – circa the early 1990’s – both turned blue (well, one turned ashen gray, the other turned blue and moved to another country to escape the lawsuits that followed him for his bad advice on colloidal silver usage, that turned a host of other people blue).
Argyric skin-staining can happen no matter how well-made one’s colloidal silver is. It’s strictly a matter of dosage.
In other words, if you take egregiously abusive dosages of even the best-made colloidal silver in the world, you can still end up with argyric skin-staining.
I’d most certainly have blue skin by now if I hadn’t learned, early on, to strictly limit my daily dosage, and only use colloidal silver in larger dosages when I really need it, for very short periods of time, such as a few days to a week or so when I’m fighting an active infection.
How Argyria Happens
It’s important to understand exactly how argyria happens. This is widely misunderstood, so I’ll keep it as clear and concise as possible. Here goes:
Argyria results when so many excessive doses of colloidal silver have been ingested, regularly, over long periods of time (months/years on end), that the body’s mechanism for eliminating colloidal silver gets overwhelmed, and the body eventually begins storing, in the internal tissues and organs, the excess silver it was unable to eliminate.
Then, when a saturation point is reached internally, the silver-laden tissues and organs begin GRADUALLY pushing the excess silver out to the lower layer of the dermis (i.e., the skin’s lower layer), in an effort to get rid of it.
And once enough silver accumulates under the lower layer of the dermis, and gets exposed to bright sunlight (or a tanning bed) the silver particles tarnish, staining the skin a bluish or grayish color, much like a tattoo.
The fact that it can take a long time to acquire argyria, even when drinking ungodly amounts of colloidal silver, is precisely why you hear so many people say, “I’ve been drinking eight or ten ounces of colloidal silver per day for the past five years, and I haven’t turned blue yet.”
Yes, they probably have been drinking those large amounts for five years. But the only reason they’re not blue or gray yet is because their body has been storing all of that excess silver in their internal tissues and organs.
Their body simply hasn’t yet begun pushing it out to the skin. Or, not quite enough of the stored silver has yet been pushed out to the skin to tarnish in bright sunlight and stain the skin gray or blue. But eventually, it will.
That’s because, once a saturation point has been reached internally, the body will indeed begin pushing more and more of that excess silver out to the skin. And, upon exposure to bright sunlight (or a tanning bed), it will tarnish and stain the skin blue or gray.
Every Body’s Mechanism for
Eliminating Silver Works Differently
Another issue you have to take into account is that in some folks, the body’s mechanism for eliminating silver is very sluggish, while in other folks it’s very active or energetic.
So a person with an active or energetic mechanism for eliminating silver can go for a long time drinking excessive amounts of colloidal silver before the silver particles begin to accumulate in the tissues and organs, and are eventually pushed out to the skin.
But a person with a very sluggish mechanism for eliminating silver can’t go nearly as long.
So biological individuality certainly plays a role in who will end up with argyria, and how long they can take excessive dosages before it happens.
Again, I’m talking about people who take extremely high daily dosages of colloidal silver for months or years on end. Not people who, on rare occasion, might take a higher-than-usual dosage for a few days, or maybe a week or so, to help the body fight off an active infection, such as a flu, or food poisoning, or something like that. And certainly not people who take relatively small amounts of colloidal silver, daily, as a nutritional supplement.
But this is why some people who have regularly ingested excessive daily amounts of colloidal silver have turned blue in as little as two or three years, while others might take as long as ten years or so. The fact that some people process and eliminate silver better than others means some people who use colloidal silver abusively will turn blue faster, and some slower. But turn blue they eventually will.
One gentleman I corresponded with several years ago had his skin turn blue in only six months of colloidal silver usage. But that poor guy was drinking a quart a day. Why anyone would drink that much, I have no idea. It’s just courting disaster. When I asked him what could have possibly driven him drink that much colloidal silver every day, he just replied, “I don’t know. I guess I just overdid it.”
Understatement of the year!
I remember one lady who was fighting an active Lyme Disease infection. She wrote me to say she had been drinking 16 ounces a day of properly made colloidal silver, for half a year, and she had “no fear” of turning blue because she’d “done her own research” and had concluded that as long as it’s made right, you can’t end up with argyria.
I warned her otherwise, in the strongest of terms. But she persisted. Six months later she wrote me back asking me why I never told her she could turn blue, and begging me to tell her how to “get rid of the blue skin” she’d suddenly acquired.
I copied and pasted my original email warnings to her, and gently reminded her that not only had I very clearly warned her about turning blue for her excessive and abusive colloidal silver usage, but that she’d told me she’d “done her own research” and had come to a different conclusion.
I then gave her the phone number to Cleveland Clinic where Dr. Alison Vidimos pioneered the technique of using specially designed lasers to help lessen the bluing of the skin (a procedure similar to laser tattoo removal). It’s expensive. It’s fairly painful. But if the argyria is not too dark, it actually works. (There’s apparently a doctor in Los Angeles who offers this treatment, too. I think his name is Dr. Steven Popkow M.D.)
But I never heard from this woman again, even though I’ve emailed her to follow up on her condition.
Another Quick Example
I’ll never forget a young lady who’d been drinking 10 or 12 ounces of colloidal silver per day, for what she told me was a long-term kidney infection.
When she told me how much she’d been drinking, for four or five months on end, I asked her why she was still using colloidal silver if her kidney infection wasn’t being helped by it.
She replied that her colloidal silver usage had indeed stopped her kidney infection quite some time back, but she felt she “had to” keep drinking that much, continuously, in order to stop the infection from coming back.
That sounded like a sure case of obsession with colloidal silver, to me. So I wrote back and told her that I was worried she was going to end up with argyric skin-staining if she didn’t stop ingesting such high dosages. It’s only common sense. But she wrote back and said she’d prefer to keep taking the colloidal silver, and that it was none of my business what she did.
When I warned her, in writing, by email, that the amount of colloidal silver she was drinking was egregious, and that argyria was very real, she pooh-poohed my warning and mocked me, by email, for being so “chicken shit.” She said her skin was “perfectly white,” and that she knew her colloidal silver usage could not turn her skin blue because she was “making it right.”
So I wrote her off as another member of the lunatic fringe and went on about my business. Again, I believe grown adults should be able to do whatever they want with their own bodies or take whatever risks they want, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else.
But then, about six months later, she wrote to me again, this time really pissed off.
She was screaming mad, because summer had arrived, and she wanted a nice tan so she could go to the beach, already tanned, with her girlfriends. So she had driven to a local tanning salon and hopped onto a tanning bed. And her skin turned blue after the bright tanning lights oxidized the silver particles that had become stored under the lower layer of her skin, thanks to her long-term excessive (and obsessive) usage of colloidal silver.
She then tried to pin the blame on me, saying I should never have “recommended colloidal silver usage to her” when it was clearly so “dangerous.”
So once again, I reminded her that I had never recommended she take colloidal silver for any condition. (She later admitted that her psychiatrist was the one who had recommended it.)
And then I found my email warnings to her about the excessive dosages she was taking, and I sent copies of those emails back to her as a reminder, along with her email replies in which she’d ridiculed my warnings about the excessive dosages.
My Philosophy on Choosing to
Take Too Much Colloidal Silver
If you want to live fast and loose, it’s your life. I don’t care. I’m very libertarian on this matter. I believe adults should be able to do whatever they want with their own bodies.
But to be misled into doing so, under the influence of blatant misinformation, is extremely sad to see. It’s a freaking tragedy. I’ve talked to too many blue people to feel differently about this. Their lives are ruined.
I can’t stand to see good folks being misinformed by those who continue to spread the myth that they can’t drink “too much” colloidal silver, and they’ll never turn blue as long as it’s “properly made.”
Please Do Not Ignore These Warnings
People who are drinking such overly high dosages of colloidal silver on a regular basis, and claiming they’ve done so for years without any problems, simply have no idea what’s going on inside of their bodies, because the accumulating silver generally causes no other side effects.
But sooner or later, the excess silver particles building up in their tissues and organs will be pushed out to the skin. And at that point they’ll know, and it will be too late.
But some folks still refuse to listen to reason. It’s a crying shame.
I’ve written about this so many times now that I’m actually sick of warning people about it. Then I come across another blue person, and start warning people again.
My question is this: Why take the risk at all, by using such excessive dosages? Why not use colloidal silver responsibly instead of abusively, and still reap all of its many healing, infection-fighting benefits?
There are three articles I think every colloidal silver reader should be required to read before they ever take a drop of the stuff:
- How Much Colloidal Silver Can You Take Safely Each Day? – This article discusses how to determine a safe dosage for long-term daily use. In other words, it’s a calculation you can use, based on your body weight and the ppm of the colloidal silver product you’re using, to determine the daily dosage experts claim you can take every day, for a lifetime, without fear of argyria.
- Colloidal Silver Dosages: Rule-of-Thumb Guidelines for Varying Conditions Based on Experiential Accounts – Learn about how significantly larger dosages of colloidal silver can be used for very short periods of time when there’s an active illness or infection going on and you want to use colloidal silver as an aid to help the body heal itself.
- Giving Colloidal Silver to Young Children: Why It’s Important to Use Caution – Read about why it’s so important to use great caution when giving colloidal silver to young children.
Each of these articles accessed by clicking the above links. Or they can be found on the “Articles” page on The Silver Edge website. Just click on “Articles” under the “Info Library” tab in the top navigation bar, and then, once the Articles page opens up, do a keyword page search.
None of these articles should be considered “prescriptive” in nature. I’m not a doctor. I don’t prescribe anything, for anyone. I’m just reporting the facts as I see them.
These are things most folks who claim colloidal silver can’t turn you blue “as long as it’s properly made” either don’t know, or won’t tell you, or are so unreasonably obsessed with taking excessively large amounts that they just can’t grasp what they’re doing to themselves over time.
For God’s sake, don’t you be one of them.
Over the past decade thousands of Americans have quietly abandoned the use of prescription antibiotic drugs and have turned instead to the use of safe, natural colloidal silver.
In fact, when people discovered they could cure the vast majority of their own infections – quickly, safely and effectively with just a few dollars’ worth of colloidal silver – word began to spread rapidly among the American public.
Big Pharma Sucks
The giant pharmaceutical companies quickly realized they would soon be losing tens of millions of dollars annually in sales of their expensive prescription antibiotic drugs if they didn’t do something about it.
Initially, they demanded that the FDA ban the sale of colloidal silver altogether. But try as they might, the FDA couldn’t find sufficient grounds for a ban.
After all, colloidal silver has a fully documented 90-year medical history of safety and effectiveness!
Not to be stopped, the big drug firms rapidly switched gears: They began pressuring the FDA to restrict the public’s access to information about colloidal silver.
They simply didn’t want any more people to learn how powerful and effective colloidal silver really is against infectious microorganisms and the deadly diseases they can cause.
And in a move that has stunned the medical community, the FDA promptly bowed to the wishes of the global pharmaceutical giants, placing into law the infamous new “Final Ruling” on colloidal silver in July 1999.
In spite of its medically documented 90-year history of safe and effective use, the FDA actually ruled that colloidal silver can no longer be sold in the United States if it is described as an infection-fighting agent!
Instead, it can now only be described as a “mineral supplement.”
If it is described as anything else in the advertising and labeling, the FDA can shut down the offending company and confiscate its inventory!
In essence, the FDA has ruled that the American public no longer has the right to know what a powerful and medically proven infection fighting agent colloidal silver is!
How Could This Happen?
How could this happen in America today?
The truth is, it has become abundantly clear that the FDA is now little more than the enforcement arm of the major drug companies!
Literally billions of dollars in profits are pocketed annually by these pharmaceutical giants thanks to the monopoly they hold on the sale of expensive prescription antibiotic drugs.
And safe, natural colloidal silver is considered to be the biggest threat of all to that multi-billion-dollar annual monopoly on prescription antibiotics.
Of course, anything that threatens those kinds of profits – and promises to put the power to heal infections back into the hands of average Americans – must be regulated into oblivion.
And the FDA’s perverse “medical Gestapo” now uses the infamous 1999 “Final Ruling” to do just that!
The First Amendment Rules!
Thankfully, the word about the phenomenal medical history behind colloidal silver, and its amazing proven infection-fighting qualities still manages to leak out under the First Amendment.
Through books, news articles, newsletters, and independent media that are not beholden to Big Pharma, the public is gradually catching on. The facts are slowly emerging.
And today, an estimated 10 million people throughout North America use colloidal silver to heal their own infections, and to stimulate immunity and heal illness and disease.
But the day is rapidly dawning in which all health information will be controlled by the medical bureaucrats, in spite of the First Amendment.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to learn all you can about the amazing healing and infection-fighting qualities of colloidal silver, while the information is still freely available.
One thing you can do is check out The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, which, at a whopping 40 chapters and 547-pages, is literally encyclopedic in scope.
In fact, it’s been the #1 best-selling book in the world on making and using colloidal silver for the past 10 years running!
Don’t Be Left in the Dark
There’s only one way to stay ahead of the medical bureaucrats. And that’s to educate yourself while the information is still available.
So, don’t be left in the dark.
Instead, do all you can to learn about the powerful, infection-fighting qualities of colloidal silver.
And then learn how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver, quickly and easily, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and for less than 36 cents a quart, by clicking the link in this sentence.
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
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