Flawed Study Says Colloidal Silver Toxic to Human Cells
Well, here they go, again. A brand new clinical study (2014) from the University of Southern Denmark says tiny particles of silver used in nutritional supplement products like colloidal silver might be dangerous to intestinal cells. The researchers claim silver triggers free radical damage to such cells.
Experienced colloidal silver users rightly point out the new study is seriously flawed, and appears to be shrewdly crafted to draw only a negative, pre-conceived conclusion – a conclusion that flies in the face of many other studies which have demonstrated the cell-protective effects of silver.
Misleading articles about the new study are already being published extensively throughout the various online propaganda mills used by the medical bureaucrats when they want to frighten the bejabbers out of people and drive them away from colloidal silver usage.
Below, I’ll show you why the new study is seriously flawed, in more ways than one. And I’ll show you why, in reality, the whole thing is little more than a carefully constructed example of False Evidence Appearing Real (i.e., FEAR). Plus, at the end of the article, you’ll find a great BIG surprise regarding the study that you’ll never suspect…
[Op-Ed by Steve Barwick]
According to a “news article” now being widely circulated on the internet, a new study shows that small particles of silver such as those found in dietary supplements like colloidal silver now qualify as “dangerous chemicals in everyday life.”
And why? Because, Danish researchers have ostensibly demonstrated that tiny particles of silver can “penetrate cells” and “cause free radical damage.”
Indeed, according to one version of the article published on the website Phys.org, titled “More Dangerous Chemicals in Everyday Life: Now Experts Warn Against Nanosilver”:
“Endocrine disrupters are not the only worrying chemicals that ordinary consumers are exposed to in everyday life.
Also nanoparticles of silver, found in e.g. dietary supplements, cosmetics and food packaging, now worry scientists.
A new study from the University of Southern Denmark shows that nano-silver can penetrate our cells and cause damage.”
Notice how that article is written to appear to be objective journalism, as if Phys.org is actually reporting on the “new study” from Denmark.
But there’s no byline listed. In other word, there’s no author.
Because in reality, the article is nothing more than a press release from the University of Southern Denmark itself, where the clinical study was conducted.
It’s cleverly disguised as a piece of news journalism so online news sources like Phys.org can simply print it, more or less verbatim, as if they’d written it themselves.
And this press release disguised as a “news” article is now being published on dozens of websites across the internet.
This is classic Propaganda 101 in action. And of course, it doesn’t stop there. The misleading press release disguised as a “news article” goes on to say:
“Silver as a metal does not pose any danger, but when you break it down to nano-sizes, the particles become small enough to penetrate a cell wall.
If nano-silver enters a human cell, it can cause changes in the cell”, explains Associate Professor Frank Kjeldsen and PhD Thiago Verano-Braga, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Denmark.”
Well, that’s real mouthful, isn’t it? And, of course, it might be true.
But only if you use human cells grown in artificial conditions outside of the complex biological functions of the human body.
And in order to create any changes in those cells, you’d have to soak them in abnormally high levels of silver nanoparticles for several dozens of hours at a time.
And of course – what a coincidence! – that’s exactly what the researchers from the University of Southern Denmark did.
Yes, they purchased artificially grown human intestinal cells from a medical supply house. And in a laboratory setting (i.e., essentially, aPetri dish) they soaked these cells in 10 ppm colloidal silver for two dozen hours.
Then, according to the sensationalistic press release disguised as a “news article,” the researchers reported:
“‘We can confirm that nano-silver leads to the formation of harmful, so called free radicals in cells.
We can also see that there are changes in the form and amount of proteins. This worries us’, say Frank Kjeldsen and Thiago Verano-Braga.”
Really? That worries them? Okay.
But what worries me is how anyone on the face of God’s green earth is going to get their intestinal cells soaked in 10 ppm nanosilver for over two dozen hours – and do so without any of the other normal and protective biochemical actions taking place in the body.
The Body Isn’t Static, It’s Dynamic
In other words, it just ain’t gonna happen, folks. The human body – including the stomach and intestines – isn’t static, like the contents of a Petri dish. It’s dynamic. It’s constantly in a state of flux, internally.
First of all, it’s important to understand that a typical dose of 10 ppm dietary colloidal silver – say, a couple of teaspoons full, or even a couple of ounces – would immediately be diluted to a small fraction of its original concentration by the liquid contents of the stomach.
That’s because the stomach – which is basically a muscle sac – holds anywhere from 1.5 cups of liquid to 1.5 liters of liquid at any point in time.
So there’s no way intestinal cells could be soaked in 10 ppm of dietary colloidal silver for 24 hours straight. It’s a ludicrous thought.
What’s more, the liquid contents of the stomach don’t just sit there. Instead, they tend to empty into other parts of the digestive tract about every 30 to 45 minutes. That includes colloidal silver, or any other liquid you might drink.
From the stomach both food and liquids are moved through the duodenum and into the small intestine, at which point nutrients, including minerals like silver, are absorbed into the bloodstream and then into other parts of the body.
Lastly, the remaining food and liquid contents enter the colon, one of the main functions of which is to remove any remaining water and nutrients from the waste material and recycle it back into other parts of the body. (See “Colon” – Wikipedia)
By the time the contents of a meal have been turned into chyme (i.e., the semifluid mass of partly digested food expelled by the stomach into the duodenum) and reach the large intestine (i.e., the colon), most nutrients and some 90% of the water will have been absorbed into the body.
The bottom line is that the entire intestinal tract is part of a thoroughly dynamic system. Nothing is just sitting there soaking into cells, as they would in laboratory Petri dish.
And as a result, there’s simply no way you can keep enough tiny particles of silver in contact with your intestinal cells long enough to cause cell damage, unless perhaps you’re a real glutton for punishment and just keep swallowing gulp after gulp after gulp of a highly concentrated silver solution for hours and hours on end.
Minutes, Not Hours
And even then it would be pretty much impossible. As our good friend Anders Sultan, developer of the Ionisil brand colloidal silver and owner of Sweden’s largest colloidal silver manufacturing firm recently pointed out:
“The actual cellular contact time for a standard use of colloidal silver (i.e., ingestion of a teaspoonful to an ounce at a time) is counted in minutes, but certainly not hours.
And when mixed with the normal liquid and semi-liquid stomach and digestive tract contents, the silver solution will soon be diluted to fractions of its original strength.
So you could never keep a 10 ppm dose of nanosilver in contact with intestinal cells for 24 hours.”
Sultan goes on to point out that several dynamic processes begin to take place as soon as silver is ingested:
“The mere presence of silver stimulates the body’s production of metalloproteins such as metallothionine and others [see documentation here – ED].
These metalloproteins rapidly bond with silver ions and ‘escort’ them through the harsh liquid chemical environment of the stomach, and directly into the small intestine and from there into other areas of the body.
So again, in a living body, there’s simply no way for intestinal cells to be basted and soaked in a 10 ppm concentration of nanosilver for 24 hours. The only way that can happen is under abnormal, non-biological conditions such as in a laboratory Petri dish.”
Drug researcher George Foss concurs with Sultan, saying:
“Upon ingestion, silver immediately begins to be absorbed through ion channels and transported by the metalloprotein transport system to numerous other parts of the body where it completes its work against infectious microorganisms, before being excreted through the urine, feces and through sweat.
The entire reason silver is so highly effective against pathogens is because of its oligodynamic qualities which make it microbicidal down to the ppb range.
That means if you ingest a dose of 10 ppm (i.e., 10 parts per million) nanosilver, for example, the body’s fluids rapidly dilute it down to a far smaller “ppb” or parts per billion concentration, which is still highly antimicrobial.
This, for example, has been amply demonstrated by the fact that the water supplies of entire cities have been completely disinfected with miniscule concentrations of silver measured in the parts per billion.
And that’s exactly what happens when a standard dose of 10 ppm colloidal silver is ingested. It is diluted by bodily fluids starting in the stomach, and then sent throughout the human body in far smaller ‘oligodynamic’ concentrations.”
Ludicrous at Face Value
In short, in the human body, tiny silver particles don’t just sit there, statically, and penetrate cells, as they might in a laboratory Petri dish full of artificially grown cells in which no other biological processes are taking place.
Instead, immediate dynamic action takes place when silver (or any other liquid) is ingested. First it is diluted, and then transferred to the small intestine where much of it is sequestered and carried into other parts of the body.
So the very idea that the silver is going to sit there for 24 hours in your intestines, soaking into your cells and causing free radical damage, is simply ludicrous at face value.
There’s a LOT going on in the human stomach and intestines that simply isn’t taking place in a laboratory Petri dish.
And that’s probably the biggest reason why I can unequivocally say this new Danish study and the anti-dietary silver propaganda campaign being promulgated around it is nothing more than a sad and pathetic example of agenda-driven junk science.
It’s little more than low-rent drama designed to scare the wits out of the general public while giving the medical bureaucrats the pseudo-science they need in order to rev up their ongoing campaign against dietary silver products.
More Scary Stuff v/s the Truth
Nevertheless, the “news article” on this new Danish study goes on to state:
“A large number of serious diseases are characterized by the fact that there is an overproduction of free radicals in cells.
This applies to cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”
Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my! Tell us something we didn’t already know.
Once again, in my humble opinion, the specific purpose in making such a statement in this press release disguised as a legitimate news article is simply to plant the idea in the minds of impressionable readers that if one were to ingest a colloidal silver dietary supplement, you’d end up dying of cancer or some neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
It’s pure, sensationalistic propaganda, specifically designed to be spread across the internet to frighten unwary readers.
Indeed, highly misleading articles based on the University of Southern Denmark press release – like this one from UniversityHerald.com – are already appearing across the internet with big screaming headlines that read, “Exposure to Nanosilver Causes Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Says Study.”
The fact that silver has never been linked to these diseases in over 4,000 years of use doesn’t seem to bother the article’s author at all. Nor does it seem to bother the pointy-headed genius at the University of Southern Denmark who wrote the press release these articles are all being based on.
Indeed, according to real silver researchers, such as Drake and Hazelwood, in the study “Exposure-Related Health Effects of Silver and Silver Compounds: A Review”:
“Silver in any form is not thought to be toxic to the immune, cardiovascular, nervous, or reproductive systems (ATSDR, 1990) and is not considered to be carcinogenic (Furst and Schlauder, 1978).”
And according to the Dartmouth University Toxic Metals Research Program:
“Trace amounts of silver are in the bodies of all humans and animals. We normally take in between 70 and 88 micrograms of silver a day, half of that amount from our diet.
Humans have evolved with efficient methods of dealing with that intake, however. Over 99 percent is readily excreted from the body.
Is silver harmful to humans?
Unlike other metals such as lead and mercury, silver is not toxic to humans and is not known to cause cancer, reproductive or neurological damage, or other chronic adverse effects.”
As Britain’s greatest expert on the use of silver in healthcare, Dr. Alan B.G. Lansdown has stated:
“Contrary to statements that all forms of silver are cumulative once they enter body tissues and that very little is excreted, silver is actively metabolized in the human body and a large part eliminated eventually via the liver, urine and hair…
…there is very little substantive evidence that silver acts either as a cumulative poison in the human body like lead and mercury, or that it reaches toxic levels in any tissue.”
— “Silver in Healthcare: Its Antimicrobial Efficacy and Safety in Use,” by Alan B. G. Lansdown, pg. 45, 59, 60
And going all of the way back to the 1970s and ’80s when Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., of Syracuse Medical University was doing clinical research in which he used an electrical apparatus to drive silver ions directly into the cells and tissues of open wounds, for days and even weeks on end until the wounds healed, he found no cellular or tissue damage whatsoever from the constant influx of silver.
In fact, he wrote at the time of his clinical results, “What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries …All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics…In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”
So let’s dispense altogether with the idea that silver is in any way “toxic” to human cells or tissues when used appropriately. The preponderance of clinical evidence demonstrates that it simply isn’t.
And guess what? If you get far enough down into the press release disguised as a Phys.org “news article” on the new Danish clinical study, you’ll read the following little disclaimer:
“Kjeldsen and Verano-Braga emphasizes that their research is conducted on human cells in a laboratory, not based on living people.
They also point out that they do not know how large a dose of nano-silver, a person must be exposed to for the emergence of cellular changes.
‘We don’t know how much is needed, so we cannot conclude that nano-silver can make you sick.
But we can say that we must be very cautious and worried when we see an overproduction of free radicals in human cells’, they say.”
Well, how about that? The researchers are “cautious and worried” by their findings. Perhaps they should have displayed some caution in their conclusions, and worried a little more about being exposed as perpetrators of junk science.
In short, the propaganda spinmeisters at the University of Southern Denmark are just making up the alleged threat to human health supposedly posed by silver nanoparticles, apparently for the sake of rank sensationalism and to sway public opinion against dietary silver.
And the disclaimer is their way of making sure they don’t look too foolish when people actually start reading the study and picking it apart. The fact of the matter is this:
Because of the ridiculous parameters used in the study – in which artificially grown intestinal cells are soaked in abnormally high levels of nanosilver in a Petri dish for a whopping 24 hours – the researchers have no idea whatsoever whether or not nanosilver is actually toxic to human cells when ingested into the human body.
After all, the parameters of the study have absolutely nothing to do with real life. Not even close.
But that’s not stopping the propaganda mill from grinding ahead at full force, with the University of Southern Denmark press release being published as legitimate “news” all over the internet, replete with all of the sensationalistic warnings about avoiding “dietary silver supplements” in order save yourself from a horrific death by “cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.”
Coca Cola, Red Wine, Orange Juice or Coffee?
If the researchers had soaked human intestinal cells in 10 ppm of Coca Cola for 24 hours…or 10 ppm of red wine…or 10 ppm of orange juice…or 10 ppm of coffee…they’d have likely found the same kind of detrimental results.
Indeed, the effects of the phosphoric acid in the cola, the alcohol in red wine, the citric acid in orange juice or coffee’s chlorogenic acid would likely have caused severe damage to cells soaked in them for 24 hours.
Yet it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever see any news articles screaming from the rooftops that drinking Coca Cola, red wine, orange juice or coffee is going to damage your intestinal cells, release free radicals and cause cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease or Parkinson’s.
Nosiree. And do you know why?
It’s because the researchers would have been laughed out of academia for their highly biased study parameters, and obvious agenda-driven attempt to discredit the use of Coca Cola, red wine, orange juice and coffee – none of which would remain in contact with human intestinal cells for 24 hours once ingested.
Likewise, the bottom line, in my humble opinion, is that the researchers were biased against silver from the outset. And they constructed the study in such a manner as to get the results that justified their underlying anti-silver agenda.
Indeed, the phony Phys.org “news article” (i.e. University of Southern Denmark press release) reveals the true intention of the publicity campaign surrounding this pathetic excuse for a clinical study. Let’s take a look at it:
“Nano-silver is also sold as a dietary supplement, promising to have an antibacterial, anti-flu and cancer-inhibitory effect….
…In the EU, the marketing of dietary supplements and foods with claims to have medical effects is not allowed. But the nano-silver is easy to find and buy online.
In the wake of the University of Southern Denmark-research, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration now warns against taking dietary supplements with nano-silver.
‘The recent research strongly suggests that it can be dangerous’, says Søren Langkilde from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).”
So there you have it.
The study appears to have been designed largely to serve as a broadside against dietary supplements like colloidal silver.
Indeed, it appears to have been designed to give the medical bureaucrats clinical “evidence” they can use to further restrict the sale of colloidal silver products by claiming they’ve now been proven “unsafe”
It may even be the first shot across the bow in a renewed campaign to have the sale of colloidal silver completely banned.
(While colloidal silver can presently be sold in the U.S. as a “dietary supplement,” in the European Union it can only be sold as a “water disinfectant.” But Europeans buy it and use it orally or topically anyway, to boost immunity and to fight infections. This, of course, sends the medical bureaucrats into head-spinning fits of rage. In reality, they want the sale of dietary colloidal silver completely banned, worldwide.)
What’s the Real Truth?
But what’s the real truth about the effects of silver on human cells? Is it really harmful? Does it really promote cell-damaging “free radical activity”?
Once again, the historical clinical evidence demonstrates exactly the opposite.
For example, on page 235 of the Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, a recent medical study is revealed that demonstrates silver’s incredible ability to quench free radical activity in brain cell cultures.
The study, published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in March 2007, is titled “Effect of Colloidal Silver Against the Cytotoxicity of Hydrogen Peroxide and Naphthazarin on Primary Cultured Cortical Astrocytes.”
The study revealed that colloidal silver actually protects brain cell cultures against chemically-induced free radical activity.
Then, in July 2010 a completely different research team demonstrated that application of silver nanoparticles reduces excessive free radical activity in lung cells.
Indeed, check out this clinical study, published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine, titled “Attenuation of Allergic Airway Inflammation and Hyperresponsiveness in a Murine Model of Asthma by Silver Nanoparticles.”
In the study, researchers demonstrated that silver nanoparticles “show cytoprotective activities” against the free radical damage caused by reactive oxygen species (i.e., ROS) – one of the most cell-damaging forms of free radical activity.
The term “cytoprotective” means cell-protective. In other words, silver acted as an antioxidant, protecting the cultured lung cells from the ROS free radicals induced by the researchers during the course of the study.
This study, by the way, was an in vivo animal study, meaning the researchers used live animals and forced them to inhale silver nanoparticles into their lungs so they could examine what actually happens in real-life situations, and not just in a laboratory Petri dish.
And of course, what they found is that in a real-life environment, silver nanoparticles protect the cells from free radical activity by limiting it rather than stimulating it.
As the researchers stated:
“To our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating the antioxidative effects of silver nanoparticles…
…In summary, although further studies are needed, our study suggests that oxidative stress is an important determinant of allergic airway disease and that silver nanoparticles attenuated oxidative stress in the murine asthma model.
Also, by administration of silver nanoparticles, Th2 inflammation, which is one of the main asthma-inducing immune factors, was significantly decreased.
We suggest that silver nanoparticles may be useful as a therapeutic strategy through their properties as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.”
So once again we see that antimicrobial silver acts as a potent and effective antioxidant agent against excessive free radical activity in cells, thereby helping protect against cellular damage and not cause it.
Even More Positive Studies
What’s more, according to the first-ever, double-blind nanosilver human ingestion study, conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, no detrimental effects of nanosilver consumption were noted in humans overexposure periods of three, seven and 14 days.
Said the authors of the study:
“Nanosilver particle showed no negative effects on any tested system in the body.
The study included 3, 7 and 14-day exposures to American Biotech Labs 10 ppm (15 ml/day) silver solution in a double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over phase design.
Healthy volunteer subjects (36 subjects in all, 12 per each time-exposure studied), underwent complete metabolic, blood and platelet count, urinalysis tests, sputum hyper-responsiveness and inflammation evaluation, physical examinations, vital sign measurements, and magnetic resonance imaging of the chest and abdomen at baseline and at the end of each phase.
According to the study authors, “No clinically important changes in any metabolic, hematologic, or urinalysis measure identified were determined.
No morphological (or structural) changes were detected in the lungs, heart (cardiac function) or abdominal organs.
No changes were noted in sputum reactive oxygen species or in pro-inflammatory cytokines.”
And another study – this one conducted at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Copenhagen University, and titled “Ionic Silver Safety: An In Vitro Toxicity Study of a Colloid Silver Health Product and Atomic Quantum Clusters of Silver and Gold,” – was specifically designed to test whether or not the ionic form of colloidal silver is toxic to human cells.
The study actually compared the effects of an ionic silver product called Ionosil, from Sweden, on a human lung cell line to the effects of atomic gold on the same cell line. Here’s what the author’s stated:
“The aim of this study is to investigate the toxicity of atomic gold and silver quantum clusters and Ionosil in the human alveolar lung epithelial cell line A549.
The cytotoxicity, inflammation and DNA damage were measured after 3, 24, and 48 hours by cytotoxicity detection kit, quantitative real time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction of interleukin 6 mRNA, and Comet assay respectively.
Ionosil and silver 2-3 atoms/cluster were tested in concentrations up to 1 mg/L and silver and gold 3-5 atoms/cluster were tested in concentrations up to 10 mg/L.
This study did not detect toxicity in any samples…It was not possible to document any cytotoxicity, inflammatory, or DNA damaging effects of the test suspensions at these concentrations.”
In short, no cell damage whatsoever was detected by the university researchers. That is zip…zilch…nada. Nothing.
The preponderance of clinical evidence clearly demonstrates the exact opposite of what the Danish researchers reported.
Of course, in the new Danish study, the researchers carefully omitted any reference to the studies I’ve cited above and cited only corroborating studies that demonstrated toxicity to cells from silver nanoparticles.
In other words, they appear to have cherry-picked through the clinical literature, and chose to use only clinical studies that back up their own conclusions.
I asked drug researcher George Foss to take a look at some of the clinical studies cited by the Danish researchers. Here’s what he had to say:
“In terms of clinical citations, the Danish researchers appear to have preferentially chosen only clinical data that backed up their own contentions that nanosilver is toxic to human cells.
For example, one of the studies they cited was ‘Studies on the Biocompatibility and Interaction of Silver Nanoparticles with Human Mesenchymal Cells.’
This study ostensibly demonstrated that silver nanoparticles ‘exert cytotoxic effects on human cells at high concentrations.’
High concentrations, indeed. The clinical researchers behind that particular study explain they used silver concentrations of both 2.5 milligrams per liter and 5 milligrams per liter to induce cell toxicity.
That’s 15 mg. to 30 mg. of nanosilver in six liters of blood, the normal amount of blood in the human body.
To approximate the study, a human would have to drink 50 to 100 fluid ounces of a 10 ppm nanosilver solution. And they’d have to absorb a whopping 100% of it.
But since at best the human body absorbs only 18% of ingested silver into cells and tissues, in order to reach toxic levels one would have to drink approximately five times as much, or about 7.5 quarts and 15 quarts respectively, to attain levels of 2.5 mcg/mL and 5 mcg/mL concentrations of nanosilver.
That’s 1.9 gallons and 3 3/4 gallons, respectively. And in both cases, those amounts would have to be ingested all at one time in order to reach supposed “toxic” levels in the body.
That, of course, is a ridiculous amount of silver to ingest, and is simply not feasible in real-life conditions, particularly when an average dose of most colloidal silver dietary products is about one teaspoon full to one ounce.
In short, for references, the Danish researchers appear to have cherry-picked data from studies that purposely saturated human cells in concentrations of nanosilver that simply could never be reached under anything even approaching normal, real-life conditions.”
The bottom line is that the Danish researchers appear to have engaged in shameful and extremely unprofessional chicanery.
Perhaps they should heed the advice of fellow scientist and clinical researcher Dr. Robert MacCuspie, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who has repeatedly admonished nanosilver researchers to drop their underlying biases and “do good science.”
Propaganda Spreads Like Wildfire
Unfortunately, the news of the new Danish study is already being spread far and wide across the internet, and is being used to scare people into believing dietary supplements containing tiny silver particles are harmful to the body’s cells and tissues.
- For example, within days of the study’s release, Wikipedia.com altered their online article on silver nanoparticles to state, unequivocally, “Nano-silver ingested with food leads to the formation of harmful, so-called free radicals in intestinal cells.” They cited the misleading Danish study as their source.
- AlzheimersWeekly.com published an article citing the study and warning about the supposed dangers of “nanoparticles of silver found in dietary supplements,” and exhorted readers to “Get the details on products you may want to avoid.
- InfectionControlToday.com also published a shorter version of the sensationalistic “news article,” ominously warning their readers “If nanosilver enters a human cell, it can cause changes in the cell.”
- Chemical-Free-Life.org also published a version of the article, with a screaming headline that reads, “Scientists Warn About Dangers of Silver Nanoparticles in Our Food and Personal Care Products.”
- ScienceDaily.com, always a mouthpiece for junk science propaganda, also published a version of the article warning that “dietary supplements” containing silver could be harmful to human cells when ingested.”
- Disabled-World.com, a website for disabled people, also published a version of the article citing concerns about silver in dietary supplements.
- YahooNews.com published an article based on the University of Southern Denmark press release, titled “Nanosilver in Cosmetics Can Damage Our Health.” Naturally, the article breathlessly tells readers, “Nanoparticles of silver found in dietary supplements…can penetrate our cells and cause damage.”
- CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com also published a version of the press release, ominously warning, “In light of the research, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has warned that supplements containing nanosilver, often marketed for anti-bacterial, anti-flu and cancer-fighting effects, should not be taken.”
- UniversityHerald.com – perhaps the worst offender of them all – also reprinted a version of the article, along with a big screaming and highly misleading headline reading “Exposure to Nanosilver Causes Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Says Study.” Of course, there’s been no link between silver and those three diseases in all of human history. So shame, shame, shame to the University Herald.com for misleading their readers in such an egregious manner.
Do you see the wide net they’re trying to cast, across the internet with this blatant anti-silver propaganda?
The University of Southern Denmark press release – disguised as a “news article” – has likely been sent to hundreds of news and special interest websites.
Indeed, so far, I’ve seen a total of 50 other websites that have either published the same misleading press release (disguised as a “news article”) warning against “dietary silver supplements,” or claiming the new study proved “nanosilver causes cancer” or citing other misleading and completely erroneous information.
And this is only a handful of days after the misleading study was made public by the University of Southern Denmark.
I suspect that within a few more weeks the sensationalistic press release/”news article” will have been published in hundreds more online and offline sources worldwide, in one permutation or another. And of course, they’ll all urge their readers to avoid ingesting “dietary supplements containing small particles of silver.”
What’s more, these articles will remain on the internet for years on end, and will be quoted as “Gospel truth” by dozens more news sites. And the study itself will be cited in dozens more clinical studies as key “evidence” that silver is toxic to human cells.
In short, the long-term fallout from this propaganda barrage will be immense, and lasting. Tens of thousands of unsuspecting individuals will read the misleading nonsense and as a result, live in fear of using dietary colloidal silver products as well as consumer products protected from microbial contamination with nanosilver.
This is precisely how junk science propaganda against colloidal silver gets started, and gains a life of its own. In the past, I’ve demonstrated similar misleading junk science propaganda barrages against antimicrobial silver here, here, here, here and here.
The anti-silver activists, undoubtedly backed by Big Pharma and the medical bureaucrats, know they can count on the internet and other news sources to spread their sensationalistic propaganda far and wide in order to scare the devil out of general public.
Nanosilver v/s Dietary Colloidal Silver
Finally, I’d like to point out that 99% of the “dietary silver supplements” on the market today – including those being sold in the U.S. for dietary use, and those being sold throughout the European Union as “water disinfectants” – are composed of safe, natural ionic silver.
But this new Danish study instead used chemically manufactured metallic silver nanoparticles capped with citrate, a chemical derivative of citric acid. This chemical form of nanosilver is generally not available to consumers as a dietary silver product.
So the Danish researchers did not use safe, natural ionic colloidal silver. Therefore, the entire study had nothing whatsoever to do with the vast majority of “dietary silver supplements” on the market today.
Indeed, the Danish study has virtually no bearing on dietary silver supplements, in spite of the constant references to them in the press release (disguised as a news article) that was sent out en masse by the University of Southern Denmark, and which is now being re-published on websites all over the internet as factual “news.”
So the question is this:
Exactly why would the University of Southern Denmark place such profound emphasis on dietary silver supplements in relation to this study, when in reality the study used chemically-produced metallic nanosilver capped with chemical citrate?
I find it quite interesting that in 2006 the University of Southern Denmark incorporated the nation’s National Institute for Public Health into its makeup, and is therefore in part responsible for developing the nation’s public health policies.
I also find it interesting that funding for the study appears to have been provided by the European Union through a special program called INTERREG4A Syddanmark-Schleswig-K.E.R.N. Of course, it was only several years ago that the European Union banned the sale of dietary colloidal silver products.
So I’ll have to leave the answer up to you, dear reader. Could the study outcome have been pre-conceived from the very beginning?
I think you know, in your heart of hearts why the University of Southern Denmark has so deceptively portrayed this study as evidence against dietary colloidal silver products when in reality it had nothing to do with them.
And Now for the BIG Surprise
Okay. You might think I’ve covered all of the bases on this misleading study and the related University of Southern Denmark press release. But I haven’t. In fact, I’ve saved the very best for last.
I contacted drug researcher George Foss to take an even closer look at the study. And he pointed out something very interesting.
According to the study Abstract, the researchers used “the human LoVo cell line” in their research for this study. In fact, the cell line is mentioned 26 times in their study.
What’s the human LoVo cell line? Brace yourself.
It’s a human colon carcinoma cell line. Yes, that’s right. The researchers used colon cancer cells in their study, rather than healthy human cells.
Why? Probably because cancer cells grow quickly, and therefore are more easily reproduced in artificial conditions.
So what the researchers actually proved in their study is that…drum roll, please…if you can keep tiny nanoparticles of silver in contact with cancer cells for 24 hours, they’ll actually attack and kill the cancer cells.
Indeed, according to the study itself, the silver nanoparticles triggered reactive oxygen species (i.e., ROS) as well as DNA damage and protein instability in the cancer cells.
Wow. Astonishing, isn’t it?
Rather than announcing to the world they’d just discovered a potential new cancer treatment, the University of Southern Denmark instead insisted you should be afraid to ingest dietary silver supplements.
And in their press release they simply omitted the fact that the intestinal cells used in the study were colon cancer cells! Quite an omission, wouldn’t you say?
Can you see the astonishing level of mendacity being exhibited by these researchers, as well as by the University of Southern Denmark itself in their misleading press release?
Apparently, the University of Southern Denmark is so intent on providing medical bureaucrats with clinical “research” that can be used to further restrict the sale of silver supplements that they’re more than willing to completely sacrifice what could potentially be the story of the decade: i.e., metallic particles of nanosilver kill cancer cells!
Talk about straining at gnats while swallowing medical camels.
These Danish researchers have just discovered that if they can figure out how to keep human cancer cells in contact with metallic silver nanoparticles long enough, they can “induce cellular oxidative stress leading to DNA damage and apoptosis.”
In other words, silver nanoparticles, when kept in contact with cancer cells for 24 hours induce the cancer cells to commit cellular suicide. The cancer simply begins to die off.
Now do you see why the previous studies I mentioned earlier in this article all found antimicrobial silver to quench free radical activity, rather than to promote it? It’s because they weren’t using cancer cells.
Silver is a well-known anti-cancer agent, and there’s much research going on behind the scenes today to develop a new cancer-fighting drug using silver (see here, here and here, for examples of current clinical research).
Indeed, according to Britain’s The Daily Mail, which ran an article on a recent University of Leeds clinical study titled “Silver Bullet for Cancer: Metal Can Kill Some Tumors Better Than Chemotherapy with Fewer Side Effects”:
“Silver can kill some cancers as effectively as chemotherapy and with potentially fewer side effects, new research claims.
Scientists say that old wives tales about the precious metal being a ‘silver bullet’ to beat the Big C could be true.
The metal already has a wide range of medicinal uses and is a common antiseptic, antibiotic and means of purifying water in the third world.
And British researchers now say that silver compounds are as effective at killing certain cancer cells as a leading chemotherapy drug, but with potentially far fewer side-effects.”
In other words, using nanosilver against cancer is the proverbial “next big thing.”
Stop the World and Let Me Off
So you’d think the University of Southern Denmark researchers would be jumping for joy that they’ve confirmed silver’s cancer-fighting abilities.
After all, they discovered that the silver nanoparticles they used also induced protein damage in the cancer cells “leading to ubiquitination and degradation by way of proteasomes.”
And their study also demonstrated that silver nanoparticles induced “reduction in mitochondrial activity as outcome of down-regulation of proteins involved with the electron transport chain.”
So the cancer cells used in the study were attacked in three distinct ways by the silver nanoparticles, as long as the silver nanoparticles were kept in direct contact with the cells for 24 hours.
But what do the officials at the University of Southern Denmark announce? They announce you shouldn’t drink dietary colloidal silver products.
Unfreakingbelieveable. I’d sing “Stop the World and Let Me Off,” but I don’t think it would do any good.
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
P.S. When I wrote the first few drafts of this article several days ago, there were only 20 or 30 online news websites carrying the sensationalistic University of Denmark press release (disguised as a “news article”) about the new Danish study.
Then it grew to 50 online news websites, virtually overnight. Now, at the time of this writing, there are some 90 key news websites carrying it, and the number is growing daily. In other words, the press release is going viral.
But as late-night comedian/talk show host Craig Ferguson sarcastically jokes regarding information you read on the internet, “If it’s writ down, it must be true.”
Unfortunately, most people who read the propaganda being disseminated by the University of Southern Denmark on their study will actually believe it. After all, it’s got the imprimatur of a major university behind it.
This new propaganda barrage clearly gives the medical bureaucrats worldwide the reason they’ve been looking for to impose stricter regulations on the use of nanosilver in consumer goods, as well as to ban the use of dietary colloidal silver products.
They do not care that the entire premise of such regulatory moves will be based on junk science subterfuge perpetrated by the University of Southern Denmark. After all, to the regulators, the ends always justify the means.
The Bottom Line…
The bottom line is that it might now be wise for people who use dietary colloidal silver supplements to learn how to make their own high-quality colloidal silver rather than depend upon the future availability of health food store brands.
Indeed, readers who don’t own a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge should obtain one as soon as they can, because in the not-too-distant future, the only way to obtain colloidal silver might be making your own.
Once you have your own colloidal silver generator, Big Pharma and their medical bureaucrat enforcers can’t take it away from you.
And you can make all of the colloidal silver you and your family will need, for just a few pennies per quart, quite literally for the rest of your life.
With your own Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, you’ll be able to make safe, natural ionic colloidal silver – the most popular and effective form of colloidal silver in the world – for about 36 cents a quart.
This is astonishingly inexpensive, considering the fact that most colloidal silver sold in health food stores or through online sources cost about twenty to thirty bucks or more for a tiny four-ounce bottle.
What’s more, making colloidal silver with a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge is as easy as brewing a pot of coffee.
If you’d like to see how simple and easy it is to make your own colloidal silver with a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from the Silver Edge, just click the link in this sentence.
Keep in mind that colloidal silver has been used successfully for over 100 years now to kill disease-causing viruses, pathogenic fungi and yeast, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria (including MRSA).
- It even kills deadly microbes like E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiela pneumonia. (See here.)
- It helps cure cold and flu viruses with ease. (See here.)
- What’s more, tooth and gum infections seem to be no match for colloidal silver, as well. (See here.)
- And its usage is highly recommended by experts such as TV’s Dr. Oz and world-famous heart surgeon Dr. Gerald Lemole. (See here.)
- Plus, it’s widely used as a safe, natural and non-toxic germ-busting household disinfectant. (See here.)
- And you can even make your own colloidal silver soap and colloidal silver gel, by watching the short video at the link in this sentence. (See here.)
- Colloidal silver is even being studied by respected clinical researchers as a safe, natural mouthwash which helps heal mouth ulcers and other oral infections. (See here.)
To learn more about how people just like you are already using colloidal silver to help keep their families safe and infection-free, be sure to read the colloidal silver testimonials page at TheSilverEdge.com website.
There, you’ll learn from hundreds of experienced colloidal silver users exactly how they’ve used colloidal silver to deal with MRSA infections, herpes infections, sore throats, eye infections, prostate infections, skin cancer, Candida yeast infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…
…infected cuts and burns, Poison Ivy, Swine Flu, sinus infections, infected boils, earaches, pet infections, viral infections, upper respiratory infections, low energy levels, diarrhea, allergies, infected abscesses, gum disease, tinnitus, arthritis, Pink Eye, facial rash…
…infected teeth and root canals, colitis, mononucleosis, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, bad breath, body odors, so-called “incurable” cancers such as renal carcinoma and others, urinary tract infections, catheter and Indiana Pouch infections…
…canker sores, insomnia, depression, dandruff, psoriasis, infectious peritonitis, antibiotic-resistant pneumonia, and yes, way more than I could list in such a short article!
If You’re Already Convinced…
So if you’re already convinced that safe, natural colloidal silver should be an important part of your natural health arsenal against infection and disease, then be sure to click the link in this paragraph in order to learn how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for less than 36 cents a quart.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
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