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The FDA Does Not Approve the Use Of Colloidal Silver for Treatment of Illness

Updated on July 4, 2011

According to the Food and Drug Administration

For many years the FDA has been warning health care professionals about the risks of taking supplements that contain silver. In 1996, the Department of Health and Human Services wrote a proposal that all over the counter supplements that contain the ingredient silver be not recognized as safe and effective and that they are misbranded. The FDA issued this statement because companies were marketing the colloidal silver to cure diseases without any long term scientific evidence that the supplement improved the conditions. The FDA issued a letter to companies that were marketing this substance and stated that they needed to comply with the new drug laws because of their claims that Colloidal Silver could cure diseases such as:

human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), (AIDS), cancer, tuberculosis, malaria, lupus, syphilis, scarlet fever, shingles, herpes, pneumonia, typhoid, tetanus,  rheumatism, candida, staphylococcus and streptococcus infections, tonsillitis, parasites, fungus, bubonic plague, cholera, chronic fatigue, acne, warts, Meniere’s disease (syndrome), whooping cough, enlarged prostate etc. 

These claims have not been founded. The FDA issued a warning to all companies that sold products containing silver that they must comply with the new drug laws or be subject to regulatory action (October 15, 1996)   Since this time the FDA has continued to issue warnings, proposals and advisories to the public about the dangers of use.  According to the latest warning to health care providers, the risk far outweighs the benefits of using any type of silver solution.  These companies are not only endangering people's health they are breaking the law.  They are misrepresenting this solution as a supplement while claiming that it is a drug yet they will not comply with the laws concerning gaining approval to market a drug.

The Truth About Colloidal Silver


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    • frogyfish profile image

      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      I have used both colloidal and nano silver and will continue to do so if it remains available. It is not a perfect 'antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial' substance, but it can definitely make a positive difference. In pioneer days before refrigeration, a silver coin in the milk kept the milk from souring. Silver nitrate was used in newborns' eyes to kill vaginal bacteria that could cause blindness. Colloidal silver taken in large amounts for long periods can turn skin blue. Nano silver does not as it is small enough to do its 'work' and then be eliminated through the bowel, kidneys. Though it remains a controversial subject, I believe its usefulness is positive.

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Gotta read later--catching up--good topic!

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      I heard this advertised on a local radio station. The DJ was a lady and from all she had to say about this product, it was an amazing cure all. I am always skeptical of any of these promotions.

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      thank you.

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      Julip Manor 6 years ago from Kingwood, Texas

      In addition to the possibility of your skin turning permanently blue grey......Other side effects from using colloidal silver products may include neurologic problems (such as seizures), kidney damage, stomach distress, headaches, fatigue, and skin irritation. Colloidal silver may interfere with the body's absorption of the following drugs: penacillamine, quinolones, tetracyclines, and thyroxine. Reference:

      The problems come from many things but two can be: a surge of antibodies that attack joints and the deposition of the silver once it enters the body.

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      what are some side effects? besides turning blue, that is.

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      Julip Manor 6 years ago from Kingwood, Texas

      This is a controversial subject. I know there are people who swear by it. The Colloidal Silver companies do not put any of the negatives about it and the dangers though. Thanks for the comment

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      mkvealsh 6 years ago

      When my son was little, he had thrush and I took him to the doctor three times. Their remedies had no effect, he could not get rid of the thrush. I started using colloidal silver with him and in three days the thrush was gone and never came back. Sometimes the FDA will not give approval simply because they are biased by the drug companies. They do not always do the job they should be doing. Many people have become sick because of the FDA's failure to monitor real problems in the commercial food industry, yet they continue to attack harmless supplements.