Dr. Andrew Weil’s Take on Colloidal Silver

Written by on April 8, 2011 with 4 Comments

From: Linda Sy MD
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 15:34:54


I agree with Dr. Andrew Weil. The FDA has clamped down on sales of colloidal silver here in the U.S. for good reasons.

Colloidal silver reminds me of another heavy metal ingredient which was used heavily long time ago and was finally prohibited by the FDA due to the side effects. This is mercury.

I find a lot of parallels in these 2 ingredients. Mercury at one time, was a panacea for many ailments. It is an excellent anti-microbial (bacteria, fungi & others) and was used as antiseptic; it was an excellent bleaching agent and used for rx of brown spots in Asia; it was an anti-inflammatory agent (great for psoriasis & seborrheic dermatitis). It can be absorbed through skin and inhalation. It is slowly deposited in skin, gums, teeth, nails, nasal mucous membrane causing discoloration. Chronic long-term exposure to small quantities of mercury caused permanent side effects that are not detected until they occur. Mercury caused acrodynia, pain & pink discoloration of feet & hands, scarlet discoloration of cheeks (rosacea?), hair & nail loss, a metallic taste in the mouth, halitosis (fishy smelling breath).

Most importantly, it was later found to cause permanent kidney damage. It also caused incapacitating neurological damage, as reported in Japan when a small village exposed to mercury in contaminated fishes they ingested for long period of time, developed severe brain & nerve damage in their children.

Linda Sy M.D.
Linda Sy Skin Care

From: “Matija”
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2000 4:08 PM
Subject: [rosacea] Dr. Andrew Weil’s Take on Colloidal Silver

I remember that someone posted Dr. Andrew Weil’s opinion on the effectiveness of parasite cleansing from the body, so I searched through his site for something on colloidal silver. I did find something and here it is:


Colloidal Silver: Better than Antibiotics?

Q: My son was recently hospitalized for an infected hip joint. He then developed a blood clot in a femoral vein. The first antibiotic he was given didn’t work. Since this was his very first antibiotic, I expected better results. What about “natural colloidal silver”?

— Francelle Reynolds

A: An infected hip joint is a serious condition, and antibiotics, given for a long period of time — and if necessary, surgical drainage — are the best treatment. I certainly wouldn’t recommend going off the antibiotics in a case like this. As far as colloidal silver is concerned, I can’t see how it would help. In fact, it could be harmful.

The term “colloidal” means the minerals are of a certain size, facilitating use by the body. The promoters of colloidal silver make some fantastic claims: They say their products extend life, protect you from cancer, and cure just about anything. They’ll tell you that mineral deficiencies lead to a weakened immune system and cancer. All of this is nonsense. Colloidal silver supplements are also heavily advertised as powerful antimicrobials and immune system stimulants, capable of curing up to 650 different diseases. Again, none of these claims have been proven.

At one time, silver products were useful as germicidals, but they’ve been replaced gradually by more effective ones. And no matter what the promoters of colloidal silver tell you, the human body doesn’t need silver. Safety is an issue, too. If taken orally, it can accumulate in the body’s tissues and cause a disfiguring skin condition called argyria. Skin pigmentation, especially around the nose and mouth, turns bluish, permanently. Those affected have been described as looking like corpses suddenly come to life. Medical literature also contains reports of neurological problems that developed in long-term users of oral silver products.

My advice is to stick with the antibiotic treatment your son is receiving. And what you might do — what’s better than using colloidal silver — is investigate electromagnetic stimulation for bone healing, a treatment that is backed by scientific evidence.

Dr. Andrew Weil

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4 Reader Comments

  1. Geoffrey Whitlock says:

    there is absolutely no comparison whatsoever between silver and mercury. mercury is one of the most toxic substances on earth, while silver has absolutely no toxic effects at all. I know that Colloidal silver works; I also know that I have mercury poisoning from the amalgams I had removed from my mouth . Giving advice about things about which you know nothing is wrong,

  2. Scott says:

    Actually the article is correct Geoffrey and you are wrong. Leave it to believers of alternative medicine to offer up their “truths” without any proof whatsoever. Your own experience is not proof. Do not spread your lies here.

  3. Jovanna says:

    I’ve been on Doxyzycline for two years. Now, I have a super weak immunology because the antibiotic weakened my intestinal flora. Why do we think pharmaceutical drugs will do good to this condition ? Because we have no
    Clue to what provokes it. Rosacea is a sign of inflammation in our system, period! I have now been without Doxyzycline for two months now, I changed my diet (alkaline diet) and started to use silver gel for the skin. It has worked wonders. It really helps keep the inflammation down and eliminates the pain from the postules and eliminates the itching too. I can finally say that after years of thinking this condition would never get any better, I am starting to see results.

  4. Silver is not a ‘heavy metal’. It is in a different category called precious metals. Silver is not toxic when used in proper doses. Properly made colloidal silver is nothing more than pure distilled water and ionic silver, which is a molecule of silver minus one electron. The silver ions are dispersed in the water at 10-20ppm. Ionic silver properly made and consumed in the proper amount WILL NOT turn you blue. The proper and safe amount of colloidal silver is determined by a formula based on EPA standards.

    Q: How much silver can you safely consume on a daily long term basis?
    A: Your weight times 12, divided by ppm = drops max daily dose, per EPA “25%” guide (The SilverEdge.com)

    I’ve been taking Colloidal Silver in a nebulizer for 5 years to combat Pseudomonas aeruginosa in my lungs due to an immune problem called Hypogammaglobulinemia (commonly now referred to as CVID or Common Variable Immune Deficiency).

    The result has been to reduce lung infections and thus my need to take antibiotics from as many as 20 times a year (in 10 day doses) to 0-3 times per year. Prior to colloidal silver the longest time between between antibiotics was about 30 days. After starting colloidal silver my longest period of being antibiotic free is 18 months. Even with a compromised immune system I have fewer colds than many of my ‘healthy’ friends and relatives.

    Stop spreading false information colloidal silver. It works. When generated (created) and used properly it is not toxic and it won’t turn you blue. The keyword is PROPERLY.

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