Several weeks ago I wrote about colloidal silver and many readers mentioned “The Blue Man” who I hadn’t heard of and how his condition (called argyria) was caused by using colloidal silver.
The blue man is Paul Karason who has appeared in many news stories sharing his experience and his condition. The majority of news stories discuss how the FDA has not tested nor do they recommend the use of it, people have varying opinions about the safety and usefulness of it.
Colloidal Silver is sold over the counter as a supplement as are many herbs and other natural remedies that the FDA hasn’t approved or tested. Many believe it to be safe and harmless in small doses because the typical bottle only has about 10 or 30 silver parts per million suspended in liquid. Colloidal Silver is believed to have antibacterial properties and is said to be beneficial for a number of ailments
Reports abound regarding the fact that Mr. Karason supposedly made his own colloidal silver with hopes that it would cure his dermatitis. MSNBC published that “Karason makes it himself by running an electrical current through water with a piece of silver in it, a process called electrolysis.” Apparently several online sources recommended making your own colloidal silver and he did just that.
Colloidal Silver supporters say the controversy lies in the purity and the doseage of the supplement, that the key is moderation and proper medical supervision when using these natural remedies and supplements. Mr. Karason, who is now permanently blue still believes in the benefits of Colloidal Silver and had not been deterred from taking it since turning blue. Fox news reported “When he was asked if he’s still drinking the colloidal silver, he said yes, but much less.”
The point of this post is to educate and to advise that Colloidal Silver (if you choose to use it) should be taken in moderation. “Know the difference between true colloidal silver and ionic silver or silver protein solutions, and don’t try to make it at home!” As with any supplement or natural remedy research is necessary and you should also solicit the advice of a trained professional before trying to treat an ailment on your own.