The L.A. Times Bashes Colloidal Silver, But People Are Tearing Off the Blinders!
Here’s another great example of how the media propaganda machine works to deceive the public into believing colloidal silver is “unsafe and ineffective.”
In this case, the LA Times has published a series of articles repeating the mantra that colloidal silver is “not FDA approved”…has “serious side effects”…and “doesn’t work,” to boot!
But is this blatant media propaganda working? Or are people finally waking up to the many ways Big Pharma and its lackeys use the mainstream media to pull the wool over their eyes?
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for www.TheSilverEdge.com...
People continue to send me copies of the L.A. Times series of articles blasting colloidal silver usage.
This article, for example, actually came out back in 2009. But it’s still causing a stir, to this very day, especially among those who are a bit newer to colloidal silver usage, and who might come across the article inadvertently when doing research on the internet.
The article is obviously heavily biased against colloidal silver usage. And the author, Tami Dennis, the Times Health & Science editor, openly admits she “takes the word ‘skeptic’ to previously uncharted territory.”
Well, she may be a super-skeptic about colloidal silver and other natural health products. And that’s her right. But as a practicing journalist, she should at least attempt to get the facts straight when she writes about a topic.
Unfortunately, she’s not a very good researcher or writer either, for that matter. And like most so-called “skeptics,” she’s more of a clumsy propagandist than a journalist.
Toeing the (Bureaucratic) Line
Indeed, she cites only the official bureaucratic bric-a-brac that backs up her contentions. And she cites no research whatsoever from real colloidal silver experts. What’s more, much of the material she cites is decidedly misleading.
For example, she directs her readers to online material that says “colloidal silver is not approved as safe or effective by the FDA.”
Well, la-di-da. What she doesn’t reveal, of course, is that the only reason colloidal silver is “not approved as safe or effective by the FDA” is that the FDA only approves pharmaceutical drugs. And colloidal silver is not a drug, it’s a simple mineral nutritional supplement.
Indeed, there are absolutely zero “FDA-approved” nutritional supplements. Not even one on the face of the earth. Supplements are either allowed to be sold by the FDA. Or disallowed. But they are never “approved” by the FDA.
In fact, if you try to claim that a nutritional supplement is “FDA approved,” the FDA will come down on you like flies on stink.
So this particular accusation against colloidal silver one of the most disingenuous charges ever – a feeble ploy to make people think colloidal silver is a singularly rogue element lacking the FDA’s benevolent imprimatur.
In reality, the FDA has never “approved” a single nutritional supplement. Not ever.
And as we’ve seen from the over 200,000 deaths caused each and every year by Big Pharma’s FDA-approved drugs, FDA approval does not necessarily equate with safety or effectiveness. In many cases, it just means someone had enough money to pay the right people.
Ignoring the Scientific Evidence
While Claiming It Doesn’t Exist…
Ms. Dennis goes on to direct her readers to another web site claiming there’s “no scientific evidence” for colloidal silver’s effectiveness.
What she fails to reveal, of course, is that hundreds of thousands of oral doses of colloidal silver are administered every month – in both clinical and non-clinical settings – often with astonishing healing results. And this is widely known by cutting edge doctors and clinical researchers here in the U.S. and around the world.
As Dr. Kent Holtorf, M.D., of the Holtorf Medical Group states in his White Paper, "Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Oligodynamic Silver":
"Hundreds of thousands of doses of oral colloidal silver and thousands of doses of intravenous colloidal silver are given every month in the United States.
This is usually done to treat acute and chronic infections including those associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).
The effectiveness of the use of oral and intravenous colloidal silver in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia was presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine…
…(Identifying the Causes and Exploring the Newest Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities) in October 2003…
The extremely low level of colloidal silver used at 23 parts per million (ppm) has been shown to have little or no potential for toxicity while having the significant potential for clinical benefit.
The effectiveness of oligodynamic silver’s antimicrobial action at extremely low doses in combination with its potential immune stimulating actions, makes oligodynamic silver an ideal naturally occurring substance in the treatment of CFS and FM."
What’s more, numerous science, medical and clinical research experts strongly recommend colloidal silver usage and vouch for its effectiveness.
You can read quotes from many of these bona-fide medical experts in my recent article titled “What REAL Medical, Scientific and Clinical Research Experts Have to Say About Colloidal Silver Usage.”
Indeed, were colloidal silver a regulated drug rather than a simple mineral supplement, the preponderance of clinical evidence regarding its effectiveness against infections and disease would be so overwhelming the bureaucrats at the FDA would have little choice but to approve it.
As I’ve reported in the past, researchers in Europe are even working to turn silver into a pharmaceutical drug by engineering it to be combined with other substances, including dead bacteria, so it can be patented as a “novel treatment” for internal infections. And they swear their freakish franken-silver drug kills everything from serious cases of food poisoning to cold and flu viruses.
But of course, safe, natural colloidal silver itself is deemed to be “ineffective” by the medical bureaucrats simply because…drum roll, please…they say so.
Serious Side Effects?
Finally, Ms. Dennis directs her readers to information containing the biggest scare tactic of them all, i.e., that colloidal silver users have “severe risk for serious side effects.”
What she fails to reveal, of course, is that an estimated ten million people across North America and Mexico, and millions more throughout Europe, have been using colloidal silver for decades without suffering from any of these “serious side effects.”
What’s more, throughout Europe colloidal silver is routinely used on cruise ships and cargo ships as a water disinfectant.
And colloidal silver has also been used around the world to purify municipal drinking water.
And it’s been a daily mainstay for millions of people in Mexico, Costa Rica and other developing nations throughout South America who use it as a matter of course to disinfect their drinking water supplies.
So where are all of the people suffering from these “serious side effects” from colloidal silver? Where are all of the Mexicans, Costa Ricans and South Americans who use colloidal silver regularly to disinfect their water? All of the cargo ship workers? European cruise ship vacationers? Space Station astronauts?
Surely out of the estimated 10 million regular colloidal silver users throughout North America, we’d have tens of thousands of people reporting these “serious side effects” by now, right?
Ahem…actually, they’re nowhere to be seen.
Indeed, as I’ve explained repeatedly in online articles (see here, and here) it’s only when people take excessively large quantities or excessively high concentrations of colloidal silver for months or years on end, against all constraints of reason and common sense, that side effects take place.
And even then, according to the EPA the most common side effect – argria, or skin-staining -- is strictly cosmetic, rather than toxic.
(Get a FREE copy of the Colloidal Silver Safe Dosage Report, and learn how to calculate your maximum daily dosage rate based on your weight and the ppm of the colloidal silver you’re using.)
Meanwhile, let me re-state that over 210,000 Americans flat-out DIE each year from use of Big Pharma’s prescription drugs, and the vast majority of them were using the drugs properly!
Where are all Ms. Dennis’ screaming, hyperventilating articles slamming Big Pharma and its decidedly deadly pharmaceutical drugs?
Where’s the L.A. Times lamenting the dangers of prescription drugs and warning the public against them?
Oooh. Once again, nowhere to be seen.
Apparently, a self-avowed “skeptic” like Ms. Dennis is only allowed to be skeptical of safe, natural products, not pharmaceutical drugs.
Interestingly, according to the Poison Control Center, no one has ever died from colloidal silver usage, or for that matter, from usage of any other mineral supplement, vitamin, herb or amino acid in over 27 years.
So much the journalistic credibility of Ms. Dennis and the L.A. Times.
People Are Catching On,
And the Blinders Are Coming Off!
One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was reading the numerous comments from Ms. Dennis’ readers in the Comments section that follows her smug, anti-colloidal silver tirade.
It seems that her readers are a heckuva lot smarter than she is.
For the most part, these comments showed that people are thinking for themselves, and not just accepting the shrill squeals of the propagandists as “fact.”
For example, this comment on Ms. Dennis’ article hits the nail on the head:
“This story is stupid.....ANYTHING in large doses is harmful, period!
Watch daytime TV commercials...they’re full of FDA drug recalls and lawsuits...wake up people.”
Or this one…
“If the FDA is cracking down on it then you can be pretty certain that it’s an effective and safe alternative to the toxic drugs the pharmaceutical companies are pumping into us.
Pharmaceutical drugs are one of the biggest killers on the western world, and yet they say colloidal silver is dangerous because it turned one man blue?”
Or this one…
“The FDA has manipulated and hijacked the critical thinking skills of an entire country...I cannot tell you the number of problems colloidal silver has solved in my life.
My college age son returned this summer with a deep, barking, bronchial cough he said he had for a month. 2 days of colloidal silver and it was almost gone. 4 days and it was history.
It has stopped gum infections. It has also helped a traveler's stomach.”
Or this one…
Another attack on something that actually works. The FDA and its cronies, on behalf of the pharmaceutical companies (which make money selling toxic drugs) and the medical establishment, continue attacking our rights to use natural substances.
The real problem is that silver works TOO well, and it’s growing popularity threatens drug sales and the notion that anything other than so-called ‘miracles’ of modern medicine work…
This type of story is a total red flag that should not be ignored, but instead should lead to calls supporting consumers' rights to health freedom.”
Or this one…
“How sad to see such blatant and pathetic evidence that our major news carriers are so obviously under the thumb of our pharmaceutical propaganda machine. Sad but so true.”
Or this one…
“This is total big pharma owning the mainstream media. Even that photo of the silver hydrosol above is meant to mislead. Silver is a clear liquid like water and doesn't look like that poison above.”
Or this one…
“Wow, what a pathetic article. Colloidal silver works GREAT as an antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral.
There is PLENTY of research in the past and it was used for centuries prior to the patentable pharmaceutical substances now used in contemporary society.
People, don't listen to the idiots that write articles like this. Do your own research and take it from people who make and use properly prepared colloidal silver - it really works! Seriously!”
Or this one…
“I was shocked at the imbalance of this article and at the prejudice expressed through disintegrated grammar and poorly expressed ideas.
It's the LA Times, for goodness sakes. Where are your journalistic principles? Where is your impartiality? Whose pocket are you in, exactly?
This report is a disgrace on many levels.”
Online Carpet Bombing
But for me, perhaps the most telling comment under Ms. Dennis’ article was this one: "Funny how 10 news websites are saying bad things about colloidal silver all on the same day!"
That commentator hit the nail on the head.
Indeed, that's how the so-called "skeptics," “quackbusters,” natural health “debunkers” often work. They coordinate attacks on a colloidal silver (or other nutritional supplements) across multiple web sites all during the same time-period, in an attempt to give the public the impression that EVERYBODY is suddenly warning against the supposed “dangers” of the substance.
It’s the online version of carpet bombing. And of course, it’s very effective. Indeed, we've seen this time and time again.
For example, when articles on the sensationalistic and deceptive "dermal toxicity" study on nanosilver came out last year, portraying nanosilver in commercial products as being so toxic to the skin it might cause cancer, the information was suddenly being spread across multiple web sites around the world almost overnight.
This, in spite of the fact that the study itself had nothing to do with cancer. What’s more, it was conducted on tiny albino guinea pigs and not humans.
Finally, the concentration of nanosilver used on the poor little guinea pigs each day for weeks on end was 10,000 ppm, which of course is many thousands of times higher than anyone would ever come into contact with from a commercial product that contains nanosilver.
Yet the articles on this study miraculously reached the tops of the Google search engine results in just a few days, even though the study itself was from an obscure source in Iran.
If you’re interested, you can read my expose of this study, "How Junk Science Propaganda Against Colloidal Silver Gets Started” which demonstrates exactly how the propaganda game against colloidal silver and all forms of antimicrobial silver works.
Similarly, when Israeli researchers invented silver-impregnated butcher paper last year in an attempt to help stop the growing spread of bacterial contamination on meat products…
…I immediately predicted the radical anti-silver crowd would throw everything they had at this highly beneficial invention in order to stop it dead in its tracks.
And of course, they did exactly that, conducting an online drive-by shooting campaign against the invention, unlike any I've ever witnessed.
In fact, they quickly dubbed the silver-impregnated butcher paper as "killer paper," and began spreading negative articles about it all over the internet in a matter of days through their worldwide network of web sites.
You can read how they used abject propaganda to destroy the great idea behind this potentially life-saving invention almost overnight, in my article In Defense of Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles.
Finally, in my article Canada’s “Mr. Science” Labels Colloidal Silver Usage “Quackery” you can learn more about how the “skeptics,” “quackbusters” and so-called natural health “debunkers” conduct these coordinated media attacks…
…as well as how they use techniques such as “Google-bombing” to manipulate search engine results so that when someone searches, for example, for the term “colloidal silver,” only negative articles come up in the top rankings.
The Good News…
The good news is that people have been waking up for a l-o-o-o-n-g time now, and are beginning to pull off their blindfolds in droves.
It’s simply not as easy as it used to be for the propagandists who shill for Big Pharma to pull the wool over the eyes of the awakening populace. People are catching on to the lengths Big Pharma will go to protect its multi-billion dollar annual drug profits.
Sharing articles like this one will help wake up even more people. So please feel free to forward this article to your fellow natural health lovers, or email them the link to this article, so they too can read it.
Big Pharma continues to work overtime to deceive the population into believing natural substances like colloidal silver are “unsafe and ineffective.”
But more and more people are waking up to the truth, thanks to the power of the internet. Let’s help them do so by sharing the truth with others who may be interested.
Until next time, I remain…
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
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