This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Colloidal Silver Nutritional Supplements Essay

2986 words - 12 pages

Colloidal silver as a nutritional supplement became a news item again this year with the death of one of its most famous proponents. Paul Karason died in September of 2013, Karason gained fame after appearing on the Today Show in 2008 for having blue skin due to argyria (Netburn. 2013). Karason’s argyria was caused by his ingestion of silver, he drank colloidal silver to treat his dermatitis (Netburn. 2013). Colloidal silver has been marketed on the internet as a treatment for a very wide variety of illnesses, one manual claims that it treats “over 650 known conditions” (Claussen, 2012, p.14). This paper will investigate the background of the treatment, methods of use, benefits, current research and will make recommendations on the use of colloidal silver as a nutritional supplement.
The medicinal use of silver goes back for centuries, and – as noted by Fung and Bowen – was used for nervous disorders in the middle ages, epilepsy in the nineteenth century and syphilis in the twentieth century (1996). Cold remedies contained colloidal silver proteins well into the nineteenth century (Fung and Bowen, 2006). Alexander, in his research, found that the history of silver for medical conditions goes back further still. Silver containers were used by ancient civilizations to preserve water and this occurred prior to the scientific evidence that “microbes were the agents of infections” (Alexander, 2009, p.289). Evidence exists of silver filings being used as a purifier of blood, to prevent heart palpitations, and to treat halitosis by Avicenna in 980 A.D. (Alexander, 2009). Additionally, Alexander found that Paracelsus – in 1520 – had used silver nitrate for wound care and internally (2009). Early settlers to North America would put silver coins into containers to preserve water while traveling (Alexander, 2009). The use of silver in regards to cutlery led to the following:
Privileged families used silver eating utensils and often developed a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, thus becoming known as ‘‘blue bloods.’’ Privileged people also often avoided sunlight so that the presence of the bluish discoloration, argyria, might become even more prominent. The prevalence of argyria prior to 1800 has not been documented, but it was reported to be associated with a reduced mortality rate during epidemics of plague and other infectious diseases.
(Alexander, 2009, p.290)
During the period 1800 to 1900 dressings with silver nitrate were used to treat skin ulcers and other types of wounds (Alexander, 2009). In the 1880’s, Doctor Carl Siegmund Franz Crede introduced the use of silver nitrate eye drops to successfully prevent gonorrheal ophthalmia in newborns (Alexander, 2009, p.291). In the period between 1900 and 1940, colloidal silver was consumed by patients and silver was also given intravenously; but it was later discovered in high doses parenterally, the silver could cause gastrointestinal disturbances, convulsions or death (Alexander, 2009,...


When the Bubble Burst Essay

1539 words - 6 pages By the time I arrived state side from my second tour in the Middle East the housing bubble had already burst. I noticed a drastic change in the way that many of my friends and family were living. Several of my friends that worked in real estate had sold their boats and seconds houses. My own stock portfolio had lost a third of its value. My sister and her husband had defaulted on their home mortgage leaving them scrambling for a place to live. I

phase diagram Essay

4456 words - 18 pages Introduction: Chemical equilibrium is a crucial topic in Chemistry. To represent and model equilibrium, the thermodynamic concept of Free energy is usually used. For a multi-component system the Gibbs free energy is a function of Pressure, Temperature and quantity (mass, moles) of each component. If one of these parameters is changed, a state change to a more energetically favorable state will occur. This state has the lowest free energy

Revolutionary Work of Art

1890 words - 8 pages Walter Benjamin emphasizes in his essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” that technology used to make an artwork has changed the way it was received, and its “aura”. Aura represents the originality and authenticity of a work of art that has not been reproduced. The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is an example of a work that has been and truly a beacon of art. It has brought a benefit and enlightenment to the art

Enlightenment Thought in New Zealand Schools

1594 words - 6 pages In this essay I will be looking at how the political and intellectual ideas of the enlightenment have shaped New Zealand Education. I will also be discussing the perennial tension of local control versus central control of education, and how this has been affected by the political and intellectual ideas of the enlightenment. The enlightenment was an intellectual movement, which beginnings of were marked by the Glorious Revolution in Britain

Psychological Egoism Theory

2240 words - 9 pages The theory of psychological egoism is indeed plausible. The meaning of plausible in the context of this paper refers to the validity or the conceivability of the theory in question, to explain the nature and motivation of human behavior (Hinman, 2007). Human actions are motivated by the satisfaction obtained after completing a task that they are involved in. For example, Mother Teresa was satisfied by her benevolent actions and

How Celtic Folkore has Influenced My Family

1587 words - 6 pages Every family has a unique background that influences the way they live and interact with other people. My parents, who emigrated from Ireland to the States with my three brothers in 1989, brought over their own Celtic folklore and traditions that have helped shaped the way our family operates and lives. One aspect of folklore that has helped shape my family dynamic is the Celtic cross—both its background and what role it has played in our lives

Julia Margaret Cameron

1406 words - 6 pages At a time when women were looked upon as being homemakers, wives, mothers and such the late 1850's presented a change in pace for one woman in specific. Photography was discovered in 1826 and soon after the phenomenon of photography was being experimented with and in turn brought new and different ways of photo taking not only as documenting real time, but also conceptualizing a scene in which an image would be taken. Julia Margaret Cameron will

Evaluation of School Improvement

1403 words - 6 pages The evaluation process should be progressive to incorporate overall planning, implement changes, which contribute to success. In order to focus on school climate and norms, the evaluation design must include the students, instructions, and outcomes to improve communication and building-level concerns to be address in this response. School Climate and Social Norms The school principal, other staff leaders, and personnel set the tone and the

Case Study: The Benefits of Animal Testing

1757 words - 7 pages Nine year old Amy has already had a rough start in life. She was born with an abnormal heart that hinders her everyday activities. Amy is unable to keep up with kids her own age because she often tires out easily. As a consequence, she has very little friends and is often alone. Amy is forced to take different medications everyday just to survive. Amy’s life consists of medicine, doctors, and constant hospital visits. However, Amy is due for a

Myth and Magic: Realism in "One Hundred Years of Solitude"

1531 words - 6 pages “He enjoyed his grandmother's unique way of telling stories. No matter how fantastic or improbable her statements, she always delivered them as if they were the irrefutable truth” (Wikipedia, 2011). Experiences are particular instances of one personally encountering or undergoing something and in these moments of time life changes for the best or the worst and memories are formed. These recollections such as riding your first bicycle, going to

Adiponectin: a Novel Indicator of Malnutrition and Inflammation in Hemodialysis Patients

2384 words - 10 pages aim of this study was to further elucidate the association between serum adiponectin levels and the nutritional–inflammation status of hemodialysis patients. Design. Observational comparative study. Setting and Subjects 80 patients on stable hemodialysis at Shiraz Nemazee Hospital for at least three months three times weekly without any acute illness. The patients were divided into two groups of well-nourished (n=23) and malnourished (n=57

Similar Essays

Things To Watch Out For When Taking Health Supplements

1066 words - 4 pages health supplements and identified 12 substances that may be hazardous to health and 11 other substances that may actually help improve or maintain health. The 12 ingredients which are most likely to be associated with serious side effects and little health benefits are aconite, chaparral, bitter orange, colloidal silver, comfrey, coltsfoot, country mallow, greater celandine, germanium, lobelia, kava, and yohimbe. At least eight of these have been

The History And Uses Of Casein

1044 words - 5 pages also been very important throughout recent American and English history. Though there are many ways casein has been used in history, the most popular ways that this protein has been manipulated through history is in plastics, food, and nutritional supplements. Casein is found in all mammalian milk, being 80% of the proteins found in cow’s milk and anywhere from 25-40% of the proteins found in human’s milk. This valuable protein is separated from

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder Analysis

1845 words - 7 pages destroyed immune system. also says “supplements such as TMG, zinc, vitamin C and other antioxidants; hormones such as HGH and DHEA; colloidal silver, and l-arginine” also help enhance the immune system. SCID patients may need to take some of these supplements and eat foods that have high antioxidant levels because they contain vitamins that boost the immune system and reduce the chance of getting cancer (Diagnose-Me). Also

Nursing Care Plan Essay

8217 words - 33 pages feel that his wife can do this for him. Diet: Pureed Hi protein, low fat, anti-dumping with Calorie count (all meals) and drink supplements between meals. TPN @ 79cc/hr 12hr around the clock through PICC line MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS: Empyema, Hemoptysis, Necrotizing pneumonia, Aspergillosis (Aspergillus fumigatus) cachexia secondary to malnutrition/infection, hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II melitius , and depression. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY