Colloidal Silver Turned this Man’s Skin Blue, and He’s Still Using it?
One of my own favorite natural remedies for infection, colloidal silver is reportedly responsible for turning Paul Karason’s skin blue. Colloidal sliver is commonly used in hospitals to treat burns and wounds as it has many antibacterial properties. He’s been living with this ‘irreversible’ condition, known as argyria for over a decade and has never sought professional help for it.
It all started over a decade ago when Paul Karason developed a case of dermatitis. He decided to use colloidal silver, which is made by extracting silver from metal, for his treatment. He not only drank it but also rubbed it on his skin regularly, resulting in his skin turning to this color gradually. According to Dr. Mercola, Mr. Karason continues to use colloidal silver today. (Update: This post was written in Jan, 2008. Mr Paul Karason has since died on Sept 23, 2013 due to a heart attack after contracting pneumonia and having a severe heatstroke, at the age of 62, in Washington.)
Always Be Aware of Potential Side Effects
Argyria is an extremely rare condition that turns the skin a permanent shade of blue. While overdose of colloidal silver can cause this, Mr. Karason is one of the only cases reported recently and overdose of colloidal silver is quite hard to accomplish. It is likely that he used a form of CS that contained silver proteins. Some brands use the label ‘colloidal silver’ to sell products that contain harmful proteins. The lesson lies in making sure that the product is really pure (ie. purchase from reputable distributors and trust friends who have experienced positive results), and practice moderation.
How Much is Too Much?
Natural remedies are meant to assist in our bodies’ elimination of disease. This often means feeling slightly sicker after trying one for the first time. Disease that is lodged inside may cause flu symptoms as it pushes out infection. In the case of colloidal silver, I have found that it is necessary for me to take the maximum daily dosage for about 3 days in order to conquer an illness. I use it for sore throats, ear infections, and have even had great success combating a kidney infection using colloidal silver and other remedies. I am careful not to use this cure unless I feel a need to bring in the big guns. If a natural remedy worsens symptoms for more than three days, this may be a sign that you’ve overdone it.
Believe it or Not
As any natural remedy for infection, like garlic, or vitamin C pushes out disease – your digestive system bears the brunt of the task. Believe it or not, a series of home enemas used in conjunction with your chosen remedy will alleviate any adverse effects. Since they are designed to flush out the system, they also aid in releasing your infection.
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.