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Does colloidal silver treat cancer?

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The claim that colloidal silver can treat cancer comes from the belief that it is able to kill cancer cells and prevent their growth and spread. In scientific tests though, colloidal silver was not able to kill any cells or stop them from spreading.

Also, colloidal silver makes it hard for your body to take in antibiotics and other medicines. On top of that, it builds up in your body and causes some side effects, including:

  • Argyria, a condition that turns your skin a bluish-gray color. It mostly affects areas exposed to the sun, but can turn your eyes, internal organs, nails, and gums blue, too. The discoloration doesn’t cause any other health problems. But it will not go away when you stop taking silver.
  • Kidney damage
  • Stomach trouble
  • Headaches

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Taking Silver could give you the blues,” “Silver Supplement Warnings,” “How to boost your immune system.”

Antibiotics : “Antimicrobial Silver in Medicinal and Consumer Applications: A Patent Review of the Past Decade (2007-2017).”

Mayo Clinic: “My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Colloidal Silver.”

Journal of Wound Care : “Colloidal Silver as an Antimicrobial Agent: Fact or Fiction?”

Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology : “Use of Silver Nanoparticles in HIV Treatments Protocols: A Research Proposal.”

Journal of Applied Microbiology: “The silver lining: towards the responsible and limited use of silver.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Taking Silver could give you the blues,” “Silver Supplement Warnings,” “How to boost your immune system.”

Antibiotics : “Antimicrobial Silver in Medicinal and Consumer Applications: A Patent Review of the Past Decade (2007-2017).”

Mayo Clinic: “My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Colloidal Silver.”

Journal of Wound Care : “Colloidal Silver as an Antimicrobial Agent: Fact or Fiction?”

Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology : “Use of Silver Nanoparticles in HIV Treatments Protocols: A Research Proposal.”

Journal of Applied Microbiology: “The silver lining: towards the responsible and limited use of silver.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 23, 2020

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