As of January 1, 2010, colloidal silver has been banned throughout the European Union. Colloidal silver can no longer be sold as a nutritional supplement in any health food store in the EU, and could, according to health freedom reports, meet a similar fate in the U.S. The health blog Colloidal Silver Secrets is expected to post a report on this ban, including information from European health freedom groups, soon.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) website, colloidal silver is typically marketed as a dietary supplement and consists of "tiny silver particles suspended in liquid." Silver has a medicinal history dating back centuries, though, according to NCCAM, "modern drugs have eliminated most of those uses." A handful of prescription drugs containing silver are still available, such as silver nitrate, which can be used for prevent conjunctivitis in newborn babies and certain skin conditions.
Colloidal silver is usually taken by mouth, although there are forms that can be sprayed, applied directly to the skin, or injected into a vein. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "does not consider colloidal silver to be safe or effective for treating any disease or condition." To learn more about dietary supplements and their regulation, check out the NCCAM Using Dietary Supplements Wisely page.
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