A Sweedish research team has released a propaganda hit piece on silver titled Silver: A Toxic Threat to Our Health and Environment, and urges municipalities, governments, and the EU to take action by banning silver products, and consumers to actively avoid any product containing dangerous silver.
The study concludes by strongly advocating consumers ‘stay informed and avoid any product labeled to contain silver’, and encourages hospitals to train their staff to avoid purchasing medical products containing silver.
As the ‘research’ team made zero disclosures regarding the funding of the study, we have sent an official inquiry to the authors requesting clarification as to if the study was funded by Pfizer, Merck, AstraZeneca, or JP Morgan.
The ‘research’ claims silver is toxic to all living cells, silver contributes to antibiotic resistance (in fact the opposite is true- synthetic antibiotics contribute to bacterial adaptation and resistance), silver causes permanent skin damage, silver chokes fish to death, silver disturbs bacterial activity when cleaning sewage (actually that’s true- silver destroys the bacteria in sewage and sanitizes the water), silver prevents the use of sludge as a fertilizer (this is only a bad thing for companies in need of cheap public disposal of their toxic waste), and finally claims that mining of silver is intimately associated with environmental contamination of toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead and therefore silver mining is toxic to the environment.
Full report from Uppsala University in Sweden below:
Silver: A toxic threat to our health and environment
•Silver is toxic to all living cells
•Silver contributes to antibiotic resistance
•Silver is deposited around nerves and in deeper skin layers and may
cause permanent skin damage
•Silver is intimately associated with environmental contamination of
other toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead
•Silver sticks to fish gills, potentially choking them to death
•Silver disturbs bacterial activity when cleaning sewage
•Silver prevents the use of sludge as fertilizer, needed for nutrient
New uses for silver
Our emerging problems with antibiotic resistance and fear of multi-resistant bacteria
have opened the door for toxic heavy metals. Silver has quickly spread from soaps
to full room concepts in hospital wards in recent years. It can now be found in:
• Wound dressings, Band-Aids
• Catheters, endotracheal tubes
• Grafts, implanted heart valves, bone cement
• Soaps, disinfectants
• Sanitary ware, toilet seats, door handles, furniture, paints
• Textiles, carpets, clothes, shoes
• Refrigerators, washing machines, telephones, keyboards, pocket calculators
• Children’s toys, pacifiers
The most toxic forms of silver are added to these products. This development
coincides with a pronounced decrease (25-40%) in silver use by the photo industry
due to digital cameras.
With a wide and uncontrolled use of silver products, it is likely that not
but also antibiotic- and biocide-resistant bacteria will emerge. These
bacteria would certainly pose a threat to the public health. Furthermore,
if we kill the good bacteria, the ecosystem will collapse.
Mining and largest consumers
Only one third of silver produced originates from dedicated silver
mines and two thirds is received as a by-product from production
of copper, gold, lead, and zinc. Most silver production results in
large emissions of mercury to air, soil, and water. Where silver is
extracted by small-scale miners, large quantities of mercury are
used, resulting in large health and environmental damages.
Hospitals are large consumers of specific products with silver
added. In five years the silver-based wound dressing market has
gone from zero to 200 million Euros in Europe, and the estimated
yearly growth of the ‘anti-bacterial market’ is 40% with specified
areas such as wound care and foreign bodies leading the trend.
Most silver is still used for electronics, jewellery, silverware,
mirrors, but the risks from this usage are much smaller than the
newly emerging usages due to already established recycling.
How to act?
Buy products free of silver. The silver added has generally no
positive effects, and can be more detrimental for your health
than the same product without silver. Consumers should be
informed and demand clear and easily visible labelling when
silver has been added.
To educate the general public and health care staff about the
potential negative health and environmental effects is central.
To confront purchasing staff with the selling strategy of
commercial companies should be included in the training.
Municipalities, governments and
EU need to take appropriate actions.
Do not ingest colloidal silver sold as food supplement in health
food stores, unless you want your skin to have an incurable
greyish taint like the lady to the left in the picture above.