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August 2008

COLLOIDAL SILVER – Taken responsibly seems to works wonders

I Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 3.00.49 PMwas introduced to Colloidal Silver, four years ago when my son was an infant and kept getting an eye infection because his tear duct hadn’t opened yet. Instead of repeated antibiotic, my (traditional yet homeopath) doctor advised that I try Colloidal Silver drops for my son’s eyes. Wow…quick results. It worked great. So great, that my husband and I tried it whenever we had a stuffy nose, soar throat, or ear pain. After a while we used a little here and a little there anytime we noticed a sign of illness. It was amazing. Granted my son stayed at home and wasn’t exposed to lots and lots of germy kids on a daily basis, but overall we stayed quite healthy. He was only on antibiotics two or three times in his first 3 years of life. We use it like Airborne – a preventative antidote. For us, six misting sprays up to one tablespoon will usually do it (3x daily as needed). Our favorite brands are listed below.

The naysayers…I remember reading information about Colloidal Silver and argyria a skin condition where you turn blue. However, when I looked into this further it was amazing to me to find that Colloidal Silver was used for many many years as a cure all, and all the reports that I found on argyria were from people taking lots and lots of homemade CS on a daily basis. The amount people with argyria have taken is excessive compared to the amount recommended on the products I have used – a little goes a long way (see below a quick recap of the mere 11 cases that have been reported).

Even good things in excess aren’t good. I would not recommend you make vitamins, minerals, and supplements in your home (unless you really know what you’re doing). I would recommend that you purchase from a reputable vendor that has extensive research on their product and follows good safety and purity standards – then follow their dosage recommendations.

If you are interested in preventative medicine and alternatives to repeat antibiotics please read on find out more. If you find something interested – let me know.

wikipedia
About CS
Silver Kare (good brand)
Sovereign Silver (good brand)
FDA – against CS use in Animals

So far, only eleven cases of argyria related to silver products have been reported and all seem to be from excessive use:
* A 56-year-old man who had sold and used colloidal silver for three years, developed blue/gray discoloration of his fingernails accompanied by a very high blood level of silver [1].
* A married couple who had three years of daily consumption of a drink prepared by administering an electrolytic charge to a bowl of water that contained a silver bar [2].
* Another couple had been taking a silver-containing “dietary supplement” prescribed by a naturopath [2].
* A mentally ill man who had been drinking silver-containing herbal tea for about 10 months [2].
* Stan Jones, Montana’s Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, who reportedly started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics. He made his own concoction by electrically two silver wires in a glass of water [3].
* Two men, ages 63 and 76, developed argyria after a year of product use inspired by Internet claims [4].
* A 16-year-old boy developed blue-gray pigmentation of his entire body after ingesting a silver-containing dietary supplement for a year. The product, packaged so that it was identical to bottled water. was touted as a preventive for everyday infections [5].
* A 58-year-old man who treated a presumed kidney infection with a home-brewed colloidal solution 12 times a day for 4 days developed argyria about 4 weeks later [6].
* A 38-year-old man developed argyria after ingesting approximately 16 ounces of 450 ppm colloidal silver three times a day for 10 months to treat his arthritis and other conditions. He made the solution with a simple battery-operated chamber that leached silver from pure silver wire. He had obtained the plans from information on the Internet [7]. The photograph to the right shows how his skin color compares to that of normal skin.
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Reference
1. Gulbranson SH and others. Argyria following the use of dietary supplements containing colloidal silver protein. Cutis 66:373-374, 2000.
2. Hori K and others. Believe it or not—Silver still poisons! Veterinary and Human Toxicology 44(5):291-292, 2002.
3. Blue Is the color of my candidate’s skin. Associated Press, Oct 2, 2002
4. Cohen LE and others. Effects of Internet quackery: Argyria in the silver state. Federal Practitioner 21(4):9-17, 2004.
5. Wickless SC, Schwader TA. Medical mystery—The answer. New England Journal of Medicine 52:2349-2350, 2004.
6. Brandt D. Argyia secondary to ingestion of homemade silver solition. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 53:S105-107, 2005.
7. Wadhera A, Fung M. Systemic argyria associated with ingestion of colloidal silver. Dermatology Online Journal 11(1):12, 2005.

Raw vs. JPEG

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 4.02.38 PMA few years ago I couldn’t understand why everyone was so in love with shooting in Raw mode. I tried it and found it to be difficult for processing. As of a couple months ago, my feelings remained the same. However, now my opinion has changed 180 degrees. With the Canon 5D I’ve tried shooting both Raw and JPEG together, then I download the photos through the EOS Utility. When I click to open the files in Photoshop, JPEG images just open, while RAW images have a preview box that comes up first asking you to adjust all your size and color settings first. I find this tool is much easier to adjust lighting than using Photoshop adjustments.

I’ve saved a few bad shots in Raw whereas taking the JPEG file in Photoshop and trying to adjust the lighting was cumbersome and didn’t look as good in the end.

Some of the immediate correction within this Raw preview box include: White Balance, Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, Brightness, Contrast, Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation. You can also quickly select: Space, Depth, Size, Resolution, and to open it as a Smart Object.

Raw mode is also smaller in file size than the jpeg/psd files I save out. So, I prefer to keep my raw file in each image library for future use.

Then there is the advantage of batch editing. When you have a group of photos that all have the same lighting, of which you wish to correct, you can correct the entire set all at once instead of opening every file.

So now that I’ve seen the light (the lighting difference) between Raw and JPEG, I will never shoot just JPEG again – unless the picture quality isn’t important.

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