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Medic - posted on 05/21/2012 ( 61 moms have responded )

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Colloidal Silver Use in Children

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Jun 14, 2011 | By Tamara Laschinsky



Manufacturers of colloidal silver claim that it has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and that it will fight infection and be a "cure-all" for medical conditions. The U.S, Food and Drug Association warns against it's use and indicates that colloidal silver is considered to be generally unsafe and not recommended for use in children.



Identification

Colloidal silver is a mixture of small microscopic particles of silver that are suspended in liquid. The National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine confirms that silver has been used for medicinal purpose in the past, but has since been replaced by safer medicines. Alternative medical treatments still promote colloidal silver as a healing agent. There have been no medical studies to prove using colloidal silver for your child is safe or effective.



Uses

Brent A. Bauer, M.D., an internist at the Mayo Clinic, indicates that manufacturers of colloidal silver claims it boosts your immune system, fights off bacteria and viruses, treats cancer and HIV/AIDS and prevents shingles, herpes and many other illnesses. Bauer reminds the public that there is no medical evidence to back up any of these claims.

Colloidal silver can be taken as a dietary supplement, applied to your skin or injected into your body.



Warnings

The USDA has not approved use of colloidal silver in humans and has warned manufacturers against making false claims. They do not believe colloidal is safe to use and do not believe it is able to treat medical conditions.



Colloidal silver has not been tested for safety in children less than 18 years of age.



Side Effects

One of the most common side effects from taking colloidal silver is a medical condition called argyria. Argyria turns your skin a bluish-gray color and is a non-reversible medical condition, according to Bauer. Bauer indicates that other irreversible side effects of using colloidal silver in children can include seizures and neurological problems, kidney damage and skin irritation.



Using colloidal silver may also cause digestive upset, headaches and fatigue. It can also interfere with the absorption of other medications such as penicillamine, quinolones, thyroxine and tetracyclines.



Doses

The National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that no safe dosage of colloidal silver has been established for children. They advise you to speak to your medical practitioner if you are considering giving your child colloidal silver.







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Renata - posted on 09/26/2013

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My son had a fever of 104 for 2 days, I was up all two nights with him going between Motrin and Tylenol since his fever was coming back every 3 - 4 hours. He was so weak...The next day I went out and bought Colloidal Silver. I gave it to him and no kidding, a half hour later, his fever was totally gone and did not come back again. Since then, for a whole year, my kids have not gotten sick. The first sign of sickness I give them 2 drops per pound weight and the next day they are fine! I am a believer! I only use it as need it... Good luck!!

PS: Doctors are great for some things, I do say that, but you also have to know that they will treat your symptoms with medicine and sometimes multiple different ones until something works! I went through 3 years of desperation going to multiple doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with me...I was sent home with medicine for fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystites, hormone replacement, anxiety medicine (ALL THINGS I DIDNT HAVE!!) to later find out, my issue was that I was gluten intolerant (which i found out on my own!) ALL MY SYMPTOMS WENT AWAY.....
so listen to your body!! ;)

Michelle - posted on 05/30/2012

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Some medicines, you can just pick and use. Plantain is grown in the yard and even in the woods, you can take it and smash it a put it on a cut and it will help heal.
As much of herbal and homeopathic medicines, I've used and even reviewed or studied upon, all of the medications are made with herbal medicines..some do however have water in them . Some do not. I know what the differences is. To me if you don't take it...how do you know what it even does or even is. If these medicines aren't goood , like colidal silver...It wouldn't be on the shelves to buy.

stifler..you can take fenugreek and thyme with slippery elm for the sinuses and congestion..mucus. Slippery elm helps break the mucus up and fenugreek helps it to come out. I use this too and it works.

Herbs and homeopathic medicines are useful and are safer than other medicines doctors gives you. They have more of a chance to heal and has fewer side effects, some no at all. Homeopathic has no side effects at all and are safe for infants to elderly. Some herbs can have side effects if allergic to them. I haven't had no side effects on anything I have taken. The medicines doctors gives has far more complications than anything. As for the cancer thing. There are alot of medicines that cancer can be killed. Esiac tea is one of them and guess what....colidal silver is one of the ingredients in Esiac tea. You can go online and read up on it.
My uncle had cancer and went to the doctors and all and got worse, it was spreading. He went on Esiac tea and it was curing him. He went back to the doctors and the doctors were stunned of what they saw, the cancer was getting smaller. My neffew was a baby and on herbs and was being treated for cancer and it was taking it away and today...no cancer. Garlic is an herb, a food, it treats cancer...it's an anitbiotic.. Colidal silver is a type of antibiotic. Host defencee mushroom will kill various of bacteria and viruses like staph infections and it works. I use so much of herbs and homeopathic. My children are barely sick. They haven't gone to a hospital for being sick. I thank God for that.

Krista - posted on 05/25/2012

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Exactly. One could say easily that "God" gave us Amanita ocreata, also known as the "destroying angel" mushroom.

It's as natural as natural gets.

And half a cap of one is enough to kill a grown man.


I'm not against homeopathy or natural cures. But it is silly to assume that "natural" automatically equals "safe".

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Too right Stifler's. Plus some not so good things also come from nature.. like arsenic. Should we be taking that as well??

Science is a wonderful thing. The results of scientific studies have enabled us to live long and healthy lives. It has also saved us from potentially nasty deaths caused by very simple things. Things as simple as hygiene, or lack of. So don't think for a minute that science and Doctors are not to be trusted. Herbal medicines can compliment good health but I wouldn't be relying on them solely.

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And Michelle, it seems you don't know the difference between holistic/herbal medications and homeopathic preparations. One contains actual medication, one contains plain ol water.

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Nefertitikmb - posted on 04/28/2014

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I have been using Colloidal Silver with my Children for Years and that is how I know that the Claims above are full of B.S and most likely posted by the Haters of Mother Nature (FDA)!..They Lie...Cheat...Plant Fear and Miss inform all in order to keep the Ground Fertile for their Toxic Man Made Chemicals which they Call Pharmaceuticals!...However I am wise enough to know that the devil has always been a liar!...Smh!...

Val - posted on 02/16/2014

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It's too bad that people have lost confidence in their own judgement and rely completely on doctors uninformed "opinions" as if coming from some omnipotent God. Doctors are trained in medical schools that are primarily financed by Pharmaceutical Corporations. They are brainwashed into believing that only chemical medications are valid treatments for everything. Dr. Brent A. Bauer, MD stated earlier on this forum that there has been no medical evidence to back up the claims for colloidal silver. This is not true!
There have been many scientific studies done that confirm the effectiveness and safety of Colloidal Silver....just not done by the big pharmaceutical companies because silver is a natural substance and cannot be patented so there is no money to be made from doing studies on it. The FDA is paid well by pharmaceutical companies to fast track dangerous and deadly drugs to get them to market and to squelch peoples reliance on natural substances. I'd suggest that is you have access to the internet do your own research on the scientific studies that have been done by such institutions as John Hopkins University and UCLA, just to name a few.

Michelle - posted on 05/31/2012

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Jen,
alot of medicines can contain water. Colidal silver is pure water with silver particles. If homeopathic is nothing but water and wouldn't hurt children. Then colidal silver wouldn't either.

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2012

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I would use caution with any oral homeopathic/herbal remedy with children. I had a patient once whose mother gave him all sort of things to boost his immune system, kidney function, brain development, eye health, etc. He ended up requiring a liver transplant because all the medications damaged his liver beyond repair.

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Homeopathic has no side effects at all and are safe for infants to elderly
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Of couse they don't -they only contain water.

Krista - posted on 05/30/2012

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I think with herbal medicines, as in ALL medicines, the key is to be an informed consumer. You can't just assume "It's natural, so it's safe". Some herbal medicines DO have side effects and risks. St. John's Wort, for example, can interact badly with oral contraceptives. But if you do your homework and pick a reputable, regulated supplier of herbal medicine, then that's great. I also used Fenugreek while nursing, and found it made an appreciable difference in my supply. I also regularly use ginger for nausea, and tea tree oil if I get a nail fungus. And I will happily pilfer from my coworker's aloe plant if I have a skin irritation or sunburn.

I think the danger simply lies if we are ignorant and assume that natural automatically equals safe, and wind up taking herbal medicines indiscriminately.

Medic - posted on 05/30/2012

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Michelle- There are a plethora of things on the shelves to buy that are not safe. Just because someone sells it does not mean that they are unequivocally safe for use. Researching is finding unbiased information sources and reading both sides of everything. Just going by what the merchants are telling you is a little naive.

Stifler's - posted on 05/29/2012

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I use herbal and homeopathic but I do not believe they are going to cure cancer or in place of antibiotics when I have a serious infection.

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Sorry! Couldn't resist in the midst of a discussion about herbal meds and Romeo & Juliet is still fresh on my mind! (I teach Freshman English)

From Act II, Scene III- Friar Laurence explaining how mother nature has provided both good and evil from within her offerings, and if used properly, all is good. If abused and mistreated, bad happenings occur. Within one flower rind can produce both a healing effect, but is used improperly- death.

In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities;
For naught so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give;
Nor aught so good but, strain'd from that fair use,
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse.(20)
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime's by action dignified.
Within the infant rind of this small flower
Poison hath residence, and medicine power;
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;(25)
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.

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Herbal preparations certainly can be useful. However they aren't safer just because they weren't made in a lab and if you have a horrific side effect or reaction to one, you can't easily sue the manufacturer.

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Fine, give me the peer reviewed paper that shows oral ingestion is helpful in any way. Not anecdotes, not sales websites but actual peer reviewed papers. They must be out there if it actually works.

Stifler's - posted on 05/29/2012

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There's still a process to making it did you not read my post?! Apparently not. You don't just pick bottles of teething relief off a tree.

Michelle - posted on 05/29/2012

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Jen, when you put anything on your skin topically, It will be like taking it orally in a way, for a simple reason...When taking something topically, it absorbs in the skin and goes into the blood stream as well. Orally just gives you a bigger dose.
Colidal silver can be used topically and orally.

Michelle - posted on 05/29/2012

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stiffler as for homeopathic being manmade. To the point of man putting it together, yes they put it together, but homeopathic medicines is made of herbs. Herbs are God given medicines. Shows how much you know about homeopathic medicines. Do you use it? Apparently not.

Michelle - posted on 05/29/2012

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Sherri, I agree with you there. Colidal silver is a great product. I've used it on my stye and my 9 year old daughters eye for a stye and it took it away. Everyone seems to put colidal silver down. It heals many different things.To me,it is a great product. If you read up on using colidal silver, hospitals put it in newborns babies eyes so they wouldn't get an infection in it. Colidal silver is god given.

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There's a huge difference between ingesting it and using it topically. That is why they put on the prep-h tube -not to be taken orally.

Sherri - posted on 05/29/2012

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Depends if was a situation such as my brother in laws I just might. Who knows until you have a medical emergency what you would or would not do??

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But Sherri, would you give it to your baby to ingest or to be injected? The OP was about using colloidal silver in babies/infants.

BTW, sorry to hear about your brother in law. I hope his other leg heals and he doesn't lose it as well. :-(

Sherri - posted on 05/28/2012

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Well talking from this first hand my brother in law was hit by a drunk driver in Aug and had is leg amputated. His other leg due to severe injuries from the accident he developed mersa. The only thing that has finally started to heal his surviving leg is colloidal silver. It finally after 9mo's is healing and it is likely he will not lose this leg too. I have nothing but amazing things to say about the silver. The hospital tried everything else possible this was literally the last option.

Stifler's - posted on 05/28/2012

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I don't see how antibiotics, eye drops, paracetamol are man made.... but colloidal silver is god given and natural? it is not. There's a process to making it just like with any drug. Homeopathic medicines are man made too they don't just come off a leaf and pour it into some boiling water and drink it. If there's a god he gave us brains to make sure what we're taking is safe/make better medicines that work.

Michelle - posted on 05/28/2012

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medic, never said that you were wrong with your belief. I am only putting my opinion and outlook on these things. Not everyone does research on products that are out there. As for everything is God given...no it isn't. Manmade medicines, isn't God given. I cannot argue with you.. that some God given medicines are the best because some are not. I however am telling those about colidal silver a different way than you. It doesn;t mean you are right or wrong and the same as I. We both have our own opinions. I don't down you because you have a different insight than me. I have respect for those who don't believe in the same as I. That's why God gave us all choices.

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I'm not putting homeopathic medicines down per se but they have been put through rigorous double-blind testing and they fail every single time.

They fail because they contain zero active properties of any curative item.

For those that do not know how homeoopathic stuff is prepared it goes like this (and if you dont' believe me - go check out a homeopathic website): take an aspirin and dissolve it in a glass of water. Now mix that water into a bathutb full of water. Stir. Take that bathrub adn mix into into a swimming pool of water. Stir. Take that swimming pool and mix it into a lake. Stir.

Now take your glass and dip out some water. How much aspirin do you think you'll find in that water? You'd be lucky to find a single molecule but this is how it works according purely to homeopaths. The stronger the dilution, the better it works.

Now if that makes sense to you and you are happy to ignore the serious testing that homepathics stuff went through and failed, then I really stand back confused and sad.

Medic - posted on 05/25/2012

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Thank you Liz!! I have not been able to get on but I think you understand where this is coming from. Yes I do think it is great for a burn dressing but that is not what spurred this. What spurred this was recomending the regular injestion of it in children.

And no Michelle I am not OFFENDED by your thoughts I just think that there is nothing to really back it up and sadly some people here take the advice given without researching it. I am glad you know what I have and have not researched just because I believe in the science of things. By your logic everything we take is "god given" but your comment about one day we will all know is a little presumtious in assuming you are right and we all are wrong.

Liz - posted on 05/25/2012

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"As far as my opinion on the topic that started this debate, as a nurse, I have seen the use of colloidal silver on burns on small children. I have to say, I have yet to see a better product for healing burns (and trust me, there are A LOT). I've seen quicker healing times and less infections with the silver dressings. My problem with them though is that they require being changed more frequently than other burn dressings (which can cause more pain as dressing changes are painful for burn victims). "

As a nurse, I've used silver impregnated dressings to great effect also. I've even read peer-reviewed studies concerning the benefits in prevention of nosocomial infection through use of uniforms containing a certain level of silver in the weave. However the general use of silver in healthcare wasn't what was causing this great debate, but colloidal silver and its application as a liquid "taken as a dietary supplement, applied to your skin or injected into your body"!

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2012

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It seems a little bizarre that a thread on the use of silver in health care has become such an arduous debate on the merits of whether or not there is a God. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs, but with that right comes a responsibility to respect others rights to the same.

As far as my opinion on the topic that started this debate, as a nurse, I have seen the use of colloidal silver on burns on small children. I have to say, I have yet to see a better product for healing burns (and trust me, there are A LOT). I've seen quicker healing times and less infections with the silver dressings. My problem with them though is that they require being changed more frequently than other burn dressings (which can cause more pain as dressing changes are painful for burn victims).

Liz - posted on 05/25/2012

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I'm not cutting you down, Michelle. I'm debating an issue with you. I'm sorry if you feel that my disagreeing with you and debating about it rather than posting a single piece and then fleeing the scene is to cut you down.



The thing about these boards is that we are not all going to agree. That's an impossibility. Even if we were all devout Christians, we might agree in the power of the Lord but not on religious doctrine. We're not all Christians. We're not all of the same culture, background, circumstances or experiences. We will often disagree and debate will ensue.



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For the record, I am not offended by our debate or by your position in it. Yes, I disagree with you, but not maliciously so, not with any agenda in mind and not with any desire to criticise your faith.



I do not dispute your right to believe that God put everything on Earth the way it is. I just query your logic that anything we find thus is automatically good for dispensation as a medication.

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2012

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I thought we are to speak freely , not cut each other down. but in these cases people get affended it seems over it.

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2012

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we all have our own opinions. I have had family die from man made medicines. Alot of people die from it. There are some medicines, that i cannot say that i havent' taken this is man made. But, i do however like the homeopathic medicines myself. YOu all have your own opinions. YOu can put homeopathic medicines down. That is your right and it is my right to want to state my opinions about it. Some homeopathic medicines, I will not take either. I had never said that all of it is good, the same as manmade. I tell you what I think or know about different medicines. I don't expect anyone to agree. I'm not putting anything in your mouth, it's your decisions.But, I can say one think, just because I state my opinion on homeopathic medicines(some anyways) people sure do get upset about it.

Liz - posted on 05/25/2012

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"Look at some of the medications that man does make that many people does use. There are recalls on them because people are dying from it. You see it everyday on tv and hear it on the radio. Tylenol is one that shouldn't be given to a child for children are dying from it. So, manmade..alot of it, not all isn't all that great. Homeopathic is better. "



This is because we learn. A few hundred years ago, certain physicians thought that scarifying and blood letting was the only path to a cure. Nobody understood anything about bacteria or about the transmission of viruses.



Nobody is claiming that Western Medicine practices have all the answers and that doctors are never fallible. I know to my great personal cost that this is not the case. Yes, iatrogenic conditions do exist: I have a chronic and permanent disability since the age of 18 because of one idiot doctor's malpractice. Some people die every year due to medical negligence: my step father and my mother in law were two of these. This doesn't mean that if I get assessed as needing blood pressure medication by a doctor tomorrow that I won't take it, because it's not 'natural'. It also doesn't make it any safer to go dripping things in a child's eye because it came from the earth and therefore must be okay because God put it there.

Liz - posted on 05/25/2012

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You say homeopathic is better, but you're not exactly going out into the fields to gather your medicines yourself, are you? To turn these substances into 'homepathic medication' (I refrain from entering a debate about the efficacy of this, because that is a whole other can of worms) requires the input of Man in just exactly the same way that it does to create a wafer of morphine tablets.

If bottles of silver exilir appeared like manna from heaven, then I'd accept your argument, but they don't. I could just as well take some sulphurous rocks from the site of a volcano, grind them, add it to water and tell you that this solution is just brilliant for bathing your feet in. That's God-given too, right? God put the sulphur there, so clearly if I make a medicine out of it then that's right and natural, especially if I call it 'homeopathic'?

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2012

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I do agree that not all medicines are for everyone. But, to what I write about natural medicines, of what I know about is what I have done research on and from knowing about people I know who uses it and even from homeopathic doctors.

I have discovered that many regular doctors has went from manmade medicines to homeopathic, natural medicines. For these medicines have treated and cured so much that many manmade medicines do not. Alot of medicines man makes causes more harm than natural. I cannot say that all natural medicines are great , for some are not.SOme can have bad side effects, the same as mans.
There has been many people who has gone to hospitals because of ONE thing being wrong with them and medicines are given to so call treat the problem and then another medicine is given on top of that one, because the first one cause more problems. By the time you are done you end up with 2 or more problems than the first one you went to the hospital for. Some patients done even come out, because the medicines has killed the patients. I do know this for many people I know has died from it.
Not all medicines that are natural is for all. Some does have side effects. But it however funny that a regular doctor goes from mans medicines to homeopathic. Homeopathic doctors goes through college the same as a regular one.

Look at some of the medications that man does make that many people does use. There are recalls on them because people are dying from it. You see it everyday on tv and hear it on the radio. Tylenol is one that shouldn't be given to a child for children are dying from it. So, manmade..alot of it, not all isn't all that great. Homeopathic is better.

Liz - posted on 05/25/2012

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Michelle, all kinds of things are 'natural' 'God-given' and 'on this Earth' and yet NOT things we would want anywhere near our kids, whether as medication or not. Just because a substance is available and just because MAN took that substance and made it into an elixir and then tried to make a profit by selling it to gullible people does NOT make that elixir God-given, natural or SAFE!



In any case, this discussion should not be about God. Faith is faith, personal and therefore inarguable as far as I'm concerned. I am, incidentally, a Deist but not a Christian. I don't believe in the carrot and the stick of organised religion...and then you have examples of things like Pastor Worley and the Westboro Baptist Church. Be that as it may...



However you believe that a substance got to this planet, it is ridiculous to extrapolate from its mere presence that it is safe to apply as a medication. The people telling you that it is safe are the people who are SELLING it. You don't see the issue with that?

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2012

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" fictional character...GOD"...yep that sure is. Have you ever heard the saying...DUST TO DUST ASHES TO ASHES? You die you turn back into ashes which is a natural thing to this world. So what's the problem of using something natural ,when you are from a natural source? Talkin about brains...I tell ya.

Michelle - posted on 05/25/2012

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I've used it too on my face and it has cleared alot of it up..I've even used it in my eye for a stye and it made it go away.

Michelle - posted on 05/24/2012

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Well I believe that natural things are God given wether anyone agrees with it or not. I don't see how anyone can claim there isn't a God. One day everyone will see.
I do know that some natural things ( medicines ) aren't for all, but for some. Some are good, wether they are USDA approved. Some people may be allergic to a medicine that is natural, some aren't. It all depends on the person. You might want to put Medicine down that God had put here on earth. But the question is ...how can you put something down, when you have never used it or even literally studied into it? Most people seems to want to go with the outlook of others and not seeing for themselves. So how can one just put a medicine down without knowing anything about it?
It is sorta funny too, when Medic puts down colidal silver, since I guess it's because of it being a GOD GIVEN medicine.... well I will say to you...yes, colidal silver isn't for everyone. You shouldn't put it down when you haven't tried it. You have said on other websites that diamatious earth is good for people and pets. Colidal silver is too. Colidal silver is part of the earth the same as diamatious earth as you claim to be good. Don't make sence. ...Diamatious Earth has it's downs too and it's good as well, My mom has used this stuff, that's how I know it says on the directions to not get it on your hands and not to breathe the powder. So, I guess there isn't a God..It just got here on it's own.

Liz - posted on 05/24/2012

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And you know, God gave me a brain too, which most people would say is a natural thing (though my spouse might disagree) but I don't feel any need to harvest it for medications for my kids!

Liz - posted on 05/24/2012

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Then of course there is opium, which comes from the opium poppy (papaver somniferum if you're interested)...so clearly we should all be taking our daily morphine supplements because poppies are like natural and flowers and pretty.

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Michelle, the plural of anecdote is not data. Give me the peer-reviewed papers and I'll read them. Not a sales website.

Michelle - posted on 05/24/2012

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I agree that just because something is found in nature it isn't always the best. A lot of natural remedies, when used together, can cause horrible side effects even worse than what they should be treating.

Modern medicine has come a very long way since the 1800's, now they realize the benefits of sterilizing equipment to reduce infection! Yes there is a place for alternative remedies but when there is a lot more evidence not supporting it I will take that over a couple of sites that support something.

Firebird - posted on 05/23/2012

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Sorry Stifler's Mum ( love the new name btw), I couldn't help but laugh, because I was thinking the same thing about heroin!

Stifler's - posted on 05/23/2012

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Cocaine comes from the coca plant should we all start snorting that because it's natural and god gave it to us?

Stifler's - posted on 05/23/2012

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God gave us antibiotics too (penicillin is a fungus). And many other western medicines come from "natural" things.

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I'm with you medic.



And just because something was widely used in the 1800s, that doesn't guarantee its safety.

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