It appears Dr. Weil has sold out to the Consumer Reports/Big Pharma crowd, since his “dangerous supplements” post pretty much echoes the spurious charges in that old Consumer Reports hit piece (see my article on it, here: http://www.thesilveredge.com/cr.shtml).
Of course, this is not the first time Dr. Weil has negatively commented on Colloidal Silver
. I find Dr. Weil’s comments kinda funny, actually, because in his book, The Natural Mind, he justifies the use of marijuana (though claiming not to smoke it, himself, of course), claiming it’s relatively safe and natural. But now he denigrates the use of safe, natural Colloidal Silver
In his previous anti-silver rant, Weil states, "Not only does the human body have absolutely no need for silver, it can be harmful:"
The human body has "absolutely no need" for some of the other substances Dr. Weil writes about and recommends either, such as the herb Astragalus, of which he writes on his web site that it's "one of my favorite immune-boosting tonics" and happily recommends as a remedy for everything from colds to impetigo to chemotherapy.
Not surprisingly, the FDA has issued warnings to Dr. Weil about his enthusiastic endorsement of Astragalus and sale of a product containing that particular herb, claiming he was engaging in "Potential Illegal Marketing of Products to Prevent, Treat or Cure the H1N1 Virus."
See the FDA warning to Dr. Weil here: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm186837.htm
Now I'm actually on Dr. Weil's side on the issue of Astragalus. I like and occasionally use Astragalus. I'm just using this as an example because I find it extremely hypocritical for him to denigrate the use of Colloidal Silver
-- which, much like Astragalus, is also known to boost immunity and heal infections. I find it unconscionable for him to make the claims he made against colloidal silver, when those same claims could just as easily made against Astragalus.
Like colloidal silver, Astragalus can be harmful if taken in excessive dosages and for overly long periods of time.
Indeed, almost everything Dr. Weil stated in his previous anti-silver article about colloidal silver can be said for just about any other herb, amino acid, mineral supplement or even vitamin that he’s ever recommended, if they are misused.
The bottom line is that people who misuse supplements -- including colloidal silver -- risk the potential of harming themselves. And people who use supplements moderately and with common sense and individual responsibility generally have no problem whatsoever with them.
Check out this double-minded statement of Dr. Weil's, from his previous article: "While it is true that silver is an effective germicide, it has limited usefulness in medicine. In 1999 the FDA banned the sale of all over-the-counter drugs containing colloidal silver and silver salts as these compounds haven't been recognized as safe. However the ban doesn't apply to dietary supplements containing colloidal silver because the FDA has no jurisdiction over such products, UNLESS THERE ARE ESTABLISHED SAFETY ISSUES."
I love the part where he says dietary supplements containing colloidal silver aren't banned from sale, "because the FDA has no jurisdiction over such products, unless there are established safety issues." So, by Dr. Weil's own words, since colloidal silver is still allowed to be sold as a dietary supplement, there are apparently NO established safety issues with it. Yet earlier in his article he clearly states, "It can be harmful." Well, which is it, Dr. Weil? Either there are "no established safety issues" or "it can be harmful." But you can't have it both ways. No wonder he pulled that article. It made him look like an idiot.
Whatever Dr. Weil's motives in denigrating colloidal silver (perhaps it is too competitive with the Astragalus product he pimps), he is certainly wrong about it. I'd much more trust the experts at this page: http://thesilveredge.com/experts.shtml
I also think Dr. Weil's statement "While it is true that silver is an effective germicide, it has limited usefulness in medicine" is ludicrous. Silver has been used in medicine since the days of the ancient Persian kings long before the time of Christ. And its uses in medicine are growing at an astonishing pace. Witness my "Clinical Studies" page at the Silver Edge web site, where I've posted a whopping 60 different studies and research reports documenting silver's astonishing use in medicine, both historically and present-day: http://thesilveredge.com/studies.shtml
The bottom line is that Dr. Weil’s continued attacks on silver demonstrate, to my mind, the compromise he’s had to make with the FDA and Big Pharma. They came after him some time back for his various claims about nutritional supplements. Now he’s slamming the very supplements like colloidal silver that are on the top of the FDA hit list. Hmmm.