Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ahh, why so blue?

Oh! Because you don't think! Or at least, you don't think skeptically, Mr. Karason. As the news article says, Karason believes that colloidal silver can cure anything if you drink it! He even denies the fact that the supplement is what has caused his skin to turn blue.

Clearly, the supplement is nothing more than a scam. Before buying such a product, any person should ask the obvious questions, such as, "Are they any actual studies which give reason to believe this 'supplement' is legit?"

After a quick search on Wikipedia and a few journal databases, the answer appears to be no. In fact, all of the information I found says quite the contrary. Especially in the article "Severe generalized argyria secondary to ingestion of colloidal silver protein" (from Clinical & Experimental Dermatology, Volume 28, Number 3.) Here's a bit of the abstract:

Argyria is a rare cause of cutaneous discolouration caused by silver deposition. We report a case of dramatic and diffuse argyria secondary to ingestion of colloidal silver protein over a 1-year period. Stained electron microscopy with spectral analysis was used to confirm the clinical diagnosis. Silver–protein complexes are deposited in the skin and reduced to inert silver salts by sunlight in a process similar to that harnessed in photography. Our patient had obtained the silver for consumption via mail order. It had been advertised as a cure for a variety of diseases...

Basically, this supplement turns you into a walking photograph.

So it's not that I expect Karason to research every single supplement he plans to use (at least try Wikipedia though), it's that he should concede the fact that he's wrong in saying his colloidal silver isn't the cause of his blueness. Defending a supplement simply because you have some attachment to it despite evidence saying you should do otherwise seems a little silly.

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