We are now in the first decade of the 21st Century. With the Internet and World Wide Web, I can talk in real time, via webcam, to friends in Australia. It is possible to watch full-length movies on various mobile devices, although the screen size will be rather small. Recently, I even saw a television commercial for an “automatic stopping car.” The salesman is driving fast, on what appears to be a head-on collision with a parked car. The couple in the back are freaking out. Then, on its own, the car stops, and the salesman tells them about that new feature. With all of this progress in technology, why is it that so much of the medicine out in the market has side effects that are at least as bad as what they are supposed to be for, and in a number of cases, “may cause death.” Before I go into my next paragraph, I’d like to ask if it’s just me that notes how calm they are when they state all these side effects, even death. And how can the Food and Drug Administration allow these death causing drugs on the market
Let me start with CELEBREX, a well-known arthritis treatment which I am sure many have seen commercials for. The following information is taken directly from CELEBREX’s home page. In my opinion, this tells one just how dangerous this sustenance is, if the following warning must be on THE VERY FIRST PAGE YOU SEE ON THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Important Safety Information – Like all prescription NSAIDs, CELEBREX may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. It should not be used right before or after certain heart surgeries.
Serious skin reactions or stomach and intestine problems, such as bleeding and ulcers, can occur without warning and may cause death. Patients taking aspirin and the elderly are at increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers (emphasis added).
Tell your doctor if you:
* Are pregnant
* Have a history of ulcers or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
* Have high blood pressure or heart failure
* Have kidney or liver problems
People with aspirin-sensitive asthma or allergic reactions due to aspirin or other arthritis medicines or certain drugs called sulfonamides should not take CELEBREX.
Now, I know there are those who will emphasis the fact that the above quote states “can lead to death,” not that it “does lead to death.” These same people may also state that not all medications will lead to death. That is very true, indeed. In fact, there are entire articles out there, list some of the negative side effects various medications can lead to, such as this article on Oddee.com.
Some prescription drugs, such as Mirapex, has led to amnesia. Mirapex was to control Parkinson’s disease, and also prescribed to people with RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). Some have had short-term memory loss, like not remembering what they did yesterday. Only when they stopped using the drug did the issue stop.
Enlarged breasts for guys is another side effect. If that’s not bad enough, gynecomastia, the ability to grow lactating breasts is downright disturbing! Propecia, developed to deal with male pattern hair loss, increases estrogen, which can lead to gynecomastia.
The final side effect I’ll discuss is hallucinations. Usually, when one talks about drugs and hallucinations, one thinks of illegal drugs, such as LSD. Lariam, developed to prevent and treat malaria. Several individuals have reported frightening hallucinations, and even violent psychotic behavior after using the drug. The FDA now requires screening for depression and psychosis before taking it.
With these dangers, and many more that are out there, some people may wonder what they can do. We are bound to get some form of illness, or having some sort of ailment, in the many decades of life ahead of ourselves. Many individuals have turned to alternate and natural remedies for their medical needs. Some people will swear by remedies that have been handed down for generations. Then, there are those who have done research on various items, even acquiring FDA approval for use of their products. In this paper, I will be discussing Nano Silver.
In Total Health (Vol 30, No. 5), an article states that Hippocrates wrote in his medical texts that silver not only proved to be beneficial in healing of diseases, but was also praised for tissue repair. In addition, silver has been shown to eliminate bacterial infections, as well as kill viruses, fungi, and molds. All of this has been shown, with no side effects.
One company, American Biotech Labs, holds over 190 independent studies from over 60 different U.S. government, military, private, and university labs. These have FDA clearance and EPA approval. Silver has been shown to be effective even against deadly bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), while not harming beneficial bacteria. Silver has even been shown to inactivate viruses, molds, and fungus at the DNA/RNA levels. It has also been shown to work positively with pharmaceuticals.
The silver products of American Biotech Labs has been approved of by the EPA. The EPA has very strict guidelines, requiring thousands of tests to meet these guidelines. They have been approved for home and hospital disinfection, and even disinfecting dental water lines. Additionally, there is the improvement for use in heating and ventilation systems for home and industrial use.
It is also very safe to the environment. Chlorine based cleaning products have a toxic spill of three gallons. This means that if over three gallons of such products have been spilled, it must be reported to the EPA and dealt with by local HAZMAT authorities. The nano-silver product has a toxic spill rate of 12,500,000 gallons. This means that a little over 12 oil tankers full of the product would have to spill in order for it to be deemed harmful to the environment.
One concern with silver has been nephropathy or heavy metal poisoning. According to the MERCK Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment, there is a list of heavy metals that can cause the poisoning. Metals like copper and iron, found in everyday vitamins, are on the list. Silver is not. Sodium nitrate is listed as a cause of nephropathy. This means that if silver is mixed with heavy salt or sodium products it could then cause nephropathy.
Some have also been concerned with the possibility of silver causing cancer. According to the EPA’s IRIS Report, in the first paragraph under section 11.A.2., “No evidence of cancer in humans has been reported despite frequent therapeutic use of the compound (silver) over the years.” In section 11.A.4., “Further support for the lack of silver’s ability to induce or promote cancer stems from the finding that, despite long standing and frequent therapeutic usage in humans, there are no reports of cancer associated with silver.”
If a child were to consume one of hundreds of products in a home, the child would be seriously harmed, ill, or even dead from the poisons in these chemicals. However, if a child were to consume an entire 16 ounce bottle of the EPA approved silver disinfectant, they would not be harmed. This disinfectant would not harm a child, but can kill two very deadly bacteria in hospitals: MRSA and VRE.
As has been stated in this paper, silver has been proven to be very effective in its uses. It eliminated malaria from the bloodstream in four different preliminary studies, by internal human ingestion. The survival rate of mice was increased by 100% against H5-N1 Bird Flu, when used daily. The product patented to kill TB, MRSA, Hepatitis b., HIV, yeast, and others. In seven AIDS patients, the T lymphocyte count was increased by average of 40%, over four months, taken orally twice a day.
There has been some concern about the disposal of silver nanoparticles and their effects on the environment. Preliminary work indicates at levels up to six ppm, possibly higher, would not survive. If a very large amount was taken, such as the above reference to oil tankers, was released into the environment, both good and bad bacteria would be diminished. However, the amount in dietary supplement nanoparticles is not considered threatening. This means that even though there are a number of manufacturers producing silver nanoparticles, due to low concentration levels, the amount actually released into the environment is still expected to be low.
Nano silver has been shown to be very effective against malaria. A preliminary trial at an Air Force Hospital in Ghana, was conducted by a Dr. Evelyn Kwabiah. Of the five patients treated, all had positive outcomes. They recovered faster than those who received conventional treatments. Additionally, in cases where conventional treatments failed, after using the nano silver treatment, the individuals recovered. With this and other successes, the Food and Drugs Board of the Republic of Ghana issues a Certificate of Registration for American Biotech Lab’s product.
In a later study, 41 Malaria patients, ages 1 – 90, all 41 survived with no failures. Recovery times were reached between 4.5 and 6.5 days, when administered in 2 – teaspoons 2 – 3 times a day. In each case, there were no complaints of negative side effects, as is often the case in other known malaria treatments.
In conclusion, there have been several tests done in both informal and professional, clinical, medical facilities, where the use of nano silver products have not only helped cope with various illnesses, but the use of the products have not had any negative side effects on the patients they have been used on. No one has traded one illness for another. More importantly, no one has died from using this natural product for any of their ailments. Additionally, nano silver has been shown to be virtually harmless to the environment. A very large amount would be needed for there to be an environmental concern, as there is very little chance of 12 oil-tankers of dumping their entire load, that it is safe to conclude that it is neither harmful to individuals who use it, nor is it harmful to the environment. I hope the Food and Drug Administration is listening.
Written By: Eddie Starr