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Senate candidate blue -- literally ^ | 10/03/02 | CNN

Posted on 10/09/2002 8:59:42 AM PDT by reegs

Edited on 04/29/2004 2:01:24 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

GREAT FALLS, Montana (AP) --Montana's Libertarian candidate for Senate has turned blue from drinking a silver solution that he believed would protect him from disease.

Stan Jones,a 63-year-old business consultant and part-time college instructor, said he started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: acupuncture; argyria; blue; blueskin; chiropractic; colloidalsilver; libertarian; newage; quackery; silver; silverpoisoning; smurf; stanjones; vitamins
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Looks like he'll run for senate until he's blue in the face... oh, wait...
1 posted on 10/09/2002 8:59:42 AM PDT by reegs
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2 posted on 10/09/2002 9:02:09 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: reegs
Already posted.
3 posted on 10/09/2002 9:03:32 AM PDT by Dead Corpse
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To: reegs
Man, the Libertarian Party is such a bad joke.
4 posted on 10/09/2002 9:04:29 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Yeah. That whole "Constitutional Republic" and "Freedom" thing is so outdated. (/sarcasm)
5 posted on 10/09/2002 9:05:37 AM PDT by Dead Corpse
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To: Dead Corpse
Sorry... I searched on 'Stan Jones', 'Montana', 'Montana Sentate' and nothing came up.
6 posted on 10/09/2002 9:10:47 AM PDT by reegs
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To: reegs
Am I blue?

Am I blue?

Am I blue hoping you won't be too?
7 posted on 10/09/2002 9:12:07 AM PDT by sharktrager
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To: Dead Corpse
While certain issues espoused by the Libertarians may be admirable (and others inexplicable) this is a party which has absolutely no strategy of any kind.

Why would you put up a paranoiac who turned himself into a blue-skinned freak as a candidate?

No wonder that the LP, whose platform is infinitely superior to that of the Greens by comparison, couldn't outperform Nader in the last election.

8 posted on 10/09/2002 9:15:50 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: reegs
I wonder what the Green Party candidate looks like.


9 posted on 10/09/2002 9:18:46 AM PDT by Geezerette
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To: sharktrager; reegs

10 posted on 10/09/2002 9:21:32 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Geezerette
Not sure what he looks like, but here's a snapshot from their last convention:

11 posted on 10/09/2002 9:23:23 AM PDT by reegs
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To: reegs
I wonder, when he blushes, does he turn purple?
12 posted on 10/09/2002 9:31:50 AM PDT by reegs
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To: reegs
My sides hurt. :)))
13 posted on 10/09/2002 9:35:57 AM PDT by justrepublican
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To: reegs
Stan Jones

Libertarian Party

Here Stan talks to the voters about the issues facing Montana in the next election.

14 posted on 10/09/2002 9:37:32 AM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: reegs
Quackwatch Home Page

Colloidal Silver:
Risk Without Benefit

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles in a colloidal base. Long-term use of silver preparations can lead to argyria, a condition in which silver salts deposit in the skin, eyes, and internal organs, and the skin turns ashen-gray. Many cases of argyria occurred during the pre-antibiotic era when silver was a common ingredient in nosedrops. When the cause became apparent, doctors stopped recommending their use, and reputable manufacturers stopped producing them. The official drug guidebooks (United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary) have not listed colloidal silver products since 1975.

Dubious Ads

In recent years, silver-containing products have been marketed with unsubstantiated claims that they are effective against AIDS, cancer, infectious diseases, parasites, chronic fatigue, acne, warts, hemorrhoids, enlarged prostate, and many other diseases and conditions. Some marketers claim that colloidal silver is effective against hundreds of diseases.

During 1998, a Florida-based multilevel company, stated:

Our colloidal silver contains 99.99% pure silver particles suspended indefinitely in demineralized water that kills bacteria and viruses. It can be applied topically and/or absorbed into the blood stream sub-lingually (under the tongue), thereby avoiding the negative effects of traditional antibiotics that kill good bacteria in the lower digestive tract.

An all natural antibiotic alternative in the purest form available. The presence of colloidal silver near a virus, fungi, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen disables its oxygen-metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. The pathogens suffocates and dies, and is cleared out of the body by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems.

Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial enzymes, colloidal silver leaves these beneficial enzymes intact. Thus colloidal silver is absolutely safe for humans, reptiles, plants and all multi-celled living matter.

It is impossible for single-celled germs to mutate into silver-resistant forms, as happens with conventional antibiotics. Also, colloidal silver cannot interact or interfere with other medicines being taken. Colloidal silver is truly a safe, natural remedy for many of mankind's ills. Colloidal silver can be taken indefinitely because the body does not develop a tolerance to it [1]

Seasilver Intermational, a California-based multilevel company, claims that American are suffering from "silver deficiency." Although silver is not an essential nutrient, product information posted on the company's Web site states:

The depletion of minerals in our soil has left us deficient of silver, one of our most essential trace minerals, causing a drastic increase in immune system disorders in our society in the last decade. Research has taught us that all disease is allowed to manifest itself because of a weakened immune system. In over 20 years of worldwide research on Colloidal Silver, numerous interviews with government agencies, health care practitioners and their patients, no other nutrient, herb or drug (prescription or over-the-counter) is as safe and effective against all known forms of unfriendly virus, bacteria, and fungus. Additionally, while it is generally known that most antibiotics kill only perhaps 6 or 7 different disease organisms, reports have shown that Colloidal Silver has been used successfully in the treatment of over 650 diseases! Furthermore, strains of disease organisms fail to develop in the presence of Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver's greatest attribute is its unique ability to function as a superior second immune system in the body! [2]

The ad below is from the July 1996 issue of Alternative Medicine Digest.

Critical Studies

In 1995, an herbal distributor named Leslie Taylor tested nine commonly marketed colloidal silver products available at health-food stores and concluded:

Of course, the fact that a product inhibits bacteria in a laboratory culture doesn't mean it is effective (or safe) in the human body. In fact, products that kill bacteria in the laboratory would be more likely to cause argyria because they contain more silver ions that are free to deposit in the user's skin. .

FDA laboratory studies have found that the amount of silver in some product samples has varied from 15.2% to 124% of the amount listed on the product labels. The amount of silver required to produce argyria is unknown. However, the FDA has concluded that the risk of using silver products exceeds any unsubstantiated benefit [3].

In November 2000, a case was reported of a 56-year-old man who developed argyria while taking a colloidal silver product. The 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 [4].

Enforcement Actions

Between October 1993 and September 1994, the FDA issued warning letters to five colloidal silver marketers::

In October 1996, the FDA proposed to ban the use of colloidal silver or silver salts in over-the-counter products [5]. A Final Rule banning such use was issued on August 17, 1999 and became effective September 16th. The rule applies to any nonprescription colloidal silver or silver salt product claimed to be effective in preventing or treating any disease [6]. Silver products can still be sold as "dietary supplements" provided that no health claims are made for them. During 2000, the FDA issued warnings to more than 20 companies whose Web sites were making illegal therapeutic claims for colloidal silver products.

In May 2000, the Federal Court of Australia banned Vital Earth Company Pty Limited and its director Darryl John Jones from falsely representing that the colloidal silver produced by their "Vital Silver 3000 Zapper," "Vital Silver 2000 Automatic" and "Vital Silver 2000":

The company was also ordered to pay AUS$9000 in costs and to provide refunds [7].

In June 2001, the FTC obtained consent agreements with two companis:


  1. The company (Changes International) is no longer in the supplement business.
  2. Seasilver International Product Information, accessed October 12, 1998.
  3. Fung MC, Bowen DL. Silver products for medical indications: risk-benefit assessment. Journal of Toxicology and Clinical Toxicology 34:119-26, 1996.
  4. Gulbranson SH and others. Argyria following the use of dietary supplements containing colloidal silver protein. Cutis 66:373-374, 2000.
  5. Federal Register 61:53685-53688, 1996. (To access this document, search the 1996 volume for "colloidal silver.")
  6. FDA. Final rule: Over-the-counter drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts. Federal Register 64:44653-44658, 1999. Download PDF version
  7. Refunds for buyers of alternatuve therapy devices. News release, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission., May 5, 20
  8. "Operation Cure.All" wages new battle in ongoing war against Internet health fraud. FTC news release, June 14, 2001.

For Further Information

Rosemary Jacobs, an argyria victim, has made a detailed study of the colloidal silver marketplace and is willing to answer questions.

Quackwatch Home Page

15 posted on 10/09/2002 9:40:19 AM PDT by ppaul
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16 posted on 10/09/2002 9:42:45 AM PDT by ppaul
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17 posted on 10/09/2002 9:46:15 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: reegs
damn, is this real?
18 posted on 10/09/2002 9:48:28 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: reegs
"mmmmm . . . brains, juicy brains."
19 posted on 10/09/2002 9:50:00 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: wideawake
Bump your #8.
20 posted on 10/09/2002 10:00:31 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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