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Senate candidate blue -- literally
CNN.com ^ | 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

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 That whole "Constitutional Republic" and "Freedom" thing is so outdated.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.

g

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

References

  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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To: reegs
WORKING LINK:
Quackwatch

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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To: wideawake
Soon to come, a picture of David Duke with the comment, "Man the Republican Party is such a bad joke".
21 posted on 10/09/2002 10:05:46 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: reegs
Another reason I won't join the Libertarians.
22 posted on 10/09/2002 10:07:15 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: Big Guy and Rusty 99
I understand he narrowly beat this guy in the primaries:


23 posted on 10/09/2002 10:08:03 AM PDT by reegs
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To: DoctorMichael
Another reason I won't join the Libertarians.

Anyone who would choose to join or not join a political party based on one candidate as the reason, isn't much of an addition. Are you a member of any political party?

24 posted on 10/09/2002 10:09:34 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: ThomasJefferson
Are you a member of any political party?

Yes, a card-carrying Republican.

25 posted on 10/09/2002 10:13:29 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: reegs
At first, I thought this was a picture of Gray Davis...
26 posted on 10/09/2002 10:17:22 AM PDT by redhead
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To: ThomasJefferson
Yeah, the Republican Party really is a bad joke. The only elected officials it has are the President, the majority of Congress, half the Senate, dozens of state governors . . . while the majestic LP has several dogcatchers and a city councilman!
27 posted on 10/09/2002 10:25:13 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: DoctorMichael
Yes, a card-carrying Republican.

So shall we chat about some of your candidates and elected officals? As a reason to never join the Republican Party?

Lets start with George Ryan, governor of Illinois. And move on to David Duke. Then we can chat about some others. Hundreds in fact.

28 posted on 10/09/2002 10:26:42 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: wideawake
The only elected officials it has are the President, the majority of Congress, half the Senate, dozens of state governors

Yep, and to what end? They stand for nothing except election. They give in to Democrats and liberals inside their own party on almost every issue. Their elected officals give us bigger govt. at every turn.

If getting elected is all that you require for your allegiance, you will have no problem.

You said the LP was a bad joke based on this man's candidacy. A man you know nothing about other than he took some medication that turned his skin blue. You don't talk about his ideas or any other criteria except a childish picture.

Then you refuse to address the point I made about your wonderful party. The party of David Duke. If the LP is a joke based upon this man, what precisely is your party based upon it's men, like David Duke and other luminaries like George Ryan and John McCain?

29 posted on 10/09/2002 10:36:50 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: reegs
"If you vote for me, I promise smurfy jobs for everyone."

Do you think they'll form a blue caucus?

30 posted on 10/09/2002 10:40:20 AM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: ThomasJefferson
So shall we chat about some of your candidates and elected officals?

No, since this would be off-subject.

Instead, we should discuss for the 1000th time the legalization of drugs which this Libertarian candidate is, true to form, practicing. Okay?

I'll start: This Libertarian turns himself blue, even possibly poisoning himself, to make a point about his Libertarianism (ie. let's legalize drugs; one of the BIG Libertarian causes).

Therefore my question is: When, and if, he dies from his self-imposed medication, will he then qualify for a Darwin Award?

31 posted on 10/09/2002 10:55:29 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: DoctorMichael
Your post is childish. Like your ideas. No thanks to further exchange. Have fun.
32 posted on 10/09/2002 10:58:12 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: ThomasJefferson
Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, check my homepage TJ, I live in Charlottesville, underneath Monticello.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

33 posted on 10/09/2002 11:01:48 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: DoctorMichael
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I rest my case.

34 posted on 10/09/2002 11:04:16 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: ThomasJefferson
Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
35 posted on 10/09/2002 11:08:25 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: DoctorMichael
Perhaps you would be happier in a AOL chat room. People with your intellect can be found there in large numbers I'm told.

IF I was a Republican, I would be horrified to think that people might associate me with people like you.

36 posted on 10/09/2002 11:17:38 AM PDT by Protagoras
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To: wideawake
Why would you put up a paranoiac who turned himself into a blue-skinned freak as a candidate?

Because the Libertarians are stupid.

More to the point: The Libertarian party is a walking advertisement for the political Darwin Awards.

Darwin Awards are given out to those who are sooooooooo blatantly stupid that they kill themselves, thus saving the society by not reproducing and participating in the gene pool.

Metaphorically, the Libertarians are here committing the same thing. They want their ideas and their party to be taken seriously. One of their ideas is to legalize all drugs.

What we have here is a candidate for the Libertarians turning himself blue by practicing what the Libertarians preach: The uninhibited use of anything by anybody. By any measure this "Blueness" would not lend itself to the voting-public's faith in the appearence (pun intended) and sanity of the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian's produce unelectable, wacky candidates therefore not having much of a say in anything and not 'reproducing' politically; the political equivalent of the Darwin Awards.

37 posted on 10/09/2002 11:56:46 AM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: reegs
I just cannot stop thinking of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory... LMAO!!

But something tells me he is "filled" with more than just blueberry juice!!

38 posted on 10/09/2002 1:49:31 PM PDT by KineticKitty
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To: ThomasJefferson
People with your intellect can be found there in large numbers I'm told.

People like yourself ALWAYS substitute invective and insults for logic and substance.

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!

39 posted on 10/10/2002 5:11:14 PM PDT by DoctorMichael
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To: All

Chrysiasis - the gold version of the disease - makes one purple, and there is a website with many colloidials for sale - mineral supplements, and to be the color you always wanted to be : www.purestcolloids.com -

I am not kidding -


40 posted on 10/12/2005 3:52:13 PM PDT by BigEdLB (BigEd)
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