Silver Safety Pyramid Provides Guidelines for Safe Usage of Any Ionic Silver or Colloidal Silver Supplement

Thursday, January 8, 2009 General News
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 8 The Silver Safety Committee( today announced its creation of the SilverSafety Pyramid, which is designed to enable anyone to easily determine safeusage levels of any dietary supplement containing silver, typically referredto as ionic silver or colloidal silver.

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The Silver Safety Committee consists of doctors, chemistry professors andworld leaders in health-freedom advocacy.

This information addresses an area of interest to thousands of people whotake silver supplements for health purposes, an interest which has beenlargely fueled by the high-profile case of a man who turned his skin blue byconsuming massive quantities of home-made colloidal silver on a daily basisfor years.

According to Herbert Slavin, M.D., director of the Institute of AdvancedMedicine in Lauderhill, Florida, and a member of the Committee, "This is anarea where confusion and concern developed needlessly. Few things in life areas cut-and-dried as the fact that silver is completely safe when used withinnormal limits. The U.S. government provides a very clear guideline for thesafe oral intake of silver. We've simply provided an easy method for applyingthat guideline to the safe use of any silver supplement product."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a guideline called theReference Dose (RfD) for safe limits on daily intake of silver. The EPA's RfDguideline is specifically intended to keep a person's intake of silver belowthe level that could possibly discolor the skin. The EPA emphasizes that onewould have to consume much more silver than that before one would approach thelevels at which any actual adverse health effects could occur.

"Anything in excess has consequences," said Jeffrey Blumer, M.D., Ph.D.,director of the Center for Drug Research, the world's largest clinicalresearch center for pediatric drugs, and former director of the GreaterCleveland Poison Control Center. "Common substances like table salt andaspirin are harmless with normal use, but excessive intake can become toxicand even life-threatening. With normal responsible usage, silver supplementsare entirely harmless to humans."

The Silver Safety Pyramid is based on the Committee's Silver SafetyGuideline, which recommends that a person's intake of silver from dietarysupplements be limited to 25% of the EPA's recommended limit for total dailyintake of silver.

It utilizes the Silver Safety Calculation, a simple mathematical formulathat enables a person to easily determine how much to take of any silver-containing product to remain within the safety guidelines.

The EPA RfD guideline is expressed in terms of micrograms of silver.Virtually all silver supplements, on the other hand, are labeled in terms ofparts per million (ppm), which is the concentration of silver in the water,not micrograms.

With the Silver Safety Calculation, you just plug in your pounds of bodyweight and the ppm of silver in whatever silver supplement you're using, andit calculates the appropriate limits for you.

"The EPA guideline was challenging for people to use as a guide for silversupplements," said Committee member Donald Baird, Ph.D., professor ofchemistry at Nova Southeastern University and former director of theDepartment of Chemistry at Florida Atlantic University. "We provided theSilver Safety Pyramid to make it very easy."

The Silver Safety Calculation is simple enough: 12 times pounds divided byppm equals drops per day.

The Silver Safety Pyramid provides guidelines for determining safe usagelimits from three perspectives:

Daily use

Short-term use

Entire lifetime

"This is useful information for everyone interested in using silver forhealth," Dr. Baird added. "If people follow these guidelines, they can usesilver supplements while remaining fully confident they are not exposingthemselves to any risks whatsoever."

The Committee's website includes the Silver Safety Auto-Calculator, whichautomatically performs the math in the Silver Safety Pyramid for you.

The site also has an Education & FAQ section, which helps clarify themeanings of terms like ppm, ionic silver, colloidal silver, and more.

The website is

This release was issued on behalf of the above organization bySend2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R).

SOURCE Silver Safety Committee

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