Steven Tondre, of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, was convicted in federal court for advertising and selling colloidal silver. He was placed on five years' probation, fined $4,000, ordered to pay more than $12,000 in restitution, and given ten days to take down his web site. The charges arose from his marketing of "EXP," a colloidal silver solution that he falsely claimed would prevent and cure AIDS by "hyperoxygenating the blood".

The web and some radio stations carry advertisements claiming that colloidal silver protects you against AIDS, cancer, infectious diseases, parasites, chronic fatigue, acne, warts, hemorrhoids, enlarged prostate, and many other diseases. One claims that "the depletion of minerals in our soil causes a drastic increase in immune system disorders." Nonsense.

Colloidal silver can inhibit the growth of bacteria in a test tube, but so can soap, alcohol and many other substances. Your body is different from a test tube. Your body has antibodies and cells that kill bacteria, and there is no good data to show that colloidal silver helps kill bacteria inside your body. Doctors prescribe antibotics to treat infections because research shows which specific bacteria they kill.

There is no evidence that colloidal silver can prevent or treat anthrax, AIDS or any other infection in your body. I hope that you will put your money to good use for your own needs, and not for entrepreneurs. Long-term use of silver preparations can lead to discoloration of the skin, eyes, and internal organs.

Checked 7/19/13

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