The Coming Ban on Colloidal Silver Generators
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Ever since the FDA wrote their infamous “Final Ruling” on colloidal silver back in August of 1999, they have been relentlessly pushing the notion that silver is “ineffective” as an anti-microbial or infection-fighting agent.
But now, a new crop of bureaucrats are actually questioning whether or not silver works too good, and might eventually pose a danger to our nation’s rivers, lakes and streams if enough of it gets into the environment and begins to kill off the “ecologically important” bacteria our fragile eco-system supposedly depends upon.
In just a moment, I’ll tell you why this new bureaucratic tactic has resulted in a stealth ban on the sale of colloidal silver generators, and ultimately on the sale of colloidal silver itself. But first, let me take one step back and remind you of how this all started…
A Little History: Why the FDA Will Have to Eat Their Words
Shortly after the FDA’s “Final Ruling,” I wrote a brief newsletter article explaining why the medical bureaucrats would eventually have to eat their words and refute the idea that silver is “ineffective” as an antimicrobial agent.
After all, I knew at the time that new research being conducted by big business and well as corporate medicine would prove silver beyond any shadow of a doubt to be a highly effective antimicrobial and infection-fighting agent.
I also knew that big business would ultimately start utilizing colloidal silver “nano-particles” (i.e., tiny micro-particles of silver measured in nanometers) as powerful disinfectants in a huge array of products in order to help stop the spread of bacteria, infection and disease.
I later expanded that article and published it under the title of “Big Business Moves Into Silver-Based Antimicrobials In a BIG Way.” The article revealed how dozens of large businesses were beginning to use silver as an infection-fighting agent in numerous applications. These applications include everything from disinfecting city drinking water…to sanitizing soda pop bottles…to killing microbes on food processing machinery…and even sanitizing towels, dish rags and bedding in the laundry.
What’s more, I revealed how silver was being used to eliminate bacterial growth on toothbrushes…and to make bandages up to 1000 times more effective at preventing wound infections. I also revealed how silver nano-particles are being used to retard microbial growth in alligator tanks in Florida…keep heating and cooling ducts bacteria and fungus-free throughout the United States…and even to keep potentially harmful germs from growing in the drinking water onboard the U.S. Space Shuttle. Plus I revealed many other astonishing uses for this most powerful of natural antibiotics.
Convincing the Natural Health Skeptics
My newsletter article helped convince literally thousands of natural health skeptics that mineral silver was indeed one of the most powerful natural infection-fighting agents known to man. What’s more, it helped people understand the simple fact that, contrary to the FDA’s vain assertions, silver in its natural liquid form – i.e., colloidal silver – is one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent infections and cure a myriad of infectious illnesses and diseases.
My original newsletter article even demonstrated how you could use a safe, simple and relatively inexpensive countertop device called a colloidal silver generator to reap the same profound infection-fighting and antimicrobial benefits provided by the more expensive silver-laced products being produced and sold by Big Business.
Environmental Bureaucrats Add a Surprising New Twist to the Battle Against Colloidal Silver
While the FDA continues to push the same tired old story about silver’s inherent “ineffectiveness,” and continues to attack colloidal silver vendors who dare to reveal the true extent of silver’s incredible infection-fighting properties, a whole new crop of bureaucrats – this time, environmental bureaucrats – are sowing new seeds of doubt about silver. But this time they are doing so with a very interesting twist.
The twist is this: Instead of standing by the FDA’s false claim that silver is “ineffective,” the environmental bureaucrats admit that silver is actually an astonishingly effective infection-fighting agent. Yes, perhaps too darn effective, they say.
In fact, the environmental bureaucrats claim that silver is so effective, if too much of it is released back into the environment, it could harm our fragile eco-system by wiping out “ecologically important bacteria.” Therefore, the use of silver in products, as well as the use of silver-producing devices, must now be regulated!
For example, here’s an excerpt from an article titled, “Safety of New Bacteria-Killing Coating Questioned,” published on LiveScience.com:
While silver’s ability to kill bacteria has long been known, not everyone is sold on the idea of using silver nano-particles in consumer products. Limited research has been done on how they interact with other organisms, which is particularly critical because of the particles’ ability to penetrate cell membranes.
“Certainly it is a very good antimicrobial product,” says Zhiqiang Hu from the University of Missouri, who is studying the safety of silver nano-particles. “But, it can kill the benign species [of bacteria] as well.” Hu says what concerns him the most is the effect silver nano-particles could have on aquatic organisms. Many types of bacteria live in lakes and streams, and if silver nano-particles were to get into the water system they could disrupt the aquatic ecosystem.
Hu is not alone in his concerns. Andrew Maynard, the chief science advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, funded by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trust, is also concerned about the lack of research and regulation on the use of silver nano-particles. He says this technology is cropping up in unlikely products, like socks, kitchenware and cosmetics, to name a few.
“You have an anti-microbial agent appearing everywhere, including children’s fluffy toys, with no knowledge about its health or environmental implications,” Maynard says. “What are the chances of it taking out an ecologically important bacteria?”
Exactly how could silver from a “children’s fluffy toy” end up “taking out an ecologically important bacteria”? According to Dr. Hu, “The silver particles enter sewage systems following the washing of hands after people have handled the nanotechnology enhanced products.”
So there you have it. The environmental bureaucrats are actually claiming that because silver nano-particles are so effective at killing bacteria, and because they are now being used in a variety of products that people might touch before washing their hands and sending them into the sewage systems, they pose a potential serious risk to the environment. And what is that risk? It could harm “an ecologically important bacteria”!
Considering the fact that silver comes from the environment in the first place, this sounds like much ado about nothing, right? But it is really about something very important. In fact, it is…
…All About Control
If you read between the lines, you’ll see that this is all about control. The powers that be realize that silver has become one of the world’s most popular natural antimicrobial agents. Indeed, an estimated 10 million people across North America now use colloidal silver regularly. And there are millions more users around the world.
What’s more, Big Business is applying silver to so many new products; the bureaucrats can’t keep up with it. So, as you’ll see in a moment, they now want to restrict and control any product that uses silver as an antimicrobial agent, as well as any product that produces silver for use as an antimicrobial agent!
And as you’ll see shortly, they’re already using to use this new ploy – i.e., the idea that the use of silver as an antimicrobial agent is so effective it could eventually harm “ecologically important” bacteria in the environment – to draw up new laws governing the use of silver, and the use of silver-producing devices.
Yes, it has already begun. Only a few months ago the EPA quietly re-classified silver as a pesticide and a potential “environmental pollutant” under an antiquated 1947 law called the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This action allows the bureaucrats to regulate both the production and usage of silver, if it is being produced for antimicrobial purposes.
According to medical journalist Sepp Hasslberger:
More than a year ago, a little noticed article reported a study that found silver nano-particles, as found in silver colloids, were able to kill HIV, in addition to a broad spectrum of viral bugs. Now, the US health authorities seem to have found a way to prevent this breakthrough from making it into broad public use…The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now selectively targeting nano-silver as an “environmental pollutant,” while practically ignoring pharmaceuticals and toxic chemical pesticides. Indeed, the EPA is using emerging regulations on the health effects of nano-particles to selectively target colloidal silver products as “pesticides.”
According to an article by natural health journalist Ben Kage at NaturalNews.com:
…while the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to regulate popular nano-silver antibacterial products, ostensibly to protect consumers, critics say the move is a thinly veiled attempt to solely regulate nano-silver as a health supplement…Silver was brought under close EPA scrutiny when washing machine manufacturers began making models that sprayed tiny silver particles onto the clothes as an antibacterial agent. Last year, the EPA decided that the machines should be regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Under these regulations, any silver product that claims it has antibacterial properties must prove the product is safe to be released into the environment.
Mike Adams, a consumer health journalist and strong proponent of colloidal silver, rightly suggests the regulations might work better were they aimed at antibiotic drugs and other pharmaceuticals. He states:
“Isn't it interesting that the EPA chooses to completely ignore the environmental safety of all the millions of tons of pharmaceuticals flushed down toilets every year while selectively targeting silver products?” he said. “Why isn't the EPA concerned about the environmental toxicity of pharmaceuticals?”
In short, the bureaucrats are going to use the environment angle to justify controlling colloidal silver production and usage. Within a very short period of time, they are going to pass new regulations, and with the stroke of a pen companies will only be able to sell silver-based antimicrobial products if they can prove they are not going to harm some “ecologically important” bacteria in the environment!
As Ralph Fucetola, an attorney for the natural health industry who is known nationally as the “Vitamin Lawyer,” has pointed out, “The EPA will require proof of the safety of silver in the environment only if the companies make germ-killing claims…They are only concerned about safety if the public is being given information about silver’s germ-killing benefits.”
In other words, you can produce and sell all of the silver-based products you want, in any form you want, and let as much silver as you want escape back into the environment. No harm, no foul. But once you start telling consumers about silver’s phenomenal germ-killing and infection-fighting benefits, you automatically fall under the new regulations and must prove your silver-based product will not upset the eco-system before you can continue selling it!
Attorney Fucetola continues, “"Silver is spread throughout the environment already. Taking silver from the environment, using it and having some of it return to the environment is no different than the use of any other metal from the environment, whether iron, copper, or whatever.”
In short, the entire idea that silver must be regulated because it “returns to the environment” is just a smokescreen. In reality, all metals extracted from the environment eventually return to the environment. As noted health journalist Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com points out, “This is not a regulation designed to protect the environment from nanotechnology; it's a stealth ploy that selectively attempts to remove colloidal silver from the marketplace.”
And it’s not just colloidal silver the environmental bureaucrats are after. As you’re about to learn, it’s the devices that produce it, as well.
The End of the Line for Colloidal Silver Generators?
As mentioned earlier in this article, the EPA has already determined that clothes washing machines such as the new Samsung “Silver Care” product line that injects small amounts of colloidal silver into the rinse cycle in order to help keep dish rags, bedding and even clothing fresh and bacteria-free longer after each washing, must now be registered with them and ultimately regulated as a pesticide-producing device.
The bureaucrats now claim that the tiny amounts of silver discharged by the washing machine could get into the nation’s sewer systems and from there get into the lakes and streams, and harm aquatic bacteria. Therefore, these machines must now be registered with the EPA, and the manufacturer must prove that no harm to the environment can come from its usage!
What’s most important to understand about this story is how the Samsung “Silver Care” washer works: You see, this washer incorporates a small colloidal silver generator in its design that automatically kicks on during the rinse cycle, so clothing can be disinfected with silver particles at the same time they are being rinsed. If you don’t believe me, you can view the patent for this tiny colloidal silver generator yourself. It can be found online at www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?wo=2005056907
In other words, the EPA is already regulating the usage of colloidal silver generators for at least one major application. And the way their new regulations read, they actually cover all silver-producing devices – including the little home colloidal silver generators. In fact, they now all fall under the ridiculous heading of “pesticide producing” devices.
If you still think I’m exaggerating, you might want to read the EPA’s newly released regulatory document, published in the Federal Register, titled, “Clarification for Ion-Generating Equipment.” In it, you’ll see that the EPA ultimately intends to regulate ALL equipment that generates silver ions. For example, under the topic “Does This Action Apply to Me?” the EPA writes:
"In fact, you may be affected by this action if you sell or distribute ion-generating equipment that uses electrodes to emit chemical substances for pesticidal purposes. Potentially affected equipment include but are not limited to, washing machines containing electrodes that emit silver, copper, or zinc ions and ion generators used in swimming pools to kill algae and as an adjunct to the chlorination process [i.e., to kill bacteria]."
"This listing is not exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this action."
"Other types of technology not listed in this notice could also be affected. The Agency requests information on any other type of equipment that generates ions from electrodes for pesticidal purposes that could be covered under this notice."
The EPA then goes on in this new regulation to interpret the term “pesticidal” as including anything that results in the killing of germs! In other words, they are calling on the public to report “any other type of equipment that generates [metallic] ions from electrodes” for germ-killing purposes!
The EPA regulatory document goes on to state:
The articles covered by this notice are ion generators that incorporate a substance (e.g., silver or copper) in the form of an electrode, and pass a current through the electrode to release ions of that substance for the purpose of preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating a pest such as bacteria or algae.
Because these items incorporate a substance or substances that accomplish their pesticidal function, such items are considered pesticides for purposes of FIFRA, and must be registered prior to sale or distribution.
Folks, what they have just described is a colloidal silver generator, pure and simple.
Manufacturers Have Only Until March 23, 2009
What’s more, the document goes on to say that manufacturers and importers of such equipment (i.e., silver or copper ion-producing electronic devices) have until no later than March 23, 2009 to register with the EPA, submit their documentation and then wait until the EPA “acts upon their application.”
According to the new regulations, retailers can continue to sell their remaining inventories of these electronic devices up to the time of the deadline, but cannot have any more of the devices manufactured for sale unless the manufacturer has already registered the device with the EPA and has had it approved, apparently after conducting the required environmental impact studies to prove they pose no harm to “ecologically important bacteria” in the environment.
If you can’t see the handwriting on the wall at this point, please don’t come to me a few months from now and try to say I didn’t tell you so when they finally regulate colloidal silver generators into oblivion. While the big international multi-million dollar corporations such as Samsung which use these devices to control bacteria might be able to comply with the required “environmental impact” regulations, there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that your average colloidal silver generator manufacturer will be able to comply. The costs are just too astronomical.
In short, the time is now coming – and is indeed already upon us – when colloidal silver generators will simply no longer be legal to sell for personal use, unless you are one of the big corporations who include them in products like washing machines and swimming pools, and have the requisite pull to get the products registered and approved.
Get a Colloidal Silver Generator Now, While They’re Still Legally Available
One of the smartest moves you can make is getting a high-quality colloidal silver generator now, while they are still legally available. In a matter of months you’ll probably have to pay through the nose to get one, and you’ll likely have to get it from some shady character operating out of the trunk of his car. And God only knows how shoddy the device will be.
Remember, manufacturers of metallic ion-producing devices have only until March 23, 2009 to comply with the new regulations. And retail sellers of such devices are only allowed to sell off their existing inventories between now and March 23rd, while waiting on their manufacturer to obtain EPA approval. (Most won’t be able to, because they can’t afford the studies to prove their devices won’t result in harm to the environment.)
In other words, under the new regulations the manufacturers can’t even make any more of the little generators unless they have EPA approval. And since most sellers of colloidal silver generators carry less than a month’s worth of existing inventory, the existing supply of colloidal silver generators could easily run out well before the end of this year. Indeed, within a matter of just a few short months there could be no legal colloidal silver generators left available anywhere in the U.S.!
But by putting the means of colloidal silver production into your hands right now, while it is still legal to do so and while high-quality colloidal silver generators are still commercially available, you’ll be able to protect yourself and your family against dangerous pathogens and disease-causing microorganisms literally for a lifetime. That’s because, when you own a colloidal silver generator you can make colloidal silver any time you want it, day or night, quickly and easily, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for only pennies per batch. And there is absolutely nothing the bureaucrats can do about it.
What’s more, if you purchase a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator or one of the other fine generators from our good friends at The Silver Edge, you’ll gain a significant added advantage over conventional colloidal silver generators sold by other companies. That’s because the manufacturer of the devices sold by The Silver Edge has purposely designed them to use silver electrodes composed of one of the most popular and easily available forms of pure .999 fine silver jeweler’s wire, rather than those difficult-to-obtain flat silver bars used by other colloidal silver generator makers. This is important, since the silver electrodes in all colloidal silver generators need to be replaced at least once every two or three years. The silver electrodes used in the machines sold by The Silver Edge can always be purchased inexpensively from jewelers, or directly from The Silver Edge over the phone or internet. Pure .999 fine silver jeweler’s wire for your new generator from The Silver Edge will never be banned or become unavailable, because it is an integral part of silver jewelry-making.
What’s more, once you own one of these high-quality colloidal silver generators, you can use it for anything you want. For example, you can…
...Add four or five ounces of colloidal silver to your bath water, to help rapidly clear up skin infections or other pesky skin conditions
...Spray colloidal silver onto kitchen counter tops and cutting boards to kill germs, mold, mildew and other microbes
...Soak your store-bought fruits and vegetables in colloidal silver to eradicate potentially harmful bacteria and fungus from the food surfaces
...Clean and decontaminate faucets, door knobs, and other contact surfaces such as that filthy blade on your kitchen can opener, simply by spraying a little colloidal silver on them from time to time
...Add a couple of ounces of colloidal silver to your daily laundry as a natural antiseptic agent that will keep clothes, bath towels, dish rags, and other fabrics fresh and germ-free for weeks on end
...Soak your toothbrush in colloidal silver to prevent microbial contamination
...Spray colloidal silver directly onto the plants in your home or garden to stop fungal and bacterial outbreaks
...Spray colloidal silver around sinks, bathtubs and other surfaces to stop mold and mildew in its tracks
...Spray colloidal silver topically onto cuts and burns for prevention of infection, and to stimulate rapid wound healing
...Spray colloidal silver on your scalp each day to stop itching and dandruff almost instantly
You can even add colloidal silver to your pet’s water bowl to resolve internal infections and help prevent illness...add a little colloidal silver to your aquarium tank to prevent fungal "ick" and other tropical fish infections...put a drop or two of colloidal silver into your ears to knock out a pesky earache without having to use prescription antibiotics...Gargle with colloidal silver to eradicate sore throats...
...Put colloidal silver into a spray atomizer and sniff it up your nose to eliminate sinus infections...add a drop or two of colloidal silver into your eyes to stop Pink Eye or styes in a single afternoon...and there are so many, many more astonishing healing, infection-fighting and disease-preventing benefits you gain from using colloidal silver regularly, you’ll ask yourself why you’ve never tried it before!
What's more, because colloidal silver is safe to use internally, you can actually drink it in order to alleviate intestinal infections…stop urinary tract infections…cure upper respiratory infections…wipe out infection-based prostate problems…stop colds and flu in their tracks...and much, much more!
As Dr. Joseph Weissman, M.D., board certified immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School has written:
“Today, many antibiotics are losing the battle with germs. Fortunately, the best germ killer, which was discovered over 2,000 years ago, is finally getting the proper attention from medical science – natural silver. I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated silver in their home as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent.”
By getting a colloidal silver generator now – before the bureaucrats remove them from the market altogether – you guarantee yourself access to safe, natural, infection-fighting colloidal silver for the rest of your life.
If you prefer colloidal silver knowledge that is absolutely encyclopedic in scope, then you might want to take a look at my newly updated book, The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, which I have spent the last year and a half expanding from 252-pages to a whopping 547-pages.
This group has also published a listing of over 200 products that either contain small particles of silver, or that produce small particles of silver. And they are demanding that these products be brought under the regulatory grip of the EPA. In other words, they are demanding these products be regulated as “pesticides” and that their manufacturers immediately be forced to prove they are not harmful to “ecologically important” bacteria in the environment before they can continue to be sold.
What’s important about this new move by the environmentalists is that virtually every major manufacturer of bottled colloidal silver products is on that “hit list,” including Sovereign Silver, Meso-Silver, Utopia Silver and more. (You can view the list for yourself at http://www.nanoaction.org/nanoaction/page.cfm?id=244).
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