Message Number: YG844 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Bruce Williams, DVM
Date: 2001-03-07 06:54:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Colloidal silver

Here's my feeling - no comment.

Sorry to be so non-committal, but I've got to drw the line somewhere,
and I don't know a thing about complementary therapies. Please note
my use of the term complementary, as I don't think that even the vets
that are using these therapies these days are turning their back on
traditional therapies for well-known problems.

That said, I have yet to see a problem with using many of these
products. The arguments that currently rage on colloidal silver
every time it raises its head are simple matters of disagreeing
opinion. the side for colloidal silver has in my opinion, only
anecdotal on its success. The vocal opposing side has theoretical
data that it may cause toxicosis if overused, but really no casework
to back it up in ferrets. I haven't seen any cases of silver
toxicosis, so I can't totally discourage it. There is a lot that we
do not know about complementary therapies; the studies have just not
been done.

On the front of complementary therapies, I have extended offers to
two vets with interest in complementary therapy and in ferrets to
join the list - I will continue to try to bring in a more expert
viewpoint on their employment to the FHL.

With kindest regards,

Bruce Williams, DVM, DACVP
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., MC <mustangcharlie@i...> wrote:
> I don't think I have ever seen a positive report about the use of
colloidal silver and health care. I would be interested in reading
any positive reports anyone can present. NASA was mentioned as well
as Syracuse Medical school...those should be pretty easy to
about other studies? We are getting a fair number of vets on-line
> you all would have interesting comments, observations and studies
on colloidal silver. Please offer them up here..I don't have the
time to research the FML archives. If one can provide actual web
addresses, I guess that would be acceptable, but for a fair
discussion, we really need to see some reports here on the Ferret-
> Look forward to some reports, good or bad....
> MC
> ferret wrote:
> > There is a ton of documented research from reliable sources
(NASA, the
> > Medical School at Syracuse University, other medical schools,
> > Magazine, etc.) on the efficacy of colloidal silver. I've posted
a lot of
> > it to the FML in the past. It's available for anyone to read in
> > archives.