Senate candidate sports a 'healthy' shade of blue
By Tom Kotynski
Great Falls Tribune
September 30, 2002
|Note: This is a photo of Stan from his campaign website.||Good morning, Great Falls! There may have been bigger-name draws at last week's U.S. Senate debate at the Civic Center, but the crowd's eyes were on Libertarian candidate Stan Jones.
Jones has a startling bluish-gray complexion that had folks wondering out loud about his health. I wondered if his circulation might have been cut off and feared he might have a heart attack right there.
"I'm healthy," Jones assured me after the gathering.
Ironically, his skin coloration is because Jones is "into health." He says his skin is that color from taking colloidal silver, a natural anti-bacterial of pure silver.
Unfortunately, he has taken too much -- "overdosed" -- which has resulted in this permanent skin condition, also known as argyria. He isn't familiar with the term.
His skin began changing color a year ago. Even the skin under his fingernails are the blue-gray hue. "People in church noticed it and then people around the community," said the Bozeman resident. This year, even his opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, asked him about it.
"People ask me if it's permanent and if I'm dead," he said. "I tell them I'm practicing for Halloween."
He doesn't take the stuff anymore, though.
Jones notes that the royalty of Europe inadvertently survived the Black Plague by eating off silver platters, unknowingly ingesting the antibacterial benefits of silver.
I emailed Stan for a response to the news stories and here's his reply to me received on October 9, 2002.
Here's my standard response. I think it answers most of your questions.
Don't stop what you're doing. Colloidal silver has been so completely researched that we know it is very safe. Many people don't see any difference in my skin. This news blast started because a reporter who saw me in a debate in Great Falls, Montana interviewed me and published a story with a doctored photo (made my face decidedly blue). The associated press picked the story up and put it all on the Internet.
To answer your questions:
1) I use a generator with three nine-volt batteries connected in series (27 volts D.C.);
2) I started taking colloidal silver in Seattle where the tap water is generally free from minerals. I added a few drops of salt water to improve the conductivity. When I moved to Montana 1998, I continued to use tap water but here it is full of minerals. I never had it tested.
3) I made my solution in an eight ounce paper cup, conducting the current for one hour. I then added one half of this solution to two gallons of drinking water that I kept in my refrigerator. I have no idea what the PPM of this solution was.
4) I drank my water over the entire day , but mostly in the evening after work. I have no idea how much I drank during any day.
5) I never filtered the solution.
6) People began to tell me my complexion was getting "pale" or "green" or "blue." I never noticed the difference in my mirror every day. I did notice that under my finger nails was turning blue -- like a lack of oxygen. That's probably the first sign. No other part of my body shows any indications.
I hope this is helpful. I know that I am an unusual case -- only the second or third case to be reported. If you are as careful as you indicate, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Stay healthy. You are with millions of other Americans that take silver. Here's a good web site to visit www.silver100.com.
Yours for good health and freedom
Stan Jones, Libertarian Candidate for the U.S. Senate
I just report: You decide! (Stole that from Fox News!) I've just presented both sides of the story. You make the decision.