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The European Union Drinking Water Standard in draft form has removed any upper limit for silver in drinking water following the World Health Organization's "Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality" which states, "It is unnecessary to recommend any health-based guidelines for silver as it is not hazardous to human health." (Metabolic Institute Report - Silver Water Purification Systems Offer Reliable Alternative to Chlorine, (202) 835-0185)

FDA's Final Rule - Over-the-Counter Drug Products Containing Colloidal Silver The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule establishing that all over-the-counter (OTC) drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for internal or external use are not generally recognized as safe and effective and are misbranded.

What I believe to be the Real 'STORY' behind the FDA Ruling against CS. Bruce Marx, N.D., CS PRO Systems, Inc. On October 15, 1996 the FDA published the 'proposed' rule and gave the CS 'industry' until August 17, 1999 to provide the 'studies' demonstrating the 'claims' being made by the 'industry' relative to applications, uses, effectiveness, safety, etc. of colloidal silver, in its numerous forms and formulations.

"FTC Operation Cure.All" Wages New Battle in Ongoing War Against Internet Health Fraud For Release: June 14, 2001. FTC, FDA and other law enforcement agencies move to stop Internet scams for supplements and other products that purport to cure cancer, HIV/AIDS and countless other life-threatening diseases. FTC also warns of risks associated with some supplements, including drug interactions.

"Politics of Health" Wages New Battle in Ongoing War Against Internet Health Fraud What is the NATURAL HEALTH MODEL and how does it differ from the MEDICAL HEALTH MODEL? Two models for health have co-existed over the past century - the Natural Health Model and the Medical Health Model. The Natural Health Model is the older of the two approaches as this model dates back many centuries. During the 1900's, however, the Medical Health Model established dominance to the point where an understanding of the Natural Health Model has been lost to most of Western society.

Statement of John M. Taylor, Director, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs Food and Drug Administration Before the Special Committee on Aging John B. Breaux, Chairman United States Senate September 10, 2001. Good morning, Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee. I am John M. Taylor, Director, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency). I am pleased to be here this morning to participate in this discussion of "health fraud," specifically as it relates to dietary supplements. I will describe FDA's role, some successes, and challenges in combating this threat to public health - particularly as it is targeted to our senior citizens and other vulnerable populations.

National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) M-I Memoranda The use of colloidal silver-containing products constitutes a potentially serious public health concern because of the possibility of residues in milk or meat. The consumption of silver by humans may result in argyria - a permanent ashen-gray or blue discoloration of the skin, conjunctiva, and internal organs.

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine COLLOIDAL SILVER NOT APPROVED - FDA has received reports that products containing colloidal silver are being promoted for use in the treatment of mastitis and other serious disease conditions of dairy cattle, as well as for various conditions of companion animals.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Poison Control Center, CS is considered harmless. Dr. Samuel Etris, a senior consultant at the Silver Institute, says there has never been any allergenic, toxic or carcinogenic reactions to CS. The U.S. Government's Center for Disease Control confirmed that fact in 1995.

FDA Issues Final Rule on OTC Drug Products Containing Colloidal Silver The FDA has issued a Final Rule declaring that all over- the-counter (OTC) drug products containing colloidal silver or silver salts are not recognized as safe and effective and are misbranded.

FDA Cyber Letters Recently FDA has begun issuing "cyber" letters, letters sent electronically via the Internet, to web sites that offer to sell online prescription drugs that may be illegal. The letters warn these website operators that they may be engaged in illegal activities and informs them of the laws that govern prescription drug sales.

FDA Consumer magazine FDA News Release P92-27 The Food and Drug Administration today proposed banning 415 ingredients from seven categories of nonprescription drugs because they have not been shown to be safe and effective for their stated claims.

FDA Nontraditional Drugs Compliance Team (HFD-314) If you want to talk to someone about FDA policy on various nontradtional drugs including colloidal silver.