well, I happened upon some more stuff in my recent readings.
The FTC recently released the results of their "Operation Cure.All" which was aimed at inappropriate internet marketing of supplements. You can read their entire release for yourself at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/06/cureall.htm
The Wall Street Journal did an article last week on Operation Cure.All, and chose to highlight colloidal silver. That really
caught my attention, because I know a number of people have talked on this board and our old board about using colloidal silver (with miraculous success) to treat ichthyosis. The FTC's release talks about colloidal silver in particular in several places, but here's an excerpt of what the WSJ had to say:
"Ingesting silver, including colloidal silver , does have at least one documented effect. It can permanently change the color of skin. Tiny bits of silver build up and dye the flesh a shade of blue-gray, a condition known as argyria. The amount of discoloration varies from person to person and darkens with exposure to sunlight. It isn't known to lead to anything more serious, but it can't be reversed.
The FDA letters warn silver promoters that they must change their sites, but only about 20% have done so, the agency says.
Kurt Wilson is chief executive of Survival Enterprises, a Couer d'Alene, Idaho, business that sells colloidal silver products. When the FDA sent him a warning, he made plans to move health claims about his product to the Web site of a friend based in Western Samoa. He says U.S. regulators will have no authority over the site, even though he plans to continue shipping the product from his Idaho base. "It has saved too many people, so I'm not going to pull it off the market," Mr. Wilson says. Both the FDA and FTC say they will in fact still have authority over Mr. Wilson's claims.
Rosemary Jacobs, a 58-year-old retired teacher in Vermont, developed argyria after a doctor gave her colloidal silver nose drops for allergies when she was a teenager. She once was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, and she has started her own Web site to warn others about using the silver suspensions. "I have a big mouth and I am angry," Ms. Jacobs says. "I'm doing it because I'm so angry that people can get away with it."
Check out the WSJ, 6/14, for the full article.
You guys know that I'm just as interested and open-minded as anyone about alternative therapies for treating ichthyosis. Just be sure you do your homework, and you know exactly what it is that you're getting into when you try something "alternative." Tell you what...I don't think I'll ever try colloidal silver or certain Chinese herbs on myself.