Sunday, November 22, 2020

Hi-Ho Silver Away!

 Oh the rabbit holes I go down sometimes...

A person sent me a friend request on Facebook.  I checked out his wall.  It was filled with a lot of those guru inspirational quotes.  Definitely not my thing as I find them problematic (that's a topic of discussion for another day).  I then saw he had multiple posts about a holistic dental service.  I was aware of this dental service before.  

The person running the service is not a dentist.  She is a dental hygienist.  While she gives some good advice on her FB business page wall (I actually really like her idea of recycling plastic products and acknowledges that sometimes, those are the best options for her patients), there is also a lot of nonsense and misinformation as well.  Take for example this:



So there is a lot to unpack here.  I'm going to focus just on the liquid product.

"The silver supplement can be taken as a vitamin" Well first off, silver is not a vitamin or anything even close to one.  By definition:  A vitamin is an organic molecule that is an essential micronutrient which an organism needs in small quantities for the proper functioning of its metabolism.  The body doesn't need silver for proper functioning.  Silver has no known purpose in the body. It's not an essential mineral.

"..to support immunity" is a meaningless phrase.  It is too ambiguous to mean anything.  "Support" is what I call a red flag word.  It doesn't clearly define what it means.  It's just like "helps", "assists" and so on.  The question next would be a big "How?"   That of course is rarely answered.

"..added to mouthwash or water pick, and diffused into a room to eliminate viruses."  No, don't do it.  Silver should not be taken orally.  Putting in mouthwash or water pick, a person might accidentally ingest (especially a child).  While colloidal silver does have some antiviral/antimicrobial properties, it is most effective used directly on surfaces.  A diffuser would promote ingestion of the particles which is not a good idea.

When taken by mouth, silver builds up in your body. This can result usually in a permanent blue-gray discoloration of your skin, eyes, internal organs, nails and gums. This is called argyria. Colloidal silver can also interact with some prescription medicines.  Severe side effects from high doses can include organ damage and seizures. 

"Designed to help boost the immune system"  Any product that uses this phrase is almost guaranteed to be making misleading claims.  My friend Harriet Hall has multiple articles as to why this idea is silly.  Here's a recent one that covers it nicely: https://skepticalinquirer.org/2020/06/how-you-can-really-boost-your-immune-system/  

"Safe for children"--again as mentioned above, children are more likely to swallow mouthwash or water from a water pick.  Not a good idea to have an unsafe substance in there.

"All natural"  Irrelevant.   Being natural does not make a substance safe or effective.  It's an appeal to nature which is a common trope used by nonsense pushers.

"Powerful 10 PPM nano silver solution"  Say what????!!!???   OK, this is an odd statement. 10 parts per million is powerful.   This sounds like homeopathic quackery.  I now have to look at the ingredients so I go to the company website. 

Ingredients:  Purified Silver 50 mcg and Deionized Water.  It's definitely homeopathic-like.

I also notice on the bottle that it states "gluten free" and "non-gmo".  It's water and silver.  Of course it's gluten free and non-gmo!  There's no DNA at all!  This is just pandering to the uneducated who seem to think GMOs and gluten are bad.  Gluten is only bad of course to those with celiac. Genetic modification is simply a tool.  Just silly.

Further looking through their website I see this claim "SilverSol particles leave the body within 24 hours."   OK, so that seems to go against the idea of bio-accumulation.  Let's see the proof.  They claim to have "Over 400 independent studies and test reports performed by more than 60 leading laboratories and universities, all using our SilverSol Technology®. 30 safety reports and studies. 3 published and FDA cleared human ingestion studies.20+ peer-reviewed and published scientific and medical journal articles. Thousands of case studies on SilverSol Technology."

A look on their research page shows...

Well that's a far cry from those numbers they boast about.   The wound studies are mostly just single person case studies.  Pretty much useless as far as evidence goes.  Let's look at the safety data as that's the only other stuff they provide.  

The first "Selective Inaction of ASAP on Probiotics" is not even a study.  It provides no information on how they did the "study".  Utterly useless.

The cytotoxicty report is similar as it gives very little info.

The third is "In vivo human time-exposure study of orally dosed commercial silver nanoparticles".  It's interesting that they don't give the pubmed link but just a pdf of printed out paper.  Probably because if you look for it on pubmed you get links to studies that cite this study like
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32235542/ which states "in vivo biodistribution studies have reported Ag accumulation and toxicity to local as well as distant organs."  
So their own study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23811290/  states "In vivo oral exposure to these commercial nanoscale silver particle solutions does not prompt clinically important changes in human metabolic, hematologic, urine, physical findings or imaging morphology."  To me that means it doesn't do anything to help out.  

The fourth study link is a real kicker!  https://a2p2l4daysk2lcyxv62818v6-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ABL_Pubmed_P450-Drug-Interaction-Study.pdf as it states "Oral ingestion of a commercial colloidal silver nanoproduct produces detectable silver in human serum after 14 days of dosing"   So their own link to a study discredits their claim of it leaving the body in 24 hours.

Well I've had enough, I'm not even going to bother with the other two.  It's safe to say this is just nonsense up the wazoo.  I do have a further question though.  Who is the head honcho of this company?

It took some searching but I found it!  "Dr. Keith Moeller is a Managing Director and CEO of American Biotech Labs (ABL).  Prior to his position with ABL, Keith served as Director of Property Development for 3 different mining companies. Keith has almost 30 years of experience working in the silver industry, and holds a B.S. in Business Management, Finance and International Business from Brigham Young University. He is also a Certified Natural Health Practitioner and holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy."   Naturopaths are not doctors.  He has no actual medical credentials.

So would you trust a dental person who is promoting quackery like this?


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Healy Scam


 


I came across this video debunking the Healy device.  The makers of this device make some pretty big unsubstantiated claims

https://youtu.be/9wYBCKCSHcI


Thanks to Sir Sic for making the video :)

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

 Around Thanksgiving we always hear the same old story about feeling tired after eating turkey.

So is there any truth to that?

Not really.   Most try to blame tryptophan (more specifically L-Tryptophan). L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid (building blocks of protein).We must get Tryptophan through diet as our body cannot make it itself.  

Turkey is rich in Tryptophan but so is other poultry. It can also be found in meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs.

Tryptophan is used by the body to make niacin, a B vitamin.  It is important for digestion, skin and nerves, and serotonin. Serotonin is used to make melatonin, a hormone that helps to control your sleep/wake cycles.

Fact: Turkey actually has slightly less tryptophan than chicken.  Therefore, any food rich in Tryptophan should have a similar effect.  It doesn't though.

In order for Tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier and to create Serotonin, it needs to be paired with carbohydrates.  More specifically, carbohydrates will pair with Tryptophan already stored in your body from previous meals.  

So don't blame the Turkey!  Blame the carbohydrates you gobble gobble!

Monday, September 28, 2020

HPV Vaccine Causes Transsexuality?!?!?

 Check out this ridiculous post from a chiro on Facebook



First off, I don't think she quite understands what an epidemic is.  6 girls over 5 years does not make an epidemic lol

So yes, she is claiming that the HPV vaccine is causing girls to be transgender.  This of course begs the question of where did the transgender persons come from before the HPV vaccine?  Yeah, it doesn't quite make basic sense.   One also may be inclined to ask:  Why  just girls?  Why not boys who also get the HPV vaccine?   One can also take this post as transphobic.  I can't say that it absolutely is, but it is definitely concerning in that department.

Dena, looking throughout her social media and online presence, is obviously an anti-vaxxer.  She is also an avid anti-masker as well claiming all sorts of nonsense that has been debunked a million times (like masks depriving oxygen).  

Many of the comments from followers on her page are equally nutty.  They parrot the usual detox, homeopathic, and other quackery rabble that is widespread with chiros.

  

So back to the original post above...
So she seems to admit that transgender can be genetic (although saying at the same time also caused by heavy metals in vaccines).  She mentions a "Genius Scan".    So what is that?   At first doing a google search only brought up an app for scanning documents.  So then I looked up the FB account of Karen.

Holey Rabbit Hole Batman!

Where do I begin?   One thing noticed by my wife was a picture of what she assumed at first might've been with her husband.  Well clicking to enlarge...nope!  It was a picture with the infamous peddlar of nonsense David Avocado Wolfe!   A sure sign of quackery is to be abound!



So Karen's list of jobs is long (so long in fact that I couldn't screencap it all in one shot!)...and most of the postings make almost no sense as they are just words grouped together.   She's a solarian and breatharian.  Both of those have been debunked thoroughly as nonsense.  Also throw in that she is a vegan so she is most definitely not living off of the air.  

She promotes vaginal steaming.   Basically this is as it sounds...steaming one's vagina.  Just throw in the herbs for a spicy taco I guess???   Joking aside, this practice has been debunked and has been shown to be dangerous.

"Chemtrail"???--Again, thoroughly debunked

 OK, so what about this "Genius Scan"?   According to her website it claims that it is a "quantum biofeedback device".  This device allows you to "peer energetically" (whatever that means).  You can use it to increase other areas "in your life besides health, including such things as financial abundance and relationships."  OOOOOOOKKKKKKK.   Of course to try and cover themselves they throw in the line:  "These are only energetic readings and they should not be taken as a physical diagnosis."  but then in the very same paragraph: "readings are closely aligned to the physical experience many of our users."  So does any of this give us any real idea about this app?   Not really.  It's just plain nonsense that gives no real insight.  It's seems to be based on the nonsensical idea of energy healing/medicine.
A starter pack will run you $2300 (or $1400 if you can catch one of their specials).  Still seems excessively expensive when you can get a Fitbit or other similar device/app for $150 or less.



Some of this idea seems to based on PEMF and RIFE.  What are these?  PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field.  PEMF has some weak to inconclusive evidence that it may help in healing non-union fractures and knee osteoarthritis .  There is a bit that it may help with some depression, but again not entirely conclusive.  The companies that sell and manufacture the PEMF pads as "general wellness products" are not permitted to make medical claims of effectiveness in treating disease.

So what is RIFE?  These are devices that alternative medicine quacks claim can cure cancer and other diseases by a barely undetectable electrical current through a persons skin.  Rife devices' have been featured in several cases of health fraud.  Royal Rife first invented a device and it was only after his death that the quacks took ahold of it making claims he did not.  Rife was noted for being against medical fakers who claim to cure disease using "electrical 'vibrations'", stating that his work did not uphold such claims.

So Dena, the chiro, is asking in her post if this Genius scan can repair the assumed faulty genetic code of trans people?  So in simpler terms, using radio waves to wash the gay away.  This is some asinine stuff right here.