I recently posted on Facebook that my medical practice has ended, and that this was not my choice. I will explain why in this column. I began the practice of pediatrics at the Nevada Medical Clinic in August of 1977 after 3 years of serving as Base Pediatrician at RAF Upper Heyford in England. Prior to that, I had completed my pediatric residency at Baylor in Houston, Texas (including being named a Chief Resident at Texas Children’s Hospital and at Jefferson Davis Hospital).
I retired from practice in September of 2011 and found many things to do over the next 5 years, including taking many people flying. I decided to give practice another go after taking a Family Practice board review course from the University of Iowa, and also a pediatric board review course, as well as renewing my Missouri license and my DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) numbers. I was also paying my own liability insurance, and was kindly offered a two-year contract by CEO Kevin Leeper of Nevada Regional Medical Center.
I worked first at the Primary Care Center near the hospital, and later at NOW Care, as well as occasionally at the Rich Hill Clinic. During this time I was informing families of the benefits of using colloidal silver solution in spray form to treat various respiratory infections, and I gave away numerous spray bottles filled with 17-18 ppm (parts per million) silver. This proved quite effective in treating upper respiratory infections (URI’s) which normally are treated with “symptom relievers” only.
I was preparing the ionic silver solutions using a commercial grade generator which employs an Erlenmeyer flask filled with distilled water into which two pure silver rods are suspended and attached to electrodes and a DC power supply. This causes silver ions to be released into the water, and after 3 hours produces a solution of 17-18 ppm, a very dilute solution, but quite sufficient to kill most viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
When it became known by NRMC that I was giving away this colloidal silver I was told to “cease and desist immediately”, and did so (although I did give patients the option of picking a bottle up free at my home).
When my contract expired, I made an appointment with the interim CEO at NRMC to let him know that I would like to continue working for another 2-5 years. I was shocked when he told me that he was not going to renew my contract. When I asked why, he replied that I was “doing a couple of things that are driving your colleagues nuts.” One was that I was seeing adult patients, which I had done for 36 years and which my colleagues from NOW care were thankful for. The other, he claimed, was that I was prescribing colloidal silver, which my NOW care colleagues were also okay with.
I searched for a position in Eldorado Springs and also in Lamar, but none of those clinics were needing additional help. A nurse practitioner that I had worked with at Primary Care, however, had opened a family care clinic in Liberal, Missouri and was delighted to have me work there. I learned my fourth EMR (electronic medical records) system and saw patients one afternoon per week there in anticipation of going to two full days a week when they got their new building.
When I had been seeing patients in Liberal for about 3 months, I was shocked to find that I had not been admitted the the clinic’s PHO (Physician Hospital Organization) that turned out to be run by the same individual who had refused to renew my contract in Nevada! Thus ended my medical career. I have long believed that God opens and closes doors, and just wish that he had closed this one a little sooner! (though I loved working with the fantastic staff at familyhealthandwellnessclinic in Liberal)
I must add that I had given the CEO mentioned above some additional flak in that I had refused to get a flu shot which is required by all NRMC (and Freeman) personnel. He did give me a waiver after I told him that colloidal silver is much more effective than is the flu vaccine, and that there is some real risk to that shot. I documented that (1) there is very little evidence that the flu vaccine is helpful, according to the Cochrane Collaboration, the “gold standard” of medical study evaluations, and (2) that millions of dollars have been awarded to family members damaged by influenza vaccine, most from the paralytic Guillain-Barre syndrome. I added that the multi-dose flu vaccine contains mercury, a known neurotoxin.
It should be mentioned also that colloidal silver is not approved by the FDA for medical use, as they see it only as a “dietary supplement”, though they have done numerous studies showing its efficacy against pathogens. It’s also curious that the FDA issues a “reference dose” for the amount of silver that people can safely ingest per day for an entire lifetime (!) based on 10 ppm silver solution and one’s body weight, which is much more than is taken in by spraying it in the nose and throat. The silver cannot be patented, as it is a natural substance, and eliminates the need for many antibiotics and patented “cold remedies”.
I recommend that everyone learn about colloidal silver on line. One good site is The Silver Edge, which often includes citations of scientific studies that have been done showing the amazing antibacterial and antiviral qualities of this substance. That site offers its own silver solution generator while I prefer the one sold by “Silver Lungs”. The former uses silver wires that may need to be replaced yearly, while mine uses solid silver rods that will last a lifetime. These run about $300-$400, but produce thousands of dollars worth of solution over short periods of time.
Honestly, both water and table salt are more dangerous than colloidal silver, as no one has ever died from an overdose of silver, but many have from the former. (two tablespoons of salt can kill the average adult). The only known problem associated with silver is the permanent gray-blue color of the skin known as argyria that is caused by some people using improperly prepared products (eg containing salts or proteins) and drinking huge amounts for weeks, months, or years on end.
Millions of people have found colloidal silver to be very effective in treatment of the “common cold” (which is caused by some 200 viruses) by spraying the nose and throat several times a day at the first sign of illness symptoms. I would not be without it. I truly believe that visits to the doctor (or nurse) for ear infections, colds, bronchitis, sinus problems and other respiratory problems will be much more rare if you keep colloidal silver on hand and use it appropriately.
I will genuinely miss seeing pediatric patients and their families, and am very thankful to all of you who have brought your children in to see me through the years. I will be happy to answer questions that you may have about colloidal silver and its uses.