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hutch0
Date: 2008-09-05 23:16
Subject: argyria
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I'd never heard of this before, but argyria is caused by taking colloidal silver. Why would anyone do this? Rosemary Jacobs had it prescribed by her doctor in nasal drops back in the 1950s. She took it for four years, by which time she had turned silver. Argyria is rare, thank god, but a number of medications available over the internet apparently contain colloidal silver, which is why Ms Jacobs has rather bravely stood up and spoken up.
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-09-05 22:37 (UTC)
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Argyria happens a lot more often in the US, mostly among individuals of a certain secessionist bent who want to be prepared for the upcoming race riots by drinking lots of colloidal silver nostrums. Rotten.com has one of the most vicious and accurate assessments of colloidal silver treatments I've ever read, as well as mention of its sister disorder, Chrysiasis, caused by overdosing on gold salts. Argyria has no treatment and no possible benefit; Chrysiasis might at least make you a threat to Cybermen.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-05 22:59 (UTC)
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I'd honestly never heard of it before, and Chrysiasis is new to me, as well. You're right: that would make a really weird Doctor Who storyline, wouldn't it?
(By the way, that dull thud you heard in the distance was my jaw hitting the floor after reading the story of Steve Jones, particularly his final quote.)
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-09-05 23:04 (UTC)
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Oh, I agree: we get all types out here, and some of them might actually get the help they need.

As far as colloidal silver is concerned, my wife and I have a bit more experience on the subject than most. The Czarina runs a jewelry store in Dallas, and she gets at least one person per month who wants to come in and buy large amounts of pure silver wire. Now, she can tell right off the bat that these are colloidal silver nutters, because nobody uses pure silver for jewelry. It's just too soft, so "sterling silver" has a small amount of copper and zinc to add strength. The only people who need pure silver wire are those making their own potions, and she promptly sends them on her way by telling them "Sorry."
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-05 23:13 (UTC)
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That's extraordinary. It really is. This stuff is brand new to me. (You may have heard another distant thud.) You start to think the world has run out of surprises, and then you find out that there are colloidal silver maniacs out there. I guess pharmacists and do-it-yourself stores are used to spotting and turning away people who're bent on misusing their products, but you'd have thought jewellers were safe.
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-09-06 00:05 (UTC)
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I'm afraid to say that nobody is safe. Remind me to tell you one of these days how exactly that I know that savannah monitor urine looks just like crack cocaine.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-06 00:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You've had a very interesting life, haven't you?
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-09-08 02:43 (UTC)
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Sometimes too much. I'm not kidding in the slightest when I say that I got an FBI for allegedly selling government secrets to the Daleks before I turned 22. (This is when I learned that smartass senses of humor will come back to bite you if you work for a defense company.)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-08 22:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, so you're the one who betrayed the human race, huh? The master criminal always reveals himself in the final reel!
Seriously, there are no Who fans at the Bureau?
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-09-08 22:22 (UTC)
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That was the problem. See, the FBI understood that I made one quick smartass comment to a smartass comment, but my bosses at Texas Instruments didn't. The worst part is that I'd never sell government secrets to the Daleks. The Sontarans and Cybermen pay better.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-09-08 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the other hand, if you sell your soul to the Sea Devils, you're set up with fish for life...
It's true; large corporations, on the whole, have no sense of humour whatsoever. I bet Google can't take a joke.
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