“Yes, colloidal silver!” Owens said in the video. “I take colloidal silver every single day, I love colloidal silver. That is a great one. That is another one that people probably know nothing about.”
While Owens and others have praised preventative use of colloidal silver as a way to stave off illness, colloidal silver has no valid medical purpose and plenty of potential dangers. In extreme cases, according to the Mayo Clinic, colloidal silver can cause seizure or organ problems.
But colloidal silver’s most famous side effect is argyria—a condition that turns users’ skin a bluish-gray color, usually permanently. Despite those risks, colloidal silver has sometimes been embraced by political outsiders, including some libertarians seeking treatments for a variety of illnesses outside the medical system. Montana Libertarian politician Stan Jones, for example, turned his skin blue by consuming colloidal silver.
Owens’ pro-colloidal silver video came days after a disastrous interview in which Owens, who works for conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, interviewed former President Donald Trump. In a surprising move, Trump turned down Owens’ criticized the coronavirus vaccines and praised the results of the vaccines as “very good”.
In the same video praising colloidal silver, Owens downplayed Trump’s support for the vaccines, to claim Trump is “too old” to read anti-vaccine information on the internet. She also attacked vaccinations more broadly, claiming, among other things, that there is ‘real evil’ behind tetanus injections.
InfoWars’ Alex Jones was ordered by the FDA to stop pushing silver toothpaste in 2020, which he said could prevent or treat covid.
In 2021, Christian Pastor Jim Bakker was ordered to stop selling Silver Solution on his show and ministry website.