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Posted August 29, 2012

FDA Warns Maker of Silver Colloids, Detox and Shell Powder Supplements For Drug Claims, Misbranding

On August 15, 2012, the FDA issued a warning to Healing Ways for statements made on the company's website that constitute drug claims for the company's dietary supplements Silver Colloids, ABC Detox Program and Shell Powder Products. These products were also found to be misbranded due to inadequate directions for use.

Silver Colloids contains 2,000 ppm (parts per million) of colloidal silver and was promoted as antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal treatment for a wide range of pathogenic diseases.

The ABC Detox Program contains ingredients such as aloe, psyllium, charcoal, and a blend of herbs including comfrey root, licorice root, rhubarb root and Pau d'Arco. It was promoted to "decrease acute and chronic symptoms of disease," including cancer.

According to the label, Healing Way's Shell Powder contains at least 80 percent silica and was promoted as a cleansing and nutritive agent that can kill parasites, bacteria and viruses.

(See ConsumerLab's Aloe Supplements Review for tests of related products, and see the answer to the question, Is ingesting colloidal silver helpful for any condition and is it safe to use?.)

Healing Ways was also warned that it had failed to register its processing facility with the FDA as required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.