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Petrolia Magnetic busted by Health Canada

HealthWatcher is proud to announce that Petrolia Magnetic's supply of Silver Water has been destroyed by Health Canada. They are prohibited from importing or marketing any of this product. Our original complaint on August 21, 2000 was acted upon swiftly by the staff at Health Canada in Scarborough. We commend the efforts made to keep these chemical mixtures out of the hands of charlatans and purveyors of quackery. All Canadians should be wary of anyone promising to cure illnesses with any product, especially colloidal products.
Ask me why I'm grey

Silver Water
Miracle or Menace?

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH PRODUCTS ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND CANADIANS STILL DON'THAVE REGULATIONS IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.
WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR OVER AYEAR FOR THE OFFICE OF NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS TO DELIVER ANY PROGRAM AT ALL. WE ARE STILL WAITING.

CONSULTATION SESSIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN LARGELY FILLED WITH RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST, LIBERTARIAN, AND FUNDAMENTALIST KOOKS WHO SEE ANY GOVERNMENTAL REGULATION OF THE NATURAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AS AN INFRINGEMENT OF THEIR RIGHTS.

THIS COMPLAINT CONCERNS COLLOIDAL SILVER WATER MARKETED ON A CTVTELEVISION STATION

Questionable Advertisement

Television advertisement for a group of products called SilverWater
CKCO-TV, Channel 13, Kitchener at about 8:16 p.m. on August 21, 2000.

The company is:Petrolia Magnetic Health Care Ltd.4492 Progress Drive, P.O. Box 809, Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. N0N 1R0 PH: (519) 882-1922     FAX: (519) 882-4369 1-877-882-1922

PMH site and their claims:

www.internet-kent.com/Healthyou/PetroliaMagnetic.htm#Silver

"Colloidal Silver is nothing new, it's something old (ancient) that hasover the years been pushed aside by man's new inventions. Silver is thehighest form of natural antibiotic that has been used for thousands ofyears without any ever recorded side effect or without question.

Colloidal Silver is the only natural antibiotic known that kills alltypes of viruses, fungus and bacteria. And it is the only antibioticknown to be perfectly harmless to all parts of the body, without killingthe friendly bacteria.

While the kidneys and liver are harmed by other antibiotics, ColloidalSilver promotes healing by killing the parasites. Within a short time it clears them out of the body, via the lymphatic and eliminatory systems.

Colloidal Silver actually promotes healing with less scar tissue, ---where other antibioticsleave scar tissue. This miracle old remedy appears to protect the body'snatural enzymes andstimulate new growth of damaged tissues. It is totally non-toxic tohumans and animals,tasteless and odorless etc.

Colloidal Silver can be used orally, rectally, vaginally, and topicallywherever needed.

Burn victims have been reported to heal in half the time without painand scars by using the Silver Water and Silver Gelnow available. We have so many more great things to say about thismiracle water and the results are outstanding. Weship these products all over Canada and USA. This is the only silverwater that I know of that is made in harmony withour earth's atmosphere, and this is the reason why it works so well. Itreaches our cellular level in the body and thehealing is incredibly fast. There is no accumulation in the bodywhatsoever which allows you to drink the desire neededfor the situation that arises."


Basis of Complaint

There are so many errors on Petrolia Magnetic Health (PMH) web site that it mightbe considered fraudulent. They make health claims for somethingthat is not registered with Health Canada. It is not a food. It ispotentially toxic.

This is quite an amazing company that has been busy marketing unprovedremedies around the country for years. They have close ties with health quacks who go around to various hotels and meeting halls around the Province to seepatients and sell them all sorts of useless and potentially dangerous treatments and products. Representatives who are associated with PMH have appeared on radio shows in Sarnia and London to promote their products.

One of their associates has actually admitted that they "treated" clients who came to them with a particular disease. In my opinion, that treatment was similar to what a regulated health professional would perform. That person appeared on a radio show with several patients, in an attempt that I felt was clearly aimed to recruit new customers and clients for PMH products. Many of them had incurable diseases like MS, cancer, lupus, and diabetes. As far as I know, none of the employees or promoters who are associated with PMH hold any professional license. In other words, these people are pretending that their products, devices and methods can alleviate disease.

I am very upset that CKCO would be air unproved and potentiallydangerous remedies on their station.

PMH markets what they call Silver Water, whichaccording to their own web site is colloidal silver. It doesn't give theconcentration anywhere on their web site.

Colloidal silver is toxic and can cause argyria, a permanentdiscolouration of the skin that can last a lifetime.

I think if you check with Health Canada, I don't think that they havebeen given the go ahead to market this stuff. The company does notcompute when searching the Health Canada Drug Product Database:

Neither the name of the product, or the company appears in the HPB database.

The only "silver"products that are listed in that database that are ingestible are"homeopathic" remedies that may contain a molecule or two of silver.

We were able to contact the company and they told us, "This molecular clustered silver water is 3 ppm sustained in deionized drinking water with a healing frequency. It is homeopathic and very beneficial for everything."

That's really very interesting, because we don't see this registered even as a homeopathic product with Health Canada. Plus, their own site doesn't say it's homeopathic.

  • Health Canada Regulations doesn't even list silver as a mineral nutrient - .pdf fileI think they get around the regulations because silver isn't listed in section D.02 anywhere. Here is what this section does say: No person shall shall, on the label of or in any advertisement for a food, make any claim concerning concerning the action or effects of a mineral nutrient contained in that food, except to the effect that the mineral nutrient:a. is a factor in the maintenance of good health; and
    b. is generally recognized as an aid in maintaining the functions of the body necessary to the maintenance of good health and normal growth and development
    I somehow fail to see how "silver", colloidal, homeopathic or otherwise can make any health claims.

  • Here is a search of the entire Health Canada site for "colloidal silver"

Here is a .pdf file from Health Canada that contains warnings. I suggestthat your advertising people read this in its entirety. Guess what, it'sdated 1979. That's right, the only thing that's on the Health Canadasite is over 20 years old, and it's in .pdf format. In other words youhave to download the .pdf and then print it out.You will note that there have been deaths reported from ingestingsilver, and permanent disfigurement. I don't think that any CKCO viewerswould want that. There were no disclaimers in the advertisement, by thestation or the network.

How do they make it?

  1. How do the folks at Petrolia Magnetic Health make this colloidalsilver water?

  2. Where do they get their water from?

  3. Who bottles it?

  4. Who inspects the bottling operation?

In fact Health Canada has not approved any silver ion releasingdevices to disinfect swimming pools or spas. Why would they approve of a silver ion releasing method for bottled water?:

OTTAWA - Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) isadvising the public about the potential health hazards of using silverion releasing devices to sanitize pools and hot tubs. These productsclaim to reduce or eliminate the need for chlorine or bromine forsanitizing pool or hot tub water. However, there are no silver ionreleasing devices currently registered under the Pest Control ProductsAct for this purpose, and they cannot legally take the place ofsanitizing products which contain chlorine or bromine.

So, if Health Canada won't approve devices to make make silver ions forswimming pools, why would they approve a device to make silver ions inwater to potentially disfigure or injure people who drink the water?

Colloidal Silver is not listed in Health Canada's Therapeutic Compliance Guide on lineeither.

It's not listed with the Office of Natural Health Products. But then again there's nothing useful on their website. What are they waiting for?

Helpful links about colloidal silver and more

Healthwatcher.net site discusses one of Petrolia MagneticHealth promotions in the last year:

The Wayne Rowland Show

Health Care Reality Check's links to colloidal silver:Rosemary Jacobs web site about argyeria:
  • US Federal Regulations on colloidal silver products:Sec. 310.548 Drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients orsilver salts offered over-the-counter (OTC) for the treatment and/orprevention of disease.

    (a) Colloidal silver ingredients and silver salts have been marketed in over-the-counter (OTC) drug products for the treatment and prevention of numerous disease conditions. There are serious and complicating aspects to many of the diseases these silver ingredients purport to treat or prevent. Further, there is a lack of adequate data to establish general recognition of the safety and effectiveness of colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for OTC use in the treatment or prevention of any disease. These ingredients and salts include, but are not limited to, silver proteins, mild silver protein, strong silver protein, silver, silver ion, silver chloride, silver cyanide, silver iodide, silver oxide, and silver phosphate.

    (b) Any OTC drug product containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts that is labeled, represented, or promoted for the treatment and/or prevention of any disease is regarded as a new drug within the meaning of section 201(p) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) for which an approved application or abbreviated application under section 505 of the act and part 314 of this chapter is required for marketing. In the absence of an approved new drug application or abbreviated new drug application, such product is also misbranded under section 502 of the act.

    (c) Clinical investigations designed to obtain evidence that any drug product containing colloidal silver or silver salts labeled, represented, or promoted for any OTC drug use is safe and effective for the purpose intended must comply with the requirements and procedures governing the use of investigational new drugs as set forth in part 312 of this chapter.

    (d) After September 16, 1999, any such OTC drug product containing colloidal silver or silver salts initially introduced or initially delivered for introduction into interstate commerce that is not in compliance with this section is subject to regulatory action.[64 FR 44658, Aug. 17, 1999]

    Colloidal Silver Not Approved for Treating Animals

    According to a recent CVM Update, FDA has received reports that products containing colloidal silver are being promoted for use in treatment of mastitis and other serious disease conditions of dairy cattle. It has been determined that the use of such products constitutes a serious public health concern because of the possibility of residues in milk and meat. Based on this information, products containing colloidal silver are not approved for use on dairy cattle nor can they be prescribed for use on dairy cattle.

    Dean Elliott, Director, Division of Dairy Industry, 29 Admin. Bldg., 3125 Conner Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650, PH (904) 487-1450, FAX 922-9444

  • FDA doesn't approve of colloidal silver for animals either
  • SO WHY DO WE NOT HAVE SIMILAR REGULATIONS IN CANADA TO PROTECT THEPUBLIC FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS THAT ARE SOLD AS MEDICINE ON TELEVISION ANDON THE INTERNET?

    1. WE REQUEST THAT CKCO SEND A COPY OF THE VIDEO TAPE AND AND ATRANSCRIPT TO HEALTH CANADA, THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS COUNCIL, AND THECOMPETITION BUREAU.
    2. WE REQUEST THAT CKCO PLACE A DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE SILVER WATER INPRIME TIME IN THE SAME PLACE THAT THE ORIGINAL ADVERTISEMENT RAN.
    3. WE REQUEST THAT CKCO PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THEY RAN THEADVERTISEMENT IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND ALSO, HOW MANY TIMES THE SAME ORSIMILAR ADVERTISEMENTS HAVE BEEN AIRED.
    4. WE CALL FOR AN IMMEDIATE EMBARGO BY HEALTH CANADA OF SILVER WATER PRODUCTS
    5. HEALTH CANADA AND THE COMPETITION BUREAU SHOULD LOOKINTO ALL OF THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE MARKETED BY PETROLIA MAGNETIC HEALTH LTD., AND THEIR METHODS OF MARKETING PRODUCTS
  • LINKS

  • Office of Natural Health Products

  • ONHP Consultations - August

  • Health Canada - Health Research

  • CIHR - Institute

  • Functional foods and health claims

  • HCRC on colloidal silver

  • Grey Lady

  • Ask me why I'm grey

  • Argyria - picture

  • U.S. Regulations


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  • The Touch of Health
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  • Len Horowitz
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  • Clark Research
  • Michael R. Pinkus
  • Kulhay Wellness
  • CCRG
  • Corus entertainment
  • CHUM Limited
  • Rogers Communications
  • Advertising Standards Council
  • ONHP Canada
  • Food Section - Health Canada
  • Health Claims - CFIA
  • Drug-like claims - CFIA
  • Testimonial regs. - CFIA
  • BBB Canada
  • CAB Code of Ethics
  • FAIR'S Media Activist Kit

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    A Consumer's Guide to Alternative Medicine by Kurt Butler

    Lying for Fun and Profit  by Kurt Butler

    Quack: Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

    Honey, Mud, Maggots, and other Medical Marvels

    A Consumer's Guide to Alternative Medicine

    Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

    The PDR:  Family Guide to Natural Medicines and Healing Therapies
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