Right-wing personality Candace Owens urges her fans to consume a medical quack remedy known to turn users’ skin blue.
In an Instagram video posted Thursday, Owens praised the use of colloidal silver as a daily supplement, a treatment without valid medical use and with many health risks.
“Yes, colloidal silver! Owens said in the video. “I take colloidal silver everyday, love colloidal silver. It’s a big one. It’s another topic that people probably don’t know anything about.
While Owens and others have praised the preventative use of colloidal silver as a means of preventing disease, colloidal silver has no valid medical purpose and has many potential dangers. In extreme cases, according to the Mayo Clinic, colloidal silver can cause seizures or organ problems.
Owens did not respond to a request for comment.
But the most famous side effect of colloidal silver is argyria, a condition that gives users a bluish-gray color, usually permanently. Despite these risks, colloidal silver has occasionally been adopted by political outsiders, including some libertarians seeking cures for various ailments outside the medical system. Montana libertarian politician Stan Jones, for example, turned his skin blue by consuming colloidal silver.
Owens introduced her colloidal silver diet in a follow-up Instagram comment to a fan asking for more information on colloidal silver, saying she takes a “teaspoon a day” and “more when I’m sick” in an article first highlighted by liberal activist William LeGate.
A single teaspoon of silver per day might be enough to cause argyria, depending on the concentration of the silver solution. According to medical research, a 56-year-old man who took a teaspoon daily for “allergy and cold medicine” noticed his fingernails turning blue.
Owens isn’t the only far-right figure to support money as a fringe medicine. In 2020, the FDA warned InfoWars chief Alex Jones to stop promising that silver toothpaste and other silver products sold on its website could prevent or treat the coronavirus.
Owens’ pro-colloidal film video came days after a disastrous interview where Owens, who works for Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, interviewed former President Donald Trump. In a surprise move, Trump brushed aside Owens’ criticism of the coronavirus vaccines, praising the vaccine results as “very good.”
In the same video she praised colloidal silver in, Owens downplayed Trump’s support for vaccines, saying 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 a “real evil” behind tetanus vaccines.