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I'm just bringing up a very minor topic, but one I have little info on. Is gold necessary in diets? I know some foods I've eaten had gold in them (on very rare occasions). What purpose does it serve? I know some other metals, like Iron, Zinc, Copper, and Magnesium are essential. I'm just purely curious, that's all. Maybe it's completely unnecessary, but has benefits.
 

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All I know without research is that gold is not an essential nutrient. It might be harmless in small amounts. Certain metals, though, are not to be consumed. The most obvious is lead. Silver, though, causes permanent gray skin if consumed in large enough amounts. I think the body has a hard time eliminating metals once consumed.
 

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That might be kind of cool. hmm...
I thought so too, then I saw something on discovery health about it where this woman's life was pretty much ruined because of it. She got dumped, couldn't find a job, etc. right after it happened, and had so many self-esteem issues because of it she never got married (not necessarily a bad thing, but she really wanted to), had difficulty finding employment where she worked with people, etc.
 

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That might be kind of cool. hmm...
I thought so too, then I saw something on discovery health about it where this woman's life was pretty much ruined because of it. She got dumped, couldn't find a job, etc. right after it happened, and had so many self-esteem issues because of it she never got married (not necessarily a bad thing, but she really wanted to), had difficulty finding employment where she worked with people, etc.
 

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That might be kind of cool. hmm...
I thought so too, then I saw something on discovery health about it where this woman's life was pretty much ruined because of it. She got dumped, couldn't find a job, etc. right after it happened, and had so many self-esteem issues because of it she never got married (not necessarily a bad thing, but she really wanted to), had difficulty finding employment where she worked with people, etc.
 

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but isn't colidal (sp?) silver meant to be a good thing?
Well that's what it's proponents claim. Others (most legitimate health professionals) think otherwise and point to the possible dangers of it, such as the woman described. The story of one such woman (the same one?) is here.

It's controversial.

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/alerts/silver/index.htm
 

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Based on what I remember from school, gold is pretty unsoluable in just about anything. It would take a pretty complex system to break it down and make anything of it. That's why it's a rare thing.
True. Gold is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and it's hard to make such drugs. It's used as injections as the resorption of the tablets is very poor. Saint Hildegard of Bingen used gold during the middle ages, as far as I know she baked gold in cookies, maybe it was better absorbed afterwards.
 

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i guess that'll teach me not to pay too much attention what i read on the internet. i'd heard it spouted as a historically proven effective antibiotic. i just found this website with a silver lady on it (and her experience of argyria). unfortunate stuff. http://homepages.together.net/~rjstan/
Gold may lead to a skin disease called chrysiasis and I've already seen a few patients with this disease. The problem is, it won't go, it stays for the rest of life. Argyria is even more prominent. Silver was used as silver-nitrate to cure stomach ulcera and people with argyria look blueish-silvery.

Gold and silver aren't essential.

There a silver foils that are beaten in between cattle-guts and aren't veg*an.
 
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