On a broadcast of the Jim Bakker Show that aired Wednesday, televangelist Jim Bakker and a show guest discussed a “silver sol” product sold on Bakker’s website that, the show guest claimed, can “eliminate” the coronavirus from the human body “within 12 hours.”
The guest, naturopathic Dr. Sherrill Sellman, claimed without evidence that Silver Solution has been found to be effective on viruses related to the one from Wuhan. The novel coronavirus has infected over 60,000 people and killed at least 1,350, according to the World Health Organization.
Further, she said the product could bolster a person’s immune system and potentially make their bodies less susceptible to the virus.
“Well, let’s say [Silver Solution] hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours,” she said. “Totally eliminate it. Kills it, deactivates it. And then it boosts your immune system so then you can support the recovery, because when you kill the virus, then the immune system comes into action to clear it out. So you want a vibrant immune system as well as an ability to deactivate these viruses.”
According to its page on Bakker’s website, Silver Solution is a product that “works faster, longer and more efficiently than other silvers to support your immune system.” It currently sells on Bakker’s website in a variety of packages with a 16-ounce bottle costing 40, but shoppers can purchase bundles of the product that cost up to $300.
However, similarly marketed products also include colloidal silver which according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) provides no known health benefits. Ingesting it can cause side effects including argyria, or discoloration of the skin or other tissue, and poor absorption of other medications by the body.
Further, Silver Solution’s page on Bakker’s site contains a link to a warning specifically for residents of California. Under a California law, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (also known as Proposition 65), the store is required to warn that Silver Solution “contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”
Sellman is a naturopathic doctor—a designation distinct from a mainstream medical doctor. Naturopathy, according to information from the alternative medicine university Bastyr University, is a “system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies.”
The Jim Bakker Show is suggesting that the silver solution it sells can kill the coronavirus within 12 hours. pic.twitter.com/kbUGnUp69m
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