Colloidal Silver - The Rediscovery of a Super
Colloidal silver appears to be a powerful, natural antibiotic and
preventative against infections. Acting as a catalyst, it reportedly
disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for
their oxygen metabolism. They suffocate without corresponding harm
occurring to human enzymes or parts of the human body chemistry. The
result is the destruction of disease-causing organisms in the body and
in the food.
Colloidal silver was in common use until 1938. Many remember their
grandparents putting silver dollars in milk to prolong its freshness at
room temperature. At the turn of the century, scientists had discovered
that the body's most important fluids are colloidal in nature: suspended
ultra-fine particles. Blood, for example, carries nutrition and oxygen
to the body cells. This led to studies with colloidal silver. Prior to
1938, colloidal silver was used by physicians as a mainstream antibiotic
treatment and was considered quite "high-tech." Production methods,
however, were costly. The pharmaceutical industry moved in, causing
colloidal research to be set aside in favor of fast working and
financially lucrative drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration today classifies colloidal silver as a
pre-1938 drug. A letter from the FDA dated 9/13/91 states: "These
products may continue to be marketed . . . as long as they are
advertised and labeled for the same use as in 1938 and as long as they
are manufactured in the original manner." Some of the manufacturing
methods used before 1938 are still used today. An electro-colloidal
process, which is known to be the best method, is used.
While studying regeneration of limbs, spinal cords and organs in the
late 1970s, Robert O. Becker, M.D., author of The Body Electric,
discovered that silver ions promote bone growth and kill surrounding
bacteria. The March 1978 issue of Science Digest, in an article, "Our
Mightiest Germ Fighter," reported: "Thanks to eye-opening research,
silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills
perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some
650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is virtually
non-toxic." The article ended with a quote by Dr. Harry Margraf, a
biochemist and pioneering silver researcher who worked with the late
Carl Moyer, M.D., chairman of Washington University's Department of
Surgery in the 1970s: "Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we
How It Works
The presence of colloidal silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any
other single celled pathogen disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, its
chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates
and dies, and is cleared out of the body by the immune, lymphatic and
elimination systems. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, which destroy
beneficial enzymes, colloidal silver leaves these tissue-cell enzymes
intact, as they are radically different from the enzymes of primitive
single-celled life. Thus colloidal silver is absolutely safe for humans,
reptiles, plants and all multi-celled living matter.
Many brands of colloidal silver are inferior. The highest grade is
produced by the electro-colloidal / non-chemical method where the silver
particles and water have been colloided, i.e., dispersed within and
bound to each other by an electric current. The super-fine silver
particles are suspended indefinitely in demineralized water. The ideal
color of colloidal silver is a golden yellow. Darker colors indicate
larger silver particles that tend to collect at the bottom of the
container and are not true colloids. If a product contains a stabilizer
or lists trace elements other than silver, or if it needs to be shaken,
it is inferior. If a product requires refrigeration, some other
ingredient is present that could spoil. The container and dropper must
be glass, as plastic cannot preserve the silver in liquid suspension for
any length of time. Some brands with high concentrations of silver may
actually not be completely safe. High concentrations of silver do not
kill disease germs more effectively than the safe range of 3 to 5 parts
per million (ppm.).
Ingesting Colloidal Silver
Taken orally, the silver solution is absorbed from the mouth into the
bloodstream, then transported quickly to the body cells. Swishing the
solution under the tongue briefly before swallowing may result in faster
absorption. In three to four days the silver may accumulate in the
tissues sufficiently for benefits to begin. Colloidal silver is
eliminated by the kidneys, lymph system and bowel after several weeks.
If routinely exposed to dangerous pathogenic germs, some recommend a
regular daily intake as a protection. In cases of minor burns, an
accumulation of colloidal silver may hasten healing, reducing the
possibility of scar tissue and infection. It is believed by many in the
natural healing arts that the lives of millions of people who are
susceptible to chronic low-grade infections can be enhanced by this
preventative health measure.
Chronic or Serious Conditions
1 teaspoon of 5 ppm. colloidal silver equals about 25 micrograms (mcg.)
of silver. 1 - 4 teaspoons per day (25 - 100 mcg.) is generally
considered to be a "nutritional amount" and is reported to be safe to
use for extended periods of time. Amounts higher than this are generally
considered "therapeutic amounts" and should only be used periodically.
In cases of illness, natural health practitioners have often recommended
taking double or triple the "nutritional amount" for 30 to 45 days, then
dropping down to a smaller maintenance dose. Amounts from 1 - 32 ounces
per day have reportedly been used in acute conditions.
If your body is extremely ill or toxic, do not be in a hurry to clear up
everything at once. If pathogens are killed off too quickly, the body's
five eliminatory channels (liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and bowel) may be
temporarily overloaded, causing flu-like conditions, headache, extreme
fatigue, dizziness, nausea or aching muscles. Ease off on the colloidal
silver to a smaller amount and increase your distilled water intake.
Regular bowel movements are a must in order to relieve the discomforts
of detoxification. Resolve to reduce sugar and saturated fats from the
diet, and exercise more. Given the opportunity, the body's natural
ability to heal may amaze you.
Some have used colloidal silver in a nasal spray mister - to reach the
sinuses and nasal passages. Spray bottles have been used for topical use
on kitchen and bathroom surfaces, skin, sore throat, eyes, burns, etc.
Colloidal silver is painless on cuts, abrasions, in open wounds, in the
nostrils for a stuffy nose, and even in a baby's eyes because, unlike
some antiseptics, it does not destroy tissue cells. It's excellent as an
underarm deodorant, since most underarm odor is caused by bacteria
breaking down substances released by the sweat glands!
Some Common Uses of Colloidal Silver
Natural health practitioners have for years recommended taking one
tablespoon daily, for four days, to establish a level, then one teaspoon
daily for maintenance (proportional to body weight for children). After
six weeks, a pause of several weeks has also been recommended by some
natural healing arts doctors. Also, colloidal silver can be applied
directly to cuts, scrapes, and open sores, or on a bandage for warts. It
can be applied on eczema, itches, acne or bug bites. To purify water,
add one tablespoon per gallon, shake well and wait six minutes. Mixed
this way, it's tasteless. It is not an allopathic poison.
Veterinary and Garden Use
Colloidal silver has worked just as well on pets of all kinds. Used in
proportion to body weight, it should bring the same results. In the
garden, field or greenhouse, add enough to the water or soil - and the
plants will do the rest.
Tolerance To Disease Organisms
We have all heard of the "super-germs" that are resistant to most modern
antibiotics. Some believe that single-celled germs cannot mutate into
silver-resistant forms, as happens with conventional antibiotics.
Therefore no tolerance to colloidal silver would develop through
mutation. Also, colloidal silver has not been demonstrated to interact
or interfere with other medicines being taken. Inside the body, silver
apparently does not form toxic compounds or react with anything other
than a germ's oxygen-metabolizing enzyme. Colloidal silver may truly be
a safe, natural remedy for many of mankind's ills.
Additionally, there has never been a drug interaction reported between
colloidal silver and any other medication. It's difficult to overdose -
unless large amounts are ingested. Colloidal silver has been reported by
users to be both a remedy and a prevention for numerous infections,
colds, flus, and fermentations due to various bacteria, viruses or
fungi, even the non-apparent low-grade, general body infections many
people have. Living organisms are in the colloidal chemical state, not
the crystalline state. Substances already in that form may be more
readily assimilated by the body. Colloidal silver is the most useable
form of a reputedly effective germ fighter.
A colloidal suspension is ultra-fine particles of one substance,
suspended by an electric charge in another substance. Homogenized milk
and aerosol sprays are colloidal suspensions. Colloidal silver is pure,
metallic silver (not a chemical compound) of particles 15 atoms or
fewer, each with a positive electric charge, and attached to a molecule
of simple protein. This new particle floats in pure water. The electric
charge is stronger than gravity so the silver particles don't sink.
Colloidal Silver in Advance of Illness?
When the possibility of germ exposure is higher, colloidal silver can be
taken orally each day or applied topically when there is a skin problem.
It's like having a second defense system. The silver acts only as a
catalyst and is stabilized. It is non-toxic, except to one-cell plants
and animals, and is non-addicting. It also apparently kills parasites
because they have a one cell egg stage in their reproductive cycle.
Older folks reportedly feel younger because their body energies are used
for other uses than constantly fighting disease. Digestion has also been
reportedly better. Medical research has shown that silver promotes more
rapid healing, with less scar tissue, even in the case of severe burns.
Successes have been reported in cases that previously have been given up
by established doctors. Colloidal silver is tasteless and won't sting
even a baby's eyes, and won't upset your stomach.
More Than 650 Diseases Helped?
Colloidal silver has been reported to kill 650 micro-organisms, many of
which are associated with human diseases. This does not automatically
mean that taking colloidal silver will "cure" diseases "caused" by these
germs. Colloidal silver only kills micro-organisms when they are in
contact with it for a sufficient period of time. The human body is a
complex system which may prevent high enough concentrations of colloidal
silver from reaching the "affected area".
The basic guideline that has been recommended for using colloidal silver
is that it usually "works" if you can get a high enough concentration to
the "affected area". Some will want to experiment with "higher amounts"
(such as 8 or more ounces at a time) to find out what it takes to
accomplish this. Do not use colloidal silver if you are allergic to
contact with silver metals, or if you notice any digestive upset after
The following is a partial list of the more than 650 diseases that
colloidal silver has been reputed to be successful against: acne, AIDS
(Reference 8), allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, athlete's foot,
bladder inflammation, blood parasites, blood poisoning, boils, burns,
cancer (References 2, 4, 7), candida, cholera, colitis, conjunctivitis,
cystitis, dermatitis, diabetes (Reference 1), dysentery, eczema,
fibrositis, gastritis, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes, impetigo,
indigestion, keratitis, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, Lyme
disease, malaria, meningitis, neurasthenia, parasitic infections: viral,
fungal and bacterial pneumonia, pleurisy, prostate, pruritus ani,
psoriasis, purulent opthalmia, rhinitis, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet
fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth, and throat,
seborrhea, septicemia, shingles, skin cancer, staphylococcus and
streptococcus infections, stomach flu, syphilis, thyroid, tuberculosis,
tonsillitis, toxemia, trachoma, all forms of virus, warts, whooping
cough, yeast infection, stomach ulcer, canine parovirus and other
veterinary uses, and fungal and viral attacks on plants. Simply spray
diluted silver on the leaves and add to the soil.