What is Colloidal Silver
Colloid is a small particle which will not settle out of its
surrounding medium. One Colloidal Silver particle
consists of a cluster of many silver atoms. Colloidal
Silver is a tasteless, odorless, nontoxic, pure, natural
substance consisting of pure water and pure silver.
Colloidal Silver is found naturally in parts per billion in
the earths water supply. Colloidal Silver particles vary
in size (see Electron Microscope photos). These
particles do not settle but remain suspended due to size and
electric charge causing them to repel each other.
of Colloidal Silver
properties of silver have been known for millennia. In
ancient civilizations, the wealthy would store their water in
silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing. American
settlers would put a silver dollar in milk containers to delay
As early as 1834, a German
obstetrician named F. Crede, administered 1% silver nitrate to
the eyes of newborn infants, almost eliminating the incidence
of blindness caused by disease in newborns. It was not
until the late 1800's that Western scientists began to prove
what had been known in Eastern medicine for thousands of
years...that silver was a proven germ fighter!
By the early 1900's the
antibacterial solution called Colloidal Silver became the
choice of medical practitioners. It proved to be
effective against infectious organisms and extremely safe to
use, without the negative side effects associated with
drugs. But unfortunately its use was short lived.
Silver was put on the back shelf while new
"improved" antibiotic drugs became the choice of
medical treatment. Silvers came back in medicine in the 1930's
with silver nitrate.
In the 1970's Dr. Carl Moyer,
chairman of Washington University's Department of Surgery,
received a grant to develop better treatment for burn
victims. Dr. Harry Margraf of St. Louis, as the chief
biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other surgeons to find
an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe for use over large areas
of the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic
compounds and found drawbacks in them all. He noted that
many of these antibiotics were ineffective against a number of
harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases -
greenish blue bacterium called Pseudomonas Acruginose.
Extensive trials proved silver to be the most effective and it
is currently used in major burn centers in the United
States. "What we actually have done, was rediscover
that silver kills bacteria", stated Dr. Robert O. Becker
M. D, (who became a "pioneer" for Colloidal Silver).
Today, silver is used by the
Soviets to sterilize recycled water aboard the space
stations. NASA selected a silver water system for the
space shuttle. Many of the world's airlines use silver
water filters to protect passengers from diseases such as
dysentery. Silver has been effectively used to replace
chlorine in swimming pool water, and it does not sting the
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Does Colloidal Silver Work
makes Colloidal Silver so successful is the ionic charge that
silver brings into the body. The micro electrical
(ionic) charge disables the particular enzyme that all one
celled bacteria, fungi and viruses use for their oxygen
metabolism, its chemical lung. Colloidal Silver travels
with the blood and enters the cells to seek out and destroy
harmful organisms. Within minutes after the initial
contact, the pathogen dies, then it is cleared out of the
body. Colloidal Silver is absolutely nontoxic and safe
for humans, reptiles, and plants. The body does not
build up a tolerance to it and studies show that colloidal
silver does not form silver deposits within the body.
The British Medical Journal
reports that it rapidly subdues inflammation and promotes
healing. Dr. Robert Becker noticed a correlation between low
silver levels and sickness; colds, flu, etc.
Silver Is Safe
has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine in India for well over
2500 years. It is very common for foods in India to be
covered with a very soft and edible silver
foil. Chewing and ingesting such a medicine
would provide hundreds of times more silver than is generally
found in Homeopathic and Supplemental Colloidal Silver
products in North America. Yet there are no reports of
toxicity or buildup of silver in the human body in these
The author interviewed an elderly gentleman from who stated
that as a boy he was once treated by a Doctor in India who
grated silver into a glass of water. This method
produced mammoth quantity and size of silver particles in
comparison to the size of Colloidal Silver, without
adverse side effect.
Since the early 1930's there have been rumors and warnings and
fear issued against the use of medicinal, food grade, or
homeopathic Colloidal Silver. These rumors have been
circulated by those who have not distinguished between Silver
Nitrates, Salts, Chlorides, Phosphates and Colloidal
Silver. The differences cannot be
overstated. Unfortunately before science and
technology were able to determine that these other products
were harmful, individuals had administered Silver Nitrate and
subsequently developed a condition called argyria.
Argyria is caused by the photo reduction of silver nitrate
lodged in tissues of the skin producing graying of the
skin. It is impossible for low concentration or
Homeopathic Colloidal Silver to produce this condition.
According to an article that appeared in the Silver News, The
Silver Institute Washington, D.C., patients at the Struggle
Against AIDS clinic in Honduras were given very substantial
single dosages of polyvalent silver oxide, (approximately 40
parts per million of blood volume) and they did not experience
any side effects or reaction whatsoever, nor did they develop
the unseemly condition that is known as argyria. Neither
are there reports available to indicate that Colloidal Silver
could interact or interfere with other medicine being taken.
Colloidal Silver is a natural and safe remedy with wide
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Colloidal Silver is Manufactured
simple and most common method of making Colloidal Silver is to
place an electrical charge on a silver anode (positive
electrode) and a cathode (negative electrode) in water.
The electrical energy removes micro particles off the silver
anode which then become suspended in the water. These
particles called colloids, each carry a micro electrical
charge or zeta charge that holds them in suspension.
The temperature, ionization, and molecular structure of
the water as well as the electrical current, duration and
purity of silver used in the process determine the size,
quantity and quality of the silver colloids.
Silver Is Natural
manufacturing objective is to produce a Silver Colloid that
has like properties of those colloids found in natural water
and plant sources. This is important because just as
there are thousands of nutrients in nature, there are also
thousands of reactions that happen within our bodies between
these nutrients and harmful substances they might encounter in
the body. All nutrients, minerals and vitamins work
synergistically in our bodies, it is therefore important to
note that Colloidal Silver is not a "cure
all". The body, as a whole, needs a combination of
many nutrients to properly sustain health and immunity.
Each individual concerned about their health should determine
whether they are getting sufficient trace minerals in
their food and water. Studies have shown the
relative bio availability of either Silver Inorganic complexes
or Silver Organic complexes appears to depend on the
individual compounds. Studies show that it appears Silver
Inorganic complexes are more common in the marine environment,
therefore it is also safe.
The Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks at the University
of British Columbia Canada, while developing ambient water
quality criteria, reported the following findings regarding
the qualities of Silver in drinking water. The Compendium
Study on Ambient Water Quality 1996 stated that the ionic form
of silver is necessary for biological activity and the lipid
phase of the membrane appears to be important in adsorbing
silver ions to living cells. The active sites on enzymes which
are affected by silver are apparently the electron rich
functional groups such as-SH groups.
Silver combines with plasma proteins, is removed by the liver
and over 90% is eliminated in the bile; most of this in the
feces with very little in the urine.
The study reported that ionic silver was more toxic to aquatic
organisms than silver compounds, which again suggests that it
is the micro electrical charge carried by the silver which
makes it effective.
Also reported, silver is a disinfectant for non spore forming
bacteria at concentrations about 1000 times lower than the
levels at which it is toxic to mammalian life. This extreme
mammalian to bacterial toxicity differential is the definition
of an oligodynamic material. The low concentration necessary
for oligodynamic activity allows silver or one of its
insoluble salts to be used indefinitely in contact with
sterile liquids without silver levels building up to
concentrations harmful to people.