Colloidal Silver for Treating Infection and Viruses
One of my favorite natural medicine tools is colloidal silver. From ear infections to burns to pink eye, this beneficial mineral can help cure many ailments. It is naturally antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, and, if a high quality silver is used, there are no side effects.
Colloidal silver, which is made either by the “electro-arc” method in deionized water, or by the “low voltage electrolysis” method in distilled water, consists of microscopic particles of pure, elemental silver suspended in water, with no other elements present. It was widely used in Western medicine until antibiotics became prevalent. With the recent rise in natural medicine, though, it is seeing a comeback.
- Pink eye: For either a bacterial or viral eye infection, put one drop of colloidal silver directly in the eye. I let my kids gently close their eyes, then put one drop in the inside corners, and tell them to blink ten times. Dab off the excess. Do this three times the first day, two times the second and third days. I have never had to do more than three days.
- Burn: Spray onto burns to prevent infection and promote healing.
- Ear infection: While I tend to use other methods of treatment for ear infections in addition to colloidal silver, I do put one drop of colloidal silver in the affected ear and have my child lie down to let the liquid stay in the ear for 5 to 10 minutes before we drain it. I do this twice a day for two to five days, depending on the severity of the infection.
- Sore throat and/or strep throat: Spray into back of mouth as needed. The beauty of true colloidal silver is that it can’t be overused.
- Skin: Colloidal silver can help with rashes and sores.
- Household: Spray doorknobs, light switches, tables, or anywhere you want to disinfect.
- Pets: Put one drop in your pet’s water bowl to eliminate pathogens and keep your pet healthy. I put one drop in our chickens’ water bucket each week.
The kind I have found that I like best is called NutraSilver and can be bought here: http://www.nutrasilver.com/. NutraSilver is highly concentrated (3600 parts per million, or ppm), so I make my own diluted bottles to save money. (Make sure to use dark glass bottles, either brown or cobalt.) If an infection seems particularly bad, I use the straight, undiluted drops. For everyday health, mild issues, and preventative uses, I like to have a spray bottle and a dropper bottle of diluted colloidal silver on hand. Even diluted, this colloidal silver is high quality and potent. For a 200 ppm concentration, dilute the silver at an 18:1 ratio in distilled water (18 drops water, 1 drop NutraSilver). This is the concentration I use most. For a household spray, just drop a few drops of NutraSilver into a large spray bottle full of distilled water.
Here is some amazing information provided by NutraSilver that will help answer many of your questions and show you the gull potential of adding silver into your health regimen:
WHAT PATHOGENS WERE UTTERLY DESTROYED BY NUTRASILVER® IN FDA-CERTIFIED INDEPENDENT LAB TESTS?
colloidal silver molecules
MRSA (Methicillian Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
You can see all of these FDA-certified in-vitro lab tests for yourself.
CAN COLLOIDAL SILVER CAUSE ARGYRIA?
It is possible that some gelatinous “colloidal silver” products, with very heavy use, may cause Argyria. The only negative association made to silver supplementation is the condition Argyria, an extremely rare phenomenon where silver accumulates in the tissue under the skin causing a blue or grayish tint. Even then, the effects aren’t medical or life threatening, just cosmetically altering and unappealing. Some suggest large doses of selenium and vitamin “C” can reverse argyria.
NutraSilver® contains no silver salts, silver nitrate, silver arsphenamine or silver chlorides.
NutraSilver® is 100% pure nano-sized silver particles and double-distilled clustered water manufactured under closely scrutinized federal guidelines.
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS is required by all governments globally) demonstrates that NutraSilver® is totally non-toxic.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF SILVER KNOWN TO CAUSE ARGYRIA
EPAThe minimum amount of silver known to cause argyria in adults, from the use of any silver compound (including salts) is 900 mg of silver taken orally in one year.
The EPA standard for the amount of silver that can be safely consumed in drinking water is .005 milligrams per kilogram of weight per day (EPA RED document page 2, 4th paragraph). This means that a normal sized adult could safely consume one ounce of NutraSilver® every day for a 70 year life span and still be within the safe limits as defined by the EPA. In the EPA RED document for silver, the EPA goes on to state (3rd page, 4th paragraph), “The EPA does not anticipate that dietary exposure to these low levels of silver will be associated with any significant degree of risk.”
HOW LONG DOES THE BODY RETAIN INGESTED SILVER?
According to the EPA IRIS (Integrated Risk Information Systems) Report on silver (5th page, 1st paragraph), several tests were conducted in order to determine the absorption and retention of ingested silver in a number of animals (including primates). These tests indicated that between 90-99% of ingested silver was excreted by the second day after ingestion and greater than 99% was excreted in less than a week. This clearly shows that the colloidal silver of today does not build up in the system when consumed in suggest quantities.
DOES SILVER HAVE A HISTORICAL USES?
Yes. The historical use of silver to preserve and extend the life of food and water is long and indisputable. For thousands of years, it has been used for the same reasons we are using it now in our mineral and water supplement form. From mankind’s earliest history, silver has been used in the making of food and drink vessels, as well as eating utensils.
HOW IS SILVER ABLE TO INHIBIT THE GROWTH OF ONE-CELLED MICRO-ORGANISMS?
According to researchers, silver inhibits the growth of one-celled organisms by deactivating the organism’s oxygen metabolism enzymes. This action in turn, destroys the organism’s cell membranes, stopping the replication of the organism’s DNA. This is a completely natural reaction to silver by these organisms and is not chemically manipulated by man.
ARE COLLOIDAL SILVER PRODUCTS SAFE?
Although gelatinous/protein, saline, and/or nitrate based silver products may cause the cosmetic condition Argyria with overuse, no death that we are aware of has ever been documented as being caused by any silver supplement.
WHY IS NUTRASILVER A DARK YELLOWISH BROWN COLOR RATHER THAN CLEAR?
The color is a result of light reflecting off the metallic particles in the water. If there is no color from reflected light, the product is probably mostly ionic or contains little if any silver.
IF SILVER IS SUCH A POTENT ANTI-MICROBIAL AGENT, WHY ISN’T IT USED BY MAINSTREAM MEDICINE TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH ILLNESSES FOR WHICH THERE MAY BE NO OTHER HELP?
First of all, there is a mindset within the “medical establishment” that believes that no method or product is valid unless it has gone through their filter of approval. Some of this comes from an inherent academic and intellectual arrogance that often pervades any field or professional in which a higher level of education is required. But the primary reason is that the medical education system, as well as the lion’s share of research, is funded by companies and organizations that have a vested interest in ensuring that only more profitable patentable medicines/drugs are approved. Products such as silver and water are not patentable and would not be as profitable.
Taken according to our serving suggestions, NutraSilver contains less than one third the amount of silver referenced by the EPA in their drinking water standards. The Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum daily reference dose of silver is 350 micrograms. That equates to approximately three and one half teaspoons of our Advanced Colloidal Silver.
DOES THE GENERIC TERM “COLLOIDAL SILVER” HAVE MORE THAN ONE POSSIBLE DEFINITION?
When we use the term “colloidal silver”, we use the Chemistry definition of “colloid” as a system in which finely divided silver particles are dispersed within a continuous medium (distilled water in the case of our product) in a manner that prevents them from being easily filtered or rapidly settled. All fluids in your body are “colloidal”.
IS COLLOIDAL SILVER A “DRUG” AND DO THEY INTERACT WITH DRUGS?
Our Colloidal Silver products are mineral and water dietary supplements, not drugs. Supplementing your diet with colloidal silver should be approached no differently than taking other vitamin and mineral supplements. We have seen no reports of, nor evidence of, any adverse silver interaction or reaction with patented “drugs”, any other element, compound, or food.
CAN COLLOIDAL SILVER CAUSE AN ALLERGIC REACTION?
An extremely small number of people do have allergies to various metals and if you cannot wear silver jewelry because of an allergy, it may be best not to supplement with them either. Metal allergies are usually manifested by a light rash and/or itching.
CAN COLLOIDAL SILVER CAUSE AN ALLERGIC REACTION?
A very small number of people do have allergies to various metals and if you cannot wear silver or gold jewelry because of an allergy, it may be best not to supplement with them either. Metal allergies are usually manifested by a light rash and/or itching.
CAN COLLOIDAL SILVER CAUSE ONE TO FEEL ILL?
When first starting silver supplementation, one may experience a minor “healing crisis” of not feeling well, similar to a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. When toxins accumulate in the blood stream from terminated micro-organisms, it may cause one to feel mildly ill and sometimes feverish. A die-off of bacteria in the colon may also result in some initial diarrhea, but the use of smaller servings to start with may be a more comfortable way to pass through this temporary discomfort. This is why we ask you to ramp-up slowly so you can avoid this unpleasant experience. Higher water consumption is critical to lessen the duration of this discomfort, which generally goes away within hours or a day.
WHICH COLLOIDAL SILVER IS MOST EFFECTIVE, IONIC OR SILVER PARTICLE (NON-IONIC)?
There is much contentious debate within the colloidal silver community about ionic silver vs. particle silver (NutraSilver is real silver particles from our earth).
Although, ionic silver may lose most of its effectiveness in the hydrochloric acid of the stomach becoming silver chloride and passing harmlessly and with little effect, out of the system, it is still very effective topically, in the eyes, ears, sinuses, mouth, lungs, and esophagus.
Silver particles on the other hand do not have the hydrochloric acid limitation factor and are able to survive the digestive acids and move on in the digestive system, the colon, liver, kidneys, bladder, etc., where it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and then act to support the immune system in those internal areas. We believe that a product such as NutraSilver gives you the best chance of effectiveness from the stomach to your bloodstream and beyond.
DOES COLLOIDAL SILVER FIGHT ONLY “BAD” BACTERIA, LEAVING “GOOD” FLORA UNAFFECTED?
Colloidal silver does discriminate between “good” and “bad” bacteria. It can potentially destroy all bacteria it comes into contact with. 95% of ingested colloidal silver is absorbed in the stomach and the remaining 5% is absorbed in the small intestine. None of the silver is absorbed directly by the large bowel so little happens to kill your “good gut flora”.
According to the EPA, who is charged with defining safe levels of any mineral in water used for ingestion or drinking, “the oral consumption of small amounts of silver in water on a daily basis poses no significant degree of risk.”
The U.S. Government’s Center for Disease Control confirmed in 1995 that there has never been any allergic, toxic or carcinogenic reaction to colloidal silver.
Colloidal Silver is safe and non-toxic to the human body.
**as always this is for information purposes only. Please discuss with your doctor any course of action you may wish to take regarding your health
Blessings for a safe and chemical free life!