If you are interested in alternative therapies, it is likely that you have come across products containing silver.
Not only is pure colloidal silver an effective agent against powerful superbugs, it has also been proven effective against the following:
- Yeast infections
- Athlete’s foot
While the use of silver to treat serious pathogens is nothing new, it is important to know what you are purchasing before you begin.
When it comes to such products, there has been some confusion because there are actually three types of silver products that you can purchase. The confusion happens because all of these are sold as actual colloidal silver, when only one truly is.
Like the lax food labeling regulations we experience today, this labeling chaos has led to problems. When purchasing colloidal silver, it is paramount that you get only true colloidal silver.
Here is a brief overview of the different type of silver products. It is recommended that you seek the assistance of a health professional when choosing the best colloidal silver for you.
Ionic silver solutions
Most commercial “colloidal” silver products are actually ionic silver solutions. These are the least inexpensive to manufacture. Ionic solutions are normally clear in color or a slight bit yellow. Although the manufacturers of these products state that “clear” is best, this is not the case.
You can test if your product is a solution by adding some table salt to it; if the solution is ionic, the chloride ions will join with the silver ions and the solution will become white and cloudy.
Ionic silver contains a lower percentage of silver particles and is not nearly as beneficial as true colloidal silver. Although ionic silver has potent anti-microbial potential, this is hampered by the presence of chloride — such as that which is in your body.
Ionic silver solutions are generally thought to be safe as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
What are silver proteins?
Silver products that contain silver proteins can be highly dangerous and should be avoided. To keep the silver particles suspended, these products use a protein binder. A good giveaway that it is a silver protein product is if the manufacturer makes the claim that it has a very high amount of colloidal silver in it — anywhere from 20 to 30,000 ppm. The product will also foam when shaken and will be a golden yellow to even dark brown/black in color. The silver in these products is totally useless because the body can’t access it.
Warning: The concentration of silver is very high in these products and can cause a condition (Argyria) that causes the skin to turn blue/gray in color.
What is true colloidal silver?
Because they are expensive to produce, you will see very few completely pure or true colloidal silver products. Pure colloidal silver contains 50 to 80 percent silver particles with the rest being silver ions.
The particles in true colloidal silver keep the light from passing through, and this makes the color appear to be darker. It will not be clear. There are no known dangers from consuming true colloidal silver.
What scientific research says
What many have known for a long time about true colloidal silver — that it is a powerful natural antibiotic — science is now validating. Research shows that true colloidal silver can even take care of antibiotic-resistant microbes including MRSA, Human Coronavirus (SARS) and Avian Influenza.
As far back as the early 1900s, Alfred Searle, who founded Searle Pharmaceutical Company, learned that liquid colloidal silver could kill even the most deadly of pathogens. He found great success in giving colloidal silver to humans because it kills microbes without harming the host. In addition, he learned that it protected rabbits completely when they were given 10 times the lethal dose of tetanus.
In the mid-1970s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University conducted some significant research into colloidal silver, confirming that silver kills bacteria fast. All the organisms that he tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion; this included some that were resistant to all antibiotics. In light of the increase in antibiotic-resistant bugs today, this is very good news.
More recent research also validates the strength of colloidal silver.
A study published in the journal Current Science in 2006 discovered that when antibiotic drugs that had become ineffective in treating drug-resistant pathogens were combined with a pure silver solution, they regained their potency.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Colloids Surface B Biointerfaces found that even using colloidal silver alone knocked out MRSA as well as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, another deadly superbug.
How you can use colloidal silver at home
Here are a few ways you can use colloidal silver at home:
- Spray on burns to prevent infection and to speed healing without scarring.
- Take a small amount daily to boost your immune system
- Put a few drops in ears to prevent infection
- Apply topically to ease symptoms of yeast infection
- Speed healing of herpes, warts or ringworm by dabbing a little on the affected area
- Speak to your veterinarian about how it can also help your pets
Note:It is always best to speak with a professional heath care practitioner before using colloidal silver to be sure that you are using the real thing. For more information on using products containing silver safely visit the Silver Safety Council website.
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