Silver is one of the single most effective antiviral and bactericidal agents known!Specifically, silver ions complement the body’s immune system by providing exceptional protection against pathogenic bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal Silver is the result of an electromagnetic process that pulls submicroscopic particles of silver (in the micron range) from a larger piece of pure silver into water. These particles are held in suspension by the tiny electric charge on each atom. As minute particles, the silver can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body.
The “total silver” content is divided into two forms of silver; ionic silver and silver particles (colloidal). (A colloid is a unit of measure with the particle size within a certain range.) Particles are clusters of silver atoms. The atoms in a silver particle remain held together by “van der Waals’ force” of attraction that causes identical atoms to be attracted to each other. Silver particles do not contribute to the electrical conductivity of solutions that contain them.
Colloidal Silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, fungi and viruses use for their metabolism. Because no known disease-causing organism can live in the presence of even minute traces of silver, Colloidal Silver is effective against more than 650 different disease-causing pathogens. Unlike with antibiotics, resistant strains have never been known to develop. (Antibiotics are only effective against about a dozen forms of bacteria and fungi, and never viruses!)
Colloidal silver is non-toxic, non-addictive and has no side effects. The body develops no tolerance and one cannot overdose. Colloidal Silver cannot cause harm to the liver, kidneys or any other organ in the body.
Silver is safe for pregnant and nursing women and even aids the developing fetus in growth and health as well as easing the mother’s delivery and recovery. Water-soluble silver is the perfect natural alternative to synthetic antibiotics and is wonderful for both adults and children of all ages. Colloidal silver is odorless, tasteless, non-stinging, harmless to eyes, contains no free radicals, is harmless to human enzymes and has no reaction with other medications. It improves digestion, aids in the regeneration of damaged cells and tissues, helps prevent colds, flu and organism caused diseases. Normal use of colloidal silver does not harm the beneficial bacteria in our intestines. Therefore, it does not cause an upset stomach or yeast growth commonly seen with traditional pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Silver Used Throughout History
Silver has long had acclaim in wellness from those seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The medicinal benefits of silver have been known for hundreds of years. Here are just a few well known samples…
- The Greeks used silver vessels to keep water and other liquids fresh. The writings of Herodotus, the Greek philosopher and historian, date the use of silver to before the birth of Christ.
- The Roman Empire stored wine in silver urns to prevent spoilage.
- The use of silver is mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings.
- In the Middle Ages, silverware protected the wealthy from the full brunt of the plague.
- Before the advent of modern germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing pathogens could not survive in the presence of silver. Consequently, silver was used in dishware, drinking vessels and eating utensils.
- In particular, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing.
- The Chinese emperors and their courts ate with silver chopsticks.
- The Druids have left evidence of their use of silver.
- Settlers in the Australian outback suspend silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage.
- Pioneers trekking across the American West found that if they placed silver or copper coins in their casks of drinking water, it kept the water safe from bacteria, algae, etc.
- All along the frontier, silver dollars were put in milk to keep it fresh. Some of us remember our grandparents doing the same.
- Silver leaf was used to combat infection in wounds sustained by troops during World War I.
Prior to the introduction of antibiotics, Colloidal Silver was used widely in hospitals and has been known as a bactericide for at least 1200 years.
- In the early 1800s, doctors used silver sutures in surgical wounds with very successful results.
For many years there was a law requiring hospitals to use a silver solution in the eyes of newborn babies to ensure they would not go blind should the mother have gonorrhea.
- In Ayurvedic medicine, silver is used in small amounts as a tonic, elixir or rejuvenative agent for patients debilitated by age or disease.
How Does it Work?
According to medical journals from around the world, it disables the particular enzyme that all one-celled bacteria, fungi and viruses use for their oxygen metabolism. Colloidal Silver co-mingles with the blood and enters the cells to seek out and destroy harmful organisms. It suffocates them in six minutes or less after initial contact. This phenomenon was recently demonstrated in tests at UCLA Medical Lab. Trace amounts protect and strengthen the immune system. 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. Since silver only kills anaerobic (non-oxygen breathing) bacteria, the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract are immune to it because they are aerobic (oxygen breathing). Colloidal silver is absolutely safe for humans, reptiles, plants and all multi-celled living matter.
How does colloidal silver work? (Further Insights)
Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute, in a 1996 monograph entitled The Development and Functions of Silver in Water Purification and Disease Control, discuss three mechanisms of deactivation that silver utilizes to incapacitate disease causing organisms. They are Catalytic Oxidation, Reaction with Cell Membranes, and Binding with the DNA of disease organisms to prevent unwinding.
Silver, in its atomic state, has the capacity to absorb oxygen and act as a catalyst to bring about oxidation. Atomic (nascent) oxygen absorbed onto the surface of silver ions in solution will readily react with the sulfhydryl (-S-H) groups surrounding the surface of bacteria or viruses to remove the hydrogen atoms (as water), causing the sulfur atoms to form an R-S-S-R bond; blocking respiration and causing the bacteria to expire. Employing a simple catalytic reduction/oxidation reaction, colloidal silver will react with any negative charge presented by the organism’s transport or membrane proteins and deactivate them.
Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes:
There is evidence that silver ions attach to membrane surface radicals of bacteria, impairing cell respiration and blocking its energy transfer system. One explanation is based on the nature of enzyme construction: Specific enzymes are required for a given biochemical activity to take place. Enzyme molecules usually require a specific metallic atom as part of the molecular matrix in order to function. A metal of higher valance can replace a metal of lower valance in the enzyme complex, preventing the enzyme from functioning normally. Silver, with a valance of plus 2, can replace many metals with a lower, or equal valance that exhibit weaker atomic bonding properties.
Binding with DNA:
Studies by C.L. Fox and S.M. Modak with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a tenacious bacteria that is difficult to treat, demonstrated that as much as 12% of silver is taken up by the organism’s DNA. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.
Because no known disease-causing organism can live in the presence of even minute traces of silver, Colloidal Silver is effective against more than 650 different disease-causing pathogens. Unlike with antibiotics, resistant strains have never been known to develop.
When Is It Used?
Here is a small sample of diseases against which Colloidal Silver has been used successfully:
acne, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, blood parasites, bubonic plague, burns, cancer, candida, cholera, chronic fatigue, colds and flu, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes, leprosy, leukaemia, lupus, Lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, parasitic infections both viral and fungal, pneumonia, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth and throat, shingles, skin cancer, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis, toxemia, trenchfoot, all forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcers.
What Doctor’s Say About Silver
According to experts, no microorganism ever tested has been able to stay alive for more than six minutes when exposed directly to colloidal silver!
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 have.”
Science Digest cites colloidal silver as “…a wonder of modern medicine,” and further states “Antibiotics kill perhaps a half dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is non-toxic. Colloidal silver, used as an anti-microbial agent, will not create super bugs as antibiotics do.”
Alfred Searle, founder of the giant Searle Pharmaceuticals (now Monsanto) stated, “Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results. For internal administration … it has the advantage being rapidly fatal to pathogens without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable.” Further information indicates that Colloidal Silver does not cause harmful interactions with other medications or topical treatments.
In laboratory tests with colloidal silver, bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms are killed within minutes of contact. Larry C. Ford, M.D. of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA School of Medicine, Centre For The Health Sciences reported in November 1, 1988, ” I tested them (the silver solutions) using standard anti-microbial tests for disinfectants. The silver solutions were anti-bacterial for concentrations of 105 organisms per ml of Streptococcus Pyogenes, Staphylococcus Aureus, Neisseria Gonorrhea, Gardnerella Vaginalis, Salmonella Typhi and other enteric pathogens, and fungicidal for Candida Albicans, Candida Globata and M. Furfur.”
Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, noted biomedical researcher from Syracuse University, and author of The Body Electric and Cross Currents, recognized a correlation between low silver levels and sickness. He said silver deficiency is responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system. “What we have done is rediscover the fact that silver killed bacteria, which had been known for centuries.” In the process of his work, Dr. Becker discovered that he had wiped out types of bacteria across the board, even those that were resistant to antibiotics.” Regarding the innate ability of metallic silver to control infection, Dr. Becker said: “all of the organisms that we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics.” On the safety of silver, he said, “in no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”
Dr. Bart Flick of Argentum Medical LLC, another early pioneer in silver medical research, invented FDA approved Silverlon wound contact dressing. “The antimicrobial activity of silver rests upon the interaction of silver with the bacteria’s cellular membrane. This interaction can occur through the presence of a silver ion in solution or the release of silver in an ionic moiety directly from the surface of metallic silver when a bacterial cell membrane comes in direct contact with the metallic surface.”
Dr. Henry Crooks, author of Use of Colloids in Health Disease, found that silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. From his bacteriological experiments with silver he concluded, “I know of no microbe that is not killed in laboratory experiments in six minutes.”
Dr. Bjorn Nordenstrom, of the Larolinska Institute, Sweden, has successfully used silver as a component in his cancer treatments for many years.
Dr. Leonard Keene Hirschberg, A. M., M. D. (John Hopkins) states, “Speaking generally, the colloidal metals are especially remarkable for their beneficial action in infective states.”
Dr. Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute, which monitors silver technology in 37 countries, reports: “In four years we’ve described 87 important new medical uses for silver. We’re just beginning to see to what extent silver can relieve suffering.”
Peter Lindemann reports in his 1997 article, Colloidal Silver, A Closer Look, that a study conducted in part by the Institute of Microbiology in Rome, Italy and published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Dec. 1992), stated that “Pure electro-colloidal silver out- performed silver nitrate, silver chloride, and silver sulfadiazine as a broad spectrum germicide. For all classes of bacteria, fungus, and mold samples tested, pure electro-colloidal silver worked better, and at much lower concentrations. They concluded that any additives reduced the effectiveness of the pure silver ion.”
According to Dr. Evan of Illinois, Kansas “We have had instant success with Colloidal Silver and immune compromised patients. A few examples are: Pink eye (topical) totally resolved in less than six hours; recurrent sinus infections (oral ingestion) resolved in eight days; acute cuticle infections resolved twenty four hours. Another major area in which we have improved our clinical results is in the area of bowel detoxification and dysbiosis. The colloidal silver has provided excellent removal of abnormal intestinal bacteria also it has proved to be a great adjunct to our Candida albicans, Epstein Barr Virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome protocols.
It has repeatedly been argued (and we agree) that the benefits of colloidal silver depend on a small particle size of the silver source.
Ionic Silver is another step forward from Colloidal Silver.
The particle size is so small that nothing can be observed under an electron microscope! Ionic silver is a solution consisting of water and single atom silver ions (dissolved silver) and contains no silver particles. Ionic silver is conductive and the electrical conductivity is directly related to the ionic concentration. The ions in solution remain dispersed due to mutual repulsion created by the ionic charge.
When colloidal silver is stored over a period of time, the particles tend to agglomerate (clog) and build even larger clusters… which then reduces the amount amount of useful silver ions, thereby reducing the silver’s effectiveness. (This problem with colloidal silver is illustrated here.)
Look at the pictures of Colloidal Silver on an electron microscope here.
Often, when Colloidal Silver is stored over a period of time, the particles agglomerate (chunk together) and build even larger clusters here, an electron microscope picture from a standard commercial Colloidal Silver off the shelf.
This does not occur with Silver 100 Ionic Silver, a truly remarkable ionic silver product that overcomes all limitations of regular colloidal silver products.
For a better understanding of the differences between colloidal silver and ionic silver, it would best to visit our Silver 100™ page.
Silver100’s Opti-Silver™ technology is a HUGE LEAP forward within the field of colloidal/ionic silver products!
Silver 100™ delivers silver ions to you in a 100 parts per million solution! NO OTHER SILVER PRODUCT COMES CLOSE!Silver 100 contains Opti-Silver™ (ions of silver complexed with citrate & potassium) for delivery of silver ions far more efficiently than any colloidal silver is capable of doing! It is used the same way as colloidal silver, but is designed to efficiently deliver the smallest units of silver that exist in the world—ions—the size of atoms. Silver 100 delivers silver ions that are 0.26 nanometer in size, far smaller than any pathogen.
What Does the FDA Say? According to the United States Government Food and Drug Administration Colloidal Silver may continue to be marketed and used as it was originally intended. Colloidal Silver exceeds FDA recognized standards for safety. In a September 13, 1991 letter written by Harold Davies, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Safety Officer stated that FDA has no jurisdiction regarding a pure, mineral element.
What About Pets? Colloidal Silver has many veterinary uses, such as healing burns and infections, and is also an effective treatment against the dreaded canine parvo virus.
In The Garden? You’ll also find Colloidal Silver very handy in the garden, against bacterial, fungal, and viral attacks on plants. Simply spray diluted Colloidal Silver on the leaves, and add to soil.
On Vacation? In addition to being the most essential first-aid kit item it can also be used to purify drinking water. Don’t go on vacation without it!
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