Colloidal silver is a liquid mineral supplement found in almostevery health food store in North America. It is much like mineralwater, except that in this case, the only minerals in the water aretiny, sub-microscopic particles of pure silver.
Pure silver, by itself, has been known for thousands of years tohave powerful, broad-spectrum infection-fighting qualities. So whenthe process for making colloidal silver was discovered in the late1800’s, shortly after Edison harnessed electricity, it immediatelybecame a popular infection-fighting agent, used both topically oncuts, burns and infections, and internally as a remedy for a widevariety of infectious diseases.
Numerous medical studies were conducted on colloidal silverthroughout the early 1900’s, and the substance was used inhospitals and laboratories around the world, in a wide variety offorms, to help fight infection and disease. Studies documenting itsphenomenal infection-fighting qualities were written up in theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Britishmedical journal Lancet, and many others. Indeed, as far back as1919, Alfred Searle, founder of the giant Searle Pharmaceuticalsfirm, had written, “Applying colloidal silver to human subjectshas been done in a large number of cases with astonishinglysuccessful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal toparasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. Itprotects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus ordiphtheria toxin.”
How Is It Made? – Colloidal silver is made through a simpleelectromagnetic process that pulls microscopic particles of silverfrom a larger piece of pure silver immersed in water. These tinysilver particles are held in suspension in the resulting solution.When ingested, these tiny particles of silver travel throughoutyour body like any other mineral before being (supposedly) excretedthrough your normal channels of elimination. (In the case ofsilver, however, some of it will accumulate more or lesspermanently in the skin and other organs. Chronic – persistent,long term – ingestion of colloidal silver can result in argyria.)
100 Year Medical History – The simple process for producingcolloidal silver was developed shortly after Edison harnessedelectricity in 1892. It was then used for decades by doctors, in avariety of forms and under a variety of brand names, as a naturalinfection-fighting agent. But it fell out of widespread usage afterthe advent of prescription antibiotics in the 1940’s.
Then, in the mid-1970’s colloidal silver experienced a resurgenceafter doctors discovered that many pathogens were developingimmunity to prescription antibiotics, but not to pure, elementalsilver. According to science writer Jim Powell in the March 1978issue of Science Digest, “Thanks to eye-opening research, silveris re-emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic killsperhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver killssome 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver isvirtually non-toxic.”
Where Can It Be Found? – Colloidal silver is widelyavailable through health food stores and on the internet. There areliterally thousands of vendors across the United States and Canada,offering a variety of colloidal silver products for about $30 for atiny four-ounce bottle. That’s quite expensive, when you considerhow quickly a tiny four-ounce bottle might be used up.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to getcolloidal silver because you can very easily make your owncolloidal silver, at home, for about thirty six cents perquart, using a safe, simple electronic device called acolloidal silver generator. These tiny devices, frequently rangingfrom palm-sized models for travel and home use, to moresophisticated counter-top models, are available through a number ofcompanies. You can even afford to bathe in it. In fact, manyusers simply throw a quart or so of colloidal silver into thebathwater, for its soothing effects on the skin and scalp! Othersuse it in their spas or hot tubs, in place of chlorine, bromine andother harsh chemicals. Of course home operated colloidal silvergenerators yield totally unpredictable and inconsistent purity andconcentrations of colloidal silver so it’s a significant case ofYMMV. Also – consumer need to beware that the device actually doeswhat it claims since the water will look pretty much the samebefore and after.
The Bottom Line: – For thousands of years silver has beenrecognized as one of nature’s most powerful naturalinfection-fighting agents. Presently colloidal silver is one of themost popular nutritional supplements in the world (although many -if not most- people taking it are doing so consuming assuming ithas some kine of magical cure-all properties that it simplydoesn’t). If current medical research on colloidal silver finds iteffective against drug-resistant pathogens, it may well turn out tobe an important part of the solution to today’s frighteninginfectious disease crisis in which multiple drug-resistantpathogens simply no longer respond to traditional prescriptionantibiotics.
This is one of the worst health frauds of modern times. It’sworthless for your health, you will end up turning yourself orwhoever your force to take it permanently blue, and there has beenat least one very ugly death from massive brain damage due to thetoxic effects. Fortunately at the dosages most people intake, itusually takes months to years to cause the worst effects.
Colloidal silver is known to be an effective “Antibiotic Adjunct,i.e. it can improve the efficacy of certain antibiotics. Itactually decreases the effectiveness of others.
Quinolone antibiotics interact with COLLOIDAL SILVER: Colloidalsilver might decrease how much antibiotic the body absorbs. Takingcolloidal silver along with antibiotics might decrease theeffectiveness of some antibiotics. Some antibiotics that mightinteract with colloidal silver include ciprofloxacin (Cipro),enoxacin (Penetrex), norfloxacin (Chibroxin, Noroxin), sparfloxacin(Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and grepafloxacin (Raxar).
Tetracycline antibiotics interact with COLLOIDAL SILVER:Colloidal silver might decrease how much tetracycline antibioticsthe body can absorb. Taking colloidal silver with tetracyclineantibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of tetracyclineantibiotics. To avoid this interaction take colloidal silver twohours before or four hours after taking tetracyclines. Sometetracyclines include demeclocycline (Declomycin), minocycline(Minocin), and tetracycline (Achromycin).
Levothyroxine interacts with COLLOIDAL SILVER: Colloidal silvermight decrease how much levothyroxine the body absorbs. Takinglevothyroxine along with colloidal silver might decrease theeffectiveness of thyroxine.
Penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen) interacts with COLLOIDALSILVER: Penicillamine is used for Wilson’s disease and rheumatoidarthritis. Colloidal silver might decrease how much penicillamineyour body absorbs and decrease the effectiveness ofpenicillamine.
Recent studies have shown that silver can kill up to 650 species ofpathogenic microbes and it has shown some promise for combatingantibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA, especially when used totreat surfaces that may be contaminated with such bacteria.
…So – colloidal silver has some utility as an antibiotic.Unfortunately antibiotics are only effective against bacteria.Those hyping colloidal silver as anti-viral agent are either “snakeoil salesmen” (con artists) or wishful thinkers. You are muchbetter off sticking with with FDA-approved anti-viral drugs if youhave a virus.
It has been proposed as a treatment or preventative for quite a fewdiseases and conditions including:
Chronic fatigue syndrome.
Preventing flu and colds.
Unfortunately, as of 2016, there is no reliable scientific evidencethat it helps with any of these; more evidence is needed to ratethe effectiveness of colloidal silver for these uses.
Colloidal silver is not recognized as safe or effective by the FDAfor anything other than wound dressings, antibiotic creams, and asan antibiotic coating on medical devices. Colloidal silver was usedin the early 20th century for its antibacterial properties butmostly abandoned as better, more effective antibiotics weredeveloped. The 1990’s saw a resurgence of the use of colloidalsilver as a supposed “cure-all” for all sorts of maladies, althoughnone of the OTC formulations are effective in treating any knowncondition and carry the risk of both permanent cosmetic sideeffects and more serious ones such as allergic reactions, as wellas interactions with prescription medications.
In August 1999, the U.S. FDA banned colloidal silver sellersfrom claiming any therapeutic or preventive value for theproduct.
In 2002, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)found there were no legitimate medical uses for colloidal silverand no evidence to support its marketing claims.
Consumer Reports lists colloidal silver as a “supplementto avoid”, describing it as “likely unsafe”.
Chronic intake of silver products can result in an accumulation ofsilver or silver sulfide particles in the skin. These particles inthe skin darken with exposure to sunlight, resulting in a blue orgray discoloration of the skin known as argyria. Think of it thisway – black and white photography uses the gelatin silver processwith currently available black-and-white films and printing papers.A suspension of silver salts in gelatin is coated onto a supportsuch as glass, flexible plastic or film, baryta paper, orresin-coated paper. When exposed to light it undergoes a chemicalreaction and darkens. Taking colloidal silver turns your skin intoa full-body film plate that darkens (permanently) on exposure tothe sun.
Also – Increased silver levels in pregnant women have been linkedto abnormal development of the ear, face, and neck in their babies.Colloidal silver supplements can also lead to silver accumulationin the body of the baby, which can lead to argyria. Silver can alsobe deposited in vital organs, where it does serious damage.