By: Steve LaFontaine
Silver has been used in healing as far back in recorded time as 4000 BC. Persian records mention the practice of keeping water in silver vessels. The ancient Babylonian and Greek civilizations were aware of silver's ability to disinfect. Colloidal Silver was used as a remedy as far back as ancient Egypt. It continued to be used in the Middle Ages to treat wounds.
The Romans reported the use of silver compounds for medical treatment. Before the days of refrigeration, silverware or a silver coin was kept in the drinking water and the milk to prevent spoilage. Silverware became prized for the preparation,serving and storage of foods because it was recognized that food processed in silver vessals stored longer and was less likely to cause illness.
The March 1978 issue of Science Digest had an article called Silver Our Mightiest Germ Fighter in which they stated that more than half of the world's airlines use silver treated water as the method of choice for protecting passengers from water-born diseases.
It is accepted fact that the best, and usually the most expensive, water treatment system filters contain silver. Additionally, the article quoted Dr. Harry Margraf, St. Louis Missouri, as saying "Thanks to eye opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps half dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop...silver is the best all around germ fighter we have." Indeed no known bacteria have developed an immunity to silver.
According to the encyclopedia " The element silver exhibits bactericidal properties not fully understood, although these are thought to be a result of its ability to absorb oxygen. Colloidal silver is used as an antiseptic, germicide, astringent, caustic and for water sterilization and to arrest hemorrhaging by coagulating the blood. Astringents act by shrinking tissues and reducing the permeability (passage of gas or liquid) of membranes. They may be used internally to diminish mucous secretion in a sore throat, check diarrhea, or reduce stomach acid secretion. Externally, they are used for conditions such as cold sores, poison ivy, or hemorrhoids and as antiseptic deodorizers eliminating odor-causing microorganisms." As recently as 1953 the official Handbook of the Hospital Corps of the United States Navy stated;
Silver compounds have a wide variety of uses as caustics, astringents, antiseptics, and germicides. Their activity resides in the silver ion, which is a protein precipitant. It is toxic to bacteria by precipitating the protein in the bacteria protoplasm. Colloidal silver preparations, in which the silver does not exist to any large extent as free ions, act by the milder and sustained antiseptic effect brought about by the formation of a protein silver compound which slowly liberates small amounts of ionic silver. Colloidial silver compounds, contain very little ionizable silver . Use of any silver preparation over a long period may cause permanent blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes, (particularly the lips and under the fingernails) known as Argyria. There are no known adverse health effects of Argyria. The colloidal silver preparations contain high concentrations of silver, largely in non-ionized form. Their antiseptic value depends on the activity of the free silver ions and not on their content. They do not precipitate protein but penetrate the tissues. Those mentioned here are silver proteins and silver halides.
Colloidal silver preparations are used as antiseptics, particularly for application to the mucous membranes of the eye, nose, throat, urethra, bladder, and colon. They are commonly used for infections of the upper respiratory tract. They are also effective as prophylaxis against gonorrehea, in urethral irrigations about 1 hour after exposure.They are prepared in the form of solutions, ointments, swabs, suppositories, and tampons.
Bacteria are developing immunities to modern specialized antibiotics at an alarming rate. The medical community has acknowledged this publicly for years. The Los Angeles Times reported in an article titled Arsenal of Antibiotics Failing as Resistant Bacteria Develop October 23,1994 "But in the last decade, a broad resistance to antibiotics has begun to emerge. And because bacteria can transfer genes among themselves experts only expect the resistance to grow. The potential nightmare is an Andromeda strain, a super-microbe immune to all antibiotics that could wreck havoc." UCLA Medical Center has reported that "colloidal silver ... killed every virus that was tested in the lab."
Colloidal silver is considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be a pre-l938 drug. The drug companies lobbied for this and were successful, because it was more profitable to manufacture 'designer" antibiotics that only killed six to eight "bugs." It is known that prior to 1938. colloidal silver was administered in just about every way that modern drugs are used today. These uses included intravenously, orally and topically, i.e. throat gargle, eye drops, douche, open wounds and burns, for which it is particularly effective due to it's combined disinfectant and astrigent properties. It protects the highly suseptable burn tissue from infection while promoting rapid healing.
Contemporary medical tests indicate no known adverse effects from the use of properly prepared colloidal silver, and there has never been a recorded case of drug interaction or reaction with any other medication. It succeesfully reduces the length and severity of infectious disorders. This is of immense importance in view of recent reports that infectious disease is the third largest killer on the planet.
Colloidal Silver consists of molecules or pure silver suspended electrically In clean drinking water. Today it is made by driving lightning into fine silver. This process tears the silver molecules apart and deposits them with a high electrical charge into the water. The highest grade colloidal silver is made from .999 silver in 99% distilled water. Colloidal Silver destroys bacteria and simple infections, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites while protecting the natural enzymes of the body.
Colloidal Silver has been used successfully against 650 diseases. including, arthritis; athletes foot bacterial pheumonia: bladder infections; blood parasites; boils; cancer; candida; diabetes; hay fever; herpes; leukemia; lupis; lyme disease: psoriasis; rheumatism; ringworm: staph and streph infections: septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth and throat; shingles; skin cancer; ulcers and tonsilitis.
Colloidal Silver can be applied to cuts. scrapes. bug bites. and skin conditions such as acne and eczema and is so safe that it is a common practice in American hospitals for doctors to put a few drops in the eyes of newborn babies to kill bacteria that can cause blindness .
While analyzing hair samples Dr. Robert Beiker noticed a correlation between low silver levels and sickness. He believed that a silver deficiency was the reason for the improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Beckers experiments concluded that silver works on a wide range of bacteria without any adverse side effects and without damage to the cells of the body.
Dr Beiker also states that in the presence of the silver ion, cancer cells change back to normal cells, regardless of their location in the body.
Today. with advances in technology the manufacture of colloidal silver is far advanced and superior to the antiquated grind method that was most popular pre-l938. The most advantageous and highest quality colloidal silver is a result of the electro-colloidall non-chemical procedure using the electric-arc technique. This method allows for the concentration of colloidal silver to be measured in parts per million (PPM). The best way to ascertain if a product is a true colloidal silver is by reviewing the ingredients. Additives or stabilizers may make the product unsuitable. Refrigeration may indicate that there is an ingredient (additive) that might spoil at room temperature. Long term stability is an important aspect of colloidal silver. Trying to impress the public, some companies go for a higher concentration of the silver, but then necessity requires that they use stabilizers or a protein to bond the silver. The major problem with the use of stabilizers and proteins is that they reduce the antimicrobial benefits by bonding to the silver, and so therefore contain higher levels of silver to compensate for this reduced effectiveness. This is where great caution should be taken. Consuming hundreds of times the recommended amount of stabilized silver may result in Argyria (the discoloration of the skin due to silver deposits). There are no known documented cases of Argyria from the use of pure (no stabilizers or additives) electro colloidal silver. Of special note, there is an inherent electrical charge in the hydro-carbon molecule of plastic containers. This draws the silver out of solution, binding it to the walls of the container.
It is also sesitive to light and heat. Therefore. storage of colloidal silver should be in colored glass, in a cool dark place but not in the refrigerator.
Colloidal silver is not "germ specific" like the prescription antibiotics available today. It has a long shelf life (as long as it is stored properly) and, possibly the best thing about Colloidal Silver is that it is available without a visit to your doctor !!
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