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What is silver water
or colloidal silver?
Colloidal Silver is a solution of extremely
fine, micron-sized particles (.015 - .005 microns) of pure silver ions (cations which have lost one electron in its outer orbit) suspended
in water by a net positive electric charge on each ion particle. The particles
remain suspended throughout the solution because these positive charged
particles repel each other with a greater force than gravity can exert
upon them. A powerful germicidal, silver is an exceptional metal in that it
is non-toxic to the human body, but lethal to over 650 disease causing
bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and molds. Conventional pharmaceutical
antibiotics, however, are typically effective against only 6 or 7 types of bacteria.
Some new strains of bacteria classified as MDR (Multiple Drug Resistant)
have proven to be resistant to all pharmaceutical antibiotics, but
not to colloidal silver due to a different germicidal mechanism employed (which prevents the microbes DNA from unwinding, thus preventing cell division and reproduction).
How does colloidal
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.
How should one use
Colloidal Silver may be taken orally
or topically; applied directly to the skin. It can be used vaginally, anally,
atomized or inhaled into the nose or lungs, and dropped into eyes. Liquid
silver as well as new gel formulations, may be applied directly to the
skin. A few drops on a Q-Tip or Band-Aid may be used to disinfect any wound
or sore. Properly prepared, colloidal silver can also be injected into
a muscle, a cancerous tumor, or into the bloodstream.
An extremely conservative approach would
be to start with 1 or 3 teaspoons once or twice a day, however colloidal
silver is not a posionous substance like drugs are. Therefore, dosage
is not critical - even for children. For colds and flu symptoms, one or two
tablespoons every one or two hours will usually speed recovery. Some individuals
have reported drinking as much as 16 ozs in the morning and another 16
ozs in the late afternoon to knock down a cold or flu on the first day
that symptoms start showing up. They claim that they have been able to
completely abort the cold or flu on the first day of symptoms.
For mouth infections, frequently rinse
the affected area for at least 6 minutes before swallowing. Overdosing
should not be of concern, even if recommended doses are exceeded. If, after
a few days of use, one experiences a de-toxification effect in the form
of feeling sluggish or mild aches, increase water consumption to speed
the elimination of toxins and taper back the silver dosage to match the
rate of toxin elimination. It is safe for pregnant and nursing women and
is known to aid the developing fetus in growth. It will not generate free
radicals or interfere with enzyme activity. It has no reaction with other
Are there any dangers
or side effects?
The Environmental Protection Agency's
Poison Control Center reports no toxicity listing for Colloidal Silver.
Regular ingestion of colloidal silver can act as a second immune system
by assisting the body in the war against invading micro-organisms. Unlike
pharmaceutical antibiotic which destroy beneficial enzymes, colloidal silver
leaves these tissue cell enzymes intact.
Colloidal Silver, if used sensibly,
is completely non-toxic and will not harm the immune system in any way.
Critics of colloidal silver will often warn that regular consumption of
colloidal silver might lead to Argyria, a bluish/ gray discoloration
of the skin. Dr. Bob Beck debunks this statement as a scare tactic
by pro-pharmaceutical interests. Dr Beck has indicated that Argyria is
caused by silver compounds, such as silver nitrate, silver sulfate,
silver sulfadiazine, etc., and not micro particles of pure elemental silver.
Apparently, silver colloids are mostly absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal
tract, since colloidal silver does not seem to adversely affect friendly
bacteria in the lower intestines. Silver can be toxic to nerve cells in
the brain and spinal cord, but is normally prevented from entering those
areas by the blood-brain barrier. Silver has not demonstrated any
evidence of carcinogenic activity.
The body eliminates excess silver
via the metallothiones. These ubiquitous proteins, first characterized
in 1957, have the property of binding with heavy metals, such as silver,
into metal-thiolate-cluster structures which aid in transportation, storage,
and elimination of nonessential trace metals which enter the body.
How much research has
been done on colloidal silver?
Silver has been used as a germicide
for thousands of years. Ancient texts, including Pliny the Elder's great tome, Natural History, Book 23 (78 A.D.) discusses the extraordinary
wound healing capacity of silver slag as an ingredient in plasters. The
German obstetrician, Franz Crede, observed in 1884 that up to 79%
of blind children in various orphanages and institutions were born to mothers
who, at the time of the child's birth, had venereal disease. He found that
a 1% solution of silver nitrate dropped into the eyes of newborns, reduced
the incidence of VD caused blindness to less than 0.2%. In 1988, colloidal
silver was tested at the UCLA Medical Laboratory.
The UCLA report stated that: "The silver
solutions were antibacterial for concentrations of 1 million organisms
per ml of Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus [which in
now resistant to Vancomycin, the strongest pharmaceutical antibiotic
available], Neisseria gonorrhea, Gardnerella Vaginalis, Salmonella
Typhi [responsible for salmonella food poisoning and Typhus], and other
enteric pathogens; and fungicidal for Candida albicans [the common
yeast infection, in vaginitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome], Candida
globata, and M. Furfur."
Dr Robert Becker, M.D.,
author of The Body Electric and Crosscurrents found that
silver caused cells to (A) dedifferentiate and (B) re-differentiate in the process
of regenerative healing.
What we had actually done was
rediscovered the fact that silver killed bacteria, which had been known
for centuries...when antibiotics were discovered, clinical uses for silver
as an antibiotic were discarded." Becker said in a 1995 interview
with Bio/Tech News.
Dr Becker conducted extensive research
into the healing properties of silver for many years at the Upstate
Medical Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
The experiments concluded that silver works on a wide range of bacteria,
without any known side effects or damage to the cells of the body. Becker
discovered that the silver was doing something more than just killing disease
causing organisms: He said it was also causing major growth stimulation
of injured tissues. Dr. Becker concluded that the presence of the silver
ions may help to regenerate tissue, eliminate old or cancerous cells, and
other diseased or abnormal tissue conditions
Dr. Henry Crooks (author, 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."
Finally, 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; the silver salts being as much as 100 times less effective."
What is the FDA's standpoint
on colloidal silver?
Since colloidal silver was in common
use as an antibiotic prior to 1938 when the FDA was created, its use was
grandfathered-in and not subject to FDA approval. Many promoters of colloidal
silver had ballyhooed a 1991 letter authored by the FDA which they said
(at the time) that they would not attempt to control colloidal silver as
long as its uses were confined to pre-1938 published protocols. However,
the growing popularity of colloidal since 1991, has created pressure from
threatened pharmaceutical interests to get the FDA to regulate the availability
of colloidal silver.[Update: Feb 2001 - the
FDA now claims jurisdiction over the sale of colloidal silver and will
not allow any "medical claims" be made in association with the sale of
As a result, today the FDA is
attempting to subvert the grandfather clause and is seeking to gain approval
status over the use and production of colloidal silver on the outrageous
premise that since colloidal silver has proven to be such an effective
broad spectrum germ fighter in its ability to cure new strains of
bacteria (not in existence in 1938), that its use should be subject to
their jurisdiction! It's clear to anyone who examines the subject, that
the FDA is a champion for the pharmaceutical industry and on their behalf
attempts to suppress the use of cheap, non-patentable, natural, alternative
therapies at every opportunity. Silver, after all, is merely a metal. It's
a harmless element of Nature, Number 47 on the Periodic Table. What business does the FDA have in attempting
to regulate its use?
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It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor
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