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What some Doctors Have Said About Colloidal Silver.
Colloidal silver has proven particularly effective in cases of microbial
Dr. Henry Crooks found that "Silver in the colloidal state is highly
germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. Rather than in
a chemical compound, the silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a
much more concentrated form, with correspondingly better results. All virus,
fungus, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic
organisms are killed in three or four minutes upon contact. There are
no side effects whatsoever from the highest concentrations. "
Colloidal silver has been proven useful against all species of fungi,
bacteria, protozoa, parasites and certain viruses, which are often
killed within minutes. Dr. L. C. Ford, M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine
in 1988 that silver solutions were effective against the following conditions:
Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aures, Neisseria gonorrhea,
Garnerella vaginalis, Salmonella typhi and other enteric pathogens. He also
that it was fungicidal for Candida albicans, Candida globata and M. furfur.
How Colloidal Silver Works
The most accepted theory is that silver disables the specific enzyme
that many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize for their
metabolism. When silver nears a virus, fungi, bacterium or any single-celled
is effective against, it disables the oxygen-metabolism enzyme. This
destroys the microbe's ability to "breath" and within a few minutes, the
suffocates and dies. The dead germ and its toxins are then cleared out of the
body by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. It is not exactly clear
how silver disrupts the enzymes in these single celled animals, but it is
believed that the silver's natural positive electrica1 charge is influential.
This is why electrically generated colloidal silver is the absolute best form
of silver for fighting infection and related infectious diseases.
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial bodily
enzymes, colloidal silver leaves our bodies tissue and cell enzymes intact, as
they are different than enzymes found in single celled pathogens. Thus colloidal
silver is generally considered safe for humans, pets, plants and all
multi-celled living matter.
Some health care professionals believe silver may be linked to the proper
of our immune system and that people with inadequate intakes of silver may be
more prone to infection.
Dr. Robert Becker, author of the 1980's best selling book The Body
Electric, recognized a correlation between low silver levels in the human body,
and sickness. He said a silver deficiency in humans was responsible for
the improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker's experiments
conclude that silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side
or damage to any part of the body. He also states that the silver was
doing something more than killing disease organisms, It was also causing
major growth stimulation of injured tissues. Burn patients and elderly patients
noticed more rapid healing. He discovered that cancer cells change back to
cells in the presence of electrically generated colloidal silver. All
pathogens he tested, even those resistant to antibiotics, were killed by
>From the article "Silver, Our Mightiest Germ Fighter," in Science
Digest, March, 1978:
"As an antibiotic, silver kills over 650 disease causing organisms, and
resistant strains fail to develop.
Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have and is absolutely
non-toxic! Doctors report that,
taken internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, malaria diabetes and
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.'
Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, has used colloidal
silver in his cancer treatment method.
He says the whole thing is quite simple. Colloidal silver, used in conjunction
with other natural therapies
developed by Dr. Nordstrom, brought rapid remission in cancer patients given up
on by other doctors.
Uses for Colloidal Silver
Preventing and Healing Low Grade Infections: According to many colloidal silver
taking sufficient daily colloidal silver can saturate the body such that
the germs simply can't gain a foothold.
Many people, including many elderly, suffer from a general low- grade body
infection that holds back
vigor and alertness. They report that using up to an ounce or two of homemade
colloidal silver each day often brings about an increase of energy and
alertness, as well as enjoying better overall health throughout the year.
Parasite Infections: Some diseases are caused by tiny worm-like organisms
that burrow through particular organs and sometimes throughout much of
the body. They reproduce by laying eggs. These eggs have the same
enzymatic characteristics of all of the other disease- causing organisms that
colloidal silver suffocates. So the parasite eggs also suffocate and the
parasites can no longer reproduce successfully in your body.
Resistant Strains of Germs:
The use of modern man-made antibiotics has increasingly led to mutant strains of
germs that the antibiotics can no longer kill.
Colloidal silver does not appear to have this problem. Why?
Because unlike man-made antibiotics which are basically "bug poison for the
colloidal silver is not a poison. Instead, it deals with all germs the same way:
it suffocates them by disabling the enzyme they need for respiration.
Colloidal silver reportedly shortens the time for healing to take place in
wounds, and lessens the amount of scar tissue. This is
apparently due to the beneficial action that colloidal silver has on tissue
cells. It seems to cause some of their cell divisions to produce cells
that are, in a sense, generic. These generic cells migrate wherever they are
needed in the body. They help repair tissue damage by changing into the type of
tissue cell needed at the wound in preference to the scar tissue that would
Diseases like cholera, canine parvovirus and other conditions where the
disease-causing germ resides mainly in the large intestine
have been effectively treated by a different approach. It is difficult for the
colloidal silver to get all the way to the large intestine before the
body absorbs it if you take the normal daily amount orally. An effective
approach is to take large quantities instead (i.e. two ounces or more followed
two big glasses of water). This will allow the colloidal silver to make it all
the way into the large intestine so it can very quickly take care of the
What Specifically Can Colloidal Silver Be Used For?
Here is a small sample of diseases against which Colloidal Silver has been used
successfully acne, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, blood
parasites, bubonic plague, burns (colloidal silver is one of the few treatments
that can keep severe burn patients alive), cancer, candida, cholera,
chronic fatigue, colds and flu, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea, hay fever,
herpes, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, 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, numerous forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcers.
A Colloidal Silver Primer
History of Colloidal SilverIn ancient civilizations, the wealthy stored and ate
their food from silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing.
American settlers often put a silver dollar in milk containers to delay its
spoilage. It was not until the late 1800's that Western scientists were able to
understand scientifically what had been known in ancient medicine for thousands
of years... that silver is a powerful germ fighter! After discovering that the
body's vital fluids,
such as blood, are colloidal in nature, scientists and doctors explored the
possibilities of using colloids in medicine. The silver solution known as
Silver" became widely used in medicine as one of the main-stays of
The medical journal Lancet reported phenomenal results from colloidal silver in
1914. Dr. Henry Crooks showed colloidal silver to be highly germicidal
yet absolutely harmless and non-toxic to humans. Throughout the early 1900's
colloidal silver rapidly gained fame as one of the best infection-fighting
agents in existence. But unfortunately its fame was short lived. The high cost
of silver combined with the fact that silver solutions could not be
patented motivated the development of more profitable infection-fighting drugs
by the major pharmaceutical conglomerates. The new prescription antibiotic
drugs such as penicillin and others became the choice in medical treatments.
However, thirty years after the discovery of pharmaceutical antibiotics many
types of bacteria acquired an immunity to these drugs. Frustrated doctors, tired
of seeing their patients die from infections with antibiotic resistant
pathogens, began looking back to the past for answers. In doing so, they have
rediscovered the amazing antibiotic properties of colloidal silver,
which had been known for many decades.
The Rediscovery of Silver as a Powerful Antibiotic
According to Zane Baronowski, CN, in his booklet, Colloidal Silver:
The Natural Antibiotic Alternative: "The comeback of silver in medicine
began in the 1970's. The late Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington
Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop better treatments for burn
Dr. Margraf, as the chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other surgeons
to find an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe to use over
large areas of the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds and found
drawbacks in all of them. 'Mercury, for example, is an excellent antiseptic but
toxic, ' he comments. 'Popular antiseptics. ...can be used over small areas
only. ' Furthermore, disease organisms can become resistant to
triggering a dangerous super-infection. 'These compounds are also ineffective
against a number of harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases
a greenish-blue bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It almost! always shows
up in burns, releasing a poison.'
"Reviewing the medical literature, Dr. Margraf found repeated references to
silver. It was described as a catalyst that disables the enzymes
microorganisms depend on to 'breathe. ' Consequently, they die. Therefore, Dr.
Margraf decided to use the best known pharmaceutical compound of silver:
silver nitrate. Concentrated silver nitrate was corrosive and painful. So he
diluted the silver nitrate to a .5 percent solution and found that it killed the
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and permitted wounds to heal. Resistant strains
did not appear. Silver nitrate, however, was far from ideal. It disturbed the
balance of body salts, was thick and cumbersome to use and stained everything it
touched. Dr. Margraf searched for other preparations of silver, and in
the process helped re-discover colloidal silver, which he found to be highly
effective on the burns. As a result of these efforts, hundreds of
important new medical uses for silver were found. Dr. Harry Margraf later
concluded, 'Silver is the best all around germ-fighter we have. '
Future uses of Colloidal Silver
Although reports on the use of colloidal silver have spanned the past 100 years,
research relating to its recent use is limited. However,
through a growing number of physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nutritionists
and satisfied users, information regarding the modern day uses of colloidal
is mounting. It would seem that the effective and safe use of colloidal silver
in the treatment of many common infectious disorders is only limited by
Some other diseases that have been successfully treated with colloidal silver
are: bladder infection, blood-poison, boils, bubonic plague,
burns, candida yeast infection, chilblains, cholera, conjunctivitis, cold sores,
cold & flu, cystitis, diabetes, dermatitis, fungal infections, herpes, HIV
virus, indigestion, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyrne disease,
malaria (now making a comeback in the southern U.S. states), meningitis,
neurasthenia, puritis ani, psoriasis, ophthalmia, rabbit fever, rhinitis,
ringworm, scarlet fever, and septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth 8c
shingles, sinus infections, staph infections, syphilis, thyroid, tonsillitis,
toxemia, trachoma, trench-foot, tuberculosis, ulcers, viruses, warts, whooping
cough, plus many other uses.
What is Colloidal Silver?
The term "colloid" refers to a substance that consists of ultra-fine particles
suspended within a liquid solution. Properly manufactured
colloidal silver is a liquid solution consisting of submicroscopic particles of
silver, held in suspension in pure water by a tiny electrical charge. In a true
colloid these particles are about .04 to .0001 microns in diameter. These
particles cannot be seen by the naked eye and are electrically charged.
Many references can be found describing a "quality" colloidal silver as being
light yellow or golden in color. However, after hundreds of
hours of searching, no medical literature could be found describing the
golden-colored colloidal silver as being any more therapeutically effective than
clear or silver-colored colloidal silver. Colloidal silver made with the small
battery-operated generators is considered to be extremely high
quality, yet it is generally clear to silverish in the liquid suspension.
Will Colloidal Silver Kill the "Friendly Bacteria" in Your Intestines?
Colloidal silver that contains 99.99% (pure silver) with particles that are .04
to .0001 microns in diameter with a concentration of 25 ppm (parts
per million) or less have little effect on the friendly bacteria in our
digestive tract. In small doses (i.e., preventive dosages of about one
tablespoon per day) much of the silver itself is absorbed in the mouth or
stomach and never reaches the intestinal area. However some researchers believe
colloidal silver products with higher concentrations or larger particles of
silver can attack friendly bacteria just like some antibiotics. There is also
evidence that when taken in high dosages, some of the colloidal silver is
evacuated through the colon and may kill some of the friendly bacteria there.
This could upset your natural intestinal floral balance. The generally
accepted recommended dosage is 5 to 40 ppm, although
many researchers take significantly higher dosages with no apparent loss of
friendly bacteria in the gut. Nonetheless, researchers suggest that if you
intend to take larger dosages of concentrated colloidal silver over an extend
period of time, you should also take a "friendly bacteria" supplement such as
lactobacillus acidophilus, available at most health food stores, in order to
prevent the possibility of depleting the much-needed beneficial bacteria in
your stomach and digestive system.
Nutritional Dosage for Daily Intake
Currently, there is no federally recognized "minimum daily requirement" for
silver in the human body. In 1940, R. A. Kehoe reported that under
normal circumstances, the average daily intake of fruits and vegetables would
provide between 50-100 mcg of silver as a trace element. Since that time, the
commercial farm soils of this country have become extremely deficient in trace
minerals. According to the Earth Summit Report, issued in 1992, the
levels of soil based minerals in North America have dropped over 85% in the last