Silver ions commonly known as "colloidal silver" is extremely minute-sized silver particles suspended in water, with a positive electrical charge. The best colloidal silver is produced at the molecular level. The smaller the silver particles, the more effective it has been proven to be. A small D.C. current is passed through an electrolyte with silver electrodes. Minute, molecular sized particles are drawn off of the positive electrode, having a positive electrical charge. These electrical charges are where Colloidal Silver proves healing and anti-bacterial qualities.
Silver has been known to be a bactericide for at least 1200 years. Even in ancient times, people would prevent sickness from being transmitted by drinking from a silver cup. Silver coins were commonly dropped into a jar to prevent the spoilage of milk and other drinks, and silver containers were used to prolong the freshness of foods in general. Even today, we commonly call all tableware "silverware" although today it is more commonly stainless steel.
In the 1920's, 30's and 40's, silver was ground very fine like flour, suspended in water and was used orally for many infections and disease conditions, topically on burns, and for fungal infections. Over 650 bacteria, virus, and fungi were considered treatable with this silver in 1938. With the development of the patented antibiotics, silver was forgotten in the United States and most other places, although the antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, not viruses, yeast, or fungi, as is silver. Now, with the greatly improved modern colloids, the tables are turning and silver may be the most effective treatment.
The basic problem is simply that bacteria have a tremendous ability to adapt to substances. They can and do mutate to overcome antibiotics. When the antibiotics destroy the bacteria which are susceptible to them, they can clear the way for the resistant bacteria to move in uninhibited. Antibiotics often play havoc with some of these friendly organisms, producing long-lasting side effects that may be difficult to correct. Science Digest suggested an answer to all of these catastrophic problems back in March of 1978 in an article titled "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter." This article by Jim Powell stated: "Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic." One reason that the antibiotics have been so popular in the medical field is due to the fact that they can be patented. The high-priced products run over the low cost products, simply because they are more profitable. All of this is happening at the same time that disease bacteria are developing immunity to modern antibiotics. Furthermore, the immunity to the antibiotics seems to be developing all over the world, even in isolated areas. The medical profession is alarmed. Can silver save us? Many authorities think so.
"Use of Colloids in Health and Disease", author Dr. Henry Crooks says that colloidal silver is highly germicidal. In laboratory test he found that "all fungus, virus, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms are killed in three or four minutes. In fact, there is no microbe known that is not killed by colloidal silver in six minutes or less in a dilution as little as 5 parts per million." Dr. Crooks found colloidal silver particularly effective in intestinal problems, and tells us there are no serious effects whatsoever from high concentrations. In "Colloidal Silver" by The Association for Colloidal Research, it is reported that: "Medical Journal Reports and documented studies spanning 100 years indicate no known side effects from oral or I.V. administration of properly manufactured Colloidal Silver in animal or human testing."..."There has never been a reported reaction with Colloidal Silver and any prescription medication..."
Some other researchers do tell us, however, that in prolonged, very heavy doses, some silver compounds will leave gray deposits in the heavier skin folds such as the knuckles. This condition is known as "Argyria." The only problem to these deposits is said to be the cosmetic appearance and the condition is said to be rare. Some experts say this condition has never been known to occur from silver in the colloidal state. Other experts do, however warn that this might be a possible problem to extremely high, prolonged dosages. The very small particle size in the colloidal silver would seem to make this possibility remote and this very small particle size is by far the most effective form of silver. The evidence appears to support the theory that colloidal silver is highly effective against all strains of pathogenic bacteria, while any one antibiotic is only effective against a few certain bacterial strains. Furthermore, antibiotics have never been effective against viruses, yeast, or fungi. Yet, researchers are telling us that colloidal silver has produced phenomenal results in tissue healing and reconstruction as well as reducing scar tissue in clinical tests. Severe cuts and wounds have healed in much less time."
Interesting Facts about Silver
Silver is a prime therapy for open wound healing, used at almost all North America's 120 burn hospitals.
Many antibiotics today contain silver.
When babies are born, silver is applied to the eyes to prevent infection. In fact when the practice began in 1884 in Germany, incidence of neonatal blindness which ranged from 20% to as high as 79% in some areas dropped to .02%. This treatment is still mandated by law in the United States, Europe and elsewhere
Experimental and clinical evidence shows that silver is effective against the pathogens that cause influenza, pneumonia, dysentery, food poisoning, and staph.
(From The Doctors Prescription to Healthy Living/ Volume 6, Number 2)
NASA chose Colloidal Silver from over 23 different purification systems as the number one purifying agent because of its effectiveness in fighting water borne contamination. Other benefits of Colloidal Silver include eye infections, burns, earache, ringworm, gastritis, eczema, toothache, diarrhea, sunburn, athlete's foot, acne, intestinal disorders, food poisoning, warts, mouth sores, yeast infections, insect bites, and more.
What to look for in quality Colloidal Silver:
1. Strength- PPM's, otherwise known as Part Per Million, represent the strength of the product. You want to be sure the PPM is no larger than 65 PPM and no smaller than 10 PPM.
2. UV Protected- Be sure that the colloidal silver is stored in a UV protected glass bottle. UV rays will discharge the product rendering it useless. 3. Guarantee- If the product is not guaranteed than that shows a lack of confidence by the company in their product.
Uses for Colloidal Silver
While you can use colloidal silver for many other conditions, here are some of the most common uses.