What is Colloidal Silver
Colloidal refers to very small particles that do not settle out of a surrounding medium. One Colloidal Silver particle consists of many silver atoms. Colloidal Silver is tasteless, odorless, nontoxic, pure, a natural substance consisting of pure silver and water. Colloidal Silver occurs naturally in the earths water supply. Colloidal Silver particles vary in size (see Electron Microscope photos). Colloids remain suspended in water due to size and electric charges that repel each other.
History of Colloidal Silver
The properties of silver have been known for millennia. In ancient civilizations, the wealthy stored water in silver vessels to reduce bacteria. American settlers put silver dollard in milk containers to delay spoilage. As early as 1834, German obstetrician F. Crede, administered 1% silver nitrate to eyes of newborn infants, almost eliminating incidence of blindness caused by disease. In the late 1800’s Western scientists began to prove what Eastern medicine knew for thousands of years… silver is a proven germ fighter.
By the early 1900’s the antibacterial solution Colloidal Silver became the choice of medical practitioners. It proved to be effective against infectious organisms and extremely safe, with little or no negative side effects that were associated with pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, Colloidal Silver was short lived while new “improved” antibiotic drugs became the treatment of choice. Silver returned to medicine in the 1930’s with silver nitrate.
In the 1970’s Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University’s Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop a better treatment for burn victims. Dr. Harry Margraf of St. Louis, chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other surgeons to find an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe for use over large areas of the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds, all with drawbacks, many antibiotics were ineffective against harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer – greenish blue bacterium called Pseudomonas Acruginose. Extensive trials proved silver to be the most effective, it is currently used in major burn centers in the US. “What we actually have done, was rediscover that silver kills bacteria”, stated Dr. Robert O. Becker M. D, (who became a “pioneer” for Colloidal Silver).
Today, silver is used to sterilize recycled water. NASA used a silver water system for the space shuttle. Many of the world’s airlines use silver water filters to protect passengers from disease. Silver has been effectively used to replace chlorine in swimming pool water, and it will not sting the eyes.
How Does Colloidal Silver Work?
The powerful ionic charge on silver is what makes Colloidal Silver effective within the body. The micro electrical (ionic) charge disables the particular enzyme of one celled bacteria that fungi and viruses use for oxygen metabolism. Colloidal Silver travels in the blood and enters the cells to seek and destroy harmful organisms. Within seconds or minutes after initial contact, pathogens die, and are cleared out of the body. Colloidal Silver is nontoxic and safe for humans, reptiles, and plants. The body does not build up a tolerance against it, studies show colloidal silver does not form silver deposits in the human body. The British Medical Journal reports rapidly subduction of inflammation and promotion of healing. Dr. Robert Becker noticed a correlation between low silver levels and sickness; colds, flu, etc.
Colloidal Silver Is Safe?
Silver has been used as an Ayurvedic medicine in India for over 2500 years. It is not uncommon for food in India to be covered with a very soft and edible silver foil. Chewing and ingesting such medicinal silver provides hundreds of times more silver than generally found in Homeopathic and supplemental Colloidal Silver products. There are no reports of toxicity or buildup of silver in the human body in these natural forms.
Doctors in India have been known to grate fine silver into a glass of water, such mammoth quantities and particle size produces no adverse side effect.
Since the early 1930’s rumors, fear, and warnings against the use of medicinal, food grade, or homeopathic Colloidal Silver has been generated by Big Pharma. Rumors have circulated without distinguishing between Silver Nitrates, Salts, Chlorides, Phosphates or true Colloidal Silver, such differences cannot be overstated. Prior to proper research harmful Silver Nitrate was known to cause a harmful condition called argyria. Argyria is caused by photo reduction of silver nitrate in skin tissue producing a gray-blue color, however it is impossible for low concentrations or Homeopathic Colloidal Silver to produce argyria.
According to an article that appeared in the Silver News, The Silver Institute Washington, D.C., patients at the Struggle Against AIDS clinic in Honduras were given very substantial single dosages of polyvalent silver oxide, (approximately 40 parts per million of blood volume) to experience no side effects or reactions, nor did they develop argyria. Colloidal Silver is a natural and safe remedy with wide spectrum capabilities.
How Colloidal Silver is Manufactured?
The simple and most common method of making Colloidal Silver is via an electrical charge on a silver anode (positive electrode) and a cathode (negative electrode) placed in water. Electrical energy removes micro particles off the silver anode to become suspended in water, each particle carries a micro electrical charge or zeta charge to suspend it in the water. Temperatures, ionization, and structures of water, electrical current, duration, and purity of silver determines size, quantity, and quality of silver colloids.
Colloidal Silver Is Natural
Our manufacturing objective is to produce silver colloids as found in natural water and plant sources. Just as there are thousands of nutrients in nature, there are thousands of reactions within nutrients and harmful substances encountered in the human body. All nutrients, minerals, and vitamins work synergistically, however Colloidal Silver is not a “cure all”. The body, as a whole, needs a combination of nutrients to properly sustain health and immunity. Each individual must determine whether they are getting sufficient trace minerals. Studies show the relative bio availability of Silver Inorganic complexes and Silver Organic complexes to be depend on individual compounds. Inorganic silver complexes are more common in the marine environment, and naturally safe.
The Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks at the University of British Columbia Canada, while developing ambient water quality criteria, reported qualities of silver in drinking water. The 1996 Compendium Study on Ambient Water Quality states that the ionic form of silver is necessary for biological activity, and the lipid phase of the membrane appears to be important in adsorbing silver ions to living cells. The active sites on enzymes which are affected by silver are apparently the electron rich functional groups such as-SH groups.
Silver combines with plasma proteins, is then removed by the liver, and over 90% is eliminated in the bile; most of this in the feces with very little in the urine. The study reported that ionic silver was more toxic to aquatic organisms than silver compounds, which again suggests that it is the micro electrical charge carried by the silver that makes it so effective.
Also reported, silver is a disinfectant for non spore forming bacteria at concentrations about 1000 times lower than the levels at which it is toxic to mammalian life. This extreme mammalian to bacterial toxicity differential is the definition of an oligodynamic material. The low concentration necessary for oligodynamic activity allows silver or one of its insoluble salts to be used indefinitely in contact with sterile liquids without silver levels building up to concentrations harmful to people.