Posted on Dec. 30, 2005, 8:01 p.m. in Physician- & Practitioner Administered Procedures and Therapies
Often called the "penicillin of alternative medicine," colloidal silver (CS) disables the enzymes that bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi rely on to use oxygen. Unable to "breathe," the organisms die and are eliminated from the body. While an antibiotic drug may kill several types of disease organisms, CS delivers the kiss of death to at least 650 disease organisms. In addition, CS can be taken over long periods of time because microorganisms cannot develop a resistance to it. CS may sound like something very hightech, but it has been used for several thousand years. In ancient Greece and Rome, people stored water and wine in silver urns to retard the growth of bacteria. During the bubonic plague in Europe, children of wealthy families sucked on silver spoons to preserve their health-thus the phrase, "Born with a silver spoon in your mouth." During the days of the American frontier, pioneer families put silver dollars in fresh milk to keep it from spoiling. Until the late 1930s, when convenient, inexpensive antibiotic drugs were introduced, silver-based products were the most commonly used antimicrobials. More than four-dozen were marketed in the United States at that time. However, when penicillin and other drugs came into widespread use, silver-based products all but disappeared. Two holdovers are the silver nitrate eye drops given to newborns to prevent infection and the silver-based ointments used to treat severe burns.
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Among the conditions CS has controlled are severe burns, acne, boils, candida and yeast infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive problems and colitis, ear and sinus infections, herpes, shingles, lupus, malaria, viral and fungal infections, blood parasites, rheumatoid arthritis, and ringworm. CS also has been effective in treating cancer and AIDS if used at certain point in the disease cycle when infected cells have reverted to a more primitive way of using oxygen, however these uses of CS are not clinically proven.
Clinical research has uncovered no adverse effects from properly prepared colloidal silver, nor have there been any reported cases of CS-drug interaction. Do not use CS for prolonged periods of time (more than seven consecutive days). Note: In February 1997, the U.S. FDA issued the following statement: The use of colloidal silver-containing products constitutes a potentially serious public health concern ... the consumption of silver by humans may result in argyria - a permanent ashen-gray or blue discoloration of the skin, conjunctiva [eye], and internal organs... Colloidal silver-containing products have never been approved by the FDA for treatment of animal disease in any animal species.
The recommended dosage of CS depends upon the concentration of the product you are using, which is expressed as "ppm" or "parts per million." Concentrations range from 5ppm to 500ppm. In general, the greater the ppm the larger the CS particle size. This variable is important because it takes a smaller particle size to kill a virus vs. bacteria. Some companies have developed technology that allows increased ppm while preserving a smaller particle size. CS can be taken internally in a small amount of distilled drinking water. It also can be applied topically to cuts and open sores and can be inhaled or sprayed using an atomizer.