Controversy Surrounding Colloidal Silver

With the outrageous cost of health care, more and more individuals are seeking alternative methods to treat minor ailments and wounds. Like many other households, mine has tested a number of home remedies and have been pleased by the results. Although initially skeptical, claims that the use of colloidal silver as a powerful “cure-all” became astoundingly clear upon our first use. Physicians however, would beg to differ.

In 2005, Stephen Barrett, M.D. described colloidal silver as, “a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles in a colloidal base.” This can be accomplished by placing pure .999 silver rods in water and sending an electrical charge to the rods, thus breaking the silver down into smaller particles. The smaller particles can more easily travel through the bloodstream to attack viruses and/or bacteria. Silver has been used for decades as a powerful disinfectant and anti-microbial. However, Dr. Barrett and many other physicians today, warn that an over consumption of silver can lead to an irreversible tinting of the skin called, argyria.

As with anything in excess, going overboard can pose health risks. Potentially fatal, water intoxication can be caused by the over consumption of water. There has been no conclusive evidence that using colloidal silver in moderation can cause harm. Reported cases of argyria have almost always been the result of excessive (several times daily for extended periods of time) consumption. One must use caution though, when ordering anything online. Some retailers claim to sell pure colloidal silver, although their products may be mixed with other elements.

Since the process of breaking down the silver is fairly simple, colloidal silver can be made from home. My household started making our own colloidal silver 12 yrs ago without any apparent side effects. Kits can be purchased online, or homemade kits can be made with .999 pure silver rods and a few other household items.

Personal Experience

After conducting thorough research online, I assessed the risks associated with using colloidal silver. In all of the studies, the side effects were the result of excessive use. Some people have claimed to go as far as drinking several glasses of pure colloidal silver daily. Obviously this would present complications, as the kidneys and liver cannot filter such a high volume of silver deposits. Our moderate use of colloidal silver has quickly cured everything from common infections and viruses to spider bites and breakouts. We use colloidal silver as if it were any other type of prescribed medication; only when an illness or infection is present. If the colloidal silver yielded no results, we discontinued use.

There have been several claims made online that colloidal silver can cure anything from infections to cancer; however certain claims seem to be a bit of a stretch. The anti-microbial effects on bacteria and viruses seem plausible. However, it would seem that it would have no effect on free radicals within the body. Free radicals are the result of exposure to chemical toxins, not bacteria. Cancers and tumors are the result of free radicals. Perhaps there is an undiscovered miracle cure-all for cancer as well. Question is…will physicians tell us about it or profit from perpetual pharmaceuticals that keep us ill?

Disclaimer: The intent of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed physician.

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