I have talked to many doctors about Colloidal Silver. Most, initially, think it is fake science, or plain quackery. After I remind them that silver nitrate is used in the eyes of newborn children, to kill bacteria that may be present in the birth canal, it gets there attention. When I remind them that the burn ointment, Silvadene has silver in it and greatly reduces infection, and speeds up the healing process, they again must concede. Actually Colloidal Silver was the pre-cursor to Penicillin, and was approved by the FDA in the 1930's. Depending on your age, Colloidal Silver was probably given to your parents or grandparents for one illness or another. After Penicillin was developed around WW11, Colloidal Silver took a back burner. It wasn't until the late 70's, early 80's that Colloidal Silver again became popular. With the advent of the internet, all sorts of scams popped up, and gave Colloidal Silver somewhat of a bad rap. Companies started popping up all over, and it got very confusing. It took me awhile to figure out what was the truth, and what was hype.
The presence of Colloidal Silver around a virus, fungus, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, within minutes. The pathogen suffocates and dies. It is then eliminated by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems.
I will try my hardest not to get too technical or scientific. But some basic facts need to be laid out. Since our focus is on Ionic/Colloidal Silver, we will stick to the tests done on Ionic/colloidal Silver.
Most laboratory tests concerning Ionic/Colloidal Silver I have seen were done in vitro, meaning in a petri dish. A lot of claims have been made about what "Colloidal Silver" will do. Of the supposed "650" bacteria Colloidal Silver will kill, I have picked one bacteria, and 4 strains of that bacteria. Most people are somewhat familiar with Streph infections:
Streptoccus Faecalis, Urinary tract infections, endocarditis, wound infections, etc. Inhibited and destroyed at 5ppm.
Streptoccus Pyogenes, skin infections, upper respiratory infections, including Strep Throat, Impetigo, Scarlet Fever, Hospital-acquired infections, etc. Inhibited and destroyed at 1.25ppm.
Streptoccus Mutans, a major cause of dental plaque and tooth decay. Inhibited and destroyed at 5ppm.
Streptoccus Goronii, tooth decay, and also implicated in infective endocarditis, an infection of the heart valves. Inhibited and destroyed at 5ppm.
It is nearly impossible to investigate "Colloidal Silver" without running across a statement similar to, " Colloidal Silver is known to kill 650 forms of bacteria and viruses in less than 6 minutes". "Colloidal Silver kills over 650 strains of bacteria and all viruses". Are these statements true? It depends on how you look at it. I have never seen the complete list of the bacteria and viruses, but I am sure it exists, in one form or another. The first question I ask is, which form of Colloidal Silver is killing these bacteria and viruses? Ionic/Colloidal Silver - Colloidal Silver - or Mild Silver Proteins? What strength was used? Who did these tests?
Sounds fairly impressive. The problem is the tests were done in a laboratory setting, not in the human body
When Ionic/Colloidal Silver comes in contact with chloride, it may diminish the effectiveness of the silver somewhat . How does it come in contact with chloride? Your stomach has about 3600 ppm of hydrochloric acid in it. Your blood stream has about 3300-3900ppm of sodium and potassium chloride in it. A properly designed in vitro test of ionic silver would therefore need to be conducted in a chloride environment at chloride concentrations found inside the body. Also remember that any form of Colloidal Silver is diluted in 5-6 liters of body fluid, on average. In vitro tests do not reflect these parameters.
The debate over Ionic versus Colloidal, and if the Ionic/Colloidal Silver is affected by Chloride rages on. The answer lies in results. The following link should clear up this matter once and for all. I am only interested in results. www.hydrosolinfo.com/articles/silver-2004-12-22.php.
In all fairness, that is the reality of it. But, take a look at the bacteria mentioned above. If the application were to be topical in nature, the chloride would play no part in it's effectiveness. It would not enter your stomach, and although some may be absorbed into the blood stream, that was not your intent. Skin infections, wound infections, tooth decay, dental plaque, and even streph throat and upper respiratory infections don't involve the chloride connection. Upper respiratory infections are treated using an aerosol generator (nebulizer), or breathing treatment. I have put ionic/colloidal silver in a nebulizer, and it works quite well. Gargling is also effective. Lets take this one step further. Half of the chloride we deal with is in your gut, hydrochloric acid. If you were to put the silver in your mouth and leave it there for a prolonged period (several minutes), a sufficient amount would be absorbed sublingually. The absorbtion takes place in the tiny capillaries under your tongue. Although with this method we skip the hydrochloric acid in the gut, we must still contend with the chloride in the blood stream, as that is where it will end up. So does this cut down on the degradation of the silver. I can't say with certainty, but you get the idea.
It is important to remember that our, .001-.005 micron size Ionic/Colloidal Silver is 90% Ionic, and 10% Colloidal in nature. The 10% Colloidal is not effected by chloride at all, so if you start with a solution that is 10ppm, and 10% is Colloidal, you have 1% Colloidal Silver that is available, at 10ppm.
Streptococcus pyogenes was inhibited and destroyed at 1.25 ppm, as shown above. If the effectiveness of the ionic silver product was reduced as a result of being exposed to stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) while the colloidal silver product remained effective against the bacteria,I personally believe what is left can have great benefits, especially as a supplement. As was stated previously, we are not trying to kill the AIDS virus here, simply to add some silver to our diet. I personally believe the benefits are huge. This is a very safe way to achieve this.
Many people will think I am shooting myself in the foot here, but being honest is important to me. These rules of testing apply to all Ionic/Colloidal Silver. We do everything we can do to use quality products, to insure the highest level of quality. The water used in the production of Ionic/Colloidal Silver is key.
Another interesting fact, that is coming to light, is that Streph infections can attack your heart. There is a link between periodontal disease and heart disease. It seems the bacteria in your mouth is the culprit. Would it make sense that if you took care of the bacteria in your mouth, you may avoid such a problem. Your dentist thinks so, it doesn't matter what I think. Ask him or her. They may not know about Colloidal Silver, but they are well aware of the connection between oral health and heart disease.
My approach to health is preventative. Colloidal Silver has been referred to as a second immune system. In conjuction with your immune system, Colloidal Silver is a good complimentary approach to good health. Let's talk about the immune system for a moment. A big part of immune function takes place in your gut. It acts much like a septic tank. Good bacteria breaks down food, and it is then absorbed as it passes through the intestines. There is some discussion as to whether Colloidal Silver kills the good bacteria that is beneficial to digestion. Some say it does, and some argue it does not. Rather than debate the issue, I choose to take a high quality Probiotic. A common probiotic found in yogurt is acidophilus. Although taking yogurt may help, you might consider a more complex probiotic found in your local health food store. Digestion and absorption are so important to your health, why take a chance. It is not what you eat or supplement with that is important, it is what is absorbed. This is one of the major keys to good health. Keep your digestive tract healthy. That's another entire subject, but one worth checking out. Colloidal Silver is very absorbable because it is a liquid.
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