Colloidal Silver as an
Colloidal silver as an alternative treatment for cancer and many other
diseases has been debated for several decades. Although the
conventional medicine does not recognize these claims, some consider it
as a potent antibiotic and a miracle cure for many medical conditions:
cancer,CRE's, Ebola, HIV/AIDS,
infection, viral infection), Influenza, Colds, Lyme disease, and others.
And It can even kill antibiotic resistant "super germs"
(MRSA.), some researchers claim. The medical elite in the
other hand, label colloidal silver as being toxic
and reject its effectiveness in curing any of these
The big question now, is
colloidal silver toxic to your body or a safe alternative cancer treatment? Before answering this question,
it is important to know the nature and history of the so-called miracle cure.
is a nanoproduct composed of silver atoms produced in the form of nanoparticles using nanotechnology. It is easy
to make it at home using inexpensive equipment, and can be taken internally or used externally on wounds, burns,
and the list goes on. Every year, according to estimation of the producers, about 700 t / year of colloidal
silver are produced worldwide, as silver ions, silver protein and
colloids to be used as biocide. This is just an estimation
based on commercial production. Some people prefer to make their own colloidal silver, using a home-made
colloidal silver generator.
At nanoscale, colloidal silver
has special properties which can deter, render harmless, or exert a controlling effect on
certain harmful organisms. It is important, however, to know that colloidal silver was not developed as an alternative cancer treatment.
History of colloidal silver
Unlike what most people
think, the use of silver
and colloidal silver in medicine is not new. It’s not a new “miracle cure” discovered by a modern
researcher that “the government does not want the public to know about”. Hippocrates
himself, considered as the "father of medicine",
advocated in his "Corpus Hippocraticus" the use of flower silver (silver powder) on injury to facilitate better or faster healing.
Many examples show that the use of
silver was very common in traditional medicine for
the treatment of wounds, burns, infections, and others. In Macedonia, for example,
people applied silver plate
to promote wound healing; Arab physicians of the Middle Ages used silver to
reduce palpitation or fluid
retention. In addition, Pliny, Avicenna,
Paracelsus and Gerber also describe the health benefits of silver.
Colloidal silver as an alternative cancer treatment is just modern.
This is in the eighteenth century that the use
of silver in medicine became popular and normalized.
It was then commonly used in the treatment of skin conditions. In the nineteenth century, however, as more and more studies have
conducted on it, colloidal silver would identify to be beneficial in
more than 60 Pharmaceuticals preparations.
The turning point in the use of
Nevertheless, as time
goes by, less and less people became interested in using colloidal silver after 1930. In fact, following the
increase of production costs and its suspension
in many medical products, colloidal silver became almost unsaleable. But the biggest decrease occurred
in the 1940s with the arrival of
antibiotics on the market. The accidental discovery of Alexander Fleming of penicillin in 1920 changed the
therapeutic habits of the physicians, and colloidal
silver became totally disuse.
However, in the 1970s, Dr. Becker of
Syracuse University in New York described the beneficial effects of colloidal silver on treating many incurable
infections including MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Instead of appreciation, he only received
dismissal or the act of disregarding from the health authorities. Worse, for obscure reasons, the funding of his
study is withdrawn and he was forced to stop his research.
Other physicians have taken over and engaged in
the study of the effects of silver on
multiple bacteria and viruses. Researches of
Professor Earl Henderson
show, for example, that biotic Silver proteinatewould be an
inhibitor renin and HIV-1.
professor, in his presentation of the study, explains that these results are very
promising and express the importance of further research.
Researches have shown many benefits
of colloidal silver over 650 pathogens. Among these researchers include the
following: UCLA Medical Labs in
1988, University of Philadelphia in 1995, Biochemistry Unit of Upjohn Laboratories in 1991, and one of the
most recent by Garry Gordon, MD.
What FDA says about Colloidal
these convincing researches, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
in 1999 banned the use of
colloidal silver. Based on all these studies, more and more come to understand
many beneficial effects of colloidal silver not only
against bacteria resistant to broad-spectrum antibiotics but also in cell
regeneration in the case of cancer, bone fracture, even against some form of the HIV infection. Nevertheless,
all these studies are deemed inadmissible and unreliable by pharmaceutical authorities.
after so many evidences,
the FDA has eventually
accepted the sale of colloidal silver on the market
in the USA under some strict conditions. For instance, the
FDA prohibits manufacturers to put on the label of colloid silver products that it helps fight
against infection contrary to the
EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
that recognizes these properties.
Uses of Colloidal Silver by Modern Professionals
Colloidal silver is used in many medical conditions without causing any adverse effects when
used at normal dosage.
Thanks to internet and social media, colloidal silver is
now worldwide known, and a great majority of individuals and professionals successfully use it.
For instance, in USA, DR. Garry Gordon not only uses colloidal silver but also sell it; In
England, Dr. Robert Strohal professor
associate in dermatology at the Federal Academic Hospital in Feldkirch is known for using of silver
dressings for patients with MRSA. In a British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary, Dr. Robert
Strohal said the following:
"I was shocked by the results. I
did not expect that to be effective
... the dressing prevents infection
from escaping, which means that nurses
and doctors who come into contact with the patient may not be infected
and pass it on to other patients
... this could have a huge
effect if this technique is adopted as
a common practice in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States where
MRSA is a real health
Is Colloidal Silver
Harmful to Human Health?
The main attack that the health and pharmaceutical authorities often use against
colloidal silver in medicine is
the fact that silver is toxic to human health. Indeed,
regular high intake of silver salts through the skin or mucous membranes can cause a disease called Argyria(or argyrosis), which is characterized by gray to
gray-black staining of the skin along with dyspnea
breath or breathlessness), palpitations and edema (swelling of body tissues).
Paul Karason and Stan Jones are two of
people suffered from Argyria; and the opponents of
colloidal silver often use them as proof of the
dangers of colloidal silver. Indeed, Paul Karason consumed and
used as a face balm in large amount of solution ionic silver, which he made
himself at home, and that for 14 years. Stan Jones continues to promote the use of
colloidal silver as a home remedy, despite his excessive self-medication which leads to skin discoloration.
The confusion between colloidal
silver and ionic silver
solution is in question
here. The salts that form
in the solution are
very dangerous and responsible for the development of argyria. These salts are stored permanently in the tissues
and, when exposed to UV, to give the skin a blue color. But the solution of colloidal
silver is not composed of salts but of
nanoparticles of silver.
However, whether colloidal silver is used as an alternative cancer
treatment or else, caution is very important. It is necessary to do the following if you are not a professional
or familiar with colloidal silver:
Do consult a health care
provider before taking the
Do not confuse the terms
colloidal silver and ionic silver solution which may contain silver salts
Do no neglect or
fail to follow recommended doses which describes
EPA recommends a safe dosage which individual can take daily
without risk. For a healthy adult
of 70 kg or more, the recommended
dose is 1.05mg for a colloidal
silver solution at a concentration of 10 ppm (= 10 mg
/ L). This corresponds to a consumption of 7 tablespoons of Colloidal
Silver per day for 70 years.
EPA also provides information
on the lethal dose of silver.
1.324g silver or 132.4L solution of colloidal silver can lead to
serious adverse effects. It therefore is
very difficult for an individual to develop argyria or endanger his health by consuming colloidal
silver. The problem comes with
exaggeration. As the proverb says, “excès en tout nuire” (excess
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