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Subject: What Doctors Have Said About Colloidal Silver
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What Doctors Have Said About Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver has proven particularly effective in cases of microbial
infection. Dr. Henry Crooks found that "Silver in the colloidal state is highly
germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. Rather than in
a chemical compound, the silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a
much more concentrated form, with correspondingly better results. All virus,
fungus, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic
organisms are killed in three or four minutes upon contact. There are no side
effects whatsoever from the highest concentrations."
Colloidal silver has been proven useful against all species of fungi,
bacteria, protozoa, parasites and certain viruses, which are often killed within
minutes. Dr. L. C. Ford, M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine reported in 1988
that silver solutions were effective against the following conditions:
Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aures, Neisseria gonorrhea, Garnerella
vaginalis, Salmonella typhi and other enteric pathogens. He also found that it was
fungicidal for Candida albicans, Candida globata and M. furfur.
How Colloidal Silver Works
The most accepted theory is that silver disables the specific enzyme that
many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize for their metabolism. When
silver nears a virus, fungi, bacterium or any single-celled microbe it is
effective against, it disables the oxygen-metabolism enzyme. This destroys the
microbe's ability to "breath" and within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates
and dies. The dead germ and its toxins are then cleared out of the body by
the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. It is not exactly clear how
silver disrupts the enzymes in these single celled animals, but it is believed
that the silver's natural positive electrica1 charge is influential. This is
why electrically generated colloidal silver is the absolute best form of silver
for fighting infection and related infectious diseases.
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial bodily enzymes,
colloidal silver leaves our bodies tissue and cell enzymes intact, as they are
different than enzymes found in single celled pathogens. Thus colloidal
silver is generally considered safe for humans, pets, plants and all multi-celled
living matter. Some health care professionals believe silver may be linked
to the proper functioning of our immune system and that people with inadequate
intakes of silver may be more prone to infection.
Dr. Robert Becker, author of the 1980's best selling book The Body Electric,
recognized a correlation between low silver levels in the human body, and
sickness. He said a silver deficiency in humans was responsible for the
improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker's experiments conclude that
silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side effects or
damage to any part of the body. He also states that the silver was doing
something more than killing disease organisms, It was also causing major growth
stimulation of injured tissues. Burn patients and elderly patients noticed more
rapid healing. He discovered that cancer cells change back to normal cells in
the presence of electrically generated colloidal silver. All strains of
pathogens he tested, even those resistant to antibiotics, were killed by colloidal
From the article "Silver, Our Mightiest Germ Fighter," in Science Digest,
March, 1978: "As an antibiotic, silver kills over 650 disease causing
organisms, and resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is the best all-around germ
fighter we have and is absolutely non-toxic! Doctors report that, taken
internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, malaria diabetes and severe burns.
Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute which monitors
silver technology in 37 countries, reports: 'In four years we've described 87
important new medical uses for silver.'
Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, has used
colloidal silver in his cancer treatment method. He says the whole thing is quite
simple. Colloidal silver, used in conjunction with other natural therapies
developed by Dr. Nordstrom, brought rapid remission in cancer patients given up on
by other doctors.
Uses for Colloidal Silver
Preventing and Healing Low Grade Infections: According to many colloidal
silver researchers, taking sufficient daily colloidal silver can saturate the
body such that the germs simply can't gain a foothold. Many people, including
many elderly, suffer from a general low- grade body infection that holds back
vigor and alertness. They report that using up to an ounce or two of homemade
colloidal silver each day often brings about an increase of energy and
alertness, as well as enjoying better overall health throughout the year.
Parasite Infections: Some diseases are caused by tiny worm-like organisms
that burrow through particular organs and sometimes throughout much of the
body. They reproduce by laying eggs. These eggs have the same enzymatic
characteristics of all of the other disease- causing organisms that colloidal silver
suffocates. So the parasite eggs also suffocate and the parasites can no
longer reproduce successfully in your body.
Resistant Strains of Germs: The use of modern man-made antibiotiqs has
increasingly led to mutant strains of germs that the antibiotics can no longer
kill. Colloidal silver does not appear to have this problem. Why? Because unlike
man-made antibiotics which are basically "bug poison for the human body,"
colloidal silver is not a poison. Instead, it deals with all gerr the same way:
it suffocates them by disabling the enzyme they need for respiration.
Accelerated Healing: Colloidal silver reportedly shortens the time for
healing to take place in wounds, and lessens the amount of scar tissue. This is
apparently due to the beneficial action that colloidal silver has on tissue
cells. It seems to cause some of their cell divisions to produce cells that are,
in a sense, generic. These generic cells migrate wherever they are needed in
the body. They help repair tissue damage by changing into the type of tissue
cell needed at the wound in preference to the scar tissue that would
Diarrhea Diseases: Diseases like cholera, canine parvovirus and other
conditions where the disease-causing germ resides mainly in the large intestine
have been effectively treated by a different approach. It is difficult for the
colloidal silver to get all the way to the large intestine before the body
absorbs it if you take the normal daily amount orally. An effective approach is
to take large quantities instead (i.e. two ounces or more followed by two big
glasses of water). This will allow the colloidal silver to make it all the
way into the large intestine so it can very quickly take care of the problem.
What Specifically Can Colloidal Silver Be Used For?
Here is a small sample of diseases against which Colloidal Silver has been
used successfully (see other chapters, particularly chapters 4, 7 and 11 of
the manual for more): acne, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, blood
parasites, bubonic plague, burns (colloidal silver is one of the few treatments that
can keep severe burn patients alive), cancer, candida, cholera, chronic
fatigue, colds and flu, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes,
leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyme disease, malaria, meningitis,
parasitic infections both viral and fungal, pneumonia, rheumatism, ringworm,
scarlet fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth and throat, shingles,
skin cancer, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis, toxemia, trenchfoot,
numerous forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcers.
A Colloidal Silver Primer
History of Colloidal Silver
In ancient civilizations, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver
vessels to keep bacteria from growing. American settlers often put a silver
dollar in milk containers to delay its spoilage. It was not until the late
1800's that Western scientists were able to understand scientifically what had
been known in ancient medicine for thousands of years… that silver is a
powerful germ fighter! After discovering that the body's vital fluids, such as
blood, are colloidal in nature, scientists and doctors explored the
possibilities of using colloids in medicine. The silver solution known as "Colloidal
Silver" became widely used in medicine as one of the main-stays of
The medical journal Lancet reported phenomenal results from colloidal silver
in 1914. Dr. Henry Crooks showed colloidal silver to be highly germicidal
yet absolutely harmless and non-toxic to humans. Throughout the early 1900's
colloidal silver rapidly gained fame as one of the best infection-fighting
agents in existence. But unfortunately its fame was short lived. The high cost of
silver combined with the fact that silver solutions could not be patented
motivated the development of more profitable infection-fighting drugs by the
major pharmaceutical conglomerates. The new prescription antibiotic drugs such
as penicillin and others became the choice in medical treatments. However,
thirty years after the discovery of pharmaceutical antibiotics many types of
bacteria acquired an immunity to these drugs. Frustrated doctors, tired of
seeing their patients die from infections with antibiotic resistant pathogens,
began looking back to the past for answers. In doing so, they have r!
e-discovered the amazing ant ibiotic properties of colloidal silver, which had been
known for many decades.
The Rediscovery of Silver as a Powerful Antibiotic
According to Zane Baronowski, CN, in his booklet, Colloidal Silver: The
Natural Antibiotic Alternative: "The comeback of silver in medicine began in the
1970's. The late Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University's
Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop better treatments for burn victims.
Dr. Margraf, as the chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other
surgeons to find an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe to use over large areas of
the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds and found drawbacks in
all of them. 'Mercury, for example, is an excellent antiseptic but toxic, '
he comments. 'Popular antiseptics….can be used over small areas only. '
Furthermore, disease organisms can become resistant to antibiotics, triggering a
dangerous super-infection. 'These compounds are also ineffective against a
number of harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases a
greenish-blue bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It almost! always shows up
in burns, releasing a poison.'
"Reviewing the medical literature, Dr. Margraf found repeated references to
silver. It was described as a catalyst that disables the enzymes
microorganisms depend on to 'breathe. ' Consequently, they die. Therefore, Dr. Margraf
decided to use the best known pharmaceutical compound of silver: silver
nitrate. Concentrated silver nitrate was corrosive and painful. So he diluted the
silver nitrate to a .5 percent solution and found that it killed the
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and permitted wounds to heal. Resistant strains did not
appear. Silver nitrate, however, was far from ideal. It disturbed the
balance of body salts, was thick and cumbersome to use and stained everything it
touched. Dr. Margraf searched for other preparations of silver, and in the
process helped re-discover colloidal silver, which he found to be highly
effective on the burns. As a result of these efforts, hundreds of important new
medical uses for silver were found. Dr. Harry Margraf later concluded, 'Silver is
the best all around germ-fighter we have. '
Future uses of Colloidal Silver
Although reports on the use of colloidal silver have spanned the past 100
years, research relating to its recent use is limited. However, through a
growing number of physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nutritionists and satisfied
users, information regarding the modern day uses of colloidal silver is
mounting. It would seem that the effective and safe use of colloidal silver in
the treatment of many common infectious disorders is only limited by the
Some other diseases that have been successfully treated with colloidal
silver are: bladder infection, blood-poison, boils, bubonic plague, burns, candida
yeast infection, chilblains, cholera, conjunctivitis, cold sores, cold &
flu, cystitis, diabetes, dermatitis, fungal infections, herpes, HIV virus,
indigestion, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyrne disease, malaria (now
making a comeback in the southern U.S. states), meningitis, neurasthenia,
puritis ani, psoriasis, ophthalmia, rabbit fever, rhinitis, ringworm, scarlet
fever, and septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth 8c throat. Plus, shingles,
sinus infections, staph infections, syphilis, thyroid, tonsillitis, toxemia,
trachoma, trench-foot, tuberculosis, ulcers, viruses, warts, whooping cough,
other many other uses.
What is Colloidal Silver?
The term "colloid" refers to a substance that consists of ultra-fine
particles suspended within a liquid solution. Properly manufactured colloidal silver
is a liquid solution consisting of submicroscopic particles of silver, held
in suspension in pure water by a tiny electrical charge. In a true colloid
these particles are about 04 to 0001 microns in diameter. These particles
cannot be seen by the naked eye and are electrically charged.
Many references can be found describing a "quality" colloidal silver as
being light yellow or golden in color. However, after hundreds of hours of
searching, no medical literature could be found describing the golden-colored
colloidal silver as being any more therapeutically effective than clear or
silver-colored colloidal silver. Colloidal silver made with the small
battery-operated generators is considered to be extremely high quality, yet it is generally
clear to silverish in the liquid suspension.
Will Colloidal Silver Kill the "Friendly Bacteria" in Your Intestines?
Colloidal silver that contains 99.99% (pure silver) with particles that are
.04 to ..0001 microns in diameter with a concentration of 25 ppm (parts per
million) or less have little effect on the friendly bacteria in our digestive
tract. In small doses (i.e., preventive dosages of about one tablespoon per
day) much of the silver itself is absorbed in the mouth or stomach and never
reaches the intestinal area. However some researchers believe that colloidal
silver products with higher concentrations or larger particles of silver can
attack friendly bacteria just like some antibiotics. There is also evidence
that when taken in high dosages, some of the colloidal silver is evacuated
through the colon and may kill some of the friendly bacteria there. This could
upset your natural intestinal floral balance.
The generally accepted recommended dosage is 5 to 40 ppm, although many
researchers take significantly higher dosages with no apparent loss of friendly
bacteria in the gut. Nonetheless, researchers suggest that if you intend to
take larger dosages of concentrated colloidal silver over an extend period of
time, you should also take a "friendly bacteria" supplement such as
lactobacillus acidophilus, available at most health food stores, in order to prevent
the possibility of depleting the much-needed beneficial bacteria in your
stomach and digestive system.
Nutritional Dosage for Daily Intake
Currently, there is no federally recognized "minimum daily requirement" for
silver in the human body. In 1940, R. A. Kehoe reported that under normal
circumstances, the average daily intake of fruits and vegetables would provide
between 50-100 mcg of silver as a trace element. Since that time, the
commercial farm soils of this country have become extremely deficient in trace
minerals. According to the Earth Summit Report, issued in 1992, the levels of soil
based minerals in North America have dropped over 85% in the last 100 yea