My experience and self-education on the use of Silver products began after I suffered a 2nd degree burn to my leg. It was slow-healing, painful ordeal. Later on I was advised by a friend that I could have used a silver product applied externally to the skin to avoid infection in the wound, encourage quick healing and less scarring. This is what piqued my interest into learning more about silver as a natural remedy. Treating burn wounds is just the tip of the iceberg.
Silver has a centuries-old medicinal history dating back to the time of the Phoenicians, Hippocrates (460 BC – c. 370 BC), the glory days of the Greek and Romans, and the age of royal European families. During the era of plague, many aristocrats were spared the Black Death through their use of silver plates, utensils and drinking containers.
Silver’s use continued into the 1800’s for prevention and treatment of infection, and finally into first half of the 1900’s with widespread use by physicians as an antibiotic treatment for patients. After the 1940’s, silver’s use dwindled with the introduction of pharmaceutical antibiotics. Regardless of modern day nay-sayers (many medical professionals, government, and big Pharma) who aim to discredit silver through mis-information, omitted information and scare tactics, silver’s overwhelming track record as a natural remedy throughout history is virtually impossible to dispute.
You will notice that most medical and government health websites generally focus negatively on the topic of silver as quackery, in contrast to personal testimonies around the web which speak positively of individuals’ use and experiences.
WHAT IS COLLOIDAL SILVER?
It is a suspension of silver nano particles in distilled water. The higher the PPM (part per million), the stronger the silver product is (but stronger is not always better). It can be applied topically or ingested internally and is safe for humans, animals and plants. Your body will not develop silver-resistant bacteria. Use only quality silver products from a trusted, reliable manufacturer. Your silver should be clear as plain water. A dark or cloudy silver suspension indicates impurities are present, which can lead to undesireable side effects.
WHAT IS IONIC SILVER?
Ionic is considered the next step in silver technology. It is used in the same manner as colloidal, yet ionic silver consist of atoms instead of particles.
USES AND BENEFITS OF SILVER PRODUCTS
It is a germicide and disinfectant. It is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic. Silver is also used in NASA space missions to preserve their drinking water.
Silver is widely credited by individual users with combating over 650 diseases, pathogens and other conditions, including:
- Arthritis (Rheumatoid)
- Viruses (including herpes, flu, HIV)
- Bacterial Infections
- Gastrointestinal conditions (including stomach bug and colitis)
- Click here for extended list of illnesses and diseases
“By 1978, silver was shown to kill syphilis and malaria. In an interesting demonstration, swimming pool water was contaminated with 50 gallons of raw sewage that had been flushed through silver electrodes. When the water was tested there was no living E. coli.” ~ source
“Dr. Henry Crookes is credited for the wide use of silver in the early 1900s. He used it for subduing gonorrhea, tuberculosis and staphylococcus, as well as many other infectious organisms. His scientific reports concluded that there was no known microbe that could not be killed in the laboratory with colloidal silver within six minutes.” ~ source
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Anything in large doses can be potentially harmful or deadly. I remember feeding a gazillion carrots to Greedy Kid #1 as a toddler (she wanted them…ooops). The palms of her hands turned dark orange from ingesting too many carrots over a period of several weeks. Anything in excess is bad for you, including colloidal silver, so please use it safely and responsibly as directed.
1. With excessive doses of colloidal silver, there are rare reports of “Argyria”, a permanent blue/gray discoloration of the skin. Ingesting poor quality silver products containing impurities may also cause Argyria. Silver is frowned upon and its use discouraged by medical and pharmaceutical powers that be for this reason. However, the true underlying reason for this opposition is obvious when you considering silver’s natural effectiveness, lack of toxic side effects, and low cost compared to prescription medication. Silver’s effectiveness is threat to the pharmaceutical industry.
“There is no risk of a person developing this condition unless they took colloidal silver every day for up to ten years or more. Anyone with agryia has seriously misused the product they have been using. Once again, providing you use it correctly, colloidal silver is perfectly safe, irrespective of whether you use it topically or orally.” ~ source
2. There are conflicting reports that silver may or may not mildly affect gut flora, diminishing friendly bacteria (but not at the harmful level caused by pharma antibiotics). Silver should be taken only in recommended daily doses or in larger doses during times of sickness only for the time period recommended to avoid the potential of gut flora disturbance. Ingest pro-biotics, such as those found in yogurt, to avoid/correct any disturbance.
PERSONAL USE OF SILVER AMONG THE GREEDY FAMILY
I have purchased colloidal silver and take it several times per week as an immune booster (1 Tsp/day). It is also safe for gremlin children at proper dosages (1/2 Tsp/day). The silver suspension has no odor and the appearance of plain water. It has a slight metallic aftertaste that diminishes quickly. Our first medicinal use of silver (taken orally) was for a family member’s treatment of a urinary tract infection. A quick online search led us to recommended silver dosages to treat a UTI (1 teaspoon 3 times day for 7-10 days). By day three, all UTI symptoms had disappeared. Silver intake was therefore reduced to 1X per day for the remaining days prescribed. No doctor’s visits or antibiotics were necessary. Hooray!!
We don’t look forward to illness in the future (God forbid!), but we’re ready to do battle with Silver in our natural remedies arsenal.
WHICH SILVER BRAND SHOULD I BUY?
Consider these assessments of tops brands by TheSilverEdge.com to determine which brand might be right for you. I current have a supply ASAP Silver Solution (this is what cleared my family member’s UTI symptoms). My next silver purchase will be Sovereign Silver due to its glass packaging, which is the recommend packaging for silver products. I also look forward to trying ionic silver (Opti-Silver) in the future.
1. Natural Immunogenics – Silver Hydrosol (Sovereign): “…after 16 years of trying different colloidal silver products, Sovereign Silver from Natural-Immunogenics Corp is certainly one of the best of the major commercial brands out there. Sovereign Silver is manufactured in the company’s own private manufacturing facility, under their direct supervision, to their precise specifications, and batch tested for uniformity and quality control before it’s bottled, labeled and sold to the public.”
2. Invision – Silver 100 (Opti-Silver): Ionic. “Opti-Silver from Invision International is also a high-quality, privately-manufactured product that’s quite effective.”
3. ASAP Silver Solution: “ASAP is also privately manufactured, and to date has the most impressive clinical testing behind it. The company even has EPA registration and regulation of some of their topical colloidal silver products.”
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