I wanted to write this for those who may be interested in a natural alternative to conventional antibiotics, and to provide a natural method for healing that may not have been considered yet.
This is purely informational and not meant to diagnose or give advice on any health topics. It’s just an accumulation of my own personal interest in natural health and associated experiences.
The History of Colloidal Silver
“For many centuries royal families ate and drank from silver utensils and were rarely sick. They were called “blue bloods” because there blood had greater levels of silver in it. The Greeks and Romans used to store all of there perishable liquids in silver containers. And prior to the invention of refrigeration, it was common practice to drop a silver coin into a container of milk to retard spoilage.” Here is the full article about the history of colloidal silver.
History shows that “colloidal silver has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host.” And, unlike prescription antibiotics, colloidal silver does not create resistance or immunity to the pathogens that are killed by it.
One of my fabulous Bikram instructors and great friend, Silver … many of you may know him, but for those who haven’t yet had the privilege, yes that really is his name. Actually it’s Silverio, but Silver for short. Cool huh? Anyway, Silver is our resident expert on colloidal silver. And he’s skilled at making his own.
Silver says, “the best thing about it is you can drink it by mouth, vaporize it, or spray it on your skin.”
Silver ’s uses for colloidal silver include:
- in water as a “tonic” for an noticeable boost to his immune system and resistance to infections like colds and flu
- topically for cuts and burns and realizes a much faster healing time, as well as, infection prevention
- as a deodorant
- as an aftershave
He also gives it to his lovable dog, Lulu. He puts it in her drinking water and she gets the same benefits as he does.
Silver says, “ ‘the blue man’ may be a little freaky when you hear it for the first time, but if you investigate it further, there is nothing to worry about.”
Today Silver uses it on daily basis and always carries it in his bag wherever he goes.
He has seen no negative reactions from his usage, only great benefits. Silver has used colloidal silver regularly for over five years now … he says, “it’s the best” and he’s not blue! He’s still Silver! : ) Ha!
“The blue man” refers to Paul Karason who made his own colloidal silver and then made the mistake of adding salt to his distilled water as a catalyst to reduce the time it took to make his homemade silver solution. He was unaware that salt or other additives should never be incorporated into the process when creating proper colloidal silver. Adding salt significantly reduced the time it took Mr. Karason to make his silver solution which actually created a completely different compound called silver chloride. And then he consumed it in tremendous concentrations which has been shown to cause a harmless skin discoloration, a condition called “Argyria.”
Silver chloride is in no way the same as true colloidal silver.
Mr. Karason’s condition is the result of years of ingesting extremely high doses of silver chloride. He did not just wake up blue one day.
The Silver Solution
How does silver help fight infection?
Colloidal silver is known to act as a potent antibiotic substance and has been shown in clinical studies to kill MRSA, Avian Flu, SARS, as well as common infections of the sinuses, eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract.
“The high efficacy in the use of silver to kill bacteria and fungus is not in question by anyone… the antibiotic properties of silver are quite potent — and the risk to human health in terms of toxicity is negligible. This is a far better risk/benefit profile than commonly used antibiotics.” (source: wellnessresoures.com)
“With normal responsible usage, silver supplements are entirely harmless to humans”, according to the Silver Safety Committee.
Conventional prescription antibiotic drugs are designed to work against specific forms of bacteria, and they do not work at all against viruses or fungus. But colloidal silver has antimicrobial, antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-fungal qualities. So unlike conventional antibiotics, it works in a very broad spectrum and therefore it “almost always works regardless of what’s causing your infection. The silver particles can even adhere to the DNA of viruses and disrupt the ability of the viruses to replicate, altogether preventing the spread of viral infections.”
Here is a brief video discussing the efficacy of colloidal silver and a segment from The Dr. Oz Show.
Colloidal Silver Demystified: The Good, The (Not Too) Bad, and The Ugly
Is colloidal silver safe?
There are three completely different types of silver that are labeled and sold as “colloidal silver”; true colloidal silver, ionic silver, and silver protein, which is unfortunate because when looking for true colloidal silver, we as consumers have to distinguish between the three.
Here is one of the best websites I’ve found to distinguishing between the three, and providing clarity when looking for colloidal silver.
The Good: True Colloidal Silver
Potential Danger – None. Due to the very low concentration of ionic silver and a high percentage of small silver particles, true silver colloids do not cause argyria, the condition described in “the blue man” that caused his skin to turn a blue-gray color.
The (Not Too) Bad: Ionic Silver
Ionic silver is not that bad. It just contains such a low percentage of silver particles that it won’t be as effective as true colloidal silver, which contains a much greater number of silver particles.
Potential Danger – Low. If you take ionic silver according to the manufacturer’s recommended dosage, ionic silver will not cause argyria.
The Ugly: Silver Protein
Potential Danger – High. Of the three types, silver protein products have the lowest particle surface area and the highest concentration of large silver particles and because of this, your body is unable to access the silver for safe and effective absorption. And this is why silver protein products are known to turn your skin a blue-gray color.
So you’ll want to avoid all silver protein products.
Choose true colloidal silver for the astonishing health benefits of an all-natural, whole spectrum germ killer and truly the world’s most powerful natural antibiotic!
My Experience with Colloidal Silver
Recently my daughter came home with an earache, and a trip to her doctor confirmed an ear infection, and we left with a prescription for a full round of antibiotics.
As it was, Silver had given me a bottle of colloidal silver and we had recently been talking about the effectiveness of it. My daughter, like me, isn’t a fan of conventional antibiotics so we decided to see if the colloidal silver would help before we started the prescribed antibiotics. And guess what? It worked and it worked FAST!
Here is the simple protocol I used to treat and cure my daughter’s ear infection.
Within 1 hour of putting 4 drops of colloidal silver in each ear, the ear with the infection gently “popped” and she said the pain was gone. I repeated this each night for the next 3 nights for good measure even though her symptoms were gone very quickly.
She didn’t have to take the prescribed antibiotics and therefore, she didn’t have any of the potential side-effects associated with them because there are no side-effects with colloidal silver as it is 100% natural.
I am very grateful to my friend Silver, for without his knowledge and the colloidal silver he gave me, I wouldn’t have it on hand or considered it at the time.
Colloidal Silver Keeps It Simple: 13 Ways to use Colloidal Silver for Self Healing
- Take it as a preventative … some people like Silverio take small amounts daily as a tonic to give what some call a second immune system to guard against potential viral and bacterial infections like flues and colds.
- Use it for wound care … spray or dab it onto burns and cuts to prevent infections and promote faster healing without scarring.
- Take it for early onset of cold, flu, or bronchitis for quicker healing without harming beneficial bacteria.
- Spray or dab it onto ringworm, boils, herpes sores and warts for faster healing.
- Place drops in ears to combat ear infections without any harmful side effects.
- Use for pink eye … when applied on the infected eye, the tiny silver colloids pick up the infected cells electromagnetically and direct them to the bloodstream for elimination.
- For sinus infections, put a few drops in your neti pot (Neti Pot article) or apply directly into your nasal cavity and let it drain down your throat by tilting your head back.
- For lung infections, put use a few drops in a nebulizer to change the liquid to a mist for better delivery to the lungs.
- Spray it on skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
- Spray it on the back of your throat to combat a sore throat.
- Use it to reduce overall inflammation on the skin or in the body.
- Used in proportion to body weight, it works just as well on pets of all kinds.
- Add it to your watering can or soil and feed it to your plants and they’ll know what do from there.
This isn’t a replacement for appropriate medical care. Colloidal silver is just one consideration I have found worthwhile for my own personal health to keep on hand.
Colloidal Silver Shopping
If you’re interested in making your own as Silverio does, check out Silver Lungs.
Naturopathic Doctor and Bikram Instructor, Dr. Jocelyn O’Malley carries a high quality product from Herbal Healer Academy. If you’re local to Naperville, Illinois in the States, she’s right next door to Bikram Yoga South Naperville, where you can pick some up
And here is a list of quality silver products and a complete lab analysis report for each one.
If you’re interested in more information on the efficacy of colloidal silver, here is a great resource to check out.
The Silver Lining
Here is what the experts say about colloidal silver.
Three are quoted here:
“I know of no microbe that is not killed by silver in laboratory experiments in six minutes.” ~ Dr. Henry Crooks, M.D. (1921)
“Silver products have two key advantages: they are broad-spectrum antibiotics and are not yet associated with drug resistance.” ~ Journal of Wound Care (April 2002)
“I have used Colloidal Silver for over 30 years without a single problem. EVER! …It is the safest and best antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral that I have ever used … This works with zero side-effects.” ~ Dr. Kathleen Olsson Nelson
How about you?
Would you use colloidal silver on a regular basis or only when you’re body needs an extra boost?
Thank you, Silverio!!!
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This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!