Historical background and research
By the turn of the 20th century, silver was regarded as proven germ-fighter. In medicine, a solution known as Colloidal Silver was commonly used as a mainstay of antibacterial treatment. Although considered to be ‘high tech’ at that time, the type of solution was technically inferior compared to today’s colloidal silver solutions. One of the drawbacks was that the particle size of the silver never reached its optimum ultramicroscopic size and thus its highest level of efficiency.
Back then, highly effective colloidal silver was very expensive to produce. The pharmaceutical industry wanted faster-working drugs that were cheaper and patentable. In 1910, Dr Henry Crooks, a pioneer in colloidal chemistry, wrote that: “…certain metals, when in a colloidal state, have a highly germicidal action but are quite harmless to human beings, in fact, no microbe is known that is not killed by silver colloid in laboratory experiments in six minutes.”
In 1919, Alfred Searle, founder of the pharmaceutical conglomerate of the same name, wrote that: “..applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results. For internal administration, orally or hypodermically it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host.”
Colloidal Silver reprised
Much later, in the 1970’s, colloidal silver once again became a valued substance. Doctors at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, stumbled upon it while searching for effective treatments for burns victims, having tried many other medicines. Biomedical research has shown that no known disease-causing organism-bacteria, virus or fungus can live for more than a few minutes in the presence of even minute traces of metallic silver. Jim Powell reported in an article, “Our Mightiest Germ Fighter”, published in Science Digest: “Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. What’s more, resistant strains fail to develop when using silver. Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic.”
Biomedical researcher Robert O. Becker, M.D., the author of ‘The Body Electric and Cross Currents’, states” Silver did more than kill disease-causing organisms. It promoted major growth of bone and accelerated the healing of injured tissues by over 50%.” In his research he discovered cell types that looked just like the active bone marrow of children. “These cells grew fast,” he wrote, “producing a diverse and surprising assortment of primitive cell forms able to multiply at a great rate, then differentiate into the specific cells of an organ or tissue that had been injured, even in patients over fifty years old. Dr Becker also discovered that silver “profoundly stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues in a way unlike any known natural process… and kills the most stubborn infections of all kinds, including surrounding bacteria and fungus.” He concluded that, “What we have actually done was rediscover the fact that silver killed bacteria, which had been known for centuries…; when antibiotics were discovered, clinical uses for silver as an antibiotic were discarded.”
(Compiled from an article in Nexus Magazine and a selection of articles downloaded from the Internet, including: “Colloidal Silver: The Amazing Alternative to Antibiotics” © The Association for Advanced Colloidal Research and “Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative” © by Zane Baranowski)
The term “colloid” refers to a substance that consists of ultra-fine particles that do not dissolve but remain in suspension dispersed in a continuous medium. These ultra-fine particles consist of many atoms or molecules of the original material, but so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Not all types of colloidal silver are ‘true’ colloids. Properly manufactured colloidal silver is a liquid solution consisting of a minuscule number (3 to 5 parts per million) of submicroscopic particles of silver, held in suspension in pure water by a tiny electrical charge placed on each particle.
In a ‘true’ colloid of silver, the ideal size of the silver particles falls within the range of 0.005 to 0.0015 microns in diameter. The particles are animated by what is known as Brownian movement, which keeps them in suspension almost indefinitely.
You could fit 1,000,000,000 of these submicroscopic particles into a cube that measures four one-hundredths of an inch.
The electrocollidal process allows extremely fine silver particles to be suspended in solution by the tiny charge placed on the particles. It is done by striking an electric arc between poles made of the metal under water. If done properly, this method replaces the need for any chemicals, stabilisers or proteins, so the product can be called a ‘true’ colloid of silver. However, much of the efficiency of the colloidal solution depends on the actual size and uniformity of silver particles. Particles that are too large may cause harm by lodging in the fine lining of the digestive tract and causing scar tissue to form.
Colloidal silver treatment
Colloidal silver is tasteless, odourless and non-stinging to sensitive tissues. It may be taken orally, as well as put on a Band-Aid and applied directly to cuts, scrapes, open sores and warts.
It may also be used as a rinse for acne, eczema and other skin irritations. It can be gargled, dropped into eyes and ears, used vaginally and anally, as well as atomised and inhaled into the nose or lungs.
The following is a partial list of the more than 650 disease that have been successfully treated with colloidal silver:
*Acne *Anthrax *Appendicitis *Arthritis *Athlete’s Foot *Bacterial infections *Bladder infections *Blood poisoning *Boils *Burns *Cancer *Candida albicans *Catarrh *Chronic Fatigue Syndrome *Colitis *Conjunctivitis *Cryptosporidium infection *Cystitis *Dermatitis *Diabetes *Diarrhoea *Diphtheria *Dysentery *Ear infection *Eczema *Epstein Barr virus *Eustachian tube infection *Fibrositis *Gastritis *Gonorrhoea *Haemorrhoids *Herpes virus *Impetigo *Influenza *Intestinal disorders *Keratitis *Legionnaire’s disease *Leprosy *Lesions *Lupus *Malaria *Meniere’s disease *Meningitis *Neurasthenia *Opthalmia *Paratyphoid fever *Pleurisy *Pneumonia *Polio virus *Prostate disorders *Pruritis ani *Psoriasis *Pyorrhoea *Rheumatism *Rhinitis *Ringworm *Rosacea *Salmonella infection *Scarlet fever *Seborrhoea *Septicaemia *Septic ulcer *Shingles *Skin cancer *Sores *Staphylococcus infection *Streptococcus infection *Sunburn *Syphilis *Tetanus *Tonsillitis *Trenchfoot *Tuberculosis *Typhoid *Ulcers *Warts *Whooping cough *Yeast infections
More medical evidence
“A 65 year old diabetic cut himself on the leg. He washed and bandaged it but, as often happens with diabetes, the pain persisted, and the cut grew into a sore. Soon it became bigger than the bandage, and he had to apply a dressing. Still it grew bigger and ugly. In desperation he went to a clinic. His sore was diagnosed as a ‘stasis ulcer’. For a year, one treatment after another was tried. Nothing, including penicillin and sulphonamide could heal the ulcer. If his condition had continued unchecked, his leg probably would have been amputated. But finally he was referred to a clinic that treated skin ulcers with a silver compound. This promptly stopped the growth of all bacteria. In less than two months, the ulcer was completely healed.”
(Science Digest, March 1978)
“We have had instant success with colloidal silver and immune-compromised patients. A few examples are: pink-eye totally resolved in less than 6 hours (topical); recurrent sinus infections resolved in 8 days (oral ingestion); acute cuticle infections, 24 hours (topical). Another major area in which we have improved our clinical results is in the area of bowel detoxification and dysbiosis, the colloidal silver has provided excellent removal of abnormal intestinal bacteria; also it has proved to be a great adjunct to our Candida albicans, Epstein Barrvirus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome protocols.” (Dr Evan M., Kansas)
“Success depends on the amount of silver in the person’s body, and problems result from the lack of silver in the body. When silver is present, the cancer cells stop their development and the body is basically restored. When silver levels are low or non-existent, the cancer growth rate slows or continues to grow because the cells cannot reverse themselves.”
“One might ask, how do we get silver in our body in the first place? We get silver and all minerals in the body through the food we eat. How does silver get in the food? It gets in the food through living soil… where living organisms in humus soil (there are billions in a handful of dirt) break down the soil so plants are provided minerals in a form assimilable to the plant.”
Note: in the book Secrets of the Soil by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, they state that “Silver is a trace element that has literally disappeared from the soil”
“By assimilating the plant nutrients, the minerals are transferred in our digestive tract where our bodies utilise the captured organic (chelated) minerals through the bloodstream to the various organs of our body. Hence, we get silver from plants.”
“If we cannot assimilate silver for some reason or as the tissues age, we develop a silver deficiency and an impaired immune system, leading to cancer in most cases. I suspect a silver deficiency is possible one of the main reasons cancer exists and is increasing at such a rapid rate.” (Cancer researcher Dr Gary Smith, writing in an unpublished article)
WHO’S USING COLLOIDAL SILVER?
- In Canada, Switzerland and the US, physicians use various forms of silver to treat a multitude of infections.
- In the US, silver is used in bone surgery and in 70% of US burns.
- Naturopaths and chiropractors use colloidal silver to treat the effects of Ayurvedic, Chinese and homeopathic practitioners also regularly use silver in their treatments.
- Swiss biochemists are studying silver’s ability to interrupt the cellular replication of HIV at various stages.
- Colloidal silver water-filters are approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency and also by the Swiss government for use in homes and offices.
- The American space agency NASA uses a silver water-purification system for its space shuttles; so do the Russians.
- The airline companies Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Canadian Pacific, Japan Air Lines, KLM, Lufthansa, Olympic, SAS and Swissair use silver water-filters to curtail waterborne diseases.
- Silver is often used in place of chlorine in swimming pools because it doesn’t sting the eyes.
- Japanese companies are using silver to remove cyanide and nitric oxide from the air.