News Article written by Marvin Robey (Marvin Robey is one of
the premiere researchers in the field of Colloidal Silver.)
What Exactly Is Colloidal Silver?
So, what is this silver ion? Well, it's really more commonly
known as colloidal silver. It is presently available in health
food stores and by mail order suppliers. Simply put, it is
extremely minute-sized silver particles suspended in water,
with a positive electrical charge. The smaller the silver
particles, the more effective it has been proven to be. The
best colloidal silver is produced at the molecular level.
A small D.C. current is passed through an electrolyte with
silver electrodes. Minute, molecular sized particles are drawn
off of the positive electrode, having a positive electrical
charge. This electrical charge is of primary importance to
healing and anti-bacterial qualities. The charge slowly dissipates,
and therefore the freshness of the colloid is important. The
electrolyte may be colloidal silver itself but is usually
sea or table salt, although this produces some silver chloride
which is an impurity to the colloid but not serious. Some
producers use a protein or some other stabilizer to keep it
in suspension, while others add a tea, food coloring, or other
substance which hides the true quality of the colloid. However,
if the quality is good these are not necessary and are usually
a sign of poor quality.
Silver has been known to be a bactericide for at least 1200
years. Even in ancient times, it was known to prevent disease
and it was said that disease could not be transmitted by drinking
from a silver cup. Silver coins were commonly dropped into a
jar to prevent the spoilage of milk and other drink, and silver
containers were used to prolong the freshness of foods in general.
Even today, we commonly call all tableware "silverware" although
today it is more commonly stainless steel. Until almost 1970
it was common usage for scientists to put a silver dime in a
petri dish to sterilize the dish. Silver was long used for plates
for the surgical repair of bones.
In the 1920's, 30's and 40's, silver was ground very fine like
flour, suspended in water and was used orally for many infections
and disease conditions, topically on burns, and for fungal infections.
Over 650 bacteria, virus, and fungi were considered treatable
with this silver in 1938. With the development of the patented
antibiotics, silver was forgotten in the United States and most
other places, although the antibiotics are only effective against
bacteria, not viruses, yeast, or fungi, as is silver. Now, with
the greatly improved modern colloids, the tables are turning
and silver may be the most effective treatment.
The 1994 issue of Newsweek featured a six page article, "Antibiotics,
The end of Miracle Drugs?" as the cover story. "The rise of
drug-resistant germs is unparalleled in recorded history," according
to the article. "Penicillin and tetracycline lost their power
over staph back in the 1950's and 60's. Another antibiotic,
methicillin, provided a backup for a while, but methicillin-resistant
staph is now common in hospitals and nursing homes worldwide...Trying
to cripple bacteria's defenses...will not do much more than
buy us five to ten years... A better strategy might be to abandon
antibiotics altogether in favor of different kinds of drugs."
Not a very pretty picture.
The September, 1995 issue of Time Magazine featured an article
titled "Revenge of the Killer Microbes." Sounds like a science
fiction thriller, doesn't it? But Time was serious. "Faced with
AIDS, and with an ever increasing number of antibiotic-resistant
bacteria, doctors were forced to admit that the medical profession
was actually retreating in the battle against germs. The question
ceased to be, 'When will infectious disease be wiped out?' and
became 'Where will the next deadly new plague appear?'...Humanity
once had the hubris to think it could control or even conquer
all these microbes. But anyone who reads today's headlines knows
how vain that hope turned out to be. New scourges are emerging
-- AIDS is not the only one -- and older diseases like tuberculosis
are rapidly evolving into forms that are resistant to antibiotics,...In
1992, 13,300 hospital patients died of infections that resisted
every drug doctors tried."
The basic problem is simply that bacteria have a tremendous
ability to adapt to substances. They can and do mutate to overcome
antibiotics. When the antibiotics destroy the bacteria which
are susceptible to them, they can clear the way for the resistant
bacteria to move in uninhibited.
Still another problem that has plagued the medical profession
from the beginning with modern antibiotics has been that beneficial
bacteria and organisms play various important, natural functions
in the body. Antibiotics often play havoc with some of these
friendly organisms, producing long-lasting side effects that
may be difficult to correct. Science Digest suggested an answer
to all of these catastrophic problems back in March of 1978
in an article titled "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter." This article
by Jim Powell stated: "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. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover,
silver is virtually non-toxic."
One reason that the antibiotics have been so popular in the
medical field is due to the fact that they can be patented.
Therefore, the pharmaceutical companies find it financially
worth while to keep the doctors educated in their medicines,
while other products go unnoticed. Silver, on the other hand,
is not patentable and there are no huge profits in it, so it
is not worth heavy promotion. The high-priced products run over
the low cost products, simply because they are more profitable.
All of this is happening at the same time that disease bacteria
are developing immunity to modern antibiotics. Furthermore,
the immunity to the antibiotics seems to be developing all over
the world, even in isolated areas. The medical profession is
alarmed. Can silver save us? Many authorities think so.
In "Use of Colloids in Health and Disease", author Dr. Henry
Crooks says that colloidal silver is highly germicidal. In laboratory
test he found that "all fungus, virus, bacterium, streptococcus,
staphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms are killed in
three or four minutes. In fact, there is no microbe known that
is not killed by colloidal silver in six minutes or less in
a dilution as little as 5 parts per million. Dr. Crooks found
colloidal silver particularly effective in intestinal problems,
and tells us there are no serious effects whatsoever from high
In "Colloidal Silver" by The Association for Colloidal Research,
it is reported that: "Medical Journal Reports and documented
studies spanning 100 years indicate no known side effects from
oral or I.V. administration of properly manufactured Colloidal
Silver in animal or human testing."..."There has never been
a reported reaction with Colloidal Silver and any prescription
In Perceptions Magazine May/June 1996, Mark Metcalf states:
"I made a 16-ounce solution of well over 250 PPM and drank it.
I repeated this procedure four days in a row, daily ingesting
at least the equivalent of a 5-ppm solution! I did not eat yogurt
or acidophilus or compensate for friendly bacteria loss in any
way. The only side effect was that I seemed to feel better!"
Some other researchers do tell us, however, that in prolonged,
very heavy doses, some silver compounds will leave gray deposits
in the heavier skin folds such as the knuckles. This condition
is known as "Argyria." The only problem to these deposits is
said to be the cosmetic appearance and the condition is said
to be rare. Some experts say this condition has never been known
to occur from silver in the colloidal state. Other experts do,
however warn that this might be a possible problem to extremely
high, prolonged dosages. The very small particle size in the
colloidal silver would seem to make this possibility remote
and this very small particle size is by far the most effective
form of silver. Argyria is correctable with laser treatment,
like a tattoo.
Furthermore, colloidal silver should not be used along with
intravenous EDTA chelation, as silver is a metal and EDTA works
by absorbing and removing metals from the blood. For this reason,
the two work against each other.
The evidence appears to support the theory that colloidal silver
is highly effective against all strains of pathogenic bacteria,
while any one antibiotic is only effective against a few certain
bacterial strains. Furthermore, antibiotics have never been
effective against viruses, yeast, or fungi. Yet, researchers
are telling us that colloidal silver has produced phenomenal
results in tissue healing and reconstruction as well as reducing
scar tissue in clinical tests. Severe cuts and wounds have healed
in much less time." This statement has not been evaluated by
the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended
to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.