Colloidal Silver: An Alternative to Antibiotics

Colloidal silver has been shown to revert cancer cells back to normal — and kill harmful bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds in as little as 4 minutes.

Colloidal silver refers to microscopic colloids of silver suspended in an aqueous solution, such as demineralized water. Colloids are technically defined as particles which remain suspended for an indefinite period of time in liquid — without dissolving, or forming an ionic solution.

Lower concentrations of colloidal silver (30 parts per million or less) are typically manufactured using an electrolysis process, whereas higher concentrations (50 ppm or more) are usually either silver compounds, or are solutions that have been bound with a protein to disperse the particles.

The therapeutic use of colloidal silver goes back hundreds of years. It has long been used as an internal medication to treat a wide variety of diseases. Before the advent of penicillin and the discovery of conventional antibiotics (methicillin, vancomycin, etc.), colloidal silver was one of the leading antimicrobial remedies available. Its use was discontinued in the 1940s due to the introduction of modern antibiotics.

Colloidal Silver a Suitable Alternative to Antibiotics

Oftentimes, antibiotics do help in causing symptoms to temporarily disappear. Yet, it is well known that antibiotics leave behind a host of resistant organisms in the human body. These resistant organisms reappear at a later date, thereby compromising the immune system.

A study conducted by Dr. Ron Leavitt of Brigham Young University (BYU) tested colloidal silver against antibiotics such as tetracyclines, fluorinated quinolones (Ofloxacin), the penicillins, the cephalosporins (Cefaperazone) and the macrolides (Erythromycin) on microbes such as streptococcuses, pneumonia, E. coli, salmonella, and shigella.

As reported by Deseret News (5/16/2000), Dr. Leavitt concluded that a quality colloidal silver may serve as a suitable antibiotic alternative. Deseret News also quotes Dr. Leavitt as saying: “The data suggests that with the low toxicity associated with colloidal silver, in general, and the broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity of this colloidal silver preparation, this preparation may be effectively used as an alternative to antibiotics.”

In the 1990s, there was a resurgence of interest in colloidal silver because it was marketed as an alternative medicine. Since then, colloidal silver has been administered in different ways for specific purposes. It has been gargled, atomized or inhaled into the nose or lungs, dropped into eyes or ears, and used vaginally and anally. Unconfirmed research shows the use of colloidal silver in the treatment of cancer, hepatitis C, sinusitis, acne, yeast infections, flu, gangrene, colds and other viral and bacterial infections…

Silver is a trace element that the body requires for good health. A deficiency of silver leads to a host of health problems. When silver levels are low or non-existent, for instance, cancer cells tend to proliferate. When a sufficient amount of silver is introduced, however, it safely and quickly kills the microbes inside the cancer cells, thereby causing cancer cells to revert back into normal cells!

Colloidal silver also shows promise as a possible treatment for AIDS and herpes. In full-blown AIDS, the body’s immune system is suppressed, making it susceptible to a wide variety of diseases. Colloidal silver offers a non-toxic supplement for wide spectrum immune system support.

Laboratory tests show that colloidal silver killed not only the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in a test tube or Petri dish — but also destroyed every virus, harmful bacteria, yeast and mold — in as little as 4 minutes.

However, one must never confuse in vitro results (an artificial environment, outside the living organism) with in vivo results (in a living organism, such as the human body). The reason for this is because the effects of colloidal silver diluted in a Petri dish or test tube are significantly different from the same amount of silver diluted in the 5 liters of blood that comprise the human body.

It is important to note that colloidal silver only attacks harmful bacteria and pathogens, which are anaerobic in nature — and will not harm the “friendly” aerobic bacteria (such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria), which the body needs.

Furthermore, the mechanism by which colloidal silver attacks bacteria is indirect, as follows: It disables the enzyme that the anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds require to survive, thereby suffocating them — without causing harm to human enzymes or parts of the human body chemistry. The result is the destruction of disease-causing organisms in the body, including those that have become resistant to antibiotics. There is virtually no chance of bacteria developing resistance to colloidal silver.

Negative press on colloidal silver usage

Public concern erupted when a high-profile case of argyria appeared in association with the use of colloidal silver. Argyria is an extremely rare phenomenon that occurs when silver accumulates in the tissue under the skin, causing a blue or grayish tint — which is a cosmetic problem, rather than a life-threatening one.

In December 2007, there was a highly publicized story of Paul Karason, a California man whose skin gradually turned blue after consuming gallons of colloidal silver per week — for years. To put his case in the proper perspective, the standard dosage is only 1 tablespoon per day.

To reiterate, argyria has only occurred in a small handful of cases in the long history of colloidal silver usage. It is believed by many in the alternative health field that the hype surrounding argyria is nothing more than negative propaganda used by Big Pharma to discourage the use of colloidal silver.

That’s because colloidal silver is the only ‘natural’ broad-spectrum germ-killer that can kill virtually any known virus — including AIDS, H5N1 (Avian Influenza), SARS, Anthrax — and potentially save millions of lives. Obviously, it then poses a threat to the earnings of the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

There are no known side effects to taking colloidal silver daily when one follows the manufacturer’s suggested use or a physician’s advice. Colloidal silver is sold as a dietary supplement by many health food stores and online retailers. For those who want to make their own colloidal silver, generators and electrolysis equipment are available, which enable anyone to easily disperse silver wire into microscopic colloids of silver suspended in water.

Colloidal silver can be used topically or internally. For health maintenance and protection from colds, flu and other infectious diseases, a daily dose of 1 tablespoon is recommended. For existing infectious conditions, you might want to take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day; and as the condition improves, the dosage can be tapered down to 2 tablespoons a day, and subsequently, once a day.

For burns or sores, soak a cotton ball in colloidal silver and apply it on the wound using a bandage to keep it in place. This method has also been used to treat warts.

Many women suffering from vaginal yeast infection have received immediate results from using a douche solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of colloidal silver mixed in with 8 oz. of water.