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What is Colloidal Silver?
The most popular method of producing Colloidal Silver is a highly technical, electro-colloidal, non-chemical method, in which the silver particles are electrically charged and held in suspension in a solution of deionised or distilled water. Electrically charged silver particles are in constant motion and can remain in suspension for several months or years in the container. Reputable Colloidal Silver manufacturers use 99.999% pure silver, which is very expensive; they also use the highest quality injectable-grade water for the solution and the process of creating the final product, which is quite an involved process.
How does Colloidal Silver Work?
Silver has had a long and distinguished history as an anti-infective; however, certain bacteria are essential to healthy body function, such as acidophilus. Several researchers claim Colloidal Silver only attacks the unfriendly pathogens and will not harm the friendly ones, but how can it possibly differentiate? One explanation is that the friendly bacteria are aerobic, while unfriendly bacteria are anaerobic. It is said that the silver does not attack bacteria directly, but rather decomposes certain enzymes that the anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast and moulds require. The silver acts as a catalyst and is not consumed in the process. The reason that the bacteria cannot develop a resistance to silver, as they do to antibiotics, is because silver does not attack them directly, but rather destroys the enzymes that they depend on.
Colloidal Silver is known as ‘Nature’s Antibiotic’. In the early part of the last century, it was referred to, in medical literature, as a treatment for a variety of illnesses. Scientific evidence is finally emerging about the effectiveness of Colloidal Silver in destroying ‘bugs’ of all varieties. It has been shown to kill bacteria, viruses, moulds, fungi, parasites and a numerous variety of organisms. There is no known disease-causing organism that can live in the presence of even minute traces of the chemical element of Colloidal Silver. Based on laboratory tests, destructive bacteria, virus/fungal organisms are killed within minutes of contact.
Is Colloidal Silver Safe?
Silver has been used since antiquity to purify water. While silver’s importance as a bactericide has been documented only since the late 1800’s, its use in purification has been known throughout the ages. The Phoenicians, for example, used silver vessels to keep water, wine and vinegar pure during long voyages. American pioneers put silver and copper coins in their water barrels to keep it clean.
In fact, ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth’ is not a reference to wealth, but to health. In the early 18th century, babies fed with silver spoons were found to be healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals.
Up until World War II, silver was applied as a mainstream bactericide and anti-fungal used both intravenously and intramuscularly, as a throat gargle, douche, orally, topically, and as eye drops. It is reputed to have been used against some 650 bacteria and fungi. However, crude technology made it expensive to produce and with the post-war rise in pharmaceuticals, it rapidly fell into disuse in the new era of antibiotics.
You may have had heard or read about the “blue effect” that skin can take on through ingesting Colloidal Silver; this misinformation came from silver used a long time ago. Kings and Queens were called “blue bloods” because of the silver content of their blood and blueness of their skin. Royalty used silver plates, bowls and utensils almost exclusively when eating. Over a long period of time, they ingested large particles of silver that caused a permanent discoloration of the skin due to silver compound deposits. This condition is known today as argyria, but there is NO danger, whatsoever of argyria happening today when using pure silver (99.999%) with the modern methods used today in the manufacturing of the colloid.
Now, more than at any other time, alternative health and healing methods are being sought. The wonderful thing about Colloidal Silver is that it complements the immune function, taking part of the load and so saving energy. It appears to control all micro-organisms and their mutations. Another good thing is that no resistant strains develop and there have been no side-effects noted when used in the colloidal form. This is great news! Colloidal Silver is a reliable alternative to expensive drugs.
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