What Doctors Have Said About Colloidal Silver

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What  Doctors Have Said About Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver has proven particularly  effective in cases of microbial infection. Dr. Henry Crooks found that "Silver  in the colloidal state is highly
germicidal, quite harmless to humans and  absolutely non-toxic. Rather than in
a chemical compound, the silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a much more concentrated form, with  correspondingly better results. All virus, fungus, bacterium, streptococcus,  staphylococcus, and other pathogenic
organisms are killed in three or four  minutes upon contact. There are no side
effects whatsoever from the highest  concentrations."

Colloidal silver has been proven useful against all  species of fungi,
bacteria, protozoa, parasites and certain viruses, which are  often killed within
minutes. Dr. L. C. Ford, M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine  reported in 1988
that silver solutions were effective against the following  conditions:

Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aures, Neisseria gonorrhea,  Garnerella
vaginalis, Salmonella typhi and other enteric pathogens. He also  found that it was
fungicidal for Candida albicans, Candida globata and M.  furfur.

How Colloidal Silver Works

The most accepted theory is  that silver disables the specific enzyme that
many forms of bacteria, viruses  and fungi utilize for their metabolism. When
silver nears a virus, fungi,  bacterium or any single-celled microbe it is
effective against, it disables the  oxygen-metabolism enzyme. This destroys the
microbe's ability to "breath" and  within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates
and dies. The dead germ and its  toxins are then cleared out of the body by
the immune, lymphatic and elimination  systems. It is not exactly clear how
silver disrupts the enzymes in these single  celled animals, but it is believed
that the silver's natural positive electrica1  charge is influential. This is
why electrically generated colloidal silver is  the absolute best form of silver
for fighting infection and related infectious  diseases.

Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial  bodily enzymes,
colloidal silver leaves our bodies tissue and cell enzymes  intact, as they are
different than enzymes found in single celled pathogens.  Thus colloidal
silver is generally considered safe for humans, pets, plants and  all multi-celled
living matter. Some health care professionals believe silver  may be linked
to the proper functioning of our immune system and that people  with inadequate
intakes of silver may be more prone to infection. 

Dr. Robert Becker, author of the 1980's best selling book The  Body Electric,
recognized a correlation between low silver levels in the human  body, and
sickness. He said a silver deficiency in humans was responsible for  the
improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker's experiments conclude  that
silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side effects or
damage to any part of the body. He also states that the silver was doing
something more than killing disease organisms, It was also causing major growth
stimulation of injured tissues. Burn patients and elderly patients noticed more
rapid healing. He discovered that cancer cells change back to normal cells in
the presence of electrically generated colloidal silver. All strains of
pathogens he tested, even those resistant to antibiotics, were killed by  colloidal

From the article "Silver, Our Mightiest Germ  Fighter," in Science Digest,
March, 1978: "As an antibiotic, silver kills over  650 disease causing
organisms, and resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is  the best all-around germ
fighter we have and is absolutely non-toxic! Doctors  report that, taken
internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, malaria  diabetes and severe burns.
Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver  Institute which monitors
silver technology in 37 countries, reports: 'In four  years we've described 87
important new medical uses for silver.'

Dr.  Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, has used
colloidal silver in his cancer treatment method. He says the whole thing is  quite
simple. Colloidal silver, used in conjunction with other natural therapies
developed by Dr. Nordstrom, brought rapid remission in cancer patients given up  on
by other doctors.

Uses for Colloidal Silver

Preventing and  Healing Low Grade Infections: According to many colloidal
silver researchers,  taking sufficient daily colloidal silver can saturate the
body such that the  germs simply can't gain a foothold. Many people, including
many elderly, suffer  from a general low- grade body infection that holds back
vigor and alertness.  They report that using up to an ounce or two of homemade
colloidal silver each  day often brings about an increase of energy and
alertness, as well as enjoying  better overall health throughout the year.

Parasite Infections: Some  diseases are caused by tiny worm-like organisms
that burrow through particular  organs and sometimes throughout much of the
body. They reproduce by laying eggs.  These eggs have the same enzymatic
characteristics of all of the other disease-  causing organisms that colloidal silver
suffocates. So the parasite eggs also  suffocate and the parasites can no
longer reproduce successfully in your  body.

Resistant Strains of Germs: The use of modern man-made  antibiotiqs has
increasingly led to mutant strains of germs that the antibiotics  can no longer
kill. Colloidal silver does not appear to have this problem. Why?  Because unlike
man-made antibiotics which are basically "bug poison for the  human body,"
colloidal silver is not a poison. Instead, it deals with all gerr  the same way:
it suffocates them by disabling the enzyme they need for  respiration.

Accelerated Healing: Colloidal silver reportedly  shortens the time for
healing to take place in wounds, and lessens the amount of  scar tissue. This is
apparently due to the beneficial action that colloidal  silver has on tissue
cells. It seems to cause some of their cell divisions to  produce cells that are,
in a sense, generic. These generic cells migrate  wherever they are needed in
the body. They help repair tissue damage by changing  into the type of tissue
cell needed at the wound in preference to the scar  tissue that would
normally form.

Diarrhea Diseases: Diseases like  cholera, canine parvovirus and other
conditions where the disease-causing germ  resides mainly in the large intestine
have been effectively treated by a  different approach. It is difficult for the
colloidal silver to get all the way  to the large intestine before the body
absorbs it if you take the normal daily  amount orally. An effective approach is
to take large quantities instead (i.e.  two ounces or more followed by two big
glasses of water). This will allow the  colloidal silver to make it all the
way into the large intestine so it can very  quickly take care of the problem.

What Specifically Can Colloidal  Silver Be Used For?

Here is a small sample of diseases against which  Colloidal Silver has been
used successfully (see other chapters, particularly  chapters 4, 7 and 11 of
the manual for more): acne, allergies, appendicitis,  arthritis, blood
parasites, bubonic plague, burns (colloidal silver is one of  the few treatments that
can keep severe burn patients alive), cancer, candida,  cholera, chronic
fatigue, colds and flu, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea,  hay fever, herpes,
leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyme disease,  malaria, meningitis,
parasitic infections both viral and fungal, pneumonia,  rheumatism, ringworm,
scarlet fever, septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth  and throat, shingles,
skin cancer, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis,  toxemia, trenchfoot,
numerous forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcers.  

A Colloidal Silver Primer - History of Colloidal Silver

In  ancient civilizations, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver
vessels  to keep bacteria from growing. American settlers often put a silver
dollar in  milk containers to delay its spoilage. It was not until the late
1800's that  Western scientists were able to understand scientifically what had
been known in  ancient medicine for thousands of years… that silver is a
powerful germ  fighter! After discovering that the body's vital fluids, such as
blood, are  colloidal in nature, scientists and doctors explored the
possibilities of using  colloids in medicine. The silver solution known as "Colloidal
Silver" became  widely used in medicine as one of the main-stays of
anti-microbial treatment. 

The medical journal Lancet reported phenomenal results from colloidal  silver
in 1914. Dr. Henry Crooks showed colloidal silver to be highly germicidal
yet absolutely harmless and non-toxic to humans. Throughout the early 1900's
colloidal silver rapidly gained fame as one of the best infection-fighting
agents in existence. But unfortunately its fame was short lived. The high cost  of
silver combined with the fact that silver solutions could not be patented
motivated the development of more profitable infection-fighting drugs by the
major pharmaceutical conglomerates. The new prescription antibiotic drugs such
as penicillin and others became the choice in medical treatments. However,
thirty years after the discovery of pharmaceutical antibiotics many types of
bacteria acquired an immunity to these drugs. Frustrated doctors, tired of
seeing their patients die from infections with antibiotic resistant pathogens,
began looking back to the past for answers. In doing so, they have r!
e-discovered the amazing ant ibiotic properties of colloidal silver, which had  been
known for many decades.

The Rediscovery of Silver as a Powerful  Antibiotic

According to Zane Baronowski, CN, in his booklet, Colloidal Silver: The
Natural Antibiotic Alternative: "The comeback of silver in medicine  began in the
1970's. The late Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University's
Department of Surgery,  received a grant to develop better treatments for burn victims.
Dr. Margraf, as  the chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other
surgeons to find an  antiseptic strong enough, yet safe to use over large areas of
the body. Dr.  Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds and found drawbacks in
all of them.  'Mercury, for example, is an excellent antiseptic but toxic, '
he comments.  'Popular antiseptics….can be used over small areas only. '

Furthermore,  disease organisms can become resistant to antibiotics, triggering a
dangerous  super-infection. 'These compounds are also ineffective against a
number of  harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases a
greenish-blue  bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It almost! always shows up
in burns,  releasing a poison.'

"Reviewing the medical literature, Dr. Margraf found  repeated references to
silver. It was described as a catalyst that disables the  enzymes
microorganisms depend on to 'breathe. ' Consequently, they die.  Therefore, Dr. Margraf
decided to use the best known pharmaceutical compound of  silver: silver
nitrate. Concentrated silver nitrate was corrosive and painful.  So he diluted the
silver nitrate to a .5 percent solution and found that it  killed the
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and permitted wounds to heal.  Resistant strains did not
appear. Silver nitrate, however, was far from ideal.  It disturbed the
balance of body salts, was thick and cumbersome to use and  stained everything it
touched. Dr. Margraf searched for other preparations of  silver, and in the
process helped re-discover colloidal silver, which he found  to be highly
effective on the burns. As a result of these efforts, hundreds of  important new
medical uses for silver were found. Dr. Harry Margraf later  concluded, 'Silver is
the best all around germ-fighter we have.  '

Future uses of Colloidal Silver

Although reports on the use of  colloidal silver have spanned the past 100
years, research relating to its  recent use is limited. However, through a
growing number of physicians,  dentists, veterinarians, nutritionists and satisfied
users, information  regarding the modern day uses of colloidal silver is
mounting. It would seem  that the effective and safe use of colloidal silver in
the treatment of many  common infectious disorders is only limited by the

Some  other diseases that have been successfully treated with colloidal
silver are:  bladder infection, blood-poison, boils, bubonic plague, burns, candida
yeast  infection, chilblains, cholera, conjunctivitis, cold sores, cold &
flu,  cystitis, diabetes, dermatitis, fungal infections, herpes, HIV virus,
indigestion, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, lyrne disease, malaria (now
making a comeback in the southern U.S. states), meningitis, neurasthenia,
puritis ani, psoriasis, ophthalmia, rabbit fever, rhinitis, ringworm, scarlet
fever, and septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth 8c throat. Plus, shingles,
 sinus infections, staph infections, syphilis, thyroid, tonsillitis, toxemia,
 trachoma, trench-foot, tuberculosis, ulcers, viruses, warts, whooping cough,
 other many other uses. 

What is Colloidal Silver?

The term  "colloid" refers to a substance that consists of ultra-fine
particles suspended  within a liquid solution. Properly manufactured colloidal silver
is a liquid  solution consisting of submicroscopic particles of silver, held
in suspension in  pure water by a tiny electrical charge. In a true colloid
these particles are  about 04 to 0001 microns in diameter. These particles
cannot be seen by the  naked eye and are electrically charged.

Many references can be found  describing a "quality" colloidal silver as
being light yellow or golden in  color. However, after hundreds of hours of
searching, no medical literature  could be found describing the golden-colored
colloidal silver as being any more  therapeutically effective than clear or
silver-colored colloidal silver.  Colloidal silver made with the small
battery-operated generators is considered  to be extremely high quality, yet it is generally
clear to silverish in the  liquid suspension.

Will Colloidal Silver Kill the "Friendly Bacteria" in  Your Intestines?

Colloidal silver that contains 99.99% (pure silver) with  particles that are
.04 to ..0001 microns in diameter with a concentration of 25 ppm (parts per
million) or less have little effect on the friendly bacteria in  our digestive

In small doses (i.e., preventive dosages of about one  tablespoon per
day) much of the silver itself is absorbed in the mouth or  stomach and never
reaches the intestinal area. However some researchers believe  that colloidal
silver products with higher concentrations or larger particles of  silver can
attack friendly bacteria just like some antibiotics. There is also  evidence
that when taken in high dosages, some of the colloidal silver is  evacuated
through the colon and may kill some of the friendly bacteria there.  This could
upset your natural intestinal floral balance.

The generally  accepted recommended dosage is 5 to 40 ppm, although many
researchers take  significantly higher dosages with no apparent loss of friendly
bacteria in the  gut. Nonetheless, researchers suggest that if you intend to
take larger dosages  of concentrated colloidal silver over an extend period of
time, you should also  take a "friendly bacteria" supplement such as
lactobacillus acidophilus,  available at most health food stores, in order to prevent
the possibility of  depleting the much-needed beneficial bacteria in your
stomach and digestive  system.

Nutritional Dosage for Daily Intake

Currently, there is no  federally recognized "minimum daily requirement" for
silver in the human body.  In 1940, R. A. Kehoe reported that under normal
circumstances, the average daily  intake of fruits and vegetables would provide
between 50-100 mcg of silver as a  trace element. Since that time, the
commercial farm soils of this country have  become extremely deficient in trace
minerals. According to the Earth Summit  Report, issued in 1992, the levels of soil
based minerals in North America have dropped over 85% in the last 100 years.

Jeffrey Frankel"


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