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Colloidal Silver: Miracle Elixir or Plague of the Living Dead?

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Colloidal Silver: Miracle Elixir or Plague of the Living Dead?

Christine Traversi

If someone told you that they were in possession of something that could cure any illness almost instantaneously, would you believe it? If you were told that there was a small risk of permanently changing the color of your skin, would you be willing to run the risk and take it anyway? The name of this elixir is colloidal silver, and it is concocted by suspending microscopic silver particles in liquid. Colloidal silver has been claimed to be effective against hundreds of conditions and diseases, including cancer, AIDS, parasites, acne, enlarged prostate, pneumonia, and a myriad of others. However, long-term use of this silver can lead to a conditional called argyria, where a buildup of silver salt deposit on the eyes, skin, and internal oranges change the skin permanently metallic ashen-gray, making the individual have permanent death pallor. Does colloidal silver really carry the medicinal cure-all properties it is claimed to have, or is it just risk without benefit?

Silver has been used for hundreds of years as both a medicine and preservative by many cultures around the world. The Greeks used silver vessels to help keep water and other liquids fresh. Pioneers put silver coins in the wooden water casks to keep the water free from the growth of bacteria, algae, and other organisms, and placed silver dollars in milk to keep it fresh. In 1901, a Prussian chemist named Hille and Albert Barnes discovered a method of preparing a true colloid by combining a vegetable product with a silver compound and patented it as Argyrol, the only non-toxic antibiotic available at the time. Another scientist, Crede, advocated the use of colloidal silver to fight bacterial infections because colloidal silver is non-toxic and it carries germicidal properties and through his work introduced colloidal silver into medicine (1). The colloidal state proved to be the most effective means to fight infections because it demonstrated a high level of activity with very low concentrations, and also because it lacked the caustic properties of salt. By the mid 1930s there were more than four-dozen silver compounds on the market, although there was a wide variation of their effectiveness and safety. The first reason for the vast differences is that the compound was available in three forms: oral, topical, or injection form. Second, some were true colloids and some were not, with some containing 30% silver by weight and others hardly had any. Third, the freshness of the colloid, the time elapsed since manufacture, had a lot to do with the effectiveness of the compound (2).

In the 1940s, the use of colloidal silver in the medical field began to taper off mainly due to the advent of the modern antibiotics, but also due to three other reasons. The first was the high cost. Even in the depression era of the late 1930's, colloidal silver was reported to have been sold for as much as $200 per ounce (in present day dollars.) The second reason was that many of the silver products available at the time contained toxic forms of silver salts or very large particles of silver related to the available technology of the time. The third reason is that in 1938 the federal Food and Drug Administration established that from that point forward, only those "drugs" which met FDA standards could be marketed for medicinal purposes (1). In 1999, the FDA banned the use of colloidal silver or silver salts in over-the-counter products. Silver products can and are sold as "dietary supplements" in health stores only if they make no health claims, but many advertisers ignore the last restriction and still promote the benefits of the use of colloidal silver.

Prolonged contact or too much of colloidal silver can result in argyria, which produces a "gray to gray-black staining of skin and mucous membranes produced by silver deposition" (3). The normal human body contains about 1 milligram of silver, and the smallest amount of silver ingested reported to cause argyria ranges from 4-5 grams to 20-40 grams. The silver is deposited on the face and diffused all over the skin, and as the individual is under the sun the silver darkens as a result of being oxidized by strong sunlight, thus producing the silver/blue/gray complexion (4). There are a few physical signs that suggest the onset of this condition: the first is a gray-brown staining of the gums, later progressing to involve the skin. The color is usually slate-gray, slightly metallic, or blue-gray and may appear after a few months of silver treatments. The second sign is that the hyperpigmentation is most apparent in the sun, with the exposed areas of skin, especially the face and hands. There are different theories to explain the blue-gray pigmentation to sun-exposed sites, but there are no definite explanations. The third sign is the hyperpigmenatation of the nail beds. The fourth sign is a blue discoloration of the viscera, which is apparent during abdominal surgery (3). While the majority of the individuals using colloidal silver will never developing argryia, some individuals are at a higher risk than others. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that people with low vitamin E and selenium levels are more susceptible to argyria, as well as individuals with slower metabolisms. People with slower metabolisms have the rest of their natural eliminative systems working more slowly and can be more easily overwhelmed (4). Cases of argyria were most prevalent when silver medications were commonly used, the 1930s and 1940s, and have since become a rare occurrence. The famous "Blue Man," who was exploited in the Barnum and Bailey Circus sideshow, had a classic case of argyria. The most recent case of argyria is Stan Jones, Montana's Libertarian candidate for Senate. He started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that there would be shortage of antibiotics due to Y2K disruptions. People ask him two questions: if his blue-gray skin is permanent and if is he dead. His usual response is that he is practicing for Halloween (6).

Advocates of colloidal silver believe there is a call for urgent action for the use of more natural alternatives than antibiotics due to the increasing difficulty in treating infections. Colloidal silver is argued to be the best alternative, safe for pets, children, plants, and all multi-celled organisms. From his own bacteriological experiments, Dr. Henry Crooks supports the use of colloidal silver, claiming that all known disease-causing organisms die within six minutes of the ingestion of silver. Medical promoters of the use of colloidal silver allege that the presence of colloidal silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any single celled pathogen disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, or its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies and is cleared out of the body by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems (5). People in the medical field against the use of colloidal silver argue that just because a product effectively kills bacteria in a laboratory culture does not mean it is as effective in the human body. Products that kill bacteria are actually more likely to cause argyria because they contain more silver ions that are free to deposit on the user's skin.

There are compelling arguments both for and against the use of colloidal silver as an alternative to antibiotics. However, very little research has been done to test the effectiveness of the use of silver in the human body to fight infections, and the risk of argyria increases as the number of people using silver increases while the amount of information known remains constant. If I had an infection of some kind and had the option of taking an antibiotic or drinking colloidal silver, I would choose the antibiotic. For starters, there is more information about the drug. Many scientists have performed experiments with the drug and know a lot about its effects in the human body. Not much is known about colloidal silver, and the risk of taking too much and permanently changing the color of my skin outweighs any benefits the silver may contain. As more research and testing is done about the effectiveness of colloidal silver, it may be discovered that it is a wonderful alternative to antibiotics, but until it is proven safe and effective with low risks involved, then I believe that people should stick to the safe side and take something they know will be effective and not make them look permanently dead. Furthermore, I find it a little disconcerting that colloidal silver kills all bacteria within five minutes. I would worry if it was doing some other damage along the way and I would worry about other possible long-term effects. I believe that too many people are jumping on the bandwagon concerning colloidal silver; I think an extra measure of caution is necessary due to evident health risks involved. In conclusion, I see a need for further research to be performed regarding colloidal silver, its usage protocol and clinical issues.



1) IPS site on colloidal silver

2) A Brief History of Silver and Silver Colloids in Medicine

3) Argyria

4) Argyria

5) Colloidal Silver: Risk Without Benefit

6) Blue is the Color of My Candidate's Skin



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10/17/2005, from a Reader on the Web

You must work for the FDA!!!! Why don't you read Natural Cures they Don't want you to know about, and see what a "wonderful" government we have.


Additional comments made prior to 2007
I been using colloidal silver for 21 years. My skin is flawless. Because of my proven user of the colloidal silver, my whole family is on it. People who experience blue/gray skin Does Not necessary the cause from colloidal silver.

The FDA has NO document records of any danger from colloidal silver.

I wrote to the FDA under the Freedom of Information Act. I requested all information in the agencyís files that showed deaths, allergic reactions, harmful drug interactions or argyria resulting from colloidal silver use. This is what the FDA has to say:

...we have searched the records FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) and

has been unable to locate any cases that would be responsive to your request....

Now, how anyone dare to make such a claim that ARGYRIA cause by colloidal silver?

After 21 years of using the CS, my life has never been better. I would recommend people to keep on using it as long thing think they needed it. If knowingly that they are sick that is.

PS. If you think Rosemary story is true. You are being trick by the FDA and the Pharmaceutical people ... Nit Ron, 28 August 2006



I agree with the last poster. You must work for the FDA! ... Carol, 1 September 2006



I have been taking Colloidal Silver now for over Six years, I use it for everything and anything. When ever my dogs or cats are not up to par I give them colloidal silver. I produce my own CS, using only distilled water, .9999 Silver and an electric current. My friends, family and myself have found it works wonders on cuts, bruises, dry eyes, colds, flu and anything else that is caused by a one-celled pathogens, without damage to tissue-cell enzymes. Thru my years of use, we have cured parvo, we have dissolved cysts, after falling down have prevented black eyes and stopped infection in open scrapes. I truly believe that this natural antibiotic is one of the true natural drugs. From what I have read the disease you are talking about was not caused by "True Colloidal Silver", but from Colloidal Silver and another agent, usually choride. So for my own use I will never go to a doctor for colds, flu, artiritis etc., because I am living proof that it works. No Colds, Flu or any kind of virus in the past 5 years. Not bad for a 53 year female. Thanks for letting me vent ... Roxanne Robinson, 14 January 2007


wmcarterelliott's picture

Colloidal Silver Cures MDR-TB

Colloidal silver is, indeed, your best friend if you have TB. See: I've consumed over 5 gallons of 10ppm Colloidal Silver with no ill effects. It kills everything from the common cold to abscessed teeth to Ebola. It's great stuff, and a bargain, esp., when you buy it by the gallon (~$75 delivered).

spencer jones's picture

Colloidal silver and argyria

Argyria (skin greying) from taking colloidal silver is an extremely rare condition.

I’ve been taking colloidal silver daily for 12 years now, and my skin is still as white as ever. It is all in the dosage.

I watched Mr. Paul Karason -- the so-called "colloidal silver blue man" -- on television and he was demonstrating how much he takes to stay infection-free. It is WAY too much. Like twenty or thirty times the normal daily dosage. No wonder he turned blue.

I was fortunate enough to find a “safe dosage” report at, which explains a simple formula based on EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) dosage figures for determing the right amount of colloidal silver for your body weight, so you can use it safely to avoid infection and disease.

There's also lots of good info on safe and sane colloidal silver usage at

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My family make and sell colloidal silver for last 15 years so heard all about it as it is a constant conversation in our family. More is not better and do make sure you only take the recommended dose. A certain member of my family I think has argyria as a the fingers nails have turned blue/gray colour and his complexion has bothered me the last few years and looks unaturally grey though he has always been a suntaned person as working outdoors. If I mention it to him go see a dr I know I will get the story of the silver is colloidal it cant happen etc. The silver has been tested for correct nano particle size etc. So not not going there with him. My family beleive it can cure any disease including aids. I have a unbiased opinion but do say to them the body is not a petri dish it is more complicated than that. Silver is turning into a growing business and people make money from it. We are free to buy it and it is readily available and if someone was cured from something like aids you would know about it by now. What I can say from my family is they drink redicolous amounts of silver it is nothing for them to down a glass or two a day. I also can see that they are constantly complaining about headaches and continue to get bugs colds on a very regular basis. At one point they thought they where not taking enough that is why it is not working. I think they have slowed down their consumption now as the quantity still has not stopped them from getting the common cold 3 times a year.

I dont know what to say about silver other than what I have observed from my family, if it works for you then good but don't go thinking insane quantitys is better.

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Colloidal Silver Testimonial

Hi folks, I just stumbled over this page and wanted to give it my $0.02.

I am a beginning/intermediate bodybuilder and a beginner student of medicine at the University of Utah. My personal trainer drinks colloidal silver every day, only uses and drinks bottled water for everything (even brushing his teeth), and won't even touch milk because of the stuff they feed cows to make them lactate more. It is a little extreme, but whatever he is doing works, because he is a beefcake, is always in perfect health, and almost never gets sick. I told him once that I was struggling to get rid of my acne with antibiotics, and he gave me a $5 tube of gelled colloidal silver made my ASAP.

I was sceptical, but I went home, did some research, decided it was safe and slathered it all over my face. I went to bed. When I woke up I was shocked to see that the acne had diminished by a factor of about 1/3. I was amazed. I did the same thing for 2 days and my acne was GONE. I can imagine the acne as a 17 year old 120 pound nerd and the colloidal silver as Mike Tyson. The acne didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell.

A few weeks later I had some kind of stomach flu. I got really sick and once again my personal trainer recommended colloidal silver. I went and got a bottle, drank about a mouthfull, and within 4 hours I was feeling great! Putting it on my face was one thing, but ingesting it and having it work was another. Now I am a firm believer, and I put it on every scratch. The scratches heal about twice as fast and never get infected. Amazing. Simply amazing. Here is a scale for you to look at:

Colloidal silver:--------------------------------------------------HERE


Not a believer? Try it. I wasn't either, as I usually view holistic medicine as garbage. More and more, however, I am seeing the FDA as the big bad goliath and natural remedies a threat to goliath and his puppet masters, the pharmaceuticals. I have done some research on the FDA and I am starting to think it is time for a good ol' fashion lynching of the board of directors. I hope this information helped, and if you wanted to know a product that works, go google "ASAP SILVER".

PrivateSi's picture

Just be aware all studies on

Just be aware all studies on the effect of silver on rodents have caused cancer. I don't trust the FDA either but most studies were not FDA commisioned, all countries agree - silver, like other heavy metals is a difficult to remove carcinogen..Conversely NO follow-up studies comparing cancer rates to silver consumption in humans have been performed. You're on your own, legally speaking...
There is plenty of research showing that silver does promote a heightened immune response towards the silver AWAY from bacteria/viri that are actually causing an illness. It's hit and miss, possibly beneficial if it accumulates near a center of infection so good for wounds and possibly gut infections if ingested but note the CANCER RISK...
I certainly don't trust the various pyramid selling schemes associated with silver health products...

Knox's picture

It raises my suspicion that

It raises my suspicion that "not much is known about colloidal silver" if it was a popular remedy in the first half of the twentieth century. They didn't have the data-collection abilities we have now, but I don't think they were stupid then, and surely would have noticed ill effects (or no effects). Just a thought.

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I have a ten pounds daschund that is almost 16 years old. She has had a milky film over her eyes for at least six years. She also had a condition that she would cough, hyperventilate about every half hour. I started her on the silver and within two weeks she almost completely stopped the coughing. To my suprise I discovered yesterday that her eyes are pure brown again!! The coating has gone. We are also giving it to our other dog and we take it too.

Erik's picture

I have studied colloidal

I have studied colloidal silver for about 6 years now and have been taking it on and off for about 2 years. I never believed the testimonials I read on the net because they sounded to good to be true. I wanted to know for sure that this stuff wasnt fake so I found testimonials that the person left their first and last name along with an address and looked them up on the yellowbook white pages site. I called each person and asked about their experience. Each person said they had remarkable results from colloidal silver. This convinced me to try it. During the time I have taken colloidal silver ive had one cold that I can think of that didnt get bad enough to bother me. About a year and a half ago a friend told me that her parents were both sick and had been for about a month. I had just purchased 2 gallons of colloidal silver for about 80.00 (make it myself now for the price of distilled water) I gave them a 32oz bottle of 30ppm colloidal silver. Within a couple days her dad was feeling much better, but her mom refused to try the colloidal silver instead she took antibiotics, not only the ones that her doctor gave her but also ones that friends gave her from their previous infections. It took her about 3 more weeks to recover from a severe respiritory infection. My wife had success twice in eliminating tooth and jaw infections. She has only tried colloidal silver maybe 10 times max. She just swished the colloidal silver that I made at home for basically nothing around in her mouth form a minute or two and then swallowed it. Its not like she ever took it everyday for more than a couple days she only uses it when her tooth hurts or she has a bladder infection. Just 2 weeks ago she complained everyday for about 5 or 6 days that her bladder infection that she had just gotten off antibiotics for which was resistant to antibiotics had spread to her kidney. I have only been making it for about 10 days now (just recieved a colloidal silver generator) she took the silver the first night I got the generator (really cheap tester, silver wire, 9v batteries, laser pen, distilled water) the next day I called her at work to ask her how her kidney felt and she said she hadnt even though about it. That to me is a miracle. She since hasnt had any pain whatsoever. She said her jaw was infected, swollen and sensitive to the touch, those symptoms are also gone. What im telling you is completely true!!
One other experience ive had is not with colloidal silver but 35% h202. I had a planters wart on my pinky when I was a kid that would not go away. This thing was right down at the base of my pinky on the backside of my hand. I had it burned off, cut off, froze with dry ice, then finally liquid nitrogen killed it. All of these are very painfull. I do not recomend the liquid nitrogen, it hurt pretty bad and i got a giant blood blister + scar from it. That being said I Started noticing a bump forming on the front side of my pinky right in the crease of the joint of my pinky. I scratched at it and finally pulled the bump off my finger. It came back and I could not scratch it or pull it off. It turned into a planters wart. I had it for months. The only one that knew I had it was my wife. I had 35% h202 that I used for a supplement so I scratched the surface of the wart and applied some h202 with a qtip. It burned a little but I still did it a couple more times for the next couple days. The wart is completely gone with no scar. 100% true


Gretta's picture

My little Guy

I am disgusted at the number of times his doctor and others who have seen my son have simply given me a prescription for antibiotics. I'm even more disgusted at the number of times I listened. My son is 16 months old and for whatever reason, when he teethes he gets a cold. This cold lasts for weeks. I bought colloidal silver in a homeopathic immune system booster for children. I for once feel like I've made a decision I'm comfortable with.

This is a great article and wonderful responses, the two are perfect beside each other.

lm's picture

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I have a horrible staph infection on my face. It is itchy, dry, red, scaly, swollen, the works. I have tried so many natural remedies. I want to try colloidal silver instead of antibiotics, which is what my doctor wants me to do. Which brand does everyone recommend? I have to order it online since I don't live in U.S. I've done alot of research, have even used it before, but want to know what people have had success with personally. Thanks for your help.

Marty's picture

colloidal silver

i tried it once on an infected sore in my mouth & it cleared it up really fast.

i recently did a many hour research on colloidal silver. the most extensive article i found was: Silver Colloids-scientific information on colloidal silver.

I would up buying from online. I trust their products & they carried one of the brands the report recommended.

I used the CS twice today: both times topically on a saturated qtip - I've had very scratch in my ears & also sniffles for weeks. both the scratching & sniffles have settled down tremendously.

since then I started with a couple droppers in my drink. i've had intestinal upset for several weeks now. I'll see how it helps.

good luck

JJ's picture

Colloidal Silver

Although I appreciate Ms. Traversi's findings on this topic, it appears that she did NOT spend enough time on research regarding Colloidal Silver and it's many benefits. I too would not be surprised if she works for a pharmaceutical company or the likes of one. The FDA, and the Pharmaceuticals are in cahoots with each other and any progress reached in possible cures for Chronic, or Life Threatening diseases are downplayed, overlooked, or in the case of "Royal Raymond Rife" simply destroyed.

These pharmaceutical companies are extremely greedy with only one thing in mind 'Profits'. They don't care about the well being of anyone and are only interested in money. The main purpose of their existence other than money is to make an ill patient dependent on their drugs. So instead of being a drug for one time use, or maybe for a couple of months or so, it becomes a drug that you will need for life. Most medications used to help you with a particular problem in most cases will cause additional problems due to side-effects. Therefore, you find yourself taking additional medication to subdue the side-effects caused by the medication that's suppose to help you in the first place, but really doesn't. All it does is provide temporary relief, then you take more medication to subdue the side affects of the medication used to subdue the side-affects from the previous medications and so on....and on.....the cycle continues, and the more medication they put you on, the more dependent you become, the more money they make.

No wonder very sick patients find themselves using 20 or more medications on a daily basis. What a sick world! with sick, greedy individuals. The only thing that brings me any solace to this horrendous act of human nature is the fact that all these men & women will some day meet their maker, and many will find themselves reaping what they sow. Karma! is a hell of a thing...


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well said !

well said !

Anonymous's picture

Where do I find 99.99% colloidal silver?

I would like to try the colloidal silver, but don't know where to buy it. One that is highest quality & reasonabally priced. Are the ones at the health food stores good?

Serendip Visitor's picture

YouTube video shows how to make your own

I've put up a YouTube video on how for about $30 you can make your own in just a couple of minutes.

Anonymous's picture

I'm looking for a natural cure for esophagitis candida

Please advise. I was diagnosed with esophagitis candida about a month ago. I don't want to take any chemicals(prescription meds)because of the unhealthy side affects. Please help. Thank you.

Anonymous Voni's picture

Please do take a look at

Please do take a look at "Olive Leaf Reports" on the internet. Olive Leaf helps get rid of all types of fungus & viruses, etc. It helped me get rid of toe fungus, thyroiditus, and Shingles. And I've seen it help others with other maladies. I hope this will help you. Can't loose anything trying it. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!~ which is almost as bad as using prescriptions! Take care. Voni

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Anonymous's picture

If your lymph glands are

If your lymph glands are swollen on more than just your throat...please see a doctor...CS may work, but you neeed to know what its working ON...this may be bigger than CS

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absolutely right

if his lymphnodes are all swollen he definately needs to find out what it is that he is fighting so that he can get the proof that we are all still lacking... medical proof that colloidal silver really works... and shut down all those who say it is a scam!

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Excellent comments; peek Royal Raymond Rife & his cancer cure

Why is there always this pattern of the US FDA "attack dogs" trying to prevent citizens from controlling their own medical destinies? Didn't the AMA also destroy the amazing invention of Royal Raymond Rife (Google this genius!) and put him through living hill when he DISCOVERED a CURE for CANCER a LONG time ago?? I'm talking around the 40s or 50s here folks. I read accounts of government thugs destroying his lab and the Rife machine. Again, Google him! You will be eternally pissed off at the fact that his device was a THREAT to the multi-billion dollar cancer (ahem!) TREATMENT industry.

We also see the FDA, DEA and other shady organisations trying to put the lid on CANNIBIS/HEMP solutions for health and tons of industrial applications. Again, take a peek on the Net for Jack Herer's free online book (The Emperor Wears No Clothes) to see how we're killing this planet despite Hemp's remarkable uses for biomass/biodiesel, pulp & paper, food and as a complete replacement for the toxic cotton industry.

We really are living in a messed up world when solutions like Colloidal Silver et al are not given the credit they deserve. But was ALWAYS about MONEY.

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Ah yes! Royal Rife one of the most famous cancer quacks of all time! Genius indeed.

"An analysis by Electronics Australia found that a typical 'Rife device' consisted of a nine-volt battery, wiring, a switch, a timer and two short lengths of copper tubing, which delivered an "almost undetectable" current unlikely to penetrate the skin. Several marketers of other 'Rife devices' have been convicted for health fraud, and in some cases cancer patients who used these devices as a replacement for medical therapy have died." Wiki

Yes I'm sure mainstream medicine is terribly threatened by this cheap contraption comprised a couple of wires and a nine volt battery that he claimed could cure cancer. It would all be laughable if not for the harm done to desperate sick vulnerable people. Too bad this baloney didn't die along with Royal Rife.

The fact is medical science has moved forward! We now have recombinant DNA technology. Infections can be treated with antibiotics that are specific for the organism that's causing the infection. Silver in any form is a bio-accumulative toxic metal, like mercury, lead, and arsenic. Its action as an antibiotic comes from the fact that it is a non-selective toxic "biocide.

People are being duped into thinking they are taking their own health care into their own hands. People are mixing this up in their kitchens, and touting it's inexpensive cost. To those without health insurance this seems like a perfect solution. This makes these people vulnerable to believing the claims of it's safety and efficacy.

There are many very good reasons why colloidal silver isn't used anymore.Along with archaic treatments like arsenic for treating syphilis they have been relegated to the dustbins of history.

charles's picture

colloidal silver

I want to hug Spencer Jones! I was litteraly laughing out loud when i read your post and still laugh about it days later.

You hit the nail over the head.

as for those who believe in the religion of science. here are two independent churches of science (called universities) who both support colloidal silver and its ability to CURE , not suppress, or put whipped cream on.. CURE disease.. unlike the pharmaceuticals that want to make drugs that keep the person dependent for years so they can bilk societies health cares for billions, silver has no agenda and kills the buggers in their tracks. (if you think about it, aids is the perfect scam, they are able to keep people on it for years and they never get better and stay dependent)

i mean come on people wake up.. we have known about cancer for over a 100 years. and all we have to offer is a scalpel, essentially poison or radiation?? come on.. we have had those same options for over 60 years! your telling me that all the BILLIONS yes BILLIONS that have been raised and all the hundreds and thousands of minds working on this haven't been able to come up with anything???? Since, we have GONE TO TEH MOON, split a atom, built super computers.. but any advances in cancer treatment???? not ONE! NOT ONE! all we have are some little bit more powerful drugs, and slightly better detection methods.. RIDICULOUS!

all the FDA can say about colloidal silver is that its curing power is anecdotal, 1?!??!?! and that they cite concerns that the element is dangerous. bahahha.. this is from the same people who gave the big OK to flouride.. a deadly POISON that causes things like A.D.D etc and happily gave it to the populace with NO WARNING !???! to not swallow?? who are you trusting here people? Did you know that 100 of all drugs don’t work on all people? and that their numbers some times are as low as 60% ?? and even lower. As far as i'm concerned, common pharmaceuticals and their drug success rates are anecdotal.

Besides, when people say something works. its for a reason, regardless of what it is, if it works.. people say it does.. if it doesn't then people don't. Why is this type of evidence so frowned apon by the scientific community? i mean its as if they think if they don't understand why its good or how it works, then it cant't be good.. thats probably the reason they are always studying the benefits of common things like fruits and vegetables.. and releasing silly reports like.. (oh turns out if one eats their fruits and vegetables they will be health.. ) thanks science. glad my tax dollars are helping you figure out these profound truths.

anyways all this is moot.

if the reader of this forum is dying, or suffering terribly from something..which would you rather do, die or continue suffering with either the disease or the crappy drugs you are fed.. or do you want to take a chance that just maybe people making millions of peoples ignorance might possibly have something to hide and try silver colloid.?

if the answer to that question is yes then

1. google the hell out of it and make sure you know as much as you can about it.

2. use 99.9% pure silver, and make sure the particles are 20 ppm or less, or better just go buy some high quality stuff, but be aware, these people are in some ways just as guilty as pharmeceuticals in their over pricing. 50 bux which is as high as i have seen before is ridiculous, there are machines out there that make it for way cheaper.

Good luck to you.

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hello just want to add that i love your comment! dead on the spot but one minor correction can be made.... instead of 99.9 silver the best is 99.99 or .9999% this is closes to pure you can get without the other metals hiding in the lesser%... thank you and you know your stuff!

Mary's picture

colloidal silver

How would I find out how to make my own colloidal silver at home to avoid the high price at the health food store. I want to see if it can help a neuro-muscular problem that I have. The only solution that my doctors have is a Botox injection every 3 to 5 months. I think I'd rather try the colloidal silver. Mary

spencer jones's picture

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Yes, argyria (skin greying) is a very real side effect of excessive usage of colloidal silver.

But diabetes, pancreatitis and heart disease are very real side effects of excessive usage of sugar.

Cirrhosis of the liver and heart failure are very real side effects of the excessive usage of iron supplements. '

Kidney malfunction, calcification of soft tissue within the body, cellular toxicity and impaired immune function are very real side effects of excess usage of calcium.

Muscle pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, schizophrenia, fever, liver damage and anemia are very real side effects of the excessive usage of Vitamin A.

What's more, DEATH is a very real side effect of the excessive usage of...water (it's called "drowning").

None of those side effects justify being afraid to use the substances mentioned. Why? Because the key phrase involved in each one is "excessive use." When used in moderation, these substances are not only benign, but helpful. When used in excess, they can cause serious health consequences.

It is exactly the same with colloidal silver. If you use it in moderation it is completely harmless, and in fact extremely beneficial for boosting immunity and warding off infections of all sorts. It even helps the body heal from chronic degenerative diseases such as lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and a host of others that often are caused by underlying hidden infections. But if used in excess daily over long periods of time, the result can be argyria, or skin-staining. It is a harmless, but cosmetically unappealing condition resulting from silver particles being pushed to the skin (the body's third major organ of elimination) at which point they oxidize (or tarnish)from exposure to the sun.

Out of the estimated 10 million users of colloidal silver throughout North America, only a very small handful have been naive, ignorant or ill-informed enough to take such excessive quantities over such long periods of time to result in skin-staining. It is ridiculous to blame the substance for the mis-use by the person. That's kinda like saying water is terrrible for you because several thousand people a year die in it due to drowning.

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freedomcorps's picture

Get your basic facts straight before you rant please

Quote "But diabetes, pancreatitis and heart disease are very real side effects of excessive usage of sugar." - umm sorry but you are VERY WRONG

Excess sugar DOES NOT cause diabetes. Your statement makes every following word you write (even if they are true) hold no validity, which you seem to speak with such authority.

Be skeptical of anyone who will make money from your health, and anyone who is full of s***

Research Research Research.

Serendip Visitor td's picture

there s no logic in what u

there s no logic in what u say here .. and u seem not to care or can not see u talk nonsense

rdanfort's picture

That was a bad post, and you should feel bad!

You are correct, in that sugar consumption alone has not been conclusively shown to be a risk factor for disease.  However, overconsumption of sugar causes obesity, which is a huge and definitive risk factor for the onset of Type II Diabetes.  In the US, the correlation is compelling and unambiguous.  We eat more calories, a greater proportion of which come from simple sugars.  These sugars are more easily stored as fat, contributing disproportionately to insulin resistance, and so on and so on.

What baffles me, frankly, is why you thought that a detail of relative subtlety was worth spazzing out over.  If you want to discuss the difference between sugar as a risk factor and obesity as a risk factor in the context of massive sugar consumption, you should do so in a manner that allows readers less patient than I to figure out what you mean.  A paragraph of uncited, angry broken English and some puffery about how "every following word you write" is now invalid just doesn't do it for me.  I'm not offended by harsh words on an internet forum, but you just come off as a crazy idiot if you use them in a way that obscures your point.

EDIT: Please do not construe any of this as a defense of the snake-oil salesman you replied to - colloidal silver, while not the most dangerous representative of our broken healthcare and regulatory systems, is certainly the most hilarious.