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Colloidal Silver Benefits

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Colloidal silver has many benefits. It was the most common antibiotic in use until 1938. It is a natural antibiotic, anti viral, and antifungal and can be used externally or internally with little chance of side effects or overdose. It is inexpensive, easily bought without a prescription and best of all, bacteria that has become immune to antibiotics has no immunity to colloidal silver.

So, why isn't it being used more?

History of Colloidal Silver

When medical technology started gearing up in the late 1800s researchers found that all of the body's fluids were colloidal in nature. This means that blood, for example, is made up of particles suspended in a fluid.

Silver had long been used for its antibacterial qualities and so doctors began to look for ways to create a colloid that would easily be absorbed into the body. That was realized with the advent of electricity. In 1924, the first electro-colloidal silver was produced and over the next several years the technique was perfected.

Use in Ancient Persia

This was not the first time silver had been used for its antibacterial properties. In 4000 B.C. Persian records indicate that water was kept in silver vessels to produce antibacterial and disinfectant qualities in it. The Romans used silver compounds on the battlefield to treat wounds as did the Crusaders in the Middle Ages.

The pioneers in America, and even people up into the early 1900s used silver coins and flatware in jugs of milk to keep it fresh and good at room temperature.

Where Did the Term Blue Blood Come From?

Did you ever wonder where the term, blue blood, comes from?

Royalty and the upper classes used to use silver as medicine as well as eat from silver plates using silver flatware. They drank water which had been stored in silver pitchers from silver cups. Because of all of the silver particles they ingested their skin literally turned blue. This condition, Argyria, is caused by excessive intake of silver particles over a long period of time. Other than blue skin the condition is not dangerous.

Proven Effective

The effectiveness of colloidal silver had been proven by case studies and accepted by science as fact in past eras. However, it was costly to produce and not as fast acting as some of the new antibiotics that were being discovered. Doctors began prescribing the new wonder drugs and silver was largely forgotten.

Improper Use Over Time Can Lead to Blue Skin

Synthetic Antibiotics Create Resistant Diseases

Unfortunately what the doctors did not know was that over time, and with misuse, the synthetic antibiotics actually produced antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta reported in the year 2000 that over 70,000 people died in hospitals in the United States from infections that resisted synthetic drugs.

Bacteria that are very common such as those that lead to ear infections or pneumonia are evolving into forms that are currently untreatable. We are creating super bugs. MRSA is one of these new, resistant microbes.

Is Colloidal Silver the Answer?

In the late 1970s a doctor by the name of Robert O. Becker was doing research on regeneration of spinal chords, organs and limbs. He discovered that silver promoted bone growth as well as destroying harmful bacteria in the surrounding area. More tests were run and the results were that colloidal silver is a broad spectrum antimicrobial. It successfully destroyed the following:

  • E. coli
  • Pink eye

  • bronchial infections

  • urinary tract infections

  • wound infections

  • strep

  • Anthrax

  • staph

  • typhoid

  • many more

Since colloidal silver is considered a pre 1938 drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it is approved for over the counter sales.

How to Use Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver comes in two basic strengths, 50 ppm and 500 ppm. It is important to have both on hand because they treat different things.

For eye infections, nose drops, or ears the 50 ppm is better to use and less likely to sting. For illnesses and infections that need to be treated internally the 500 ppm is the best choice.

The colloidal silver should be kept in a dark place, and always buy it bottled in a dark, glass bottle.

Generally, if you are treating an illness taking one ounce four times a day of the 500ppm is effective. It is nearly impossible to ovedose on it and the blue side effect only happens with very heavy use over a long period of time. Years, not weeks or months.

Other uses for colloidal silver are:

  • Silver stimulates plant growth

  • Rinse your fruit and vegetables before storin. This will make them last longer and stay fresh.
  • Toothaches and canker sores are diminished and itkills the bacteria of gingivitis.

  • Use on fingernail, toenail, and ear fungi.

  • Spray in shoes and between toes to kill athletes foot and fungi.
  • Add to drinking water when traveling or camping, or in emergency situations when clean drinking water is suspect.

Make Colloidal SIlver at Home

Colloidal silver is an excellent resource to have in your medicine cabinet. It should be part of everyone's first aid and emergency kits.

Learning to use colloidal silver in all of the possible ways means having a source of alot of colloidal silver...

That can get expensive, right?

Not necessarily. You see, it is a simple thing to make your own colloidal silver, and does not cost much at all.

You will need to make or buy a generator. It is less than $50 dollars to make one that will make as much colloidal silver as you could ever need. Here are some excellent resource links with instructions:

How to Make Colloidal Silver


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      4 years ago

      Thanks for all of you who posted your experiences, and made it available for all of us.


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      Terry Owens 

      4 years ago

      I think colloidal silver is great for all kinds of things, and have been using it for years, and I'm still not blue.

      I think Advanced Silver Company is best.

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      6 years ago

      I used colloidal silver anytime I start to feel a cold or flue come on. It always seems to spare me any sickness. I usually take a shot glass or perhaps two in a day. Also, colloidal silver rid me of a wart that would never go away. Took only about 3 days and the wart completely vanished after stubbornly staying on my finger for over a year! Even a doctor attempted to burn the wart off but it came back. It did not come back after silver treatment. Just so you know, I just roughed up the wart a bit and poured a little bit of the silver solution on the wart for a couple days as well as drank it. Again, 3 days later... no more wart.

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      6 years ago

      I have been putting it in my dogs waterbowl and all there fatty timers are gone.

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      6 years ago

      I use NSP Silverguard. I is similar to colloidal silver. But my experience indicates mine is more effective, stAble, and a different molecular structure.

      I has used it on family and pets medicinally and as an antiseptic.

      Terrific in an atomizer for sinus problems, and as an oral rinse for throat infections etc......

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      6 years ago

      Silver is one of the ingredients used in Silvadene cream for burns and other wounds.

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      6 years ago

      Hi all, I use CS for a lot of things, in my eyes and all. I was wondering if anyone has used CS on contacts or used it instead of the contact lens solution in the case? Mine is 10/12 ppm. Thank You

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      6 years ago

      Hi guys, can anyone tell me what dose is the correct one to take? I live in SA and have recently tried CS on my whole family. Do you increase the dose when they are sick and how much is safe? We take 2 teaspoons a day which is 10 mls, can we take more than this?

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      6 years ago from Southwest

      Good info. I have heard however that some people's skin has actually turned gray due to colloidal silver. Probably very good topically though.

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      6 years ago

      Greetings, and have to testify on this colloid! We've used silver for over 12 years, both while pregnant (sparingly) on kids, adults, and pets. My hubby and I have 11 children, ages 19 to 1, and so far have never had to take any of the kids to the Urgent Care or ER for any illnesses, because we can treat everything at home w/silver. Ear infections, UTI, Pink eye, sore throat, strep, a weird "cousin of flesh eating bacteria" on my son's leg, athlete's foot, infected wound on a dog, food poisoning, diarrhea, flu, and my neighbor healed a 2nd degree burn on his arm from a backyard fire WITH NO SCARRING! Some of my kids have never taken synthetic antibiotics~ My father learned to make his own generators, all you need is a 9 volt ac/dc adaptor, 2 alligator clips, and 1 ft of .9999 pure silver rod cut in 2 pieces. THAT'S IT! Distilled water, and I am still using the same rods from several years ago (maybe 10?) none of us are blue....... Don't pay for the stuff in the health food store if you can help it, go make your own! Good luck and God bless~

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      7 years ago

      I discovered Colloidal Silver few years ago when i was loking for something to get rid off herpes on my body. The lady in the pharmacy ( in Poland ) told me about this liquid as an alternative to typical medicine, so i gave it a chance especially as it's natural remedy. I was shocked when after few days i noticed that all of my herpes where gone! I also advised my friend who was suffering from the same problem, to use it and she also was cleaned after few days. Aditionally apparently when you have the herpes virus it stays for the rest of your life, but when i came to Uk i was tested for this virus, and the results showed that i don't have it, like i have never had this virus. Since then i use it whenever i have a skin problem, or some infection. like recenty i discivered that i had a varuca on my finger ( i had no idea what that was until someone told me) i had it for a year thinking that it was untreated injury or something. when i realised what that was I immediately used Colloidal Silver ( put my finger in the liquid for few minutes, few times ) and the varucca was gone. It is amazing, I highly recommend to anyone

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      7 years ago

      I used CS when I had a swollen jaw due to a tooth(molar) that was infected. Neck also. Within an hour of taking cs the infection & pain were leaving. The next day it was completely gone. This is the best thing I have ever used.

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      7 years ago

      I actually began researching colloidal silver when I was trying to find help for a friend who has severe bladder problems. I was excited as I read about it then nervous, who wants to turn blue. And horrors, the FDA does not approve it. And Mayo Clinic said your might have a neurological fit if you use it. Before you throw out the idea of using colloidal silver do some research. Look at the warnings of side affects of the pills we blindly take that the FDA has approved. And with just a little research you can dismiss the Blue man completely. If you take it right this won't happen to you. Do your research and better yet find a company that really knows what they are doing. I would write the name of the company I use but I don't want you to think I am here to support some company.

      I have had Parkinson's for 14 years, since I was 39 and I realized that a lot of the pills I take have much higher risks then taking well made colloidal silver product. So I decided to try it. Here is what happened!

      Sure enough I got sick within the first couple days of taking it (I think it is called herxing) I won't go into detail. I was sick for 4 days. The next day I woke up and I couldn't believe the energy I had and no more sugar cravings. I didn't notice any help with Parkinson's but I will take all the energy I can get. I take one tablespoon every morning before eating. I hold it in my mouth for a minute with my tongue up. I believe I had candida, yeast problem. Yeast thrives on sugar. The brain demands sugar to survive. Well if the yeast is using all the sugar your brain needs no wonder your brain is causing you to crave sugar. And you feel muddled in your thinking. I am clear headed, energetic and eating better! Still have Parkinson's, but hey I am THRILLED with the benefits I have gotten!

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      7 years ago

      Brandon...did u put CS on ur face or dink it? I have been suffering with acne for years and have recently thought about trying it. How did u notice such instant effects?

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      Brandon johnson 

      7 years ago

      yeah,, all i can say is it definitely worked in 10 min of use for my mrsa and acne..!!!! this stuff is amazing.. and im not no dude tryna sell you this.. im a 25 yr old black warehouse worker this has a tough time maintainng a smooth complextion.. this is truly worth the buy..

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      7 years ago

      I recently had a boil on my face that was uncomfortable and embarrassing. I have had problems with acne all my life, but this was ridiculous. A customer of mine wrote down CS as one agent to get rid of this. Guess what!? It worked! Along with Tea tree oil! I stand by it for sure. God has a purpose for everything on earth!

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      7 years ago

      I believe in cs. I was wondering if cs kills the bad bacteria and good bacteria, what do you do, eat yogurt?

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      7 years ago

      Was almost dead of an infected socket in my jaw. A friend found me and taught me to make it. First she made it for me. After roughly 4 ounces was consumed, I went from the verge of a coma, with a face the size of a football on one side, to sitting up, talking and no pain whatsoever. Even went to Mexico in a car with friends, 600 mile drive, the next day! Brought four green wine bottles full of home made silver with me.In two days I was able to chew solid food.An adventurer at heart,I ate anything I felt like down in Mexico,not always a good idea as travelers can attest to. Turns out I was the only one left to drive us all the way back home! Since then I have defeated: Pnuemonia,flu,shingles,common colds,and shared it with others who were acutely ill to their amazement and delight. I have dressed wounds by pouring it on bandages. Better than NeoSporin! My dogs have no parasites as I put it in their water, in a glazed ceramic bowl when I see signs of nematodes(worms).Cat gets into a fight,developes an infection cist. I put it down her throat and the cist is flattened the next morning. I can't say enough about it and I bless the late Mr. Clarence Napier who taught my friend and I all about it! There are more things it will heal than I can mention here. Any Virus,Any Bacteria...HIV,for instance. Why nobody is giving it to Aid Patients is just baffling! If you make your own,follow the intructions carefully! It will cost less than a penny a dose. No wonder the FDA condemns it! They are in the pocket of the Pharmaceutical companies.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Great information. An associate that I work with mentioned this. I do prefer natural rather than the drug cartels of the world. Thank you!

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      Virginia Ruffolo 

      7 years ago


      Sorry to hear about your injuries. I am 76 years old and make my own Colloidal Silver which I take when ever I remember to take it. It has no bad effects on me. Last week my daughter was visiting and said she thought she was coming down with a cold. I gave her about and ounce of my homemade brew and she said she felt immediately better. But the most amazing think happened with a neighbor. He cut himself with a glass decanter when he slipped and fell. I was alarmed to see the open gash in his hand and advised he get it stitched at the hospital. He said he would suffer it out although the pain was pretty intense. That's the kind of person he is, macho type Military he man so I told him that I would bring him Colloidal Silver that I made and he agreed to apply it to his wound. The next day I want over to bring him lunch and was shocked to see the wound well on its way to healing. I was so impressed bc I never needed the silver for any type of wound and now I could see how teriffic and miraculous this Colloidal Silver was first hand. If your Homeopathy suggested you use it, I think he or she is on the right track.

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      joseph Valente 

      7 years ago

      I need major reconstructive surgery soon. I have one kidney left due to getting shot 6 times. As you can see am alive. My Hmeopathy suggested to take colloidal Silver before surgery for a week and I believe after as well. You seem to be Knowledgeable about the product. Please if your are qualified as it seems your are give me your opinion. Thank You Joseph

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      8 years ago

      Bad venumous spider bite and consequencial infection on my foot, which swelled up and got bright red up to the ankle. Been on oral antibiotics for five days and had to have 3 antibacterial injections over 3 consecutive days when I was first treated (it was expensive too). I improved about 50%. I had used colloidal silver about once a year for colds/flu, but haven't taken it in a long time. Now, I went back to using "source naturals" brand colloidal silver and it is working faster than all those antibiotics. BTW, I think source naturals brand is a good brand, but do not have any affiliation with them, I'm sure other brands or good too, just make sure they're reputable and ionic or colloidal not protein bound silver.

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      8 years ago

      I bought a 10ppm cs today and took 2 tsp for a bladder infection. I felt immediate results. I read in a natural care pet book about using cs in your pets eyes for infection, but the bottle I purchased cautions not to use in eyes. What do you think? Anyone have experience with this? My dog get a lot of mucus in her eyes. I thought it would make a good eye wash.

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      8 years ago

      Just made my first batch today, so I will be experimenting a bit. Have read many good things of CS, now I'll find out first hand.

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      Brenda Massey 

      8 years ago

      I didn't know this about colloidal silver. Thanks for the informations!

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      8 years ago

      Yes - any results w/blepahritis and colloidal silver?

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      8 years ago

      Is it ok to use colloidal silver 10 Ppm for itchy eyes. I know they used to put silver in babies eyes. Is this a different kind of silver?

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      8 years ago

      Going to start trying it for my Blepharitis - can anyone tell me about their results from this?

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      8 years ago

      My husband started researching CS for use as a natural remedy from modern antibacterial medicine and I must say I was skeptical at first, but I believe in it now. It's so much better than using prescription drugs. I just recently used it for my son's ear infection and he's doing just fine. Stopped crying a couple of minutes after the first drop went in, and was sound asleep soon after that. Now that's a big step for me to be using it with my son, but that shows you how much CS is a benefit to treating bacterial infections and the belief I have in it.

      Thank you for the informative article. I hope more people see the good benefits of CS (colloidal Silver).

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      Water Ionizer 

      8 years ago

      Great hub!!

      I have been using colloidal silver for about 2 years now for everything from fire ant bites to coughs, runny noses and cuts. I use it for my kids when they would have ear infections and coughs. I put a couple of drops (in a dropper) in each ear for ear infections or up each nostril for post nasal drip and it stops their coughs.

      This is a great article and game me a lot more information about silver than I originally knew. Many Thanks!!

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      8 years ago

      To answer someone above that doubts it's ability to act as a natural antibiotic, and asks how it works, well simply put positively charged silver attracts negatively charged single cell pathogens and when they meet a chemical reaction takes place which cuts off the pathogens ability to 'breathe' - i.e. the CS strangles the metabolic lung of the pathogen.

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      Colon Cleansing 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub. my dad has skin cancers from time to time and has been treating them with colloidal silver. This treatment for the most part has been successful. He swears by it.

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      Debra Allen 

      8 years ago from West By God

      aguasilver, Yes, It has worked wonders on my cat and surprisingly on my Rosacea. My cat came down ver fast with a cold in her eye. It looked awful and swollen and red and she barely would let me touch it. So I started with the CS and it got a little beter the next day. When it was to a point to where I could actually touch her eye, I then started to put Triple Antibiotic ointment on the eye. It only took 5 days and it looks so much better now. Normally when they get that way it takes more than 2 weeks to get better--at least around here.

      On my Rosacea--it is clearing it up!

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      8 years ago

      this silver has worked

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      John Harper 

      8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Lady G, 8ppm will suffice, and personally I think 50ppm or 500ppm is a mite strong, but then I use CS almost daily. I normally never use higher than 20ppm and have found that ANY ppm is better than none! - it just takes a while longer to get it to deal with whatever your treating.

      Good hub BTW...

      To answer someone above that doubts it's ability to act as a natural antibiotic, and asks how it works, well simply put positively charged silver attracts negatively charged single cell pathogens and when they meet a chemical reaction takes place which cuts off the pathogens ability to 'breathe' - i.e. the CS strangles the metabolic lung of the pathogen.

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      Debra Allen 

      8 years ago from West By God

      Green Lotus, I can't get anything stronger than 8 ppm here.

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I've just started using Colloidal Silver although it is difficult to find a solution greater that 10 ppm in my neck of the woods (atlanta ga). My friend swears by it, especially for topical burns. My did 10ppm keep my husband's flu germs at bay (that and a lot of hand washing!). I will have to check out all of your otherwise hubs. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Brighton, UK

      Great hub Marye, spread the word! There are many remedies that pre-date 1938 that are known to work but have fallen out of use after more modern remedies took over. The current stranglehold of drug companies pushing these newer (and more expensive) remedies keeps older, but tried, tested, and often more effective remedies out of the spotlight. A friend who swears by colloidal silver (and is very much alive) also recommended Ozone Water, another tried and tested health benefit that has merely fallen by the wayside. I will vouch for it still working though!

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      9 years ago

      It's great for ear infections. My kids get them and I put 1-2 drops in the affected ear and make them lie on their side for 6 minutes. By morning the infection is almost gone and pain free. I may repeat another day if pain returns but normally I don't need to. Don't have to schedule time off from work and it works great. It's good for UTI's and any ailment that is bacterial.

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      9 years ago

      It helped me get rid of Hep-C...and i haven't had a cold or flu in 12 yrs.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Great Hub, I know Bard of Ely (fellow hubber and friend of mine) swears by it and makes his own all the time.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is very interesting. I will be looking further into this since I'm tired of going to the doctor and getting antibiotics. Is it safe for small children?

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      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      I'm still kicking and have taken this substance internally many times over the years. Never noticed any problems. Helped me heal a terrible burn I got from my woodburning pen falling on my thigh about twelve years ago. The burn was so bad it melted my skin beyond the blister point. I have very little scarring. Worked for me. C.S. Alexis

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      Ana Louis 

      10 years ago

      Historically doctors and researchers have stated that Collodial Silver is a natural antibiotic because silver kills bacteria. It has an innate ability to kill deadly microbes and in it's liquid collodial form can kill even the deadlies pathogens, and does not become resistant as other antibiotics.

      Like any other health product on the market, I would research this product thoroughly, before consuming it, but I am willing to try it externally.

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      10 years ago from Nice Winding Room

      Colloidal Silver is a natural Antibiotic..? How..

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      10 years ago

      very informative. I used to work for a company that mass produces health products such as colloidial silver for health care purposes. I only knew it was an anti-viral , I never knew it had such effective properties for so many other uses.

      VERY NICE!

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      10 years ago

      Very insightful information ~ Thank You.

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      Chef Jeff 

      10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Believe it or not, silver was a remedy of ancient origin.  It was used by Roman healers in the military, even though they had no idea why it worked. It may even predate Roman times as well.

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      10 years ago from Southern California

      Excellent Hub! Recently I saw the optometrist because I have been getting dry eyes at night. He told me I have Blepharitis and gave me an antibiotic cream Unfortunately, it was ineffective. Colloidal Silver is treatment I have been debating about using. Your hub has convinced me to give it a try, thanks.

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      10 years ago from south africa

      very nicely done.

      a number of years ago, silver was also used a a sterilizing agent in water treatment.

      it only got dropped due to the cost-effectiveness.

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      Ana Louis 

      10 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub. my dad has skin cancers from time to time and has been treating them with colloidal silver. This treatment for the most part has been successful. He swears by it...even makes his own.

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      Marye Audet 

      10 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      then you will be dead because nickel is toxic...

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      10 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      guess next time i get sick , ill eat a bowl of nickels


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