Colloidal Silver - Pros and Cons
Colloidal Silver - Pros
What is colloidal? A colloid is defined as particles which remain suspended without forming a dissolved solution. Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension of microscopic particles of silver.
Colloidal silver, with concentrations of 30 parts per million (ppm) or less, are typically manufactured using an electrolysis process. Colloidal silver with higher concentrations of 50 ppm or more are solutions that have been bound with a protein to disperse the particles.
Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that silver is bactericidal to some 650 strains of disease causing organisms, and that resistant strains can not develop with silver the way that they will with antibiotics.
More recently "Science Digest" reported in an article entitled "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter", that: "silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine."
Colloidal Silver has proven itself useful against all species of fungi, parasites, bacteria, protozoa, and certain viruses. (for more uses see Health Source)
The ancients stored their water in silver vessels to prevent bacteria from growing.
So we have history going way back regarding the benefits of silver and now more recently colloidal silver uses. In wars it was commonly used for it's rapid healing qualities.
I have used colloidal silver for many years and have found it extremely efficient in healing wounds and preventing colds/flues.
For Colds - 25 drops of 250ppm in 4 oz of water for 3-4 days, 2-3 times a day when symptoms of a cold or flu are felt.
Canker Sores - the biggest joy comes in healing canker sores. What use to take several painful days to heal now only takes 12 hours or less; this is directly applying colloidal silver to the wound. How clumsy to bite myself, but it happens and colloidal works great.
I use Natural Path / Silver Wings Colloidal Silver. Silver is used which is chelated to a protein, this keeps it in suspension much more effectively than the electrolysis process.
There are always products that are "copycats." One way to tell if the product is still good is to look at the silver particles. If the silver particle disengages from suspension there will be residue at the bottom of the bottle.
Colloidal - Cons
The other side of Colloidal Silver:
A 38-year-old man developed argyria after ingesting approximately 16 ounces of 450 ppm colloidal silver three times a day for 10 months to treat his arthritis and other conditions. He made the solution with a simple battery-operated chamber that leached silver from pure silver wire. He had obtained the plans from information on the Internet. The photograph to the right shows how his skin color compares to that of normal skin.
FDA laboratory studies have found that the amount of silver in some product samples has varied from 15.2% to 124% of the amount listed on the product labels. The amount of silver required to produce argyria is unknown; however, the FDA has concluded that the risk of using silver products exceeds any unsubstantiated benefit. So far, eleven cases of argyria related to silver products have been reported.
Use Common Sense
As you have read, it takes an inordinate amount of silver to do the damage seen above. It's all about moderation, common sense. if you drink to much water and you drink it to fast, then you can get water intoxication. The key is to choose a product that is known for its quality and use it wisely.
The majority of Blue Skin cases are associated with people making their own colloidal silver at home. Contamination and uncontrolled processes done at home labs increases the chances of incidences.Colloidal silver is inexpensive and there's really no reason to chance it by making it at home.
Find out more about CS at Health Source.
"Colloidal silver will be a great addition to your supplements for better health."