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Colloidal Silver - Pros and Cons

Updated on April 23, 2013

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 Facts

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.

Personal Usage

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."


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      mewmew 4 years ago

      You can't get Argyria from COLLOIDAL silver. You get Argyria from silver NITRATE which is what you get if you try to make colloidal silver using tap water. Mr. Karason made his own 'colloidal silver', using?... TAP WATER. Just think, if the FDA approved colloidal silver it would be regulated and we could be sure that the products we are buying are made correctly then there would be no concern needed for this amazing solution to a myriad of health problems.

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      rb11 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Get Real, you know I never even thought about it, he sure looks a lot older or he has had a real rough life. Good catch.


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      get real 6 years ago

      that guy aint 38 come on

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      Alpaca Annie 7 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      Another great hub I enjoyed reading about Colloidal Silver. I've used it several times in the past for colds & flu with success. I believe in the benefits of using silver. Thanks for writing!

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      spencer jones 8 years ago

      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. 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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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for the comment Madame X, it's so effective and cheap that's why the pharma companies put it down.


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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for the comment Madame X, it's so effective and cheap that's why the pharma companies put it down.


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      Madame X 8 years ago

      Nice hub rb - and good info. I have been making my own "silver water" for years and it has proved effective against countless ailments. If I drink too much I start a massive detox, which is very uncomfortable. So I'm always very careful about the intake level. I've heard of others "turning blue" but I could never get that much into my system. Good for you for getting this info out there. More people need to know about it.