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What is Colloidal Silver? Should I take it?

Updated on July 4, 2011

Silver Colloid - Touted as a Wonder Drug?

History of Silver Uses in Health Industry

Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC) reported that silver had healing properties and could ward off disease. Thousands of years later during World War I, silver gained FDA approval for use as an antimicrobial agent, in the form of colloidal silver. This substance is commonly used as a disinfectant. After penicillin was invented and became popular during World War II, silver was no longer used as it had been previously. Here are some of the diseases that this wonder drug is purported to cure: HIV, cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, herpes, etc. I was so excited to hear about all of the benefits and eagerly began to take the "supplement".  If this substance could cure cancer, then why was there still cancer in our society?

Personal Experience

Have you ever heard of taking colloidal silver? Neither had I until I wandered into my local health food store looking for something to give me energy. The clerk suggested taking Silver Colloid. I did not want to buy it if it tasted terrible because I knew that I would never take it and it would be a waste of money. She said that it tasted like water and was clear. She even demonstrated how to take it by pulling out the dropper and flippantly dripping it onto her own tongue. She then offered it to me (reminded me of the witch offering the poisoned's good for you she insisted)...........mistake #1. It did not taste like anything but had a strange metallic aftertaste. I do not know what possessed me put this in my cart and pay good American money for it....but I guess I trusted her and wanted to get energy. This began a two year journey of research to find out the pros and cons.

I had heard about using silver for burn victims since I was very little, but didn't know what was in store for me. For one thing, I found out that it is not a dietary supplement or vitamin. The definition of a dietary supplement is any substance that is occurring naturally in the body and needs to be replenished. Since silver is not a naturally occurring substance in the only follows logic that we should not take it internally! (My mother was right as usual) In fact, drinking silver daily as a supplement may cause health issues. (Where are the class action law suits?) Here are some of the symptoms that can be linked to taking colloidal silver on a daily basis: kidney failure, seizures, permanently blue skin, headaches, fatigue, coma.....and the list goes on. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine,there is no known effective treatment for this type of metal overdose.

Think about this logically.....what does your body do when any foreign substance enters it? It sends out cells to capture the intruders. This also triggers your immunities and sends a message for them to increase. More immunities sounds great doesn't it? But did you know that there are many diseases that are caused by an overactive immunity system, such a lupus and rheumatoid arthritis? Silver has no known use in the human body. It is treated by the body as a toxic heavy metal. This heavy metal poisoning can only be chelated and removed extremely slowly by proteins. This removal process can easily be slowed which can lead to argyria (permanent blue skin). According to Silver "Silver has an affinity to cell membranes, including those of nerve cells, where it deposits permanently as silver sulfide." The half life of silver is usually three months.  Other factors can inhibit the body of ridding itself of the silver though. As far as its anti-bacterial properties according to Quack Watch, "the fact that a product inhibits bacteria in a laboratory culture doesn't mean it is effective (or safe) in the human body. In fact, products that kill bacteria in the laboratory would be more likely to cause argyria because they contain more silver ions that are free to deposit in the user's skin." 

Silver and Immune Dysfunction

When the human immune system encounters a heavy metal such as silver, it goes into hyperdrive in its attempt to rid the body of the foreign object. When all of your body functions are busy taking out the silver instead of fighting your regular illnesses......the result could be a sudden progression of an illness or disease.....this is the exact opposite of what the silver companies want you to believe.

(Would I knowingly ingest a metal, especially without researching it? Yes, I did.) In conclusion, I do not take any substance other than naturally occurring supplements unless prescribed by my physician.

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    • silver lining 5 profile image

      silver lining 5 6 years ago from Southwest

      Hi Julip Manor,

      I remember about 11 years ago someone offered coloidal silver to me. This person was taking it religiously. I have to say that the photo of the eyeball on your page looks like his eyeballs today. I am so glad I didn't take it. Thank you for this well written article. Best of luck


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      Naomi's Banner 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the heads up! I will avoid this one great informative Hub!

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      Carl 6 years ago

      Oh wow! This is great! Keep writing!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I see but that doesn't prove the silver caused it! There are plenty of people who say that it saved their lives or cured all sorts of illnesses. I used to have a book on it by an author who claimed this. As I say it works for me! I have lived on this island for 7 years and haven't needed a doctor once in all that time.

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      Julip Manor 6 years ago from Kingwood, Texas

      Thanks for the post. I knew there would be people who would dispute it but this is what happened. I started taking the silver....went to the doctor and they diagnosed me with Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. The doctor said that my antibodies were off the chart. I am off of the silver now and just researching the matter and at the last check up I have no Lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis. People do still use it and I have heard that it helped people but I don't take it any more.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I can't say I agree with you on this because I swear by Colloidal Silver and have been taking it for over 10 years. I drink a glassful when I make it and whilst I don't take it daily in general, I may do if I feel that I am going down with a bug. I went through 2 years of college in the late 90s with no illness at all and was one of the only students or teaching staff that could boast that, and that was because of Colloidal Silver. You stopped taking it but don't explain why exactly. You say you "found out personally" but does that mean you personally experienced harm from taking it or just read about it in the anti Colloidal Silver propaganda? Did it harm you? I don't personally know of anyone it has harmed. Of course, I have seen the video of the "Blue Man" but he has explained how that happened to him and he is still taking the substance although much less than he was doing before. Out of the billions of people who have been using it for the past decade or more I haven't heard of many examples of why it shouldn't be used apart from that guy and some woman with the same condition, which is not actually harmful anyway, just unsightly!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Kind of like snake oil. I had heard of some people touting the benefits of silver, but I never gave them much credit. Thank you for this very clear and concise explanation of silver as a malevolent dietary supplement, for this you have earned both a vote-up and a useful.