Colloidal Silver - A Necessity For Good and Bad Times
Reprinted with permission from: Preparedness Journal
You have food reserves to get you through an emergency. Some
water. Probably some gold or silver. Maybe some defense weapons. But medical help will
probably be no more available than food, and under these conditions, disease and
infections will probably be rampant. Ordinary first aid supplies are obviously not enough.
But there is good news and its called "colloidal
silver". From the time man first learned to work with silver he has known that it
prevented the spread of disease. Thus the wealthy people had silver drinking cups, silver
tableware and utensils. Even those who could have had gold, which does not tarnish,
usually chose silver because it promoted health. In the days before refrigeration, farmers
tossed a silver coin in a bucket of milk to preserve it. Chemists put a silver dime in
their petri dish to sterilize it. For hundreds of years it was common practice to place a
silver wire in an infected wound that refused to heal.
Eventually man learned to make silver nitrate and use it in
wounds and drink it as an antibiotic. But silver nitrate is caustic and burns tissues much
like iodine. Also, heavy use of silver nitrate accumulated in the skin turning it dark, a
condition which became known as Argyria. Still, it was an effective treatment of disease
and that was more important than Argyria
Almost every state in the union passed a law requiring every
licensed doctor attending the birth of a baby to treat the babies eyes with silver
nitrate. This eliminated blindness due to venereal disease which had been fairly common.
Unfortunately, minor damage to the eyes from the silver nitrate is very common and
blindness from too strong a dose of silver nitrate does happen.
In the early 1900's research proved silver to be effective
against hundreds of pathogens of widely different kinds. Other silver compounds were used,
which were not caustic and did flat cause argyria. Then it was found that smaller
particles of silver could be produced by precipitating it out of chemical compounds of
silver. These were more effective due to the fact that there were hundreds of times as
many particles of silver from a given amount of silver.
Eventually it was learned that silver could be reduced down
to its atomic size with a positive electrical charge by using an arc under water. This is
called "Breddigs Process." This now produced thousands of particles for
each one that was produced by the best grinding. It also added a positive charge which
increased its effectiveness noticeably more. Furthermore, no detrimental side effects have
ever been shown. It did not cause argyria, even in prolonged large dosages. It was not
caustic and instead promoted healing in general. No allergic reactions were ever reported.
It was highly effective for most infections of every kind. This is known as
"colloidal silver." It could be produced inexpensively, but brought a good price
from those who needed it and did not know how to produce it. The word "silver"
immediately brings the thought of "very expensive" to peoples minds.
But it did not keep well in warehouses and on drug store
shelves because of its affinity for oxygen and its positive electrical charge which
dissipated with age and the electrical charge proved to noticeably increase its
effectiveness for most uses. Although pure colloidal silver is as clear as water, in the
presence of oxygen it turns yellow and finally dark brown. Add a little light and it
quickly turns black.
Then came penicillin and sulfa, which could be patented and
were therefore well worth advertising. These were soon followed by continuous new
antibiotics from the pharmaceutical companies. Each one is considered effective against
certain pathogens, usually no more than half a dozen. Unlike silver, almost none of the
antibiotics is effective against virus, yeasts or parasites.
The chemical antibiotics do keep well and they are usually as
effective after long storage as when first produced. This, plus the fact that they could
be patented, while silver could not, and therefore the producers could afford to promote
them heavily, have been major factors in the general adoption of the antibiotics.
However, the antibiotics soon proved to have various side
effects of varying degrees of danger. Some of the side effects are almost always
experienced, while most only appear occasionally. But some of those occasional side
effects are as serious as death. There are thousands of patients a year who die of an
allergic reaction to penicillin, generally considered to be among the safest and most
proven antibiotic. A frightening thing about this is that many of those deaths are to
patients who have taken penicillin many times in their life and were not aware of any
Soon after the new antibiotics were introduced it was found
that certain bacteria they were effective against developed an immunity to the antibiotic.
Some developed an immunity very quickly, while others did so very slowly. Today many of
the diseases that were thought to be easily treated by antibiotics are no longer
treatable, even by new antibiotics. The researchers are running out of new replacements,
leaving those diseases untreatable.
These problems now have the whole medical profession
concerned, some to the point of panic. The March 28, 1994 issue of Newsweek featured a six
page article, "Antibiotics, The End of Miracle Drugs?". The rise of drug
resistant germs is unparalleled in recorded history", according to Newsweek.
"Penicillin and tetracycline lost their power over staph back in the 1950s and
6Os. Another antibiotic, methicillin, provided a backup for awhile, but
methicillin-resistant staph is now common in hospitals and nursing homes worldwide...
trying to cripple bacterias defenses...will not do more than buy us five to ten
years. . . A better strategy might be to abandon antibiotics altogether in favor of
different kinds of drugs." How about abandoning drugs altogether in favor of the
natural silver? (Some silver colloid is found in some foods naturally)
The September, 1995 issue of Time magazine featured an
article titled "Revenge of the Killer Microbes". "Faced with AIDS, and with
an ever increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, doctors were forced to admit
the medical profession was actually retreating in the battle against germs. The question
ceased to be, when will infectious diseases be wiped out? And became, where will the next
deadly new plague appear? . . . Humanity once had the hubris to think it could control or
even conquer all these microbes. But anyone who reads today's headlines knows how vain
that hope turned out to be. New scourges are emerging-AIDS is not the only one. . . older
diseases like tuberculosis are rapidly evolving into forms that are resistant to
antibiotics, . . . In 1992, 13,300 hospital patients died of infections that resisted
every drug doctors tried." (Some of these patients caught the infections in the
But Science Digest was way ahead of Newsweek and Time, in an
article in March 1978; "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter". Science Digest already saw
the problem and had the solution! In this article, Jim Powell stated: "Thanks to eye
opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills
perhaps half a dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant
strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is virtually nontoxic."
The article further relates how Dr. Carl Moyer, Chairman of
Washington State universitys Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop
better treatments for serious burns. Dr. Harry Margraf was Dr. Moyer's chief biochemist on
this project. With their staff of medical researchers they tested 22 antiseptic compounds
and rejected them all. The problem was that infections in burns often tailed to respond to
antibiotics. Most antiseptics have a very caustic nature, actually destroying the delicate
new tissues and are very painful. The greatest problem was the bacterium Pseudomonas
acruginose which is particularly infectious to burns and does not respond to any
antibiotic or antiseptic.
It was found that silver had been used effectively for
hundreds of years in one form or another to treat infection and unlike the newer
antibiotics, silver had well proven itself to be totally non-toxic at all concentrations.
In all the hundreds of years of use, no pathogen has ever developed an immunity to silver.
They tried silver nitrate which is used in babies' eyes. It
proved to be corrosive and painful. It also stained everything badly and upset the bodies
balance of body salts. Other compounds of silver were tried. Finally colloidal silver was
proven to be the most effective, to have no side effects and the burns healed relatively
fast with it. They then developed a salve from colloidal silver known as
"Sulfadiazine", marketed under the brand name "Flamazine. Since then it has
been the standard medication for burns. It has been proven to heal burns considerably
faster and to greatly reduce scarring.
Another entirely unrelated line of research that guided the
new thinking concerning the treatment of infections and especially wounds was published by
research scientist, Dr. Robert O. Becker in his classic book "The Body
Electric". Dr. Becker was researching ways to heal difficult broken bones, and
especially the possibilities of growing whole new limbs to replace arms and legs too badly
injured to save. While experimenting with the use of very small currents to stimulate
growth, he found that silver electrodes were much more effective that any other metal and
some of his experiments only worked with the silver. After considerable success in
stimulating bone growth in animal experiments, Dr. Becker tried his new methods on a human
patient, one who had no other choice but the amputation of his leg.
The mans' broken right tibia and fibula both refused to heal
and there was a huge open wound with five kinds of infection after a year and a half of
efforts by his doctors. Antibiotics were of no help. Dr. Becker states:
. . . I debrided the wound, removing the dead tissue and all
grossly infected or dead bone. There wasn't much left afterward. It was an enormous
excavation running almost from his knee to his ankle. In the operating room we soaked a
big piece of silver nylon in saline solution and laid it over the wound. . . wrapped the
leg, and connected the battery unit." About a week and a half later, Dr. Becker tells
us: ". . . all of our bacterial cultures were sterile-all five kinds had been
killed." The battery attached to the silver nylon produced colloidal silver, as Dr.
Becker later explained. The colloidal silver quickly killed off all five kinds of bacteria
the antibiotics had failed to kill in a year and a half.
Dr. Becker continues: "The soft healing tissue, called
granulation tissue, was spreading out and covering the bone. In two weeks, the whole base
of the wound, which had been over eight square inches of raw bone, was covered by this
friendly pink carpet. The skin was beginning to grow in too, so we could forget about the
grafts we thought we'd need to do.
"I decided to take an X-ray to see how much bone
hed lost." (he had expected the bone to start withdrawing before it started
re-growing). "I could hardly believe the picture. There was clearly some bone growth!
. . . I removed the cast, felt the leg, and found that the pieces were all stuck together.
John watched, and when I was done he lifted his leg into the air triumphantly."
Dr. Becker states on pg. 167; "of course, the
germ-killing action of silver had been known for some time. . . the Soviets use silver
ions (colloidal silver, editors note) to sterilize water aboard their space station . . .
it kills even antibiotic-resistant strains, and also works on fungus infections."
These two developments suddenly started researchers all over
the world looking at silver in a new light. UCLA ran tests on colloidal silver and
reported: "The silver solutions were antibacterial for concentrations of 10 to the
5th power of organisms per ml of streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Neisseria
gonorrhea, Gardnerella vaginalis, Salmonella typhi, and other enteric pathogens, and
fungacidal for candida albacans, Candida globata, and M furfur."
Alfred Sean of Searl pharmaceuticals stated; Applying
colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with
astonishing results. For internal administration, orally or hypodermically it has the
advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without the toxic action on its host."
Then there are the actual results of many users of colloidal
silver, perhaps not scientifically established, but authenticated by personal experience.
For instance, Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinsky Institute, Sweden has been using
silver in his cancer treatments for many years. He says this brings rapid remission in
patients given up by other doctors. How do we explain this? Some scientists speculate that
cancer is caused by a virus, but no substantial evidence of this has been established,
except in cats. Does silver cure cancer by attacking the virus that causes cancer?
Probably not. Rather, it's curative qualities seem closer related to it strange ability to
heal injured tissues without scarring. Cancer researcher Gary Smith says he has noticed a
correlation between low silver levels and sickness. He found people who have low silver
levels to be frequently sick and to have frequent colds, flu, fevers and other illnesses.
He states. "Success (in cancer treatment) depends on silver in the person's body when
silver is present, the cancer cells dedifferentiate and the body is restored. When silver
levels are. . . non-existent, the cancer growth rate. . . continues. . . because the cells
cannot dedifferentiate. . . . I suspect a silver deficiency is possibly one of the reasons
cancer exists and is increasing at such a rapid rate."
A full list of the results of such experiments in some of the
best medical laboratories in the world are too extensive to list here.
After extensive experiments with re-growth of body parts and
the healing of bone, Dr. Becker was led into other experiments with colloidal silver.
Among his experiments were the effects of silver on cancer. On pg. 178 of the Body
Electric, Dr. Becker states ". . . silver, which when negative had no effect on, and
when positive suspended, mitosis of cancer cells in our lab." It is the positive
silver ion which we call colloidal silver (Ag+1). The colloidal silver stopped the cancer
growth. Other metals did not. Dr. Becker was unable to obtain the funds to continue his
promising cancer research. However, he did draw a personal opinion that the effective
quality of colloidal silver in both the stimulation of bone, muscle and skin growth, was
its ability to cause cells to dedifferentiate when needed, just as Dr. Gary Smith
All of this makes colloidal silver perfect for survival
conditions. It has such a broad spectrum of effectiveness (practically all bacteria,
virus, yeasts, molds, parasites) and at the same time has a miraculous healing quality.
Most people taking it orally say they feel better and notice more energy. It even prevents
plaque from forming on teeth. Therefore, an exact diagnosis is not required as with
antibiotics. If the mouth is rinsed with one ounce daily and then swallowed, the plaque is
stopped, gingivitis is soon healed, the breath is sweet, colds and flues are gone, candida
is soon cleared up, yeast infections of the blood disappear, the immune system is
restored! Internal surgeries heal much faster and with much less scarring!
But some of the best news is that now we have learned that
colloidal silver can be produced very easily and very inexpensively electrically. The
definition of "colloidal silver" is "one atom of silver with a positive
electrical charge" and it is written Ag+l. With a modern, low cost colloidal silver
generator, all that is required to produce the finest colloidal silver of known quality,
concentration and freshness is to fill a bottle with distilled water, press a button, wait
about half an hour until the generator signals it is done. It is then ready when you are.
Colloidal silver can be used orally, topically, by enema,
douche, or by a doctor intravenously. The exact dosage is not critical because it is
non-toxic at virtually all levels. However, common practice is to start orally with about
one ounce a day at 20 parts per million as a maintenance dosage. When treating a chronic
internal condition, that dosage could be doubled each day until a dosage of four ounces in
the morning and four ounces in the evening at 20 parts per million is reached. Always
watch for a rash breaking out on the skin when first taking colloidal silver. This is not
an allergic reaction or a side effect in the common sense. It is usually caused by killing
off yeast in the blood or intestines so fast that the body cannot properly dispose of
them. It is a healthy sign but may be very uncomfortable due to itching. Furthermore, you
do not want to overload the body's cleansing abilities. Therefore it is best to reduce the
intake of colloidal silver when this occurs. when the rash disappears, as it normally does
in a day or so, gradually increase it.
Colloidal silver is especially valuable in case of disaster
as well as whenever camping or traveling because the water often cannot be trusted. One
ounce of colloidal silver at 20 parts per million in one quart of water assures the safety
of the water for drinking. It is the finest disinfectant known, being totally non-toxic
and non allergenic as well an non-caustic. Used on the scalp, it stops most cases of
itching. It is great for the hands and face and reduces skin wrinkling over a period of
time. It heals warts (virus), athletes foot, and nail fungus. It effectively treats many
skin rashes although some rashes get worse before getting better.
Colloidal silver is rapidly being adopted into several areas
of agriculture. In a news release from Orem Utah, we read: "Mastitis has been curable
for quite some time using antibiotics. The only problem was that during the cure, the cows
often went off feed, sometimes suffering from a high fever, and their milk had to be
thrown away. Not long ago, some dairy farmers in Wisconsin tried a new product (colloidal
silver) that has had some astonishing results. Not only do the cows not go off feed when
administered this product, their udders don't swell and they don't get high the fevers
usually associated with mastitis. And the best part is that the milk doesn't have to be
thrown away during treatment as with antibiotics."
In fact, when the dairymen found out what colloidal silver
could do without any side effects a large segment of the dairy industry soon began wading
the cows through pools of colloidal silver to and from each milking to cure the serious
problem of hoof wart, changing the water daily and then began putting colloidal silver
into all the drinking water. One dairyman called me wanting equipment to produce 33,000
gallons of colloidal silver a day! Farmers take better care of their livestock than they
do their families.
Treating the soil around young plant roots makes them grow
more vigorously and healthier. Spraying leaf fungus with colloidal silver is highly
effective and very economical. Furthermore it does not leave any toxic residue on the
plant or fruit and its effects are more lasting than most sprays.
Colloidal silver can be purchased from most health food
stores for about $4 an ounce and for less by mail order However, much of what is sold for
colloidal silver is actually mostly silver chloride. While silver chloride has
anti-bacterial qualities, why not have the real thing? In case of crisis you will not be
able to buy colloidal silver. Besides that, you can make your own for little more than the
price of the water and you can make a better quality than you can buy and know it is
fresh. You will also know the quality is good.
To make colloidal silver just put distilled water in the
generator if distilled water is available. Different brands of generators are slightly
different to use, but the main difference is the time it takes to produce a certain
concentration. With battery operated generators follow the directions with the generator
for time of treatment. It does not take long, so don't forget it. With an electronic
generator just add the water, plug into the wall socket, set the concentration you want on
the dial and press the start button, then forget it. When the run light goes out its ready
and you can remove the finished silver when you are ready.
When buying a generator, check to see how much silver is in
the electrodes; do the electrodes have to be carefully adjusted each time or are they
built in place? Do you have to clamp the electrodes on with alligator clips or are the
electrodes built in so as to take care of these problems? And if it is battery operated,
check to see if the batteries are economical and widely available. Some use miniature high
voltage batteries that do not last and are hard to find. Does the generator work without
salt and without very careful adjustment? If it requires salt of tap water it will produce
mostly silver chloride instead of colloidal silver. Generators that produce mostly silver
chloride run very clean and very fast, but you really want colloidal silver, not silver
chloride. A carefully designed generator will produce genuine colloidal silver clean up to
about 80 parts per million before noticeable silver oxides begins to form. Should silver
oxides (black deposits) form heavily in your generator the black will stick to the bottle
and separate out easily. The black oxide can be easily wiped out when it is still wet. If
it dries, wipe it out with some baking soda on a wet towel.
In selecting the right generator for you, several things
should be considered. Are you primarily concerned with a generator that will be available
when there is no electricity available, severe emergency conditions? If so you will want a
battery powered generator. The standard 9 volt alkaline batteries are best as they last a
long time and are easily obtained at a low price. The generator uses so little power that
the life of the batteries is almost like setting on the shelf. However, it is wise to have
some batteries other that those in the generator as a back up in time of emergency. If you
are looking for a generator for dependable consistency of operation very easy operation
and a known concentration of product, an electronic generator is the answer and is
preferable for everyday use.
In treating contaminated water, you can make colloidal silver
of satisfactory quality from the contaminated water. This colloidal silver can then be
used to treat more contaminated water by using one ounce of the colloidal silver at 20
parts per million in a quart of water. This is dependably safe for all purposes. Don't go
camping or to foreign countries without your colloidal silver.
If you don't have colloidal silver ready, YOU AREN'T