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Colloidal Silver: An Alternative To Antibiotics

October 11, 2011 by  

The use of colloidal silver to battle infection was well-established long before mainstream doctors turned to antibiotics as their primary weapons against harmful microbes. In the early part of the 20th Century, colloidal silver was a crucial weapon in the medical battle against a wide range of diseases.

When research scientists first discovered antibiotics in the 1940s and doctors began to administer these pharmaceutical drugs, the new medicines were thought to be superior to treatments like colloidal silver. For the pharmaceutical companies, antibiotics, initially, seemed to be fail-safe: They wiped out life-threatening pathogens and they could be patented. That meant they produced satisfied doctors and patients while generating resounding profits for big drug companies.

Today, however, antibiotics are showing signs of having outlived their usefulness. Bacteria have learned how to fight back against the germ-killing properties of these pharmaceuticals. As a result, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now widespread. And drug companies have had a hard time coming up with new antibiotics to reliably take the place of the older, ineffective drugs.

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has spurred a resurgence of interest in antimicrobials like colloidal silver. Because colloidal silver can’t be patented and sold for huge sums like prescription drugs, deep pocketed drug companies have not performed expensive clinical trials to prove its effectiveness. At the same time, as you might expect, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the handmaiden of Big Pharma, officially disapproves of colloidal silver.

But, of course, the FDA disapproves of any inexpensive alternative to the overpriced wares offered by the pharmaceutical giants.

Ironically, Albert Searle, who founded the drug company that later evolved into Merck, performed a great deal of research on colloidal silver and its benefits against infection. As Warren Jefferson notes in the book Colloidal Silver Today, Searle wrote that colloidal silver has “…the advantage of being rapidly fatal to the parasites—both bacterial and otherwise— without any toxic action on the host.” Searle also believed it was useful for tonsillitis, conjunctivitis, impetigo, leg ulcerations, eczema, dysentery and boils.

No one is quite sure how silver kills pathogenic bacteria. It is possible that it inhibits the enzymes microbes depend on for survival. Some researchers believe that microbes naturally attract particles suspended in the colloidal silver, and the accumulation of these particles causes their death. Still other scientists hypothesize that silver interferes with bacterial reproduction, disrupts their membranes and inhibits the functions within the cells. It also may boost the body’s own immune defenses, making them more potent in destroying invading microbes.

Mark Stengler, in his book The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies, writes that he uses colloidal silver for the internal and external treatment of acute infections. He also uses it as an antifungal and antiparasitic agent, giving it to patients internally for infections of the digestive tract. Other holistic doctors, he says, use colloidal silver for the long-term treatment of Lyme disease.

Some experts have warned that overuse of protein-bound silver compounds leads to the gray skin discoloration known as argyria. However, you do not run this risk with most colloidal silver preparations, since they are available as a homeopathic treatment. These homeopathic preparations produce the same medicinal benefits without affecting skin tone.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • GRusling

    I started making colloidal silver (a misnomer since it’s not really a colloid at all) about 8 years ago for a friend who has Limes Disease. She swears it works, but the commercial version is very expensive so I make it in my Computer shop. The chemical process is not that complicated.

    My friends and family use it for virtually everything. It’s an excellent topical antibiotic which knows no peer. It can be used as a nasal spray to virtually eliminate sinus problems. 2 oz., taken orally every day will virtually eliminate any chance of a stomach virus, and food poisoning has virtually no effect on anyone taking it on a regular basis, possibly a mildly upset stomach for a short while. That’s it.

    For information sake, I never sell this product, nor to I supply it to any but close friends and family. No matter what you’re told, never take more than about 4 oz. at a time. Silver can’t tell good bacteria from bad bacteria and it’s possible to kill the GOOD bacteria in your stomach which digests your food. If that happens, you WILL go to the hospital and you won’t enjoy your stay!

    The equipment and instructions for making your own are readily available online. Considering the good it does the cost is minimal. Just pay attention to how you make it, filter it properly and use as directed. It won’t help much if you’re already sick, but if you use it routinely you just won’t get sick. You can save a small fortune in Doctor bills alone. We do…

  • OneDamnAngryAmerican

    P-L-U-S. silver is the poor man’s gold. If the feds let the people own silver, and also allow silver to be used in medications, then the price of silver will skyrocket, and the average person who own’s silver will actually make a higher return (profit) on their silver holdings. AND, if there is one thing the dem-wit feds don’t want, is for the AVERAGE AMERICAN to MAKE their own money!

    Don’t believe me?

    Why can’t the average American purchase tobacco seeds so they can grow and smoke their own cigarettes? What substance used to be the highest cash crop in the USA? Tobacco! What did our forefathers use for “money” before they started importing “silver” coins from Spain and other countries, for use as coinage in the colonies? Tobacco!

    In Oklahoma, they used to have an oil derrick in front of their state house. This oil rig, and others, owned by Oklahoma, paid for ALL TAXES within the state. There was no state income tax.

    Also, back then, little old ladies who lived in “trailers” all had oil derricks (they were called “stripper wells” and they looked like mechanical “bugs,” you’ve seen them) in their back yards. Each of them made about $400 A DAY (back in the 50′s and 60′s)! The dem-wit feds then capped all oil wells that were not owned by Wall Street corps! (They could be more easily identified and taxed!)

    Oh, here’s another one for you. This current king and his band of HORS (every member of the House of Representatives), have received more campaign funds from BP, then any other elected official IN AMERICAN HISTORY has done, from ANY oil company! And, look what they did to them (BP), when they had a problem. They jammed a 2X4 up their butts, and broke it off! So much for having friends and so much for giving any red cent to an elected official, of any per(vert)suasian!

    Now you know why the feds don’t like people with money and why the rich are the bad guys. (There are also rumors that both gold and silver prices are have/been/being manipulated by the feds, and the Chicago Mercantile Excahnge. In March, silver took a nose dive and lost 30% of its value. Ron Emanuel is the Mayor of Chicago, now! Remember who he was? barry’s shoe licker!) The dems only want you to get your money from one source, THEM!

    If they control your income, then they control your vote!

    Wake up, COMRADES! Facsizm is already knocking on our doors; and, YOU ARE LETTING IT IN!

    By the way, the Wall Street Movement “is” an arm of the dem-wit party! Believe what you want. What you have been indoctrinated in your “history” classes is something I have lived through!

    In other words, your history is “my” current events!


    • Markyd

      To OneDamnAngryAmerican – I say think like a human – not like a capitalist. Then again, Think about you most loved one. The person that you love more than anyone else in the world. Now think if you could not afford to pay the medical fees, and medicine. Would you really give a damn about the trading price of silver?

      Colloidal Silver in 100′s, and in some cases 1000′s of times cheaper and more effective than over the counter drugs. Do your homework and see how much high-grade antibiotic you can buy for $100. Then see how much colloidal silver you can make at the same cost. You’ll save $1000′s every year. Now think about the poor person & be a bit more self-less. you’ll be a better person for it.

      @.Roebin and Ode – Thank you!

      God Bless & God Speed

  • .Roebin

    GRusling says .. “it won’t help much if you are already sick…” That could hardly be further from the truth – what little we know about the action of the silver colloids and ions is that it affects the pathogen itself – something akin to suffocation. Trillions of colloids and ions are loosed into the system with each dose, (probably best to try to absorb it through the tissues of the mouth, nose and throat ‘though – may be neutralized by digestive juices), and by some accounts, a colloid or ion having destroyed a pathogen, is still available to destroy others.
    I’m sure that in most cases, it is only when someone is demonstrably in need of help that they will resort to colloidal silver, at which point they are more than likely to sick with it. I never saw anyone start using it for no other reason than they “thought it would be a good idea at the time..!”

  • .Roebin

    Sorry – there’s a Freudian slip for you – should read “stick” with it, not “sick” with it..!!!

  • mike swann

    How do or where do you obtain the receipt? Does GNC or the like carry it? Thanks.

  • Marten

    Engstrom colloidal zinc is even better

  • Max

    … and a little silver intake will turn you a lovely shade of grey or even blue!

    • s c

      Max, that’s not true. It depends on the quality and the size of the silver particles. I don’t know where you get your silver, but there’s a new ‘generation’ of silver products on the market. They’re safe (taken as directed), and they won’t turn you blue or whatever other color may be par with lesser quality silver.

  • Ode Coyote

    The normal silver elimination rate is 98% in 48 hours. At 20 PPM and under it would take over 100 years to accumulate enough silver to turn you blue even if you substituted silver water for drinking water.
    In over 30 years of thousands and thousands of people making colloidal silver, using it without any guidelines and having NO idea how strong they made it, only around 5 have turned blue and that, most likely because their elimination systems aren’t “normal”
    Both colloidal copper and zinc also kills germs, but as micro nutrients they can also be quite toxic if over done. Silver has no such biological niche.
    Ode [the SilverPuppy guy on the back cover of "Colloidal Silver Today"]
    For more info: [much of it used by Warren Jefferson as a source]

  • .Roebin

    FYI – about three weeks back, a painful nagging infection developed in my right upper jaw. By holding about a tablespoon full of 10 p.p.m C.S. in my mouth for two or three minutes on an hourly basis, as far as that was possible, I cleared the infection. Sadly, a couple of days ago, I got another savage attack on the other side, an hour or two before retiring. I followed the same routine, with no chance of sleeping, I kept it up until the early hours, by which time all the pain had vanished, and I was able to get a few short hours sleep. There has been NO recurrence.
    How did I get into C.S.? – About six year ago my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Hep C from an un-screened blood transfusion (Russian) – and I searched the net for a solution. I persuaded her to try it for a month prior to staring a 12 month course of weekly interferon injections at $200 a shot, and her viral load, in that one month, when the results were eventually available, had halved. There is no doubt in my mind that had she persevered with the CS, the local health dept. would have been saved a great deal of money..!
    For my part, although I went down with ‘flu’ two or three times every single winter of my life, in the last six years, touch wood, not a single day lost.

  • .Roebin

    Max what ludicrous scare-mongering..! In the hundreds, if not thousands of years that the therapeutic value of silver has been know to man, you can count on one hand the number cases of people turning blue – and keep in mind that before the use of electricity, it was prepared by grinding it up in a pestle and mortar. The resultant strength of the ingested silver would have been hundreds OF thousands of times greater than the current protocol. O.K., there was the “Blue Man” – but he demonstrated on the CNN video that he was generating the CS by simply immersing two silver rods in water, probably not distilled, which would have resulted in vastly accelerated electrolitic action, for 15 years, about a liter a day of who knows what strength, instead of just 3 spoon fulls. To crown it, he said he wasn’t about to quit, just cut down..!

    • Max

      not scare-mongering. just be educated. know your risks and don’t believe every claim of benefits. as I noted, it probably won’t kill you, but it may not actually help you either. The grey or blue color is but a small side benefit, if you like those colors…

  • .Roebin

    Mike Swann – Colloidal Silver’s therapeutic value was reputedly discovered by a Russian monk (hats off to him) who realized that water kept in a silver vessel for a considerable period of time acquired healing properties. The practice developed of immersing silver crosses in what was probably very pure rain water, (no acid rain in those days), the Church was able to capitalize on the discovery. To-day, two pure silver rods pushed through cardboard about an inch apart and suspended in glass of distilled water with a small 9 volt battery coupled to the two ends of the rods protruding above the cardboard, one negative, and one positive, for about half an hour, or until the water begins to visibly discolor, and the taste is just faintly metalic, and you will have Colloidal Silver that is infinitely better than nothing. One spoonfull, three times a day, held in the mouth for a minute or two, or longer if you can manage – and you’ll never look back..! Get a Hanna TDS meter if you are serious about looking after yourself and your family, and measure the distilled water before, (try to find it under 10 ppm if possible, and then after so you know that you have about 10 ppm silver in addition to whatever was in the water before you started. Any hobby store will have the little clip that goes on top of the 9 volt battery with wee bull-dog clamps to attach to the silver wire. Don’t allow any other metal in the water, and use only 99.99% pure silver rods.

  • http://gunner689 gunner689

    I have Hep C aquired from a battle field blood transfusion in 1968. Pror to 1994 blood was not tested for this pathogen so many wounded veterans were contaminated in that way. VA stats show that 63 % of wounded vets were contaminated. I would like to try CS, as the other interferon treatments didn’t work. My concern is the potential damage it may cause to my already damaged liver. Is that concern realistic?

  • Bob Livingston

    Dear gunner689,

    I would suggest you find a naturopathic/holistic/alternative medicine doctor who can better advise you. You can locate one near you here:

    Best wishes,

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      Thanks Bob, appreciate the info. I’m due to start my third and final interferon treatment in Nov. after that it’s on to the liver transplant list for me.

  • FreedomFighter

    Nurse wife reccommended, and this woman is around some the most dangerous infections, virus and bacteria known to mankind.

    Wash your hands boys stuff out there that will eat you alivem many of the professionals we have spoken with, think we Americans are under low level bio attack, the bugs just are not natural.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      she knows Eddie and Karolyn ? Please tell me she doesn’t work around those germs in the White House ?

      • FreedomFighter

        No WhiteHouse involved.

        God Bless gunner.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

  • TOM H

    A company called Pure Bioscience has a product. That has been shown to kill almost every thing nasty. Including Mrsa, E Coli, H1N1 etc. They have over 26 Noxious bugs and viruses listed on their label. Clorox kills three bugs this product kills over twenty. It also has a twenty four hour lasting effect. The main ingredient is Silver. They have discovered a way to keep silver particles suspended in a liquid. The FDA allows them to State they kill all of these bugs. First time in 30 years a product has been given the green light by the FDA to list these bugs as killed by this product.

  • TOM H

    One other factoid about PURE it is NONE toxic.

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      I’ll look into it. Any statements on how it affects the liver ?

  • Dr. BBM

    CS is ok, but it kills all bacteria, including the good your gut needs, and does not kill viruses.
    MMS kills all pathogens with a oxydation potential below 9.2 and nothing above that. All good things in your body are above 11.1 so it can not harm anything in you that should be there, only pathogens and it does that quickly. It does cure Hep-C and many other things considered incurable, cancers, diabetes, malaria, etc.


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