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What the experts say about colloidal silver and other silver-based antimicrobials...

[While the FDA uses their legal prerogative to assert that colloidal silver has not been found safe or effective for use as a natural infection-fighting agent, it has indeed nevertheless widely been used as such since the early 1900's.

Here is a cross-section of quotations from a variety of sources regarding the use of colloidal silver in health and medicine. Some of these sources are of recent date, and others date all of the way back to the 1800's when the use of colloidal silver in health and medicine first began in earnest.

Please note that in no way, shape or form should these quotations be construed to be an endorsement of the use of colloidal silver for purposes not approved by the FDA. Nor should they be construed as "prescriptive" in nature. They are for informational and research purposes only.

In some cases, the uses of colloidal silver described in these quotations, or the methods of use described, could be harmful rather than helpful. Never self-treat. Always use colloidal silver under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care practitioner.]

"Silver ions are bactericidal, antifungal, protozoicidal, and active against herpes simplex virus."

-- Russell, A.D., et al. 1994. Antimicrobial activity and action of silver. Progress in Medicinal Chemistry, 31, 351-370.
"Colloidal silver just might be the next germ-fighting wonder drug. And not just for the serious threats making headlines: It's also effective against bacterial infections like strep throat, viruses like the flu, and fungal infections like Candida. No matter how much a germ mutates, it can't change enough to escape the damaging effects of colloidal silver. And in the process, the silver doesn't harm human tissue or kill off the good bacteria in the intestine the way antibiotics and other medications do."

-- Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD
"Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is re-emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic."

-- Science Digest, "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter" by Jim Powell, March 1978
"Colloidal silver appears to be safe for children and pregnant and nursing women. It is tasteless, odorless, contains no free radicals, is harmless to human enzymes and has no adverse reactions with medications. Taken internally, it may improve digestion, help prevent colds, flu and all organism-caused diseases. It can be used as a douche, atomized, nebulized or inhaled. Applied externally, it has been shown to help with things such as skin abrasions and burns (including sun burn). It can also be dropped into the eyes and ears to help the body overcome infection."

-- Kurt Grange, Ph.D., N.D., Nutritional Biophysiologist, author, lecturer
"Colloidal silver has a long history in medicine as a natural antibiotic. It is very effective in killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and the cancer microbe. No serious side effects from overdosing have been reported."

-- The Natural Way to Heal by Walter Last, pg 161
"Dr. Marchial-Vega has had considerable clinical experience with a colloidal silver preparation that contains between 20 and 25 parts of silver per million parts of water. This preparation has proven effective in patients with HIV in quickly resolving pneumonias due to pneumocystis, streptococcal, staphylococcal, klebsiella and fungal infections. In the hospital, the therapy is administered by a special nebulizer as well as orally."

-- Physicians Guide To Natural Health Products That Work by James Howenstine MD, pg 262
"Silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. Rather than in a chemical compound, the silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a much more concentrated form, with correspondingly better results. All virus, fungus, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms are killed in three or four minutes upon contact. There are no side effects whatsoever from the highest concentrations."

-- Dr. Henry Crooks, quoted from Use of Colloids in Health and Disease
"Several years ago we conducted some rather extensive evaluations of various protocols promising effective results against various pathogenic agents which cause 'food poisoning'. The one protocol, effective against ALL agents evaluated, was colloidal silver. A 5 ppm solution proved effective against all pathogens tested; yielding complete control within 6 to 8 minutes.....regardless of concentration of the pathogenic agent. Among the many agents tested were botulinum, campyobacter, salmonella and listeria (bacterial agents); and norwalk-like viruses and hepatitus A (viral agents). Although we did not conduct researches involving the marine form of vibrio vulnificus, generally regarded as the most toxic of food poisons, a facility associated with us---did. Their results paralleled those of ours....on the pathogens we evaluated."

-- Brooks Bradley, Harbone Research Foundation
"Silver, in the form of a metal or as dissolved ions, fights microorganisms by interfering with processes such as how they breathe and reproduce. Tests show that silver ions kill microorganisms ranging from harmful strains of e. coli that cause food-borne diseases to the staphylococcus bacteria responsible for serious infections.

The metal becomes more active against microbes when it's made into small particles because they can cover more surface area when they come into direct contact with bacteria, says Andrew Maynard, a physicist and chief scientific adviser to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington."

-- Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2006, The War Against Germs Has a Silver Lining
"Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results...it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin."

-- The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease (1919), by Alfred Searle
"Scientists have discovered that the body's most important fluids are colloidal in nature: suspended ultra-fine particles. Blood, for example, carries nutrition and oxygen to the body cells.

This led to studies with colloidal silver (electrical silver atoms). An electro-colloidal process, which is known to be the best method, is used for manufacturing the colloidal silver.

Colloidal silver appears to be a powerful, natural antibiotic and preventative against infections. Acting as a catalyst, it reportedly disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for their oxygen metabolism.

They suffocate without corresponding harm occurring to human enzymes or parts of the human body chemistry. The result is the destruction of disease-causing organisms in the body and in the food."

-- Nanotechnology in Medicine and Antibacterial Effect of Silver Nanoparticles, Department of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, published in the Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures Vol. 3, No.3, September 2008, p. 115-122
"From 1900 to the beginning of the modern antibiotic era - circa 1940 with the introduction of sulfa drugs - Silver was one of the mainstays of medical practice in Europe and America. Various forms of Silver were used to treat literally hundreds of ailments: lung infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and pleurisy; sexual diseases such as gonorrhea and syphillis; skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, leg ulcers, pustular eczema, impetigo and boils; acute meningitis and epidemic cerebro-spinal meningitis; infectious diseases such as Mediterranean fever, erysipelas, cystitis, typhus, typhoid fever, and tonsilitis; eye disorders such as dacryocystitis, corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis and blepharitis; and various forms of septicemia, including puerperal fever, peritonitis and post-abortion septicemia. (This list does not even begin to exhaust the published medical uses for Silver in Europe and America, 1900-1940)."

-- International Anti-Aging Bulletin, April 1999, by James South, MA
"Like werewolves and vampires, bacteria have a weakness: silver.
The precious metal has been used to fight infection for thousands of years — Hippocrates first described its antimicrobial properties in 400 bc — but how it works has been a mystery.

Now, a team led by James Collins, a biomedical engineer at Boston University in Massachusetts, has described how silver can disrupt bacteria, and shown that the ancient treatment could help to deal with the thoroughly modern scourge of antibiotic resistance.

...Collins and his team found that silver — in the form of dissolved ions — attacks bacterial cells in two main ways:

It makes the cell membrane more permeable, and it interferes with the cell's metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds.

Both mechanisms could potentially be harnessed to make today's antibiotics more effective against resistant bacteria, Collins says."

-- Scientific American, June 20, 2013, Silver Makes Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective
"Silver - both in liquid solution and as an airborne-aerosol - has been known since 1887 to be extremely toxic to anthrax spores. And it is widely reported in the medical literature on silver that various forms of silver, often at surprisingly low concentrations, routinely kills germs that are known to be antibiotic-resistant."

-- International Anti-Aging Bulletin, April 1999, by James South, MA
"Topically, it can be used to fight fungal infections of the skin or nails and to promote the healing of burns, wounds, cuts, rashes, and sunburn. It can be used on toothaches and mouth sores, as eye drops, and as a gargle to fight tooth decay and bad breath. It can also be used as sterilizer and can even be sprayed on air-conditioning filters and air ducts and vents to prevent germs from growing."

-- Prescription For Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch CNC and James F Balch MD, pg 66
"All of the organisms that we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics...In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent."

-- Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., Syracuse Medical University
"To treat ringworm, use a sterile pad and apply colloidal silver to the affected area. Hands and feet can also be soaked in this solution, a natural antibiotic that destroys some 650 different microorganisms."

-- Prescription For Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch CNC and James F Balch MD, pg 388
"Colloidal silver. Dose: Internally-60 to 120 drops three to four times daily. Externally, applied to a wound or burn-two to three times daily."

-- Herbal Medicine Healing Cancer by Donald R Yance Jr, pg 314
"Taken internally, colloidal silver can be used to fight infection. It has been shown to be effective against more that 650 disease-causing organisms, including Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria and the fungus Candida albicans."

-- Prescription For Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A Balch CNC and James F Balch MD, pg 66
"I know of no microbe that is not killed by silver in laboratory experiments in six minutes."

-- Dr. Henry Crooks, M.D. (1921)
"Silver's ability to aid the immune system has been well documented for more than 100 years. For example, in 1909, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that electrically generated silver ions increased white blood cell production. As we noted earlier in our overview of the human immune system, white blood cells are critical factors in human immunity, aiding the body in the destruction of cancer cells, viruses, bacteria, and other invaders. What's more, while white blood cells are the defenders of the human body, red blood cells carry life-giving oxygen to all tissues and organs. So silver apparently aids in both immune defense and in the support of life itself, by boosting both our body's red and white blood cells counts.

And in the 1980's researchers Berger, Marino and Spadaro confirmed that electrically generated silver ions boost human blood cell production. These findings lead to the obvious conclusion that while low white blood cell counts open the door to serious immune system risks, and low red blood cells lead to oxygen starvation of the body's tissues and organs, electrically generated silver ions may help successfully counter these risks by stimulating both white and red blood cell production."

-- The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, Barwick, Steve, Life & Health Research Group, LLC;
"Pure Silver is entirely non-irritant. In tests at very high concentrations, it has been shown repeatedly that the rapidly exerted disinfectant action is of considerable therapeutic value."

-- Colloidal Preparations of Silver in Pharmacy, British Medical Journal, February 1923
"Sinus symptoms... You can also use 1 or 2 drops of colloidal silver in each nostril once or twice a day... Eye or ear problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, redness, blurred vision, poor eyesight, ringing in the ears, earaches, soreness or swelling of the ears, eardrum damage, hardness of hearing, and (in rare cases) loss of hearing: Use 1 drop of colloidal silver topically (directly in the eye or ear) 3 times a day."

-- The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, PhD, pg 178.
"What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver killed bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries...All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics...In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent."

-- The Body Electric, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D.
"Today, many antibiotics are losing the battle with germs. Fortunately, the best germ killer, which was discovered over 2,000 years ago, is finally getting the proper attention from medical science - natural silver. I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated colloidal silver in their home as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent."

-- Dr. Joseph Weissman, M.D. board certified immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School
"The only natural substance I know of that is effective against these microbes is colloidal silver. I tested that myself when I was with the CIA, and found it effective against both anthrax and the bubonic plague pathogen."

-- Bacteriological Warfare - A Major Threat by Larry Wayne Harris
"In contrast to medical antibiotics that can be used only against specific microbes, colloidal silver has a wide range of effectiveness, eliminating bacteria as well as viruses and fungi. Unlike medical antibiotics, colloidal silver is not known to cause undesirable side effects. Colloidal zinc can be especially effective against viruses. The colloids of copper and gold, on the other hand, are strong anti-inflammatory agents; in addition, copper and zinc can be used chelated (bound) with salicylic acid for similar benefits."

-- The Natural Way to Heal by Walter Last, pg 161
Colloidal silver is "freefrom the drawbacks of other preparations of silver, viz-pain caused and discoloration of the skin; indeed, instead of producing irritation it has a distinctly soothing effect. It rapidly subdues inflammation andpromotes healing of the lesions, it can be used with remarkable results in enlarged prostate with irritation of the bladder, in pruritis ani, and perineal eczema, and in haemorrhoids."

-- British Medical Journal (May 12, 1917), Sir Malcom Morris
"Colloidal silver has been found to be beneficial for permanently restoring the patency of the Eustachian tubes and for reducing nasopharyngeal catarrh. Colloidal silver has also been used successfully in septic conditions of the mouth (including pyorrhea alveolysis - Rigg's disease), throat (including tonsillitis and quincies), ear (including Menier's symptoms and closure to Valsalva's inflation), and iin generalized septicemia, leucorrhea, cystitis, whooping cough and shingles."

-- British Medical Journal (December 15, 1917), J. Mark Hovell
"Silver is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal anti-metabolite that disables specific enzymes that microorganisms use for respiration. Silver is such an efficient anti-bacteriacidal that our 'great grandmothers put silver dollars in fresh milk to keep it from spoiling at room temperature.'...Silver has been employed in human health care and in the search for immortality since the days of the Chinese alchemist 8,000 years ago. Many feel that silver is in fact an essential element, not because it is required for an enzyme system, but rather as a systemic disinfectant and immune system support."

-- Rare Earths, Forbidden Cures by Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND and Ma Lan, MD, MS
"This liquefied form of silver is a powerful natural antibiotic that can help knock out an acute sinus infection, says John M. Sullivan, M.D., a physician in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Buy a bottle of colloidal silver, put some full-strength into a spray bottle, and use one or two squirts into your nose twice a day until the infection has been noticeably gone for 3 days."

-- Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb, pg 553
"Ongoing studies on antibacterial properties of silver...indicate that silver is effective even against bacteria that are already antibiotic-resistant."

-- S.M. Foran, Therapeutic Properties of Silver: an Historical and Technical Review
"When chlamydia is causing infertility, colloidal silver helps to clean up the system."

-- Get Healthy Now by Gary Null, pg 715
"Colloidal silver is a powerful antibiotic. It can cure conjunctivitis, or pink eye, as well as simple eye irritation..."Now a great remedy is available for itchy eyes that works like pure magic every time. It's colloidal silver drops. Just two drops in each eye can stop itching for a week or more."

-- Proven Health Tips Encyclopedia by American Medical Publishing, pg 197
"Hundreds of thousands of doses of oral colloidal silver and thousands of doses of intravenous colloidal silver are given every month in the United States. This is usually done to treat acute and chronic infections including those associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).

The effectiveness of the use of oral and intravenous colloidal silver in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia was presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (Identifying the Causes and Exploring the Newest Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities) in October 2003. The extremely low level of colloidal silver used at 23 parts per million (ppm) has been shown to have little or no potential for toxicity while having the significant potential for clinical benefit.

-- Dr. Kent Holtorf, Holtorf Medical Group, "Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Oligodynamic Silver"
"I was told I had second-and third-degree burns on my face and third-degree burns on my hands....the very next day my mother brought me colloidal silver, with directions to use it externally and internally as frequently as possible, because it assists in growth of new tissue. She had learned from Dr. Young that silver's positive electrical charge counters the negative charge of a damaged body area, bringing it back into balance and enabling the body to regenerate and heal itself. Mom sprayed undiluted colloidal silver onto the burned areas, and I took it by drops under my tongue...My mother applied the silver many times a day. It was absorbed into my skin instantly. It felt cool and tingling and loosened the tension on my face, hands, and fingertips...After only one day of treatment with silver, it was obvious the healing was happening very rapidly. New tissue and skin grew back at an accelerated pace. The swelling of my head diminished rapidly and the breathing apparatus came off almost immediately. The plastic surgeon told me I was healing twice as fast as any burn patient he had ever seen in his long career."

-- The pH Miracle: Balance Your Body, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, PhD., pgs 137-138
"At the beginning of your health improvement efforts and several times each year, you can take a remedial course of colloidal silver for several weeks to keep down any undesirable microbes that have arisen in your body. Have a sip or tablespoonful three times daily. Preferably, store colloidal silver in a dark glass bottle in a dark and cool place."

-- The Natural Way to Heal by Walter Last, pg 162
"Many people are skeptical of claims that colloidal silver can take away pain and accelerate healing. Nevertheless, these impressive attributes are firmly grounded in medical science. Pain is caused by an interruption of the electrical current that normally flows throughout the body at 50 to 70 millivolts. At the point of injury, the current drops towards zero millivolts. This lack of electrical energy also impedes healing. Silver is a superconductor that bridges the electrical gap and restores healthy current flow. You can prove this to yourself by placing a silver coin on a burn and experiencing instant pain relief. In clinical trials at an FDA-approved laboratory, even silver-coated bandages were proven to have analgesic and regenerative properties."

-- Dr. Aundrea Adams, Ph.D, CTN
"Beginning in the 1970s, several independent researchers found that silver ions easily destroy Candida and other fungi. But it wasn't until a pilot study during the mid- 1990s that included human patients suffering from terminal AIDS that medical researchers established solid evidence showing just how quick and effective silver ions can be in the treatment of Candida as well as HIV. In this study, nine individuals who were near death were divided into two subgroups. One group suffered from HIV and a terrible Candida infection. The other group suffered from both HIV and an extreme form of malnutrition (known as Wasting Syndrome). The researchers found that in both groups the colloidal silver was capable of killing pathogens and purging the bloodstream of germ defenses in order to restore the immune system."

-- Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D.
"I have a friend who has suffered for years from chronic pneumonitis, caused by Pseudomonas. Sputum cultures were consistently positive, despite massive doses of horribly expensive antibiotics. Then colloidal silver was suggested, and taken. Sputum cultures since have been negative, and the patient's general health and vitality greatly improved. Her internist can't deny the improvement, but won't attribute it to the silver, of course! It would have occurred anyway; the silver just happened to come on the scene at the right time. Uh-huh."

-- Dr. Paul Hine, M.D. (retired ophthalmologist)
"Colloidal silver is a powerful healer, despite irrational FDA opposition to it. Silver has been used medicinally throughout the ages, with great success. And now some very promising research is being done on silver as a cancer treatment."

-- Alliance for Natural Health, ANH-USA.org, May 15, 2012
"Those of you who have joined us for an HSI Symposium in the past surely remember Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega. He is a board-certified oncologist and the director of Health Horizons Rejuvenation Clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Based on his experience treating other types of bacterial lung infections, Dr. Marcial-Vega believes he has discovered a way to prevent anthrax from developing even if you've already been exposed. He's currently talking with government health authorities about testing his hypothesis on live anthrax spores, but asked us bring this information directly to you now.

Just in his last decade of medical practice, Dr. Marcial-Vega has treated hundreds of people with a variety of viral, fungal, and bacterial pneumonias. And of all the available treatments, he has seen the greatest success with nebulizer treatments using a colloidal silver preparation. Silver has long been known for its anti-bacterial properties, and the nebulizer allows the mineral to reach the lungs and kill harmful bacteria. Now, in the face of the anthrax threat, he believes it can do the same thing with anthrax spores.

'We are constantly filtering all kinds of bacteria through our lungs,' explained Dr. Marcial-Vega. Normally, a healthy body is able to kill off any dangerous bacteria on its own. But in the case of illness, like pneumonia, or an especially lethal bacteria like anthrax, the body may need some extra help. For anthrax prevention, he recommends a daily nebulizer treatment with 4 cc's of colloidal silver. By following this protocol, Dr. Marcial-Vega says your body can likely kill off the anthrax spores before you even know you were exposed. Colloidal silver may even be useful to treat cutaneous anthrax with the preparation being directly applied to the affected skin.

Dr. Marcial-Vega says there are no concerns about using this treatment because colloidal silver has no toxicity and no side effects. He has used the colloidal silver nebulizer treatments on infants, the elderly, and AIDS patients with pneumonia and has seen great results. All have responded quickly to the treatment even when no other approach seemed to help and no one reported any adverse reactions.

Nebulizers are widely used to treat asthma, and are readily available at stores nationwide. The cost generally runs between $50 and $120 for the machine. Each member of the family should have their own mask, and both adult and pediatric sizes are available for a few dollars each. But the entire family can share the nebulizer machine and the tubing."

-- Health Sciences Institute e-alert (10/26/2001)
"In four years we've described 87 important new medical uses for silver. We're just beginning to see to what extent silver can relieve suffering."

-- Dr. Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute
"The best defense against swine flu, or any flu, is the age old remedy of colloidal silver. The metal silver in its colloidal state can be safely consumed and used in the body. Bacteria and viruses cannot develop resistance to colloidal silver. Silver disables a vital enzyme and mechanism in all bacteria and pathogens so that they cannot survive. It is good to take a few teaspoons of colloidal silver daily to maintain health. More colloidal silver should be taken if experiencing illness."

-- Babu G. Ranganathan, Pravda
"Silver has a long history as an antibiotic in human health care. Since medieval times silver has been used as a bactericidal agent that helps heal skin abrasions and burns, water purification, wound care, bone prostheses, reconstructive orthopaedic surgery, cardiac devices, catheters and surgical appliances.

Colloidal silver has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for disinfection purposes in hospitals. In natural cosmetics, colloidal silver makes a safe and nonirritating preservative with an added anti-inflammatory bonus. I do recommend colloidal silver in my book, The Green Beauty Guide, as an alternative to paraben and formaldehyde preservatives.

Colloidal silver sprays are commonly used to treat burns and throat infections. Today, colloidal silver is widely used in British hospitals, especially in intensive care where it is used in bandages to treat burns and infected wounds. As a UK-based company, we are happy to support British medical science that permits the use of this non-toxic alternative to common antibiotics."

-- Julie Gabriel, author of The Green Beauty Guide
"Silver ions stimulate the lymphatic system by cleaning out the dead cells and bringing oxygen to the healthy cells."

-- Dr. Stephen West, DL, PMD (son of Dr. C. Samuel West, DN, ND, renowned chemist and internationally recognized lymphologist)
"Many people successfully treat mycoplasmas infection by drinking large amounts of colloidal silver."

-- Dr. Nenah Sylver, Ph.D
"Mycoplasma seems to respond especially well to the colloidal silver treatments."

-- Gwen Scott, N.D., author of Natural Medicine: A Survivor's Guide
"Doxycycline and rifampin are among the medications used to treat mycoplasma, but I also have success with natural agents such as colloidal silver."

-- Nicola McFadzean, N.D., Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment (BioMed Publishing Group)
"We have found colloidal silver to be quite effective against all mycoplasma-related organisms that we have tested in vitro."

-- Brooks Bradley, Harborne Research Foundation
"Few things in life are as cut-and-dried as the fact that silver is completely safe when used within normal limits."

-- Herbert Slavin, M.D., director of the Institute of Advanced Medicine in Lauderhill, Florida
"In addition to its antibacterial properties, silver is also being studied as an antifungal agent. A study published in Mycoses in 2007 indicated that silver is effective against four fungi 'which cause major fungal infections in humans': Trichophyton rubrum, Candida albicans, Microsporum canis, and Aspergillus flavus. Silver has also been studied as an antiviral, and has been shown 'to prevent [certain viruses] from being infective.'"

-- S.M. Foran, Therapeutic Properties of Silver: an Historical and Technical Review
"Sometimes a treatment can be worse than the illness, but not in the case of Colloidal Silver. I have my patients spray or swish Colloidal Silver in their mouths from one to three times daily, depending on the severity of their condition, or, in a dose of one quarter to one teaspoon, and even up to one tablespoon, one to three times daily for situations that are more problematic. I also have them use it in small amounts daily as a preventative...

...A patient I was treating for an ear infection continued to have pain. His ear canal was severely inflamed and had the appearance of what you would think of as a burn. After taking an injection of an antibiotic, as well as using a prescription ear drop and an oral antibiotic for several days, he returned with an internal canal that was bright red and an ear that was tender to the touch. I prescribed 3 Colloidal Silver drops in his affected ear three times daily, and he returned the next day with a 75% improvement...

...Some of my teenage patients with facial skin infections seem to do well with a spray on the skin and into the mouth once or twice daily. Sometimes higher amounts are needed. This certainly beats taking antibiotics for years and years to prevent these skin conditions...It's interesting how many of my patients improve with the use of Colloidal Silver. It enhances the immune system where other antibiotics cause yeast overgrowth...

...Another patient has had persistent yeast infections. Having had no success with both prescription and non-prescription treatments, she called me, at her wit's end. I suggested that she try a douche of two teaspoons of Colloidal Silver in a quart of water. Three days later she was evaluated in my office. The symptoms of her yeast infection had vanished, and there was no visible sign of infection."

-- Dr. Ron Surowitz, head of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
"...it cannot be contested that silver is a potent germicide. Scientists have proven that colloidal silver destroys virtually all bacteria, viruses, and most other single-celled pathogens within minutes. An article from a 2006 issue of the American Journal of Nursing states:

'Silver is a broad-spectrum agent effective against a large number of Gram-positive and Gram-negative microorganisms, many aerobes [living in the presence of oxygen] and anaerobes [living in the absence of oxygen], and several antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.'"

-- Nenah Sylver, PhD, The Rife Handbook – Chapter 3 excerpt, "Colloidal Silver"
"In medical treatment, Colloidal Silver has been used for the eyes, nose, throat, skin, and everything in-between. It has been proven to promote rapid healing, with less scar tissue. Colloidal Silver solutions have been administered orally, topically, vaginally, rectally, intravenously, intramuscularly, as a gargle, as well as eye and ear drops. It can be atomized or inhaled into the nose or lungs, therefore, safely used in a vaporizer or humidifier for respiratory infections...Some therapists, such as Dr. Becker, use direct application of electrically charged silver rods (his "silver wands") to the skin, using the bodily fluids as the solution medium. The most widely accepted applications of Colloidal Silver are to ingest it or apply it directly to the skin. KEY APPLICATIONS: Infection, Immune Support, Wound Healing."

-- The Wonders of Colloidal Silver, by Dyhana L. Coburn and Patrick D. Dignan
"While analyzing hair samples and questioning the parties involved, I noticed the correlation between low silver levels and sickness. People who showed low silver levels in their hair analysis were frequently sick. They seemed to have innumerable colds, flu, fevers, and various other sickness. I believe that a silver deficiency may be the key to the improper function of the immune system."

-- Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., author, The Body Electric
"...metallic silver in colloidal suspension...yield silver ions in such a quantity as to have a detrimental effect on microorganisms but slowly enough not to be irritating to the tissues. The Colloidal Silver particles provide a continuous source of these ions, yet the particles are not absorbed by the body tissue taken en masse in true solution by the body fluids; consequently, Colloidal Silver can be applied directly to delicate mucous membranes, such as those in the eye, with no irritation and with beneficial results...The colloidal particles diffuse gradually throughout the blood and give prolonged therapeutic action."

-- Robert J. Hartman, in his book, Colloid Chemistry
"We have had instant success with Colloidal Silver and immune compromised patients. A few examples are: Pink Eye (topical) totally are solved in less than six hours; recurrent sinus infections (oral ingestion) resolved in eight days; acute cuticle infections - (topical) - twenty four hours. Another major area in which we have improved our clinical results is in the area of bowel detoxification and dialysis. The Colloidal Silver has provided excellent removal of abnormal intestinal bacteria; also it has proved to be a great adjunct to our Candida Albicans, Epstein Barr virus, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome protocols."

-- Dr. Evan M., Kansas, quoted in Colloidal Silver, The Amazing Alternative to Antibiotics
"Research has shown that silver is a powerful antimicrobial agent that is non-irritating and non-toxic."

-- Valerie Edwards Jones, professor of microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University
"Research with the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has found that silver, incorporated in the surfaces of hospital equipment furniture, can reduce bacterial levels by 99 per cent. This, in turn, cuts infection risk from superbugs such as MRSA, E. coli and salmonella."

-- Dr Richard Hastings, microbiologist for BioCote, Ltd.
"Occasionally people with muscle aches, pains, and backaches are improved with silver, probably because these are associated with viral or bacterial infections in the spinal fluid, which traditional antibiotics or colloidal silver cannot reach. Zinc and silver make a very powerful synergistic team as a secondary immune system. Silver is also effective in controlling warts. Angstrom-size silver is the best source."

-- Gabriel Cousens, M.D., author, Spiritual Nutrition: Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of Kundalini
"Research on colloidal silver shows it to be an effective resource against infections and pathogens, yet very little is known about it by the general public or the medical profession. Prior to 1938 it was in common use by doctors. According to Alexander G. Schauss, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University, considerable scientific evidence has been published regarding the effectiveness of silver as an antiseptic against 'several hundred pathogenic organisms.' He also points out that silver is not an antibiotic because, by definition, antibiotics are derived from living organisms."

-- Ron Garner, author, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means
"Silver was used 1,200 years ago by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by the pioneers who populated our country. They used it for various illnesses and to keep their foods and liquids from spoiling. Prior to 1938, before antibiotics, colloidal silver was used by doctors as their main substance to fight bacteria in a more natural way than through the antibiotics they use today. Antibiotics can harm our kidneys and liver functions. Colloidal silver promotes healing."

-- A. Gore Gregory, author, Defeat Cancer
"Colloidal silver appears to be one of the greatest discoveries in natural preventive health care of all time. When properly prepared, colloidal silver is a completely non-toxic, tasteless, internally and externally applicable, broad-spectrum germ fighter and disinfectant, which can significantly reduce the length and severity of many viral and bacterial infections."

-- Zane Baranowski, Colloidal Silver: the Natural Antibiotic
"I regard stable Colloidal Silver as a most useful preparation in Ophthalmic practice."

-- Dr. Legge-Roe, Lancet, British Medical Journal, 1915
"Silver happens to be the world's oldest known antibiotic. There's written evidence that the ancient Egyptians made use of it; the ancient Greeks and Romans stored their water, wine, and other liquids in silver vessels to prevent spoiling and contamination; ancient Chinese emperors ate with silver chopsticks, and wealthy Europeans in the Middle Ages used silver utensils to protect themselves from illness (we still call our eating utensils "silverware" despite it being made from other metals these days)."

-- Alliance for Natural Health, ANH-USA.org, May 15, 2012
"Silver is a powerful, natural prophylactic/antibiotic, used for thousands of years...It is a catalyst, disabling the particular enzyme that all one-celled bacteria, fungus and virus, use for their oxygen metabolism, they suffocate. Yet it is of no harm to human enzymes or any part of the human body chemistry. And it kills all disease-causing organisms, in six minutes or less, upon contact, even those pleomorphic, no matter how they mutate. Resistant strains fail to develop, and the body doesn't develop a tolerance. Colloidal Silver is both a remedy and a prevention of infections of many kinds. Having sufficient Colloidal Silver in your body is to have a superior, second immune system. It was in common use until 1938. Great Grandma put a silver dollar in the milk, to keep it fresh at room temperature."

-- Health Consciousness magazine, Vol. 15 No. 4
"Silver is the best all around germ fighter we have...The value of silver in medicine, and as a purifier has been acknowledged for centuries. Egyptians implanted silver plates into skulls with surgery. In Ancient Greece and Rome, people used silver containers to keep liquids fresh. When settlers moved across the American West, they would purify a container of water by putting a silver dollar in it overnight. Towards the end of the 19th century, other medicinal uses for silver were developed including the use of silver and mercury in filling cavities, and the dropping of a silver filtrate solution into the eyes of newborn babies to prevent blindness due to infection."

-- Dr. Harry Margraf, Biochemist, The Story of Silver in Medicine; Gold & Silver Newsletter, September 1974
"Many strains of pathogenic microbes, viruses, fungi, bacteria or any other single celled pathogen resistant to other antibiotics are killed on contact by colloidal silver, and are unable to mutate. However, it does not harm tissue-cell enzymes and friendly bacteria."

-- Ron Barnes, PhD., Pharmacist, Capital Drugs
"Scores of independent tests have shown that silver promptly kills bacteria in water and maintains water purity over long periods of time."

-- The Silver Institute Letter, December 1976, Tests Show Silver Best Water Purifier
"The most dramatic purification tests occurred in 1976 in a 20,000 gallon swimming pool in Nebraska. There was no disinfectant of any kind in the water. Fifty gallons of municipal sewage waste water was put into the pool. That produced a dangerous concentration of 7,000 E.Coli cells per 100 millilitre [half a cup] of water. Contents of the pool were then pumped through a tank containing silver for disinfection. Within three hours the pool was entirely free of e.Coli and the water contained only 3.2 parts of silver per billion parts of water (0.0032ppm).

-- The Silver Institute Letter, May 1975, Silver Guards Good Health
"The Allegheny County Health Department in Pennsylvania conducted tests in a 152,000 gallon pool which previously had been disinfected by a 50 pounds per day chlorinator. The system was replaced by a silver system for the swimming pool season. The County Health Department took up to 50 daily samples and found that silver ions remained in the pool at the low steady rate of 20 parts per billion (0.02ppm). The water remained free of bacteria throughout two seasons. In contrast, 65 water samples from 30 other pools having a concentration of 700 parts per billion (0.7ppm) of available chlorine showed a mean of 1.3 pseudomonas and 7.3 staph cells per millilitre of water."

-- The Silver Institute Letter, May 1973, Silver Carbon Filter Purifies Swimming Pool
"Silver compounds have a wide variety of uses as caustics, astringents, antiseptics, and germicides. Their activity resides in the silver ion, which is a protein precipitant. It is toxic to bacteria by precipitating the protein in the bacteria protoplasm. Colloidal silver preparations, in which the silver does not exist to any large extent as free ions, act by the milder and sustained antiseptic effect brought about by the formation of a protein silver compound which slowly liberates small amounts of ionic silver. Colloidal silver compounds, contain very little ionizable silver . Use of any silver preparation over a long period may cause permanent blue discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes, (particularly the lips and under the fingernails) known as Argyria. There are no known adverse health effects of Argyria. The colloidal silver preparations contain high concentrations of silver, largely in non-ionized form. Their antiseptic value depends on the activity of the free silver ions and not on their content. They do not precipitate protein but penetrate the tissues. Those mentioned here are silver proteins and silver halides."

-- Handbook of the Hospital Corps of the United States Navy, 1953
"Big Pharma hates silver. Pure and simple. It's too competitive. It allows the little guy a way of taking care of infectious illness without using pharmaceutical drugs. On the broader level, Big Pharma and the ruling elite know extremely well that the less nutrition a consumer gets his hands on, the more prone he is to become malnourished and end up at a doctor's office with symptoms of some disease that requires prescription drugs."

-- Anders Sultan, Sweden's largest colloidal silver manufacturer
"I know of nothing which could quite take its place, nor, have I known anyone to abandon it who had thoroughly familiarised himself with the technique of its application. We may only have scratched the surface of silver's medical brilliance! Already it is an amazing tool! It stimulates bone - forming cells, cures the most stubborn infections of all kinds...and stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues".

-- Dr. William Steward Halsted, 1913
"The germicidal properties of silver, although not recognized as such, have been utilized since the times of the ancient Mediterranean and Asiatic cultures, references being made to the use of silver vessels to prevent spoilage of beverages, and silver foil or plates in the surgical treatment of wounds and broken bone."

-- N.R. Thompson, 1973. Silver. In the journal Comprehensive Inorganic Chemsitry, Vol .3. New York, Pergamon, 79-80.
Study Synopsis: Sixteen patients with leg ulcers were treated with a colloidal silver spray. The solution was applied once daily for the first few days, then twice weekly. The infection subsided in all cases. After instruction, patients performed the therapy at home without supervision. No discomfort or side effects were observed. There was no persistent discoloration of the skin that could be attributed to silver. "In all cases the infection subsided."

-- Haeger, Knut. 1963. Preoperative treatment of leg ulcers with silver spray and aluminum foil. Acta Chirurgica Scandinavica, 125, 32-41.
"Metal-binding proteins are important components of retroviruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Therefore, metals could be used as antiviral agents. However, most metals are toxic for humans with the exception of silver which is toxic only to prokaryotic cells and viruses...Silver has also been shown to be a potent inhibitor of HIV protease. Silver is expected to interact potently with HIV proteins and to interrupt thereby the cellular replication of HIV at various stages such as interaction with surface receptors, gene expression or cellular biosynthesis of viruses. Possible therapeutic forms of silver...remain to be investigated."

-- Hussain, Saber, Anner, Rolf M., and Anner, Beatrice M. 1992. Cysteine protects Na, K- ATPase and isolated human lymphocytes from silver toxicity. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 189(3), 1444-1449.
"The drugs of colloidal silver collargol and protargol were found to have activity against smallpox virus...Silver metal particles may make a great contribution to the mechanism responsible for antiviral effects."

-- Bogdanchikova, N.Y., et al. 1992. Activity of colloidal silver preparations against variolovaccine virus. Khimiko-Farmatsevticheskii Zhurnal, 26(9-10), 90-91.
"Ag+ solutions exhibited better antimicrobial effectiveness against bacteria, a yeast species, and a mold than did analogous silver solutions from inorganic salts(silver nitrate and silver chloride)Ag+ could be used effectively in preservativesthe microbicidal activity of silver is significantly ion influenced."

-- Simonetti, N., et al. 1992. Electrochemical Ag+ for preservative use. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 58(12), 3834-3836.
"To be bactericidal, the silver must be available as a solution, and the efficacy of the solution is dependent on the concentration of silver ions present in the solution. Silver is effective against a broad range of antibiotic-resistant organisms, which is expected because silver has been regularly found to be effective against antibiotic-resistant organisms."

-- Wright, J. Barry, Lam, Kan, and Burrell, Robert E. 1998. Wound management in an era of increasing bacterial antibiotic resistance: a role for topical silver treatment. American Journal of Infection Control, 26(6), 572-577.
"Silver ion concentration of about 3 micrograms/liter was sufficient to control the growth of legionellae in circulating warm water."

-- Kusnetsov, Jaana, et al. 2001. Copper and silver ions more effective against legionellae than against mycobacteria in a hospital warm water system. Water Research, 35(17), 4217- 4225.
"Tens of thousands of swimming pools in Europe and the United States have used electrically driven silver-copper ion systems to provide satisfactory sanitation for decades."

-- Davies, Richard, and Etris, Samuel. 1997. The development and functions of silver in water purification and disease control. In Catalysis Today, 36, 107-114.
"Just a few conditions that have been partially or completely eradicated by colloidal silver are gastrointestinal disorders (including diverticulitis and salmonella), hepatitis and other liver conditions, Lyme disease, malaria, pancreatitis, respiratory problems such as emphysema, shingles and other conditions caused by the Herpes virus, and even the SARS virus. Recently, researchers at the University of Texas and Mexico University began using silver nanoparticles to kill Staphylococcus aureus. Then, in the Journal of Nanotechnology, they reported their groundbreaking findings that silver nanoparticles kill HIV-1, and that they expect silver to kill virtually every other virus as well! The silver particle size ranged from one to ten nanometers. The silver particles killed 100% of the HIV-1 virus (incubated at 98.6F or 37C) within 3 hours."

-- Nenah Sylver, PhD, The Rife Handbook – Chapter 3 excerpt, "Colloidal Silver"
"Colloidal silver has been used with marked success in the following cases, cited by C.E.A. MacLeod:

Septic and follicular tonsillitis, Vincent's angina, phlyctenular conjunctivitis, gonorrheal conjunctivitis, spring catarrh, impetigo (contagious acne of face and body), septic ulcers of legs, ringworm of body, tinea versicolor, soft sores, suppurative appendicitis after operations, pustular exzema of scalp and pubes, chronic eczema of meatus of ear with recurrent boils, chronic eczema of anterior nares, offensive discharge in case of chronic suppuration in otitis media, bromidrosis of feet, axillae and blind boils of neck.

By injections: gonorrhea and chronic cystitis (local), boils, epiditymitis.

Sir James Castle has found it particularly effective in cases of sprue, dysentery, and intestinal troubles. Being non-toxic, the dose can be increased from 1 to 2 or more drachms twice or thrice dialy.

A. Legge Roe regards stable colloidal silver as a most useful preparation in ophthalmic practice, and particularly in cases of gonorrheal ophthalmia, purulent ophthalmia of infants, infected ulcers of the cornea and hypopyon ulcer (tapping of the interior chamber and cautery, and other operative procedures being now rarely required, whilst if perforation does occur it is smaller and more manageable, interstitial keratitis, blepharitis, dacryocystitis, and burns and other wounds of the cornea.

According to this authority, the great chemosis which usually accompanies the use of silver nitrate is avoided and, in his opinion, if colloidal silver were adopted in every case of purulent ophthalmia of infants, 'there would be no such thing as impaired sight or blindness from this cause.'

He has had many cases of interstitial keratitis in adults, in which the complete opacity of the cornea has become absolutely clear in from three to five months, and anyone who has had much experience of this disease in adults knows how often permanent impairment of sight results, and how long the treatment used to last...

...Sir Malcolm Morris has found that colloidal silver is free from the drawbacks of other preparations of silver, viz. the pain caused and the discoloration of the skin; indeed, instead of producing irritation it has a distinctly soothing effect. It rapidly subdues inflammation and promotes the healing of lesions. He has had remarkable results in enlarged prostate with irritation of the bladder, in pruritis ani and perineal eczema, and in haemorrhoids.

J. Mark Hovell has found colloidal silver beneficial for permanently restoring the potency of the Eustachian tubes and for reducing nasopharyngeal catarrh.

Colloidal silver has also been used successfully in septic conditions of the mouth (including tonsilitis and quinsies), ear (including Menier's symptoms and closure to Valsava's inflation), and in generalized septicemia, leucorrhoea, cystitis, whopping cough, and shingles.

...Collosol argentum has also proved useful in influenza, both as a prophylactic and for curative purposes when applied as a spray to the nostrils, for bathing the eyes, and as a gargle for the throat.

B. Seymour Jones has used an intranasal spray of colloidal silver in a case of cerebro-spinal meningitis. He has also used colloidal silver with marked advantage in several cases of rhinitis and oedematous enlargement of the posterior ends of the middle and inferior turbinates with true hyperplasia."

-- Alfred B. Searle, Use of Colloids In Health and Disease, pgs. 83-86, published in 1920

"Colloidal silver is the product the FDA and many mainstream medical people love to hate. Listening to them you would think every person taking colloidal silver is going to turn gray with silver accumulation in their skin (argyria). Their worst nightmare is people taking colloidal silver to combat the H1N1 swine flu – the nightmare for them is that it might actually work.

...Silver in today's medicine is undergoing a renaissance, with innovative new products that are able to sustain the release of silver ions enabling better surgical and wound-related uses. Silver nanoparticles are even being incorporated into clothes, like socks and stockings. You can buy a washing machine that uses silver ions to kill germs in clothes.

The high efficacy in the use of silver to kill bacteria and fungus is not in question by anyone. This does not mean it kills every type of bacteria or fungus. And in the ones it does kill it does not mean it kills all of them. It simply means that the antibiotic properties of silver are quite potent – and the risk to human health in terms of toxicity is negligible. This is a far better risk/benefit profile than commonly used antibiotics."

-- Byron J. Richards, CCN (Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, charter member of the International & American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN), author Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America)
"Metallic silver and silver compounds are used widely in medical devices and health care products to provide antibacterial and antifungal action. Experience has shown that they are generally safe in use and effective in controlling pathogenic organisms."

-- A.B.G. Lansdown, PHF, FRCPath, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
"Silver has germicidal effects and kills many lower organisms effectively without harm to higher animals."

-- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics: 80th Edition, ed. by David R. Lide, CRC Press, Boca Rotan, FL, 1999-2000.
"One study of animals drinking silver compounds mixed with water for most of their life found no effect on fertility. Another study found reproductive tissues were damaged in animals after they received injections of silver nitrate. However, the tissues recovered even while the animals received more injections of silver nitrate. Tests in animals show that silver compounds are likely to be life threatening for humans only when large amounts (that is, grams) are swallowed and that skin contact with silver compounds is very unlikely to be life threatening."

-- ATSDR – Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Toxicological Profile for Silver – CAS# 7440-22-4, Dec. 1990.

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