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6 Things You Must Know About Colloidal Silver

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Colloidal silver | No Comments »

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1. Parts Per Million (PPM) is Mildly Important

When it comes to colloidal silver, don’t get caught up in how many parts per million — or PPM — a solution has. Although it’s not a mundane detail, what’s really important is the particle size.

Smaller particles can move more easily throughout your body and they’re more bioavailable. Particle sizes less than .005 microns are ideal. Sometimes this is indicated on the label, sometimes not. One way to tell if silver particles are too large is by examining the color of the solution. A dark or murky-color usually indicates large silver particles and other impurities.

2. Colloidal Silver Should Be Clear

A quality colloidal solution should appear clear. Other colors indicate additional chemical additives. Darker-colored solutions occur as a result of the presence of stabilizers, additives, salts, or proteins. These compounds are often used in many silver products to suspend larger silver particles. Products which need refrigeration or require shaking or those that develop a foam likely contain additional chemical impurities.

3. Silver Won’t Upset Beneficial Intestinal Organisms

A lot of people use silver as defense against harmful organisms. Unlike antibiotics, which wipeout both the “bad” and the “good” organisms present in the intestinal tract, silver maintains a balance of intestinal microorganisms. Silver absorbs quickly in the upper GI tract, and little gets through to cause problems for the beneficial bacteria in the small intestine and colon.

4. Good Colloidal Silver Won’t Turn You Blue

Occasionally you may hear of an individual who develops argyria, a condition that develops when silver proteins cause a blueing of the skin. (Do a Google search for Paul Karason.) While this may happen when people use ultra low quality silver solutions, pure hydrosol colloidal silver without additives, proteins, or salts does not cause this condition. [2] This is why it’s imperative to obtain the purest solution available.

5. Purity Matters

Colloidal silver isn’t just a mixture of silver and water; it’s a solution where the silver particles are suspended in water and have an electrical charge. This type of solution requires ultra pure water. It also requires special equipment necessary to create and maintain a constant charge.

Many colloidal silver home brew kits use salts or other compounds during the brewing process to suspend the silver in the solution. Products like this do not offer the same effect as colloidal silver produced with high voltage technology. The chances of argyria also increase with the consumption of these products.

6. Only Use the Best Quality Colloidal Silver

Not all colloidal silver products are created alike. First and foremost, choose a product that’s been produced using high voltage alternating current technology. This production method requires specialized equipment and produces a silver solution of unparalleled quality and purity compared to low-tech low voltage methods. Don’t be fooled by “concentrated” solutions of more than 10 PPM. In fact, a PPM of higher than 20 indicates the presence of a stabilizer or other protein that the silver is bound to as a means of suspension. That stuff turns you blue, it doesn’t provide any benefits.

Before you invest in a colloidal silver, do your research into any products you’re considering and make sure all these factors add up. I personally use and recommend Silver Fuzion.

Do you take colloidal silver? Why, or why not? Please leave us your answer in the comment section!

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

Morrill K, May K, Leek D, et al. Spectrum of antimicrobial activity associated with ionic colloidal silver. J ALtern Complement Med. 2013 Mar;19(3):224-31. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0681.

Chang AL, Khosravi V, Egbert B. A case of argyria after colloidal silver ingestion. J Cutan Pathol. 2006 Dec;33(12):809-11.

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Make your own antibiotic – colloidal silver

Posted: December 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Colloidal silver, DIY, Silver | No Comments »

Silver is a powerful metal for healing. It has been used for purification and healing for as long as humans have made records. For millennia, people with only simple tools made colloidal silver and used it inside and outside their bodies to treat diseases and wounds – in a similar way to how we use oral antibiotics and topical antibiotic creams today.

“Born with a silver spoon in his mouth” indicated someone whose table was furnished with silver utensils, silver bowls and silver plates and silver was recognized to be an important health blessing. Stainless steel “tableware” has only been around for a century or so. Plastics are recent inventions. But historically, “silverware” was literally made of silver.

Silver was the original antibiotic. Silver nitrate was (and still is, in some places) routinely used in hospitals to treat the eyes of newborns, just in case their mothers were infected with a venereal disease that might render them blind). A piece of silver would be placed in a jug to keep the milk fresh.

As recently as 1978, the March issue of Science Digest published an article entitled “Silver, Our Mightiest Germ Fighter”. The author reported that a majority of airlines used silver water filters to purify their onboard drinking water. These airlines included British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France. NASA chose a silver water purification system for the space shuttle after evaluating 23 different competing systems. In Japan, they use silver air purifiers.

Throughout history, silver was extremely effective, used with no known deleterious side effects. However, no one can make a great deal of money off colloidal silver, because it is simple enough to make at home. Therefore, the medical and pharmaceutical industries waged a public relations war against colloidal silver, while encouraging the use of their own proprietary products.

There are a few blue-skinned “poster children” whom the industries point to when they want to discourage us from considering the use of colloidal silver. However if you study the cases of these blue-faced people, you will find that it required a great deal of overexposure to silver – and low quality, incorrectly made silver – to attain the discoloration.

Now the pharmaceutical company is in a little bit of a quandary. New products on the market contain silver. Healing salves, for one. Bandages infused with silver for another. Yet they use very little silver (for very little is needed) in the bandage itself and weave in strands of aluminum to make the bandage shiny. (I read the fine print.)

A few small, independent companies still make colloidal silver. They make their products seem so specialized that you will be discouraged from trying to make your own silver at home.. Only they can make it “this good”. But remember that for thousands of years, humans didn’t have extremely high tech equipment and their homemade colloidal silver still worked very well. The good news is, you can still make colloidal silver with simple equipment in the comfort of your own home. And you can use it for a plethora of complaints. In this article, I will show you how.

It is imperative that you use the very highest quality of silver for your colloidal silver experiment. Since pure silver bends easily by itself, sterling silver is only 92% silver and the rest is usually copper. Do not use sterling silver. Silver alloys are what may have caused the blue-skin effect. So, use only real silver, 99.99% pure silver, in your colloidal silver.

You can buy a foot of 99.99% pure silver wire – and all the equipment you need – then make gallons of colloidal silver – for less than a small bottle of colloidal silver from the store. And that is the most expensive part of your project. Yet it is a remedy that you can use for many conditions and that you can make over and over again, so the initial investment is quite small in the long run.

You can find 99.9% fine round silver wire at jewelry supply stores – a thicker gauge is best – in your town or on the Internet. The silver will last for a very long time. Let’s figure out how much it would cost to make it yourself.

My pure silver rods are approximately six inches long and I’m not certain of the gauge. I have had them for several years and after making gallons and gallons of colloidal silver, they are still doing well. You can use any gauge, but a thicker gauge will last longer, as a little bit of silver is lost with each batch you make.

The cost of silver varies according to the price of silver on any given day, but you can, as of this writing, buy two 99.9% pure silver rods for $15 – or $20 with shipping. Today, December 6, 2012, .999 Fine Round Silver Wire is $49 per ounce and one ounce of 12 gauge is 2 feet, 10 inches; 14 gauge is 4 feet, 8 inches.

What exactly will you need to make colloidal silver at home? I will estimate, using the “worst case scenario”.

  • $20 to 25, including shipping, for one foot of 99.9% pure silver rods [see http://www.ccsilver.com/silver/fines.html]
  • $ 9 – two alligator clips [see Radio Shack Model: 278-1156 | catalog #278-1156 – 14″ Insulated Test/Jumper Leads]
  • $12 – four 9-volt batteries [might as well pick them up while you’re at Radio Shack – they will last for years]
  • $ 2 – one gallon of distilled water [grocery store]
  • Glass jars with lids (best to not store CS in plastic)

Then you need to figure out a way to support the two silver rods and hold them apart so they don’t touch when they are in the water and the electricity is running. I use a square of wood with two holes drilled in it and a stiff wire (redesigned paperclip) on the alligator clips to hold them securely apart. I have seen others use chopsticks and rubber bands.

This photo shows connectors from the 9V batteries to the alligator clips but I have since discarded the collectors and attached the alligator clips directly to the batteries – one to the negative pole and one to the positive pole… and now it works even better!

Here is a photo of my setup. Notice that each battery is connected to the others directly – negative terminal to positive terminal, and that the remaining two terminals are connected to the silver rods by alligator clips.

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Equipment

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Equipment - top and side view

You will know when the batch of silver is finished when it turns a pale yellow-brown color. It only required about 30-45 minutes for the last two batches I made, with the alligator clips directly clamped on to the battery terminals. This is a photo of my finished product. Yours might look different, but the test is in the taste. Put a drop on your tongue and you will be able to taste the silver.


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