Why I Never Consume Colloidal Silver

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 21, 2014

colloidal silverDon’t get me wrong.

I love colloidal silver. It is a wonderful natural antibiotic that I have relied on for many years to keep my family healthy and away from the use of any and all conventional antibiotics – 15 years and counting.  Pretty decent record.

Colloidal silver is a product that is easily and cheaply obtained at many healthfood stores. Some people make it at home. It consists of tiny silver particles suspended in liquid for use either externally or internally.

The remarkable antibiotic nature of silver has been known for centuries. In the early 1900′s, the founder of Searle Pharmaceuticals, Alfred Searle, wrote in his book The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease:

“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 microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.”

In the 1970′s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University began to intensively research colloidal silver. He discovered that silver not only kills bacteria, but it actually killed bacteria that were resistant to all known antibiotics with no undesirable side effects.

Moreover, unlike prescription antibiotics, pathogens do not become resistant or immune to silver over time.  It even has the ability to eradicate antibiotic resistant microbes like MRSA.  This is because colloidal silver doesn’t poison the microbes like antibiotics do, but rather smothers them by adhering to their cell walls and inhibiting their enzyme production.

Why I Don’t Consume Colloidal Silver

Despite its stellar reputation as a natural antibiotic, I never swallow colloidal silver and don’t allow my children to ingest it either. I only use colloidal silver for externally based infections such as swimmer’s ear. Others I know use it to gargle with for strep.

My reasons are fairly simple.

First of all, silver is a heavy metal that accumulates in the body over time, the same as lead, cadmium and aluminum. Why would anyone knowingly consume heavy metals?

It never made any sense to me which is why I have always avoided consuming any silver solution including silver nitrates, ionic silvers, colloidal silvers, silver chlorides, and silver proteins. The claim that colloidal silver is the only safe silver solution has never been at all convincing to me.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel PhD writes in her marvelous piece Mad as a Hatter: How to Avoid Toxic Metals and Clear Them from the Body:

Although the mental and physical problems from metal toxicity have escalated in recent years, our very language tacitly acknowledges the historic toxicity of certain metals: “Mad as a hatter” from the Civil- War-era’s crazed use of mercury sizing in hat manufacture, “gold fever” from the murderous greed of early prospectors, “lead poisoning” as black humor for “getting shot,” and, more recently, “get-the-lead-out” exhortations from trainers who would have us exercise long and hard in order to sweat out toxins and melt excess fat.

While an occasional dose of colloidal silver internally probably does no harm, why risk using it at all when there are plenty of natural plant based antibiotics such as garlic, turmeric, cayenne, oregano oil etc that are zero risk?

The Biggest Reason I Never Swallow Colloidal Silver

While the fact that silver is a heavy metal with accumulation in the body that is difficult to undo (and yes, it can permanently turn your skin blue if you get too much which happens with some forms of silver solution) is reason enough in my book to keep the colloidal silver for external use only, the biggest reason of all is to protect the gut microbiome.

You see, colloidal silver works not by poisoning microbes like antibiotics do, but by smothering them by adhering to their cell walls and inhibiting their enzyme production.

While colloidal silver’s unique method of killing bacteria is highly effective and does not lessen over time as microbes do not become resistant to it, it is not selective in the bacteria it kills.

In other words, colloidal silver can decimate beneficial bacteria in the gut just the same as pathogenic strains. Isn’t this exactly why conventional antibiotics are so problematic?

Reducing the population in the gut of beneficial bacteria is serious business no matter what the cause – natural or drug based.

Dr. Martin Blaser MD of New York University’s Langone Medical Center who writes in the August 2011 edition of Nature, warns against harming the beneficial microbes in the gut:

“Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease.”

False Marketing Claims about Colloidal Silver

While some colloidal silver manufacturers claim that their product does not harm beneficial microbes, Steve Barwick, author of The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual sets the record straight about this false advertising regarding colloidal silver:

But the truth is, colloidal silver does indeed act as a broad spectrum natural antibiotic. As such, if enough mineral silver reaches the intestinal tract it most certainly can kill off the friendly (i.e., beneficial) bacteria that thrive there.

Colloidal silver simply has no way of knowing a beneficial microbe from an infectious microbe. If the microbe is sensitive to silver, then silver will kill it whether it is a beneficial microbe or an infectious one.

Proponents of small amounts of colloidal silver taken internally say it won’t harm delicate gut balance, but I choose to not take any chances given that many food based natural antibiotics are available that work just as well or even better than colloidal silver for resolution of internal infections.

Why risk it where your delicate gut microbiome is concerned?

Colloidal Silver Contraindicated on the GAPS Diet

Due to its ability to upset the delicate gut balance and harm beneficial gut flora, colloidal silver is contraindicated on the GAPS Diet protocol.

Certified GAPS Diet Practitioners recommend avoiding the ingestion of colloidal silver while attempting to rebuild the gut environment with beneficial microbes and healing/sealing the gut wall to put autoimmune disease in remission.  L. D. Moore, a practicing GAPS Diet Practitioner, had this to say,

As a certified GAPS practitioner protecting the gut is the highest priority. I am SO careful at what my clients ingest that may destroy that delicate balance I put colloidal silver in the no ingest bucket.

Do you take colloidal silver internally?  Why or why not?  Wouldn’t it be better to use plant based natural antibiotics that have no risk in comparison, don’t build up in the body, and are equally effective?  I’m interested to hear your reasons on this as my research tells me to just say no.

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Comments (156)

  1. A pathology test for silver will show if one has too much silver. I took two litres of it (over time as per directions) and I was above the normal range but didn’t feel any the worse for it. AS I was over though, decided to stop it.

    Easy to check though.

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  2. The easiest way to see if CS accumulates in the body (all other things being equal) is to take a pathology test for silver. I did after taking a couple of bottles of CS and I was above and outside the normal range. I stopped taking it then.

    I have to add though, that my skin hasn’t turned blue and I didn’t feel any ill effects at all.

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  3. My granddaughter had a tumour removed from her splined along with most of the nerves and a section of her colan. She has having problem with the hole that is not healing and is infected. the doctors have scrapers it out and reattached the vacuum but the infection game back the antibiotic are not working and know has a yeast infection. How can silver colloidal be used and can it work for her.
    Thank you
    Sue

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  5. Hi Sarah, Thank you for your blog. I am glad that you and your family have been healthy enough to never need to take silver internally and I understand your desire to be cautious. I have not been so fortunate. When I lived on the mid-east coast of the US, I got Lyme Disease which was mis-diagnosed for years. In a case like that or bacterial resistant infections, taking colloidal silver internally can be nearly a miracle. It is much less toxic than antibiotics. (actually if it is attached to the water molecule as Designs for Health does, it is not toxic at all). Silver has been proven to improve the effectiveness (by thousands of times) of antibiotics, as well. Pubmed will have that research: Silver Enhances Antibiotic Activity Against Gram-Negative Bacteria. (Morones-Ramirez et.al). It saved my life when I had a bacterial resistant bladder infection too. I had always treated bladder infections with high dose vitamin C, D-mannose and cranberry. But not this one time (out of 4 total). I had to take antibiotics,which did not work either. When I took silver with a stronger antibiotic, it was gone nearly immediately. It was my opportunity to experience for myself how easily it is to die from a systemic bacterial infection. It helped me to understand the importance of using the appropriate medicine at the appropriate time. Generally, I go for oregano or garlic or echinacea, etc. but for emergencies or when the proven remedy is not working, I go for the stronger remedy. I have also helped a few people get rid of pneumonia by putting the silver in a steamer and having them inhale it. I combined it with having them take oregano internally and resting on my amethyst biomat at the highest temperature to induce sweating. As far as toxicity, I would think that if the person has a healthy level of glutathione and metallothionein, that the little bit of silver that they are taking will not accumulate.

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  6. Sarah- I don’t think you did your research on this one. First off, many, many natural antibiotics, oregano oil and countless others will also harm “good” flora. It’s important to replenish with soil based probiotics, ferments, or probiotics no matter which form of “antibiotic” you choose.
    The blue thing is out of control. They were drinking gallons of homemade product that wasn’t “colloidal silver”. I mean if you eat or drink too much of anything good there are consequences…garlic is great, but don’t eat 40 cloves., salt, etc.
    Anyhow, You really should clarify your article here, as it is quite misleading and honestly wrong on on a few points. One who hasn’t studied enough might think that’s natural antibiotics don’t kill gut flora bc that is what you infer. Big mistake! Noting references is also advisable.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Food based antibiotics don’t kill off good flora … else they would be excluded from the GAPS diet. Garlic, onions etc, for example, are *encouraged* on the GAPS diet. Garlic, in particular, is a prebiotic and actually feed the good bacteria.

      I find it interesting that frequently when folks don’t agree with my conclusions, I’m accused of ‘not doing my research’. Even Dr. Kelly Brogan MD has been accused of this in posts on this blog where she has citation after citation after citation. Not agreeing doesn’t mean the person hasn’t studied the subject thoroughly. It just means they have come to a different conclusion to you. Drink your colloidal silver if you like. I will pass, thank you!

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  7. me? I keep a silver dollar in me pocket at all times… to ward off bankster werewolves and remind myself that such a thing as real wealth and coinage exists. ;D I never swallow the stuff but I have used it topically. Strangely enough, my washing machine came with an option to use a silver rod to sanitized a wash load. I very rarely use it because I read that it can wreck havoc and upset the water ways etc. I am not sure if this is true , it would have to take many people and many wash loads for it to happen, this is why I rarely use the feature.

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  8. Side note to a small detail above: rather than treat swimmer’s ear, you can easily prevent it. Drop 91% rubbing alcohol into the ears after swimming. You put several drops, or pour about half a capful into the ear, let it sit a few seconds, and then hold a towel over the ear as you tilt to the side to drain. The alcohol mixes with the water and evaporates pretty much immediately. There is no pain (unless you already have a swimmers ear infection.) As a competitive swimmer, I’ve been doing this my entire life but for some reason only the swimming community knows about this valuable trick. I haven’t had swimmer’s ear since I was a little kid, before I started this. I keep a dropper bottle in with my swim gear.

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  9. Not true about it killing off the good bacteria! The reason why is that bad bacteria in the body has a weak membrane surrounding it as the good bacteria we need has a very strong membrane/wall that the silver isn’t strong enough to penetrate and yes many studies have confirmed this. Another thing, yes people can turn blue but you have to take quite a bit for that to happen and if it does slow down, stop taking so much.You need to do more research, much more!

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Wishful thinking on your part unfortunately. The truth is that it does kill off beneficial microbes just the same as the pathogens.

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  10. Sarah, I think the reason why you never consume colloidal silver, its because you are fortunate enough to not have any serious chronic infection and enough money to spent on herbal antibiotics. I am using colloidal silver for a chronic infection because I am on a budget spending around $80-100 a month at this time and colloidal silver is “free” as I am making my own. Although I am using garlic, oil of oregano, coconut oil and other herbal antibiotics I was very surprised to see that after the addittion of colloidal silver, two cysts I have had for more than a year started “dissolving”, my doctor insist that I am going to need surgery for them to get removed, something I do not have the money for, this is one more reason to continue with colloidal silver.

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    • If you are making your own, it is ionic silver, not colloidal silver. It still will work, but not as potent as true colloidal silver. Just FYI… Many people don’t know that.

      http://blog.purifyyourbody.com/2014/07/the-best-colloidal-silver-is-nutrasilver.html

      How Do I Know NutraSilver is a True Silver Colloid?

      There are three types of “silver products” that companies label (sometimes inappropriately) as “colloidal silver”. They are ionic silver solutions, silver proteins and true colloidal silver.

      Ionic silver solutions. Most of the products you find online or at a health food store that are labeled and sold as colloidal silver are actually ionic silver solutions. This also includes the “homemade” silvers that people make with silver generators they purchase and use at home.

      You can tell if your silver is ionic if it is clear like water, or has a slight yellow tint. These products are clear because silver that is dissolved in water has no visible appearance. Companies selling these products will maintain that colloidal silver should look clear, but this is not accurate. These companies claim their product is “true colloidal silver” in an attempt to confuse you. But if the product is clear, then it is ionic silver, not a true silver colloid.

      To figure out whether a solution is ionic silver, just add common table salt to 1 oz of the silver. If it is ionic silver, the salt will combine with the silver ions and create a white, cloudy appearance. To form a cloud that is visible requires a sufficient concentration of silver ions to be present (usually around 10ppm or above). When you add more salt, it will become more dense until all the silver ions have combined with the chlorine ions.

      However, sometimes no white cloud will form because some of these “solutions” don’t contain any silver at all, or too little to note. There have been some lab analyses that have shown some “silver” products contain no silver at all!

      Silver Proteins. These are the second most prevalent type of “so-called” colloidal silver products on the market. They consist of a combination of metallic silver particles and a protein binder, and can be made by simply adding water to silver protein powder that is sold by many chemical companies. Most of the products on the market that claim to be high in concentration are in fact silver protein colloids.

      This type of silver is less effective for human use because of the particle size. You’d be better off with ionic silver. This type of silver can cause argryia, a condition that causes the skin to turn a blue-grayish color.

      To find out whether the “silver” you have is a silver protein, just try shaking the bottle. If it produces foam above the liquid then this is the single most reliable indicator it is a protein vs. a true silver colloid.

      The color ranges from light amber to almost black with an increasing concentration of silver.

      True Colloidal Silver. These are the least prevalent type of silver on the market due to high degree of manufacturing complexity and the high cost of production. The majority of silver content in colloidal silver is in the form of silver particles. True colloids will typically contain more than 50% particles while the balance will be silver ions. When referring to colloidal silver, the word colloid means silver particles.

      Because of the high concentration of silver particles, true silver colloids are never clear like water. The silver particles block light from passing through, making the liquid appear darker.

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      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
        Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

        I honestly find this incredibly scary. Why would you ever trust taking something that is metal based that you made at home with rudimentary equipment and no formal lab? This is even scarier than taking lab produced colloidal silver.

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      • You can make colloidal silver at home, there is an additional step after you have made the ionic silver. I use a Silverlungs Generator which produces pharmaceutical grade ionic/colloidal silver.
        From what I understand, if you are consuming small amounts of colloidal silver, it is absorbed before it reaches the gut. In order to use it for food poisoning you have to consume a greater quantity to ensure that it reaches the gut.

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  11. I don’t believe everything here. And i’m not sure about the turning blue part. I’ve got a friend who has been drinking the silver for 7 years now, happily not needing antibiotics or other medications as the silver seems to take care of it all. They havn’t turned blue, and I’ve personally finished 1L of silver in the past 2 years and I’m not turning blue yet either :p

    With the killing of the guy bacteria yeah this is true, but that’s why you eat yoghurt or other good dairy foods to boost the gut bacteria levels.

    And the thing is people will come and read this article and be scared to use it, and never reap the benefits.

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

          Apparently not. I am investigating a case of someone whose skin turned blue from colloidal silver. I think the more appropriate statement would be that no one has turned blue from collidal silver – yet. And the “yet” part may have already arrived.

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      • What they failed to tell you in this article is that this man was adding salt to his solution as a catalyst to reduce production time. It created a completely different compound called silver chloride. the silver concentration in his solution was suspected to be around 300 PPM”s!

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    • Over 20 years ago, both the European Commission and the US Health and Human Services concluded, based on scientific evidence, that silver was toxic and should not be consumed.

      Those promoting silver are those who make it and profit from it.

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    • It amazes me that people talk about gut bacteria like it is something that is easily replaced. Many yogurt companies have been ripping people off for years as virtually no good bacteria present. Even supplements could contain more dead bacteria than alive.

      People assume we only have a couple of kinds of gut bacteria when we are just starting to learn about gut bacteria varieties.

      A new “skinny bacteria” has been isolated and they think skinny people may have it. There could be hundreds so if you kill them off you may never get that strain back again.

      We are abusing antibiotics in people, farm animals and farmed fish and creating bacteria that won’t die.

      More research is needed and how to better use these safer tools.

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      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
        Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

        Bravo … excellent comment. My sentiments exactly. Folks are too flippant with “oh I’ll just take a probiotic” like that undoes the damage completely (which it doesn’t). Research is suggesting that a single round of antibiotics damages the gut irreparably. Probiotics helps but do not fix things entirely. What would regular use of colloidal silver do?

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  12. Sorry but your information is not very good. Silver is not a heavy metal, gold is, iron is, copper is, bismuth is (pepto bismol). Silver is not a heavy metal, if you do not believe me check the Merck Manual 18th edition, pages 2021 and 2022. The Merck is generally accepted as being like the bible of science. Silver is sometimes mistakenly listed as one because of things it is mixed with like nitrates (salts). Heavy metals are those that cause what is called “nephropathy” or metals that can damage the kidneys, silver will not.

    Point number two is that the ASAP silver product (pictured above) and brother to Silverbotics, is a nano silver product, not an ionic. I have a number of independent studies showing that at the 10 ppm level it is sold at, it will not even inhibit the growth of probiotic bacteria (digestive bacteria). It will not kill the good bacteria but it will easily kill MRSA. I have hundreds of studies, published papers and test series and i would be pleased to send hard copies of the independent data to anyone who would like to have them.

    We also have published the first ever single blind human ingestion study showing that our nano silver when ingested has no negative effect on any major system in the body and that it washes out in 24 hours so it cannot build up in the system. That daily use study should anyone wish to see it is available in PUBMED as well as a blood platelet study showing that the ASAP nano silver did not damage any blood cells. Hard data knowledge is always the best. Have a great day.

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    • Hi! I would very much like to have a look at these studies, because there is a growing “witchhunt” here in Sweden, and some environmental people are calling this a “deadly environmental toxin” that kills of fish (then why is it sold as fish-medicine in pet shops?) and destroys the environment permanently (then why didnt it when it was used in the photo industry…) etc etc. Some “researchers” even say it creates antibiotic resistant bacteria (no study ever backed this) and that is the main reason it should be banned. So where can i contact you for this?

      Regards
      /HB

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  13. Herbal remedies DO in fact have significant risks of harmful side effects.

    Oregano Oil is contraindicated during pregnancy, and it is VERY hard on a damaged digestive system (should not be used by individuals with digestive disorders). Garlic is a blood thinner, and can cause a rebound clotting effect if used for more than a few weeks at a time in therapeutic doses. Turmeric requires fairly high doses to have healing effects, and has many cautions for people with auto-immune or liver disease at those higher doses. Cayenne causes severe gastric pain in most people with digestive disorders when taken in therapeutic amounts.

    Echinacea, Golden Seal, Olive Leaf Extract, Calendula, Oregon Grape, Hops, and many other herbs are very good antibiotic herbs, but they have the SAME potential destructive effect on digestive microbes as Pharmaceutical Antibiotics. It’s kind of a rule – if it kills unfriendly bacteria, it will kill friendly bacteria, whether the remedy is herbal, mineral, or chemical. So we use them wisely.

    Just as we use Colloidal Silver wisely. Using it as part of a “wellness routine” is NOT a good idea. That is like taking an antibiotic daily just because.

    Anything used to fight infection or heal the body has to be used with wisdom and caution. Because EVERYTHING has side effects.

    The body DOES recover from microbial destruction. But you have to put back what got killed. Fresh fruits and veggies (straight from the garden WITHOUT washing them is best), raw milk, raw eggs (fresh from the chicken- not eggs that have sat around for months with bacteria multiplying in them), fermented vegetables, and cultured milk products all help to put good microbes back into your gut. If all your food is sterilized, then your gut won’t recover. If it isn’t, then it will.

    If you are taking any substance to kill infectious microbes, then you better figure on putting back some friendlies by incorporating them into your diet.

    But there is nothing medicinally useful that does not have risks.
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  14. Bethany Millikan June 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Sarah,
    We do take CS internally during very serious illnesses, although we do usually use it topically more often. I have cured mastitis with it by using it both topically and internally. I appreciate you sharing your view on the topic. However I think there is a time and place for its internal use (and the same goes for antibiotics). I have always believed that CS kills of good microbes also and I agree that can be problematic. We can use CS as a medicine and still be cautious with it (just as we would with any pharmaceutical drug and even herbs, which can also be dangerous.)

    You are saying that silver is a heavy metal, which that may be true, there are some sources that say both gold and silver are needed in trace minerals. I happen to be believe that that’s true, which is why Radiant Life sells a liquid based mineral supplement with trace silver and gold.
    http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/concentrace-ionic-minerals/salts-minerals

    Thanks for pointing out the risks to using CS. I have never indiscriminately used it on myself or my children. We also use the Sovereign Silver brand and I feel like it is much safer to use a trusted company’s silver than to make your own at home, which can be much more dangerous.

    One thing I was thinking as reading your article is about GMOs. When we eat GMOs and we get these bacteria inside of us from the GMO, according to some, these foreign cells can actually produce pesticides inside of us. Also, a lot of us have the S.mutans bacteria in our mouths which is the most correlated bacteria with tooth decay. So, there are times where it would be good to wipe out the bacteria in the gut and begin anew. Most of us have already had antibiotics in our lifetimes anyway, so using CS here and there probably is not much different nor is going to make our healthy much more.

    I love your blog, Sarah! I have been following it for many years and I have shared numerous of your videos with friends and family. Keep up the good work!

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          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
            Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 26, 2014 at 10:18 am

            ??? Silver does indeed accumulate and there are blue/grey people to prove it. The *claim* is that colloidal silver can’t accumulate and is the *only safe* form for ingesting silver but there is no definitive proof of this. One lady on my FB page says that a woman in her practice turned blue from colloidal silver, not another form of silver solution.

  15. anyone have any input on ionic/angstrom sized silver. i have heard that it is superior to colloidal silver but i don’t see many people taking an interest in it.

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  16. The first time I took CS (homemade, with a SilverGen SG6 generator and double – distilled water, at around 15PPM), I took a lot. Probably about 20ml to 30ml. I got diahorrea – presumably because of the high dosage (which I later read can happen) and/or because my body wasn’t used to CS.
    I also read that, in such cases, eating yoghurt (vegan yoghurt, in my case – as I’m vegan) would restore the good bacteria. So I did that, and I was fine again.
    I still take CS, just not loads like I used too. And I’ve kept healthy – whilst others have been getting whatever been going round and being knocked out for a week, at the first sign of symptoms, I would up my CS intake and I’ve been perfectly fine. (I’m not particularly healthy, either – I eat a lot of junk, drink a lot on a weekend and don’t exercise a great deal.)
    The diarrhoea has never returned. Maybe that’s because I am used to CS now or that I’m not swigging it like I used to. But if ever it did come back, I would simply buy some yoghurt and eat that again to restore normality.
    So, from my personal experience, I would say that, yes, there probably is something in the claim that CS can affect your good bacteria, but the positive effects of CS are way more pronounced and certain. So, like the ‘blue man’ story, I would not let this article put you off taking CS.

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  17. Sarah – You keep repeating that silver is a “heavy” metal. Aren’t gold and silver considered to be “noble” metals?

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Noble metal just signifies its value as a precious metals due to rarity … silver is still a heavy metal.

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      • And just as “noble” is used to categorize – so is “heavy”. It is only about the weight of metal – NOT toxicity. Ask any scientist. Iron, copper, gold, silver etc – all heavy metals. Heavy means heavy.

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          • You are right. But does that mean that “heavy metals” are toxic? No – you dont want to eliminate copper and iron from your body, right? Just stop insinuating that “heavy” means “toxic”. It is a word describing the weight of the metal. It is not a word for describing a poison.
            If you want to look into toxicity – i recommend looking into such things as “LD50″ or other.

  18. There is a huge difference between Colloidal Silver and Nano- particle Silver. I have read many studies that say it does not accumulate and it does not kill beneficial bacteria. The pathogens it kills are far worse than anything that the Silver can do- in my opinion. I read your blog a lot and like it. If you want more info, search Silver Shield. I’ve found it to be an excellent product.

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    • Boy this lady who runs this page does not know a thing about colloidal silver, every one here needs to go to thesilveredge.com you will find ALL the info you need if one takes a table spoon per day it will not collect in the body Indians hammer silver out to foil wrap candy with and consume it wrapper and all and have been doing this for hundreds of years man woman and child with no side effects. What this lady is doing is making sure people do not reap the benefits of silver, everyone should read a book from Dr. Robert Becker, trust me you will be astounded. When you go to a burn unit they put you in a bath of colloidal silver, the silver has shown to rebuild skin tissue blood vessels and bone. I have been making my own for 7 years and ‘no side effects. The blue people she describes is only one man in this country who consumed quarts a day when you do that it trys to come out of the skin, there is a safe dose to follow. What most people do not know is that there is silver in our atmosphere naturally occurring, there is so much more to write about the goodness of silver but I will let the reader have the pleasure to discover

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  19. I agree with your comments about colloidal silver being a broad spectrum antibiotic. However the fact that it will kill staph, strep and other potentially antibiotic resistance bacteria makes it worth a look. I suggest you contact a company in Texas called Silverkare. They can provide you with published research results and a host of testimonials. They also will distinguish therapeutic doses from non-therapeutic doses. I believe they sell to more than 30 hospitals for wound care, burn units, etc. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater!

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    • Total nonsense and not scientific. It is not about colloidal silver.
      Since i happen to be Swedish, I have read all about the “scientist” behind this – Asa Melhus – She has a patent on “xylitol band aids” which are a competing product to silver band aids. She launched a “defamatory” campaign against silver band aids, and they are now prohibited in swedish pharmacies – but are still for sale in the rest of European Union. There is no other sources about “the toxic silver” than Asa Melhus. Please – “follow the money” in this.
      Our most famous swedish childrens hospital named after the author of “Pippi Longstocking” – Astrid Lindgren Childrens Hospital – just wrote an informative article on how using silver bandages in burn wounds care reduced convalescence and saved 40000 SEK (4000 Euro) PER PATIENT.
      This is the “toxic silver” Asa Melhus is talking about…
      Article from “Karolinska Institute / Karolinska Hospital”
      http://www.karolinska.se/SOMA/Soma1/Artiklar/20091/Nummer-1/Brannpunkt-Solna/Fakta-om-silverforband-och-brannskadevard-for-barn/

      Google translate of the same
      https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.karolinska.se%2FSOMA%2FSoma1%2FArtiklar%2F20091%2FNummer-1%2FBrannpunkt-Solna%2FFakta-om-silverforband-och-brannskadevard-for-barn%2F&edit-text=

      ” Silver dressings have led to major improvements in the care of burned children and reduced costs by around 40 000 per patient.”

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      • And – the patent in question – http://patents.justia.com/inventor/asa-melhus

        Appropriately at the same time the “silver critique” emerged in Sweden…

        Patents by Inventor Asa Melhus
        Wound care product comprising a substance which inhibits the growth of bacteria in wounds
        Application number: 20070141129
        Abstract: Wound care product which comprises a substance which inhibits the growth of bacteria in wounds. The invention is characterized by the fact that the substance is xylitol. The invention also relates to the use of xylitol in wound care products and to the use of xylitol for producing a composition which has a growth-inhibiting effect on bacteria in wounds. The invention furthermore relates to a method for manufacturing wound care products which contain xylitol.
        Type: Application
        Filed: December 16, 2004
        Issued: June 21, 2007
        Inventors: Asa Melhus, Stefan Areskoug

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        • Thanks, Silver User, for the info-

          However, the discussion is not about if colloidal silver, or silver, is worse or better than using xylitol. I have no doubt that silver in any form is a metal with natural germ-killing properties and therefore topical use is appropriate when needed.

          The question that should be answered is: how does a metal, which acts as a broad spectrum antibiotic, not be detrimental to the beneficial bacteria in the gut? Do you propose that silver can somehow identify different strains of bacteria and only target the ‘bad guys’? Are there any studies which reflect this paradox?

          Also, your comment “follow the money” is a good one – colloidal silver costs pennies (dimes) to manufacture! Someone is getting very rich on distilled water and a few grams of silver!

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  20. Hi, my family does occasionally use colloidal silver. I found it is the perfect alternative to antibiotics for strep throat. I’m still considering all I read in your post and wondered do you have any suggestions for anything else that works well for strep?

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

      If you are just going to gargle with colloidal silver and not swallow it, then this occasional use for strep would be a reasonable use of this product in my opinion.

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    • We have killed strep very quickly with oregano oil. Drops directly onto the back of the throat/tonsils and capsules every couple of hours.

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  21. Silver does not accumulate in the body. Silver is a heavy metal, just like iron and copper. Heavy metals are just a term used to describe its weight. You are using it to scare people as “guilt by association”. There is actually chloride ions in table salt – and you know chloride is a deadly gas? Same thing – dont mix up the facts.
    WHO and NASA individually says silver is excreted 90-99%, and it is impossible to overdose on correctly made ion silver made from distilled water and pure fine silver 99.9%.
    Do not confuse silver salts as silvernitrate/chloride with ionic silver.
    These are toxic, due to the nitrate/chloride – and also larger molecules.
    Thanks!
    /HB

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Even if what you say is true (which it isn’t as a number of people with blue skin would tell you) colloidal silver is a highly effective germacide … for good and bad bacteria. Not good for maintaining healthy gut flora and long term health.

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      • Thanks for your reply.
        I want to start by thanking you for indirectly calling me a liar without any facts to back it up.
        If you are referring to the “number of people turning blue” – meaning Paul Karason, or, Rosemary Jacobs – i can inform you that these two “famous blue-turners” did not infact use “colloidal silver” – contrary to common belief and media misconceptions.
        Paul Karason used – as i mentioned before – silver-salt – namely silver-chloride.
        He makes this from “dirty water” and table salt to increase parts per million.
        This is not “colloidal silver” or “ion silver” – it is silver salt, which, as i said, is larger, and therefore gets stuck in the skin.

        As for Rosemary Jacobs – she has her own website – http://www.rosemaryjacobs.com/ – where she writes that her taking nosedrops of “CSP” for four years, “at any time” – made her greyish.
        This is not “colloidal silver” – CSP means “Colliodal Silver Protein”.
        This is silver and organic compounds – that has extremely larger molecules (upper nano scale) than ionic or colloidal silver.

        Please do not mix up silver salts, CSP with “colloidal” or “ion” silver particles, made using distilled water and electricity with no additives for acceleration.

        Also – here are the reports i talked about.
        WHO – who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/silver.pdf
        NASA – http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20110014435.pdf

        If you have any readers that actually HAS turned blue from correctly produced, store bought, colloidal silver ions – please write about that – because that would be fenomenal.

        Regards
        HB

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

          Thanks for the clarification. I myself consider ingesting a heavy metal like silver of any particle size to be a dangerous undertaking and choose not to ingest it – ever. If some disagree … I wish them well. I have no doubt that many of the people using colloidal silver with abandon will eventually suffer health problems from it (or probably already are if using it regularly … from the gut imbalance issues from destruction of their gut flora from silver particles that *inevitably* find their way there).

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          • Well – please note that copper also is a “heavy metal” – and far more dangerous than silver (as pure silver is non-toxic according to all known science, no alloys or salts included) and can cause grave hormonal issues if overdosed (or underdosed).

            No serious research (please link to it otherwise) proves colloidal silver damages gut flora.
            It is just not possible to ingest that amount of colloidal silver.

            Please read this article from the most established scientific journal in the world – http://www.nature.com/news/silver-makes-antibiotics-thousands-of-times-more-effective-1.13232
            Sure – they are questioning the safety – but that is related to a completely different area of use – namely as a “silver-coating” for a heart-transplant tube – not as “colloidal silver ions”.

            Regards
            HB

          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
            Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm

            If there weren’t cause for valid concern, wouldn’t colloidal silver be ok for the GAPS Diet? Ingesting silver particles into the digestive tract via the mouth *inevitably* will result in some of these particles reaching the gut … harming gut flora due to the remarkable sanitization effect silver has on both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. How many? We don’t know precisely but likely varies from person to person. Given the HUGE effect a balance of healthy gut flora has on long term health, I for one am not going to take any chances, thank you. I’ll happily use another natural antibiotic without the risks. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23017226

          • I would imagine taking silver drops sublingually and not drinking afterwards for a period should be virtually the same as taking silver transdermally.

          • Interesting comment that you never ingest any heavy metals = so you and your family are also vaccine free?

  22. Yes I take mesosilver. And absolutely would take a plant base with no build up. Must admit though that however it works, it knocked out a chronic like cold I kept having and haven’t had one stick since, 6 months at least. And I took rather larger amounts too. I bought a gallon and did more than half in a months time, I think about 4 table spoons sometimes twice a day. Now just a cap full or not at all. I was tired.

    So what is/are the ideal replacements? Thanks, love your work.

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  23. I agree with Victor and think this is a very misinformed post based on a stated predijice that without evidence the writer “felt” it was wrong. Please show the evidence that Coloidal silver harms beneficial bacteria?

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  24. Thank you Sarah for that great article. It really clarifies the controversy surrounding colloidal silver. I like to use silver gel for minor skin cuts and burn, although I used it once for a major cut (I had cut the tip of my left thumb while cutting vegetable, a big slice I must say) with great success. Even the nerve damage came back to normal after a few months. But my absolute favorite go to remedy is iodine Lugol’s solution. Iodine is antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antifungal and absolutely promote a healthy gut flora. If you want to know more about iodine: http://iodineresearch.com/

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  25. robinakagoatmom June 23, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for this information filled article and all the discussion. I’ve never used any silver product as I have a sensitivity to metals and just dismissed because of that little voice that said don’t go there. I’ve avoid a lot of antibiotics over my 5 decades and fortunately rarely get sick. As for surface injuries I’ve found activated charcoal poultices as my first line of treatment, especially for all sorts of bites has been effective and heal without any infections. I believe the foundations of maintaining good health are the basics, quality foods, sleep, play/recreation, meeting spiritual needs, etc. The longer you live that way the stronger you underlying body health becomes. Even in cold, flu season, working in the medical field I don’t do anything different unless I have a tremendous exposure at work combined with a stressor in my life. Than I may up the fermented foods, make sure I get my sleep or simply call a friend and enjoy a cup of green tea together or a do a extra exercise session..

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  26. Hi Sarah, Your article is great and exactly the logic behind why I no longer give colloidal silver to my family or take it myself internally. I used to, but came to the same conclusion as yourself — there are so many other effective products that don’t have such a massive risk. I also don’t feel it is my right as a parent to play around with this on behalf of my children. Like you, I have some on hand for external use. The idea that size/quality makes a difference is erroneous and I get so tired of hearing it. There are plenty of normal people who took good quality silver who have ended up with skin problems. Personally I found this lady’s story very compelling : http://www.rosemaryjacobs.com/rose2.html

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  27. Thank you for all your articles Sarah. They are all very helpful. An interesting thing happened to me a couple of years ago. After having a large tooth extraction I developed an infection in the gum. I used a good brand of colloidal silver just putting one teaspoonful in my mouth and holding it in the infected area for a few minutes. I did this only a few times over a couple of days. It cured the infection but then I noticed a slight blue tinge above my upper lip which has never gone away. I don’t know if anyone else has had this happen but I have been very wary of using it ever since.
    One good use I have found for it is that when I buy a large bottle of organic apple juice with no preservative in it I add one teaspoon on CS to the bottle after opening and it stops it from going bad and makes it last a couple of weeks as I don’t use very much.

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  28. My husband has been battling sinus polyps for the last several years. The ENT Dr. is now saying surgery. We’ve been searching for a natural way to get these things. Everything we’re told and everything we’ve read says they don’t know what starts them or how to get rid of them for good. But the Dr. keeps saying, “They’re fungal.” Isn’t that a clue?? Would the CS have any effect on them? We’ve tried oregano oil nose spray. Didn’t faze them. Hubby is using a good sinus irrigator now and he’s putting CS (Silver Sol) in the solution with the water. A capful, irrigating twice a day. He also just started with essential oils (breathing them up his nose) – frankensense, melrose, clove and sacred frankesense, in that order. We are also concerned about the two root canaled teeth he has in his upper jaw…right where the worst of the polyps are at…but the Dr. refuses to entertain any notion that dental stuff could be involved. Any other way to utilize the CS besides what he’s doing with the irrigator?

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    • Anita,
      I was diagnosed with sinus polyps as a teenager (I’m not early 40′s). My mother asked about removing them and the doctor responded that it was no use as they will just grow back. If it is fungal in nature then please get your husband to start consuming kefir, kombucha and fermented veggies. I have had “sinus infection” after “sinus infection” for months at a time. I figured that they were probably fungal related (as evidenced that when I tried the GAPS diet all my sinus issues went away, unfortunately finances prevented me from finishing the diet to its healing end), and I started consuming all 3 of those daily. In two days all my sinus “infections’ started clearing up, not to have returned since! This was a year ago. Go to “Cultured Foods for Life” to find recipes and stories.

      Blessings,
      Kerri

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  29. I love your site and this is my first time commenting :)
    I took colloidal silver daily for 2 years prior to having my tonsils removed at 23. Like clockwork, I would get strep throat every 6 to 8 weeks. I was constantly on antibiotics for months! Once I found CS, I never got strep for two years. Since having my tonsils out i no longer need to take CS and have been strep free for 6 years. Only occasionally do I take it orally while fighting a cold or virus.

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  30. We have used CS occasionally, but usually just topically. Because I also read that it collects in the body, it made me wary of ingesting it. We also use other natural antibotic remedies before reaching for the CS. However, I am curious what your perspective is on the essential oil buzz that has been going around lately. Have you already done a post about that?

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      As I said in the post, colloidal silver in small amounts occasionally is probably just fine, but why use it ever when there are natural antibiotics like garlic, cayenne, turmeric, etc that pose no risk at all because they are food based? This post is about why I don’t use it internally, others may disagree and that is their prerogative. I just don’t feel that taking it ever is necessary. Perhaps in extraordinary circumstances as some here have posted about, but most people are not using colloidal silver for these types of situations. They are using it for everyday colds and such and giving it to growing children to ingest and I find this problematic.

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      • This is just a quick note regarding garlic as an antibiotic. Garlic is more of an antiseptic than an antibiotic. It can be used to disinfect or protect surfaces (ex.: a cutting board) from certain germs but will have no effect on any germ or virus when taken orally. One can find thousands of sites touting garlic but none of them ever reference any of the studies done. They all just seem to copy each other.

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      • HI Sarah, do you have an opinion on using CS as eye drops? I get frequent eye infections and have found that using 2-3 drops per day, for a day or two, usually clears them up. I don’t know of any way to get garlic in my eyes, for instance! ;) But then maybe Iodine would be a solution instead?

        Of the alternatives, I can’t take cayenne or turmeric (allergic to both) and have found garlic to be completely useless for fighting infections (in my experience, not saying for everyone’s). I would love to know any other alternatives if you can think of them.

        Thanks so much for your perspective!

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

          My opinion is that as eye drops, colloidal silver would be fine as there is no ingestion of the product by mouth.

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          • I don’t use silver internally or in eyes either. I have eye problems so using everything imaginable has been done. Best luck I’ve had is using Divya Drishti (short term, this is not something to use daily). It is an herbal blend.

            I don’t know if silver collects in the body or not, but I’ve never felt it was a safe product. There is a homeopathic product which has gold in it but I’m not sure there is one with silver. Might check with Joette Calabrese at WAPF about the homeopathic eye recommendations. I’ve been loving the Drishti, however.

        • For eye infections, try a high-quality organic castor oil. I found out that one can put castor oil directly into one’s eyes when my elderly mother was prescribed to do just that to treat her dry eyes problems. Not only did it help her dry eyes feel better, it helped her eyelashes grow in thicker, surprise! She had a stye on one eyelid which also cleared up. Castor oil helps the skin cleanse itself of foreign matter.

          So yes, you can safely use colloidal silver as eyedrops to clear up an infection, and also consider using castor oil to help the body clear out any silver which may accumulate.

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          • Castor oil did not work in my eyes, nor did honey (which a lot of people recommend). It burned, it stung, it made my eyes all red and teary, and then it took me two days to clear up the mess I’d made.

            I’m glad to hear those things work for some people, but nothing has worked for me other than saline rinses made with filtered water and sea salt, or the Drishti eye drops. I tried Dr. Christopher’s eyebright stuff but that made my eyes burn and get all red, as well, because it contains cayenne. I diluted it down to almost nothing and it still seemed to make things worse. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

      • Sarah — you need to know what true colloidal silver is. Sovereign silver is not a true colloidal. Mesosilver and NutraSilver are. I think you should learn more before you start preaching…. there are three main types of silver: ionic silver, silver proteins and colloidal silver.

        Silver proteins will cause angyria (turning blue/grey). Colloidal silver doesn’t.

        The vast majority of silver is eliminated from the body within 24-48 hours and almost every bit of it is gone in less than a week. In fact, with NutraSilver you have to take it every 6-8 hours because it is out of your body before then.

        Maybe you should do some unbiased research at http://silver-colloids.com/ which doesn’t sell any type of silver, and only puts forth true information about the different kinds, etc.

        The only valid points you make in your post are

        1) It kills MRSA (I doubt ionic silver would, and definitely not silver proteins, but true colloidal silver) and other drug-resistant bactera AND it kills viruses. It can help with lyme disease and morgellons disease.

        2) It does kill bacteria, even some good ones. But it sure helps amazingly for UTIs and chronic yeast infections. BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE.

        The rest of your claims are untrue, of pure silver colloids. They may be true of ionic silver (the kind you make in your own home mostly) and silver proteins, but this article is about colloidal silver, not ionic silver or silver proteins.

        So maybe you should change your title as it is incorrect?
        Rebecca\’s last post: Mandala Yoga Massage Ball for Myofascial Release of Tension and Stiff Muscles

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        • p.s. Just eat a bite of sauerkraut every day to get more than enough probiotics back in your system. You need to eat probiotics every day anyway, right? Logic will present itself sometimes :) You don’t think that eating sauerkraut once is all it takes (or drinking milk kefir, or eating yogurt, etc). You continue to do it, over and over, and the probiotics don’t accummulate in your system…. or we would be seeing a lot of reverse gut dysbiosis happening… where the good bacteria are overwhelmingly more than the bad bacteria, which also isn’t a good thing…. but knowing that I drink a big glass of milk kefir daily, and water kefir, and sauerkraut, that would definitely be the case, right? Think of the trillions of good bacteria I am exposing myself to every day.

          You can choose not to use ionic silver or silver proteins, or even colloidal silver, but there are tons of people out there where silver saves their lives, or gives them back their life. :)

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          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
            Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

            Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as this. While what you suggest is hepful, killing off beneficial microbes in the gut with antibiotics … both drug based or not is a serious problem that can take years to rectify according to the latest research.

  31. Very interesting argument for both sides and I think I am sitting on both sides of the fence!!! I hear the point of it being not good for our gut bugs but I have to say that in 1998 coloidal silver taken internally saved my unborn baby’s life. I live in the tropics and I had Giardia which is a parasite you can get from contaminated water. Being pregnant, I couldn’t take the antibiotics that kill it and by 7 months pregnant I was really ill and only weighed 49 kg (my pre,preg weight was 50kg) Then I found colloidal silver!! 4 drops in water 3 times a day!! 4 days later I was cured!!! I put on 8 kgs in the last 3 months and delivered a healthy 3.2kg baby. There may be other things that can cure Giardia but at that time I had spent over $300 on natural stuff from natropaths to no avail then one told me about the silver and it only cost $15.

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  32. Sarah, thanks for the information. I’ve never intentionally swallowed colloidal silver, but Ray Behm D.D.S. uses it in his “Secret” protocol to heal gum disease. I mix it with baking soda and salt and brush it into to my gums, then rinse. Do you think this is ok to continue since I rinse my mouth with water afterwards?

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      I would consider that an external use if it is not swallowed. If you feel more comfortable, you can use H2O2 instead of colloidal silver for The Secret.

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      • By that same rationale, couldn’t we say that fluoride based toothpastes are external also and are okay to use for that reason? I enjoy your blog.

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

          Yes, that is true. The thing is fluoride to reduce tooth decay doesn’t work so why use it at all.

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  33. Colloidal silver in its larger molecular form, not the nanized micro particle form, is what turns one’s skin blue. Even in such cases, one has to consume great quantities in order to become like the “blue man” one can find online.

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      • Hi Shmo,

        You may want to take a look again. Rosemary Jacobs did not use colloidal silver. She began referring to what she did use (silver-based nose drops) after she was wooed by Stephen Barrett, MD of Quackbusters infamy. She uses the term CSP which means nothing in the silver world. When she experienced this (over 450 years ago) it was unheard of to prescribe/use “colloidal silver”. Instead, for the purpose she was using it, what was normally prescribed was silver nitrate nose drops. This contains large particles of silver. Virtually all scientists, including those who support the use of colloidal silver, will agree that this nasal solution can certainly cause argyria.

        Barrett is rabidly anti-alternative med (he makes his money from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries). He hooked up with Jacobs, coached her, and used her like a prize calf at a 4-H show. Her wording on everything she had written changed at that time and she began using “CSP” and “colloidal silver” in her written material and interviews.

        True colloidal silver cannot be produced at home. Only one company has the technology to produce true colloidal silver. Most sold today (and made at home ) is ionic silver.

        This website offers quality information on colloidal silver. It explains the difference between colloidal silver and ionic silver, too . The silver being sold here is from the proprietary colloidal silver generator owned by scientist Frank Keyes.

        http://www.purestcolloids.com/learning.php

        Lab site: http://www.colloidalsciencelab.com/

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  34. Victor Cozzetto June 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Dear Sarah,

    I was quite shocked to see your article, and I would beg you to retract if it had not already generated so much discussion. There is an enormous community with a wide body of experience that contradicts most of your points in your post. Myself included. I would like to engage you and your community to help explain the issues better.

    1. I love all your nutritional guidance, and I think that the WAPF dietary guidance is the holy grail of nutrition and health. Following such makes us almost indestructible. But there are pathogens that can kill the healthiest of us, and no combination of natural antibiotics can come close to matching the effectiveness of CS. In some cases yes, there are countless effective remedies, but nothing matches wide spectrum and potency of CS. CS saves lives. And that is why I must address this post.

    2. Most of what you report is the result of other silver products, such as silver nitrate, and not a result of colloidal silver. In addition, most people ‘in the know’ will make their own CS instead of buying it. It is safer and cheaper. I have never purchased it, but I have been making it for nearly ten years. Researching for twenty. Others have been consuming high volumes for over twenty years. And they are not blue.

    3. You cannot turn blue from a quality CS product. If so, my entire family would be smurfs by now. Silver from a quality CS product will pass through the body. It takes very special circumstances to trap silver in the body at any significant level. Hint: do not use it as a suntan lotion ;-)

    4. The exact mechanisms of action for CS are not fully understood yet. It is misleading to state facts about how CS works. Science has observed many different mechanisms, including stem cell generation, but again, it is not fully understood. It has been observed to attack all known pathogens in the body, whether they are bacterial, viral, or fungal in nature, and has also been shown effective against cancer cells in two different ways – killing the cells, or causing them to revert back to normal. In addition, CS is being used to heal third degree burns without scarring – something that has always been impossible. So again, CS demonstrates a broad range of mechanisms that we are still trying to understand.

    5. If CS killed everything indiscrimiently, we would be able to degrade our health with it, or even kill ourselves, as the ratio of bacteria to human cells is ten to one in our body. But CS cannot kill us. You can drink gallons of it and sit in a tub of CS, and you will not turn blue, and you will not have any ill effects. You would die of water poisoning first. There is no research that shows CS having any ill side effects, including gut issues. My daughter has never missed a day of school. She is healthy, active, and not blue.

    6. There is not a widely agreed to definition of heavy metals, and Dr. Kaayla Daniel makes no mention of silver in that quote. In addition, our body makes use of some ‘heavy metals’ which are even provided in supplements. The topic of heavy metals is used only as a scare tactic, and I was very surprised to see your comment. Shame on you for that one. Show me these blue people, or anyone suffering any toxic effect from CS. I only see the same blue man again and again. And he drank silver nitrate and/or other silver compounds, not CS.

    6. Your comment about CS damaging beneficial flora, and thus creating the same vulnerability that antibiotics do is false (and the people you quote are not stating any facts or evidence). There is indeed a common problem with antibiotics, and a specific example that plagues hospitals and nursing homes is when antibiotics are used to treat UTIs (urinary tract infection), and then the patient contracts C diff (Clostridium difficile , which can be deadly. If CS is used instead, you will eradicate the UTI and avoid C diff. CS can also be used to eradicate C diff. And CS is sometimes used mixed with aloe juice to help treat deeper intestinal issues. Vast evidence shows that CS helps the gut. I know of no evidence to the contrary.

    7. To further emphasize the complex nature of CS actions, my family drinks kefir. In particular, my wife notices a big difference with kefir in her daily life. And she drinks CS too. (Although we do not drink them at the same exact time and would recommend avoiding such). The CS does not reduce the effectiveness of the kefir at all in our experience. Constipation is a very easy barometer to read.

    There is a lot of anti-CS rhetoric on the web, put out there by pharmaceutical companies, and even CS profiteers. I strongly recommend CS, but I am against buying the products. You have to make it yourself, as that is much cheaper, and the only way to ensure quality and safety.

    I can say a lot more, but I would like to get a dialogue going. Please do challenge me on every comment I made here. This is one of my favorite blogs, and I respect all that you have done here Sarah. But this article would prevent me from sending anyone here in the future. I hope we can fix it.

    Victor

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Victor, Dr. Daniel didn’t mention aluminum or cadmium in that excerpt either, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t included in the discussion. I’m glad you are finding colloidal silver helpful to your family … I’ve heard all these arguments for colloidal silver before over the years, and I am quite frankly still very much unconvinced that consuming a heavy metal intentionally is ever a good idea.

      I’ve had success with safer natural antibiotics for over 15 years, and that is the route I will continue to pursue with colloidal silver only used externally. If you come to a different conclusion and wish to consume colloidal silver regularly, then I wish you well. I think it is very important that natural remedies be presented accurately with their caveats included such as the very real potential for gut imbalance from colloidal silver use. With so many people struggling to rectify gut problems, it is best in my mind to use other natural antibiotics as a first line of defense instead of reaching for colloidal silver all the time .. especially for children who have decades to live and would suffer with heavy metal issues that develop the most.

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    • Victor,
      Thanks for your reply to the article. Could you share your method for making your own CS that is safer than what can be found in stores?

      I notice that Sarah ignored your comment about CS not accumulating in the body in any significant amounts, but rather passing through. Do you have a response to that, Sarah? Also, what is the research showing that CS harms gut bacteria? Can you share a link or two, please?
      Thanks, both.

      Linore

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      • Hi Linore,

        My 3rd try to post this…

        I have used a few good devices, and I find the silverpuppy to be the best in my opinion. I use it with a thermal stirrer, and CS production is effortless, cheap, and of the highest quality. Use only distilled water. I strongly recommend a thermal stirrer, as it helps keep everything clean. You will find a thermal stirrer on the same site, or you can make one yourself.

        I use the silverpuppy only in ‘square wave’ mode, with auto shutoff. This simply alternates the current to keep the silver rods clean and evenly worn. The auto shutoff is very convenient, and gives us the most commonly recommended strength of CS (around 10ppm). The device has options so that people can manually make stronger CS if they wish. I have never found the need or desire to make anything stronger.

        If you notice that your rods or glass jar get dirty, your distilled water is probably not very good. I sometimes get a bad bottle of distilled water, irregardless of brand. Not a big problem, but something to be aware of.

        I would also like to give credit to Dr. Robert Beck (not be confused with Becker) for publishing schematics of devices twenty years ago, so that people could build devices for practically nothing. This works well too, but the silverpuppy and similar devices are much easier to use and produce superior CS.

        About the ongoing gut flora debate, the logic makes no sense to me, as the CS cannot selectively target only good flora, and so it cannot unbalance the gut in favor of the bad flora. The science and experience support this. CS will stop food poisoning, stomach viruses, etc., with rapid and obvious effectiveness, and no side effects that I have ever observed or read about.

        Thank you.
        Victor

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

          The post is clear that colloidal silver is a broad spectrum antibiotic and kills all bacteria good and bad, aerobic and anaerobic, just like conventional antibiotics. I would suggest contacting a GAPS Diet Practitioner who recommends a no ingestion policy for colloidal silver for patients with gut dysbiosis issues to go into further detail for you. Perhaps a phone consult or discussion would work better than the comment section of a blog which definitely has its limitations.

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          • Sarah, do you realize that David Getoff, the Vice President of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation disagrees with you? He has two public blog posts that specifically recommend CS, and specifically state his opinion that CS does not harm gut flora. You can find them on the PPNF website.

            I do follow GAPS knowledge, but that represents only a tiny fraction of the population, and even then is only a two year diet. And we can see many people crediting colloidal silver for curing their Crohn’s disease much faster. Protocols are augmented and modified all the time, and you have your own blog posts with a modified GAPS diet, which I applaud.

            Concerning GAPS and everyone else, I have a more general (rhetorical) question: why is it ok to eat dozens of other antibacterial foods, but not take colloidal silver? Coconut oil, ginger, various herbs, etc. are all encouraged. And as some have noted on this blog, yogurt, kefir, and other probiotics feed and replenish the good bacteria, so I still don’t see the logic in singling out colloidal silver as unbalancing the gut.

            I think that when we look at all these broad spectrum antibacterial agents we must consider that there are so many factors that we do not yet understand, and this is highlighted by the volumes of experiential evidence that does not match in vitro experiments.

          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
            Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 7, 2014 at 7:46 am

            That’s fine if some disagree … I choose to not ingest colloidal silver and that is my position for the reasons I’ve stated. If others choose to ingest it, that is their decision!

    • I agree with your points Victor, and I would also like to postulate a question: what if silver is not a “heavy metal” but rather an essential mineral? I tend to think gold is also an essential mineral. I don’t believe these minerals pose a danger to us

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    • good points, victor. I take CS sometimes. this article seems a bit fear-based and under-researched. or maybe it’s just that there are a lot of unknowns with CS.

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    • Great summary, Victor. I, too, have been making my own for 15 years, and my skin tone has not changed. Those folks likely have something ELSE in their mixture (could be in their water), not the silver, that is turning them blue. There are reputable vendors, and in a serious case, I would buy the higher ppm from my favorite vendor, but for general maintenance we are economically choosing to make our own.

      I also disagree that Silver builds-up in your system, like lead or other heavy metals. I bought Dr. Chi’s fingernail and tongue analysis book, and I do not have the symptoms of silver remaining in my body. CS is our household’s “go to” for a natural anti-biotic. Also use Olive Leaf extract for anti-viral, and Grapefruit Seed Extract for anti-fungal. While I enjoy and respect the Healthy Home Economist, I disagree with this article.

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      • Carrie or Victor,
        Could either of you please share your recipe for homemade CS? And/or a link to a vendor that you consider reputable? Thanks much.

        Linore

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  35. Thank you Sarah for that great article. It really clarifies the controversy surrounding colloidal silver. I like to use silver gel for minor skin cuts and burn, although I used it once for a major cut (I had cut the tip of my left thumb while cutting vegetable, a big slice I must say) with great success. Even the nerve damage came back to normal after a few months. But my absolute favorite go to remedy is iodine Lugol’s solution. Iodine is antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antifungal and absolutely promote a healthy gut flora. If you want to know more about iodine: https://www.facebook.com/notes/iodine-workshop/list-of-heavy-metal-excretion-resulting-from-iodine-supplementation/455012084633693

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  36. I can’t imagine what reason one would have to take colloidal silver internally on a regular basis, or for health maintenance.. However, if I had something like a serious pneumonia, I would definitely consider using it in an inhaler to combat an infection that could be life threatening. It also works wonders for pets. I have used it very successfully to heal–literally overnight– serious abscess ( from a bite/fight wound) in my cat. I used a syringe to flush out the abscess with the silver. Fantastic!

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      You wouldn’t believe how many people do! Inhaling it or swishing with it would much less problematic than swallowing it.

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  37. Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
    Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Yes, if you put it on your body, some will get in as the skin is permeable but not as much as if you swallow it! And, it won’t harm your gut balance putting it on the skin. I see people taking colloidal silver or giving it to their children even a small dose everyday as a preventative and I think that is very misguided.

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  38. Hi Sarah, I have seen a person at a practice where I once worked with the peculiar blue undertone from consuming colloidal silver, obviously having done so over a long period of time. Incidentally, a homeopathic remedy Dulcamara 200 works beautifully for swimmers ear or a wet season causing a bit of earache. I’m not a homeopath, but have used homeopathy for my family for 18 years avoiding antibiotics with the guidance of a wonderful homeopath/md. Love your posts.

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  39. well i will still use it of the rare occasion that i do. good points ,all that i have thought of tho. good work

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  40. Hi Sarah
    I appreciate the info. Just in the last year have I learned about using colloidal silver (C.S.) as a natural defense against pathogens.
    When I get hit with cold symptoms, my basic M.O. now is 3-4 times a day to use C.S. spray in my mouth, ingest fresh crushed garlic, and take Oil of Oregano (OO) gel caps. The results have been phenomenal to stop the progression of a sore throat or head cold from getting worse, and healing quickly.
    Of course, thankfully this is only a few times a year (1-3 maybe).
    I used to only use garlic, which seemed helpful, but not near as effective as adding the C.S. & OO into the mix.
    I was unaware of the things you mentioned in your blog regarding C.S., and will be much more selective about the times I use it.
    I will plan to only use it if garlic and OO do not seem to be helping. Hopefully I won’t get a build up of silver in my gut, brain, or anywhere else just by doing that! And I will try the other herbs you mentioned.
    And thanks for the tip of the swimmer’s ear. I will spread the news.
    You’re awesome. Thank you for all your research and helpful info you share!

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  41. Well I guess I need to add this link as a disclaimer in my colloidal silver posts now! We used to use it now and then, mostly for external use with ear pain, but no one has had ear pain for so long we haven’t needed it. And a bottle I had in the freezer just broke so I’m out anyway. (I had some go bad in the fridge because we used it so rarely, so I started keeping it in the freezer.)

    Thanks for this scoop, Sarah!
    Kel
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    • Hi Kelly,
      I was a bit surprised by you saying your CS went bad. I have been making it for years….. never refrigerate…. just keep in a closet and have never had any “go bad”. It remains totally effective and helpful.
      What told you that yours went bad? Very curious, to say the least.

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  42. Wouldn’t natural antibiotics like garlic and turmeric, etc also kill good bacteria in the gut? They aren’t selective either.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Actually they are selective. Garlic actually feeds good bacteria and is considered a prebiotic.

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      • InalienableWrights June 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        I think that may turn out to be a stretch.

        We haven’t even identified all of the flora that live in the gut much less which ones are positively beneficial, and which ones are positively harmful.

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  43. I so totally agree with you Sarah.
    I worked in a health food store for several years and I tried to convey this same message to customers who insisted on drinking the colloidal silver and giving it also to their children and pets on a daily basis! When I tried to convince them that the Silver may also be killing off their beneficial bacteria they could not think past the marketing claims and false advertising which is typical of the industry.
    Common sense anyone?
    Thank you for publishing this information.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I know … I have witnessed this too … totally misguided how some use colloidal silver like it’s completely harmless. I often wonder if this is why some are trying desperately to regain gut balance but seem to not be able to accomplish this … because they are using colloidal silver which is undoing all the good stuff they are putting in. Common sense indeed!

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  44. I so appreciate this and all of your wonderful articles, recipes, recommendations. They have all really benefitted me.

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  45. That was supposed to say “it makes sense” not “prince. I so hate auto-correct. I should know better to check before hitting that comment button! LOL!

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  46. Good point. I too have never consumed colloidal silver. Some how it never seemed right to me and now that you have raised the point that it is non-selective of which bacterial it kills it makes prince to avoid swallowing it to protect ones population of good bacteria.

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  47. I’ve often wondered about this. I also question, “do the plant based antibiotics, like garlic or oregano, also kill beneficial gut bacteria?” I would assume that with all of these remedies, the good bacteria is killed along with the bad if taken internally.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Actually no … the natural antibiotic I use most frequently, garlic, is a prebiotic and is beneficial to good flora.

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  48. I have used colloidal silver internally for years on occasion, and it is recommended by my naturopathic doctor as well – Though I do also use the plant-based natural antibiotics. In my research, I have concluded that true silver is non-toxic and harmless when used in normal dosages. Everyone must choose what they feel is best for their family!

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  49. Jeanette Caldwell June 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I take it internal and external, especially as a mouth wash. I give it to my teenager when in school a flu or virus breaks out, gargle for sore throats- it works like nothing else. As far as harmful to your gut: OK you have a good point, but your gut flora can be in tact with pre and probiotics. I regularly soak in foot baths and bath tubs to get rid off heavy metals in my body ( Redmond bath salts or make your own with either Epson or sea salt, vinegar and most importantly Bentonite clay). I think everything in moderation to keep your body in sync is the key. It would be great if you could write in depths about your alternative herb remedies garlic, turmeric, cayenne, and oregano oil and compare the benefits over the outcome of colloidal silver.To our health and keep inspiring.

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  50. What about Zinc, that’s a metal listed in the same charts as other heavy metals yet it is necessary for our health, it’s also toxic in the wrong dosages. The same is true of many different metals. Saying all metals are bad because some are isn’t a very good argument. If your body’s elimination functions are impaired and you take extreme doses then most anything will build up and cause issues. There have been tests done that show properly prepared Colloidal Silver in EPA standard safe dosages are expelled with little to no residual build up in a human body with a properly working expulsion system. And while the EPA isn’t perfect, it has certified Colloidal silver as safe in their published dosages. And for Argyria, that is due to silver salt compounds, there is a difference.

    Silver will not distinguish between “good” and “bad” bacteria as you said. But studies again have shown that in appropriate internal dosages the majority if not all of the silver gets absorbed into the blood stream.

    I’m not trying to say you’re wrong for not ingesting Colloidal Silver, I don’t think there have been enough invivo tests done to say for sure it is a great benefit, but at the same time I don’t think there is enough evidence to suggest it is as harmful as your article suggests. If anyone reading this is on the fence I’d suggest doing some searches online for discussions on both sides of this debate, there have been numerous papers and studies done around this to support both arguments, even though there is still much to be discovered.

    http://www.silver-colloids.com/Papers/AltmanStudy.PDF

    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/814960-overview

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  51. Thanks for the interesting, well researched and thoughtful article. I will post this on my health facebook page. I have only used colloidal silver externally, but it does make sense to use for a serious infection that may not respond to conventional or more natural treatments. As a last resort, given a risk, benefit analysis, it may be a good option for life threatening infections.
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  52. I appreciate you sharing this!
    As a side note, I use silver drops for all sorts of topical infections (ear, cuts, even in our eyes) and it has worked wonders. So much easier (for minor infections anyway) to use that before having to truck our whole fam to the doctors.
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  53. Oh Sarah, so sorry to hear you post this. I too have done extensive research on this topic. http://www.natural-immunogenics.com/ Sovereign Silver Hydrosol “cured” my daughter of the disabling autoimmune disease PANDAS/PANS. This disease is effecting more and more children everyday. Antibiotics, Steroids, IVIG, etc.. are the treatment options. That was NOT an option for our family as we are very health conscious and live mostly on WAP/GAPS diet for the past 10 years (Our personal story is in Dr McBrides GAPS book) http://www.realfoodgal.com/p/my-journey.html I don’t know what I would have done without Silver in our lives to nip PANDAS/PANS in the butt. We did a hard core Silver protocol for 6 months stop the insanity. (Silver paired with Aloe) internally and in a nebulizer (to stop breathing issues) followed by Homeopathy to fix the core root problem. Many are overcoming ALL sorts of diseases using Silver. Silver is not processed in the body as you write. Mike Adams is respected in the health field: http://www.naturalnews.com/037683_sovereign_silver_colloidal_emergency_first_aid.html
    I just ask that you please read more about Silver as it could help MANY of your readers. I have nothing but positive things to say about its effectiveness. xxx

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      So glad it was helpful to you! I’ve done a lot of reading on colloidal silver over the years and nothing can change the fact that it is a heavy metal that accumulates over time in body tissues and harms beneficial flora. I think in the majority of cases, colloidal silver is best skipped in favor of a food based natural antibiotic that doesn’t build up in the body and harm the balance of good bacteria in the gut. This article is about why I personally never consume it. If you wish to consume it yourself, that is of course your choice.

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      • Sarah, you state: “fact that it is a heavy metal that accumulates over time in body tissues and harms beneficial flora.”
        Please note, this is “opinion”, no different then my “opinion”. Please, facts are –we need air to breathe, water to drink, shelter etc…
        SO MANY are gaining control of their “out of control” gut issues USING SILVER. Getting that pathogen load down, so that the good bacteria can take over. People with chronic GI issues. So, I heavily disagree. Although, I spent quite a few years following these silver-using people’s cases, and saw the positive effects (not negative). Silver helped RESTORE gut, not destroy as you imply. That has been my experience, so please, given your broad audience, please just open your mind to “possibilities” in life vs. saying such and such is a FACT. Very few FACTS on this planet. Most “opinion” and opinions rise from what you have been taught, what you have read and what you have experienced. Which, is SO limited in the grand scheme of life!

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

          It’s not opinion unfortunately. I’m finding via this article that colloidal silver fans are a bit in denial about the product they love and its downsides.

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    • Always Expecting June 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Jeni, Thank you so much for sharing the link to your story. My hubby takes CS internally when the kids are sick, but he has NO issues with elimination & he has a very healthy gut. The kids & I get a drop of diluted Oil of Oregano, because we do not have his gut & I was afraid the CS would kill off the good bacteria too.

      Your story is amazing. I just shared it with my mom & husband. My oldest is on the spectrum & I keep reading & searching for answers.

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  54. It was once suggested to me to inhale colloidal silver (via a nebulizer) to help with asthma. My gut feeling (no pun intended) told me not to, so I refrained. After reading your article, I am glad I listened to that voice inside.

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    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
      Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Always listen to that little voice! I remember back in the 1990′s when people were so enamored with colloidal silver and used it for *everything*. I never did even though I didn’t have any research to support my position at that time. It just didn’t seem right to put metal in your body even if it did work to resolve infections particularly since other food based natural antibiotics work just as well or better.

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      • Hi Sarah, Is colloidal silver and silver sol the same thing? Ive heard it is not and that taking silver sol internally is not harmful like colloidal silver might be. Do you have any information on silver sol?

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      • Since I have been on herbal supplements all I hear from the shops I use talk against metals, so why would you use a supplement with metals? Just saying

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist June 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

          Different brands … same problem. Heavy metals being ingested and damage to gut flora.

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      • From what I see here, you still don’t have any research to support your position. Also you have yet to address a question that has been asked several times by commenters. That being, How do you know that other natural antibotics are not harming gut flora? Any antibotitic, natural or otherwise, is going to kill good bacteria. That is why a person should always make an educated decision about their course of treatment and proceed with caution. Too much of anything is bad for you, but you can’t cut out things that can help in certain situations because it may hurt you if you overuse it. Moderation is key. Silver may be a heavy metal but it is NOT a toxic metal, silver salts are toxic and also what causes blue skin, your information is misleading.

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        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist
          Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

          Any metal, even iron, is toxic when it builds up in the body. Too much iron causes heart disease in men, for example (blog post on this for those interested).

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