Why I Never Consume Colloidal Silver

by Sarah Natural RemediesComments: 296

colloidal silver bottleDon’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. This article details the best natural antibiotics to choose from instead of colloidal silver if you need to use internally.

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


More Information

Safe Natural Remedy for Swimmer’s Ear

The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them

Comments (296)

  • Tabatha

    I have multiple drug allergies. Pen, Floxins, Macrolides, Cephalosporins etc. My internist believes (and believe me it was hard to get him to admit it) that the reason for this is my family doctor’s ignorance in prescribing me nothing but broad spectrum antibiotics through my 20’s for every little thing. Sore throat? No need to culture.. now off you go with some Keflex. Chronic sinus infection? Here’s some Duricef… here’s a zpak, here’s this and that. You get the picture. I was also ignorant to these drugs or what they could be doing to me. Once I reached the age of 44 years old, I started having some major allergic reactions to them. Cipro nearly killed me. After taking it off and on most of my life, I started a round of it for a UTI and BAM my throat started to close, and I couldn’t breathe. I was terrified. And since that, I’ve begun having hives, rashes, throat closing to various drugs. It’s rather frightening to live this way knowing if you ever needed serious help… you may not be able to handle the cure. My doctor says I’d need to be admitted into the hospital if I needed an antibiotic and put on an IV and pumped full of antihistamines and watched carefully. So, two months ago when I caught a very nasty case of Strep group A in my throat, I panicked! I cried! The doctor looked at me and shrugged his shoulders, not knowing what to do with me. He insisted I try Erythromycin… being I haven’t had it since the mid 1990’s, I may do OK on it. So I took it, and three days later I landed in the ER unable to breathe, and my skin turned red on my face, neck and arms. I went home and laid in the fetal position… crying my head off. They told me I may have to go into the hospital just for the strep throat. So my husband’s co worker heard of this and encouraged me to try colloidal silver. I didn’t trust a homemade brand so my husband bought a big bottle of it at a nearby HFS. I honestly thought it was not going to help. But if you have ever had that knives/burning torturous swallowing feeling from strep, you get the desperation one feels to stop it. I’d swallow lard from a can at that point, if I thought it would go away. So I started with the silver and it wasn’t doing much… I gargled and took a tablespoon every few hours. My fever increased. My intuition said… to take more so I increased the dose and by the end of the evening the fever dropped and never returned. It took a good 3 days of increased dosing and the pain was completely gone. The pus pockets on my throat had gone from upwards of 8 down to 3 or 4. I felt very good all over too. I felt like going out walking.. shopping…. I was pretty much surprised because in the past it always took me a week or more on antibiotics, and sometimes MULTIPLE antibiotics just to cure one thing. I have spent so much money on antibiotics all of my life it’s unreal. And when I started to really study the side effects and liver damage from them… I’m angry that I ever took them. I feel that the antibiotics ruined me. I stayed on the CS for a few more days, lowering the dose and spreading it further apart. I returned to my Dr to get cultured again…. I insisted. Not a rapid strep test, but a culture. And it came back clean. All of the pockets on my throat were gone. No antibiotic has ever worked that quick for me, and usually after antibiotic use… my stomach is a wreck for the following week. Not with the CS… however, I still took some probiotics just to cover my bases. I know that ingestion is not favorable.. but in my situation… it’s not favorable to put myself at risk… enter the hospital and try to force my body to take drugs that it doesn’t want. There may be a day or situation that would warrant this, but not for smaller things. I also experimented with OOO when my husband came down with a cold..well.. he was a willing participant. His cold lasted 3 days and tapered off by 4. When he gets sick with cold… it knocks him down to where he needs to take off work and go to bed for a couple days. Not this time…. he was able to continue working and said he felt energetic on the OOO. As for CS and OOO, I treat them like they are antibiotics and do not use them every day for avoidance of getting sick. They work very well for us when we do not use them outside of being ill.

    May 9th, 2016 10:30 am Reply
    • Josh

      I had to take colloidal silver and grape fruit seed extract when I had citrobacter causing my dysbiosis. After taking colloidal silver, I have been even more fatigued. Even months after stopping the silver (I was on for 3 weeks) I am even way more fatigued than I was before. Is it possible for silver to give you long lasting fatigue?

      May 13th, 2016 11:29 am Reply
  • 0rsen

    I make my own colloidal silver/ That way, It takes 30 minutes to produce 250 ml of top quality silver, and a further couple of hours to stabilize the solution by reduction. Much of the so-called colloidal silver on sale will not have been reduced, and to compensate for this is sold in amber bottles, with instructions to store away from light. As for the efficacy and safety of CS, don’t forget that it is used in all major burns units in the U.S. and the UK.

    March 31st, 2016 11:55 pm Reply
    • Adriano

      Dear Orsen, how do you reduce your silver? I’m doing it by myself too but I never knew it has to be reduced.


      May 13th, 2016 9:53 am Reply
  • Yev T.

    Silver is toxic?

    Not according to any accepted published information. According to the CRC handbook 52nd edition page B-30:

    While silver itself is not considered to be toxic, most of its salts are poisonous due to the anions present.

    Silver is a transition metal, not a heavy metal, and according to the EPA totally non-toxic to mammals. It is extremely toxic to molds, fungus, bacteria, protozoa and viruses.

    MSDS sheets for silver all indicate 0 health effects. (2)

    But for more than 40 years we have known that silver is a hard, proven carcinogen – a cancer-causing agent.

    Every modern reference lists silver has having no carcinogenic properties.

    The EPA restricts any carcinogens to negligible levels. The level that the EPA now accepts in drinking water is 1.142 ppm. If you assume a person drinks 64 ounces of water with 1 ppm of silver, and takes 2 ounces of 5 ppm colloidal silver, then they would receive 6.4 times as much silver in their EPA approved drinking water than the colloidal silver. It is incomprehensible that 2 ounces of 5 ppm CS could be harmful and that over 6 times that much in your drinking water is not.

    Silver is not listed as a human carcinogen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) or the European Union (EU). (3)

    Metallic silver is listed in the 1979 Registry of Toxic Effects as causing cancer in animals.

    This is an old document and all versions are available by subscription only. However OSHA not only lists this general document, but they have a document, “TOXICOLOGICAL PROFILE FOR SILVER” specific to silver at the CDC website. (1) The following is the most recent information they have on silver with regards to cancer:

    No studies were located regarding the following health effects in humans or animals after inhalation exposure to silver or silver compounds.

    Claims that it is safe have come primarily from the companies that make silver products – hardly a trustworthy source of unbiased information.

    Actually the data that it is safe comes from the fact that not one single study has ever found any toxicity to silver or as a cause of cancer. Companies selling silver products simply state those facts. I have not found one study in 5 years of searching that has indicated that silver is not safe, as opposed to many which show a great lack of safety for typical modern antibiotics. The CDC has found this to be true as well as they indicate in reference 1.:

    Predominantly negative genotoxicity studies and the lack of reports of cancer associated with silver in humans, despite long-standing and varied usage, suggest that silver does not cause cancer.

    Silver in any form is a bio-accumulative toxic heavy metal, like mercury, lead, and arsenic.

    False, silver is not a heavy metal, it is a transition metal, as is copper and gold. Comparison with toxic heavy metals is a red herring. It is also false that it is bioaccumulative. Studies done by Roger Aldman (4) have shown that virtually 100% of silver taken orally is eliminated from the body within a few months.

    Its action as an antibiotic comes from the fact that it is a non-selective toxic “biocide.”

    It is not a biocide, which means that it is toxic to all of life, it is germicide, that is only toxic to viruses and one celled life form. That is exactly what one wants if trying to kill bacteria, viruses, algae, funguses and protozoa. It is a proven fact that is it not toxic to mammalian cells, and when taken as a colloid in water in a typical strength of 10 ppm, the water is more toxic than the silver. Water has an MD50 of 190 G/KG for mice which works out to less than 2 gallons for a 100 pound woman. (6)

    It is known – and acknowledged – that long-term use of colloidal silver or silver salts deposits metallic silver under the skin, turning people’s skin an ashen-gray color, an affliction known as argyria (see reference below).

    Once again a false statement, one that is easily proven false. Silver salts do and can cause argyria, that is not in dispute. The physics is well known and is experienced by everyone as the standard photographic process. Silver salts when exposed to light gain an electron producing a silver atom. Then the silver atom (known as the latent image in film), will grow when exposed to additional silver salts and a developer in an alkaline solution (known as development in photography). When the silver particles grow sufficiently, they will begin absorbing light and causing a darkening of the area, whether in a photographic print, or the skin of an animal. It is impossible to make a photograph using silver particles to start with, that is the end result (and if you leave a dark photo which is dark because it has particles in the emulsion in the light over time it will tend to fade, not darken). Likewise it is impossible to cause argyria using colloidal silver which IS silver particles already. Silver compounds and silver colloid have nothing in common as far as argyria is concerned, and despite what many claim colloidal silver does not only not cause argyris, it can be an effective prophylactic against argyria. That is if colloidal silver is taken with silver salts there will be a reduced likelihood of argyria from the salts. The following reference uses IES to mean Electrolytically Isolated Silver, which is a combination of both colloidal silver and ionic silver that many people make with distilled water and pure silver electrodes:

    What happens when you take silver compounds.

    A silver compound will typically become silver chloride as soon as it hits the stomach. The silver chloride is sparingly soluble, about .8 ppm. The dissolved silver chloride will move into the blood stream and once there will be exposed to chemicals that will induce the silver to plate out on any other silver particles present. However initially there will be no other silver particles present, so the silver chloride circulates in the blood until exposed to light in the skin, where they are photo reduced to silver atoms. This is the photographic process that occurs when you take a picture (with a film camera). Once the silver atoms are produced in the skin, then the rest of the silver chloride will begin reducing onto those particles making them grow very fast, and resulting in many of them getting stuck in the skin. Since the particles are so small, they will appear as black or blue, giving the skin a bluish cast. This is called argyria, and can result from taking silver compounds without any colloidal component.

    What happens to EIS when taken internally?

    Since there are two components to EIS, then two different things happen.

    The colloidal portion diffuses through the stomach wall rather quickly and enters the blood stream as long as the particles are small enough.

    The ionic portion is a combination of silver hydroxide and silver oxide. While in solution they continually convert from one to the other and back again. Each has a solubility of about 13 ppm, so any EIS which is less than about 26 ppm and a pH of 7 will be totally dissolved. Upon contact with the HCl (hydrochloric acid) of the stomach both of these compounds will immediately form silver chloride. The silver chloride has a solubility of .8 ppm, so most of the silver chloride will precipitate out, but the remaining part will quickly move into the blood stream. As it does, that which precipitated will redissolve and move into the blood stream as well. The end result is that most of the silver chloride will move into the blood stream over time, but at a lower rate than the colloidal portion.

    Once it is in the blood stream it is exposed to the same effects we discussed for silver compounds above. Basically it will try to plate out on any silver particles it finds. Since there will be colloidal silver which already passed into the blood, there will be lots of particles for it to plate out on. So in short order the silver in the silver chloride plates out onto the colloidal particles already there, and they grow by a small amount. Typically for an EIS of 10% particulate content, the particles should grow to about double in size. This is insufficient to cause them to get caught up into tissues, and they eventually get removed by the kidneys.

    So, as it turns out. colloidal silver is actually a prophylactic against argyria, instead of a cause as some would have you believe.

    Argyria is considered permanent.

    It is by many, but there are reports of protocols that have successfully removed argyria in the last 10 years.

    However it is agreed one does not want argyria, and thus should avoid silver salts and MSP if at all possible.

    It also accumulates in internal organs, continually exposing the cells of those organs to silver, wreaking unknown havoc, and it is likely that it actually interferes with the body’s normal immune processes.

    This is proven wrong by a number of studies, as given above. Silver does not accumulate, except in cases of argyria from silver compounds, one study was cited above already. What kind of statement is “wreaking unknown havoc”? It means that there is no known havoc, so there is the assumption of some “unknown havoc” that must occur to support his view. Unscientific at best and totally misleading at worst. Also it is likely that it interferes with immune process is not only pure speculation, but contrary to thousands of reports of people (including myself and members of my family) who have effectively never caught a cold, the flu or anything else after taking an ounce or two of colloidal silver a day. I began taking one to two ounces of 5 to 10 ppm colloidal silver a day in 1999, and have not had one single herpes simplex outbreak since although I would typically get at least one outbreak a month previously.

    February 19th, 2016 11:09 am Reply
    • Eszter Webb

      Wow. Thank you very much for taking the time to share all this info with us. I appreciate it!

      March 6th, 2016 3:41 pm Reply
    • Natalia Lombardi

      WOW!!!! Very informative. Even checking OSHA! Amazing, tysvm💖

      May 15th, 2016 1:09 am Reply
  • Fred

    HI, lots of comments on this! I would agree with you in principal…though if in a distressing time of major infection an exception can be made. And the body can clear out heavy metals if things are working properly, and things like Fulvic acid are excellent chealtors that will remove heavy metals from us as well.

    But I would add this: silver in the ionic form is most beneficial, and it is in what you can call a “dissolved” state then. It is not the same as colloidal silver, which are actual tiny particles of metal, as you know. Ions do not accumulate in the same way in the body. Sadly, ionic silver mixes with chlorine in our stomachs to produce silver chloride, which is not overly harmful or anything, it’s just not that helpful either. So ingesting ionic silver is almost useless. Hence colloidal silver will get the silver past your gut and ions can get into you that way as well.

    However, the very best way is to nebulize silver, to breath in silver in it’s ionic form. This goes straight into your blood, and bypasses the gastric tract altogether, eliminating the main problem of getting silver into you. It is by far the safest and most effective way to get silver into you internally. Hope this helps.

    January 4th, 2016 3:35 am Reply
    • AnonS

      Interesting! How would you go about breathing it in?

      February 13th, 2016 1:51 pm Reply
      • Larry

        by using a nebulizer

        April 2nd, 2016 5:32 pm Reply
  • Emma

    All antibiotics are not selective in the bacteria they kill. This is why people have bad stomachs after a course of such medicine because it attacks the flora in your intestines too, which are good bacteria. The reason we have different antibiotics is due to different ones being more resistant to others depending on the bacteria present.

    October 8th, 2015 12:31 pm Reply
    • Dean

      No kidding just like the article says but what’s the gaps diet?

      October 28th, 2015 8:27 pm Reply
  • Nanna

    I have copd and have been researching ways to help my breathing.Colloidal Silver has come up in my research quite a bit,and the pros are outweighing the cons. I purchased 30ppm from Source Naturals,can anyone tell me if this is a good brand before I use it?

    September 29th, 2015 2:55 pm Reply
    • Ellen

      I used to use Source Naturals for years and then discovered they use many additives/preservatives that are contraindicated. I researched Colloidal Silver on Amazon and this brand seems to have the most/best reviews. Hope this is helpful. Sovereign Silver Natural Immunogenics

      October 14th, 2015 7:25 pm Reply
    • Lolita

      Get Mullein leaf tea. Lifesaver!!!!!! One cup in the morning one at night. No weeze. Colloidal is an antibiotic. You don’t have infection. Use that when you get a respiratory infection. Blessings

      February 7th, 2016 9:17 pm Reply
  • Shelbyoryan11

    That is absolute nonsense! Silver’s Valence is AG+ (1) Therefore silver is “not” toxic like the other metals, rather it is dulciment. I’ve used colloidal silver in my eye when I had pink eye, and it was gone within the our. We all know that a doctor will prescribe us a antibiotic dropper and it takes forever for it to work. And another thing, millions of people use it every day and i don’t see them keeling over. I’ve been ingesting colloidal silver for years and i haven’t had any side effects of course. It works and it’s great stuff.

    September 21st, 2015 10:55 pm Reply
    • Ms67GTO

      I could not agree more with you Shelbyoryan11. I use colloidal silver as a prophylactic aid. When I feel a sore throat or achy feeling coming on, I immediately start (1) tsp. of (4) tsp daily and within 12 hours, I’m totally fine. It will stop a cold, flu virus, etc.; I have not had a cold/flu/virus in seven years while others around me are always getting “something”. Yes, I definitely attribute this to colloidal silver. I’ve never experienced any side effects/complications/reactions whatsoever. I also use it topically on cuts, burns, ear infections, serious eye infections, mosquito bites, blisters, bacterial infections of the skin; it works both internally and externally. Personally, I don’t care who disagrees with me as I, and my family, am/are walking testimonies to the natural healing components of colloidal silver. I think too many negative posters have been overdosing with CS; I also believe many posters who subscribe to these blogs work for Big Pharma – it’s killing their business!

      September 22nd, 2015 6:43 pm Reply
      • Ms67GTO

        Just an FYI. If you’d like to learn more facts regarding colloidal silver, please check out the site I’ve listed below written by Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist.


        September 22nd, 2015 6:49 pm Reply
      • james Wilkes

        I agree,been using it for 16 years or more,rarely if ever sick.This stuff is nothing short of amazing.I have used it on cracked split athletes foot and they literally healed over night!

        April 9th, 2016 1:39 pm Reply
    • Nyaday

      Just wanted to add something, from my understanding we swirl the CS under the tongue bcoz what is important is the particles of the silver to enter the blood easily. He does not make sense, as long as you are putting it in your mouth for a while then you should be blue by now.

      November 4th, 2015 7:12 pm Reply
    • ann101

      I agree with both of you ladies! I just used it on my daughters staph skin infection. The prescribed antibiotics weren’t working so I put silver on the wound that was created from the bacteria and it cleared in a matter of hours. I put it in my cats eyes. He’s susceptible to pink eye. It clears in hours. I drink it at the first sign of flu or cold symptoms and I haven’t been sick or my husband for a year and a half now. We resorted to this stuff after years of getting sick. I find this alternative safer than a flu vaccine.

      December 7th, 2015 11:39 am Reply
  • Annemarie

    I need to know if I spray Collodial silver on a wound (wet it good) for a week every two hours, would it colour the skin. I need to know because the wound surrounding skin started to become darker and I need to know if it is just colouring because of the product or if there might be other problems inside like death of cells.

    August 28th, 2015 4:36 pm Reply
  • Danielle

    You should not use colloidal silver in anyone’s mouths. When it is in your mouth, that is not external use.

    August 22nd, 2015 8:31 am Reply
    • Arpad Schummer

      The article doesn’t mention that most harmful pathogens are aerobic, and will be killed by colloidal silver. Most helpful bacteria in the gut is anaerobic (requires no oxygen), hence will not be harmed by colloidal silver. The only way colloidal silver will turn a person gray or blue, is if it isn’t made using pure silver. So, while the article is mostly positive, it isn’t accurate in a very important way.

      August 23rd, 2015 5:57 pm Reply
  • Cecily

    Thank you so much Sarah for posting this thread. I am intrigued reading it; and I still have questions. I also would like to see papers showing that mano silver or colloidal silver kills good intestinal bacteria? Please, anyone; apologies if I have missed any links? I respect your caution; and I personally believe/hesitate it should be taken thoughtfully and not on a regular basis; even though many appear to have no issues taking it long term. Although I hate to think what some of the antibiotics have done to me esp. CIPRO for UTI’s! (PS do you ingest col silver for UTI’s?) However I would like to point out a lot of you may have better results without having to ingest silver. I have spent thousands $ on a brilliant Bio Dr and testing (who incidentally a year and a half ago he also suggested my family go on GAPS) as a friend was already on it for her son; so we did so for 8-10 months; (and am still gluten free now) which was/is beneficial in some areas. Anyway, a very good tip for you coming from my Dr is to look at your sulphur pathways. He see’s teems of very sick people (people regular dr’s cannot treat) including treating them in private hospitals. He told me he put a tongue depressor stick in a very sick child’s mouth. He then put it in his own. He does not get sick because his SULPHUR pathway works well. sulforaphane. One of the very best things are broccoli sprouts (my 9 yr old has just started taking; his liver has not been detoxing greatly and we are currently trying to get excess copper out of his system as he has been very sick – anxiety, tension, constant sore throat, headaches, nausea, muscle soreness, picks up flus/viruses at the drop of a hat). Was diagnosed with OBD 3-4 yrs ago. Enduracel/DefenCell is a controlled form; which is proven to be brilliant. Thus of course garlic, onions (limited for us as he has histamine issues atm) broccoli, cabbage etc. I hope this helps. NAC can also help asthma, OCD I believe and some addictions. If ever I feel a sore thoat coming on (rarely) I take a little cayenne pepper; works for me every time. However; the Dr said correct mineral balance is at the base of the pyramid for good health. Zinc Copper should be the same. ie if you have level 18 zinc should be 18 copper for eg. I hope this helps others!! It’s very important. Note don’t start taking above without professional advise if copper zinc is out! Can send some kids nuts for awhile and is important to get zinc copper ratios corrected first. (except in my sons case where he needs it now) Was off topic; but I hope helpful. Anyway; the reason I found this thread; is 1.5 yrs ago my intestinal strep cons. was ridiculously high. 162 million when it’s considered respectable under 300 000. I went on a course of emycin; however had insane stressful events going on for the past year; which I have only just got on top of. (Stress changes gut bacteria a lot too). I was desperate recently; I went back on antibiotic emycin. However of course I would rather not. Dr told me I also have mitochondrial issues, which I am only just looking into; not to mention other issues. I am having 1 week off emycin right now; then prior instructions was to take another course in a week (which I dread) and am not confident it is killing enough strep anyhow. I really would appreciate evidence that silver kills good bacteria? One site I went to showed a sample of bad bacteria being smothered by the silver. They state it does’t kill good bacteria; but I want to see studies and coming from a non biased report?? Note my Dr said Oregano oil etc kills good and bad bacteria also; as I questioned using it/berbarine to kill some gut strep. I need to get strep down. I read of 1 woman who took 10 courses of antibiotics (emycin) to get hers down. (I really don’t want to do that). Thus I was wondering about silver?? Strep and enteroccocus (lactic acid bacteria cause cognitive and sleep disfunctions) may effect bile acids/fat malabsorbtion issues can cause high anxiety; joint pains, headaches feeling of acidity for me. He said my poor kidneys- pumping out all that acid. Any suggestions/links insight re studies; killing bad vs good bacteria?? Or info from people who have taken silver for gut bacteria; and how much; will be much appreciated, thanks! cecily@bigpond.net.au

    June 20th, 2015 6:30 am Reply
    • Fay

      Please get your Vitamin D levels checked. It sounds like a severe vitamin d deficiency.

      February 9th, 2016 12:05 am Reply
  • Sam

    Silver is already a naturally occuring metal in our bodies, and our bodies already have a method of eliminating heavy metals. If you’re worried about too much accumulating, then take something with iodine in it, such as kelp. (But I would find a kelp supplement that was produced anywhere BUT the Pacific Ocean). There are ways to detox from heavy metals. I would not let this be a concern for taking colloidal silver. I take it all the time and have raised my family on it. And trust me, I am very much aware of toxic heavy metals, such as aluminum, barium, mercury, things from chem trails, etc.

    June 18th, 2015 1:16 pm Reply
  • Mark

    I totally agree with this article, it is my gut feeling, no pun intended. I do think various colloidal silvers vary in how much/long they accumulate in the tissues. I would however during a case of food poisoning probably ingest a bit. I would love to see an accumulation study with various silvers so we could see what is the true complete, if any, transit time. I mostly use colloidal silver topically.

    June 5th, 2015 4:36 am Reply
  • StevenCee

    Well, I believe not all Colloidal Silvers are alike, thus probably some are not very good for us to injest. However, the one I use, made with a Sliver-Gen machine (I don’t work for, nor receive any compensation, although some more strips from them would be nice), is what I’ve been using for about 20 years. I take a little each day, and use it as a nasal spray when necessary.

    I have not had the flue, much less a bad cold in all that time, nor have I had any digestive problems, indicating my flora is depleted, nor do I take any probiotics. So, I’m either a lucky SOB, or high quality CS is OK to use internally.

    Like everyone from Gandhi to Dr. Weil, trusting any authority outside of what our own research affirms, is fraught with great risk, both of being wrong (I’ve seen so many things that were “do not eat” become “do eat” over the 45 years I’ve studied holistic health & nutrition), or hazardous to our health. So, like the two I mentioned, I’ve also discovered the absolute best test is to simply be our own guinea pig.

    Since even things that may be great for many people might not be for us, you really do have to just try stuff, and see what happens, while of course keeping your eyes & mind open, and doing research at the same time.. But for me, CS is no danger.

    May 25th, 2015 4:08 pm Reply
    • serdlc64

      I agree with you. We make this ourselves and there is no problem. The way I see it….if it works the FDA wants to get rid of it. If it is free fom the gov, like shots or even if they say it is good for you, stay away. Unless people do their research and see that they want to dispose of 2/3 of us and they want to be like ostriches, well maybe, they will see in the near future.
      Ill bet the guy that wrote this article eats corn syrup, canola oil, packaged food, apples from the store which acre already approx 3 months old when they get to the store, etc. etc.He needs to do more research. Sometimes we need modern medicine but for the most part, I will stick with methods the Yahweh created and the foods He says to eat and not to eat. That right there is good. Silvef is valuable for things and that includes this.

      June 5th, 2015 7:04 pm Reply
      • Sharon D

        serdlc64 – Your comments are further from the truth, quote: “Ill bet the guy that wrote this article eats corn syrup, canola oil, packaged food, apples from the store which acre already approx 3 months old when they get to the store, etc. etc”. Obviously you don’t follow this blog, or else, you would know that the “guy that wrote this article”, is actually a girl. She’s a big advocate for eating wholefood, home-made nutritious food, organic produce, living a non-toxic life, natural alternative medicine, etc. She most certainly do NOT eat or promote canola oil, packaged food, apples from the store, etc. Please do a little research, before making false assumptions about someone.

        October 16th, 2015 5:24 pm Reply
  • Gregg Doud

    What can you tell me about a colloidal silver solution with 20ppm on the label as well as the manufacturing process that reads: Produced using steam distilled water in a pulse-phasic MHVAC system?
    I’m guessing it is a system similar to what is sold on thesilveredge.com
    I am new to this and am doing my own research. It would seem that the best option is to use it topically, inhaled nasally and orally under the tongue, but not ingested.
    I would appreciate any input pro & con with factual data please.

    April 20th, 2015 7:04 pm Reply
    • Esstee

      Based on the the description, I’d say this is a rather typical colloidal silver solution. and definitely safe enough to use on the short term.

      That said, I wouldn’t worry about ingesting it after holding it under the tongue either. As this wouldn’t be nearly enough to develop bioaccumulation from. ex: it would take in excess of 6 liters p/24 hours for a 100lb person to exceed the recommended dosage for safety using a 20ppm solution.

      June 1st, 2015 8:04 pm Reply
  • Anne

    WOW. so many comments about colloidal silver. I believe moderation is the best protocol with anything. I personally prefer Oil of Oregano for infections, colds, bacterial problems…as opposed to the silver. however I will still use the silver with the oOO if I am not kicking the problem.

    April 3rd, 2015 6:09 pm Reply
    • Ann-Marie

      How do you use the oil of oregano, Anne?

      January 9th, 2016 8:38 pm Reply
  • Don De

    What a buzz kill! I’ve had good general health for most of my adult life. I’ve attributed some of that good health to my daily doses of collidal silver but the current argument being made does make sense if in fact the silver metal does accumulate in the body. In fact, I’ll have to reevaluate my daily ingestion of colloidal silver. Anybody that walks outside these days cannot help but to be aware of the heavy daily chemtrails cross-crossing our skies, fumigating us like cockroaches with heavy metals and carcinogenic poisons that are part of the Government’s diabolical population control plan, ostensibly promoted as their answer to the fictitious global warming scam. I see no need to assist them in that effort by purposefully contributing to my own demise. I want to preserve my intestinal flora and not push up flowers from my grave because I was told silver colloidal was safe.

    March 27th, 2015 8:04 pm Reply
    • Claire

      Don De, I have not used Colloidal Silver as of yet, I have just purchased some from a health food store for the very first time. I say this; Yes what you say is true, the Government has been spaying us. You claim you are doing well all these years. So, you must be doing something right. Don’t give in to everything you read. The original poster may or may not have a complete picture of things. If you believe what you say about being sprayed, and you feel great, isn’t it clear to you that you the silver is protecting you? Everything in good measure. All the best.

      September 12th, 2015 10:17 am Reply
  • Ashley

    Is there any risk to using it externally? I currently use a solution of colloidal silver & lavender water on my skin each day. It is a very small amount of colloidal silver, but I’m still curious. Thanks!

    March 16th, 2015 1:26 pm Reply
  • casandra

    Educate yourself go to youtube and see Dr Becks videos. Make your own collioidal silver as one does not know what one is buying ! every thing should be taken with discretion. To much of a good thing could be bad ! Medicine does not usually change our skin color should it do that we would be purple !!!
    Meaning that we are not aware as how bad they affect our organs and the consequences of their chemical action on our bodies.
    Garlic ( as mentioned here by somebody) is good to a certain extent as it does destroy our brain cells.
    Pharma corporations make billions addressing the symptoms of a disease but it does not cure !! one cured patient is one less client !!!
    Read: DR Johanna Budwig. Dr Beck, DR GERson ( his daughter’s Charlotte’s gerson you tube;
    Be in charge of your own bodies and do not let others to be responsible for your health.IT IS YOUR DUTY TO YOURSELF.

    March 10th, 2015 8:45 am Reply
  • AJ Fisher

    Can you provide a link to the FDA recommended daily allowance for colloidal silver?

    March 3rd, 2015 3:47 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      There isn’t one … the FDA doesn’t recommend ingesting colloidal silver.

      March 3rd, 2015 4:35 pm Reply
      • Janie

        I don’t trust much of what the FDA does either. They are in bed with the drug companies. I have ingested colloidal silver but only when needing a”miracle pill” and do not think it would be wise to take it like a vitamin. Your article was thought provoking. I believe everyone needs to do their homework.

        March 5th, 2015 6:11 pm Reply
      • Janet

        Sarah- thanks for this info. Just used colloidal silver for a really bad cold, and got great results. Used both internally, nasal spray and throat spray. BUT- I did not realize what it would do to the gut, so for that reason, and knowing that 80% of our immune receptors are in our gut, I will no longer use internally. THANK YOU!!! Although, I was really sick, and if not this, would have probably ended up at the doctors office with a script for another antibiotic, and would have been sick much longer with the same end results to my gut. Glad for the knowledge though. For those wondering, I got my nasal spray and the others at The Vitamin Shoppe, and cost wasn’t too bad. Only used 2 days.

        March 14th, 2015 10:33 pm Reply
      • Laszlo

        Sarah you do realize who works for the FDA and who is on the board and executive level? They mostly from the Pharma companies that produce the antibiotics that are being fed to the population. Yes, antibiotics do work, though we also need to talk about the numbers of deaths, and severe illness that have occurred from taking antibiotics. The FDA are basically making biased approvals/denials on submissions and also passing a huge number of pharma products without full clinical studies. If you google it you will find some lawsuits explaning some of these circumstances from the past and current ones.

        April 8th, 2015 4:36 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          The FDA isn’t wrong about everything despite the fact that the folks who work there are indeed in bed with industry.

          April 8th, 2015 5:33 pm Reply
          • Petunia

            Those who do their own research on nutrition and supplements and health know that the FDA doesn’t regulate supplements or natural or holistic treatments. Of course the FDA isn’t wrong about EVERYTHING. But knowing they are indeed in the pockets of Big Pharma, I certainly give what it has to say very very little serious consideration.

            May 15th, 2015 10:55 am
  • Sharon Baldwin

    Colloidal Silver DOES turn your skin blue/gray. I watched my friend and my sister take that stuff for years and both of them have now to deal with the terrible appearance of their skin on their face, neck and hands looking like they are lacking in oxygen. It takes about 7 years and the condition is called argyria. Google it and you will see what can happen to you. DO NOT TAKE THAT STUFF INTERNALLY.

    February 24th, 2015 2:21 pm Reply
    • Laszlo

      Sounds like they were taking either a large dose (PPM) or large particle silver which could be the culprit here. If you do some research, you can get silver generators that produce nano-microns which are smaller than any cell in your body. Of course anyone will tell in moderation but it seems like theres more to the story

      April 8th, 2015 4:23 pm Reply
    • MrBig

      Argyria takes years and large quantities to develop by today’s colloidal silver standards. And so if your relatives developed this(which I’m not inclined to believe) then they would have definitely taken something other than the recommended mixtures and doses in circulation today. To which I’d add, wouldn’t be applicable regardless.

      June 1st, 2015 7:59 pm Reply
    • Richard

      Argria is caused by using the wrong type of silver solution along with over use ie too high PPM and not pure coloidal silver

      June 3rd, 2015 2:02 pm Reply
    • Eve

      Sharon, would you mind sharing what ppm solution they were using and the dosage they were taking?
      Thank you and I’m sorry for their suffering!
      Blessings to you and them.

      August 27th, 2015 5:36 pm Reply
    • Ms67GTO

      Sharon, I’ve researched and collected a vast array of information regarding Colloidal Silver. Because so much misinformation is being spread, I take it with a grain of salt and dive into the manufacturing processes of all brands of Colloidal Silver. Here is what I have gleaned to be true statements.

      1. If you choose to create your own CS, there are excellent generators being sold, but since I do not have an interest to go this route, my knowledge is limited. However, I’ve consistently seen Silver Puppy Equipment get high reviews.
      2. Since I purchase my CS, I don’t care about the cost as long as I’m getting the purest processed CS of the highest quality that meets my expected healing criteria. I would only recommend three brands: Utopia Silver Advanced, Mesosilver (my favorite), and ASAP Plus.
      3. Give absolutely no credibility to rumors, negative reviews, and especially the medical community. They can make remarks that lead one to believe they’ll die if they substitute modern medicine with, heaven forbid, anything naturally-derived from God by which we can heal ourselves!

      September 23rd, 2015 6:06 am Reply
  • Lettie

    Can someone please tell me where I can purchase good quality colloidal silver? I would love to try it but I don’t want to get “the wrong” kind! I’m willing to try it if it will help the post nasal drainage and nausea I’ve had for months!!

    February 22nd, 2015 1:08 am Reply
    • Sharon

      There’s a difference between regular colloidal silver and nano-silver, which is so small that the particles cannot get stuck in the skin cells, the particles are carried out of the body instead, so they aren’t stored in the skin if you take too much–that is the cause of argyria. For good quality silver information go to http://thesilveredge.com/ and read about safe silver, safe for daily ingestion as well as other uses and why it won’t turn the skin blue or decimate beneficial intestinal flora.

      March 28th, 2015 10:07 pm Reply
    • Laszlo

      I too recommend thesilveredge.com as I myself have a generator from Steve, so does my two friends, one has been giving his kids CS for over 7 years and Argyria issue as we do it in moderation and the generator is of course producing nano-micron silver.

      April 8th, 2015 4:25 pm Reply
    • Peter

      Trace Minerals Research colloidal silver stopped my 3 week dry cough in 4 hours

      November 17th, 2015 10:26 pm Reply
  • Robin Hinsdale

    I have to say I’m really new to Colloidal Silver. I just bought some for the first time to clear up my daughter’s persistent UTI. I am also using oregano oil. Now I’m thinking I should stop using the silver an just use the oregano oil. I have to say I was weary from the get go. But I guess my worry is that I have heard that ANYTHING that is antibacterial will go after both good and bad and that is why I use all things antibacterial with caution. Do you have any articles that talk about how plant based antibiotics on’t attack the good flora? Thank you!

    February 21st, 2015 9:32 pm Reply
    • Laszlo

      Robin, please do more research. Silver vs Antibiotics is a huge debate and after doing extensive research, I will never give antibiotics to my girls (17 months and a 5 yo) I have a generator from thesilveredge.com and have successfully cured many ailments that have come up for me and my wife and my daughters. Nano-particle silver is safe, especially when taken in moderate doses and a relatively low PPM (10-15) which is powerful enough for most influenzas.

      April 8th, 2015 4:30 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        You should not be giving colloidal silver to children to ingest! They have a long life to live and you have no idea what the long term consequences of this are and the negative impact on their gut health.

        April 8th, 2015 5:34 pm Reply
  • Esstee

    The term and qualification for heavy metal is an interesting one. ie. a heavy metal cannot be degraded or destroyed. To a small extent they enter our bodies via food, drinking water and air. As trace elements, some heavy metals (e.g. copper, selenium, zinc) are essential to maintain the metabolism of the human body. However, at higher concentrations they can lead to poisoning. Heavy metal poisoning could result, for instance, from drinking-water contamination (e.g. lead pipes), high ambient air concentrations near emission sources, or intake via the food chain.

    Heavy metals are dangerous because they have the potential to bioaccumulate in our bodies. And Bioaccumulation is the accumulation and an increase in concentration of a chemical in a biological organism over time as compounds accumulate whenever they are either; ingested or introduced by exposure faster than it can be broken down (metabolized) or excreted.

    The good news however, is that Silver is considered a heavy metal as the body can and will excrete under normal circumstances. However, it remains that certain silver compounds* can contribute to the gestation and accumulation of silver compounds in the skin. Which is what is now known and called Aryria.

    Beyond this is remains that the accumulation of silver compounds a matter of longer term exposure( several years) and concentration(100-1000 ppm). Whereas most pure colloidal silver solutions(5-20ppm) used today fall well bellow the tolerance limits for human bio-accumulation.

    As for the flora, the cautionary statements hold true. Colloidal silver can and will destroy all form of bacteria in it’s path. That said, getting colloidal silver into the bloodstream to treat serious infections is as simple as holding the solution under the tongue for a min. of five minutes for the duration of the treatment. Not to mention that drinking colloidal silver is the least effective method of taking it.

    Hope this helps

    February 8th, 2015 6:25 am Reply
  • Heather

    I never thought about silver killing gut flora. I will have to research that some more, but it makes sense. I will just nebulize it instead. I agree with other posters that transdermal is the best way to absorb ANYTHING good or bad, so if silver causes heavy metal toxicity, it will do so transdermally as well as internally.

    February 7th, 2015 11:05 pm Reply
  • vlora

    I am new to colloidal silver and just researching how to use it, so I started reading first the articles against consuming than I will those pro. I find interesting that you say I don’t ingest but use topically. It’s the same thing. Anything applied to the skin gets absorbed in the body, even faster than by ingesting it. It goes directly in the blood. So, I don’t understand the point.

    February 4th, 2015 12:03 pm Reply
    • Esstee

      You are correct.

      In fact, if argyria is of concern, then rubbing the compound onto ones skin could be viewed as a fastract method of getting there. As the oxidized silver will react with sulfur and selenium to produce the very mixture of Ag2S and Ag2Se that is observed in forming Argyria.

      February 8th, 2015 6:32 am Reply
  • Suzanne

    To me, based on both sides of the research, if you have serious minor or major unhealthy microbes populating in your body, wherever, for me there is enough evidence to suggest that it is first far better to get the colloidal silver working for you to as quickly as possible get rid of the unhealthy, damaging microbes short term and far less as a prevention, then to jump in to antibiotics, as they are known to become resistant and yes you can try the cayenne, garlic herbs and foods at the same time, but I would be taking a little colloidal silver too, start small increase until you find issue has been killed off, not ridiculous overdose amounts ever would be needed, as therapeutic-grade essential oils or foods even act the same way, as all nature works this way, everything in moderation/balance is the key. My mother had massive external breast cancer and every time the conventional medical put their antibiotic creams on, it made it spread and red and inflamed, internal antibiotics showed nothing which is drug resistance, hormonal therapy which is chemo (drops the white blood cell counts to next to 0) shrunk tumor but quality of life dropped with excruciating bone pain and peripheral neuropathy so you can’t function, on the other hand, colloidal silver taken externally on wound care and internally (no big amounts) controlled and subdued massive infections and no spreading of cancer, radiation spread the cancer like wild flower in front of my eyes and gave permanent lymphedema and killed her weeks later from the huge spreading of the cancer as radiation killed all good healthy t issue cells….no argument I saw it as clinical evidence and I don’t need science to prove the truth differently, ug, ug, lol. Bottom line, if and when you need colloidal silver, in however way, use it sensibly with good common sense and judgment, intuition, it works and is safe and I would NEVER use conventional IF there are better ways and colloidal silver with cancer is definitely without a doubt in my mind, as I witnessed first hand, the best way to go, a little goes a long way, it is gentle but very powerful and effective, thus safe, especially when you have a negative, unhealthy, potentially dangerous health condition, use it without a doubt, why would you not, you have nothing to lose….and give a chance, meaning don’t just use it once or twice and stop, claiming it didn’t do anything for me, give it a real chance and if you are sick from potentially dangerous microbes you need something asap, try it, don’t shy away from it during that small period of time in your life that you need it, because in the big long period of your years of life, that time is very small, nothing to fret or go on to much about, get it working in or on you as needed asap and monitor your illness from there. I personally would not take silver daily all my life, why? But without a single doubt in my mind if anything, anywhere is appearing to be infected I would not even hesitate to apply or use it short-term to get results before things get out of control and I most certainly would use it before conventional medical means, but monitor it as there may be an underlying reason and call for action to treat the real cause, like dental tooth extraction if there’s a sinus infection, get X-rays of dental and sinus / throat area, sometimes X-rays tell the story so do it, …. we are all going to die sometime for sure guaranteed, use common sense and healthiest practices first if you have time, with my mom’s cancer, we had time believe it or not, even with slower growing cancers you do have time….good luck everyone. Great work Sarah. Thanks. All the best.

    January 16th, 2015 8:31 am Reply
    • Naoma Brown

      Very well written. Like you said use common sense and in balanced moderation. I use Mesosilver colloidal nanometer sized silver particles. I have sinus problems often. I use the silver as nasal spray from 1 to 3-4 times a night depending the need. It clears my sinuses within minutes when nasal membranes are swollen allowing me to breathe through my nose. I use it only when having difficulty. I use the gel on all types of small cuts and abrasions with instant pain relief.
      This is my go to med for just about all problems. Better to stay out of the Doctors office.
      I am going on my 5th year of use and am thrilled with results especially using as nose spray

      April 10th, 2015 2:13 pm Reply
  • Swanee

    Colloidal silver is great!!! I’ve been consuming colloidal for almost 7 years. Your skin turning blue, is BS.

    January 13th, 2015 1:57 am Reply
    • khadija stewart

      suggest a brand I can use Please, I’m really sick n antibiotics never worked..

      February 27th, 2015 12:48 pm Reply
      • Pilgrim

        MESO silver

        March 2nd, 2015 12:00 pm Reply
      • Laszlo

        Honestly just get your own generator, we use one from thesilveredge.com and my friend has been using his for over 7 years without issues

        April 8th, 2015 4:38 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          This is crazy to me … create some concoction at home and ingest the results that has metal in it? Wow.

          April 8th, 2015 5:32 pm Reply
          • Louis

            Hi Sarah. I have been making my own colloidal silver and consuming it for years. It has never worked against me in any manner. It is very benign to the human body as it is excreted within a few hours. Making your own is safe and easy. Just don’t use salt in the formula and you’ll be fine. It’s really that easy and safe. Thanks.

            December 26th, 2015 10:25 pm
          • Sarah

            I’m glad it’s working for you … I won’t ever ingest it however for the reasons stated in the article. Better to use colloidal silver topically only or gargling and use another natural antibiotic internally like garlic, oregano oil etc.

            December 27th, 2015 6:31 pm
  • Nate

    I understand that you, Sarah, have two main concerns – that is:

    1) the accumulation of a heavy metal in one’s system (I cannot help but wonder about people who drink “Goldschlager”)
    2) gut flora devastation

    But you say that gargling or topical application or even eye drops are “o.k.” Won’t the metal accumulate in one’s body if it is absorbed in other ways – (under the tongue for example?)

    I use thieves oil and have had great success with it, but I’m finding myself with a sinus infection these past few weeks that is persistent and I am searching for ways to kill that. I am leaning toward a CS nasal spray – got the idea here, thanks very much… I appreciate your post, mostly because of the “lively” discussion it instigated.

    everything in moderation. including colloidal silver.

    January 12th, 2015 2:23 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      My point is why use it even in moderation with the risk to gut health when there are plenty of other options that don’t harm gut flora?

      January 12th, 2015 7:33 pm Reply
      • Cate

        What do you prefer to use instead? That doesn’t mess with gut flora but is effective? Is there something you use for infant/young children?

        February 24th, 2015 4:50 pm Reply
    • Terry

      First of all, thank you Sara so much for enlightening me on this topic. I have been struggling with the decision to ingest this product or not. I don’t always believe packaging, but I don’t always believe “medical studies ” either because we all know they are controlled by big Pharma. I was introduced to CS from a holistic nutritionist friend, when I was pretty sure I had a sinus infection, and had been working on healing my gut and really didn’t want to take antibiotics. I used a few droppers full in the saline rinse kit I had (neti pot). It worked like a charm, you can’t believe what it flushed out. After using it 3-4 times a day for 4-5 days I was completely healed. I am a strong believer in it for that usage. But I have chest congestion now, and a client of mine told me she swallowed it when she feels this coming on, and it clears it right up. I was considering it, but was uneasy about ingesting it. Your article has helped me come to a decision not to. What you say totally makes sense. Thank you so much for your thoughtful article.

      February 1st, 2015 4:47 pm Reply
      • Esstee

        Colloidal Silver is a highly effective anti-microbial /bacterial solution. And in some cases, far and away better than any antibiotic out there. Though it remains that drinking it is the least effective method of intake as most of the silver component will end-up destroyed by the acids in the gut. And what little silver compound actually makes it past the digestive tract is usually too insignificant an amount to do the work.

        And so the best alternatives are; trandermal intakes such as placing the solution under the tongue and/or nebulization. Both of which, will maximize the introduction of silver ions into the bloodstream.

        February 8th, 2015 6:38 am Reply
        • khadija

          Can it also be used for bv as a douche along with lactic acids gels suppositories after that treatment?

          February 27th, 2015 12:54 pm Reply
      • Richard

        use CS through a nebulise

        June 3rd, 2015 2:15 pm Reply
  • Emma

    I was instructed to gargle this with water and not to swallow it. Do you have a position on that?

    January 8th, 2015 9:20 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Gargling with colloidal silver is fine! Won’t harm the delicate gut flora if you don’t swallow it.

      January 8th, 2015 10:36 am Reply
      • Jan

        I’m confused: if it kills all bacteria in gut if ingested, won’t it kill all bacteria in your mouth as well? how can that be any good with the same rationale?

        July 3rd, 2015 12:15 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Yes, but killing the bacteria in your mouth is a lot less damaging than in your gut! If this concerns you, then keep it on the skin … externally based only.

          July 3rd, 2015 12:39 pm Reply
  • CJ

    Do you know if you can safely use in a sinus rinse? For chronic sinus infection or polyps?

    January 1st, 2015 11:33 pm Reply
    • Lew Penning

      Safe for sinus infection and works well – I’m using 12 ppm that I just made. I’ve had a growing headache for the last two days and I’m sure it was an infection. I don’t get headaches. I dumped out a sinus spray bottle so i could use it, rinse it out with distilled water and added CS. Started using it this AM and by afternoon headache was gone. I put some under my tongue too just for the heck of it. I didn’t go overboard with it, just every hour or two. Make sure you can’t blame your headache on something else like maybe lack of coffee or something and spray away.
      Polyps? I can’t say as i have no experience with them.

      January 8th, 2015 11:42 pm Reply
  • meera

    Confusing article. Not helpful at all.

    November 27th, 2014 7:59 am Reply
  • Richard Giles

    The comment that follows – “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,” is quite correct. What you have taken on Sarah, and another comment mentioned seeing this decades ago, is one case of a man who turned blue though the over-ingestion of Col. Silver. It was a media beat-up story, in that it was used to scare people off silver as a safe antibiotic. The story turned into – you will turn blue if you use Col Silver – and has stuck with the antiSilver media stuff. Its a one-in-a-million case that was used to scare. Now you’ve taken it on and rolled it out again. Its sad you’ve done that, given all your other good stories.
    I use Col Silver when I need it with flu, throat issues and skin problems. I sometimes swallow and sometimes don’t. I have no problems with it. I’ve been using it at least 15 years. I suggest Sarah that you check the ‘turn blue’ story and will find its a weirdly rare case and no reason not to use Col Silver. Thanks.

    November 25th, 2014 8:18 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I agree that turning blue is a rare side effect. But, still why even use colloidal silver internally when it contributes to gut imbalance issues and kills off beneficial microbes in the gut when there are plenty of other options that don’t have this side effect like garlic, oregano oil etc? In addition, colloidal silver has been associated with ulcers, just came across this research and need to update the post with this information.

      November 30th, 2014 9:08 am Reply
      • Swanee

        I’ve been swallowing a shot glass of colloidal (10 to 15 ppm) almost 3 times a week for almost 7 years with no side affects. And I can’t remember the last time I was sick with a cold or flu. I use it for my eyes, ears, teeth and nose also. We give it to our pet dog also. Best cure ever. I love it!!!

        January 13th, 2015 1:18 pm Reply
        • m

          But my hubby took it had so much pain when ge had liver cancer,didnt help with the pain at all…maybe the silver with protein is bad

          January 19th, 2015 10:28 am Reply
      • Nadeva

        You could please tell what helps balance this flora after it has been disrupted. Like yogurts and probiotics prebiotic just like finishing antibiotics? I also use thieves oil as well as garlic onions rosemary etcetera. Yet when something that calls for antibiotics or strong action I would rather use silver vs mold derivative antibiotics. And then worry about replenishing flora afterwards. I would like to know of anything else that can help the balance of flora after any damage done? I used key biotics 10+ strands & yogurts etc. what do you recommend

        May 8th, 2015 1:19 am Reply
        • Glemda

          Try fermented foods, especially Saurkraut. It produces more good bacteria than all the yougurt put together. Read up on it.

          July 23rd, 2015 8:35 pm Reply
        • Janet

          You have to get probiotics from a refrigerated section of the health food store. Room temp will probably be mostly dead already.

          September 18th, 2015 1:28 am Reply
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Actually the unrefrigerated probiotics are better quality. Check out the GAPS book for more info on this from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

            September 18th, 2015 8:38 am
  • Christina

    Wow! Lots of great comments, especially the one differentiating between the types of silvers. I make my own Ionic silver (as I shall now correctly call it) and as a kinesiologist I can tell you that my body actually asks for it and I am currently taking it internally to get rid of a particularly persistent virus and it is the only thing that is working (so yes, it is quite safe). However, I will be ‘repopulating’ afterwards with a dose or two of a product called ‘Culterelle’.

    Sarah, following on from a comment you made about garlic and onion. I have just found out that as a fast oxidiser (someone who metabolises food quickly) these are really not good for me. Nonetheless, I have had my body ask for garlic tablets in the past and I am not about to stop using either one in my food as they taste great, but at least I am now aware.

    There is no ‘one’ product out there and no ‘one’ food that is good for ‘everyone’ all of the time. If we start saying that sort of thing, then we are going down the route of conventional doctors who effectively say that we are all the same (like robots). Even modern medication is occasionally asked for and accepted by the body because it is necessary at that time (I know this is akin to blasphemy in these circles, but it’s true).

    I have found that raw milk from some farmers is not tolerated by the body, whilst others are actually wanted by it. This could be due to a number of different factors such as how the cows are kept or how sanitary the various machines are. Even with the farm that produces the milk my body likes, I find that when the cows are brought in for the winter, something changes in the milk so my body rejects it.

    As a fast oxidiser, my body wants a high fat, high protein diet, but slow oxidisers NEED a vegetarian diet and do badly on animal protein.

    One further comment that I feel obliged to make (and this may well land me in the soup). The fermented cod liver oil that is so enthusiastically advertised … I have yet to find anyone whose body actually wants it. Now, it could be that people do need fermented cod liver oil, but that particular product is not suitable for some reason. I bought it at vast expense and was disappointed when I discovered my body rejected it and no one else needed it.

    Sarah, I am an avid follower. Keep up the great work and thanks for being such a great teacher.

    November 21st, 2014 11:12 am Reply
    • Jeremy Garrett

      Nice additional thoughts, on testing and persistent viruses, which seem pretty common. I also muscle test stuff and have never gotten yes to fermented cod liver oil either. Luckily here in Seattle area, cows don’t really have to go in for winter so I haven’t encountered that. Curious what you think, I test that fast oxidizer, slow oxidizer, is a small matter to most people, but there could be other emotional, belief system factors, conscious & unconscious, that can effect how someone does with particular foods. I just like keeping a good balance of most all whole organic foods. Jeremy

      November 21st, 2014 11:09 pm Reply
      • Christina

        Jeremy, I don’t understand what you mean when you say ” I test that fast oxidizer, slow oxidizer, is a small matter to most people”.

        I am aware that certain foods can trigger strong emotions in some people due to earlier experiences, having a friend who is a hypnotist and who told me a story about a man who could not eat vegetables for emotional reasons – she cured him of it!

        November 25th, 2014 4:43 am Reply
    • Denis

      Why do you think culturelle has the ability to repopulate your gut? Most probiotics are transient.. the only one that I know of that has been verified to stay in the gut from an external source are the NCFS strains(ultra flora I believe makes a product with them). Is there any science to back this up? I know probiotics are good and helpful, but not necessarily with repopulation, that’s why most people are looking forward/towards fecal matter transplants.

      November 22nd, 2014 12:53 am Reply
      • Christina

        Denis, I simply chose culturelle because my body wants it. There are a number of probiotic products out there, but my body wanted this one rather than any other that I have available.

        What is NCFS please?

        I am aware of faecal transplants, but I’d rather try other methods first. It is said that those living on dairy farms have greater varieties of bacteria in their intestines, but my garden isn’t quite big enough for a cow! So I try my best in various different ways, including buying raw milk and cream.

        November 25th, 2014 4:37 am Reply
        • Damon


          I believe Denis meant the NCFM strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus, as in singular strain with many research studies.

          NCFM is a registered trademark of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. (North Carolina Dairy Foundation in the U.S.) which identifies the way that their form of Lactobacillus acidophilus is produced through a fermentation process utilizing seed vials of starting material, specifically the N2 isolate from NCFM that was found to be bile resistant and is therefore separated as a pure N2 culture and is used as the sole isolate for all commercial production of NCFM. This information, as well as the manufacturing process can be found in a document filed with the FDA, Office of Food Additive Safety, GRAS Notification Program, in their GRAS (generally recognized as safe) notice exemption on October 21, 2010.

          There are not different strains of NCFM, just the Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM strain which has been found to have excellent survival through the stomach acidity, as well as excellent ability to bind to the gut wall lining.

          Additionally, while it is good to see that this is in the probiotic product that you are taking, there are multiple products that incorporate this into their formula and one can simply search the web for Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM. As you stated correctly, Ultra Flora does, but so does OptiBAC probiotics, Inner Health Plus, etc.


          January 24th, 2015 9:52 am Reply
    • Hans

      well show me this people with the blue faces, I certainly have not seen one yet. But what is in for you that you write against it?

      November 22nd, 2014 10:25 am Reply
    • Tanya


      How does one tell if they are a fast oxidizer? I am so fascinated by the knowledge you have it’s incredible i never knew many of the things you brought up and would love to educate myself more on these things. Can you point me to some literature or a blog that would be good for someone wanting to learn more about this?

      I like the points you made Sarah and i agree i am cautious about putting a metal into my body or my chills though i know so many mothers who use colloidal silver alternatively in place of medicine from a doctor and as a mother with a 3yr old who often gets sick i came to this blog while trying to research alternatives to medicine as i don’t like the idea of giving my daughter medicine that i have no idea what it consists of. But what i find your post lacks is alternative options. Would you suggest Thieves Vinegar for internal consumption in place of Colloidal Silver? Or anything else? I would appreciate any advice!

      January 12th, 2015 7:09 am Reply
  • Terri mazzei

    What do you and the commenters have to say about this article?


    October 1st, 2014 9:33 pm Reply
  • Phil

    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.

    September 8th, 2014 7:19 pm Reply
  • Phil Noone

    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.

    September 8th, 2014 7:11 pm Reply
  • Sue

    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

    August 20th, 2014 9:53 pm Reply
    • Richard

      Colloidal Silver is a powerful, non-toxic, natural antibiotic that is effective against bacteria, germs, virus and fungi. It is able to protect the human body from various infections and stimulate new cell growth. It can be used orally or topically on the skin, through the rectum, atomized or nebulized into the lungs, nose and eyes without any irritation or side effects!.I hope your granddaughter improves, Personally I think Coloidal silver will help if you can get the doctor to agree.take care.

      June 3rd, 2015 3:03 pm Reply
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  • Brenda

    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.

    July 21st, 2014 10:35 am Reply
  • andrea

    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.

    July 15th, 2014 7:08 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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!

      July 15th, 2014 8:33 pm Reply
      • elquesnell

        interesting article from an Ayurvedic point of view

        October 8th, 2014 8:27 am Reply
      • LISA foley

        ty sara…gse and wild oregano P73 may be a wiser alte to ingesting coillidal silver all 3 have (taken separately) helped me get rid of green phlegm and sore thrs and ear infections in the past…but i need all my beneficial bacteria so i wont be ingesting coillidal silver.

        January 18th, 2015 1:42 pm Reply
  • QueensMary

    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.

    July 14th, 2014 11:57 am Reply
    • Richard

      Untrue, they are saying that in order to steer people away from the benefits of silver

      June 3rd, 2015 3:15 pm Reply
  • Elle

    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.

    July 14th, 2014 10:06 am Reply
  • M.Forus

    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!

    July 14th, 2014 9:04 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

      July 14th, 2014 9:37 am Reply
      • Laszlo

        This is true when you take it in an excessive amount and for a long period of time. If you take silver in moderation, especially when you are witnessing symptoms of an infection, it is several times safer than your conventional anti-biotics and more effective

        April 8th, 2015 4:40 pm Reply
      • David

        I have been drijking, nebulising and using external for years. I had tests done and there is no build up or toxicity in my body.
        Further more I have not been sick for years. Prior to using cs I had chronic chest infections which were being treated with anti biotics which were making me ill.
        I am not blue and my doctor said I am one of the healthiest patients when I go for check ups. He knows I use silver and agrees that it is safer than antibiotics And we do regular blood tests. I have a cd4 count of 600 which is nearly 3 time higher than the average healthy person.
        As far as I am concerned the only people that give negitive comments about cs have never tried it and only listen to people who make comments that haven’t tried it.
        CS has worked 100% on everything that I have treated it with. That’s a better record than the medical profession.

        May 24th, 2015 4:15 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Glad it’s working for you. I don’t think it’s necessary to take risks with gut health when there are other options that work just as well if not better like garlic. I will continue to bypass the colloidal silver for internal use.

          May 24th, 2015 8:47 pm Reply
  • PiT

    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.

    July 13th, 2014 11:38 am Reply
    • Rebecca

      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.


      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.

      July 14th, 2014 8:02 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        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.

        July 14th, 2014 9:40 am Reply
        • Esstee

          Most production based colloidal silver solutions will prove to be less effective than home-made solutions. And the main reason for this is where sellers and manufacturers tend to take the very cautious approach in terms of concentration and suggested dosages. So as to avert repeating past incidents where people developed Argyria.

          That said, I’d caution against the notion that most manufactured colloidal silver solutions are either made in a lab or safer in some way than those made at home also. As colloidal silver production doesn’t require any special treatments beyond that of a high quality distilled water and filtration. Whereas the latter could be skipped in favour of careful process methods.

          February 8th, 2015 6:49 am Reply
      • Amma

        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.

        July 16th, 2014 7:04 pm Reply
      • Christina

        This is fascinating. Thank you very much. I didn’t know I was making ionic silver not colloidal silver!

        November 21st, 2014 10:34 am Reply
      • jony

        Another big controversy surrounds the question of whether this method produces “colloidal” silver or “ionic” silver. Most people have been told that colloidal silver is “good” and ionic silver is “bad.” Once again, the truth might be unpopular. The word “colloidal” refers to a condition where, in this case, a solid particle is SUSPENDED in a liquid (silver in water). The solid particles are too large to be considered DISSOLVED, but are too small to be filtered out. This colloidal condition is most easily detected by what is called the “Tyndall effect”, where a narrow beam of light is shined through the liquid to produce a cone shaped dispersion of the light. The particles so illuminated also exhibit a random, zig-zag activity called “Brownian motion” when observed under a microscope. When something is completely dissolved, both the Brownian and Tyndall effects disappear.

        The word “ionic” refers to a condition where a particle has an electric charge. In the case of “electro-colloidal” silver, this electric charge is ALWAYS positive. Silver will not form a negatively charged ion. So, the truth is that electro-colloidal silver is BOTH colloidal and ionic. It is considered colloidal because of the particle SIZE and it is considered ionic because of the particle CHARGE. In fact, most of the biological studies suggest it is colloidal silver’s ionic characteristics that make it such a good germicide. It is also interesting to note that the old chemistry books make no distinction between the colloidal and ionic states of the electro-colloidal metals.

        March 18th, 2015 9:47 pm Reply
    • katesisco

      I have in the past used colloidal silver spray, and plan to again. Also have used iodine (ammonium iodide) and read that a fact often overlooked about iodine is that it disloves fat. So the cyst I had that would come and go is now gone.

      October 31st, 2014 6:16 pm Reply
    • Marie-Aude

      Good for you PiT about the cyst dissolving. And I understand your dilemma with having to care for yourself and no health insurance to rely on or enough money to care for yourself any other way than naturally, which in my opinion is the only way.
      I still think that Sarah’s article is very good in bringing out info that we may not be aware of. Her personal choice on Colliodal Silver is her own

      January 21st, 2015 12:44 pm Reply
  • Aaron Dixon

    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.

    July 2nd, 2014 9:12 pm Reply
    • Sarah M

      It is absolutely true that people can turn blue. I saw this guy on the Today Show years ago:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-turned-blue-silver-dies-article-1.1466905

      July 10th, 2014 12:00 am Reply
      • Rebecca

        You can turn blue only if you are using a non-colloidal form of silver, especially silver proteins (which are inappropriately labeled as colloidal silver, but in fact are not true colloids.

        July 14th, 2014 8:04 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          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.

          July 14th, 2014 9:38 am Reply
          • Esstee

            If there truly is someone who has turned blue from ingesting pure colloidal silver, then this would be a first in known history. Though my gut(pun) tells me this isn’t the case as the requirements needed to develop Argyria from drinking pure colloidal silver would simply be too high to tolerate or consider for most any person. – see 6-10 litres per day, over long periods of time*years)

            That said, in cases where someone would have developed Argyria drinking colloidal silver, then the most likely outcome is that they took a solution that contained compounds or additives so as to allow for higher concentrations since colloidal silver solutions will cap-out at/or around 20ppm before dropping out. Which create a sort of fail safe in terms of bio-accumulation.

            February 8th, 2015 6:54 am
          • Laszlo

            Sarah do you even know how small these particles are? Most are are on a micron level smaller then most of your cells in your body. The one we use is actually nano-micron level. To accumulate enough silver in your skin would require a massive amount (PPM/parts per million) for a long period of time. Most sellers of generators will warn people of this, as any mineral/vitamin should be taken in moderation. Although Silver is one of the LEAST toxic metals your body will absorb.

            April 8th, 2015 4:44 pm
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Least toxic is still toxic. Why risk it at all when there are completely nontoxic alternatives that don’t risk gut health? I just don’t get the position of some to ingest this stuff. There is absolutely no reason to ever do this!

            April 8th, 2015 5:32 pm
      • Amma

        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!

        July 16th, 2014 7:19 pm Reply
    • Dale Ruff

      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.

      July 14th, 2014 12:40 am Reply
      • Esstee

        IMO. Colloidal Silver should never be viewed as a dietary supplement. That said, I’d consider colloidal silver to be on the same level as antibiotics insofar as use and precautions go.

        That said, I’d also add that most all things known to us ingested or otherwise, have a toxicity level. And so trying to paint silver which is part of our own elemental daily intake as toxic isn’t likely wise either.

        February 8th, 2015 6:58 am Reply
    • Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD

      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.

      July 16th, 2014 4:03 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        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?

        July 16th, 2014 8:43 am Reply
      • Anon

        I have used probiotics to get my digestive system back in shape. They work, yogurt and pill form.

        December 17th, 2014 12:31 am Reply
    • Richard

      all a matter of personal opinion,I agree with you and the blue guy is true but you have to research it to understand why

      June 3rd, 2015 3:46 pm Reply
  • Keith Moeller

    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.

    June 30th, 2014 1:30 pm Reply
    • Silver user

      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?


      July 1st, 2014 1:50 am Reply
    • Bakari Tajuddin

      Beautifully stated and i would love having your data. Just to shut those up spewing negative hearsay. Thanks

      December 25th, 2014 11:24 pm Reply
    • BETH

      Keith you never left a way to contact you.

      January 22nd, 2015 8:44 am Reply
    • Brandon

      Hmmmm I don’t see Sarah’s reply to this. I cant find it, where’s is at?

      May 14th, 2015 2:03 pm Reply
    • Cecily

      Hi Keith, Will you be so very kind to point me in the right direction re papers/ studies re nano silver not killing good bacteria; however killing bad? I wonder if it kills eubacteria for eg? (I hope not as mine – and 3 others in family, interestingly the non breastfed people; was undetectable prior to antibiotic) Dr said it is important to have eubacteria in our gut) I am wanting to kill off intestinal strep const. and my husband – enterocoocus for eg? (sp) I have had hugely overpopulated strep (I then took emycin) however it came back in force; and I so very much appreciate your links? PS My son is currently detoxing from copper; so his liver pathways must not detox well (currently he has started taking defencell/enduracel (sulforaphane) to aid this – (through a Dr) as well as zinc etc.. may take a year to lower – have been having nasty side effects. However he also had more strep than desired; so not confident good for him.. I was desparate; and took emycin again last week; however I am not confident it is effective let alone side effects. I am very interested in the nano silver.. not sure what dose to take if appropriate for me… Thanks in advance ever so much; cecily@bigpond.net.au PS Dr said that defencell/enduracel (sulforaphane)- broccoli sprouts will most likely get gut flora more normalised; zinc kills them somewhat too; however when I had 162 million (should be under 300 000) strep count; I sure need a helping hand.

      June 20th, 2015 4:23 am Reply
  • Laura@FermentaCap

    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.

    June 26th, 2014 5:19 pm Reply
  • jgunther

    If anyone is interested, Natural News has a few articles on Colloidal Silver…A VERY TRUSTED SOURCE!!

    They also go over some of the “questions” that were posted here.


    June 26th, 2014 3:57 pm Reply
  • Bethany Millikan

    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.

    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!

    June 25th, 2014 5:00 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Great input! Thank you for sharing :)

      June 25th, 2014 6:04 pm Reply
      • dave

        What stops silver topically on wounds from accumulating in the body? I thought skin was the largest organ?

        June 25th, 2014 8:32 pm Reply
        • Silver user

          Same system as for internal use. Science. Reason. Ion reactions. Silver does not accumulate.

          June 26th, 2014 1:14 am Reply
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            ??? 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.

            June 26th, 2014 10:18 am
  • sarah

    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.

    June 25th, 2014 8:08 am Reply
  • James

    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.

    June 24th, 2014 6:30 am Reply
    • Hernando Mauro

      Oh please. 30mls a lot??

      When I am sick I take 30mls every 2 hours for days at a time.

      October 25th, 2014 12:57 am Reply
  • Halaluani

    I was searching for this research paper and finally found it. I hope it is helpful to at least some people. http://silver-lightning.com/research.html

    June 24th, 2014 4:37 am Reply
  • Dianne

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

    June 24th, 2014 2:32 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

      June 24th, 2014 7:39 am Reply
      • Silver user

        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.

        June 25th, 2014 10:10 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum are all heavy metals as well.

          June 25th, 2014 11:40 am Reply
          • Silver user

            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.

            June 25th, 2014 12:53 pm
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Actually copper and iron are both toxic at high levels … I would not ingest a colloidal solution of them either. Here’s an interesting read on the subject. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/metals-and-the-mind/

            June 25th, 2014 2:59 pm
        • Cecily

          Sarah thank you so much for sharing this link! For me, more to do with copper toxicity! I haven’t got to silver yet. :-) I have read WestonPrice work before about nutrition; however this gives me more insight to our family problem. It shows a LOT of insight. Interesting how I don’t ever seem to be able to get enough magnesium. I do wonder if my organs are storing it as my levels were reasonably low. My brother was highly strung. Worry worry too. Unfortunately he died last year- emphysema (which is mentioned there too.) And maybe my issues are not just the high strep. Thanks again.

          June 20th, 2015 8:26 am Reply
  • patrice

    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.

    June 23rd, 2014 6:03 pm Reply
    • Alda

      Hi Patrice~

      Could you post the studies that show colloidal silver does not effect beneficial bacteria.

      June 23rd, 2014 10:11 pm Reply
    • sarah

      can you share some links to these studies about nano-particle silver?

      June 25th, 2014 8:11 am Reply
    • stacy

      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

      July 8th, 2014 3:33 pm Reply
    • Esstee

      All silver compounds have a potential to accumulate.
      Also, there are no studies showing it doesn’t accumulate. In fact, there is very little research on the effects of colloidal silver in the human body let alone measuring the overall effects of accumulation and excretion based on particle size. And so ‘it’s important to not continue to spread disinformation in this way.

      The truth is the term “nano particle” is an unverified term used by certain colloidal silver sellers who claim that making CS with very low voltages(3v or less) using an AC circuit will produce the smallest silver particle size possible. That said, the particular claim has no validation whatsoever and customer reviews and testimonials suggest that the solution is no better than any other solution in terms of effectiveness. And so, based on this, I’d have to say that the evidence isn’t supporting the claims made by these particular manufacturers.

      Fact is, the colloidal silver industry is a highly competitive market. And that the sellers and manufacturers who take part in it are in constant need to try and reinvent themselves so as to stand-out and provide it’s potential customers with some form of advantage amidst the competition.

      February 8th, 2015 7:08 am Reply
  • Mary Jensen

    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!

    June 23rd, 2014 5:52 pm Reply
  • Alda


    Here is a must-read article from Sweden’s Uppsala University Hospital on the dangers of silver use:


    June 23rd, 2014 2:02 pm Reply
    • Silver user

      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”

      Google translate of the same

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

      June 23rd, 2014 5:30 pm Reply
      • Silver user

        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

        June 23rd, 2014 5:59 pm Reply
        • Alda

          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!

          June 23rd, 2014 9:55 pm Reply
          • Silver user

            Do your own research.
            For the cost – you forget about training, cleaning of materials, purchase of silver and water, distribution – and – work hours? Taxes, IRS, the maniacs telling you about blue smurfs.. and so on.

            That is why i dont buy colloidal silver – i make my own, for myself to use. I even give it away for free to friends if they want it.

            You should probably read up on gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.
            Here is also a very good scientific article – http://www.nature.com/news/silver-makes-antibiotics-thousands-of-times-more-effective-1.13232

            June 24th, 2014 1:33 am
    • Richard

      Sweden is trying to outlaw silver in favor of the pharma companies

      June 3rd, 2015 4:21 pm Reply
  • Celeste

    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?

    June 23rd, 2014 11:07 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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.

      June 23rd, 2014 11:42 am Reply
    • Andi

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

      July 19th, 2014 1:06 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Excellent. thank you.

        July 19th, 2014 8:25 am Reply
  • Silver user

    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.

    June 23rd, 2014 10:35 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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.

      June 23rd, 2014 10:38 am Reply
      • Silver user

        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.


        June 23rd, 2014 11:42 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          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).

          June 23rd, 2014 11:53 am Reply
          • Silver user

            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”.


            June 23rd, 2014 12:02 pm
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            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

            June 23rd, 2014 12:06 pm
          • James

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

            August 26th, 2014 8:52 pm
          • Eco Witch

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

            October 6th, 2014 5:10 pm
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Yes we are. Zero shots for us.

            October 6th, 2014 6:27 pm
  • Sean

    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.

    June 23rd, 2014 9:18 am Reply
  • Ethan

    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?

    June 23rd, 2014 9:17 am Reply
  • Marie

    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/

    June 23rd, 2014 7:35 am Reply
  • robinakagoatmom

    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..

    June 23rd, 2014 6:32 am Reply
    • Gregory

      Yes, this is a very wholistic approach which should work without a doubt.

      June 25th, 2014 10:31 pm Reply
  • shmoelle

    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

    June 23rd, 2014 6:13 am Reply
  • Irene

    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.

    June 23rd, 2014 3:53 am Reply
  • Anita

    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?

    June 23rd, 2014 2:10 am Reply
    • Kerri

      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.


      June 23rd, 2014 9:39 am Reply
  • Ericka

    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.

    June 23rd, 2014 12:34 am Reply
  • Amanda Beach

    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?

    June 23rd, 2014 12:08 am Reply
  • Elita

    What about Sovereign Silver? Is it safe?

    June 22nd, 2014 9:13 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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.

      June 22nd, 2014 9:29 pm Reply
      • Halaluani

        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.

        June 24th, 2014 3:27 am Reply
      • Sarah

        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!

        June 26th, 2014 5:31 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

          June 26th, 2014 6:56 pm Reply
          • D.

            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.

            July 14th, 2014 10:55 am
        • Sandy

          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.

          July 14th, 2014 7:13 pm Reply
          • D.

            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.

            July 16th, 2014 9:23 am
      • Rebecca

        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?

        July 14th, 2014 8:12 am Reply
        • Rebecca

          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. :)

          July 14th, 2014 8:17 am Reply
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            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.

            July 14th, 2014 9:38 am
          • Monika

            Colloidal silver HAS saved my life. I have ulcerative collitis. I do take probiotics and ferments on a regular basis but am also unfortunately very susceptible to catching stomach bugs, and now that I have kids it can happen more often then I’d like. There was one time in particular that I was breastfeeding and had a horrible stomach bug. I was vomitting so much that I started dry heaving and had runs every 10 min or so. I went to the hospital but the wait was too long. I was just getting weaker and weaker. My spouse reminded me of colloidal silver. I do use ionic and also Nutrasilver. At the time I only had homemade ionic silver. I drake a quart and finally stopped dry heaving. It was the only thing I could hold down. I am so grateful for it because I lost all my breast milk supply and I was getting so weak from the deyhdration. I am in Canada where you can easily wait 12 hours in the hospital before getting seen. So I would have been even more severely dehydrated if we had continued waiting in the hospital.

            February 11th, 2015 10:24 pm
          • Monika

            Oh and to add to my last comment, yes prior to going to the knowledgable in herbs and have quite a few in stock (I even make my own herbal tinctures) but was not able to hold ANYTHING down but the ionic silver.

            February 11th, 2015 10:29 pm
  • Gail

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 9:10 pm Reply
  • Natalie

    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?

    June 22nd, 2014 7:38 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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.

      June 22nd, 2014 8:58 pm Reply
      • J. R.

        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.

        June 23rd, 2014 12:36 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

          June 23rd, 2014 7:29 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 7:16 pm Reply
    • shmo

      That’s not true, this lady had her skin turn just from nasal spray that included colloidal silver : http://www.rosemaryjacobs.com/rose2.html

      June 23rd, 2014 6:08 am Reply
      • Halauani

        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.


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

        June 24th, 2014 4:25 am Reply
  • Victor Cozzetto

    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.


    June 22nd, 2014 6:05 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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.

      June 22nd, 2014 9:02 pm Reply
    • Linore

      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.


      June 22nd, 2014 10:36 pm Reply
      • Victor

        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.

        June 23rd, 2014 9:07 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          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.

          June 23rd, 2014 9:34 pm Reply
          • Victor

            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.

            July 7th, 2014 2:17 am
          • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            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!

            July 7th, 2014 7:46 am
        • Linore Burkard

          Thanks much, Victor.

          June 25th, 2014 4:36 pm Reply
        • Christina

          Would that then be Ionic silver as opposed to colloidal silver?

          November 21st, 2014 11:34 am Reply
    • Diane

      Hi, Victor. How do you make CS yourself?

      June 22nd, 2014 10:46 pm Reply
    • Lindsay

      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

      June 23rd, 2014 12:24 am Reply
    • Anita

      Victor, how do you make your own so you know it’s the Real Deal?

      June 23rd, 2014 1:04 am Reply
    • becca

      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.

      June 23rd, 2014 9:54 am Reply
    • Carrie

      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.

      June 23rd, 2014 11:36 am Reply
      • Linore

        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.


        June 23rd, 2014 2:08 pm Reply
  • Marie

    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

    June 22nd, 2014 2:40 pm Reply
  • jes

    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!

    June 22nd, 2014 2:40 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

      June 22nd, 2014 4:57 pm Reply
  • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 2:06 pm Reply
  • Jina

    Nope. We eat raw garlic in the mornings and black k fermented garlic in the evenings.

    June 22nd, 2014 2:05 pm Reply
    • Terry Newton

      Hey Jina, what’s black k fermented garlic?

      June 22nd, 2014 3:52 pm Reply
  • Nina

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 2:03 pm Reply
  • Megan

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

    June 22nd, 2014 1:59 pm Reply
  • Jillian

    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!

    June 22nd, 2014 1:48 pm Reply
  • Kelly the Kitchen Kop

    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!

    June 22nd, 2014 1:47 pm Reply
    • Dorsey

      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.

      June 22nd, 2014 10:22 pm Reply
  • liz

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

    June 22nd, 2014 1:42 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

      June 22nd, 2014 2:02 pm Reply
      • InalienableWrights

        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.

        June 22nd, 2014 2:33 pm Reply
        • Natasha

          Totally agree with you.

          June 27th, 2014 8:57 am Reply
      • Lindsay

        some of them may be selective but a lot of herbs kill indiscriminately, and I would not suggest herbs over CS

        June 23rd, 2014 12:26 am Reply
  • Alda

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 1:25 pm Reply
    • 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!

      June 22nd, 2014 2:10 pm Reply
    • Mollie Y

      Steve Barwick, the man used*

      March 6th, 2015 1:27 pm Reply
    • Mollie Y

      I agree with you guys that many companies do have misleading claims on their products. Most brands contain only 10% positively charged silver, particle sizes to big for easy absorption and elimination, and concentrations up to 500 ppm rendering their products inefficient. Not to mention many brands contain added salts or proteins…
      I use bioactive silver hydrosol, brand-name Sovereign Silver. I’ve used it in my own body to cure chronic sinusitis caused by conventional medicine and severe strep. I also use it to support my immune system since I work with children and being sick is never really an option.

      March 6th, 2015 1:38 pm Reply
      • Cecily

        Hi Laura, Thanks for your response. If you don’t wash veggies; how do you know you are not putting harmful bacteria back in your body? (Not to mention pesticides if they are not organic?) Ie in my very liited space I have – I am currently growing kale and buk choy and a few broccoli sprouts; I used cow manure for fertiliser. How do we know we are not ingesting a bad form of ecoli for eg? I agree with you that herbs do kill off the bad as well as good bacteria. My Bio Dr told me that also; as I questioned using them instead of emycin. Others use berberine, oragano oil etc. In my case I had VERY high strep intestinal bacteria. I am trying to find ideas how to lower it dramatically other ways thus came across this thread, thanks to Sarah.

        June 20th, 2015 5:04 am Reply
  • Elizabeth

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

    June 22nd, 2014 1:03 pm Reply
  • Carol G

    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!

    June 22nd, 2014 12:28 pm Reply
  • Carol G

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 12:25 pm Reply
    • Mollie Y

      Unless it’s ingested at unreasonably high levels, no gut microbiota will be harmed during internal consumption of bioactive silver hydrosol. The silver is absorbed into the bloodstream before it reaches the gut.

      March 6th, 2015 1:20 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Then why do GAPS Practitioners recommend against ingesting it while a client is healing/sealing the gut?

        March 6th, 2015 5:03 pm Reply
  • lynn

    this is a good point that you made…

    June 22nd, 2014 12:25 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 12:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

      June 22nd, 2014 2:03 pm Reply
    • Cecily

      Hi Kathy, my Bio Dr says oregano oil and berbarine (sp) do kill good and bad bacteria

      June 20th, 2015 5:05 am Reply
  • Jill

    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!

    June 22nd, 2014 12:12 pm Reply
  • Jeanette Caldwell

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 12:09 pm Reply
  • Joe

    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.



    June 22nd, 2014 11:44 am Reply
    • Joy

      Good points! It’s good to hear both sides. :)

      June 22nd, 2014 3:14 pm Reply
  • Michelle Goldstein

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 11:39 am Reply
  • Rach D

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 11:34 am Reply
  • Jeni Clark

    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

    June 22nd, 2014 11:26 am Reply
    • 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.

      June 22nd, 2014 2:18 pm Reply
      • Jeni

        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!

        July 14th, 2014 5:58 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          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.

          July 14th, 2014 9:41 am Reply
          • Brian

            So if it’s a fact and not an opinion (or someone else’s opinion) please cite your reference proving that colloidal or ionic silver accumulates over time in the body. Saying that you saw a blueish person does not constitute proof.

            November 26th, 2014 5:07 pm
    • Always Expecting

      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.

      June 22nd, 2014 4:21 pm Reply
    • cecily

      Hi Jeni; would you be so kind to email me if you have any literature re silver not effecting good bacteria? I am trying to reduce high numbers of intestinal strep and am very interested. (For me). My son is currently detoxing from copper (and bloods showed he has a harder time detoxing it thus just now stared taking broccoli sprouts – note 3 years ago he was diagnosed with BDD; we did gaps for 8 mnths or so which was helpful at the time however sure doesn’t help copper overload in his system); I am not sure if he could take (I suspect he has high strep again intestinal) Thank you ever so much if you can cecily@bigpond.net.au

      June 20th, 2015 5:21 am Reply
  • Kathleen Conner

    Interesting, thanks!

    June 22nd, 2014 11:10 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    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.

    June 22nd, 2014 10:38 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      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.

      June 22nd, 2014 2:12 pm Reply
      • Missy

        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?

        June 22nd, 2014 8:34 pm Reply
      • Susan

        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

        June 22nd, 2014 10:24 pm Reply
        • Mollie Y

          Metals are crucial to our survival as human beings. We should eat a varied diet with foods rich minerals such as potassium, iron, chromium, copper, zinc, etc. The soil our food is grown in has been significantly depleted of necessary minerals, so proper supplementation is necessary while we work to rebuild our ecosystems.

          This doesn’t exactly apply here because we’re talking about supplements, but I felt it would help give you a better understanding of why sometimes things that are seemingly bad for us are used to heal us. It’s kind of like how apple seeds have cyanide.

          “The second principle of homeopathy is the use of poisons to treat diseases. Homeopathy employs watered down poisons to treat disorders. A similar principle is used in the production of vaccines in conventional medicine. If a natural compound may cause certain symptoms and signs in high doses, homeopaths believe very low doses of the dilute solution of the compound can also relieve the same symptoms and signs. Despite the apparent confusion and the seeming lack of coherence, homeopathy has been largely successful and in some cases, its practices and remedies can be backed up with scientific evidences.” – Homeopathy for Thyroid Problems by Brad Chase.

          March 6th, 2015 12:58 pm Reply
          • Mollie Y

            I’d like to note here that we must be careful with supplements in general. Multivitamin and mineral supplements may not be fully absorbed due to crystallization and herbal supplements may contain harmful chemicals used when growing the plants. May companies often use additives or even just sources that are not good for us. Think fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is found in nature and very good for us humans, but the fluoride commonly used in conventional toothpaste and city water is an industrial waste-product that acts as a neurotoxin in humans.

            March 6th, 2015 1:04 pm
      • Danielle

        Or angstrom silver like offered at Mother Earth Minerals?

        June 23rd, 2014 3:13 am Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

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

          June 23rd, 2014 7:27 am Reply
      • Alison

        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.

        July 4th, 2014 1:24 pm Reply
        • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          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).

          July 4th, 2014 3:50 pm Reply
        • Mollie Y

          Salts and proteins added to certain brands of colloidal silver may be able to cause toxicity. I think this may be where the confusion is coming from…

          March 6th, 2015 12:42 pm Reply
        • Richard

          are you sure silver is a heavy metal, science dictionary says not

          June 3rd, 2015 4:51 pm Reply

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