- Note - Colloidal silver in the proper size particle and
within safe parts per million ratios have been effective against many bacterial
issues. Unfortunately, more is not necessarily better and some products
have too high a ppm and/or too large silver particles...which can lead
to potential trouble...as indicated below. - ed
- The metal silver can kill bacteria and is often used
for this purpose in water purifiers. Based on this fact, silver- containing
supplements are widely marketed for the prevention and treatment of numerous
diseases. However, there is no real evidence that such supplements provide
any benefit, and they can produce a peculiar and permanent side effect
- Medicinal silver is most often sold as colloidal silver
protein (CSP). In a recent case report, a 56-year-old man noticed a blue
discoloration under his fingernails.1 He had been taking CSP supplements
daily for 3 years, in hopes of preventing colds and allergies. The diagnosis
was argyria, a blue-black tinting of the skin and mucous membranes caused
by a build-up of silver. Numerous similar cases have been reported in recent
- In argyria, silver deposited in the body reacts with
the sun through a process similar to that of the development of a photographic
negative. This leads to permanent discoloration of the skin. Changes may
be seen in the eyes, lips, and nose as well.
- The condition was even more common in decades past, when
CSP was an accepted medical treatment. Fortunately, argyria is seldom dangerous,
although in some cases nerve damage may occur.
- Under current law, supplements may not be taken off the
market until they are proven dangerous. Thus, it is up to consumers to
protect themselves. We advise that you avoid products containing CSP unless
you don't mind turning permanently blue!
- 1. Gulbranson SH, Hud JA, Hansen RC. Argyria following
the use of dietary supplements containing colloidal silver protein. Cutis.
- 2. Fung MC, Bowen DL. Silver products for medical indications:
risk-benefit assessment. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1996;34:119ñ 126.
- 3. Chomchai S, Kim SY. Argyria secondary to chronic ingestion
of colloidal silver [abstract]. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 2000;38:552ñ553.
- From Bob Travers
- Dear Jeff,
- The article on colloidal silver was very jaded! Here
are some facts:
- 1. If the pure silver is down to .001 microns in particle
size, or smaller, the silver will pass on through our systems with no residuals
in organ tissues (other than being used as a matabolite and with other
chemical reactions in the body). If the silver particle size is small
enough there can't be toxicity in any form.
- 2. Colloidal silver kills all bacteria given sufficient
contact time, that is why we have to replenish the good bacteria in the
body after using it.
- 3. One of my customers (change RO filters once a year,
etc) had overdosed with silver for 4-5 years (with a generator that doesn't
get particle size down small enough). His is the worst skin reaction I
have seen, but one year after changing his intake source and quantity,
his skin returned to normal pigmentation.
- 4. All the skin cells of the epidermis are completely
replaced in 7 years.
- 5. Personal experience...I have been subligating my
colloidal silver for a 10 minute duration at night every other day (incubation
of bacteria is 24-96 hours normally, viruses 12-48 hours). Dentists won't
like this to get out the to general public....subligating for 10 minutes
wipes out all the bacteria trying to exist in between teeth and gums.
I needed a root canal 3 years ago and the pain was killing me...when
I remembered the research paper I read (dated 1906) that stated silver
needed 6 minutes of contact time to stop the respiration cycle of the
- People don't need to suffer from cavities again if they
do a preventive program with colloidal silver. Within 15 minutes of my
first time subligating for 10 minutes - 3years ago - the tremendous pain
that I felt with every heartbeat was gone forever. I have been taking
it for over 5 years and have not had a common cold or flu bug...although
it (CS) doesn't work against all viruses and microorganisms. But what
a blessing to human kind if we can kee it from being suppressed again...like
it was in 1938.
- Take Care & Peace be with you,
- Bob Travers