Showing posts with label colloidal silver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label colloidal silver. Show all posts

Friday, September 29, 2017

New Guidelines for Safe Usage of Colloidal Silver

Story at-a-glance
·         There are three distinctly different types of silver products on the market that are all labeled and sold as "colloidal" silver: ionic silver, silver protein, and true colloidal silver. While ionic silver and silver protein are the most prevalent in the market, they contain very little or no colloidal silver and can do more harm than good.
·         Colloidal silver has been known as a remarkably effective natural antibiotic for centuries. But in past several decades, research has shown colloidal silver can eradicate antibiotic-resistant microbes like MRSA, the Avian Influenza (bird flu), and Human Corona virus (SARS).
·         Since there are health risks involved if you select the wrong formula, it is recommended you use colloidal silver only under the guidance and supervision of a qualified alternative health practitioner, who can help you select a high-quality product.

The Silver Safety Committee has announced its creation of the Silver Safety Pyramid, which is designed to enable anyone to easily determine safe usage levels of any dietary supplement containing silver, typically referred to as ionic silver or colloidal silver.
The Silver Safety Committee consists of doctors, chemistry professors and world leaders in health-freedom advocacy.
According to Herbert Slavin, M.D., director of the Institute of Advanced Medicine in Lauderhill, Florida, and a member of the Committee:
"This is an area where confusion and concern developed needlessly. Few things in life are as cut-and-dried as the fact that silver is completely safe when used within normal limits. The U.S. government provides a very clear guideline for the safe oral intake of silver. We've simply provided an easy method for applying that guideline to the safe use of any silver supplement product."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a guideline called the Reference Dose (RfD) for safe limits on daily intake of silver. The EPA's RfD guideline is specifically intended to keep a person's intake of silver below the level that could possibly discolor the skin.
Says Jeffrey Blumer, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Drug Research, the world's largest clinical research center for pediatric drugs, and former director of the Greater Cleveland Poison Control Center:
"Common substances like table salt and aspirin are harmless with normal use, but excessive intake can become toxic and even life-threatening. With normal responsible usage, silver supplements are entirely harmless to humans."
The Silver Safety Pyramid is based on the Committee's Silver Safety Guideline, which recommends that a person's intake of silver from dietary supplements be limited to 25 percent of the EPA's recommended limit for total daily intake of silver.
It utilizes the Silver Safety Calculation, a simple mathematical formula that enables a person to easily determine how much to take of any silver-containing product to remain within the safety guidelines.
The EPA RfD guideline is expressed in terms of micrograms of silver. Virtually all silver supplements, on the other hand, are labeled in terms of parts per million (ppm), which is the concentration of silver in the water, not micrograms. With the Silver Safety Calculation, you just plug in your pounds of body weight and the ppm of silver in whatever silver supplement you're using, and it calculates the appropriate limits for you.
The Silver Safety Calculation is simple enough: 12 times pounds divided by ppm equals drops per day.
The Silver Safety Pyramid provides guidelines for determining safe usage limits from three perspectives:
·         Daily use
·         Short-term use
·         Entire lifetime
"This is useful information for everyone interested in using silver for health," Dr. Baird added. "If people follow these guidelines, they can use silver supplements while remaining fully confident they are not exposing themselves to any risks whatsoever."
The Committee's website includes the Silver Safety Auto-Calculator, which automatically performs the math in the Silver Safety Pyramid for you. The site also has an Education & FAQ section, which helps clarify the meanings of terms like ppm, ionic silver, colloidal silver, and more.
The website is

Dr. Mercola's Comments:
There are several types of silver products on the market. Some are healthy alternatives to antibiotics while others can be downright dangerous to your health.
Three Types of 'Colloidal' Silver – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
According to a Commercial Product Report by,1 a site that provides detailed laboratory analyses of colloidal silver products, there are three distinctly different types of silver products on the market that are all labeled and sold as "colloidal" silver:
  1. Ionic silver
  2. Silver protein
  3. True colloidal silver2
This misrepresentation of colloidal silver by less scrupulous manufacturers has no doubt led to some of the more negative connotations to colloidal silver. When purchasing colloidal silver, it's very important to make sure you're getting true colloidal silver, because, as you will see, the other two varieties of silver may do far more harm than good.
Since there are health risks involved if you select the wrong formula, I recommend you use colloidal silver only under the guidance and supervision of a qualified alternative health practitioner, who can help you select a high-quality product.
Ionic silver solutions – Silver solutions are typically clear like water or have a slight yellow tint. The producers of ionicsilver solutions will tell you that colloidal silver should look like clear water, but this is incorrect, so don't be fooled. The term colloidal means particles, not ions.
To determine whether a solution is ionic silver, add regular table salt (sodium chloride) to it. If silver ions are present, then the chloride ions will combine with the silver ions and create a white, cloudy appearance. For more detailed instructions on how to do this, please see the Silver Colloids website.
Ionic silver is not entirely without merit, but since ionic silver products contain such a low percentage of silver particles, these products will not be as effective as true colloidal silver, which has a much greater particle surface area3 relative to the total silver content.
Ionic silver is still a strong anti-microbial, and can be effectively used in situations where chloride is NOT present. When chloride is present – such as inside your body – then what little silver particle is present in the solution will survive to produce benefit, but again, not nearly as effectively as a true colloidal solution.
Please be aware that most all "colloidal silver" generators sold for home use produce ionic silver solutions, and not true colloidal silver.
Potential Danger – Low. If you take ionic silver products according to the manufacturer's recommended dosage, ionic silver will not cause argyria, a condition that causes your skin to turn blue-gray.
Silver protein – Silver protein products are the second most prevalent type of so-called colloidal silver products on the market. These products are a combination of metallic silver particles and a protein binder to keep the particles in suspension. One tip-off that it's a silver protein product is if it claims to have high concentrations of colloidal silver (typically in the range of 30 to 20,000 ppm).
Of the three types of colloidal silver, silver protein products have the lowest particle surface area for a given silver concentration, making the silver inaccessible for safe and effective absorption by your body. Because of this, you want to avoid all silver protein products.
To find out whether you have a silver protein product rather than a true silver colloid, look for these characteristics:
  • Foaming: When shaken, a silver protein product produces foam above the liquid that will persist for minutes after being shaken. This is probably the single most reliable indicator.
  • Concentration: Silver protein products tend to have very high concentration values, typically in the range of 30 to 20,000 ppm.
  • Color: The color ranges from light amber to almost black with an increasing concentration of silver.
Potential Danger – High. Due to the high concentration of large silver particles, silver protein products are known to cause argyria, which turns your skin blue-gray color.
True colloidal silver – True colloidal silver products are the least prevalent type of colloidal silver on the market due to the high cost of production. In true colloidal silver, the majority of the silver content is in the form of silver particles. True colloids will typically contain between 50 and 80 percent particles, while the balance will be silver ions.
Because of the high concentration of silver particles, true silver colloids are never clear like water. True colloidal silver with a sufficient concentration of particles does not look like water because silver particles – even very small particles – block light from passing through, making the liquid appear darker.
Potential Danger – None. Due to the very low concentration of ionic silver and small particle size, true silver colloids do not cause argyria.
What Is Colloidal Silver Useful For?
Colloidal silver has been known as a remarkably effective natural antibiotic for centuries. But in past several decades, research has shown colloidal silver can even eradicate antibiotic-resistant microbes like MRSA,4 the Avian Influenza (bird flu), and Human Corona virus (SARS).
In the mid-1970s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University began his groundbreaking research into colloidal silver. He later concluded:
"What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries… All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics… In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent."
However, silver's innate anti-microbial effect was actually common knowledge among doctors some 60 years before Becker's time. In fact, in the early 1900s, Alfred Searle, founder of the global Searle Pharmaceutical Company, had already discovered that silver in its liquid colloidal form could kill even the most deadly of pathogens. In his book Colloids in Biology and Medicine, 1919, Searle wrote:
"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."
Unlike prescription antibiotic drugs, silver does not create resistance or immunity in pathogens killed by it.
Recent Research Espousing the Virtues of Colloidal Silver
Over the past few years, several new studies have demonstrated the fact that silver is one of the most effective agents in the battle against MRSA and other deadly antibiotic-resistant super pathogens, including the:
  1. Brigham-Young Clinical Study – This study, published in the journal Current Science in 2006,5 found that a number of the antibiotic drugs which had previously been able to kill MDR (multiple drug-resistant) pathogens, such as MRSA, could be restored to full efficacy against the deadly pathogens, but only if a liquid silver solution similar to colloidal silver was used in conjunction with the drug.
  2. Iranian Clinical Study – This study6 also found that silver increases the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs against staph infections. The researchers concluded:
"The antibacterial activities of penicillin G, amoxicillin, erythromycin, clindamycin, and vancomycin were increased in the presence of silver nano-particles (Ag-NPs) against both test strains. The highest enhancing effects were observed for vancomycin, amoxicillin, and penicillin G against S. aureus."
  1. Taiwanese Clinical Study – Published in the journal Colloids Surface B Biointerfaces7 in 2007, this study demonstrated that colloidal silver, by itself, eradicates both MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, another deadly and extremely opportunistic superbug.
  2. Czech Clinical Study – Likewise, this Czech study published in the prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry B8 in 2006, also demonstrated that colloidal silver was a highly effective agent against MRSA:
"…silver particles with a narrow size distribution with an average size of 25 nm, which showed high antimicrobial and bactericidal activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including highly multi-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The study further demonstrated that very low concentrations of silver could be utilized to destroy MRSA, as long as the silver particles were very small, averaging 25 nm."

Monday, September 25, 2017

Low Voltage Colloidal Silver Generator with Motorized Stirring

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These are some of the best instructions I have seen to build a colloidal silver production vessel. I found them on a long forgotten website and they have served in good stead in my quest to produce high quality low voltage direct current ( LVDC ) colloidal silver. The design incorporates "Ole Bob's" concept of constant stirring. Use whatever your chosen power source is to generate the CS ie: 3-9 volt batteries, wall wart, etc.


1 each Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar

1 each Plastic Wide Mouth Lid (from a Miracle Whip jar or from Ball or Kerr)

1 each 0-5 milliamp DC Gauge (good one is the Shurite #8302Z) or multimeter if you have one.

1 each RS ( Radio Shack ) 1.5-3.0 Volt DC Motor (Catalog #: 2730223).

1 each 2-3 inch piece of wire insulation stripped off of a piece of 14 gauge electrical wire.

2 each RS 75 ohm Chassis Mount TV Coax Connectors (Catalog #: 27802122).

1 each RS "D" Cell Battery Holder (Catalog #: 2700403) to power the stirring motor.

1 each RS Mini-Volume Control 10k Potentiometer (Catalog #: 2711721) to control the speed of the stirring motor.

1 pkg RS 14" Jumper Leads Pkg of 10 (Catalog #: 2781156) to connect everything.

3 each 9 volt alkaline batteries (Catalog #: 2302211) ( if that's what you want to use to power it )

2 each .999 or .9999 12 or 14 gauge silver electrodes. Keep them at least 3/4 inch away from the bottom of the jar (vessel).

2 each RS 9 Volt Battery snap connectors to connect to the batteries.(Catalog #: 270032)

Install the 2 Chassis Mount TV Coax Connectors in the lid so that the electrodes are about 1 to 1 1/4 inch apart (sort of off to one side of the top of the lid -- remember you also need room for the stirring motor ).

Install the Stirring Motor in the lid ( I used hot glue gun ) so that a 2 inch or so piece of wire insulation, off of a piece of 14 gauge electrical wire, can stir freely without hitting the electrodes. It will take trial and error to determine where to place the Motor and how long to make the stirrer ( the stirrer slides conveniently right onto the shaft of the RS motor ).

You now have your version of a CS Production Vessel.

Use the Jumper leads to attach the "D" Cell battery holder with battery ( put the potentiometer in the circuit to control the speed of the stirring ) to the two connections on the stirring motor. You are now the proud owner of a working CS stirrer!!

Use more Jumper leads to attach the Power Source ( 3-9 volt batteries ) to the two electrodes. Include the 0-5 DC milliamp gauge or a multimeter into the circuit so you can read the Initial Resistance and then the final resistance when the CS is done.

When you first put the Distilled Water into the vessel, the Initial Resistance should be about ½ milliamp or lower, depending on how pure your DW is. Run this setup with the stirring motor stirring the DW until the voltage is between 2.6 and 2.8 milliamps or so. It should take about 4 hours. I don't have any idea what the PPM of silver this mixture has, but it has worked wonders on many different conditions. The CS should be clear.

I am not an electrician or an engineer. I post this for informational purposes only and do not remember where it was originally posted. Use this information at your own risk!

Four nine volt batteries can be used as well in this design. We found that utilizing the stirring device to control the current was a novel idea. ]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Colloidal Silver In Survival Situations

Colloidal Silver In Survival Situations

If you are new to the survival and prepping lifestyle, you might have at least heard of colloidal silver. It is sold on almost every site that offers products for prepping and is featured often in blogs and articles about the same. However, some are still often left wondering exactly what it is used for.

The fact is, the uses are vast. Some have even said that it is impossible to list all the uses of colloidal silver, and that you can use your imagination for benefits often not found listed anywhere.

We are not going to leave you in the dark any longer! Please continue reading to find out what some of the most beneficial uses of this product are.

Colloidal Silver Is A Strong Antiviral and Antibacterial

You might be surprised to learn that many hospital staff people are among those taking colloidal silver on a regular basis. That is because they know how well it fights both viruses as well as bacteria. In fact, in the days before penicillin was a common household name, colloidal silver was used as the primary antibiotic in homes across the nation.

Silver is certainly not a new concept. In fact, it is used on a regular basis in hospitals for just this purpose. For instance, silver nitrate drops are administered to the eyes of newborns to help prevent blindness that can be caused by bacteria present in the birth canal. An antibiotic ointment known as Silvadene is often used on sores that have already become highly infected. In some instances, trach tubes and catheters can even be coated with silver to prevent infection.

In a survival situation, colloidal silver is likely to be the next gold rush. It can be used for bronchial infections, ear infections, sinusitis, yeast infections, pink eye and to prevent food contamination on a bacterial level. And that’s just to name a few.

The following video is nearly fifteen minutes long and could be considered a bit boring because of how it is done. However, the information is certainly worth learning, if you have the time to watch.

Colloidal Silver For Water Purification

Again, history has shown that colloidal silver is important to have on hand. In ancient Rome and Greece, water was often stored in silver containers to keep it fresh and pure. As settlers moved across the West in America along the Oregon Trail, they were often known to place a silver dollar in their water containers, allowing it to sit overnight, for purification purposes.

Not only is colloidal silver known to immediately kill bacteria in water, it can also maintain that purity for long periods at a time. In fact, the Russian space program uses it to this day as a water sanitizer, determining that it is the longest lasting way to transform otherwise unpotable water into something useful.

NASA uses silver as well, after 23 other water purification methods were tried. However, NASA does not stop at using silver only for the purification of water. They also use it in air conditioning, food preparation and other space shuttle operations.

There is still much debate on the subject of silver being used as water purification and more information is likely to come out in the future. It is certainly worth the extra research to keep up with, however, and we urge you to do so.

More Uses For Colloidal Silver

If you spend any time at all researching this amazing silver, you will find that it is believed to do far more than science has actually proven. Based on either ancient history or actual “true story” uses, there are tales that it cures everything from acne, to cancer, to parasites, to urinary tract infections.

As stated earlier, there are likely to be new scientific discoveries forthcoming concerning colloidal silver. It continues to be used as well as tested, since some tend to believe that it can be poisonous in some cases. We do not know the validity of that statement, however, since it is used in the space program as well as hospitals, quite frequently.

It’s Definitely Worth Having Around

In a survival situation, it could be that colloidal silver will be the only thing you have to fight viruses, bacteria and infection. For that reason alone, it is worth adding to your prepping supplies. We suggest that, in addition to the silver itself, you print out directions for its use in various situations. For instance, you will need to know how to use it for different purposes, how much to use, how often and so forth. Do not trust it to memory, as in an emergency situation, you might not always be thinking straight.