by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© February 2013, The Center For Development
Colloidal Silver is a simple, low toxicity, and often very effective anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and even anti-parasitic agent. It consists of small, electrically charged silver ions dissolved in distilled water. That is all the low-potency products should contain. Higher potency products also contain a protein, but I donÕt usually recommend them, as they are not often needed.
ADVANTAGES OF COLLOIDAL SILVER OVER MOST OTHER ANTI-INFECTION AGENTS
These are many and include:
á Very low cost
á Very safe, even for babies and pregnant women, when used correctly. The internet has stories of people turning blue and gray from taking colloidal silver. This effect is called argyria. In my experience, this only happens if one uses homemade colloidal silver or if one takes too much of it. I have never seen argyria develop when one uses a quality commercially-made product such as Arabesque, in the correct dosage.
á Bacteria and viruses rarely become immune or resistant to it.
á Very wide-spectrum. This means it can help reduce many bacterial, viral, fungal and even others such as Lyme disease and some other parasitic infections.
á Extremely mild or non-irritating to the tissues. In fact, silver in this form is healing to the tissues.
This is in stark contrast to most antibiotics and other anti-infection drugs that are far more costly, extremely toxic in many cases, and often cause the development of resistant bacteria and viruses.
The brands of colloidal silver I recommend on this page contain less than 50 parts per million of silver dissolved in distilled water. This is very safe, as too much silver can affect the color of the skin, although it not very toxic otherwise.
However, do not stay on colloidal silver for more than a week to 10 days, in most cases. Some people like it so much they want to live on it. I do not suggest this.
HOW TO USE COLLOIDAL SILVER
Colloidal silver can be used in dozens of ways.
Oral use. For systemic infections, adults can take 2 or 3 tablespoons of the Arabesque OR the Sovereign Silver product daily, the two I generally recommend. Higher dose products require smaller doses. It has almost no taste at all.
Be sure to take it alone, not diluted, and do not eat or drink for about 30 minutes before or after taking it. This helps it to be absorbed best.
Take it for at least 3-4 days, once you start.
You may take it up to two weeks if absolutely needed.
Children: The dosage must be reduced for children depending on their size and weight.
Topical use. Taking it by mouth can be combined with topical use, in some cases. It can be applied directly to the skin, a drop in the ear, and some people even use a drop in the eyes if needed, although I do not have experience with this usage.
Inhalation. For bronchitis, pneumonia or pleurisy, one can inhale some into the lungs and bronchial tubes. To do this, you will need to buy or place some of it in a spray bottle. Hold the spray bottle in front of your open mouth. Exhale deeply, and then inhale through your mouth. As you inhale, spray some into your mouth at the same time. It is quite non-irritating taken this way.
Sniffing up the nose. One can sniff some up the nose for acute sinus infections. Place some in the palm of your hand, and then sniff it up the nose.
For toothache. One can place some in the mouth near an infected tooth and let it soak in around the tooth. This is not a substitute for caring for your teeth properly, but it can help in an emergency.
Gargle. One can also gargle it in the throat for a sore throat.
BRANDS OF COLLOIDAL SILVER I RECOMMEND
1. Arabesque brand. Arabesque brand colloidal silver has worked consistently well for years, compared to many other brands I have used.
It is also one of the few brands I have found that actually demonstrates the Tyndall Effect. This is a test in which you place a light behind the bottle of colloidal silver. Normally the product should appear clear. However, when you place a light so that it reflects at an angle, the solution should appear cloudy. It is a good test and helpful if you are not sure about the quality of a low-dose colloidal silver product.
Arabesque brand is also very low-priced compared to many other brands. This product is wonderful to have around the house for emergencies and for infections.
I have not seen this brand of colloidal silver in health food stores, unfortunately. To order Arabesque brand colloidal silver:
1. Go to http://www.micro-bionutrition.com/All%20products%20order.html
2. Call the distributor at: 1-888-891-0286 or 1 (480) 354-1565 (in Arizona, USA)
2. Sovereign Silver in the health food store. This also works well, and appear to be similar in its manufacture to Arabesque brand. It is found in many health food stores. However, it is much more expensive than Arabesque brand.
Homemade Colloidal Silver – please avoid this. I do not recommend making your own colloidal silver. I consider this dangerous. There is no quality control on the particle size or on the concentration of the particles, so you really do not know what you are getting. Please do not use homemade colloidal silver.