Great post from another forum: http://goldismoney.info/forums/t8205-collection-of-useful-information-on-silver-colloidal.html G-khan: I have collected a number of items from around the net and thought I would share these with you. I will make this post a sticky so it is easy to find. I have two things that I find conflicting points of view about. One says Silver Colloidal is harmless and another says that people can have an allergic reaction to Silver. Most allergic reactions to Silver jewelry is due to the nickle content of it and you may think you are allergic and are not. If you do think you are allergic to it my advice would be to put it on a spot externally first - use a band aid and wet the band aid and watch for irritation. The second thing I find around the net in my searches is that it can mess up your good bacteria in your stomache that helps you digest. If this happens you will most likely get heart burn and acid indigestion. You can fix this by eating yogurt with active bacteria in it or you can get a product that will replace it from the pharmacy ask the pharmacist. I am not sure this happens or is true as I have found reports that it does not kill your good bacteria.. This is just a starting point or reference and because this has been blocked as a medication the infromation must be taken with a grain of salt. The one thing I do believe from my experience with Silver Colloidal is that it is a very powerful healing tool for many things. You will have to do your own research as I must because this has been blocked by the FDA and drug companies. One other thing the stuff I make is clear with no color - some say it should be with a slight golden tinge to it. After you make it for a while you will know when it is right - at least I do - much like brewing wine! Some of mine has turned a bit yellow and more bitter to the taste and I found that it has been caused by trying to make it too strong and cooking it too long. Make sure only the Silver is in the water and not your clamps or wires or it will be contaminated... Use steamed distilled water! You can make it for under a buck a gallon....... ---------------------------------------------------------------- A Few Facts About Colloidal Silver First, a few words about the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA places severe restrictions on what can be said about colloidal silver in advertising and labeling. In fact, in spite of its history of safe and effective use, the FDA has ruled that it can only be described as a mineral supplement or dietary supplement. In essence, the FDA has ruled that the American public no longer has the right to know about the benefits of colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is tasteless, odorless, won’t sting, and won’t upset the stomach. There are no known side affects whatsoever in animals or humans. It contains no free radicals, as the silver acts as a catalyst and is stabilized. This is not a chemical compound containing silver, but pure (99.999 %) silver in a monatomic form, held in suspension, in pure distilled water, by the tiny electric charge on each atom. The Association for Colloidal Research has reported that: “Medical Journal Reports and documented studies spanning 100 years, indicate no known side effects from properly manufactured colloidal silver in animal or human testing. There has never been a reported reaction with colloidal silver and any prescription medication…” Even the FDA has acknowledged no side effects from colloidal silver as evidenced by the following correspondence: October 14, 1999 Food and Drug Administration U.S. Department Of Health and Human Services Public Health Service 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857 Dear Sirs/Madam, Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and in regard your August 17th, 1999 ruling regarding colloidal silver, could you please supply the following documentation on which you based your decision? 1. The number of deaths related to the consumption of colloidal silver. 2. The number of allergic reactions to the consumption of colloidal silver. 3. The number of harmful drug interactions from both OTC and prescription drugs when combined with colloidal silver. 4. The number of reported cases of Argyria from colloidal silver made with the AC or DC electrical process. 5. The number of cases of Argyria from colloidal silver that did not contain protein stabilizers. Thank you for your time and consideration of this request. Sincerely, Brent Finnegan -------------- The FDA response: Public Health Service Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office of Training and Communication Freedom of Information Staff HFD-205 5600 Fishers Lane 12 B 05 Rockville, Maryland 20857 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES November 3, 1999 In Response Refer to File: F99-22589 Brent Finnigan Takoma (sic), WA 98408 Dear Mr. Finnigan: This is in response to your request of 10/14/99, in which you requested adverse events associated with the use of Colloidal Silver. Your request was received in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research on 10/25/99. We have searched the records from FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) and have been unable to locate any cases that would be responsive to your request. Charges of $3.50 (Search $3.50, Review $0, Reproduction $0, Computer time $0) will be included in a monthly invoice. DO NOT SEND ANY PAYMENT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN INVOICE. If there are any problems with this response, please notify us in writing of your specific problem(s). Please reference the above file number. Sincerely, Hal Stepper Freedom of Information Technician Office of Training and Communications Freedom of Information Staff, HFD-205 --------------------- Herxheimer Effect The only effect reported by some colloidal silver users is a phenomenon called the "Herxheimer effect", named after doctor Karl Herxheimer (who identified this phenomenon). Sometimes, when taking colloidal silver for the first time, some people may experience symptoms like a mild headache, cold, or the flu. The reason is that colloidal silver is so efficient at killing pathogens, that the body may not adequately dispose of the dead pathogens fast enough through the normal organs of elimination and it resorts to the secondary ones, the lungs, sinuses and skin. The user may experience mild diarrhea, as the body tries to flush itself out. In that case, one merely needs to reduce the dose or completely abstain for a day or so. Once the body has been completely cleansed, these symptoms will not reappear. Argyria Argyria is the graying of the skin. Colloidal silver can be produced either chemically or electrically. Argyria is a result of ingesting high doses of CHEMICALLY produced colloidal silver. There has never been a case of Argyria caused by ELECTRICALLY produced colloidal silver. Please be absolutely clear about this, electrically produced silver colloid DOES NOT cause Argyria. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have been taking ELECTRICALLY produced colloidal silver for decades. The concern is with silver salts, NOT colloidal silver. Chemically Produced Colloidal Silver Chemically produced colloidal silver causes Argyria. Colloidal silver was widely used in the early 1900's. Scientists at the time discovered that if they CHEMICALLY COMBINED the silver colloid with a protein, it would not only be better digested, they could produce it in greater concentration. This led to silver nitrate and silver salts. Before the early 1900's there had never been any negative side effects with ingesting silver, so testing the toxicity was not a big concern. But before the toxicity was tested, doctors at the time had already begun to use it on their patients. As we know now, silver nitrate and other silver salts were toxic in high doses. It caused Argyria, a cosmetic bluing or graying of the skin produced by a build-up of un-dissolved silver particles in the tissues. Electrically Produced Colloidal Silver Electrically produced colloidal silver is completely safe and non-toxic. There has never been a single case of argyria caused from electrically produced silver colloid. Humans have consumed it for years without any negative side effects. IT IS SAFE, NON-TOXIC, AND EFFECTIVE. EPA and CDC Conclusion The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Poison Control Center reports no toxicity listing for Colloidal Silver; it is therefore considered harmless. Dr. Samuel Etris, a senior consultant at The Silver Institute, stated that there have never been any allergenic, toxic or carcinogenic reactions to colloidal silver. The U.S. Government's Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that fact in 1995. However, all of the silver salts are identified as toxic, although the only adverse effect noted is Argyria. Therefore, the concern is with silver salts NOT colloidal silver. In the case of an improperly prepared silver colloid, even though produced by electrolysis, compounds may be produced such as silver oxide, silver chloride, silver nitrate, etc., which have been recorded as having side effects that are detrimental to health. Colloidal silver should not be used along with intravenous EDTA chelation, as silver is a metal and EDTA works by absorbing and removing metals from the blood. For this reason, the two work in opposition to each other. Colloidal silver is non-toxic, non-addictive, and has no side effects. UNLESS you are allergic to silver. The body develops no tolerance to colloidal silver and one cannot overdose. Colloidal silver cannot cause harm to the liver, kidneys, or any other organ in the body. If you are allergic to silver, do NOT use Colloidal Silver. If your skin reacts to silver when you wear silver jewelry, such as breaking out in a rash, you are most likely allergic to silver. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ How Does It Work? We are not going to try to second-guess the FDA's rules and restrictions on this issue and what we can and cannot say. We will simply quote from the work performed by others at The Silver Institute, which is a nonprofit international association that draws its membership from across the breadth of the silver industry. Established in 1971, the Institute serves as the industry’s voice in increasing public understanding of the many uses and values of silver. Colloidal silver works as a catalyst. A catalyst is best described as a substance that brings about (causes) a reaction or occurrence, without itself participating or being consumed. Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute, in a 1996 monograph entitled "The Development and Functions of Silver in Water Purification and Disease Control", discuss three mechanisms of deactivation that silver utilizes to incapacitate disease causing organisms. They are: 1) Catalytic Oxidation Silver, in its atomic state, has the capacity to absorb oxygen and act as a catalyst to bring about oxidation. Atomic (nascent) oxygen absorbed onto the surface of silver ions in solution will readily react with the sulfhydryl (-S-H) groups surrounding the surface of bacteria or viruses to remove the hydrogen atoms (as water), causing the sulfur atoms to form an R-S-S-R bond; blocking respiration and causing the bacteria to expire. Employing a simple catalytic reduction/oxidation reaction, colloidal silver will react with any negative charge presented by the organism's transport or membrane proteins and deactivate them. 2) Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes There is evidence that silver ions attach to membrane surface radicals of bacteria, impairing cell respiration and blocking its energy transfer system. One explanation is based on the nature of enzyme construction: Specific enzymes are required for a given biochemical activity to take place. Enzyme molecules usually require a specific metallic atom as part of the molecular matrix in order to function. A metal of higher valance can replace a metal of lower valance in the enzyme complex, preventing the enzyme from functioning normally. Silver, with a valance of plus 2, can replace many metals with a lower, or equal valance that exhibit weaker atomic bonding properties. 3) Binding with DNA Studies by C.L. Fox and S.M. Modak with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a tenacious bacteria that is difficult to treat, demonstrated that as much as 12% of silver is taken up by the organism's DNA. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Silver helps rebuild tissue The mechanism by which silver ions help rebuild tissue has been studied for more than a decade by Robert O. Becker, M.D. of Becker Biomagnetics in New York. Dr. Becker initially reported his findings at the First International Conference on Silver and Gold in Medicine, co-sponsored by The Silver Institute in 1987. Since then, this technique has been used in clinical settings where hundreds of patients with various wounds have recovered. In addition, a laboratory study conducted by the US Army Institute for Surgical Research in Houston, Texas, showed that laboratory animals with burns treated under controlled conditions experienced shortened time for reconstruction with silver-nylon dressings. Recovery of skin function was faster when electric current was applied compared to no application of electric current. Dr. Becker received a US patent for the devices, materials, and techniques involved in the regeneration of tissue using silver ions. After several hundred cases, Dr. Becker believes that the technique works in three stages. The first stage is the chemical combination of highly active free silver ions with all bacteria or fungi present in the wound, which are inactivated within 20 to 30 minutes. The second stage occurs over the next few days. Silver acts on fibroblast cells to cause them to revert to their embryonic state, becoming stem cells. These cells are universal building blocks whose role is to reconstruct new tissue. In the final stage, silver ions form a complex with the living cells in the wound area to produce immediately convertible stem cells. The end result of this conversion is that the stem cells supply all the building blocks necessary to completely restore all anatomical structures. Additional research by Dr. Becker indicated that during laboratory tests he conducted, cancer cells reverted to normal (not killed, but returned to normal). Other observations he and others have made are a correlation between silver deficiency and illness, proper immune system functioning, soft tissue and bone repair acceleration, the formation of cells that appear to be able to repair virtually any part of the body, reduction of inflammation, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibiotic properties, etc. All of these observations are yet to be fully understood. Patients have found relief from staph, strep, prostate and sinus infections, as well as laryngitis and sore throats, when treated with colloidal silver, says Debra Brammer, N.D., a naturopathic physician and faculty member at Seattle-based Bastyr University. Though few medical professionals are familiar with colloidal silver, no one disputes the need for an alternative to traditional antibiotics. Its proponents cite decades of word of mouth supporting its effectiveness, as well as published clinical studies in Europe and Australia. No other known treatment provides sufficient numbers of the embryonic or stem cells required for true regeneration of damaged or destroyed tissues in human and animals. The success indicates that there is the potential not only for the healing of near-surface wounds, but also for regenerative repair of internal organs such as the heart, liver, brain, and the spinal cord. Colloidal Silver References 1) The FDA has stated that because colloidal silver has been in used for over 60 years (prior to 1938), it may continue to be marketed (Sept. 13, 1991, letter from consumer safety officer, Harold Davis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration). Additionally, the FDA has no jurisdiction over a pure, mineral element. However, the FDA restricts what can and cannot be said about colloidal silver and no claims can be made about its properties. 2) Dr. Robert Becker’s “The Body Electric” recognizes a correlation between low levels of silver and sickness. He stated that the silver deficiency is responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker’s research concluded that silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side effects or damage to any cells of the body. He also states that the silver was doing something more than killing disease-causing organisms. It was also causing major growth stimulation of injured tissue. Burn patients and even elderly patients noticed more rapid healing. And he discovered that all cancer cells change back to normal cells. All strains of pathogens resistant to other antibiotics may be killed by colloidal silver. 3) Dr. W.J. Simpson, C.M.G., M.D., (Professor of Hygiene) Kings College, London, and Dr. R. Tanner Hewlefler, M.D., F.R.C.P. (Professor of Bacteriology) University of London, published an article in The Lancet, back in Dec. 1944. In essence, it said that the typhoid bacillus, which they were working on, was killed outright by the silver colloid solution. 4) Alfred Searle, founder of the pharmaceutical conglomerate, wrote in 1919: “Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results. For internal administration, orally, or hypodermically, it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable”. 5) “Colloidal Preparations of Silver in Pharmacy”, British Medical Journal, February 1923. Pure silver is entirely non-irritant. In tests, at very high dilution rates it has been shown repeatedly that the rapid exerted disinfectant action is of considerable therapeutic value. 6) Alexander Tomasz, M.D. of the Rockefeller University of New York City, states: “Common bacteria that cause pneumonia, children’s ear infections and many other diseases are evolving into forms untreatable by all known medicines, threatening a frightening post-antibiotic era that is a looming medical disaster”. 7) “Silver our mightiest Germ Fighter”, Science Digest of March 1978. As an antibiotic, silver kills hundreds of disease-causing organisms, and resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is absolutely non-toxic and the best all round germ fighter that we have. Doctors are reporting that, taken internally, it works in cases of syphilis, cholera, malaria, diabetes and severe burns. Richard L. Davies, executive director of The Silver Institute, which monitors Silver technology in 37 countries, reports: “In four years, we’ve described 87 important new medical uses for silver”. 8) Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, has used silver in his cancer cure method for many years. He says the whole thing is very simple. This brought rapid remission in patients given up by other doctors. 9) Rather than in a chemical compound, silver, in a colloidal state, may be applied in a much-concentrated form, with corresponding better results. 10) According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Poison Control Center, colloidal silver is considered harmless. Dr Samuel Etris, a senior consultant at The Silver Institute, reports that there has never been any allergic, toxic, or carcinogenic reaction to colloidal silver. The U.S. Government's Center for Disease Control confirmed that fact in 1995. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Herbs and Medication Colloidal Silver Colloidal Silver-natural anti-biotic Documented Diseases Successfully treated with Colloidal Silver According to the article in Science Digest by Jim Powell-March 1978-titled "Our Mightiest germ Fighter" "Thanks to eye opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half a dozen different kinds of disease organism, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop . Moreover silver is virtually nontoxic", pioneering silver researcher, Dr Harry Margraf of St Louis concluded:” Silver is the best all round germ fighter we have." To ensure Colloidal Silvers' effectiveness, be sure that you drink plenty of water, at least eight x 200ml/8oz. glasses of water per day, to avoid overloading the liver and experiencing severe 'toxic flush', i.e. a reaction which seems like a low grade flu, some people may have mild headaches and an increase in body temperature for example. A 'toxic flush' is caused by the high amounts of pathogens dying and leaving the body. This may also manifest as mild diarrhea. The water helps to prevent toxic build-up by flushing the toxins out more readily. Every body experiences a different level of toxic flush and some people don't notice any difference at all. Colloidal Silver can be taken orally (directly into the mouth (leave under the tongue for as long as possible- at least 30 -90 seconds-before swallowing) or externally, either by spraying directly undiluted on affected areas, or by bathing with soaked cotton wool balls. Here is a list of some conditions that people have benefited from by the use of Colloidal Silver. Remember though, that Colloidal Silver is more or less adaptogenic, in other words -what might be a suitable dose for one person might not be enough for another, size, weight, severity of disease and metabolic rate all play a part in determining the amount one requires. The following recommended doses are only suggestions and you are advised to use either kinesiology and common sence in determing what is the 'right 'amount for you. Most people take a 30 ml a day as either a dietary supplement or maintenance dose. However they find that when starting on CS they need to take this amount about 3 times a day for 3-5 days, then they revert to a maintenance dose of 30ml a day. Dosage: Adults and Children 12 years and older- 30ml per day. Children under 12: take 1/2 (half) the adult dosage. Spray: 40 sprays equals 1 (one) teaspoon or 5ml Acne: In the morning & at bedtime, cleanse skin and dry thoroughly. Apply Colloidal Silver- either spray or use a cotton ball soaked in CS-directly on affected area. Allow it to dry naturally in the air. In conjunction take 30ml Colloidal Silver-orally three times a day. After skin has cleared, as a daily supplement maintenance dose, take 30ml teaspoons Colloidal Silver under the tongue (leave for as long as possible then swallow.) Take regular steps to keep skin clear, drink a lot of water, get rid of things that are known to cause skin irritation, like fabric softeners and harsh detergents. Wash your skin with tepid water, never hot, and rinse with cold water thoroughly. Keep your hands off your face & or areas that seem to breakout. Arthritis: 30ml Colloidal Silver 3 times per day until symptoms have cleared. Continue with a maintenance dosage of 30ml Colloidal Silver daily. Athletes Foot: Make sure foot is cleaned and dried thoroughly. Apply Colloidal Silver- spray directly on the affected area and let dry. Orally, take 30ml Colloidal Silver- once a day, until the Athletes Foot has cleared. Continue with a maintenance dosage of 30ml Colloidal Silver- once per day. Children & Infants: Many people have used Colloidal Silver - for children. Colloidal Silver can be applied directly in the eyes, ears, nose, & mouth. Water or drink bottle for school. 6ml per 200 ml of water Colloidal Silver Spray can be applied directly on diaper rash. Cleansing: Colloidal Silver- Ten Day Cleanse" Many people have reported a tremendous increase of energy and faster thinking after doing the Colloidal Silver - Ten Day Cleanse. Take 3ml of Colloidal Silver- 3 times a day in 8oz of water; also drink an additional ten 8oz glasses of water a day, to help flush out the dead pathogens. Cancer: 200ml per day for 3 months then can reduce to about 30-70m per day Colds & Sinus Infections: Spray Colloidal Silver directly up each nostril, 2 or 3 times per day in conjunction with 30ml Colloidal Silver- taken orally 3 times per day. After symptoms have cleared, continue with a maintenance program of 30ml per day orally to make sure the infection is gone, then revert to the maintenance dose. Critical Conditions: such as... strep, staph, tonsillitis, colitis, shingles, parasitic infections, serious infections, Hepatitis, Lime disease... 30ml Colloidal Silver- 5-7 times per day orally for two months, than cut in half the amount for another two months. Keep cutting the amount in half, in two-month increments, till the dosage is down to 30ml per day. Make sure to drink at least ten 8oz. glasses of water per day, this is very important for flushing out the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: 200ml Colloidal Silver divided into 3 times a day. When symptoms have cleared continue on a daily supplemental maintenance dose of 30ml Colloidal Silver- . Ear Problems: Place drops of Colloidal Silver directly into the ear, 3 times per day. It is helpful to place some cotton in your ear afterwards to avoid excess solution from dripping out.(Be careful not to stain your clothing). Eye Infections: pink eye /conjunctivitis, etc Drops of Colloidal Silver- directly into the eye, 4 times a day, in conjunction with 30ml orally 3 times per day till infection clears continue with a maintenance program of 30ml orally for 3 days after symptoms have gone. Flu: (see influenza) Gingivitis: UNDILUTED take 30ml Colloidal Silver- and apply directly to gums 3 times a day. After symptoms have cleared continue with a supplemental maintenance dose of 30ml Colloidal Silver applied directly on gums once a day, then swallow. Hay Fever/Allergies: To reduce hay fever symptoms, take orally 30ml of Colloidal Silver- orally per day. Herpes: When people with herpes feel an outbreak coming on and/or during an outbreak they have been known to use 30ml Colloidal Silver- orally three times per day and also apply Colloidal Silver-directly to the sores. When no symptoms are present, 130ml of Colloidal Silver- per day for maintenance. Immune System Builder: To maintain a healthy immune system& general good health, 30ml Colloidal Silver-once per day directly into mouth. Influenza: 50ml-4 times a day after symptoms have cleared cut back to 30ml Colloidal Silver- per day. Drink a lot of water at least ten 8oz. glasses of water per day to flush toxins. Pet Care: There are many happy pet owners using Colloidal Silver- to help their pets as well as themselves. Colloidal Silver- can be used on pet’s eyes, ears, nose, and wounds and can be taken orally. Colloidal Silver-can be used to de-worm animals and can be used on a regular basis to keep the animal free of parasites. Cut the adult human dose in half and notice the wonderful results. Prostate: 30ml Colloidal Silver - 5 times a day. Once the prostate has reduced in size and the infection has cleared continue three more days of the same treatment than reduce amount of Colloidal Silver to 30ml per day as a maintenance dose. Skin Problems: such as rashes, burns, scrapes, cuts, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, topical fungus, acne Apply Colloidal Silver - in Spray bottle 2 to 3 times aday externally & also take30ml orally twice per day until the symptoms clear, continue with a maintenance plan of 30ml orally per day. Ulcer: 30ml Colloidal Silver- orally 3 times a day, continue this amount for 3 days after the symptoms have cleared, continue on a maintenance program of a 30,ml once per day. Urinary Tract or Bladder Infections: 30ml Colloidal Silver- orally 3 times per day for 3 days, after symptoms have cleared continue to take 30ml Colloidal Silver- per day. Drink a lot of water, at least 10 8oz. glasses of water per day. Vaginal Yeast Infections: Douche with 30ml Colloidal Silver- in 4oz. of water 2 times a day until symptoms clear, increase to undiluted for very stubborn yeast infections. Warts: Take 30ml Colloidal Silver- orally 2 times a day & also apply Colloidal Silver- to the wart directly, than cover with a band-aid. Repeat this procedure till the wart is gone; continue with a maintenance program of 30ml per day. Make sure your feet are as dry as possible, warts love to breed in warm, moist environments. Staph & Salmonella: 200ml Colloidal Silver-divided into 3 times per day till symptoms clear. Continue with the same amount fortwo days after the symptoms cleared. Drink at least ten 8oz glasses ofwater per day to flush out toxins. Take 30mlColloidal Silver-once a day as a supplemental maintenance dose. As an Anti- biotic When used as an antibiotic, adults and children twelve and older, take 30ml Colloidal Silver- by mouth three times a day. Younger children can take half this amount. It is tasteless, odorless and non-irritating to sensitive tissues such as the eyes, so it can also be used like a first aid spray on cuts, sores, burns, insect bites, etc. You can add sprayer to the bottle, which makes it convenient to use as a topical spray. However, it is recommended that you also spray it into the mouth when taking it orally. Forty pumps from the sprayer equal one teaspoonful of solution. For maximum utilization, pump several sprays of Colloidal Silver- into the mouth, hold for a few seconds and swallow. Repeat this process until forty full pumps are swallowed for each teaspoonful desired. This allows the silver to be absorbed sublingually (under the tongue), getting it into the system sooner, plus by passing the intestinal flora. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Dosage Reports Maintenance Dosage My current habit is to produce about a half-gallon of colloidal silver a month of which I ingest around 10 ounces per week, at an estimated concentration of 10 ppm. Other routine uses include watering plants, administering to pets, and disinfecting counter tops, sponges and cutting boards. I find keeping an amber brown spray bottle of colloidal silver in the kitchen comes in very handy. To make my colloidal silver, I purchased a 64-ounce glass beaker with a plastic handle at a Starbucks coffee shop. I hear Target stores have them as well, only a lot cheaper. The large glass beakers are every lazy colloidal silver maker's dream once the metal coffee press apparatus has been removed from the center of the glass container. I cut two extra-long silver electrodes from a larger coil of silver to run the length of the container. In the past I have used water from a natural spring that turns a light orange/green. Currently I use distilled water and produce a yellow colloid. Most adults would probably do fine ingesting 2 ounces of 5 ppm colloidal silver twice a week as a general maintenance program. The dosage can always be increased if there is a compelling reason. If I feel the need, I might drink 16 ounces of colloidal silver a day, or even more. Since the body can readily process the sub-microscopic particles of silver, toxic build-up should be impossible. I have been ingesting large amounts of colloidal silver and silver chloride since April 1995. My primary reasons for ingesting large amounts of silver solutions have been to gain personal experience on the subjects of safety and side effects. While this has not produced any serious problems, I do not recommend that others follow in my footsteps. Everyone is different and may have different experiences. For example, I did not eat yogurt or take acidophilus during the first two years. I received a report from an individual having a problem with gas. Taking acidophilus alleviated this apparent side effect. Candida Alert Recently, I've become aware of what seems to be an epidemic of candida albicans throughout the United States. This imbalance of beneficial bacteria can starve the body of nutrients and can lead to a condition where the body is literally feeding on itself (wasting syndrome). There are very strong connections between full-blown AIDS, wasting syndrome, candida albicans and other autoimmune dysfunction. Gary Null, Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis and many others have made a tremendous contribution to public awareness that there is not a single scientific study that proves causation between HIV (a harmless retrovirus) and AIDS. This means that the mass media have been blowing a smoke screen for almost twenty years regarding the true causes of AIDS. Thanks to revealing research contained in Dr. Leonard Horowitz's book, Emerging Viruses, we know that Robert Gallo, the main proponent of HIV= AIDS, was developing biological warfare agents for the defense department going back at least as far as 1961. On a positive note, there have been reports of colloidal silver helping to restore the natural balance of beneficial bacteria. However, as added insurance I now supplement my diet with yogurt, kefir and acidophilus. In addition to feeding on acidophilus bacteria, candida albicans also feeds on sugar and thrives in bodies weakened by emotional stress. I imagine that the elimination of refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine from the diet would be an effective countermeasure. Another benefit of increasing the acidophilus count is that it raises bowel tolerance for vitamin C. I can now take closer to 8,000 mg of vitamin C a day instead of 5,000 mg. Finding the Middle I have received many reports from persons who have overcome severe health problems like diabetic ulcers, chronic fatigue or cancer. These persons sometimes drank as much as two 16-ounce glasses a day of 10 ppm concentration. They did not have to wait long for results, which often culminated in dramatic reversals in two days to two weeks. Strangely, colloidal silver seems least effective on colds, though still helpful. These reports indicate that if there is a danger in ingesting colloidal silver, it may be in not taking enough. An example might be someone taking a teaspoon a day of 5 ppm colloidal silver for lung cancer. It might be possible that someone could solve serious problems with this dosage, but I wouldn't count on it. On the other hand, I have also heard reports of people drinking as much as a gallon a day of high-concentration colloidal silver as a maintenance dose. This sounds extreme to me, and I do not recommend it. Like any matter of importance, colloidal silver deserves to be treated with respect. Thoughtful application and careful observation are appropriate. In short, colloidal silver is not a toy. In addition, I do not recommend repeated applications of colloidal silver to open lesions or cuts on the face for extended periods of time. I think this would be unwise simply because the human body is known to store excess amounts of silver in the face. All dosages should always be reduced in accordance with body weight. Dosage for Life-Threatening Illness In general, I think it would be wise to regard 32 ounces per day at a concentration of 5 ppm as the maximum therapeutic dose for an adult weighing 150 pounds. This would mean 16 ounces per day might be appropriate as a maximum dosage for a child weighing 75 pounds who is suffering from a life-threatening illness. I want to make it clear that I am not prescribing treatment for any person or condition. This report is strictly for the sharing of information with my fellow researchers who have a great deal of freedom as researchers to conduct their own naturalist experiments. Again, these are merely observations, not prescriptions. Consult a licensed health care professional before acting on any of the information in this book. As we continue our research with colloidal silver, I expect to learn many new and surprising things. For example, I recommended colloidal silver to my father, who had a severe case of gout. I have never seen any reference to colloidal silver being efficacious for gout, but I thought, why not try it? After all, colloidal silver takes away pain from cuts and burns and my father's foot was causing him a great deal of pain. He has since informed me that all his symptoms of gout ceased after he drank one glass of colloidal silver and soaking his foot one time. I hope you find this information useful and I look forward to receiving more information about your experiences and discoveries. Animals When administering colloidal silver to animals I generally avoid putting it in a water dish simply because colloidal silver is light sensitive and it's hard to know how much is really being consumed before oxidation sets in. It might be more effective to pour a little colloidal silver on the animal's food if they're still eating, though this may inactivate the charge. Here are some additional tips for cats and dogs. I use a two-ounce horse syringe, without a needle, and draw up colloidal silver from a glass. Then, I simply open my dog's mouth and gently squirt it in a little at a time, usually from the side of the mouth. For cats, I use a spray bottle and spray the fur. The first thing a cat does (after running away), is lick its fur to dry itself. Animals generally do not seem to need as much silver as people. I think they have fewer beliefs that interfere with getting well. If my one hundred pound dog is sick and I give him one to two ounces of colloidal silver, he will generally respond in about ten minutes and start jumping around like a nut. On the other hand, I have also seen people with root canal infections who say the pain/infection is gone in about ten minutes. I received a report from a woman who cured a puppy of a massive parvo infection in just two days with her colloidal silver kit. She was putting colloidal silver in the puppy’s water. I would think colloidal silver would be especially important for parrots who are very susceptible to a variety of infectious agents that can often lead to death. Pain Relief and Accelerated Healing Many people are skeptical of claims that colloidal silver can take away pain and accelerate healing. Nevertheless, these impressive attributes are firmly grounded in medical science. Pain is caused by an interruption of the electrical current that normally flows throughout the body at 50 to 70 millivolts. At the point of injury, the current drops towards zero millivolts. This lack of electrical energy also impedes healing. Silver is a superconductor that bridges the electrical gap and restores healthy current flow. You can prove this to yourself by placing a silver coin on a burn and experiencing instant pain relief. In clinical trials at an FDA-approved laboratory, even silver-coated bandages were proven to have analgesic and regenerative properties. See page 104 for more details. Caution Always use reasonable discretion with the handling and application of colloidal silver. It may be possible to incur a cosmetic condition known as argyria that is thought to be permanent. Persons with slower metabolisms and specific nutritional deficiencies are at increased risk. More information on argyria appears on page 24. There is also the possibility of silver-induced selenium deficiency and muscle degeneration over long periods of time. See page 28. In addition, I do not recommend that you inundate aquatic life, such as fish, with colloidal silver. Also, be aware that it is possible to stain porcelain sinks with some colloids. Pain Relief and Accelerated Healing Many people are sceptical of claims that colloidal silver can take away pain and accelerate healing. Nevertheless, these impressive attributes are firmly grounded in medical science. Pain is caused by an interruption of the electrical current that normally flows throughout the body at 50 to 70 millivolts. At the point of injury, the current drops towards zero millivolts. This lack of electrical energy also impedes healing. Silver is a superconductor that bridges the electrical gap and restores healthy current flow. You can prove this to yourself by placing a silver coin on a burn and experiencing instant pain relief.