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Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger"   
Tuesday, 28 February 2006


Silver - colloidal or ionic silver, silver in solution - is a potent antibacterial product. It has been demonstrated as such for well over 100 years. But, for decades, the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) has been on a crusade to criminalize anyone who tried to sell silver for medicinal use.

Why, you ask? Why would they try to stop companies from selling a product which has been proved a potent antibiotic? Because they compete with the antibiotics business, and that of course is bad for pharmaceutical companies' revenue and profits. So here we have yet one more case of collusion between the FDA and Big Pharma.

It's not even a conspiracy theory any more; it's out in the open with the FDA's recent behaviour. Anybody with any common sense whatsoever realizes that the FDA has but one mission: to protect the profits of pharmaceutical companies.

Fear and disinformation
But to understand the FDA's history on silver, you've got to look back a few years and realize how the FDA used scare tactics and disinformation to try to make people afraid of silver products.

Silver is indeed a broad-spectrum antibiotic, and perhaps, just as significantly, microbes do not build up a resistance to silver. It's not a chemical antibiotic like penicillin. I've seen many cases where it wipes out drug-resistant superbugs in hospitals, and I've seen people use silver to cure colds, flus, dysentery, and all kinds of things. In fact, I've had several personal experiences using silver in Peru, where it was a godsend, even though it wasn't even high quality silver.

The agency however claimed you would develop a silver discoloration in your skin. This was the tactic they used, and of course it was complete nonsense, because we're talking about a hundred parts per million in solution - a miniscule amount of silver, and hardly enough to change the color of your body's largest organ (your skin).

The FDA did find one person who worked in the photography industry, where they use silver in some of the development chemicals. And there, they use silver at not 100 parts per million, but 300,000 parts per million: it's 30% silver. That's a huge difference in concentration. Moreover, these people were dipping their arms in the silver solution, taking in these huge quantities of silver, and sure enough they were experiencing skin discoloration from it. But that in no way means individuals who take silver at a teaspoon of 100 parts per million are going to turn silver.

Colloidal silver for internal use
Now then, let's move on to silver used internally, because here is where the FDA gets very uncomfortable. Why? Again, it threatens the antibiotics market. Silver is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, so when you ingest it, you might eliminate the need to take various antibiotics. People who experienced little success on prescription antibiotics have taken colloidal silver with great success. Even drug-resistant bacteria are killed by ingested colloidal or ionic silver.

The catch is that if you go to your health food store, you'll find a lot of different silver products. Some of them claim 10 parts per million, while others claim 100 parts per million... and that tends to be the only way that people compare these products. They think that more is better. "Gee, if it's 200 parts per million, it must be better than 10 parts per million!"

Well, the truth is that's not the case at all. It's not a straight numbers competition; it has to do with the way the silver is structured. And frankly, in the initial research I've done on this, there are apparently a lot of con artists out there in the market selling lousy silver products.

Only use as a last resort
So, when should you take silver? Well, first off, let's get the issue of friendly flora out of the way. Based on the research I've done (and my own experience), it is my belief that you're going to be wiping out some of your friendly intestinal flora by taking supplementary silver. Some companies say their silver product won't wipe out intestinal flora, but I have a big question about that. How does silver know the difference between friendly bacteria and unfriendly bacteria?

See, I don't think silver knows that difference. I think it wipes out all the bacteria. So if you are taking a silver product, you should recognize that you are going to create an imbalance in your intestinal flora that will significantly impact the nutrition you're absorbing from your small intestine.

If you're taking silver products, you need to take some acidophilus and other probiotics at the same time. Rely on probiotics and time you're using silver internally, as you will need them.

With that out of the way, the question is what can you use it for? What does silver really treat? Now for this section, I'm going to say this is my own personal opinion, and it is not intended as medical advice of any kind. This is based on the research I've done independently. Yet it's widely available information, by the way, if you have a large enough library.

You can use colloidal or ionic silver to eliminate UTI's (urinary tract infections). You can also use silver to fight colds and flu; this would be really handy to have around if a flu epidemic emerged.

I wouldn't want to be caught anywhere in the world without some of this silver solution in my pocket. It can used to treat food poisoning as well, although if the food poisoning has gone on for a very long time, there are already some toxic by products from the bacteria that you're going to have to get rid of. You're going to feel lousy for a while, but the silver can at least kill the bacteria and stop them from doing damage.

Using silver topically
Silver can also be used topically, so if you have an infection on your skin, or if you have a cut or a scrape, you can spray silver on it, rub it in, and it will function as an antibacterial agent. You can even use it in socks, if you don't want them to stink. Soaking them in a little bit of silver solution functions as an antibacterial additive and will kill the bacteria that cause foot odour.

Ingested silver can also treat strains of bacteria including (MRSA). If you have a tooth or ear infection, for example, silver can do the job for you.

A word of warning
Now, there is a huge disclaimer with all of that: First of all, I'm not giving anybody medical information. This is just my experience with this product. If you're going to use this product or eliminate antibiotics, you should be working with a medical professional.

The second thing is that if you use silver in this way, then you are using it allopathically, meaning that you are not really solving the core problem. If you have a urinary tract infection, and you've had them repeatedly, the infection exists in your urinary tract for a reason. There's something wrong with your body or your immune system, or your acid/alkaline balance, or your diet.

If you use silver to treat the symptom, and you just keep using silver, then you really haven't addressed the core cause. That's a real problem in the way people use nutritional supplements, silver products, medicinal herbs, and so on; they tend to use them in the same way that an allopathic doctor would prescribe antibiotics, which is to simply mask the symptoms rather than solving the problems.

But as a holistic nutritionist and someone who is a huge proponent of natural health, I encourage you to go beyond that and treat the source of these problems. Change your lifestyle and your diet to the point where you aren't experiencing these infections over and over again. That's the way you're going to have a healthier life long term, not by having infections and then finding new, clever supplements to make them go away.

Not for daily use
So in my book, this silver solution belongs in the category of emergency first aid products. It is not something that I would use one a day-to-day basis; it is nothing that I would regularly use to eliminate infections. But it is something that I would certainly want to have on hand in case there was serious sickness, a rally persistent cold or flu, or something came around like the flu. Also, if I had an ear infection or something like that, I would want to have this around.

Maybe, in time, we will start to see greater acceptance of silver as a bona fide medical solution. This product should be in every emergency room and every ambulance around the world. There is no reason why doctors and paramedics shouldn't be trained on the near-miraculous capabilities of silver as an antibacterial solution.

I think that silver has tremendous medicinal potential and that it eventually be accepted by modern medicine. That's because it's not a herb, so there's not a knee-jerk reaction to it by traditionally trained medical doctors. Silver is based on chemistry and physics, so it has a very scientific ring to it. Doctors trained in the West appreciate that. They say, "Hey, if you can show me the chemistry, and explain it in terms of physics and molecules and the ion exchange between silver and bacteria, then yeah! We'll use it."

So silver has a good, strong future in medicine. In fact, it's being used in many medical devices right now. But doctors are still reluctant to prescribe silver as an antibiotic. Why? The drug companies keep feeding them propaganda about drugs, and doctors are not educated about using silver internally. They simply don't know about it. Again, this is not something that's going to sold as a drug, so the FDA is never likely to back it. They would rather have it outlawed ad force people to take antibiotics.

This article was first published in Biophile, issue 7/2005. Visit for more information.

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