There is a great deal of information available on the web concerning the "pre-FDA" uses of silver by practicing medical doctors. While it is certainly true that silver was considered a powerful medicine before the advent of antibiotics, this section endevours to focus on the present day medical applications of silver, and current news regarding developments. The sections below delve into the practing and research world of modern medical science, and clearly demonstrate that the prevelant belief that silver is simply a snake-oil cure peddled by unscrupulous scam artists is: Simply not true!
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Practicing Physicians: Silver Use By MD's and other Medical Professionals
Antelman MS. - Methods of using electron active compounds for managing cancer
Thirty Central American female patients diagnosed with breast cancer, age 32 to 52, were treated with with Ag404 ( Injectable Tetrasil ). This polyvalent silver oxide, also known as tetrasilver textroxide, was administered intravenously to achieve a blood plasma concentration of 10PPM.
After 30 days following the initial injections, all 30 individuals tested negative for cancer.
Dr. Robert O. Becker - Researching Medical Doctor
Dr. Robert O. Becker, a researching orthopedic medical doctor, was one of the early pioneers of silver experimentation for medical applications. Dr. Becker re-discovered the broad-spectrum antibacterial properties of silver, and clinically demonstrated both the tissue healing properties of silver ions and the antimicrobial properties of silver. By surgically inserting silver electrodes, and applying a small amount of electrical current, Dr. Becker proved his famous "current of injury" theory and demonstrated the incredible healing properties of silver by successfully mending infected non-union bone fractures.
Dr. Becker's in-vitro experimentation testing silver ions against cancer cells and subsequent observations documenting beneficial morphogenic changes to living cells has paved the way to the eventual "discovery" of advanced medical technologies involving silver iontophoresis and possibly even human regeneration.
Dr. Becker has never condoned the use of any colloidal silver products in the human body.
Dr. Becker's Research:
Read "The Body Electric" & "Cross Currents" - Robert O. Becker
View our research summary article: Dr. Robert O. Becker
View our follow-up Article: Silver Iontophoresis: Silver Ion Delivery
Published Journal Abstracts:
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Induced Cell Differentiation: 2002
Silver Anode Treatment of Chronic Osteomyelitis: 1981
Silver Polymethyl Methacrylate Antibacterial Bone Cement: 1979
Treatment of Orthopaedic Infections with Electrically Generated Silver Ions: 1978
Dr. Becker Robert O. Quote, The Body Electric:
"...We were overjoyed to see that the silver hadn't corroded and the wound looked great. Carefully I took a bacterial culture and applied a new silver nylon dressing...
"..by then all of our bacterial cultures were sterile -- all five kinds had been killed. The soft healing tissue, called granulation tissue, was spreading out and covering the bone. In two weeks, the whole base of the wound, which had over eight square inches of raw bone, was covered with this friendly pink carpet. The skin was beginning to grow in, too, so we could forget about the grafts we thought we'd need to do...
"By mid-1978 we'd successfully treated fourteen osteomyelitis patients with the positive silver mesh wire..."
Dr. Bart Flick, M.D.
Dr. Bart Flick of Argentum Medical LLC, another early pioneer in silver medical research, invented FDA approved Silverlon wound contact dressing ( see our section on Silver Medical Products ). Dr. Flick, as a practicing medical doctor, has been involved with over 300 wound treatment cases utilizing silver nylon as a wound dressing, with conditions ranging from chemical burns, to post operative wounds, to brown recluse spider bites, and even diabetic ulcers.
Dr. Bart Flick Quote:
"The antimicrobial activity of silver rests upon the interaction of silver with the bacteria's cellular membrane. This interaction can occur through the presence of a silver ion in solution or the release of silver in an ionic moiety directly from the surface of metalic silver when a bacterial cell membrane comes in direct contact with the metallic surface."
More Information from Dr. Flick:
Read the Silver Ion Silverlon Commentary
Visit Dr. Flick's Argentum Medical LLC Silver Wound Care Dressing Website
Dr. Michael C. Biamonte D.N., CCN
Michael C. Biamonte, of the Biomante Center for Clinical Nutrition, a certified clinical nutritionist and Naturopath, is a nutritional practitioner and has been involved in clinical research since the 1980's.
The Biomante Center for Clinical Nutrition has been involved in researching nutritional protocols for HIV and AIDS sufferers, among other chronic illnesses.
Michael Biamonte Quote:
"...At this point I went back to the drawing board. I remained level headed enough to see that while Dr. Clark's program may not be making people HIV negative, it still was helping people a great deal, so there were things right about it and truth to be had in it..."
"...The researcher mentioned that he had tested silver against HIV in a test tube and it had killed it. I then had the idea to try silver on these HIV patients and monitor them with the viral load tests. I was careful to only use silver that had been tested by independent labs and had its effectiveness verified. In addition to the silver, I gave them some other supportive factors. After 6 months of working on this protocol, it was completed..."
[ please note that colloidal silver was not the only substance used ]
"...After an average of 8 months to 1 year on this program, 90% of the patients are reporting that their viral load tests are scoring less than 400 copies, which in English means the HIV virus is no longer detectable..."
More Information on Michael Biomante:
Read the Full Article: A New Approach to HIV
Dr. Eric J. Rentz, D.O.
Dr. Rentz holds a Masters of Arts in Organic Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa and graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as Chairman of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department of Nova Southeastern University, and is one of less than 1,000 doctors nationwide to attain full Board Certification in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
"I am involved in on-going research in the use of silver hydrosols for different clinical conditions. I have a book on this subject coming out this year.
In dealing with such defiant immune challenges, physicians are confronted with increasing numbers of new bacterial and viral mutations. The Institute of Medicine, under the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that the annual cost associated with these new infectious situations may be as high as $30 Billion. With the recent SARS outbreak, the cost to China alone last year has already been $70 Billion. "
Dr. Rentz' Research:
New Book on Silver Hydrosols: Colloidal and Silver Hydrosols
Dr Rentz' Website: www.oligodynamic.com
Dr. Issam I. Raad, MD - The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health: Internal Medicine
Dr. Issam Raad focuses on research specializing in device-related infections, molecular microbiology in evaluating the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant bacterial and fungal infections and in diagnosing invasive fungal infections, and the evaluation of novel antimicrobial agents in the prevention and treatment of cancer-related infections.
Dr. Raad Quote:
"...A novel antiseptic silver iontophoretic catheter that produces silver ions over long periods has also been developed. The ions are generated by a low electrical current produced by a double helical wire structure around the catheter subcutaneous segment. This catheter has been shown to be efficacious in vitro and in vivo in preventing catheter colonization. This technology is remarkable because, unlike catheters coated with antimicrobial agents, it offers long-term protection and less potential for development of resistant organisms..."
More Information on Dr. Raad:
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Abstract on Silver Iontophoresis: Silver iontophoretic catheter: a prototype of a long-term antiinfective vascular access device.
Dr. Eileen M. Wright , M.D., F.A.C.E.P - Great Smokies Medical Center, Asheville NC
Doctor Eileen M. Wright graduated from The University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1975, and served for two years in General Surgery in the US Navy Medical Corps. She served as assistant professor, and, later, assistant clinical professor in Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Dr. Wright suggests the use of a high quality colloidal silver as a part of a treatment protocol for infections:
"...At the very first sign of any symptoms continue taking the above products and also take one teaspoon of Argentyn-23 every twenty minutes for 4 to 6 doses, then 1 tsp. three times daily. (The brand Argentyn-23 is an extremely small molecule of silver, accounting for its superior antimicrobial effects. Don’t substitute other brands.) "
Read the entire article: Sars Prevention
The City of Hope's Helford Clinical Research Hospital, in Duarte, California ( Completed in 2004 )
One of the most advanced research & treatment hospitals in the United States, The Helford Clinical Research Hospital will house the nation's largest bone marrow transplant facility. Among its high tech state-of-the-art arsenal is a silver and zeolite powder coating used specifically to harness the antimicrobial power of the silver ion. The antimicrobial powder coating ( AgION ) is applied to steel machinery and equipment, and has EPA and FDA approval for use in a variety of applications.
The zeolite acts as a silver ion pump, and helps to maintain a sterile environment and prevent the proliferation of microbes. AgION is a surface treatment solution, and is especially ideal for equipment used in the medical field and the food industry.
"The Helford Clinical Research Hospital is a reflection of City of Hope’s philosophy of fusing leading-edge technology and research with compassionate care of the soul,"
- Gil N. Schwartzberg, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope
Visit The City of Hope website for more information.
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