This document is designed to look at the prevalent ideas concerning the use of colloidal silver, and provides a broad outline regarding how-- and how much-- colloidal silver users generally utilize, and why. In other sections, we'll share our own philosphy based upon our experience over the years.
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Colloidal Silver Used Orally
Theory on Using Colloidal Silver Internally
No one who has researched the subject of colloidal silver thoroughly would argue with the fact that colloidal silver has proven to be effective as a biocidal agent with antimicrobial properties in laboratory studies. However, a test tube does not share the same properties as a living, breathing human body.
On one hand, a substance that tests as effective against an illness-causing organism in a test tube only has to be partially as successful in the body. Even a 10% improved response in the elimination of illness-causing organisms is often enough to augment the body's natural immune system to turn the tide against that illness in short order.
On the other hand, there is no guarantee that a substance will even reach the area of the body where it is needed, or in an effective form. If it does, there is also no guarantee that it will work in the same manner that it does in a test tube. Dilution factors must be considered, as well as a nearly endless combination of variables in the body's metabolic state.
Colloidal silver has on occasion been described as being a "second" invisible immune system. This might indeed be true, provided that the silver ions and/or particles are small enough to permeate through most human tissues and travel "unrecognized" through the human body, not reacting with other substances in the body, nor bonding with other chemicals and/or organic material.
This is a matter of substantial debate. It is known that silver, including colloidal silver, tends to react strongly with sulfides and chlorides. Some hypothesize that upon drinking colloidal silver, much of the ionic silver bonds with chlorides in the stomach to form silver chloride. Under this theory, ionic silver through oral use would be virtually useless. Others hypothesize that a small amount of ionic silver is surrounded by special proteins ( metalloproteins ) in saliva, and is thus protected from contact with reactive substances when first ingested. Even bolder theorists hypothesize that the silver chloride bond can be severed in the body by utilizing minute amounts of ammonia.
While it stands to reason that some of the silver MUST end up as silver chloride, it also stands to reason that this simplistic view is not all together accurate. The mainstream chemist might simply drop the idea. However, there are experts that spend their entire lives dedicated to this specialized branch of study, and still leave with many questions unanswered. Colloidal and ionic chemistry are a literally branches of science unto themselves.
Based on the responses reported by thousands of colloidal silver users worldwide and on our own experience, silver must be reaching the bloodstream and/or other areas of the body in sufficient strength and in an effective enough form to maintain at least some of its test tube demonstrated effectiveness when ingested orally. Whether this is due to the fact that not all colloidal silver ingested bonds to form silver chloride, or whether at different parts of the metabolic process the chloride-silver bonds break leaving ionic and/or silver particles free to act once again is a matter of debate.
Because of variable conditions as described above, the reported effectiveness of colloidal silver when ingested for various health-related issues often varies from one person to the next, especially in the amounts of colloidal silver needed and the time period whereby relief is experienced. For instance, even in the case of sore throats, relief has been experienced in as little as 15 minutes or as long as four hours ( for the same type of infection and colloidal silver used ). The relief period is often consistent with the user.
It is suspected that correcting any acid imbalance in the body improves the effectiveness of colloidal silver, and may partially explain why the amount of colloidal silver needed varies so widely between different people.
Clearly there are variables that are not simple to isolate when it comes to colloidal silver effectiveness. However, it is equally clear that these unanswered questions should not deter the individual seeking an alternative health solution. One can determine with very little investment whether or not colloidal silver might be an effective solution for any given situation.
The Practice of Drinking Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver, as used orally, has not been proven to do anything in the body. The reverse is equally true.
Although no scientifically acceptable studies have been formally conducted regarding colloidal silver effectiveness in the body, anecdotal evidence suggests the following uses for colloidal silver via oral use ( see table below ). Please note that this list is by no means complete, and more will be added as time progresses.
The dosage levels ( see previous section ) indicated are relative to every person's individual experience as well as the condition, and refer to the amount of colloidal silver actually taken orally, ingested into the body. They are included ONLY as a starting reference point to give a general idea of how some people have used colloidal silver as a remedy. These ideas, expressed in generalities, are by no means to be construed as scientifically acquired evidence. In the future, with the cooperation of any interested researchers/users, we may be able to present more formal data. The uses listed are included through first hand knowledge that a colloidal silver protocol has been used successfully.
times since August 2009
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