How the Infection-Fighting Power of Silver Was Re-Discovered


How the Infection-Fighting Power of Silver Was Re-Discovered



The history of the medical and therapeutic use of silver is a fascinating one, going back many centuries. 


Here’s a brief overview taking you from 425 B.C. to the present day, and demonstrating conclusively through historical documentation that colloidal silver is indeed the world’s most effective natural infection-fighting agent…      


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The phenomenal healing and infection-fighting qualities of silver have been known quite literally since before the time of Christ.


Indeed, according to the records of Herodotus, written in 425 B.C., ancient Persian kings such as Cyrus the Great insisted their water was carried in silver vessels when going off to war, in order to prevent it from becoming contaminated.


Of course, since this was long before the realization that microbes are the cause of infection or contamination, the silver was being used empirically.   It was simply observed that water did not become impure and make you sick when you drink it, if it was stored in silver vessels.

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In his study published in the journal Surgical Infections, J. Wesley Alexander writes:

“The ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and others also were recorded to have used silver in one form or another to preserve food and water from spoiling. 

The application of silver plates to achieve better wound healing was used by the Macedonians, perhaps the first attempt to prevent or treat surgical infections.

Hippocrates used silver preparations for the treatment of ulcers and to promote wound healing”

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And in 78 A.D. Pliny the Elder wrote, “”[Slag of silver] has healing properties as an ingredient in plasters, being extremely effective in causing wounds to close up.”


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What’s more, it’s said that early American pioneers always placed a silver dollar into buckets of milk in order to help keep the milk for spoiling quickly.


And for centuries, long before the advent of refrigeration, the people of India have pounded silver into thin, delicate sheets called varakh, which are about one hundredth of the thickness of a sheet of paper.


These sheets of silver are used to wrap candies and foods in order to prevent them from spoiling in the country’s hot outdoor food bazaars.


Traditionally, the food is eaten foil and all, because of its ability to prevent stomach infections that can be caused by eating the unrefrigerated foods.



The Advent of Colloidal Silver


After Edison showed the world how to harness and utilize electricity in 1879, scientists quickly discovered that they could suspend silver rods in pure water, and sinter tiny silver particles off of them by running electricity through them.


This became known as electrically-generated colloidal silver.  Chemical processes were also invented for making a variety of colloidal silver solutions.


And by the late 1930’s – well before the advent of prescription antibiotic drugs — colloidal silver in its various forms had become one of the most popular infection-fighting substances among doctors, being sold under the names of Collargol, Protargol, Electrargol, Lunasol and many others.

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” Without overstating the case, it may be time to recognisz colloidal silver as not only the safest medicine on Earth, but also the most powerful.

Dr Robert C Beck (D.Sc 1999)

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As Robert Bartholow wrote of silver’s infection-fighting qualities in A Practical Treatise on Materia Medica and Therapeutics, way back in 1908: 

“As a topical agent, silver may be used in surgical diseases, wounds, injuries, and in cases of septic decomposition.

 Wherever diseases— either pure or mixed infectious—are caused by the staphylococcus, the streptococcus, and other forms of low organisms, this remedy is effective in a high degree.”* * * * *

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And as Dr. William Halstead, M.D., one of the founding fathers of modern surgery, stated of silver in 1913:

“We may only have scratched the surface of silver’s medical brilliance! Already it is an amazing tool!

It stimulates bone – forming cells, cures the most stubborn infections of all kinds…and stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues.

 I know of nothing which could quite take its place, nor, have I known anyone to abandon it who had thoroughly familiarized himself with the technique of its application. “

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As the British Medical Journal stated in February 1917:

“Colloidal silver has been used successfully in septic conditions of the mouth including pyorrhea alveolysis, throat, ear, and in generalized septicemia, leucorrhea, cystitis, whooping cough and shingles.”


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As Alfred E. Searle, author of Colloids in Biology and Medicine wrote in 1919:

Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.” 


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As Dr. Henry Crooks, M.D. stated in 1921:

“I know of no microbe that is not killed by silver in laboratory experiments in six minutes.”

And finally, according to The National Druggist, Vol. 50, page 388, in August 1920:

“Colloidal silver is powerfully destructive of toxins of bacterial origin…Experiments on rabbits show that colloidal silver renders subject ‘immune’ from the effects of large quantities of tetanic or diphtheritic serum.

…colloidal silver has proved its value in combating the following ailments among others — tonsilitis, gonorrhoeal conjunctivitis, spring catarrh, pustular eczema of scalp, septic ulcers of legs, boils, chronic cystiitis, ringwork, soft sores.

 But we must not prolong the list of the good works of colloidal silver. Suffice it that at the present time it is the most extensively used in medicine of all the sols.”


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The Rise and Fall of Antibiotic Drugs


But after the advent of prescription antibiotic drugs in the late 1930’s, colloidal silver usage gradually fell out of favor with doctors. And antibiotic drugs were widely embraced in its stead.


However, by the 1970’s — less than 40 years after the advent of prescription antibiotic drugs – the antibiotics were already losing their luster, due to the ability of pathogens to mutate and adapt to them.


In other words, it was already being documented by medical science that antibiotic drugs began to lose their effectiveness against pathogens relatively rapidly, as the pathogens mutated in response to their presence.


This lead researchers and cutting edge doctors to begin looking for alternatives to prescription antibiotics.


Some doctors began researching the older medical literature, asking themselves, “How did we treat infections prior to the advent of prescription antibiotic drugs?”


And as a result, interest in silver slowly began making a comeback.


Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D.


By the mid-1970s, a surgeon named Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. began his groundbreaking research at Syracuse Medical University, which would lead to the widespread re-discovery of silver as an effective antimicrobial substance.


He had been attempting to demonstrate his theory that small micro-currents of electricity could be used to make stubborn bone fractures heal, if electrodes could be temporarily surgically implanted into the fractures.


During the course of his experiments, he began using silver electrodes in order to take advantage of silver’s well-known propensity to conduct electricity. But what he discovered in the process took him completely by surprise.


You see, not only did the micro-currents of electricity trigger the bone fractures to heal just as he had expected, but the tiny, electrically generated silver particles that were driven into the bone and surrounding tissue from the silver electrodes healed ALL nearby infections as well.


Even rare and potentially deadly bone infections such as osteomyelitis were rapidly healed! Dr. Becker later concluded in his best-selling book The Body Electric:


“What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries …


…All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics…In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”


Yes, indeed. Dr. Becker had re-discovered a fact that medical researchers of old had once known, but that had become lost to medicine ever since the age of prescription antibiotic drugs had been ushered in by the global pharmaceutical conglomerates during the 1940’s.


He had re-discovered the fact that silver – one of the world’s oldest and most powerful natural antibiotic substances – could kill just about any pathogen exposed to it. Even the most virulent of pathogens succumb to it with ease!


Since that time, colloidal silver has once again become the world’s most popular and effective natural antibiotic substance.

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As Harvard educated Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D., of the famous Tahoma Clinic in Washington State has written:

“Silver attacks all three of the germ’s vulnerable targets at once.

First, the silver ions easily rupture a germ’s outer membrane when present in the right amounts, causing the germ’s vital internal components to be exposed in the bloodstream to our white blood cells.

 While the white blood cells attack the internal components, the micro-particulate silver continues to destroy these vital internal components by cutting up vital enzymes.

 The silver ions then easily attack the germ’s third vulnerable target: its delicate gene pool.

 Silver ions have the ability to reach into the nucleus of the germ, where its gene pool is located. Once they combine with the genes, the genes become paralyzed, and the germ cannot replicate itself.”

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As Dr. Herbert Slavin, M.D., founder and director of the Institute for Advanced Medicine in Lauderhill, Florida has stated:

“…Colloidal silver is emerging as the new antimicrobial wonder in dealing with bacterial as well as, yes, viral conditions too, both in medicine and in industry… 

Colloidal silver was actually a commonly-used antimicrobial 100 years ago, before the advent of modern antibiotics, which only address bacteria and are becoming largely obsolete while posing risks related to resistant super-germs. 

Colloidal silver is increasingly being recognized for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial qualities and the fact that it presents virtually none of the side-effects related to antibiotics.”

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As Dr. Joseph Weissman, M.D., board certified Immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School has stated:

“Today, many antibiotics are losing the battle with germs. 

Fortunately, the best germ killer, which was discovered over 2,000 years ago, is finally getting the proper attention from medical science – natural silver. 

I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated colloidal silver in their home as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent.”

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And as biochemist James South, MA has written:

“…Electrically-generated colloidal silver [Ag(e)] has been shown to kill dozens of bacteria, including Providencia stuartii, a germ already resistant in the 1970’s to all antibiotics except amikacin, as well as two strains of antibiotic-resistant Enterobacter cloacae that were isolated from burn patients…

… It has also proved adept at killing various yeast/fungus species at very low silver concentrations, including Candida albicans, C. parapsilosis, C. tropicalis, C. pseudotropicalis, Torulopsis glabrata and Aspergillus niger. 

Electrically-generated colloidal silver has also been shown to kill cysts of the common water-borne protozoal parasite Entamoeba histolytica. It has also killed the protozoa Paramecium when exposed to 2.2 ppm silver, as well as the protozoa Varicella at 5.9 ppm. 

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The most amazing case of colloidal silver usage which I’ve had personal knowledge involved an 83 year old woman who was suffering severe septicemia (infectious blood poisoning). 

Her doctors were unable to control the raging infection and had sent her home, expecting her death in 48-72 hours. 

Her husband contacted an intermediary, through whom I recommended trying colloidal silver. The woman was immediately put on one tablespoon of 5 ppm colloidal silver three times daily. 

Within 24 hours her septicemia began to disappear, and within 48 hours her septicemic crisis was over, and she did not die as expected.”


Where to Get Colloidal Silver


Electrically generated colloidal silver can be purchased today in nearly any well-stocked health food store.


But costs can be a bit on the exorbitant side – as much as $20 to $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle of this safe, natural, healing and infection-fighting substance.


Thankfully, you don’t have to pay those exorbitant health food store prices.  Indeed, you can make your own high-quality electrically-generated colloidal silver, quickly and easily, with a simple device called a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge.


The low-voltage Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator is based on the ground-breaking work of Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D.


And it allows you to make your own high-quality colloidal silver in the comfort and privacy of your own home, and for less than 36 cents a quart!

Learn more about making your own high-quality colloidal silver with a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, by clicking the link in this sentence.


Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,

Steve Barwick, author
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Scientific American: Silver Has Been Used to Fight Infections for Thousands of Years

“Like werewolves and vampires, bacteria have a weakness: silver.

The precious metal has been used to fight infection for thousands of years — Hippocrates first described its antimicrobial properties in 400 bc — but how it works has been a mystery.

Now, a team led by James Collins, a biomedical engineer at Boston University in Massachusetts, has described how silver can disrupt bacteria, and shown that the ancient treatment could help to deal with the thoroughly modern scourge of antibiotic resistance.

…Collins and his team found that silver — in the form of dissolved ions — attacks bacterial cells in two main ways:

It makes the cell membrane more permeable, and it interferes with the cell’s metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds.

Both mechanisms could potentially be harnessed to make today’s antibiotics more effective against resistant bacteria, Collins says.”

— Scientific American, June 20, 2013, Silver Makes Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective

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Pets – preventing and treating diseases naturally

Colloidal Silver Uses:

Preventing and Treating Diseases in Cats and Dogs

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Colloidal silver works to destroy bacterial, fungal and viral infections in cats and dogs just as well as it does in human beings. Furthermore, because colloidal silver is odorless, almost tasteless and non-toxic, experts say you can use it for both dogs and cats internally and externally.

If you are looking for a healthy, alternative way to take care of your pets and avoid expensive veterinary bills, colloidal silver can go a long way in helping you achieve that goal. Whether you are looking for a disease preventative, a way to clean your pet and his bedding or deal with illness and injuries, it can help you.

It is a very inexpensive, easy to make and use alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics, and it is much more effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.ore effective at stopping preventing and treating diseases in animals.

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Colloidal Silver Knocks Out Deadly Canine Parvo Virus

For example, one of the deadliest and most feared viruses among dog and kennel owners is canine parvo.  But, colloidal silver is a well-known alternative treatment for dogs suffering from parvo, and according to pet owners it has saved a lot of lives.  On the other hand, conventional veterinary treatments fail because they only have antibiotics, which do nothing to stop viral infections.  Yet, they prescribe them in cases of canine parvo and about 80% of the time, the dog dies.

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It is Safe for Cats

Colloidal silver is also good for treating cats because it does not have a strong odor and will not be harmful to them if you put it on their fur.  In cases where a cat suffers from a bacterial, viral or fungal skin condition, colloidal silver can be used.

While many essential oils are effective in combating such conditions and are often safe to use on dogs, they should never be used on cats.  But, experts say you can use colloidal silver without fear.

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Topical and Oral Treatments

Colloidal silver is an excellent alternative to both pharmaceutical antibiotics and prescription or over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments for cats and dogs.  It can be given to your pet in his food or water or applied to his skin or fur a few times a day.

A few drops of colloidal silver on a cotton ball makes an excellent eyewash for pets with eye infections.  Persian cats are especially prone to such infections and must have their eyes washed daily.  Using colloidal silver provides extra antibiotic protection.

One or two drops of colloidal silver in the ears of a cat or dog with an ear infection is a safe, fast and effective way to safely treat them.  There’s no need for a trip to the veterinarian or expensive pharmaceuticals.  A few drops of colloidal silver can do the job in a day or two.

More Ways to Keep Pets Healthy with Colloidal Silver

Many people like to brush their dogs’ teeth. Colloidal silver can be applied directly into a pet’s mouth to help reduce bacteria, heal oral tissues and keep the gums and teeth clean. For dogs, it can also be added to homemade tooth powders and rinses.

Whether your pets live indoors or outdoors, they will be healthier and cleaner and so will you when you use colloidal silver.

Keep your pet’s bedding clean and free of bacteria and parasites when you regularly spray it with undiluted colloidal silver and allow it to air dry.

One or two tablespoons of colloidal silver in your pet’s food or water dish will keep his immune system strong and help prevent disease.

Preserve opened cans and containers of pet food in the refrigerator and make it last a few days longer by adding a few drops of colloidal silver to it.

If your pet is injured, spray or dab colloidal silver on the wound. If possible, bandage it until it heals.

Your dogs and cats are part of your family. Care for them like family members with colloidal silver and protect them from unnecessary visits to the veterinarian. Your cats and dogs will be healthier and live longer.

How to Learn More About Colloidal Silver Uses

It is important to use colloidal silver responsibly. There is a lot of controversy about safe doses because there are no official established guidelines as there are for most other nutritional supplements. Fortunately, an excellent, free 16-page report helps to answer this question, “What’s the ‘Safest’ Daily Dosage for Colloidal Silver.” It is available exclusively from The Silver Edge.

The author of this report, natural health journalist Steve Barwick, has done extensive research on colloidal silver. He, also, wrote the 547-page, “Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual,” a veritable compendium of information on this subject, which also gives you appropriate dosages and uses for colloidal silver.

Learn more about colloidal silver as a natural antimicrobial in the article, “Colloidal Silver Uses: Colloidal Silver as a Natural Antibiotic.”

Colloidal silver – healing benefits

Ten ways to use colloidal silver’s amazing healing abilities

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(NaturalNews) Colloidal silver consists of silver atoms suspended in distilled ion-less water. The particles of silver are small enough to penetrate on a cellular level and destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

Not only does silver get rid of pathogens, it helps promote rapid healing of the tissues infected or destroyed. Most burn centers use various forms of silver and silver soaked bandaging for burn victims.

You can buy colloidal silver online or in good health food stores or make your own cheaply and easily. Colloidal silver has many applications and is easy to apply. It has no adverse side effects. It leaves beneficial bacteria intact. Reports of argyria (skin turning blue) are greatly exaggerated.

The Medical Mafia has a tendency to blow up rare incidents of minor adverse effects from natural remedies and blow them up as scare tactics while ignoring the hundreds of thousands of annual adverse side effects from correctly prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Ten ways to use colloidal silver for self healing

1) You can spray it onto burns to prevent infections and promote faster healing without scarring.

2) You can also spray or dab it onto ringworm, boils, herpes sores, and warts for faster healing.

3) If you’re having bronchial problems or walking pneumonia, you can put some colloidal silver in a nebulizer and breathe it into your bronchial area and lungs directly.

4) Small amounts taken daily as a tonic will give what some call a second immune system to guard against flues and colds. Easy and inexpensive if you make if you make your own.

5) Colloidal silver drops can be used for ear infections without any harmful side effects. Some use it for eye and nasal infections as well. Perhaps it can be injected anally with an enema bulb to help cleanse the colon.

6) It can be applied topically for vaginal yeast infections or oral thrush (yeast infection). Could be useful for chronic jock itch as well.

7) Colloidal silver can be used by pregnant women to assist fetal development and easier delivery of the newborn child.

8) It can be taken early with the onset of a cold, flu, or bronchitis to get over it quickly without harming beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria.

9) Colloidal silver can be used successfully to combat MRSA infections. MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a staph infection that can be fatal and is now resistant to antibiotics. It usually occurs during hospital stays, but has become rampant enough to originate outside hospitals (

10) There has been some success using colloidal silver with AIDS patients. It adds a layer of needed additional immunity while destroying existing pathogens.

More about colloidal silver

Early 20th Century western medicine used silver as a prime antibiotic and anti-fungal until the 1930s. Then antibiotics became a major source of Big Pharma revenue.

As more and more antibiotics were created, the pathogenic microbes began evolving into resistant strains to them. The health dangers imposed by antibiotics by destroying friendly gut flora needed for digestion and immunity were disregarded.

Antibiotic use lowers immunity by destroying the good bacteria along with the bad. Lately, some fluoroquinolone based antibiotics have even permanently and painfully crippled those who had been prescribed them (

Since silver seems to act by stifling the enzymes pathogens use for survival, pathogens are unable to develop resistance to them. Fortunately, alternative medicine has re-discovered colloidal silver for healing all sorts of ailments. A few years ago, the EU banned colloidal silver sales (

Before Codex regulations arrive here, purchasing your own system for making colloidal silver would be a wise move.
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Colloidal Silver Beauty Secrets

Make Your Own Natural Health and Beauty Products Using Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver for Natural Health and Beauty

by Angela Kaelin

Health and beauty aids are important not only to physical health, but to mental health. When we look and smell good, we feel good. The health and beauty industry takes in hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and their commercial beauty aids represents a substantial expense for many people.

Besides being a drain on your wallet, research has shown that some of the ingredients commonly found in these high-priced commercial beauty products — such as aluminum, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium fluoride and dioxins — can pose serious health risks.

Completely avoiding all of them may not be practical or even possible, but colloidal silver provides some ways to ease your body’s toxic burden by providing a healthier alternative for some of the most common commercial beauty products.

Here are a few ways colloidal silver can provide a healthier alternative and save you money. You’ll be amazed to find that colloidal silver combined with some common items that you may already have in your cabinets or that you can cheaply and easily obtain from your local health food store, can actually do a better job than anything you’ve ever used before!

All of the following recipes are very simple. The essential oils recommended are only those considered very safe, but for the sake of additional safety, don’t get any of these products into your eyes. They are all relatively inexpensive and available at health food stores.

Colloidal Silver Aftershave

This recipe is ideal for men with stiff beards who are inclined to getting bumps and ingrown hairs. Colloidal silver helps to soothe and heal any bumps or scratches. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that tightens the pores, moisturizes without being oily and can greatly benefit skin that’s prone to acne.

2 ounces of distilled water
2 ounces of colloidal silver
4 ounces of witch hazel (available at any department store, drug store, or health food store).
6-8 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Blend these ingredients in a bottle. Shake well before each application.

Healing and Detoxifying Mask for Men and Women

Women are much more accustomed to using detoxifying masks, and know the immediate positive results they can provide.

But, this simple mask is also recommended for men who may be having problems with ingrown hairs, bumps or blackheads.

It’s great for anyone who wants to gently exfoliate and detoxify their skin.

Here’s how to do it:

Blend old-fashioned oatmeal to a fine powder in a blender.

Put 1/4 cup of powdered oatmeal in a bowl.

Add 2 to 3 tbsp. of colloidal silver and blend into a paste with a spoon.

When you have a thin paste, apply this mixture to your face and neck. Let it remain for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bonus Tips: For increased detoxification, you can add a tbsp. of bentonite clay (available at health food stores) to the above recipe. This will help remove blackkheads, pimples, etc., and pull toxins from your pores. You may have to add a little extra colloidal silver if you choose to add the clay.

For moisturizing and skin-tightening benefits, add 1 tbsp. of honey to the above recipe.

Underarm and Personal Deodorant Spray

Many people are very sensitive to the ingredients in commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. If you’re sensitive or just want an alternative to dangerous aluminum-containing antiperspirants, try thoroughly mixing the following ingredients in an 8 to 12 oz. spray bottle:

2 – 3 ounces of colloidal silver
6 – 9 ounces of distilled water
8 to 10 drops of lavender oil
8 to 10 drops of rosemary oil
8 to 10 drops of sage oil

Sage has a light action as a natural antiperspirant. Perspiration odors on the skin are produced by bacteria. Colloidal silver works as an excellent antibacterial and is extremely beneficial to the skin as well.

Rosemary and lavender are not only aromatic, but they have profound soothing and healing properties, too.

Shake this mixture well before each application.

Healthy Feet Soak

Sweet-smelling feet are healthy feet. If your poor, tired feet spend long hours in hot shoes, they need special treatment in order to maintain your health.

Treating your feet to this colloidal silver soak not only keeps dangerous fungal infections away, but it soothes the feet and helps your whole body to relax.

Ladies, this is an excellent after-work soak or pre-pedicure treatment.

Combine the following in a little tub or pan that you can fit your feet into.

1 qt. water
6-8 ounces of colloidal silver
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup Epsom salts or baking soda
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Soak your feet for 15 or 20 minutes. Then dry feet and toes, thoroughly.

All-Natural Minty Flavored Mouthwash

Commercial mouthwashes are not safe products. Just the alcohol content alone in most of them can cause serious problems, including oral cancer.

You can use colloidal silver by itself as a safe, simple and inexpensive mouthwash. It stands on its own. But, if you insist on that “fresh minty taste” and want to make your own minty all-natural mouthwash, try combining the following ingredients in a bottle.

6 ounces distilled water
2-4 ounces colloidal silver
10-15 drops of peppermint oil or spearmint oil

Sometimes these two oils are available in the baking section of your grocery store. Or you can find them in just about any good health food store. They’re very inexpensive.

Like colloidal silver, both of these essential oils have natural anti-bacterial properties. Spearmint also has a reputation for healing gums and whitening teeth.

Shake this mixture well before each use.

Staying Healthy While Stretching Your Dollars

These are just a few of the many ways colloidal silver can help you stretch your dollars while providing you with some of the very best all-natural personal care products you’ll find, anywhere.

Hollywood stars who are into natural health often end up paying through the nose to have all-natural recipes just like these made for them through local apothecaries. Yet they are extremely simple and inexpensive to make yourself.

Don’t forget to share them with friends and family!



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Colloidal Silver around the house – many uses!

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Using Colloidal Silver around the house


Everyone knows you can use colloidal silver in your eyes to eliminate eye infections like Pink Eye or styes. And you can use it in your ears to eliminate earaches, as well as in your nasal passages to eliminate sinus infections.

You can even spray it into your throat, or gargle with it, to eliminate sore throats. Most people also know you can drink it – in small quantities – to alleviate stomach infections, candida yeast infections, colds, flu, upper respiratory infections and more.

But did you realize it also has many non-medical purposes? Here’s a brief list of helpful non-medical household and personal uses you might want to make note of…

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There are tons of effective ways to use colloidal silver around the house, to disinfect and help keep your family healthy and infection-free.

And among these are some very unusual uses you’ve probably never thought of.

Here are just a few you might want to make note of for future reference, or start implementing around your home even now:

  • Spray colloidal silver on pools of standing water in the yard, in order to stop mosquito larva from hatching.
  • Add colloidal silver to juices and milk to prolong shelf-life and help prevent early spoiling, fermenting, deteriorating, clabbering or curdling.
  • Add colloidal silver to bottled water tank reservoirs, to prevent algae and bacterial growth.
  • Add colloidal silver to shampoos, lotions and creams to give them disinfectant and antimicrobial qualities.
  • Spray colloidal silver on your underarms as an odor-fighting substitute for potentially toxic commercial underarm deodorants.
  • Spray colloidal silver under sinks, cabinets, or other moist places to help prevent and eliminate fungus and mold.
  • Spray colloidal silver on seasonal clothing before storage to eliminate odor and mildew.
  • Spray colloidal silver in the car to eliminate odors.
  • Use colloidal silver in dental water-pic solutions to prevent bacterial buildup (and help stop plaque, to boot).
  • Use colloidal silver routinely in your laundry final rinse water, to disinfect, and to add antimicrobial protection to sheets, pillow cases, towels, dish rags, baby diapers, etc.
  • Spray colloidal silver on hunting clothes, before a hunting trip, to help eliminate the human scent.
  • Spay colloidal silver on bowls of dry pet food (especially outdoors) to help prevent it from molding in humid climates.
  • Spray colloidal silver on houseplants or garden plants to help prevent the growth of parasites, fungi, molds, and to help stop root rot and most plant diseases.
  • Spray colloidal silver inside the refrigerator, and in the food storage bins, to prevent the spread of mold and bacteria.
  • Spray colloidal silver onto pet bedding and allow it to air dry, in order to prevent the spread of mold, mildew and germs.
  • Spray colloidal silver around the tub, toiletry and shower stalls to prevent germs and stop mildew from growing.
  • Use colloidal silver in the hot tub in place of harsh chemicals like chlorine or bromine (1 quart per week during periods of heavy use, or 1 quart per two weeks during periods of low usage).
  • Spray colloidal silver on top of opened jars of jam, jelly and condiment containers, as well as inside the lids before replacing, in order to prevent bacterial growth in the food that gets stuck around the container tops.
  • Spray colloidal silver onto air conditioner filters after cleaning, in order to help disinfect them and kill pathogens carried onto them by the flow of air.
  • Spray colloidal silver onto hanging bath towels, wash cloths and dish rags and drying towels to help prevent souring and mildew.
  • Spray colloidal silver into home and office air ducts and vents to prevent them from becoming breeding sites for germs, molds and mildew.
  • Spray colloidal silver onto carpets, drapes and wallpaper to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Add colloidal silver to drinking water when traveling or camping to disinfect it and keep it fresh and pure, longer.
  • Add colloidal silver to pet’s drinking water to help prevent diseases and eliminate infections.
  • Add colloidal silver to canning, preserving or bottling to prevent contamination.
  • Spray colloidal silver on freshly purchased (or picked) fruits and veggies after washing them, to prevent microbial growth and keep them fresh longer.
  • Use colloidal silver in bath water to help soothe itchy skin and to promote clearer, younger-looking skin.
  • Use colloidal silver as a gargle for better oral health.
  • Use colloidal silver in douches to help relieve vaginal odor.
  • Mix a little colloidal silver into your pet’s water, birdbaths, etc., to prevent spread of bacteria and mold, and keep your pet healthy and infection-free.
  • Use colloidal silver in cut flower vases to help prevent microbial growth and keep flowers alive longer.
  • Spray shower stalls and bathtubs with colloidal silver, to disinfect and keep germ-free.
  • Spray or wipe telephone mouthpieces, pipe stems, headphones, hearing aids, eyeglass frames, hairbrushes, combs, etc., with colloidal silver to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Carry a small spray bottle of colloidal silver in your purse when shopping, so you can spray shopping cart handles before using.
  • Spray colloidal silver on your toothbrush after each use, to help disinfect it and prevent the growth of germs.
  • Use a fine mist pump spray bottle to lightly “mist” your face with colloidal silver several times a day, allowing it to air dry afterwards; not only does it keep your facial skin looking young and healthy, it’s a very refreshing pick-me-up!

There are many, many other non-medical uses for colloidal silver. These are just a few. Use your imagination, and you’ll surely come up with dozens more!

Lean More…

To learn more about making and using colloidal silver, be sure to visit The Silver Edge website and watch the “how to” videos…or read the in-depth articles on colloidal silver tips and usage…or browse through the over five dozen major clinical studies and reports on colloidal silver.

Or, just peruse the literally hundreds of depth testimonials from real-life people explaining how they use colloidal silver to keep their families healthy and infection-free!

What’s more, you can make your own high-quality colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart, with a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge – just click the link to learn more!

Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with more great hints and tips on using colloidal silver!

Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,

Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual

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Important Note and Disclaimer: The contents of this Ezine have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information conveyed herein is from sources deemed to be accurate and reliable, but no guarantee can be made in regards to the accuracy and reliability thereof. The author, Steve Barwick, is a natural health journalist with over 30 years of experience writing professionally about natural health topics. He is not a doctor. Therefore, nothing stated in this Ezine should be construed as prescriptive in nature, nor is any part of this Ezine meant to be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Nothing reported herein is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author is simply reporting what he has learned during the past 17 years of journalistic research into colloidal silver and its usage. Therefore, the information and data presented should be consider ed for informational purposes only, and approached with caution. Readers should verify for themselves, and to their own satisfaction, from other knowledgeable sources such as their doctor, the accuracy and reliability of all reports, ideas, conclusions, comments and opinions stated herein. All important health care decisions should be made under the guidance and direction of a legitimate, knowledgeable and experienced health care professional. Readers are solely responsible for their choices. The author and publisher disclaim responsibility or liability for any loss or hardship that may be incurred as a result of the use or application of any information included in this Ezine.


Learn about OUTfection vs. INfection

with this graphic explanation!

The picture below is a electron micrograph of a neutrophil, a white blood cell, gathering up mycelial forms of yeast, like Candida Albicans. The white blood cells are garbage collectors of microforms NOT soldiers of an army going out to war to destroy invading microforms. Germs are born in us and from us. The germs of the air cannot cause any specific disease but can contribute to a state of cellular congestion or internal pollution. All, so-called infections are in reality out-fections of body cells breaking down into microforms as a result of an increase in dietary and/or metabolic acids. Germs are the symptoms of celluar breakdown NOT the cause of cellular breakdown. The key to a healthy body is to maintain the alkaline design of the body fluids. WHY? Because all body cells are only as healthy as the environment they reside in and healthy body cells live in an alkaline environment. Therefore true immunty is protecting the alkaline body cells with an alkaline environment. Which means there is NO NEED for vaccination because all vaccines are highly toxic or acidic and GERMS (including viruses, bacteria, yeast and mold) do NOT cause disease. ACIDS cause disease.
The picture below is a electron micrograph of a neutrophil, a white blood cell, gathering up mycelial forms of yeast, like Candida Albicans.  The white blood cells are garbage collectors of microforms NOT soldiers of an army going out to war to destroy invading microforms.  Germs are born in us and from us.  The germs of the air cannot cause any specific disease but can contribute to a state of cellular congestion or internal pollution.  All, so-called infections are in reality out-fections of body cells breaking down into microforms as a result of an increase in dietary and/or metabolic acids.  Germs are the symptoms of celluar breakdown NOT the cause of cellular breakdown.  The key to a healthy body is to maintain the alkaline design of the body fluids.  WHY?  Because all body cells are only as healthy as the environment they reside in and healthy body cells live in an alkaline environment.  Therefore true immunty is protecting the alkaline body cells with an alkaline environment.  Which means there is NO NEED for vaccination because all vaccines are highly toxic or acidic and  GERMS (including viruses, bacteria, yeast and mold) do NOT cause disease.  ACIDS cause disease.

The “Do Nothing” approach to illness

The “Do Nothing” Approach to Illness – Your Ticket to Wellness?


Happy-ChildrenYou’ve likely heard of unschooling, a homeschooling philosophy where no formal curriculum is typically used and children learn based on what they are motivated to seek out and master on their own as well as natural life experiences.

While I don’t homeschool myself and so cannot attest to the validity of this educational philosophy, I would like to suggest that open-minded parents consider a similar approach to childhood illness and even illness in themselves.   When a child seems to be coming down with a cold or flu, how about this for a novel idea:


 I myself have followed the Do Nothing approach to illness for nearly 13 years.  At first I did it without even realizing exactly what I was doing and then about 9 years ago formally put it into practice after attending a talk by Dr. Tom Cowan MD about how illness is actually beneficial to the body and is a way for valuable detoxification to occur so that an improved level of vitality and maturity can be experienced by the child once the illness is over.   This talk was a light bulb moment for me as I suddenly realized that my Father, a retired Family Physician, had followed the exact same philosophy while I was growing up.

Old school medicine is to let the illness run its course, focus on rest and nourishment only, and intervene only if it becomes evident that the patient cannot handle the situation on his/her own.

My Dad’s rule of thumb was to wait 2 weeks before doing anything therapeutically to facilitate the conclusion of the illness.   The result?  He rarely if ever needed to intervene at all as my brothers and sisters and I got well just fine on our own within that span of time.

Even when I got salmonella at a fast food chicken joint when I was 13, Dad did nothing.  It was a struggle, but I recovered fine within about 10 days.  No trip to the hospital, no saline drip, no antibiotics.  I realize this might seem extreme to some people, but my Dad had his reasons and he obviously made the correct  judgment that I was strong enough to handle it on my own.

Ditto when I had strep throat the summer I turned 15.  No antibiotics were prescribed and I recovered completely.  Most interesting is that I have never gotten strep again despite repeated and close contact exposures.  My children seem immune also and have never gotten strep.  Did recovery on my own impart immunity from further strep infections that I possibly passed along to my kids? Anecdotal for sure but possibly so.

Too many parents in my view are far too quick to treat a child’s illness, either by running to the doctor for a prescription or by running to the healthfood store to obtain a natural or herbal based remedy.

Trying to stop a cold in its tracks when it is first coming on and hasn’t quite taken hold yet is not a wise approach either in my view.

Now, I don’t want to come off as anti-treatment here.  If a child is acutely ill and is obviously not handling an illness sufficiently well on his or her own, then by all means seek out assistance from the healing professional of your choice.

As for me, though, my first course of action is Do Nothing.

Echinacea to boost immunity during cold/flu season?

No way.

Elderberry syrup to ward off a cold that you feel is coming on?


A “preventative” dose of antibiotics because strep is making the rounds at school?

Absolutely not!

Garlic drops or pills for a cough?

No thanks.

Ibuprofen or Tylenol to bring down a high fever?

Why?  A child with a high fever will get well so amazingly fast if you let the fever do its job and having the child sip diluted fruit juice to provide sufficient blood sugar to fuel that cranked up metabolism will head off the risk of febrile seizures.

I don’t attempt to squelch symptoms and I don’t want to give my children’s immune system a crutch. Letting the body go through the natural progression of meeting a pathogenic challenge head-on and resolving it with no outside interference is something that I have observed to improve and elevate a child’s wellness to a whole new level.

I don’t think it’s coincidence that since I have adopted this approach, none of my children has required any sort of medication, antibiotics or otherwise.  They get well quickly with no relapse or secondary infection.

We’re going on 13 years now with no antibiotics – ever – for my children.

I think that’s a pretty decent track record!

Again, this article is not intended to suggest that antibiotics and medications are always bad.  On the contrary, they can be life saving in certain instances and I am all for using them at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way.

However, a healthy child who is simply achy and feverish from a virus is not a candidate for meds in my opinion!

Ok, I Want to Do Nothing, But I Need to Do Something!

If the Do Nothing approach strikes a chord with you, congratulations!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised and amply rewarded by implementing this approach like I have with children who rarely get sick and when they do, recover quickly with no assistance nor complications.

If you are an action oriented person, however, here are some Do Nothing suggestions that will help your child along the path to a quick recovery without in any way hampering or short circuiting the natural healing and detoxification process that is taking place:

  • Rest, rest, rest.   Our culture is way too busy and overscheduled.  Sometimes illness is just a way for the body to say “slow down and take it easy”.  Honor that message and encourage your children to just rest with no stimulation of any kind except perhaps a good book.
  • Broth and soups.  Nourishment is important during illness to provide the body with the ammunition necessary to win the battle and come out on top.   There is no food better during illness than soup made with nourishing, mineral rich, and easy to digest bone broths.  If you don’t know how to make homemade soup, you need to learn.  Soups from the store are no comparison and will likely hinder the healing process instead of helping it as they have little to no nourishment and vitality zapping MSG in large amounts.
  • Chiropractic adjustment.  Some folks find that even a minor misalignment of the spine can make illness worse.  Getting a gentle adjustment to the spine can free up blockages and facilitate healing in a beneficial way.
  • Homeopathy.   I used homeopathy when my children had whooping cough (pertussis) 6 years ago.  Homeopathy works with the body, not against it and does not stifle any of the natural healing mechanisms.   A homeopathic remedy can prove useful in certain cases of illness particularly if it is a chronic condition that doesn’t seem to resolve on its own permanently.
  • Cleansing baths.   Jumping in a warm tub of epsom salts to get the elimination routes flowing via the skin and the colon can be extremely helpful.  This is the only thing I will do if I feel “a cold coming” on as it assists the detoxification that brought the cold on in the first place.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Fibromyalgia and Colloidal Silver

Steve Barwick and


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www.TheSilverEdge.comColloidal Silver and Fibromyalgia Pain: The Inside ScoopIs colloidal silver an effective remedy for fibromyalgia? While there are no significant clinical studies on the use of colloidal silver for fibromyalgia, some cutting edge practitioners routinely recommend it for the condition.

What’s more, over the past 16 years I’ve received numerous anecdotal accounts from readers suffering from fibromyalgia who had serendipitously decided to use colloidal silver for a minor infection such as a cold or flu, and then found their fibromyalgia symptoms were dramatically reduced as a result.

Below you’ll discover what a number of fibromyalgia victims have said about the results they’ve achieved with colloidal silver, along with some important information on the underlying causes of fibromyalgia and how colloidal silver usage can fit into a successful nutritional intervention program for this painful disease…

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According to Dr. Kent Holtorf, M.D., of the Holtorf Medical Group, colloidal silver is one of the few natural treatments that have been found by cutting edge medical practitioners to be significantly effective against fibromyalgia.

He states:

“The effectiveness of oligodynamic silver’s antimicrobial action at extremely low doses in combination with its potential immune stimulating actions, makes it an ideal naturally occurring substance in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.”

In his report titled “Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Oligodynamic Silver,” Dr. Holtorf goes on to state:

“Hundreds of thousands of doses of oral colloidal silver and thousands of doses of intravenous colloidal silver are given every month in the United States.

This is usually done to treat acute and chronic infections including those associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).

The effectiveness of the use of oral and intravenous colloidal silver in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia was presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine in October 2003.

The extremely low level of colloidal silver used at 23 parts per million (ppm) has been shown to have little or no potential for toxicity while having the significant potential for clinical benefit.”

No Significant Clinical Research

While Dr. Holtorf’s statement is promising, the fact remains that with the exception of the medical conference he cited, there has been very little significant clinical research conducted on the use of colloidal silver for fibromyalgia.

Indeed, most of the information on the use of colloidal silver as a nutritional intervention for fibromyalgia has been anecdotal in nature, meaning reports from people who have used colloidal silver themselves and have found it to reduce their fibromyalgia symptoms – sometimes quite dramatically.

And it’s largely because of these numerous anecdotal reports from fibromyalgia victims that many natural health advocates have come to routinely recommend colloidal silver as a nutritional remedy for fibromyalgia.

For example, according to natural health journalist Tony Isaacs, writing on the website:

“Fibromyalgia…is characterized by widespread chronic pain involving multiple ‘tender points’ in the upper neck, back, shoulders, and hips.

Treatments, such as painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and the injections of anesthetics are rarely effective.

However, many may find relief from nature and alternatives as opposed to mainstream drugs and treatments.

A natural alternative which may heal fibromyalgia is to take plenty of colloidal silver – start off with 2-4 ounces per day and maintain at least an ounce a day until you achieve satisfactory results.”

Real-Life Accounts

Over the past 16 years since I first wrote The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, dozens of people have written or called to tell me that they’ve found dramatic relief from their fibromyalgia symptoms after using colloidal silver orally.

My theory is that fibromyalgia is much like chronic fatigue syndrome in nature – that is to say, it is often connected to a hidden underlying infection, such as a mycoplasmas infection or an underlying viral infection such as Epstein Barr or Cytomegalovirus.

Some researchers have also connected fibromyalgia with systemic Candida yeast infections. And some researchers have connected it with Hepatitis C infections, as well as Chlamydia pneumonia infections.

This may well be why so many fibromyalgia victims seem to obtain positive long-term results from using colloidal silver: i.e., its inherent infection-fighting qualities appear to help mitigate the underlying infection that fibromyalgia victims suffer from, thus dramatically reducing the painful symptoms of the disease.

I’ll discuss that idea in more depth, in just a moment.

But first here are some excerpts from testimonials I’ve received from readers who have successfully used colloidal silver for fibromyalgia:

  • I’m an RN with a BSN from a large university. My father is a retired dentist.

We are a medical family. So the biggest hurdle for me was to let myself experiment with colloidal silver and give it a chance.

…I’m also a two-time cancer survivor, and had (notice the past tense) fibromyalgia after the initial chemotherapy round in 1995.

I purchased your manual, then the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, just prior to the second round of cancer/chemo.

Once I finished chemo, I treated myself for fibromyalgia as per the manual. I am convinced the fibromyalgia has at least regressed.

I still have sleep issues that go along with the fibromyalgia diagnosis, but I no longer have the deep aches and pains that affected my daily life before this.”

– C.R., Highland, Utah

  • Here’s another example:

“I have fibromyalgia and I take silver every day.

I feel so much… better. Less fatigue, less pain, more memory and no depression, my irritable bowel syndrome has been helped as well.”

– Cindy S.

And another example:

  • “I just purchased my Colloidal Silver Generator about a month ago.

I have fibromyalgia and some other health issues. Since I have been taking my home made CS [colloidal silver] my pain has gone away.”

– Christina M.

This fibromyalgia victim says she takes two ounces of colloidal silver per day and no longer suffers from the usual aches that characterize the disease:

  • “Hello, we have been a fan of colloidal silver for about a year. I have Hep C and Fibromyalgia and the achys that go with them.

I have found that if I take a few oz’s of colloidal silver a day I don’t ache anymore. Now we make it for ourselves. Good stuff!”

– Terri R.

And this fibromyalgia victim says her fibromyalgia symptoms come roaring back “big time” when she fails to take her colloidal silver:

  • “…I also have fibromyalgia and can see a big difference when I forget to use my colloidal silver…all the pain comes back big time.

I have had FM for about 15 years and have felt so much better and have been able to continue to work…all thanks to colloidal silver.

I have made an extra quart when a neighbor was sick and she used it and got well in a very short time….she said she could almost feel it working!

Up ’til then she had been sick for days and not getting any better…..AMAZING STUFF!”

– Mary K.

Here’s a fibromyalgia victim who says she takes one shot glass full of colloidal silver a “few times a day” to stop her fibromyalgia aches:

  • “We make our own colloidal silver now. We bought the Micro-generator. It makes the 10 ppm.

I have many health issues but I use it for Fibromyalgia aches…also for colds etc. etc.

I take a shot glass full a few times a day. My immune system is very bad…One day I woke up and realized that I wasn’t achy anymore!!!!”

– Terri R.

These anecdotal accounts are all from the Testimonials page at, where you can find dozens and dozens more anecdotal accounts demonstrating the many ways people have successfully used colloidal silver as a nutritional intervention against a wide array of infectious illnesses and disease.

As you can see, a lot of people are claiming to have found dramatic relief from their fibromyalgia symptoms by taking a little bit of colloidal silver daily – a few ounces a day, at most, it appears from the testimonials.

Many of these individuals make their own colloidal silver (for just pennies per batch!) with a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge.

Is Fibromyalgia Caused By An Underlying Infection?

As I mentioned earlier, in my personal layman’s opinion, I believe in many cases of fibromyalgia there’s an underlying viral or bacterial trigger, i.e., either a virus like Epstein Barr or Cytomegalovirus, or a “stealth pathogen” such as mycoplasma. Or even a systemic fungal infection such as Candida yeast.

Such pathogens can cause ongoing inflammation in the joints and around the muscle tissues and in the nerve sheaths throughout the body, which can lead to the wide constellation of painful symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia victims.

The Road Back Foundation, a group that advocates the use of antibiotic drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis and related pain conditions, agrees that underlying infections might well be the cause of fibromyalgia as well, stating:

“The connection of fibromyalgia to infections is well documented in the literature, especially in relation to Lyme disease, mycoplasma, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Hepatitis C, Parvovirus B19, HIV, and Epstein-Barr.

It is believed as many as 25-40% of long-term Lyme patients develop fibromyalgia-like symptoms, particularly pain and fatigue; as many as 25% of HIV patients, 57% of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients and 24% of Psoriatic Arthritis patients also have fibromyalgia symptoms.”

In other words, people with known infections such as Lyme disease, HIV, Epstein-Barr and others often experience fibromyalgia-like symptoms along with the other symptoms of the disease they’re suffering from.

This has convinced many researchers that classic fibromyalgia by itself may well be caused by an underlying infection, which in turn might be causing inflammation and other cellular damage in the nerves, muscles and tissues of the victim, resulting in the broad array of pain symptoms experienced as fibromyalgia.

Other Causes of Fibromyalgia

But do all fibromyalgia victims have an underlying infection? Not necessarily. According to Dr. Garth Nicholson, Ph.D.:

“Are chronic, systemic infections the answer to all fibromyalgia and other pain disorders? Of course not!

While underlying infections are likely to be an appropriate explanation for a rather large subset of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome patients, certainly not every patient will have the same chronic infections.

Some patients may have chemical exposures or other environmental problems as the underlying reason for their chronic signs and symptoms.”

So while underlying infections are “likely to be an appropriate explanation for a rather large subset” of fibromyalgia victims, other causes can include chemical exposures or exposures to environmental toxins or perhaps even environmental allergens.

Nevertheless, Dr. Nicholson says that through the use of DNA/PCR testing (a sophisticated lab test that can verify otherwise difficult-to-find hidden infections) he’s found mycoplasma infections in approximately 50% of patients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis.

He states:

“The identification of mycoplasma infections in the leukocyte blood fractions of a rather large subset of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome and arthritis patients suggests that mycoplasmas, and probably other chronic infections as well, may be an important source of morbidity in these patients.”

Fibromyalgia researcher D.L. Goldenberg has also found a connection between infectious microorganisms and fibromyalgia pain. He states:

“Infectious agents are capable of activating inflammatory cytokines which may in turn cause severe myalgias, fatigue, and neurocognitive disturbances…

The potential role of a microbial agent as a trigger to fibromyalgia remains tenable.

For example, antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae have been found in 78.3% of FM patients tested.”

That’s quite an interesting statement. The fact that infectious microorganisms are capable of “activating inflammatory cytokines which may in turn cause severe myalgias, fatigue, and neurocognitive disturbances” may well help explain why so many fibromyalgia victims find benefit from taking colloidal silver.

Indeed, recent clinical research has demonstrated that silver nanoparticles are potent inhibitors of the inflammatory response caused by cytokines.

For example, in the study “Silver Nanoparticles Interactions With the Immune System: Implications for Health and Disease,” it was demonstrated that silver nanoparticles have dramatic anti-inflammatory properties, and that these properties are a direct result of the inhibition of excessive cytokine production.

Said the researchers:

“It has been shown in vivo that silver nanoparticles decrease inflammation through cytokine modulation.

…silver nanoparticles…were found to strongly inhibit cytokine production, for example, of INF-γ, IL-6, IL-8, IL-11, TNF-α and more weakly IL-5.

…The lack of amplification of the inflammatory cytokine cascade is important in providing a permissive environment for wound repair and tissue regeneration to proceed.

These results have given an insight into the actions of silver and provided a novel therapeutic direction for wound treatment in clinical practice.”

In other words, the study authors believe that silver nanoparticles can improve wound healing because of their ability to modulate the cytokine cascade, which is to say, to prevent excessive cytokine expression in the human body which would otherwise lead to inflammation and pain and slower healing.

If it is true that silver inhibits excessive cytokine production in wound healing, would it not also be true in the case of underlying infections in which the infectious microorganism – whether bacterial, viral or fungal – is “activating inflammatory cytokines” and as a result causing” severe myalgias, fatigue, and neurocognitive disturbances”?

In another study published in the journal International Immunopharmacology, in 2007, researchers also found that silver appears to reduce cytokine-provoked inflammation to such a degree, they actually recommended it as a treatment against inflammation.

According to the study authors:

“…new research…indicates that silver goes further than this and modifies cytokines – the enzymes involved in cell growth and movement – leading to reduced inflammation and an increased rate of healing.

…MIT-based medical scientist Rutledge Ellis-Behnke regards the Hong Kong group’s research as groundbreaking, saying: “Silver has been used for over a thousand years in traditional Chinese medicine for wound healing, but this is the first time that a hint of the true mechanism has been shown.”

The authors of the study concluded that ” These experimental data suggest that nano-silver could be used to treat immunologic and inflammatory diseases.”

The bottom line is that this may well be the basis for the profound relief experienced by some fibromyalgia victims after experimenting with colloidal silver usage.

All of this leads me to believe that many people who have used colloidal silver and later witnessed a profound regression in fibromyalgia symptoms may very well have had a hidden underlying infection they were unaware of, and the colloidal silver either worked to remove the infection, or at least suppressed the inflammatory activity of the pathogen by reducing the excessive cytokine activity it would normally trigger.

Treating Non-Infectious Cases With Colloidal Silver?

However, Dr. Aundrea Adams, Ph.D., CTN, points out that colloidal silver is often wonderful for relieving pain on its own, whether or not an infection exists.

Indeed, she says that colloidal silver can heal pain because of silver’s innate quality as a “superconductor” of electrical current, including the electrical current that flows through the human body, and which pain often disrupts. She states:

“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.”

– Dr. Aundrea Adams, Ph.D., CTN

In other words, sometimes colloidal silver works to relieve chronic pain simply because it can help restore proper electrical flow in the body.

This means that even if a case of fibromyalgia is not caused by an underlying infection, colloidal silver might still help relieve the pain by acting as a conductor of electrical current in the body!

Are Large Doses Necessary?

Most colloidal silver users with fibromyalgia say they’ve found relief with just a few ounces a day, taken orally.

However, some victims of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, Multiple Sclerosis or related chronic degenerative diseases feel they need to take extremely large daily amounts of colloidal silver in order to obtain relief.

This is often because they’ve read anecdotal accounts on the internet in which victims of mycoplasmas infections or related chronic degenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Lyme Disease have stated that they didn’t obtain relief from their symptoms until they began taking eight, 10, 12, or even 16 ounces of colloidal silver per day on a regular basis.

But that’s one heckuva load of silver on the kidneys and liver – one which I’d never recommend anyone to take, for any reason, for long periods of time. Why?

Because as I’ve written numerous times (here and here and here and here, for example), taking large daily amounts of colloidal silver for long periods of time can lead to a condition called argyria.

Argyria is a condition caused when excessive levels of silver are ingested on an ongoing basis, and the body’s normal channels of elimination become overwhelmed.

As a result, the excess silver cannot be effectively removed from the body, and ends up getting stored in the organs and tissues, and later pushed out to the skin. It then becomes tarnished upon exposure to light, permanently staining the skin blue or gray.

Colloidal Silver Is Only Part of the Solution

That’s why, for cases of fibromyalgia or other related chronic degenerative diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and others that are suspected of being caused by underlying infections, it’s often important to use more than one nutritional intervention in order to help the body repair the damage being done by the offending pathogen, and help the immune system stop the spread of the infection.

Colloidal silver can be an important part of that nutritional intervention, but should not be the only part, and should never be used to excess.

Indeed, when you bring other nutritional supplements into the picture, you can often reduce colloidal silver usage to a tiny fraction of the excessive amounts some people have advocated, and still obtain remarkably successful results.

As a long-time victim of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia myself, I discovered that only small amounts of colloidal silver are necessary, once you learn about the other powerful and effective nutrient substances that can be used to heal the body, restore peak immune system function and eradicate problematic symptoms.

Among the nutritional supplements I’ve found to be extremely helpful in addition to colloidal silver are:

  • D-Ribose, to help restore cellular function often damaged by viruses or other pathogens
  • Pregnenolone , to help restore hormonal function often damaged by viruses or other pathogens
  • Beta-1,3-1,6-glucan, to help restore peak immune system function
  • Vinpocetine , to help restore peak brain function and eliminate “brain fog”
  • Methylcobalamin, to help repair nervous system damage

There are other helpful nutritional supplements as well, but those are a great start.

The bottom line is that being solely dependent upon colloidal silver for relief from fibromyalgia or related chronic degenerative conditions can lead to excessive usage, which in turn can lead to argyria or other complications.

But by using colloidal silver responsibly, as one small part of a much broader nutritional supplement regimen designed to help the body repair and heal itself, you gain all of the benefits of colloidal silver usage, but without the very real risks of excessive usage.

In that light, you might want to read my article An Open Letter to Victims of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which discusses my own personal multi-pronged nutritional protocol for combating the viruses and other pathogens that are so often associated with both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

You might also want to read my article on Colloidal Silver and Mycoplasmas Infections, which also discusses a broad nutritional protocol for helping the body repair itself and overcome the underlying infections that can cause the painful array of symptoms so often associated with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and similar chronic degenerative diseases.

To learn more about colloidal silver in general and how it’s used nutritionally by people to aid the body in defeating a multitude of infectious conditions, just click the link in this sentence.

Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver…

Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,

Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual

Brain tumor or parasite?

What Parasite Can Cause Tumor Like Symptoms on the Brain?

By Becky Purvis, eHow Contributor
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People who ingest undercooked pork may be at risk for a dangerous infection in the brain.

People who ingest eggs of pork tapeworm can get an infection called cysticercosis, after the eggs hatch and the larvae travel to tissues and organs throughout the body. When the disease affects the brain and the nervous system, it is called neurocysticercosis. Its symptoms often mimic those of a brain tumor.

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