Colloidal Silver for Athlete’s Foot and Other Topical Fungal Infections
Can colloidal silver help with stubborn topical fungal infections such as athlete’s foot? Well, according to these colloidal silver users, it sure can!
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Topical fungal infections can be quite nasty and very frustrating.
Prescription anti-fungal drugs don’t always work.
And because of the potentially harmful side effects – such as liver damage — not everybody with a fungal infection wants to use the prescription drugs.
Is there a safe, natural alternative? You bet there is!
In fact, in the recent study described in the article at the link above, colloidal silver even proved to be more effective than some of the most powerful prescription antifungal drugs!
But that shouldn’t be surprising. After all, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., known as the father of electrically generated silver ions, demonstrated back in 1976 (in a study titled “Antifungal Properties of Electrically Generated Metallic Silver Ions”)…
…that silver has astonishing anti-fungal properties!
A Practical Method of Killing Athlete’s Foot Using Colloidal Silver!
My good online friend and fellow natural health journalist Tony Isaacs wrote a great article for NaturalNews.com covering seven different natural ways to heal athlete’s foot. One of those ways, of course, included colloidal silver.
Here’s what he said:
“One sure-fire home remedy is to use a combination of apple cider vinegar, water, colloidal silver and moisturizer.
Soak your feet in one part white vinegar and four parts water for 20-30 minutes. Dry your feet and apply colloidal silver over the entire foot, being sure to get in between the toes.
Allow to air dry thoroughly and then apply a good moisturizer, such as the oil found in crushed garlic from the grocery store. Other good choices are tea tree oil, sesame oil and olive oil.
The combination of vinegar and colloidal silver kills the athlete’s foot fungus and the moisturizer helps the skin heal.
Repeat the procedure twice daily and your athlete’s foot should be gone in a matter of days. To prevent future outbreaks of athlete’s foot, repeat the above remedy once each week.
Note: colloidal silver is optional, but it helps speed the remedy and makes it more effective.”
Does It Work?
I’ve heard from many readers that colloidal silver does indeed work wonders for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. In fact, in many cases, colloidal silver alone was all that was needed!
Here’s a testimonial from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories web site, from a man who uses colloidal silver to cure stubborn fungal infections in horse’s feet:
Colloidal Silver Works for My Athlete’s Foot, As Well as for Fungal Infections On My Horse’s Feet!
“I use the colloidal silver for many things.
I’m a farrier and I give it to customers for clearing up thrush in horse’s feet. It has controlled chronic infections in a number of horses I treat.
It’s been successful in treating summer itch which is a fungal infection that horses get in warmer weather.
I also use it myself for athlete’s foot, skin injuries, as a mouth wash, and just about any external injury.”
— Philip S., Littlerock, CA
And here’s another testimonial from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories web site, from a woman who tends to get athlete’s foot often during the hot summer months. She wrote:
Cured of Athlete’s Foot By Soaking My Feet In Colloidal Silver!
“I often get athlete’s foot, especially in the summer when it’s hot and I have to wear shoes, for example to work in my flower garden.
I do go without shoes whenever I can or wear sandals. The athlete’s foot seems like it can strike overnight! I will even get blisters between my toes and the itching almost drives me crazy!
But since I have your Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator I can use as much silver as I want at a fraction of the cost.
So when these “attacks” happen, I use a glass 8×8 cake pan and put 2 cups of full strength colloidal silver in it. I then soak both my feet at the same time.
I wear a size 7 shoe and put the pan at an angle in front of me, it being a diamond shape not a square. My big toes are in the top point and my heels in the bottom point. They fit perfectly.
I soak them for at least 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening, after my shower.
Usually the first couple of soaks will relieve the itching, and within 2-3 days the blisters are healing nicely. I use the same silver for 2 soakings and then discard.”
— J.K., Presque Isle, MI
Here are a couple more short testimonials, also from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories web site:
Colloidal Silver Healed My Athlete’s Foot, Bronchitis and Red Eye!
“My own experience has been phenomenal.
I had bronchitis for about 3 weeks when my Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator arrived. I made a batch and started taking it.
Within two days I didn’t have any bronchitis symptoms. I was only taking a teaspoon per day. I was amazed.
It also cleared up my red eye which occasionally happens, as well as my athlete’s foot!”
— W.E. Quirein
Colloidal Silver Clears Up My Athlete’s Foot Immediately!
“I’m diabetic, which means cuts and scratches in the leg or feet are sometimes difficult to heal.
If I get a scratch or a cut on my legs, I rub colloidal silver up and down where the wound is. The silver heals the wound twice as fast.
I also use the colloidal silver for athlete’s foot — clears it up immediately.
I will not go anywhere without my machine.”
— Mike T., Challis, ID
Spraying My Athlete’s Foot 3 Times Per Day With Colloidal Silver Healed It!
“I had athlete’s foot. Sprayed colloidal silver on my feet and it went away in a short time. I sprayed generously, 3 times per day.”
— D.A. Lenz, MN
Colloidal Silver Cured My Boyfriend’s Athlete’s Foot For the First Time In Years!
“My boyfriend has cured his athlete’s foot for the first time in years. He also suffered from bleeding gums, also gone.
This stuff is magic and no wonder the selling of it has been banned in Europe. Why? Because it WORKS! And it can be made for cents by every individual.
This is NOT what the pharmaceutical industry wants. They want us sick and paying them to remain sick.”
— Lucy J.
I Could Feel The Colloidal Silver Working On My Athlete’s Foot Immediately!
“Hi, I’ve used colloidal silver for about a year. It’s cured my nail fungus, athlete’s foot, swimmers ear.
I’ve used it for sinus with success and many other problems. I have a generator and wouldn’t be without it now.
The nail fungus was only on my big toe to one side. I trimmed that portion off, exposing the nail bed. I soaked my feet in a baking dish full of colloidal silver.
The athlete’s foot problem was on the other foot, so it took care of both problems at the same time.
I could feel the colloidal silver working on the fungus toe almost immediately and continued this for about a week and half. It took a while for my nail to grow, now I can wear sandals again.”
— Susan A.
Colloidal Silver Resolves Athlete’s Foot for Postal Carrier!
“I said that I would write back and let you know how things have been going with my new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator.
I have to say, things are great and I know it’s working. I’m still trying it on different things but it has worked very well on some issues.
… I used it on my feet, since I’ve had athlete’s foot and I’m walking in my shoes all day long six days a week, as I am a postal carrier.
Again, problem was solved. No more itching. And my feet were getting very nasty during that time!”
— Curt S.
Colloidal Silver Cured My Daughter’s Athlete Foot!
“My 25 yr old daughter had been treating a foot fungus with many different over-the-counter products, with no luck in clearing up the fungus.
She had suffered with the pain and itching for almost a month. I encouraged her to dab on some silver water. She did and immediately the itching stopped.
I sent her home with a small bottle. The next day she called me….she had applied it several times that day. The pain was gone and the deep redness had changed to a pale pink. In 3 days after first application…..fungus was gone!!
I am no longer skeptical about it.”
— Nancy S., Topeka, KS
Colloidal Silver Cured Athlete’s Foot and Several Other Problems!
I have cured “athletes foot problems) and several other problems with the home made silver.
You people have a fantastic product. Thank you very much!”
— Mike T., Idaho
Colloidal Silver Healed Nasty Fungal Infection That Even Lamisil Wouldn’t Cure!
“While trimming her toe nails one day my sister discovered a hole in the skin between her baby toe and the next toe, she could actually stick the end of a Q-tip into it. She hadn’t felt any pain from it so I guess that’s why it took so long to notice it.
She showed her doctor and he said to put some Lamisil Antifungal Cream on it several times a day. Janie applied the cream 3 to 4 times a day for 3 weeks with no results at all. The hole did not get any bigger but it also was not getting any better either. She was very discouraged.
I suggested she try using the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver I had given her, which I made with my generator bought from The Silver Edge.
So she stopped using the cream and began only using the colloidal silver by putting a cotton ball between her 2 toes to hold them apart and then used a glass eye dropper to put drops in the hole.
Janie would let it air dry before removing the cotton, but if she was in a hurry she used the hair dryer to blow it dry.
She would do this whenever she thought about it throughout the day and being it was summer and warm out, it was quick and easy to do because of being able to wear open toed shoes and no socks to remove each time.
In addition to the topical applications, she also was drinking 1 ounce of the colloidal silver 3 times a day.
After just several days she could see the hole was definitely healing and beginning to close up. Soon after that it had completely healed and the problem has not returned.”
— S. Glentz, MI
Colloidal Silver Heals Persistent Fungal Infections Of the Feet!
“I use the colloidal silver water to treat persistent fungus infections, dipping my feet in silver water for 15-20 minutes every day.
Also I take it to prevent developing stomach flu. In this case I drink a glass of silver water 1-2 times a day.
Thanks for your wonderful product!”
— A.B. Houston, Texas
Used Colloidal Silver to Heal Fungal Infection on Clydesdale’s Legs!
My Clydesdale, Taz, got a type of fungus under his feathers on his legs.
This happens because the feathers — hair — is so long on Clydesdales legs that the hair creates a wet, dark, warm environment for microbes and other things like that to grow.
I would spray Colloidal Silver on his legs/feathers on day, and the next day the fungus was already healing.
During wet weather season I did this 1x per week. He never got fungus again on his legs.
Chronic Toenail Fungus Doing Better After Spraying Colloidal Silver On It!
“Toenail fungus: A chronic problem for several years.
I have been to Podiatrist and had a RX for Penlac. It did nothing.
I then sprayed the silver on my toes daily before putting on my socks. The fungus is not completely gone, but in eight months my toenails have grown back in clean and clear!
I will keep using the silver daily.”
— Dan F., Naples, FL
“I’ve had one of your Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generators for some time and my daughter has used colloidal silver on her fingernails that had some kind of fungus. The silver healed the fingers.”
— George, Torrance, CA
“Impossible To Get Rid Of” Nail Fungus Cured With Colloidal Silver!
“Folks, if you’ve never tried it, this is just amazing stuff. Both my husband and I had toenail fungus, which we found impossible to get rid of—even with tea tree oil—but the colloidal silver did the trick! You could see the changes in just a couple of weeks.
We take an ounce or so orally whenever we think about it throughout the day and spray the silver water onto the affected area first thing in the morning and last thing at night or whenever else remember to do it.
We have no piece of the action at this site, but we highly recommend it because of our results.”
Colloidal Silver “Really Clears Up Toenail Fungus Fast!”
“We have two of your ‘Micro’ machines and love them – as do our clients in our clinic.
We make up our own foot bath electrolytes to treat Peripheral Neuropathy – and colloidal silver makes up a healthy amount of said electrolytes. It really clears up toenail fungus fast!”
— JDS, Chico Holistic Healthcare
“We bought our Micro-Particle generator back in November 2009 and have been using the product which has been helping to rid my feet and legs of a dark fungus.
I take two shot glasses three to four times a day.
I have made over 25 gallons since …we got our unit.
All of the CS is given away to our friends and family. Sometimes they provide the jars and distilled water. Thank you again for all you are doing.”
— David S.
What the Experts Say About Colloidal Silver and Fungal Infections
Experts agree that colloidal silver and other silver-based antimicrobials are often astonishingly effective against fungal pathogens.
Nano-Ag, in an IC80 range of 1-25 µg/ml, showed significant antifungal activity against T. mentagrophytes and Candida species.
…Many studies have shown the antimicrobial effects of Nano-Ag (Klasen, 2000; Russell & Hugo, 1994; Silver, 2003), but the effects of Nano-Ag against fungal pathogens of the skin, including clinical isolates of T. mentagrophytes and Candida species are mostly unknown.
The primary significance of this study is the observation that Nano-Ag can inhibit the growth of dermatophytes, which cause superficial fungal infections (Kim et al., 2008).
To the author’s knowledge, this is the first study to apply Nano-Ag successfully to dermatophytes and pathogenic fungal strains.
“In recent decades, studies have revealed the biochemical reactions of ionic silver that result in the inactivation of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, spirochetes, viruses, etc. However, the broad use of silver as a powerful clinical tool is still in the future because its full range of activity remains to be elucidated.”
— Davies, Richard, and Etris, Samuel. 1997. The development and functions of silver in water purification and disease control. In Catalysis Today, 36, 107-114.
More About Colloidal Silver and Fungal Infections
While we’re on the subject of getting rid of fungal pathogens, here’s a great article you might want to read about a simple way to use colloidal silver to cure stubborn toenail fungus infections.
And for women who may suffer from Candida Yeast infections from time to time, here’s a short piece on how to use colloidal silver effectively to get rid of a Candida Yeast infection.
The bottom line is this:
The clinical studies show, and the experts agree that colloidal silver is a powerful and effective remedy for fungal infections of all sorts.
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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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Colloidal Silver Uses:
Preventing and Treating Diseases in Cats and Dogs
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Silver Ions Kill Bacteria By
Destroying Their Ability to Replicate
It’s been hypothesized for decades that there are basically three ways colloidal silver stops pathogens from causing infections.
You can read about those three wayshere.
No replication, no colonization. No colonization, no infection.
…To investigate the mechanism of inhibition of silver ions on microorganisms, two strains of bacteria, namely Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), were treated with AgNO3 and studied using combined electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis.
— Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, A Mechanistic Study of the Antibacterial Effects of Silver Ions on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, Q.L. Feng, Volume 52, Issue 4, 15 December 2000
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Doctor’s Guide Says Colloidal Silver
Doctor’s Guide Says Colloidal Silver Cures Pneumonia
“Dr. Marchial-Vega has had considerable clinical experience with a colloidal silver preparation that contains between 20 and 25 parts of silver per million parts of water. This preparation has proven effective in patients with HIV in quickly resolving pneumonias due to pneumocystis, streptococcal, staphylococcal, klebsiella and fungal infections. In the hospital, the therapy is administered by a special nebulizer as well as orally.”
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Colloidal Silver Defeats Parvo Virus
While there’s no clinical evidence that colloidal silver can be used to cure Parvovirus in dogs, there’s TONS of anecdotal evidence.
Indeed, people have been using colloidal silver on their “Parvo puppies” (and grown dogs with Parvo, as well) for many years, and usually to great success, as this video attests.
The key seems to be to keep the puppies well hydrated, because they don’t like to eat or drink when they have Parvovirus.
So Pedialyte for animals (available from the vet or pet store) or some other hydrating fluid is given orally throughout the day, using either an eyedropper (for puppies), or for larger dogs a large syringe, without the needle, of course.
Some people recommend pouring a capsule full of Lactobacillus acidophilus (beneficial digestive microorganism available at any health food store) into the Pedialyte before administering it to the dog, as the beneficial microbes will compete for space in the puppies tummy with the Parvovirus (i.e., called “competitive inhibition”) and also help prevent some of the diarrhea, as well as the damage to the stomach lining done by the virus.
Some people also recommend trying to feed the dogs with baby food (well strained chicken, for example) in order to get some nourishment into them. Others recommend a commercial product called Nutristat (available online), which is a gel-like paste containing nutrients, electrolytes, fats and protein to nourish the dog while eating is problematic due to the virus.
Finally, colloidal silver is also administered orally, multiple times throughout the day until the dog’s appetite returns and Parvo symptoms are gone.
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A Compromised Immune System and Colloidal Silver
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I know a man who had a dual-organ transplant (kidney/pancreas) about four years ago. He has to take anti-rejection drugs daily to keep his immune system from rejecting the transplanted organs. That’s because the human immune system views transplanted organs as “foreign bodies,” and targets them for attack.
So because of the anti-rejection drugs he has virtually no immune system, which means he is basically a walking target for just about any kind of opportunistic infection that comes along.
What’s more, because of the nature of the business he runs, he is in constant contact with the general public during the course of the day, and has very little choice but to be around people who are sick with colds, flu, sore throats, coughs, etc. This is a very dangerous situation for any transplant patient, because, generally speaking, their immune systems are so weak from the immune-suppressing anti-rejection drugs that even the slightest infection can become life-threatening.
However, my friend tells me that each morning he washes down his anti-rejection medication with an ounce or two of colloidal silver. And in the four years since his transplant, he has not had a single serious infection. He’s had a few minor colds and sniffles, but that’s about it. (You can hear all about it, in his own words, in the newly released Colloidal Silver Secrets video, available inexpensively in both DVD and VHS formats athttp://www.lifeandhealthresearchgroup.com).
His lack of serious infections is, of course, very unusual given his circumstances. Normally, it is quite common for transplant patients on immune-suppressing anti-rejection drugs to be afflicted with a number of infections every year, any of which can become quite serious. In fact, many transplant patients become so afraid of catching an infection, they carry doctor’s face masks with them wherever they go, in case they end up in the presence of someone who is coughing and choking with some kind of infection. Other transplant patients simply won’t go out in public very much during certain times of the year when colds and flu are prevalent. But my friend doesn’t let fear of infection stop him. He does what he has to do to run his business and make a living. And he depends on colloidal silver to keep him relatively infection-free all year long.
It makes me wonder if colloidal silver would help with other immune-compromised individuals as well. For the past 14 years, I’ve personally used small amounts of colloidal silver daily in order to keep chronic fatigue syndrome at bay. And I’ve heard from a number of colloidal silver users who are afflicted with more serious conditions, such as AIDS, that while it has done very little to lower their HIV count, it does seem to help prevent opportunistic secondary bacterial and fungal infections from taking hold. It is these secondary opportunistic bacterial and fungal infections that kill many AIDS patients each year.
Of course, there are no medical studies to demonstrate that colloidal silver can protect immune-compromised individuals. Just anecdotal information such as the examples above. But it is interesting to ponder, and you have to wonder why the medical authorities don’t look more closely at colloidal silver as a possible solution to at least some of the very serious problems encountered by immune-compromised patients.
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Colloidal Silver Boosts
Effectiveness of Antibiotic Drugs
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Why do critics with strong ties to institutional medicine and Big Pharma continue to say colloidal silver can interfere with the absorption of antibiotic drugs, when in reality studies show that it actually boosts their effectiveness?
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Clinical research from the Department of Microbiology/Molecular Biology at Brigham-Young University, and published in the journal Current Science, Vol. 91, No. 7, October 10, 2006, has demonstrated that colloidal silver works synergistically with antibiotic drugs, and often produces an “additive” effect when used alongside them.
In other words, in many cases colloidal silver actually increases the infection-fighting qualities of those drugs.
What’s more, antibiotic drugs that had previously lost their effectiveness against drug-resistant pathogens suddenly regain their full effectiveness when colloidal silver is used with them!
Below is a list of the antibiotic drugs successfully tested in combination with silver in the above-linkedstudy.
Most of these antibiotic drugs were demonstrated by the researchers to be synergistic with colloidal silver. And the colloidal silver even increased the efficacy of many of them against deadly pathogens such asMRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli.
(See full results in the clinical study linked to in the first paragraph above.)
The fact that silver can increase the efficacy of antibiotic drugs was further confirmed in research published in the journal Nanomedicine in June 2007.
In a study titled “Synthesis and Effect of Silver Nanoparticles On the Antibacterial Activity of Different Antibiotics Against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli” the researchers discovered that:
|“The antibacterial activities of penicillin G, amoxicillin, erythromycin, clindamycin, andvancomycin were increased in the presence of silver nano-particles (Ag-NPs) against both test strains. The highest enhancing effects were observed for vancomycin, amoxicillin, and penicillin G against S. aureus.“|
In other words, the efficacy of powerful antibiotic drugs like erythromycin and clindamycin against potentially deadly pathogens like Staphylococcus aureus were increased when silver was used alongside them.
And the efficacy of antibiotic drugs like penicillin G, amoxicillin and vancomycin were increased by an even wider margin when silver was added.
More Research Confirmation
So why would adding antimicrobial silver increase the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs?
Researchers from the Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology & Regenerative Medicine in Spain think they’ve found the answer.
They confirmed that nanosilver, when used in conjunction with antibiotic drugs like ampicillin, produces an extremely strong synergistic effect against drug-resistant gram positive and gram negative bacteria, largely because of a powerful “one-two punch” the combination delivers.
Here’s a quote from their recent study:
|“Recently…the synergetic effect of silver nanoparticles with antibiotics has been studied combining silver nanoparticles with different antibiotics like ampicillin, kanamycin, erythromycin and chloramphenicol against gram positive and gram negative bacteria.|
The antibacterial activities of these antibiotics increase in the presence of silver nanoparticles against gram positive and gram negative bacteria…
…The combination effect of nanosilver and ampicillin has more potential compared to the other antibiotics and may be caused by both the cell walllysis action of the ampicillin and the DNA binding action of the silver nanoparticles.
The antibiotic molecules contain many active groups such as hydroxyl and amido groups, which react easily with silver nanoparticles by chelation.
For this reason, the synergistic effect may be caused by the bonding reaction with antibiotic and silver nanoparticles.”
In other words, the researchers say molecules of the antimicrobial silver actually bond with the antibiotic drug through a process of chelation.
Then the antibiotic drug bursts the cell wall of the pathogen, while the antimicrobial silver binds the pathogen’s DNA. This combined action destroys the ability of the pathogen to infect.
Of course, antimicrobial silver hasn’t been tested in conjunction with every antibiotic drug on the face of the earth. But the results from clinical studies conducted so far appear to be nothing short of stellar.
And Even More Research
In fact, in another study, titled “Antibacterial Efficacy of Colloidal Silver Alone and In Combination With Other Antibiotics on Isolates from Wound Infections,” published in Academic Journals, researchers further confirmed that colloidal silver had a significant additive effect on many antibiotics tested.
What’s more, while there were very few antibiotic drugs which colloidal silver failed to enhance the effectiveness of, even among those few there was nevertheless “no antagonism” between the drugs tested and the colloidal silver.
In other words, colloidal silver did not decrease the effectiveness of the antibiotic drugs, even in the very few cases where it failed to increase the effectiveness of the drugs. In short, it didn’t interfere with the absorption or efficacy of the drug in any case.
Of course, the simple fact that antimicrobial silver kills drug-resistant pathogens – with, or without antibiotic drugs — has been re-confirmed time after time.
As recently stated in a 2010 clinical study published in the World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology:
“Infections caused by drug-resistant microorganisms result in significant increases in mortality, morbidity, and cost related to prolonged treatments.
The antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles against some drug-resistant bacteria has been established…
Hence, we challenged different drug-resistant pathogens of clinical importance (multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ampicillin-resistantEscherichia coli O157:H7 and erythromycin-resistant Streptococcus pyogenes) with a suspension of silver nanoparticles.
By means of a luciferase-based assay, it was determined that silver nanoparticles:
(1) inactivate a panel of drug-resistant and drug-susceptible bacteria (Gram positive and Gram negative),
(2) exert their antibacterial activity through a bactericidal rather than bacteriostatic mechanism, and
(3) inhibit the bacterial growth rate from the time of first contact between the bacteria and the nanoparticles.”
— World J Microbiol Biotechnol (2010) 26:615–621
This is important, because it not only confirms the simple fact that silver inhibits the growth rate of potentially deadly pathogens that have become resistant to antibiotic drugs, it also confirms that it inactivates and then outright kills the drug-resistant pathogens.
Of course, some critics have issued dire warnings that colloidal silver interferes with the absorption and efficacy of antibiotic drugs.
These critics – often operating under the imprimatur of organizations with strong ties to institutional medicine and big drug companies — generally regurgitate the warning from the FDA’s 2009 Consumer Advisory Bulletin, which states:
“…the use of silver-containing dietary supplements may interfere with the body’s absorption of some drugs, such as quinolone antibiotics [ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin], tetracycline antibiotics, thyroxine, and penacillamine (Cuprimine).”
But in reality, there appears to be no documented evidence whatsoever for this claim. At least, the FDA can’t provide any.
In fact, when I recently filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the FDA, asking them to document their claims that ingesting colloidal silver could interfere with the absorption of certain antibiotic drugs and other types of drugs, they had to admit they had no evidence whatsoever for their claims!
The bottom line is that to date, there’s no significant evidence for the long-standing claim that colloidal silver usage can interfere with the absorption or efficacy of antibiotic drugs.
It appears to be a completely fabricated claim, perhaps designed by medical bureaucrats to scare the bejabbers out of colloidal silver users.
And unfortunately, it is regurgitated ad nauseum by organizations with close ties to institutional medicine and Big Pharma, such as WebMD.com, MayoClinic.com, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and even Livestrong.com, among others.
As you’ve seen above there’s plenty of solid clinical evidence that colloidal silver works synergistically with many antibiotic drugs, and even noticeably increases the effectiveness of many of them.
There’s also a plethora of evidence demonstrating that in many cases antimicrobial silver can even restore the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs against potentially deadly drug-resistant pathogens.
If these clinical findings are followed up on, they portend great hope for victims of deadly, antibiotic-resistant pathogens that now kill over 94,000 Americans each and every year, as well as hundreds of thousands more worldwide.
While colloidal silver itself would probably do the job in many cases, the medical establishment is not going to allow that to happen since colloidal silver cannot be patented and monopolized by Big Pharma.
However, combining antibiotic drugs with some form of antimicrobial silver is something the medical establishment might well go for, since the result would be considered a “novel invention” that can be patented.
(See my article on one new “Frankensilver” drug now in development.)
And if saving lives is the goal, then I suppose this is something we can look forward to. After all, it will ultimately bring colloidal silver even more strongly into the limelight, in terms of its infection-fighting capabilities.
To learn how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver, quickly and easily, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for less than 36 cents a quart, 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
- Colloidal Silver around the house – many uses! (biosilblog.com)
Colloidal Silver and Flu: Prophylactic Treatment Works Best
Available from: www.biosil.co.za
“Possibly one of the most important medical roles for colloidal silver is its ability to destroy pandemic flu viruses and deadly pathogens like methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
Colloidal silver not only stops bacteria and the flu virus in its tracks after being infected, but protects against contagion.
Take colloidal silver prophylactically as soon as you experience the first symptoms of illness to ward off a full-blown attack.
Prophylactic treatment involves adults taking a teaspoon or two daily during flu season. Children can take one-half to one teaspoon daily depending on age and weight.”
— J.B. Bardot, Nine DIY Home Remedies to Beat the Flu, NaturalNews.com, Jan. 15, 2013
[From the “What the Experts Say About Colloidal Silver” page at www.TheSilverEdge.com]
Colloidal Silver Versus
Deadly CRE Bacteria
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now warning that Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – which include drug-resistant forms of Klebsiella pneumonia and E. coli – are becoming “increasingly resistant” to antibiotic drugs.
“CRE are nightmare bacteria. Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left with potentially untreatable infections,” says CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Thankfully, preliminary research has demonstrated that colloidal silver and other forms of antimicrobial silver are astonishingly effective against these pathogens. Here’s what you need to know…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for www.TheSilverEdge.com…
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now calling for the entire U.S. health care community to work urgently – individually, regionally and nationally – to protect patients against infection by the new Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) pathogens.
These lethal, drug-resistant pathogens are now spreading throughout hospital environments nationwide (and worldwide), killing up to 50% of all patients who end up with blood-borne infections.
According to the most recent CDC bulletin:
“Data show more inpatients suffering infections from bacteria resistant to all or nearly all antibiotics.
The bacteria…kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them.
In addition to spreading among patients, often on the hands of health care personnel, CRE bacteria can transfer their resistance to other bacteria within their family.”
The New York Times also chimed in on the issue, warning in this news article:
“The bacteria, normally found in the gut, have acquired a lethal trait: they are unscathed by antibiotics, including carbapenems, a group of drugs that are generally considered a last resort.
When these resistant germs invade parts of the body where they do not belong, like the bloodstream, lungs or urinary tract, the illness may be untreatable. The death rate from bloodstream infections can reach 50 percent.”
Stay Out of Hospitals
Of course, the smartest thing to do in order to avoid becoming infected by this deadly group of pathogens is to stay the heck out of hospitals, where they are chiefly spread on the hands and gowns of hospital workers.
But if a hospital stay is unavoidable, colloidal silver may well be your one big hope of survival.
Indeed, if a hospital stay is in your near future, you might want to review my previous article titled “Colloidal Silver and Hospital-Acquired Infections: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself!”
And you might also want to review my previous article “Colloidal Silver and Airborne MRSA Pathogens” which discusses the “Cool Mist Vaporizer” trick for keeping hospital rooms (and homes) antiseptically clean using colloidal silver.
I warned of the spread of CRE pathogens way back in May, 2011, well before most health authorities were aware of this class of pathogens.
Back then, doctors thought there was only one form, which they had dubbed “CRKP,” which stands for Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumonia. (Carbapenem, of course, is the so-called “antibiotic drug of last resort.”)
Today, doctors are aware that other bacteria of the Enterobacteriaceae family have joined the ranks Carbapenem-resistant pathogens, including some forms of E. coli, as mentioned earlier.
So they have now changed the name from “CRKP” to the more inclusive “CRE,” which stands for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
Silver’s Effectiveness Against Klebsiella
As I explained in my previous article, “Colloidal Silver and the Deadly Super-pathogen CRPK,” preliminary lab research indicates colloidal silver is astonishingly effective against the Klebsiella pneumonia pathogen.
In fact, up to 75% of antibiotic-resistant strains of the Klebsiella pathogen were stopped cold by silver-based antimicrobials.
And even when silver didn’t kill the pathogen, it completely disabled it, preventing it from becoming infectious.
According to the Physicians Guide to Natural Health Products that Work, by James Howenstine, M.D., colloidal silver has indeed been demonstrated to be effective against the Klebsiella pathogen:
“…colloidal silver preparations that contains between 20 and 25 parts of silver per million parts of water…
…[have] proven effective…in quickly resolving pneumonias due to pneumocystis, streptococcal, staphylococcal, klebsiella and fungal infections.
In the hospital, the therapy is administered by a special nebulizer as well as orally.”
– Physicians Guide To Natural Health Products That Work, by James Howenstine, M.D., pg 262
And according to a nurse who posted to the internet about her experience after contracting CRKP:
“For me colloidal silver was a life saver when I contracted a serious form of pneumonia from the CRKP bacteria, or Carbepenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia, after taking care of two patients who were suspected of having it.”
The nurse went on to explain that she used a medical nebulizer to inhale the colloidal silver into her lungs, and thus get it into the bloodstream. (To learn how to use colloidal silver with a nebulizer, see the article at the link.)
And according to a May, 1999 report from the Microbiology Department of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, when colloidal silver was tested against Klebsellia pneumonia, it took only 2.5 ppm to “inhibit and kill” the pathogen!
Here’s an excerpt from the report, written by David A. Revilli, microbiologist, and Dr. Ron W. Leavitt, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Biology, both of BYU:
Klebsiella pneumoniae (lower respiratory tract infections, nosocomial infections (infections spread in hospitals), urinary tract and wound infections, and bacteremia) inhibited and killed @ 2.5 ppm. 1/28/99 BYU Report.
So the good news is that colloidal silver appears to be extremely effective against at least one of the two Enterobacteriaceae family pathogens that are now causing such consternation among Centers for Disease Control medical bureaucrats.
And while this does not prove colloidal silver will be effective against the latest Carbapenem-resistant strains, it is certainly a strong enough indication for medical authorities to follow through on.
More importantly, it’s a strong enough indication for you to keep in the back of your mind, should you or a family member ever become infected with this particularly deadly class of pathogens.
Silver’s Effectiveness Against E. Coli
What’s more, the same types of past clinical results pretty much holds true for the second Enterobacteriaceae pathogen now causing fits among doctors and health authorities, i.e., the drug-resistant forms of E. coli.
In fact, back in June 2011 when a deadly, drug-resistant strain of the E. coli microbe was sweeping across Europe, I wrote an article titled “Colloidal Silver and E. Coli,” in which I revealed that silver-based antimicrobials had indeed been demonstrated to be effective against drug-resistant forms of the pathogen.
In that article, I revealed the seven clinical studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of silver-based products – including silver ions, silver nanoparticles and colloidal silver – against E. coli.
That included this study titled “Colloidal Silver as a New Antimicrobial Agent,” which was published in the International Journal of Microbiological Research back in 2010.
The study authors concluded that colloidal silver exhibited “powerful antimicrobial activity” against multi-drug resistant pathogens including E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aregnosa and Salmonella typhi.
And in this study, titled “Bactericidal Effect of Silver Nanoparticles Against Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria,” which was published in 2010 in the World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, researchers found that the silver nanoparticles easily inactivated drug-resistant bacteria, including E. coli.
The researchers found that the tiny silver particles actually began inhibiting the bacterial growth rate from the very first moment of contact between the bacteria and the silver nanoparticles.
Finally, in another study, titled “Antimicrobial Activity of Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles Prepared by Sol-Gel Method,” published in 2011 in the Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures, it was reported that “all tested microorganisms were completely inhibited at the concentration of 2-4 μg/ml of nano silver.”
This study included both the E. coli pathogen and the Klebsiella pneumoniae pathogen, which were killed in the laboratory at 3 ppm and 4 ppm colloidal silver, respectively!
So there you have it.
The preliminary evidence, based upon numerous past clinical studies, is that colloidal silver has been demonstrated to be astonishingly effective against drug-resistant strains of both Klebsiella pneumoniae and E. coli.
These are the two Enterobacteriaceae family pathogens that are now giving doctors fits worldwide, and causing the deaths of up to 50% of all who end up with blood borne infections.
Therefore, colloidal silver may well turn out to be one of the last lines of defense against the new “CRE” strains of these two pathogens the health authorities are now fighting against.
Of course, it remains to be seen if medical science picks up on this vital information on silver’s efficacy against drug-resistant strains of these two pathogens, and follows through on it.
Oftentimes, brewing crises like this one seem to be motivated more by pocketbook issues. In other words, scare stories like this one are often used to justify why the big drug companies should be paid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer monies to develop new antibiotic drugs.
(See my article “Big Pharma Shuns Silver; Blackmails U.S. Government Into Paying for New Antibiotic Drugs With Taxpayer Money” if you’d like to know more about the scam of using taxpayer money to pay for new antibiotic drug development.)
Nevertheless, it’s important for you to have this crucial information on silver’s efficacy against drug-resistant pathogens.
After all, you never know when it may come in handy, if only to pass along to your own physician should you or a loved one end up with a similar hospital-acquired infection!
I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in learning how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver – in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for less than 36 cents a quart – just click the link in this sentence.
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual