What You Should Know About Colloidal Silver

What Is Colloidal Silver?

Colloidal Silver is a suspension of very tiny silver particles in liquid, typically purified water. Silver is a mineral. It is not yet known, scientifically speaking, what the function of silver is in the human body. Silver is a naturally occurring mineral in foods and water.

January, 1915, The Journal of Medical Research released finding from G. L. Rohdenburg, M.D. about the use of Colloidal Silver in the treatment of malignant tumors.  Since this time, Colloidal Silver has been used to treat a wide range of ailments.  [Source: WebMD] Colloidal silver is used to treat infections due to yeast; bacteria (tuberculosis, Lyme disease, bubonic plague, pneumonia, leprosy, gonorrhea, syphilis, scarlet fever, stomach ulcers, cholera); parasites (ringworm, malaria); and viruses (HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles, warts) and is also used to prevent flu, H1N1 (swine) flu, and the common cold. Colloidal silver is also used for lung conditions including emphysema and bronchitis; skin conditions including rosacea, cradle cap (atopic dermatitis), eczema, impetigo, and psoriasis; and inflammation (sometimes due to infection) of the bladder (cystitis), prostate (prostatitis), colon (colitis), nose (rhinitis), stomach (gastritis), tonsils (tonsillitis), appendix (appendicitis), and sinuses (sinusitis).  Other uses include treatment of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, leukemia, hay fever and other allergies, trench foot, and gum disease.  It seems that how Colloidal Silver works is that it can kill certain germs by binding to and destroying proteins.

I’m sure you are thinking, “Great! It’s a cure-all!  Where do I find this great stuff?” Hold your horses for just a moment…

Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver

In 1999, the FDA ruled that these Colloidal Silver products were not considered safe or effective.  Routinely, the FDA targets companies which supply Colloidal Silver.  The agency has repeatedly targeted companies trying to help people with Colloidal Silver including during the recent Ebola epidemic when it threatened organizations like the Natural Solutions Foundation for attempting to help Ebola victims by providing them with silver water.

And then, NASA ruled that Colloidal Silver will be used at the International Space Station; “On station, silver is used as a biocidal agent based on its antimicrobial properties in the potable water system.”  Too much silver may be toxic to humans, so NASA is supporting research into a simple technique that it says will allow International Space Station crew members to test silver levels in water in less than two minutes.

All these mixed messages!  I am sorry to say that there are so many political and financial power grabs going on that it is difficult to discern what it truthful and accurate.  So now what do you do?  As with many alternative medical treatments you must conduct your own research and decide if it is right for you.  I know…. Again with this self reliant thing.  Unlike conventional medicine, you will not have a large pharmaceutical company to go after if you use, misuse or improperly dose or just take this treatment.

How To Use Colloidal Silver?

The appropriate dose of Colloidal Silver depends on age, health and other factors. Silver is naturally found in food and water, and when recommended by a physician, the typical dosage of colloidal silver is about one teaspoon per day for a set limit of time taken internally. It is also used externally over burns, fungal infection and other skin conditions.

If you decide to use Colloidal Silver, you will have to determine how to use it and what it right for you. Self-reliance…. Responsibility….

Should You Use Colloidal Silver?

As with any form of medicine, alternative or not, it is important to weigh its benefits against its side effects. Colloidal Silver has side effects that you need to consider.

Colloidal Silver is easy to absorb. [Source: WebMD] “The silver in colloidal silver products gets deposited in vital organs such as the skin, liver, spleen, kidney, muscle, and brain. This can lead to an irreversible bluish skin discoloration that first appears in the gums. It can also stimulate melanin production in skin, and areas exposed to the sun will become increasingly discolored.’ Even more concerning is that heavy metals in the brain are being linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia disease, although more study is needed to determine its full impact. [Source: WebMD] “Increased silver levels in pregnant women have been linked to abnormal development of the ear, face, and neck in their babies.” Colloidal Silver interferes with other antibiotics.

My personal opinion means squat in this scenario.  I am not a doctor.  I would advise anyone to use caution when using Colloidal Silver and to seek the advise of a homeopathic doctor on the subject.  I also will not advise you to take it.  Determine if it is or is not appropriate to use in your own case, using your own research and personal, situational factors.

My personal choice is to use Colloidal Silver as I would use an antibiotic.  I’m not an antibiotic kinda gal, so you can assume I rarely use Colloidal Silver.  Only when the condition is not treatable by other herbal methods and I do not wish to use antibiotics do I choose to use Colloidal Silver.  That typically is when the infection is a bad infection.  So, there you go.

With legislation coming down the pipe with antibiotic use with livestock, I do think that Colloidal Silver use will be on the rise.  This means that it may be used appropriately and then again may not…  I just believe that you should be educated on the subject prior to its use or consuming meat or eggs where it has been used.

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14 thoughts on “What You Should Know About Colloidal Silver

  1. Loved your article. And the form of medicine has always puzzled me. A neighbour of mine swears by it, yet I myself am not 100% sure it’s a safe thing to be taking. However at the same time, anything over and above the average moderated amount should be used with caution. So I guess it’s all relative. Also enjoyed you bits of humour within the article. Thank you for a good read. Fiona

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    1. Yes, I would agree… Use cautiously… I personally view it as an antibiotic which is readily available, you may produce on your own, but should give anyone pause as to when you use it. Thank you for your insight. Brilliant. 😉


  2. sojourner

    I have been using colloidal silver for two years now, for asthma. I inhale it.

    My doctor railed against it, so I acted as though I had stopped taking it, that was almost two years ago. A month ago I went in for a check up, and my doctor tested my lungs, and he was amazed at how well I was.

    I never told him I was still using silver, since he would have had a “scientific” reason for me to stop.

    I would suggest to all who are thinking about using cs to make their own. This is what I do. Store bought cs is far too expensive, and I don’t trust it;

    Here is a site I use to order the kit and supplies:


    And no, I am not invested in this company or a paid salesman. Just in case…!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience! As more people move away from pharmaceutical antibiotics, having an additional, effective resource to manage the bad bacteria from taking over is essential for the self reliant person. 😉

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      1. sojourner

        I could not agree more! I hope more people will give the natural a chance.

        There is more than enough evidence to suggest that Big Pharma is not the way to go.

        Great info on your blog!

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