British Press Praises Healing Benefits of Silver
Why is it that for the best information on the healing and infection-fighting benefits of silver, you have to find it in the foreign press?
And why is it that, generally speaking, you can’t find anything but negative information on silver in the American press?
It seems that in the U.S., the medical authorities in the FDA, AMA, CDC and other medical agencies and organizations want to keep a tight lock on positive information about the many healing benefits of silver – this, even though new medical studies over the past ten years have documented those benefits beyond any shadow of a doubt.
Here’s the story you won’t hear in the American press…
Once again, the British press celebrates the use of colloidal silver, whereas in the U.S. news media you rarely read anything but negative articles on the subject, such as the Consumer Reports article from several years ago in which the popular magazine referred to colloidal silver (with no evidence at all, mind you) as “one of the 12 nutritional supplements you need to avoid at all costs.”
Even the venerable BBC (i.e., British Broadcasting Company) weighed in with positive comments on the medicinal properties of silver in one of their “Smart Planet” episodes on April 18, 2012, stating:
"The medicinal properties of silver has been known since at least the times of Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek "father of medicine", and rely on its toxic effects on pathogens, including bacteria and fungi. Silver ions kill pathogens by binding to proteins in their cells, making silver compounds ideal for use in antiseptics and wound dressings.
Nanoparticles of silver are even woven into socks and other clothing to reduce bacterial and fungal growth – and the odours that arise. Silver is also used in heart valves and catheters, and researchers are now investigating silver's potential in killing cancer cells...says Alan Lansdown, an expert in medicinal uses for silver at Imperial College London. "There aren't really any effective and safe replacements for silver, except synthetic antibiotics."
And going back to the UK Daily Mail, we find this fascinating statement from their June 23, 2013 edition, in an article titled “Silver Really Could Be the New Weapon Against Superbugs”:
new study from Boston University revealed that adding silver to antibiotics
enhanced the drugs' abilities to fight off lethal infections in mice.
Works Against Cancer, Too!
In a February 2012 article, the UK Daily Mail wrote about new research into silver as a cancer treatment. Their article, titled “Silver Bullet for Cancer: Metal Can Kill Some Tumors Better than Chemotherapy with Fewer Side Effects,” stated:
“Silver can kill some cancers as effectively as chemotherapy and with potentially fewer side effects, new research claims. Scientists say that old wives tales about the precious metal being a ‘silver bullet’ to beat the Big C could be true.
The metal already has a wide range of medicinal uses and is a common antiseptic, antibiotic and means of purifying water in the third world. And British researchers now say that silver compounds are as effective at killing certain cancer cells as a leading chemotherapy drug, but with potentially far fewer side-effects…
…The [researchers] compared it to Cisplatin, currently used to treat a wide variety of cancers, but known to have harsh side effects including nausea, vomiting and even kidney damage. Silver is used already in everyday products such as deodorant with no known side-effects, and could make for a potentially cheaper alternative to platinum-based Cisplatin…
…Researchers from the University of Leeds conducted lab tests which exposed breast and colon cancer cells to various silver-based chemicals over a six day period. Results, published in journal Dalton Transactions, showed that these silver-compounds were ‘as effective as Cisplatin’ at killing cancer with potentially fewer side effects.
While the team are still unsure about how exactly silver battles cancer, they think its effectiveness may be caused by the structure surrounding silver atoms, known as its ligand. They think this may help release the silver ion into cells when it enters the body, killing any cancer.”
And in October 2010, the British Telegraph stated, in an article titled “Bacteria Turned into Silver Bullet to Combat Flu”:
“Scientists have discovered that they can attach tiny studs of silver onto the surface of otherwise harmless bacteria, giving them the ability to destroy viruses.
They have tested the silver-impregnated bacteria against norovirus, which causes winter vomiting outbreaks, and found that they leave the virus unable to cause infections.
The researchers now believe the same technique could help to combat other viruses, including influenza and those responsible for causing the common cold.
Professor Willy Verstraete, a microbiologist from the University of Ghent, Belgium, unveiled the findings at a meeting of the Society for Applied Microbiology in London last week.
He said: ‘We are using silver nanoparticles, which are extremely small but give a large amount of surface area as they can clump around the virus, increasing the inhibiting effect.’
Dr Michael Dempsey, a biologist at Manchester Metropolitan University who has studied the effects of silver nanoparticles on microorganisms, said: ‘A nanoparticle contains around 15,000 atoms of silver according to some recent research from China on how they work…This means a high concentration of silver atoms come into contact with the micro-organism, punch a hole in its wall and destroy it.’"
And in a November 2014 article in the UK Daily Mail, titled “Woman Left Suicidal by Acne So Bad She Was Mistaken for a Burns Victim Now Has Clear Skin and Is Engaged - Thanks To a Cream Containing SILVER,” we read:
“Every night, Liene Berzina would lie awake in agony from the red and swollen spots covering her entire face. She was suffering from acne that not only made her face sore and blistered, but feeling so repulsive and depressed that she felt suicidal.
Her skin condition had left her feeling she had nothing to live for - having lost her job and her boyfriend over it… Now, however, thanks to a cream containing silver, her skin has improved dramatically - and she can finally look forward to her wedding next year.
…‘At one stage my acne was so bad that the spots were blistering and eventually the skin on my chin fell off leaving me with an open sore. ‘I was becoming more and more depressed about the state of my skin. ‘I was angry every day. I was dreading it every time I left the house, going to the shop…A social life was out of the question.’
The Daily Mail article went on to discuss the silver cream used by the woman with severe acne, as well as silver’s profound antimicrobial properties, stating:
“Silver Serum contains anti-microbial silver, a well known anti-bacterial agent.
Silver is used in by the NHS in some medical dressing for treating infected skin ulcers.
It is also used by NASA for keeping water supplies for crew members free from bacteria while in space.
Manufacturers claim Silver Serum works on acne by destroying ‘bad’ acne-causing bacteria. However it also preserves ‘good’ skin bacteria that helps keep skin strong and fights infection, they say.”
Of course, there are plenty of silver-based skin creams and gels sold in the U.S. that contain therapeutic levels of silver (see Germ-Busting Colloidal Silver Gels and Creams) for topical use. But the American press won’t report on it like the British press does.
The American press also won’t report on the fact that plain old liquid colloidal silver found in most health food stores works just as well as the creams and gels for topical issues such as healing infections, acne, cuts, burns, bites, and more. Plus, liquid colloidal silver can also be orally ingested to help the body fight off stomach infections, colds, flu and even more serious infections, as well (see A Colloidal Silver Primer and What In the World Is Colloidal Silver Used For?).
Indeed, the bottom line is that most Americans don’t know a thing about the healing and infection-fighting qualities of safe, natural colloidal silver – whether in liquid form or gel -- because the American press won’t cover the story. Critics believe this is largely due to the underlying bias held by the American press against natural health products, which is a direct result of their dependency upon pharmaceutical company advertising.
Make Your Own Colloidal Silver for Pennies
Colloidal silver can be purchased at just about any local health food store, or through a number of online sources including Amazon.com.
However, it’s quite literally one of the most expensive and heavily marked-up nutritional supplements in existence.
Health food store owners, for example, often charge as much as $20-$30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle. Yet the cost to manufacture four ounces of colloidal silver is about 12 cents. Yes, I said twelve cents.
Of course, people are willing to pay through the nose for colloidal silver, since it’s safe and natural, and works so well against bacteria, viruses and even fungus.
But thankfully, there’s no need to pay such exorbitant
prices for colloidal silver, when you can make your own, quickly and easily, in
the comfort and privacy of your own home, for about 36 cents a quart.
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver at home, for about 36 cents a quart, here are some additional short articles you might want to take a look at:
Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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