Colloidal Silver Safety Documented
Probably one of the
top questions I get is this: “Is
colloidal silver safe to use?”
Of course, I’ve used
colloidal silver daily for well over 20 years now, and have never had a single
safety issue with it. Instead, it’s
helped keep me on my feet, active and relatively infection-free, even though all
of these years I’ve suffered from a chronic degenerative infectious disease known
as Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which is why I started using
colloidal silver in the first place.
But is there any
documentation for colloidal silver’s long history of safety in use? Of course there is. And in the article below I’ll
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Colloidal silver is
sold in just about every health food store in America, and throughout Canada
and Mexico, parts of Europe as well as by tens of thousands of online vendors
Tens of millions of
people use it annually. And its safety profile is considered to be similar to
any other nutritional supplement. If used as directed, as a mineral
supplement, it’s generally considered safe. In fact, it has GRAS status
with the FDA, meaning it’s considered to be “Generally Recognized as Safe.”
throughout Europe preparations of silver (generally in the form of colloidal
silver) are used worldwide as a water disinfectant, to help prevent microbial
contamination. For example:
· It’s widely used on yachts and cruise ships throughout Europe to help disinfect the
· It’s been used in swimming pools (see also here) and hot tubs to help keep them sparkling fresh and germ-free.
· It’s also been used in municipal
drinking water systems to reduce excessively high microbial counts.
· And silver has even been used
by the NASA and Russian space programs to help prevent contamination of the water supply, and NASA is
also said to be once again returning to the use of colloidal silver for
disinfection of the drinking water in manned space flights.
What’s more, it’s
widely used as a water disinfectant in homes throughout countries like Mexico
and others, as evidenced by the following news report from The Silver
Institute, an organization that reports on the many uses of silver worldwide:
“Since 1955, with the
approval of the Ministry of Health of Mexico, Microdyn,
a silver colloid, with a particle size of about 2 manometers, has been used to
provide healthful water for its citizens.
‘A few drops of Microdyn available in small bottles provides sufficient
silver to disinfect clear drinking water in about 10 minutes,’ states Luis Arizcorreta Buchholz, president of Roland de Mexico,
S.A, de C.V, Mexico D.E, Mexico.
‘It’s a convenient disinfectant for
individual use in areas wherever tap water is suspect…Its use is credited with
a dramatic improvement in the health of the residents of the town of Cruz Azul, Lagunas,
Oaxaca, Mexico, who for years had suffered rampant gastroenteritis.
The introduction of a Microdyn coating to the town's water supply cisterns
in 1977 made the difference. Other local water supply systems treated with Microdyn achieved similar results.”
Potters for Peace, as
well as other organizations that help provide safe drinking water in developing
nations have been infusing colloidal silver into ceramic
water filters for years -- this, as a means of giving poor people in remote villages
where there’s no running water, access to clean, safe water disinfected of any
potentially harmful microbes.
And for decades here
in North America a number of companies have manufactured and sold home water
filters infused with colloidal silver, to help keep germs and other potentially
harmful microbes from fouling the water supply.
The list goes on and
on, but I think you get the point: Colloidal silver has been used in
numerous ways, widely – and quite safely – for decades.
What Researchers Say
When the Dartmouth
University researchers studied silver in order to determine whether or not it
was safe or toxic in humans, this is what they concluded:
"Trace amounts of silver are in the bodies of
all humans and animals. We normally take in between 70 and 88 micrograms of
silver a day, half of that amount from our diet. Humans have evolved with
efficient methods of dealing with that intake, however. Over 99 percent is
readily excreted from the body. Is silver harmful to humans? Unlike
other metals such as lead and mercury, silver is not toxic to humans and is not
known to cause cancer, reproductive or neurological damage, or other chronic
-- Dartmouth University Toxic Metals
Or as Dr. Herbert Slavin, M.D.,
Director of the Institute of Advanced Medicine in Lauderhill Florida has put
it, "Few things in life are as cut-and-dried as the fact that silver is
completely safe when used within normal limits…Ionic silver is entirely
non-toxic to the body."
And as Dr. Jeffrey Blumer, M.D.,
Ph.D., director of the Center for Drug Research and former director of the
Greater Cleveland Poison Control Center has stated, "Common substances
like table salt and aspirin are harmless with normal use, but excessive intake
can become toxic and even life-threatening. With normal responsible usage,
silver supplements are entirely harmless to humans."
As Byron Richards, CCN (Board Certified Clinical
Nutritionist, charter member of the International Association of Clinical
Nutritionists has stated, “…the antibiotic properties of silver are quite
potent – and the risk to human health in terms of toxicity is negligible.
[Silver has] a far better risk/benefit profile than commonly used antibiotics."
And as Dr. Ron Leavitt, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology at
Brigham Young University has stated, regarding his own clinical studies of
colloidal silver, "The data suggests that with the low toxicity associated
with colloidal silver, in general, and the broad spectrum of antimicrobial
activity of this colloidal silver preparation, this preparation may be
effectively used as an alternative to antibiotics."
Of course, no substance on the face of the earth is completely
safe if used abusively. Even common
nutritional supplements can be harmful when used outside of the bounds of
common sense. For example:
- Abusive use of iron supplements can, over long periods of
time, result in cirrhosis of the liver and heart failure.
- Abusive use of calcium over long periods of time can result in
kidney malfunction, calcification of soft tissue within the body, cellular
toxicity and impaired immune function.
- Abusive use of vitamin A over long periods of time can result
in muscle pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, schizophrenia, fever,
liver damage and anemia.
- Abusive use of selenium over long periods of time can result
in nervous system damage.
None of those side effects justify being afraid to use the
substances mentioned. Why? Because the key phrase involved in each one
is "abusive use." When used in
moderation, these substances are not only benign, but extremely beneficial to one’s health and
well-being. But when used to dramatic excess,
they can cause potentially serious health consequences if the abusive use
continues over long periods of time.
It’s exactly the same with colloidal
silver. If you use it in moderation and with common sense, it’s generally
considered to be completely harmless. Thousands
of experiential accounts (and tens of millions of bottles of colloidal silver
sold annually, worldwide) suggest you can use it on a regular daily basis in
small amounts. Or you can use it from
time-to-time on a strictly “as needed” basis in somewhat larger amounts.
But what you cannot
do is use it abusively, every single day, for months and years on end, because
like any other substance, such abusive use can result in problems rather than
To learn more about colloidal silver safety, along with answers to some of the
false charges leveled against colloidal silver from time-to-time, see the
· How Much Colloidal Silver Can You Take Safely
· First Ever Colloidal Silver Human Ingestion
· Is Silver a Toxic “Heavy Metal”?
· Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles Non-Toxic to
Animals Even at 5,000 PPM!
Once Again ZERO Deaths from
Colloidal Silver and Other Supplements
Silver versus Mayo Clinic, WebMD and Other Naysayers
Learn to Make Your Own
Colloidal Silver for Pennies…
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 natural supplements in
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
Of course, people are willing to pay through the nose for
colloidal silver, since it’s safe and natural, and works so well against
infections and related diseases.
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.
Yes, you can make it yourself for its actual cost, and altogether
skip the high mark-ups charged by health food stores!
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own safe,
natural, high-quality colloidal silver at home, for about 36 cents a
quart, here are some additional short articles you might want to take a
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Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible
use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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