A Silly Colloidal Silver Fad You Might Want to Avoid
There seems to be no end to colloidal silver fads.
One of the latest, which I’ll discuss below, is the fad of adding baking soda ash (i.e., washing soda) and corn syrup to your colloidal silver during the colloidal silver-making process, ostensibly in order to produce “true colloidal silver.”
It’s a crock, of course. Pure and simple. And below, I’ll explain precisely why you might want to avoid this silly little fad altogether, and why pure, unadulterated ionic colloidal silver is the absolute best way to go if you’re going to ingest colloidal silver for any reason.
Here’s the straight scoop you won’t find anywhere else…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
One new colloidal silver fad that’s being hyped all over the internet in articles and YouTube videos is what I call the “corn syrup and washing soda fad.”
In this silly fad, you use a use a colloidal silver generator to make the ionic form of colloidal silver. But you add the ash of baking soda (i.e., “washing soda”) to the water as an accelerant.
After you’re done making your batch of washing soda and ionic silver, you then add Karo syrup (corn syrup) and heat up the mixture in a microwave oven in order to trigger it to turn golden brown in color. Alternatively, you can leave the batch setting out for 24 hours until it turns golden brown on its own.
This long, drawn-out and fairly complex process ostensibly allows you to “reduce” ionic silver into what’s being touted as the “superior” metallic form of colloidal silver, which the purveyors of this nonsense erroneously call “true colloidal silver.”
Of course, this is one of the absolute silliest colloidal silver fads I’ve ever seen. First of all, it’s critical to understand that there’s no such thing as “true colloidal silver.” It’s a made-up marketing term. You won’t find it anywhere in the medical, clinical or scientific literature, because it’s a completely fabricated term.
The correct term is simply “metallic silver” or “elemental silver,” because that’s all it is, i.e., particles of raw metal silver.
Let’s Review The Basics:
Why Silver Ions Rule!
To better understand why it’s so ludicrous to turn perfectly good ionic silver into metallic silver before ingesting it, let’s go back to the basics for just a minute:
The silver ion — which is to say, ionic silver — is the active, infection-fighting form of colloidal silver. All true clinical experts agree that it’s the silver ion that kills pathogens. But don’t just take my word for it. For thorough documentation, see this article:
In spite of the fact that ionic silver is clearly and unequivocally the active, infection-fighting form of colloidal silver, what these Karo syrup kooks are saying to do is take your perfectly good ionic silver and use chemical means (i.e., washing soda, Karo syrup and heat) in order to convert the ionic silver into metallic silver before ingesting it.
The problem with doing this is simple: Even if it worked — which it probably doesn’t, as I’ll show you shortly — metallic silver is nevertheless completely inert against pathogens. Indeed, metallic silver has zero infection-fighting qualities.
Again, if you don’t believe me, see the following two articles for complete documentation:
- Rice University Researchers Prove Ionic Silver Kills Pathogens and Not Metallic Silver
- Researchers Again Prove Silver Ions Kill Pathogens, Not Metallic Silver
So what happens when you drink this chemically-produced elemental (metallic) form of colloidal silver you’ve supposedly created by adding washing soda (as an accelerant) and Karo syrup (as a supposed “reducing agent”) to your ionic silver?
Your body then has to go through a long, slow and haphazard process of converting the metallic silver BACK into the ionic form in order for it to kill pathogens. And this can only happen when some of the metal particles of silver you’ve ingested come into contact with oxygen and acidic fluids inside your body, and begin to shed silver ions.
In short, by drinking this homemade “metallic” silver concoction, you’re simply adding an unnecessary burden to the body — i.e., your body has to gradually convert the metal silver particles you’ve ingested back into biologically-active and biologically-available silver ions.
Of course, this long, slow and thoroughly arduous conversion process inside the human body dramatically slows the killing of pathogens, and thereby delays healing.
So the whole idea of using a handful of household chemicals and some heat to convert ionic silver into metallic silver, only for the body to have to convert the metallic silver back to ionic silver so it can kill pathogens, is utterly ridiculous. It’s ludicrous. And frankly, it’s just plain nutty.
After all, studies have shown that the ionic form of colloidal silver, by itself, is up to 10,000 times more effective than the elemental/metallic form. And that’s largely due to the conversion issue I just explained. For documentation, see:
And for a fully detailed overview on the profound healing differences between the superior ionic form of colloidal silver and the inferior elemental (metallic) form, see this web page:
Finally, there’s some additional controversy over this silly fad that I think is important to note:
Many chemistry experts say that the only thing being produced during the first step of the process (when you add washing soda to your water before making colloidal silver with it) is an ionic silver compound composed of silver ions bonded to soda ash, the result of which is silver carbonate, not “colloidal silver.”
And this silver carbonate compound, when heated as instructed along with the added corn syrup, is then further converted into a silver carbonate and corn syrup compound. In essence, you’re giving your colloidal silver a candy coating, much like caramelizing an apple.
Instead of ending up with metallic silver as the purveyors of this fad claim, you actually end up with nothing more than a silver-carbonate-corn-sugar compound that turns golden brown because the resulting silver particles are so large they act like “mirrors” in the water, reflecting and diffusing light from the visible light spectrum.
Yes, it’s these overly-large silver particle compounds that discolor the water, giving it the golden brown appearance that the purveyors of this fad claim is “proof” you’re making “true colloidal silver.”
This discoloration, of course, is a detriment, and not a benefit.
That’s because, whenever your silver particles are so large they can actually reflect and diffuse enough light from the visible light spectrum to discolor the water, it’s going to be extremely difficult for your body to absorb, distribute, utilize and afterwards excrete those excessively large silver particle compounds.
Finally, it’s important to understand that a good, high-quality ionic colloidal silver suspension will always be crystal clear in color. That’s because silver ions are so small they can’t reflect and diffuse light. It’s their extremely small size that makes them very easy for the body to absorb, distribute, utilize and afterwards excrete.
So if you’re getting yellow or golden-colored colloidal silver, you’re producing overly-large silver particle compounds and/or agglomerates that are reflecting light from the visible light spectrum, which in turn discolors your batch of colloidal silver.
All you can do sometimes is just shake your head at the utter ridiculousness of some of these fads. The people touting them don’t even seem to think them through. They apparently just want to draw attention to themselves by coming up with something “new” and “different” regardless of how silly it actually is upon closer examination.
And then people by the thousands unwittingly pass the articles or videos around the internet thinking they’re providing their online friends with the latest inside information, when in reality it’s just a colloidal silver version of “fake news.”
Correctly Made Colloidal Silver
The bottom line is that high-quality colloidal silver can only be made correctly with pure silver electrodes suspended in distilled water.
Running electricity through the silver electrodes while they’re suspended in the distilled water drives billions of sub-microscopic, biologically-active and biologically-available silver ions off the silver electrodes, independently suspending each one in the distilled water with a positive electrical charge.
That’s pure unadulterated ionic colloidal silver – the active, infection-fighting form. It’s the most popular form of colloidal silver in the world today – and has been for over 60 years – for the simple reason that it works best.
NO additives or other adulterants or accelerants should ever be introduced during or after the colloidal silver-making process.
That’s because the electrical current running through the silver electrodes, along with the positive electrical charge on each silver ion, will cause the silver ions to chemically react with the additives and produce overly-large silver compounds and silver particle agglomerates.
And again, let me repeat what should at this point be very obvious to you:
These extra-large silver particle compounds and silver particle agglomerates are extremely difficult for the body to absorb, distribute, utilize and afterwards excrete. They’re not biologically-active. And they’re not biologically-available.
It’s like trying to eat dirt in order to get your daily minerals. It will do you no good whatsoever, because the human body is not equipped to absorb and utilize elemental minerals. It chiefly absorbs and utilizes ionic minerals.
That’s why, when plants absorb elemental minerals from the ground as they grow, the plants slowly convert those elemental minerals into ionic minerals. That’s the only way the human body can effectively utilize the minerals.
If minerals from the ground remained in the elemental (i.e., metallic) state in food plants, you’d end up with severe mineral deficiencies. That’s because the human body is not equipped to effectively utilize elemental minerals. So nature herself converts the elemental minerals into ionic minerals for you, inside the plant, before you harvest and eat it.
That’s why, for the past 60 years, people have used the ionic form of colloidal silver and not the chemically-produced metallic form. Nature’s way is almost always the best way. It’s when man starts hankying around with nature that things go sideways. And this “colloidal silver, washing soda and corn syrup” fad is a great example of that, in my opinion.
Craig Ferguson Said It Best
The late night television comedian Craig Ferguson used to read ridiculous things off the internet, and when his audience would laugh at what he’d just read, he’d look at them incredulously and say, “Well, it must be true…it’s on the internet!”
Of course, he was making fun of the fact that there’s all kinds of nonsense on the internet, and just because something appears online doesn’t make it true.
The “colloidal silver, karo syrup and washing soda” combination is one of the cases where I’d have to agree with Mr. Ferguson, i.e., just because somebody took the time to write an article about it or do a video, doesn’t necessarily make it true.
I’ve been studying and writing about colloidal silver for well over two decades. Indeed, my 547-page book, The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, has been the world’s #1 best-selling book on colloidal silver for over 10 years.
And in that time I’ve seen many, many colloidal silver fads and strange claims being touted by alleged colloidal silver “experts” who seem to come out of the blue. We’ll cover six or eight more of these silly in a future article. So stay tuned.
But just like fad diets which come and go, in like manner colloidal silver fads come into style and go back out of style again, just in time for the next big fad to come along.
What these fads all seem to have in common, to me anyway, is that they usually can’t live up to their own hyped-up claims when you examine the details in light of science and common sense. In my opinion, this is certainly one of those cases.
Where to Obtain High-Quality Colloidal Silver
As I mentioned, the medical and scientific literature clearly demonstrates that unadulterated ionic colloidal silver is the most effective form. So that’s what you want to look for if you’re intent on buying commercial brands of colloidal silver. Get a good ionic brand.
If you’re brand new to colloidal silver usage and are wondering where to buy it, it’s important to know that you can find the ionic form of colloidal silver in just about any well-stocked health food store in America. It’s also available on Amazon and numerous other websites.
But it can be extremely expensive. In fact, because it works so well against numerous forms of infection and disease, colloidal silver has the highest price mark-up of any nutritional supplement in existence.
The amount of actual silver in a four-ounce bottle of colloidal silver is about five to 12 cents worth. (Yes, I said five to twelve cents.) Yet because that small amount of silver is all it takes to decimate so many different kinds of infections, the manufacturers mark it up about 16,000%, charging a whopping $20 or $30 per bottle.
And people are more than willing to pay through the nose for colloidal silver at health food stores because it heals infections and prevents the spread of germs and disease faster and better than anything else on the planet, and because it’s safe and completely natural, to boot!
So, commercially speaking, the retail price of colloidal silver at health food stores reflects its value to the consumer far more so than its true cost to produce. But here’s the good news:
Make Your Own High-Quality
Colloidal Silver for Pennies!
As I mentioned, typical health food store prices for colloidal silver can range from $20 to $30 for a tiny, four-ounce bottle.
But with a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you can make your own safe, pure, high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver for about 36 cents a quart! In other words, you can make it at actual cost, just like the big colloidal silver bottlers do.
Compared to typical health food store prices, your first two one-quart batches literally pay for the entire cost of your new generator! Do you know of any other health product that literally pays for itself the very first few times you use it? The savings are absolutely astonishing!
In fact, by making your own high-quality colloidal silver with a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you’ll be as close to having FREE colloidal silver as you can get, and for the rest of your life!
You’ll never have to pay those exorbitant health food store prices again!
The new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator is now the world’s #1 best-selling colloidal silver generator. Here are just a few reasons why you should own one…
- It pays for itself after your very first batch or two — your total cost to make your first one-quart batch is about 36 cents, compared to the $240 you’d pay at a health food store if you bought an equivalent amount (i.e., eight of those little 4-ounce bottles they normally sell for $30 apiece)!
- Safe, simple to operate…No special skills needed…You just set the handy timer, plug it in, walk away, and three hours later you have a perfect batch of therapeutic quality micro-particle colloidal silver…every time! Here’s a short pictorial demonstrating how astonishingly easy it is to use a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge:
- Produces uncommonly small silver micro-particles as low as .8 nm. That’s a fraction of a single nanometer. Compare that to health food store colloidal silver which can contain silver particles as large as 200 nm to 1,000 nm (or even larger), and you’ll see why micro-particle colloidal silver is the very best there is! Smaller particles mean your body can absorb and utilize up to 99% of the colloidal silver you take, compared to maybe 30% or 40% with many health food store brands!
- Runs on standard household electricity, but uses less power than a tiny Christmas tree bulb – you won’t even see a blip on your electric bill!
- Produces uniform, crystal clear batches every single time that store for months, or even years, without losing potency!
- Cannot produce silver chloride or unsafe substances – you get pure, therapeutic-quality micro-particle colloidal silver every time!
Just read through some of the testimonials below to see for yourself how you’ll save literally thousands of dollars per year by making your own colloidal silver with your brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge!
Here’s what one customer recently wrote to tell us:
“Owning a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge has given us the luxury of being able to use high-quality colloidal silver any time we need it. And we never have to worry about the costs because it only costs a few pennies per quart to make! It is without a doubt the single-best money-saving appliance in my entire house!
Best of all, the machine is very easy to use, and easy to store. I was concerned about ease-of-use, but my fears were unfounded. After I got mine and used it, I immediately bought one and sent it to my 83 year old mom, and she uses it regularly as well.
Now that I have a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, I can use colloidal silver for everything — disinfecting the kitchen sinks, countertops, and the cutting board… spraying the toilet bowls, and the bathroom countertops and sinks… spraying it on my toothbrush to prevent bacterial growth…rinsing my mouth with it to prevent cavities and gum disease…you name it.
I even put it in the laundry rinse cycle when I do my linens, towels and kitchen rags, so I don’t have to wash them as frequently. It really keeps them fresh, and there’s never any mold or mildew anywhere in our house.
I also put some in the cat’s water bowl each day, and the dog’s too. We use it in the bathtub for skin problems. And of course we drink it when our tummies are queasy, or when we feel a cold or flu coming on. We also gargle with it in order to get rid of sore throats, and sniff it up our noses to get rid of sinus problems.
My husband even sprays it on his hair in the mornings, and has completely eliminated his lifelong dandruff problem. And he sprays a little bit in his eyes from time to time, and now has no more recurrent problems with sties.”
— K. Sullivan, NM
And here’s what another happy customer wrote to say about the tremendous savings she’s achieved by no longer having to purchase her colloidal silver through health food stores:
“We make a quart of colloidal silver at least once a week with the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from the Silver Edge. I finally sat down and figured out how much this machine has been saving us. By making our own colloidal silver we’ve saved $11,503.20 this year alone, compared to the cost of colloidal silver at our local health food store.
The cost for colloidal silver at our local health food store is $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle. But with my Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, I can make eight times that amount (i.e., a full quart) for about 35 cents total cost.
If I were to purchase a quart of colloidal silver at the health food store, which would be eight of those tiny, four-ounce bottles, the cost would be a whopping $240 (i.e., 8 x $30 = $240) compared to the 35 cents I now spend to make a full quart!
Here’s the breakdown of our costs to make a full quart of colloidal silver with our Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator: It costs us about a dollar for a gallon of steam-distilled water at Walmart. So a quart of the steam-distilled water costs about 25 cents. And I estimate we use maybe a nickel’s worth of electricity and maybe another nickel’s worth of silver from the silver rods for every one-quart batch of colloidal silver we make. So that’s 35 cents a quart, all told, for each quart of micro-particle colloidal silver we make!
And frankly, considering how long the .999 fine silver rods have lasted (over a year and a half, so far, for the most recent set), I think it’s probably even cheaper than that. But it’s the lifetime savings we’ve experienced that’s just mind-boggling to me.
For example, we’ve had our Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver unit for nearly five years now. And as I mentioned we make one quart per week, and we spend about 35 cents a week on making colloidal silver.
This means we save about $239.65 a week by not having to purchase a quart’s worth of colloidal silver at our local health food store. So do the math: In just one month, the savings is $958.60…in one year, the savings is $11,503.20…and in five years we’ve saved approximately $57,516.00!
When you put pencil to paper and figure it out, it definitely takes you by surprise. You just think ‘No way. I must have multiplied that wrong.’
But it’s true. The savings is legitimately well over $11,000 a year over health food store prices for colloidal silver, if you make and use a quart of colloidal silver a week like we do! And we reap that incredible savings from the very reasonable $250 investment we made in purchasing our Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator.
In their advertising literature, The Silver Edge says the unit completely pays for itself after your first couple of one-quart batches. But really, that’s quite an understatement when you realize the true extent of your savings!
Of course, once you start making your own colloidal silver with a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you don’t really think about how much you’re saving compared to health food store prices, because it just becomes a normal part of your everyday life. But the savings is nevertheless astonishing when you reflect on it.
What’s especially nice is being able to produce a significantly higher-quality colloidal silver than what’s generally available to the public through health food stores, especially at such a tiny, tiny fraction of the cost.”
— Marie Wilkey, SC
The Bottom Line…
With a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you’ll never again have to pay exorbitant health food store or internet vendor prices for high-quality colloidal silver!
Indeed, your first batch or two will indeed completely pay for the entire cost of your generator, compared to health food store prices!
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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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