Can Colloidal Silver Help With COPD?
Many readers have written to ask if colloidal silver can be used for the very serious lung disease commonly called COPD, which stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Said to be the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, COPD is basically an umbrella term used to cover chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, emphysema and other serious lung diseases in which the lungs themselves are damaged, breathing becomes difficult and laborious, and lung infections set in easily.
While there’s absolutely zero clinical research for using colloidal silver for COPD, there have been a number of reports from people with COPD who claim that inhaling a little bit of colloidal silver into their lungs several times a week using a medical nebulizer has resulted in dramatically lowered rate of infection and as a result, a dramatically increased quality of life.
Let’s take a look at some of the anecdotal accounts, keeping in mind that such accounts are not “proof” of effectiveness or safety, but certainly contribute to the growing body of evidence that more clinical work on this subject needs to be done…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
I’m not a doctor. So I can’t “prescribe” what anyone should or should not do for their health or medical issues.
As a natural health journalist of over 35 years, I can only report what I’ve experienced, or what others tell me they’ve experienced, or what the medical or popular literature states.
So in the following article you’ll find a number of testimonials I’ve received, or have found online, from people with COPD who have used colloidal silver in a medical nebulizer to help mitigate lung infections and boost their quality of life. Here’s one:
“Before I started using Colloidal Silver (3 years ago) I had pneumonia every month for a year. Since I have been using it, I haven’t had one bout of pneumonia. I am 77 and have COPD.”
— Annette M
Here’s another interesting first-hand account from one of my readers:
“I’ve been using Colloidal Silver for 3 years now. I have C.O.P.D. When I was first diagnosed they said I was going into stage 4. My lungs were almost full.
But the last test they did, they said it is only at the bottom of my lungs, and they asked me what I did to bring the infection down.
So I told them, Ionic Colloidal Silver in my nebulizer with about a pinch of natural sea salt, not Iodized, only natural.”
Another gentleman who had to take powerful antibiotic drugs four to six times a year for lung infections told me he hasn’t had to take any antibiotics for a year now, since he started nebulizing very small amounts of colloidal silver. Here’s an excerpt from one of his previous emails to me:
“I have CVID/COPD and have been taking colloidal silver for 8 months on an ‘as needed’ basis (6cc via nebulizer) to keep my lung infections under control. ZERO antibiotics needed.
Prior to that I had to take antibiotics like TOBI, Doxycycline and Levaquin as many as 200 days a year, for years, to fight off lung infections. Also Prednisone. But ZERO drugs since 6/11/2012.
Just last Saturday I was out in the cool air for awhile and woke up with a sore throat and lung congestion starting up. I took 4 doses of colloidal silver via my nebulizer on Sunday and also drank 2 oz. of colloidal silver on Sunday and another one today.
All cleared up so far. I take a little sip (about 1/4 of the ounce) and swish it around, gargle it, and hold it under my tongue for several minutes. Repeat 3 more times. 1 oz am, 1 oz pm. Nobody can tell me it doesn’t work.”
Here’s a testimonial from a person with COPD who ingested colloidal silver orally, and used it in an inhaler, to find his lungs “free and clear” of infection “for the first time in years”:
“Steve, your Colloidal Silver Secrets DVD was very informative and balanced. I know from personal experience that colloidal silver works. For me it has cured a sinus infection within a few days by putting it in my nose with a dropper.
But even more impressive than that I can tell you that it cured an acute breathing problem (COPD) I had for years. You see I have very little natural defense against airborne pathogens. I am a carrier of a rare genetic disorder called Alpha-One Antitrypsin deficiency.
That means, in short, my lungs don’t get enough Alpha one protein to protect them from airborne pathogens and pollutants. For years I had bouts with shortness of breath.
This past winter it got real bad. I decided to put colloidal silver to the test. To make it a lot cheaper, I decided to buy a colloidal silver generator and started making it.
For a couple months I drank 4-8 ounces a day of 10ppm. I also inhaled about a half ounce a day. I’m happy to say that for the first time in years my lungs are clear. I feel like a new man.
I have now cut back to just drinking an ounce or two a day now. I’m not a doctor and so I’m not giving medical advice. But I can say with certainty that colloidal silver works from my own personal experience.”
Personally, I think the “4 to 8 ounces a day” the above individual says he drank for “a couple of months” was overkill. Based on other anecdotal accounts I’ve seen, he probably could have achieved the same results with much less orally ingested silver.
But then, I’m not a doctor, and I don’t have COPD and have therefore never had to use colloidal silver for it. I’m only reporting on what others have said. Based on reader accounts I’ve seen, nebulizing colloidal silver into the lungs at the first sign of infection seems to be the most effective way.
More Eye-Opening Testimonials
Another testimonial, this one from the internet, reads as follows:
“Colloidal Silver has been a boon to me since my father is suffering from COPD.
The biggest problem being the infection in the lungs by Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteria which is very difficult to treat and occurs during the winter season every year.
Though the lung damage from COPD is mostly irreversible, controlling infection plays an important role in reducing the progress. Indeed, the most important thing to do is to control infection.
I give my father a nebulization treatment using 10 ppm colloidal silver for 15 minutes, 2 times a day presently, which I plan to stop when the winter has passed.
Also, I give him a spoonful of colloidal silver. If kept in the mouth for 2 minutes and then swallowed it will clean all the germs in the mouth and be absorbed in the blood stream. Finding colloidal silver in India is next to impossible so I make my colloidal silver myself.”
And finally, our good friend and natural health journalist Tony Isaacs writes, in an article entitled “Addressing COPD Naturally”:
“There are, in fact, many reports of success against COPD using various treatments and herbs. For example, one report on one of the internet’s most popular alternative healing websites, CureZone, detailed how a man was able to reverse his COPD entirely by consistently nebulizing multiple times a day with colloidal silver for almost two years.”
And another online testimonial, this one from the website of the British Lung Foundation, states:
“I’m trying out nebulizing Colloidal Silver for my COPD. It seems to be doing a much greater job at alleviating the cause of my COPD which is infection and inflammation then bronchodilators.
Bronchodilators only give temporary relief of inflammation but doesn’t treat infection and some bronchodilators actually make you more prone to chest infection which is leathel for COPD.
My improvements include, higher SPO2, unproductive cough ceased, wheezing ceased, and bronchioles are no longer inflamed.”
However, the administrator of the British Lung Foundation site chimed in on that testimonial to say, “Please note that whilst we do allow discussions of alternative treatments on the forum, BLF have no knowledge of any research being done on this form of treatment in the UK. It isn’t in any guidelines that they are aware of, nor would they ever recommend anyone tries a treatment like this when it hasn’t been recommended by their consultant.”
One Last Testimonial on Using Colloidal Silver for COPD
Her testimonial account is quite eye-opening. Here’s what she had to say:
“Over 10 years ago, me and my family lived in a house that had bad structural damp and mold problems. At the time, we lived there we did not know the full extent of the problem.
After a period of time, I developed a series of health issues, specifically lung and respiratory illness called COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The doctors placed me on a number of inhalers and steroids to try and minimize the damage caused.
This in turn actually made things worse rather than better. I experienced mood changes/swings, weight gain, period issues and actually felt like the medication was just masking the symptoms rather than curing them.
At the time, we consulted our landlords (Manchester City Council) who sent surveyors round on multiple occasions and did absolutely nothing until it got to the point where we took legal advice and a solicitor took on the case resulting in a compensation payout and forcing the council to rectify the issues with the house which ultimately resulted in us moving home.
This August, 2016 I started using the Bob Beck’s Zapper and colloidal silver in combination. Came off all of the four inhalers the doctors were so adamant that I use. I was told if I was to stop using them, I would have only years left to live.
After being on the on the Zapper and silver for only two weeks, I attended the doctors surgery for my routine airways check and the results where 99.9% clear. The doctor was stunned.
My question is this: Why is this not being used on a mass scale when it is proven to work, as I can attest myself.
My quality of life has dramatically changed. I’ve been able to do things I’ve not been able to do for years. I can walk long distances without losing breath or having to constantly stop to recover and my general wellbeing has never been better.
I have been making my own Colloidal Silver at home for the past 3 months and will be using it with any sessions with the Bob Beck’s Zapper to anybody who wishes an alternative to antibiotics.”
Finally, according to natural health author Jay Geary, “Colloidal Silver is very helpful for COPD patients, especially in those suffering from chest infections. Patients claim that by using it in their inhaler as soon as their sputum changes from clear to yellow, it keeps the infection from advancing any further.”
As you can see, plenty of people are reporting very good results using colloidal silver with a medical nebulizer for COPD, in particular for helping mitigate the chronic infections that are such a big part of the disease, and can increase the already-existing lung damage.
At the very least, it appears to help reduce the number and severity of recurrent infections that are an integral part of COPD for most sufferers of this dread disease.
Why Are Prescription COPD Medications So Expensive?
While colloidal silver can be made at home for just a few cents per dose, the monthly costs of prescription COPD medications can leave many COPD sufferers in a state of financial limbo.
According to an article published on the website of the National Public Radio, titled “Many COPD Patients Struggle to Pay for Each Breath,” people on fixed incomes are particularly bitten, financially, by the high cost of prescription COPD drugs.
The article, discussing the case of one women having trouble affording her prescription COPD medications on a fixed income, states:
“An estimated 1 in 9 Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
And, in 2014, COPD was the third-leading cause of death in the country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Inhalers like Spiriva and Advair account for billions in Medicare spending each year. Yet, even if they are only responsible for monthly copays, many enrollees like Milton can’t afford their inhalers.
Milton depends on free samples provided by her doctor for her prescription of one inhaler, Breo Ellipta, but the supply is limited, so she regularly skips one of the two daily doses.”
The article goes on to say that prices for prescription COPD medications are so high in the U.S., many COPD sufferers have to buy their prescription drugs from overseas:
“Retiree Ken Wagar, who lives in Winter Haven, Fla., buys his inhalers overseas.
Instead of paying Medicare copays of more than $500 for three-month supplies of Advair and Spiriva, Wagar pays $248 for the same amount of Advair and $73 for Spiriva.
‘It’s common and easy,’ says Wagar, 68. ‘You have to order in advance because it takes a while to ship. … You do what you have to do.'”
And of course, doctors are finally noting how the rising costs of COPD drugs are affecting their patients, frequently causing them to have to cut their dosages in half just to be able to afford the drugs:
“…Across the country, doctors who treat COPD say costs are a common problem for patients.
Dr. David Mannino at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health says some patients cut pills in half or take a prescription once a day instead of twice, just to save money.
… And prices have only increased since 2006. Spiriva’s list price has jumped 31 percent the past five years to $368 for a 30-day supply, according to drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim. And Breo Ellipta’s price has risen 20 percent since 2013 to $321.74 a month, according to drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.”
That’s a sad commentary on the greed that seems to be inherent in the big pharmaceutical companies today, who often produce the drugs for pennies, only to sell them for hundreds of dollars per month.
And while colloidal silver is not by any stretch of the imagination a replacement for prescription COPD drugs, its cost is astonishingly low by comparison.
In fact, a single nebulizing session with colloidal silver might only cost a few pennies to thirty or forty cents depending upon whether one makes their own colloidal silver or buys the more expensive commercial colloidal silver products.
(See the end of this article for more information on making colloidal silver for just pennies per quart.)
Other Lung Diseases
Cystic Fibrosis is another disease that affects the lungs severely and causes frequent infections in the lungs. So it should be no surprise to find that colloidal silver has been found to be helpful for this lung disease, as well.
In fact, in this case, some startled doctors reported in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine that they’d witnessed a case in which a young Cystic Fibrosis victim was able to get over his antibiotic-resistant lung infections using colloidal silver. See the article about this doctor’s report at the following link:
What’s more, colloidal silver has also been demonstrated, anecdotally, to be helpful for other lung and upper respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma and the inflammation that comes with them, as brand new research has demonstrated these conditions are often caused by hidden Pseudomonas infections. You can read more in the following article:
Finally, here’s an in-depth article on using colloidal silver in a nebulizer, with pros and cons, as well as a doctor’s recommendations for general dosage:
I urge readers considering the use of colloidal silver in a medical nebulizer for lung conditions to read the article carefully, for the pros and cons it outlines, as well as for the doctor’s recommendations that are spelled out therein.
And of course, be sure to run everything by your specialist, first, so he or she knows what you’re doing and can monitor your condition and suggest adjustments in dosage if needed.
One Final Thought: Vinpocetine for COPD
As a side note to this article, a relatively safe, natural nutritional supplement called Vinpocetine has recently been recommended for COPD, by none other than the University of Rochester Medical Center. Here’s what they had to say:
“In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center were the first to find that Vinpocetine, a natural product derived from the periwinkle plant, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
…Results of the study show that Vinpocetine greatly reduces inflammation, and, unlike steroids, does not cause severe side effects.
‘What is extremely exciting and promising about these findings is Vinpocetine’s excellent safety profile,’ said Chen Yan, Ph.D., associate professor within the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Medical Center and a senior author of the study.
‘Previously, most drugs tested in this area have failed, not because of a lack of efficacy, but because of safety issues. We’re very encouraged by these results and believe Vinpocetine has great potential for the treatment of COPD and other inflammatory diseases.’
Vinpocetine is a well-known natural product that was originally discovered nearly 30 years ago and is currently used as a dietary supplement for the prevention and treatment of cognitive disorders, such as stroke and memory loss, in Europe, Japan and China.
The therapy has no evidence of toxicity or noticeable side effects in human patients. Scientists at the University of Rochester hope to reposition this compound as an anti-inflammatory agent for the treatment of COPD, and potentially other inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, otitis media, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis and psoriasis in the future.”
— University of Rochester Medical Center
So based on the University of Rochester Medical Center’s statement, Vinpocetine appears to help reduce the lung inflammation that’s an integral part of COPD. And based on the anecdotal accounts noted above, colloidal silver seems to help mitigate the infections that are such an integral part of COPD.
It would be great if, sometime in the future, clinical researchers would test the use of Vinpocetine and colloidal silver together, against the use of prescription COPD drugs, to see if they’re comparable in effect. The cost of the colloidal silver is only pennies per dose. And the cost of the Vinpocetine is only about 30 cents a capsule.
For more information on this topic, here’s a longer article titled “Research Shows Vinpocetine Helps Fight Inflammation.”
As an aside, therapeutic-quality Vinpocetine from Europe can be found online, relatively inexpensively, at this link.
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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
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
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