Can Humans Actually Have a Deficiency in Silver?
Some self-proclaimed experts say there is no such thing as having a “silver deficiency”, because, in their view, the human body has no specific use for silver.
However, many cutting edge researchers strongly disagree, noting that incidences of illness and disease among the general population have skyrocketed simultaneous to the steep decline in the silver content of foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Here’s what you need to know…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
As you might already know, colloidal silver is a completely natural, liquid mineral supplement found in almost every health food store in North America. It is much like mineral water, except that in this case, the only minerals in the water are tiny, sub-microscopic particles of pure silver.
Most people take colloidal silver to cure infections, boost immunity and prevent colds, flu and other infections.
Pure silver, by itself, has been known for thousands of years to have powerful, broad-spectrum infection-fighting qualities. So when the process for making colloidal silver was discovered in the late 1800s, shortly after Edison harnessed electricity, it immediately became a popular natural infection-fighting agent, used both topically on cuts, burns and infections, and internally as a remedy for a wide variety of infectious diseases.
Numerous medical studies were conducted on colloidal silver throughout the early 1900s, and the substance was used in hospitals and laboratories around the world, in a wide variety of forms, to help fight infection and disease. Studies documenting its phenomenal infection-fighting qualities were written up in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the British medical journal Lancet, and many others. Indeed, as far back as 1919, chemist Alfred B. Searle, author of The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease, had written:
“Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.”
But did you know that in decades past, food crops were relatively much higher in silver content – especially wheat and other grains, as well as fruits and vegetables?
In research you’ll read about below from the 1940s, it was found that sources of food and even our drinking water contained significant trace levels of the mineral silver.
Essentially, the research indicates human intake of small amounts of silver through food and drinking water was, in times past, dramatically higher than it is today.
How Silver Intake
Boosts Health and Well-Being
This is vital to understand because clinical studies have shown that small amounts of silver circulating in the body boost immunity by triggering the infection-fighting capacity of white blood cells, as well as by increasing the body’s production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
As a mineral, silver also acts much like iron, carrying nascent oxygen on its surface throughout the human body and bringing it directly into our body’s cells and tissues in order to help clean out dead cells and oxygenate live cells.
Plus, silver itself is antimicrobial. In other words, it kills pathogens. In fact, it’s the world’s most powerful natural infection-fighting agent. And it just happens to be a safe, natural mineral in the same class as iron, zinc, copper, chromium and other beneficial minerals.
These facts have led many cutting edge researchers to conclude that in years past the relatively high levels of the mineral silver in our food and drinking water helped maintain our health and well-being and protected us against infection and related infectious diseases, as well.
No Longer the Case
But this natural protective barrier provided by silver against infectious illness is no longer valid. That’s because silver levels in food crops and drinking water have plummeted precipitously over the past 75 years, and continue to plummet.
You see, as I’ll show you directly below, modern farming practices have left our farming soil stripped bare of its previous levels of silver. What’s more, any trace levels of silver left in our drinking water are neutralized by the toxic chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia and bromine now used as disinfectants in municipal drinking water systems.
One of the earliest clinical studies reporting specifically on silver content in the foods we eat was conducted in 1940, by researcher R.A. Kehoe of UCLA. This study reported that an average daily intake of fruit and vegetables would provide between 50-100 mcg of silver as trace elements.
But by 1975 the amount of silver found in our diet – both food and water together – had dropped to staggeringly low levels. In fact, it just about fell off the scale. Researchers found it necessary to use picograms (one trillionth of a gram) as the unit of measurement of silver in food and water instead micrograms (one millionth of a gram).
As shown in the “Report of the Task Group on Reference Man” by clinical researcher W.S. Snyder, by 1975 the average daily human dietary intake (including fluids) of silver was estimated to be a paltry 70 pg/day.
Yes, in just the 35 years between 1940 and 1975, silver levels in foods and drinking water plunged from being measured in millionths of a gram to trillionths of a gram. In other words, barely perceptible amounts.
This is indeed a startling drop in the silver content of our food crops and drinking water.
But that’s nothing. By 1989 when the comprehensive 749-page book “Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk” was published – documenting the content of vitamins, minerals and other trace elements in foods and explaining their value to our health – silver was no longer even mentioned as one of the trace elements being found in food.
Deficiency in Silver Connected to Possible Drop in Immunity?
Could this dramatic drop in the silver content of food and water have led to an overall deficiency in silver?
Could it possibly explain why, in decades past, people often went for years, and sometimes even for decades without getting a cold or experiencing flu or pneumonia?
Could it help explain why today most people end up with some kind of cold, flu or other upper respiratory infection two or three times a year?
Could it explain why the rate children’s ear infections are now off-the-charts? Or why the rate of infections from vector-borne disease – i.e., insects like ticks, mosquitoes, flies, fleas and mites – has more than doubled in recent decades, with diseases like Lyme disease now reaching epidemic proportions?
Could it explain why deaths from common stomach infections – food poisoning and other related infections – have risen by 200% in recent years? Or why the CDC now admits that annual deaths from flu and pneumonia have reached “epidemic levels”?
Could it explain the dramatic rise in Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Fibromyalgia? Or why systemic Candida yeast infections are now so endemic in the population?
Finally, can it explain why so many tens of millions of people now suffer from low immunity and frequent infectious disease? In short, can the staggering drop over the past 75 years in the silver content of our foods and drinking water explain why it’s so darn easy to get sick these days?
Silver’s Profoundly Beneficial Effects
While the FDA claims there’s no relationship whatsoever between human intake of silver and improved health, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., former surgeon and clinical researcher at Syracuse Medical University, vehemently disagreed.
As one of the pioneers of modern research into the healing benefits of electrically generated silver, Dr. Becker wrote that his studies had led him to believe that the lower one’s bodily silver levels are, the more sickness and disease one is likely to have. He wrote:
“While analyzing hair samples and questioning the parties involved, I noticed the correlation between low silver levels and sickness.
People who showed low silver levels in their hair analysis were frequently sick. They seemed to have innumerable colds, flu, fevers, and various other sicknesses.
I believe that a silver deficiency may be the key to the improper function of the immune system.”
Silver Deficiency = Impaired Immunity
Many researchers over the years have found indications that prove silver does indeed play an important role in our health and immunity, and deficiency in silver impairs our immune system.
Dr. Becker also noticed a correlation between low silver levels and length of illness. Dr. Becker found that people who had low levels of silver (determined through hair analysis) experienced illnesses that also lasted much longer than people who had higher levels of silver. He believed a silver deficiency related to this as well.
In his best-selling book The Body Electric, and in his other writings, Dr. Becker reported that silver was doing something more than just killing disease-causing organisms. It was also stimulating immune response in humans. He concluded that silver deficiency leads to the improper functioning of the immune system.
He also noticed that silver was responsible for major growth stimulation of injured tissues as silver is a catalyst for the creation of healthy, new cells. Burn patients and even elderly patients achieved rapid healing of damaged tissue with the aid of electrically generated silver ions. In addition, he discovered that cancer cells could be changed back to normal cells when directly treated with electrically generated silver ions.
What’s more, Dr. Becker was not the only one to notice the relationship between silver levels and health. For example, cancer research scientist Dr. Gary Smith also reported a correlation between low silver levels, sickness and immune deficiency.
Silver and Cancer Cells
Dr. Smith found that people who have low silver levels tend to be frequently sick and to have innumerable colds, flus, fevers, and other illnesses. He states;
“Success (in cancer treatment) depends on silver in the person’s body. When silver is present, the cancer cells dedifferentiate and the body is restored. When silver levels are non-existent, the cancer growth rate continues because the cells cannot dedifferentiate…I suspect a silver deficiency is possibly one of the reasons cancer exists and is increasing at such a rapid rate.”
Essentially what Dr. Smith is saying is this: If there is enough silver in our system, cancer cells – which are mutated cells – will dedifferentiate back to a normal cell. He further suggests that lack of silver in our diets may be at least partially responsible for the increases in cancer we see today.
This is not an unreasonable hypothesis and would also explain the great results that other doctors who use silver to treat cancer have had. For example, Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom of the Karolinsky Institute in Sweden has been using silver in his cancer treatments for many years, and has had great success. He claims silver frequently brought rapid remission in patients who were previously given up on by other doctors.
The research of Drs. Becker, Smith, Nordstrom and others clearly indicate a direct relationship between silver levels in the body and illness. It also illuminates silver’s near-miraculous ability to reverse cancer in certain cases, and accelerate the healing of injured tissue.
Even More Experts on Colloidal Silver’s Health Benefits…
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., of the famous Tahoma Clinic in Washington State, agrees, stating that silver boosts the ability of white blood cells to destroy germs. As stated in his article, “Stop Supergerms in Their Tracks with One Powerful Silver Bullet”:
“In 1909, the Journal of the American Medical Association was the first medical journal to point out that colloidal silver could actually increase our immune cells’ phagocytic index.
In the past few years, more studies have shown that silver ions greatly enhance the essential second part of the phagocytic index – the part where the germ is digested by our immune cells.
This is brought about because silver ions increase the “digesting juices” (what you know as hydrogen peroxide) of these immune cells so they’re better able to destroy pathogens.”
And as the famous Dr. Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND and Ma Lan, MD, MSb, and author of Rare Earths, Forbidden Cures has stated:
“Silver has been employed in human health care and in the search for immortality since the days of the Chinese alchemist 8,000 years ago. Many feel that silver is in fact an essential element, not because it is required for an enzyme system, but rather as a systemic disinfectant and immune system support.”
What’s more, according to clinical researcher V. Edwards-Jones, writing in Letters in Applied Microbiology, in an article titled, “The Benefits of Silver in Hygiene, Personal Care and Healthcare”:
“Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent to reduce bio-burden and prevent infection…Increasing evidence of improved antimicrobial activity of nanoparticles of silver and possible dual immunomodulatory effects are exciting.”
Dr. Kent Holtorf, of the Holtorf Medical Group, agrees, stating that in spite of FDA protests to the contrary, silver may well indeed be a natural component of the human immune system:
“There is evidence that silver is a natural critical component of our immune system and that low tissue levels associated with a dietary deficiency may result in a relatively weakened immune system, making one more prone to infection.”
And finally, as Dr. Ron Surowitz, head of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, has stated:
“…It’s interesting how many of my patients with infections improve so rapidly with the use of Colloidal Silver. It enhances the immune system whereas prescription antibiotic drugs tend to cause Candida yeast overgrowth…”
So in spite of some self-proclaimed experts’ long-stated contention that silver has no benefit in the human body, many cutting edge researchers believe that intake of small daily dietary amounts of silver work to keep us well by boosting immunity and oxygenating our cells and tissues while simultaneously helping prevent the over-colonization of the body by infectious microbes.
Learn More About Colloidal Silver
If you’re new to colloidal silver and are wondering what else it might be used for, where to obtain it and how to use it, here are some resources you might want to look into:
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And one of the fastest and easiest ways to learn about the different health issues colloidal silver is routinely used for –and to learn how others use it successfully for different conditions – is to read through the detailed, real-life colloidal silver success stories at this link.
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