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. Here’s what you need to know…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
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 worldwide.
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.”
What’s more, 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 drinking water.
- 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.
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 adverse effects.”
– Dartmouth University Toxic Metals Research Program
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 benefits.
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 following articles:
Learn to 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 natural 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 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 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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