Colloidal Silver: The Silver Bullet for Drug-Resistant Fungal Infections
Colloidal silver has been demonstrated, both in clinical studies and in hundreds of anecdotal accounts, to be highly effective against fungal pathogens. In one study, for example, silver proved to be even more effective against pathogenic fungi than the most popular anti-fungal drug, fluconazole.
But now, a brand new threat is emerging: drug-resistant fungal infections. And of course, the question is, might colloidal silver prove to be effective against the drug-resistant fungal pathogens, as well?
Thankfully, the answer is already known. Let’s take a look:
Drug-Resistant Fungal Infections Killing Thousands
According to an article published on The Conversation website, drug-resistant fungal infections are on the rise, and thousands of folks are dying annually from these infections.
The article’s author, Cornelius J. Clancy, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Mycology at University of Pittsburgh, wrote:
“Ninety percent of fungal strains are now resistant to fluconazole, the frontline antifungal in many countries; 30% are resistant to two antifungal classes; and between 3% and 5% to all antifungals.
Candida fungi are now the third-leading cause of sepsis and other life-threatening infections in U.S. hospitals…deeply invasive Candida auris and other drug-resistant Candida infections are similar in severity, resulting in the death of 40% of patients.”
Another interesting fact the article points out is that it’s very difficult for researchers to develop effective new antifungal drugs because yeast and mold cells are so closely related, genetically, to humans, that the antifungal drugs end up damaging human cells!
So, what’s the solution?
According to the above article, ongoing research funded by “various U.S. government agencies” could one day yield new antifungal drugs. Health care facilities are also being taught to operate “stewardship programs” designed to “reduce inappropriate prescribing and development of resistance.”
Translation: Nothing for the foreseeable future is being done about the drug-resistant fungus crisis.
But…what if there’s already a proven yet overlooked solution to today’s growing drug-resistant fungal crisis? And what if it’s both safe and natural, to boot, and unlike prescription anti-fungal drugs, does not harm healthy human cells at all? And what if you can find it in just about any local health food store?
Enter Silver: the Fast-Acting Fungicide
Naturally, I’m talking about colloidal silver (aka nanosilver) – the world’s most powerful natural infection-fighting agent.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency points out in their “State of the Science Literature Review” on nanosilver:
“Nanosilver is an effective, fast-acting fungicide against a broad spectrum of common fungi including genera such as Aspergillus, Candida, and Saccharomyces.”
Of course, this information is nothing new.
After all, as far back as 1976 Dr. Robert O. Becker M.D. did clinical research at Syracuse Medical University proving that silver ions (such as those found in colloidal silver) were highly antifungal, even at concentrations under 2 ppm. For confirmation, read Dr. Becker’s study, Antifungal Properties of Electrically Generated Metallic Ions.
2 Newer Studies:
Silver Beats Drug-Resistant Fungi
What’s more, brand new clinical research has completely confirmed Dr. Becker’s earlier work from the 70’s. For example, the following 2018 study helps demonstrate that silver is indeed the answer to drug-resistant fungi:
- Silver Nanoparticles Affected Multiple Cellular Targets Crucial for Drug Resistance and Pathogenicity in the Fungal Cells
According to the study authors, after testing silver nanoparticles against a drug-resistant species of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans, a concentration of 40 ppm silver nanoparticles, in the size range of 10-30 nm, inhibited the growth of the fungal organisms by a whopping 90%.
The researchers wrote:
“Our results demonstrated that silver nanoparticles induced dose-dependent intracellular ROS which exerted antifungal effects; however, even scavenging ROS by antioxidant could not offer protection from silver nanoparticle mediated killing.
Treatment with silver nanoparticles altered surface morphology, cellular ultrastructure, membrane microenvironment, membrane fluidity, ergosterol content, and fatty acid composition, especially oleic acid.”
In other words, the silver particles penetrated the fungal cells and began to release reactive oxygen species (similar to the effect of hydrogen peroxide) which began to kill the fungi.
What’s more, when the researchers added an antioxidant to the mix, in order to neutralize the reactive oxygen species being released by the silver in order to determine if it was the only mechanism responsible for the death of the fungal cells, they noted that the fungal cells continued to die in the presence of the silver, anyway.
This means that silver’s effectiveness against drug-resistant fungi is multi-pronged, i.e., based on more than one mechanism of action.
Finally, the researchers state that the silver nanoparticles corrupted the surface membrane of the fungal cells, and then continued to corrupt the internal structure of the cells, leading to cellular death.
The researchers concluded that the silver nanoparticles “affected multiple cellular targets crucial for drug resistance and pathogenicity in the fungal cells.”
In other words, unlike prescription antifungal drugs, the silver targeted and attacked the very parts and mechanisms of the fungal pathogens that are responsible for drug resistance!
Finally, the researchers stated that what they’d discover “might emerge as a new paradigm for developing nano silver-based therapy for clinical applications in fungal therapeutics.” In other words, silver-based anti-fungal drugs might one day replace Big Pharma’s failing prescription anti-fungal drugs.
Of course, you don’t have to wait until Big Pharma finally gets around to turning silver into a drug. Safe, natural colloidal silver can be found in just about any health food store.
We’ll discuss where to find colloidal silver in just a minute. But first, here’s info on one more important clinical study demonstrating silver to be a powerfully effective key to the drug-resistant fungal crisis:
Silver Also Makes Antifungal Drugs Work Better!
Let’s take a quick look at another recent study, this one from 2016:
- Evaluation of Improved Antifungal Activity of Fluconazole – Silver Nanoconjugate Against Pathogenic Fungi
In the Abstract to the above study, the researchers wrote:
“Opportunistic fungi such as Candida albicans and Trichophyton rubrum are becoming more resistant to antifungal agents due to their extensive usage.
And research on new antifungal agents has become imperative due to marked increase in the resistance to antifungal agents such as Fluconazole and Ampotericin B in these fungi.
…In this prospective, the present study is aimed to evaluate improved antifungal activity of fluconazole with nanosilver, stabilized with chitosan against pathogenic fungi.”
In other words, the researchers decided to see whether or not adding nanosilver to a popular prescription anti-fungal drug like Fluconazole increased the activity of the drug against pathogenic fungi. And it did! In the end, the researchers concluded that:
“Antifungal activity of respective chitosan stabilised silver/Fluconazole nanoconjugate revealed improved activity by 2 to 20 folds against both tested organism compared with free antifungal agent.
Present study addresses the possible utilization of nanoformulated fluconazole as an effective antifungal agent against pathogenic fungal organisms.”
Put another way, adding silver to a popular anti-fungal drug increased the activity of that drug by between two-fold and twenty-fold.
In short, the silver made the drug between two and twenty times stronger against the fungal pathogens tested, demonstrating that mixing silver with anti-fungal drugs increases the effectiveness of anti-fungal drugs against drug-resistant fungi!
Silver Beats Fungal Bio-Films, Too!
One of the issues that makes Candida albicans so difficult to eradicate with antifungal drugs is the fact that it can form protective biofilms that prevent the drug from getting to and killing the fungal cells.
But in a December 2015 clinical study published in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology and titled “Effect of silver nanoparticles on Candida albicans biofilms,” researchers demonstrated silver nanoparticles have a “potent inhibitory effect” on biofilm formation in the Candida albicans species of fungal pathogen.
The researchers wrote, “Candida albicans is the most common pathogenic fungus isolated in bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients, and the fourth most frequent infection in U.S. hospitals.”
They also noted that Candida albicans “has the ability to form biofilms – a community of fungal cells surrounded by a protective matrix that effectively shelters Candida against the action of antifungal drugs.”
Thankfully, according to the researchers, silver not only busts through those fungal biofilms, but also helps prevent them from forming in the first place.
The study authors concluded:
“Our results demonstrate that silver nanoparticles are potent inhibitors of C. albicans biofilm formation.
Observations with a Scanning Electron Microscope are consistent with an overall loss of structure of biofilms mostly due to disruption of the outer cell membrane/wall and inhibition of filamentation.
Transition Electron Microscopy indicates the permeabilization of the cell wall and subsequent disruption of the structural layers of the outer fungal cell wall.
The anti-biofilm effects are via cell wall disruption.”
In other words, the silver nanoparticles not only inhibited the formation of Candida biofilms, but they also destroyed existing biofilms by disrupting the outer cell wall of the fungus and entering into the fungal cells.
Most interesting of all is that the silver nanoparticles were able to inhibit formation of Candida biofilms at an astonishingly low concentration of .48 ppm – which is to say, less than one-half ppm!
The bottom line being this: Research now demonstrates that colloidal silver not only kills drug-resistant fungal pathogens when used on its own, but it also tears down their protective biofilms, and when added to anti-fungal drugs it boosts the effectiveness of those drugs by up to 20x!
Where Can You Find High-Quality Colloidal Silver?
Costs can range between $20 to $30 for a tiny, four-ounce bottle! That can be quite expensive.
But here’s the good news: You can make your own high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver for about 36 cents per quart with the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge.
With a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you can make colloidal silver for the rest of your life, quickly, easily and for just a few pennies per quart.
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Learn More About Colloidal Silver…
One last thing: A tremendous wealth of information on colloidal silver can be found at The Silver Edge website.
- For example, you can find nearly 500 articles on the powerful healing and infection-fighting properties of colloidal silver, at this link.
- And you can watch over a dozen “how-to” videos on making and using colloidal silver at this link.
- You might even want to get a copy of my FREE 30-page Colloidal Silver Safe Dosage Report, which is yours by just clicking the link.
- And finally, you can learn more about making your own high-quality colloidal silver with a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, simply by clicking the link in this sentence.
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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