When Colloidal Silver Doesn’t Work

What do you do when colloidal silver doesn’t work against an active infection?

The first thing you need to do is to make sure your dosage and delivery method are correct.

If that doesn’t resolve the situation, then you need to move on to another healing modality.

Since I’ve faced this very problem from time-to-time over the past 20 years, let me explain how I’ve handled it each time…

Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge

I’ve been battling with a mild stomach bug for the last few weeks, the chief symptoms of which are diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.

I’m not sure, but I think I got it from eating raw dried organic apricot halves. They apparently don’t keep in storage as long as I’d hoped.

And for the first time in nearly 15 years, colloidal silver has not been working for me against this stomach infection. In fact, every time I take colloidal silver, my stomach goes into turmoil, and the diarrhea and nausea gets worse rather than better.

Now, you might say, “Steve, that’s a good thing. You’re body is just flushing dead pathogens.” And normally, I’d agree with you.

But this has been going on for several weeks now, whereas in the past, colloidal silver has always worked for stomach infections, for me, within a few days – meaning it’s knocked out the infection and returned me to more-or-less normal within no more than 48 hours.

So what’s working against my stomach infection? Lomatium – a liquid herbal tincture known for its powerful healing and antimicrobial qualities. I’m having to take three or four times the normal amount. But it’s knocking out the diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea rapidly.

Unfortunately, Lomatium causes a little bit of whole body itching for some people, including for me. But it’s not been horrific itching. So it beats the heck out of the alternative, which was running to the toilet every 30 minutes.

Colloidal Silver is Great
But It’s Not “God”

So why am I writing this? My point is to remind readers that while colloidal silver is one of the most astonishingly effective all-natural infection-fighting agents in the world, it’s not “God.” It can’t cure every single infection in the world. Nothing can.

While colloidal silver has the most broad-spectrum infection-fighting qualities of any natural antibiotic substance (it’s said to kill some 650 different pathogens, compared to broad-spectrum prescription antibiotic drugs which kill as few as 20 to 40 different pathogens) there are nevertheless some 20,000 cataloged pathogens in existence. And medical science now claims there are literally millions more uncataloged pathogens.

So, sooner or later in your life, you’re bound to run across an infection that silver is ineffective against. There’s no substance on the face of the earth – natural or unnatural – that can kill every pathogen.

Even fire cannot kill every pathogen. For example, prions, the infectious agents that cause Mad Cow Disease, are said to be impervious to fire. And special precautions have to be taken when cremating a Mad Cow Disease patient who’s died, lest the prions be sent into the air during the cremation process where others can inadvertently inhale them.

Another Example

I’ll always remember back in the late-90’s when we had very serious back-to-back flu epidemics in this country, two years in a row.

The first year, the so-called Hong Kong flu came through, and colloidal silver wouldn’t touch it. I got sick, and must have drunk two pints of colloidal silver a day, with no results. And I had readers contacting me nearly every day with the same dismal story.

The very next year another virulent flu strain – the so-called Sydney strain – came through. This one was particularly nasty, causing upper respiratory symptoms that became pneumonia-like. It was very hard on young kids, and the elderly.

In fact, in my sister-in-law’s church in New Mexico, several young babies got this flu and died from it. And elderly people were dying from it across the country. It was so bad it was making news headlines.

But thankfully, colloidal silver worked like a charm for this particular flu strain. That year, instead of getting desperate messages from readers, I received numerous messages from people telling me how well their colloidal silver was working.

A typical call went like this “Everyone in my family who is using the colloidal silver is fine. But those who refused to use it are all sick as dogs. Even those who got the flu shot this year are sick as dogs.”

So…it just goes to show that colloidal silver can work wonderfully – even miraculously – against one particular viral strain, and not work at all the very next year when a different viral strain comes through.

And to a lesser extent the same thing is true for bacteria, as well – especially now that drug-resistant bacteria are so prevalent.

Colloidal silver has been demonstrated in clinical studies to kill an amazingly wide swath of the newly emerging drug-resistant bacteria (see here). But there are already a few sub-species of microbes that colloidal silver is said to be ineffective against (see here for a list of 20 such bacterial sub-species).

And that’s why I always emphasize that while colloidal silver should indeed be the #1 “go to” substance in your natural health arsenal when it comes to fighting infections naturally, it should never be the only substance.

Colloidal silver is always my first “go to” remedy for infections. Always. But I’m not married to it. Instead, I’m married to getting well as quickly as possible. So if colloidal silver doesn’t work when I have an infection, which is extremely rare, then I move on to something else.

My Natural Infection-Fighting Arsenal

Because I have an immune system defect caused by Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS), I keep an arsenal of natural infection-fighting agents at hand. That’s because I never know when that rare instance is going to crop up in which colloidal silver simply doesn’t get the job done.

For example, in my natural infection-fighting arsenal I keep:

  • Lomatium, for its powerful germ and virus-busting qualities
  • Echinacea, for its powerful immune boosting qualities
  • Sambucol, for stopping flu and colds
  • Homeopathic Oscillococcinum, for stopping flu and colds
  • Olive Leaf extract, for flu, colds and other viral and upper respiratory infections
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract (Nutribiotic brand GSE), for its broad-spectrum infection-fighting qualities and ability to help fight internal infections
  • D-Mannose, for kidney and bladder infections
  • Beta-1,3-1,6-glucan, for it’s astonishing immune-boosting properties
  • Cat’s Claw, herb for its powerful immune-boosting and antimicrobial properties
  • Astragalus herb, for its immune-boosting and antiviral properties
  • Essential oil of Melaleuca, for certain topical fungal infections as well as for infected boils
  • Essential oil of Lemon, for certain upper respiratory infections (six or eight drops added to the water in a cool mist vaporizer and inhaled)
  • Pure Thuja oil, for serious topical infections
  • D-Ribose, to help boost cellular metabolism when a viral infection has crippled it, and as a consequence has caused reduced immunity (supplemental ATP also works)
  • DMG (dimethylglycine), to help boost immunity to the point infections can be cured more easily (up to a 400% boost in immunity)
  • Vitamin D (in larger than usual doses), for its antiviral and immune-boosting properties
  • Vitamin C (in larger than usual doses), for its antiviral and immune-boosting properties

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. The supplements mentioned above are not the only good natural infection-fighters in existence. There are many others. And that’s why I’m constantly on the lookout for new ways to fight infections and disease, naturally. I suggest you go forth and do thou likewise.

After all, we now live in an Era of Strange Diseases. And the more you know, the more likely it is you’ll live through even the worst of infections, should you ever end up with a nasty one.

Oh, and by the way: I’m not an alternative medicine martyr. As I stated earlier, I’m married to getting well as quickly as possible. So if I’ve exhausted the most obvious supplements in my natural health arsenal for a particular infection, and have still not found relief, I go to the doctor. And if antibiotic drugs are the only choice left, I take the damned antibiotics.

There’s a little thing called “risk-reward.” And if necessary, I’d rather take the risk of using toxic antibiotic drugs and potentially live through a nasty infection, than fail to take that risk and die from the infection.

Most Common Reasons
Silver Doesn’t Work

In my personal experience, the most common reason colloidal silver doesn’t seem to work for some people is failure of the individual to use colloidal silver in the correct manner. Here, I’m speaking of dosage, and method of delivery.

Incorrect Dosage

For example, sometimes when people fail to heal an infection with colloidal silver, it’s because the incorrect dosage was used.

Most commercial colloidal silver products, for example, say to take between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of colloidal silver per day. But that’s for prophylactic (i.e., preventive) usage. That’s for keeping a little bit of silver circulating in your bloodstream to help the body fight off germs and other pathogens before an infection can even get started.

But using colloidal silver to help the body fight off an active infection is a completely different thing.

There are some things (for example, food poisoning) that taking a couple of teaspoons of colloidal silver simply won’t help with, whereas taking six or eight ounces in divided doses over the course of a day would have helped magnificently.

So making sure you take the proper dosage is paramount. And that can vary from infection to infection. Sometimes, you have to experiment just a little bit. And the more you can learn about dosage, the better off you’ll be, as well. (More about resources to learn about different dosages, for different diseases, later in this article.)

Inappropriate Method of Usage

Inappropriate method of colloidal silver usage is probably the #1 most frequent cause of colloidal silver failing to help heal an infection, so let’s examine this issue in more detail than we did with dosage. Let me start with a short story:

I once had a reader chastise me because her son’s case of Pink Eye, an eye infection, was not cured when she had him use colloidal silver. So I asked her how she was using it. She said, “I gave him a half a cup of colloidal silver to drink, three times a day.”

Well, there’s the problem: You can’t cure a Pink Eye infection by drinking colloidal silver. You have to apply colloidal silver directly into the eye.

According to experts such as Dr. James Balch, author of the best-selling book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, and in line with my own personal experiences, just two or three drops of 10 ppm strength colloidal silver in each eye, three times a day, will easily cure a case of Pink Eye in just a day or two (learn more about using colloidal silver to heal eye infections, here).

Likewise, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever be able to cure an earache by drinking colloidal silver. But, simply putting four or five drops of colloidal silver inside the offending ear and allowing it to seep down into the ear canal for six to ten minutes or so can shut down even a severe earache overnight! (Learn more about using colloidal silver to heal earaches, here and see a video demonstration, here.)

Another example : Some people have complained that drinking colloidal silver did not help with their upper respiratory infection. And that does occasionally happen.

But nine times out of ten, if the person will inhale the colloidal silver directly into their lungs where the infection is, using a medical nebulizer rather than merely drinking it, relief begins almost immediately and the infection can be healed within a matter of days (learn more about nebulizing colloidal silver, here).

In short, getting the treatment method right is often just as important as getting the dosage right.

Another example: In my 547-page book, The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual, I wrote about an experience I called “the sore throat from hell,” in which my wife Kathy and I successively got sick with very severe throat infections.

She was afflicted with her sore throat first, and drank lots of colloidal silver – four or five ounces at a time, several times a day. But the colloidal silver had no beneficial effect whatsoever on her sore throat.

But directly afterwards, when I came down with the same sore throat, colloidal silver worked wonders for me. Why? Because I used it differently than she did. I used a completely different treatment method. Here’s the story, straight from the Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual:

“My wife came down with a sore throat that was so severe she could barely swallow her own saliva without triggering uncomfortable pain.

Sleeping was almost impossible, because her throat had become so raw, sore and swollen that every time she swallowed in her sleep she would strangle. This sore throat came on quickly, with little warning. It began feeling raw almost immediately.

Of course, Kathy began powering down the homemade colloidal silver right off the bat. Over the years, that had become our pat answer to eradicating infection. But rather than healing, the sore throat grew worse and worse.

The colloidal silver had no effect on her sore throat at all. This was something that had never happened to us before. So we tried numerous other natural healing modalities, as well, and none of them worked.

So after four days of watching helplessly as Kathy suffered with this sore throat from hell, I finally broke down and took her to the doctor, and got a prescription for some penicillin. And within the first day of taking it, Kathy could feel her throat beginning to clear up.

By day three of taking the penicillin, she could swallow with nowhere near the discomfort she had endured for the past week. Whatever the bug was, penicillin was the only substance we could find that effectively repressed it.

It took the full 10-day course of penicillin to do the job, and although she was weakened by the antibiotics, she experienced no resurgence of the bug.

Just after Kathy had begun to recover, however, I woke up in the middle of the night with – you guessed it – a nasty sore throat. As in Kathy’s case, I could barely swallow without intense pain. The swelling in my throat was pronounced. And the inside of my throat was so raw I felt as if it were on fire.

My first instinct was to go to the doctor and start taking penicillin immediately. But after collecting my thoughts, I remembered some medical studies on colloidal silver I’d read just a few days after Kathy’s ordeal, in which the specific pathogens tested against silver were not killed unless they came into direct contact with the silver for a full six to ten minutes or more at a time.

So I immediately grabbed a bottle of colloidal silver we had at bedside (produced by the low­ voltage DC method), rolled over onto my back, and poured some into my mouth. I began to gargle lightly, but rather than swallowing, I simply held the colloidal silver in my mouth, allowing it to slowly trickle down the back of my throat.

I stayed flat on my back, allowing the colloidal silver to pool at the entrance of my throat. Each time the urge to swallow came, I forced myself to swallow only a little bit, even though my gagging reflex was pressing me to swallow the entire mouthful.

And each time I swallowed a little of the colloidal silver, allowing it to slowly trickle down my throat, I would also pour a little more of colloidal silver into my mouth to compensate for the amount I had swallowed.

In this way, I kept colloidal silver in direct contact with the infected area for over 15 minutes. I then swallowed the remaining colloidal silver, rolled over and went promptly back to sleep.

At 6 a.m. I woke up and noticed that although my throat still felt as if it were on fire each time I swallowed, it was not nearly as swollen and uncomfortable as it had been only a few short hours earlier.

So I repeated the colloidal silver treatment exactly as I had done earlier, holding the colloidal silver in my mouth and letting it slowly trickle down my throat again for a full 15 minutes. I went back to sleep when I was done, and woke up again at 9 a.m., repeating the same procedure once more.

By this time I had completed three separate 15 minute courses of this treatment. I estimate that I used a total of two ounces of my homemade colloidal silver with each treatment, for a total of six ounces in all.

By noon, the sore throat and swelling was completely gone. I repeated the procedure again at 6 p.m. for preventive purposes, and again at 7 a.m. the next morning. The infection never returned.”

So why did colloidal silver work for me, when Kathy (who presumably had the same sore throat bug and had simply passed it on to me) received no benefit from it whatsoever?

Obviously, the answer has to do with the treatment method. Kathy drank relatively large quantities of colloidal silver, but she did not attempt to keep it in direct contact with the infected area of her throat except for a brief cursory gargling before drinking each dose.

On the other hand, I used far less colloidal silver than she did, but I kept it in direct contact with the infected area for 15 minutes at a time. And I repeated this treatment protocol a total of five times over the course of two days.

This means the colloidal silver was in direct contact with the infectious microorganisms for a total of one and a half hours over a two-day period.

It was clear to me that each time I allowed the colloidal silver to remain in direct contact with the pathogens for the 15 minute treatment period, huge numbers of them were killed off. Eventually, enough were killed off to stifle the infection completely.

So again, using the proper treatment method is as crucial as using the proper dosage. In fact, oftentimes, with the right treatment method, far lower amounts of colloidal silver can be used. And that’s why it pays to read up on how other people are using colloidal silver to heal their various infections.

You can read hundreds of in-depth personal first-hand accounts of using colloidal silver successfully, in a wide variety of ways, here.

Or, you can learn much more about colloidal silver dosages and delivery methods, for a wide variety of diseases, in my 547-page book, The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual.

And if you’ve got those two things down pat – correct dosage and treatment method – and colloidal silver still isn’t working, then there’s every possibility you’ve run across one of those very rare cases in which a pathogen simply doesn’t respond to silver.


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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,
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