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Soon after germs were discovered, researchers began searching for ways to kill them as a means of preventing infections and curing disease. It was quickly discovered that heavy metals in various forms were highly antibacterial and anti fungal. Unfortunately, heavy metals are also toxic to humans. Silver, however, proved to be relatively non-toxic to humans while having a broad spectrum anti-bacterial activity. Silver toxicity does depend on the chemical and physical form that the silver is in. Silver salts, like silver nitrate, for example, are quite toxic while metallic silver colloids are much less toxic.
In a short time, a number of silver products were being used as antiseptics and antibiotics. In the late 1800's and early 1900's silver was one of the cornerstones of contemporary medicine. By the 1940's there were over four dozen silver based antibiotics on the market. Some of these products contained very large concentrations of silver. This combined with the tendency of both doctors and patients to overuse and abuse popular medicines caused a few individuals to develop argyria. Argyria is characterized by a discoloration of the skin caused by the deposition of excess silver in the skin and other organs. After the discovery of penicillin and the other modern antibiotics, silver use declined.
Then in the 1990's silver was rediscovered as a potent broad spectrum germ fighter. Several silver products based on electrocolloidal suspensions of metallic silver, silver proteins and silver salts like silver citrate were introduced to the marketplace as nutritional supplements. Around the same time, simple methods of producing silver colloids at home using silver wire, batteries and distilled water were introduced. Colloidal silver had a following in the alternative medicine market.
The FDA took a negative position on colloidal silver classifying it as an ineffective, unsafe and unapproved new drug. This meant that colloidal silver could still be sold as a nutritional supplement as long as no medical claims were made.
Many individuals found the possibility of an inexpensive, broad spectrum, safe antibiotic that they could manufacture in their kitchen to be too good to resist. Colloidal silver became widely used. Slowly, a few doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs began testing the new silver products and bringing the science up to date. Recently, there have been a flurry of process and application patents virtuald on the manufacture and use of colloidal silver and other silver products. This is a long way from getting a new drug approval, but it demonstrates that there is more to the use of silver in medicine and health care than marketing hype and political suppression.
For an up to date compilation of the background and recent scientific and medical used of colloidal silver, consult the book below.
Colloidal Silver: Medical Uses, Toxicology and Manufacture
Table of Contents
The Different Forms of Colloidal Silver
Absorption and Elimination of Silver
Silver Toxicity Summary
Mechanism of Action - How it Works
The Germicidal Properties of Colloidal Silver
Antibiotic Properties of Colloidal Silver
Silver Applied as a Topical Germ Fighter
The Development of Silver Resistance in Bacteria
Effective Dosage - How Much is Required?
Silver and Electrocolloidal Silver in Wound Treatment
Iontophoresis Using Silver and Copper
Modern Scientific Homeopathy
Silver in Classical Homeopathy
The Ayurvedic Properties of Silver
Colloidal Silver as a Food Supplement
The Manufacture of Colloidal Silver
Government Regulation of Colloidal Silver
The Future of Colloidal Silver
Appendix A - List of Pre & Post 1938 Documented Uses for Colloidal Silver
Appendix B - List of Pathogens Killed by American Silver Products Colloidal Silver
Appendix C - Correspondence and Reports from Colloidal Silver Users
Appendix D - Recent Colloidal Silver Patents
Appendix E - Colloidal Silver Internet Resources
The answers to these and hundreds more questions are provided to the extent that they can be traced to old and new medical and scientific literature, and private research.