I was introduced to Colloidal Silver, four years ago when my son was an infant and kept getting an eye infection because his tear duct hadn’t opened yet. Instead of repeated antibiotic, my (traditional yet homeopath) doctor advised that I try Colloidal Silver drops for my son’s eyes. Wow…quick results. It worked great. So great, that my husband and I tried it whenever we had a stuffy nose, soar throat, or ear pain. After a while we used a little here and a little there anytime we noticed a sign of illness. It was amazing. Granted my son stayed at home and wasn’t exposed to lots and lots of germy kids on a daily basis, but overall we stayed quite healthy. He was only on antibiotics two or three times in his first 3 years of life. We use it like Airborne – a preventative antidote. For us, six misting sprays up to one tablespoon will usually do it (3x daily as needed). Our favorite brands are listed below.
The naysayers…I remember reading information about Colloidal Silver and argyria a skin condition where you turn blue. However, when I looked into this further it was amazing to me to find that Colloidal Silver was used for many many years as a cure all, and all the reports that I found on argyria were from people taking lots and lots of homemade CS on a daily basis. The amount people with argyria have taken is excessive compared to the amount recommended on the products I have used – a little goes a long way (see below a quick recap of the mere 11 cases that have been reported).
Even good things in excess aren’t good. I would not recommend you make vitamins, minerals, and supplements in your home (unless you really know what you’re doing). I would recommend that you purchase from a reputable vendor that has extensive research on their product and follows good safety and purity standards – then follow their dosage recommendations.
If you are interested in preventative medicine and alternatives to repeat antibiotics please read on find out more. If you find something interested – let me know.
So far, only eleven cases of argyria related to silver products have been reported and all seem to be from excessive use:
* A 56-year-old man who had sold and used colloidal silver for three years, developed blue/gray discoloration of his fingernails accompanied by a very high blood level of silver .
* A married couple who had three years of daily consumption of a drink prepared by administering an electrolytic charge to a bowl of water that contained a silver bar .
* Another couple had been taking a silver-containing “dietary supplement” prescribed by a naturopath .
* A mentally ill man who had been drinking silver-containing herbal tea for about 10 months .
* Stan Jones, Montana’s Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, who reportedly started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear that Y2K disruptions might lead to a shortage of antibiotics. He made his own concoction by electrically two silver wires in a glass of water .
* Two men, ages 63 and 76, developed argyria after a year of product use inspired by Internet claims .
* A 16-year-old boy developed blue-gray pigmentation of his entire body after ingesting a silver-containing dietary supplement for a year. The product, packaged so that it was identical to bottled water. was touted as a preventive for everyday infections .
* A 58-year-old man who treated a presumed kidney infection with a home-brewed colloidal solution 12 times a day for 4 days developed argyria about 4 weeks later .
* A 38-year-old man developed argyria after ingesting approximately 16 ounces of 450 ppm colloidal silver three times a day for 10 months to treat his arthritis and other conditions. He made the solution with a simple battery-operated chamber that leached silver from pure silver wire. He had obtained the plans from information on the Internet . The photograph to the right shows how his skin color compares to that of normal skin.
1. Gulbranson SH and others. Argyria following the use of dietary supplements containing colloidal silver protein. Cutis 66:373-374, 2000.
2. Hori K and others. Believe it or not—Silver still poisons! Veterinary and Human Toxicology 44(5):291-292, 2002.
3. Blue Is the color of my candidate’s skin. Associated Press, Oct 2, 2002
4. Cohen LE and others. Effects of Internet quackery: Argyria in the silver state. Federal Practitioner 21(4):9-17, 2004.
5. Wickless SC, Schwader TA. Medical mystery—The answer. New England Journal of Medicine 52:2349-2350, 2004.
6. Brandt D. Argyia secondary to ingestion of homemade silver solition. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 53:S105-107, 2005.
7. Wadhera A, Fung M. Systemic argyria associated with ingestion of colloidal silver. Dermatology Online Journal 11(1):12, 2005.