Colloidal Silver might just be a wonderful thing and here's why: Prokaryotic, a.k.a bacterial cells and viruses cannot live in it's presence. That means that whether you have a cold caused by a virus or a bacterial infection, colloidal silver could be used to fight the infection.
Think about it, if anything is caused by bacteria or viruses, it could certainly be influenced by the use of colloidal silver. It can also act as a topical treatment to prevent cuts or burns from becoming infected.
Colloidal silver will deactivate a prokaryotic pathogen's ability to use oxygen, thereby suffocating the pathogen to death. Germs are not able to mutate to beat silver - at least not so far. So the super strains of bacteria that have shown up in recent times are not able to defeat silver.
Colloidal Silver is somewhat controversial. It seems to be generally agreed that Colloidal Silver is an effective topical antibacterial agent. Long term internal use may have side affects, such as turning the skin blue. There is also the question of heavy metal toxicity.
You might find it interesting to recognize that there isn't much argument about short term use. It seems to me that you could use it like an antibiotic for two weeks at a time when necessary. Of course, I'm not a doctor and you shouldn't attempt to self treat. If you have a health condition, go see your doctor.
So, how come doctors don't use colloidal silver in their practices? Interesting question, that one.
All I can do is point out that colloidal silver is available without a prescription at your local health food store.
The author of "The Body Electric" did some research on silver and he found it to be a great treatment for burns, that it did not upset the intestinal environment the way that convention antibiotics do and he saw it as an eliminator of pathogens.
Pathogens are those pesky bacteria and viruses that seem to cause so much trouble. Silver is used in the treatment of burns today.
This may be important: There are some out there that claim the colloidal silver available on the market today is not in a high enough concentrations to be effective. Some recommend 500 PPM solutions.
PPM stands for Parts Per Million. You can find 500 PPM solutions in health stores occasionally. There is not enough research out there to say for sure that you need 500 PPM. But it doesn't seem that unreasonable either.
Many brands that you find in store are only 50 or even 5 PPM.
Colloidal silver is available without a prescription, which could be telling about why there isn't more research available. It's just not profitable for the people who do the most medical research to investigate it.
The money for them is in researching and creating new drugs. In other words, there is no way to corner the market on colloidal silver.
You would be right to lament the fact that not enough research has been done, to tell us more about this incredible option.
And it's not that research has never been done. There is a large body of research that supports the use of it, however, it has never become mainstream knowledge
Again, some doctors and scientists are concerned about toxicity levels with colloidal silver. If you have any questions about it, it might be a good idea to consult with your physician. See what she says about it.
Important note: Though many people use or have used colloidal silver without ill effects, including myself, there are some who have suffered terribly by the use of silver nitrate sprayed into the nasal passages. They have turned blue permanently due to the amount of silver that permeated the skin. Even though colloidal silver and the silver nitrate that used to be sprayed into the nose are not the same, you should do your research carefully before deciding to use colloidal silver.
This article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to suggest treatment, prevention, or diagnoses for any illness. See your doctor for diagnoses and treatment.
David Snape is the author of: What You Should Know about Gum Disease ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-9814855-0-8.
You can ask Dave questions at http://tobeinformed.com on this or any other topic.