As we are aware that traditional antibiotics continue to lose their ability to kill certain strains of bacteria. To date, nearly every disease causing organism known has become resistant to at least one antibiotic, and several are immune to more than one. Scientists have known since the dawn of antibiotic age that the more an antibiotic is used, the quicker it tends to become useless due to bacterial resistance.
On the other hand, most microbes, germs, and bacteria cannot develop resistance to silver as they can to antibiotics. This has been proven repeatedly in various studies conducted by many independent laboratories.
As a natural health product, colloidal silver is one of the most important dietary supplements in alternative medicine. It is said that “every cloud has a silver lining.” In this case the lining is literally made of silver. Colloidal silver is a very important mineral supplement for the entire family, including your pets.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal is a term describing a substance containing particles so small they remain suspended in liquid or gas. In this case, silver is suspended in pure steam-distilled water.
Colloidal particles, unlike dissolved particles in a suspension, stay in solution and retain their whole form and qualities. Silver atoms are small enough to pass through mucous membranes in the mouth and intestinal lining.
Colloidal silver is the result of an electromagnetic process that pulls microscopic particles from silver into a liquid, such as distilled water. As tiny particles, the silver can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body.
These tiny particles vary in size, depending on the manufacturing process utilized. The larger the particles, the more difficult for them to be absorbed by the body. The color of colloidal silver is also affected by the size of the particles. In most instances, it can range from clear (very small particles) to very dark brown or even black (large particles).
The smaller the size of the particle, the easier it is to be absorbed and have access to most areas of the body. The smallest particle size is an atom. This colloidal silver is called “monatomic” and produces a solution that is crystal clear. The “monatomic” colloidal silver will stay in solution, and it is not sensitive to light or temperature. In other words, it needs no special handling, and has no expiration date.
In the past, colloidal silver was used in many topical applications. Because of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration‘s (FDA) reclassification, it can only be marketed as an oral diet supplement. You are left to determine by yourself whether you can use it topically.
How Does it Work?
The FDA places many restrictions on what can and cannot be said about this subject. Therefore, we will simply quote from the work performed and published by others and The Silver Institute, which is a nonprofit international association that draws its membership from across the breadth of the silver industry. Established in 1971, the Institute serves as the industry’s voice in increasing public understanding of the many uses and values of silver.
Colloidal silver works as a catalyst. A catalyst is best described as a substance that brings about (causes) a reaction or occurrence, without itself participating or being consumed.
Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute, in a 1996 monograph entitled “The Development and Functions of Silver in Water Purification and Disease Control”, discussed three mechanisms of deactivation that silver utilizes to incapacitate disease causing organisms. They are:
- Catalytic Oxidation
Silver, in its atomic state, has the capacity to absorb oxygen and act as a catalyst to bring about oxidation. Atomic (nascent) oxygen absorbed onto the surface of silver ions in solution will readily react with the sulfhydryl (-S-H) groups surrounding the surface of bacteria or viruses to remove the hydrogen atoms (as water), causing the sulfur atoms to form an R-S-S-R bond; blocking respiration and causing the bacteria to expire. Employing a simple catalytic reduction/oxidation reaction, colloidal silver will react with any negative charge presented by the organism’s transport or membrane proteins and deactivate them.
- Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes
There is evidence that silver ions attach to membrane surface radicals of bacteria, impairing cell respiration and blocking its energy transfer system. One explanation is based on the nature of enzyme construction: Specific enzymes are required for a given biochemical activity to take place. Enzyme molecules usually require a specific metallic atom as part of the molecular matrix in order to function. A metal of higher valance can replace a metal of lower valance in the enzyme complex, preventing the enzyme from functioning normally. Silver, with a valance of plus 2, can replace many metals with a lower, or equal valance that exhibit weaker atomic bonding properties.
- Binding with DNA
Studies by C.L. Fox and S.M. Modak with pseudomonas aeruginosa, a tenacious bacteria that is difficult to treat, demonstrated that as much as 12% of silver is taken up by the organism’s DNA. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.Since silver kills only bacteria that is anaerobic or nitrogen breathing, the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract are immune to it due to the fact that they are oxygen breathing, (aerobic).