Your Colloidal Silver Questions Answered
You know, we have been helping people like you for over 6 years now and during that time we have heard so many questions about colloidal silver. Too bad there is so much misinformation out there.
Below is our best effort to answer your questions as best we can. If we have not, then do us both a favor and call us so we can help you make the right choice for you and your personal circumstances. The call is free and so is our time. We really do care. 1-888-240-2326 option #2
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It is possible that some gelatinous “colloidal silver” products, with very heavy use, may cause Argyria. The only negative association made to silver supplementation is the condition Argyria, an extremely rare phenomenon where silver accumulates in the tissue under the skin causing a blue or grayish tint. Even then, the effects aren’t medical or life threatening, just cosmetically altering and unappealing. Some suggest large doses of selenium and vitamin “C” can reverse argyria.
Some of you may have seen a man on TV that is a real life smurf. He’s blue. His name is Paul Karason.
What are some of the reasons why Paul is blue?
- He manufactured colloidal silver incorrectly at home using tap water that has impurities
- He took huge amounts for a very long time (14 years)
- He mixed his concoction with salt, a serious mistake that caused his Argyria
- He put his ‘creation’ on his face and went out in the sun where a chemical reaction is guaranteed
- He actually wanted to turn blue. That was his intent. He knew what silver abuse would do.
The US Federal Register listed the silver products that cause argyria as:
- silver salts
- silver nitrate
- silver arsphenamine
- silver chloride
- silver iodide
These products were sold until about 1975 under various labels consisting of silver solutions ranging from 5-30% silver [which is 50,000- 300,000 ppm (parts per million) of silver] (Federal Register, FDA-21CFR Part 310, pg. 53685).
- NutraSilver® contains no silver salts, silver nitrate, silver arsphenamine or silver chlorides.
- NutraSilver® is 100% pure nano-sized silver particles and double-distilled clustered water manufactured under closely scrutinized federal guidelines.
- The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS is required by all governments globally) demonstrates that NutraSilver® is totally non-toxic.
The minimum amount of silver known to cause argyria in adults, from the use of any silver compound (including salts) is 900 mg of silver taken orally in one year.
The EPA standard for the amount of silver that can be safely consumed in drinking water is .005 milligrams per kilogram of weight per day (EPA RED document page 2, 4th paragraph). This means that a normal sized adult could safely consume one ounce of NutraSilver® every day for a 70 year life span and still be within the safe limits as defined by the EPA. In the EPA RED document for silver, the EPA goes on to state (3rd page, 4th paragraph), “The EPA does not anticipate that dietary exposure to these low levels of silver will be associated with any significant degree of risk.”
According to the EPA IRIS (Integrated Risk Information Systems) Report on silver (5th page, 1st paragraph), several tests were conducted in order to determine the absorption and retention of ingested silver in a number of animals (including primates). These tests indicated that between 90-99% of ingested silver was excreted by the second day after ingestion and greater than 99% was excreted in less than a week. This clearly shows that the colloidal silver of today does not build up in the system when consumed in suggest quantities.
Yes. The historical use of silver to preserve and extend the life of food and water is long and indisputable. For thousands of years, it has been used for the same reasons we are using it now in our mineral and water supplement form. From mankind’s earliest history, silver has been used in the making of food and drink vessels, as well as eating utensils.
According to researchers, silver inhibits the growth of one-celled organisms by deactivating the organism’s oxygen metabolism enzymes. This action in turn, destroys the organism’s cell membranes, stopping the replication of the organism’s DNA. This is a completely natural reaction to silver by these organisms and is not chemically manipulated by man.
Although gelatinous/protein, saline, and/or nitrate based silver products may cause the cosmetic condition Argyria with overuse, no death that we are aware of has ever been documented as being caused by any silver supplement.
The color is a result of light reflecting off the metallic particles in the water. If there is no color from reflected light, the product is probably mostly ionic or contains little if any silver.
First of all, there is a mindset within the “medical establishment” that believes that no method or product is valid unless it has gone through their filter of approval. Some of this comes from an inherent academic and intellectual arrogance that often pervades any field or professional in which a higher level of education is required. But the primary reason is that the medical education system, as well as the lion’s share of research, is funded by companies and organizations that have a vested interest in ensuring that only more profitable patentable medicines/drugs are approved. Products such as silver and water are not patentable and would not be as profitable.
Taken according to our serving suggestions, NutraSilver contains less than one third the amount of silver referenced by the EPA in their drinking water standards. The Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum daily reference dose of silver is 350 micrograms. That equates to approximately three and one half teaspoons of our Advanced Colloidal Silver.
When we use the term “colloidal silver”, we use the Chemistry definition of “colloid” as a system in which finely divided silver particles are dispersed within a continuous medium (distilled water in the case of our product) in a manner that prevents them from being easily filtered or rapidly settled. All fluids in your body are “colloidal”.
Our Colloidal Silver products are mineral and water dietary supplements, not drugs. Supplementing your diet with colloidal silver should be approached no differently than taking other vitamin and mineral supplements. We have seen no reports of, nor evidence of, any adverse silver interaction or reaction with patented “drugs”, any other element, compound, or food.
An extremely small number of people do have allergies to various metals and if you cannot wear silver jewelry because of an allergy, it may be best not to supplement with them either. Metal allergies are usually manifested by a light rash and/or itching.
A very small number of people do have allergies to various metals and if you cannot wear silver or gold jewelry because of an allergy, it may be best not to supplement with them either. Metal allergies are usually manifested by a light rash and/or itching.
When first starting silver supplementation, one may experience a minor “healing crisis” of not feeling well, similar to a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. When toxins accumulate in the blood stream from terminated micro-organisms, it may cause one to feel mildly ill and sometimes feverish. A die-off of bacteria in the colon may also result in some initial diarrhea, but the use of smaller servings to start with may be a more comfortable way to pass through this temporary discomfort. This is why we ask you to ramp-up slowly so you can avoid this unpleasant experience. Higher water consumption is critical to lessen the duration of this discomfort, which generally goes away within hours or a day.
There is much contentious debate within the colloidal silver community about ionic silver vs. particle silver (NutraSilver is real silver particles from our earth).
Although, ionic silver may lose most of its effectiveness in the hydrochloric acid of the stomach becoming silver chloride and passing harmlessly and with little effect, out of the system, it is still very effective topically, in the eyes, ears, sinuses, mouth, lungs, and esophagus.
Silver particles on the other hand do not have the hydrochloric acid limitation factor and are able to survive the digestive acids and move on in the digestive system, the colon, liver, kidneys, bladder, etc., where it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and then act to support the immune system in those internal areas. We believe that a product such as NutraSilver gives you the best chance of effectiveness from the stomach to your bloodstream and beyond.
You cannot judge colloidal silver products based solely upon parts per million (ppm), but a smaller particle size product is potentially more effective. Silver is only effective to the degree that the surface area of the silver particles are able to come into contact with a micro-organism. There are many times more effective surface areas to contact the surrounding environment with the smaller particles than with the larger particles. It also enables them to travel more easily in the body’s fluid environment.
Extremely high ppm products (10,000ppm – 30,000 ppm) generally are comprised of much larger particles suspended in a gelatinous base to keep them from falling out, which means that more of it may either collect in the tissue under the skin or be eliminated from the body without being utilized. High ppms are only necessary when the silver particle size is very large and therefore must make up for an inefficient surface area with more parts per million. NutraSilver, at 3,600 ppm is just right for boosting your immune system.
Although silver is not associated with any adverse health effects (only with cosmetic effects), the EPA establishes exposure limits for many materials based on various possible areas of concern. To our knowledge, silver is the only chemical or substance which has an RfD that is not based on an adverse health effect, but rather on a cosmetic effect called Argyria, an extremely rare phenomenon. While an RfD for silver still exists, in 1991 the EPA deleted the maximum contaminant level, or MCL for silver in drinking water (an enforceable value) and replaced it with a secondary maximum contaminant level (SMCL) goal (non-enforceable) of 0.1 ppm that is twice the previous level, an action that was probably driven by the recognized low toxicity associated with silver.
Colloidal silver does discriminate between “good” and “bad” bacteria. It can potentially destroy all bacteria it comes into contact with. 95% of ingested colloidal silver is absorbed in the stomach and the remaining 5% is absorbed in the small intestine. None of the silver is absorbed directly by the large bowel so little happens to kill your “good gut flora”.
- According to the EPA, who is charged with defining safe levels of any mineral in water used for ingestion or drinking, “the oral consumption of small amounts of silver in water on a daily basis poses no significant degree of risk.”
- The U.S. Government’s Center for Disease Control confirmed in 1995 that there has never been any allergic, toxic or carcinogenic reaction to colloidal silver.
- Colloidal Silver is safe and non-toxic to the human body.
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