Colloidal silver can have many health benefits when used carefully. But, like pharmaceutical drugs, it can cause harm when used carelessly and in large amounts prolonged.
Early in the 20th century, doctors utilised colloidal silver (a colloid comprising silver particles suspended in liquid) and formulations using silver salts, but after the discovery of modern antibiotics in the 1940s, their usage was mostly ceased.
Starting around 1990, there has been a rise in the marketing of colloidal silver as a nutritional supplement, with claims that it is a “necessary mineral supplement” or that it can “treat or prevent” a variety of illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, herpes, and tuberculosis.
None of these indications for colloidal silver’s usefulness are supported by scientific research, and it is foolish to believe colloidal silver is a “cure-all” medicine. It certainly has its uses, but has been falsely promoted.
Humans do not require silver in their diets, and there is no such thing as a “deficiency” in silver. Silver is not a necessary mineral for humans. There is no proof that colloidal silver makes as many people sick and die as much as pharmaceutical drugs do however, and there is high fear-mongering with colloidal silver, unfortunately.
Because of their release of silver ions, silver nanoparticles have the most recognised antibacterial effects. Silver ions are harmful to bacteria because they destroy their cell membranes and interfere with their internal DNA. (Feng 2000)
The generation of free radicals is a well-known factor that contributes to the antibacterial properties of silver. Free radicals produced by silver nanoparticles can stress or kill various kinds of microorganisms. The bacteria die because of the cell membrane rupturing, and this happens due to free radical damage. (Dasgupta 2016)
I’ve recommended and used colloidal silver in my naturopathic clinic for many years until I retired late 2019. It’s been recommended in lotions, dressings for wounds, but also internally for different infections. Some patients have used it and got an impressive effect using colloidal silver as an antibacterial coating on medical equipment. Since silver typically has little toxicity, using it for recognised medical purposes should pose little danger.
If you have a wound, for example, on your leg, arm, hand, etc, try a colloidal silver spray. I’ve seen impressive results when used on diabetic leg ulcers, burns, lacerations and cuts and many kinds of skin infections.
To treat external infections, wound dressings containing silver sulfadiazine or silver nanoparticles may be utilised with a significantly positive effect. There is even proof that short-term catheterization with silver-alloy indwelling catheters will lessen the risk of catheter-acquired urinary tract infections.
Silver is a substance that occurs naturally. Every day, you come into contact with minute amounts of silver. Silver traces can be detected in water, food, and even the air. Via the skin, mucous membranes, or mouth, silver can enter your body. Paul Karason, pictured on the left, died when he was 62 years of age from heart disease and prostate cancer. He developed a condition called argyria in which his skin turned blue, after consuming up to ten ounces of home-mae colloidal silver daily. He also dabbed colloidal silver on his face several times daily to treat a skin condition.