The Science of Silver Water
“There is as I see it, just one great development left for our time. That is, the understanding of colloidal metals. It is the “fourth Estate of Matter”, the other three being, land, water and air. The study of these constitutes the road to the ultimate in human knowledge.” - Dr. Frederick S. Macey.
Nano Colloidal Silver makes silver water via the electrolysis of 99.9% fine silver in de-ionized water. Ions are formed when an atom gains or loses electrons. The ion searches for any substance for it to bond to, and can restore it to the correct number of electrons. De-ionized, or pure water, has virtually no impurities, meaning the silver doesn’t have anything to bond to – keeping it in ionized form.
The numerous cells that form our body are constantly in need of nutrients, minerals and metals to sustain life. Silver particles are small enough to be used by living cells, meaning that its benefits are at the cellular level. According to Dr Robert O. Becker MD, an authoritative figure on silver water, “What we have actually done was rediscover the fact that silver killed bacteria, which has been known for centuries. When antibiotics were discovered, clinical uses for silver as an antibiotic were discarded.”
Electrolysis is the purest way of making colloidal silver. During this process, silver electrodes are placed in pure or de-ionized water, and an electric current passed between the two electrodes.
As there is no such thing as “pure” water, due to pollution and contaminants, manufacturers now use distilled water, or reverse osmosis to treat water, in order to gain water as pure as possible. Pure water acts as an insulator and restricts any flow of current, making the whole process very slow. As the silver ion concentration increases, the electrolysis speeds up due to an increase in conductivity. Some manufacturers add salt to speed up the process. However, this is not recommended as the silver ions can bond to salt compounds and form toxic products. In some cases, manufacturers may add tea or food colouring to achieve a golden colour. If the correct silver particles are used, the liquid should be colourless.
To prevent silver particles “dropping out” of the solution, silver water should be stored away from light, magnetic fields, electrical devices, or else the products may become useless. Over the past 20 years, personal generators have been marketed to the general public, providing a cheap method of producing silver water. However, as these products are not made in strict laboratory conditions, they are unlikely to contain enough silver water to provide benefits. Worse still, these products may actually harm the consumer, as they may contain toxic products. Therefore, we strongly recommend consuming silver water that has been purchased from quality manufacturers that obey laboratory conditions for colloidal silver.
Research into Colloidal Silver
Silver, and the benefits of colloidal silver, have been researched thoroughly over the years by many professionals. Among the researchers were Dr Harry Margraf who worked alongside Dr Carl Moyer, Chairman of Washington University’s Department of Surgery. Together, they spent time developing improved treatments for burn victims. They experimented, trialed and rejected over 22 different products. The biggest problem they were facing was that infections in burns were failing to respond to antibiotic medications. In particular, Pseudomas aeruginosa is a bacterium that infects burn wounds, and is resistant to antiseptics.
Dr. Margraf experimented on silver nitrates, which is also used to clean a newborn baby’s eyes to kill bacteria. However, this was unsuccessful as it caused misbalance in the body’s intrinsic salts and was corrosive in large amounts.
He then used colloidal silver as a base to produce silver sulfadiazine, which is now often used for severe burn wounds. It helps reduce scarring and has significantly reduced deaths resulting from burns.
Furthermore, bandages containing silver only need to be changed every 24 hours whereas conventional bandages were changed more regularly. This greatly increases patient convenience and comfort, as removing bandages from burn wounds is extremely painful.
In his book, ‘The Body Electric’, Dr. Becker says “Silver deficiency is responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system”.
There is an ocean of research information available on the internet regarding the use of colloidal/ionic metals in human health - in particular on silver.
Below are just some of the references (PLEASE go through the list below. Base your opinion on the scientists who did the research and not on FEAR).
- COLLOIDAL SILVER: WHERE DOES IT GO WHEN YOU DRINK IT? HOW LONG DOES IT STAY THERE? by Roger Altman Eng. Sc. D.
- Ions, Atoms and Charged Particles By Francis S. Key and George Maass, PhD
- Mechanisms of Silver Nanoparticle Release, Transformation and Toxicity: A Critical Review of Current Knowledge and Recommendations for Future Studies and Applications
- Silver Nanoparticles: No Threat to the Environment by George J. Maass, Ph.D.
- Henry Crooks (The Bible authority on colloids BEFORE antibiotics became in fashion) - “Use of Colloids in Health and Disease.” Colloidal silver has proven particularly effective in cases of intestinal troubles. Dr. Henry Crooks found that “silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. Rather than in a chemical compound, the silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a much more concentrated form, with correspondingly better results. All virus, fungus, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms are killed in three or four minutes upon contact. There are no side effects whatsoever from the highest concentrations.”
- Robert Becker - ”The Body Electric” recognized a correlation between low silver levels and sickness. He said the silver deficiency was responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system. Dr. Becker’s experiments conclude that silver works on the full spectrum of pathogens without any side effects or damage to any part of the body. He also states that the silver was doing something more than killing disease organisms. It was also causing major growth stimulation of injured tissues. Burn patients and elderly patients noticed more rapid healing. He discovered that all cancer cells change back to normal cells. All strains of pathogens resistant to other antibiotics are killed by colloidal silver. Yet at that time he couldn’t find a silver supplement on the market.
- “Silver, Our Mightiest Germ Fighter” ScienceDigest, March 1978 - As an antibiotic, colloidal silver kills over 650 disease causing organisms, and resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have and is absolutely non-toxic! Doctors report that, taken internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, malaria, diabetes and severe burns. Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute which monitors silver technology in 37 countries, reports: “In four years we’ve described 87 important new medical uses for silver.”
- The FDA has stated that because colloidal silver is accepted as a pre-1938 medication, it may continue to be marketed. Letter, 13 September 1991, received from consumer safety officer Harold Davis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- “Colloidal Preparations of Silver in Pharmacy,” British Medical Journal, February 1923: “ - Pure Silver is entirely non-irritant. In tests at very high concentrations, it has been shown repeatedly that the rapidly exerted disinfectant action is of considerable therapeutic value.”
- Colloidal Silver - The Rediscovery of a Super Antibiotic?.=
- World Without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin - History of allopathic medicine in America.
- Chemistry’s Miraculous Colloids by Kenneth Andrews. The Readers Digest, March 1936. Quoting, Dr. Frederick Macy, one of the country’s outstanding bacteriologists.
- John Hopkins Hospital, More News on Silver. Dr. Leonard Herschberg.
- Searle, A.B. The use of Colloids in Health and Disease. The British Medical Journal. Nov, 1913, p. 83 Dr. Henry Crookes.
- Antibacterial efficacy of colloidal silver alone and in combination with other antibiotics on isolates from wound Infections Iroha, I. R1, Esimone, C. O.2, Orji J. O.1 and Imomoh, O. O.
- The End of Miracle Drugs? Newsweek Magazine, March 28, 1994 Antibiotics
- The Ebola Outbreak of 1995 Newsweek Magazine, May 22,1995.
- Chem & Engineering News
- Documented Uses of Silver
- Effective Concentrations
- Medicine/Wound Dressings
- History of Colloidal Silver
- A Brief History
- An Indepth History
- Immunogenic Research
- United Nations: WHO
- Health Canada - Silver
- Oak Ridge National Lab
- *EPA, Safe? Up to 350mcg
- Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
- NIH.gov - Pub Med
- Safety of Using Silver
- Robert C. Holladay
- Science Daily: In Hospitals
- Science Daily: Burns
- Science Digest Mar. 1978
- NASA.gov -Water(archive)
- Univ. of Texas HIV Study
- Ionic Or Colloidal Silver?
- Particulate vs Ionic Silver
- J&J Silver Bandages
- Curad Silver Bandages
- How to Get Argyria (Blue)
- Wounds1: Silver May Help
- FDA Approves SilvaGard
- FDA Clears Silver Product
- FDA Clears More Silver
- In Vivo Studies
- MRSA Infections & Silver
- Vaccines: 25mcg Mecury
- EPA: 0.1mcg Mercury/kilo
- FDA Allows Unproven
- FDA Says BPA is Safe?
- EPA: FDA is "Unscientific"