Colloidal silver is a completely natural, liquid, broad-spectrum infection-fighting agent found in almost every health food store in North America. It is made through a simple electromagnetic process that pulls microscopic particles of silver from a larger piece of pure silver immersed in water. These tiny silver particles are held in suspension in the resulting solution by the electric charge on each atom. When ingested, they travel throughout your body like any other mineral before being excreted through your normal channels of elimination. But as they come into contact with pockets of infection in your body, they kill virtually every pathogenic microorganism in the vicinity, bringing about rapid healing.

100 Year Medical History – The simple process for producing colloidal silver was developed shortly after Edison harnessed electricity in 1892. It was then used for decades by doctors, under a variety of brand names, as a natural infection-fighting agent. But it fell out of widespread usage after the advent of prescription antibiotics in the 1940’s. Then, in the mid-1970’s it experienced a dramatic resurgence in popularity after doctors discovered that many pathogens were developing immunity to prescription antibiotics. According to science writer Jim Powell in the March 1978 issue of Science Digest, “Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is re-emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic.”

In the 1980’s Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, noted bio-medical researcher from Syracuse Medical University, and author of the best-selling book The Body Electric, discovered a distinct correlation between low silver levels in the body, and sickness. He wrote that silver deficiency is often responsible for the improper functioning of the immune system. Regarding the profound ability of metallic silver to control infection, Dr. Becker said, “All of the organisms that we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics.” Regarding the safety of silver, he said, “In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”

Dr. Becker had simply re-discovered what had been known since the early 1900’s. Indeed, back in 1919, Alfred Searle, founder of the Searle Pharmaceuticals firm, had written, “Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.”

How Does It Work? – Scientists say colloidal silver works in three powerful ways: First, it works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that single-celled bacteria, fungi and viruses use for respiration and metabolism. Second, much like iron, it is a powerful carrier of oxygen. When it comes into contact with an infectious microbe, it releases an oxygen “burst” much like hydrogen peroxide, which kills the pathogen. Third, brand new research has shown that in tougher cases such as viral infections, the tiny silver particles simply attach to the DNA of the virus and prevent it from replicating. No replication means no further spread of infection!

Unlike antibiotics, resistant strains have never been known to develop to silver. In fact, experts say that very few disease-causing microbes tested have been able to live in the presence of even minute traces of silver for very long.

What Can Colloidal Silver Be Used On? – Here is a short list of diseases against which colloidal silver has been used successfully, according to historical medical texts: acne, allergies, appendicitis, arthritis, bubonic plague, burns (topical silver is one of the few treatments that can keep severe burn patients alive), cancer, candida albicans, cholera, chronic fatigue, colds and flu, Pink Eye, sties and other eye infections, diabetes, gonorrhea, hay fever, herpes, leprosy, leukemia, lupus, lymphangitis, Lyme disease, malaria, meningitis, pneumonia, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet fever, infections of the ears, mouth and throat, shingles, skin cancer, staph infections, strep infections, syphilis, toxemia, trenchfoot, certain viruses, warts and stomach ulcers.

On Vacation? – Colloidal silver can also be used to purify drinking water. Most experts recommend adding one or two ounces of colloidal silver per gallon to keep drinking water germ-free. Experts also say colloidal silver used internally is one of the best antidotes for food poisoning. Some researchers suggest taking one ounce every 10 minutes throughout the day until symptoms subside. Don’t go on vacation without it!

How Is It Used? -- Colloidal silver is most often ingested orally, but it can also be sprayed externally onto cuts or burns to prevent infection and accelerate healing. Millions of Americans drink anywhere from a tablespoon to an ounce each morning as a daily mineral supplement, to help build immunity and prevent infection. Others use it only when they are sick. People have been known to take as many as four to 12 ounces a day, or sometimes even more. Users say it will generally clear up a mild to moderate infection in only a few days, while more serious infections may take longer. (Always consult with a licensed health care practitioner for serious health conditions.)

Where Can It Be Found? Colloidal silver is widely available through health food stores or on the internet. There are literally thousands of vendors across the United States and Canada, offering a variety of colloidal silver products for about $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle. That’s a little expensive. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the phenomenal healing benefits of colloidal silver. Why? Because you can very easily make your own high-quality colloidal silver, at home, for about thirty six cents per quart, using a safe, simple electronic device called a colloidal silver generator. These tiny palm-sized devices are available through a number of companies, including our favorite vendor, The Silver Edge Health & Nutritionals ( With a colloidal silver generator, there’s no reason to pay upwards of $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle of colloidal silver, when you can make your own – for the rest of your life -- for just pennies per quart!

The Bottom Line: – For well over one hundred years colloidal silver has been used with excellent results under some of the most demanding conditions. It has been used to stop colds and flu, as well as internal and external infections of all sorts, dead in their tracks. Because of that, it is now one of the most popular nutritional supplements in the world, and it may well turn out to be the answer to today’s frightening infectious disease crisis in which drug-resistant pathogens simply no longer respond to traditional prescription antibiotics.

Author's Bio: 

Steve Barwick is a natural health journalist and author of The Colloidal Silver Manual, available from Life & Health Research Group, Inc. (252-pages) at . Includes complete information on the powerful natural infection-fighting qualities of colloidal silver, and specific dosage information for literally dozens of infectious illnesses and diseases.