Actually, ionic colloidal silver solutions are not in the least bit inferior to particulate colloidal silver soutions. Unfortunately, the myth that the particulate form of colloidal silver is somehow superior to the ionic form has been perpetrated by some individuals on the internet who have a financial self-interest in selling an overly-expensive bottled commercial particulate-based colloidal silver product.

The reality is that the ionic form of colloidal silver is the form used in hundreds of clinical studies carried out since the early 1900's. Even Dr. Robert O. Becker's ground-breaking research into the effectiveness of electrically generated silver ions, conducted at Syracuse Medical University during the 1970's and 1980's, attributed the astonishing infection-fighting power of silver to the silver ion, i.e., the ionic form.

What's more, Dr. Becker used a small electrical device that generated very low micro-amps of current in order to produce his silver ions within the human body -- a device very much like the tiny colloidal silver generators used today which also exclusively make the ionic form of colloidal silver ingested daily by millions of people across North America to fight off or prevent infections, colds, flus, and even help heal serious chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr. Becker's research into electrically generated silver ions (i.e., the ionic form of silver) is largely credited with bringing the healing capacity of colloidal silver to the attention of natural health enthusiasts throughout North America.

Laboratory tests conducted since that time have demonstrated that the ionic form of colloidal silver is up to 10,000 times more effective than the particulate form. This may sound astonishing, even unbelievable, considering the internet propaganda on behalf of the particulate form of colloidal silver. But it is true.

Below I will quote (with permission) directly from an article titled "Comparative Analysis Study Shows Ionic Silver to Be Up to 10,000 Times More Effective Than Particulate Colloidal Silver: the End of the Great Particulate vs. Ionic Silver Debate," written by former U.S. Army medic by R.D. Todd:

"The results were astonishing! With or without the HCl mixture added, the Staphylococcus cultures (both S-1 and S-2) on the plates were virtually eradicated in just four minutes when treated with ionic silver. But the culture plates treated with the so-called “true colloid” particulate silver showed only a slight reduction in the bacterial count!

"The principal conclusions from the study are as follows:

• Before being treated with HCl, the ionic species of silver achieves total kill in four minutes, and is at least 100 times more potent than the particulate form of silver.

• The particulate form of silver, which does contain a small amount of silver-ions, loses almost all its antibacterial potency when the ionic silver component is removed (a result of the reaction to HCl).

• Comparative antibacterial potency loss in ionic-silver, due to the same HCl treatment, is negligible.

• After being treated with HCl, under the same experimental conditions, the ionic-silver is now shown to be a whopping 10,000 times more potent than the particulate silver."

The results of this study clearly show that ionic species of silver dramatically outperformed the particulate species of silver. In fact, it was not even close!

The facts are: ionic-silver killed all S. aureus microorganisms with only a four minute exposure while the particulate species product was only marginally bactericidal at best, which can be attributed to the small amount of ionic silver found in it.

In the newly updated edition of the The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual (547-pages, Life & Health Research Group, Inc.) there are over 158 clinical studies listed that demonstrate the astonishing effectiveness of the ionic form of colloidal silver.

For example, studies like the ones conducted at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, which is home of the world renowned Army Burn Center operated by the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, have proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that it is the ionic form of silver that is necessary to healing.

The Army Burn Center has been at the forefront of research and development of burn treatments and has been researching the use of silver in medicine for decades. To quote Albert T. McManus, MD, Chief of Microbiology at the Army Burn Center who conducted one such study, “…conversion of silver to silver ions is necessary for efficacy”. In other words, for silver to do its infection-fighting and immune-boosting work, it must first be converted into the ionic form.

There is a reason why millions of people worldwide have been using the ionic form of colloidal silver with great success for decades! Simply put, because it is the form that works!

Author's Bio: 

Steve Barwick has been a natural health journalist for over 30 years with hundreds of articles to his credit. He is also the author or co-author, editor and publisher of five books on natural health and survival topics, including the newly updated 547-page book, The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual.

Barwick is also the featured guest star of the newly released studio-quality 60-minute Colloidal Silver Secrets video. You can learn more about his books and the video at

Barwick also blogs on the topic of colloidal silver at and is known as the resident colloidal silver advocate at