Can I Use Colloidal Silver Instead Of Antibiotics?

What is colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles of about 0.001 microns in size, and can be made at home using an affordable generator.

An electric current is passed across silver wire through distilled water. Tiny molecules of silver move out of the wire into the water, where they stay in suspension.

For the best results you need a generator that makes nano particles of silver, like this one

The smaller particles can get deeper into the cells, as they are more effective, less needs to be taken, and a higher proportion are excreted.

Historical uses of silver.

Silver has been used as an anti bactericide for thousands of years. Hippocrates used powdered silver to treat ulcers in 400 BC. 1

Ancient Romans and Greeks kept wine in silver vessels to stop it going sour ; Chinese emperors used silver chopsticks; in the Middle Ages silver plates and cutlery gave some protection to the rich from the Plague; pioneers in America and Australia put silver coins in their milk containers, water carriers and tanks to keep the water fresh; Nanox have developed a silver coated milk carton that will double the shelf life of fresh milk;2 silver leaf was used to fight wound infection during the First World War; Colloidal Silver was a known bactericide and used in hospitals for hundreds of years before antibiotics; the Swiss use for water purification; Russia and America used silver to sterilize recycled water in their spaceships. 3

Colloidal silver has been used as disinfectant of foods and water in Mexico.4

Water can be easily and cheaply purified in remote areas using colloidal silver in a ceramic filter. 5

According to the studies in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the British medical journal Lancet, and many others, colloidal silver is excellent at killing bacteria.

As far back as 1919, Alfred Searle, author of The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease, had written, “Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it 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.”

During the last century, prior to 1939, around 96 different silver medicines [some intravenous] were used and documented by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association. 

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 [in moderation is virtually non-toxic.”

So this is nothing new.

Will colloidal silver turn me blue?

There have been very little side effects reported. Paul Karason turned blue because he drank a 10 oz tumbler of colloidal silver every day!! He also put it on his face to cure dermatitis. In spite of being a heavy smoker and having several heart attacks, he still lived to 62.

Unfortunately partly because of this widely promoted story, and huge pressure from drug companies, the FDA has given colloidal silver a very bad press in the States.

Some sources state that the silver particle size made by some generators was too large, it won’t be excreted, hence the pigmentation, but the colour sometimes normalises eventually. 6

According to ‘Purest Colloidal’s’ a media company was hired by the pharmaceutical companies to scare the public so they wouldn’t use it. 7

To work out how much you can take without the risk of turning blue, The Silver Safety Calculation is 12 times pounds divided by ppm equals drops per day. 8

The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual states that of the estimated 10 million people taking colloidal silver in America, there have been less than 120 documented cases in the last 50 years of people turning blue.

What is the proof that colloidal silver is effective?

Science Digest cites colloidal silver as “…a wonder of modern medicine,” and further states, “Antibiotics kill perhaps a half dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop. Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic. Colloidal silver, used as an anti-microbial agent, will not create super bugs as antibiotics do.”

In one experiment the conclusion was’ significant growth inhibition occurred when bacteria were exposed to ionic colloidal silver, making it ‘a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent against aerobic and anaerobic bacteria’. They suggested that several applications might be required.

It also stopped the growth of some fungi. 9

Other studies showed that it caused the death of breast cancer cells, and could be used to treat that disease. 10

In Dr Becker’s book The Body Electric [ a brilliantly fascinating book, do read it!!] he reports that silver not only killed the bacteria, it also stimulated the human immune response. He suggested that lack of silver stops the immune system functioning properly.

Dr Becker also states that silver helped create healthy cells after injury.

But more amazing was that cancer cells could be changed back to normal cells when treated with electrically generated silver ions! 11

Using hair analysis he also observed that people with low levels of silver caught colds and flu more often, and had longer and more severe illnesses.

Dr. Bjorn Nordstrom of the Karolinsky Institute in Sweden has used silver in his cancer treatments for many years, and has had great success. He claims silver frequently brought rapid remission in seemingly hopeless cases.

A young boy very ill with cystic fibrosis was treated with colloidal silver, and it greatly reduced his symptoms.12

Silver can be effective against the HIV , hepatitis and herpes virus .13

In vitro experiments have shown that Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus are highly susceptible to colloidal silver treatment .14

Larry C. Ford, M.D. of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA School of Medicine, Centre For The Health Sciences reported in November 1, 1988, ” I tested them (the silver solutions) using standard anti-microbial tests for disinfectants. The silver solutions were anti-bacterial for concentrations of 105 organisms per ml of Streptococcus Pyogenes, Staphylococcus Aureus, Neisseria Gonorrhea, Gardnerella Vaginalis, Salmonella Typhi and other enteric pathogens, and fungicidal for Candida Albicans, Candida Globata and M. Furfur.”

He went on with his testing and found over over 600 different pathogens that succumbed to silver, which makes it a good broad spectrum antibiotic. According to the The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual (547-pages, Life & Health Research Group, LLC) there are a few pathogens that silver does not effect, but not many by comparison.

As there are over 22,000 known pathogens, so a lot more research still needs to be done!

Brigham Young University, published in the journal of Current Science, showed that when colloidal silver was added to certain prescription antibiotic drugs, the action of the drugs was greatly improved against drug resistant pathogens. 15

In the 1940s due to antibiotics being discovered, silver was pushed aside, except for preventing gonorrhoea as eye drops for new born babies, and topical silver salves.

In the 1970s research papers showed that silver till had its uses, and with more and more bacteria becoming resistant to antibacterial drugs, interest has grown again.

How does colloidal silver work?

The silver seems to work in 3 ways.

Firstly it disables the enzymes that single cell bacteria, virus and fungi use for respiration and metabolism.

Secondly, it carries oxygen and when it makes contact with bacteria it is released, which kills the pathogen.

Thirdly, according to the Journal of Nanobiotechnology , in vitro experiments show the silver is attached to the pathogen’s DNA , so the virus cannot reproduce.

Because of this, a resistance can’t develop to colloidal silver.

There are some negative comments online, but I m cannot find the scientific studies that back them up.

For example-

‘Colloidal silver can cause irreversible side effects, and has no health benefits when taken by mouth.’

They may have reached this conclusion because the silver particle size they used was too large or the concentration was insufficient. 16

Yet also-

‘Most of the silver taken orally is excreted, but it has seen to be deposited in the body, but with no toxic effects.’17

Once again vested interests are trying to stop us keep healthy!

How to use colloidal silver

Usually it is taken orally, straight or mixed with water, either a little dose every day, or a larger dose for a short time to clear up an infection.

Colloidal silver can be used for a wide variety of complaints, and diseases.

Some people put it in their eyes to get rid of conjunctivitis, or in their ears for an ear infection, or sprayed onto the throat for a throat infection.

When travelling it can be used to sanitise drinking water, or to stop food poisoning.

It can be put in a humidifier to kill bacteria in the air.

Swishing it round your mouth can stop gum and tooth infections.

Silver can be added to storage water tanks to stop bacteria growth. It can be added to bathwater, spas and pools instead of harsh chemicals.

Animals can be treated either topically or have a few drops put in their water.

I have used colloidal silver for years, and knew it was effective, but it wasn’t until I started doing this research that I found out just how fantastic it was.

In my opinion it is criminal that this knowledge is being suppressed. Especially for cases where all antibiotics have failed and someone has to loose a limb to stay alive!!

Colloidal silver is cheap, readily available and highly effective. Yet people who sell it in Australia and America have to call it a food supplement, and are not allowed to tell the public what amazing cures it can effect, or they will be prosecuted!

It is not something I would take every day, unless I was travelling or In hospital, but if I became ill it would be another thing I would use along with high doses of vitamin C and MMS.

It should certainly be used in hospitals to combat golden strep infections, sprayed on infected skin, and used in wound dressings.

It would be a good idea if sick rooms and hospitals were sprayed continually with it to fight air born infection.

For a good quality supply of colloidal silver contact

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For further information look at


1 Hippocrates ‘On Ulcers’ 400 BC translated by Francis Adams










11 The Body Electric. Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, by Robert O. Becker and Gary Selden. Morrow, New York 1985, ISBN 0-688-06971-1



14 Lansdown AB. Silver in health care: antimicrobial effects and safety in use. Dermatology. 2006;33:17–34. [PubMed





Dr Becker’s book The Body Electric []

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