Last Modified on Nov 25, 2014
While researchers debate the efficacy of colloidal silver, patient reports solidify the compound as not only effective but useful on a variety of levels. A silver residue of sorts, colloidal silver has been used as a medical treatment aid for decades and continues to be used by practitioners of holistic medicine today. Silver is a substance found naturally in food and water that, when used in moderation, has a number of positive effects on the health.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver and formulations of various silver salts have been used since the early 20th century. The compound is considered a colloid, which consists of miniscule silver particles suspended in liquid. Available specifically as an alternative medicine, colloidal silver is often considered a “cure-all” as it has so many purposes. Although the supplement is an effective treatment option for many ailments, care must be taken when using it because it can cause some adverse effects including allergic reactions, interactions with prescription medication and discoloration of the skin.
Health Benefits of Colloidal Silver
While many medical proponents believe colloidal silver peaked as a popular treatment in the 1920s and 1930s, it is still available on the market and remains a viable treatment option. In fact, the compound is still often found in mainstream medications, particularly those used to combat fungus in the body.
Additionally, colloidal silver can be used to treat a variety of common conditions including those of the skin, digestive system and others. The compound is most often used to treat burns, as it repairs skin and tissue damage, and to prevent scars. Rashes, cysts and acne can also be treated using the compound.
As it is an easily digestible compound that readily absorbs into the organs, colloidal silver is particularly important for boosting the immune system. It can also be used to treat colds, flu viruses, intestinal parasites, bladder and urinary tract infections and a variety of other conditions.
Colloidal silver has been used as a health remedy throughout history and continues to be an effective treatment option today. With applications ranging from minor skin conditions to more severe digestive and cardiovascular disease, colloidal silver is and will continue to be an important natural remedy.
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The Environmental Protection Agency's Website contains an article on silver (apparently from June 10, 2009) entitled:
"Residues of Silver in Foods from Food Contact Surface Sanitizing Solutions; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance"
The location, if the editor wishes to include it is:
The paper discusses the possible toxicity of silver, and appears to indicate that argyria is the first observable undesirable consequence of silver ingestion, and that an individual would have to ingest much more silver than the amount that causes argyria in order to achieve the next undesireable consequences: "In laboratory species, the effects of silver toxicity have been reported to involve pathology to the liver (necrosis) and kidney (thickening of the basement membranes of the glomeruli), and, at elevated levels, death." The paper indicates animals do not appear to react to silver the way people do, and therefor make poor test subjects.
The paper states:
"3. Aggregate cancer risk for U.S. population. Available animal and
human experience through occupational and medicinal exposure scenarios
have not indicated a carcinogenic potential for silver. Therefore,
silver is not expected to be carcinogenic to humans particularly in
light of its low systemic toxicity potential and our understanding of
4. Determination of safety. Based on these risk assessments, EPA
concludes that there is reasonable certainty that no harm will result
to the general population or to infants and children from aggregate
exposure to silver residues."
Have I understood the legalese correctly?