Does Colloidal Silver Turn You Blue?

| Modified on Feb 02, 2024
Posted by Art (California) on 10/01/2019 2218 posts

True colloidal silver has not been shown in studies to turn anyone blue. Ionic silver can potentially cause argyria, but it would take very high dosing for a very long time of everyday use which there is no reason for.

Colloidal silver is a broad spectrum antibacterial and antiviral with modest antifungal qualities. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities, but that aspect of CS is not as well studied. Other forms of silver such as silver chloride may have more potential to cause argyria, but not a ton of research on that aspect.


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Posted by Jenn M. (Cobborra, Australia) on 02/23/2019

I learnt about C.S from observing migrant women in their 80's, 90's and a couple a tad older who made their silver with a very simple pack of 2x 9volt batteries in a mining town in outback Australia. Often with no fridge just a generator, and doing it tough in temps and living conditions most people would balk at, they made their silver, strained it and drank a couple of tablespoons daily. Also used it for their animals and all cuts and grazes, and spider bites.

Mind you, many of these women were still working an 8-10 hr day working underground in mines. Attributed no doubt to their daily use of silver. As for Agryia, a full article (including photos of The Blue Man) are available on WebMed the medical site that many health practitioners use, and especially when you tell them that you use it.. It's like the Holy Grail of CS.

My new specialist was horrified when I told him I sprayed it on my ulcers, which ultimately improved out of sight, I might add, but he printed off the article from WebMed just to show me it causes blue skin. We know that it is utter rot because you'd have to be consuming a lot of large doses daily. And generally unfiltered. Today we are more sophisticated! We filter everything, sometimes twice depending on it's use and I have never had a bad reaction to anything I have applied it too. Only good stuff.

My second specialist is a really old guy who was delighted when I told him I was using CS as an antibacterial spray. He told me that in the days when penicillin was only new, Dr's still used CS for antibacterial use, along with Potassium permanganate for washing....( as much crystals as would fit on the edge of a matchstick) so I too use both with excellent results. One thing tho, CC stains permanently on material and can leave your fingers and your containers with brown stains that will eventually fade.

This has gone a bit off track but is all true and excellent stuff!

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Posted by Freda (British Columbia ) on 01/07/2019

I have heard from numerous people how Colliodal silver has benefited them. There are also many people denying that Colloidal silver does not turn you blue.

Argyria Remedies
Posted by Art (California) on 01/13/2024 2218 posts

Hi Sheena,

My understanding of the process of argyria suggests that it is irreversible. The process involves silver ions freely entering cells because of their very small particle size, but once inside the cell it can bind with other cell components and once the silver ion binds to another cell component, it becomes too large to be able to freely exit the cell and if the cell is near the surface of the skin, it is photoreactive and takes on a blue to gray color.

It is thought to happen when a person is exposed to very large amounts of ionic silver for an extended period of time, among other ways, such as via certain occupational exposures or medications.


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Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 12/15/2021

hello Art, I've enjoyed your article on Colloidal Silver, but one paragraph kind of confused me although I think I have it figured out right now. I wanted to add it in as an image in case you think it could be worded a bit differently.

But Mainly, I'm writing because I wanted to know if the picture of the Earth Clinic Colloidal Silver is the silver that you are talking about? Possibly your recipe? I am seriously considering purchasing a bottle, Denise

Best Capping Agent
Posted by Daryl (Arkansas) on 01/14/2019

Art, what capping agent should be used and at what point in the process?

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Posted by Art (California) on 02/02/2024 2218 posts

Hi Casey,

Since you asked, I went and read excerpts from an article written by him here :

Here is a quote from his article :

' The properties of dissolved nanosilver are completely different than suspended colloidal silver. Nanosilver is unaffected by sunlight, magnetic fields or freezing. '

This statement is incorrect because nanosilver is the same as silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and when you freeze AgNPs and then thaw it, the silver will aggregate and the product will no longer be viable. Here is a discussion on that topic from a company that manufactures AgNPs : silver nanoparticles at 2, silver nanoparticles will irreversibly aggregate.

Here is a relevant article quote :

' Do NOT freeze. If frozen, the silver nanoparticles will irreversibly aggregate. '

He also uses the term "nanosilver" and the term "colloidal silver" to mean two different things, but they are essentially the same with the exception that colloidal silver can exceed 100 nm in particle size whereas silver nanoparticles should not exceed 100 nm.

He would not be someone that I myself would feel confident in regarding information on AgNPs.

There is a lot of different and conflicting information on the web regarding AgNPs, so it is not easy to determine what is fact or fiction when it comes to colloidal silver. I try to refer to silver nanoparticle studies when I am looking for answers regarding AgNPs.


Best Capping Agent
Posted by Art (California) on 01/14/2019

Daryl, I use gelatin to cap, but mostly only for higher parts per million batches like 320 ppm. I make a 250 ml beaker at a time and I add 1/4 teaspoon of gelatin before I begin my run.

Argyria Remedies
Posted by Lisa (Jax, FL) on 01/14/2024

Hi Sheena,

I always read it was irreversible also, but did read something about lasers a few years back. Here are two references I found. You would need to sign in or subscribe to read, but I believe there are even more out there. Hopeful! Sorry for the cut and paste.

1. Gottesman SP, Goldberg GN. Immediate Successful Treatment of Argyria With a Single Pass of Multiple Q-Switched Laser Wavelengths. JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(5):623–624. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.234 (sorry, couldn't get a link; have to sign in).

2. 1064 nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser for the treatment of Argyria: a systematic review

R.D. Griffith, B.J. Simmons, F.N. Bray, L.A. Falto-Aizpurua, M.-A. Yazdani Abyaneh, K. Nouri
First published: 06 April 2015

Argyria Remedies
Posted by Sheena (kansas city, mo.) on 01/13/2024

Hi, I was wondering if anyone on here has found any kind of lightening cure for Argyria. I would appreciate any help that you might know of...Thanks so much...

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Posted by Casey (Columbus, OH) on 02/01/2024

I have recently been doing a lot of research about Colloidal Silver. I have read many articles from Terry Chamberlin with The Natural Health Library and I was wondering if you have ever read any of his articles? If you have what do you think of them? He has many articles that have studies and research that back them. I am open to seeing all sides as I just want to understand it all but the information in the article written here will Colloidal silver turn you blue is very conflicting from his information. I'm so new to this, any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance for helping me understand.