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Frequently Asked Questions

Silver Overview:

Silver has been used for thousands of years for the same reason we are using it now. It’s historical use by mankind as a “natural germ killer” is long and indisputable. From mankind's earliest recorded history, silver has been used in the making of food and drink vessels, as well as eating utensils. Its’ germ resistant properties provided a natural protection against bacteria borne illnesses relating to food and drink, as well as an unintended, but effective method of oral silver supplementation. Today, silver is being used in swimming pool filters, food cutting boards, medical bandages, burn dressings, and water filters for NASA.

There is some interesting research with silver prior to the advent of patented anti-biotics. A good example that is available on the Internet is "The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease" by Alfred B. Searle, the founder and owner of Searle Pharmaceuticals (now known as Monsanto). Although this book is dated in some respects, it demonstrates the research that had already been done as well as that which was ongoing in the area of colloidal silver before the advent of patented anti-biotics.

How does colloidal silver work?

According to Acupoll researchers, silver inhibits the growth of one-celled microorganisms by deactivating the organism’s oxygen metabolism enzymes. This action in turn, destroys the organism’s cell membranes, stopping the replication of the organism’s DNA.

Is colloidal silver safe?

Advanced Colloidal Silver, taken according to our serving suggestions, contains less than one third the amount of silver referenced by the EPA in their drinking water standards. The suggested daily serving contains approximately 100 micrograms of silver. The Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum daily reference dose of silver is 350 micrograms. That equates to approximately three and one half teaspoons of Advanced Colloidal Silver.

Are colloidal silver and colloidal gold drugs or do they interact with drugs?

Colloidal silver and colloidal gold are mineral supplements, not drugs. Supplementing your diet with colloidal silver or gold should be approached no differently than taking other vitamin and mineral supplements. We have seen no reports of, nor evidence of, any adverse silver or gold mineral interaction or reaction with patented "drugs", any other element, compound, or food.

Which colloidal silver is most effective, ionic or non-ionic?

There is much debate within the colloidal silver community about ionic silver vs. non-ionic silver. We believe there are misconceptions on both sides of the issue: by some that only non-ionic “silver particles” are effective and by others that “ionic silver” is more effective. The truth is: ionic silver is still silver, but electrically charged, either negative or positive. Both seem to have their own distinct advantages in different environments. Generally, ionic silver loses its effectiveness in the hydrochloric acid of the stomach becoming silver chloride and passing harmlessly out of the system.

Internally, non-ionic silver doesn’t have that limitation and is able to survive the digestive acids and be absorbed into the bloodstream where it can then act to boost the immune system. Ionic silver is very effective in environments where it isn’t required to pass through the stomach, such as in the ears, sinuses, mouth, throat, and skin. We believe that a product such as “Advanced Colloidal Silver” gives you the best of both worlds with approx. 25% ionic silver and 75% non-ionic silver particles.

How important is silver particle size?

Silver of any size can be effective against microorganisms, such as the use of silver utensils and cups, putting a silver coin in water or milk, or even wearing silver jewelry, where silver is assimilated through the skin. There is no doubt that silver is only effective to the degree that it is able to come into contact with microbes and is therefore more effective if it has a particle size small enough to get down to the cellular level. Smaller size also enables the particles to travel more easily in the body's fluid environment, giving the silver easier access to all areas of the body and to these microorganisms.

Although, we’re actually dealing with much smaller particles, microns compared to nanometers, the following analogy may give some perspective to size importance within certain parameters. Imagine a silver particle the size of a 55 gal. barrel with the outside of the barrel being the surface area that comes in contact with the surrounding environment; then compare that with the same barrel filled with silver particles the size of marbles or even BBs. There is many times more effective surface area to contact the surrounding environment with the smaller particles than with the large.

Can colloidal silver cause flu like symptoms?

When first starting silver supplementation one may experience a "healing crisis", also known as a Herxheimer's reaction. When toxins accumulate in the blood stream from dying microorganisms, it may cause flu-like symptoms, along with some usually mild diarrhea. Initially, smaller servings may be a more comfortable way to pass through this temporary malaise. When these infections have been eliminated, you will be on your way to recovery and better overall health. Also, higher water consumption away from your colloidal silver intake, may lessen the duration of these symptoms.

Does colloidal silver kill only “bad” bacteria, leaving “good” flora unaffected?

Colloidal silver does not discriminate between “good” and “bad” bacteria. It destroys all bacteria it comes into contact with. That is why we recommend that if taking more than suggested servings of silver for extended periods of time, one should supplement with acidophilus or eat live culture yogurt an hour or so afterwards to re-supply the digestive system with the “good” bacteria needed for optimum food digestion and nutrient absorption.

Can colloidal silver cause Argyria?

The only negative association made to silver in the anti-silver propaganda is the condition Argyria, an extremely rare phenomenon where silver accumulates in the tissue under the skin causing a blue or grayish tint. Even then, it isn't life threatening. There are a few cases repeatedly cited in the anti-silver propaganda. The best known and most repeated case occurred in the 1950s when a lady, who was reportedly taking a commonly prescribed silver nitrate product, developed this condition. Advanced Colloidal Silver is mineral and water only and has no gelatinous, protein, or saline bases that may be conducive to Argyria.

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