Institute for Alternative Health Research
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIFFERENCES IN SILVER PRODUCTS

Most people buying colloidal silver find it difficult to understand the many differences and the different explanations of the different suppliers.

We at the Institute for Alternative Health Research have been concerned with the many disputes as to what the differences are in products being called colloidal silver and what differences are important and what types of such products may be dangerous. Our conclusions are summed up in the following article by Dr. Thomas Porter MD PHD:

First of all what are the different substances marketed as colloidal silver?

Some claim to be patented. If it is patented, it cannot be a silver colloid. It may be a colloid of some silver chemical. The research on colloidal silver over the last one-hundred and fifty years cannot be applied to it.

We find some products sold as colloidal silver are actually a colloid, that is they are actually silver particles suspended in distilled water. They show the tindle effect when a light is passed through them, the standard test for a colloid.

However, some are diluted silver nitrate and others are other diluted silver chemicals, mostly silver salts. These chemicals do not show the tindle effect and are not a colloid. Most of these are not soluble. We find these are the ones which produce argyrea (the discoloration of the skin). This seems to be caused by the silver lodging in the tissues and not dissolving out. This is similar to the process of producing black and white photographic pictures. The photographs cannot be produced by pure silver. It requires a silver salt. They are usually sold as at least 500 PPM and often into the thousands of PPM. Buyers are led to believe they are highly effective because of their high PPM. However, they are not effective because the silver is bound by the other components of the chemical and they do produce the discoloration of the skin.

Most other silver products are produced by an electrolytic process. This process has its production problems. The main problem is, pure water will not conduct electricity. Therefore many products sold as colloidal silver are produced by adding table salt to the water. This is a simple process. The problem with these products is the silver is highly active with other substances, in this case the sodium in the sodium chloride. This produces silver chloride along with some ionic silver. The ionic silver is fine. However, the silver chloride is non-soluble and produces argyrea. Among these cases of argyrea are those from various other silver salts. Most cases of argyrea are caused by non soluble chemicals and the silver chloride from the various forms I have discussed above.

Some products sold as colloidal silver are produced by precipitating silver out of a chemical form of silver. The problem here is this leaves the silver plus the chemical used to precipitate the silver out. This can produce various problems depending on the chemical used to precipitate the silver out and other conditions.

The most effective products are the most expensive to produce. They are produced by electrolysis and in pure water. The common products produced this way are simply a true silver colloid. The electrolytic process naturally produces ionic silver. That is to say the silver particles naturally have a positive electrical (ionic) charge produced by the electrolysis.

One of the main debates on the subject of silver colloids is whether it should be ionic or non ionic. An academic study of this seems to make that issue clear. Bacteria are of two kinds, aerobic, which require an oxygenated environment and which are friendly and produce many of the essential nutrients we require. These bacteria have a positive ionic charge, the same as ionic silver. Ionic silver is a miniature positive magnet. It is very powerful for its size. Thus, the aerobic friendly bacteria are repelled from the ionic silver, like all magnets of the same polarity. The second type of bacteria are anaerobic most of which cannot tolerate free oxygen but instead require dissolved oxygen. These anaerobic, often disease causing bacteria, have a negative charge and are strongly attracted to the positive charge of the silver ion. Thus the silver ion literally hunts down and grabs the anaerobic bacteria and will not let go. It is thereby captured and harmless. Fungus, candida albacans, viri, and many parasites are also negatively Ionically charged and effectively treated with ionic silver. None of this is true of non-ionic silver.

Another common issue is whether the size of the silver particles is important. It is generally considered that the smaller the particle size the more effective the product is. The question of PPM confuses most users.

To make this subject clear, if you put a 1 mg bar of silver in one million parts of water you would have 1 PPM. I do not recommend you drink it. If you break that bar of silver down into a thousand pieces you would have 1000 PPM, an effective colloid. So you see the parts per million is important and the smaller the particle size the higher the parts per million.

However, the number of ionized particles may or may not be increased. Particle size is only half of the issue. Along with the particle size it is necessary that these smaller particles are ionic. In our testing, we find ionization to be the critical factor of effectiveness. All of the silver products seem to have some effectiveness. But the silver chemicals which do not appear to be ionic seem to have little effect. However, all of the products seem to test some ionic charge. Exactly how they pick up this charge is not clear. But the more ionic charge the product tests, the more effective it seems to test in killing dangerous bacteria and other pathogens as well as healing wounds.

Some argue that as the silver colloid passes through the hydrochloric acid in the stomach, it loses its charge, academically this seems like a possibility. However, our tests seem to indicate otherwise. The stronger the ionic charge to begin with the more effective it tested, both for internal use and for wounds.

Above are the results of our tests on several popular products.

Product

Live-Silver

ASAP

Sovereign Silver

Source Natural Ultra Colloidal

Natural Path 500 PPM

Medical Journal MSP 500 PPM

Meso Silver

KILL TIME (E. Coli)
In Minutes and Seconds

1 Minute and 56 Seconds

2 Minutes and 32 Seconds

2 Minutes and 52 Seconds

3 Minutes and 8 Seconds

3 Minutes and 12 Seconds

3 Minutes and 14 Seconds

3 Minutes and 17 Seconds

TOXICITY

None

None

None

None

Medium

Medium

None

 

COLOR

Clear

Clear

Yellow

Brown

Yellow

Chemical

Brown

WATER USED

Distilled Water

Deionized Water

Deionized Water

Deionized Water

Deionized Water

Deionized Water

Deionized Water

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