Silver Products Safety:
Compiled by Walter Sorochan

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All silver products being sold are not equal.  Indeed some may be less safe than others.  The new silver kid on the block, silver sol, was given FDA approval as a medical product; it is a safe product.

There has been some concern about nanosilver killing off bacteria in the colon.  Here is information on this issue:

 Silver does NOT destroy Good bacteria 

Two independent studies have been completed by two different major labs, testing the effect of American Biotech Labs’ ASAP nano-silver on probiotic or friendly and needed digestive bacteria. Both studies found that ASAP nano-silver products would not even inhibit the growth of probiotic bacteria at all levels at which it is being used.

ASAP solutions at both 10 & 22 ppm concentrations have not demonstrated anti-probiotic activity. This makes ASAP the “ antibiotic of choice,” with no side effects and not disturbing your body’s natural host defense mechanism. It complements therapy by sparing essential host microflora as well as concomitant oral lactobacilli therapy given as an adjunct.

Source: ABL, “selective inaction of ASAP on probiotics,” March 2004.    Silver on probiotics    Keith Moeller, "Nano-Silver Proven Safe For Humans," American Biotech Labs     Moeller

Is Colloidal silver safe? Can you take it everyday?

FDA could find no adverse events, no reported deaths, no allergic reactions, no harmful drug interactions and "no cases of Argyria from colloidal silver made with AC or DC current."  [ 19. Friedman ]  ["Nano-particles Silver," Info about Health, August 3rd, 2009.]    Nano-particles Silver – Nano Silver August 3rd, 2009    Moeller: How safe is silver sol?  

Safety of Silver Sol:  In 2009, FDA approved the sale of two silver-sol gel products that ABL makes.  Approval of other silver-sol nano-particle solution products is pending. These are the only silver colloidal nano-particle products approved by the FDA.  FDA approval implies that the products are safe when used as prescribed. Numerous studies over the past 100 years have confirmed that colloidal silver is safe for humans and most animals but lethal to lower form organisms. [1. 2. Apsley ]   [ 23. Gros et la.]   [ 30. Jansson ]  [ 33. Lide ]   [46. Russell et la., ]   [ 47. Schauss ]  [ 57. The silver edge Ford UCLA ] Russell and his team of researchers conducted a comprehensive review of the medical literature that confirmed pure colloidal silver's safety. [ 46. Russell et la., ]   [ 77. ASLab tests for silver ]

However ...  all of the silver salts are identified as toxic, although the only adverse effect noted is Argyria. Therefore the concern is with silver salts and not Colloidal Silver.

Potential Danger: None. Due to the very low concentration of ionic silver and small particle size, true silver colloids do not cause argyria [ which turns your skin blue-gray color. ]. Some brands with high concentrations of silver may actually not be completely safe. High concentrations of silver do not kill disease germs more effectively than the safe range of 3 to 5 parts per million (ppm.) [ 13. Dr. Marcola ] Indeed, higher concentrations may be dangerous.

Organizations Declaring Colloidal Silver is Safe
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]
Poison Control Center
Center for Disease Control [CDC]
World Health Organization [WHO]

There has never been a reported drug interaction reported between colloidal silver [ CS ] and any other medication. [ 38. Natural health & longevity ] The silver-salt products reported to have caused argyria contained concentrations of silver that were over 3,000 times the concentration found in Silver Biotics products. [ 31. Juniper ]

"Most cases of Argyria reported in the medical literature over the last 100 years involved chronic intravenous or intramuscular use of the silver preparations, most often involving a silver drug prescribed by physicians which in most cases contained the salt, silver nitrate. Other cases of Argyria reported in the medical literature involve application of silver preparations used for many months or years in the treatment of the eye or vagina for certain diseases. Researchers Alexander and Schauss could not locate a single case of orally consumed colloidal silver manufactured in the last 25 years causing Argyria in our review of the literature. This is probably due to the low levels of silver contained in such preparations, since only very small amounts of silver are needed for its antiseptic effect. Humans consume approximately 100 micrograms of silver every day in the diet.

Additional amounts within this range would be considered safe by all reasonable estimates, especially if the amount needed to develop Argyria would be equivalent of 380,000 micrograms (or 3.8 grams) of silver a day. As for the efficacy of silver preparations, Schauss found considerable scientific evidence published over the last 75 years that a number of silver compounds can be effective germicidal (antiseptic) agents against several hundred pathogenic organisms. However, silver is not termed an antibiotic as some have claimed because an antibiotic by definition is derived from a living organism." [ Source: Schauss Alexander G., Ph.D., John Hopkins University, "Silver's Safety and Efficacy." ]  Schauss on silver safety  

"The only negative effect reported by CS users is a phenomenon called the "Herxheimer effect", named after Doctor Karl Herxheimer (who identified this phenomenon). Sometimes, when a person starts off for the first time ingesting a large amount of CS or solver sol, these silver products are so efficient at killing pathogens in the body that the body cannot adequately dispose of the dead pathogens through the normal eliminative organs, and it resorts to the secondary ones, the lungs, sinuses and skin. Or the silver product user may experience diarrhea, as the body tries to flush itself out. In that case, one merely needs to reduce or temporarily stop using the silver product until the healing crisis is over, and then start taking smaller amounts."

CAUTION: If your body is extremely ill or toxic: "do not be in a hurry to clear up everything at once. If pathogens are killed off too quickly, the body's five eliminatory channels (liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and bowel) may be temporarily overloaded, causing flu-like conditions, headache, extreme fatigue, dizziness, nausea or aching muscles. Ease off on the silver product to a smaller amount and increase your distilled water intake. Regular bowel movements are a must in order to relieve the discomforts of detoxification. Resolve to reduce sugar and saturated fats from the diet, and exercise more. Given the opportunity, the body's natural ability to heal may amaze you." [ 29. Interesting Information about Colloidal Silver Water ]

Testimonial:   Testimonial Great Uncle Jack

Additional Reference:

Toxicological profile for silver, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 1990. . Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service. Toxicological profile for silver. (ATSDR). 1990

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