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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • Posted March 11, 2009

Silver was probably the most powerful antibiotic, antifungal substance known prior to World War II. During this time, silver was ground up into small particles and suspended in a fluid known as colloidal silver. This type of silver was very expensive and only wealthy people could afford silver treatments.

During World War II, the methodology for making penicillin on a commercial scale was discovered and silver treatments became a thing of the past. That is until many bacterial strains became resistant to antibiotics.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, research on silver began to take place with some remarkable results. The process of making silver solutions benefited tremendously by the technology developed during this time.

Old silver solutions actually contained ground up silver particles that were difficult for the body to utilize and would tend to turn skin gray. Now, electricity is used to break down the silver particles to as small as 1/10,000 of an inch which is much smaller than you can see with the naked eye.

Reseachers discovered that silver does indeed possess antibacterial and antifungal properties particularly with the electrically generated colloidal silver. They also found that extremely small concentrations such as 5 to 6 parts per million (ppm) were actually more effective than the stronger solutions.

Silver has been used on almost any condition involving bacteria, virus, and/or fungus. These include ear infections, food poisoning, sinus infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, shingles, pink eye, yeast infections, ringworm, colitis, and many more.

Silver is very safe and can be put directly into an infected eye or ear, or it can taken internally. I have also sprayed silver directly on wasp stings and had the pain resolve in just a few minutes, leaving no swelling or other sign of the sting.

There are many studies now being run on silver particularly since it has been shown to be effective on anthrax. Clinical studies have been running for several years in Africa where silver has been used successfully on malaria.

The best silver solutions are those that are combined with oxygen that tend to make the silver more stable and more bioavailable. Stronger solutions are not necessarily better since laboratory tests show that 5 to 6 ppm is effective on most organisms.

New research shows that silver when used over time does not kill beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. There is also significant research documenting the safety of silver. This is in our latest newsletter – if you would like a copy, stop by and get one.

Margaret Durst is a naturopathic doctor who owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas.

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