Could the use of colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic that has been used for thousands of years, be a key answer to today’s problem of pharmaceutical antibiotic overuse leading to drug-resistant pathogens?
The beginning of the end for pharmaceutical antibiotics is blamed on its overuse, both with overly prescribing for humans and overuse with Big Ag and Dairy livestock. This rising problem is known as antibiotic drug resistance.
Ironically, the more complex the chemistry of pharmaceutical antibiotics, the easier it is for pathogenic bacteria to figure them out and develop a resistance to them. This has been occurring with almost all pharmaceutical antibiotics. But this phenomena doesn’t exist with natural colloidal silver.
Pathogenic bacteria haven’t figured out a way around silver even after centuries of use. Before methods of suspending silver particles in distilled water as colloidal silver, silver coins and containers were used to prevent harmful bacteria from forming in the foods, beverages, and water contained.
Antibiotics are prescribed even when patients have viral infections, adding to their overuse.
Colloidal silver is not only an antibiotic, it is also anti-viral and anti-fungal. Antiviral pharmaceuticals tend to be ineffective and dangerous with huge side effects or long-term lowered immunity and sub-clinical issues created by upsetting the intestinal microbiome balance.
So why aren’t MDs recommending it? Why has the EU banned colloidal silver sales even as a supplement from January of 2010 on?
In the USA, after the FDA failed to ban colloidal silver sales as a supplement, the agency made it clear that colloidal silver products could not be promoted to cure anything. The FDA has a cooperating relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.
No, You Won’t Turn Blue if you Take Colloidal Silver
Let’s get this out of the way first, since “yeah, but I don’t wanna turn blue” is the objection thrown out upon recommending the use of colloidal silver over taking antibiotics. It’s based on the mainstream media’s publicity of the “blue man” or “papa smurf” man who used excessive amounts of home-made colloidal silveron a daily basis for many years and developed a rare permanent skin condition called argyria (ar-JI-ree-a).
His homemade colloidal silver was crude with silver particulates larger than what commercial producers manage, and consuming a pint or more daily is way beyond what is recommended for even extreme conditions.
Despite his vivid blueness, he was otherwise healthy and never even had a cold for years. He passed away from heart failure and stroke in his 60s.
This type of colloidal silver negative press gets more play in Wikipedia and other pro-pharmaceutical industry anti-natural remedy media outlets than the large number of patients who suffer serious negative consequences from pharmaceutical antibiotics on a regular basis.
How Colloidal Silver Works
Silver’s antimicrobial is actually recognized by mainstream medicine, which uses silver-coated surgical instruments and catheters to inhibit infections, especially from antibiotic-resistant germs, such as MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).
The possibility of silver resistance developing with these topical applications has been a slight concern. But when it comes to colloidal silver suspended in distilled water solutions, Lucian Lucia, Associate Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, and George John, Chemist, City College of New York agree that:
… bacteria cannot build up a resistance to silver nanoparticles as they can to antibiotics, because of the way the silver nanoparticle attacks — destroying the structure of the cells and killing them. Antibiotics, on the other hand, suppress the activity of bacteria [dividing and multiplying] but don’t necessarily kill them. That’s the beauty of silver. There’s no way to develop a resistance to it.(Source)