Is Colloidal Silver* An Essential Mineral for good health?
In decades past, food crops were relatively high in silver content. Especially wheat and other grains, as well as fruits and vegetables.
Our drinking water also contained significant trace levels of the mineral silver.
So human intake of small amounts of silver through food and drinking water was, in times past, dramatically higher than it is today.
How Silver Intake Boosts Health and Well-Being
This is vital to understand, because clinical studies have shown that small amounts of silver circulating in the body boost immunity by triggering the infection-fighting capacity of white blood cells, as well as by increasing the body’s production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
As a mineral, silver also acts much like iron, carrying nascent oxygen on its surface throughout the human body and bringing it directly into our body’s cells and tissues in order to help clean out dead cells and oxygenate live cells.
Plus, silver itself is antimicrobial. In other words, it kills pathogens. In fact, it’s the world’s most powerful natural infection-fighting agent. And it just happens to be a safe, natural mineral in the same class as iron, zinc, copper, chromium and other beneficial minerals.
These facts have led many cutting edge researchers to conclude that in years past the relatively high levels of the mineral silver in our food and drinking water helped maintain our health and well-being and protected us against infection and related infectious diseases, as well.
No Longer the Case
But this natural protective barrier provided by silver against infectious illness is no longer valid. That’s because silver levels in food crops and drinking water have plummeted precipitously over the past 75 years, and continue to plummet.
You see, as I’ll show you directly below, modern farming practices have left our farming soil stripped bare of its previous levels of silver. What’s more, any trace levels of silver left in our drinking water are neutralized by the toxic chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia and bromine now used as disinfectants in municipal drinking water systems.
One of the earliest clinical studies reporting specifically on silver content in the foods we eat was conducted in 1940, by researcher R.A. Kehoe of UCLA. This study reported that an average daily intake of fruit and vegetables would provide between 50-100 mcg of silver as trace elements.
But by 1975 the amount of silver found in our diet – both food and water together – had dropped to staggeringly low levels. In fact, it just about fell off the scale. Researchers found it necessary to use picograms (one trillionth of a gram) as the unit of measurement of silver in food and water instead micrograms (one millionth of a gram).
As shown in the “Report of the Task Group on Reference Man” by clinical researcher W.S. Snyder, by 1975 the average daily human dietary intake (including fluids) of silver was estimated to be a paltry 70 pg/day.
Yes, in just the 35 years between 1940 and 1975, silver levels in foods and drinking water plunged from being measured in millionths of a gram to trillionths of a gram. In other words, barely perceptible amounts.
This is indeed a startling drop in the silver content of our food crops and drinking water.
But that’s nothing. By 1989 when the comprehensive 749 page book “Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk” was published – documenting the content of vitamins, minerals and other trace elements in foods and explaining their value to our health -- silver was no longer even mentioned as one of the trace elements being found in food.
“Lucy, You Have Some ‘Splaining to Do”
Could this dramatic drop in the silver content of food and water explain why, in decades past, people often went for years, and sometimes even for decades without getting a cold or experiencing flu or pneumonia?
Could it help explain why today most people end up with some kind of cold, flu or other upper respiratory infection two or three times a year?
Could it explain why the rate children’s ear infections are now off-the-charts? Or why the rate of infections from vector-borne disease – i.e., insects like ticks, mosquitoes, flies, fleas and mites – has more than doubled in recent decades, with diseases like Lyme disease now reaching epidemic proportions?
Could it explain why deaths from common stomach infections – food poisoning and other related infections -- have risen by 200% in recent years? Or why the CDC now admits that annual deaths from flu and pneumonia have reached “epidemic levels”?
Could it explain the dramatic rise in Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Fibromyalgia? Or why systemic Candida yeast infections are now so endemic in the population?
Finally, can it explain why so many tens of millions of people now suffer from low immunity and frequent infectious disease? In short, can the staggering drop over the past 75 years in the silver content of our foods and drinking water explain why it’s so darn easy to get sick these days?
Silver’s Profoundly Beneficial Effects
While the FDA claims there’s no relationship whatsoever between human intake of silver and improved health, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., former surgeon and clinical researcher at Syracuse Medical University, vehemently disagreed.
As one of the pioneers of modern research into the healing benefits of electrically generated silver, Dr. Becker wrote that his studies had led him to believe that the lower one’s bodily silver levels are, the more sickness and disease one is likely to have. He wrote:
“While analyzing hair samples and questioning the parties involved, I noticed the correlation between low silver levels and sickness.
People who showed low silver levels in their hair analysis were frequently sick. They seemed to have innumerable colds, flu, fevers, and various other sicknesses.
I believe that a silver deficiency may be the key to the improper function of the immune system."
Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D., of the famous Tahoma Clinic in Washington State, agrees, stating that silver boosts the ability of white blood cells to destroy germs. As stated in his article, “Stop Supergerms in Their Tracks with One Powerful Silver Bullet”:
“In 1909, the Journal of the American Medical Association was the first medical journal to point out that colloidal silver could actually increase our immune cells' phagocytic index.
In the past few years, more studies have shown that silver ions greatly enhance the essential second part of the phagocytic index -- the part where the germ is digested by our immune cells.
This is brought about because silver ions increase the "digesting juices" (what you know as hydrogen peroxide) of these immune cells so they’re better able to destroy pathogens."
And as the famous Dr. Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND and Ma Lan, MD, MSb, and author of Rare Earths, Forbidden Cures has stated:
“Silver has been employed in human health care and in the search for immortality since the days of the Chinese alchemist 8,000 years ago. Many feel that silver is in fact an essential element, not because it is required for an enzyme system, but rather as a systemic disinfectant and immune system support."
What’s more, according to clinical researcher V. Edwards-Jones, writing in Letters in Applied Microbiology, in an article titled, “The Benefits of Silver in Hygiene, Personal Care and Healthcare”:
"Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent to reduce bio-burden and prevent infection…Increasing evidence of improved antimicrobial activity of nanoparticles of silver and possible dual immunomodulatory effects are exciting."
Dr. Kent Holtorf, of the Holtorf Medical Group, agrees, stating that in spite of FDA protests to the contrary, silver may well indeed be a natural component of the human immune system:
“There is evidence that silver is a natural critical component of our immune system and that low tissue levels associated with a dietary deficiency may result in a relatively weakened immune system, making one more prone to infection.”
And finally, as Dr. Ron Surowitz, head of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, has stated:
“...It's interesting how many of my patients with infections improve so rapidly with the use of Colloidal Silver. It enhances the immune system whereas prescription antibiotic drugs tend to cause Candida yeast overgrowth...”
So in spite of the FDA’s long-stated contention that silver has no benefit in the human body, many cutting edge researchers believe that intake of small daily dietary amounts of silver work to keep us well by boosting immunity and oxygenating our cells and tissues while simultaneously helping prevent the over-colonization of the body by infectious microbes.
Where to Find Colloidal Silver
Use of liquid colloidal silver is the most popular way of keeping a little bit of immune-boosting and infection-fighting silver circulating in your body at all times.
Tens of millions of people worldwide use colloidal silver orally, in small amounts ranging from a teaspoon to an ounce a day (depending upon body weight), to help ward off colds, flu and other upper respiratory infections, and to help boost overall health, well-being and immune system function.
The anti-cancer benefits of colloidal silver are also now becoming well-known. And so are its remarkable skin-healing benefits... sinus infection benefits ...ear infection benefits ...eye infection benefits...anti-viral benefits...anti-fungal benefits...anti-bacterial benefits... pet health benefits...and much more....
....So if you’re new to colloidal silver usage and are wondering where to buy it, it’s important to know that you can find it in just about any well-stocked health food store in America.
Steve Barwick, Author and well-known natural health journalist.
* This article references colloidal silver as an example of one form of silver that can be used as a mineral supplement. At Vital Silver we recommend using Structured Silver, a newer form of silver that is the result of the advances in technology over the past decade. Structured Silver is known to be 40% more effective than the most commonly used form of silver, colloidal silver. While colloidal silver is proven to kill bacteria, yeast, and some viruses, colloidal silver is limited in scope, as a single molecule of colloidal silver only kills a single pathogen before it is rendered ineffective. Structured Silver due to its advanced molecular structure kills the same pathogens as colloidal silver, but remains active continuing to destroy multiple pathogens as it moves through the body until it is safely excreted.