When you hear the word “antibiotics” what comes to mind?
For me, it often brings to mind expensive prescriptions, gastrointestinal side effects and the building blocks for dangerous new superbugs like MRSA CC5 - now resistant to the last-line defensive drugs available from modern medicine.
Conventional medicine has its place. If I break my arm, yes, I’m going to see the doctor. But far too often “modern” medicine means using “treatments” that magnify the problems you’re trying to fix.
That’s why our family chooses to use less invasive yet proven natural remedies whenever possible. Like the powerful antibiotic straight from nature that recently healed a stubborn infection in my two-year-old’s thumb.
With seven children in our family, we see our share of bumps, bruises and boo-boos. And we see our share of sicknesses and even occasional infections, too.
Recently, our two-year-old son, Jeremiah, ended up with a persistent infection in his right thumb. It turned an angry red with pus oozing out of the corner of his thumbnail.
We started treating his thumb by having him soak it several times a day in a solution of warm Epsom salt water with Melaleuca alternifolia (“tea tree”) oil and grapefruit seed extract mixed in. When he wasn’t soaking his thumb we alternately applied a triple antibiotic ointment cream or tea tree oil to the infected spot. While these measures prevented the spread of infection his thumb refused to improve.
That’s when we brought out the “big gun” of natural antibiotics: colloidal silver. We gave Jeremiah a half teaspoon dose of 30ppm colloidal silver by mouth twice that day and taped a cottonball soaked in the same solution to his thumb. By the next morning his infection was gone.
Nature’s Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic
In May of this year, scientists began warning the public about a new deadly strain of MRSA that is now resistant to even the most powerful, last-line antibiotics available to treat infections: vancomycin.
This is a deadly serious concern.
But what concerns me even more is the lack of public knowledge on the use of silver to wipe out life-threatening infections. Especially since the medical community has known about - but covered up - this ancient cure for decades.
Way back in the 1970s, Dr. Robert Becker started conducting experimental research on the use of electrical micro-currents to help heal infected bone fractures. He was astonished to discover that silver particles from the electrodes eliminated ALL nearby infections.
Dr. Becker went on to state, “What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries... All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics... In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”
Let me point out a few facts Dr. Becker just mentioned:
- Silver has been a proven antibiotic for centuries
- All organisms tested - including antibiotic resistant strains - are sensitive to silver
- There were no undesirable side effects
The fact is Dr. Becker merely rediscovered mother nature’s most powerful and safe antibiotic. Over half a century earlier, Alfred Searle had already written about the tremendous effectiveness silver has against toxic microbes:
“Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results... it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.”
Repeated research has proven the safety and effectiveness of silver at wiping out harmful pathogens. Bacteria, viruses and fungi are all targeted by this natural cure.
Powerful Enough for the Whole Community
Silver is powerful enough to be used as the sole disinfectant in water supplies.
In 2000, the water supply of the 60,000 resident community of Grecia, Costa Rica was found to be contaminated with fecal coliforms, making it unsafe to drink. The community agreed to a four-month study of the use of an ionic silver concentrate of 78 PPB (parts-per-billion) to treat the water without use of any additional disinfectants like chlorine.
This very low concentration of silver completely eliminated the pathogen from the Grecia’s water supply in just 10 days. The community was so pleased with the results they decided to continue using silver for water treatment following the study.
In independent laboratory testing, the same low concentration of silver wiped out all of the following infectious organisms in under one minute:
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Salmonella cholerasuis
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Enterococcus faecium
- Rhinovirus (common colds)
- Rotavirus (infectious diarrhea)
- Vancomycin-resistant-enterococci (VRE) Antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Now, that’s a solution measured in parts-per-BILLION. Most colloidal silver you will find in your local health food store or can even make at home with a colloidal silver generator are measured in the 1,000 times more potent parts-per-MILLION standard, like the 30ppm solution we used with Jeremiah.
How to Use Colloidal Silver
The recommended internal dosage for colloidal silver varies depending on the strength of the solution.
Bottles like the commercial 30ppm solution we used with Jeremiah suggest one teaspoon three times a day for adults or a half teaspoon three times a day for children under 12 for the first week, then half afterwards. This is a highly conservative and safe dosage.
Some individuals report taking a significantly larger amount of colloidal silver, like an ounce or two per day, for short periods of time (up to a week) to combat specific infections without any undesirable side effects.
Colloidal silver can also be applied to the skin directly like we did with Jeremiah’s thumb. It can help clear up eye infections and is known to quickly clear out many kinds of pneumonia when inhaled with a nebulizer. The SilverLungs System is a good home-use product for that purpose.
The bottom line is colloidal silver, when used appropriately just like any other supplement, provides a safe and highly effective natural antibiotic proven to wipe out pathogens even conventional antibiotics fail to get rid of. I recommend you always keep a bottle handy at home.
What about the Blue Guy?
If you’ve ever seen colloidal silver on the news or talk shows, undoubtedly you’ve also seen or heard about the “blue man,” Paul Karason.
Paul claims his skin turned blue from a condition called argyria after taking colloidal silver: to the tune of 10-20 ounces per day, every day, for over 14 years!
Whether or not colloidal silver is the cause of Paul’s condition, that’s not “taking” colloidal silver. That’s flat out abusing the substance.
If you took virtually any other mineral supplement every day for years in an equivalent extreme dosage, you probably wouldn’t live to talk about it. Which actually goes to show how safe silver really is.
In the case of extreme silver buildup, the condition known as argyria can occur. Basically, taking huge amounts of silver over extended periods of time can overwhelm your kidneys and liver. At that point, your body attempts to expel the excess silver through your skin. When this silver buildup in your skin tissues is exposed to sunlight it can turn the skin grey (or even, according to Paul Karason, blue).
But the fact is, it would be easier to turn your skin orange from drinking too much carrot juice than to turn your skin any other color from taking colloidal silver. And this is virtually impossible by simply using colloidal silver in a responsible manner.
So don’t let unwarranted fears of becoming a Smurf keep you from one of nature’s true health miracles!
Deadly strain of MRSA now resistant to a last-line antibiotic used to treat infections. Daily Mail. 2012 May 21.
CDC estimates 94,000 invasive drug-resistant staph infections occurred in the U.S. in 2005. Centers for Disease Control. 2007 Oct 16.
Becker RO, Spadaro JA. Treatment of orthopaedic infections with electrically generated silver ions. A preliminary report. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume. 1978 Oct;60(7):871-81.
Searle A. Colloids in Biology and Medicine. 1919.
Colloidal Silver: The Undisputed Cure for MRSA and Other Deadly Super-Pathogens. Life & Health Research Group, Inc. 2008.
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