Anyone who has tried to do some self healing to get rid of their recurrent yeast infections must have read about the use of Colloidal Silver to help kill the fungus. But does it really work or is just one more product that we don’t need? The debate rages on. Most naturopathic doctors and followers tout the use of Colloidal Silver as a “cure all” for many common ailments from yeast infections to cancer. Most medical doctors will disagree.
Following is an excerpt from a Mayo Clinic internist who totally debunks the idea that Colloidal Silver has any use whatsoever:
Colloidal silver isn’t considered safe or effective for any of the health claims manufacturers make. Silver has no known purpose in the body. Nor is it an essential mineral, as some sellers of silver products claim.
Colloidal silver products are made of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid — the same type of precious metal used in jewelry, dental fillings, silverware and other consumer goods. Colloidal silver products are usually marketed as dietary supplements that are taken by mouth. Colloidal silver products also come in forms to be injected or applied to the skin.
Manufacturers of colloidal silver products often claim that they are cure-alls, boosting your immune system, fighting bacteria and viruses, and treating cancer, HIV/AIDS, shingles, herpes, eye ailments and prostatitis. However, no sound scientific studies to evaluate these health claims have been published in reputable medical journals. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has taken action against some manufacturers of colloidal silver products for making unproven health claims.
It’s not clear how much colloidal silver may be harmful, but it can build up in your body’s tissues over months or years. Most commonly, this results in argyria (ahr-JIR-e-uh), a blue-gray discoloration of your skin, eyes, internal organs, nails and gums. While argyria doesn’t pose a serious health problem, it can be a cosmetic concern because it doesn’t go away when you stop taking silver products.
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I can tell you that I used Colloidal Silver when I was in the midst of my battle with Candida. I considered it a vital part of my routine. I still use it in place of things like Neosporin, etc., when I have a cut or abrasion that I’d like to not get infected. Seems to work great.
Of course I think we’ve all heard of the man who appeared on Oprah with blue skin from taking too much of it. There’s always someone who overdoes things and makes bad press for a good product.
I can’t from a medical standpoint that it’s safe or that it works. I can only say I had no negative experience with it. If you’re going to buy it, be sure to understand how it’s measured. It’s strength is measured in PPM’s (parts per million). Most Colloidal Silver products I see online or in the health food stores have a very low PPM (10 – 30). I personally buy it from the Herbal Healer Academy which sells a much higher pharmaceutical grade quality - 500 ppm, which they suggest to mix with liquids.
In any case, don’t overdo it and do some good research so that you know how to use it correctly.