Hi all –
At this point, I don’t think I need to tell you how bad antibiotics are for you. They kill bacterial infections and, in the process, they kill all of the good bacteria residing in your gut, thus weakening your immune system, making you more susceptible to future infections, and causing leaky gut. Moreover, the cdc recently declared that the era of antibiotic use is nearing an end because of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or “super bugs”, that don’t respond to antibiotic treatment.
In case you are interested in reading, here is some of what the current science says about antibiotic usage:
- This case study suggests that antibiotics can cause leaky gut.
- This study shows that antibiotics contribute to post-infection cases of IBS.
- Antibiotics significantly alter the bacterial landscape in your gut that compromises a large part of your immune system.
- Antibiotics also cause SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) foster the growth of bacteria such as candida albicans (yeast), which can in itself be a cause of leaky gut.
So what are we supposed to do if we don’t want to use antibiotics?
There are several natural alternatives to antibiotics. There are foods that have topical antibacterial and antimicrobial properties such as garlic, ginger, oil of oregano, and coconut oil. These are all terrific foods to add to your diet.
However, I can tell you that from my personal experience, there is only one go-to alternative to antibiotics that is powerful enough to knock out sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and topical infections. About 2-3 years ago, I discovered the power of:
Colloidal silver is the grand pupa of natural antibacterial alternatives to antibiotics. Myself and my entire family have been using it to successfully beat all types of infections and colds for years now with absolutely no side effects. When we feel a sinus infection coming on, we use the spray. When we feel a chest cold coming on, we use it in a nebulizer. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN INSTANCE IN WHICH WE USED COLLOIDAL SILVER TO KNOCK OUT AN INFECTION AND IT DID NOT WORK. We rarely use antibiotics these days since we discovered silver.
There is a lot of scientific evidence that backs the antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties of colloidal silver:
- This study found colloidal silver to have potent antibacterial properties.
- This study found that colloidal silver has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects on wound healing.
- This study found that “No clinically important changes in metabolic, hematologic, or urinalysis measures were identified. No morphological changes were detected in the lungs, heart or abdominal organs. No significant changes were noted in pulmonary reactive oxygen species or pro-inflammatory cytokine generation. In vivo oral exposure to these commercial nanoscale silver particle solutions does not prompt clinically important changes in human metabolic, hematologic, urine, physical findings or imaging morphology. ” This suggests that, when ingested, a properly and pharmaceutically prepared nano silver solution is non toxic to humans.
- This study shows that when lung tissue was exposed to high concentrations of silver nano particles there were no signs of toxicity, inflammation, or morphology (cell mutation). They found it to be safe to inhale. And given it’s antibacterial and anti microbial properties as well as its unique ability to withstand the type of bacterial resistance that antibiotics do, the study begs for more studies on the usage of colloidal silver as an antibiotic.
But, what about the people who took silver and now look like smurfs?
Invariably, every time I talk to people about colloidal silver, this is their major concern. Some people even go as far as to send me the link to this idiotic article in a popular skeptic site called quackwatch. So, before you send me the same information, I am heading you off at the pass, and here is my rebuttal:
There have been a few cases of people (whose IQ’s should seriously be questioned) that have suffered from Argyria after using “colloidal silver”, as noted in the quackwatch article above. However, as the link to the Wikipedia article about Argyria posted just above states:
“There has never been a reported case of Argyria from the use of a modern “colloidal” silver, which differs from homemade silver “compounds” in particle size. Nanometer size colloidal silver particles are too small to be absorbed by human cells and typically pass through the body in 48 hours or less. A prominent case from ingestion of a silver compound (not colloidal silver) was that of Stan Jones of Montana, a Libertarian candidate for the United States Senate in 2002 and 2006. Jones acquired Argyria through consumption of a home-made silver product that he made due to fears that the Year 2000 problem would make antibiotics unavailable. The peculiar colouration of his skin was featured prominently in media coverage of his unsuccessful campaign, though Jones contends that the best-known photo was “doctored”. Jones promised that he was not using his silvery complexion as a gimmick. He continues to promote the use of colloidal silver as ahome remedy. He has said that his good health, excepting the unusual skin tone, is the result of his use of colloidal silver.
In 2007 press reports described Paul Karason, an American man whose entire skin gradually turned blue after consuming colloidal silver made by himself with distilled water, salt and silver, and using a silver salve on his face in an attempt to treat problems with his sinus, dermatitis, acid reflux and other issues. Karason died on September 23, 2013 after suffering a heart attack and stroke.“
In other words, the people who have suffered Argyria from ingesting silver decided that rather than buying a pharmaceutical quality professional preparation of colloidal nano silver suspension, they would play biochemist and make some of their own silver at home with a do-it-yourself kit. After all, I’m pretty sure they stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the night before, so I’m sure they were qualified, right?!?!
I wonder what would happen to someone who decided to take an antibiotic that they decided to duplicate at home with a do-it-yourself kit rather than taking the one from a pharmaceutical company?
Do you think it is fair to judge colloidal silver’s correlation to the incidence of Argyria by using what a home-made preparation of a substance that turned out to be NOTHING LIKE ACTUALLY NANO-SILVER did to a few idiots? Yeah, me neither. So for all of the naysayers out there, I challenge you to find me a case study of a person that used a professional pharmaceutical quality preparation of colloidal nano silver and turned blue as a result. You won’t find one. Millions of people (myself included) take colloidal silver regularly as an immune booster and we are not blue. Enough said.
If you are interested in giving Colloidal Silver a shot, there is only one brand that I use and that I would recommend (Full disclosure: If you buy any of the products listed in this article by clicking the links I provide to Amazon, you will be buying the products through my Amazon affiliate account. When you do this, I get a nominal “commission” from Amazon and there is absolutely zero extra cost to you for helping me out. The commissions that I receive from Amazon help me keep this free blog up and running for my readers. While I do make a nominal commission, I ONLY recommend high quality products that I stand behind and that I would use for myself and my family):
- Sovereign Silver vertical spray bottle (This one is great to use as a nasal spray to knock out sinus infections.)
- Sovereign Silver dropper bottle (this bottle comes with a dropper and is best used with a nebulizer to knock out bronchial infections).
- Sovereign Silver 16 ounce bottle (this is what I keep in my house to refill the smaller dropper bottle and spray bottle when they run out).
Now I’d like to hear about your experiences with Colloidal Silver! Have you used it? Did it work for you? Did you turn blue like a smurf? Let me know!
Thanks for reading!
Rick Gold, Functional Wellness Practitioner
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