11 June 2007

Colloidal Silver

colloidal silver is very fine particles that are suspended in liquid, usually water. This apparently has antimicrobial properties and has been used externally to treat wounds and burns to prevent infection.

Working in the lab we get lots of nasty, nasty burns. You ain't been burned till you've been burned with hot sodium hydroxide - yow momma!!!! Anyway, we always kept a jar of colloidal silver around and used it on burns. It not only helped it heal it seemed to reduce the pain. I don't know how it just did.

Now, some folks think you should drink this. They say it has antibiotic properties and is fairly harmless to drink. I don't know if that's true but it sure would be nice if it was. I hate taking antibiotics for a number of reasons. It would be nice to be able to drink something and have the same thing happen.

colloidal silver has also been used to keep potable water drinkable for long periods. This sounds like some pretty amazing stuff.

Being the science geek I am I find it fascinating that as little as 5 parts per million have been found to kill many infectious bacteria. That's pretty cool. It's been used for over 100 years. It seems to have some staying power.

As I said, I know from personal experience ti works on burns. As long as it can't hurt you I wouldn't see the harm in taking it. You can develop a condition called argyria which causes a blue or grey skin condition. But it seems that at normal dosage levels this is pretty rare.

So, it seems to be pretty safe. Does some good stuff for the body. What have you got to lose?

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