I know that colloidal silver is a popular home remedy, natural ‘antibiotic’, that many people use and swear by. I also know that people have received benefits from it’s usage. I personally have never used it and don’t plan to. I think there are plenty of wonderful ways to treat and heal the body aside from it. After having studied minerals in the body (see my two recent posts on minerals here & here), I am all too aware of how easily minerals can get out of balance in the body and actually become toxic. So let’s take a peak at colloidal silver a bit more, so the risks are more known. (This is by no means an extensive research paper on the subject of colloidal silver – it is simply a brief article to bring up the question of the possible risks of CS).
Colloidal silver can be a very toxic mineral, but also may be essential in the body in very minute amounts (it’s not even listed within the listings of trace minerals). Colloidal silver appears to negatively affect the colon flora as well, something I do not believe anyone can afford to have happen in this day and age. (This is something I’d like to research and understand more personally.)
Here is what is stated about colloidal silver by The Doctor Within Website;
It is hawked by many as a “natural antibiotic.” Extremely uninformed physicians recommend daily doses of colloidal silver, in order to “prevent” colds, in the absence of any studies or trials whatsoever. As Dr. Kidd points out:
“…the body is not well-equipped to handle silver. This element can poison the kidneys, become deposited in the brain, and even give to the skin a gunmetal type of gloss.” 
questionable as a single-dose antibiotic, consistent intake of silver accumulates in the blood-forming organs – spleen, liver, and bone marrow, as well as the skin, lungs, and muscles. Serious pathologies have resulted: blood disorders, cirrhosis, pulmonary edema, chronic bronchitis, and a permanent skin condition known as argyria, to name just a few. Silver is better left in the ancient lakes, and in tableware.
Does Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, a trusted/respected more holistic minded doctor, recommend using colloidal silver?
‘No, I do not. Silver accumulates in the body: people, who take it for long periods of time get a grey skin colour. It is a very old antiseptic; it was proposed around the same time when mercury was used as an antiseptic. It is indiscriminate in attacking the microbes: it attacks the good and the bad, just like antibiotics do.’
Considering the simple fact that minerals are like a delicate balancing act, most lay people do not understand how they work within the body therefore will not likely know how to carefully utilize silver in a safe manner. My personal conviction is that silver should not be used long term unless you work with a qualified health care professional and you are already aware of any possible existing heavy metal issues you may have. Otherwise, I personally would not recommend working with it on any regular basis. Better to be safe, and there are plenty of other holistic approaches to take. But, suffice it to say, I am raising this concern to bring awareness to never just blindly supplement, get all the facts and do some research before you consider using this as a regular home remedy. I am also not suggesting that colloidal silver does not have any benefits. I know it does help people and is useful in place of antibiotics if one is truly needed. My main concern is with hearing of it’s use regularly for many things without understanding the possible down side. I also think it’s very important to consider the source and form you take, and even then study up on how those forms have been tested. So, this post is to bring up the question, just how safe is using colloidal silver and what are the down sides?
Here is an article by the Mayo Clinic that discusses the use of colloidal silver in further detail. Dr. Mercola has an article about the safety of colloidal silver and some guidelines to follow if you choose to use it, and what types are best. Check out this story about a man who has consumed silver regularly long term and how it has indeed changed his skin color. Even if you do decide to supplement with colloidal silver regularly, you may want to get some hair tissue analysis done at some point to assess your overall mineral status or metal toxicity. All in all, supplement very carefully and responsibly, and consider that with any other mineral as well.
For more reading on this topic;
Every Silver Lining Has a Black Cloud (read the document linked at the end of the first paragraph)
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