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Monday, February 26 2018

Silver’s History

Silver has been used medicinally for more than 2000 years.  Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” wrote in his medical texts that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties.  He praised silver for its tissue repair and wound healing abilities.  It is reported that Cyrus the Great, king of Persia stayed healthy by drinking only boiled water stored in silver vessels.  According to Herodotus, mule-drawn carts laden with silver urns followed King Cyrus wherever he went.  During the Middle Ages, monks popularized the use of silver nitrate, a salt formed by reacting silver with nitric acid, to treat ulcers and burns.  Pliny the Elder reported in AD 78 that silver slag, what’s leftover from smelting silver, “has healing properties as an ingredient in plasters”.  In America’s Old West, people commonly dropped silver coins into barrels of water for protection from water borne illnesses.  NASA used silver in the water purification systems of the space shuttle and continues to use it in the water purification system of the international space station.


Through the 1960’s most American newborns received silver nitrate eyedrops at birth to prevent eye infections.  It’s still occasionally used for that purpose, but silver nitrate occasionally causes skin burns and eye damage.  For this reason, scientists in the early part of the 20th century started suspending silver in water to make silver less irritating but still an effective antimicrobial.  The problem with many colloidal silver preparations is dose.  If too little or too much silver is ionized then ingestion or topical application either is useless or results in a condition called argyria, which is a condition in which someone’s skin turns blue. 


Choosing a colloidal silver product of quality and distinguishing it from products that are not can be a difficult task.  Here are some important ideas to keep in mind and why I use Argentyn 23 made by Natural Immunogenics


Concentration of particles:  Most people think more is better but with regards to silver this isn’t true.  Just like taking a 10,000 mg aspirin might not be a good idea, taking a dose of colloidal silver that contains 200-300 parts per million (ppm’s) would not be a good idea either. At a high concentration like that, not only will silver kill bad bacteria it could kill good bacteria in your gut as well.  Argentyn 23 which is only sold to physicians and got its name because it is at a very safe 23 ppm.  They do make another colloidal silver product called Sovereign Silver sold to the public that is 10 ppm. 


Particle size matters:  In the case of silver, a smaller particle size is better.  A smaller sized particle means that it will be easier to absorb, and the particles will have more surface area in which to interact with more infectious microbes. 


In these two photos you can see how a flask filled with smaller sand particles will have more surface area than the flask filled with rocks.  In the photo on the right there are different bottles of colloidal silver.  The darker the bottle could indicate the particle size is bigger making it more difficult to have light filter through.  It could also indicate the presence of an additive such as a protein or salt or oxidation has occurred.  A larger particle size when taken for a long time is also more likely to cause toxicity effects.  Argentyn 23 has been measured to have the smallest particle size of any silver product in the marketplace.  It has an average measurement at .0008 microns (.8 nanometers) verified by a third party by electron microscope.  Dr. Dara Flavin a former assistant to the head of toxicology at the F.D.A. only endorses Natural Immunogenics proprietary process to deliver the safest product.  It is so safe, there are doctors who use Argentyn 23 intravenously on their patients. 


Glass bottles:  Silver in glass bottles is safer.  When glass bottles are made they are heated to over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.  Any potential toxin would be destroyed at this temperature.  Plastic bottles are porous and have the potential to interact with the silver molecules and leach any impurities that might be in the bottle.  Chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), DEHP, polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE), and styrene from polystyrene (PS) are a few such chemicals.  Silver in plastic bottles for this reason have a shorter expiration date. 


Types of Silver:  There are some companies making Ionic Silver which contains a salt such as nitrate, or a colloidal silver with a protein such as albumin from egg, casein from milk or a soy-based protein.  These added ingredients cause the potential for an allergy and it interferes with the absorption of the silver.  Argentyn 23 is a hydrosol silver and the only silver made with pharmaceutical grade water making it 99.999% pure, the purest silver available.  Because it has such a small particle size, it is 98% positively charged (bioactive).  All other companies only have a positive charge of only 10-20%.    


Final comments

Some people make their own colloidal silver using distilled water and running an electric current through silver wires.  Although cost-effective, I am concerned about the safety with long term use.  It is very difficult to consistently achieve the proper particle concentration and sub nanoparticle size.  The condition argyria (silver causing blue skin) is a legitimate and common question I get when I talk to patients about the usefulness of silver.  Silver molecules need to be excreted and if the particle size is too big it cannot escape the body and toxic levels occur in the skin.  I have no reservations recommending Argentyn 23.  Taken sublingually, Sovereign Silver at 10 ppm can be safely taken at a dose of 7 teaspoons a day for 70 years to reach what the EPA considers the lowest observed adverse event level (LOAEL).  The same could be said at 3 teaspoons a day for Argentyn 23. 


The benefits of silver are immense and when using a high-quality silver such as Argentyn 23 it can be tremendously effective at preventing and even treating infections. This is important information especially during flu season.



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