A bunch of friends at the Longevity Conference in September!
Today, I have two things for you!
First, I’m going to tell you about a great collection of health information that you might be interested in hearing about.
Second I’m going to answer this question for you from Anke…
“Is it possible to get some info on colloidal silver, its benefits and uses?”
First thing, first…
Over the holidays, I sent you a link that showed part of a talk that I presented at the Longevity Conference in September, 2010.
A bunch of you wrote in to ask if I could publish the whole talk for you to see. Unfortunately, I don’t own the rights to that talk, so I can’t publish it.
But I can tell you where you can catch the whole thing…
The Longevity Now team has put together a complete DVD set of this entire conference so you can check out some of the best, cutting edge health information coming from experts like Dr. Joe Mercola, Donna Gates, Daniel Vitalis, David Wolfe and more.
This event, as you may have seen, was my top event of the year in 2010, so it’s definitely worth either attending next year or getting the DVD set now (if you weren’t there in September!)
If you’re interested, the best thing to do is go follow the link below and listen to David Wolfe explain what the event was and why it’s worth your while to consider getting this program for your own learning library!
Here’s where to go now…
Now on to today’s newsletter:
This is a great question from Anke that deserves some analysis.
Historically, colloidal silver was used before the advent of penicillin as an antibacterial and antimicrobial agent.
Once penicillin came along and was deemed a better solution (and easier and cheaper to produce), colloidal silver became obsolete.
The natural health movement helped bring it back into relevance over the last few decades when people started to look for alternatives to antibiotics.
So is it a good option, or are there better?
Let’s take a look…
1. I use colloidal silver for this specific reason.
When we were at Hippocrates Health Institute listening to Dr. Brian Clement, he mentioned that he brings a nasal spray colloidal silver on the plane with him to disinfect his nasal cavities while flying.
I thought that was a pretty good idea.
We know that colloidal silver does have some antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, particularly topically or on mucus membranes like this (there’s also been evidence of effective use for eye infections).
So I take a nasal spray bottle of colloidal silver (Brand: Sovereign Silver) with me and spray before and after I get on the plane.
I also used it recently when my throat was a little scratchy from the dry, forced air heat.
I think this may be the best application of this product, since there’s not much else you can spray into your nostrils that is antimicrobial or antibacterial that doesn’t burn like heck.
Oregano oil or peppermint oil would be extremely uncomfortable.
2. Does it work?
It does and it doesn’t.
Colloidal silver works as a antimicrobial and antibacterial topically fairly well.
Internally, its effectiveness is disputed. You’d have to take a significant amount to really effect your gut flora or to have an antibiotic type action.
This is where it get’s a little iffy.
3. Colloidal silver, when over used, can be toxic.
This is my biggest concern about colloidal silver and its long term use.
Based on what we know about human biology, you don’t want to take too many rare metals into your body.
It’s just a law of nature.
It’s no coincidence that the most abundant minerals on our planet are also abundant in our bodies.
Those minerals and metals that are rare, are also rare in the body.
So what happens when you take too much of a rare metal?
We know what happens with mercury and lead when they bio-accumulate, do we really want to experiment with silver?
There are enough studies around that cast doubt on taking silver regularly. At least enough for me to look elsewhere for long term antimicrobial or antibacterial use.
4. Why take silver when you can take herbs?
I think this is the biggest question to answer.
Why take something that can be toxic and bio-accumulate when you can take herbs that are safer?
Oregano oil is effective topically and internally and peppermint oil is as well. Wormwood, grapefruit seed extract, pau d’arco, and many others have antimicrobial effects just like colloidal silver and some are more powerful.
Herbs, as you know when used for a long period of time can be toxic to the liver, but they don’t build up in the body like silver can.
5. Can you turn blue?
Argyria is what they call the blue-gray pigmentation that occurs when you take too much colloidal silver.
It is extremely rare and chances are if you use it a couple or a dozen times a year like I do, your risk is very, very, very low.
What’s the final word?
Just like all antimicrobial herbs and agents, colloidal silver should be used as a tool. Using it too much, just like anything will likely carry greater risk than reward.
I think that’s about as simple as it gets. It’s not the cure-all that some say it is, but it’s worthwhile for a few applications where other herbs won’t do the trick.
That’s it for me!
Be sure to check out the Longevity Now DVD set here and decide if you want to have this collection in your own personal library!
Here’s where to go now…