Does Colloidal Silver Work as an Antibiotic? : The Renegade Health Newsletter

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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!

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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…

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Kay Farley says:


    I watch your show and silver is now being used to treat water as well as being commercialized for many other needs such as food surface disinfectants. Here is a press release with the relevant info.

    PURE Bioscience Announces Ten Year $144 Million Commitment for Purchase of SDC-Based IV-7 for Distribution in Middle East
    Agreement between Richmont Sciences and High Scope Trading LLC to Be Assigned to PURE

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    {“s” : “pure”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} Press Release Source: PURE Bioscience On Thursday December 16, 2010, 7:00 am EST

    SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– PURE Bioscience (NASDAQ: PURE), creator of the patented silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, yesterday reported in its quarterly investor call that High Scope Trading LLC of Dubai has contractually committed to PURE’s sales agent, Richmont Sciences, more than $144 million in orders over the next 10 years with an initial focus on sales of SDC-based IV-7 Water Treatment™.

    Michael L. Krall, President and CEO of PURE Bioscience, stated, “We now have an open door to potentially meaningful and ongoing revenue with a contractual commitment from High Scope to Richmont for more than $144 million in orders over the next ten years in exchange for exclusive distribution in the Middle East. High Scope’s first year minimum is $9 million with annual minimums increasing to more than $21 million in year ten. As is common with this type of agreement, these minimums are not guaranteed; but they are the rational for granting High Scope exclusivity in such a key market. The IV-7 Water Treatment program has generated tremendous excitement and we look forward to watching the business grow over the coming years.”

    “From the beginning of our alliance with PURE a year ago, Richmont has taken a comprehensive, multi-part and global approach to bringing the lifesaving IV-7 products to the world. The progress being made in the huge Middle East region is an important step, and we are working hard with PURE to maximize this wonderful opportunity to have an impact on many people’s lives in a relatively short time,” said John Rochon, Richmont’s chairman.

    The first order for approximately $350,000 was sold and shipped in October to Richmont, for which PURE recorded deferred revenue on its balance sheet at October 31, 2010. For future orders, PURE management anticipates that High Scope will become PURE’s direct customer. To that end, the agreement between Richmont and High Scope will be assigned to PURE. Richmont will then function as PURE’s sales agent for the transactions between High Scope and PURE, as it does for the commercial disinfectant and sanitizer programs.

    IV-7 Water Treatment contains PURE’s SDC technology, based on a proprietary molecule of ionic silver stabilized in citric acid. When used as directed for drinking water, the product provides safe, tasteless and odorless protection and can substantially reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal illness caused by contaminated water. As few as two ounces of IV-7 Water Treatment can treat 200 gallons of water in just minutes with no harm to the environment and no toxic side effects. IV-7 Water Treatment is registered by the United Arab Emirates-Dubai Municipality but it is neither registered nor sold in the United States.

    About Richmont

    Richmont is an experienced team of sales and marketing experts. It is headed by John Rochon, who has spent 35 years successfully building and promoting a host of well-known consumer and business-to-business brands. Richmont Sciences is owned by privately held Richmont Holdings ( Richmont Sciences functions as the sales and marketing arm for PURE’s disinfectant, sanitizer and water treatment products in domestic and international markets.

    About PURE Bioscience

    PURE Bioscience develops and markets technology-based bioscience products that provide solutions to numerous global health challenges, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), or staph infection. PURE’s proprietary high efficacy/low toxicity bioscience technologies, including its silver dihydrogen citrate-based antimicrobials, represent innovative advances in diverse markets and lead today’s global trend toward industry and consumer use of “green” products while providing competitive advantages in efficacy and safety. Patented SDC is an electrolytically generated source of stabilized ionic silver which formulates well with other compounds. As a platform technology, SDC is distinguished from competitors in the marketplace because of its superior efficacy, reduced toxicity and the inability of bacteria to form a resistance to it. PURE is headquartered in El Cajon, California (San Diego metropolitan area). Additional information on PURE is available at

  2. debbie says:

    WEll, thank you very much for the information. Just a side note that I think you look much MUCH better with your hair short!!!

  3. casey says:

    I have a comment on colloidal silver.

    Since i’ve been making it at home now for sometime, and such have consumed it in various quantities and strengths. I thus far have nothing bad to say about it. BUT if you are to make it at home you must research first.

    From the research that I did, its more important the size of the silver ion then it is the amount you take. For example, if you use to high of a voltage, to produce the end result quicker the size of the ion can get above a colloid. (hence the name colloidal) If you brew it properly with 99.999% silver wire and a good source of distilled water (not all “distilled water” is actually distilled)

    If silver ion is small enough, excretion from the body is something that can happen to quickly, such that for internal remedies, you need to take it much more often.

    Also that being said, it is much more effective to take 5ppm twice as often as 10ppm.

  4. the raw says:

    Kevin did you ever see this website the information is startling

  5. Brenda says:

    You might want to consider reading the book “A Fighting Chance, How to Win The War Against Bacteria, Viruses & Mold With Silver”. Written by Dr. Gordon Pedersen. Clearly it would expand your knowledge of using silver for healing. While it does not work for all bacteria, viruses and mold projects, it is amazing stuff. I have been using it, when needed, for myself, my family and my clients for years.

  6. Bruce says:

    Just a quick note: 2 areas I have had excellent results with Colloidal Silver are for ear infections (usually behind a cotton wad) and with dental pain caused by infection/inflammation (swished around & held in the mouth min. 5 minutes or longer is better). Any where you can hold it against the infection, the longer the better. With the dental pain is can take a day or two to be affective but beats antibiotics and hasn’t failed me yet.

  7. oreganol says:

    You are certainly right about oreganol oil. When I first got it I just rubbed into my nostrils. It felt like I had out 10 hot chillie peppers up each nose. Lesson learnt. I don’t fancy turning blue though, so wouldn’t really want to take colloidal silver.

  8. Vicki says:

    I have a colloidal silver (CS) generator and use silver for lots of things. I disagree mostly with your article and swear by CS. It’s impossible to take too much unless you’re talking about drinking a quart at a time and so far as I know, there was only one man who turned blue. It is not advertised to cure all infections and bacteria, but it works on most of them. It definitely adds to my continued good health and would not want to be without it. I also add it to our dogs’ water to keep them healthy. We drink it everyday. No doctors for us.

  9. Vicki says:

    For info on CS, go to The or google it if I don’t have the url correct. Steve sells the generators and has all kinds of info and personal accounts from people who use it. He also has plenty of scientific info on it. It is well-researched. It is not expensive to make it. We’ll never take an antibiotic prescribed by a doctor.

  10. Helena says: is the only site I would buy my colloidal silver. See the endorsements on this site. I’ve been using their Colloidal Silver for 2 years and I am never without a supply. Haven’t had a cold in 2 years. Has healed a rash, zit, burn almost instantly. Never try making your own. (Blue man did)
    I would never use a prescribed antibiotic-Only Colloidal Silver.

  11. Here is an excellent article about colloidal silver toxicity:
    Thanks for discussing this important subject!
    Blessings with love,

  12. Gail says:

    I think that when you are someone like Kevin and make public statements, you tend to ‘err on the side of caution’ because people will more likely hear (or read) differently than what is actually stated.
    And it is human tendency to always think that if a little is good then even more is better so if “Kevin said..” that X was fine once a day, then it should be ok if I have X (even greater).
    This way, he points out all the things to think about and the JQ Public can respond to one another (as we do) and then we get our answers from each other and make our own determination (which we should anyway).

    In this way JQ public is smart..and so is Kevin.

  13. Patty Ress says:

    The key to using colloidal silver is to use it ONLY when you are sick. Period. If you have had diarrhea, flu, or some minor ailment, take about a half teaspoon and no more along with some fruit juice or soda pop. Do this for only 2 or 3 days and no more and you should have no ill effects. You could also try LUGOL’s SOLUTION and use it the same way. The problems come when you use it regularly whether you need it or not.

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