Less Common Colloidal Silver Questions

July 14, 2011

MesoSilver

Although most people wonder about the difference between colloidal silver made with non-ionized silver nano particles and “colloidal” silver made with ionic silver (read about that here or here), there are other questions that may crop up, especially as makers of other products make contradictory claims.

Does colloidal silver go into blood stream?

Yes. Most colloidal silver will pass through the gastrointestinal tract, while some will get absorbed into the blood stream (in fact, studies on rats have found that nano silver particles can pass throughout the body, including passing through the blood brain barrier). Contrary to other claims, although colloidal silver does not truly “dissolve” it is still able to pass through the body.

What about dissolving?

While ionic silver may dissolve, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Some substances don’t dissolve in water because they’re repellent to water’s polarity (water molecules have a positive end and a negative end). Charged substances, like ions, are held in place by their attraction to the polarity (“dissolved”). When something is dissolved, it forms a solution.

Non-ionized particles like nano silver move in water (colloidal silver is, in fact, those particles suspended in water) just fine.

I head colloidal silver is made up of “clumps” of silver particles. Explain that?

Colloidal silver is made up of pure silver particles suspended in water. For example, MesoSilver brand colloidal silver has a particle size of .65 nanometers, or about 9 silver molecules. To achieve this size (the smallest silver nano particle available as a true colloidal silver) requires advanced manufacturing techniques.

Other companies may claim to have fewer atoms, however, there is a BIG difference. First, it’s not PURE silver. If you read the fine print, there is a molecule holding those few silver particles together!

A note on ionic silver:

Ionic silver bonds with other ions, especially phosphorous, and ends up accumulating along the cell wall (this build up may be how people get argyria, the condition that turns skin blue). Non-ionized colloidal silver particles pass through the cell, and while they may “cluster” with phosphorous and other elements/molecules, they don’t bond, and are still able to move through, and eventually out of, the body.

What other colloidal silver questions do you have?

{ 5 comments }

Emma February 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Mary,

You seem to make two different points that run together, so I’ll try to address them both:

First, many things cross the blood brain barrier, including many important nutrients, socially accepted drugs like caffeine, and many medical drugs which are administered regularly, including aspirin.

Things that cross the blood brain barrier are most dangerous if they can cause an infection, and if nothing else, I think it can be agreed upon that silver doesn’t do that! The second danger of anything that can cross the blood brain barrier is whether or not it has an effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters. I’ve never heard evidence or claims that silver can do that. The third potential risk is anything that could accumulate in the tissue—what few studies have been done indicate nano silver, as opposed to ionic silver, does not stick around the body. Even so, the two people who managed to develop argyria (they drank home-brewed ionic silver) have not had any health problems, only cosmetic ones (and we can agree that they accumulated far more, as is visibly evident, than any other person, so there shouldn’t be worry about unseen effects).

Second, I want to try to address your concerns about colloidal silver (you don’t name it, so I’m inferring):

-Animals are absolutely allowed to take colloidal silver, and in fact we have many vets who buy it and who prescribe it to their patients! We’ve also heard many stories with happy endings about rescue pets who are given colloidal silver to get over severe infections they pick up on the streets. I’m not sure where you heard animals aren’t given it—perhaps it was hyperbole used by a detractor who hasn’t researched colloidal silver.

-Not just vets, but hospitals are using nanosilver! They coat catheters and other objects that go in the body to help prevent infection, as well as use it around the hospital room on surfaces to help prevent the spread of disease. In other countries nano silver is being researched for it’s potential medical value—for instance, in India one researcher is using it to treat otherwise hopeless cases of rabies.

-No one at Colloids for Life is calling MesoSilver or other forms of colloidal silver a miracle cure. We do have many happy customers, and we include both their stories, as well as those like yours on our site and blog (you won’t see anyone take down your post, as you suggest!).

I hope your friend finds what they’re looking for. Maybe suggest they see a doctor who works with alternative medicine so they can get care that works for them?

Emma Spera February 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Mary,

You seem to make two different points that run together, so I’ll try to address them both:

First, many things cross the blood brain barrier, including many important nutrients, socially accepted drugs like caffeine, and many medical drugs which are administered regularly, including aspirin.

Things that cross the blood brain barrier are most dangerous if they can cause an infection, and if nothing else, I think it can be agreed upon that silver doesn’t do that! The second danger of anything that can cross the blood brain barrier is whether or not it has an effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters. I’ve never heard evidence or claims that silver can do that. The third potential risk is anything that could accumulate in the tissue—what few studies have been done indicate nano silver, as opposed to ionic silver, does not stick around the body. Even so, the two people who managed to develop argyria (they drank home-brewed ionic silver) have not had any health problems, only cosmetic ones (and we can agree that they accumulated far more, as is visibly evident, than any other person, so there shouldn’t be worry about unseen effects).

Second, I want to try to address your concerns about colloidal silver (you don’t name it, so I’m inferring):

-Animals are absolutely allowed to take colloidal silver, and in fact we have many vets who buy it and who prescribe it to their patients! We’ve also heard many stories with happy endings about rescue pets who are given colloidal silver to get over severe infections they pick up on the streets. I’m not sure where you heard animals aren’t given it—perhaps it was hyperbole used by a detractor who hasn’t researched colloidal silver.

-Not just vets, but hospitals are using nanosilver! They coat catheters and other objects that go in the body to help prevent infection, as well as use it around the hospital room on surfaces to help prevent the spread of disease. In other countries nano silver is being researched for it’s potential medical value—for instance, in India one researcher is using it to treat otherwise hopeless cases of rabies.

-No one at Colloids for Life is calling MesoSilver or other forms of colloidal silver a miracle cure. We do have many happy customers, and we include both their stories, as well as those like yours on our site and blog (you won’t see anyone take down your post, as you suggest!).

I hope your friend finds what they’re looking for. Maybe suggest they see a doctor who works with alternative medicine so they can get care that works for them?

Mary Godfrey February 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

I was told in nursing school to NEVER take or
administer Anything that crosses the blood brain barrier yet you seem to be
advocating it here- how can you do that when everything that I have been taught
says that it is seriously dangerous in fact I think anyone using this seems to
be out of their mind. Let us see if you leave this post. They won’t even allow
animals to ingest this
stuff. I am just saying because I have a friend who is somewhat mentally
vulnerable and who believes this garbage and I am waiting for the other shoe to
drop with long term use. He will not listen to reason and has hurt himself with
other so called self prescribed “miracle cures” good luck .

Emma Spera July 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

I would not recommend injecting it straight into the blood stream. You (or the HIV patient) should instead seek the advice of a health care professional.

Good health to you,
Emma

tupac godimpi July 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

can colloidal silver be injected directly into the blood stream.If yes then how much per day is ok for an hiv patient.Please advise.
Thank you.

Tupac godimpi

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