Should You Use Colloidal Silver? The Benefits and Side Effects with Dr. Sam Berne
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver is an ancient remedy and a very popular alternative for those who don’t want to use antibiotics or steroids. This liquid contains tiny particles of silver suspended within it. Before modern antibiotics, colloidal silver was used for many infections and illnesses because silver is a well known antimicrobial agent which has been shown to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It has the potential to disrupt these organisms via a few different mechanisms and shows no bacterial resistance. However, with the introduction of antibiotics and other antimicrobial compounds, colloidal silver is reached for much less frequently. It is now classified as a dietary supplement.
Colloidal Silver Benefits
There are some claims that this substance is better than antibiotics and is great for viruses and fungal infections.Some evidence shows effectiveness in tuberculosis, Lyme disease, and even HIV AIDS. It is also a well known antimicrobial agent, which makes it somewhat effective for wound dressings and treating skin conditions topically. Colloidal silver is also often used as a sanitizing agent in some products, including razors, toothbrushes, and similar products. There is really no evidence of its benefits or safety for use in or around the eyes.
Science Behind Colloidal Silver
The eye has a microbiome just like the gut, and colloidal silver may be helpful for conjunctivitis, chronic eyelid inflammation, and other forms of eye and skin inflammation. High quality colloidal silver can potentially reduce some of the symptoms and may reverse these conditions. However, none of these formulations have been approved by the FDA. There are very limited studies on whether or not colloidal silver will actually work, and it hasn’t been shown to effectively treat any condition internally. There are possible uses topically, which include treating skin infections, burns, and other wounds of the skin which is why some believe it to be beneficial for the eyes and eyelid skin.
How Do You Use Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver is generally applied directly to the skin. There are different strengths based on the size of the silver particles. You must be careful when using colloidal silver because you want to make sure it’s coming from a reputable source. Make sure you are buying true colloidal silver and never ionic silver or silver protein.
This substance can occasionally turn the skin blue if used too much, which can be scary. This is called ocular argyrosis (when referring to the eyes) and is the general embedding of silver under your skin. This condition can be permanent.
Colloidal Silver Contraindications
There are a few instances when colloidal silver should not be used. First, if someone has never been introduced to alternative therapies or they have severe, acute symptoms, colloidal silver may not be the best choice. In this case, you’ll want to use a very small amount under the watchful eye of a doctor and consider conventional medical therapies for those with severe symptoms.
In addition to this, there is ample evidence of the potential side effects of using too much of this substance. Overconsumption and overuse of colloidal silver may have long-term effects on your health, so this should really only be used in small quantities when there is a critical need for it and in combination with traditional medical therapies.
If you have a robust immune system and have experience with homeopathic remedies, colloidal silver can work well in addition to conventional therapies. Make sure you’re using this supplement alongside a functional medicine doctor or another alternative doctor that can monitor your condition during use.
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