Summary: For acute or serious chronic problems, many colloidal silver advocates recommend using one teaspoon of 10ppm colloidal silver three times per day or more, up to every hour. Can start with initial amount of one tablespoon. For best results, colloidal silver should be mixed into filtered or distilled water (at least 8 oz), but if this cannot be done, leave in mouth for one minute before swallowing. If it is used in large amounts, it is not cost effective for long term use unless made oneself or found at a good discount.
Note: Some manufacturers of safe, high-voltage colloidal silver have started calling their product a Silver Sol to distinguish it from low voltage colloidal silvers. Whether it is called Silver Sol or Colloidal Silver, one should only use high voltage process colloidal silver for long term use, such as Now Silver Sol or Blue Ridge Colloidal Silver.
Colloidal silver is often hyped as a cure-all and supposedly treats hundreds if not thousands or millions of different pathogens according to some manufacturers. Although Electroherbalism once manufactured this product and pioneered the high voltage AC method of production, few claims were ever made for it. It does appear to be helpful for some problems of the digestive tract, especially fungi and some bacteria. Outside the digestive tract, it is not as effective unless sufficient amounts are taken. When adequate amounts are used, it can be helpful for many acute and even some serious chronic bacteria, viral, and especially fungal problems. When made oneself it is certainly cost effective and this is one of the major reasons it is such a popular supplement.
Ten parts per million (ppm) strength is common. This is the usual strength that is made when using distilled water and the high-voltage process. Many companies use deionized water or add a small amount of minerals to the water like salt to greatly speed the process and allow a higher ppm, but one should use only distilled water to make it when it will be used long term so that it will contain only silver and not silver compounds. This keeps the particle size smallest, too.
For 10ppm: use one teaspoon once per day for maintenance as desired. For acute problems, use one teaspoon three times a day or more, up to every hour. Can start with initial amount of one tablespoon. For best results, colloidal silver should be mixed into filtered or distilled water (at least 8 oz), but if this cannot be done, leave in mouth for one minute or more before swallowing.
Colloidal Silver and Argyria
Yes, you really can turn blue from using too much colloidal silver if it is improperly made. This condition is called argyria. In the past this condition was almost exclusively caused by drugs which contained silver salts prescribed by doctors, mostly as an aid to stop smoking. Once it was realized that people sometimes took more than the prescribed amount of the drug and argyria resulted, they were no longer prescribed.
However, there have been two famous cases of argyria in the last few years. The latest was the Blue Man, shown at right. The other was a politician who ran for office some years back. Both made DC process colloidal silver themselves and consumed it in very large amounts, 8 to 16 oz per day, every day for years. Other colloidal silver advocates have used this large amount for years without problems. The difference is in how it is made.
Colloidal silver should only be made with distilled water. It is much more difficult and time consuming to do it this way though. Using the shortcut method of adding a little salt in the water speeds the production time greatly but creates silver salts. This is what the politician did. Even worse is to make it with tap water, which contains even more contaminants and results in even more silver compounds as opposed to pure colloidal silver. This is what Blue Man did. One can make the argument that these guys did not even make colloidal silver - they made silver salts - and with the same predictable result of long term excessive use as using prescription silver salts.
Colloidal silver made for long term use should be produced using an AC method, which does not produce silver oxides which can occur when using a low voltage process. DC process colloidal silver is fine for short term use when made with distilled water. Even when it is properly made, it is not recommended to use DC process colloidal silver in large amounts for months on end, much less years. It should only be used as needed much as any herbal antiseptic program. If it is necessary to control fungal, viral, and bacteria infection long term, it is probably preferable to look into a bioelectronic regimen
Making Colloidal Silver for Short Term Use
It is easy to make DC process colloidal silver oneself. This type is fine for short term or low dose use, but if large amounts will be used long term, use a high voltage AC process type instead. USE ONLY FRESH STEAM DISTILLED WATER. Do not contaminate it with salt, spring water, deionized water, tap water, or anything else. Ultrafine, also known as superfine, silver wire is available from C.C. Silver & Gold
8-12 oz jar or glass
Colloidal silver can also be made with a single 9v battery, as shown in the picture at left, which reduces much of the complexity of setting it up. It takes longer to make, but still works fine.
Put batteries on clips. Do not touch clips once the batteries are connected or they will short!
This DC process colloidal silver has a short shelf life. When it starts getting too dark, discard it and make a new batch.
The Silver Safety Calculation The Silver Safety Committee provides guidelines to the maximum amount of silver can be safely consumed.