When looking at colloidal silver side effects, one first has to determine the quality of the product they are consuming.
Our PURE IONIC colloidal silver hydrosol has NO side effects!
Why? Because of the size of the silver ions! They are 1/4 of a nanometer in size, easily able to pass through cell membranes. They can't accumulate in the body. They do their job for a couple hours from ingestion then leave the body through normal processes of excretion.
That's why when recommending a dosage, if you're trying to kick the flu or a cold, it is suggested to take a teaspoon of our colloidal silver every hour to ensure that you always have these bio-active ions in your system to attack pathogens.
We have literally consumed gallons of our products and have felt no side effects.
What we normally hear about in terms of colloidal silver side effects is "Argyria" or greying of the skin.
"Argyria or argyrosis (from Greek: ἄργυρος argyros silver) is a condition caused by inappropriate exposure to chemical compounds of the element silver, or to silver dust. The most dramatic symptom of argyria is that the skin turns blue or bluish-grey. It may take the form of generalized argyria or local argyria. Generalized argyria affects large areas over much of the visible surface of the body. Local argyria shows in limited regions of the body, such as patches of skin, parts of the mucous membrane or the conjunctiva.
The terms argyria and argyrosis have long been used interchangeably, with argyria being used more frequently. Argyrosis has been used particularly in referring to argyria of the conjunctiva, but the usage has never been consistent and cannot be relied on except where it has been explicitly specified."
It's an interesting fun-fact that the term "blue blood" was a nickname of the rich long ago. With the antibiotic and food preservation qualities of silver being revered for thousands of years, the rich were able to afford silver cutlery (silverware), silver plates and bowls and other products made of silver.
This constant exposure to silver protected them from the plagues but, because of the particle size, accumulated in their bodies, creating the blue or blue/grey appearance. Being a blue blood was a sign of wealth and health.
Now with modern science we understand why their skin took on that hue (large particles of chemical compounds) and how to create a silver product, pure ionic colloidal silver hydrosol, without the side effects.
Pure ionic colloidal silver hydrosol in NOT a chemical compound and is the smallest size of silver possible...a single atomic ion.
Again from Wikipedia.com
"There has never been a reported case of argyria from the use of a modern "colloidal" silver, which differs from homemade silver "compounds" in particle size. Nanometer size colloidal silver particles are too small to be absorbed by human cells and typically pass through the body in 48 hours or less.
A prominent case from ingestion of a silver compound (not colloidal silver) was that of Stan Jones of Montana, a Libertarian candidate for the United States Senate in 2002 and 2006. Jones acquired argyria through consumption of a home-made silver product that he made due to fears that the Year 2000 problem would make antibiotics unavailable. The peculiar colouration of his skin was featured prominently in media coverage of his unsuccessful campaign, though Jones contends that the best-known photo was "doctored". Jones promised that he was not using his silvery complexion as a gimmick. He continues to promote the use of colloidal silver as a home remedy. He has said that his good health, excepting the unusual skin tone, is the result of his use of colloidal silver."
DO NOT MAKE THIS AT HOME using homemade equipment!! Why not? Because you will end up with large particles, silver salts and other silver chemical compounds!
If your silver product is not crystal clear, it is not pure and could contribute to the colloidal silver side effect of argyria. It is the accumulation and growth of large silver salt crystals that cause the grey/blue color when activated by UV light.
In a saline environment like the blood, the usual metallic silver colloid, made by many, has less then 0.01% bio-availability and high PPM, giving HIGH RISK - SMALL GAIN! Homemade silver generators make bad colloidal silver hydrosol.
The proper type for consumption is ionic, as found in any soluble mineral, and thus high bio-availability so tiny doses are effective. HIGH GAIN - SMALL RISK! Through proper engineering (you get what you pay for), we can ensure that the product is pure ionic, therefore full bio-available and effective.
Any colloidal silver that is not crystal clear either contains some kind of food or other coloring or, because of it's composition, has large particles and/or silver chemical compounds. It's the ions that do the work, not the stuff that makes the liquid amber or red or whatever color the product is.
Pure ionic colloidal silver hydrosol is COLORLESS for a reason! It doesn't contain useless or potentially harmful compounds.
Remember, ionic silver is the form of silver that is BIO-ACTIVE because of the missing electron that makes the atom an ion. That atom is searching for a missing ion from somewhere. That's what makes it active. A silver atom that is not ionic is neutral. It may spin off ions here or there but mostly the particle is inert.
With modern methods, we can go right for the end product we are seeking....bio-active silver ions!
"A 2012 study of silver nanoparticles has indicated that only regular consumption of a large-particle silver compound is a likely causative agent of argyria.
The study links such consumption with the creation of the characteristic blue silver sulfide and silver selenide deposits present in reported cases of argyria. This is due to the rapid dissolution of silver nanoparticles in acidic environments, such as the stomach by oxidative dissolution and previous studies have shown that after the dissolution of silver, it can enter cellular environments through complicated proteins.
Subsequently, exposure to UV radiation is able to reconvert silver ions to elemental silver spontaneously reforming silver nanoparticles which can be sulfidated to produce the silver sulfide seen in argyria cases."
NO! It's a testament that the colloidal silver is doing its job! You WANT this to happen!
The Herxheimer Reaction is not a colloidal silver side effect but it can feel like one! Not a day goes by when we don't get an inquiry about a weird "flu" or something, wondering if our product is making them feel something unexpected.
We love to hear these stories because we know what it is! The Herxheimer Reaction is a flu-like response to the body trying to cope with a flood of dead or dying pathogens like bacteria or viruses at a pace beyond the body's ability to flush it out.
It's akin to when you get a flu shot and then feel flu symptoms.
You might experience these symptoms: headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.
This detox may last a few days or a week. To quicken your detox, drinking lots and lots of clean water. Help your body flush these toxins. Get rest too because your body needs that energy to do this cleansing. And keep taking your colloidal silver. Before you know it, the symptoms will be gone.
We've been there, done that! In fact, it was our own personal experience with the Herxheimer Reaction that made us believers in Pure Ionic Colloidal Silver Hydrosol!
We sincerely hope this page about colloidal silver side effects was helpful! Please contact us with any questions! And we'd love to hear your stories too!
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