I’m a registered nurse in the Midwest. I believe in traditional medicine but have become very interested in alternative medicine in case of a TEOTWAWKI event and have been learning more about colloidal silver.
If a man-made or natural disaster occurs, it’s best to learn how to take care of yourself and family, especially if help won’t be readily available. I’m always thinking about the “What ifs?
I became concerned with encountering Ebola patients, as were many other nurses. How could we protect ourselves? Seasoned professionals with the latest and greatest Hazmat suits following WHO policy were still contracting Ebola.
One day, an RN from the Emergency Room was talking to me about the same concerns. She gave me a bottle of commercially made Colloidal Silver (CS) to take, saying it helps fight viruses and bacteria. Not only was she taking it, most of the ER staff was, too! I became intrigued by this, and wanted to know more about it, especially before taking it.
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How I learned about colloidal silver
I read the history of how silver was the main antibiotic before the days of Penicillin. People purified their barrels of water by dropping pure silver coins in them. Wealthy people fed their children with sterling silverware, and seemed to have less food borne illness and sickness than the rest of the population. However, some of these people did have a skin discoloration from the combination of salt on the food reacting with the silver utensils. Their skin had a silvery-bluish caste to it. Hence, the term, “bluebloods”.
I began thinking back to the days when I was a student nurse. I had to go to the hospitals for “Clinicals” for hands on experience. One of my rotations was in the Labor & Delivery department. One of the things we did for newborns was to put Silver Nitrate drops in their eyes after birth. It helped prevent blindness from certain bacteria that could be present in the birth canal. (It is actually required by law in most states).
Another rotation brought me to the Med-Surg dept, where I had a patient with terrible bedsores. I had to apply “Silvadene”, a silver based antibiotic ointment, to the open areas that had become infected. Each day, we would measure the wound to see if it was getting larger or smaller in diameter. There are also some hospitals that use special endotracheal tubes and urinary catheters with a silver coating to prevent infection. The patients on ventilators using these tubes had fewer cases of VAP, or ventilator acquired pneumonia.
Other studies I read showed colloidal silver inhibits viral growth, or can slow it down. Sometimes it eradicates it. Bacteria can’t utilize oxygen when a silver ion imbeds itself in the cell wall. So, the bacteria die. Some people take a teaspoon of colloidal silver per day, internally, to prevent illness. Some people take it only when they are sick.
Proper dosage of colloidal silver
There are people who have developed a condition called argyria, from taking too much. Remember, everything in moderation! If one teaspoon of 10 ppm (parts per million) is recommended, don’t drink a pint.
Consider the pros and cons of antibiotic use. There are a myriad of side effects, allergic reactions, and the possibility of drug resistant bacteria developing from the overuse of antibiotics. That’s a big problem these days.
So, all things considered, I began taking it myself. I take a teaspoon 2-3 times per week now, as does my husband. He works on airplanes that have passengers from foreign countries known to have Ebola. Even if colloidal silver doesn’t kill Ebola, but, simply slows down viral replication, I can give my body a fighting chance develop its own immunity.Learn to make your own colloidal silver, step by step. Click To Tweet
When we were almost out of our colloidal silver, I began to check out the prices to order it online. Wow, pretty expensive. So, I thought to myself, why not try to make it at home?
Homemade colloidal silver
My husband and I both put this “machine” together. He loves going to Radio Shack anyhow, so he volunteered to get some of the parts. Here is our supply list for making your own Colloidal Silver:
- Distilled water
- Mason jar (I swear, there are a thousand and ones uses for these things)
- 2 clothespins with springs
- 3 9-volt batteries
- 1 package 9-volt snap connectors
- 1 package alligator clips with jumper leads
- 2 1-ounce .999 pure silver bars, rounds, or rods — I recommend Provident Metals for online purchases and have bought from them myself. You can also get this silver at coin stores.
- Dark glass bottles for storage
- TDS meter (Total Dissolved Solids)
- Fill mason jar about 2/3 full with distilled water.
- Connect the 3 9-volt batteries in series to each other. When I set this up, it will looks like a pyramid — see photo below.
- Connect the snap connector to the empty positive terminal.
- Connect another snap connector to the empty negative terminal.
- Connect one alligator clip to the positive wire.
- Connect one alligator clip to the negative wire.
- Add one silver bar to each of the opposite ends of the alligator clips.
- Slowly place into distilled water in mason jar, and clip it on with a clothespin.
- Place the second silver bar in the distilled water and clip on.
- Make sure only the silver is touching the liquid.
- Do not let the silver bars touch each other.
After 10 minutes or so, you will notice tiny bubbles coming from the positive anode on the silver bar. The negative anode will become darkened. I let it work its magic for 1-3 hours, but every 30 minutes, I check it with a TDS meter until I a reading of 10-15 PPM. Then, it’s done. (The time can vary depending on how fresh the batteries are).
At this point, the colloidal silver liquid still looks clear, but it can also change to a pale yellow, dark yellow, or cloudy liquid. I’ve noticed the PPM will decrease by as much as half over the course of a week, but after that, it tends to stabilize. I also filter it through a coffee filter to eliminate any dust or contaminants that may have fallen into the mason jar during processing.
To check for a true colloidal silver result, shoot a beam of light through the solution. I use a red laser type beam. The light will look like a thin line which gradually gets wider as it reaches the other side of the jar. It’s called the Tyndall effect. If you have that, you have a true colloidal silver solution.
Once my solution is finished, I put it in a dark glass bottle. I just save old vanilla extract bottles, or even a small Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup bottle would do if you don’t have small, dark bottles.
Disclaimer: Making my own colloidal silver and taking regular doses is what I do for myself. I’m not a medical professional, and in no way can I recommend this to anyone. I’ve written this for your information and entertainment only. Before taking colloidal silver, consult your medical practioner to make sure it is safe for you and doesn’t interfere with any of your medications or current health issues.
Resources mentioned in this article:
- 9-volt snap connectors
- Alligator clips with jumper leads
- Dark glass bottles
- Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Dr. Martin J. Blaser
- PurifiCup water filter
- Sovereign Silver colloidal silver — I have personally used this brand.
- The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Joe Alton and Amy Alton
- Wooden clothespins
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