Articles on Colloidal Silver and some FDA approved patented applications.

see also CS on Aids and HIV and Tetrasil Ointment for the Skin

Presented as a discourse on how diseases are understood (or not understood) by western science and the allopathic profession. For other theories see Pleomorphism and Homeotoxicology as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Silver - both in liquid solution and as an airborne-aerosol - has been known since 1887 to be extremely toxic to Anthrax spores. *

 *H. Bechhold, Colloids in Biology and Medicine, N.Y.: D. van Nostrand, 1919, pp. 364-76. 10) D. Long & S. Spencer Jones, Bioterrorism: Secrets for Surviving the Coming Terrorist Germ Warfare Attacks on U.S. Cities, Barstow, CA: Life & Health Research Group, 1998. 11) N. Grier (1983) "Silver and Its Compounds" in Disinfection, Sterilization and Preservation, S. Block, ed., Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 380-428. 12) I. Romans (1954) "Silver Compounds" & "Oligodynamic Metals" in Antiseptics, Disinfectants, Fungicides and Chemical and Physical Sterilization, G. Reddish, ed., Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 380-428. 


Now, these sources - without viewing their data - leave the same question unanswered.

Another person claims the University of California studied colloidal silver with Anthrax and determined it was effective. The sources claim that the "official findings" were not published, because a fee was not paid. 


Who do you believe?


Luckily for all of us here, this question is rather mute, since using colloidal silver will not in the least bit hurt - and could be life saving. When one is contemplating a situation, one's mind is in one place - fear, or hope, or determination, or steadfastness, or even the feeling of powerlessness. If that situation becomes real, the mind will be where the

next best action is. So one takes all the best actions possible. If bacterial warfare becomes more predominant, I will up my daily intake of colloidal silver as a preventative effort. I'll probably up it to about 16 ounces, spread all throughout the day and evening.

Whom I feel concern about is those who, not knowing what to believe, simply do not act, because the next best action is an unknown.


infectious diseases, accounts for over 7% of the deaths in the US, and major expenditures. Antibiotic resistance is a major problem. 

The CDC estimates that 76,000,000 get sick from food borne illnesses. Influenza, rotavirus and RSV each sicken and hospitalize thousands of kids every year. About 100,000 to  135,000 people are hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia every year. And about 30% of these patients have bacteria resistant to antibiotics. 


Silver Purifier

CS solutions as weak as 5 ppm are of value when impinged upon the surfaces of conventional air conditioning filters, Approximately 3 ounces of 10 ppm CS sprayed over (both sides) of a 20" X 20" X 1" AC intake filter.....once every 10 days, reduced the general viable bacteria/virus populations (expressing on the filter surfaces) to 5%--or less--of those found on the control filters. In some cases, where 20 ppm was used, and the interval for filter cleaning shortened to 7 days----the efficacy improves to better than 98%. 

note ....because of the large, initial, wetted surface of the intake filter it would be prudent to check the filter for heavier-than-usual accumulations of dirt/dust particulates at about 5 days. after the initial installation.. This is of special importance in areas exhibiting high dust concentrations. It may be of import for members to know that approximately 80% of all A/C system failures have their primary cause as "restricted air flow".

Can Colloidal Silver Cause Kidney Problems http://risk.lsd.ornl.gov/tox/profiles/silver_f_V1.shtml 


 It is very puzzling to me that we can fearlessly drink tap water with  loads of chlorine, fluoride, iron, copper, and other metals and  minerals we know nothing about and haven't measured, but a little  silver worries us!   (Eddy Kasper) 


Exposure of rats to 222 mg silver/kg/day in drinking water for 37 weeks resulted in growth depression and shortened lifespan. Also observed were granular silver deposits in the eyes (Matuk et al., 1981). Olcott (1948, 1950) reported enlargement of the left ventricle of the heart in rats receiving drinking water containing 635-660 mg silver/day as either silver nitrate or silver chloride for life. Histologic examination showed slight thickening of the basement membranes of kidney glomeruli in the absence of severe renal lesions. Deposition of silver granules was observed in the skin, eyes, and several internal organs. 
Let's see, the average CS taker may weigh 70 kg and take 60 ml of a 5 PPM home brew. That's 4 micrograms/kg/day compared to 222 mg/kg/day. So those poor little rats received about 52,000 times what a typical or extremely high CS dosage would be 


 A Safe and Simple Treatment for Aids  

News Article written by Marvin Robey:

The Herald of Provo Utah, February 2, 1992, ran an article on Pg. D1, in which a member of the administrative staff of Brigham Young University by the name of Daryl Tichy has been successfully experimenting with colloidal silver in the treatment of AIDS, along with warts and parvo virus in a dog. "Tichy said he had the material [colloidal silver] tested at two different labs; results showed the solution killed a variety of pathogens, including the HIV virus."  Tichy then states, "I don't have a doubt in my mind." He says he has not been able to obtain funds to continue his research. this should not be a surprise, considering what other researchers have been telling us. There is much more evidence to support Tichy's conclusion. Extensive evidence points to the fact that colloidal silver destroys all types of virii including the AIDS virus and greatly enhances the immune system in general. Colloidal Silver supports the T-cells in their fight against foreign organisms in the blood. It virtually forms a second immune system, actually protecting

and defending the T-cells, as well as doing their work for them. It is strongly suggested by research scientists such as Dr. Gary Smith and others that silver ions are essential to the immune system. In "Use of Colloids in Health and Disease", author Dr. Henry Crooks says colloidal silver is highly anti-viral. In laboratory tests he found that "all fungus, virii, bacterium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and other pathogenic organisms are killed in three or four minutes. In fact, there is no microbe known that is not killed by

colloidal silver in six minutes or less in a dilution as little as ve parts per million." Dr. Crooks tells us there are no serious side effects whatsoever from high concentrations. Research scientist Dr. Gary Smith reports that he has noticed a correlation between low

silver levels, sickness and immune deficiency. He found people who have low silver levels tend to be frequently sick and to have innumerable colds, flu's, fevers, and other illnesses. The research of Dr. Gary Smith would seem to support the belief that colloidal silver is an entirely natural healing agent. HIV and AIDS are a two sided medical condition. First is the HIV virus, which attacks the immune system. Second are the main outward effects, the conditions resulting from the weakened immune system. Research evidence shows that Colloidal Silver is a two edged sword. It attacks the HIV virus directly and effectively, and then forms virtually its own immune system to ward off the various health problems the immune system has not been able to handle. Parasites are being recognised more and more as a cause of failing health. Hulda Clark, Ph.D., N.D., author of "The Cure for All Cancers" and "The Cure for HIV and AIDS", tells us that neither cancer nor HIV can exist without parasites and that if we eliminate the parasites, the disease will be gone. Health Consciousness, Vol. 15, No. 4 says: "Parasites are also killed [by colloidal silver], as they have an egg-stage in their reproductive cycle, which is one celled and therefore killed in six minutes or less." In as much as there are many kinds of parasites, this may be inconclusive. However, tests have shown that mosquito larva are effectively killed by colloidal silver. It should be remembered that to rid oneself of parasites by killing the eggs or larvae means that one must continue the treatment until all of the adults die, probably of old age. More research is needed. But if the AIDS or Cancer and other conditions can be effectively treated with colloidal silver, then any effects on parasites is a free benefit.

In as much as AIDS is the result of a virtually destroyed immune system, it would be surprising to find that colloidal silver did not have a dramatic effect on AIDS. AIDS is a viral disease, and antibiotics seldom have any effect on any virus, but the colloidal silver ion is highly effective. The evidence strongly supports the theory that colloidal silver is highly effective against all strains of virus, curing even the common cold in one dose. Where many drugs on the market suppress certain symptoms of a cold, colloidal silver is said to kill off the virus that causes it to hang on. AIDS, like all other viral infections, is unaffected by antibiotics, which each kill off only a few strains of bacteria and none are effective against the virus, yeast's, or fungi. Yet, researchers are telling us that colloidal silver is highly effective against all of these. One serious condition typical of AIDS is rapid ageing. Ageing is generally considered as due to a slowing down of the body's ability to replace worn out cells fast enough. This slowing down begins by the time of adulthood and continues into old age. In "Report: Colloidal Silver, Health Consciousness,   Vol. 15, No. 4, it is stated that "Silver aids the developing foetus in growth, health, and eases the delivery and recovery." If colloidal silver aids the growth of a foetus so noticeably, will it reduce the ageing process? From the research of Dr. Becker, it would seem colloidal silver will produce the dedifferentiated cells necessary to prevent this slowdown of cell replacement. It is probable that the weakened immune system is incapable of producing the undifferentiated cells necessary to rebuild worn out cells. Colloidal silver produced the needed cells to make this possible. All of this is being discovered and rediscovered at the same time that disease bacterium are developing immunity to modern antibiotics. Furthermore, immunity to the antibiotics seems to be developing all over the world, even in isolated areas. The medical profession is alarmed. Can silver save us? Many authorities think so!




As single celled creatures called bacteria use a common type enzyme or  'chemical lung" for their oxygen metabolism, the presence of colloidal silver cripples the enzyme, therefore causing the organism to suffocate. Any and all bacteria are therefore killed within the 6-minute time frame, without causing any adverse effect on the surrounding tissue cells. Dr Becker also states in his book: "Positive ilver kills all types of bacteria". This is exiting, because no other single antibiotic works against all types of bacteria. Positive silver, however, offers several advantages over previous forms. There are no ions besides silver to burden tide tissues. It works against all types of bacteria and viruses, even killing antibiotic resistant strains as well as all fungal infections. " To carry the fight to fungal infection, one must firstly understand fungal growths. A fungus is a series of single cells that have small tubes of the material from which the cell is made, which stretches between the cell walls. Whether more linear in its spread and expand mode or, alternatively, more like a fabric in its reproductive mode, a fungus will still exhibit that characteristic of any one celled bacterium, that articular type of chemical lung, which is almost completely and permanently disabled by the presence of colloidal silver in the body, s the silver suffocates the organism.




A single virus will invade a living cell within the body tissue. Then the insidious pathogen will take over the nucleus of the cell and alter it's production and reproduction chanism to replicate the irus instead of the enzyme, hormone, or other chemical that the body would normally have produced for itself within that cell. Later, the newly produced virus will be released from that cell and into the blood stream. However, another very interesting thing takes place. As the virus affects the cell for its own purposes, part of the response of that living cell is that it reverts back to a more primitive form of cell structure and chemistry. The oxygen metabolising enzyme, or chemical lung in the cell wall, reverts as well. This more primitive form of enzyme is vulnerable to the effects of colloidal silver. The catalyst effect of the colloidal silver simply eing in close proximity to the enzyme of this cell results in the enzyme becoming permanently disabled. It cannot function to bring oxygen into the cell, and the virus producing cell dies by suffocation.



Colloidal Silver and HIV

HlV is caused by a particular type of virus. This virus attacks and invades a single tissue cell and takes over the operation of the cell's reproductive mechanism. Part of the cells response to this viral attack is for the cell to revert back to a different primitive one celled type of enzyme or chemical lung, the kind that is crippled by the presence of colloidal silver, The cell then suffocates and dies and, as it is no longer useful to the body, it is flushed out. The colloidal silver has killed the mutated cell, virus and all. C' Silver kills ALL viruses, precluding future mutations as it also kills the HIV virus-invaded cell within minutes. As a catalyst, colloidal silver is not affected in the reaction, and it continues to kill any other single celled pathogen that is in its presence. 



As a preventative, colloidal silver is unsurpassed. Sufficient colloidal silver taken daily precludes infection, viruses, disease, contagion outbreak and serious burn toxicity. The daily ingestion of colloidal silver is like having a second immune system. It lessens the load on the body's natural immune system, and effectively kills the many thousands of viruses and bacteria that are present throughout the body. In addition, it lessens the toxicity due to the average amount of virus and bacterial activity that occurs naturally in the body. However, tests have shown that, due to the high absorption of silver into the small intestine, the "friendly bacteria in the large intestine are unaffected". This "second immune system" acts parallel to, and independent of, the body's own first line of defense, which is a major advantage in warding off outbreaks of influenza or other germ, plaque or pestilence. By taking colloidal silver at the correct dose rate is to have protection that is unsurpassed against serious burn toxicity. Severe burn cases, such as from a house fire or motor accident, will have a much greater survival rate than those who do not take colloidal silver before such a catastrophe. Often, people who survive such horrific injuries later die of complications that occur some days, even weeks after the injury is sustained. This is because several of the body's systems become overloaded and cannot cope. Colloidal silver has proven to be extremely effective in helping the body's immune system and sustained in the fire or accident. With reference to the healing powers of colloidal silver, an American surgeon, Dr William Stewart Halsted wrote in 1913, after referring to the age old practice of placing pure silver wire in and around wounds. "I know of nothing that could take its place, nor have I known anyone to abandon it who has thoroughly familiarized him or herself with the technique of its employment. We may have only scratched the surface of tale medical brilliance of silver. Already it is an amazing tool, as it stimulates bone-forming cells, cures the most stubborn infections, and stimulates healing of skin tissue. "



colloidal silver will successfully treat. This is a partial list, as there are over 650 in all. Acne- Aids - allergies - appendicitis - arthritis - athletes foot - bladder infection - blood parasites - blood poisoning- boils - burns - cancer - Candidas - chronic fatigue - colitis - conjunctivitis - cystitis - dandruff- dermatitis - diabetes - diphtheria - eczema - gastro-enteritis - gonorrhea - hay fever- hepatitis - herpes - impetigo - indigestion - keratitus - leprosy - leukemia - malaria - meningitis - neurasthenia - parasitic infection - pneumonia - prostate infection - pruritis ani - psoriasis - rheumatics - rhinitis - ring worm -  scarlet fever - septic conditions - seborreah septicemia - shingles - staph and streptococcal - ulcers - viruses - warts - yeast infections etc.. 




The above may be an impressive array of nasty viruses and diseases, but they are but a few that form a much larger group. Colloidal silver can also be applied directly to open wounds and sores to eliminate infection. It does not sting, burn or smart in any way. Other antiseptics sting when applied to a wound because they are killing the surrounding wall tissue cells, as well as attempting to kill the germs. Colloidal silver will not harm the surrounding cells or tissue. After washing the face thoroughly, colloidal silver may be used as the only medication or, in amount each day, the affliction will disappear. On open wounds, colloidal silver may be used as the only medication or, in conjunction with other medication. Just sprinkle the colloidal silver over the effected area and bandage. This application is also good for the removal of warts.





Optimum digestion

Place 5ml of colloidal silver, or as determined by titration, into a beverage of your choice accompanying your meal. As the food is digested, the presence of colloidal silver will keep the food from putrefying in the digestive tract, while killing all germs ingested with the food. There will be no flatulence with this method. Parasitic infections By ingesting the correct quantities of colloidal silver, is to preclude parasitic diseases caused by the tiny worm like parasites that can burrow through particular organs. In all cases, these parasites reproduce by laying eggs. These eggs have the same characteristics as do the oxygen metabolizing enzyme of the single cells bacteria. These eggs are unable to hatch when in the presence of colloidal silver. and are subsequently destroyed and eliminated by the immune system. 


Diarrhea diseases 

A number of diseases such as cholera, canine parvovirus or other diseases where the pathogen resides in the large intestine are normally fatal, mostly due to the dehydration resulting from severe and prolonged diarrhea and vomiting. The pathogen causing the problem is active in the large intestine, the one place where colloidal silver, when used in normal dose rates, will not penetrate. However if one drinks four ounces of colloidal silver With three or four large glasses of water on an empty stomach, the colloidal silver will penetrate the large intestinal tract and will very quickly take care of the problem. Cholera has been cured in this way. Healing crisis This is a condition wherein the colloidal silver is killing the pathogens very quickly. The body's five eliminatory systems (kidneys, liver, skin, bowel, and lungs) become temporarily overloaded. This is especially true when overcoming HIV with colloidal silver. One may feel lethargic and dozy due to this rapid action. Continue the regimen, but drink up to four liters of water per day together with up to 6 grams of Vitamin C.




Most chemistry books have a chapter on the colloidal state as if it  were a special case. Actually the colloidal state is the only state or all living things. Within water, the chemical elements of life occur in a flux of halves, or opposing electrical pairs always in motion and swapping these molecular halves in complete chemical reactions that are the process of growth and repair. In this flux of the body's fluids are the germ pathogens, whose own molecular pairs interact with those of the body as they strive to survive. They are all parasites that attack and eat the body cells of the host, dumping their wastes into the surrounding tissues and blood stream. When in this fluid flux, there is an electrically charged ion or micro-particle of colloidal silver, it selects from among the tissue cells of the body only those disease causing pathogens and suffocates them, catalytically, simply by being there, then, unaffected, drifts on to repeat the process again and again. The crystalline state is the condition of dry dead things. Most medications are in a crystalline state. The body must convert them to a colloidal state before they can be used. There is some expense to the body in time, energy and effectiveness. In the process there are molecular pieces left over that burden the body with their need to be eliminated. In the case of colloidal silver, nothing is led. Several decades of clinical use of Silver have been proven in the treatment of burns, and for eye, ear, nose, throat, vaginal, rectal and urinary tract infections. Silver has been prescribed in medicine as an aid to the brain, reproductive disorders in women and the circulatory system. It has been used as a remedy for mental imbalances, sleepwalking and anorexia nervosa. 


Kill Rate for pathogens  (From the colloidal silver list:)

please note that this is not an endorsement or advocacy for the use of Colloidal Silver (the Happy Herbalist)


Mathematically, a pathogen has to replicate faster than it is killed to cause illness. You have 3 big variables in this when taking CS. First is the replication rate of the pathogen, second is the kill rate of the immune system, and lastly is the kill rate of the CS. The kill rate of the immune system is quite variable between different pathogens, and from person to person. For a healthy person, it should be non-zero initially upon introduction, and as the body find and kills them it will

begin to produce antibodies against the pathogen. This causes the kill rate to increase until at some point the kill rate is above the pathogen replication rate, and the level of pathogens begins decreasing. For the flu or cold this can take days, or sometimes weeks. If the body already has antibodies against the pathogen upon introduction, normally the kill rate will exceed the replication rate initially, and you will kill it off immediately, and thus be considered immune to it.

Replication rates of viruses can be tremendous. An infected cell which bursts can dump thousands of virus particles at once. Now if you are taking CS it will increase the initial kill rate of any newly introduced pathogen. If the kill rate of the CS plus the immune system exceeds the replication rate, it will be killed off shortly after introduction. When this happens it is likely you will not gain any immunity against the pathogen. However, if the pathogen replication rate is sufficient, or the CS dosage too low/the immune system compromised, the pathogen will continue to replicate. It

is quite possible that the pathogen will replicate only slightly faster than it is getting killed off, so that instead of reaching sufficient concentration to make you sick in 1 to 3 days, it will take a week or two. In that case the immune system should have cranked up the antibodies and at some point before you get sick, the kill rate will exceed the replication rate, and it will be defeated before you get any symptoms. The end result is that you would become immune to the pathogen without becoming ill. If however the replication rate is sufficiently above kill rate, it may still reach concentrations which will call illness. In those cases increasing the dosage of CS to knock it back down until the body can crank up the antibodies is useful and can usually prevent severe symptoms. Once the antibodies are sufficient along with any CS, the kill rate will exceed the replication rate, and pathogen load will decrease and you will then be immune to the pathogen. Here are a few examples. Rates of kill and replication are giving as time for halving and doubling. The numbers have no basis in fact necessarily, they are just examples.


Replication time

immune kill time

CS kill time

20 hours 

 1 day

 1 day kills off

20 hours 

 1 day

none gets sick

20 hours 

 1 day

1 day gets sick

20 hours 

16 hours

none kills off

20 hours 


16 hours kills off


What we see is in this case is that if a person has a good immune system, he will not get sick, but if he has an average immune system he will get sick unless he takes a small amount of CS. But even if he has a compromised immune system he will not get sick if he takes twice as much CS as in the previous example. Now when you consider that pathogens can have replication rates that run from a hour or so to many days, and immune systems that can be in the same range, then it can be seen that the amount of CS needed will depend on the person's immune system and the replication rate of the pathogen.


The silver-list is a moderated forum for discussion of colloidal silver. To join or quit silver-list or silver-digest send an e-mail message to: silver-list-request@eskimo.com  -or- silver-digest-request@eskimo.com  with the word subscribe or unsubscribe in the SUBJECT line. To post, address your message to: silver-list@eskimo.com

Ther's also a body of research abstracts and reports, compiled on that list by Terry Wayne. 



Published for information and educational purposes only, not medical advice.

Copyright 1993/1997 Robert C. Beck, D.Sc. Revision 28 February, 1997



the following is quoted from a commercial manufacture of Silverlon® Elastic Wraps. Their site contains information on the use and application of silver for healing purposes. Their product has been  FDA approved.  

Argentum Medical, LLC., a Delaware Corporation, was formed in January 2001 to continue the development and commercialization of a broad range of silver-coated products. their web site http://silverlon.com/

For Silverlon® Wound Care Products to be effective and non-adhering, the dressings must remain moist.  Sterile Water is recommended as the wetting agent.   The chloride ion in normal saline reacts with metallic silver to form a precipitate of silver chloride on the metallic silver surface and subsequently reduces the number of silver ions released.  Silverlon® has been shown to release in vitro silver ions for up to twelve days, however when applied to clinical wounds, the longevity of the Silverlon® Wound Care Products depends upon the amount of exudates and cellular debris that cover the silver plated fibers of the fabric.  When the silver coated fibers become covered, silver ions are not released and the antimicrobial efficiency decreases


Microbiology Department
Brigham Young University
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P.O. Box 25253
Provo, Utah 84602-5253

                                                                                                                May 13, 1999

American Silver’s Antibacterial Product (ASAP Solution) Testing Results Summary

The following results suggest that American Silver’s ASAP solution is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent–it is able to effectively stop the growth of, and in fact kill, a variety of bacteria.

American Silver’s ASAP Silver Supplement has been tested against the following organisms.

Staphylococcus aureus (Pneumonia, eye infections, skin infections (boils, impetigo, cellulitis, and post-operative wound infections), toxic shock syndrome, meningitis, food poisoning, osteomyelitis, and many others) inhibited @ 2.5 ppm and killed @ 5 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU

Shigella boydii (Bacillary dysentery–characterized by severe cramping abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea) inhibited @ 1.25 ppm and killed @ 2.5 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU Report.

Salmonella arizona (Food poisoning, etc.) inhibited @ 2.5 ppm and killed @ 5 ppm. 1/28/99 BYU Report.

Salmonella typhimurium (Food poisoning and enteric fever) inhibited and killed at a concentration of 2.5 ppm. 6/7/99 BYU Report.

E. coli (Food poisoning, urinary tract infections, traveler’s diarrhea, diarrhea in infants, respiratory tract infections, and wound infections) inhibited and killed @ 2.5 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU Report.

Haemophilus influenzae (Otitis media (ear infection), pneumonia, meningitis, throat and sinus infections (including epiglottitis in children and sinusitis), and suppurative arthritis in children) inhibited and killed @ 1.25 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU Report.

Enterobacter aerogenes ( wound infections, urinary tract infections, bacteremia, and meningitis) inhibited and killed at a concentration of 2.5 ppm. 6/7/99 BYU Report.

Enterobacter cloacae ( causes ilnesses similar to the E. aerogenes) inhibited and killed at a concentration of 5 ppm. 6/7/99 BYU Report.

Klebsiella pneumoniae (lower respiratory tract infections, nosocomial infections (infections spread in hospitals), urinary tract and wound infections, and bacteremia) inhibited and killed @ 2.5 ppm. 1/28/99 BYU Report.

Klebsiella oxytoca (Similar to those infections caused by K. pneumoniae) inhibited and killed at a concentration of 2.5 ppm. 6/7/99
BYU Report.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa (severe burn and wound infections, keratitis, pneumonia, meningitis, nosocomial infections, urinary tract infections, etc.) inhibited @ 2.5 ppm and killed @ 5 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU Report.

Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia, meningitis, sinusitis, otitis media (ear infection) inhibited @ 2.5 ppm and killed @ 5 ppm. 4/21/99 BYU Report.

Streptococcus pyogenes (skin infections, upper respiratory infections (i.e. strep throat) impetigo, hospital-acquired infections, scarlet fever, etc.) inhibited and killed @ 1.25 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU Report.

Streptococcus faecalis (Urinary tract infections, endocarditis, wound infections, etc.) inhibited @ 2.5 ppm and killed @ 5 ppm. 1/22/99 BYU Report.

Streptococcus mutans (A major cause dental plaque and tooth decay etc.) inhibited and killed @ 5 ppm. 2/3/99 BYU Report.

Streptococcus gordonii (Tooth decay, also implicated in infective endocarditis-an infection of the heart valves) inhibited and killed @ 5 ppm. BYU Report 2/12/99.

David A. Revelli


Brigham Young University
Dr. Ron W. Leavitt, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Biology

Brigham Young University



June 7, 2006 

The Next "it" Product

While precious metals were getting whacked again today and arguments were raging about whether this is a healthy correction or the end of the run (see the mainstream's take in Financial Times), the Wall Street Journal gave silver investors a reason to stop worrying and start buying. In an article titled "This War Against Germs Has a Silver Lining", the Journal notes that the consumer products industry has suddenly discovered that silver 1) kills germs without hurting people, and 2) can be added to practically anything:

"Now, silver is showing up as a bacteria-and odor-fighting material in a range of contemporary consumer products, from sports socks to washing machines. Specialty retailer Sharper Image recently introduced a line of plastic food containers infused with silver nanoparticles that are intended to keep food fresher. The boxes, priced at $69.95 for a set of 12, have drawn positive reviews at Amazon.com, which sells Sharper Image products -- including one owner enthusing about strawberries staying fresh for 14 days.

In March, South Korea's Samsung Electronics launched a new washer in the U.S. that uses silver ions to sanitize laundry. Plank, a small Boston company that sells Yoga accessories, recently introduced Cor, a soap with silver as the main active ingredient. The company says its supplier is also developing silver-imbued shampoo and toothpaste.

About three years ago, consumer products incorporating silver as an antimicrobial ingredient -- some made using nanotechnology to bond materials at a molecular level -- took off in Asia. Now some observers believe they are poised to become big in the U.S.

'Silver nanoparticles may very well become the next 'it' product, much like antibacterial soaps that took the consumer sector by storm a decade ago,' says Marlene Bourne, president of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Bourne Research, which specializes in emerging technologies."

That this means is that silver, already in short supply because of rising industrial demand and the voracious appetite of the new iShares Silver Trust ETF, is about to attract a new category of buyers. Another positive: Where the silver used in many industrial applications can be recycled, and the bullion now being bought and stored by the ETF can be dumped back on the market with a keystroke, silver used in consumer products is pretty much gone for good. No one will bother taking socks and shirts with silver threads to a recycling center (at anything close to today's silver prices, at least). Instead they'll just throw them away or donate them to the local Salvation Army. The silver built into the new generation of washing machines is gradually leached off and sent down the drain. Ditto for the silver particles in soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

These new uses for silver, in other words, take it off the market permanently. The more popular they are, the less silver there is in the world's warehouses to satisfy investment demand. As Investment Rarities' Ted Butler is fond of pointing out, there's already a looming shortage of silver sufficient to send the price into triple digits. And now the depletion rate of the world's remaining silver is headed into overdrive. I think this answers the question of whether today's sell-off is a buying opportunity.
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