This is not directly associated with Colloidal Silver (yet) and my research is currently in the very early stages; however, I am putting this out in the hope that others will contribute in the “Comments” section.
I came across a treatment for Tinnitus recently which involves the use of coherent light, something I have known about for many years. The idea is that blue light calms the cells of the body and red light energises the cells. Some links follow:
I was sent a marketing letter offering this product, but the price was absurd (over 250 GBP) for what was obviously “just” a low-power red laser pointer connected to a flexible earpiece with a fibre-optic core, directing the laser light onto the eardrum. The power rating was stated as between 1 – 5 mW and 635nm laser diode (red light).
I thought about this for a while and made sure that I immediately bought several laser “pointers” in case the ignorant PTB attempt to ban their use and purchase. I now have several 1 mW (this is the standard-power laser pointer in the UK), and a couple of higher-powered laser pointers, in case power is important. The power rating for the commercial item is 5 mW.
The commercial device is a Class II medical device, and cannot achieve this designation without having a proven medical effect. As I have had good results against Seasonal Affective Disorder with home-made light boxes, I therefore thought that the concept was worth pursuing.
Starting at the lower end of the power spectrum, as the commercial versions are intended to be used for 20 minutes at a time, I shone a standard, unmodified red laser pointer of 1 mW at a small cut for about half a minute, and repeated this once a day.
To my astonishment (but I should not have been surprised, I suppose) the cut not only healed twice as fast, but the scab fell off in three days. I commend this to the readership, and I cannot help speculating that since CS in its’ ISO form is highly light-sensitive, the effects of a combination of red laser light and ISO may be interesting.
I shall be conducting further experiments and will report back.
SAFETY NOTE: Laser light, even at 1 mW, may cause eye damage; and 200 mW and 1000 mW lasers of any colour, will light a match. More power is not necessarily better in this instance. YOU CANNOT SHINE A LASER OF THESE POWER RATINGS AT YOUR SKIN for any length of time, let alone your eardrum, without SEVERE DAMAGE. A 200 mW laser burns skin in seconds. DO NOT DO IT.
My wife had to go in for an operation on her lower abdomen. This operation was completely successful, but she was left with a wound about 5 inches long, stapled shut with stainless steel medical staples. They gave her some large adhesive dressings and sent her home to recover. My wife asked me to tend to the wound, and this is the protocol I used:
Get some gauze (unsterile is fine, non-medical gauze is fine. CS is self-sterilising).
Cut a piece to cover the wound.
Either cover the whole gauze with a hypoallergenic adhesive film (the sort that medics use to stick over a wound – this was what we used in my wife’s case), or for smaller injuries, tape the gauze over the wound, allowing small parts of the gauze to show between the sections of surgical tape. You may also use superglue and strips of tissue paper to hold the wound closed if you cannot attend a hospital; I used this on a very deep knife cut, and this was more effective and neater than stitching.
If using the adhesive film, snip a small slit with sharp scissors at the top edge of the wound dressing.
Using a syringe (with a blunt needle or with no needle at all), irrigate the gauze with ISO or sugar-capped CS (gelatin-capped is not advised; cinnamon-capped does work but not quite as well as heat-reduced or glucose-reduced) until the gauze is sopping wet. I actually used ISO, 20ppm.
As often as possible in the next week, several times a day, check the gauze and re-irrigate to keep the gauze as wet as possible. Do not change the dressing unless it comes loose.
After a week, gently remove the dressing (another advantage of this protocol is that the gauze is far less likely to stick to the wound) and examine the wound. Renew the dressing and soak the new gauze if necessary, but you should see visible improvement in the healing process.
Results from the operation wound for my wife, for those interested;
BEFORE: The wound was stapled shut – badly – and small areas of subcutaneous fat (about 2-3 mm) were poking out of the wound between two of the staples. The wound was covered in an adhesive dressing, and the hospital supplied a couple of replacement dressings, which we did not need.
AFTER: On day six, I slowly removed the adhesive dressing and the gauze underneath (which was still wet) peeled off the wound. The area of subcutaneous fat was gone, the whole wound was closed, and the scab peeled off with the gauze, leaving a perfectly-clean, almost completely healed wound. We covered the wound with a dry fresh gauze pad after spraying the skin with CS. A day or so later, the appointment for the removal of the staples came along, and we just re-sprayed the wound line at intervals to ensure that no re-infection took place.
Your mileage may vary, but I would use this protocol every time. We did not see any necessity to explain to the surgeon exactly why the wound healed so fast…
Recently, Mike from Lifeforcecolloidalsilver.com answered a customers question about an excellent youtube video by zerofossilfuel that was full of Mike’s disinformation. Zero was demonstrating making true colloidal silver using a constant current system with sodium carbonate as an electrolyte and corn syrup as a reducing agent to convert ionic silver to colloidal silver. This is a tried and true method, and a similar method is used by bonafide lab researchers when researching the properties of silver colloids.
You can see this misinformation post here.
Lets look at the 3 main responses by Lifeforce Mike:
- Mike says the bubbles coming off the cathode are from electrolyzing water. Well Mike, I’m afraid thats not true. At the cathode, sodium ions are being reduced to sodium metal, but sodium metal reacts violently with water creating sodium hydroxide and hydrogen gas. This is where the hydrogen comes from. Mike goes on to claim that the yellow color of the colloid comes from silver carbonate, but this is also untrue. If Lifeforce Mike actually knew his chemistry, he would know that dissolving sodium carbonate in water produces sodium hydroxide and carbonic acid. But carbonic acid is a weak acid with a kA (acid dissociation constant )of about 4.3X10-7. That means that only 1 out of 2.2 million carbonic acid molecules dissociate into ions, whereas all of the sodium remains as ions. IE: There are 2.2 million times more hydroxide ions than carbonate ions. So the amount of silver carbonate created is negligible
- Next, Lifeforce Mike goes on to say that the Karo corn syrup together with the sodium carbonate make sodium gluconate. This is also untrue, as all sodium compounds in water totally dissociate. What does happen is that the sodium hydroxide from hydrolyzing the sodium carbonate converts the glucose molecule from a ring structure to a linear structure activating it as a reducing agent for silver. Mike goes on to say now that the sugar caramelizes which causes the yellow color in the solution. Of course, this is easily disproven simply by mixing the sodium carbonate and Karo to see if it turns yellow…. it does not. I guess Mike is too lazy to test that.
- Mike goes on to criticize Zero for not using the Tyndall test to see if a colloid was produced. Zero did not have to do this test because he already knew what he had made, as he had followed the scientific method of producing it. Also, a strong positive Tyndall effect is not really desirable. The Tyndall effect shows large particles, large enough to reflect light. Silver nanoparticles are much smaller than light waves and hence do not reflect light. So a positive Tyndall means the particles are not small enough to be therapeutically effective. Silver nanoparticles instead exhibit the Plasmon Resonance effect which makes them filter out light of a specific frequency, normally blue light. This leave red and green which the eye sees as yellow color.Mike yet makes another mistake by saying that ionic silver is tasteless while silver nanoparticles taste metallic. The human tongue’s taste buds are sensitive only to ions and very small proteins. Being much larger than ions or proteins, silver nanoparticles cannot trigger taste buds, and therefore are tasteless.Mike’s last bone of contention is that ZeroFossil used 0.999 pure silver instead of 0.9999. Mike thinks this bad because of the possible contaminants in 0.999 silver. The truth is that any contaminants caused by the 0.999 silver will be in the parts per billion range, which is far purer than any drinking water, and is absolutely no health hazard. There is nothing wrong with using 0.9999 purity silver, but there is also no need to worry about it.
In summation, Lifeforce Mike is a good example of how a little knowledge without understanding is a bad thing.
In 2008, I started the colloidal silver forum to combat the plethora of misinformation about colloidal silver which pollutes the internet. It seems to be a losing battle.
Copyright (c) by W. G. Peters, 2015
The effectiveness of silver nanoparticles (colloidal silver) has been proven many times in the laboratory, and a rich history of use. But how it works has mostly remained a mystery. Researchers tend to look at specific aspects of the action that silver nanoparticles have on pathogens, but don’t take a step back and look at the broader picture. This is colloquially known as not being able to see the forest for the trees.
An example is the in-vitro research using ionic silver solutions to kill ecoli bacteria. The effect of the silver solution is quite good at killing the ecoli in the test medium. However, other researchers have proven that ionic silver is very susceptible to being reduced to metallic silver simply by the respiration byproducts (exudate) of ecoli bacteria. IE: The ionic silver is converted to metallic silver nanoparticles before it actually contacts the bacteria. So while it is true that the ionic silver killed the ecoli, it was converted to metallic silver beforehand by the very bacteria which it killed.
So this is an attempt to see the forest without being blinded by the trees.
This is a picture of the largest Anode available from an electroplating supplier.
The anode is approximately four feet long and three inches wide, and is a dog-bone cross-section (that is, the edges are swollen to give a more even erosion pattern in use). The anode weighs 5.256 kg which is approximately eleven and a half pounds avoirdupois, or, if you want to be pedantic, just over fourteen Troy pounds. It is made of solid .999 fine Silver.
There is a metal 1-foot ruler beside it at the base for comparison.
I thought you might like to see a picture of it, before it went to the buyer. At current prices, I am told it cost £2092 plus tax (USD 3,115). The tax added another £420 (USD 625). It would be interesting to work out how many litres of CS it would make.
I had a bad case of Athlete’s Foot a couple of days ago. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos, because ISO and CS killed it stone dead before I thought of taking any pictures.
It started as a stinging sensation in the crease under the left little toe. I didn’t bother looking at it for one day, as I assumed, quite wrongly, that it would go by itself. The stinging was much worse by the time I came home on the second day after symptoms appeared. The skin was white, soft and loose. I pulled at the skin and it came off, together with quite a bit of the underlying tissue, leaving a red, raw and slightly bleeding area. It was hurting quite badly by then, and the foot was swollen and starting to show bacterial infection, with a perfect semi-circular radius of redness, which indicated a bacterial infection in the deeper tissues.
It was time to get rid of it; I was particularly concerned about the redness and swelling, typical of bacterial infection. It was also stinging like hell, and had started to spread to the next toe. As I normally don’t get this sort of problem and we had just moved into a new home, I started to think it had come from the stone floors in the kitchen and bathroom, possibly left there by the younger teenage children of the previous occupants.
We didn’t have any “proper” antifungal medication, and I was unwilling to leave it even a day longer. I made two wedges of tissue from toilet paper, wedged them inbetween the toes, and poured CS (suger-reduced) onto the tissue until the tissue wedges were sodden. Drinking about 150 mls of CS (S) for good measure and wearing a clean sock to keep the wet tissue in place, I went to sleep. The next morning, the stinging was completely gone – which rather surprised me. I poured ISO (Ionic Silver Oxide) onto the foot and let it dry for the daytime, and repeated the treatment the next night.
It was now Saturday morning, and I picked off the remaining dead skin, and the skin in the “wound” looked soft, clean and non-stinging. I have never seen a blister (I would classify it as a sort of raw blister in terms of tissue damage) heal so fast. The bacterial-type redness had gone.
Another success for CS, both CS(S) and ISO. As a female acquaintance had killed her Candida infection this way, I wasn’t surprised by the success, but I was pleased at the speed of resolution. I commend it to the readership.
I have just finished steam-cleaning the stone floors in the house…
Caveat – bear in mind that the results are anecdotal, sample size of one, and may have been affected by the placebo effect. However…
13.00hrs Friday July 4th 2014 – Consumed hot chicken salad in the work canteen and noticed that the chicken seemed very uncooked. Ate it anyway. (You tend to do that, if you are good at making CS).
22.50hrs Friday July 4th 2014 – Severe stomach pains. Assumed chicken was the cause, drank 200 mls CS (all CS doses were 20 ppm Cinnamon-reduced). Went to sleep.
06.30hrs Saturday July 5th 2014 – Stomach pain only slightly reduced, drank another 200 mls, went to work. Three other colleagues were off work sick with a stomach bug. Same pain during the day, no diarrhoea or vomiting, didn’t feel like eating much and went home normal time. 19.00 hrs ate a normal meal. Drank a litre of plain water during the day (Should have been more). Another 200 mls CS mid-morning.
08.00hrs Sunday July 6th 2014 – Stomach pain now diminishing rapidly, and felt to be much lower down the intestine. One stool passed, normal consistency. Only medically-interesting incident was that urine was very dark yellow and seemed cloudy. Kept up the higher-than-normal intake of water. Other urinations were normal in amount and colour, but more in frequency due to higher water consumption.
Monday 7th july 2014 – no symptoms, one colleague still off work today.
No sickness, no diarrhoea (at all). I normally take the CS much earlier (when I notice any stomach pain) in which case the pain and symptoms normally disappear within an hour. Not a bad result. I take at least 2 x 500ml bottles of CS on holiday with me for this purpose.
I had noticed some time ago, that a few of my production batches of sugar-reduced CS were slightly turbid. Some were not; bizarrely the clearest and most perfect lack of turbidity came from the two batches I made using water that was less-than-optimum (to say the least) that is, the rainwater batch (30 ppm) and the dehumidifier water batch (20 ppm). The absolute crystal clarity of these two batches, made casually and without much thought, lead me to this experiment.
I am making successive batches, all aiming for 20 ppm, with small electrodes (to start with) and a CC of 9 mA. in a DW volume of 350 mls. I am changing the amount of syrup, the drops of Sodium Hydroxide (readers should substitute Sodium Carbonate if desired for greater safety) and the heat used in the manufacture of each batch. I shall comment on the turbidity or otherwise of each finished batch. I hope that I shall find only one significant variable, but I wish to document all batches. Others may comment as desired on suggested combinations.
Temp NaOH 1M drops Drops of Syrup Turbidity
Control (Heat/No Syrup) 2 0 Clear
Ambient < T < 60 C 2 1 V. Clear
70 Deg C 4 1 Almost None (Product was already yellow from heat)
Ambient (cold) 4 (trace) Clear
70 Deg C (V large anode) 4 2 Clear
70 Deg C (small anode) 1 (trace) Visibly turbid
I have come to the following conclusions:
1) The amount of syrup is almost irrelevant, even the smallest amount works. I cannot work out what is happening chemically, as this is not a logical conclusion; however it would appear that there is some form of catalytic reaction (?) but would welcome comments from others.
2) The best results come from adding sufficient electrolyte to bring the current into the CC zone. Fortunately, this also means the final strength can be accurately calculated (unless one is fortunate enough to possess a SilverTron).
3) It is better to add the syrup at the end of the run.
4) It is better to use heat as well as syrup/glucose/fructose. The heat does not have to be boiling, 70 Deg C is adequate, but should be sustained for a sufficient length of time to ensure full reduction.
5) Both syrup and Cinnulin do not require heat to work, if energy consumption/cost is a factor.
6) The best results were from the fifth run, but the fourth was virtually as good. I suspect the amperage, amount of syrup and production temperature are not critical factors.
Reposted from the Colloidal Silver Forum
Argyria is the gray/blue discoloration of the skin caused by the ingestion of certain types of silver preparations. According to studies done with electron microscopes, the blue/gray color is the result of silver compounds within the cells. The silver compounds inside the cell have been determined to be silver sulfide (sulfur) and silver selenide (selenium).
The major types of silver are metallic or ionic.
Ionic silver means the silver exists as a soluble compound with other substances, like oxides, chlorides, nitrates, citrates, acetates, etc. In its ionic state, the silver has a positive electric charge because it has donated an electron to the other part of the compound. Not all silver compounds are soluble, and therefore are not ionic. Insoluble compounds are not ionic. Silver sulfide for example is a silver compound that is not water soluble and therefore not ionic in water.
Metallic silver is a cluster of individual silver atoms about 15 billionths of a meter in diameter, and carries no net electric charge because it has not given any electrons away. However, it has an effective negative charge because its electrons are on the surface of the atoms. Opposite electric charges attract to each other, while like electric charges repel.
This difference in electric charge is very important in understanding how argyria occurs. Human cells require certain ions for life, like sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium etc. Human cells carry a negative electric charge on their surface which attracts positively charged ions like sodium and potassium to their surface where they are ingested through special pores on the cell wall. Metallic silver particles are repelled by cell walls, so it is not possible for metallic silver to enter a cell and be trapped inside. Also, metallic silver particles are at least 50 times larger than an ion, and as such are far too large to enter through the cells’s pores.
Many purveyors of colloidal silver say that ionic silver cannot cause argyria because ions are the smallest size and cannot get ‘stuck’ within cells. The fallacy of this argument is that it assumes that the silver ion remains an ion, but this is untrue. Once inside the cell, the silver ions combine with sulfur inside the cell and become insoluble silver sulfide, or combine with selenium and become insoluble silver selenide. These silver compounds are very stable and there is no way for them to leave the cell.
So, ionic silver is attracted to cell walls, and will enter them the same way that the essential metal ions like sodium and potassium. Once inside, they chemically react with any sulfur or selenium in the cell and become insoluble. At that point they are stuck with no way out. As more silver becomes trapped, it begins to color the cell the characteristic blue/gray hue that Paul Karason is famous for.
Granted, it takes a long time and a lot of silver to make your skin turn blue. This is because most of the ionic silver is absorbed by the cells of a person’s internal organs long before it gets to the skin. However, it is cumulative, and builds up slowly. The first place it becomes visible is the whites of the eyes and the fingernails. Also, most of the silver which escapes being quickly absorbed by the cells of the digestive tract and liver will soon be converted to metallic silver by the glucose and other antioxidant chemicals in the blood. However, some remains as free ions circulating with the blood, and ends up in skin cells. It is the ionic silver which has been converted in the body to metallic which becomes effective against pathogens. This has been proved by electron microscope studies of metallic silver attacking bacteria.
Bacteria carry a positive electric charge, which is how they are able to enter and infect cells. This positive charge makes them attracted to metallic silver particles. When they come into contact, the difference in electric field between the two burns a hole in the cell wall of the bacteria, effectively killing it. Therefore, it would be wise to avoid ionic silver and use only metallic silver.
To tell whether your silver is metallic or ionic is very simple. Ionic silver is clear like plain water, and has a metallic taste. Metallic silver is yellow colored and is tasteless.
A lot of people are a little bemused by the propensity for some CS manufacturing websites who say that they “Only Use .9999 Fine Silver” and how only the higher grade is any good. This is what Jason Hommel (a Silver Bullion dealer) has to say about the difference between .999 and .9999 fine Silver:
“Ah, here’s another little gem for the silver bugs. There is no discernible difference between .999 silver and .9999 silver. I finally have several sources that back up my statement. First, in any melt bucket, all the impurities in the silver will rise to the top, and can be skimmed or blasted off of the top of the molten silver. But the melt bucket does not refine the silver, that’s done through electrolysis. It’s therefore the same process for .999 and .9999 silver. The difference is only in the label and the marketing, in my expert, well researched opinion. I have tested .999 silver on an x-ray fluorescence tester, and it reads out at .9999 fine. I have asked several mints and refiners and industry experts all the same question, and they all say the same thing, they don’t know of any difference between .999 vs. .9999 silver, because of all the same reasons, because it’s all the same process, except for the final stamp at the end of the line. Maybe .9999 silver is more fraudulent, because they are overselling their product? Maybe .9999 silver becomes .999 silver if you contaminate it with a thumbprint? But the melt bucket does not care or distinguish between 999 silver vs. 9999. I am open to the possibility that I’m wrong, but so far, I have not seen any measurable difference between 999 vs 9999 labelled silver.”
DON’T BOTHER buying .9999 fine Silver for your Anodes. Use .999 fine; it’s perfectly good. There are more impurities in the Distilled Water than the difference between the two grades of metal.