Effectiveness of CS against Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

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…

Factors Affecting Turbidity in Sugar-Reduced CS

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.

The Difference Between .999 & .9999 Silver

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.

The Historical Use of Silver Salts and Colloidal Silver

These notes are paraphrased from a pre-WWII copy of Materia Medica and Therapeutics by Blumgarten, pub 1935, 6th Edition.
I have only altered terminology to make it clear what they were saying to a lay audience, I have NOT altered any dosages. EXTREME CAUTION should be used in experimenting with any of these notes in a practical way; remember that the science of Medicine was almost in the stone age in 1935, (and some would say that parts of it still is). However, doctors were freer to experiment, and less likely to be sued, so information tended to be recorded if it was possibly of use in treating patients; but they knew very little compared with the vast body of clinical knowledge accumulated since.
This was especially the case with the medical knowledge obtained during WWII by both the US, UK and the Germans. If you have had a piece of intestine removed due to traumatic injury, the doctor only knew how much he could cut away due to the experience obtained during WWII. There were also heart surgeons in the US Army 2nd Auxiliary Surgical Group, who, because they had no option but to try to operate on soldiers shot in the chest, even removed bullets from the ventricles of living hearts, with some success!
The death camps, particularly, added a unique and valuable resource which can never be repeated, especially with regard to the use of Vitamins in high dosages. For that, we must have the most profound respect for the terrible involuntary sacrifice made by the concentration camp inmates.
The information below is given strictly for the purpose of curiosity. Please add other information if you find any from other sources. [Blogger’s notes are in square brackets].
Page 65 – 68:
Colloidal Silver is mentioned here in some detail. The form used is described as “mild Silver protein” and are considered to be mild antiseptics and germicides, used for irrigation, and “locally” [externally] and on mucous membranes of the nose, throat, eyes and genito-urinary tract as antiseptics. They are all said to be especially effective against gonorrhoea. The concentrations given range from 5 % to 50 % [and as such are almost guaranteed to give some degree of Argyria if used internally or on internal mucous membranes]. There are a number of versions described, and most are said to be “soothing and not irritating to the tissues”. Other versions are described as Silver Oxide, Iodide and suspended in albumin, proteins [unspecified] and gelatin. None of the descriptions give details of manufacture. Some of the more interesting descriptions are given below, together with their proprietary names.
Argyrol is described as a mixture of Silver Oxide and protein, in percentages between 20 % – 25 % of Silver, re-diluted to make a 10 % – 25 % solution, and it is stated that it stains linen dark brown.
Argyn: “A colloidal compound of Silver Oxide and albumin, containing 20 – 30 % of Silver”.
Cargentos: This is said to be a 50 % albuminous solution of Silver with casein. It is “used as an antiseptic, in the form of tablets, vaginal tampons, dusting powder, ointment or suppositories”.
Neosilvol: [For some reason, the previous owner of my copy of this book has put a pencil tick by this name. I can only guess that she must have used this particular product successfully, but I cannot be sure, of course]. It is said to be a colloidal combination of 20 % Silver Iodide and a protein, re-diluted the same way as Argyrol [10 % – 25 % solution].
Collene: This is tantalisingly described as a colloidal Silver salt in permanent suspension. It is not irritating and does not discolour the skin. It is used “in full strength” [unspecified].
Collargol: This is described as 78 % – 85 % Silver [It must have looked a bit like Mercury! – or more likely a deep brown colour] and it is stressed in the book that this contains a larger proportion of metallic silver and less of Silver combined with protein. It is described as a solution of very finely divided Silver in albumin, containing about 85 % Silver. The book states three times that this product is often given by direct injection into the blood [intravenously] as an antiseptic and also used locally [externally]. The dosage for intravenous use is given as being between 1:500 to ½ % solution, for use against sepsis. [This would seem to equate to between 1560 – 1700 ppm up to 3900 – 4250 ppm, which is impossible with our electrolytic methods, and again also very likely to cause Argyria, although a bit less likely than with an equivalent concentration of IS]. There is also a mention of the product being given by mouth at a dosage of 0.06 gm [1 grain or about three drops. I have heard of this product or something very similar being used intravenously for the treatment of Cholera and Typhoid during WWI]. This product was also given in the form of suppositories, pessaries and as a dusting powder.
Collargol Ointment: described as 15 % Collargol in an unspecified ointment base, rubbed into the skin in cases of mastitis.
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In the event of poisoning by Silver Nitrate, the suggested treatment was to wash out the stomach and give Sodium Chloride as an antidote [turning the Silver salt into Silver Chloride]. It notes that a symptom of Silver Nitrate poisoning is a burning pain in the mouth, with the lining of the mouth being covered in a greyish-white membrane.
It states that Silver has been used for centuries, esp by the “Arabians” [sic] for use against nervous diseases. Silver was associated with the Moon, hence the other common name for Silver Nitrate, Lunar Caustic.
Silver Nitrate is used to “check excessive granulation tissue and to contract the mucous membranes of the eye, nose and mouth when they are inflamed. The salts of silver are particularly valuable in the treatment of gonorrhoeal infections. They destroy the gonococci, the bacteria which cause the disease”.
Argyria is mentioned, and described as “Chronic Silver Poisoning” caused by prolonged use of Silver salts. It comments that Potassium Iodide is given to relieve the condition, “but it is not very effective, however”.
Page 96:
Silver Nitrate is used in 1 – 2 % solutions in the eyes of infants to prevent gonorrhoeal opthalmia. For treatment of gonorrhoea, is it used in weaker solutions, between 1:10000 and 1:1000. Silver Nitrate is said to form an explosive compound with Tannic acid [so don’t mix it in your tea].
Reference is made to the use of Lunar Caustic on small sticks with Silver Nitrate like a match-head.
Silver Citrate is referred to as a non-irritating antiseptic, used in solutions of 1:4000 to 1:10000 for injections into the urethra and cavities [unknown definition of cavities].
Silver Lactate is used for disinfecting purposes in solutions of 1:100 to 1:2000 [external surfaces or the skin?]
Page 556:
A 1% solution of Argyrol is suggested for injection into the urinary tract as a urinary antiseptic for the treatment of gonorrhoea and cystitis. Also Silver Nitrate in dilutions of 1:1000 – 1:10000 solution for gonorrhoea.
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Under Arsenic preparations given for the treatment of Syphilis, it mentions Silver Arsphenamine (Silver Salvarsan) as being better than Arsenic by itself, the dosage quoted is 0.1 – 0.3 grams dissolved in 5 c.c. of warm distilled water, given intravenously or intramuscularly into a deep muscle. There is a warning that overdose may cause poisonous symptoms such as Argyria and swelling.
There is also a note that the Jarish-Herxheimer reaction may occur due to the excessive release of dead spirochaete toxins, which may develop a day or two after injection. The symptoms given are:
1) A rash which becomes markedly reddened and “all the constitutional symptoms become markedly accelerated”.
2) Headache.
3) Nausea & vomiting.
4) There is a rise in temperature.
In the event of arsenic poisoning, it indicates that the antidote is Sodium Thiosulphate, given intravenously in doses of 0.6 – 1.0 gm.
[Blogger’s note: None of these dosages seem remotely practical or necessary with CS as we make it today. They also seem almost guaranteed to give rise to cases of Argyria. I particularly would avoid the use of Silver Nitrate, as in addition to the high risk of Argyria, the product can be very corrosive. The use of Silver Citrate, Iodide and Lactate as sterilising antiseptics for use on floors and kitchen surfaces is of some interest, but I would rather use CS reduced with fructose or glucose for this purpose. This is a collection of historical notes for preservation for the future, as we never know if the information may one day become useful, even if only as background information, but I WOULD NOT USE ANY OF THIS INFORMATION FOR LIVE MEDICAL USE. I also must re-iterate that I am not a doctor, nor do I suggest the use of any of this information as a treatment for any ailment or disease. If you are unwell, I would suggest that a medical professional, practised under modern medical training, is of more immediate use, and must suggest that you seek qualified professional medical advice if you feel unwell. Although the medical practitioners of yesteryear were undoubtedly doing their best, even the most casual reading of the Materia Medica cannot but give concerns as to how primitive the practise of medicine was in those days.]

Using a Nebuliser to Administer Colloidal Silver

A number of users of CS have posted on the old forum about using a nebuliser to deliver CS directly into the lungs. For lung infections, this is an excellent way of delivering the CS directly to the place it is needed.
It was of particular use to those makers of clear IS who either didn’t know how to make metallic CS or who felt that IS was more effective, as the ionic content would not be turned into Silver Chloride in the stomach. If the illness is other than in the lungs, then it would be easier and far more effective to use metallic (capped) CS-C and take a higher dose is an easier way (orally). A nebuliser can only deliver 10 mls of CS in about twenty minutes.
However, for use with lung infections, a nebuliser is a very effective method of getting the Silver to where it can do most good. A nebuliser can be powered by ultrasonic means or by an air or oxygen jet. Naturally, the finer the mist, the better, as this enables the CS to reach the deepest part of the lungs. It is recommended to use sugar-or heat-reduced CS. Ionic Silver Oxide does work, but there is an unnecessary risk of Argyria is this form is used.
The use of a nebuliser is very definitely an experimental process; this is a cutting-edge use of CS and should be treated with considerable caution. I have used a nebuliser with CS, and there is no apparent effect on a healthy human BUT DO NOT ASSUME that the same would the case with a severely-ill individual. All the Internet comments stress that the Silver is getting straight into the deep and most heavily-infected part of the lungs of the sick individual, and the results can be spectacular in every way, both as to the effectiveness of the treatments and the possibility of very severe coughing fits that may occur.
A coughing fit that would cause no trouble to a healthy individual may be life-threatening to a person with very heavily-infected or damaged lungs. In every case where a person is breathing in a wheezing or laboured manner, or where a severe coughing fit might cause (or has caused) concern, a medically-trained or aware person should be present while a nebuliser is in use, and the volunteer patient should be giving fully-informed consent to the process. Particular care should be taken if the ill person is unable to sit up and lean forward to clear sputum or other fluids from their windpipe. The straining process during coughing may also lead to a person vomiting and there is a risk of inhalation of the vomitus. I would suggest that a nebuliser only be used while a person is able to sit up and get out of bed, at least for the first half-dozen sessions.
Having stressed the above, CS delivered by inhalation is reported to be so effective, even in the tiny doses that it is possible to deliver by this means, that I would certainly try it myself if I had a lung infection. I would also ensure that I took a large dose orally as well, simply because the infection would be best attacked from all directions.
I do know of people trying to use a humidifier as the volume of mist is far higher that an ultrasonic nebuliser, but I would be wary of using a humidifier to breathe the vapour in directly; it is possible that the amount of water may give rise to the same effect as pneumonia, i.e. too much liquid in the lungs. Direct inhalation is not the same as disinfecting a room with a humidifier. If an oxygen bottle is used to atomise the CS, then pure medical oxygen in excess of 20-30 psi gives the best results. Oxygen will also have a synergistic effect with the CS, as anaerobic bacteria will be destroyed by exposure to oxygen.
When using a nebuliser, start out with the finest mist possible. The mist should resemble wisps of vapour and cause a slight dampening of the area around the nose when used with a nebuliser mask. I would use about 10 mls per “dose”, and repeat the session several times per day, rather than keep refilling the nebuliser cup again and again. I would use about 10 mls up to four times a day, although I would welcome the input of others who have tried this protocol.
Inhalation of CS should NOT be the first time a person has ever taken CS. It is important to give CS orally first, to ensure that any Herxheimer effects are not too severe, and also to ensure that no allergic reaction takes place.
NEVER use anything except CS (or the prescribed medication) in a nebuliser. NEVER EVER use Ionic Silver salts in a nebuliser, (in the form of Silver Citrate, Nitrate, etc.) While I have used ISO (Ionic Silver Oxide) in a nebuliser, there is an unnecessary risk of Argyria. The other Silver salts (Nitrate etc.) are absolutely contra-indicated. They have no valid use internally, whatsoever.

Give your Experiences here

This is the part of the blog for your experiences or difficulties in making CS. You can ask for help, boast about your results, or offer advice and ideas to others.
Just remember that we are all researchers in this field. Neither Kephra or I are doctors, and we don’t/won’t/can’t give any medical advice. We are just putting on record what we have found to work in our own experience, for us. That is why this section is so important, as the dose-rates are essential to the successful use of CS in all its’ forms.

How to post pictures in comments

If you want to post pictures in WordPress comments, here is how to do it.
Use a picture hosting site like photobucket.com or one of the other sites listed here. Upload the photo you want to put into your comment.
In your comment, type in the following line where you want the picture to appear:
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Bring up the photo on your computer. Then right click on the photo, and using the menu, left click “copy the image url” or “copy image location” depending on which browser you are using.
Next, highlight the “adr” and paste the picture address into it. Make sure the quotation marks are included. You may edit the “description” field text to describe the photo.
Thats it, complete your comment and you are done.
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