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].
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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”.
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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?]
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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.]

Intravenous Use of Colloidal Silver

I found my copy of this post from the old forum. It is unique in that it is (as far as I know) one of the first modern descriptions of IV use of CS. In WWI, it was apparently common for CS to be injected for the purpose of attempting to counter Cholera. Very little remains of their knowledge, although I would welcome anyone’s input if they find old accounts of the use of CS. This pair of posts were put onto the old site by a wonderful person from Africa in response to a request from participant LordKarma. I have sought his permission to quote this pair of responses, as the information is so unique. The first comment was posted to illustrate Tani’s uses of CS. LordKarma then requested that Tani posted his dosages and CS types, which Tani then did.
“My name is Taniform Asongwe, I live in the North Western Region of Cameroon. This region is ravaged by HIV and other diseases.  When I lost my brother in 2009 to HIV I got really annoyed with big Pharma and decided to start investigating the political and economic benefits/motivations of the disease process in general. When I realized how skewed medical curricula became after 1910, the world over, I took the decision to educate myself as much as possible. My conclusion is that a patient cured is a customer lost from the point of view of big Pharma, meanwhile medical research is primarily motivated by large profit margins at a later date, while the FDA is entirely controlled by the pharmaceutical industry for its own interests consequently leading to the ill and suffering to be quietly classified as primary commodities for the biggest market the world has ever endured.
I have had amazing results, my mother has been diabetic for more than 10 years and after prolonged exposure to CS, her sugar levels exceeded 120 only once in the past one year. My aunt was sent home to die with devastating opportunistic infections resulting from HIV. In a few weeks she was leading a normal life to the chagrin and surprise of the MD who sentenced her to death. A kidney infection resulted in my neighbour’s 22 year old son falling into a coma for one week. After administering CS to him in the evening about 7 pm he got up by day break and started urinating. Dialysis was suspended 3 days after exposure to CS, one week after that the catheters were removed as (his urea and creatinin levels normalized) it became conclusive they were no longer required. 3 weeks after that he was back in school. And finally another aunt was diagnosed with [a serious illness], using triple distilled water to produce CS, I passed it through a .2 micron syringe filter and gave it to her intravenously and she has had a full recovery although she was also sent home to die as she could not afford the cost of an operation and subsequent [redacted]therapy.
Joining this forum I realized the mistakes I have been making with the production of CS and I am certain correctly produced CS will be of much needed use to my friends and family. I also have a unique opportunity as giving medical advice here is not as regulated as in the western world. Though I have extreme limitations as to the availability of material and equipment like a hotplate/magnetic stirrer, clear corn syrup, cinnamon, 24 to 36 V DC power adapters it is a challenge. Necessity is the mother of creation. I located a small module in my Chinese made DVD player that outputs 30 V. I plugged it out and tapped the power output and have been making CS with it. A few weeks ago I found corn syrup but it contains a caramel colourant. In any case I am reading up on the forum daily and the astounding results are payment enough for me.
Kephra, I thank you so much for dispensing your incredible knowledge regarding CS for free and it is being put to great use to benefit people here. May God bless you and give you the strength to continue giving us this know-how.
Best Regards, Taniform.”
This is the second posting, after LordKarma requested the dosages;
“At the beginning I gave her [his diabetic mother] approximately 200 ml morning and evening, that’s 400 ml total daily. When she felt better, her eyesight got better and she told me she could see something on a board across the road clearly, her five times peeing in one night was no longer necessary and her energy levels increased and she started tentatively eating some foods she had not been eating. I then reduced it to 2 tablespoons [30 ml] morning and evening for the past eight months now. Though she felt a lot better she at times was not in optimum health, energy levels, skin texture was not so vibrant. I attributed it to her age at 67. However, once I started reducing the ionic/colloidal solution to colloidal as suggested on this forum, she commented about feeling a lot better and started asking for more. I had not informed her I changed the brewing method. Her skin texture is better than it has been in a long time and she does not stop reminding me how much more better she is feeling.
I believe I was producing more colloidal than ionic all along, I simply read up on it,  boiled the water and started the brewing with the water getting cold over time. Now I reduce the gas flame I use and just keep it below boiling point for the ten minutes I need, then reduce with corn syrup. I still cannot determine the exact concentration as I have no TDS meter. I needed to brew for like three hours before getting a slight yellow colour which was my cut off point. Now I brew for 10 minutes after adding a sodium carbonate solution which is quite helpful and I can have more of it.
My abandoned aunt, refused by a medical doctor and referred to go somewhere else with full blown AIDS, she was being carried around and could not eat or talk. I gave her colloidal silver and not ionic as I reduced it with corn syrup and continued boiling until I noticed no more colour change. I started her with 100 ml twice a day because I was worried about a Herxheimer reaction. After a few days when I noticed she was feeling better I increased it to half a litre taken three times daily. Once she started walking and eating without assistance I reduced the dosage again to four tablespoons [60 ml] three times daily. She is no longer plagued by the opportunistic infections, though the HIV is still there.
The grand aunt with [the serious illness], I started her off with two tablespoons three times daily for five days, then I proceeded 5 ml IV once daily for another three days before moving up to 10 ml for 20 days. She had previously been lying down for four months. Now she is back in the market where she sells foodstuff. It was so bad that there was this foul smelling whitish liquid mixed with blood at times dripping down.
The young man whose kidney failed was started at 5 ml IV for three days, then to 10 ml for another seven days then to two tablespoons [30 ml] twice daily for one month. All of this I had to make hard choices because I was being faced with life threatening conditions and had to decide the better yet unknown steps to take.
I hope that I can ask a lot of questions on this forum as I am thinking of using the CS even more courageously particularly regarding HIV. Are there any limitations as to the kind of questions I can ask? I am aware no medical advice is being dispensed on this forum of course.
Currently I have a [seriously-ill] patient who was told she would not be alive by this December. [The illness] had spread right down to her right ribs, of course only visual observation. Since I joined this forum I realized that in the colloidal form I could give her large quantities. She is taking 500 ml daily.  The [illness] has reduced to the [original site] alone where it started but is not getting any better. I am thinking of mixing the CS with DMSO, hoping that it might carry the CS to the growth. I would very much appreciate some input on this. So as of now I am using only colloidal silver.  Sorry for the very long post lordkarma, however I hope to have been explicit enough. Regards Tani.”


I must, regrettably, pass a comment that I hope readers will understand; that Big Pharma and their bought-and-paid-for civil servants do not permit a person to claim that they have a cure for certain serious illnesses, and I therefore categorically assert that Tani’s comments do not constitute any form of claim for a cure. No proof of diagnosis was furnished in the posts.
In addition, I categorically repeat that NONE of the posts or comments on this website purport to be a cure for any form of cancer, and the owners, administrators and users, commentators and participants DO NOT offer to treat any person for cancer, DO NOT prescribe any remedy or remedies for the treatment of cancer, NOR do any of us give, or purport to give or imply, any advice in connection with the treatment thereof. Any posts claiming this or giving anything resembling such will be deleted.