Safety of Colloidal Silver Life Water as Homeopathic Antibiotic: Case from Ghana.
Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, RND, PhD.
Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine Tema C7 Ghana.
*Corresponding Author Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, RND, PhD.
Silver Life Water and Raw Water were compared in the laboratory.
The microbiological report revealed that the Silver Life Colloidal Water is of Very Good Quality and that of the raw water was equally good. Both product samples are microbiologically SAFE for drinking.
They conform to WHO Guidelines and Ghana Standards (GS) 175-1:2009. The physicochemical properties report also proved that, the Raw water and the Silver Life Colloidal Silver Water samples both meet the physicochemical quality requirements for drinking water based on the WHO and Ghana Standards GS 175-1: 2009 for drinking water quality parameters.
The Colloidal Silver Life Water is safe in the Laboratory according to WHO Guidelines and Ghana Standards for drinking water quality. The product, silver Life Water could therefore be used as a homeopathic medicine in Ghana by alternative medicine Practitioners. This is the first research in Ghana that proved that silver water is safe in the laboratory.
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According to Dr. Axe (2018), there are about 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits, Uses & Side Effects. Dr. Axe literature provided an objective analysis of silver Water:
1. Antibacterial and Antimicrobial
Colloidal silver has the ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs. According to his account, while employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver (UCLA Medical Test on Colloidal Silver Water2012). Unlike its prescription antibiotic counterpart, colloidal silver water doesn’t create resistance or immunity in the organisms that are killed by it. This point cannot be emphasized enough, especially in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reporting that more than 2 million people in the U.S. suffer illness every year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die from these infections (Biggest Threats and Data 2013). Also a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine supported ionic colloidal silver as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent against both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, but its activity wasn’t as pronounced against fungi (Morrill, K. 2013)
2. Wound Care/Skin Health
Robert O. Becker, MD, says that colloidal silver stimulates healing in the skin and other soft tissues (Banishing Disease with unlimited Amounts of Colloidal Silver). In a research article produced by Pharmacognosy Communications in 2012, it was precisely prescribed that certain colloidal silver formulations should be considered for topical use to treat burns, thrush, periodontitis and other conditions (Cock, I. 2012) Example, according to Dr. Axe, you can treat ringworm (Tinea capitis) at home with colloidal silver because it’s a potent anti-fungal. Caused by a fungus that lives on the top layer of the skin, ringworm presents as round, scaly patches. It’s contagious and spread by skin contact and by contaminated materials, such as clothing.
He also emphasized that Colloidal silver benefits many skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as well. It’s soothing to scrapes and even repairs tissue damage from burns. One product, a colloidal silver-based nanogel was successfully used as a dressing for superficial pellet gun wounds in a Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care study (Dharmshaktu, G. S. 2016). The combination of silver nitrate and sodium sulfadiazine to create SSD cream helped lead to burn recovery in many patients (Politano, A. D. 2013). Using a silver coating to specialized foam, as part of a wound vacuum system, provides antibacterial activity in vitro. “This technology may assist in preparing infected chronic venous stasis wounds for skin grafting, ultimately leading to better healing (Politano, A. D. 2013)
Colloidal silver benefits can be used as an anti-viral for HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles and warts. Dr. Martin Hum, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, lists colloidal silver as one of the natural remedies to stop viruses fast (www.ion.ac.uk). Colloidal silver asphyxiates the virus and can even reduce the activity of the HIV virus in AIDS patients. There are also numerous anecdotal accounts of colloidal silver’s efficacy against the hepatitis C virus.
Colloidal silver is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory remedy. Case in point: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied the effects of inflammation after being treated by colloidal silver; they found that the inflamed skin of pigs treated with silver experienced near-normal skin after 72 hours, while other treatment groups not treated with silver remained inflamed ( Nadworny, P. L. 2008).
Promoted to avert sinus infections, colloidal silver can help people as a nasal spray, according to a study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology in 2014 (Goggin, R. et al.,2014). A 2018 study published in Frontiers in Microbiology proved that colloidal silver nasal rinses, when used twice daily for 10 days, is safe and effective for patients with chronic sinusitis. Twenty-two patients completed the study and were given either oral antibiotic with saline rinses twice a day or colloidal silver nasal rinses twice daily. The results indicate that both forms of treatment showed similar improvements in sinusitis symptoms, and using colloidal silver in this manner for ten days was deemed safe (Ooi, M. L. 2018). Recent research indicates that hidden infections by pathogens could be a cause of respiratory inflammation associated with common allergies and asthma. Colloidal silver destroys Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, which may be the reason why airborne allergy sufferers often find such dramatic relief from colloidal silver.
According to anecdotal evidence colloidal silver helps prevent all types of flu, including swine flu, as well as the common cold (COLLOIDAL SILVER. www.webmd.com). However, Few studies have been done to test this clinically, but in 2011 the NIH took 100 children under the age of 12 suffering from the common cold and nasal congestion and assigned them into two groups; the first group was treated with a solution of colloidal silver and beta glucan, and the second group with saline solution. Even though both groups benefited from the treatment, 90% of the people in the colloidal silver group completely recovered (Damiani, V. 2011)
Allopathic drugs have suffered a setback in potency when it comes to averting bronchitis or pneumonia. Conventionally, antibiotics are administered as the first line of defense, but when the pneumonia is viral, antibiotics would not help in the least says Dr. Axe. According to him, the nice thing about colloidal silver is that it can help regardless of the pathogen. “Colloidal silver is a remarkable product to help fight against bronchitis and pneumonia when ingested internally, but an even more effective way to utilize it? Simply breathe it into your lungs. This way, the silver directly contacts the germs residing in the lungs, which are causing bronchitis or pneumonia. It’s basically the same thing as using respiratory support, and it works speedily, clearing it up within a couple of days”, he concluded.
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
There are so much supporting documents to prove that colloidal silver water has antibacterial ability. Though, there is a growing concerned about the long term safety on human. More research work has to be conducted in Ghana on human to ascertain this safety issues and must start from somewhere. Promoters of silver water in Ghana as homeopathic antibiotic should take every precautionary measures to monitor the post treatment side effect of these products as pertain to all FDA approved products. Although the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health reports that colloidal silver may cause poor absorption of some drugs, there is also limited research proving that side effects to colloidal silver use even exist (Colloidal Silver. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/colloidalsilver). Though the author of this paper came across many cautions about silver water producing permanent condition called argyria (when people turn blue). However, this is caused by misuse not of true colloidal silver, but through other cheaper and not well tested products marketed as colloidal silver. This product Colloidal silver life water has been well analyzed at the Departments of Theoretical & Applied Biology/Environmental Science and Chemistry signed by a well-respected food/Environmental Microbiologist at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and proven to be VERY GOOD QUALITY based on WHO Guidelines and Ghana Standards (GS) 175-1:2009