If you have spent time on the Internet researching how best to protect your family from common infections or even from SARS or the Avian Flu, you have probably run across information on various types of Silver, referred to as Ionic Silver and Colloidal Silver.  You may even have read that it has been around for thousands of years as a microbial agent.  You may already know that you have silver in your diet.  Whole wheat and mushrooms contain relatively large amounts of silver and have been a part of our diet for many ages.

You might also have found some of the more medically accurate websites on colloidal silver.  Because we carefully document our information with reliable medical references, you have learned how to distill the real facts from the hype when attempting to locate trustworthy medical information on the web.  This information will deal with reliable information of a certain type of silver, herein referred to as Covalent Silver conforming with UPOSH (uniform picoscalar oligodynamic silver hydrosol).  Covalent Silver is currently nanotechnology’s state-of-the-art silver-based germ fighter.  The definitions of these technical terms are found at the end of this article.

Covalent Silver is made through a highly advanced nanotechnology.  What makes Covalent Silver so different is all about its nano-properties, which relate to the size of the silver particles.  Because these particles are so tiny, Covalent Silver is not only readily absorbed in your stomach but also easily penetrates the germs when properly delivered in the right amounts.  This article explains how these and other properties of Covalent Silver allow it to attack mutated super-germs without hurting human tissue, destroy germs by destroying the germ for the inside out, does not harm good bacteria in the human intestine, be effective against viruses, and increase the rate and efficiency at which immune cells destroy germs.

As you know, it is difficult for patented antibiotics to keep up with germs’ ability to mutate.  These mutations circumvent the antibiotic’s effectiveness.  Also, you are probably well aware that antibiotics do not work against viruses.  You may also know that antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections can typically cause yeast infections as a side effect.  Even though there are antibiotics that can treat fungal infections like Candida (yeast or thrush), these same antibiotics cannot treat bacterial infections or viral infections.  In fact, taking antibiotics for long periods of time can weaken your immune system.  Unless you doctor is particularly attentive, taking antibiotics can cause many secondary problems.

Explanation of terms:
An "oligodynamic effect", from the Greek oligos (few) and dynamis (power), refers to potent and meaningful biological actions that can be exerted by extremely low concentrations of metal ions. For over a hundred years it has been known that oligodynamic silver ions can mediate extracellular and intracellular immune challenges, due to the oxidation potential of the ion.
Of particular interest is Oligodynamic Silver Hydrosol (OSH,) an advancement over colloidal silver. Oligodynamic means powerful in small quantities. A hydrosol is a solution which contains only ions of a particular charge. This is important because it is the silver ion, positively charged (Ag+) that does the job. The killing ability of silver against bacteria, viruses, and parasites is directly proportional to the amount of this ion present. Particle size, concentration and charge are the three parameters of silver effectiveness.


Sars, Avian flu.  These and other bit-time bugs called “super-germs” are making headlines almost on a daily basis.  People are scared and rightly so!  Super-germs mutate so quickly that antibiotics are virtually useless against them:  As soon as an effective one is created, the germ mutates and the antibiotic become obsolete.  The same is true of many vaccines…..

But there is no need to feel defenseless because these mutating germs have finally met their match.  And it’s been right under our noses all along.  It’s SILVER!

Not just any Silver!  This Silver is special and it is referred to as “Covalent Silver.”  Covalent Silver just might be the next germ-fighting wonder drug.  And not just for the serious threats making headlines:  It’s also effective against bacterial infections like strep throat, viruses like the flu, and fungal infections like Candida.  No matter how much a germ mutates, it cannot change enough to escape the damaging effects of Covalent Silver.  And in the process, the Covalent Silver doesn’t harm human tissue or kill off the good bacteria in the intestine the way antibiotics and other medication do.

The history of silver goes back a thousand plus years.  The proverbial “Born with a Silver Spoon in your mouth” and “Drinking from the Silver Chalice” are ageless.  Using Silver particles in water for purification or using Silver in milk to extend shelf life was the thing to do before refrigeration.  (Silver is also utilized in the water purification system in today’s spacecraft).  From 1900 to 1940, medical doctors in the U.S. used various small particle silver preparation intravenously to cure otherwise fatal infections. But then sulfa medication, penicillin, and other patented antibiotics were introduced and initially “worked like gangbusters.”  Since silver preparations were not patentable, they predictably fell into disuse and were even criticized as “old-fashioned” and ineffective” by proponents of the patented competitors.  Some even claimed that even a little bit of silver is dangerous for your health.  (I guess they didn’t realize that silver is a normal part of our diets:  Whole wheat and mushrooms are just two of the sources that contain relatively large amounts of silver.)

But all living things, from microbes to men, resist being killed.  So after the first two to three decades of being killed off easily, bacteria have developed enough resistance to patented antibiotics that doctors are beginning to get worried again.  Patented antifungal medications are not working as well as they did at first either, and the number of effective patented antiviral medications has always been very small.  Now the situation is spiraling out of control!

To get an idea of the magnitude of the super-germ problem, take a look at the progression over the years.  According to Newsweek, during 1992 at least 13,000 hospital patients died from drug-resistant infections despite being treated with antibiotics.  But just one year later, super-germs raised the death toll to 70,000.  As a result, in 1994 the Centers for Disease Control declared super-germs to be America’s No. 1 health crisis.  Since that time, the number has skyrocketed to 2 million Americans per year who suffer from hospital-based super germ infections.

While patent medication companies pour billions of dollars into developing patentable “space alien” molecules costing hundreds of dollars per prescription, other are calling for a re-examination of silver’s ability to treat infections of all kinds – bacterial, fungal, and viral, apparently without inducing resistance.

A family of germ-fighting metals!

For several years, scientists have been looking closely at Covalent Silver as the best candidate to thwart the looming epidemic of super-germs.  Back in the 70’s, a researcher reported on the germ-fighting power of silver.  He said, “Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine.  An antibiotic kills perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650.  Resistant strains fail to develop.  Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic”.

Silver belongs to the family of metals that also includes copper and gold (both of which can also have numerous health benefits when they’re used properly.  One of the primary concerns people tend to have about using these metals is the risk that they will accumulate in the body and lead to heavy metal toxicity.  But, if you have antioxidants in your diet, such as selenium, vitamin E, and amino acids like N-acetyl cysteine, you are safe from any harmful effects from this family of metals.  Germs, however, are not!

Once a germ has entered human cells, it becomes more difficult for drugs to attack the infection without also becoming toxic to those cells.  But according to a research study published in the European Journal of Biochemistry, silver (and the other metals in this family) bring about a key reaction within the body’s defense system:  the production of hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide is lethal to germs, but it’s not harmful to healthy human tissues when they’re protected by plenty of antioxidants.

The secret to silver’s success!

Although researchers have known of silver’s germ-fighting effects for decades, it wasn’t until 2000 that scientists finally understood why it worked so well.  But first, it’s important to understand antibiotics’ Achilles’ heel.  Although germs have three vulnerable targets and single antibiotic can attack only one of them at a time: (1) the germ’s outer membrane, (2) its internal components, or (3) its delicate gene pool.  When a germ becomes resistant to an antibiotic, it has learned how to fortify the specific target that the antibiotic attacks.  You would have to take several antibiotics to attack all of the germ’s targets simultaneously.

But that sets the stage for further problems.  Taking multiple antibiotics just increases the odds of wiping out enough friendly bacteria to allow an infection by various fungi (including Candida and other yeast).  And in place of the friendly bacteria, “resistant” bacteria set up camp, including the infamous, but all-too-common, hospital residents – staph aureus and clostridia.

Antibiotics obviously don’t have what it takes to nip these super-bugs in the bud.  But that’s where Covalent Silver comes in.  Silver attacks all three of the germ’s vulnerable targets at once. First, the silver ions easily rupture a germ’s outer membrane when present in the right amounts, causing the germs’ vital internal components to be exposed in the bloodstream to our white blood cells.  While the white blood cells attack the internal components, the micro-particulate silver continues to destroy these vital internal components by cutting up vital enzymes.

The Silver ions then easily attack the germ’s third vulnerable target: its delicate gene pool.  Silver ions have the ability to each into the nucleus of the germ, where its gene pool is located.  Once they combine with the genes, the genes become paralyzed, and the germ cannot replicate itself.

Gearing up for a war on viruses!

But Silver doesn’t’ stop at fighting bacteria – it also targets fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and Candida, as well as viruses, such as the flu, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, and even HIV!

As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest problems with fighting off germs – whether they are bacteria, viruses, or fungi – is keeping the body’s cells safe and unharmed in the process.  When a virus enters your body, it has to attach itself to your body’s cells in order to live, and it actually uses those cells to help reproduce itself.  They are so intertwined that it is impossible to kill off he virus without killing your body’s cells in the process.

Because of that, your immune system is basically on its own when it comes to fighting a virus after it has entered your body.  It does this by creating antibodies that will kill that specific virus and will keep it from coming back again.  One mainstream medical solution is to get a vaccine of the specific virus (such as small pox or the measles) before you contract it.  That will cause your body to build up antibodies to the virus and prevent you from contracting the real thing.  But that’s not the only medical solution.  There are a few somewhat effective patent medications, though they are laden with side effects.  Look up “amantadine” and “acyclovir” for example, or some of the patent medication used against HIV.

Once again, the problem occurs when the virus itself changes.  Take the flu, for example.  The flu is one of the most common viruses that we face every year.  But it’s hard to stay ahead of it because new strains are always developing that are different from the ones that vaccines have been developed to treat.  Many flu vaccines are a classic example of “fighting the last war” over again, instead of the present one.  Each year it becomes increasingly more clear that what we really need is a broad–spectrum antiviral agent.  This brings us once again to Covalent Silver.

A number of emerging medical studies confirm the antiviral properties of silver ions both in the laboratory and in real human studies against some of the most formidable viral organisms, including HIV and herpes.  A study in 1991 showed that both zinc and silver ions strongly inhibited HIV infection.  In 1993, the Washington Post cited laboratory tests showing that a new Japanese silver ion powder actually destroyed both HIV and herpes.  And when silver is tied to oxygen, it can actually electrocute the germ-which has turned out to be a powerful new way to destroy viruses.  Thus, the development of Covalent Silver!

Beginning in the 1970’s several independent researchers found that silver ions easily destroy Candida and other fungi.  But it wasn’t until a pilot study during the mid 1990’s that included human patients suffering from terminal AIDS that medical researchers established solid evidence showing just how quick and effective silver ions can be in the treatment of Candida as well as HIV.

In this study, nine individuals diagnosed as “near death” were divided into two subgroups.  One group suffered from HIV and terrible Candida infection.  The other group suffered from both HIV and an extreme form of malnutrition (know as Wasting Syndrome).  The researchers found that in both groups the Silver was capable of killing pathogens and purging the bloodstream of germ defenses in order to restore the immune system.

One of the most exciting aspects of this study is the positive effect Silver has on the severe blood disorders present in AIDS.  For example, it is well known that certain populations of immune cells called CD4 cells (a type of white blood cell) are greatly altered and deficient in people who have AIDS.  Although Silver ions may initially cause a person’s blood cell counts to drop, the deficiency in the CD-4 cells is corrected within 24 to 72 hours.  This is called the “rebound effect.”

As far back as 1916, researchers found that silver-based drugs increased the number of immune cells called leucocytes, while at the same time checking Staphylococcus septicemia, a severe and often lethal blood infection.  After an initial decrease in red and white blood cells, silver ions caused a rapid increase in both types.  But it wasn’t until 2001 that a single pilot study reported in the Clinical Practice of Alternative Medicine showed that high concentrations of a certain kind of Silver has the same results:  At first, a dramatic and sharp decrease of the good blood cells, but then a rebound effect rapidly kicked in and resulted in total blood cell recovery.

Another feature of certain immune cells that is vital to destroying germs is the ability of those cells to swallow and digest them.  How fast or how slow these immune cells carry out this vital defensive action is called phagocytic index.  In 1909, the Journal of the American Medical Association was the first medical journal to point out that Silver could actually increase our immune cells’ phagocytic index!   In the past few years, more studies have shown that Silver ions greatly enhance the essential second part of the phagocytic index – the part where the germ is digested by our immune cells.  This is brought about because Silver ions increase the “digesting juices” (what you know as hydrogen peroxide) of these immune cells.

Pint-sized particles duke it out with the Goliath of germs!

The smaller the size of the Silver particle, the more likely it is to kill germs.  Previously, the smallest silver particle preparations were between 14 and 26 nanometers.  (A nanometer is one billionth of a meter.)  But more recently, many natural medicine clinics and physicians have been working with a preparation of silver that has a confirmed uniform particle size of 0.8 nanometers.  It is referred to as Covalent Silver.  When this 0.8 nanometer-sized silver is used intravenously by physicians, it’s often called “UPOSH,” which is short for “ultra particulate uniform picoscalar silver hydrosol.”  Some products have particles even smaller.

At 0.8 nanometers, the Covalent Silver particles are tiny enough to be readily absorbed in your stomach, so they can easily penetrate into germs when properly delivered in the right amounts.  Another benefit of quick absorption is that it protects the good bacteria in your digestive system.  In contrast, as antibiotics travel deep into the intestinal tract, they destroy the protective bacteria that reside there, often causing diarrhea and yeast infections in the process.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor about what might be right for your particular circumstances.  But the sooner you start taking it in the course of an infection, the better its chances of working quickly.  You can use the Silver treatment while taking other anti-infection and immune-boosting agents, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, Echinacea, and many others, but you shouldn’t take them at the same time because the silver absorbs best on an empty stomach. Although these tiny quantities of silver are very safe for human, you should still stop the treatment once the infection is gone.  It has also been indicated that long-term use of larger sized particles of (Colloidal) Silver in very large doses can cause a bluish discoloration of the skin called Argyia.

Occasionally, Covalent Silver can be so effective that the immune system can not handle the rapid dying off of microorganisms.  This excess die-off could produce symptoms called Jarisch-Herzheimer effects (JHEs), more commonly called Herzheimer reactions.  Symptoms can include mild to moderate headaches, joint pain, sweating, nausea, flu-like symptoms without fever, malaise, a red rash, skeletal pain, and itching.  Less common symptoms include chills, diarrhea (typically of short duration), vomiting of short duration, and fever.  Keep in mind, though, that these symptoms are actually an indication that the treatment is working.  If you experience Herxheimer reactions, stop taking the treatment for 24 to 48 hours and then resume at a lower dose.  And as always, consult your doctor if any unexpected symptoms occur.

Note:  Please be advised that unlike other Covalent Solutions, our Covalent Silver Solution is a concentrate and suggested “instructions for use” will accompany an order.  (This can also be sent by request).



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