Colloidal Silver Misinformation

Blind leading the blind

by Ben Taylor

( There is much colloidal silver misinformation and sometimes even intentional disinformation within the “colloidal silver” industry. Much of it is based on falsely making it appear that a particular manufacturer or producer has a ‘silver’ product to which no one else has access. In very few cases, there may be some element of truth, but most of what is sold as “colloidal silver” is not actually colloidal silver. It is often either ionic silver or chemically made silver in a gelatin water base. These two make up the vast majority of so-called “colloidal silver” product sales.

Definition of “Colloid”

“Colloid” in chemistry is defined as a system in which finely divided particles are dispersed within a continuous water medium in a manner that prevents the silver from being filtered easily or settled rapidly. Its suspension is maintained by Brownian Motion. Ionic silver is not made up of particles, but rather silver ‘ions’, so it cannot be a colloid. You can know that it is ionic, because it will be virtually clear and since ions do not reflect light, they have no color. Chemical silver is usually made with silver nitrate mixed in gelatinous water to keep the large particles from settling out, so by definition it cannot be a colloid. Nano-particle silver and even some micron-sized particle silver products are actually “colloidal silver”. If the silver particles are small enough to stay in suspension without artificial means, such as animal or vegetable gelatin, then it is a “colloid”.

Marketing Techno-Babel

Another practice of subtle colloidal silver misinformation in colloidal silver marketing is what I call “marketing techno-babel”; the use of certain words or terms that make a product ‘sound’ as if a manufacturer or producer has a special product unavailable to anyone else. Terms such as mono-atomic, elemental, oxy, sol, are a few. I become a little suspicious when I am unable to find precise definitions of these terms by the manufacturers and sellers on their websites. That is usually because you would then know that those terms could be applied to many other products on the market.

The term mono-atomic, usually without explanation, is usually placed on what is actually ionic silver. Mono-atomic is simply an ion or particle consisting of one atom. There are both particle silver and ionic silver products consisting of a single atom ions or particles.

Another term used is elemental silver, as if no one else uses elemental silver to make their silver product. Elemental is simply, “a material which cannot be broken down or changed into another substance using chemical means. Elements may be thought of as the basic chemical building blocks of matter.” Frankly every silver product on the market I am aware of is made from elemental silver.

Then we have terms such as, “oxy” and “sol”. Oxy is a short term for oxygen and of course all silver products produced in water will contain oxygen. Sol is simply another term for solution. Most of what is called colloidal silver simply is not because they are ionic or contain particles too large to stay in suspension by Brownian Motion in a strictly water media.

Colloidal Silver Kills All One-celled Organisms On Contact

When it is claimed that, “our product “does not harm beneficial bacteria in the body or on the skin” or “our silver kills only “bad” bacteria and leaves the “good” bacteria alone”, watch out. According to the research done by Beiersdorf (Curad bandages) and others, silver kills all one-celled organisms by deactivating their oxygen metabolizing systems. The truth is, what is usually termed “bad bacteria” is often “good” bacteria in a state of imbalance or overgrowth. Silver is not somehow programmed to identify different strains of bacteria; it is simply a metal with natural germ-killing properties. My personal experience with too much silver on the skin was during my development of our production unit. During the early stages of this process prior to its complete automation, I was not using rubber gloves and was getting large amounts of silver on my hands every day for several months. Within about 3 weeks, my hands started drying out, wrinkling, and cracking. I almost immediately realized that most of the bacteria on my skin were being killed off by too much exposure to silver. I started wearing rubber gloves and within a week or so my hands were back to normal.

Colloidal Silver Particles vs. Ionic Silver

Producers on both sides often make the claims that “only ionic silver is effective” or that “only particle silver is effective”. Both are simply further examples of colloidal silver misinformation by producers of one or the other. Silver in any form will kill one-celled organisms on contact. A large piece of silver held in the mouth or placed on a wound gives beneficial results. I know those who have placed a coiled piece of silver wire on a wound and had results equivalent to putting colloidal silver on it. I have read historically of placing a silver coin on a wound with the same results. The phrase “born with a silver spoon in their mouths” comes from the middles ages when the wealthy and their children would suck on silver spoons to reduce the chances of getting the plague. Purely ionic silver is also effective, especially externally, as long as it does not come in contact with hydrochloric acid (HCL), such as that which exists in the stomach in high concentration around meal times.

The colloidal silver misinformation most promoted by ionic silver producers is the claim that “silver must be clear to be a true colloidal silver” or that ionic silver is colloidal silver. But actually both claims are technically false. If it has no color, it is ionic sliver and hence, it is not a colloid, since a colloid as defined above. Although this may sometimes be an intentional deception, it is usually the unintentional ignorance of those who produce ionic silver and do not known how to produce particle silver. Again ions do not reflect light, but particles do. For the color spectrum to be visible, there must be light reflected off particles. If you were in space looking at the Earth and were somehow able to deactivate the light reflection from the Earth, it would not be visible to the naked eye. The same goes for colloidal silver particles and the color of colloidal products. The more particles in the product, the darker in color the colloidal silver will be.

Sometimes We Simply Can’t Know That Which We Don’t Know

This is another area where some mis-information comes about concerning non-chemical and non-ionic true “colloidal silver”. For example: There is one researcher who was a student of Dr Bob Beck who has written the following: “A solution filled with silver ions (cations) so small that they diffuse throughout the solution (colloidal) evenly and repel each other because of their net positive charge is called an “ionic” solution. The silver atoms in the water are in the form of ions, and not “non-ionic” silver atoms. “Non-ionic” silver, by definition, must have the full compliment of electrons in its outer orbit. How can an atom with its full compliment of electrons leave the wire surface and pass into the solution in the first place? The very action of electrolysis itself causes the silver atom to lose an electron and become an ion. How can some silver cations in that solution recapture an electron in its outer orbit (and become “non-ionic”) while others cannot? The internet colloidal silver gurus never seem to explain that because they can’t.”

For those who are simply unfamiliar with the process, this may seem like a perfectly reasonable and truthful statement. I don’t believe the man stating this opinion is intentionally giving mis-information, but when an opinion is based on that which you don’t know, then you simply don’t know that which you don’t know. The aforementioned “Internet gurus” can’t, nor do they attempt to explain that “presumption”, because “recapturing electrons” is not what they are doing. The truth is, those making non-chemical and non-ionic particle silver actually can explain how they do it. But they choose not to in order to protect their process, because that group is very small. I know this first hand. I didn’t build the first functional machine to accomplish this, but a friend consulted with me and I gave my advice as to how it could be done. That friend then, in my presence and with my permission, passed the info on to the man he was collaborating with. That man then incorporated that information in building the first such machine. I later designed and built a similar machine for my friend who started selling the product as Utopia Silver.

FDA Colloidal Silver Definition

The FDA defines “colloidal silver” as “a suspension of silver particles in a “gelatinous base”. This generally defines products made with silver nitrate mixed with water and animal or vegetable gelatin. The gelatin is necessary because the particles are so large they would otherwise fall out. True colloidal products, whether colloidal silver, colloidal gold, or colloidal copper contain no gelatin, no animal protein, no chlorides, and no iodides. I seldom agree with such non-Constitutional gangster-driven and rogue governmental agencies, but here is where we may have some common ground when it comes to any concern about colloidal silver intake. There is no known toxicity caused by silver ingestion that results in any life or health threatening issues, but a cosmetic condition known as Argyria can result from excessive long-term consumption of silver. This is when silver collects in the fatty tissue under the skin. The culprit in Argyria is almost always chemical silver, usually silver nitrate crudely dissolved in water, followed by ionic silver produced in saline water.

As far as any academic debate on effectiveness between ionic silver and particle colloidal silver, I have no axe to grind. Our company, Utopia Silver, manufactures and sells both ionic sliver and colloidal silver. Even though, those of us who make a low PPM nano-particle sized colloidal silver sometimes over-blow its superiority and importance beyond reason, particle size and surface area can make a difference in effectiveness, especially when trying to heal systemic issues. The bottom line beyond all the colloidal silver misinformation, it doesn’t have to be some special sounding techno-babel name to be effective. You can hold a silver spoon or coin in your mouth and derive some germ killing benefit from it.

Ben Taylor is the President of Utopia Silver found at

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