Cate, take into consideration that ionic silver colloids have been used internally by orthodox medical doctors for over 100 years, with the only complaint ever being a bluing or graying of the skin (argyria), a strictly cosmetic condition. Your paranoia seems to stem more from the programming of pharmaceutical company fear propaganda than an open minded evaluation of extant facts. Prior to the advent of penicillin in the late 1920s the only known effective therapy for afflictions such as tuberculosis and syphilis were silver salts consumed internally in extremely large doses, sometimes as high as 300,000 parts per million. From this came the first few instances of skin discoloration. Since then the only cases of this condition have come from people who badly made their own silver concoctions, using impure silver and/or water, with table salt added to speed the process, and consumed ridiculously large amounts (a quart or two) daily for long periods of time. There are no recorded instances of anyone ever being harmed by a silver colloid from a legitimate manufacturer, taken in the manufacturer's recommended dosages. Some work better than others. Some don't work at all. Each must be evaluated separately and not tarred with the same brush as the media is wont to do.
Pure elemental silver is not a toxic heavy metal. Refer to the Merck Physician's Desk Reference if you do not believe me. BUT, conventional ionic silver colloids, which carry a positive particle electron charge, readily bind to other elements and compounds which they come into contact within the body, sometimes creating silver salts, or negatively chemically interacting with prescription meds, which can be problematic when consumed in large doses, as the body cannot excrete these larger compound molecules and they build up under the skin. Because our nano-catalytic silver carries a negative electron particle charge, they will not bond with any other elements, nor will they interact with any other prescription drug the subject may be taking.
The technology which created our products gives us the first ever pure elemental silver in a nanoparticle size. This particle is solution bonded to a water molecule making it much more bioavailable than an ionic colloid simply in suspension. It is also completely inert and passes totally out of the body within 24 hours. We knew this already, from earlier University of Arizona studies, but it was one of the pertinent facts proven in the recent first ever double blind human trials currently in peer review which I posted here. These products are proven clinically in-vivo, as well as laboratory in-vitro studies, to be effective at killing a broad spectrum of pathogenic bacteria in under 5 minutes, in solution strengths as weak as 1.25 parts per million and not in excess of 10 ppm. Couple this with the very low dosage recommendations (1 teaspoon/5 ml per day for prophylaxis) and it is clear that the safety of these products is not in question by any rational measure.
American Biotech Labs (ABL), the creator of this technology and holder of many government approvals, both US and foreign, went to great pains to prove to themselves the safety and efficacy of these products before they were ever offered to the public. The United States Library of Congress has statements of recommendation for use by our military and Homeland Security from the retired Surgeon General of the US Air Force, Dr. Paul Carlton, MD, who is now Director, Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M University and Health Science Center. Long time US Senator, Orin Hatch, has also recommended that the US Homeland Security consider stockpiling these products. These documents can be found in the appendix of the invited congressional testimony of the President of ABL to Members of The House International Relations Committee. These are credentials that are not easily come by for manufacturers of nutritional supplements. I invite you to examine this document and its respectable list of attached endorsements. The embedded hyperlink above will take you there.
Studies performed with other silver products are irrelevant to this conversation as the technology involved is both process patented, as is the silver particle from that process... the first issued for a medical silver product in the US since 1924. It is a completely different and novel end product from any previous iterations of medical or supplemental silver. Had you taken the time to review the material at the Lifesilver website you would now know this and we would have not spent so much time nattering back and forth. Not all is lost though, perhaps the data presented here will help someone else, less timorous, like Catharine, resolve a persistent health challenge that has resisted all current pharmaceutical nostrums.
Lifesilver has numerous MDs, as well as osteopaths, naturopaths and various other health care professionals in our client database. In our 8 years of operation we have shipped to thousands of clients all over the world, with never a complaint. I personally have been using the products for over 14 infection free years. My dogs have also benefited and vet visits are now a thing of the past.
Your admonition that anyone considering using this technology, to replace antibiotics, first "become well informed" is excellent advice. This is the entire raison d'être for our website and the links that I have posted in this thread. These are facts which you admit to have had not the time to examine before wading into the fray with opinions. Those opinions might be valid in a venue where the protagonist has provided no credible supporting material. I don't think that is our case here. Knowledge protects! Ignorance endangers.
"It is much easier to refute that to confirm." ~ Laura Knight-Jadczyk