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What's all the Hype Around Colloidal Silver?

 

 

Almost every day I hear about someone using colloidal silver for this or that issue.  Many times, it is not needed, nor is it warranted.  As you will see below, like with everything else in life, this product is not benign.

 

What is Colloidal Silver?

Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic metallic silver particles in a colloidal base.  The same type of precious metal is used in jewelry, dental fillings, silverware and other products.  It is considered a biocide.  The definition of biocide is as follows:

 

bi·o·cide

ˈbīəˌsīd/

noun

  1. 1.

    a poisonous substance, especially a pesticide.

  2. 2.

    the destruction of life

A biocide is defined in the European legislation as a chemical substance or microorganism intended to destroy, deter, render harmless, or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by chemical or biological means. (1)

 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a different definition for biocides.  It is as follows, &