– PART 2 –

by Mark Metcalf

“We used to think, and some still do, that life came from a chemical soup. Now we know that unless there is an electrical charge there is no life. Life, then, is electrical. And when electrical systems go, although the chemistry is still there, the life does not exist.” –Dr. Valerie Hunt, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Physiological Sciences, UCLA.

In a past issue I wrote of a “hospital” that was safer than and in many ways superior to all others in its ability to promote wellness. This “hospital” was essentially cost free to operate, and as portable as a deck of cards. The hospital I wrote of was a colloidal silver generator. With it you can make virtually unlimited amounts of the highest quality colloidal silver for the price of water.

Currently, we the people of the United States are spending $3,700 per person per year to treat our diseases-the highest amount in the world. Ironically, our health problems are getting worse. As absurd as it may seem, the third leading cause of disease and death in the United States is now infectious disease. These deaths are completely preventable.

With the simple act of wiring three 9-volt batteries together, something very profound begins to happen. Ordinary people are not only able to heal themselves, but now find themselves endowed with the power to heal others and to protect the health of entire communities. These everyday people find their newfound power even encompasses the ability to heal animals, plants and trees. They’re also able to grow more nutritious food and they’re able to store food for longer periods of time. The multi-billion dollar managed care of “incurable diseases” industry begins to crumble. The deadly, mutagenic vaccine industry begins to crumble. The cold and flu industry which buys all those prime time TV ads begins to crumble. Don’t expect these industries to take their loss of power lying down.

These cartels will do their best to frighten people away from making it themselves, sometimes buying off colloidal silver manufacturers who will then act as the cartel’s agent. These cartels can also be expected to aggressively market their own substitute products, just as they did with antibiotics in the 1960’s when colloidal silver was originally suppressed.

One of the most effective flimflam ploys is to trot out an “expert” who confirms that the product he or she is selling is absolutely essential for your well being. This “authority” will go on to mention that in the course of their studies of competing products, they discovered that these competing products will very likely cause you harm. Actually, the expert is used as a shill to usurp your freedom of choice and dictate what you should regard as “health” and health-promoting practices. Similar ploys have been used by colloidal silver manufacturers, which has resulted in confusion and fear among those most interested in using silver. We can best avoid manipulation by coming to a deeper understanding about different types of colloidal silver, production methods, issues of safety and usefulness.

First some basics. A colloid consists of minute particles that float within a liquid despite the pull of gravity. To stay in suspension for any length of time, these particles must be smaller than one micron (1/1000 of an inch). When fresh produce is processed through a juicer, a colloid results in the form of a glass of juice. Drinking fresh juices makes it possible to consume far more nutrients than by eating. Because juice is considered a pre-digested food, the body can process large amounts with minimal effort and correspondingly better health results. As a juice colloid sits, the larger particles begin to fall out of suspension and settle at the bottom of the container. To evenly distribute the contents it is common to shake up a bottle of juice before drinking.

In the case of colloidal silver, silver particles are pulled off of a pure silver electrode that is immersed in water by applying a low voltage electric current, giving each particle an electric charge. This charge, though long lasting, is not permanent, and both daylight and time will cause a colloid to lose its charge. This loss is referred to as “falling out,” or “plating out.”(1) Note, while colloidal silver is light sensitive, it is not nearly so light sensitive as camera film. If taken to the beach under mid-day California summer sun, colloidal silver can be expected to oxidize in about ten minutes. Indoors, under ambient and artificial light, colloidal silver will oxidize in about three days. This only means that once made, colloidal silver should be stored in tinted or opaque containers.

Many colloidal silver manufacturers claim that if the silver particles are “too large,” the resulting brew will prove injurious to the public health. The truth can be found in many science text books. When applying current to silver in solution, metallic silver will always break off at the same size, 1.26 angstroms (.0001 microns).(2) This particle is so small that the next stop on the road to smallness is the atom itself.

Colloids are by nature the smallest particles matter can be divided into while still retaining individual characteristics. Reducing a piece of metallic silver into a cloud of microscopic particles greatly extends its total surface area, and so its healing properties, while deepening its penetration into the body.

Because the silver particles are charged, they strive to combine with other elements in the solution. Trace elements exist even in distilled water, and when the charged silver particles combine with a specific trace element, the solution will turn one of a number of colors like gray, yellow, green or brown. Whatever element the silver chooses is largely irrelevant: Once in the body, the silver releases its bond in search of stronger attachments in an effort to stabilize its charge. Therefore, once the silver colloid has entered the body, the original silver particles measuring 1.26 angstroms (about the size of fifteen atoms) quickly pass through the stomach lining and into the blood stream, where they circulate for about a week before elimination.

Yellow Colloidal Silver

The real reason yellow colored colloidal silver is favored by most manufacturers is not because it is more effective than other types, but because it has a longer shelf life before falling out of solution. This stability in solution doesn’t automatically translate into a smaller combined particle size between the silver ion and the trace element which it has attached itself to. It may simply be that the trace element which the silver has combined with is more water soluble. In either case it’s a moot point. Simply put, the most effective colloidal silver is not a question of color, but of freshness and highest concentration density.(3)

A disadvantage of the yellow colloidal silver is its bitter taste-unlike the silver colored colloid. Also, the yellow solution is more difficult to make. When using a 27-volt generator, it is helpful to reduce the water volume to mitigate the much longer activation time that the yellow solution requires. I couldn’t find any medical evidence that the yellow colloid is more effective than the silver colored colloid. People can always create and compare the effects of the yellow and silver solutions for themselves.

To make the yellow solution, use a tall narrow glass with six to eight ounces of distilled water. Use no saline solution. The water will not gain conductivity as it does when saline is added, so the process will take about forty-five minutes. It will produce a concentration of around 10 parts per million (ppm). Be sure to keep an eye on the color of your solution or it will eventually turn a murky brown and then black. If this happens, just throw it out and start over.

Making High Concentrations of Colloidal Silver

Extending the process time to make higher concentrations of colloidal silver can be both inefficient and costly for replacing batteries. A smart chemist knows you should always heat the water first to create high concentrations. With this in mind, fifteen minutes of process time should be sufficient to create any desired potency.

For every 10 degrees that the water is heated above room temperature (72 degrees), the parts per million (ppm) will be doubled. Therefore, if 5 ppm resulted after seven minutes of activation with sixteen ounces of water at 72 degrees, then 82 degrees would yield 10 ppm, and 92 degrees would deliver 20 ppm, etc. There is no need to boil the water as there is ample leeway between 72 degrees and 212 degrees (boiling). For heating purposes, do not use a tea pot because of the pot’s calcification. Use something cleaner, like a stainless steel cooking pot before pouring water into a glass.

The body’s ability to process the tiny atoms of colloidal silver makes silver build-up in the body impossible. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Poison Control Center reports a No Toxicity listing for colloidal silver. In fact, it appears that harmlessness is one of the attributes of the colloid physiology, regardless of content. For example, when examining a bottle of colloidal minerals from the local health food store I noticed arsenic, nickel and lead among the sixty-five trace minerals listed in the contents.(4) In other words, if the particles are small enough, you can even drink arsenic. Since the body is known to have a vital need for silver to maintain both the immune system and the production of new healthy cells, and due to the harmonious nature of colloids entering the body (our blood is also a colloid), it stands within reason that colloidal silver may literally be the safest medicine on earth.

Just to prove a point to myself, I made a sixteen-ounce solution of well over 250 ppm and drank it. I repeated this procedure every day for four days in a row. I easily drank the equivalent of fifty sixteen-ounce glasses of 5 ppm colloidal silver every day! I did not eat yogurt, acidophilus, or compensate for friendly bacteria loss in any way. The only side effect was that I just seemed to feel better. This makes sense according to Capitol Drugs pharmacist Ron Barnes, R.Ph.; “Many strains of pathogenic microbes-viruses, fungi, bacteria or any other single-celled pathogen-resistant to other antibiotics are killed on contact by colloidal silver, and are unable to mutate. However, it does not harm tissue-cell enzymes and friendly bacteria.”

My next experiment was a little different. I cut two flowers in the back yard and left one on a shelf without water for twenty-four hours. When I picked it up the next day it was completely limp. I made a fresh cut at the bottom of the stem and placed it in a glass of high concentrate colloidal silver. Each day it got better. On the third day, the stem had become firm again, as if it had just been cut. Not a single petal was lost. The second flower that was cut had been placed immediately in ordinary water. Many of its petals had already fallen. Though the flower was in water from the start, it was already dying.

It’s as if there is something in silver that is tied to the very core of the life process itself. The noted bio-medical researcher from Syracuse University, and author of The Body Electric and Cross Currents, Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, agrees. Writing about his experience with older patients, Dr. Becker wrote, “Silver did more than kill disease causing organisms. It promoted major growth of bone, and accelerated the healing of injured tissues by over 50%.” He also discovered that silver: “profoundly stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues in a way unlike any known natural process…”

Dr. Becker discovered that the silver was promoting a new kind of cell growth which looked like the cells of children! “These cells grew fast,” he wrote, “producing a diverse and surprising assortment of primitive cell forms able to multiply at a great rate, then differentiate into the specific cells of an organ or tissue that had been injured, even in patients over fifty years old.”(5)

The healing properties of silver are so all-encompassing that we see researchers expressing amazement time and time again. Alfred Searle, founder of the pharmaceutical conglomerate, wrote in 1919 that “applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results. For internal administration, orally or hypodermically it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to parasites without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.”(6)

I received a call from a man with a Ph.D. in computer science who, after reading my original article, made colloidal silver and applied it with an eye dropper to a chronic eye infection. He said the infection went away almost immediately. In the course of our conversation he mentioned in passing that colloidal silver also got rid of the plaque on his teeth. I had been wondering what happened to the plaque on my own teeth, but had not put the two together.

The power of silver still reigns over the world in many modern-day applications. Physicians use silver compounds in seventy percent of all the burn centers in the United States. British Airways, Swissair, Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Olympic, Air France, Canadian Pacific Airlines, AlItalia, KLM, Japan Airlines and Pan Am all use silver water filters to curtail waterborne diseases. In fact, NASA uses a silver water purification system for the space shuttle and so do the Soviets. Japanese firms even remove cyanide and nitric oxide from the air with silver.

So how do you frighten people away from the safest and most powerful medicine on earth? You tell them that the bogey man will get them. If they’re too sophisticated for that, tell them they’ll get a strange, archaic disease like argyria. Actually, there is no record of anyone ever contracting argyria from colloidal silver made by the electrolytic method.(7)

(Argyria is a harmless and infrequent cosmetic condition where some parts of the body take on a slight bluish cast due to ingesting chemical compounds of which silver is only one component. Argyria did not seem to bother the royal “blue blood” families of Europe, who stayed healthy throughout the plagues of the middle ages by ingesting large amounts of silver.)

Surviving With Colloidal Silver

Were I to end up in the midst of calamity, I would need only water to have one of the most powerful medical resources in the world at my disposal. (Technically, colloidal silver can be made in a variety of common liquids, including beer or soup, but I’m not recommending anyone do this in the normal course of events.) In a remarkable clinic trial with fourteen elderly patients, Dr. Robert O. Becker inserted silver electrode wire directly into wounds, using the body’s own juices for the liquid solution while applying current from the external ends.(5) (The voltage used for colloidal silver production is too low to cause sensation.) With this technique, Dr. Becker was able to heal infections inside broken bones-one of the worst kinds of infections to control-as well as heal actual bone fractures and breaks which had previously failed to heal.(8) In some cases he left silver surgically implanted in the body. In others, he sewed the wound up around the protruding silver electrode wire. Once the wound had healed, “The implanted silver wire was easily withdrawn from the wound manually without the need for surgery or anesthesia.”

Regarding the innate ability of metallic silver to control infection, Dr. Becker said, “All of the organisms that we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics.” Regarding the safety of pure silver being inserted into the body, Dr. Becker said, “In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”

Under emergency conditions, it would be good to remember that silver coins from 1964 or earlier contain 90 percent silver, 9 percent copper and one percent zinc, all of which are known to have beneficial properties if used in a colloidal state. The coins would have to be scoured until they were clean and shiny before using. This is mentioned purely as an intellectual consideration and is not a recommendation that anyone undertake any such action under normal conditions. Silver electrode wire is much easier to use.

So what doesn’t colloidal silver do?

It doesn’t interact with any other medications. It doesn’t upset the stomach, and, in fact, is a digestion aid. It does not sting in the eyes. Medical journal reports and documented studies spanning the past 100 years indicate no known side effects from oral or I.V. administration of colloidal silver in animal or human testing. Colloidal silver has been used with good results under the most demanding health care circumstances.(9) Without overstating the case, it may be time to recognize colloidal silver as not only the safest medicine on Earth, but also the most powerful!

Copyright 1996 Mark Metcalf. All rights reserved.


Plating out is when the metallic particles of a colloid fall out of suspension by either attaching themselves to the sides of the storage container or simply by settling to the bottom. This creates two problems. (1) When ingesting colloidal silver, less silver will enter the body because it’s attached to the sides of the container. (2) Silver particles that enter the body without their electrical charge will have more difficulty in penetrating the stomach wall or in attaching themselves to the cells of the body. Plastic containers build up electrical charge which can cause plating out, therefore, either non-reactive plastic containers such as hydrogen peroxide bottles or tinted glass bottles should be used for storage.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 56th edition, 1975-76, page F209.
“Use of Colloids in Health and Disease.” Dr. Henry Crooks found that silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely nontoxic. Rather than in a chemical compound, silver in the colloidal state may be applied in a much more concentrated form with correspondingly better results.
Ameriflax (brand) “minerALL 72” colloidal minerals product contains 7 major and 65 trace minerals including arsenic, nickel, lead and iodine.
Treatment of Orthopedic Infections with Electrically Generated Silver Ions. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume, October, 1978. Vol. 60-A, No.7.
“Colloidal Preparations of Silver in Pharmacy” British Medical Journal, 1919.
After extensive studies Sir Malcolm Morris concluded, “Colloidal silver is free from the drawbacks of other preparations of silver, viz. the pain caused and the discoloration of the skin; indeed, instead of producing irritation it has a distinctly soothing effect.”
Becker, op cit.: “To qualify for this study, patients had to have a long-standing infection involving bone and to have had standard treatment with antibiotics and wound care without success.”
“Silver aids the developing fetus in growth, health, and eases the delivery and recovery”. – “Report: Colloidal Silver”, Health Consciousness, Vol.15, No.4.

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