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Colloidal Silver – Master Antimicrobial, Antifungal and Antiviral Agent

by David E Marsh(more info)

listed in infections and inflammation, originally published in issue 266 - November 2020


We are slowly emerging into a new era of treating disease with minerals rather than the antibiotics which have been so over-used that many bacteria have evolved strategies for rendering them useless. This has been achieved by patients over-demanding, doctors over-prescribing,  and manufacturers adding them to animal feed.

“There is as I see it, just one great development left for our time. That is, the understanding of colloidal metals. It is the “fourth Estate of Matter”, the other three being, land, water and air.

The study of these constitutes the road to the ultimate in human knowledge.”[1] 

The Colloidal Silver Handbook David Hooper


Over decades there has been much anecdotal evidence surrounding silver, but it remains anecdotal as insufficient trials have been done – or if research has been done it’s been scorned,  particularly by the big pharmaceutical companies and various medical establishments.

“Silver is not regarded as one of the essential trace elements. However, medical studies have suggested that if the amount of silver present in a person falls below 0.001 of their bodyweight, their immune system may become impaired. The mere presence of Colloidal Silver near any virus, fungus or bacterium (one-celled disease causing pathogens) will immediately cripple their oxygen-metabolising enzyme, or chemical lung, which suffocates and dies usually within six minutes.” Chap 2; The Colloidal Silver Hand Book, David Hooper, Hydrodynamicist, 2008.


Cover Colloidal Silver the Natural Antibiotic by Werner Kuhni and Walter Von Holst


Silver appears to be closely involved in many of the basic processes that sustain life.”[2]

“Silver is today where penicillin was 80 years ago, but it won’t have penicillin’s problems and won’t require a prescription.” Gordon Petersen, PhD ND FAPWCA FAARM Board Certified Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine.[3]


Cover The Body Electric Amazon


Research into Silver: Bone Growth and Cancer

In his book The Body Electric Dr Robert O Becker discovered a correlation between low silver levels and ill health. Those who had low silver levels were frequently sick more often with colds, flu, fever and other illnesses. He said he believes a silver deficiency is the reason for the improper functioning of the immune system and that silver is critical for the destruction of bacteria and viruses. Becker's experiments conclude that silver works on a wide

range of pathogens without any side effects and without any damage to the cells of the body. Dr Becker discovered this through his unique techniques of treating difficult bone operations where there was much infection – often where the only alternative was amputation – by inserting a thin silver wire around the fracture with a very low electrical frequency running through it. He found that the positive silver ions were doing something more than killing disease causing organisms. "It was", he observed, "facilitating major growth stimulation of injured tissues".

Fibroblasts are the most common cells of connective tissue which produce the structural framework for animal issue, and play a critical role in wound healing, and when exposed to silver, some differentiated. That is, some changed into an embryonic general cell (stem cell) able to multiply at a great rate and then change into the specialized cells of the organ or tissue that had been injured. Even in patients over the age of 50 years, tissues healed as easily as a child's issues. This groundbreaking research urgently needs replicating.

Another memorable quote from Dr Becker...  "Medical techniques have come to be tested as much against current concepts in biochemistry as against their empirical results. Techniques that don't fit such chemical concepts – even if they seem to work – have been abandoned as pseudoscientific or downright fraudulent."[4, 5]

Colloidal Silver and Cancer:

Again, Becker concluded that in the presence of silver ions, cancer cells change back to normal cells regardless of their location in the body. He concluded that the presence of silver ions regenerates tissues and eliminates cancerous cells as well as eliminating other abnormal cells. Robert O Becker MD was a pioneering researcher and leading expert in the field of biological electricity and regeneration. Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, he was an orthopaedic surgeon and a full professor at the State University of New York.

Dr Bjorn Nordstrom of Sweden's Karolinska Institute also has used silver in his cancer cure methods for many years. He records that he has successfully cured patients who had been diagnosed by other doctors as terminally ill. His research was ignored.[6]

Silver has been used throughout history for thousands of years, and before the discovery of penicillin and subsequent antibiotics, colloidal silver (CS) - nanoparticles of silver suspended in water - had been used for over a century. Silver was the only antibiotic available in World War 1.

The history of silver as a healing agent is well catalogued in books, scientific papers, articles, essays, lectures, on the internet and YouTube. 3 articles have been published by Positive Health PH Online in the last few years… by Dr Lyn Hanshew listed in infections, originally published in issue 224 - August 201 by David Larson listed in detoxification, originally published in issue 227 - January 2016 by John T Wilson listed in infections, originally published in issue 26 - March 1998

Personal Experiences

At its simplest, a method of making it uses three nine volt batteries (or a 9 volt charger), two 99.99% pure silver rods, and one TDS (total dissolved solids) meter. Collectively costing some £50, then purified filtered water or steam-distilled water, so for that basic investment one can make up to fifteen gallons of colloidal silver.

My own experience over the last 20 years included discovering its efficacy when I suffered from  ‘sick building syndrome’, intermittently, for months on end. The many doctors consulted were of no help at all, including the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham, London.

Next, I rid myself of stomach ulcers, which was when CS successfully killed the helicobacter pylori bacteria that caused the ulcer, thus being spared the three weeks or so on the cocktail of three antibiotics which is the NHS’s usual procedure for ulcers, thus saving several weeks' worth of costly drugs which may have unpleasant side-effects on the user.

By now, thanks to the internet and hours of patient tuition from the late Dr Bob Beck, I had learned how to make the silver water myself for a fraction of the price at which it was sold. If I awoke in the morning with signs of a cold or flu, I would take a stiff dose of CS and the cold or flu simply disappeared, within hours.




For the last three years I have suffered no colds, or flu, nor had I taken a flu jab. For the NHS jabs are of necessity made of from last year’s viruses, and as viruses are always mutating, the jabs are of limited value. ref: Viruses mutate more readily in Selenium deficient surroundings - in-selenium-deficient-surroundings) For me, colloidal silver was a better bet. I also cured myself on numerous occasions from various instances of food poisoning.

In this period of Covid awareness I have been taking 1 or 2 teaspoons of CS 10-15ppm almost every morning (importantly - always on an empty stomach) to keep my silver levels up. I spray all packages, mail etc., coming into the flat, including all food deliveries. Should I feel a cold or flu or food poisoning coming on I take 250-300 mls - again on an empty stomach, preferably very early in the morning, followed by 1 litre of water. I have several little spray bottles ready at hand for any situation and spray surfaces, door handles, hands, face, lips, and nostrils.

I feel I have stumbled across the much sought-after cure for common colds and flus, which if used widely would save the NHS billions (UKP) from its usual winter crises. This in itself would be a big step forward, let alone if it might be an answer to this new interloper on the scene from nature’s stable of ever mutating viruses...)  but as it’s never been tested, all previous experiences remain anecdotal.

There are currently over 250 UK companies making and selling CS. How many there are there in the US, EU and worldwide can only be guessed at. Facebook alone has several Colloidal Silver groups.  The Colloidal Silver public group has 15,928 members all users of CS. The Beginners Facebook group has  29,120 members - students learning how to make it at home (as of 03/09/2020). This alone shows that folk are happily taking CS despite the warnings from big pharma - and seemingly have not gone blue or grey... or we would have heard about it by now!

Collectively this means that vast numbers (100s of thousands) of people must be using CS, yet we are consistently being put off using it by the medical authorities…The more the I read of CS the more uses I found for it – these anecdotal histories included healing cats and dogs from food poisoning, eye and ear infections, mastitis, scouring in calves, the list is endless. It is also useful killing green/black/white fly on seedlings and plants.

Why has Silver Never Been Trialled Against Colds, Flus And Viruses?

Silver has never been trialled against common colds, or flus, let alone for the current pandemic virus Covid-19. The medical and pharmaceutical industries/professions would seemingly rather let the entire world suffer multitudes of casualties, driving economies, businesses and individuals to the wall rather than risk their own incomes.

The Colloidal Silver Report, compiled by Zoe Adams,[11] is about colloidal silver, including instructions on how to use it, quantities to take, and case histories of the many things it had helped people with (see more, below.)

Virus Quote

“The results of a variety of investigations summarized by two doctors in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (Gordon and Holtorf  2006) reveal ‘without question’ that colloidal silver is an efficacious and cost-effective remedy against a whole host of viruses that cause upper respiratory tract infections. Researchers have concluded that it could be a promising cure for flu pandemics, as well as the other more insidious viruses HIV-1, hepatitis B, and ampicillin-resistant Escherichia coli  (Scientific Evidence for the Medicinal Use of Silver: in Colloidal Silver: the Natural Antibiotic, by Werner Kühni and Walter von Holst.”[2]

Meanwhile in the US, EU, and other countries, as with other Alternative and Integrative medical practises, it is illegal to claim that CS prevents, cures, or improves people’s health in any way… or even as being essential for the body. If someone does make such claims, his or her business is closed down promptly and unmercifully. [7]

The Blue-Bloods of old, the gentry and the wealthy, did not get the plagues that went around in the Middle Ages – which usually struck after periods of bad harvests when there was starvation, and peoples’ immune functions were low. They ate off silver plates and cutlery, cooked in silver vessels. They knew that silver protects, but the comparatively large specs of silver that flaked off the cutlery, plates or pots and pans sometimes brought on agyria, a greyish / blue discolouring of the skin, were considerably larger than the nanoparticles in CS which are measured  in parts per million.

The risk of getting 'Agyria', a blue-greying of the skin colour, comes from making CS either with impure water, polluted with copper or other contaminants, where the size of the colloid is too big, or people are taking stupidly large amounts of it; and this does happen.

FACT: You CAN Take Too Much Colloidal Silver!.[8]

Only a few individuals apart from the Blue-Bloods of old have been registered as going ‘blue’.   The late Paul Karason has been made an example of by Big Pharma big time  partly as a precaution, partly as a warning that it may not be compatible with certain drugs, and possibly to deter people from taking CS for fear of losing market share, as there is evidence that CS has been helpful with some scores of different medical problems.[9]

The Silver Edge ( Steve Barwick has been a respected natural health journalist – please read Safer Airline Travel with Colloidal Silver!  – and staunch advocate of natural healing for nearly three decades, and is one of the most knowledgeable people on colloidal silver in the Western World. He has been using it beneficially himself for 25 years and has recently published a 500-page book on the subject, Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual. Commonly CS is made at 10 - 20 parts per million (ppm/per litre), but often made at 25 ppm, 50ppm or even 100 ppm: the smaller the colloid size, the greater ability it in its effectiveness.[10]

 In the Colloidal Silver Report by Zoe Adams it recalled “it had been suggested that Movidyn, a form of colloidal silver, discovered in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s by ‘the retreating Russians towards the end of WW 11’… had surprisingly destroyed typhus, malaria, cholera and amoebic dysentery. To the astonishment of the Soviet Military, Movidyn also disinfected every germ warfare bacterium in the Soviet arsenal, even their newest designer poisons. In other words, Movidyn was too good. The Czech factory was disassembled and carted back to the Soviet Union. To this day the Movidyn formula seems to have been suppressed from the world.

“Whether there is any basis of truth in this story is impossible to determine. However, in view of the laboratory results to date (see page 16 for examples), it is not impossible that colloidal silver could provide an effective antidote to anthrax and other hostile microbes that a terrorist or hostile power could unleash. On this basis, it may be prudent to keep a supply of colloidal silver, or the means to make one’s own, in the home. ”Pages 16 and 17 of the same booklet then describes reports from laboratories in the USA including UCLA, Brigham Young University in Utah and North Texas University, and in Britain, a report from the Runcorn Health Laboratory in Cheshire, states “to primitive lifeforms… silver is as toxic as the most powerful chemical disinfectants.”[11]

Meanwhile Big Pharma with their huge wealth dictate who can live and who will die by how they price their drugs … see the recent furore over drugs for children with cystic fibrosis.[12]

Dr Becker’s research among many other’s demonstrates that we simply do not know what CS is capable of. We will not know until trials are completed.

Estimates range there are from 50 to 150 billionaires are there in the UK.

Are there not one or two or a few philanthropists amongst them concerned enough who would be willing to finance a study into the preventive and curative values of colloidal silver?  If so, please contact the author. Thank you! or via


1.         Dr Frederick S. Macey…       

2.         ‘Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic’. Werner Kuhni and Walter Von Holst, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont. ISBN13: 9781620555019 2016.

3.         In A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution. A quantum Leap in Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses and yeast. 4th Ed. ISBN B00JSCKQ9Q 2014.

4, 5. Becker, Robert O; Books;   Electromagnetism and Life. State University of New York Press, Albany, ISBN 0-87395-560-9.  1982.
The Body Electric. Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life (with Gary Selden). Morrow, New York,ISBN 0-688-06971-1  1985.
 Cross Currents. The Promise of Electromedicine, the Perils of Electropollution. Torcher, Los Angeles, ISBN 0-87477-536-1.  1990.




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10.      Steve Barwick. Safer Airline Travel with Colloidal Silver! 2020.

11.       The Colloidal Silver Report, Zoe Adams, Another Country Verlag, Riemannstra.7, 10961 Berlin. Phone +49 030 694 01160.  This publication is undated.



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About David E Marsh

David Marsh trained initially in agriculture (Shuttleworth, Cranfield) with ten years experience farming in Bedfordshire. He moved to human nutrition and co-authored The Driving Force; Food in Evolution & the Future18 (1989) – later Nutrition and Evolution19 (1995), with Professor Michael Crawford (Inst. Brain Chem. & Human Nutrition, Imperial College London). He has since written broadly (for Resurgence, Positive Health, Healthy Eating, Nutrition and Health amongst other publications) about nutrition, evolution, environment and integrated medicine, including a series in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine on energy or vibrational medicine. This article is of particular interest to the author as it brings his special interests in nutrition and food production together in full circle. The Origins of Diversity: Darwin's Conditions and Epigenetic Variations. Nutrition & Health 2008. Editor of McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health newsletter, and various articles with it, and for the society's Journal Nutrition & Health. Currently working on a new book on evolution. Occasional lecturing on the History of evolution theories. Michael Crawford & David Marsh's new book The Shrinking Brain and the Global Mental Health Crisis – Two Problems, One Solution has been published in 2023 and is available on Amazon and Food and Behaviour Research. David can be reached at

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