What Is Colloidal Silver?

Claimed Uses For Colloidal Silver

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Before the development of modern antibiotics, colloidal silver was used as a remedy for illnesses and infections. There has been an internet-coordinated movement to reject modern medicine, and some of these individuals believe colloidal silver is a better treatment than antibiotics. Individuals who take colloidal silver do so in a dietary supplement format, or they apply the liquid to their skin directly. Some patients who are seeking modern medicine alternatives claim this substance can act as a replacement for antibiotics that treat fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. However, no scientific evidence exists indicating colloidal silver is an effective antibiotic. There are also small but vocal subsets of individuals who claim the substance can treat tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, Lyme disease, and cancer, but there's absolutely no scientific basis for this. While research indicates the substance may have served a purpose historically, it does not work better than modern antibiotics. The exact way colloidal silver works isn't understood, but the main theory is the silver attaches to bacterial cell walls, damaging the membranes.

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Katherine MacAulay