Can Silver Kill Deadly Viruses?
By James Donahue
I noticed a tiny article in some websites a few years ago
that said a “groundbreaking” study published in the Journal of Nanotechnology shows that nanoparticles of silver
will bond with and kill virtually all viruses.
The report said an unnamed team of scientists from the University
of Texas and Mexico University found that silver kills HIV-1 and may also be effective against all other viruses, including
the swine flu virus, H5N1, and all of the other deadly new variants of influenza bacterial infections that seem to be popping
Many of us know the benefits of colloidal silver as a natural
antibiotic and preventative against infections. It is one of those old-time remedies used by our grandparents that fell out
of popularity when antibiotics came on the market in the 1930s.
So if colloidal silver (minute particles suspended in liquefied
base) worked for grandpa, will it save us from those terrible “superbug” staph infections now breaking out in
hospitals and possibly cure AIDS?
While there may be some hope that colloidal silver will
help prevent infection if we get exposed to such diseases, this writer believes the jury is still out on the full benefits
of silver as a magical antibiotic against the deadly viral killers.
The story floating around on the web appears to have been
another hoax. I say this for several obvious reasons. I could find no Mexico University by that specific name although there
are universities in Mexico. The University of Texas in Dallas exists, but research of its website failed to reveal a report
about this “groundbreaking study.” Also the names of the nano-scientists involved in the research are not given.
There is a Journal of Nanotechnology, but a search of its
database shows no link to such a report.
The story did launch some discussion on a bulletin board
in which one writer noted that if such news turned out to be true, the mad rush for silver would have severe implications.
He said he has calculated that there is not enough silver in the world nor time to produce enough colloidal silver for all
6.5 billion humans.
The writer did note that he once came down with a severe
type of influenza that he caught from his brother. The brother had been laid out flat with this bug for over a week and was
still recovering after a third week. He said he dosed himself with colloidal silver and experienced very mild symptoms. Consequently,
he came to the conclusion that the silver solution might help people infected with serious influenza infections.
The silver solution is said to act as a catalyst, reportedly
disabling the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for oxygen metabolism. Thus the infective agent suffocates
without harming human enzymes or human body chemistry.
At least that is the theory.
But doctors disagree. In fact, they warn that long-term
use of silver preparations can lead to argyria, a condition in which silver salts deposit in the skin, eyes and internal organs,
causing the skin to turn ash-gray. Silver has been removed from products sold at the pharmacy since 1975. You can still purchase
mild preparations of colloidal silver at health food stores, however.
While argyria does not appear to affect the health of a
person, the pigment changes in skin color are permanent.
Articles opposing the use of colloidal silver warn of flim-flam
artists that sell ineffective products and the onset of argyria by people who consume too much silver. But the articles, that
appear to be propaganda designed to protect the drug industry, do not claim that a correct preparation of colloidal silver
Thus the jury is still out on this product. If used sparingly
it won’t hurt you and may even be of some benefit.