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The Benefits Of Colloidal Silver To Fight Infections

Inflammation Circuit

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Carrie Lam, MD; Jeremy Lam, MD

An image of gaming letters arranged to spell colloidal silverYou might only think of silver in connection with jewelry, but certain forms of silver have some other uses. Colloidal silver has been getting a lot of attention lately in the alternative therapy sphere. You might not have heard about it before, but it’s easily accessible and it's used for everything from infections to colds. If you’re thinking of trying colloidal silver, then here’s what you need to know about it.

What is Colloidal Silver?

Silver has been used for thousands of years and can help prevent microbial infections. Silver is so effective against all types of harmful organisms that it was used as an antibiotic until penicillin was discovered. And silver coins were often put into containers of milk to prevent the growth of bacteria and other health threats before fridges were invented.

These days, you don’t have to swallow a coin, you can take colloidal silver instead. This is a water solution that contains nanometer-sized particles of suspended silver. The amount of silver in the solution is expressed as milligrams of silver per liter or mg/L. This is the same as expressing it as parts per million (ppm).

Colloidal silver can be used in a variety of ways depending on the problem you’re trying to correct. It can be applied to the skin, used in saline rinses, breathed into the lungs, and even applied to the eyes. Before you try any of these remedies, make sure that you get advice from a medical professional to avoid negative side effects.

Be careful when you look for colloidal silver in the store. Three products are often given this label, and yet only one is the real thing. These alternatives are:

Silver Protein

This substance uses gelatin to keep the silver particles suspended in the liquid. It’s made by adding water to silver protein powder and isn’t as effective as the real thing.

Ionic Silver

These products have silver ions suspended in water. Silver ions are the least expensive to make, so these products tend to be cheaper. But they also don't show the same health benefits as a real solution.

True Colloidal Silver

Real colloidal silver shouldn’t contain protein or any other additives, so check the ingredients before purchasing.

Inflammation Circuit Imbalances and Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS)

An image of the gut, and kidneys with the adrenal glandsWhen you have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS), it’s common to experience ongoing or successive infections. This is often due to imbalances in the Inflammation Circuit. This circuit includes the immune system, the gut, and the microbiome, or bacterial balance. It’s designed to activate during times of stress or when your body is threatened by a pathogen to eliminate the invader.

But when you have AFS, this circuit begins to function incorrectly. Ongoing health problems and AFS symptoms send the immune system into overdrive, creating chronic inflammation, which can damage every organ in your body. The excessive inflammation upsets the balance of bacteria in your body, causing infections and slowing down healing and recovery from previously held infections. And the inflammation also upsets the health and functioning of the gut, potentially increasing gut permeability and bringing on inflammatory disorders.

As each component in the system declines in health, it will affect the health and functioning of the others, resulting in ongoing and degrading health. For many people, this results in ongoing infections and a higher susceptibility to colds and viruses. You may find that you’re getting sick on an almost constant basis and the usual strategies for alleviating your infections don’t work the same way they used to. Silver can help support your immune system and stave off these infections.

The Health Benefits of Colloidal Silver

There are many benefits of colloidal silver for all types of health conditions. In some cases, the research supports the anecdotal evidence. Here are some health benefits you may enjoy from this substance:

Antibacterial and Antimicrobial

Studies have shown that even small amounts of silver can destroy disease-causing bacteria. And best of all, the bacteria don’t become immune to the silver over time. This is a huge advantage over antibiotics, which cause bacteria to become immune to their effects over time, creating antibiotic-resistant infections.

This means that this form of silver can be used to promote wound care and better skin health, speed up healing, treat burns, and to heal the body of infections of all kinds. And it can do all this without causing future problems with stronger infections.

Those with adrenal fatigue often find themselves under the weather and more prone to getting sick. Silver can be a good addition to the tool kit to help support your body and fight infection. This will also help to lower your stress levels in the body.


Colloidal silver is also a powerful antiviral agent. It can suffocate viruses and has been used to slow the activity of HIV and to help reduce the impact of warts, shingles, and herpes.

At this stage, researchers aren’t certain how this substance works to lessen the effects of viruses but suspect that it may block the interaction of the virus within the body’s cells.


Colloidal silver also has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. More studies are needed to fully understand these effects, but so far, the research is showing that this substance is effective at reducing swelling and boosting healing and cell recovery.

These effects all seem pretty broad and non-specific, but this substance has been used successfully to help address a wide range of conditions including:

    An image of someone itching their inflamed foot

  • Pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Pink eye
  • Ear infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Herpes
  • Warts
  • Shingles
  • Psoriasis and eczema
  • Burns
  • Ringworm
  • Fungal infections

In adrenal fatigue, inflammation often runs rampant due to insufficient cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is made by the adrenal glands in your body. It is anti-inflammatory. Silver can help manage the inflammation in the body during adrenal fatigue when you don't have enough cortisol to do so. More details on this later.

Colloidal Silver and Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) is caused by a breakdown of the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response. This is a system that activates during times of stress and consists of six circuits that change their functioning when you’re under stress to increase your chances of surviving the perceived threat.

But because stress in the modern world tends to be ongoing, the NEM stress response is overused in many people. This causes the system to become unbalanced. It also causes an ongoing high demand for cortisol, which fatigues the adrenals and can eventually cause them to degrade. If not alleviated, this can be a very dangerous and life-threatening situation.

Colloidal silver could be very helpful when you have AFS as long as you’re careful and only take it with a doctor’s supervision. It can help lower inflammation levels, alleviate the ongoing infections that often occur with AFS, and help rebalance the Inflammation Circuit.

It’s a Natural Solution

Colloidal silver shouldn’t cause any additional stress for your body. People with adrenal fatigue often experience medication sensitivities, but this problem should be avoided with colloidal silver because it’s a natural substance, so it should be well tolerated by your body.

Is Colloidal Silver Safe?

The final issue is with the safety of colloidal silver. There’s a fair amount of debate on this topic as the research is incomplete. However, at this time there are no known side effects when using this substance as long as it's used correctly.

Most studies indicate that colloidal silver products are safe for short term use but always talk to a medical professional first. They will be able to advise you whether these products are right for you as well as the best dosage. Here are some other things you should consider:

  • You must choose high-quality products as inexpensive products are often low quality and contain other substances that can cause adverse effects.
  • You will also need to be careful if you’re taking other medications as colloidal silver may affect absorption.
  • This is a potent antibacterial, so you may need to take probiotics at the same time to promote a healthy gut flora balance.

And as always, if you notice any adverse effects when using this silver, discontinue use and talk to your doctor.


When used safely and correctly, colloidal silver has several health benefits that may help alleviate your AFS and associated symptoms. If you’re thinking about trying this alternative therapy, then here’s what you need to know:

  1. An image of someone having their hand examined by their doctorTalk to your doctor before trying it to determine if it’s right for you and your conditions.
  2. Make sure you only purchase a high-quality product without additional ingredients.
  3. Follow your doctor's instructions closely when using these products.

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Dr. Lam's Key Question

Colloidal silver can have some important benefits for your body. It's often used to destroy pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. However, you still need to be careful when using this substance, as it can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

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