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Our Statement

Here at Bug-De-Lite, we are always striving to use and offer only what we feel is the absolute best
products for our honorary family members (reptiles). We have been studying and experimenting with different
types of colloidal silver products for over a year. Whenever you start studying Colloidal Silvers, you
seem to always run into the same argument. Is it the particles or the ions that are toxic to the over
650 different disease organisms. We used to lean toward the camp of the particles, but after trial and
error through our own studies and discovering the reasearch of many credible institutions and
individuals, we are firmly in the ion camp. There are a lot of different silver products out there and
some just don't seem to be what they say they are or they are made improperly. Properly made
Colloidal Silver consists of 85 - 97 percent silver ions, single atoms minus an electron, less than
.0003 microns in diameter (1 micron = .001 millimeters). Because of this, we at Bug-De-Lite
are now producing our own Colloidal Silver so that we can monitor the final product and only have what
we consider to be a very high qaulity and highly effective Colloidal Silver. Use this Colloidal Silver with
confidence, knowing that you are getting a clean Colloidal Silver with a very high ion count.
Below we will be including excerpts from some good articles on the subject and some links
to some interesting studies. Thanks for reading. We hope you find the information useful.

Usage

Colloidal Silver can be safley used in any amount. The dosage we are recommending is 1ml for
reptiles weighing 400 grams and under and 2ml for reptiles over 400 grams. If one were to
give the 1ml dose every day, the bottle would last about 2 months. With the larger dosage it
would last about a month. Colloidal Silver does not necessarily need to be given every day
unless you feel it is necessary due to an ailment such as Adenovirus. One could give 1ml a
day for one week of each month as a maintenance dose. The administration of a pro-biotic
after the use of Colloidal Silver would be a good idea in order to reestablish good gut flora.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer
any question you may have.

Links

Ions, not particles, make silver toxic to bacteria

Particulate vs. Ionic Silver

Therapeutic Properties of Silver

 

Excerpts from some articles

Excerpted from Quanta January 2009.
Therapeutic Properties of Silver: Historical and Technical Review by S.M. Foran

Particle Charge
The term oligodynamic only applies to “charged silver particles,” or ions (Ag+). Neutral silver (Ag) does not have the microcidal nature that silver does in the ionic state. The charge of the ion is necessary in facilitating electron displacement in microbes. It is the charge that “effectively yanks electrons away from a molecule…weakening the molecular bond and rendering it susceptible.” In his retrospective study of silver, published in the Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, Eric Rentz indicates that microbial cells “selectively bond only with Ag+.” It is important to note that most of the beneficial aspects of silver seem to be “determined by…the silver speciation content of oligodynamic silver ions [Ag+],” whereas all of the toxicity of silver is related specifically to “the nonoligodynamic silver content plus (c) the specific anion [negatively charged ion] attached.” Toxic effects related to the non-oligodynamic forms (silver salts and compounds) include decreased blood pressure, diarrhea, stomach irritation, decreased respiration, fatty degeneration of the liver and kidneys, changes in blood cells, and argyria. However, the safety of oligodynamic silver (Ag+) is firmly established: it “is not…toxic to the immune, cardiovascular, nervous, or reproductive systems [and it] is not considered to be carcinogenic.” On the contrary, Ag+ manifests all of the therapeutic benefits that have been historically established for silver.
The toxicities noted above are directly connected with silver products that contain “reduced or neutral silver [which] has no known medical value.” These include silver salts, silver compounds, and colloidals that are created without ions. These products will still provide some benefit if there are silver ions present, but most of them “have difficulty achieving biologically meaningful concentrations of Ag+.” Ionic (colloidal) solutions, however, can concentrate Ag+ into electrolytic suspensions.
The importance of this must not be overlooked. The fears expressed by the FDA concerning the toxic effects of silver can only apply to those products that contain non-oligodynamic forms of silver, not those that are ionic (Ag+).
Concluding Thoughts
Although silver has been used for thousands of years as an antimicrobial agent, during the last century there have been a number of suspicions raised about its effectiveness and safety. These concerns, however, have not taken into account the speciations of silver or the oligodynamic actions of this noble metal. The most current research indicates that a silver product must have a low silver concentration and contain small silver particles that are charged (ions) for it to produce the most beneficial effects.

 

Excerpt from
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic
by Zane Baranowski, CN

 

When properly prepared, colloidal silver is a completely non-toxic, tasteless, internally and externally applicable, broad-spectrum germ fighter and disinfectant which can significantly reduce the length and severity of many bacterial infections. For these reasons and more, colloidal silver should prove to be one of the greatest discoveries in preventive, natural health care of all time.

Discovering the Universal Antimicrobial
Silver is one of the most universal antibiotic substances. When administered in the colloidal form, it is for all practical purposes, non-toxic. Silver has been proven to be useful against hundreds of infectious conditions. Although the exact mechanism for the proven antimicrobial effects of silver is unknown, the most accepted theory is that silver disables the specific enzyme that many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize for their metabolism.

The Rediscovery of Colloidal Silver
The comeback of silver in medicine began in the 1970's. The late Dr. Carl Moyer, chairman of Washington University's Department of Surgery, received a grant to develop better treatments for burn victims. Dr. Margraf, as the chief biochemist, worked with Dr. Moyer and other surgeons to find an antiseptic strong enough, yet safe to use over large areas of the body. Dr. Margraf reviewed 22 antiseptic compounds and found drawbacks in all of them. "Mercury, for example, is an excellent antiseptic but toxic," he comments. "Popular antiseptics....can be used over small areas only." Furthermore, disease organisms can become resistant to antibiotics, triggering a dangerous super-infection. "These compounds are also ineffective against a number of harmful bacteria, including the biggest killer in burn cases - a greenish-blue bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It almost always shows up in burns, releasing a poison."

Reviewing medical literature, Dr. Margraf found repeated references to silver. It was described as a catalyst that disables the enzymes microorganisms depend on to "breathe." Consequently, they die.

Therefore, Dr. Margraf decided to use the best known compound of silver: silver nitrate, Concentrated silver nitrate was corrosive and painful. So he diluted the silver nitrate to a .5 percent solution and found that it killed the Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and permitted wounds to heal. Resistant strains did not appear. Silver nitrate, however, was far from ideal. It disturbed the balance of body salts, was thick and cumbersome to use and stained everything it touched. Dr. Margraf searched for other preparations of silver. As a result of these efforts, hundreds of important new medical uses for silver were found. Medical journal reports from the early 1900's demonstrated a properly prepared colloid of silver was the only form of silver solution that was not deposited under the skin, no matter how many times the proper amount was administered.

There were still skeptics. Some of the negative reaction that colloidal silver received in the early 1900's, "was due to a premature supply of improperly prepared and unstable colloids... Shortly after the definite recognition of the colloidal nature of the chief body fluids was effected, the enormous possibilities which might result from the application of colloidal disinfectants and medicines were rapidly recognized.".A number of colloidal substances were placed on the market in this country and elsewhere. It was soon found, however, that most of these preparations rapidly deteriorated in value: some of them were so unstable that they contained no active colloid at the time when they were used."

N. R. Thompson recognized that, "To primitive life forms, oligodynamic silver is as toxic as the most powerful chemical disinfectants and this, coupled with its relative harmlessness to animate life (i.e. mammals), gives it great potential as a disinfectant."

Based on laboratory tests with colloidal silver, destructive bacteria, virus, and fungus organisms are killed within minutes of contact, Larry C. Ford, M.D, of the Department of Ohstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA School of Medicine, Center For The Health Sciences reported in a letter dated November 1, 1988, "I tested them (the silver solutions) using standard antimicrobial tests for disinfectants. The silver solutions were antibacterial for concentrations of 10' organisms per ml. of Streptococcus Pyogenes, Staphylococcus Aurcus, Neisseria Gonorrhea, Gardnerella Vaginalis, Salmonella Typhi, and other enteric pathogens, and fungicidal for Candida Albicans, Candida Globata, and M. Furfur."

Jim Powell reported in a Science Digest article March, 1978, titled, "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter", "Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills some 650. Resistant strains fail to develop, Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic." Dr. Harry Margraf of St. Louis concluded "Silver is the best all around germ-fighter we have."

The Future
The future of colloidal silver is bright. Hopefully with today's technological advances, we can avoid the past mistakes and benefit from its wide range of advantages to prevent and treat infectious disorders.

Although reports on the use of colloidal silver have spanned the past 100 years, research relating to its recent use is limited. However, through a growing number of physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nutritionists and satisfied users, information regarding the modern day uses of colloidal silver is mounting.

This information in no way 'proves' colloidal silver 'cures' infectious disorders or disease, and this claim should not be made by any reputable colloidal silver manufacturer. However it is proven that colloidal silver does have tremendous antimicrobial power; the history of safe and successful colloidal silver use is extensive, and the number of current health professionals and individuals that successfully utilize colloidal silver to reduce the length and severity of infectious disorders is growing exponentially.

Overall, it seems that the effective and safe use of colloidal silver in the treatment of dozens of common infectious disorders is only limited by the imagination and creativity of those afflicted.