The production method of Silver 100™ is pharmaceutical grade, enabling the product to be
absoltely consistent from batch to batch... to be extremely pure... and to have many years of shelf life.
The ingredients in Silver 100™ are all common constituents of our diet. It contains only silver, citrate, potassium and pure water. The ingredients are all dissolved in solution in the water. No electrolysis is used in the manufacturing process, and no oxides exist in the product. Silver 100™ is virtually clear in color, with a very slight silver tint, which is the color you would expect to get with a 100-ppm silver formula that has not undergone oxidation.
2) What's the particle size of Silver 100™?
Silver 100™ is in a unique category altogether as compared with any other silver product when it comes to particle size and the connection to delivering silver ions to the body. The key ingredient in Silver 100™, Opti-Silver™,
is smaller than any colloidal silver particle, and it also releases the smallest particles of silver attainable in the physical world—ions.
The particles in Silver 100™ with Opti-Silver™ are so small they can't even be seen with an electron microscope.
Colloidal silver particles typically range from about 0.0003 to about 0.01 microns in diameter. In an effort to stand out from the pack of hundreds of colloidal silver products, some colloidal silver manufacturers are claiming to have smaller particles. This is not only untrue in many cases, but worse, it's actually quite undesirable with colloidal silver in the first place. It defeats the entire purpose of why colloidal silver is made. Since colloidal silver relies on the mass of the particles of silver, which are largely inert, atomic silver, to "encase" the silver ions within them and carry them into the system, the best performing colloidal silver products, based on our experience, have particles at the middle to higher end of the typical range of colloidal silver particle sizes.
Colloidal silver manufacturers that claim to have smaller particles often talk about the ability of these smaller particles to get into the cells, but the fact is that this whole line of thought is entirely meaningless, for three reasons:
1) Even the colloidal silver particles at the higher end of the typical size range are already far smaller than the body's cells and far smaller than virtually any microorganism in the body.
2) Colloidal silver particles are gradually broken down by the body's chemistry and therefore will become smaller and smaller once exposed to the body's chemistry. This is why the medium and larger sized particles work best—they provide the gradual release mechanism for the ions within them that's desired. To have just the smallest particles completely misses the boat on this issue.
3) The particle of colloidal silver itself is not what's needed for doing the actual work, just the ion that ultimately gets released. The ion is always far smaller than any cell or microorganism. The particle of colloidal silver, however, needs to have mass to deliver the ion—to get it to the cells.
The goal with colloidal silver is to have some size or mass to the particles in order to serve as the delivery mechanism.
While "smaller" size sounds nice to the lay person and would appear to facilitate absorption into the cells, the goal with delivering silver ions is not a matter of absorption or getting them into the cells as much as providing a delivery mechanism that will carry them to where they need to go and then slowly releasing them. One could say that the challenge with silver ions is that they are "absorbed" too readily by the body to be effective unless that this absorption is deliberately controlled for efficiency, which is exactly what Silver 100™ is specifically designed to do.
3) Why is Silver 100™ superior to colloidal silver with even 500 ppm or more of silver?
Parts per million ("ppm") is the measurement of the concentration of silver in the product relative to the total volume or entire mass of the product. Silver 100™ contains 100 ppm of silver. This is more than most colloidal silver products have, but some colloidal silver contains substantially higher amounts, even as high as 500 ppm or higher. Silver 100™ is designed to be far more efficient than even colloidal silver products that have much higher silver concentrations.
Due to the entirely different approach and the far superior technology behind Silver 100™, direct comparison of the ppm of Silver 100™ with the ppm of any colloidal silver product doesn't even apply. It's like comparing apples and oranges, for two major reasons:
1) Silver 100™ is designed to deliver all of its silver to the body as ions, while only a small percentage of the silver in of colloidal silver products consists of, or can be delivered as, ions.
2) Silver 100™ is designed to be able to enable a high, 100-ppm concentration of silver while still being able to deliver all of its silver as ions, while colloidal silver is limited to a concentration of about 15 to 20 ppm, above which there are virtually no ions whatsoever, just inert, atomic silver. (Again, even below the 15 to 20 ppm threshold, only a small percentage of colloidal silver is ions.)
The electrolytic production method
by which colloidal silver is made is inherently very limited. As
soon as silver particles start to go into the water during the
production process, an almost immediate point of diminishing returns
is reached, whereby the more silver that goes into the water, the
smaller the percentage of those silver particles is made up of ions.
Any additional silver that exceeds a silver concentration of roughly
about 10 to 20 ppm is essentially useless silver because you stop
getting ions above about 20 ppm.
Today, many manufacturers produce colloidal silver products above 10 to 20 ppm—some go as high as 500 ppm or even over 1,000 ppm—in spite of the fact that they provide no more ions and therefore no more effectiveness than a colloidal silver product containing 10 to 20 ppm of silver. The higher ppm looks nice on the label and in advertising, but scientists know that this higher ppm is meaningless.
The fact that some colloidal silver manufacturers are increasing the ppm of their products in order to appear more potent on the label, in spite of the fact that these higher silver concentrations move away from the effective range of colloidal silver in terms of silver ion content, is yet another illustration of the fact that the basic concept of using colloidal silver to deliver silver ions is outdated and the technology has hit its peak and is moving backwards for marketing purposes.
KEEPING "PPM" IN THE PROPER CONTEXT
Some colloidal silver manufacturers have been known to state that a low concentration level of colloidal silver, say, 5 or 10 ppm, "is best", or "works best". (Some even go as far as to say it's safer.) The reason for these types of claims, of course, is not because the body responds better to a lower concentration, but rather, as we've explained, because higher concentrations of "colloidal" silver products don't increase the concentrations of silver ions, just of inert, atomic silver. This, of course, is not at all a limitation with Silver 100™.
There really is no "ppm" that is "best." The body doesn't really care what ppm the silver comes in, only the total that is
consumed. For instance, whether you take ten 50-milligram tablets of vitamin C or one 500-milligram tablet makes no difference to the body; it's still a total of 500 milligrams of vitamin C. The reason Silver 100™ contains "100 ppm" of silver is that this is a good balance between having a highly efficient concentration of silver, while also allowing a user the ability to use only a small amount as desired.
If all things were equal—which they certainly are not since colloidal silver can't get even close to 100 ppm of sliver and still hope to deliver more than a small fraction of its silver as ions—the only issue that would really be pertinent regarding ppm is cost to the consumer. To get a given quantity of silver, as with anything else, you'd simply compare the total of each product that you'd have to use to get an equal amount of silver, and then compare costs. Naturally, since Silver 100™ is designed to be entirely superior to colloidal silver in terms of silver ion delivery, this plays a major factor in comparing cost,
making Silver 100™ far more economical to use than virtually any colloidal silver product.
4) What's the best way to take Silver 100™?
The best way to use Silver 100™ is, of course, according to the label directions. For normal usage, we recommend taking it straight, or undiluted, directly in the mouth. Silver 100™ is primarily absorbed into the blood stream in the mouth across the oral mucosa.
To deliver it more directly into the gastrointestinal tract for a specific purpose, we recommend mixing it with about a cup of pure water or juice and drinking it, preferably on an empty stomach.
USING THE DROPPER VERSUS THE SPRAY DISPENSER
The dropper and spray dispensers are simply offered as a choice as a matter of convenience. The same exact ingredients are in the bottle regardless of whether it came with a dropper or a spray dispenser. The dropper is more convenient for mixing Silver 100™ in water or juice, which is mainly recommended when one wants to deliver Silver 100™ directly into the gastrointestinal tract.
The spray dispenses Silver 100™ in a fine mist and is most convenient for normal use whereby it's recommended that it be taken straight into the mouth, undiluted. When sprayed into the mouth, the spray may also facilitate absorption into the blood stream since it spreads it across the oral mucosa.
With the dropper, holding Silver 100™ under the tongue a few moments may help to facilitate absorption into the blood stream. The spray should simply be sprayed into the mouth; hold the spray close to the mouth before spraying, since it dispenses the formula in a wide mist.
If you have the 2-oz dropper bottle and also the 2-oz spray dispenser bottle and one runs out before the other, you can switch the caps from one bottle to the other, since it's the same formula and since the same bottle is used for both. However, keep in mind that you that you want to minimize exposing Silver 100™ to the air unnecessarily, so avoid pouring it from bottle to bottle if you can.
Note that the dropper enables a smaller dosage than does the spray, since
one spray contains the equivalent of three drops. Using just one or two drops may be desirable if one wants to minimize the likelihood of germ die-off (see
"Can using Silver 100™ have any adverse effects?") or to deliver a very small dosage such as for a small child or pet.
How much Silver 100™ should I use, and how often?
Normally, just use the recommended amount on the label for ongoing daily use.
1 Drop per 10 lbs. of body weight. EX:
180 lb. person would take 18 drops (approximately) as a single
serving. (It's really not necessary to be precise with the amount used.)
For short-term use,
the amount suggested on the label may be used every 2-4 hours rather
than just once per day.
For children and pets, simply adjust the amount according to body weight. Note that the dropper enables dispensing a smaller amount than does the spray, since one spray contains the equivalent of approximately three drops.
The dropper typically holds about 12 to 18 drops, depending on how aggressively the rubber bulb is squeezed before withdrawing it from the bottle.
One spray dispenses an amount equal to approximately three drops from the dropper.
Can using Silver 100™ have any adverse effects?
While anything can theoretically cause an adverse reaction in a minutely small percentage of the population, there is nothing in Silver 100™ that should pose any problems at all, no more than exposure to common minerals in our food and water supply and in the environment should.
The only adverse effect that might be possible from normal use of Silver 100™ that's pertinent for consideration has to do with an extremely small percentage of cases and involves nothing more than the fact that Silver 100™ may result in killing a lot of germs. If the body has a substantial germ problem and the body's elimination system is compromised, the elimination or detoxification of dead germs could put a little bit of a burden on the body.
(herxeimer reaction) This can possibly cause unusual (though essentially harmless) bodily responses such as dizziness or lightheadedness
or hot flashes or even diarrhea.
The body contains beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, especially in the intestines, that is vital to maintaining health. Acidophilus is one type of this good bacteria and is the one most people are familiar with, but there are others. This is sometimes also called beneficial "flora".
Some colloidal silver manufacturers make irresponsible claims stating that because it's "colloidal" silver, or because their product has some kind of special characteristic to it, it will kill only the bad bacteria, but not the good bacteria in the
gut. We've seen some ridiculous claims by other silver makers ranging from having a
"negatively charged particle" (which is essentially impossible with silver ions), to having a special "spin" to the particle—all of which is absurd and makes scientists laugh were it not for the fact that lay people who don't know better are making decisions about their health based on this.
The fact is that it's scientifically impossible for any silver ion oriented product to differentiate between bad bacteria and good bacteria, and they can therefore theoretically affect the good bacteria in the body. No colloidal silver product is an exception, and neither is Silver 100™.
To our knowledge, there have been no studies conducted to date that would demonstrate whether, or how much, any colloidal silver product might be impacting on the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Likewise, we have not as yet conducted any studies on Silver 100™ to give us this information.
We believe that any impact that Silver 100™ might have on the beneficial gastrointestinal flora is negligible, if it has any impact at all under normal usage conditions, since we believe Silver 100™ is mostly all absorbed into the blood system in the mouth across the oral mucosa and the Opti-Silver™ ingredient is all used up—has released all of its silver into the blood as ions—well before it reaches the gut or the intestines. Indeed, it's for this very reason that we recommend that a user mix Silver 100™ in pure water or juice and drink it, preferably on an empty stomach, if they want to delivery it specifically to the gastrointestinal tract for a given reason.
However, since we always prefer to err on the side of prudence when it comes to the health of our customers, we point out that it's always a good idea to take a beneficial bacteria supplement anyway, whether taking a silver product or not, since this beneficial flora is compromised in most people by virtue of their diets. We get far less of this beneficial flora with our produce than we used to. Furthermore, if someone is eating meat, poultry or dairy on a regular basis that comes from conventional as opposed to organic sources they're getting a remarkably high content of antibiotics that were fed to those animals, and this often sits for extended periods in the intestines.
For these reasons, we recommend
that, if someone wants to be very prudent with their health, it's
virtually always desirable to take "probiotics"—on a regular basis.
ADVERSE INTERACTIONS WITH MEDICATIONS
We are not aware of any adverse interactions between Silver 100™ and any medications and we believe it is unlikely that any of the natural ingredients in Silver 100™—all of which are found in fruits, vegetable and whole grains—could hinder the effectiveness of, or otherwise adversely interact with, any medications. To be certain, however, it is always best to check with your doctor.
What is the best way to store and handle Silver 100™?
Storing Silver 100™ is a simple matter of just keeping it in a cabinet, typically in the kitchen or bathroom. Ideally, it should be stored in a cool, dark place.
Since most kitchen appliances have electric motors, store it a couple of feet away from any appliances for maximum shelf life and effectiveness. It is not recommended
to store Silver 100™ in a refrigerator, since it would be unnecessarily exposed to light and electromagnetic fields.
The dropper bottle should be kept tightly closed and upright. The spray bottle pretty much takes care of itself.
The Silver 100™ formula is extremely stable and can withstand the heat of summer (even on UPS trucks during shipping or when stored for a while in the car), and can also withstand the freezing colds of winter (as long as the bottle doesn't break due to water expansion, of course).
Just try to keep it from being exposed to excessive light, especially sunlight, or to electromagnetic fields any more than is necessary. Even though Silver 100™ is far more stable than any colloidal silver product, those factors can still tend to slowly compromise the stability and efficiency of the product. Too much exposure to light can cause a slight darkening of the product.
Even if either of these situations occurs, though, the result is still entirely harmless, and would only compromise the potential benefits of the product to a virtually inconsequential degree anyway.
Avoid pouring it from the bottle it comes in into another container, since that would expose it to more air than is necessary. Don't put it in a plastic container; plastic can tend to absorb some of the silver out from the formula.
Under reasonably normal storage and handling conditions, Silver 100™ maintains its shelf life for many years, typically well beyond the expiration date on the label. Even when it's "old", though, the only compromise is a very slight decrease in efficiency. It can't ever become harmful in any way.
Is Silver 100™ safe?
Silver used to be considered to be a toxic heavy metal, but in
modern times it's extraordinarily well established that silver is entirely nontoxic to
In 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after reviewing all available data on silver, concluded that silver is entirely nontoxic to the body and is completely harmless when consumed in quantities that are in the range of what anyone will reasonably consume in their lifetime. As a result, it removed all mandatory Federal limits on the amount of silver that's allowed in the national drinking water supply.
Too much silver consumed over a lifetime can cause a permanent discoloration of the skin, called argyria, but this condition is
virtually nonexistent in modern times from responsible use of any health related silver product.
An individual can use Silver 100™ every day of their entire life without even remotely being at risk of argyria.
The amount of silver that it takes to cause argyria is far more than could ever result from normal usage of Silver 100™.
In fact, the amount of silver in Silver 100™ based on normal usage is only slightly higher than the amount of silver than what has been depleted from the average American diet over the past hundred years due to modern agricultural practices and the demineralization of our soil and of our food and water supplies.
The only known cases of argyria from ingesting a silver product for health purposes were very rare and mostly resulted in the 1930s and 1940s, when people were unwittingly using inefficient silver formulas, such as silver nitrate and silver acetate, which were made in such excessively high
silver concentrations as 300,000 or 400,000 parts per million.
Colloidal silver products were also used in extraordinarily high concentrations, and unwittingly used in such high amounts as sometimes being consumed by the glassful, sometimes on a regular basis for decades - an absurd proposition (yet, some colloidal silver manufacturers still irresponsibly recommend using their products in this way).
In the history of the United States,
one and only one person has ever developed a severe case of argyria from using a health related silver product, and this occurred back in the 1940s when this person was apparently taking some product with an extremely high concentration of silver and was using it in ridiculously high quantities and apparently did so for a very long period of time.
The facts and figures regarding argyria are now very well known by scientists. Between 1% and 4% of the silver that is ingested is believed to be retained permanently in the body in an entirely harmless fashion. It is believed that it takes between 1 gram and 30 grams of total retained silver over a lifetime to begin causing the earliest stages of argyria.
It makes no difference if the silver that is ingested is colloidal, an ionic complex, or any other form of silver. Nor does the particle size matter (unless, of course, you were to swallow a silver coin, in which case we can assume virtually all of it will be passed out of the body).
OTHER ISSUES REGARDING EXCESSIVE INGESTION OF SILVER
If an excessively large amount of silver is ingested, it has been reported in some cases to hinder the absorption and utilization of some nutrients, specifically selenium and vitamin E. However, the research is quite inconclusive and the data indicates it requires far more silver than the maximum daily recommended amount of Silver 100™ for this to ever become an issue. Some reports have also indicated impaired night vision after the body is exposed to excessive amounts of silver, but these reports are primarily addressing the kind of exposure levels that result from industrial accidents. No reports of these conditions have ever been reported, to our knowledge, from using silver for health related purposes in the modern world.
Some people are concerned that silver fillings in the teeth may be toxic. These fillings are called "mercury amalgam" fillings. They consist of a combination of mercury and silver, along with other substances. The silver in these fillings is not toxic at all. It's the mercury in them that raises the concerns over toxicity.
Is Silver 100™ approved by the FDA?
The foods we buy, and the dietary supplements we buy, are monitored by the FDA for safety, but the FDA does not typically "approve" them—they don't need to be approved by the FDA in order to be sold. FDA approval typically only applies to "drugs".
The ingredients in Silver 100™ are all substances commonly found in many fruits and vegetables. Silver 100™ is a dietary supplement, and therefore does not require FDA approval.
The FDA issued a final rule, effective September 16, 1999, finding and establishing that "all OTC drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for internal or external use are not generally recognized as safe and effective". A product is considered an "OTC drug" product if it is sold over-the-counter to prevent or treat a disease. Silver 100™ contains silver salts and is therefore encompassed under this rule.
Essentially, all the ruling says is that such silver products are in the same category as all other products—they aren't to be sold "as drugs" unless they first go through the FDA drug approval process.
The FDA's rule made clear that such silver products may be sold as dietary supplements.
The FDA put no restrictions on the concentrations or recommended dosing levels for such silver products, implying that it doesn't have any serious concerns about the safety of such products. The rule only specifies that such products can be sold as dietary supplements but not as drugs.
Interestingly, the FDA rule conveys its concerns over the fact that "colloidal" silver products often contain silver concentrations that vary widely from what is stated on the label and from bottle to bottle, due to the inconsistent nature of the process by which most colloidal silver is made. The process by which Silver 100™ is made allows it to be produced to far superior consistency levels than any colloidal silver. Therefore, staying well within safe levels of silver consumption is far more reliable with Silver 100™ than with most colloidal silver products—in addition to the fact that the delivery system behind Silver 100™ means that much less is typically needed than with most colloidal silver products.
Is Silver 100™ the same as other products that are called "ionic silver"?
Silver 100™ is unique in how it does what it does. As far as we know, it was the first product in the field to be called "ionic silver". While others have copied the terminology—yes, we've seen colloidal silver manufacturers suddenly stop calling their products "colloidal silver" and instead start to call them "ionic silver" in an effort to sound good while doing nothing to change the product itself whatsoever—what they don't have is the infinitely superior technology to go along with it.
Technically, it is allowable to call a colloidal silver product "ionic" since colloidal silver contains "some" silver ions. There are even products on the market that contain silver ions with virtually no delivery mechanism at all. While those, too, can technically be called "ionic silver" products, there is a world of difference between those products and Silver 100™ with its Opti-Silver™ ingredient.
It's one thing to call a product "ionic silver" and quite another to have the efficient delivery mechanism and the unequalled characteristics and performance that Silver 100™ is expressly designed to provide.
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