Colloidal Silver and Cancer
Recent clinical research utilizing silver nanoparticles against cancer cells has demonstrated that there just might be something to the myriad of anecdotal stories for silver’s oft-claimed but as yet unproven cancer-fighting properties…
Here’s some potentially good news for cancer patients.
Two recent clinical studies have looked at the idea of using silver nanoparticles as a method to shrink cancer tumors.
These studies are fascinating, because they demonstrate that if doctors can get enough silver to the site of a cancer tumor, they can potentially shrink or even kill the tumor.
Indeed, according to the first study, which was conducted on tumor-bearing mice, silver nanoparticles (referred to as AgNPs) showed "dose-dependent cytotoxicity" against cancer cells.
In other words, the silver nanoparticles flat out killed the cancer cells when high enough levels of silver came into contact with them.
What's more, there was no acute or chronic toxicity, and no negative effects on the blood or biology of the mice.
And elevated white blood cell and platelet counts were actually brought to normal. Tumor volume shrank dramatically.
The study authors concluded, "These findings confirm the antitumor properties of AgNPs [i.e., silver nanoparticles – ED], and suggest that they may be a cost-effective alternative in the treatment of cancer and angiogenesis-related disorders."
The second study, this one a test tube study conducted on breast cancer cells, produced similar results.
In fact, it concluded, “Colloidal silver had dose-dependent cytotoxic effect in MCF-7 breast cancer cells through induction of apoptosis.”
Once again, that simply means if you put enough colloidal silver into direct contact with the breast cancer cells, it kills them.
Different Than Dr. Robert O. Becker’s Method
This is quite different than the method employed by Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. back in the 1980’s.
Dr. Becker generated very minuscule amounts of silver into a cancer cell culture, using tiny positive micro-amp currents of electricity.
He was able to cause the cancer cells to dedifferentiate and revert to stem cells, which could then renew themselves through mitotic cell division and re-differentiate into healthy specialized cell types.
In other words, if new heart cells were needed, they became heart cells. If new prostate cells were needed, they became prostate cells. And so on.
As he stated in chapter 8 of his bestselling book, The Body Electric:
“…we found that we could suspend mitosis in the fibrosarcoma cells with silver ions injected by minute levels of positive current.
During one day of exposure, the cells appeared to dedifferentiate completely, and they stopped dividing for a month without additional treatment, even though we changed the nutrient medium regularly.
Obviously, this entire subject needs to be investigated more thoroughly.”
He also stated, in his second best-selling book, Cross Currents:
“…we did find that some human cancer cells in culture appeared to dedifferentiate when exposed to these silver ions.
I also had a patient with a severe, chronic bone infection who had an associated cancer in the wound. He refused amputation, which would have been the treatment of choice, and insisted that I treat his infection with the silver technique.
After three months, the infection was under control, and the cancer cells in the wound appeared to have changed back to normal. When I last heard from him, eight years after the treatment, he was still fine.
It is important to realize that this is not simply an electrical effect, but the result of the combined action of the electrical voltage and the electrically generated silver ions. It is an electrochemical treatment.
While we do not have firm evidence at this time, what probably happens is that the silver ion is shaped so as to connect with some receptor group on the surface of the cancer-cell membrane.
After that connection is made, an electrical-charge transfer sends a signal to the nucleus of the cancer cell that activates the primitive-type genes, and the cell dedifferentiates.
In that state it awaits instructions as to what it is to become. The process is exactly the same as that in Rose's experiments, except that in this case the dedifferentiation is caused by the unexpected action of the positive silver ions.
This technique obviously requires more study before any clinical use can be made of its antitumor effect. However, it does appear to be a promising lead in an otherwise rather grim picture."
Killing the Cancer v/s Reverting Cancer Cells
Unfortunately, the current method discussed in the two above-referenced studies is much cruder than Becker’s. The researchers are simply putting so much nanosilver into contact with the cancer cells that it induces apoptosis, which means cell death.
This is typical orthodox medicine mentality when it comes to cancer. You don’t heal the body of the cancer. You jump in and kill the cancer.
It’s kinda like your local bug spray guy. He doesn’t tell you that removing the excess brush and bushes growing alongside your house will help keep the bugs away. He just comes and sprays poison around your home every week, and charges you money for it.
Of course, I'd much prefer Dr. Becker's method, which he was developing at Syracuse Medical University back in the 1980's, until his funding was mysteriously pulled and he was never allowed to finish his clinical work. (See his books for more information on this, i.e., The Body Electric and Cross Currents.)
But at least the current method under study is demonstrating that colloidal silver can, indeed, kill cancer cells – another wonderful feather in the cap for safe, natural silver!
And the really good news is this: One day it might just replace toxic chemotherapy, radiation therapy and perhaps even surgery, saving millions of cancer victims every year globally!
FDA and Cancer Claims
These two studies should go quite a way toward opening the doors to additional research –
-- and perhaps even spurring the FDA to back off on some of its rhetoric against using silver for serious diseases such as cancer.
After all, for years now they FDA has complained vociferously that "unscrupulous" colloidal silver vendors have touted colloidal silver as a "cancer cure."
Now, with these two clinical studies, there’s a little more ammo available for that claim.
However, it is important to note that oral ingestion of colloidal silver could not possibly deliver to a tumor site the levels of silver used in these studies.
More than likely, a specially prepared isotonic solution of silver nanoparticles would have to be injected directly into key areas of the tumor site, probably repeatedly, over long periods of time, until the cancer cells were obliterated.
This would require skilled professionals utilizing modern monitoring technologies such as CT imaging or MRI or other imaging techniques, so the administering physicians could track the results and strategically administer the therapy to the precise areas needed.
Nevertheless, it is quite interesting that medical science appears to be moving in this direction. And it is my sincere hope that one day medical researchers will develop a successful protocol allowing silver to be used for this purpose.
It would certainly be a Godsend for cancer victims.
Oral Colloidal Silver Use, and Cancer
In spite of the fact that oral use of colloidal silver could not possibly get the concentrations of silver needed to a specific tumor site, such as a breast tumor –
-- there nevertheless have been some fascinating testimonials over the years from people who have enjoyed "spontaneous remissions" of their cancer after starting a regimen of oral colloidal silver.
For example, I’ve spoken with one reader of The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual who swears* he cured his confirmed case of prostate cancer by drinking copious amounts of micro-particle colloidal silver.
He later purchased a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator and sent it to his brother in Ireland, who also had prostate cancer. And he says his brother was cured, too, using the same protocol he had followed.
In short, they both drank ungodly amounts of the micro-particle colloidal silver (a quart a day for a month) -- which I would never recommend to anyone due to the distinct possibility of ending up with argyria (i.e., skin staining).
But as this very personable Irish gentleman put it to me at the time, in his classic Irish accent, "And my choices were what, me boy? Dying from cancer, or getting gray skin? I'll take the risk of the gray skin over the other, any day."
Well, the reality is he had other options, such as conventional medical treatment.
But he was adamantly against the recommended conventional medical protocol, as his doctor had told him he could end up impotent, and in a worst case scenario may even end up needing to have certain pertinent body parts surgically removed.
So he chose on his own volition to at least temporarily forego the conventional medical treatment, in favor of trying the colloidal silver first.
And it apparently worked for him, as well as for his brother in Ireland.
Of course, that’s not something I could ever advise anyone to do. Why?
Because if the colloidal silver treatment didn’t work, then valuable time may have been lost that could have been used to stop the spread of the cancer through conventional medical means before it went too far to be arrested.
But this bold and self-reliant individual made up his own mind, and it apparently worked out splendidly for him, as well as his brother!
More Cancer Remissions After Using Oral Colloidal Silver*
There’s also an individual on the Colloidal Silver Secrets Community on Facebook who has used colloidal silver in conjunction with other powerful natural supplements and regimens, to cure some pretty serious cases of cancer.
Here are several of his fascinating stories, taken with permission from the Colloidal Silver Success Stories* web site:
“I’ve seen numerous cases of cancer cured through natural means, and in my experience the colloidal silver water needs to be an integral part of any naturopathic cancer treatment protocol. Examples:
Because these folks were used to "regular" medical doctors and allopathic philosophy, I chose two simple forms of "treatment' because I didn't want to overload their circuits with an abundance of possible protocols.
She adopted those two protocols religiously and with great discipline followed it for six months.
That was six years ago, and for maintenance, she still drinks colloidal silver water and a cup or two of her Flor*Essence tea, daily.”
Here’s another example, cited by the same gentleman:
This was a very tough situation because we had a very short time limit of only four weeks to work on ridding his body of the cancer.
I was as surprised as he and the doctors because of the short time span. He was very thankful about the outcome. But it proved to me once again, that anyone can overcome cancer using natural, alternative methods.
Once chemotherapy begins, a person's own immune system becomes weakened and impaired and then it becomes extremely difficult for the body to fight off the cancer.
I cannot guarantee that we'll beat cancer every time we go after it with alternative methods, but I've seen and experienced success in defeating it many times with a number of different types of cancer (throat, tongue, brain, skin, stomach, bladder and intestines to name a few).
I thank God for his divine intervention in leading me to research the protocols I've been fortunate enough to learn over the years.”
Worked for Pets, Too!*
The same individual tells me he also used colloidal silver to cure his cat of stomach cancer:
“One of my felines came down with stomach cancer and would spew blood all over her chest. This started about a year and one-half ago. I treated her daily with Colloidal Silver Water 15-21 ppm that I made, dispensed through an eye-dropper with at least 6 eye-dropper doses usually six to eight times daily.
I also gave her 6 eyedropper doses of undiluted Flor*Essence tea before she ate, about six to eight times daily. Within three months, she was healed, and is now as rowdy and playful as ever.”
Skin Cancer and Colloidal Silver*
And of course, we’ve told the story before of Mr. Al Koblik, who was able to avoid costly skin cancer surgery by using colloidal silver instead.
Mr. Koblick was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma on his right leg in early 2005. His doctor told him he would have to undergo the standard medical procedure for trying to stop this type of cancer, which is a process called electrodesiccation.
So he decided to try making and using his own colloidal silver first, with a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from www.TheSilverEdge.com.
He began by taking about two ounces of colloidal silver per day internally, and also using a wet tissue to gently "dab" 10 ppm colloidal silver, full strength, directly onto the cancerous site several times a day, allowing it to air dry.
You can see the "before" and “after” photos at www.ColloidalSilverSuccessStories.com (second success story down the page).
The “before” photo shows a very red, inflamed leg with cancerous lesions beginning to spread. The "after" photo, taken four months later, shows phenomenal healing of the same area.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that any thinking person would conclude there is enough anecdotal evidence available to justify research into the use of silver for cancer.
And now there’s the bona-fide preliminary clinical research cited in the beginning of this article, which demonstrates nanosilver to be a potentially viable treatment for cancer.
This of course is really good news, because unlike personal testimonials, it is quite difficult to ignore clinical research or write it off as being strictly “anecdotal.”
Hopefully, this new clinical research will spur medical researchers to conduct even more clinical studies, and eventually come up with an effective treatment protocol using silver.
I suppose it would be too much to hope that they'd look back in time and examine Dr. Robert O. Becker's original clinical research at Syracuse Medical University from the 1980’s…
…and do some additional clinical studies to see if Dr. Becker's method of using very small amounts of silver and positive electrical micro-currents to promote cellular dedifferentiation -- reverting cancer cells to fresh, new stem cells -- is a viable option to using larger concentrations of silver as a cancer cell toxin.
Regardless, the two clinical studies discussed at the beginning of this article represent absolutely fascinating and very hopeful work that may one day lead to medical protocols resulting in a true cure for cancer…
…and from a substance that is just about as natural as you can ever get – pure silver.
*Nothing stated in the above text should be construed as being a substitute for professional medical advice, nor a claim that colloidal silver is a "cancer cure" or a specific remedy for any type of disease. There is a significant difference between personal anecdotal evidence such as that described above, and legitimate medical proof. You should ALWAYS make ALL health-care decisions under the guidance of a licensed and experienced health care practitioner. Postponing or foregoing prescribed medical treatment could result in serious health consequences. Always work with your doctor. Never attempt to undergo an alternative course of treatment on your own just because you read or heard something in the popular media.
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