Colloidal silver has two main properties – as an anti-microbial agent and as a tissue/organ healing agent. Both these properties render the immune support properties of colloidal silver.
As an antimicrobial agent, colloidal silver kills harmful microbes through the following actions:-
1. Catalytic Oxidation: Silver naturally holds onto oxygen molecules, which readily react with the sulfhydryl (H) groups that surround bacterial and viruses. In turn, this helps block the life-preserving cellular process known as cellular respiration, which is defined as “the set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and then release waste products.”
2. Reaction with Bacterial / Virus Cell Membranes: Silver particles can attach to bacteria and virus-cell membranes directly and produce the same respiration-blocking effect.
3. Binding with DNA: Silver can penetrate bacteria and virus-cell membrane and attach itself to the DNA. This prevents the bacteria and virus from replicating and thus rendering it functionless.
As a healing agent, colloidal silver influences the mitosis process. Mitosis (the cell division in body tissue) is when two new, identical cells are formed. When colloidal silver is present in the body tissue, some of the divisions will be different. One duplicate cell and one de-differentiated cell are formed. The de-differentiated cell is like a baby cell that can change into any type of cell in the body. It will naturally migrate to a part of the body where there is tissue damage. The cell changes to a local tissue type cell, adding to the normal cell repair in the injured area and greatly lessening scar tissue formation.
This accelerated healing benefit of colloidal silver was discovered by Robert O. Becker, MD, and was reported in his book, The Body Electric. Dr. Becker states that it is the positive silver ions that produce large numbers of de-differentiated cells, overcoming the main problem of mammalian regeneration.
Positive silver ion accelerates the healing process by over 50 percent. It is obvious that in the aggregate they profoundly stimulate soft tissue healing in a way unlike any known natural process.