Friday, September 25, 2009
Can Colloidal Silver Usage Cause a Deadly “Cytokine Storm” When Treating Swine Flu?
Famous internet doctor says he can’t recommend colloidal silver usage for Swine Flu because it can result in a ”cytokine storm”; but are his contentions even remotely true?
Recently, a famous internet doctor who had previously indicated he would recommend colloidal silver as a Swine Flu remedy, reversed course and stated that he could no longer entertain the idea of recommending colloidal silver.
Why? Because, he stated, colloidal silver usage could cause a potentially deadly “cytokine storm” in the body in “healthy individuals.”
Here is what he stated on his web site:
"While silver will likely work to kill the swine flu virus, in many healthy individuals it is likely to elicit a severe cytokine storm reaction. This is basically a severe allergic inflammatory reaction that can occur in your lungs, and could be fatal."
True, or False?
Is that statement true? Can colloidal silver really cause a "cytokine storm" in your lungs (i.e., severe inflammation leading to blocked breathing)?
Well, the good doctor who made the statement failed to provide even a single piece of documentation for his contention. No medical study citations, no quote from a renowned authority, nothing.
As a natural health researcher, I sure wanted to know the truth.
After all, I’ve been using colloidal silver for well over 13 years now. I’ve drank it (had an ounce of it just this morning)…put it into my eyes, ears and nose…sprayed it down my throat…and I’ve even “huffed” it into my lungs using a pump spray bottle.
What’s more, when I’ve had colds I’ve put it into my cold steam humidifier at night and breathed the cool vapors all night long while sleeping. And when I’ve had a severe upper respiratory infection I’ve also used a medical nebulizer for short periods of time to inhale the colloidal silver mist deep down into my infected lungs.
And guess what? I’ve never personally experienced a “cytokine storm” or any other kind of inflammation. In fact, in just about every case, the only thing the colloidal silver usage did was help me get well in record time.
2,000 Colloidal Silver Users Interviewed; No “Cytokine Storm”
In the course of my research for writing the Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual (547-pages, Life & Health Research Group, LLC), I interviewed over 2,000 active colloidal silver users, asking them how they used colloidal silver, and how it affected them.
Not one of them reported experiencing a “cytokine storm” reaction, or lung inflammation of any kind from their colloidal silver usage.
So when the good doctor’s brief but decidedly negative anti-colloidal silver rant appeared on his web site last week, I had one of my top internet researchers take an entire afternoon out and search the internet for any kind of evidence that the good doctor’s contentions were true.
He could find none.
The next day, I searched the internet myself, and could not find a single medical study indicating that colloidal silver usage has ever caused a “cytokine storm” reaction in anyone.
Now, that doesn’t mean it’s never happened. It just means that if it has, the medical citation for it is so obscure it would take Sherlock Holmes to find it.
Later, a quick search of Pubmed.gov for the term “Cytokine Storm” yielded 189 results, but not one single case of silver being the cause. A second Pubmed.gov search using the term “Cytokine Storm Silver” yielded…nothing.
New Study Says Silver Actually Reduces Cytokine Production
We did find one important study, so all of our efforts were not in vain:
This was a 2007 study published in the journal International Immunopharmacology [Int Immunopharmacol. 2007 Dec 15;7(13):1813-8. Epub 2007 Sep 21.] that clearly mentioned silver in relation to “cytokines.”
But instead of demonstrating that silver causes a “cytokine storm,” it quite the contrary demonstrated that nano-silver significantly reduces cytokine production. Indeed, it appears to reduce cytokine inflammation to such a degree, the authors of the study recommend studying it as a treatment against inflammation.
That’s a big difference. Big enough to drive a tractor trailer truck through.
The authors of the study concluded that "These experimental data suggest that nano-silver could be used to treat immunologic and inflammatory diseases."
In other words, quite the opposite of the famous internet doctor’s apparently spurious contentions on his web site that silver can trigger a cytokine storm (massive inflammation) in the lungs, silver appears to actually control or reduce cytokine production.
Here’s an excerpt from an article on the study about silver and cytokines:
“Silver has for centuries been used to treat and prevent infection, and its wound-healing properties are well known. Less well understood is exactly how the metal acts as such an effective antimicrobial and healing agent. Kenneth Wong and others at the University of Hong Kong recently investigated the wound-healing properties of silver nanoparticles, and have shown that they do more than simply kill bacteria.
Wounds heal following a complex combination of blood coagulation, tissue inflammation and remodeling, and the best medical interventions are those that prevent or at least minimize scarring.
Silver has long been used to treat a variety of diseases, and silver’s antibacterial effect is thought to be due to its penetration of cell walls and alteration of microbial DNA.
But the new research...indicates that silver goes further than this and modifies cytokines – the enzymes involved in cell growth and movement – leading to reduced inflammation and an increased rate of healing.
…MIT-based medical scientist Rutledge Ellis-Behnke regards the Hong Kong group’s research as groundbreaking, saying: “Silver has been used for over a thousand years in traditional Chinese medicine for wound healing, but this is the first time that a hint of the true mechanism has been shown.”
So much for silver causing cytokine production (i.e,. excessive inflammation). In reality, it modifies cytokine production, “leading to reduced inflammation and an increased rate of healing.”
Update: Famous Internet Doctor Removes His Anti-Colloidal Silver Rant from Online Article
I just checked and it appears the famous internet doctor who claimed that colloidal silver could cause a “cytokine storm” has now removed that section of his online article.
It seems to me that his inflammatory statement must have caused a storm of its own. Sometimes, that’s what happens when you don’t check your facts first.
Good , Rock-Solid Info on Colloidal Silver and Its Usage
It’s sad that even famous internet doctors occasionally get it wrong about colloidal silver usage. This guy wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last.
But if you want some good, rock-solid, non-misleading information on colloidal silver and its usage, then go back through the archives of this blog and read the various articles.
You’ll learn about studies demonstrating the amazing antimicrobial powers of colloidal silver…you’ll see colloidal silver myths and misconceptions demolished…you’ll read what the various experts say about using colloidal silver to treat serious illness and disease…
…you’ll learn how to stop earaches, toothaches, eye infections, food poisoning, intestinal infections, and more many other ill-health conditions dead in their tracks with colloidal silver…you’ll learn about pets and colloidal silver usage…using colloidal silver in the garden and on houseplants…and much, much more.
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