Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Colloidal Silver for Weight Loss?

Scientists recently discovered that low-level bacterial infections can do more than simply cause infection.  In some cases, they can cause you to gain extra weight.

Could colloidal silver help you lose excess weight by destroying the fat-causing pathogens in your body?  The truth is, it just isn’t known for sure, one way or the other. 

But there are some interesting anecdotal accounts of weight loss that began spontaneously after colloidal silver usage.  Here’s what you need to know…

Hi, Steve Barwick here, for www.TheSilverEdge.com...

Can colloidal silver trigger weight loss?  And if so, how and why

I recently received the following message from a female reader on the Colloidal Silver Secrets Community on Facebook (join here):

"I have always stopped short of crediting colloidal silver for the weight loss I’ve experienced over the last year and a half…but I have no other explanation.

I live a fairly active life off grid chasing a 4 yr old son and taking care of our farm...ducks goats n rabbits but I don’t work out or exercise on purpose ever...haven’t changed my diet whatsoever eat ‘n drink what I want...

And still have all of a sudden lost 25 lbs...I’m 38 1/2 and had a baby at 34 and I’m at the weight I was when I met my husband at age 27!!!!

Not to mention I have way more energy (still not enough for a 4 yr old boy though, sigh)....I make a 1/2-1 gal of colloidal silver a day...my dogs cat goats ducks ‘n rabbits come running for theirs everyday…dogs n cat have a bowl beside their water dish at all times...

It’s been lifesaver on our farm (literally) and gives us the ability to raise our own meat completely antibiotic ‘n vaccination free!"

Now, I honestly have no explanation for this good lady’s weight loss over the last year and a half.  And I’m not attributing it to her colloidal silver usage, because I simply don’t know one way or the other. 

It could simply be healthy living and healthy eating, from the farm life she apparently lives.  But it is very interesting indeed that she’s lost so much weight since she started using colloidal silver.

Enterobacter cloacae:  The Obesity Microbe

However, when I came across the following clinical study, originally published in the peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology, I have to admit that I couldn’t help but think about her startling testimonial. 

According to the study, researchers found that a common gut bacteria known as Enterobacter cloacae can cause “development of obesity in its human host.”  

To demonstrate how effective the pathogen is at causing obesity, the researchers fed it to mice and compared their weight gain with rodents that had no contact whatsoever with the bacteria. 

While the bacteria-fed mice became obese, the mice not infected with the bacteria maintained normal weight levels even though they were fed a high-fat diet and were prevented from exercising!

According to an online article about the study, published in the Financial Times:  

“Obesity in human beings could be caused by bacterial infection rather than eating too much, exercising too little or genetics, according to a groundbreaking study that could have profound implications for public health systems, the pharmaceutical industry and food manufacturers.

…The bacterium – known as enterobacter – encourages the body to make and store fat, and prevents it from being used, by deregulating the body’s metabolism-controlling genes.

‘This is a very important phenomenon,’ said Professor Zhao Liping, who with a team at Shanghai Jiao Tong University carried out the research. ‘It is the last missing piece of evidence bacteria causes obesity.’”

According to the study, the scientists put a 384 pound morbidly obese male patient on a special diet of “whole grains, traditional Chinese medicines and non-digestible carbohydrates.” 

The special diet was designed to radically alter the pH in the patient’s gut, so that the Enterobacter bacteria could no longer function as effectively. 

This radical change in gut pH apparently weakens the bacteria to the point it can no longer disrupt the body’s metabolism-controlling genes.  In other words, it prevents the bacteria from shutting off your body’s ability to burn fat. 

The patient, who was restricted from exercising during the course of the study, proceeded to lose 29% of his body weight in 23 weeks.  What’s more, he also “recovered from diabetes, high blood pressure and fatty liver disease.” 

Now this study obviously has absolutely nothing to do with colloidal silver.  My only point in bringing it up is that researchers are discovering that low-level bacterial infections in the gut can indeed trigger weight gain.

Another Study: “Fat Virus”

This is not the first time researchers have linked microbes to weight gain, either.  For example, in 2009 researchers found that the common adenovirus can cause fat cells to multiply. 

An article published in Britain’s The Daily Express states:

“Researchers believe that an airborne adenovirus could be causing the fat plague that is blighting Britain and other countries.

As many as one in three obese people may have become overweight after falling victim to the highly infectious cold-like virus, known as AD-36.

It is known to cause coughs, sore throats, diarrhea and conjunctivitis but has now also been found to make fat cells multiply, leading to weight gain.

The shocking discovery will add to evidence that Britain’s obesity epidemic is not simply down to an unhealthy diet or lack of exercise.

…Many experts already believe that genes can make some people more susceptible to weight gain and now it seems that infections could also hold the key.

Studies have shown that chickens and mice infected with AD-36 put on weight quicker than uninfected animals, even when they were not given extra food. It has also been found to cause huge weight gain in monkeys.

Now studies on humans show that 33 per cent of obese adults had contracted AD-36 at some point in their lives, compared with only 11 per cent of lean men and women.”

More Research Needed

Again, the point being that many who have struggled with weight gain for so long, and who have had little success with dieting and exercise, may indeed simply be infected by a microbe that interferes with the body’s normal fat-burning processes, or that causes the body to abnormally increase its number of fat cells.

It's a fascinating situation.  And I really do wish researchers would conduct further studies.  My guess is that there are more “weight gain pathogens” than the two that have been discovered so far. 

Indeed, another recent study has found that a microbe called Methanobrevibacter smithii can apparently contribute to weight gain by stimulating other microorganisms in the digestive tract to “extract more calories from food” than the body actually needs to function.

Of course, it would be nice if researchers would conduct some research to discover whether or not colloidal silver would be effective against these specific “weight gain” pathogens.  But I definitely won’t hold my breath for it.

Will Colloidal Silver Help?

As an interesting side note, the late biochemist, James South, claimed electrically generated colloidal silver does indeed kill at least two species of Enterobacter cloacae, the so-called “obesity bacteria” discussed in the first study noted at the beginning of this article.  According to South: 

"...Electrically-generated colloidal silver [Ag(e)] has been shown to kill dozens of bacteria, includingtwo strains of Enterobacter cloacae…"

This is further borne out by research conducted in 1999 by Dr. Ron W. Leavitt, Ph.D. and researcher David A. Revilli, Microbiologist, at Brigham Young University, in which it was reported that Enterobacter cloacae was inhibited and killed in test tube studies at a concentration of only 5 ppm.

Nevertheless, while colloidal silver has long been said to be effective against up to 650 different pathogenic microorganisms, the truth is there’s simply no clinical research whatsoever linking colloidal silver usage to weight loss. 

However, another member of the Colloidal Silver Secrets Community wrote some time back about the success he was having with weight loss after starting a daily colloidal silver usage regimen.  And I think his testimony is fascinating, considering what we’ve learned in the course of this article.  He stated:

“I was incredibly obese and getting worse before colloidal silver.

The first to go was the horrible bloating, my man breasts reduced in size within two weeks of use. One side was getting sore, like a nodule was forming on my right man tit. It's gone too!

I haven’t returned to my desired weight yet... But activity level has quadrupled, compulsive eating is under control, I just don't get the heart burn like I used to if I hadn't eaten.

I don't require food throughout the day because I'm just not hungry, unless I've been working and high activity. I used to just worry about food all the time though.

Plus, I suffered from out-of-control heartburn, and hunger pains on these long jobs, and if I didn't have something to eat I'd turn into a monster.

On my first job with taking colloidal silver, I only had oatmeal for breakfast, and 2-3 oranges between 4am-8pm. I was fine for the first time in years.”

Why Some and Not Others?

To be perfectly honest, I have to admit that my own weight gain over the past 20 years -- which I attribute to a sedentary work environment sitting behind a computer all day -- has not at all been mitigated by my daily colloidal silver usage. 

But I have, of course, experienced many other positive benefits from my daily colloidal silver usage, including heightened immunity and far fewer bouts with infectious illness and disease. 

The fact that a small handful of people with weight problems seem to be helped by regular colloidal silver usage, while others don’t seem to be, might be explained by the idea discussed in the Daily Express news article I quoted from earlier, i.e., that only 33% of obese men and women show signs of having contracted the fat-boosting adenovirus at some point in their lives. 

This would indicate that most cases of weight gain may not be associated at all with underlying low-level infections of pathogens known to trigger obesity, while a smaller percentage (apparently up to one-third of obese people) just might be.   

Of course, that’s only what researchers have discovered about adenovirus.  It doesn’t take into account Enterobacter or any other microbe that might be a trigger for weight gain. 

So the truth is, no one really knows how many cases of weight gain might be associated with low-level microbial infections, and how many might be associated with other causes.

Two Key Questions…

The questions that need to be answered now are these: 

How can you tell if your weight gain is indeed caused by an underlying low-level infection?  And if it is, will colloidal silver help?

Unfortunately, the only answer at this point is to try it and see.  You can learn how to use colloidal silver safely, in the article at the link in this sentence. 

And learn how to make your own high-quality colloidal silver, quickly and easily, in the comfort and privacy of your own home, for less than 36 cents a quart, by clicking the link in this sentence. 

Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another great article on colloidal silver…

Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,

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