Say, if you're looking for a natural, effective antiviral treatment - and who isn't? - check out colloidal silver. When reduced to tiny particles and suspended in a water-based solution, the precious metal can improve human health in numerous ways.
Through the passage of time, for thousands of years, many civilizations have fooled around with using metals therapeutically. Gold, silver, copper, and, unfortunately, toxic lead, have all been subjects of trial-and-error doctoring.
In ancient Egypt, the Middle East, and India, the antiseptic properties of colloidal silver were recognized and used in royal households to keep fresh water and other fluids and to treat various infections.
While in a deep trance, Edgar Cayce, America's famous Sleeping Prophet whose life spanned World Wars I and II, gave a psychic reading (120-5) that stated that using gold and silver with an electrical appliance could double the life expectancy of the person seeking counsel.
Based on information he channeled, Cayce developed a device he called the Radial Appliance. Constructed of steel, glass, carbon, and charcoal in a brass container, it contained neither chemicals nor toxic materials. Soaking for an hour at a time in a cold-water bath consisting of a plastic tub surrounded with cracked ice, and laced with tiny metallic particles was recommended to relieve medical conditions linked to aging.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved colloidal silver for medicinal use in the 1920s. Then, physicians stepped in to put a stop to this cure that was bad for business since it offered a cure, not merely treatment of symptoms. They pressured the FDA to delist the healing substance - and that happened.
In 1999, the FDA warned that colloidal silver, taken internally or applied topically (directly to the skin), isn't safe or effective for treating any disease or condition. Furthermore, it causes poor absorption of certain Big Pharma drugs, including antibiotics and thyroxine, used to treat thyroid deficiency.
The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set about taking legal action against numerous companies for "making misleading claims" about colloidal silver products and shut them down.
In 2019, the FDA said that, based on a lack of adequate data (since Big Pharma doesn't want to spend money finding cures, as we've already established), scientists don't really know how effective silver microparticles are as a therapy. This justified the federal drug czars to threaten suppliers of alternative non-prescription medicines with adverse legal consequences:
"After September 16, 1999, any such OTC [over the counter] drug product containing colloidal silver or silver salts initially introduced or initially delivered for introduction into interstate commerce that is not in compliance with this section is subject to regulatory action."
As I wrote in 2018 in an article titled Colloidal Silver: Friend or Foe?:
"Nay-sayers caution that ingesting silver over long periods of time (months or years) can lead to a permanent blue-gray discoloration that affects the eyes, skin, nails, gums, and internal organs, called argyria (ar-JEER-ee-uh). This cosmetic condition might be desirable at a science fiction convention, but elsewhere, not so much. Other complications that can arise from using colloidal silver include irreversible damage to the kidneys, seizures and other neurological (nerve) problems."
Yet, many people have reported benefits from colloidal silver therapy for arthritis, infections, diabetes, and even cancer.
One writer, published only as Zen, called it "a flu season prophylactic," which is a fitting description. Zen pointed out that influenzas of all types are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths annually.
As a high school teacher in 1999, Zen self-treated with colloidal silver when the first symptoms of a flu sickened and removed other instructors for weeks, in many cases. After two days of fever (102F), Zen drank "a half dozen or so 6 oz. glasses of colloidal silver I made, not the store-bought kind," to see how well it worked.
That was on a Friday. The next day, Saturday, the fever broke. Zen kept drinking colloidal silver on Sunday and returned to school on Monday "with no side-effects from the flu."
Zen kindly published directions on how to make colloidal silver at home.
In a 2011 study, researchers noted that "metals may attack a broad range of targets in the virus there is a lower possibility to develop resistance as compared to conventional antivirals."
All viruses must find and bind to a host cell to produce protein for their survival. Once bound to a host, the virus or its genome enters the cytoplasm, the substance between the cell membrane (outer covering) and the nucleus (center).
Some scientists think that metal-based nanotechnologies might help develop antivirals that act by interfering with viral infection, particularly during attachment and entry.
As far back as 2011, experiments proved that metal nanoparticles, especially the ones produced with silver or gold, killed a broad spectrum of viruses.
No one is saying that colloidal silver works on COVID-19. In fact, the debunkers are having a field day, denying it does any good and promising possible harm to users.
Still, taken in moderation and as directed, many people say colloidal silver healed them of viral infections. With no present cure or even vaccine for COVID-19, can you blame health seekers for turning to a time-honored remedy that the FDA first endorsed and then spurned?