Originally posted by boast:
could be that the meat in their facility is MSRA tainted
and Phoenix, way to fall for the anti Colloidal Silver propaganda campaign....it is a cheaper, safer and more effective antimicrobial than a lot of the more expensive solutions. read the congressional testimony. http://lifesilver.com/v1/testimony.htm
I'm sorry, my background is in microbiology, I operate on facts and actual science not snake oil nonsense. There's a reason that people got away from using colloidal silver a long time ago and now it only remains in the realms of quackery. Colloidal silver was very popular in the 20s and 30s but for some reason, when antibiotics came along, people said "hmmm, wow, these antibiotics work a heck of a lot better, I think I'll stick with these." In no way would I ever recommend someone to take something with so limited documented benefit.
There's about as many misleading claims about colloidal silver as there are for deer velvet extract. Silver has no place within the body, the body cannot have a deficiency of silver, topical Neosporin along with (more recently) topical Manuka honey have proven in studies to have more anti-bacterial fighting properties than colloidal silver. There is also no scientific data or support for taking silver internally, it's just one of those goofy fads that people follow to stick it to "Big Pharma." I'm about as open-minded as it gets when it comes to alternative therapies and medicine but but show me the detailed research to support these conclusions, the best I've been able to find is that silver has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in vitro........in science there's a HUGE difference between in vitro and in vivo.
Silver is an antiseptic, but so is copper and many other compounds, they will destroy bacteria on an agar plate, but taken within the body, it becomes an entirely different story, plus you have issues with the associated side-effects that can emerge from consuming too much of either, kidney damage, liver damage, arthritis and other conditions are just a few that have been linked to high intake of both. Basically, I'm not on the colloidal silver bandwagon, I think there are far better options available to people, if you're someone who gets a truly bad case of MSRA, all the colloidal silver in the world isn't going to help you. Study after study, it's all in vitro data that hasn't yet extrapolated to in vitro.
With the NIH making it a priority to tackle MRSA issues, colloidal silver should be getting pushed like crazy if it was as effective as some say, but of course it goes back to "The Man keeping the truth down"
Realistically, the best bet for improved MRSA treatment is in honey right now. The studies I've been seeing are spectacular and have even indicated that Manuka honey can help to reverse antibiotic resistance, they've indicated a synergistic effect that allows even the use of methicillin to beat back MRSA. The upside, it tastes sweet, the downside? There really is none as long as you're not an infant.
Its a completely safe alternative that has recently been shown to be highly effective against C. Diff, MRSA, VRSA, VRE and other tough, heavily antibiotic resistance bacterial strains. As far as I'm concerned, there's absolutely no reason to use colloidal silver when Manuka honey has been shown to have substantially higher levels of anti-microbial activity with no risk of side-effects or blue skin.
Alternatively, against C. Diff, which is also a pain in the ass, fecal transplants are another new therapy that has been found to be highly effective in the most severe cases.
As we move past the antibiotic era, you're seeing more and more research into non-specific immunity, basically working on ways to boost natural immune function to prevent infections from taking hold in the first place. There are a variety of supplements such as NAC that have been shown to be effective, in vitro and in vivo in terms of increasing immune system function, boosting glutathione levels and more.
(In before I receive like 50 links to random alternative health sites, Dr Mercola articles and other non-peer reviewed data).