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Colloidal Silver as Fungicide
A recent study (see study overview at the end of this article) conducted by the Department of Microbiology at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea, and published in the prestigious Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, demonstrates what tens of thousands of colloidal silver users have already known for years, i.e., colloidal silver is one of the most powerful and effective natural anti-fungal agents in the world.
The study authors tested silver nanoparticles (read: colloidal silver) against the Candida species of fungus (the chief culprit in women’s vaginal yeast infections and the more sinister chronic candidiasis syndrome) as well as the Trichophyton species (the most common cause of athlete's foot , jock itch and ringworm, as well as hair and nail fungal infections in humans).
What they discovered is that the silver particles “showed potent activity against clinical isolates and ATCC strains” of the fungal pathogens.
What this means is silver was equally effective against lab-grown strains of the fungal pathogens and strains isolated from infected specimens.
For example, it is now well known that many nasty cases of dandruff are actually topical fungal skin infections in disguise.
What’s not as well known publicly is that colloidal silver, put into a simple pump spray bottle and sprayed lightly on the head each morning after drying your hair from the shower will eliminate such topical stealth fungal infections in a matter of days!
Fungal infections of the inner ear can likewise be cured in only a few short days simply by putting a few drops of colloidal silver into the ears each day for several days in a row, allowing it to seep down into the ear for ten of fifteen minutes before draining it back out.
Likewise, fungal infections of the eyes can be healed practically overnight, simply by putting a couple of drops of colloidal silver directly into the eyes, several times a day.
Similarly, Pink Eye can also be eradicated in a few short days using the same technique.
It works great for styes too, which many doctors believe are simply staph infections in the eye.
Thrush mouth, which is simply a Candida “yeast” fungal overgrowth in the mouth, and is often characterized by a white tongue, can be rapidly cured by using colloidal silver.
Simply swish a tablespoonful of colloidal silver around in your mouth two or three times a day, for a good five minutes each time.
You can swallow afterwards, or simply spit it out if you prefer.
Do this especially after any meal in which sugary products have been consumed.
You’ll find the “thrush” symptoms diminishing within a few short days, and eradicated within a week or two.
Athlete’s foot and stubborn toenail fungal infections can also be wiped out by using colloidal silver instead of potentially harmful antifungal drugs that have been known to harm the liver.
Simply take a glass baking dish (such as the ones used for baking cakes) and pour an inch and half or so of colloidal silver into it.
Then soak your feet for about 30 minutes while watching television or reading a book.
Athlete’s foot can be eradicated in a few short days following this simple method. But stubborn toenail fungal infections may take up to three weeks, or even a bit longer.
Nevertheless, you’ll soon notice nice, clear new nails growing in where the old yellowy, or gray-green infected nails were.
Trim the old infected toenail away as it grows out naturally, and let the beautiful new, uninfected nail grow in normally.
Perhaps the most widely known use of colloidal silver for fungal infections is its use by women who suffer from chronic vaginal Candida yeast infections, or systemic Candida yeast infections.
Women frequently use larger than normal doses of colloidal silver for a few weeks -- anywhere from two to four ounces daily of a 10 ppm solution –in order to rid themselves of nasty Candida yeast infections.
Internal use of colloidal silver like that against deep-seated fungal infections such as Candida yeast can be amazingly effective.
Perhaps that is why colloidal silver is one of the top-recommended products for healing stubborn fungal infections mentioned in the best-selling book,
Nano-Ag showed potent activity against clinical isolates and ATCC strains of Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Candida species (IC80, 1-7 microg/ml).
The activity of nano-Ag was comparable to that of amphotericin B, but superior to that of fluconazole (amphotericin B IC80, 1-5 microg/ml; fluconazole IC80, 10- 30 microg/ml).
Additionally, we investigated their effects on the dimorphism of Candida albicans.
The results showed nano-Ag exerted activity on the mycelia.
Thus, the present study indicates nano-Ag may have considerable antifungal activity, deserving further investigation for clinical applications.
(J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2008 Aug;18(8):1482-4.; Antifungal effect of silver nanoparticles on dermatophytes.Kim KJ, Sung WS, Moon SK, Choi JS, Kim JG, Lee DG. Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Scienes, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Korea.)
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Colloidal Silver as Algaecide
Silver is similar to copper in many ways.
Colloidal Silver attaches itself to the pool walls and floor, giving these surfaces a residual and continuing algaecidal action.
Silver like copper can also cause a black staining to occur on pool walls if not carefully administered.
Silver is also a very good bacteriostat that may reduce the need for chlorine.
Some ionizers use copper and silver plates to produce both silver and copper ions in the water.
Colloidal Silver is completely effective against black algae and most other types of algae normally found in stagnated waters.
When Colloidal Silver is applied to the water phase, algal blooms are controlled
Colloidal Silver reduces the algae population and digests floating and suspended organic matter that clouds the water column.
The end result is a cleaner and clearer water medium free from algae, and pathogenic bacteria, fungi, yeast, moulds and virus; available.
Kills yellow / mustard, green, and black algae as well as red and pink bacteria
Copper & Silver algaecides are quite effective at killing most forms of green and blue-green algae by disrupting their reproductive capacity, and have also been proven effective with strains of black algae in swimming pools.
Silver ions are bactericidal, antifungal, protozoicidal, and active against herpes simplex virus."
(Russell, A.D., et al. 1994. Antimicrobial activity and action of silver. Progress in Medicinal Chemistry, 31, 351-370. )
AgGUARD as an ALGAECIDE:
Factors that directly stimulate the growth of harmful algae include available forms of nitrogen and phosphorus, sunlight, and temperature.
Algal blooms can hamper the growth and the health of the aquatic animals in the following manner.
Depletion of D O during night
Decomposition of Algae can release toxins and reduce the D.O.
Secretion of Toxins by Algae.
When stagnated water in full sun becomes warm and reaches a critical temperature at the top layers, the oxygen is consumed faster than is replenished.
This can result in thermal stratification in the water column.
In this condition:
Algal bloom occurs
Beneficial aerobic bacteria become inactive and anaerobic bacteria take over.
Biological oxygen demand increases and dissolved oxygen levels decrease.
Excessive scum is accumulated
Harmful grasses grow
Higher levels of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and other obnoxious gases.
Nutrient levels of the bottom sludge layer increases
Sludge accumulation is increased.
The rate of biodegradation of the bottom sludge layer is significantly reduced.
How does AgGUARD differs with conventional sysnthetic algaecides
Algaecides kill biomass but reoccurrence chances are high.
It is worthwhile to note that the copper used in algaecides and herbicides accumulates in bottom sludge causing an ever-increasing toxicity problem for natural microbes.
While many algaecides are toxic, corrosive and harmful to environment, inhabitants, animals and humans, AgGUARD is all natural and will not harm animals, plants, birds, fish or humans and environment friendly.