Colloidal silver is one such alternative, and a very good one at that. It is one of several popular mediums used by natural allopathic doctors, such as Dr. Mark Sircus. Natural allopathic medicine differs from conventional medicine in that they use natural tools to assist patient healing and do their best to use treatment methodologies that do not harm the patient. Colloidal silver is tiny particles of elemental silver that have been suspended in water. Generally, the particles are so small, they cannot be detected by the human eye. Their minute size prevents them from settling and helps them to remain in a solution.
Colloidal silver is able to kill off harmful microorganisms without causing harm to beneficial organisms, like probiotic bacteria.
Silver has been used to prevent disease and the spread of harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi for hundreds of years. Silver was used for food storage, flatware and other utensils because it helped prevent food spoilage and disease proliferation. In 1884, a German obstetrician used a silver solution to help prevent gonococcal opthalmia, a condition that causes blindness in newborn babies. Silver was widely used in hospitals to dress wounds and prevent infections, before the advent of antibiotics and synthetic drugs.
Fortunately, colloidal silver has begun to regain its popularity now that the age of antibiotics could reach its end. There has been some negative press about one potential side effect of using poorly made silver products, which is known as argyria. Incorrectly formulated colloidal silver can cause a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin. Consistent over-application of a poorly made product is bound to have consequences. Regardless, a properly prepared solution formulated with electrically-generated ions is still an excellent preventative.
Several studies have indicated that silver has an amazing antimicrobial potential; a 1988 UCLA study found that it could kill bacteria, viruses and fungi within minutes after exposure. Dr. Robert Becker from Syracuse University also noted that in a study conducted by researchers at his school, all of the organisms treated with silver were destroyed, even those that were resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Colloidal silver is truly an amazing antimicrobial agent.