Back in the mid-90’s I knew of a gentleman who travelled frequently between
the U.S. and Russia. And at one
point he purchased 10 colloidal silver generators to take to Russia.
When I asked him why he was taking 10 colloidal silver generators to Russia,
he told me the Russian Orthodox Church runs the hospitals back there, and he
was taking the generators to be used in the hospitals.
went on to say that Type II diabetes was rampant in Russia, and the doctors
from the Russian Orthodox Church had discovered that in some cases colloidal
silver worked wonders, allowing the Type II diabetes victim to dramatically
cut back on their diabetes medication after they began using colloidal
said some patients were supposedly even
cured of their Type II diabetes.
Unfortunately, after his last trip to Russia I never heard back from this
gentleman again. So while I have
no reason to disbelieve him, I also have no evidence to back up his claims.
could only conjecture at the time that the Type II diabetes patients who
found benefit from colloidal silver must have had infected pancreases.
There’s no other way I can think of that colloidal silver could
possibly have been of benefit except to help remediate an infection of the
But I’m not a doctor.
I’m a natural health journalist.
And this is definitely the type of thing clinical studies need to be
conducted on to be absolutely sure.
Unfortunately, I can’t find a single clinical study anywhere in the world to
back up the contention that colloidal silver would be a reliable remedy for
Type II diabetes.
What’s more, since failure to take prescribed medication when you have
diabetes could potentially result in death, I could never recommend anyone
substitute colloidal silver for conventional medical treatment for this
condition, without being under the direct care and guidance of their
All that said, I’ve seen some interesting anecdotal accounts of the use of
colloidal silver by diabetics.
For example, here’s an anecdotal account I found on the internet from
someone who says colloidal silver helped stabilize his blood sugar levels:
“I am also diabetic and
after taking the Colloidal Silver my blood sugar level is now much more
stable. It would shoot up to 16-17 but now it is 6.5 -7. The
only thing that I've taken is the colloidal silver, so I know it does the
job for me."
That account was from the
Rapha Labs web site. Here’s another one from the Marpe Products web site:
“It was actually two diabetic friends who
were instrumental in me becoming involved with colloidal silver. One
diabetic friend had a leg amputated and was told the other was also close to
needing amputation, but she made a change to a raw foods diet and began to
take colloidal silver.
In only a few days her body began to
respond and she was able to save her leg, she believes that if she would
have known about the raw foods diet and colloidal silver she may well now
have two healthy legs!
Another friend who is a nurse was
diagnosed with diabetes and she immediately began taking the colloidal
silver. When she went back to see her doctor three weeks later, her
doctor said there had been a misdiagnosis and she had no sign of diabetes.
These are two friends who shared
experiences with me and caused me to look very seriously into the benefits
of colloidal silver and raw foods diet.
I can very confidently say that it would
be a miracle if the colloidal silver and raw food diet DID NOT WORK!
They work extremely well together and I am amazed that more people don't
know about this!”
On the other hand,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center advises against the use of
colloidal silver for diabetes and other serious conditions, warning that,
“Although no human clinical data support the use of oral colloidal silver,
it is being promoted as a cure for AIDS, cancer, and diabetes.”
his web site, Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D., notes a study in which it was
documented that one patient who had been using colloidal silver for diabetes
for two years developed a minor case of argyria (skin discoloration from
embedded silver particles) under the fingernails.
my layman’s opinion, this indicates that the patient had been using
excessive amounts of colloidal silver on a regular basis as a means of
helping control his diabetic symptoms.
Indeed, in the study it was reported that the gentleman had been taking a
commercial colloidal silver product at 140 ppm, which is a
very strong concentration of colloidal silver for anyone to be
This study was apparently published in the
International Journal of Dermatology,
back in 2003. Here’s an excerpt
male presented for skin examination and was incidentally noted to have
discoloration of the fingernails. These findings were completely
had been taking colloidal silver supplementation (140 ppm silver) for 2
years as therapy for diabetes.
noticed the onset of nail discoloration 1 year ago. His past medical history
included type II diabetes and hypertension. His current medications were
metformin, glyburide, and benazepril.
examination revealed slate-gray discoloration involving the lunulae of the
fingernails (Fig. 1). The skin, mucous membranes, and sclerae were
it only took one year worth of colloidal silver usage to notice the onset of
argyric symptoms. This is
another good reason why, when you have a potentially serious health issue
such as diabetes, your medical specialist should be directly involved in all
of your health care decisions.
Your specialist, for example, can help you compare “before and after” blood
tests to see whether or not any nutritional intervention you’re using, such
as colloidal silver usage, is having a positive (or negative) effect on your
blood sugar, organ function or other aspects of your overall health.
And then your specialist can advise you from there.
Candida Yeast Infections
Many diabetics suffer from chronic Candida yeast infections, because of
their blood sugar abnormalities.
But according to anecdotal reports, when they use colloidal silver the
Candida symptoms are greatly alleviated if not completely cured.
Here are a couple anecdotal reports in that regard:
"I am a
diabetic, and suffer every now and then with yeast infections. I use my fine
mist spray bottle at bedtime and after my shower. The itching and burning
dissipates almost immediately."
DH, Charleston, WV
That’s a particularly interesting account, since some studies, such as
this one, have found
colloidal silver to be even more powerful than prescription antifungal drugs
for controlling fungal infections.
Shirley Hull, who runs a health retreat in FL, recommends women with
persistent or severe Candida yeast infections drink 2-4 ounces of colloidal
silver in divided doses throughout the day until the Candida infection is
cured. (Should only take a few
days to a week at most.)
She also recommends making a simple douche out of water and four capsules of
a good, probiotic supplement such as lactobacillus acidophilus, and douching
each morning or evening (whatever is convenient) to help re-establish
colonies of beneficial microbes in the vaginal tract.
She says this combination knocks out vaginal Candida infections very
Finally, she recommends taking a good probiotic supplement daily during this
time, and for at least a week afterwards, to help re-establish colonies of
the beneficial microbes in the digestive tract so they can keep the Candida
yeast from reaching infectious levels again.
People with diabetes often have a hard time getting wounds to heal. But when
they apply colloidal silver topically, the wounds seem to heal quickly.
Here’s a testimonial from a diabetic regarding colloidal silver and
diabetic, which means cuts and scratches in the leg or feet are sometimes
difficult to heal. If I get a scratch or a cut on my legs, I rub colloidal
silver up and down where the wound is. The silver heals the wound twice as
fast. I also use the colloidal silver for athlete's foot -- clears it up
Mike T., Challis, ID
And here’s another interesting testimonial on the increased wound-healing
experienced by a diabetic:
friends who is diabetic smashed his thumb real bad, 7 or 8 days before he
got to hunting camp. It just wouldn’t heal. So we used a cotton pad soaked
with colloidal silver, wrapped it up, and the very next day it had started
to heal. Three days later it was healed. He takes a gallon home every year
J.H.K., Maricopa, AZ
And here’s a testimonial from a female diabetic who says she’s no longer
prone to infections since she’s started taking colloidal silver:
silver has made a difference in my life. I have diabetes and was prone to
various infections...not so after taking the colloidal silver daily. I am so
Silver and Wound Healing in Diabetics
The use of antimicrobial
silver for certain symptoms of diabetes such as wound healing seems to be
backed up by sufficient clinical data.
For example, there’s this notation in the Journal of Industrial
Microbiology & Biotechnology:
"Silver products have been used for
thousands of years for their beneficial effects, often for hygiene and in
more recent years as antimicrobials on wounds from burns, trauma, and
Silver sulfadiazine creams (Silvazine and
Flamazine) are topical ointments that are marketed globally. In recent
years, a range of wound dressings with slow-release Ag compounds have been
introduced, including Acticoat, Actisorb Silver, Silverlon, and others."
-- Journal of Industrial Microbiology &
Biotechnology, Volume 33, Number 7, 627-634, May 25, 2006
Diabetics are frequently
afflicted with painful and chronic leg ulcers.
But according to one study a simple colloidal silver spray can help
heal leg ulcers quite effectively:
“Sixteen patients with leg ulcers were
treated with a colloidal silver spray. The solution was applied once daily
for the first few days, then twice weekly. The infection subsided in all
After instruction, patients performed the
therapy at home without supervision. No discomfort or side effects were
observed. There was no persistent discoloration of the skin that could be
attributed to silver. In all cases the infection subsided.”
-- Haeger, Knut. 1963. Preoperative
treatment of leg ulcers with silver spray and aluminum foil. Acta Chirurgica
Scandinavica, 125, 32-41.
study on the
effects of antimicrobial silver on extremely severe diabetic wounds was
published in the journal NeuroRehabilitation by
Dr. Robert O.
Becker, M.D., of the
Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New
Dr. Becker found that
silver nylon wound dressings that shed silver ions when used on severely
infected wounds triggered dramatic healing in six insulin-dependent diabetic
patients who were on the verge of having amputations due to the severity of
their chronic infected wounds.
According to the study:
“Nine cases of chronic infected wounds
non-responsive to standard therapy were treated with the application of
silver nylon alone. Six of the
cases were in insulin dependent diabetics with severe peripheral neuropathy
and varying degrees of impaired peripheral circulation.
Four of the diabetic cases were serious
enough to have had amputations advised as a last resort, or to have had
prior amputations done for identical lesions on another extremity.
One case was a in a patients with severe peripheral neuropathy of
unknown etiology. Two cases were
traumatic wounds in otherwise normal patients.
Both had also been advised amputation by the previous treating
In all cases infection control was
achieved in 3 to 7 days and all treated wounds healed with restoration of
all local tissues to their normal state.
Times to full healing varied from three weeks to three months
depending upon the extent of the initial condition.
All diabetic cases with peripheral
neuropathy demonstrated return of normal sensation, however only in the
treated area and along the nerve tracts proximally and distally thereto.
Sensory loss in adjacent areas not
exposed to silver ions was not relieved.
The return of sensation to the treated areas was generally complete
but transitory, gradually diminishing until the area became asensate in
about one year following treatment.
Despite this subsequent sensory loss in
the diabetic patients, all other regenerated tissues in the treated area
remained normal for all follow up times.”
Relieves Blood Platelet Clumping
Interestingly, clumping of blood platelets is often a serious problem for
people with diabetes, sometimes leading to heart problems and poor
circulation in the extremities.
But in a
"Characterization of Antiplatelet Properties of Silver Nanoparticles,"
researchers found that:
nanoparticles also suppressed the aggregation of platelets obtained from
patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
significant inhibition of platelet functions with a relatively low dose of
nanosilver, combined with the lack of cell lysis, raise the hope for its use
as an antiplatelet therapeutic agent."
Not a Cure for Diabetes
all of that taken together is pretty darned interesting, I think you’ll
agree. But I still haven't seen
any reliable clinical data to sustain the idea that colloidal silver can
help cure Type II diabetes.
My personal thoughts on
the subject – strictly from a layman’s perspective -- are that in addition
to colloidal silver there are a number of traditional natural substances
said to benefit Type II diabetics, such as cinnamon, chromium, vanadium,
ginseng, magnesium, zinc, aloe vera gel, Gymnema, and even herbal remedies
such as Nopal cactus and Fenugreek.
Therefore, a good
naturopathic physician with experience in helping remediate the symptoms of
Type II diabetes should be consulted in determining which of these natural
substances might be beneficial for a person’s particular situation, since no
two diabetics are exactly alike.
And never forget to
keep your medical specialist in the loop at all times so that it can be
determined whether or not any natural substances being taken might conflict
with your prescription medications, or cause dosages to have to be adjusted
should there be a beneficial effect.
In the meantime, you can
learn more about the often astonishing infection-fighting qualities of
silver by clicking the link in