Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
It's been widely reported for several months now that shipments of nanosilver destined for Ebola-stricken West African nations had been either detained or turned back by medical bureaucrats from WHO and the FDA.
These same agencies, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, have also been conducting an unprecedented "scorched earth" campaign in the world news media, vilifying and ridiculing anyone – including yours truly – who advocated the use of colloidal silver for Ebola in West Africa.
But during the first week of November, 2014, the Standard Times Press newspaper of Sierra Leone, West Africa, announced that some of the colloidal silver finally made it through the roadblocks put up by the international medical bureaucrats.
Colloidal Silver Is Working!
What's more, according to the news reports, which I'll detail for you below, the silver is apparently now being used to successfully treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and possibly three other West African nations as well.
According to strictly preliminary reports from the region, not only has the silver treatment been shown to be working (i.e., with as many as 500 Ebola patients getting better), but the government of Sierra Leone was apparently so impressed with the results they actually approved nanosilver as an official Ebola treatment!
According to a news release on PRWeb:
Ebola-torn Sierra Leone announced today that it has approved nutrient Nano Silver 10 PPM as an Ebola therapy based on the positive results seen when it defied strong international pressure, testing nutrient Nano Silver 10 PPM in Ebola patients over the past three weeks.
The upshot of the news report is that nanosilver has been officially approved as a therapy against the deadly Ebola virus by Honourable Alpha Kanu, Sierra Leone's Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs.
Apparently, the government of Sierra Leone felt they had to take the dramatic step of officially approving nanosilver as an Ebola treatment in order to circumvent further interference from medical bureaucrats in the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) who were doing everything in their power to block shipments of nanosilver from getting into West African nations, and to publicly discredit its usage.
According to Sierra Leone's Minister of Information, Alpha Kanu:
"If you say that this illness does not get better, then that's a lie because 500 people have gotten better.....Sheikh Massally sent the nutrient Nano Silver. This works; people are getting better."
Two of Sierra Leone's leading newspapers, The Exclusive, and The Standard Times Press, confirmed the Minister's announcement today. An actual transcript of Information Minister Kanu's speech regarding the nanosilver breakthrough is reproduced directly below:
Here's what the Standard Times Press newspaper of Sierra Leone had to say about this story:
"A government official in Sierra Leone says that some people are recovering from Ebola because of a new treatment. The Minister of Information Alpha Kanu recently wrote in a letter that 'this works; people are getting better.'
But efforts to get this information and the treatment option itself to people have met with great opposition on the part of the United States FDA and others.
The option that has Kanu's enthusiastic approval is a nutrient that is not manufactured by a big-name pharmaceutical company. It is called Nano Silver…But it has not been easy to get the product to the countries that need it most…
… a shipment of the product was shipped to Sierra Leone on August 20. However, it didn't arrive until September 28, five weeks later while the disease spread and people suffered and died unnecessarily because international forces opposed the simple clinical demonstration of the nutrient.
Just before the shipment of nanosilver finally reached Sierra Leone, Minister Kanu reportedly made it clear that his government did not need FDA approval to offer it as a therapy option, according to Star Africa.
The Honorable Alpha Kanu is a trained chemist, who believes that the people who are suffering in his country have the right to use any and all treatment options that are available to them.
It is 'a matter of choice,' he believes, resting 'on the patients or their families, as to whether to administer it as treatment for Ebola.' The Information Minister reportedly worked with President Ernest Bai Koroma to get the nutrient into Sierra Leone."
So it appears the president of Sierra Leone – Ernest Bai Koroma – was also involved in the tussle with the international medical bureaucrats, and worked to make sure his Ebola-stricken countrymen were able to try the nanosilver product in spite of the intense pressure against it.
And what kind of results are they experiencing? Again, according to the initial report from The Standard Times Press newspaper of Sierra Leone:
According to Kanu, a "philanthropic" Sierra Leonean who is based in Atlanta, Georgia, Imam Sheikh Massally has been credited with sending a shipment of the silver product to be tried for Ebola patients.
'He sent the nutrient Nano Silver – this works; people are getting better. The supply is enough for 300 people and we are going to bring some more.'"
Since that time, news reports have stated that as many as 500 Ebola victims in Sierra Leone appear to be getting better after having been given the nanosilver.
The Standard Times Press newspaper of Sierra Leone goes on to complain that the FDA's insistence on maintaining a medical monopoly for Big Pharma makes no sense in the face of such a devastating disease. They state:
"… According to the FDA's website, nutritional supplements and other natural products cannot claim to 'diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.'
Those products must post a disclaimer declaring such, because according to the American government, 'only a drug can legally make such a claim.'
No matter how effective a natural substance may be, there is, in effect, a gag order on any and all companies marketing them, preventing them from saying so… The gag orders regarding non-drug options for Ebola are simply the latest in a long string of actions aimed at maintaining the monopoly.
Questions must be asked. Why is the FDA so intimidated by the free sharing of information about a substance that could work? What harm is there in people choosing to take the product, even in conjunction with more traditional therapies?
If there is a serious crisis threatening a large part of the human population, why does it matter who gets the credit? Would not true leaders be more interested in solving the problem and saving lives than in political agendas or lining the pocketbooks of certain interests?"
Of course, the Standard Times Press newspaper of Sierra Leone, West Africa, is asking very legitimate questions: Why exactly is silver being suppressed? And who is the beneficiary of that suppression?
What's more, according to Dr. Rima Laibow, who was apparently instrumental in helping get the nanosilver to West Africa, there's even more good news. She states:
"High level, reliable sources tell us from at least four countries in Africa that Ebola victims appear to be recovering from this deadly infection coincident with them receiving the remarkable nutrient, Nano Silver 10 PPM.
This is very hopeful news…Not one country, but several, are reporting these results. Nano Silver 10 PPM is helping people faced with the health disaster move from illness to health."
Whether this is true, or not, I have no idea. But I'll certainly keep my eyes open for more news like this coming out of that region of the world.
What I'd Do in the
Event of Ebola Exposure
People have written to ask me, "How much colloidal silver would you have to take in order to protect yourself from an Ebola infection?"
And of course, the answer is, there's no way to know for sure.
As I've mentioned previously, the clinical research conducted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) into the use of nanosilver against Ebola and related hemorrhagic fever viruses was strictly in vitro (i.e., laboratory test tube) research.
And while it clearly demonstrated that very small particles of antimicrobial silver at surprisingly low concentrations could stop the Ebola virus in infected cells from replicating and spreading, it in no way gives us so much as a clue as to how much colloidal silver a living human being would have to take in order to achieve the same results.
And of course, the preliminary news reports out of Sierra Leone, West Africa have not mentioned exactly how much nanosilver is being given to Ebola patients, or what method of administration is being used.
They're only reporting that nanosilver is indeed being used, and that hundreds of Ebola victims are apparently getting better.
But if the reports coming out of Sierra Leone prove to be true, and if colloidal silver of very small particle size does indeed continue to prove to be effective, the existing research indicates that preventing Ebola infection would depend upon getting the right dose of very small silver particles into your body, early enough in the infective process to stop viral replication.
Indeed, it appears that daily prophylactic dosing with colloidal silver before exposure to the Ebola virus would appear to provide better protection than dosing after exposure.
So for me, at present I'm remaining on my usual one-ounce per day adult dosage of 10 ppm micro-particle colloidal silver, in order to keep some colloidal silver circulating in my body at all times.
This, based on the idea reported in the U.S. Department of Defense-related test tube study demonstrating that Ebola was unable to replicate in cells that were pre-innoculated with silver.
What's more, if I suspect I've been exposed to an Ebola-infected individual, my plan at present would be to quadruple my normal adult daily oral intake of colloidal silver from one ounce per day to as many as four ounces per day, for a total of up to 21 days, which is said to be the maximum incubation period for Ebola.
In other words, if I suspect I might have been exposed to the virus, I plan on taking up to four times my normal daily dosage of colloidal silver for as long as three weeks.
(A person can determine their own normal adult daily dosage of colloidal silver, based on their body weight and the ppm of the colloidal silver product they're using, by using the simple calculation spelled out in the Colloidal Silver Safe Dosage Report, which is FREE by email at the link in this sentence.)
Now, I have no clinical data whatsoever demonstrating that taking four times one's normal daily colloidal silver dosage would be the correct dosage to take if one suspected exposure to Ebola.
No one knows if that would work, because no one has ever had to try it before. But those are my personal plans, for myself, in the event of suspected Ebola exposure.
Nebulizing Colloidal Silver
Additionally, and again, speaking only for myself, if I were to suspect I'd been exposed to an Ebola-infected individual, I'd also immediately begin using colloidal silver through a medical nebulizer for several days.
Nebulizers are used to atomize liquid medications and other substances, so that they can be inhaled into the lungs. Substances inhaled into the lungs in an atomized state are very rapidly sent straight into the blood stream, cells and tissues of the body.
Medical nebulizers can usually be found on eBay.com.
And the pros and cons of nebulizing colloidal silver are discussed thoroughly in my in-depth article, Using Colloidal Silver With a Nebulizer, which also has an accompanying video demonstration of nebilizing colloidal silver.
My thought at present, strictly for myself, would be to nebulize some 10 ppm colloidal silver into my lungs for five or six minutes, as many as four times per day, upon suspected initial exposure to an Ebola-infected individual.
I might do that for three or four days in a row, in addition to taking the larger-than-usual oral daily doses of colloidal silver discussed above.
Then, after three or four days, I'd likely stop using nebulized colloidal silver altogether, and continue for the remainder of the maximum 21 day incubation period with my larger-than-usual oral daily doses only.
During this time I'd also drink plenty of fresh, pure water daily, in order to flush any excess silver from my body in order to help prevent permanent accumulation in the tissues.
I'll probably also take specific antioxidant nutrients known to help the body effectively process, utilize and eliminate silver, such as vitamin E (i.e., 400 IU daily of mixed tocepherols and tocotrienals, Life Extension brand), selenium (i.e., 100 mcg. to 200 mcg., probably three times per week) and N-acetyl-cysteine (400-500 mg. probably three times per week).
These nutrients are recommended by experts such as Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D., and are said to be taken to help the body process higher levels of silver more effectively and efficiently, and to help minimize the possibility of toxicity issues.
As Dr. Wright has stated in the past:
"Silver belongs to the family of metals that also includes copper and gold (both of which can also have numerous health benefits when they're used properly). One of the primary concerns people tend to have about using these metals is the risk that they'll accumulate in the body and lead to heavy metal toxicity. But if you have plenty of antioxidants in your diet, such as selenium, vitamin E, and amino acids like N-acetyl cysteine, you're safe from any harmful effects from this family of metals. Germs, however, are not."
– Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD
Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons to colloidal silver usage, and there are no guarantees of efficacy or of complete and absolute safety.
Everyone's biologically different (i.e., "biological individuality") and so there are no one-size-fits-all solutions.
So the use of colloidal silver for serious situations like Ebola has to be weighed carefully against other factors, including risk-reward questions such as "Are the remote but possible risks of side effects from taking larger-than-usual amounts of colloidal silver over a three week time period worth the potential protective benefits?"
On risk-reward questions like that, each person has to do their own research and make up their own minds, preferably in conjunction with a good, experienced natural health doctor.
Finally, I also very strongly recommend that anyone who's considering using colloidal silver supplementation for a serious situation such as a suspected Ebola infection always keep their primary care doctor or a good, local naturopath fully in the loop.
A good doctor can help establish a health baseline at the outset of any intensive nutrient supplementation plan, and help a person decide whether or not other treatment options should be considered.
Along the way, a good doctor can also help you determine whether or not the supplementation plan is actually working as desired, for the specific purpose intended, and whether or not adjustments need to be made.
Keep in mind that my personal plans for Ebola, as spelled out above, would constitute extraordinary measures. And there's no definitive clinical evidence it would even work.
But considering the much-touted 90% death rate for Ebola, I'd certainly take the chance, personally, particularly considering the good news about colloidal silver coming out of Ebola-stricken West Africa.
Also, please keep in mind that those are purely layman's speculations on my part in terms of what might work. I'm not a doctor. I'm a natural health journalist. And I'm just reporting. I'm not "prescribing" for anyone else.
A journalist should not be your "go to" guy in terms of deciding how to deal with a potentially serious health situation such as Ebola.
The best thing anyone can do in the case of a suspected exposure to Ebola is to check with their own experienced natural health care doctor or primary care doctor who knows their health profile intimately, and ask for their advice and guidance.
The Bottom Line and Personal Preparation
The bottom line is this: This is still America, and you and I still have a right to make the most informed decision possible on vital, potentially life-and-death health matters like this regardless of what the health and medical authorities would prefer.
I'm certainly not taking an "Ebola vaccine" they've admittedly rushed into production with adequate testing.
While the surprising turn of events coming out of West Africa is quite interesting, there's still a lot that needs to be revealed in terms of accurate dosages of colloidal silver for maximum effectiveness against Ebola. So I'll continue to report on this vital news story as more information becomes available.
Until then, personal preparation would appear to be the most important key.