Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge...
In this clinical study, titled “Colloidal Silver: A Novel Treatment for Staphylococcus aureus Biofilms,” published in March 2014 in the journal International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, researchers wanted to determine whether or not colloidal silver would be useful as a treatment for bacterial bio-films that often cause “recalcitrant” (i.e., stubborn, chronic) sinus infections.
It’s important to understand that bacterial bio-films are essentially a protective matrix that colonies of bacteria erect around themselves like a “fortress” in order to protect themselves from threats such as antibiotic drugs, or even from the immune system itself. These bacterial bio-films are very similar to plaque formation on teeth.
It’s estimated that up to 80% of all infections involve bacterial biofilms, especially infections in the sinuses, urinary tract, gums, bones, as well as some heart and lung infections. And these bio-films are, in part, what are making some infections harder and harder to treat with conventional antibiotic drugs.
According to the study authors:
“The aim of this study was to determine whether colloidal silver has any direct bactericidal effects on these biofilms in vitro.
...After using this [colloidal silver] solution as a nasal spray, the symptoms of a previously recalcitrant Staphylococcus aureus-infected chronic rhinosinusitis patient were observed to have improved markedly.”
In other words, a person suffering from stubborn chronic sinus infections caused by Staph bacteria that had formed bio-films inside the sinus cavity was treated with colloidal silver in the form of a nasal spray, and the sinus condition “improved markedly.” The authors concluded, “Colloidal silver directly attenuates in vitro S. aureus biofilms.”
As naturopath and clinical nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe has stated:
“Widely used to control sinus infections, colloidal silver can benefit people as a nasal spray, according to a study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology last year.
Specifically shown to kill Staph aureus, you can add a few drops of silver in a ‘neti pot’ or by applying directly into your nasal cavity and letting it drain down your throat by tilting your head back.
Also, it’s important to point out that recent research indicates that hidden infections by pathogens could be a cause of respiratory inflammation associated with common allergies and asthma. Colloidal silver destroys Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, which may be the reason why airborne allergy sufferers often find such dramatic relief from colloidal silver.”
And as one of my favorite natural health websites, Earthclinic.com, states:
“Colloidal silver is a safe and effective alternative medical treatment for sinus infections, with antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. With nearly 32 million cases reported to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention annually, sinus infections can easily be considered one of the most common low-risk health conditions.
However, just because the condition is low-risk in terms of associated health effects does not mean treatment isn't warranted or necessary. Because of pressure, inflammation in the nasal cavity and congestion, a sinus infection can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. Colloidal silver can help.
Colloidal silver is typically used in conjunction with a neti pot when sinus issues are involved. The silver is available in a liquid form which can be dropped into a mixture of warm salt water. After mixing, transfer the solution to the neti pot and insert the solution into the nasal passages using the nozzle. Allow the sinuses to drain.”