The Great Debate
There is actually a lot of debate on the internet about particulate v/s ionic silver. Some colloidal silver manufacturers claim that only "particulate" silver is true colloidal silver and as such, always works best, while ionic silver is somehow its vastly inferior cousin.
In reality, ionic silver solutions are not in the least bit inferior to particulate silver solutions. In fact, recent studies have shown quite the opposite. As you'll see below, ionic silver solutions have been demonstrated to be up to 10,000 times more effective against pathogens than particulate silver solutions.
The myth that the particulate form of colloidal silver is somehow superior to the ionic form has been perpetrated by a handful of very vocal individuals on the internet who have a vested financial interest in selling an overly-expensive bottled commercial particulate-based colloidal silver product.
Laboratory tests conducted since that time have demonstrated that the ionic form of colloidal silver is up to 10,000 times more effective than the particulate form. This may sound astonishing, even unbelievable, considering the internet propaganda on behalf of the particulate form of colloidal silver. But it is true.
Below I will quote directly from an article titled "Comparative Analysis Study Shows Ionic Silver to Be Up to 10,000 Times More Effective Than Particulate Colloidal Silver: the End of the Great Particulate vs. Ionic Silver Debate," written by former U.S. Army medic by R.D. Todd:
"The results were astonishing! With or without the HCl mixture added, the Staphylococcus cultures (both S-1 and S-2) on the plates were virtually eradicated in just four minutes when treated with ionic silver. But the culture plates treated with the so-called "true colloid" particulate silver showed only a slight reduction in the bacterial count!
The principal conclusions from the study are as follows:
• Before being treated with HCl, the ionic species of silver achieves total kill in four minutes, and is at least 100 times more potent than the particulate form of silver.
• The particulate form of silver, which does contain a small amount of silver-ions, loses almost all its antibacterial potency when the ionic silver component is removed (a result of the reaction to HCl).
• Comparative antibacterial potency loss in ionic-silver, due to the same HCl treatment, is negligible.
• After being treated with HCl, under the same experimental conditions, the ionic-silver is now shown to be a whopping 10,000 times more potent than the particulate silver.
The results of this study clearly show that ionic species of silver dramatically outperformed the particulate species of silver. In fact, it was not even close!
The facts are: ionic-silver killed all S. aureus microorganisms with only a four minute exposure while the particulate species product was only marginally bactericidal at best, which can be attributed to the small amount of ionic silver found in it."
Medical Studies Show Ionic Silver Works Best
The reality is that the ionic form of colloidal silver is the form used in hundreds of clinical studies carried out since the early 1900's
Even Dr. Robert O. Becker's ground-breaking research into the effectiveness of electrically generated silver ions, conducted at Syracuse Medical University during the 1970's and 1980's, attributed the astonishing infection-fighting power of silver to the silver ion, i.e., the ionic form.
What's more, Dr. Becker used a small electronic device that generated very low micro-amps of current in order to produce his silver ions within the human body -- a device very much like the colloidal silver generators used today which also exclusively make the ionic form of colloidal silver ingested by millions of people across North America to fight off or prevent infections, colds, flus, and even help heal serious chronic degenerative diseases.
Dr. Becker's research into electrically generated silver ions (i.e., the ionic form of silver) is largely credited with bringing the healing capacity of colloidal silver to the attention of natural health enthusiasts throughout North America.
158 Clinical Studies Prove Ionic Silver Works Best
There are over 158 clinical studies listed that demonstrate the astonishing effectiveness of the ionic form of colloidal silver.
For example, studies like the ones conducted at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, which is home of the world renowned Army Burn Center operated by the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, have proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that it is the ionic form of silver that is necessary to healing.
The Army Burn Center has been at the forefront of research and development of burn treatments and has been researching the use of silver in medicine for decades. To quote Albert T. McManus, MD, Chief of Microbiology at the Army Burn Center who conducted one such study, "…conversion of silver to silver ions is necessary for efficacy". In other words, for silver to do its infection-fighting and immune-boosting work, it must first be converted into the ionic form.
There is a reason why millions of people worldwide have been using the ionic form of colloidal silver with great success for decades! Simply put, because it is the form that works!
Major companies using Ionic Silver Technology
AcryMed, a nanotechnology company, recently announced FDA approval of its product SilvaGard, a silver-nanotechnology coating to protect medical devices from bacteria. The company stated, "Ionic silver has been long recognized and used as a highly effective antimicrobial."
Covalon is a manufacturer that has introduced an antimicrobial silver-ion releasing, collagen-based sheet dressing for wound care. In January 2006, the president of the company was quoted as having said, "In the wound dressings market, silver dressings growth outperforms all others in the category."
Curad and Johnson & Johnson bandages are now available
to the consumer with ionic silver impregnated into the gauze so as to
destroy dangerous microorganisms. In
the medical field, another company, AgION has stated that, "Today silver is
a key ingredient in new high-tech, powder coated finishes that hospitals and
doctors' offices are using to protect walls, counters and other germ-gathering
The list of ionic silver based products and applications is growing.
Samsung recently introduced a clothes-washing machine that they claim kills 99% of bacteria in cold water by using silver ions. Adidas and Polartec have licensed silver coated nylon fabric known as X-Static to incorporate germ-killing silver in athletic and outdoor clothing for their ability to kill odors and promote thermal properties.
Recently announced J-Wear is a new type of anti-bacterial, water-absorbent, odor-eliminating clothing designed for space missions by the Japanese space agency, Jaxa. Antistatic and flame retardant, the socks, T-shirts, trousers and leggings are made of cotton and polyester with a silver coating.
ARC Outdoors uses silver infused fabric from NanHorizon Inc. to produce antimicrobial socks for the U.S. military. SmartSilver is a brand of odor-eliminating underwear, stocking caps and gloves that kills bacteria on contact using ionic silver. ARC sells to Wal-Mart, Bass ProShops and Cabelas.
Slippers and pillows now have ionic silver compounds incorporated into the fabric to prevent odor-causing bacteria. Containers for food storage are now being impregnated with ionic silver releasing compounds to prevent bacterial growth that contributes to spoilage. Writing pens, bath mats, cutting boards, and door knobs are being coated with silver compounds to prevent bacteria from being spread.