Are Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles Harmful to Human Cells?

In fact, as far back as the 1970’s and 80’s the late Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. conducted groundbreaking research at Syracuse Medical University using tiny, electrically generated, sub-microscopic silver particles. And in human trials he found absolutely no harm to cells or tissues.

Anti-silver environmentalist groups such as the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) and the Friends of the Earth (FOE) claim that silver nanoparticles are harmful to human cells.

But the idea that silver nano-particles are harmful to human cells is ridiculous at face value.

In fact, as far back as the 1970’s and 80’s the late Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. conducted groundbreaking research at Syracuse Medical University using tiny, electrically generated, sub-microscopic silver particles. And in human trials he found absolutely no harm to cells or tissues.

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This, even though in many cases he generated the tiny nano-sized silver particles directly into the tissue and bone of his patients using a low-voltage electrical device and pure silver mesh, or silver electrodes that were surgically implanted into his patients’ infected wound sites. Not only did the silver nano-particles cure the infections (including many antibiotic-resistant cases of osteomyelitis), they also triggered bone healing and tissue regeneration – hardly a harmful result.

Becker would later write, “What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries… All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics… In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”

Even the latest medical research demonstrates no harm to cells from nanosilver. In fact, research published in the June 2009 issue of the prestigious medical journal ACS Nano demonstrates that nanosilver in the bloodstream acts to prevent blood clotting, and that the presence of silver in the bloodstream causes no apparent harm to cells.

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