Inflammatory bowel diseases including various forms of colitis seem to be becoming endemic in the population.
The CDC estimates, for example, that some 1.3 million people in the U.S. alone now suffer from colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases, and that between nine and 12 people per every 100,000 people per year end up with inflammatory bowel disease in the U.S.
Colitis can be acute, but self-limiting. Or it can be chronic, which is to say, persistent and ongoing.
What’s more, it can be triggered or exacerbated by infections such as E. coli, Salmonella, C. difficile, Shigella spp, Yersinia enterocolitis, Aeromonas spp, or Campylobacter (which is associated with an eight to 10 times higher risk of developing ulcerative colitis), or certain intestinal parasites.
Additionally, it can be associated with autoimmune or genetic factors.
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
I’m continually asked whether or not colloidal silver might be an effective remedy for the various forms of colitis and the painful flare-ups involved.
Unfortunately, there are to my knowledge zero clinical studies demonstrating silver to be effective against colitis or other inflammatory bowel and intestinal diseases.
“I discovered the beneficial use of colloidal silver (in combination with cold-pressed aloe vera juice) for ulcerative colitis many years ago after reading an article that claimed it is caused by an intestinal infection called mycobacterium paratuberculosis gotten by ingesting tainted dairy or meat.
Previously, I posted an article on Colloidal Silver and Crohn’s Disease to The Silver Edge website, which includes several lengthy testimonials from Crohn’s sufferers who found profound relief after using colloidal silver.
If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, you might want to read it.
What About Colitis?
Over the years I’ve also received a small handful of testimonials (anecdotal accounts) from people suffering from various forms of colitis. Here’s one of the latest:
That’s interesting, because the gentleman is apparently gaining relief from colitis flare-ups by using colloidal silver rectally.
However, since I’ve never used colloidal silver rectally, I can’t comment with any degree of authority on this particular usage beyond what the anecdotal account above states.
Another colitis sufferer posted something similar on the IHaveUC.com website. She wrote:
When asked to explain more about how she gave herself the colloidal silver enemas, she wrote as follows:
Another ulcerative colitis sufferer wrote:
“I tried the colloidal silver enema in the morning for two weeks now. It has helped reduce the bleeding by about 30%. It did not completely alleviate it as it did with you but at least it’s move in the right direction so I’ll continue for a while.”
And another ulcerative colitis sufferer who tried this same method wrote:
“I wanted to give you an update. The vit E enemas turned out to be a dead end so I moved on to the colloidal silver enemas. I did not get the rapid results you did, and ended up doing 2 weeks.
By the end of the two weeks, the blood was 90% gone which is great but still no full remission. The good news is I have maintained this level even after stopping the enemas.”
So the colloidal silver enema technique clearly works better for some colitis sufferers than for others. And this may have a lot to do with whether or not an active infection is involved in the disease process.
Colloidal silver, of course, is a well-known natural antimicrobial substance, considered by some to be the most powerful natural infection-fighting agent in the world.
But in cases where the ulcerative colitis might be originating from genetic or auto-immune factors, then silver’s well-known anti-inflammatory properties might still provide at least some relief since inflammation is such a large part of the disease process.
Most of the people using colloidal silver enemas for colitis say that afterwards they’d also supplement with a good probiotic supplement, or with natural probiotic foods like yogurt, homemade kefir or even sour cabbage (i.e., fermented veggies).
According to an article titled “10 Top Items for Addressing Ulcerative Colitis Naturally,” which appeared on NaturalNews.com and was written by our old friend and investigative reporter Tony Isaacs:
“Colloidal silver combined with probiotics can be very effective against ulcerative colitis.
Colloidal silver helps eliminate bad intestinal bacteria as well as any other pathogens which have invaded the affected areas.
Colloidal silver also aids healing.
Since colloidal silver may also eliminate beneficial bacteria, it is essential to take probiotics separate from the colloidal silver.
Probiotics are themselves among the most popular inflammatory bowel disease remedies.
Friendly bacteria that reside in the gut help manage ulcerative colitis because they help control the number of potentially harmful bacteria, reduce inflammation, and improve the protective mucus lining of the gut.
A University of Alberta study found that probiotic supplementation of 3,600 billion bacteria a day for 6 weeks resulted in 53 percent of the patients having remission and another 24 percent having noticeable improvement.”
What Tony’s talking about in his article is the theory of competitive inhibition. After you use colloidal silver to get rid of the pathogens, you want to restore the levels of beneficial microbes in your intestinal tract through probiotic supplementation.
In other words, the good bacteria tend to outcompete any disease-causing microbes that might still be in the intestinal tract, keeping them from forming large colonies, spreading and exacerbating the colitis condition.
What the Experts Are Saying
In an older edition of Dr. Balch’s bestselling book, Prescriptions for Natural Healing, he wrote (in the section describing various health conditions that respond favorably to colloidal silver usage) that silver could be used both orally or “applied topically” for ulcerative colitis. He stated, on page 667:
Ulcerative Colitis – “A natural broad-spectrum antiseptic that fights infection, subdues inflammation, and promotes healing. Can be taken by mouth or applied topically.”
Colitis is also mentioned as one of the conditions for which colloidal silver had been found useful before the advent of prescription antibiotic drugs.
See, for example, this list of 109 different infections and diseases for which colloidal silver was used by doctors back in the early 1900’s.
And There’s More…
What’s more, Alfred Searle, in his circa 1920’s book, The Use of Colloids in Health and Disease, wrote that taking colloidal silver orally can be helpful for colitis as well as for other bowel and intestinal inflammatory conditions. Searles stated:
“Taken internally, the particles of colloidal silver are resistant to the action of dilute acids and alkalies of the stomach and consequently…pass into the intestine unchanged. The importance of this is obvious in such conditions as ulcerative urticaria…dermatitis… dysentery, diarrhea and colitis.”
Finally, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine mentioned colitis in one of their bulletins, explaining that it’s one of the conditions colloidal silver has been helpful against in the past. They wrote:
“Among the conditions colloidal silver has controlled are severe burns, acne, boils, candida and yeast infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive problems and colitis… however these uses of colloidal silver are not clinically proven.”
And that’s the issue:
Colloidal silver has not been clinically proven for any medical treatment. But some people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases have indeed found it to be of benefit. That might make it worth trying, just to see.
However, from a strictly layman’s point-of-view, I’d recommend that if you have colitis and you choose to try oral doses of colloidal silver, you start small, using only typical mineral supplementation doses (i.e., only a teaspoonful several times a day at first) to make sure it doesn’t irritate the issue.
Everybody’s biologically different. What helps one person might not help another. And there are always rare subsets of people who don’t handle nutritional supplements well, or whose conditions might be exacerbated by a supplement.
By starting small, you can judge whether or not there’s any relief, and titrate the dosage upwards, gradually, a teaspoon full at a time, until the best relief is found.
You might also want to obtain a copy of the 30-page Colloidal Silver Safe Dosage Report, which is available FREE by email, and which explains how to determine your maximum safe daily dosage rate based on your body weight and the ppm of the colloidal silver product you’re using.
And of course, if you’re adventurous, you might consider trying the colloidal silver enemas, as described above by people who have successfully used them.
Finally, since the various forms of colitis are very serious conditions, should you decide to try colloidal silver you should definitely let your specialist know what you’re doing. That way, he (or she) can monitor your progress.