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IMPORTANT INFORMATION - FAQ
WHERE DOES THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE COME FROM?
The basis of this FAQ is a collection of information gathered from the writings of Colloidal Science Professionals and the standards and nomenclature set forth by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. We have chosen to use references from before the internet boom only, as we feel that the competitive arena of internet marketing has prompted unscrupulous marketers and spin doctor's to present misconceptions, and at times blatant lies, about the products they sell and the products of their competitors. At Bio-Alternatives we have two simple standards;
1. Produce and market the highest quality dietary supplements available at the lowest possible prices.
2. Provide truthful, fact based information on colloidal silver without the hype that has become so prevalent these days on the internet.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DOESBIO-ALTERNATIVESTM HAVE FOR THE MANUFACTURING AND MARKETING OF IT'S COLLOIDAL SILVER?
Our staff is experienced and knowledgeable. The executive editor of this website and this FAQ holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology, one of the most respected schools of Health Technologies and Engineering in the Northwest, and is experienced in the fields of Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging Technology. Our production technicians have spent countless hours studying manufacture techniques and the physical/chemical properties of Colloidal Silver. This background in Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology give us the expertise and qualifications necessary to provide you with scientific facts. We know what we are talking about and give you straight forward information with no spin. The quality of our products speak for themselves as attested to by our satisfied customers and outside laboratory analysis. Our manufacturing facility is FDA registered and we adhere to strict GMP standards.
WHAT IS COLLOIDAL SILVER?
There is really nothing mysterious about Colloidal Silver. The term "colloid" merely refers to particles suspended in solution. In the case of Colloidal Silver these "particles" would be silver and the suspension medium would ideally be pure water. It stands to reason then that the best form of Colloidal Silver would consist of nothing more than pure water and silver particles. Unfortunately some very sophisticated looking websites promote the false idea that a colloidal system (colloid) does not include ions yet the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (The definitive authority on ALL matters of chemistry) clearly refer to the Colloidal Ion in the Definition and Classification of Colloids. Any author who disputes this fact can only be undereducated and unqualified to write concerning such subjects, or they are intentionally misleading the reader in an effort to promote products they have an interest in.
DOES PARTICLE SIZE MATTER?
Yes. The most important characteristic of an effective Colloidal Silver product is the size of it's silver particles. Small particles are a must. Ideally the particle sizes should range between 0.01 - 0.001 microns (um) ((1).
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH DEBATE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IONIC AND PARTICULATE COLLOIDAL SILVER?
This is a prime example of the marketing hype that is spreading across the internet today. There should be no debate because the fact is that an ion IS a particle (2) (an ion is an atom with an electrical charge and an atom is the SMALLEST particle of an element). Therefore not only is an ion a particle, it is an EXTREMELY SMALL PARTICLE and small particles are the defining element of a quality Colloidal Silver product. Small particles are more important than PPM, more important than color, and more important than the method of manufacture. Small particles (atoms and ions being the SMALLEST particles) are THE MOST IMPORTANT THING to look for in colloidal silver.
HYPE BUSTING FACT
|All Colloidal Silver products, even those marketed as "particulate elemental silver", contain ionic silver. Any attempt to make claims about detrimental effects of of ionic silver (there are no detrimental effects known) would also apply to the product they are trying to promote.|
I HAVE READ THAT SILVER IONS COMBINE WITH CHLORIDE IONS AND FORM SILVER CHLORIDE (AgCl), IS THIS TRUE?
Ionic Silver does not "magically" transform into silver chloride. In order for silver chloride to form there must be chloride ions present. In pure H2O there are no chloride ions, therefore Colloidal Silver produced using pure water and pure silver will contain no silver chloride. If impurities are present in the water used in the manufacture of Colloidal Silver many silver compounds may be formed such as Silver Chloride, Silver Fluoride, Silver Bromide, Silver Iodide, etc. It is IMPERATIVE that pure water be used in the manufacture of quality Colloidal Silver to prevent these compounds from forming. The presence of these compounds in a Colloidal Silver product will most likely be seen as discoloration.
There will most certainly be some formation of AgCl upon the ingestion of ionic silver due to the large amounts of chloride ions available within the stomach. There has been much thought given to the concept that this reaction may be part of what makes colloidal silver effective. At any rate there is NO RESEARCH WHAT-SO-EVER that would indicate that the formation of AgCl detracts from the beneficial properties of silver nor is there any evidence that it is excreted any more rapidly or differently than elemental silver. AgCl is nontoxic.
WHAT COLOR SHOULD COLLOIDAL SILVER BE?
Colloidal Silver should have no color what-so-ever. Suspended particles in water can produce color by refracting light, however the size range of silver particles that produce this phenomenon is between 0.2 to 1.2um (3), much too large for a quality Colloidal Silver product. If a colloidal silver product is yellow or dark it is a result of;
a.) The silver particles being too large
b.) The presence of an unwanted substance
c.) Both of the above
As a result of the research he conducted Professor Ronald J Gibbs, director of the Center for Colloidal Science at the University of Delaware between 1981-2000, reported that all of the highest quality colloidal silver products were colorless.(1)
HYPE BUSTING FACT
|Professor Ronald J Gibbs is known
as the most respected author ever to have written about Colloidal
Silver, and was the director of the Center for Colloidal Science at the
University of Delaware for nearly 20 years. His body of work includes
over 85 reviewed journal articles and 5 technical reports. He edited 14
books and presented lectures at 61 national and international meetings.
In his excellent book Silver Colloids - do they work? Professor Gibbs
tells us on page 25 that a Colloidal Silver with any color is "not
acceptable" and goes on to state "The highest quality
colloidal silver products tested were all colorless".
Ironically some manufactures of Colloidal Silver who lean heavily upon Professor Gibbs research for the production and marketing of their product, often times even quoting his book Silver Colloids - Do They Work?, will also claim that colorless Colloidal Silver is ineffective. This would certainly seem an inexcusable contradiction in light of the fact that Professor Gibbs expressly states that all high quality Colloidal Silver is colorless.
WHAT ABOUT PARTS PER MILLION (PPM)?
Probably the most misunderstood concept in regards to Colloidal Silver is parts per million (PPM). Higher ppm does not equate to a more effective product, as a matter of fact we believe that concentrations over 12 ppm causes a colloidal silver product to be LESS effective. We have the ability to produce much higher ppm Colloidal Silver at absolutely no additional cost to us but we believe it would reduce the quality of our CS. The reasoning behind this assumption is that concentrations of silver particles at 12 ppm or greater tend to agglomerate producing larger particles. These larger particles hinder absorption and bio-availability thereby rendering the product less effective. This also explains why 12ppm and greater concentration products are yellow or dark.
HYPE BUSTING FACT
|Even marketers of "Particulate Colloidal Silver" include ionic silver when calculating parts per million of total silver concentration. If ions are not particles how then can they be included when counting parts (particulates) per million?|
DOES COLLOIDAL SILVER NEED TO BE STORED IN A GLASS BOTTLE?
While some manufacturers insist that their product be stored in only dark glass bottles, this is not the case for a quality colloidal silver. This requirement pertains only to protein fortified and unstable products. Colloidal Silver that breaks down when exposed to light or plates out when stored in plastic is inferior and is not recommended. Bio-AlternativesTM Colloidal Silver does not have these issues and maintains it's integrity for very long periods in HDPE bottles.
WOULD A HIGH PPM COLLOIDAL SILVER PRODUCT DILUTED TO 10 PPM BE THE SAME AS BIO-ALTERNATIVESTM COLLOIDAL SILVER?
No. Colloidal Silver processed to concentrations over 12 ppm will have surpassed the agglomeration threshold and large particles will have been formed. Dilution will bring the parts per million level down but will not reduce the particle size. Therefore, a high ppm Colloidal Silver product that is diluted down will NOT have the same effectiveness as a Colloidal Silver that has never been over the 12 ppm agglomeration threshold due to increased particle size.
ARE THE PRODUCT COMPARISON REPORTS I SEE ON OTHER WEBSITES RELIABLE?
All we will say about this is READER BEWARE! This form of misleading marketing is spreading rapidly across the internet and seems to be especially prevalent in companies marketing dietary supplements. This ploy usually consists of two separate websites working together. One posing as an independent and unbiased information resource while the other site is selling a particular product. These set-ups can be very elaborate in their deceptiveness, wolves in sheep's clothing so to speak. The supposed information resource site may look very official and scientific but the sole purpose of this type of site is to make competitors products appear sub par and to make the product they want to sell appear superior while slyly directing readers to the site that sells their product. We find this form of advertising to be deceitful and unethical.
Here are guidelines for recognizing these bogus information sites;
1. If the site is listed in the "sponsored links" or "sponsor results" area of the search engines (Yahoo, Google, MSN, etc.) it is almost CERTAINLY a commercial endeavor. The costs of being listed on these spots can run HUNDREDS of dollars a day and a non-profit or public service type of organization simply can not afford these advertising costs.
2. If the site spends much of it's time making many products appear inadequate or low quality, it is most likely a site dedicated to unscrupulous marketing.
3. If the site in question brings the spotlight to one or a few products making them look good in contrast to the products that it has misrepresented it is most likely part of a deceptive marketing scheme.
HOW CAN BIO-ALTERNATIVESTM OFFER A HIGH QUALITY COLLOIDAL SILVER AT SUCH LOW PRICES?
A better question might be why do other manufacturers charge so much for their colloidal silver? At Bio-Alternatives our aim is to provide the highest quality supplements available at the lowest possible price. We have accomplished this goal with our Colloidal Silver. You will not find a higher quality CS anywhere, and you certainly can't beat the price! We honestly want you to be able to afford superior dietary supplements. Nothing makes us smile bigger than when we receive a testimonial about how one of our products has helped improve someone's quality of life at a reasonable cost. It's a win-win situation!
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1. Silver Colloids - Do They Work? Ronald J Gibbs ISBN: 0967699207, 1999
2. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
3. Orr and Dallavalle, 1959