My home and travel first-aid essential: Colloidal Silver

Long before modern antibiotics, silver was used. In centuries past, people would place pieces of silver in drinking water to prevent the growth of bacteria. Today preparations of silver are often used to protect the eyes of newborns from viruses and to prevent infection from burns. Around the world, especially in Russia, China, Japan, and Germany, silver has long been used with bandages and other medical supplies as an anti-infection agent.

Colloidal silver is a form of silver that is suspended in water for both oral and topical use.  I consider it a staple for my home and travel first-aid kits.

When I worked in a health store many years ago, a customer told me the story of how she had used colloidal silver to heal her father’s leg after it had developed an infection following amputation.  She was told  by the hospital to expect gangrene to set in and to call hospice.  Her research lead her to colloidal silver, which she applied externally to his leg until it healed.  He lived almost two years after that, and his death was unrelated to his leg.

Silver has been tested and found effective against a host of disease-causing microorganisms. It works by disabling a specific enzyme that many unwanted microorganisms need to breathe. Studies on Silver Shield by Nature’s Sunshine show that it has equal or broader spectrum antibacterial activity than any one antibiotic tested.  It is also antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic, and is approved as non-toxic by the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA). Silver Shield will not cause discoloration of the skin and is safe for regular use by both adults and children. Silver Shield can be ordered at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.

I used colloidal silver often with my own children to help combat bacteria and viruses, and now use it with my grandchildren (I put it on all of their “ouchies”).  At the first sign of illness, I use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orally.  It’s virtually tasteless, so no one complains!

I apply it topically with a cottonball to help combat eye infections and soothe minor burns (I keep a bottle in my kitchen). When our family lived in Mexico for almost a year, our two sons contracted an eye infection that was common to the region.  Instead of getting the recommended antibiotic, I applied the colloidal silver to their eyes with cottonballs, and it cleared!  Note:  To prevent recontamination, do not use the same cotton ball on each eye.  More serious infections may require medical intervention.

My husband has had success in using it as a mouthwash and gargle for tooth infections and sore throats, and as ear drops for ear infections. I carry it with me in a small spray bottle to spray on cuts and burns, as a quick sanitizer (hands, toilets, hotels, etc.), or when I suspect food poisoning or contaminated water.

It can also be placed on a bandage before covering a wound. With so many antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new viruses surfacing, Silver Shield is a must for our first-aid cabinet!

I do not recommend taking colloidal silver, including Silver Shield, as a daily supplement.  I use it medicinally, as needed, for first-aid and minor conditions.  If you have a more serious infection or illness, you may need to seek medical treatment.

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

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Fish for breakfast?

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and eat breakfast.’ . . . .Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.”  John 21:12a, 13

Jesus and His disciples started the day with a power breakfast to sustain their busy ministry.  Fresh fish is a healthy source of protein, potassium, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 essential fatty acids.  Whole-grain bread provides energy and fiber.

People who eat lots of fish seem to have thinner blood.  Norwegian scientists discovered that eating three ounces of mackerel daily could thin the blood within six weeks and reduce the risk of clogged arteries, heart attacks, and strokes.  Mackerel has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower blood pressure.

One study in Great Britain, involving hundreds of participants, showed that those who ate a diet heavy in fish developed higher levels of the good HDL cholesterol, even higher than those of vegetarians.

A study in The Netherlands compared those who ate one ounce of fish a week to those who ate none.  The risk of heart disease was 50% less among those who ate just one ounce of fish weekly!

Fish oils also seem to help reduce the risk of many cancers, including breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate, and colon.

A study at the University of Cincinnati of people with chronic migraines reported that 60% of those who took fish oil capsules had a reduction in both severity and frequency of headaches over a six-week period.  The average number of migraines dropped from two a week to two every two weeks.

Fish is often called ‘brain food’ for good reason!

Fish and its oils contain tyrosine, an amino acid that stimulates the brain to produce neurotransmitters that help us feel more alert.

DHA is a type of omega-3 fat that helps enhance brain health, including learning and memory.  It helps keep the lining of the brain cells flexible so memory messages can pass easily between cells.  The brain and retina of the eye contain the highest amounts of DHA of any tissues in the body.

Studies also indicate that taking fish oils can have positive anti-inflammatory benefits for skin and respiratory conditions, kidney disease, and menstrual cramps.

Tips for consuming fish and fish oil:

Choose wild-caught over farm-raised fish.

Mercury levels can be higher in larger fish like orange roughy (sea perch), blue fin tuna, yellow fin tuna, albacore tuna, bigeye tuna, ahi tuna, swordfish, shark, marlin, king mackerel, grouper, and catfish.

Lower levels of mercury are found in salmon, flounder, freshwater trout, mackerel, haddock, herring, mahi mahi, tilapia, whitefish, whiting, sole, pollock, and sardines.  Canned chunk light and skipjack have lower levels of mercury than other tunas.

Eat cilantro with your fish to help remove mercury.

Choose fish oils that are certified mercury free.

Eat fish with fins and scales, as they protect the fish from mercury, worms, parasites, and disease.

Cilantro Pesto

Process in blender until smooth:

1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves (preferably organic)

1/2 cup raw almonds

3 large garlic cloves (peeled)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon mineral-rich salt (more or less to taste)

1/4 cup organic parmesan cheese (optional)

To make it spicy and add a circulatory boost, add a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

Serve with fish, pasta, or fresh veggies.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

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Nature’s First Aid: Colloidal Silver

Long before modern antibiotics, silver was used. In centuries past, people would place pieces of silver in drinking water to prevent the growth of bacteria. Preparations of silver have been used to protect the eyes of newborns from viruses and to prevent infection from burns. It has long been used as an anti-infection agent with bandages and other medical supplies around the world, especially in Russia, China, Japan, and Germany.

Silver has been tested and found effective against a host of disease-causing microorganisms. It works by disabling a specific enzyme that many unwanted microorganisms need to breathe. Studies on Silver Shield (Nature’s Sunshine product) have shown it to have equal or broader spectrum antibacterial activity than any one antibiotic tested. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic, and is approved as non-toxic by the EPA. Silver Shield will not cause discoloration of the skin and is safe for regular use by both adults and children. Silver Shield can be ordered at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.

I used colloidal silver often with my own children to help combat bacteria and viruses, and now use it with my grandchildren. Besides giving it to them orally, I use it topically to combat eye infections. My husband has had success in using it as a mouthwash and gargle for tooth infections and sore throats, and as ear drops for ear infections. I carry it with me in a small spray bottle to spray on cuts and burns, or as a quick sanitizer. It can also be placed on a bandage before covering a wound. With so many antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new viruses surfacing, Silver Shield is a must for our first-aid cabinet!

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking medication, consult your health care provider.