Infection Cures

Updated: 05/30/2012

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"An infection is the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign species. In an infection, the infecting organism seeks to utilize the host's resources to multiply (usually at the expense of the host). The infecting organism, or pathogen, interferes with the normal functioning of the host and can lead to chronic wounds, gangrene, loss of an infected limb, and even death. The host's response to infection is inflammation. Colloquially, a pathogen is usually considered a microscopic organism though the definition is broader, including feces, parasites, fungi, viruses, prions, and viroids. A symbiosis between parasite and host, whereby the relationship is beneficial for the former but detrimental to the latter, is characterised as parasitism. The branch of medicine that focuses on infections and pathogens is infectious disease.

A secondary infection is an infection that occurs during or following treatment of another already existing primary infection." (Wikipedia)

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

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[YEA]  09/19/2009: Sean from Houston, Texas: "Thanks for your website. I developed a skin infection several weeks ago. I manifested itself by an itchy, red rash that developed into blister/boil type skin irritation just north of the knee. I soaked a piece of cotton gauze with apple cider vinegar and applied it directly to the area secured by a piece of paper tape overnight for 4 or 5 nights and also during the day a couple times. It completely healed up and is gone. Thank you."

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[YEA]  04/05/2008: Adam from Melbourne, Australia: "Over a year ago I got some skin disorder from wearing dirty gloves. I ended up with about 10 patches on my hand where the skin would constantly peel off. I tried all sorts of moisterisers, then I had positive results from fungle creams and lotions but still kept coming back.So the Doctor was next, His medication never worked either. Then a bloke I know who proclaims to be an Alchemist said "Half water, half apple cider vinegar in a squirter bottle. Spray on the hands a couple of times a day. Plus drink a cap full". And wulla, its gone. Apparently it evens out the PH levels in the skin. I advise to use natural oils (eg. Coconut) to moisterise the skin also. Now to see if it can cure my reflux."

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05/30/2012: Courdylia from London, Ontario, Canada replies: "How long did you have to drink ACV and spray it on your hands to see results?"

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BORIC ACID

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[YEA]  02/24/2011: Quinn from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Usa: "I have had recurring cracked thumb tips on the sides of the fingernail and have tried many types of moisturizing creams, vaseline, bandaids, etc. The cracks would heal and then kept coming back.

After learning from your site that painful, cracked finger tips can be caused by a bacterial infection, I mixed 1/2 tablespoon Boric Acid and 1/2 cup boiling water and allowed the mixture to cool. Every time I walked by the mixture, I dipped my fingertips in the boric acid solution, immediately the pain ceased and within two days the cracks were entirely healed over.

Thanks Earthclinic for all of your wonderful suggestions, and I hope this one will help someone!"

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BREAD POULTICE

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[YEA]  06/28/2011: Linda from Scranton, United States: "evaporated milk over bread you use it to an infected area n it draws out the infection. it even removes glass from your foot."

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[YEA]  07/03/2010: Scott from Hanston, Ks, Usa: "Bread Poultice - Infection & Splinter Cure

This was a remedy used by my Grandmother for years, living on the farm, it was too far to run to the doctor for small infections, spider bites, splinters, glass, asphalt, scrapes, puss, etc.. You would soak a piece of bread with water, at bedtime, wrap it with bread wrapper to hold moisture in, and wrap with Ace (elastic) Bandage. When you awoke in the morning the venom, splinter, glass, rocks, infection and or puss lay on the surface of the bread. Acts like a sponge drying out, creating suction & removing obstruction. Other than the 3 hour bath (wrinkly) skin, laughing aloud, it works miracles."

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CALCIUM

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[YEA]  05/14/2007: Scott from Pen Argyl, PA: "Calcium can cure certain infections. I learned about this from an infomercial on coral calcium which I initially ignored. I'd cut myself grooming my dog and the cut became slightly infected. I remember the commercial so I decided to try calcium in a 2-1 ration with magnesium with vitamin D, 2 tablets every 4-6 hours. It took 2 days for the infection to go away. I tried this again when I'd gotten bitten breaking up a fight when my dog was attacked by another. This happens occasionally since my dog is for stud and is thus unneutered. I'd gone to the emergency room each time and had antibiotics prescribed which didn't always work and would take between 2 to 4 weeks to cure the infections. I've been developing a resistance to antibiotics.

On this occasion I knew the emergency room would only prescribe expensive antibiotics again. I started taking the calcium but these have been nasty infections so I made an appointment to see a doctor in her office rather than paying the exorbitant emergency room costs.

The doctor confirmed the infection and was surprised it wasn't worse. I explained how I was treating myself with calcium. She declined to prescribe any antibiotics but told me if the infection didn't get any better to call her and she'd call in a prescription to my local pharmacy. I didn't make that call. After 3 days of treatment the infection was completely gone.

The theory behind why calcium works on infections is that bacteria and viruses may need an more acidic environment in which to survive. Lowering the acidity sufficiently makes the body and inhospitable environment for bacteria and viruses and kills them off.

There are two important risks to consider. This may not be true of all infections so if it is a serious infection it is wise to consult a doctor.

The other important risk is with cardiovascular diseases. Calcium might add to plaque in the arteries. This could kill you. Consult with a doctor before you try calcium if you even think you might have cardiovascular problems."

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[YEA]  02/22/2011: Larry from Missoula, Mt. Usa replies: "The comments on using calcium to reduce the acidity, and thus make the body less a host for the invading organism, is right on. I found, quite by accident, some years ago, that eating hot peppers, such as in spicy mexican food, at the sign of a cold or flu would quickly eliminate all symptoms. The peppers are alkaline, and thus return the body's natural acid/base balance.

On the net a while back, I found a natural "detox" solution that I now keep on hand to treat any type of infections. It is made up of hot peppers, garlic, myrrh gum powder, 100 proof vodka, and ionic silver water. I'm not a doctor, and not advising this for anyone else, or for treatment of any specific ailment. It is only MY observations, based upon what has worked for me."
07/17/2011: Desiree from Portland, Or replies: "Hi, Can you please send me your detox recipe, including the amounts and name brands. Name brands will help me locate the product. Thanks!"

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CHAMOMILE

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[YEA]  02/20/2008: Rachel from Cambridge, UK: "I tried the Chamomile bath above for an infected cut in my foot after the doctor told me I would have to take oral antibiotics (my fourth course in 2008!) if it did not improve in two days. I bathed the cut twice a day for fifteen minutes (two tea bags in a litre of water). I also used an antibacterial cream and a paste of tumeric and honey (kept on for fifteen minutes after the chamomile bath - dyed my food yellow). Day three and the infection is nearly gone."

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[YEA]  07/05/2007: Marinette from Cleveland, U.S.A: "One of the best remedies for infections is strong chamomile tea. Our family has used this for many years. An elderly woman we knew years ago, fell down the stairs which resulted in an ugly infection in her hand. She was diabetic and the doctors could not heal her. My mom made a pan of strong chamomile tea and the woman soaked her hand in it for 15 minutes. Immediately you could see a difference. She continued doing this for a few days and was completely healed. It is best to make the tea fresh each time. Thank you for this excellent website!"

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GARLIC AND ONION POULTICE

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[YEA]  01/20/2012: Yanny from El Paso, Tx: "Father had infected blister on ear lobe. Gramother -Native American/Mexican's recipe to clear boils and skin infection as follows. This is a homemade antifungal antibacterial application. Gram said no one ran to a drug store.

Take 1 TBSP of macerated-mashed/crushed whole fresh garlic, combine with 1 Tablespoon for finely mashed onion. Combine along with 1/2 apple cider vinegar, mix together with pinch of neosporin cream to combine. Apply over boil or skin infection-Cover overnight with absorbent pad. Repeat every other night. By Third application- Infection will be drawn out and skin will lift- producing new skin underneath. Carefully use antiseptically clean tweezer-dipped in Alcohol to remove dead skin and Q-tips to remove infected material that will ooze and surface on to material used to cover. Once removed, Combine, neosporin with Orangic Olvera gel to refresh and moisturize area. Dad's dermo was shocked and in disbelief when he saw my dad's new skin on his ear and ear lobe. Manuka honey can also be used to moisturize area after infection has cleared."

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03/22/2012: Hol from Eleuthera, Bahamas replies: "Got Uti... Drink Onion juice.. it works!!! Even overnight, I couldn't believe how strong onion juice could be but a friend told me to try it and it works amazingly well! She also told me Garlic is even stronger for fighting infections, I just hate the scent, but I'm gonna try them both for 14 days-a month."

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HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

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[YEA]  10/04/2007: Khalisa from Memphis, Tennessee: "After using Nair hair remover on my bikini area, I developed a HUGE disgusting "razor" bump in a very embarrassing place. I immediately went online to find out how to get rid of it and all sites said "leave it alone" That the ingrown hair will eventually force it's way out. So I did. And 2 days later it was even bigger and I could see that it was infected (was like big puss bubble. Yes - GROSS). So since I use Peroxide on everything else that ails me i said why not. I soaked a cotton ball in H2O2 and used a band aid to secure it in that spot overnight. By morning, that bump had shrunk to at least 3/4 of its original size and all that infection was out of it. Now all I have to do is fish the hair out, but the peroxide worked GREAT. I LOVE H2O2. I have also used it as a mouthwash for years. About 10 yrs ago my dentist prescibed an expensive mouth wash for me (Periodox) and seeing that H202 was the main ingredient, I started rinsing with Wal-Mart grade and saved myself $38.02 a month. My mouth is in excellent health and my dentist STILL doesn't know I dumped his expensive prescription years ago."

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OIL OF OREGANO

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[YEA]  09/23/2011: Jeff from Oak Ridge, Tn - Tennessee: "I recently fell 30 feet off a ladder shattering both my feet and severely breaking my left ankle. After two surgeries to fix my left ankle, I started to get an infection in the hole my bone popped through. My doctor gave me some antibiotics to take for 5 days. Shortly after taking all the meds, the infection got worse and spread to the surgical incision. A friend recommended using oil of oregano to battle the infection. I started taking 3 drops 4 times a day under my tongue. Within 2 weeks my infection was gone and the wound itself was reduces by more than half. Needless to say this has won me over to natural remedies."

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POTATO SLICE

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[YEA]  01/31/2012: Newallalyn from Newalla, Oklahoma: "Hi, I am very new to this site. I'm going to enjoy reading it though. My remedy might be old news here. I was in my 20's and nursing a baby boy. I took a round of anti-biotics to cure my mastitis infection. Several months later I had another breast infection. This time the infection was much worse.

My husband talked to a Native American woman at work who gave some great advice for infections. I visited my Dr.again and again she gave me antibiotics. But before I took them I thought I would give the alternative way a try. The information this woman gave my husband worked!! I took a clean potato and cut a nice slice from the middle and put it on my breast infection. I think the slice was about a quarter to a half inch thick. I put the slice directly on my infected breast and held it in place with my nursing bra. I woke up the next morning and ALL the infection was gone. I did not use the antibiotics for mastitis again. I hope this helps!"

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REMEDIES NEEDED

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02/07/2011: Suzanna79 from Forest Hills, Ny: "I pierced my navel 9 years ago. About 2 weeks ago I started having pain in that area, followed by what is now a full blown staff infection. I am getting contradicting advice from my physician; one is telling me to keep the ring in so that an absess doesnt form, the other is telling me since it is infected I need to take it out. Both have advised that I take a very heavy dosage of antibiotic. Do I take it out, or do I leave it in? the infected area is now surrounded by what looks like a rash diagnosis is Staff. Please help!!! "

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02/07/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi Suzanna79,

It's a deep infection or just an infection of the skin?

If it's skin infection than Colloidal silver will do the trick. If it's a deep infection than you need to take an enzyme like Nattokinase on an empty stomach with EDTA. and 30 to 40 min latter you take an antimicrobial (allicin, colloidal silver, turmeric or any antimicrobial).

Reduce your carb intake during the treatment.

If the protocol doesn't work you can contact me at: jyt at live dot ca for other protocols. But as far as I know attacking the biofilms with Nattokinase and adding EDTA will make the bacteria very weak and can be managed with any kind of antimicrobials (I hate the word antibiotics).

Good luck,

Tommy"
02/08/2011: Suzanna79 from Forest Hills, Ny, Usa replies: "Tommy,
Thank you for the advice, im hate the word antibiotic as well. It seem like its a deep infection. The piercing wasnt silver, it was a white gold ring. I applied a sea salt water compress to the area yesterday, today, however it seems to have gotten more inflamed and the rash around it worsened (very red, bumpy and terribly itchy Im going to try the Nattokinase hopefully it works. Again, thank you for the advise."
02/08/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi,

Regarding the silver, I was speaking about colloidal silver which is a natural antimicrobial and not the piercing.

Nattokinase alone doesn't work. Nattokinase just disturbs the bacterial biofilms and that will allow the colloidal silver to make a big damage to the bacterial colonies.

Best regards,
Tommy"
02/21/2011: Mweather from Menifee, Ca, Usa replies: "There are a lot of ways to kill bacteria without resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. If you think of bacteria like a bug? Well there's 100 ways to squish a bug, right? Some things I've had firsthand experience with:

8 cat's claw stopped a tooth infection in 2 days that amoxicillin and ciprofloxacin couldn't touch in 2 months. I kept taking the cat's claw for a week to make sure it wouldn't come back.

A friend of mine had some unknown kind of eruption on his arm. It was just a gooey mess. He has Lyme Disease. His dermatologist had tried everything to clear this skin infection over a period of 3 months - nothing worked. Not oral antibiotics, not topical antbiotic creams.

I put a chlorine dioxide solution (about a 1/4 teaspoon) on it and by the next morning the infection had gone and the skin had begun to heal. I applied it once more for good measure and it had darn near completely disappeared by the next day. That was 2 years ago - it didn't come back.

My daughter had 2 years of cystic acne. She washed her face with neem soap and the acne was much clearer in 3 days. She strips her skin once a week with apple cider vinegar (the wax in bar soap can create problems), and the neem soap is still keeping her skin clear.

See...all of these things kill bacteria. You just find something that you prefer - plenty of remedies out there to choose from! :O)"
02/22/2011: Greg from San Jose, Ca, Usa replies: "Concerning your navel piercing. You mentioned it is made of "white gold". Some white gold alloys can be extremely high in nickel and it is possible that you are also suffering from an allergic reaction to the nickel in the gold alloy. Legislation in some countries has banned nickel in white gold alloys. "
04/21/2012: Rob from Winter Haven, Florida replies: "Tommy, I saw your post for the infection and was wondering how many times aday to take the Nattokinase on an empty stomach with EDTA then 30-40 minutes later take Colloidal Silver? Also how long should I take that for? Thank you"

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[QUESTION]  07/23/2010: Newlife from Missouri, United States: "I made the mistake of getting my nipples pierced when I was 18. I took them out when I was 23 and I am now 26. For the last two years, I've had a white discharge coming from the piercing holes and through my natural nipple hole. I understand that it is white blood cells coming through, but they won't close up! I eventually want to have children and the discharge makes me uncomfortable during intimate moments. Any suggestions on what to try in order to treat this?"

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07/24/2010: Labes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Dear Newlife,
You did the right thing by removing those piercings that could weaken your immune system for a longtime. Your infection seems like an infection of the mammary glands and ducts that's why there is the white discharge. The best step you can do is have a biopsy from this white discharge to know exactly which bacteria is causing this infection. The same time, you have to rub an ozonated oil ( olive oil, flax seed oil, sunflower) to the infected area 5 times a day. You can also take ionic silver solution internally to weaken the germ. When you start killing the bug you have also to take some immune boosters like selenium, Vit D, magnesium. You can also take a very strong probiotic and mix them with yogurt and then apply it to your nipples and let it stay for a while. Taking probiotics internally will also kill the bacteria because probiotics will produce their own antimicrobial that will spread through your blood and body and inhibit any germs to control the environment. I hope you will find some tips helpful for you and I wish you a good health."
07/24/2010: Tina from Toledo, Ohio, Usa replies: "I have read that comfrey as well as activated charcoal poultices will draw out and fight infections. You are to also drink comfrey tea 3x a day and drink 1 T. Of powdered activated charcoal in a cup of water. Make sure to have lots of fiber in your diet to help with elimination as the charcoal could cause constipation otherwise."

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SINUS FLOODING

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12/12/2010: Sugar Krisp from Calgary, Alberta, Canada: "I found the most amazing cure for my sinus infection on Cure Zone and think that it should be posted here has well. (I know I haven't been posting long enough to post URL's, but I'm hoping the earth clinic staff can find a way to get this information to the EC community) I have been suffering from a disabling sinus infection for 6 months (including the dizziness and fogginess that makes living a normal life nearly impossible. I have tried all remedies that are posted for sinus infection here, all with moderate relief but no cure. Upside down Sinus Flooding has cured me after only 2 days!! The Sinus Flooding process:


In an empty and clean nasal spray bottle:
Mixture:

3% Hydrogen peroxide (regular pharmacy):
Baking soda: One or two pinches. Kosher salt or sea salt: One pinch. OR I use the pre-mixed saline package you buy for the neti pot. Add about 40 parts of saline sol't to one part H2O2 (in my 3oz nasal spray bottle this is about one cap full)

I place a towel and a tissue nearby and then stand over my sink and point my forehead down into my sink. I forcefully spray the mixture into each nostril to force the antiseptic mixture around any swollen turbinates or polyps. After my Nasal Passages fill up, additional spraying may cause the mixture to come out the other nostril. I make sure that the container tip is firmly implanted in my nose so that it's difficult for the liquid to come back out of that nostril. If it stings, I wait for the stinging to subside and then repeat the forceful spraying, into each nostril, until the sprayer is empty. I keep my head down for a few minutes to let the mixture seep into all areas. A lot of the mixture can foam out of my nostrils, down my forehead, and into the sink. A little messy. I keep my eyes closed so that it doesn't drain into my eyes. I lift and tilt my head upwards, while it's over the sink, and let my nose drain. The discharge can look pretty bloody, foamy and nasty.

Since my nasal membranes have healed, there is much less foam and NO blood. I then stand up and use the tissue to clean my forehead of foam and discharge. I don't blow my nose for a few minutes. This allows the mixture a little longer to do its job with my head in an upright position. For full details I would search upside down sinus flushing. I just looked on Google and the same very helpful article shows 3 times on different websites. A few cautions can be noted for those worried about getting the solution into your tubes. Definitely worth a read if you're getting as desperate as I was."

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12/13/2010: Tanya from Hailey, Id, Usa replies: "Have you looked into oil pulling? The threads here are amazing. I have my own amazing story on it from the past two weeks, but the first thing I noticed was that my gloopy morning nose has dried up and I've not had to "blow" my nose ONCE in the past 2 weeks. I'm serious. I don't have the coughy, spitty, snooty nose and chest I have to fight every day. I'm truly impressed. If you read that thread, look up sesame oil. I like it and can go for 15 minutes very first thing every day, followed by a warm water rinse and brush with baking soda."
[YEA]  02/23/2011: Fighting Grandma from Holiday, Florida replies: "Another oil that works fabulous is organic Coconut Oil in oil pulls. I've noticed that you get incredible results in just 5 minutes instead of 15-20."
10/02/2011: David T from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "For 19 years I have used colloidal silver to kill infections of all kinds. It is very effective when applied into the sinus, sore throat and even infected ears or eyes. I give bottles away to friends. You can buy it, usually at highly inflated prices, at your local health food stores. I make my own with a little "generator"... 27 volts of battery power using pure silver "rods" (about the thickness of paper clips) into warm water, two cups of purified water and eight minutes later, you have a cloud of silver in the glass cup. I dilute again with another eight cups of purified water. At that point you cannot see the silver or taste the silver.

You will be amazed at how it will knock out a sore throat. I gargle twice 30 minutes apart. That kills 90 percent of all throat problems. To get into the sinus most effectively I use an ear syrenge and gently squirt into both sinus passages. The dominately infected side will sting. But the second time you reapply (best after 20 minutes or so) there will be no stinging. Again that kills most sinus infections. Over the years I know that I might have to keep at the infection for 4 or 5 applications. Remember viruses sometimes come with a protective coating. Those kind must get doused with silver more than the non coated kind. If I use a "dropper" to drip into the sinus, that method does not really get the silver all through the sinus passages. Best to put 20 drops in palm of hand and sniff deeply to get "way back" into the sinus area. Again, the ear syrenge is best. One light squirt as I sniff deeply will pull the liquid deeply into the sinus area. I lean my head back and let the silver drain back into the throat and swallow. This has been my preferred method for 16 years in dealing with sinus infections. I used to get four really bad colds a year with one or two of them getting into the lungs. I have only had perhaps five infections in the past 10 years that were "fierce" and even then the silver has really helped keep them under some managable control. Three of them were treated for three weeks. Only two got to the respiratory.

If the infection has gotten to the upper respiratory, I use a mist producting machine and of course I put silver solution into the "pan" and I breath the warm mist deeply into the lungs. That normally takes 5 applications daily for 3 or four days.

For infections that have gone "systemic" or body wide, I would take about a quarter of a cup of silver solution on an empty stomach twice daily. Ending a system wide infection may take six months to kill throughout the body. One systemic infection I came across was very dramatic in demonstrating silver's effectiveness. Patient had a bite on his back (not sure what bit him) and within 3 days swelling and pain had migrated five inches into the shoulder and neck. Months it stayed there and patient lost all energy. He could not work. 4 expert MDs later and after five months the condition had only worsened. Appled silver solution with DMSO to affected neck. Only one treatment. He took silver internally twice a day for six months. In only one week he could tell that his energy was returning. He went back to work in about 2 weeks and no symptoms in a month.

I do not take silver daily. I take it only if I suspect an infection. If I have an eye infection I only use silver for two applications in a day and only for two days. Skip a week. Then I reapply.

Silver can kill virus, bacteria and fungus.

To get to an infection under the skin, I like to use silver solution mixed with an equal amount of DMSO, an effective solvent used universally by Vets. (We are animals too.)

No, my skin has not turned blue."

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