IV nutrient therapy offers treatment benefits for a large number of medical conditions. We have begun to offer IV silver therapy for the treatment of Lyme disease. Silver is a natural remedy that dates as far back as 1000 BC when Persian king Cyrus used silver vessels to treat water for drinking.
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Silver solutions have been approved by the FDA since the 1920’s for the treatment of a variety of infections. Silver can be used to treat infections as simple as the flu, but has shown its most dramatic affects in the treatment of Lyme disease.
How Does IV Silver Therapy Work?
IV silver kills Lyme through oxidation and alkylation. Oxidation is used to kill germs. Our cells have a well-developed antioxidant system that protects them from oxidation, whereas bacteria, fungus and viruses have no such protective systems. Oxidative treatments such as high dose IV vitamin C and IV silver are excellent adjunctive therapies for Lyme disease. While there is a risk of germs developing a resistance to antibiotic treatment, germs do not have the same ability to build a resistance to oxidation. Thus, oxidation is a very effective means of destroying unwanted germs.
Silver compounds that have very small particle sizes are the most potent type of silver therapy. These particles are termed nanoparticles and have a very large surface to volume ratio. This allows more free silver ions to be available, and a greater surface area for the silver to generate its oxidative actions for killing Lyme.
Silver Hydrosol vs. Colloidal Silver
Silver hydrosol, which is simply silver particles suspended in pure water, is the safest and most potent composition. It contains no silver proteins or stabilizers. The introduction of nanoparticles eliminated the concerns that are typically associated with colloidal silver, such as argyria (turning blue), convulsions and GI side effects.
Due to the small size and large surface area, much smaller doses of silver nanoparticles are necessary for medical efficacy, which further increases safety.
The Affect of Silver on Bacteria
Silver nanoparticles penetrate bacterial cell walls, causing structural changes to them. It also increases membrane permeability, which leads to bacterial cell death. Silver inhibits biofilm formation, which allows for the destruction of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The silver nanoparticle enhances drug delivery through the protective biofilm, further reducing the virulence of the infection. Silver nanoparticles also have strong antifungal and antiviral properties as well. Virulent bacteria such as Borrelia Burgdorferi, the cause of Lyme disease, produce endotoxins that further damage joints, tissues, and organs, which can cause pain and inflammation. Silver nanoparticles aid in the removal of these endotoxins in addition to the damaging affect on biofilm.
Is IV Silver Therapy a Safe Option to Treat Lyme Disease?
Silver is a heavy metal, but its clinical effects are opposite to that of the poisonous metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. The margin of safety for silver is far greater than for the other heavy metals and its toxic dose is significantly greater than these other metals. All patients with Lyme disease should undergo heavy metal testing prior to silver treatment as certain heavy metals can be very immunosuppressive and decrease the effectiveness of silver treatment.
IV silver offers an excellent, well-tolerated, safe approach to the treatment of Lyme disease. By disrupting biofilm formation, reducing endotoxins, and destroying microbial replication and virulence, silver plays a powerful role in the complex treatment of chronic Lyme disease, often reducing clinical symptoms and improving a patient’s health and well-being.