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Frequently Asked Questions, Frequently Asked Technical Questions

What is a Colloid?
Colloid is a fancy scientific word for "tiny" or "minuscule". Colloidal minerals are minute particles of gold and silver that have been broken down and suspended in water so they are ingestible by humans. Colloids for Life colloidal dietary supplements are manufactured using today's most advanced technology (mesoprocess) that breaks the metals down into the smallest, most effective particles possible, called mesoparticles. Our mesoprocess is a unique, proprietary method, pioneered and developed by the scientists at Colloidal Science Laboratory, Inc. (CSL).

What happens if the colloid freezes?
Freezing can damage the colloidal suspension. If a colloidal suspension is allowed to freeze,the suspended particles may precipitate and fall to the bottom. If the color has changed to clear like water after thawing then the colloid is irreversibly damaged. If the color is normal, then the colloid is OK.

What is the shelf life of the Mesocolloids?
Our colloid products made from noble metals (silver, gold, platinum, palladium, and iridium) have an infinite shelf life. Titanium, while not a noble metal also has an infinite shelf life.

Colloids made from non-noble metals (i.e. copper and zinc) have a limited shelf life, typically 4 to 6 weeks, once the bottle is opened. Air, which includes oxygen, enters the bottle when it is opened. The oxygen will cause the metal nanoparticles to slowly oxidize converting them into their ionic state. For this reason, it is best to purchase a bottle size that you would expect to consume in 4 weeks or less.

Storage of Mesocolloids
Refrigeration is not required for any of the products. To maximize shelf life it is best to:

  • avoid storing the Mesocolloids at temperatures above about 80 degrees F.
  • store bottle to avoid direct sunlight.
  • do not drink directly from the bottle, pour from the bottle into a dispenser spoon or cup
  • do not pour any unused liquid back into the bottle.

What exactly do Colloids do?
Metal colloids used as dietary supplements provide the body with minerals required to maintain optimum health. The basic functions of minerals in the body are building and regulating. The building functions of minerals affect all soft tissues, such as ligaments, muscles, and tendons, and the skeleton. Minerals regulate body functions such as heartbeat, nerve response, transport of oxygen to body tissues, blood clotting, and body fluids' internal pressure.

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Is this some New Age fad?
Knowledge of the benefits of precious metals has been around for centuries.

Gold: Ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations used gold therapy to reverse, inhibit, and prevent joint and bone damage from rheumatism, arthritis and aging. In medieval Europe, alchemists used powdered gold in drinks for sore limbs. In ancient Rome, gold was used for skin ulcers. The use of Gold in modern medicine began with German Bacteriologist Robert Koch, who discovered that gold compounds inhibit the growth of the tuberculosis bacillus. He received the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Gold is used today in surgery to patch damaged blood vessel, nerves, membranes and bones.

Silver: Silver colloids were discovered in the 19th century. You may remember your grandparents putting silver dollars in their milk to retard spoilage. Prior to 1938, colloidal silver was used by physicians as a mainstream antibiotic treatment and was considered quite "high tech". Production methods were costly, however, and the pharmaceutical industry moved in with financially lucrative drugs. Using colloids can provide more benefits today because of the revolutionary method use to produce them, the Mesoprocess.

Why are these products not FDA approved?
The U. S. Congress passed an act which prevents the FDA from regulating vitamins and dietary supplements. Our products are dietary mineral supplements, not drugs. The FDA regulates the drug industry.

The U. S. Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 which spells out the regulations as they apply to dietary supplements. The provisions of DSHEA define dietary supplements and dietary ingredients; establish a new framework for assuring safety; outline guidelines for literature displayed where supplements are sold; provide for use of claims and nutritional support statements; require ingredient and nutrition labeling; and grant FDA the authority to establish good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations. The law also requires formation of an executive level Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels and an Office of Dietary Supplements within the National Institutes of Health.

Does the FDA have evidence about risks associated with Colloidal Silver?
In researching the safety of non-protein colloidal silver one customer wrote the FDA. See his letter and the response from FDA.

Are There Contemporary Studies That Support The Use of Colloidal Minerals?
In the late 1970s, Robert O. Becker, M.D., author of The Body Electric was studying regeneration of limbs, spinal cords and organs. He discovered that silver ions promote bone growth and kill surrounding bacteria. In 1978, the March issue of Science Digest included an article called "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter", which said in part, "Thanks to eye opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic fights perhaps a half dozen different disease organisms; but silver fights some 650. Moreover, silver is virtually nontoxic." In the same article, Dr. Harry Margraf, a biochemist, says, "Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have'"

How do Colloids work?
Colloidal silver appears to be a powerful, natural antibiotic. It reportedly disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for their oxygen metabolism. The result is the destruction of the disease-causing organism.

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Regarding colloidal gold, The brain is a collection of about 10 billion interconnected neurons. Each neuron is a cell that uses biochemical reactions to receive, process and transmit information. In the brain, nerve cells communicate with each other through the interconnections of neurons, called synapses. It is believed that the nanometer sized particles in colloidal gold effect the electrical charges that are produced when those neurons fire, in effect enhancing the normal communication that takes place between the nerve cells. This enhancement is believed to be responsible for increased brain functions and improved motor skills that are reported by users of Mesogold.

Why does Colloidal Silver take longer to work when antibiotics have been used?
The use of antibiotics impairs the body's immune system from fighting fungal infections and in many cases actually causes outbreaks of candida and other fungal infections. Many infections are fungal based, including most sinus infections. Severe overuse of antibiotics can cause the immune system to crash leading to many other immune deficiency related ailments including chronic fatigue. Low level bacterial, fungal and viral infections can thrive in the body when the immune system becomes impaired.

Why do symptoms seem to worsen when Mesosilver is initially used?
A condition called Herxheimer reaction, also referred to as a healing crisis, may occur. As bacterial, viral and fungal micro organisms are destroyed they release toxins. These toxins, along with the body's natural process of purging them from the system, can lead to achy, flu-like symptoms. The resulting discomfort may by present for 2 to 3 days.

Does Mesosilver harm the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract?
No, not when taking normal dosages. Mesosilver is absorbed in the small intestine and at normal doses it passes through the small intestine walls and into the bloodstream before reaching the large intestine. The large intestine (or colon) contains beneficial bacteria that aid in food digestion. In the event that someone took an unusually large amount of Mesosilver, say 8 ounces, it is possible that some would reach the large intestine where it could possibly destroy beneficial bacteria. In this event, the bacteria could be replaced by taking acidophilus or eating yogurt. Even if nothing was done, the bacteria would replace itself within a few days.

Can Mesosilver and Mesogold be taken along with prescription drugs?
Yes. Mesosilver and Mesogold do not interfere with or interact with medications. Both gold and silver are noble metals, which means they do not readily combine with other substances to form compounds, so they do not interact with medications, herbs, or other supplements.

Can Mesosilver and Mesogold be given to infants and children?
Yes. Dosages should be adjusted for the reduced body weight of children and infants. Dosage of one teaspoon for every 70 pounds of body weight is generally appropriate.

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Is Mesosilver safe to take during pregnancy?
We do not have any scientific studies that can prove that Mesosilver is safe to use during pregnancy. It is believed to be safe and many users have used it during pregnancy. No adverse effects have ever been reported.

Can Mesosilver be taken by a nursing mother?
We do not have any scientific studies that can prove that Mesosilver is safe to use by a nursing mother. It is believed to be safe and many users have used it while nursing. No adverse effects have ever been reported for mother or child.

Can Mesosilver be used for pets and large animals?
Yes. Mesosilver is commonly used on pets and large animals for many infections, such as ringworm, staph infections, and eye infections.

Can Mesogold and Mesosilver be taken together, or at the same time?
Yes. Since the Mesocolloids are all true colloids, meaning they are not ionic solutions, they can be taken together without any interactions.

Why are the Mesocolloids shipped in plastic bottles when many other companies say that only glass should be used?
True colloids consists of particles, not ions, and do not require glass bottles. Our products are shipped in PET plastic bottles. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, a form of polyester. PET is commonly used to package soft drinks, water, and fruit juice. PET plastic bottles are the single most prevalent beverage bottle produced in the world today. A product that must stored in a glass bottle is most certainly an ionic product, not a true colloid.

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Why are the Mesocolloids sold in clear bottles, not amber or blue colored bottles like many other products?
Mesocolloids are not photosensitive.

The ionic silver solutions produced by generators used by home hobbyists tend to be photosensitive and will deteriorate over a short period of time if not shielded from visible light. By storing such solutions in amber bottles the deterioration is reduced. The most photosensitive solutions are produced using the low voltage DC process, often by using several 9 volt batteries. The requirement for an amber bottle indicates a photosensitive, unstable solution. Only the lowest quality solutions are photosensitive.

High quality products are not photosensitive and do not require an amber bottle.

Does Mesosilver cause Argyria or "Blue Skin"?
No. Argyria is a discoloration of the skin wherein the skin turns a blue-grey color as a result of over exposure to certain forms of silver. Argyria is known to be caused by ingesting; 1) silver salts (compounds) such as silver nitrate, 2) high concentrations of ionic silver, 3) protein based silver products AKA "silver protein" or "mild silver protein". Argyria is not caused by true silver colloids which consist of nanometer sized particles of silver in pure water.

Does Mesosilver or Mesogold accumulate in the organs of the body?
No. The metallic particles contained in Mesosilver and Mesogold are in the form of nanometer sized particles. These particles do not accumulate in body tissues or any organs. The nanoparticles are passed out of the body with waste within a few days of being ingested.

How do I know whether I need the Gold or the Silver?
Both are excellent, for different reasons. Think of Silver as a natural antibiotic that works on hundreds of infections. Gold is more for enhancement and strengthening of energy, focus, circulation, the immune system, tissue regeneration, absorption of nutrients, anti-aging and emotional balance, but is also very effective for arthritis pain and other degenerative conditions. Feel free to e-mail us at service@colloidsforlife.com to inquire about a specific condition that may not be mentioned on our site.

How long do they take to work?
Of course results vary with individuals. In three to four days, silver results begin to appear, in some cases results appear in as little as one or two days. Gold results will depend on the condition it is being taken for.

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What would cause MesoSilver to turn clear like water?
MesoSilver will turn clear as water if it is frozen solid or contaminated in use. To prevent contamination:

  • only pour out of the bottle, never pour back into the bottle.
  • never put anything in the bottle such as a Q-Tip, tube, or straw.
  • do not drink from the bottle.
  • do not touch the inside of the bottle cap.
  • do not soak cotton balls by placing over the bottle opening.

When the color is clear, it is not unsafe, although it has lost its effectiveness.

What would cause visible particles in MesoSilver?
There are no visible particles in a bottle of MesoSilver when it is shipped from the factory. MesoSilver is a colloid consisting of silver nanoparticles that are too small to be seen by even the most powerful optical microscopes. However, for a number of reasons, these nanoparticles can aggregate to form larger particles that are visible to the naked eye. These particles can appear like specs of 'black pepper' that have settled to the bottom of the bottle. These particles are not harmful and can be ingested without causing any problems. If the bottle is shaken the particles will temporarily re-disperse.

Potential causes of particle aggregation:

  1. Exposure to cold temperatures or partial freezing.
  2. Contamination of the product due to environmental conditions. Air pollution present in the atmosphere can be absorbed into the liquid and slightly alter the ionic species which can cause some particle aggregation to occur. This also frequently causes the apparent color to change. If you live in a location where you can "see" the air, then it contains substantial pollution. Many large metropolitan areas have air pollution that you can "see"
  3. Contamination of the product by drinking from the bottle or inserting foreign matter into the bottle such as Q-Tips.

To avoid contaminating the bottle never:

  • drink from the bottle
  • insert anything into the bottle (Q-Tip, straw, etc.)
  • pour anything into the bottle

One or more of these conditions may cause the appearance of aggregated particles. The product is not defective and is safe to continue to use.

More FAQs on the silver-colloids.com site.

I've heard that copper Is also a beneficial metal.
Colloidal copper is said to be of great benefit, particularly to the skin. We are in the process of researching the manufacture of colloidal copper, and hope to be able to begin offering it soon.

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These products have not been tested or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease.

Colloids For Life makes no claims or promises as to health benefits of its dietary/health supplements. All research information is provided as a courtesy to our customers. Consequences of dietary, topical or other use of any product is the sole responsibility of the customer. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us at ColloidsforLife.com.

Colloidal Silver Products Can Help You Live A Healthier Life
When browsing through the many different colloidal silver products available today, you may be asking yourself “What is colloidal silver?” To get a better understanding of what really is colloidal silver and what it can do for you, it is helpful to know what a mineral colloid is.

A mineral colloid is a supplement that is capable of providing the body with certain minerals that help you maintain an optimum level of health. Minerals are able to help the body build soft tissue and other essential life-sustaining elements in your body

Silver has been used since the 19th century to help benefit the body. In the years prior to 1938, colloidal silver products were commonly used by doctors as an antibiotic treatment. Since production of these products was typically expensive, however, the pharmaceutical companies stopped producing these products and moved on to others that were more lucrative to produce.

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