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Colds And Flu's

The cold is believed to be the most common illness in the world.

When someone says, "I have a cold," what he or she means is, "There is something in my body that is causing me to have the set of symptoms that we call a 'cold.'" The set of symptoms normally includes things like a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, "chills" and a headache. It does not include a fever -- normally, if there is a fever it's called "the flu."

Is your Winter on its way,,its just finishing here,,and there have been some nasty Flu Viruses,,many gravitating to the lungs. Being natural therapists we tried many herbs and natural remedies, now some folks have had these coughs and lung issues for 10 weeks and more, if ever i Doubted man made viruses this one had me believing, it gets better,then blow me down if its not back a few days later,,,we tried every thing in our arsenal, from lemon and honey to large doses of vitamin C , lung tonics and lots of well know herbs,,nothing worked for long ,and believe me after 30 years in this field we have a huge arsenal and knowledge base,,,But then it dawned on me why not attack the bugs in the lungs from the inside,,i put some colloidal silver into a nebulizer we had on the shelf,,and wow 24 hours later i and many of the clan had stopped constantly coughing,,it lingered for a few days in a very mild form then completely disappeared,,and Hasn't come back..!!! at last i can get a good nights sleep :)

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There are many different viruses that can cause cold symptoms, but about half of the time a cold is caused by a class of viruses called rhinoviruses.

The viruses are spread by tiny droplets in the air (such as from a cough or sneeze) or from direct contact (especially handshaking Shopping carts and playgrounds). Infected people can spread the virus from a day or two before they even have symptoms to three or four days after the symptoms start.

There are over 200 viruses that can cause the common cold, an infection of the upper respiratory tract. It is estimated that healthy adults get an average of two colds per year. Children generally get many more because their immune systems are immature, and because they haven't yet developed immunity to many of the viruses that cause colds. If an adult gets colds often, it may be a sign that his or immune system is not working properly.

Cold viruses (rhinovirus) infect only a relatively small proportion of the cells lining the nose. Membrane damage is mild. Cold symptoms are due mainly to the body's response to the infection. When a nasal cell is infected by a cold virus, the body responds by activating parts of the immune system and some nervous system reflexes. The immune system contains a variety of natural substances called inflammatory mediators. Inflammatory mediators help protect the body from infection and other harmful events. Some inflammatory mediators are released when nasal cells are infected by a cold virus. The names of some inflammatory mediators involved in colds include histamine, kinins, interleukins, and the prostaglandins.

The rhinovirus gets into the cells lining your nose and starts reproducing. It arrives from other people -- it is not cold weather that causes a cold, but the fact that cold weather causes people to congregate together indoors, which makes transmission of the virus easier. The virus generally moves from someone else's hands to your hands (either directly or through some intermediate surface like a door knob), and from your hands into your nose or eyes.

According to a four-year study conducted by the University of Arizona's Environmental Research Lab and sponsored by Clorox, grocery carts are veritable petri dishes teeming with human saliva, mucus, urine, fecal matter, as well as the blood and juices from raw meat. Swabs taken from the handles and child seats of 36 grocery carts in San Francisco, Chicago, Tucson, and Tampa showed these common surfaces to rank third on the list of nastiest public items to touch, with only playground equipment and the armrests on public transportation producing more disgusting results. In terms of playing host to germs and bacteria, the carts are far worse than public bathrooms, which at least are cleaned more often. Bacteria and viruses such as E.coli, staphylococcus, salmonella, and influenza can live on grocery carts, a sorry fact most shoppers are blissfully unaware of.

Occasionally a cold can lead to a more serious illness, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or flu. Acute bacterial sinusitis complicates colds in both adults and children. From a 1-5 percent of colds have this complication. The major causes of acute bacterial sinusitis are the bacteria called pneumococcus, hemophilus influenza, Moraxella, other streptococcus species, and staphylococcus. When a common cold has lasted for 7-10 days and is no better or worse, bacterial sinusitis may have developed

Are Antibiotics Working Anymore ???

In 1969, the Surgeon General of the United States declared, "We can close the book on infectious diseases caused by bacteria." Little did he know that those bacteria were apparently smarter than the chemists who created the antibiotics. Most disease causing bacteria are or have developed resistance or immunity to antibiotics through normal evolutionary processes.

Third World Diseases in U.S.

Now, worldwide, the occurrence of infectious diseases is rising dramatically not just in Third World countries, but here in the good old U.S. Medical scientists are getting very worried that we won't find new chemicals to fight them. For example, there are several tuberculosis (TB) strains that are resistant to all antibiotics. Last year in Cincinnati, there was an 838% increase (over the yearly average) in whooping cough among children who had been vaccinated. Source

It turned out that many bacteria were able to breed new and more powerful strains that were resistant to the "new" antibiotics over time. By the 1990's it was obvious that antibiotics were not going to take care of our infectious diseases. Some diseases which were becoming resistant were various strains of Pneumococcus, Tuberculosis and Gonorrhea to mention a few.

With the present day problems of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics, colloidal silver is making a resurgence in popularity and use. One of the reasons for the renewed interest is the fact that bacteria and viruses are not resistant to contact with silver. Colloidal silver may be the magic bullet for mankind if antibiotics are no longer useful. Colloidal silver was used to cure and/or treat many diseases before being replaced with antibiotics.

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40,000 to 50,000 Americans will die from Streptococcus pneumoniae each year. And it's not the drug resistant strain that's doing the killing. It's the regular strain. This disease can manifest in many ways. It can cause middle ear infection in children besides causing death in older persons. It's responsible for half the visits to pediatricians each year. It is the major cause of middle ear infections in children. It's also a major cause of death in older persons.

Bacteria, fungi and viruses cause a great majority of illnesses we have today from runny noses or colds to minor food poisoning. We catch many of these illnesses from being exposed to people as we go through our daily routines. At the end of the day, a quick spritz of EGCS into the nose and mouth could stop dangerous germs you've picked up at work, school, shopping, etc., from doing any damage.

The Rebellion of Germs Against Antibiotics This is a good read:)

Staphylococcus aureus is another disease that is taking over the hospitals in America. There are many strains and some are drug resistant to almost all antibiotics. There is apparently only one antibiotic left that works, Vancomycin. When that one quits working, what will be left to the doctors arsenal? Not much. Another strong antibiotic is Methycillin. Staph is now becoming resistant to it and is called MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureas).

Anyone who has frequent colds or bouts with the flu should perhaps be checked for thyroid malfunction. When you are well, perform the thyroid function self-test. If your temperature is low, consult with your health care provider. If you have thyroid problems that run in your family, be sure to have thyroid function blood tests performed. Make sure they do the full-complete thyroid screening panel (not just the TSH) including thyroid antibody testing, which is helpful in diagnosing autoimmune thyroid problems.

SYMPTOMS

Colds usually strike 18 to 24 hours after the virus enters the body. There is often confusion between the symptoms of the common cold, influenza, and allergies. Influenza is also a viral respiratory infection but caused by different types of virus, is by far the most serious complaint of the 3 can lead to life-threatening complications, particularly in older or frail people. The most common symptoms are:

Head congestion.
Fever.
Sore throat.
Coughing.
Headache.
Restlessness.
Sneezing.
Watery eyes.
Aches and pains.

Warning Congestion, cough, and/or sore throat are signs of a cold, but if these symptoms occur together with fever or fatigue, you may have the flu. If congestion develops in the chest, it is best to consult a health care provider, as chest (lung) infections can be serious. Also contact your health care provider if your fever goes above 102°F for more than 3 days, if yellow or white spots appear in the throat, if the lymph nodes under the jaw and in the neck become enlarged, and/or if chills and shortness of breath occur.

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Introducing carbon dioxide by bubbling air through the water via a fish-tank pump raises the percentage of true colloids. It creates carbonic acid and provides the necessary anion/cation balance, allowing the ion reduction or replacement of the electron back into orbit but in the ion's newly-formed second outer shell. The resulting near atomic-sized particles of silver clump together in groups -the fewer the better- and only then are they small, stable colloids that safely and effectively destroy anaerobic bacteria and virus-infected cells in the body. The remaining ions turn into unusable silver-chloride in the stomach or pass into the bloodstream and uselessly bond with the salts there and are flushed from the body.

The ion/colloid transition is incredibly important in the making of quality medical grade, true colloidal silver. While this naturally occurs in some small percentage of ions even if left alone during manufacture, perhaps the simplest and most effective method of 'tipping the balance' is the addition of tiny amounts of Vitamin C.

Ascorbic acid may afford easier and more efficient electron reintroduction than air bubbling. The phrase 'enough to dust the head of a pin' cannot be overstressed. Add it a few minutes after powering and you may see a hint of yellow-gold come and go; wait a few minutes and add a bit more vitamin C and the liquid may turn yellow. Even more time and vitamin C and it could become golden. Experimentation is in order here but beware; add too much and immediately particles will group into very large colloids appearing as a murky gray brew. If your homemade batch is not clear yellow, consider not taking it except in time of emergency.Source

PREVENTION

Wash your hands often. Nasal secretions containing cold viruses contaminate the hands of people with colds as a result of nose blowing, covering sneezes, and touching the nose. Cold viruses can survive for several hours on hands, tissues, or hard surfaces. A healthy person can contract the virus by touching a contaminated surface, then touching his or her own mouth or nose. Virus on the fingers can also be transferred into the eye in a finger-to-eye contact. Virus deposited in the eye promptly goes down the tear duct into the nose. Once in the nose, a cold virus is transported by mucociliary action to the adenoid area where it starts a cold.

You'll probably be surprised to learn that prior to World War II, the most powerful antibiotic, antibacterial and anti fungal substance was silver! Yes, the same kind of silver that your jewelry or silverware is made from, but it was ground up into small particles and suspended in a fluid. It is called colloidal silver (CS). It was doctors' most useful potion because it killed over 650 different illness causing organisms bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Rest to allow your body to fight off the virus.'

Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute, in a 1996 monograph entitled The Development and Functions of Silver in Water Purification and Disease Control, discuss three mechanisms of deactivation that silver utilizes to incapacitate disease causing organisms. They are Catalytic Oxidation, Reaction with Cell Membranes, and Binding with the DNA of disease organisms to prevent unwinding

Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. wash everything in coloidal silver. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Tending to the sick is going to be the hardest, as this will be where the contamination starts. Be aware of everything you touch, and wash everything in coloidal silver. Stay home from work, schools, churches, meetings, gatherings of any sorts, to help stop the spreading of the flu.

Don't smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.

Studies by C.L. Fox and S.M. Modak with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a tenacious bacteria that is difficult to treat, demonstrated that as much as 12% of silver is taken up by the organism's DNA. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.

Drink plenty of fluids

In 1988, colloidal silver was tested at the UCLA Medical Laboratory.The UCLA report stated that " The silver solutions were antibacterial for concentrations of 1 million organisms per ml of Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus [which in now resistant to Vancomycin, the strongest pharmaceutical antibiotic available] , Neisseria gonorrhea, Gardnerella Vaginalis, Salmonella Typhi [responsible for salmonella food poisoning and Typhus], and other enteric pathogens; and fungicidal for Candida albicans [the common yeast infection, in vaginitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome], Candida globata, and M. Furfur."

Cold viruses may at times be present in the droplets that are expelled in coughs and sneezes. The droplets expelled may land in the nose or eye and cause infection in a new host.

Dr Robert Becker, M.D., author of The Body Electric and Crosscurrents found that silver caused cells to dedifferentiate and re-differentiate in the process of regenerative healing.

" What we had actually done was rediscovered the fact that silver killed bacteria, which had been known for centuries...when antibiotics were discovered, clinical uses for silver as an antibiotic were discarded." Becker said in a 1995 interview with Bio/Tech News.

Dr Becker conducted extensive research into the healing properties of silver for many years at the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. The experiments concluded that silver works on a wide range of bacteria, without any known side effects or damage to the cells of the body. Becker discovered that the silver was doing something more than just killing disease causing organisms: He said it was also causing major growth stimulation of injured tissues. Dr. Becker concluded that the presence of the silver ions may help to regenerate tissue, eliminate old or cancerous cells, and other diseased or abnormal tissue conditions.

" I have a friend who has suffered for years from chronic pneumonitis, caused by Pseudomonas. Sputum cultures were consistently positive, despite massive doses of horribly expensive antibiotics. Then colloidal silver was suggested, and taken. Sputum cultures since have been negative, and the patient's general health and vitality greatly improved. Her internist can't deny the improvement, but won't attribute it to the silver, of course! It would have occurred anyway; the silver just happened to come on the scene at the right time. Uh-huh." -- Dr. Paul Hine, M.D. (retired ophthalmologist)

Dr. Henry Crooks (author, Use of Colloids in Health Disease) found that silver in the colloidal state is highly germicidal, quite harmless to humans and absolutely non-toxic. From his bacteriological experiments with silver he concluded, "I know of no microbe that is not killed in laboratory experiments in six minutes."

Dr. Bjorn Nordenstrom, of the Larolinska Institute, Sweden, has successfully used silver as a component in his cancer treatments for many years. Dr. Leonard Keene Hirschberg, A. M., M. D. (John Hopkins) states, "Speaking generally, the colloidal metals are especially remarkable for their beneficial action in infective states." Dr. Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute, which monitors silver technology in 37 countries, reports: "In four years we've described 87 important new medical uses for silver. We're just beginning to see to what extent silver can relieve suffering."

Tests conducted last year at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia found that silver colloid slowed the replication of HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus type 1) and the bacteria that causes yeast infections--at least in a laboratory setting, Scientists at the National Institutes of Health Rocky Mountain Institute in Hamilton, Mont., also found that colloidal silver was effective against Lyme disease bacteria in the lab.

Dr. Harry Margraf, a biochemist and pioneering silver researcher, of Washington’s University Dept of Surgery stated in the 1970’s, “Silver is the best all-around germ fighter we have.” According to Natural Health, “colloidal silver works by disabling the oxygen metabolism enzyme of a bacteria or virus, thereby suffocating and killing it. Since its mechanism of action is directed at the microorganism itself, no tissue cell enzymes are destroyed. Silver does not form toxic compounds or react with anything other than a germ’s oxygen metabolizing enzyme, thereby making it a safe, natural remedy. Resistant strains fail to develop and the body does not develop a tolerance.

Colloidal silver surface area simplified:

Drop a marble in a glass of a million molecules of water and you get 1 ppm; parts per million. Split the marble, thus exposing more surface area (both sides of the center) and you have 2 ppm. Now quarter the marble thus creating even more surface area and 4 ppm. Got the idea? Good. Now crush the marble with a hammer to get millions of smaller particles and exponentially more surface area- all from the same amount of marble.

 

Finally, Peter Lindemann reports in his 1997 article, Colloidal Silver, A Closer Look that a study conducted in part by the Institute of Microbiology in Rome, Italy and published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (Dec. 1992), stated that "Pure electro-colloidal silver out- performed silver nitrate, silver chloride, and silver sulfadiazine as a broad spectrum germicide. For all classes of bacteria, fungus, and mold samples tested, pure electro-colloidal silver worked better, and at much lower concentrations. They concluded that any additives reduced the effectiveness of the pure silver ion; the silver salts being as much as 100 times less effective."

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In fact, there is no microbe known that is not killed by colloidal silver in six minutes or less in a dilution as little as ve parts per million." Dr. Crooks tells us there are no serious side effects whatsoever from high concentrations. Research scientist Dr. Gary Smith reports that he has noticed a correlation between low silver levels, sickness and immune deficiency. He found people who have low silver levels tend to be frequently sick and to have innumerable colds, flu's, fevers, and other illnesses. The research of Dr. Gary Smith would seem to support the belief that colloidal silver is an entirely natural healing agent.

Colloidal Silver, Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Disease
In the excerpts below from a medical study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2008: 101: S51–S52. DOI 10.1258/jrsm.2008.s18012)we see some very strong evidence indicating that colloidal silver may turn out to be a successful treatment for the debilitating chronic lung infections associated with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).Source

Cold viruses grow mainly in the nose where they multiply in nasal cells and are present in large quantities in the nasal fluid of people with colds. The highest concentration of cold virus in nasal secretions occurs during the first three days of infection. This is when infected persons are most contagious.

Silver has long been known for its anti-bacterial properties,
and the nebulizer allows the mineral to reach the Blood stream and kill harmful bacteria.

Three years ago, Dr. Marx poineered the use of the nebulizer with colloidal silver. Since then this procedure has become widely accepted for use with virtually every respiratory problem. After nearly three years of clinical applications on a multitude of patients, from the very young to the very elderly, and feedback from customers who have purchased their own nebulizers for personal use, results have ranged from excellent to 'near miraculous'!

Since the lungs have about 750 square feet of surface area, finely interlaced with pulmonary capilaries circulating blood at about 9 liters per minute, and less than 1 micron of tissue barrier, nebulizing is the fastest and most effective method of getting CS into the system.

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What is the FDA's standpoint on colloidal silver?
Since colloidal silver was in common use as an antibiotic prior to 1938 when the FDA was created, its use was grandfathered-in and not subject to FDA approval. Many promoters of colloidal silver had ballyhooed a 1991 letter authored by the FDA which they said (at the time) that they would not attempt to control colloidal silver as long as its uses were confined to pre 1938 published protocols. However, the growing popularity of colloidal since 1991, has created pressure from threatened pharmaceutical interests to get the FDA to regulate the availability of colloidal silver.[Update: Feb 2001 the FDA now claims jurisdiction over the sale of colloidal silver and will not allow any "medical claims" be made in association with the sale of colloidal silver.]

As a result, today the FDA is attempting to subvert the grandfather clause and is seeking to gain approval status over the use and production of colloidal silver on the outrageous premise that since colloidal silver has proven to be such an effective broad spectrum germ fighter in its ability to cure new strains of bacteria (not in existence in 1938), that its use should be subject to their jurisdiction! It's clear to anyone who examines the subject, that the FDA is a champion for the pharmaceutical industry and on their behalf attempts to suppress the use of cheap, non-patentable, natural, alternative therapies at every opportunity. What business does the FDA have in attempting to regulate its use? Ken Adachi

When you develop a sinus infection or some other inflammatory disorder that causes coughing due to post-nasal drip, the mucus that is continually produced by the cells lining your sinus passages drips down your throat and nose. This not only causes the coughing spasms associated with post-nasal drip, it also coats the back of your throat and the back of your tongue with mucus.