Silvers Compared

How can Thank You Silver outperform older silver technologies when they have similar or even the exact same ingredients?

This short video with Dr. Gordon Pedersen explains how structured silver is different from the colloidal silvers, ionic silvers, and silver hydrosols of the past.

Silver Technology vs. Silver Technology

Excerpt from "The Most Precious Metal, 2nd ed." by Dr. Gordon Pedersen, pages 19-21:

Structured Silver Safely Provides Maximum Performance

Broadly speaking, unsafe silver products appear in two categories: those that are impure (eg. silver salts, where silver is combined with an assortment of other elements) and those that are highly concentrated.

By 2016, almost no one still promotes the use of impure silver compounds. However, it remains common to hear of people today who insist that "more concentrated" silver must mean "works better." This seems like common sense for people trained in biochemistry, but it turns out to be incorrect.

By analogy, "more motor" does not mean "more power" for heavy machinery. If it did, steam engines might still be in use on farms and industrial sites today. Just because a century-old technology appears to dwarf today's technology in one or two easily observable ways (eg. size or concentration), it is not necessarily better.

A study comparing silver technologies occurred in the lab at Brigham Young University in May of 2014. (11) This study compared five silvers of vastly different concentrations and their ability to kill MRSA, a drug-resistant form of Staphylococcus. Two silvers were a 10 ppm concentration, two were 30 ppm, and one was 200 ppm. This ‘apples vs. oranges’ study showed that only one of the lower-concentration silvers kept pace with the 200ppm silver that was 6-20 times more concentrated.

Here are the test results (kill rate of MRSA after 2 minutes):
  1. 200 ppm silver – 99.999955%
  2. 30 ppm Structured Silver – 99.82%
  3. 10-30 ppm silver – 58.3%
  4. 10-30 ppm silver – 47.1%
  5. 10-30 ppm silver – 39.7%

Two solutions killed nearly all of the bacteria within two minutes while three solutions killed approximately half of the bacteria. In essence, the Structured Silver killed at the maximum rate (over 99%) while older technologies could not keep up (solutions 3, 4, and 5) or relied on unsafe concentrations (solution 1) to keep up with the new technology.

In summary, while "more concentrated" can increase killing rates, the new Structured Silver kills at the maximum rate without relying on dangerous concentrations to do so. By analogy, while the huge old steam engines could actually produce 40 or 50 horsepower and revolutionized early industry, they can now be replaced with much more efficient technology such as the 49.6 horsepower 500cc motor found in a 2016 Honda CB500F (a small motorcycle; larger cruisers and compact cars typically have 100-130 horsepower).

The identity of the non-structured silvers in this study are the decade or century-old technologies mentioned earlier: silver hydrosols, colloidal silvers, and ionic silver. These remain widely available from many retailers despite their technical inferiority when compared to the newest technology.

As chance would have it, just today I encountered again a new silver company that is selling silver at over 10,000 ppm with claims that higher concentrations are beneficial. The "more concentrated" crowd is still promoting their high-concentration silver products despite a poor risk:reward ratio. Imagine someone putting a double or triple-sized steam engine in a new car and trying to sell it as acceptable technology! It's crazy for motor vehicles and it's crazy for silvers, but it's harder to tell the difference between new and old silvers at first glance.

Importantly, use of a 200 ppm silver is generally not recommended as the volume of silver ingested would quickly exceed the EPA's recommended daily maximum silver intake or "RfD". (12) Why risk using a 200 ppm or 10,000 ppm silver when a Structured Silver of much lower concentration does the same job? Similarly, why use a 1990s unstructured silver with halved performance when newer technology is readily available?