Above are two micrographs of colloidal silver taken with Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM).
The image on the left labeled “Figure 1” shows the tiny silver micro-particles produced with the new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge. The micrograph image had to be taken at a staggering 175,000x magnification for the tiny silver micro-particles to be seen and photographed. You might have to put your reading glasses on to see them, and look very closely, because even at 175,000x magnification the vast majority of the literally tens of thousands of silver particles shown on this micrograph are still smaller than a pinprick!
By comparison, the image on the right labeled “Figure 2” shows the overly large and agglomerated silver particles from a conventional colloidal silver solution produced by a commercial source. Because of the excessively large sizes of the silver particles and silver particle agglomerates contained in this solution, only 50,000x magnification was needed to take this micrograph image.
In Figure 1, note the spherical shapes and the even dispersion of the thousands upon thousands of tiny silver micro-particles produced by the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge. Also note there are very few particle agglomerates. Many particles are well below 1 nm, with some as low as .8 nm or even lower – that is to say, a fraction of a single nanometer. This is approximately 7-10 ppm in total micro-particle colloidal silver concentration.
To understand how small these particles are, it should be noted that while the average human red blood cell is approximately 6,000 nm to 10,000 nm in size, and can easily be seen, with staining, under a standard optical microscope operating at only 1,000x magnification, the magnification required to detect these tiny silver micro-particles was a staggering 175,000x. In short, these tiny silver micro-particles are many thousands of times smaller than the average human red blood cell!
The tiny silver particles shown in Figure 1 above represent the amount found in a just several small drops of the micro-particle colloidal silver solution. Yet due to the very small particle size, the particles are not visible to the naked eye, and the colloidal silver solution itself remains crystal clear once produced. This is extremely high-quality colloidal silver.
In Figure 2, which is from a conventional colloidal silver solution produced by a commercial manufacturer, you’ll note the overly large individual silver particles, as well as the extensive agglomeration of silver particles. Many individual particles are well over 100 nm, with some agglomerates being well over 1,000 nm. While these silver particles are still smaller than the average human red blood cell, they are nevertheless far more difficult for the human body to assimilate and utilize.
Modern clinical research demonstrates that silver particles lower than 50 nm are dramatically more effective against pathogenic microorganisms than silver particles larger than 50 nm. In fact, in many recent clinical studies, silver particles larger than 50 nm were largely ineffective against the pathogens tested, while silver particles under 50 nm were astonishingly effective.
The Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator produces uncommonly small silver particles as low as .8 nm – a fraction of a single nanometer -- which is one reason why it remains the #1 most popular colloidal silver generator in the world today.
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Note on laboratory testing: Testing of this product was conducted using TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), by a licensed, qualified and fully independent testing laboratory with no financial interest of any kind in The Silver Edge, or in colloidal silver products in general.
Consumers are completely justified in being wary of any company that has its colloidal silver products tested by a so-called "in-house lab." In such cases, the "lab" is often surreptitiously functioning as an arm of the sales company. By definition, the test results produced by such a lab are neither independent nor unbiased. Indeed, such "in-house labs" may have a clearly vested financial interest in claiming "superior" laboratory results for their own products, while claiming that competing products were found to be "inferior."
What's more, due to financial limitations at such "in-house" labs, testing may be conducted with equipment that offers few if any comparable capabilities to those of a multi-million dollar Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The Transmission Electron Microscope is considered to be the gold standard for detecting and measuring ultra-small particles. It is used for exactly this purpose by Dow-Corning and by other top testing laboratories from around the world. When tests are conducted by a licensed and fully-qualified microscopist, TEM results are acceptable in any court of law, whereas results produced by inferior lab equipment may not be.
In some cases, an "in-house lab" may even attempt to justify their use of relatively less sophisticated equipment by inflating the value of some of its minor capabilities, while denigrating the capabilities of clearly superior laboratory equipment such as TEM. Don't be fooled by the attempts of such labs to deflect attention from the limitations of their own laboratory equipment.
Finally, while it is certainly quite audacious for some companies to attempt to re-define "good" colloidal silver solely within the narrow laboratory parameters of the commercial product they produce, consumers are once again rightly justified in being suspicious. A good common-sense rule of thumb to follow when attempting to determine the validity of such claims is to ask yourself the following question: If the product is truly the only "good" form of colloidal silver on the market, how come it is not the form recommended by numerous experts as the active antimicrobial specie of colloidal silver? The answer to that question effectively resolves any dilemma in judging the validity of such ostentatious (and completely self-serving) product claims.
When it comes to defining "good" colloidal silver, The Silver Edge operates under the common-sense dictum that product results -- which means real results for real people who actually use the product -- are vastly more important than self-serving laboratory definitions. We hold this dictum to be true with the colloidal silver produced by our own generators, as well as the colloidal silver produced by our competitors, whether commercially prepared or prepared with a home colloidal silver generator of their own design.
The bottom line is that no matter how a particular colloidal silver product can be defined from a laboratory perspective, it is only "good" if it effectively supports or enhances the body's ability to kill infections, without causing harm to the body itself. Short of that, it is a relatively worthless product no matter how many self-serving laboratory parameters it is claimed to fit.
With "good" colloidal silver properly defined as that which really works, the only thing left for the consumer to decide is whether to make "good" colloidal silver at home for pennies per quart, or to purchase "good" colloidal silver from commercial vendors at prices ranging from 500 to 1,000 times the cost of making your own.
With a high-quality Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge, you can make a full quart (32 ounces) of high-quality micro-particle colloidal silver for about thirty six cents, counting the cost of the distilled water used to make it. Or, you can pay a commercial vendor up to $39 or more for a tiny eight-ounce bottle of colloidal silver. Let common-sense be your guide.
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