This is a question I get a lot and I think it's an important one. With all of the information out there about "heavy metals," people are concerned that either ingesting silver or using it orally can cause a build-up of heavy metals in your system. While I agree ingesting silver every single day is not advantageous, there are many people that do believe in very small doses and have been taking it daily for many years. Silver is not just an alternative to antibiotics but I believe it's better because it acts as a natural germicidal and may kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. Silver does not harm any of the healthy bacteria but just like anything else, too much of a good thing can do more harm than good. The "smurf" people in the world have abused the daily intake of silver and turned themselves blue (a condition known as argyria).
Like anything else, educating oneself and being your own health advocate is essential because no one else has to live with the consequences except you and your loved ones. Based on my own research, I am confident that using SSM (Simply Silver Mouthwash) daily does NOT build up in your system (again you are not ingesting it) but if it makes you more comfortable to take some time off from using it, then by all means do so. Our bodies are magnificent machines, if you are healthy and are getting enough anti-oxidants in your diet along with selenium, vitamin E, and amino acids like N-acetyl cysteine, then there is no reason why your body wouldn't excrete any excess silver out of your system.
Here is an excellent link that discusses a lot of the common misconceptions from a renowned physician, Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D, an expert on colloidal silver. Click here and review Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D., the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver Keep in mind using something orally and ingesting it are two different things. I would rather use something that contains no chemicals by using nature's own germicide rather than a chemical concoction.
Just what do you think are the harmful effects of using the commercial "blue mouthwash" daily? I recently had a friend tell me that her grandmother was just diagnosed with oral cancer and she was a non-smoker, healthy woman. The only thing they can pinpoint to her oral cancer is the daily use of the "blue mouthwash" for 25 years straight. Most people are unaware that our own bodies contain trace elements of silver, gold and other minerals. I believe that using SSM is not only healthy for your oral tissues, but is also safe to do so.
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