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Frequently Asked Questions Int'l

All of the information below pertains to the LifeForce International Colloidal Silver Generator using 12 gauge 9999 pure silver wire and may not be applicable to other brands of colloidal silver generators or homemade devices.

Frequently Asked Questions (International)

 

What is the best practice for operating my LifeForce Devices colloidal silver generator?

First, if you haven’t made colloidal silver before, process a 10-minute batch using tap/well water to see the white streamers on the positive wire (these are silver compounds produced from the silver reacting with dissolved minerals in the water) and bubbles of hydrogen coming off the negative wire. Notice the need to stir due to pooling of white silver compounds at the bottom, which can short-circuit and stop the process, if the concentrated pool touches the silver wires. With distilled water the process indicators are invisible, except for tiny bubbles that cling to the negative wire. Rely on the indicator light brightening, the silver wires accumulating residues and the metallic taste to confirm processing is happening.

Second, stir the distilled water for 5 seconds with a thermometer to get a stable reading. 22°C (72°F) is preferred to process vigorously. Heat the water if necessary.

Third, scrub the silver wires with the plastic scrubber, even when new, since the shiny finish reduces processing. Wipe off the plastic and silver particles created to prevent residue buildup during processing.

Fourth, form the silver wires into a “J” shape for quart jars and a “U” shape for shallower containers, because the silver wires should be at least 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) above the bottom of the container.

Fifth, when processing, black silver oxide and brown silver hydroxide form on the negative wire and positive wire, respectively and some brown haze can be seen between the wires. Lift off the unit and wipe the wires with a tissue and stir the colloidal silver at 10 minutes and then every 30 minutes afterwards. Residue that falls into the water can be filtered out with paper coffee filters at the end.

Sixth, times for 12 gauge silver wires are cut by 33% and are cut by 50% for 10 gauge silver wires.

 

How is processing time determined?

The table is for 14 gauge silver wire and distilled water at 22°C (72° F).  Double times for 17°C (62˚F).

                                    500 ml (16oz)             750 ml (24oz)             1000ml (32oz)

 

5ppm                          16min                          24min                          32min

10ppm                        32min                          48min                          64min

15ppm                        48min                          72min                          96min

20ppm                        64min                          96min                         128min

30ppm                        96min                          144min                        192min

40ppm                        128min                        192min                        256min (ppm=parts per million)

Heating the distilled water to 28°C (82° F) cuts the times on the chart in half so stirring and cleaning of the silver wires is reduced. Note: tds water testers always read the chart values too low, since the colloidal silver particles are suspended and not dissolved (tds = total dissolved solids).

 

What should I expect my product to look and taste like?

Color changes usually take 12 to 72 hours to appear.   With 14 gauge silver wire, 5 ppm and 10 ppm are clear, 15 ppm is faint yellow, 20 ppm is bright yellow, 30 ppm is orange and 40 ppm and above is dark reddish/brown. The color deepens over a period of 3 to 5 days, especially for 20 ppm to 40 ppm. This is due to a process called agglomeration, which means clumping of some of the small and medium particles into larger particles. The color is due to scattering of light at the wavelength of the largest particles present in the range at each concentration. For example, 20 ppm is bright yellow and yellow light wavelength is 570 nm, so there is a fraction of about 25% of large particles that are 570 nm in size.

The particle size range at each concentration is as follows: 5 ppm, smallest to small particles (1 nm to 100nm), (nm = nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter = 1/1000of a micron ), at 10 ppm, small to medium particles (5 nm to 300 nm), at 15 ppm, small to large particles (5 nm to 500 nm), at 20 ppm small to larger particles (5 nm to 570 nm), at 30 ppm medium to larger particles (600 nm) and 40 ppm medium to largest particles (up to 700nm). The colloidal silver will taste metallic and more so at higher ppm.

Use a clean glass container: plastic or dirty containers produce cloudiness. Using tap, well, spring, or bottled waters also produces a cloudy product and faint colors due to the specific minerals present.

 

Can tap, well, spring, or bottled water be used for processing?

 Yes, but virtually all of the product will be ionic silver compounds due to the reaction of the silver expelled from the positive silver wire with the dissolved minerals.   However, the ionic silver compounds still have some antimicrobial effectiveness, though not nearly as much as solid metallic colloidal silver particles suspended in distilled water,

Also, processing takes roughly half as long as the chart values, because water containing dissolved minerals is more conductive than pure distilled water.      

 

What is the best practice for taking colloidal silver?

First, fresh colloidal silver is best, as the particles have the most electrical charges on them. The electrical charges are gone in about 2 weeks to a month.

Second, drink it on an empty stomach. No stomach acid will react with the silver, which prevents the production of silver chloride that produces the condition called Argyria (blue/gray skin). Also, friendly gut bacteria will be protected by the mucus layer lining the intestinal tract. Taking colloidal silver with food exposes the friendly gut bacteria to the colloidal silver, which kills them.

Third, take 30 ml (1 oz) of 5 ppm colloidal silver per 11 kg (25 lbs) of body mass daily or take 30 ml (1 oz) of 10 ppm per 22 kg (50 lbs) of body mass daily or take 30 ml (1 oz) of 15 ppm per 33kg (75 lbs) of body mass daily. For example, if you weigh 44 kg (100 lbs), take 120 ml (4 oz) of 5 ppm daily or 60 ml (2 oz) of 10 ppm daily or 45 ml (1.5 oz) of 15 ppm daily. Colloidal silver at 20 ppm to 40 ppm is not recommended for ingestion, but testimonials indicate that 20 ppm can be ingested for intestinal infections, if followed 2 hours later with probiotics.

Fourth, if you are currently infected with a pathogen, an emergency quantity of up to 4 times the daily amount, divided into daily amounts can be taken 5-10 minutes before each meal and at bedtime. Follow each meal with acidophilus milk or yogurt or probiotics to restore friendly gut bacteria.

Fifth, for cuts, burns, scrapes, make 30 to 40 ppm colloidal silver and wet the affected area thoroughly and bandage. Let the bandage soak up and hold the colloidal silver. Repeat until healed. If the digestive tract is compromised, swish and gargle 30 to 40 ppm colloidal silver in the mouth (do NOT swallow it) to absorb silver.

 

Can colloidal silver be stored?

Yes. Use a brown or blue glass bottle or an opaque plastic bottle. Store it in the dark, but DO NOT REFRIGERATE IT. Store it at low room temperature 50-65°F. The silver particles will lose their charge slowly over a period of two weeks to a month and the range of particles sizes will reach a final state, so any color will be darker. If it still has a metallic taste, there is still some silver antibiotic effect. It is best to make it and drink it fresh.

 

Some colloidal silver generator makers claim that the smallest particles or all the same size particles have the best antimicrobial effect. Which is it?

Neither have it right in LifeForce™ view. All bacteria and single-celled microbes have hundreds of different receptor sites on their surface. Each of these sites is vulnerable, because the organisms interact with the environment through these sites. The functions of these sites are due to their constituent protein molecules. These protein molecules range in size from a few dozen to hundreds of atoms in size. Small colloidal silver nano-particles are more likely to interfere with the function of small proteins, and medium to large nano-particles probably have the greatest effect on larger proteins. It could be argued that a lot of small particles could disrupt a large protein. But they have a much stronger electric field and they also repel each other, because they are all positively charged, so in the case of a site made of large proteins, they wouldn’t be able congregate to disrupt the site. Medium and large colloidal particles have a weaker, but more extended electric field, so they would more likely interfere with medium and large proteins.

Viruses have no receptors sites, but an enclosure called a capsid, composed of glycoprotein molecules. They are very tiny, so the smallest colloidal silver particles would most likely have the strongest.

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disruptive effect on them.   Therefore, a range of particle sizes would have the best broad-spectrum antibiotic effect. Colloidal silver generators producing all very small particles or particles of just a single size would make a product with a very narrow spectrum of anti-microbial effectiveness.

 LifeForce Colloidal Silver Generators produce a range of particle sizes from very small to large nanoparticles up to 15 ppm, and medium to very large nanoparticles from 20-40 ppm. The ranges are established in a few days as agglomeration (clumping of some of the smaller particles into larger ones) finishes. 5 and 10 ppm will remain colorless, while 15 to 40 ppm will turn yellow to orange to reddish brown. This suggests the bright yellow color for consumption is not desirable, with too many large particles not absorbed quickly killing friendly gut bacteria. While it is clear or faint yellow, the colloidal silver provides the full range of particle sizes and the best broad-spectrum effectiveness for consumption.

 

Can colloidal silver be tested with a tds water tester?

Yes, but it will read low, because tds meters read dissolved solids (tds = total dissolved solids), while colloidal silver is a suspension of silver nanoparticles. Dissolved solids are in the form of ions, atoms or molecules, but the silver nanoparticles are clumps of silver atoms ranging in size from a few dozen to thousands. The larger the nanoparticle, the worse it is at carrying the tiny electrical current (a few micro-amps) that the tester passes through the suspension.

Our US$400 lab-grade tds meter starts reading low at 13 ppm, while tds meters costing US$25 to US$50 may read low starting at 2 to 3 ppm. The table was developed by reading the electrical current present and calculating the production of colloidal silver, so it is the most accurate way to estimate the ppm.

 

Can I use heavier gauge silver wires in LifeForce ™ machines?

            Yes. There are two effects using thicker silver wires: 1) processing times are reduced, because the surface area of the silver wires is greater. Processing times for 12 gauge silver wire are cut by 33% and are cut by 50% for 10 gauge silver wire. 2) the greater surface area also causes smaller particles to be made for a longer time. Colloidal silver made with 14 gauge silver wire is faint yellow at 15 ppm, with 12 gauge 22 ppm, and with 10 gauge 30 ppm and the other colors will appear at proportionately higher concentrations. This means higher concentrations can be made for ingestion with the thicker silver wires, because the cut-off point for ingestion is just when the colloidal silver is faint yellow, where 1 - 5% of the particles are large.

 

Are LifeForce™ machines making colloidal silver and not ionic silver, and how can I test the product to confirm that?

Yes, the LifeForce machines make colloidal silver. When making colloidal silver with distilled water, first, a process called electrolysis occurs, where the water molecules are split into ions H+ and OH- and O-2 due to passing an electrical current through the water. Second, silver colloid particles are ejected from the positive electrode (colloids are suspensions of nanoparticles that are larger than ions, atoms or molecules - in the case of silver, these are clumps of silver atoms). Third, some silver ions are formed on the surface of the positive wire. The OH- ions produced by electrolysis react with those silver ions to form the insoluble ionic compound silver hydroxide, which is the brown residue on the positive wire. Fourth, the O-2 ions produced by electrolysis react at the surface of the negative wire forming the insoluble ionic compound silver oxide, which is black and clings to the negative wire. Last, the H+ ions formed by electrolysis combine with electrons from the electrical current and bubble off the negative wire as the diatomic molecule H2.

What remains are colloidal particles of solid silver suspended in the distilled water. The colloidal silver nanoparticles have numerous charges on them and are surrounded by excess OH- ions. This can be verified because the pH rises from 7 to about 10.

A bright penlight or a laser can be passed through the suspension and a beam will appear like a headlight passing through fog. This is the Tyndall test for the presence of a colloidal suspension.

 

Disclaimer: None of the statements in this publication have been evaluated by the U.S. FDA. LifeForce Colloidal Silver Generators and the product they generate are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with all questions of health, consult your physician.     Copyright 2015 Lifeforce™ Rev 5/19/2017 Email: customerservice@lifeforcecolloidalsilver.com

 

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