What Is Colloidal Silver And Is It Safe?

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Many people have become increasingly suspicious of medical doctors and the pharmaceutical industry, especially since it is inextricably entwined with the corporate money chase. Many drugs promoted by the pharmaceutical industry have caused serious health problems, and even fatalities, so it is no wonder that alternative medicine has become a popular health and wellness method for those disenchanted with mainstream medicine. One product that has become more and more popular since the 1990’s is colloidal silver. Let’s take a look at what colloidal silver is, what it does, and if it is a viable alternative to mainstream pharmaceuticals.

Colloidal silver is a suspension of particles of silver in a water-base liquid that is marketed as a kind of cure all natural treatment for various ailments, most notably as an anti-microbial and antiseptic. Silver has been employed for medicinal purposes for almost 1000 years; it was used by the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians to ward of disease and infection and was used to treat infections before the invention of antibiotics, particularly during World War I. Currently, it is marketed as an alternative to antibiotics and as an anti-viral and many people it has cured ailments from conjunctivitis to pneumonia.

As with all forms of alternative medicine, the debate around the usefulness and safety of colloidal silver is heated. Many medical doctors claim that there is no evidence strong enough to come to the conclusion that colloidal silver can cure or reduce the symptoms of any ailments, and colloidal silver is not considered a viable treatment option for any health problem. However, many doctors in the field of alternative medicine, and a few outside of it, swear that colloidal silver is an excellent, natural aid to help fight and ward off infection, citing many examples of people who have used it and been cured or seen a significant improvement in their condition. As far as the safety of the supplement goes, most doctors on both sides of the fence agree that taking colloidal silver is harmless, although chronic ingestion of silver can lead to a condition known as argyria or a mass accumulation of silver deposits in the eye.

Is colloidal silver right for you?

The use of antibiotics is so widespread that it is leading to the development of bacteria and infections that are resistant to them. This is becoming a problem that the medical community is viewing with growing concern. Alternative antimicrobials are very much a trend right now in light of this situation. However, using and antimicrobial like colloidal silver is something you should not take lightly-it is always in your best interest to talk to a doctor you trust and get a second opinion if needed. However, it is also important to note that many mainstream doctors will always be in the service of pharmaceutical industries, so you must weigh their input with as much bias as you do a doctor of alternative medicine. Ultimately, it is up to you to make a decision about using colloidal silver for medicinal purposes, but don’t do so without seriously investigating and weighing your options.

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Does Smoking Cause Emphysema?

What is Emphysema? It is a chronic disease where the air sacs or alveoli become damaged and lose their elasticity so that the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is limited. The body requires the oxygen to survive.

Smoking damages this lung tissue. The duration of a smokers’ habit directly affects the damage caused by smoking, not only to the lungs but also to other organs. This damage from cigarette smoking may become irreversible.

It is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs which causes a person to have shortness of breath due to the over inflation of the alveoli or the air sacs inside the lung. In people with emphysema, the lung tissues that are involved in the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide are destroyed.

Smoking is in fact the major cause for someone developing emphysema; sadly it is also the most preventable cause. Emphysema is triggered by smoking in two ways; One, it destroys lung tissue; secondly it causes inflammation and irritation of the airways. Both of these result in obstruction of airflow within the lungs. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for developing emphysema; this fact is of such importance it cannot be amplified enough and it can develop at any age.

Lung tissue is destroyed by smoking cigarettes in many different ways. Firstly, the cells in ones airway that are responsible for clearing mucus and other secretions are directly affected by cigarettes. The sweeping action of tiny hairs called cilia lining the airways are on occasion disturbed. Long-term smoking leads to more damage of the cilia, they could also disappear from the cells lining the air passages. This sweeping motion of the cilia is important, without it occurring consistently mucous secretions cannot be cleared from the lower respiratory tract. Now that the mucous is unable to clear itself, smoke then causes mucous secretion to be increased. This is a deadly situation where infection is most likely going to happen, because of the buildup of bacteria and other organisms with a rich source of food.

Infection is prevented and fought by the immune cells within the lungs and they are also affected by cigarettes. These cells cannot fight bacteria as effectively or clear the lungs of particles in cigarettes, such as tar. This is a perfect combination for lung infections small and deadly. The Immune system is therefore always working and attacking bacteria, this releases destructive enzymes from the immune cells and causes inflammation.

Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke leads to the slow destruction of lung function. Enzymes released during this persistent inflammation leads to the loss of proteins responsible for keeping the lungs elastic. Also, the tissues separating the air cells (alveoli) from one another are also destroyed.

Emphysema is caused in many different ways, such as air pollution and breathing hazardous chemicals consistently. However smoking is still the most common and deadly cause of emphysema. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, stopping today could prevent this deadly disease from attacking you or more importantly from increasing.

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