(TEM image and accompanying text copyright 2004, The Silver Edge. Absolutely no reproduction.)
This is a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) image of micro-particle colloidal silver taken at super-high magnification (175,000x). Look very closely to see the tens of thousands of tiny silver particles. Note the spherical shapes and the even dispersion of the tiny particles, with very few agglomerates. Many particles are well below 1 nm, with some as low as .0008 microns or even lower. This is approximately 7-10 ppm in total silver concentration. To understand how small these particles are, it should be noted that while the average human red blood cell can easily be seen, with staining, under a standard optical microscope operating at only 1,000x magnification, and conventional colloidal silver particles can be seen at approximately 20,000x magnification, the magnification required to detect these tiny, sub-microscopic particles was an astonishing 175,000x. The many tens of thousands of tiny silver particles shown in the TEM image 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.
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 used in any of the medical research studies which have been conducted on the infection-fighting qualities of colloidal silver from 1897 to the present day? 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 micro-particle colloidal silver for about thirty six cents. Or, you can pay a commercial vendor up to $59 for a tiny eight-ounce bottle of colloidal silver. Let common-sense be your guide.
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