Food poisoning is usually one of the most painful ailments you can ever suffer through.
And to me, the worst part is the feeling of utter helplessness that engulfs you as you either lay there writhing in severe pain, or end up hovering over the porcelain throne while throwing up, or sitting on it for hours on end too darned scared to get off it due to the explosive diarrhea.
But colloidal silver has saved my rear (pun intended) from nasty bouts of food poisoning more than once over the past 20 years. And it did so once again just a few short weeks ago, after I ate some raw honey that was apparently contaminated with a food poisoning bacteria.
Here’s how I handled the situation, with colloidal silver…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
My wife Kathy and I have been doing our level-headed best to eat better. We started shopping at Whole Foods instead of the supermarket. And we started eating organic meats and veggies, plus more raw foods, including occasional raw honey, raw milk and raw cheeses.
For me, one of the perks of our new healthy food lifestyle was getting to eat raw honey. I found myself using it on my toast, in place of store-bought jellies or jams. And I’ve used it in coffee and tea, in place of white sugar. I’ve even eaten it by the teaspoon when I get a sweet tooth, instead of having a piece candy.
And for the first two small jars worth I didn’t have a problem with it. None whatsoever. But after I opened the third jar of raw honey and used some on two pieces of toast before bedtime, I really began to wish I’d never heard of the stuff.
Worst Stomach Cramps Ever…
After going to bed, I woke up about six hours later with some of the most horrific stomach cramps I’ve ever experienced. The pain was so bad – sharp, stabbing pain – I couldn’t even lay on my stomach.
There was no nausea or vomiting whatsoever. Just sheer, burning and cramping pain in the upper stomach area. The sharp cramps were absolutely excruciating. And for a moment or two, I even considered going to the emergency room.
Colloidal Silver Saves the Day (Err…Night)…
That’s when I decided to swig a few ounces of colloidal silver. I tossed back two, one-ounce shot glasses full (60ml) of 10 ppm colloidal silver, waited 10 minutes, and then tossed back two more. I went back to bed at that point, lying on my side and holding my stomach, hoping the silver would have some effect on whatever was causing this awful pain. After about 45 minutes, I noticed a bit of relief from the intense cramping, so I got up and drank two more one-ounce shots (60ml) of the colloidal silver, before laying back down.
The next thing I knew, it was morning. I’d slept for over six hours. And the ungodly stomach cramping was now only slightly noticeable. I drank two more one-ounces shots (60ml)of colloidal silver just to make sure I’d killed off whatever nasty bug had run rampant in my stomach. And thankfully, everything was back to normal. It was almost as if it had never happened.
Proper Preventive Care Afterwards
Now my usual daily colloidal silver dosage is only one ounce (30ml) of 10 ppm strength. And since I’d taken a total of eight ounces the previous night to stop the food poisoning symptoms, I decided to forego colloidal silver usage for a week or so.
After all, I don’t like overloading my liver and kidneys with excessive levels of silver.
I also decided to start taking some extra daily doses of nutritional supplements like Vitamin E, selenium, and N-acetyl-cysteine, which experts like Dr. Jonathan Wright, M.D. say help the body process silver efficiently and effectively.
I also decided to take some extra probiotic supplements, as an “insurance policy,” so to speak, in case the overly-large doses of colloidal silver had affected my body’s population of beneficial digestive microbes.
Other than those precautions, which I consider essential when using larger-than-normal doses of colloidal silver, I didn’t really think much about my bout with food poisoning.
Indeed, at the time, I wasn’t even sure exactly what had caused it.
I knew all I’d eaten that night was the wheat toast with raw honey. But it just didn’t make sense to me that this could have been the cause of the nasty bout of food poisoning, considering the fact I’d previously gone through two other jars of raw honey without incident.
“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”
So just a bit over a week later, I got the sweet tooth cravings again, and decided to try another piece of wheat toast using raw honey from the same jar.
And sure enough, within four or five hours I was doubled over again in painful, searing stomach cramps.
I couldn’t believe I’d let my sweet tooth get the better of me. But the raw honey tasted generic Cialis for sale so danged good, and it was easy enough to rationalize that something else must have caused the original bout of food poisoning.
Yes, as the Forest Gump movie character would say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
This time, however, I did two things differently:
First, I chugged down an eight ounce glass (240ml, Same as 130ml of 18ppm colloidal silver) of colloidal silver immediately. I wasn’t taking any chances. And within half an hour or so, I was already feeling better.
And secondly, several hours later, when the cramps had almost completely subsided, I took about seven times the normal dose of a good, probiotic supplement containing a grid of eight different beneficial digestive microbes.
I figured if the colloidal silver missed any of the infection-causing bacteria in my intestines, I wanted to make sure there was plenty of good bacteria present to compete with the remnants.
“Competitive inhibition” is a mostly overlooked method of stopping recurrent cases of food poisoning in their tracks. But it really works well.
And of course taking the extra probiotics couldn’t hurt, in terms of helping “re-stock” the digestive tract in case any of my body’s beneficial microbes had been harmed by the silver.
I want to emphasize once more that the dosages of colloidal silver I took were egregiously high. But both times I took those high dosages, I was doing what I felt I had to do in order to stop the food poisoning from sending me to the emergency room.
Over the course of the next few weeks I also once again supplemented with additional amounts of Vitamin E, selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine, to aid my body in processing the excess silver I’d ingested.
And this time around, I chose to take a ten day “vacation” from colloidal silver usage, and drink plenty of fresh pure water each day to help my body flush any excess silver that might have accumulated from taking such a large dose.
Facts on Food Poisoning from Raw Honey
After all of this, I went online – which I should have done the first time the food poisoning struck – and Googled for information on raw honey and food poisoning.
And sure enough, there it was, on the Livestrong.com website:
“You may come down with a case of food poisoning after eating raw honey.
Raw honey is a potential source of botulism spores, according to the National Institutes of Health. Symptoms of food poisoning from botulism include stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever.
If you experience any of these symptoms after consuming raw honey, you should contact your health care provider.
In adults, these symptoms are generally initially more uncomfortable than dangerous, but can become life-threatening if they are left untreated.”
Err…crap…I honestly had no idea you could get botulism food poisoning from eating raw honey.
What’s more, during the course of my research I also found out that raw honey made by bees that gather nectar from flowering Rhododendron or Azalea plants can also have a toxin in it called grayanotoxin 1.
As little as one teaspoon of raw honey containing this toxin can cause severe food poisoning symptoms.
All of this information floored me, because my dad, who was raised on a farm, often told me about eating raw honey on the farm – honeycomb and all – right out of the bee hive. And he never recounted any problems with doing so. The Bible even talks about eating raw honey. It was known as prophet’s food. What’s more, I have friends who raise bees, and they tell me they eat the raw honey right out of the beehive, as well, always without incident.
Indeed, raw honey is eaten worldwide for its multitudes of health benefits.
The whole idea is that raw, unprocessed honey contains all of the valuable, health-promoting vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, germ-fighting resins and other beneficial natural substances that are otherwise stripped from the honey when it’s commercially processed and pasteurized.
What’s more, raw honey is said to contain at least 10 different species of beneficial bacteria, including six species of lactobacilli and four species of bifidobacteria.
Finally, raw honey is a powerful antimicrobial substance in its own right, and can be used externally on infected wounds to reduce or even heal the infection and to promote faster wound healing.
So I was pretty much floored when the raw honey I’d come to love and look forward to each day turned out to cause two serious back-to-back cases of food poisoning.
Unfortunately, as I now know all-too-well, raw, unprocessed honey can also contain small amounts of Clostridium botulinum – the botulism pathogen. And in some cases, it can contain larger numbers of this spore-like pathogen which causes nearly 150 nasty (and sometimes deadly) cases of food poisoning each year in the U.S.
From what I’ve read, the botulism pathogen can’t grow in the nectar that’s being processed into honey by the bees inside the hive. So it appears the pathogen ends up contaminating the raw honey after it’s been harvested. The pathogen is apparently ubiquitous in the environment, but usually in small enough numbers not to cause much of a threat.
Regardless of when or how the contamination happens, a case of food poisoning from eating raw honey – while quite rare, apparently – is no freakin’ picnic. It’s downright painful, even if you catch it and start treating it early like I did, before the vomiting and diarrhea start.
I have no idea if there are other pathogens that can contaminate raw honey and cause food poisoning. And because I didn’t go to the doctor or the emergency room, I honestly can’t say whether or not I actually had a case of botulism food poisoning, or perhaps some other form of food poisoning.
Here’s what I do know, however:
I know I never again want to get another painful bout of food poisoning like that. And I know that the jar of raw honey I’d been eating from is now in the bottom of my kitchen trash can. I am not falling for its allure a third time.
The Good News About Colloidal Silver!
The good news is this: Whatever the cause of those two bouts of food poisoning were, colloidal silver was the solution both times. And I’m very grateful for that…