There is considerable discussion and controversy regarding whether ionic silver or particulate (colloidal) silver is more efficacious. This discussion has been ongoing for at least 50 years. Fortunately there have been copious amounts of research studies performed on silver solutions, which is why we recommend silver as part of your natural healing defense.
We pride ourselves in taking a great deal of time and care in researching and understanding products and ingredients before we release them for sale to our customer base. Part of our research path is, of course, searching out and reading unbiased sources of scientific information and research. While www.silver-colloids.com contains a lot of really great information about Silver, we absolutely do not view them as an unbiased source of scientific information about silver. An FDA warning letter (found on Google) for example, reveals that Mr. Francis S. Key, the principle scientist behind www.silver-colloids.com, is also the owner of Meso Silver products sold by Purest Colloids Inc. It’s interesting to note that the number 1 rated silver on their unbiased research website happens to be none other than their own Meso Silver.
The reality is that the ionic form (pico ionic) of colloidal silver is the form used in hundreds of clinical studies carried out since the early 1900's, all of which point to ionic silver's effectiveness. Regardless, our objective is to always put out the very best product we can with the available research and information we have. Research and comparative studies such as those put out by Rice University in Texas, http://news.rice.edu/2012/07/11/ions-not-particles-make-silver-toxic-to-bacteria-3/ and more recent studies such as this one; http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0144306, have always formed the basis of our research and decision making. Further, we have access to our own research laboratories and equipment which allows us to duplicate many of studies we have read as part of our own R&D process. We have conducted our own antibacterial activity tests, on different forms and types of silver, including our very own pico-silver. It is now a well-proven fact (reference 100’s of peer reviewed studies on this topic) that it is the silver “ion” that kills germs and heals tissue, and that neutral silver atoms are largely inert and have no bioactivity whatsoever (until converted to ions).
In physics, an element such as silver can only exist as either an atom or as an ion. An ion is an atom that’s missing an electron. It is also well known that silver ions (as all ions are) are extremely unstable and that in order to “deliver” them to where you want them, you need a method of stabilization. This stabilization forms the basis of our pico ionic minerals and silver solution.
As mentioned, our objective is to always put out the very best product we can with the available research and information we have. We have spent months and even years developing our products, including our pico silver. We are very pleased with the result of our efforts.
While not the only source of unbiased information, we always recommend Peer Reviewed works as a starting point into anything you wish to research. A good starting point for silver research is; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=colloidal+silver