(NaturalNews) Silver has been used since ancient Greek and Roman times as an antimicrobial, for preserving foods and liquids and medicinally. Then, in the early Twentieth Century, allopathic medicine monopolized all medical practice, favoring only synthetic pharmaceuticals.
As the medical monopoly's antibiotic wave began to lose favor among some, silver products in the form of liquid particle suspensions (colloidal) and ionic homemade solutions began re-emerging.
During the 1980s, lab testing at Syracuse University and the UCLA School of Medicine demonstrated how colloidal silver was highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even those that had become resistant to antibiotics. 
Even antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which has plagued hospitals with serious, sometimes lethal infections over the past couple of decades, don't stand a chance against silver ions or nano-particles.
To prevent MRSA infections from haunting hospitals, silver coated surgical and catheter medical instruments as well as silver ointments and dressings have been developed for hospital use. The interaction of fluid with these silver instruments and bandages creates anti-microbial silver ions.
Big Pharma suppresses silver's anti-microbial magic
The FDA satisfied Big Pharma's demands in 1999 by ruling silver ion solutions and colloidals can only be considered "mineral supplements" and not promote healing properties.
Therefore, any silver product provider that promotes healing or anti-microbial properties can be shut down by the FDA directly or by surrogate state medical or food agencies.
FDA harassment through state agencies came upon Ben Taylor, whose Texas based Utopia Silver was challenged in 2005. But after years of struggling, Ben emerged intact and Utopia Silver's Advanced Colloidal Silver has been tested by a third party  as one of the very best today (http://www.naturalnews.com).
It's even worse in Europe. In 2010, Codex Alimentarius had enforced a ban on the sale of silver solution products in all EU member nations. Codex committees are attempting to "harmonize" the Americas and other nations with their restrictive codes as you read.
So stock up on your colloidal silver now, and perhaps invest in a machine to make your own ionic silver, which contains less colloidal particles than high quality commercially produced colloidal silver, but is still a potent anti-microbial. 
Colloidal and ionic silver facts
The negative publicity of silver solutions dominates mainstream media. The cosmetic side effect of turning blue, known as argyria, is extremely rare and only from very heavy constant use of inferior silver solutions.
But the media had a terrific tabloid fling with Paul Karason, who appeared on TV shows displaying his "grandpa smurf" bearded blue face. Karason consumed a pint of silver nitrate daily over years to successfully rid himself of an unusual skin disease.
A normal dose should be an ounce or less a day of colloidal or ionic silver, not silver nitrate. It can be increased during extreme viral or bacterial borne illnesses.
Any mention of kidney damage as a real side effect from colloidal or ionic silver is simply disinformation to keep people in-line for antibiotics, which have proven to be more dangerous than most know (http://www.naturalnews.com).
There is no indication of any pathogens, viral, fungal, or bacterial developing a resistance to silver solutions, ionic or colloidal. The only side effect of concern is reducing probiotic bacteria, the way antibiotics do routinely.
There are three ways to intake colloidal or ionic silver: Orally, capillary absorption (sublingual), and through the airways, nebulizing.
Only oral ingestion poses a threat to gut bacteria. Small oral doses may get into the bloodstream before damaging gut bacteria. But some silver product providers do advise taking a probiotic or potent kefir beverage hours after orally ingesting silver solutions.
With all the talk about pandemics that could be unleashed intentionally, it's advisable to look into high quality colloidal and/or ionic silver.