"Among a number of metal ions tested, Zn2+(zinc), Cu2+(copper), and Ag1+(silver) were found to be the most effective inhibitors of renin and the HIV protease (data not shown). Kinetic analysis revealed that inhibition of renin by Ag1+(silver) is basically identical with that seen with Zn2+(zinc), i. e., noncompetitive, first order with respect to the metal." Biochemistry, September 10, 1991.
From this study, it seems that zinc and silver will work together to destroy the HIV virus, both type 1 and type 2. Both kill HIV virus, but don't compete against each other.
The following are excerpts from "Colloidal Silver: The Amazing alternative to Antibiotics" from The Association for Advanced Colloid Research, and "Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative " from Zane Baranowski, CN, Healing Wisdom Publications;
"And now it's silver that is finding wholly new uses as a wonder drug in modern medicine...perhaps it soon will be recognized as: OUR MIGHTIEST GERM FIGHTER " Science Digest, March, 1978
"We have had instant success with Colloidal Silver and immune compromised patients. A few examples are: Pink eye (topical) totally resolved in less than six hours; recurrent sinus infections (oral ingestion) resolved in eight days; acute cuticle infections - (topical) - twenty four hours. Another major area in which we have improved our clinical results is in the area of bowel detoxification and dysbiosis. The Colloidal Silver has provided excellent removal of abnormal intestinal bacteria; also it has proved to be a great adjunct to our Candide Albicans, Epstein Barr Virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome protocols." Dr. Evan M., Kansas.
"A 65 year-old diabetic cut himself on the leg. He washed and bandaged it but, as often happens with diabetics, the pain persisted, and the cut grew into a sore. Soon it became bigger than the bandage, and he had to apply a dressing. Still, it grew bigger and ugly. In desperation he went to a clinic. His sore was diagnosed as a 'Stasis Ulcer.' For a year, one treatment after another was tried. Nothing, including Penicillin and sulfonamide, could heal the ulcer. If his condition had continued unchecked, his leg probably would have been amputated. But finally he was referred to a clinic that treated skin ulcers with a silver compound. This promptly stopped the growth of all bacteria. In less than two months, the ulcer was completely healed." Science Digest-March 1978.
"What we have actually done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, which had been known for centuries. When antibiotics were discovered, clinical uses for silver as an antibiotic were discarded." concludes Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. Extensive research into the curative properties of silver has been conducted for many years at the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. under the direction of above mentioned Dr. Becker. The experiments conclude that silver works on a wide range of bacteria, without any known side-effects or damage to the cells of the body. Silver was doing something more than killing disease causing organisms. It was also causing major growth stimulation of injured tissues. Dr. Becker concludes that the presence of the silver ion may help to regenerate tissue, eliminate old or cancerous cell, and any other diseased or abnormal condition.
The author has long believed that if we can restore our natural immune system, our body can then rebuild damaged tissue as it has during all of our growing years!
Dr. Leonard Keene Hirschberg, A. M., M. D. (John Hopkins) states, "Speaking generally, the colloidal metals are especially remarkable for their beneficial action in infective states".
Dr. Richard L. Davies, executive director of the Silver Institute, which monitors silver technology in 37 countries, reports: "In four years we've described 87 important new medical uses for silver. We're just beginning to see to what extent silver can relieve suffering."
The FDA has just recently approved a few bandages containing silver, and others are in field trials.