by Dr. Bill Rawls
Posted 10/8/18

Colloidal silver has antimicrobial properties, but it’s also a toxic heavy metal. Find out if silver is a safe and effective treatment for Lyme disease.


Approx. 3 Min.
Video Transcript

Question: Does colloidal silver treat Lyme disease?

The answer is yes, colloidal silver does have antimicrobial properties. The question is, do we want to use it on humans?

There’s no doubt that silver has antimicrobial properties that have been well-documented for a long time. But so does mercury. All heavy metals have some antimicrobial-type properties. We have people that are doing everything they can to get mercury and heavy metals out of their bodies, and yet they’re dumping silver into their bodies to try to kill Lyme disease bacteria.

It really doesn’t make that much sense to me. Silver is not as toxic as mercury, but it still does have some toxicity, and it’s really hard for your body to remove it. If you use it for a long time, you are going to accumulate silver in your tissues.

Back when I was struggling with Lyme disease, I actually tried colloidal silver. I took it for a short period of time, and compared to other things that I used — predominantly herbs — it didn’t seem to have quite the punch that the herbs did. One herb alone wasn’t enough, but when I took combinations of herbs, that seemed to be superior to the silver.

So, for me, herbs were really a much better choice. I still have some reservations about silver, and I think that when you look at the spectrum of things that you can use for Lyme disease, herbs rank right up there at the top. Silver is quite a bit further down the list.

When you look at overcoming Lyme disease, it’s not a week or day type of thing. You have to take the antimicrobial for months and years. It’s about long-term suppression, and the advantage of herbs is you can do that long-term suppression without toxicity to your body.

If you’re looking at treating Lyme disease with silver, remember, you’re not talking about days or weeks, you’re talking about months and years of using it, which could potentially increase the toxicity. I would put my money on the herbs as being the better therapy out there.

Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy. You can learn more about Lyme disease in Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book, Unlocking Lyme.

You can also learn about Dr. Rawls’ personal journey in overcoming Lyme disease and fibromyalgia in his popular blog post, My Chronic Lyme Journey.



The important point is that treatment often lasts from months to years, often requiring numerous types of treatments. Be open minded because what works for one, often doesn’t work for another.

While Dr. Rawls had success with herbs, my husband and I had the best success with an overlapping antibiotic regimen.  We also did a stint of IV blood ozone under UV light (expensive, time consuming, and we never herxed), utilized herbs (never herxed), and took colloidal silver along with antibiotics for a short time (honestly didn’t notice a difference).  Hands down antibiotics were the biggest bang for the buck.  We aren’t alone:

While my family has used a high potency colloidal silver spray for sore throats for a very short duration (a few days) with success, from my experience with other patients, I do not believe this is strong enough for Lyme/MSIDS nor do I think long term usage to be wise due to accumulating metal.  Dr. Rawls makes another astute point – patients often spend thousands of dollars eliminating toxic metals from the body.  Why would you purposely add more?  

Treatment is long. Treatment is painful.  Treatment is expensive.  Treatment is controversial.  

For those of you who are anti-antibiotic, please read:

Also, please see this regarding various ‘natural’ treatments including silver:  They now say Stevia, Andrographis, Grapefruit seed extract, colloidal silver, monolaurin, and antimicrobial peptide LL37 didn’t do diddly.  Keep in mind this work is done in vitro – or in a lab, not the human body – although this follows my experience as well.  I also used EO’s without success as well:

This is not to say that certain forms/combinations won’t be found to work in the future.  Research is ongoing.

I also know patients who either live in areas without Lyme literate doctors OR they can not afford to see one.  Necessity sometimes corners you to have to consider treatment options that are less than optimal.  While unfortunate, people often have to use what’s available.  I rejoice when anyone improves – on anything!  Patients have often improved on things I never would have believed worked.  The important thing is you look at all your options and work with your practitioner, honestly keeping track of symptoms and what works and what doesn’t.