Treatment question regarding colloidal silver

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Year of the Rooster, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Year of the Rooster

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    Lately I have been reading about the effects/success of using colloidal silver with poultry, specifically viruses like Marek's Disease, and it got me wondering: if a bird recovers from Marek's it is then on a carrier and can further spread the virus. A carrier is defined as an individual that harbors the disease causing agent, whether it be a virus or bacteria. So here's my question: if treatment of colloidal silver were to continue after the bird recovered, could it potentially be completely rid of the Marek's virus and thus not a carrier anymore?
     
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  2. Year of the Rooster

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    I guess no one can answer this [​IMG]
     
  3. Year of the Rooster

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    One last bump before I leave this alone. Anyone have any ideas?
     
  4. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, my parents have used colloidal silver in the past for various issues, and I gargled it for a while when I had some dental issues. It did help with my dental issues - doesn't answer your question though [​IMG] Have you researched organic apple cider vinegar? It's incredible stuff. Best wishes with your flock [​IMG]
     
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    Quote:Yes, I've heard of ACV, but I'm not interested in it. It doesn't have the same effect on viruses that colloidal silver does. I guess my question is too much of a scientific one...
     
  6. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as the definition of being a carrier, you do harbor the agent, but are immune to its affects. You also do not have any particular ability to kill the agent, but it does not have the ability to kill you either. At least that is my understanding. That is the way my doctor explained it, when I had my son in his office. He tested positive for something, but had no symptoms, I believe it was strep throat but not sure.

    I am not sure of the relationship between getting a virus, and then becoming a carrier. I had chicken pox, but am not a carrier of the virus. I believe, and I may be wrong, that carriers are immune to a particular virus, but it remains active in their system. If you were to kill that virus, the individual would still be a carrier but would have to be 'reinfected' to harbor it. An individual, who is not a carrier, who gets, and defeats a virus builds the antibodies necessary to defeat it, when that same virus is introduced again, the immune system destroys it. No harboring is possible (inside). I guess you could have it on your feathers or something.

    Pretty long way around your questions, but I do not believe you become a carrier after defeating a virus, just the opposite actually, your body has gained the ability to beat the crap out of it.

    The virus will always be there, carrier or not. You currently are full of every virus you have ever contracted, you just have the ability to defeat it.

    Holy crap, does any of that make sense??? I guess after all of that... it will never be completely rid of it, it will not be a carrier, but will have built up the immune response to defeat it.
     
  7. HFGodsey

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    The way I understand is that cs Kills the virus...I am I forested to know the answer as well. I am treating a chicken with CD for what I believe to be Marek's right now. Have you done this as well? I'm interested to hear some success stories. especially how long it took to make the bird better(able to walk again)
     

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