Silver, Sauna and an Infected Fistula

On Christmas Day, Nicole noticed that her fistula was swelling up. By Saturday it was oozing puss. Not pretty. The fistula was surgically created to allow Nicole’s bloodstream to flow through a dialysis machine. It’s kind of like a cybernetic implant without any electronic parts.  Anyway, the fistula clearly had an infection.

The immediate reaction at the dialysis clinic was to get a swab done and attack with antibiotics. We went through this about five years ago.  The nurses made Nicole feel like if she didn’t immediately dose up on antibiotics a gangrene-ridden arm would have to be hacked off in ER.

Instead, what we did then, and this time again, was apply Sovereign Silver gel (plus Nicole took a few tablespoons of the liquid version). In addition, this time, Nicole was spending plenty of time in the near-infrared sauna. She said the sauna made the fistula “burn.” But she’s tough, she could take it.

Healing modalities talk about a concept called “retracing.” This is where, when the body becomes strong enough during a healing program, it will release infections it has contained. Nicole has certainly had her fair share of infections in regards to fistulas and catheters. The theory goes that those previous battles were never won. Instead the body “imprisoned” the infection. The infection was under control but still causing a strain on the body. Now that the body has become strong enough to fight, it lets the old infection out of prison and attacks.

This seems to be what happened. In as little as two days Nicole’s fistula infection had cleared up completely. The fistula insertion points are still a bit swollen but no redness or puss. All she did was use sauna and silver.

Am I suggesting you don’t use antibiotics? Well, that would be illegal. So, no. I’m not. I don’t want to go to jail. But we didn’t and nothing bad happened. While if Nicole had used antibiotics, she would have killed off all the good probiotics in her GI tract and put unnecessary strain on her kidneys and immune system.

It just seems like antibiotics should be a last resort. And, anyway, if the arm had gone gangrene, we could have amputated it at home, wrote a book about it, got a movie deal and be rich like Aaron Ralston.

– John C. A. Manley

P.S. For more controversial thoughts on dialysis treatment check out: Are Low-Phosphorous (Phosphate) Diets Killing Dialysis Patients?

P.P.S. You can support this e-column by purchasing a bottle of Sovereign Silver from While we don’t use it on regular basis, it’s proved itself very helpful in fighting infections and viruses, without any noticeable side effects.

About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..