CENTURIES OF SILVER USE
Keeping our bodies strong is essential to good health. A strong immune system can protect your body from infection, and helps us heal. Silver has been used for centuries to prevent illness and to improve recovery from injury. The use of silver has spanned generations, cultures and continents.
- The Greeks used vessels made from silver to keep water and other liquids fresh.
- The Roman Empire stored wine in silver urns to prevent spoilage.
- Before the invention of germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing germs could not survive in the presence of silver. Thus, silver was used in dishware, drinking containers and eating utensils.
- In the Middle Ages, silverware was believed to be what protected the wealthy from the plague.
- Settlers in the Australian outback use silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage.
- Pioneers of American West found that if they placed silver coins in their casks of water, it kept the water safe from growth of bacteria, algae, etc.
- Silver leaf was used to combat infection in battle wounds sustained by soldiers during World War I.
- Before the introduction of antibiotics, silver was commonly used in hospitals and has been known as antibacterial for over 1000 years.
- In the early 1800s, doctors used silver sutures in surgical wounds with successful results.
Colloidal silver is a broad term for a solution that can contain various concentrations of ionic silver compounds, silver colloids, or silver compounds bound to proteins in water. Colloidal silvers have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years and have been used by many ancient civilizations as a means to maintain health. Before the mainstream discovery and acceptance of antibiotics in the early 1900s, silver products were used by doctors. These earlier versions of silver products are not to be discounted because they indeed provided countless favorable benefits to those who used them to improve their health. But just like any new discovery, as technology and science advances, we find more efficient and effective ways to design and engineer products.