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The Historical Uses of Silver
While silver's importance as a bactericide has been documented only since the late 1800s, Silver has been reported to have therapeutic value throughout the ages.

Early records indicate that the Phoenicians used silver vessels to keep water, wine and vinegar pure during their long voyages. The ancient Greeks discovered the health benefits of silver when they noted that in battle the upper class, who had silver canteens, never got dysentery but the regular troops often did. Consequently, they also lined their eating and drinking vessels with silver, as did many other cultures throughout the world.

Herodotus (79 A.D.) wrote that Cyrus the Great, King of Persia (550-529 B.C.), a man of vision who established a board of health and a medical dispensary for his citizens, had water drawn from a special stream, had it boiled and placed in silver vessels. These vessels of water were placed on four wheeled wagons drawn by mules, to accompany the king where ever he went. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine," taught that silver healed wounds and controlled disease".

The Romans used silver nitrate therapeutically, and in 69 B.C it was described in the contemporary Roman pharmacopoeia. Pliny the Elder, in his survey of the world's knowledge, Natural History (78 A.D.), states that the slag of silver "... has healing properties as an ingredient in plasters, being extremely effective in causing wounds to close up...".

The popularity of medicinal silver rose from 702 A.D. through 980 A.D. throughout the Middle East where it was widely used and esteemed for blood purification, heart conditions, and controlling halitosis. Paracelsus (circa 1520) extensively incorporated silver medicinally and speaks of the virtues of silver as a healing substance in his hermetic and alchemical writings.

Through the centuries, royal households carried on the practice of storing their provisions in silver containers. Privileged family members used silver eating utensils; had their meals served on silver plates and their drinks served in silver cups. It is believed that this is one reason the upper class did not succumb to the many plagues which almost wiped out villages. Churches did, and still do, use cups made of silver for communion, where one goblet is passed from person to person.

Interestingly, the term “Blue Blood”, used to indicate royalty, arises from the reportedly bluish tinge of the skin of royal family members, caused by the minute traces of pure metallic silver they regularly consumed from the use of silver utensils. It is also interesting to note that the expression, "born with a silver spoon in his mouth", is not a reference to wealth, but to health. In the early 18th century, babies who were fed with silver spoons were healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals, and silver pacifiers found wide use in America because of their beneficial health effects.

American pioneers found that a silver dollar put in a jug of milk would delay spoilage. They also found that if they kept their silverware "hidden" in their water barrel the water would not go bad. Therefore, pioneers moving west put silver and copper coins in their water barrels to keep them clean.

During the wars with Napoleon, the armies of Tsar Alexander used water casks lined with silver to store clean drinking water from rivers and streams. This practice by the Imperial Russian army was common through World War I and continued to be incorporated by some units in the Soviet Army during World War II.

Through the middle-ages right up to the early part of the 20th century, pure silver wire was inserted into battle wounds and hunting accident wounds to keep the wound clean of infection and accelerate healing.

It was not until the late 1800's that Western scientists were able to prove what had been known in Eastern medicine for thousands of years...that silver was a proven germ fighter! Several physicians discovered the antibacterial qualities of silver and applied them to their practice of medicine. They used silver nitrate successfully in the treatment of skin ulcers, compound fractures and draining puss wounds. In 1881, the German obstetrician, Dr. F. Crede, began to administer 1% silver nitrate solution in the eyes of newborn infants. This virtually eliminated the incidence of disease causing blindness in newborns, such as gonorrheal ophthalmia. This technique has been used effectively up to the present.

In 1901, a Prussian chemist named Hille and Albert Coombs Barnes discovered a method of preparing a true colloid by combining a vegetable product with a silver compound and patented it as Argyrol, the only non-toxic antibiotic available at the time.

By the turn of the century, scientists had discovered that the body's most important fluids were colloidal in nature. Upon this discovery, the endless possibilities for the use of colloids in medicine were recognized. As a result, a silver solution known as Colloidal Silver became widely used in medicine. The first electro-colloidal silver was produced in 1924 and became widely used in medicine as one of the mainstays of anti-microbial treatment. It proved to be enormously effective against infectious organisms and extremely safe to use, without the negative side effects associated with many drugs.

In 1910, Dr Henry Crooks, a pioneer in colloidal chemistry, (Use of Colloids in Health-Disease) wrote that: "… certain metals, when in a colloidal state, have a highly germicidal action but are quite harmless to human beings...it may be applied in a much more concentrated form and with better results... no microbe is known that is not killed by this colloid in laboratory experiments in six minutes, [and] the concentration of the [silver] does not exceed twenty-five parts per million.”
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