SILVER ‚Äď AN ELEMENT RICH IN HISTORY
Silver is an element which has been used by civilizations for thousands of years for its antibacterial and healing properties. Since the earliest historical records began silver containers have been used to carry and preserve water, vinegar, wine and other liquids ‚Äď liquids stored in silver stay fresher far longer than in any other kind of container.
Silver was used in Greece, Rome, and Macedonia to purify water, preserve liquids, and even to heal wounds. Interestingly enough, even Hippocrates used silver regularly, and taught his students that silver had the ability to heal human tissue.
During the 16th century American settlers put a silver dollar in their milk churns to stop the milk from going off.
Religious institutions have since records began used silver goblets to carry wine and act as an antiseptic by reducing the spread of microbes when passed from person to person.
Silver eating utensils were widely used for hundreds of years. Silver pans, silver plates and silver cutlery meant that people must have ingested tiny elements of silver.
In the early 18th century it was believed that babies were in better health if fed with a silver spoon. ‚ÄúBorn with a silver spoon in his mouth‚ÄĚ might have been a reference to health rather than aristocratic wealth!
1893 Karl von Nageli (German) studied bacteria that came in contact with silver nitrate diluted to 10 parts per million (10ppm) and noticed that their cells changed and they then died within 3-4 minutes. In the same year Dr F Crede (German) aware that silver destroyed bacteria introduced the use of diluted silver nitrate eye drops for newborn babies. At the time infant blindness was common due to babies coming in contact with bacteria from sexually transmitted diseases in the mother‚Äôs birth canal. Results were instant and as rates dropped from 10% to 0.2% so the practice became mandatory in the USA and much of Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
It is believed that Dr Crede was the first person to pioneer colloidal silver as a non-toxic germicidal suitable for oral use. As a result colloidal silver became commonly used to treat many infectious diseases of the time.
In 1901 Albert Barnes and Hille (a chemist from Prussia) patented a product they called Argyrol having determined a way to combine silver with a vegetable protein. It became the only non-toxic antibiotic available and for the next 50 years was widely prescribed.
People were just beginning to understand colloidal silver in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, but progress was hindered due to the cost of silver. In fact, up until 1938 when modern day antibiotics became widely available, silver was the option of choice in much the same way that antibiotics are today. Unfortunately, as antibiotics became cheaper and more freely available, silver was cast to the wayside, because modern day antibiotics were far cheaper to manufacture.
During the 1970‚Äôs silver became popular again in the treatment of burns and is still used in this way today.
In the 1980‚Äôs silver was found to be effective at eliminating the bacteria that cause Legionnaires disease in water following severe outbreaks of the disease in the UK. And in the 1990‚Äôs in laboratory studies silver was shown to stop or inhibit the growth of Lyme disease bacteria which had no known cure.
It has therefore long since been known that silver is an extremely powerful antiseptic, and that it can kill numerous harmful germs. Today it is still being used extensively with regards to the manufacturing of medical equipment, clothing, water filters, air purification, wound dressings, and many medical instruments including silver-coated catheters. There are even a number of hospitals who are using silver coated surfaces as part of their ongoing struggle to control the spread of bacteria.
Silver is known to be suitable for persons of all ages, and of course is also non-toxic. It‚Äôs potential for causing an allergic reaction is very low.
HOW DOES SILVER WORK?
Silver‚Äôs properties are antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and it promotes the healing of skin and other soft tissue.
Essentially, silver is capable of deactivating all bacteria ‚Äď unlike antibiotics which can destroy only half a dozen bacteria each – as well as the vast majority of viruses, fungi, and also most single-cell pathogens because of its ability to block the transfer of oxygen within the cells. Interestingly enough, human cells are altogether different, in that they have a completely different coating. Basically, human cells have a chemically resistant wall around them which essentially means that silver cannot harm them. As a result, silver is known to be completely safe for plants, animals, and humans.
The main difference between modern pharmaceutical antibiotics and silver is that unlike antibiotics, silver doesn’t destroy any beneficial enzymes. To the contrary, silver leaves all tissue-cell enzymes completely intact. Furthermore, no studies have yet managed to determine that bacteria are able to build up a resistance to silver.
Good quality silver colloid is primarily a suspension of minute silver particles in water, made by charging silver electrodes into water, using only distilled water and a special form of electro-technology in order to achieve a particle size of 0.0006 to 0.005 microns. Colloidal silver should always be stored in a dark, glass container.
Obviously, technology has advanced significantly in all fields, and today it is possible to make silver colloids to a standard never before possible. Nowadays, colloidal silver is classified as being a natural food supplement, and it can be used for topical applications as well as taken orally.
SILVER COLLOIDS & AGRYIA
Sadly there is much negative information on the internet about colloidal silver including about a condition called agryia.
Agryia is a condition which is associated with the misuse of silver products. You need to bear in mind that the human body is accustomed to silver ‚Äď it is present in many foods, such as dairy products and mushrooms. However, when you consume these products, the body will get rid of the silver on its own accord. The same applies when you use colloidal silver, in that the body will dispose of it naturally.
However, if you overdose on it, it can lead to a condition known as, “Agryia”. Generally speaking, this condition involves a build-up of silver within the body which in turn can cause the skin to turn a bluish, grey colour. Even though the condition is by no means dangerous, it is however undesirable. There is no risk of a person developing this condition unless they took colloidal silver every day for up to ten years or more. Anyone with agryia has seriously misused the product they have been using. Once again, providing you use it correctly, colloidal silver is perfectly safe, irrespective of whether you use it topically or orally.
Colloidal silver has hundreds of different uses but essentially, it can be used externally and internally in order to help a number of conditions affecting the lungs, the digestive system, and also the skin:
Cold Sores and Herpes
Otis media (Middle ear infection)
Parasitic infections (diarrhoea and vomiting)
Pneumonia (viral, bacterial, fungal)
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaginal yeast infections