Does silver have a historical use other than as a medium of monetary exchange?

 

by Ben Taylor

(UtopiaSilver.com) Yes! The historical use of silver to preserve and extend the life of food and water is long and indisputable. For thousands of years, it has been used for the same reasons we are using it now in our mineral and water supplement form. From mankind’s earliest history, silver has been used in the making of food and drink vessels, as well as eating utensils. Here is an anecdote from the writings of Herodotus, the Greek philosopher, before the birth of Christ. The Greek historian Herodotus, called the “Father of History”, is one of our prime sources for information known about the fall of Babylon. Herodotus lived a century after the time of Daniel and traveled widely in the East. In his “Histories”, we learn of the campaign of Persia’s King Cyrus against Babylon. The details include the fact that no Persian king, including Cyrus, would drink the water of any stream other than the Choaspes, a river that flowed past the Persian capital of Susa. Wherever the king went, a long train of four-wheeled mule wagons followed him transporting silver jars filled with the river’s water. The water in silver jars would keep fresh for years during the long campaigns.

The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and peoples around the world used silver in one form or another to preserve food and water. In Europe during the “Dark Ages”, silver utensils, cups and bowls were utilized to aid in protecting the wealthy from the full brunt of pandemics. The expression “born with a silver spoon in their mouth” comes from these “Dark Ages”, when the wealthy gave their children silver spoons to suck on to ward off diseases.” In the days of the settling of the American frontier, pioneers commonly used silver coins to retard the spoilage of milk and water.

The use of some silver preparations in modern, mainstream medicine has survived until this “Modern Age.” Among them are the use of dilute silver nitrate in newborn babies’ eyes to protect from infection and the use of “Silvadine,” a silver based salve, in virtually every burn ward in America to fight infection. A silver coated nylon material was patented as “Silvalon” and licensed by FDA as an anti-microbial bandage. Clearly, silver has historically been one of man’s most reliable tools in supporting the immune system against various maladies, even before he knew what caused these maladies.

Today, silver is also being used in swimming pool filters, food cutting boards, bandages, and water filters for NASA. Scientific research and evidence indicates that if silver comes into contact with one-celled organisms, they will not survive. Evidence indicates that one-celled organisms do not have an intrinsic resistance to, nor can they through mutation or natural selection, acquire a resistance to silver’s anti-microbial actions, as they are often able to do with “patented” products. This is why silver has historically been one of man’s most reliable tools in supporting the immune system against various maladies, even before he knew what caused these maladies.

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