Misinformation and Misconceptions About the Noble Mineral Silver

January 18, 2019; by Ben Taylor (Silver-Bulletin e-News Magazine) There is an overwhelming amount of misinformation and misconceptions about the noble mineral silver. The mineral silver has for thousands of years been one of the most studied and useful minerals known to mankind. It has long been in use as, not only a medium of monetary exchange, but as a “health aid” to reduce bacterial and viral contamination of water, milk, and food. During the plagues of Medieval Europe the oral supplementation with silver was accomplished by sucking on a silver utensil or a silver coin. This became common-place among the wealthy and phrases such as “born with a silver spoon in their mouths” came to be used as a synonym for someone born into a family of wealth and status.

The name “Silver” derives from the Old English word “Seolfor” whose original meaning is probably “to shine”, as it takes on a silver-white sheen when polished. Its current spelling “silver” was in use as early as 1478. It was known in ancient Roman times as argentum and is the term from which the chemical element abbreviation Ag comes. Silver was also know as Luna to ancient civilizations and to alchemists. Webster’s 1913 Dictionary defines “Luna” as from the Latin and is akin to lucere, which also means “to shine” and “light”. Examples given from Webster’s definition of “Luna” are: 1. The Moon and 2. (Alchemy) Silver.  This name relationship between the Moon and Silver was likely due to the “similar hue (silvery-white) of the planetary body and the mineral/metal. More information on silver and other minerals can be found at https://www.mindat.org/.

Silver is a relatively common precious mineral and can be found around the world with the largest concentrations occurring in North and South America. It’s found primarily as a constituent of hydro-thermal veins and very often occurs naturally with copper, which may be the second most useful mineral. The practical applications for Silver are varied across the spectrum of uses and are probably more numerous than that of any other mineral. Silver is used in tableware, coins, jewelry, scientific equipment and for years prior to digital photography was essential to the photographic processing of film. Silver tarnishes or oxidizes to a dark color with a surface layer of silver sulphide (Ag2S), especially when coming in contact with sulphurous compounds. The air all around us contains traces of hydrogen sulfide gas from decaying organic material that makes up our environment. Because of this silver will contain some amount of silver sulphide, especially in the presence of silver oxide (Ag2O) which will form on the surface of containers holding silver solutions and suspensions. It will sometimes even emanate a sulphurous scent to more sensitive noses.

Today, there are many producers of silver solutions and silver suspensions in both ionic silver and colloidal silver form that are used as natural an anti-mocrobial agent, both topically and orally.

The Mineral Silver Kills All One-celled Organisms On Contact

When it is claimed that, “our product “does not harm beneficial microbes in the body or on the skin” or “our silver kills only “bad” microbes and leaves the “good” bacteria alone, I usually watch out for a marketing angle. According to the research done by Beiersdorf (Curad bandages) and others, silver kills all one-celled organisms on contact by deactivating their oxygen metabolizing systems. The truth is, what is usually termed “bad bacteria or fungus” is often “good” bacteria or fungus in a state of imbalance or overgrowth. One very common example of this is the fungus Candida albicans, which occurs normally in any healthy gut. It only becomes an issue when an overgrowth happens. That circumstance almost always due to the use of drug-based antibiotics that do not kill fungus, but can kill bacteria strains that keep the Candida fungus in proper balance.

Silver is not somehow programmed to identify different strains of bacteria; it is simply a metal with natural germ-killing properties. My personal experience with too much silver on the skin was during my development of our production unit. During the early stages of this process prior to its complete automation, I was not using rubber gloves and was getting large amounts of silver on my hands every day for a number of weeks. Within about 2 weeks, my hands started drying out, wrinkling, and cracking. I almost immediately realized that most of the bacteria on my skin were being killed off by too much direct exposure to silver. I started wearing rubber gloves and within a week my hands were back to normal.

Colloidal Silver vs. Ionic Silver

Producers on both sides often make the claims that “only ionic silver works” or that “only particle/colloidal silver works”. Both are simply further examples of colloidal silver misinformation. Silver in any form will kill one-celled organisms on contact. A large piece of silver held in the mouth or placed on a wound gives beneficial results. I know those who have placed a coiled piece of silver wire on a wound and had results equivalent to putting colloidal silver on it. I have read historically of placing a silver coin on a wound with the same results. The phrase “born with a silver spoon in their mouths” comes from the middles ages when the wealthy and their children would suck on silver spoons to reduce the chances of getting the plague. Ionic silver can also be very effective, especially externally, as long as it does not come in contact with hydrochloric acid (HCL), such as that which exists in the stomach in high concentration at meal times.

The colloidal silver misinformation most promoted by ionic silver producers is the claim that “true colloidal silver is clear and has no color” or that “ionic silver is the true colloidal silver”. But actually both claims are false. If it has no color, it is ionic sliver and hence, it is not a colloid, since a colloid is as defined above. Although this may sometimes be an intentional deception, it is usually the unintentional ignorance of those who produce ionic silver and do not known how to produce particle/colloidal silver. Again ions do not reflect light, but particles do. For the color spectrum to be visible, there must be light reflected off particles. If you were in space looking at the Earth and were somehow able to deactivate the light reflection from the Earth, it would not be visible to the naked eye. The same goes for colloidal silver particles and the color of colloidal products. The more particles in the product, the darker in color the colloidal silver will visually appear. This is some of the overwhelming amount of misinformation and misconceptions about the noble mineral silver. 

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Ben Taylor is the President of Utopia Silver found at www.utopiasilver.com

 

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