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A Long Time Ago

The Greeks used silver vessels to keep water and other liquids fresh. The writings of Herodotus, the Greek philosopher and historian, date the use of silver to before the birth of Christ.
The Roman Empire stored wine in silver urns to prevent spoilage.
The use of silver is mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings.
In the Middle Ages, silverware protected the wealthy from the full brunt of the plague.
Before the advent of modern germicides and antibiotics, it was known that disease-causing pathogens could not survive in the presence of silver. Consequently, silver was used in tableware, drinking vessels and eating utensils.
In particular, the wealthy stored and ate their food from silver vessels to keep bacteria from growing.
The Chinese emperors and their courts ate with silver chopsticks.
The Druids have left evidence of their use of silver.

More Recently

During the 1930s, synthetically manufactured drugs began to make their appearance and the profits, together with the simplicities of manufacturing this new source of treatment, became a powerful force in the marketplace. There was much excitement over the new 'wonder drugs' and at that time, no antibiotic-resistant strains of disease organisms had surfaced. Silver quickly lost its status to modern antibiotics.

Now

The use of some silver preparations in mainstream medicine survived. 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 kill infection. A new silver based bandage has recently been approved by the FDA and licensed for sale. Other uses that did not lose favour include:
Silver water purification filters and tablets are manufactured in Switzerland and used by many national and international airlines to prevent growth of algae and bacteria.
Electrical ionization units that impregnate the water with silver and copper ions are used to sanitise pool water without the harsh effects of chlorine. The former Soviet Union used silver to sterilise recycled water on their space vehicles.
The Swiss use silver filters in homes and offices.
Some U.S. municipalities use silver in treatment of sewage.
In the Japanese work place, silver is a popular agent in the fight against airborne toxins as well other industrial poisons.
Silver-infused bandages and wound dressings are now commercially available.
With the invention of the Meso process by the Colloid Science institute new heights in colloid manufacturing standards have been achieved. Application of this technology by Purest Colloids Inc is leading the way forward to a new resurgence in the uses of colloidal supplement therapy.