Silver has been used as a dependable health tool for millennia, but is now re-emerging as a modern medical savior. In ancient Greece, Rome, Phoenicia and Macedonia, silver was used extensively to control infections and spoilage. The "Father of Medicine," Hippocrates, was impressed with silver too. He taught that silver healed wounds and controlled disease. In 69 B.C. silver nitrate was listed in a contemporary pharmacopoeia as an anti-microbial tool. A few thousand years later (1897) doctors in America began using silver nitrate to prevent blindness in newborns. In many states, it is still used for this purpose.
A Superior Anti-Infective Agent
In America, from 1900 to 1942, silver became our most important weapon against infection. According to the American Medical Association there were over 96 different silver medicines in use. In those early years, silver was primarily used to combat bacteria, but we would learn a few decades later that it was also highly effective against infectious fungi, viruses and select parasites.
In 1942, antibiotics were invented and created a sensation. In certain ways the new antibiotics were more effective than the silver drugs then in use. They also were cheaper. Antibiotics were proclaimed miracle drugs, while silver fell into disuse.
Silver Fights Germ Resistance
But several decades later, the medical world discovered that there were three critical consequences to antibiotics: (1) they could not control viruses such as HIV, (2) overuse could lead to intestinal yeast overgrowth, and (3) imprudent antibiotic use created "super germs" that defied all antibiotics.
In 1992, according to Newsweek, 13,000 hospital patients died from drug resistant infections. A year later, this figure leaped to 70,000. This was indeed, scary news. In 1994, the Center for Disease Control viewed this problem as America's number one health issue.
Fortunately, researchers were working on the next-generation of silver nutraceuticals, which were intriguing some of the best minds within the medical community.
Dr. Harry Margraf of St Louis stated that, "Silver is the best all around germ-fighter we have."
Jim Powell, a medical writer for Science Digest, reported that while a typical antibiotic cannot kill more than seven germs, next-generation silver formulations could conquer up to 650. So far, no germs have proved resistant to silver. Scientists Zhao and Stevens agreed with this good news, "With the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, silver is re-emerging as a modern medicine because all pathogenic organisms have failed to develop an immunity to it."
Silver Checks Cancer
Today's best Ionic silver products are inexpensive, safe and extraordinarily effective as a dietary supplement. For example, at 10 particles per million (ppm) silver formulations have demonstrated the ability to unravel and check rogue cancer cells in the test tube. Public reports from seven top universities, such as Medical College of Ohio and Tulane, all confirmed silver's powerful counter effects against human lymphoma cells, melanoma, breast and prostate carcinoma, and even osteosarcoma cells. Of course this exciting research will require real life studies before its benefits can be completely determined.
Silver and Regeneration
Scientists have found that regeneration in humans occurs chiefly in the liver, spleen and bone tissues. However, recent medical research suggests that silver could regenerate other human tissues as well. The renowned medical authority on regeneration, Dr. Robert Becker in his book Body Electric, states that we have only scratched the surface regarding silver's medicinal brilliance. Throughout his many publications his work suggests that our diet needs silver for optimal health and repair. Adding Ionic silver to our diet may be one major key to thwarting the effects of aging. Silver overcomes the main obstacles to mammalian regeneration in the following ways: (1) it destroys infections that block self-healing, (2) at the same time, silver activates and directs dormant stems cells to begin their marvelous feats of regeneration!
Next Generation Silver: When Less Means More
Crude colloidal silver has been around since the 1900's, but it contained large silver particles, proteins, silver salts or excessive (even risky) amounts of silver. Until recently, the most powerful silver-based germ killer on the market was silver nitrate. But due to its caustic nature it could only be used in limited ways. This was particularly frustrating when chronic and stubborn infections were present.
The best state-of-the-art silver is Ionic Silver. It is ultra-pure, contains no caustic salts, and is free of contaminants. Today we know that the purest, smallest silver particles are extremely effective against stubborn and ingrained infections. The extraordinarily tiny particles in Ionic Silver average concentration of 100 parts per million (100 ppm).
The price of silver has changed dramatically. In 1920, one ounce of colloidal silver cost up to $100. Eighty years later Ionic Silver Water costs less than $1.00 per ounce. In terms of quality and price this makes Ionic Silver water the best buy in the industry.
Guidelines for Prudent Dietary Silver Intake
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average adult can consume 350 mcg of silver daily for up to 70 years without any known risk, or take the equivalent dose of seven teaspoons of Ionic Silver daily. For more serious or persistent problems, a doctor may wish to gradually increase dosages and direct their patients to take from 3 to 7 tablespoons daily. An average adult under medical supervision could in principle take such dosages for up to 65 years with no definable risk! Ionic Silver water performs best when taken on an empty stomach, followed by food 25 minutes later.
Should people who are healthy and just want to remain that way consider supplementing with Ionic Silver water? And if so, "What is a prudent and adequate daily intake for dietary silver?" The daily value (DV) for silver has not been determined; it is not considered an essential mineral. However, for many years selenium was not considered essential, yet its many benefits begged the same question. When no DV amount has yet been determined, it is customary for scientists to look at the typical diet content for the mineral. Past studies have pointed out that average diets contain from 23 mcg to 88 mcg of silver daily. However, modern trends in agriculture have revealed an alarming decline in the mineral content of our foods since the1930's. From Senate Document No. 264 (1936) it states, "The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us - no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating as food…Our physical well being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume."
In fact, up to 80% of the mineral content in our foods has been lost since the early part of the last century. Thus, our diet may be providing much less than 88 mcg silver daily. So what are reasonable guidelines for silver as a dietary supplement?
First, up to seven teaspoons daily may be safely taken for extended periods when immune support is needed or desired. Second, adjust for weight in younger adults and children as appropriate, typically one half the adult dose. And third, consider one teaspoon or more for general daily maintenance.
WARNING: However, for those people working in the silver industry or for those exposed to silver compounds regularly or for long periods, only a doctor should direct Ionic Silver supplementation.
In summary, this Ionic Silver water formulation enables the consumer, as well as the doctor, to create highly individualized supplement protocols, which should be of great benefit to all our customers.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational use only and is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. The reader is advised to consult with their doctor for medical concerns. Additionally, this information has not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat ,or cure any disease.