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Silver Coin in Water Jug for Killing Bacteria

Discussion in 'Survival (Preps & Homestead)' started by Garyw, Dec 13, 2011.



  1. Garyw

    Garyw Silver Member Silver Miner

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    I heard silver would kill bacteria. Would it do any good to stick a small silver coin in each gallon jug of water?
     
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    should be pure silver and without the crud from a circulated silver coin. Just my guess. I don't think it will kill all the bacteria though - much of it.

    If you had a small pond and threw some .9999 pure silver bars in there, would you drink out of it after a day? I don't know... but you'd have an immediate savings account.

    :biggrin:
     
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    If this is true, with all of our combined "boating accidents" we are doing nothing but making the world a better place. :s11:
     
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    I always thought about making some sort of filter out of silver shot for my hot tub. Just don't know if it would work?
     
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    GodspeedMetals Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Interesting stuff...

    http://www.doulton.ca/silver.html

    Silver's Importance to Health

    Feb 27, 1997
    In a world concerned with the spreading of virus and disease, silver is increasingly being tapped for its bactericidal properties and used in treatments for conditions ranging from severe burns to Legionnaires Disease.

    While silver's importance as a bactericide has been documented only since the late 1800s, its use in purification has been known throughout the ages. Early records indicate that the Phoenicians, for example, used silver vessels to keep water, wine and vinegar pure during their long voyages. In America, pioneers moving west put silver and copper coins in their water barrels to keep it clean.

    In fact, "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" is not a reference to wealth, but to health. In the early 18th century, babies who were fed with silver spoons were healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals, and silver pacifiers found wide use in America because of their beneficial health effects.

    Helping to Stop Legionnaire’s Disease
    In response to major outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease in the United Kingdom during the 1980s, the British government has undertaken studies on the use of .silver in water purification. The disease is named after Legionella pneumophilia, an aquatic organism which is widespread in small quantities within natural water sources. The bacteria presents few problems in naturally-flowing water, but man-made environments such as cooling towers and hot and cold water services provide conditions for it to multiply and spread. Infection is caused by inhaling airborne droplets of particles containing viable legionella, small enough to travel deep into the lungs and be deposited in the alveoli.

    Recent research compared silver-copper ionization with the use of high temperatures to destroy bacteria. Contaminated cold water re infected the hot water system even when temperatures in hot water heaters reached as high as 60 degrees Centigrade. But experiments showed that even at lower water temperatures, ionization of soft water with silver and copper ions was effective against the bacteria.

    “Ionization showed better results." said Nigel Pavey principal research engineer for BSRIA Water Services Technology Centre in Berkshire. And to make certain its benefits are widespread, "there should be more emphasis on copper-silver ionization in Iegislation,' he said.

    Importance in Burn Therapy
    Silver also has had a significant impact on the treatment of burns. Twenty years ago it was common for the wounds of severely burned patients to become infected, which delayed healing and sometimes led to death. Today silver sulfadiazine is used by hospitals worldwide to kill bacteria allowing the body time to restore the area naturally. Sulfadiazine is a know antibacterial agent. Combined with silver, studies show it is at least 50 times more active than other antibacterial agents. Silvadene now is the most widely used topical treatment for burn therapy. Other silver compounds also are being developed for use wherever silver sulfadiazine proves ineffective.

    Keeping Plastic Clean
    Widespread concerns that viruses can survive in body fluids deposited on plastic consumer products such as telephones prompted the Institute for Microbial Diseases in Osaka, Japan to develop a new silver complex that can be applied for lasting sanitary protection. The product is marketed under the name Amenitop, and has been shown to reduce the infection of certain viruses which have been linked to AIDS. The system consists of silica gel microspheres containing a silver thiosulfate complex. The silica gel coatings allows a gradual release of the. silver compound onto the surface, providing long lasting bactericidal action.

    Promoting Skin Growth
    Silver also has been successfully used to grow new skin on accident victims, including the restoration of fingertips with the original fingerprint. individuals whose wounds are so severe they lose tissue below the skin often never fully recover, left with only a thin layer of skin without the original nerve structure. This inferior skin layer results in abnormal sensations and intolerance to cold. Skin grafts cover the wounds but do not restore the functions of the area.

    In a treatment developed by Mountain Medical Specialties of Lakemont. GA. a silver-coated fabric is used to cover the wound. A miniature battery is connected to the fabric to begin a flow of silver ions to encourage normal skin growth and eliminate bacteria which generally prevents complete regeneration of the skin and nerve function. This method has actually restored the natural skin patterns and sensations in the palms of hands.

    Purifying Water
    Silver-based water purification units for the home have been in use in Europe for more than 50 years. Royal Doulton ceramic candles combine silver within the ceramic during manufacturing to take advantage of the outstanding bacterial disinfecting properties of silver. These units meet the National Sanitation Foundation Standards covering bacteriostatic efficacy, the reduction of lead, copper and particulates and the reduction of taste and odor. They also have the approval of the US Environmental Protection Agency as a bactericidal unit.

    Eliminating Harmful Bacteria
    Tests by researchers at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences show that silver and copper ions added to oyster tanks destroy harmful bacteria in the water without affecting the oysters. Once oysters are harvested from the ocean. they are cleaned in "depuration° tanks which are prone to bacteria infiltration. Silver ions added to the water destroy bacteria and copper ions kill fungus, making an inexpensive and environmentally friendly combination for keeping oyster tanks clean. "Silver and copper ionization is the perfect solution," ,says Richard Ganim, president of Superior Aqua Enterprises in Sarasota, Florida.

    "The applications for ionization are almost endless," Ganim said. Currently ionization is used by chicken farmers to reduce bacteria and fungus without affecting the health of the chickens. 'We think this system will also work for citrus growers' who routinely spray their trees with chemicals.

    Keeping Oxygen Handling Safe
    In hospitals throughout the world, silver makes the handling of pure oxygen safer. Oxygen at high pressure in liquid form is very hazardous because some materials ignite or begin harmful chain reactions when they come in contact with it.

    Limiting sparks during oxygen production is of critical importance. Because silver will not ignite, even at its melting point, the oxygen compressor design code issued by the Industrial Gas Council in Brussels, requires that wherever contact between metals occurs, one of the facing metals must be silver and the other a high-nickel alloy. This combination provides the lowest probability of sparking during high-speed compressor operation. The seals in compressor and pumping equipment are also silver to minimize any possibility of friction which could ignite a fire. Oxygen pump seals must be manufactured to extremely close tolerances, and the silver also allows fine machining,

    Protecting Eyes
    One out of every seven pairs d prescription glasses sold in the United States incorporates silver to protect patients eyes from sunlight. Silver halide crystals, melted into glass for sunglasses, change clear glass from 85 percent visible Iight transmission to 22 percent transmission in less than 60 seconds, a change that is endlessly reversible.

    Helping People With Allergies
    For individuals who are allergic to detergents, reusable laundry disks are providing a solution to their problem. the disks are made of “activated” ceramic material with metallic elements - silver and copper - inside. When the disks are placed in the washing machine along with the clothes and water, the silver and copper releases electrons which in turn produce ionized oxygen he]ping to break up dirt and organic compounds. The disks are sold under the name “Clean Power Plus'“ and are used three at a time for about 300 loads.

    For more information on any of these medical uses of
    silver, please contact Christy Rosche at The Silver Institute (202) 835-0185


    Silver - Preventing Outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease

    Silver Copper System Works Better than High Temperatures to Destroy Deadly Bacteria
    Report by: The Silver Institute - Silver News - Feb/Mar 97

    Following major outbreaks of Legionellosis (Legionnaire’s Disease) in the United Kingdom in the late 1980’s the government came out with safety guidelines for cooling towers which all but eliminated the problem. Now, however the government has turned its attention to hot and cold service which now accounts for a significant number of identified cases of Legionnaire’s disease in the UK

    Silver is playing a key role in efforts to prevent these deadly outbreaks. With funding from the government and private industry the building and services research and information association (BSRIA) has completed a two year research project to compare the effectiveness of using silver and copper ionization against the storage of water at high temperatures to destroy the bacteria.

    “Ionization showed better results” says Nigel Pavey, Principal Research Engineer for BSRIA. For example, contaminated cold water re-infected the hot water system even when temperatures in hot water heaters reached as high as 60 degrees Centigrade. Experiments showed that even at lover water temperatures, ionization of soft water with silver and copper ions was effective against legionella. In showers and hot and cold faucets, ionization was effective against the bacteria if silver concentration was around 40 micrograms per liter.

    Hard water presented a problem however. The electrodes used for ionization frequently scaled up and the high level of dissolved solids in the water took the silver ions out of the solution. When silver ionization levels could be kept up using scaling controls, the technique was effective.

    BSRIA’s findings were published in Ionization Water Treatment for Hot and Cold Water Services available from BSRIA. For more information fax BSRIA at 44-1344-487575

    Silver - Reliable Alternatives to Chlorine

    Silver Water Purification Systems Offer Reliable Alternative to Chlorine
    Report by: The Silver Institute - Silver News -

    Laguna Niguel, CA (March 25, 1997) - Silver based water purification systems offer the most reliable and cost effective alternative to chlorine, a chemical that is increasingly coming under fire for the carcinogenic by products it leaves in water, according to David Eaton, secretary of The Institute of Water Ionization Technologies in the United Kingdom and technical director of Roseland Hydronics PLC.

    Speaking at the annual meeting of The Gold & Silver Institutes in Laguna, Niguel, CA. this week Eaton said progressively restrictive legislation is confronting the use of chemicals, especially chlorine, which for nearly a century. has been the primary medium for water disinfection.

    With increasing pollution, utilities are forced to put far more chlorine into the supply chain, Eaton explained. The chemical reaction that oxidizes impurities when chlorine is added, also forms carcinogenic byproducts. "Of course these same byproducts have been generated by chlorination for a long time but never in the quantities that are now being seen," he said.

    Silver offers a healthy alternative. The metal has long been known for its biocidal properties, Eaton noted. The Ancient Phoenicians. who stored wine in silver urns to preserve it, provide one of the earliest recorded examples of the metal’s use for water purification.

    Applying modern technology to this old fashioned principle, The Institute of Water Ionization Technologies has developed silver ion generators for municipal water supplies. The market for silver ionized swimming pool systems has expanded significantly in the US and overseas, Eaton said. But in Britain, silver ionization is being developed for mainstream water systems. Machines used to clean primary water must be much larger and more powerful than small swimming pool units, and require accurate control mechanisms to ensure that levels of silver are maintained and kept within drinking water standards.

    Eaton discussed a recent project funded by the UK Department of the Environment to study the control of Legionnaires disease by using silver ions. The disease is named after Legionella pneumophilia, an organism that is widespread in small quantities within natural water sources. The bacteria becomes lethal at a water temperature of 95 degrees F and can be killed at temperatures between 135 and 140 degrees F.

    Of three tests, silver/copper ions in soft water produced the best results. The copper ion disrupted the enzyme structures of the cell allowing the silver ion to penetrate inside where it rapidly killed the cell's life support system. US regulations allow a silver level of 100 ppb in drinking water, but a silver level of only 20 ppb kills Legionella.

    A new European Union Drinking Water Standard in draft form has removed any upper limit for silver in drinking water following the World Health Organization's Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality which States, "It is unnecessary to recommend any health-based guideline for silver as it is not hazardous to human heath.


    Eaton said silver ion generators currently are being used in intensive care and heart transplant units of hospitals, and for poultry processing, engineering, brewing, cooling towers and swimming pools.

    The sale of silver based ionizers is beginning to take off in the UK and there are promising growth markets in the Scandinavia, Germany, and the Far East. We calculate that requirements for silver globally will increase to about two million ounces annually within five years.

    For the complete text of Eaton’s speech, contact The Silver Institute, (202) 835-0185. For more information contact the Institute of Water Ionization Technologies, 01621869255 (fax) 01621868211.

    Research Quotes:

    Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps a half dozen different disease organisms but silver kills some 650. Moreover, silver is virtually non-toxic. Dr. Harry Margraf of St. Louis, a pioneering silver researcher, says: "Silver is the best all around germ fighter we have."[1]

    The value of silver in medicine, and as a purifier has been acknowledged for centuries. Egyptians implanted silver plates into skulls with surgery. In Ancient Greece and Rome, people used silver containers to keep liquids fresh. When settlers moved across the American West, they would purify a container of water by putting a silver dollar in it overnight. Towards the end of the 19th century, other medicinal uses for silver were developed including the use of silver and mercury in filling cavities, and the dropping of a silver filtrate solution into the eyes of newborn babies to prevent blindness due to infection.[2]

    Scores of independent tests have shown that silver promptly kills bacteria in water and maintains water purity over long periods of time.[3]

    Russian scientists working on water recycling and purification problems for the Soviet space program have decided on silver as the best long term sanitation agent. Researching the problems of water shortage over periods of several months, as well as purification for immediate use, they determined that ionized silver provides the safest and longest lasting method of transforming polluted waste into potable water.[4]

    After testing 23 methods of purifying water, NASA has also chosen silver as the purifying agent on the Space Shuttle program.[5][6]

    Silver was used to provide shuttle crews with pure water for drinking, air conditioning, food preparation and other operations. By establishing 100 parts of silver per billion parts of water NASA will totally eliminate the need for chlorine! The most dramatic purification tests occurred in 1976 in a 20,000 gallon swimming pool in Nebraska. There was no disinfectant of any kind in the water. Fifty gallons of municipal sewage waste water was put into the pool. That produced a dangerous concentration of 7,000 E coli cells per 100 millilitre [half a cup] of water. Contents of the pool were then pumped through a tank containing alternating anodic and cathodic silver electrodes for disinfection. Within three hours the pool was entirely free of E. coli and the water contained only 3.2 parts of silver per billion parts of water.[7]

    The Allegheny County Health Department in Pennsylvania conducted tests in a 152,000 gallon pool which previously had been disinfected by a 50 pounds per day chlorinator. The system was replaced by a silver system for the swimming pool season of 1974 and 1975. The County Health Department took up to 50 daily samples and found that silver ions remained in the pool at the low steady rate of 20 parts per billion. The water remained free of bacteria throughout the two seasons. In contrast, 65 water samples from 30 other pools having a concentration of 700 parts per billion of available chlorine showed a mean of 1.3 pseudomonas and 7.3 staph cells per millilitre of water.[8]

    The impact of silver technology continues to grow. More than half of the American soft drink bottling companies, numerous shipping lines and a host of other enterprises in 70 countries, use silver to sterilize water. These and many other examples of the expanding use of silver in water purification have been documented by Dr. Fred Zobist and presented to the Silver Institute in Washington, D.C.
     
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    Ragnarok I'd rather be Midas Member

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    I would think that only the water in immediate contact with the silver would benefit. A coin sitting in a large jug won't do much imo unless the water is stirred/shaken/otherwise circulated from time to time. A jug partly filled with pure silver shot sounds like a better idea to me imho, because of the much larger surface area in contact with water.

    2c, R.
     
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    argentos Former Boat Owner Gold Chaser

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    I live in a flat and fill a watering-can with tap water after watering my house plants so that the chlorine in the water can dissapate in time for the next dose of watering.

    The can always used to grow green algae, but since keeping a Philharmoniker in it a few years ago the water has remained clear. I also keep a bottle of tap water in the car for drinking in emergency. I put a small coil of .999 silver wire in there and the water always tastes OK, even at the end of summer.

    I'm convinced.
     
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    argentos Former Boat Owner Gold Chaser

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    You forget the Brownian Motion of the molecules

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownian_motion

    which ensures that the water mixes itself thoroughly given a bit of time.
     
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    I put 50 silver dimes and about 50 pre-62 pennies (tin and copper) in the basket filter before the pump inlet in my pool in Teaxas-stopped using chlorine for good, only an occasional shock.The turbulence in that coarse pre-filter had those dimes and pennies rattling all over when the pump was on,just like a mountain stream.The copper pennies where my "algicide" (needed when temps went way past 100 degrees) and the silver dimes took care of the bacteria growth.I had the water tested only once for bacteria,a few months after I put the silver in,but then only had a family of 4 to worry about in the pool.Water quality was unbelievable (they say tin has very good health bennies,) but I believe it was the chlorine free water.
     
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    Dunno bout the silver coins having antimicrobial properties, but I will state that topical application of Silvadene is damn near a miracle drug when it comes to burns. About 14 years ago, I was in an foundry accident when a just-poured mold exploded. Molten iron showered my back. Thanks to daily dressings with Silvadene, I avoided skin grafts.
     
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    Boy am I glad I asked this question. If it was good enough for the pioneers it is good enough for me now all I have to do is figure out how many coins and size for a gallon. Probably dimes or quarters would work in a gallon milk jug. Thanks for all the excellent posts. If enough people do this maybe the price of silver will even go up again.
     
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    Intersting that you mention milk jugs. Farmers always milked their cows into galvanized silver pails back in the old days.

    The bacteriocidal properties have been known for a very, very long time. But the stuff is too cheap and available to suit Big Pharma.
     
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    my grandparents used to live off of the land........one of the things they did was put a silver dollar in a gallon glass jar of fresh milk ......supposedly to help it keep from souring.....
     
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    It's funny that this thread just got off the ground, because as of this moment I am about to fill my new Britta pitcher with water for the first time with a .999 Ag round in the bottom. Here's a letter from SurvivalBlog:

    http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/06/two_letters_re_the_case_for_si.html

     
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    I believe that from time immemorial to the advent of antibiotics people of many races have known that silver kills germs. It was no accident that rich people ate with silver spoons from silver plates.

    We forgot that because of the Moses Effect: the people who knew died off and were replaced by us medication swallowers.
     
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    My Grandfather lived off the land as well. We milked cows every morning and filled gallon glass jugs with wax paper on top with a rubber band around the rim. In the morning us kids would skim off some cream off the top as it separated. Kids now days probably think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
     
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    Brilliant! :bear_original:
     
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    Yes, it works. I have one of those cat water bowls that has about a half-gallon reservoir so it lasts for several weeks. The bowl used to get scummy before half the water was used up. Since I placed a 1-oz silver art bar in the bowl, it stays fresh and clear.
     
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    How about putting a tablespoon of colloidal silver in each water jug? It is way cheaper and probably just as effective. Making colloidal silver is a good skill to learn anyway :-)
     
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    The potential problem with colloidal silver is that the molecules in a particular brand of CS may be too big to pass through capillaries, thus collecting in body tissues and resulting in a blue tinge to the skin (called argyria). I'll stick with the approach taken by the Survivalblog reader above.
     
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    QWAK,TheMadHatter,A fiew years back when SILVER was just under $7.00:36_1_11: I ordered 1000 SILVER HAMMER rounds from NWTM and when the finely came in (almost 3 months later :banghead:) I decided to experiment with my DUCK POND/hot tub and lined the whole bottom with the SILVER ROUNDS!:hahaha::yes::36_1_11: I also put 5 in the filter basket too.:yes:

    I had read about puting SILVER coines in water barrels etc. so decided it was worth a try to avoid having to use bleach in the water.:yes:

    It was cool having a SILVER bottom in the DUCK POND except they moved around ,BUT sorry to say it realy did not act as hoped or expected. All the SILVER rounds picked up a slight orange tint (a lot of iron in my well water) and the water and the water did not stay fresh as I had hoped.

    I now use bone charcoal and the DE filter and use pool shock when I do a water change and that works fine for me. :yes:

    Perhaps it is all the IRON (?) I don't know but it did not work for me.

    BTW: I posted pictures back on the old GIM :yes:

    the DUCK :2:
     
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    The Case For Silver Spoons
    June 25, 2011

    Most folks today would agree that we live in troubled times. At any moment, a single event could change the balance of our society for the worse, taking us back to what some might call the dark ages. Predicted solar flares, EMPs, earthquakes, or even terrorist activity today could lead to a complete infrastructure failure that would affect every aspect of our future. During such a grim event, our personal health would be a great concern. Without refrigeration, many medicines would spoil. Without power, pharmaceutical plants shut down. The few hospitals that have back-up power will soon run out and close if they are not overrun by the masses first. Most modern medical practices would become useless. What is common surgery today, will become a thing of the past. Without the power grid, virtually all that goes into modern medical practices for the common man simply goes away.

    Everyday tasks that we would have engaged in without concern before such an event could now pose a health risk that leads to infections or sickness and could even lead to death. Running a barbed wire fence, turning a wrench on your truck, or cutting fire wood will require extra care so as to not get hurt or injured. In fact, just sitting down to a meal could lead to your demise. Aside from the main course, what are you ingesting from the plates and utensils themselves? Like it or not, without automatic dishwashers, we will all be taking a greater interest in washing the dishes and being certain that they are clean, which is why we all should now be looking at silver spoons.

    Silver spoons may be the very reason some family lines have continued through the ages while others have been completely lost. Perhaps this, too, is why the general population holds a negative bias towards those who were “born with a silver spoon“. While the lower class ate their meals with dirty hands and wooden spoons, the elite would eat with dirty hands and silver spoons.

    At this time, I feel compelled to make full disclosure in that I was, indeed, silver-spoon-fed Gerber baby food by my mom who always tried to keep my hands clean. While on her honeymoon in the Appalachians, Mom bought a souvenir silver (baby) spoon that would be a hand-me-down silver spoon from my older sister to me. It was soon lost by me to my younger sibling who in turn lost it to our still youngest sibling who saw the silver spoon retired. The silver spoon came out of retirement some twenty-five years later to assist my wife in feeding our son. At that time I marveled that I hadn’t starved to death as a child for the tiny size of the silver spoon.

    Further, while growing up at home with my family, we were sometimes allowed to dine with Mom’s silverware on extra special occasions such as every third Christmas dinner or every seventh Easter Sunday meal.

    So you see, while I am no stranger to silver spoons, I am clearly not an elitist that would have had his own silver baby spoon and dined daily with the family silverware. And Mom was no elitist either! She was just a young and sentimental nurse who knew of silver’s benefits and wanted to protect her children.

    Big industry has learned what smart moms, and elitists all over the world, knew all along. Silver fights germs because silver is poison to germs!

    A Swiss botanist from the 1880s is credited with coining the phrase oligodynamic effect which, simply put, means that silver is toxic to bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, spores and other unpopular micro-organisms! In other words, a spoon made of silver would naturally fight bacteria, viruses, and other micro bad things that might want to hang-out or live on your spoon. Some test results suggest that in as little as 6 minutes a silver spoon will have killed all the bad stuff on it.

    A silver spoon self-sanitizes as it sits in your drawer waiting to be used. This property is shared by other heavy metals as well, but silver is the most affordable, and safest, heavy metal that won’t cause other adverse effects on us (such as lead does). Scientists, doctors, and nurses have been aware of this for years, but modern medicine went in another direction. Only today are we hearing about the wonders of silver in medicine and industry.

    Today, fabric manufacturers are adding silver particles to socks and other clothing to control odors caused by bacteria. Silver-coated polyester fabric is used in heart valve replacement surgery. Silver is used in mattresses and bedding for both its antimicrobial effect and its heat dissipation qualities. Silver is used in fabrics that in turn are used in RF Shielding and protecting electronics from EMPs. Silver is used in the fabric mesh of radiation protective suits. Silver is now being used in bandages and first-aid materials. Kitchen sponges are available with the benefits of silver. Colloidal silver (a liquid suspension of silver) is being used almost anywhere you can think of that germs are growing. It is being sprayed into HVAC vents to kill germs and bacteria. It is used as an antibacterial burn treatment. It has been shown that colloidal silver, taken internally, is effective against E. Coli and over 650 disease-causing organisms. The use of silver in industry continues to grow and we may never see an end to its possibilities. It is also of note that American pioneers would drop a silver dollar into a jug of milk to keep it fresh from spoilage. What else did they know that has been forgotten by modern man?

    Knowing what silver can do, and owning pure silver (.999 fine), you can actually make colloidal silver at home for dipping your socks into or even treating cancer. There are many internet posts on how to make colloidal silver at home and the uses of colloidal silver. It is fairly easy to make and can be done with a few 9-volt batteries, silver wire or two silver bullion coins (.999), a quart canning jar, two alligator clips and some distilled water.

    The process involves creating an electrical current that runs through the two clips suspending the silver in the distilled water. As the electricity flows through the silver and into/through the water, silver ionized particles are left behind suspended in the water. Once made, it should be stored covered and away from sunlight. Use it as a topical antibacterial for cuts, scrapes and burns. After a societal-changing event where there is no doctor or hospital, you can take sterile bandages and dip them into the colloidal silver solution for use as an antibacterial bandage.

    It is not recommended that you use a sterling silver spoon to make colloidal silver. Sterling silver is .925 pure, having some copper in it. We do not want to ingest the copper so it is recommended that you use .999 pure silver as is found in silver bullion. It is also of note that early silver spoons were nearly pure silver. It was later that they were alloyed to make the spoon stronger and harder to keep it from bending. Today, “Sterling silver” is .925 pure silver.

    Another age-old benefit of silver spoons dates to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) China. Silver chop sticks would turn black or tarnish quickly when the silver reacted with popular poisons of the era. A silver spoon (or chop stick) will tarnish on contact with sulfur, and therefore any arsenic sulfides, making it a handy arsenic-poisoning detector and a lot easier to keep around than a chef or a peasant for random taste tests.

    All said, everyone should have a silver spoon in their kit. It should be widely used by all in family survival kitchens, BOBs, and even carried by each individual to be used when eating out (you’ll always know whose mouth it last touched). It will also be in the ready should you need to barter or buy something while on the road. After all, it is silver and just like cash. Maybe you should have several with you.

    I would support a universal distribution of silver spoons to every man, woman, and child in these United States as an alternative health care plan. In essence, the silver spoon is a pocket health care plan!

    Remember what Mom always said: Wash your hands, eat well, be healthy, use your silver spoon and stay away from hard ice cream to prevent bent spoons.

    Buy some silver spoons and you just might be continuing your family line.


    http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/06/the_case_for_silver_spoons_by.html
     
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    I really dunno if that silver thingy for health is old wives' stuff or not.

    But I DO know that the best container for storing liquor is SILVER.

    TINS.
     
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    TheMadHatter Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Thanks for the info Duck.. I just dropped 15 Silver eagles into the filter tray. I'll report back in a few days.. Hopefully i get better results than you did
     
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    QWAK,TheMadHatter,I have been using pool shock and more frequent filter changes and been content with it but intend to do an experiment using COLOIDEAL SILVER.:yes:

    I bought a generator and with .9999 electrodes it is all automatic, I will try 1/2 gallon to 300 in the pond and see if there is a diference next time I do a total water change. :36_1_11:

    If nothing else it was a good reason to buy some .9999 Canadian Wolfs :hahaha::yes::haha:

    I had concidered using silicone to glue the SILVER rounds to the bottom of the DUCK pond -- they :hahaha: kept moving around and as it turned out looked cool :yes: but did not seem to work and were:redface: not comfortable to sit on :haha: so I dried them off and put them in the vault after a month or so!:yes:

    the DUCK :2:
     
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    TheMadHatter Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    After one day seems to smell a little better, could be my mind playing tricks
     
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    LOL.....well worth the re-post..........going boating again now!
     
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    Master_Ho Silver Member Silver Miner

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    You beat me to it - I have for some time now used both silver and quartz crystals in my water (for different reasons).........I do not tell people but they all swear I have the best water anywhere! *l*

    I cannot prove the silver works but I do believe the pioneers used it because they had success with it!
     
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    Master_Ho Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Well, it does depend on the amount of water - but here's another tip.........

    The water can only be "touched" by the exposed silver - meaning that today a pioneer would toss a ounce of silver into a barrel.........but the surface is limited..........

    I had a couple of silver bars flattened (so it was pure silver) in long thin ribbon about 1/2 inch wide.........so I could get the most out of each ounce..............I cut a few inches and cut it with scissors.......I make a S out of it so its easier to see in the water............

    I have 60 bottles stored for earthquake / emergency - and each has silver ribbon and some quartz.

    Saved a fortune!

    Cheers!
     
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    Or research equipment before purchasing then produce an extremely versatile product with a multitude of applications.
    For one who preserves endless amounts of food, reconsider. One can extend fresh food shelf life extensively. Spray fresh cut before drying/dehydrating and be consuming later, a sickness/disease preventative.

    Do not swallow AMA fear driven bullpucky about colloidal silver.
     
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    stAGgering Silver Miner Seeker

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    As mentioned by another and as I have done; buy .999 silver wire and coil inside your water jug, can, filtered water container, etc. and protect yourself. No longer do I get container "smell" (time to bleach) from the inside of my stainless water jugs. I do get the scent of workers hand upon the exterior but am not rich enough to buy enough silver wire or silver jug for exterior, just bleach.
     
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    Nickelless If coffee is gold, I own Fort Knox Midas Member

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    OK, I realize this is just anecdotal, but last Monday I stayed home from work because of a hellacious sinus headache and what felt like the beginning of an upper respiratory infection--and my, um, nostril byproduct was of a color indicating infection. So I took the .999 Ag round out of the water jug in the fridge and put it in the bottom of my coffee pot so that the silver marinated in the coffee as it brewed, and I've kept it in the coffee pot since then. I've felt increasingly better this past week and don't appear to have any further signs of an upper respiratory infection.
     
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    Tsk tsk! The proper term is "Cows of color". :y:

    On a similar line, besides being inexpensive and easily shaped, doorknobs made of brass also had antimicrobial properties because of the copper.
     

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