Thursday, September 29, 2011

Silver for Water Purification and Health

These days the word silver brings many different thoughts to each one of us.

Some instantly think colloidal silver, others jewelry. Some of us know today’s trading price for an ounce of silver. And others yet, see it as a safe haven for their wealth.

Unfortunately, I do not fall in the latter category (smile). I love the idea of precious metals. But here’s the thing, at the end of the day, my family and I cannot eat silver or gold.


…we do hoard a few nice vintage silver dollars. Why, I hear you asking; for water purification purposes of course!

Sure we have our handy, high tech water filter we purchased for our backpacking trips. But the thing requires new filters every so often. And sure we have our water stores, but those are not sustainable (at least not here in the desert).

Throughout history, silver has been used across the world and in many a different civilizations as a monetary standard, a health remedy and a preservative. Truth be told, thousands of years before modern scientists and doctors understood microbes and how they cause illness, people knew the health benefits of colloidal metals, particularly that of silver.

Consider this historical timeline:

•Egyptian writings are known to mention the use of silver.
•The Greeks and Romans stored liquids in vessels crafted out of silver in order to prevent spoilage and to keep bacteria from growing.
•The Middle Ages brought the outbreak of the plague. However, the wealthy, because they ate with 100% silver forks, knives, and spoons, were protected from the full brunt of the disease.
•The earliest American Pioneers, who settled the frontier, placed silver or copper coins in their drinking water and milk as they trekked westward. The coins kept the water safe from bacteria and algae and kept the milk fresh.
•Presently, silver is being used in hospitals. It is found in newly manufactured wound dressings and various items used for patient care.
•Colloidal silver is considered a medicinal powerhouse and regaining in popularity due to its healing properties.

The use of silver for water purification purposes still continues. Modern technologies are reviving the use of silver. It can now be found in various filtration systems. Even NASA has used silver in the water purification system on their space shuttle.

Bottom line, I’ve had many people ask for sustainable means of water purification. Boiling rain and surface water, along with a few silver dollars may be the way to go if there ever were to be a need. And from now on, we’ll be loading our water storage barrels with a coin or two. If it was good enough for centuries and centuries of people then hey…it’s good enough for me.

I realize this is not the end-all be-all solution and in no way am I suggesting that you forsake water testing and/or proper filtration. My goal here is to expose you historical truth (smile).

We could have some good discussions on this topic! And honestly, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please feel free to comment.

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At September 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

I'd seen a comment a few months ago about keeping a silver coin in raw milk to keep it 'pure', but I didn't actually give it any thought beyond a 'Huh, that's cool'. Very interesting, I'll have to check this out more :)

At September 30, 2011 at 4:03 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Kimberly Same here, that's exactly why I wanted to study it more and learn the science behind it. I do want to read more about how the pioneers did it:) I'm just happy to have this information stored away!

At October 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous Jen said...

doubt it does . . .but how about removal of fluoride?? I am looking for a natural way to remove the nasties from our public water. Thanks for the interesting post! Found you on HHE

At October 5, 2011 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous Leon said...

I love and drink raw milk and I use silver to fight unwanted microorganisms internally and externally! Yay I love all things that avid modern day chemical processes I am a new blogger working hard to build an audience so if you have a moment check out my milk category and my alternative medicine category. THANKS!

At October 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen, check out Berkey water filters, you can buy filters to filter out fluoride.

I've not used silver coins to purify water but I do make colloidal silver and family members have used it internally and externally for a variety of "ailments." It is indeed great stuff. Every household should have the capability to make it. There are videos on youtube that will show how.

At October 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Dana Seilhan said...

Iodine is an excellent water purifier too. I've seen it recommended by Army water purification specialists. They like reverse osmosis the best, and iodine comes in second. It is definitely better than using bleach, and especially if you live far from the ocean, you probably aren't getting enough anyway.

However, for someone who has autoimmune issues with their thyroid, sometimes iodine can aggravate that situation (you still need it but you have to watch your intake), so for them, silver might work better. And of course even if you have an iodine supply it won't last forever if supply lines break down.


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