The History of Silver
How Long has Silver
Been used for?
Silver has been used for thousands of years medicinally, and has been proven itself as enormously
deadly against pathogens...
Even since the days
before Christ, silver has been used medicinally to fight disease. For a very long time, silver was the
number one antimicrobial tool used by doctors. In fact, in the year 69 B.C. silver nitrate was written
about extensively in the contemporary pharmacopoeia.
At the turn of the
century, silver was used extensively, and was a proven and accepted microbe killer. Colloidal silver was in fact the main tool that doctors used in
treating infectious diseases. Up until 1938, over 650 fungi, yeast, viruses and
bacteria were considered treatable with colloidal silver.
At the height of
its use, from 1900 - 1939, there were over 96 different colloidal
silver formulations in use. This was documented extensively by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry belonging to the American Medical
Association, with many of the formulations being administered
During this period, many physicians of note used silver nitrate extensively for all
manner of pathologies and acute bacterial infections. Wound
dressings were liberally infused with silver nitrate before application, with boils and internal infections being
injected at the site of infection with this solution. Even to this day silver
is used to treat gonorrheal ophthalmia, with the technique being pioneered back in 1881 by Carl
use of colloidal silver fell dramatically when in 1942 the U.S government purchased the rights to patent the now well known penicillin.
However, Zhao and Stevens have recently stated for the record that "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
Luckily for us,
technology today has the ability to render less silver more potent then ever historically thought possible. The
result is an enormous increase of the Therapeutic Index, resulting in unprecedented safety, efficacy and the
possible applications in which colloid solutions such as The New Silver
Solution® can be