Colloidal Silver - Medical Uses
The medical uses of silver include its use as an antiseptic, a disinfectant, and an alternative medicine product known as colloidal silver.
The silver ion (Ag+) is bioactive and in sufficient concentration readily kills bacteria in vitro. Silver also kills bacteria in external wounds in living tissue, and physicians therefore use wound dressings containing silver sulfadiazine (Ag-SD) or silver nano-materials to treat external infections.] Wound dressings containing silver are increasing in importance due to the recent increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The disinfectant properties of silver are used in medical applications, such as urinary catheters and endotracheal breathing tubes, where the silver content is effective in reducing incidences of catheter-related bacteriuria and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) respectively.Silver is also used in bone prostheses, reconstructive orthopaedic surgery and cardiac devices, as well as on surfaces and fabrics to reduce the spread of infection.
Since the 1990s "colloidal silver", a liquid suspension of microscopic silver particles, has been marketed as an alternative medicine, often claiming impressive "cure-all" qualities. The effectiveness of these products has never been scientifically proven, and in some jurisdictions it is therefore currently illegal to include such claims in product advertisements. Medical authorities and publications advise against the ingestion of colloidal silver preparations, because of their lack of proven effectiveness and because of the risk of adverse side effects, such as argyria. Historically, colloidal silver was also used as an internal medication to treat a variety of diseases. Their use was largely discontinued in the 1940s, due to the development of safe and effective modern antibiotics and concern about adverse side effects.
During the middle ages the royalty of Europe did not get the plagues the non-royalty were dying from. The reason later on has been identified to silver. The royalty ate off silver plates and used silver ware and silver cups. They then got enough silver injested into their bodies to kill off the germs going around, and avoid the plagues. We use several silver dollars and silver coins in our water pitchter and have left them there for years to have some silver leach into the water we drink. Norwex is a company we have purchased many household cleaning items from that use silver in their cleaning cloths to disinfect, so the use of less cleansers is necessary.