One of my favorite studies from UCLA states light to moderate consumption of alcohol – of ANY sort – could reduce your risk of developing a physical disability. In other words, having a few drinks a week may actually keep you out of a nursing home! (Or, at the very least, it could help you avoid a dignity-robbing situation where you need help to carry out basic, everyday functions like walking – and even getting dressed.)
The study included 4,276 people and considered “light to moderate” drinkers as those who consumed fewer than 15 drinks per week. Those who consumed more were considered “heavy drinkers.” And those who drank fewer than 12 drinks per year were labeled “abstainers”. The researchers tracked the subjects for five years and found that:
“Light to moderate drinkers had a 17.7% chance of becoming disabled or dying in five years, compared with 26.7% for abstainers and 21.4% for heavy drinkers. Among survivors, the risk for new disability was 12.5% for light to moderate drinkers, compared with 20% for abstainers and 15.6% for heavy drinkers.”
There is one catch, though. The health benefits only applied to the light-to-moderate drinkers who were already in good health at the outset of the study.
The antibacterial properties of Colloidal Silver
Despite the doubts of professional practitionars I am using colloidal silver as a mouth wash all the time, particularly after a dentist visit. In order to kill all bacteria one has to gurgle at least 8 minutes. However, I do not swallow it since it probably kills also the “good” intestinal bacteria.
Good essay about the History of Colloidal Silver
Silver has long been known for its special properties. During the past 2000 years, many civilizations have recognized the properties of silver in preventing diseases. For instance, the Romans used silver nitrate therapeutically, and the hermetic and alchemical writings of Paracelsus speak of the virtues of silver as a healing substance. The people of ancient Greece and Rome used silver containers for keeping liquids fresh. Through the centuries, royal households carried on this practice by storing their provisions in silver containers. Privileged family members used silver eating utensils; they had their meals served on silver plates and their drinks served in silver cups. Indeed, the skin of ‘blue bloods’ reportedly had a bluish tinge due to the minute traces of pure metallic silver they regularly consumed. In American pioneering days, new settlers travelling to the West would put silver dollars in their milk to delay spoiling. By the turn of the 20th century, silver was regarded as a proven germ-fighter. more
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 therefore physicians use wound dressings containing silver sulfadiazine (Ag-SD) or silver nano-materials to treat external infections.