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
I am using CS 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.
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.