As antibiotics become more and more ineffective, the search is on for another effective way to fight infections. Our forefathers had such a cheap and effective tool - the metal silver - but this was discredited with the ascendancy of antibiotics. Now, however, breakthrough scientific research could restore colloidal silver to its once-accepted status as the most versatile and effective natural means to fight not only bacteria, but other organisms, such as fungi and viruses, as well.
Silver has been used since antiquity to purify water. While silver's importance as a bactericide has been documented only since the late 1800s, its use in purification has been known throughout the ages. The Phoenicians, for example, used silver vessels to keep water, wine and vinegar pure during long voyages. American pioneers put silver and copper coins in their water barrels to keep the water clean.
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