These days the word silver brings many different thoughts to each one of us.
Some instantly think colloidal silver, others jewelry. Some of us know today’s trading price for an ounce of silver. And others yet, see it as a safe haven for their wealth.
Unfortunately, I do not fall in the latter category (smile). I love the idea of precious metals. But here’s the thing, at the end of the day, my family and I cannot eat silver or gold.
…we do hoard a few nice vintage silver dollars. Why, I hear you asking; for water purification purposes of course!
Sure we have our handy, high tech water filter we purchased for our backpacking trips. But the thing requires new filters every so often. And sure we have our water stores, but those are not sustainable (at least not here in the desert).
Throughout history, silver has been used across the world and in many a different civilizations as a monetary standard, a health remedy and a preservative. Truth be told, thousands of years before modern scientists and doctors understood microbes and how they cause illness, people knew the health benefits of colloidal metals, particularly that of silver.
Consider this historical timeline:
- Egyptian writings are known to mention the use of silver.
- The Greeks and Romans stored liquids in vessels crafted out of silver in order to prevent spoilage and to keep bacteria from
- The Middle Ages brought the outbreak of the plague. However, the wealthy, because they ate with 100% silver forks, knives, and spoons, were protected from the full brunt of the disease.
- The earliest American Pioneers, who settled the frontier, placed silver or copper coins in their drinking water and milk as they trekked westward. The coins kept the water safe from bacteria and algae and kept the milk fresh.
- Presently, silver is being used in hospitals. It is found in newly manufactured wound dressings and various items used for patient care.
- Colloidal silver is considered a medicinal powerhouse and regaining in popularity due to its healing properties.
The use of silver for water purification purposes still continues. Modern technologies are reviving the use of silver. It can now be found in various filtration systems. Even NASA has used silver in the water purification system on their space shuttle.
Bottom line, I’ve had many people ask for sustainable means of water purification. Boiling rain and surface water, along with a few silver dollars may be the way to go if there ever were to be a need. And from now on, we’ll be loading our water storage barrels with a coin or two. If it was good enough for centuries and centuries of people then hey…it’s good enough for me.
I realize this is not the end-all be-all solution and in no way am I suggesting that you forsake water testing and/or proper filtration. My goal here is to expose you historical truth (smile).
We could have some good discussions on this topic! And honestly, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please feel free to comment.