Friday, January 27, 2012

Silver in the Medical Profession & Health

The healing properties of silver have been known for a long time. August personages such as Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, was well aware of silver’s anti disease properties and healing qualities. The Phoenicians also kept their water and other liquids such as wine in silver containers as a way of keeping them fresh. Silvers anti-bacterial properties include, interrupting the bacteria cell's ability to form the chemical bonds necessary to its survival. As these bonds are essential to the bacteria’s survival when it meets silver it then falls apart.

Silver ionised bandages are becoming more popular for burns and wounds as they prevent bacterial growth and help to speed the healing process.

One can buy colloidal silver (10-14ppm.mg/L). This is a very minute solution of silver in spring or sterilised water and is used as a germicide and disinfectant. It is also reputed to have healing properties if ingested but this is still open to speculation.

In the health sector, silver is also used as a sterilizer for killing harmful bacteria and replacing some of the harsher toxic chemicals.

No very long ago, according to the Silver Institute, "… the FDA approved a breathing tube with a fine coating of silver, after it was established that it reduced the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia. And that’s just one example of the many roles silver plays in medicine today. It is also added to bandages and wound-dressings, catheters and other medical instruments and is a key part of the technology behind X-rays."

Wound dressings containing silver have been an important aspect of healthcare for more than a century; soldiers in World War I relied heavily upon such dressings. Today, consumer healthcare companies like Johnson & Johnson and others offer their own lines of bandages and ointments that use silver as an active ingredient. Silver has actually been proven to promote the growth of new cells, thereby increasing the rate at which wounds can heal. And, unlike other metals with antimicrobial properties, it is not toxic to humans.

Silver is used as a biocide in hospitals and medical centers. The life-threatening Staph germ called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is often referred to as a "superbug," being resistant to almost all chemical antibiotics. Many hospitals therefore are now employing silver-imbedded equipment including surgical tools, catheters, needles, stethoscopes, furniture, door handles and even paper files.

Silver is used in X-Rays and silver-halide X-rays have been popular for many years. These days digital X-rays are used in many hospitals but both continue to be popular in the western world.

Among its many uses, as an investment, asset storage, exchange system and in industry, silver has proven to be a boon for the medical profession and another good reason to buy silver.

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