Silver's importance as a bactericide has been documented only since the late 1800's, but its use in purification has been known throughout the ages. Early records indicate that the Phoenicians, for example, used silver vessels to keep water, wine, and vinegar pure during their long voyages.
In America, pioneers moving west put silver and copper coins in their water barrels to keep them clean. In fact, "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" is not a reference to wealth, but to health. In the early 18th century, babies who were fed with silver spoons were healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals, and silver pacifiers found wide use in America because of their beneficial health effects.
Silver is a potent natural antibiotic, shattering anaerobic bacteria because of its specific vibratory frequency, much like an opera singer's high note shatters a crystal glass. Unlike modern pharmaceutical antibiotics, nature's remedy leaves helpful, aerobic pro-biotic bacteria intact.
There are three primary ways Silver can be used to support the body in healing according to a report written by Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute in 1996.
Catalytic Oxidation: Silver holds onto oxygen molecules naturally, thereby readily reacting with the sulfhydral (H) groups that surround bacteria and viruses.
Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes: By attaching directly to bacertia cell membranes, Silver ions produce the same respiration-blocking effect.
Binding with DNA: Up to 12% of Silver has been detected in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, showing that it literally enters bacteria DNA.