Silver: Protect Your Wealth And Your Health
You’ve probably heard of the saying that someone was “born with a silver spoon in their mouth.” This saying is sometimes taken to mean that the person was born rich. It can also mean that they are lucky. But the idiom originated as a way of saying that the person never seems to get sick.
Before I get to the surprising health benefits of this precious metal let me say that I don’t pretend to be an expert on the financial aspects of using silver to protect your wealth. I’ll refer you to my favourite sources of information on this topic:
- BrotherJohnF’s Office Series is informative and, I think, fun: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL29AA60A5C1C9E96A .
- His blog at http://brotherjohnf.com/ is packed with information.
- Currency historian Andrew Gause also is great at explaining current financial issues in a way that is easy to understand on this podcast, interviewed weekly by Patrick Timpone: http://www.oneradionetwork.com/the-real-world-of-money/
Now to the health benefits of silver. In addition to being the most reflective and conductive substance on the earth, silver is also antimicrobial and antibacterial. It was used for these purposes until antibiotics rose to prominence in the last century. During the plague, wealthier parents would give their children a silver spoon to suck on to protect them from the illness (resulting in the saying mentioned above), apparently with better results than those who did not have access to utensils made of the metal. Prior to pasteurization, silver jugs were used to store milk to keep it from spoiling. Some people would even put silver coins in their drinks to preserve and enhance the liquids’ health benefits. The practice of using silver to preserve the health benefits of foods has been traced as far back as ancient Egypt.
Today silver’s medicinal uses have mostly been forgotten by western society. Colloidal silver, a liquid created by using electricity to pull silver particles into water, can be used to heal wounds and prevent infection. It is apparently especially effective in preventing scarring when healing from burns. I have read that both NASA and the Russian space agency both use silver in the water treatment systems used aboard their space shuttles.
Colloidal silver is still available, though it is not officially sanctioned as having specific health benefits.
So why am I bringing this topic up? I am lucky enough to have possession of my grandmother’s silver-plated flatware. It sat atop my china cabinet for quite a while, waiting to be used on a special occasion such as Thanksgiving or some other winter feast. Why is it considered so special that we only use it for these precious family gatherings? Perhaps because, deep down, we are still aware of the health benefits and we want to grant them upon our guests. Our ancestors were aware of these benefits for countless generations. Your grandmother may even still be aware of them. We may forget, but knowledge has a way of lingering even under the conscious radar.
Recently I decided to start using my grandmother’s silverware at every meal. I did some research and learned that you don’t need to be super careful with silverware, even silver-plated flatware. It turns out that the more you use it, the brighter the sheen. You can even put it in the dishwasher as long as there is no stainless steel in there with it (there is a reaction that may occur between them). To keep things simple I just handwash them after every meal. For my family there are four forks, four spoons and two knives that get washed in about 15 seconds. It is so nice now to open the dishwasher after a completed cycle and see no flatware to put away! That was kind of the worst part of emptying the dishwasher!
Now, when enjoying a meal with with my family, I feel happy knowing that every time the silver brushes against my teeth or those of my children, a few silver particles enter our bodies, strengthening our immune systems. I doubt the stainless steel was having any beneficial effects.
If you are not lucky enough to have a silver flatware set in your possession, take a look at craigslist or kijiji. There are lots of sets for sale – both plated and sterling. If you can afford a sterling silver set then you can also enjoy knowing that the value of that silver goes up along with inflation. It’s kind of like putting money away for a rainy day.
If you do have some silver and it’s tarnished, but you don’t want to use a chemical product to clean it up, look online for methods that use aluminum foil, baking soda and boiling water with just as much success.
There are some amazing things on this earth that can protect you in many ways. Things you don’t hear about much anymore. Silver is one of them.