60-Second Silver: Silver can protect your health

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If you’re a silver lover, here’s something else you’ll appreciate about this lustrous metal: It can kill or suppress the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and fungus.

Silver ions have a toxic effect on these organisms without harm to humans. Its germicidal properties have been well documented through its use in wound dressings to stop infection and promote healing.

These properties have the same effect in silver objects. Stainless steel doesn’t offer these benefits nor does it retain its value.

Why not buy something that has been staving off illnesses naturally for centuries? Consider drinking from a silver goblet or eating from flatware an elegant way to stay healthier.

And when it’s time to pass down your silver to the next generation, you can extol silver’s health benefits as well. ?

Silver health facts

Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” wrote that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties,

Phoenicians used to store water, wine, and vinegar in silver bottles to prevent spoiling.

In the early 1900s people would put silver coins in milk bottles to prolong the milk’s freshness.

Jeffrey Herman encourages anyone with silver-related questions that can’t be answered on his Web site hermansilver.com to contact him. He may be reached at 800-339-0417or jeff@hermansilver.com or at PO Box 786, West Warwick, RI 02893.

Jeffrey Herman started Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation in 1984, and has repaired and reconstructed everything from historically important tankards, tea services, and tureens to disposal-damaged flatware. Herman has worked at Gorham as a designer, sample maker, and technical illustrator and at Pilz Ltd., where he learned the fine art of restoration. Herman has a BFA degree in silversmithing and is the founder of the Society of American Silversmiths.


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