Did you know that during new years in Scotland, silver coins were traditionally exchanged for good fortune. Have you ever wondered why people throw silver coins in fountains for good luck? Why is silver such a precious element? To clarify how silver ended up in our ICA system, we present a short historical review.

Silver is a naturally occurring element and has been known since antiquity for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. The battle against contamination of drinking water and the outbreaks of waterborne diseases has a long history that goes all the way back to the royals of the ancient empires. Where the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians stored their water and wine in silver vessels to prevent from spoilage. The Chinese emperor ate with silver chopsticks against sickness and the cowboys rode through the wild west with always a silver coin on hand against bacteria and algae. In the middle ages, children from wealthy families had silver spoons to suck on against the plague. Hence, the saying ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’ was a means for staying healthy.  

More recently, colloidal silver was commonly used in hospitals and was known to fight off germs. During the 1930s, synthetical antibiotics came to the market, which were easier and cheaper in production. This development led to silver losing its favor. Thirty years after synthetical antibiotics had been launched, it started losing its effectiveness as bacteria became resistant. Now, silver is making a come-back claiming to be the most universal and powerful natural element for combating viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Especially effective in combination with copper to fight Legionella, E-coli, and other waterborne pathogens.

This is why, the ICA system uses 99.99% Fine Silver which is 100% recycled to remove harmful bacteria from your drinking water.

Sources:
Barillo, D. J., & Marx, D. E. (2014). Silver in medicine: A brief history BC 335 to present. Burns, 40, S3-S8.
Silver Colloids. (n.d.). A Brief History of the Health Support Uses of Silver. Retrieved from: http://www.silver-colloids.com/Pubs/history-silver.html
Kühni, W., & van Holst, W. (2016). Colloidal Silver. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press