reply to post by Matthew Dark
SIlver nitrate was used routinely as an eye drop for newborns even pretty recently.. still used in places. It was excellent, but burned the new born
eyes, so now they usually use chloramphenicol or Neomycin ( yet more antibiotics). IMO they should have stuck with the Silver Nitrate. Its used as a
prophylaxis for neonatal conjunctivitis and was state law in many states.
Silver in many forms has been used in main stream medicine since there was main stream medicine, and used as an antibiotic throughout history... its
not like its anything new or only the comain of the new agers and fringers.
Here are some of the routine uses for this oh so scary toxic substance:
Water disinfection in hotels and hospitals
Postharvest cleaning of oysters and crabs
Inhibition of bacterial growth on chicken farms
Water recycling aboard space shuttles
Home purification of water in Europe and North America
Point of use disinfectant for water and vegetables in Mexico
Alternative to antibiotics (not recommended by the FDA)
Alternative to laundry detergent[dubious – discuss]
Application to eyes of newborn babies to prevent infection
Coating on catheters to prevent infection
I hate wiki, but it had it all crammed together.