What does it mean to be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth?(or in a mouth?)

By Olya Piccirillo 

For thousands of years, before the age of the antibiotics, healers and doctors have been using silver as a natural antibacterial remedy to cure and prevent various diseases. During the Middle Ages in Europe, silver was applied to warriors’ wounds to prevent infections.


In ancient Rome and Greece milk and other perishable foods were stored in silver containers to prevent spoilage. Even in mythology, vampires were thwarted by silver weapons.


Silver has been historically known as one of the world’s strongest antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral remedies. Perhaps, for this reason, the tradition was born that wealthy families gave silver spoons to babies as christening presents to protect them from sickness. Those that were “born with a silver spoon in their mouth” were supposedly protected by silver’s purifying properties.

Others claim that during the bubonic plaque of the 14th Century, otherwise known as the “Black death”, the poor were impacted to a much greater degree, as the rich were using cutlery and plates made of silver. It is from that time the phrase “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth” originated. 

In the 1978 issue of Science Digest, Dr. Robert Becker, M.D, wrote his article “Our Mightiest Germ Fighter” referring to silver as “a wonder of modern medicine” that is virtually non-toxic, and kills over 650 different disease organisms. 

The recognition of silver as a powerful effective remedy to control and fight pathogenic bacteria continued growing through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Prior to 1940, silver was used as a primary antibiotic in medicine until the era of the modern pharmaceutical industry.



When silver is exposed to a virus, bacterium or any other single-cell pathogen, it suffocates and kills them, not affecting a beneficial bacteria. It is considered safe for humans of all ages and animals.


Taking silver orally can help to prevent and fight low-grade infections, food poisoning, cold and flu, pneumonia, sinus infections, bladder infections and much more.


Topically, silver can be used on skin as an antiseptic treatment for cuts, small open wounds, and cold sores. It helps to heal and prevent scaring when used promptly. It also soothes and relieves the itchiness and irritation from mosquito bites, mild allergies, jellyfish stings and poison ivy, to name a few.

Silver is still used today in hospitals as the standard of care in burn centers, to speed up the tissue healing and prevent scaring. 


Besides medicinal and therapeutic applications, silver has been utilized by NASA to purify the water for both its space shuttle program and International Space Station.


Moreover, silver can now be found in food packaging materials, baby bottles and pacifiers, cleaning products, food supplements, cosmetics, and medical devices.



In the earlier 20th century physicians prepared their own silver tinctures which often were inferior and didn’t have a stable shelf life. Today the highest grades are produced by non-chemical methods, where the silver particles and water have been colloided. For colloidal silver to be effective, it must be at a size small enough to interact with microbes at a molecular level.


When searching for a colloidal silver product, use a trusted manufacturer and consult your health practitioner, as products differ in concentration, quality and purity.



There are a lot of controversies surrounding the use and safety of silver. Some clients tell me that they have read the news stories on negative side effects of silver, and even warnings against using it altogether. If you come across those stories, I encourage you to read it thoroughly as you will notice, they focus on the isolated cases of the individuals who made their own silver. I don’t encourage anyone to play scientist and make their own silver, and I haven’t seen any documented cases on side effects of colloidal silver prepared and bottled by a reputable manufacturer.


I personally have been using silver for over 25 years and guiding my clients on its proper applications. It has been an essential item in my home “medicine” cabinet and the item I would always bring with me whenever I travel. I used it with my children when they had ear infections, tummy issues, sore throat, stye infections, poison ivy, colds and much more. From my experience, if you take silver when the first symptoms appear, it can make a dramatic difference. During their school years, neither of my two children missed school for more than a day.

Regardless of my own experience, I encourage you to do your own research and speak with a medical professional before you implement colloidal silver for your health issues.