Both Sides of the Silver Ion Case
Silver has long been known for its ability to kill some of the nasty microbes that can make people sick. In hospitals, it’s used to help burn victims, to combat germs on catheters and even to wipe out dangerous “superbugs” that have grown resistant to traditional antibiotics.
Now, capitalizing on consumers’ fear of germs, companies are adding tiny, powerful silver particles to cutting boards, underwear, yoga mats, running shirts, socks and an expanding array of other “antibacterial” goods.
However, some scientists and environmental watchdog groups say putting nanosilver to widespread use may pose risks, as no one knows how chronic exposure to the particles may affect human health or the ecosystem in the long run. The following link from the Chicago Tribune attempts to balance the arguments.