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Researchers and nutritionist report copper is one of the most harmful minerals to health on our earth. It causes liver problems and oxidative stress. Reports indicate this is in part due to copper water pipes and earth's deficiency of zinc.

Copper in my opinion is the most abused substance in natural health supplements. It should be removed from every supplement because it causes numerous health problems.

Read item 10 at the bottom of this report to see how bad high copper is to our health.

Anyone who has an immune system dysfunction may be susceptible to copper intolerance. It is almost impossible to find any multi vitamin or multi supplement without copper. Why those who prepare these supplements are not aware of the awful harm they are causing to those who have high copper problems is a mystery to me. I found a multivitamin (Nature Made multi prenatal) that does not contain copper. In reviewing numerous research reports as well as my problems with copper I have recognized that many people may be having health issues due to copper and do not know it.

Wilson's and Metallothionein are two diseases that are related to copper toxicity. Wilson's diseases is high copper toxicity and its main tell tale symptom is a copper ring around the iris of the eyes. If a doctors cannot see a copper ring around the iris they will discount a patients symptoms being related to copper. I not only have never had the copper ring but even a liver biopsy and several blood tests that did not show high copper in my body. I had a hair analysis that showed I had high copper.

The proof to me was that when I ate nuts, apples, sea foods or supplements that were high in copper I would get sick, with flue and cold symptoms, brain swelling (encephalitis), brain fog and depression. I found that for me zinc, selenium and manganese would alleviate my symptoms.

There is ample research quoted below to prove copper can be an issue even if it does not show up in the normal medical tests.

High copper can cause OCB, sexual deviations and upset the brain and hormones in the body.

High copper in men causes feminine tendencies. High copper in women causes male tendencies. High copper causes a higher sensitivity and creativeness in both sexes. High copper is known to cause or be related to yeast and Candida problems. It is ironic that in treating these symptoms one may be ingesting supplements with copper in them, thus aggravating the disease they are trying to eradicate.

High copper is known to cause the following symptoms:
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behavior or OCB
  • depression
  • low adrenal activity
  • fatigue - chronic fatigue
  • yeast infections
  • low digestive enzymes
  • impair thyroid function
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • Compulsive behavior may be related to copper and the adrenals.
  • When copper is out of balance, our bodies cannot control yeast overgrowth. This often lead to chronic candida albicans infections that are resistant to treatment.
  • Copper imbalance impairs the immune system. Homosexuality may be related to copper levels. This is because secondary sex characteristics are greatly influenced by hormones which are in turn influenced by copper and zinc levels.
  • skin rashes
  • impair liver function
  • cravings for sweets
  • crave salt
  • schizophrenia (2)
  • stimulates excessive exercise mood swings
  • anger
  • gender issues
  • racing thoughts
  • Autism Source
  • Adrenal burnout, characterized by chronic fatigue and other symptoms, is often related to copper imbalance.
  • insomnia
  • depression - manic symptoms
  • irrational behaviors or actions; ie irrational responses to situations or relationships. Often not the normal response by that individual except when copper is at a toxic level they respond differently.
  • spaciness
  • learning disorders
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • Crave caffeine, coffee and stimulants
  • childishness
  • excessive emotions
  • sentimentality
  • fearfulness
  • resentments
  • phobias
  • psychosis
  • violence
  • sexual deviations or compulsions
  • excessive emotions
  • sentimentality
  • a tendency to depression
  • fearfulness
  • hidden anger and resentments
  • phobias
  • psychosis and violence
  • compulsive behaviors
  • immune system disorders
  • encephalitis (brain swelling)
  • living in a dream world
  • naivety
  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • learning disorders
  • racing thoughts
sources   Copper Toxicity Syndrome

Some sources or foods that can increase copper toxicity:

  • Deficiencies of manganese, iron, B-vitamins and vitamin C can cause copper to accumulate.
  • Adrenal hormones cause the liver to produce ceruloplasmin, the main copper binding protein in the body. Therefore, a sluggish liver or weak adrenal glands may cause copper to build up in the tissues.
  • excessive supplementation
  • the increasingly common problem of low levels of zinc in the diet
  • Copper water pipes, Contaminated food and drinking water due to contact with metallic copper
  • External exposures such as a copper IUD or accidental agricultural over spray
  • elevated levels of estrogens.
  • Nuts (I used to get bad flue problems every January until I discovered the Christmas nuts I ate caused copper problems. By lowering or restricting nuts I have eliminated these symptoms.)
  • Caffeine (I have often craved caffeine and did not know why, it seemed to make me feel better for a while}
  • Fish
  • Meats
  • Apples
  • Vitamins and nutritional supplements with copper in them

Some possible ways to lower or control Copper toxicity:

  • Zinc with Manganise (cheleates ie. attaches to the copper molecules and removes them from the body)
  • Caffeine, coffee, stimulants
  • Cadmium
  • Higher meat and lower vegetarian diet
  • vitamin C
  • molybdenum
  • manganese
  • selenium
  • zinc
  • sulfur-containing amino acids
  • manganese
  • iron
  • Vitamin B6
  • folic acid

Copper toxicity is ignored and undiagnosed by physicians. They either do not test it or the blood tests they prescribe do not reveal copper toxicity levels. The most reliable test for copper toxicity is a hair or urine analysis by a reputable lab. Blood tests are not reliable for heavy metal testing.

1. "Since copper and zinc compete with each other for absorption in the gut, copper toxicity has been the subject of greater concern in recent years. This is primarily due to reduced zinc in the diet and the switch from galvanized to copper water pipes. Acidic water such as rain water, left standing in copper plumbing pipes, can be a source of toxicity when consumed. In prolonged contact with copper cooking utensils, an acidic food or beverage can dissolve milligram quantities of copper, sufficient to cause acute toxicity symptoms such as self-limited nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. High copper levels, especially when associated with low zinc levels, have been linked to a variety of symptoms and conditions."

2. "Do you have or know anyone who suffers from headaches, fatigue, insomnia, depression, skin rashes, spaciness, learning disorders or premenstrual syndrome? These can be symptoms of a copper imbalance. High copper that is not at a toxic level can create these positive traits; a warm, caring, sensitive, emotional nature, often with artistic orientation and a child-like quality. Often high-copper people are young-looking. Many traditional feminine traits are associated with copper such as softness, gentleness and intuitiveness. Toxic levels begin to change the personality with; spaciness, racing thoughts, living in a dream world, naivete, childishness, excessive emotions, sentimentality, a tendency to depression, fearfulness, hidden anger and resentments, phobias, psychosis and violence. These traits are similar to the traits of a manic depressive in their high state. High copper toxicity creates an artists, inventors and "live on the edge" personality.  Very high copper can cause a psychotic break from reality, a type of schizophrenia. An 18-year old schizophrenic patient had a hair copper level of 40 mg% (normal is 2.5 mg%). She hallucinated and attempted suicide twice while in the Scottsdale Camelback Mental Hospital. When her copper decreased to normal through a diet and supplement program, her symptoms disappeared and she has remained well...Copper problems are often the result of too little zinc in the body. Our soils are depleted of zinc and a vegetarian diet lacks needed zinc. Meat is the best food source for zinc."

3. "COPPER AND SEXUALITY Women tend to have higher levels of copper than men. Women also have more symptoms related to copper imbalance. These include yeast infections, migraine headaches, adult acne, various menstrual symptoms and depression. Copper-toxic women are often estrogen dominant. They may benefit from progesterone therapy to help balance their hormones. Women with biounavailable copper are often low in estrogen. Their bodies are often more linear in shape. Of course, copper is not the only factor affecting hormones. Some pesticides, for example, mimic the effects of estrogen and can affect the hormone balance. Men, by contrast, should be zinc-dominant. Zinc, a 'masculine' element, balances copper in the body, and is essential for male reproductive activity. Today, however, many men have symptoms of copper toxicity including depression, anxiety and other symptoms. Homosexuality may be related to copper levels...A vegetarian diet increases copper levels and a meat diet lowers copper levels "

4. "Part of the appeal of cocaine, Ritalin and amphetamines may be their ability to help lower copper temporarily by stimulating the adrenals. Cadmium found in marijuana and cigarettes drives copper back into storage. These drugs may make one feel better by affecting the copper balance."

5. "Metallothionein (MT) is a cysteine-rich, metal-binding protein that can be induced by a variety of agents."

6. "Interest in metallothionein (MT) has attracted considerable interest in the last two years because of data collected by William Walsh, Ph.D. of the Pfeiffer Institute, which indicates the copper to zinc ratio is abnormally high in individuals with autism ."

7. Experiments show that the immune system is affected by Metallothionein "In the experiments reported here, we show that immune cells migrate chemotactically in the presence of a gradient of MT"

8. "Oxidative damage has been implicated in disorders associated with abnormal copper... liver toxicity is the result of metal's disruptive effect on liver...which start cell death signaling."

9. " Copper (Cu) is one of the most toxic metals... This study brings new insights into the cellular mechanisms of Cu toxicity by documenting the sensitivity and kinetics of multiple Cu-cellular targets in one marine alga.

10. "Introduction: When medical science comes to understand the implications of a copper imbalance, it may be referred to as the scourge of the late 20th century. It is one of the most commonly encountered imbalances that we find on tissue mineral tests today. Many of the most prevalent metabolic dysfunctions of our time are related in some way to a copper imbalance. Copper toxicity is a much overlooked contributor to many health problems; including anorexia, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome, depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, allergies, childhood hyperactivity and learning disorders. The involvement of copper toxicity and biounavailability in such a wide range of health conditions may seem unusual. It is our intent in this paper to show how copper is regulated in the body and why it is such a key mineral in so many metabolic dysfunctions."

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