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Copper Toxicity and Health

Homeopathic remedies will help rebalance the body with excess copper and copper toxicity.
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Purpose of Copper in the Body
Issues Related to Copper Toxicity
Causes of Copper Toxicity
Testing for High Copper
Hair Testing Instead of a Blood Panel
What to Test to Determine Copper Toxicity Accurately
Foods Highest In Copper

Videos To Watch:
What Is Copper Toxicity?
The Copper Toxicity Society
Dr. Bill Walsh on Zinc / Copper Imbalance
Dr. Bill Walsh On High Copper Levels 1
Dr. Bill Walsh On High Copper Levels 2
Dr. Bill Walsh On Low Zinc / B6 Copper Toxicity: A Cause For Disease That No One Talks About
Copper: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
Why Am I Always So Tired? The Copper Connection
Hidden Copper Overload: What Women Should Know About Metal Toxicity

Purpose of Copper in the Body

  • Copper is a cofactor in the synthesis of norepinephrine, and neurotransmitter associated with several mental illnesses. 

  • Copper overloads tend to lower dopamine levels and increase norepinephrine in the brain

  • Imbalances of these neurotransmitters have been associated with paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, ADHD, autism and violent behaviors.

  • Most people with elevated copper exhibit low zinc and excessive oxidative stress. 

  • Many people diagnosed with mental illness have an inborn tendency for elevated copper levels and this predisposes them to psychiatric disorders.

  • Nutrient therapies to normalize copper levels is effective in balancing dopamine and norepinephrine levels for these persons.

Issues Related to Copper Toxicity

Causes of Copper Toxicity
levels of copper create shifts in neurotransmitters and health.  These are some of the things that contribute to high copper in the body which can dramatic lower required zinc levels and influence neurotransmitter function, mood and health in a negative way:

  • Birth control pills that raise estrogen thereby raising copper

  • Hormone replacement therapies including bioidentical hormones (HRT)

  • Well water high in copper

  • Copper plumbing

  • Copper cookware

  • Eating too many copper rich foods

  • Being a vegetarian so that zinc rich foods are not part of the normal diet

  • Frequent use of swimming pools/Jacuzzis treated with copper sulfate

Tests to Determine Copper Toxicity and Related Metabolic Levels - contact us to become a client to order this test
This Metabolic Panel costs about $296 and includes local blood testing and at home urine testing as follows:

  1. Whole blood histamine - blood test used to measure methylation status.
    The functional lab range for under methylation is above 70.
    The functional lab range for  is over methylation is below 40
    Please read more about methylation.

  2. Kyrtopyrroles - used to test by urine the amount of pyrroles excreted through urinary quantitative testing.
    This is done to see the level of pyrroles and if there is too rapid excretion of zinc and B6 through urine.
    The functional range for pyrroles is below 10
    A level of 16 or higher is pyroluria; 20 or higher is considered very high.
    The level of kryptopyrroles is an overall marker of high oxidative stress.
    Read more about pyroluria.

  3. Plasma Zinc - used to evaluate zinc deficiency. 
    The functional range for zinc is 90 -135.
    Read more about
    zinc and the zinc taste test

  4. Serum copper - used to evaluate copper toxicity. 
    This blood test measures the amount of copper in blood.
    Serum copper is used not plasma copper.
    The functional range for copper is 70 - 110.

  5. Ceruloplasmin - used to measure the amount of this protein that binds to copper in the body.
    Ceruloplasmin plays an important role as a transporter in copper metabolism.
    Most copper in the blood is bound to ceruloplasmin, some is bound to albumin, MT or other proteins.
    If ceruloplasmin is low, free copper can rise to toxic levels.
    Unbound copper is toxic to the body.
    The relationship of ceruloplasmin to copper is a percentage.
    Unbound copper is toxic to the body.
    Above 25% is consider high unbound copper.

Hair Testing Instead of a Blood Panel For Assessing Low Zinc and High Copper

  • Hair Testing and ADHD

    • Hair mineral copper is very valuable for behavior disorders and ADHD, but is of far less clinical value for autism, bipolar, and schizophrenia populations.

  • Hair Testing and Copper:

    • Hair analysis ALONE is a very poor way to assess copper status.

    • Findings of high copper levels in hair are compromised by the many external sources of copper which cannot be completely removed by washing.

    • Low levels of copper in hair and/or blood often are coincident with dangerous overloads of copper in liver.

    • Hair copper values can provide information of clinical significance, but by itself is not clinically decisive.

  • Hair Testing and Zinc:

    • Low hair zinc correlates very well with low plasma levels. 

    • However, very elevated zinc in hair nearly always means a zinc deficiency and loss of plasma zinc levels. 

    • Most of the time this involves a pyrrole disorder which results in very high zinc excretion in urine (and in hair). 

    • In a healthy person without metal-metabolism problem, only about 4 percent of excreted zinc leaves through the kidneys.

Foods Highest In Copper in Order

  1. Seafood (Oysters, Cooked)
  2. Kale
  3. Mushrooms (Shiitake, Cooked)
  4. Seeds (Sesame Seeds)
  5. Nuts (Cashew Nuts)
  6. Legumes (Chickpeas, Cooked)
  7. Dried Fruit (Prunes)
  8. Avocadoes
  9. Goat Cheese (Soft)
  10. Fermented Soy Foods (Tempeh)

What Is Copper Toxicity?
(6:48 minutes)

The Copper Toxicity Society
(36:07 minutes)



Dr. Bill Walsh on Zinc / Copper Imbalance
(1:05 minutes)


Dr. Bill Walsh On High Copper Levels 1
(1:31 minutes)


Dr. Bill Walsh On High Copper Levels 2
(1:07 minutes)

Dr. Bill Walsh On Low Zinc / B6
(1:27 minutes)


Copper Toxicity: A Cause For Disease That No One Talks About
(7:19 minutes)


Why Am I Always So Tired? The Copper Connection
(4:15 pm)


Copper: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms
(6:26 minutes)


Hidden Copper Overload: What Women Should Know About Metal Toxicity
by Mensah Medical - Dr. Judith Bowman and and Dr. Albert Mensah
(1:09:08 minutes)

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