Hello! I hope this message finds you doing wonderfully and enjoying your day. As is clear throughout my blog, a great deal of my mission and focus is directed toward the mineral imbalance of Copper Toxicity and all of its many implications and components. I have chosen to direct so much attention to this malady not only because it has been the main overlying contributor to my life-long health struggle (for which I have now almost overcome and am deeply grateful for!), but it has afflicted a tremendous amount of others as well. More and more individuals are coming forward with strong anecdotal recounts of their own personal experiences with Copper Toxicity, and are quickly discovering that there is a highly limited degree of viable information available to answer their tremendous array of questions. Not only that, but there is also a strong void in the macro field of healthcare regarding the acknowledgement of Copper Toxicity as the serious illness that it is, and hence an extreme lack of qualified and appropriate healthcare practitioners to treat it.
While this truth isn’t necessarily surprising, as Copper Toxicity is far from well-known, this presents itself as a serious public health problem within our contemporary world. I intend on making raising awareness and providing support to CT sufferers one of my main life’s missions, as I feel a deep, authentic push to do so.
Another highly apparent reality regarding CT research is the fact that there is a tremendously large scope of varying information available. I have personally derived an arsenal of richly viable information to call upon, however many are lost in a seemingly far-off land where the guidance and clear direction that they so adamantly seek seems to be very hard to come by. This is truly unfortunate, as the serious malady that is Copper Toxicity adversely effects nearly every physiological system, therefore the presenting symptoms are exceptionally multifarious and often debilitating, putting the sufferer in a space where navigating their personal healing journey is astoundingly difficult.
The fact that Copper Toxicity is less well-known is one thing, but a tremendously aggravating factor here is that it is very poorly understood and a great deal of non-factual, dangerous “information” is being infiltrated throughout mainly the internet. Some of these being that the copper mineral is not toxic and/or dangerous, a simple blood test can unearth your toxicity level, that the body naturally releases any excess copper, and several others. While all of these previously mentioned points would be excellent if true, they simply aren’t, and releasing literature that makes these claims is nothing short of dangerous and catalytic of ill-health for many many people whom may take these notions as truth.
While my case was most definitely severe, more so than is most commonly seen, it was most definitely not uncommon in it’s primary characteristics, as Copper Toxicity is not a rare occurrence. Therefore, I can speak from first-hand, lived experience when stating that these claims do not hold any veracity, and simply must dissolve, leaving space for authentic, accurate information that will perpetuate relief and true healing to those whom are unnecessarily and undeservingly suffering at present.
The aforementioned, wide-scope of presenting symptoms and broad-sweeping physiological upset is largely the cause of why there is such a gargantuan variety of analysis and “facts” presented regarding Copper Toxicity. Dependent on the subjective case, this imbalance will present itself in many, many, many different ways – with only a few strong commonalities amongst cases (mainly being untriggered anxiety, reproductive hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, and adrenal fatigue – and the unbelievably wide scope of symptoms that go along with these imbalances, among several others). Therefore, it is a great challenge in the sense that many will be “diagnosed” with disorders such as hypothyroidism, IBS, hypertension, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc. and not attain the desired relief that they seek due to the fact that their underlying cause is not being identified and treated appropriately.
There are also several important components that seem to be in great debate regarding this imbalance as well. Some of these include Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis vs. blood/serum testing, the use of pharmaceuticals throughout the healing process, and ironically, whether or not the malady of Copper Toxicity even exists. I find the latter to be slightly shocking, yet I’ve come across many people whom discount and resist CT’s mere existence to begin with, mainly due to the extreme lack of awareness present within not only the general population but in most medical and healthcare arenas as well. Also, it is clear where I stand regarding HTMA as the most viable, accurate means of testing for any mineral or heavy metal imbalance, especially Copper Toxicity, yet many still believe blood to reign supreme. This is OK, as we are all going to have varying opinions and beliefs based on our own independent journeys. While the blood can be helpful in gauging many different entities within the human body, it is a problematic means by which to test for Copper Toxicity for several reasons. Someone will only display a high serum copper levels if they are experiencing acute copper poisoning (either from environmental exposure, the copper IUD, or additional direct sources at that time), are going through a “copper dump” (which is when copper is being mobilized from tissue storage and is temporarily present in the blood on its way out of the body), or possibly if they still have their copper IUD implanted. The blood is unlike tissues in that it will only house vital elements for lengths of time and excrete anything else throughout various areas in the body, mainly tissues/organs. This is why hair is so valuable when used as a medium for testing for mineral and heavy metal content, as it is a tissue that is consistently being excreted from the body, giving a blueprint as to what our physiological make-up is for a length of time. Just as blood can be deceptive regarding accurate thyroid testing (which is slowly but surely coming to light), the same is true for mineral imbalance. If these truths are not honored, the healing and true acquisition of one’s copper level can be hindered, leaving the individual in a dangerous position. Here is an example to display this point clearly:
Someone can be tested via blood right after they remove their copper IUD. Their serum level is high to begin with, concluding that they are indeed experiencing Copper Toxicity, no surprise. They then return to their doctor to receive another blood test several weeks later, and find that their serum copper is now “normal” and are informed that they are good-to-go. While this news may seem welcomed, it is often false, in that the copper that was present in the blood has now been sequestered into tissue storage as the blood can not house it for long, and must “get rid of it” in order to prevent further physiological/neurological damage from occurring. This individual is then led to believe that they no longer need to worry about CT as an issue, and move on having no knowledge of the fact that their copper imbalance is not only still present, but it is essentially worse, as it has become embedded into their tissues and absolutely must be mobilized out in order for them to continue living healthily both physiologically and psychologically.
This is also true in the case of Wilson’s Disease, which is also a form of copper metabolism imbalance, yet is always genetic, and involves a mutation in the ATP7B gene. I explain this further within my COPPER TOXICITY page, yet most individuals with Wilson’s Disease will have “normal” serum copper levels, for the same aforementioned reasons.
This topic indeed involves a major paradigm shift within healthcare, as blood testing is clearly still the first and foremost medium that is used for identifying deficiencies and/or toxicities. However, there is a reason that our public health is so compromised at present, and improper testing mechanisms are part of that reason. HTMA offers a pristinely advantageous view into the true state of our endogenous mineral and heavy metal levels, and over time, this will become more clear and more widely used as more and more individuals will serve as examples for it’s extreme viability in efficacious healing overall, myself included.
The resistance will drop, and many will become enlightened on the fact that we must embrace what works, and open our minds to new and improved ways of providing lasting and effective healing techniques.
Furthermore, the interpretation of HTMA is an art all it’s own, and it is very important to access a practitioner that is experienced and skilled in this area (for example “replacement therapy” which is supplementing with a low mineral reading, can be detrimental, as a low singular reading is often indicative of another physiological imbalance that relates to additional mineral ratio values…what you see initially is not often what is truly going on under the surface. While this form of testing is by far the most accurate and viable in my opinion, it is not straight-forward regarding interpretation, as this must be acknowledge and taken into consideration in your choosing of a qualified HTMA-trained practitioner). However, my point in bringing up the aforementioned contradictions regarding CT is that these debates often spur a strong level of frustration and instill a further sense of fear in those whom are suffering from CT, and this is largely counterproductive to their healing.
There are many ways that Copper Toxicity can be developed, some of the main contributors being in utero, the copper IUD, copper water piping, eating a mainly vegetarian diet, any form of conventional birth control, chronic stress, the chronic consumption of processed foods, and several others. Also, our soil is currently very depleted in many vital nutrients that sustain optimal health, one being zinc – the most copper antagonistic mineral. While we would hope that diet could solely provide these needed nutrients in order to keep our mineral balance maintained, this is unfortunately not the case, and the aforementioned zinc depletion in our soil is greatly compounding our population’s susceptibility to Copper Toxicity. Zinc is also depleted easily as a result of chronic stress/adrenal fatigue – which is all-too-pervasive within our current societal character to the point that it is the status quo. Someone may also exhibit a combination of risk factors, and hence compound their likelihood of developing CT further.
Because this illness is one of my main focuses, I am always adding to my “COPPER TOXICITY” page here on my blog, and have done so in great length recently. I understand that my analysis can be overwhelming as it is far from abridged, however the length is reflective of the tremendously multifaceted entity that is CT, and therefore it has to comprise a rich variety of elements in order to present an appropriate and relevant examination. Here is a link to my full-length COPPER TOXICITY page. At the top, I include a list of headings that describe the main components of my analysis, to give you a quick idea of what it entails. This presentation is always growing, as my journey of discovery is very active.
Clearly, it is mine and many other’s hope that soon, we will see the day with this malady no longer exists as such an illusive entity and we can emerge into a space where treatment and accurate education are readily accessible. I have great respect for the process and realize that this will take some time.
Thank you for reading and may you be well!
All the very best,
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