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Copper Toxicity Syndrome

Copper Toxicity Syndrome

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Published by Gary Moller
COPPER TOXICITY
SYNDROME

by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© Revised, July 2011, The Center For Development

Do you know anyone who suffers from headaches, fatigue, insomnia, depression, skin rashes, spaciness or detachment, learning disorders or premenstrual syndrome? These can be symptoms of a copper
imbalance. It is an extremely common nutritional
imbalance. It is often overlooked, in part because it is not always simple to detect.
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is
vitally important for both physical and mental health. It has been studied for years, including at government laboratories. However, its importance for health is
still largely unappreciated. The following article is an introduction to the large subject of copper imbalance.
The author is deeply indebted to Dr. Paul C. Eck, an avid copper researcher.
COPPER TOXICITY
SYNDROME

by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© Revised, July 2011, The Center For Development

Do you know anyone who suffers from headaches, fatigue, insomnia, depression, skin rashes, spaciness or detachment, learning disorders or premenstrual syndrome? These can be symptoms of a copper
imbalance. It is an extremely common nutritional
imbalance. It is often overlooked, in part because it is not always simple to detect.
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is
vitally important for both physical and mental health. It has been studied for years, including at government laboratories. However, its importance for health is
still largely unappreciated. The following article is an introduction to the large subject of copper imbalance.
The author is deeply indebted to Dr. Paul C. Eck, an avid copper researcher.

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COPPER TOXICITYSYNDROME
by Lawrence Wilson, MD© Revised, July 2011, The Center For DevelopmentDo you know anyone who suffers from headaches,fatigue, insomnia, depression, skin rashes, spaciness or detachment, learning disorders or premenstrual syndrome?These can be symptoms of a copper imbalance. It is anextremely common nutritional imbalance. It is oftenoverlooked, in part because it is not always simple todetect.Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vitallyimportant for both physical and mental health. It has beenstudied for years, including at government laboratories.However, its importance for health is still largelyunappreciated. The following article is an introduction tothe large subject of copper imbalance. The author isdeeply indebted to Dr. Paul C. Eck, an avid copper researcher. 
COPPER'S ROLE IN THE BODY
Copper has a number of important functions in thehuman body. The problem usually occurs when there istoo much of it in the soft tissues of the body. Here aresome of the important roles of copper: 
1. Bones and connective tissue.
Copper is requiredto fix calcium in the bones and to build and repair all
 
connective tissue. This includes the tendons, ligaments,skin, hair, nails, arteries, veins and a few other tissues.Imbalances can contribute to osteoporosis, bonespurs, and almost all conditions of the skin, hair and nails.Others symptoms related to connective tissue include mostcardiovascular problems, tendon and ligament conditions,scoliosis, and other skeletal and structural imbalances aswell. 
2. Energy production in the cells.
Copper is neededin the final steps of the Krebs energy cycle called theelectron transport system. This is where most of our cellular energy is produced. Any problem here causesfatigue, depression and other imbalances related to lowenergy. 
3. Immune Response.
Copper must remain inbalance with zinc. When imbalances occur, one is moreprone to all infections, in particular fungal and yeastinfections that are so common today. For example, mostpeople have some intestinal yeast if they eat sugars andmost people have chronic sinus infections if they havecommon symptoms such as post-nasal drip and others. 
4. The glandular system, particularly the thyroid andadrenal glands.
The thyroid gland is extremely sensitive tocopper. In part this is due to its nature and how easily it isinfluenced by the sympathetic nervous system. Commonconditions seen with copper imbalance includehypothyroidism and even hyperthyroidism of a particular type that is very common that I all secondaryhyperthyroidism. Grave’s disease usually due to stress,copper 
 
imbalance and often mercury as well. Anyone with adiagnosis of Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism shouldhave a hair analysis performed at a lab that does not washthe hair and properly interpreted.Most often, the problem goes away with a properlydesigned nutritional balancing program. Reducing allstress and balancing the body chemistry are both requiredto resolve the condition naturally in my experience. Drugsmay be needed temporarily to control the symptoms.Surgery or radioactive iodine treatment and too drastic andnot needed, in my experience so far. 
5. Reproductive system.
Copper is closely related toestrogen metabolism, and is required for women's fertilityand to maintain pregnancy. Imbalance can cause everyconceivable female organ-related difficulty such aspremenstrual syndrome, ovarian cysts, infertility,miscarriages, sexual dysfunctions and more. It affects menless than women in this area, but it may affect men’spotency and sexual drive as well as that of women. 
6. Nervous system.
Copper stimulates productionof the neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine anddopamine. It is also required for monoamine oxidase, anenzyme related to serotonin production. As a result,copper is involved deeply with all aspects of the centralnervous system. Copper imbalances are highly associatedwith most psychological, emotional and often neurologicalconditions. These include memory loss, especially inyoung people, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder,schizophrenia and others discussed below. 
THREE COPPER IMBALANCES

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