References: Nutritional Medicine:fact & fiction Dr Tabrizian 2002 West Aust., Hyperhealth CD-Rom 2002. Trace Elements & Other Essential Nutrients Mertz 1986 NY, Websites -Dr P Eck. Dr L Wilson. Interclinical Hair Analysis
What has this got to do with Polio??
Not only can some of the polio health problems we are experiencing be linked to copper levels but because excess copper interferes with our ability to use many other vitamins and minerals - including carnitine production in the body - areas that have been affected by polio can be made worse by the effect copper excess has on problems like spinal degeneration, scoliosis, joint degeneration, osteo-arthritis, tendon and muscle function.
We never stop learning and here is a new word to add to our vocabulary - "hypercupremia".
Hyper = excess; cupr = copper; emia = blood; so - it means "excess copper in the blood".
There is a lot written about both copper deficiency and copper toxicity. This is a very complex subject that is well covered in Dr Igor Tabrizian's book - (2002 edition available from the Polio Office for $12).
I have been trying to find space and time to cover it in our newsletter all year and finally have a summary to whet your appetite to try to find out more about this. There are various web sites that look at hair analysis and the inter-relationship of minerals in the body. Many other minerals may be blocked or lowered by excess copper in the body. In fact when I look at a number of symptoms said to ocur with high copper, they really signify imbalances in other minerals and vitamins. The best way to present this is in lists so that you can see how this may be affecting you and others in your families.
But first, look at some of these interesting points
* Hair loss is commonly associated with
|Other Factors that increase copper levels
2. Sluggish metabolism - slow oxidiser
3. Reduced meat/protein intake
4. Irregular meals - slows metabolism
5. Severe viral infections
6. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
grey-green or brownish-coloured ring on edge of iris is called - Kayser-Fleischer ring - and indicates very high copper if seen with naked eye.
a milky-white ring seen within the iris indicates high cholesterol and is caused by the deposition of oil or fat in the cornea - copper raises cholesterol.
a bluish tinge to the white of the eye is a better indicator of low iron (causing anaemia) than pallor. And low iron can also be caused by high copper.
a reddish tinge to the skin indicates high copper (according to Dr Tabrizian.)
stretch marks and white spots on fingernails occur when zinc is low & copper lowers zinc levels.
scoliosis - (progression of - in polios)
spinal degeneration (pinched nerve, slipped disc)
joint degeneration - minerals deposited in joints
osteo-arthritis, joint pain, swelling, stiffness
lax tendons (RSI, dbl-jointed, hip dysplasia, flat feet)
foggy, detached feeling, problems concentrating
insomnia - as mind racing (high copper:low zinc)
frontal headaches/migraines (high copper:low Mg)
moodiness, confusion, emotionally unstable/volatile
rt brained, dyslexia, ADD, learning difficulties, autism
dizziness (low molybdenum, manganese, B6)
depression, mood swings, schizophrenia, suicidal
nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased cholesterol, gall bladder problems, gastric reflux, dyspepsia, liver cirrhosis, jaundice, poor digestion, chronic constipation, bloating, loss of appetite, anorexia, bulimia, ulcerative colitis, cancers
increased oestrogen dominance - anxiety, agitation, fluid retention, defensive, indecisive, depressed
PMT, menopause symptoms, post natal depression heavy prolonged periods or absent, miscarriages, infertility, thrush, candida, sore breasts, cancers
adrenal exhaustion - fatigue, high blood pressure
low thyroid - fatigue, feel the cold, sluggish
reduced metabolic rate - fatigue, weight gain
poor resistance to infections - persistent colds/flus
symptoms of scurvy - bruising, bleeding gums
insulin resistance, high blood sugar, diabetes
It seems that most things that are wrong with
us can be caused by a copper imbalance.
In fact, it can throw everything else out of kilter and so a lot of the disease symptoms
are the result of multiple mineral and vitamin deficiencies. What can we do about it?
This is one of the only ways that copper imbalance can be picked up and not many doctors are using this as a diagnostic tool. Anyone can get a hair analysis done. It costs $100 and involves cutting off a certain length and amount at the nape of the neck. Call OSWA for more information. Having got our results we then need some expert advice. Dr Tabrizian uses hair analysis but is booked out into the second half of 2003 already. But he has a couple of other doctors joining him to help with the workload though.
One of the things picked up in the hair analysis is the fact that the body has gone into starvation mode and is conserving energy. This is both due to high copper and also allows more copper to accumulate. To get rid of copper we need to speed up the metabolism.
Normal metabolism is balanced. When we are under stress the metabolism speeds up - our fight & flight response - Fast Oxidiser. This usually happens in younger people and can produce the typical Type A personality - the over-achiever. If we continue in this state for too long though, we reach exhaustion level. The body can't maintain it and we slip down to the Slow Oxidiser - Type B personality - older person - not coping any more - exhausted.
1. Take extra zinc and molybdenum to reduce copper.
2. Use good multi-vitamin/mineral to excrete copper (Dr Tabrizian suggests Oxichel and several others.)
3. Filter copper from drinking water - or use Spring.
4. Reduce high copper to zinc foods in diet.
5. Reduce exposure to (xeno)/oestrogens around you.
6. Replace vitamins (esp B's, C) minerals, amino acids.
7. Stimulate oxidation - ie increase protein foods in diet, eat 6 small meals a day, increase exercise to limitations