I first learned about copper toxicity when I decided to get a hair analysis mineral test to see if it would help in giving me any clues to why I was getting chronic migraines, especially hormonal migraines. Hair analysis is a test that can help diagnose copper toxicity as blood tests do not show what is happening in the body at cellular level.
Estrogen and Copper.
A quote from Dr. Malter’s book: “The Strands of Health”.
“One of the most significant bio chemical and metabolic developments since the end of world war two involves the widespread use of female contraceptives. This is because there is such a close relationship between estrogen and copper and biochemical systems. With the widespread use of the estrogen in the pill and the estrogen replacement therapy excess copper builds up in the cells and the tissues of very large numbers of females. This has become a major contributing factor to both psychological and physical health problems that they experience.”
How Copper Toxicity is related to hormonal Migraines
Approximately a week to ten days before a period the copper and estrogen levels are relatively high. When the hormones changed, so did the migraines. It was totally automatic, just like clockwork. They happened more or less to the exact day of my cycle. As the copper was being reduced in my body thankfully the migraines were being reduced as well.
Copper Imbalance Symptoms
• Racing thoughts, Anxiety
• Attention deficit disorder, Candida Overgrowth
• Migraine Headaches, Dysmenorrhea
• Autism, Anorexia
• Insomnia, PMS
• Liver dysfunction, Plus more
Copper may affect any organ of the body and usually affects four major systems of the body. Copper builds up in the liver, the brain (where it affects neurotransmitter levels), the nervous system and the female and male reproductive system.
Our bodies need copper; it is an essential trace mineral that is vitally important for both physical and mental health. However we need copper in the correct levels.
Sources of Copper
Some of the sources of copper are: the water pipes in your home and hot water cylinder (if copper), copper cookware, copper from dental materials (exposure), vitamin pills, drinking water, fungicide and pesticide residues on food, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, copper intra-uterine devices and birth control pills.
Copper may also build up in the body due to bio unavailable copper. This is usually contributed to weak adrenal glands. The adrenal gland stimulates the liver to produce ceruloplasmin, the major copper binding protein. If the ceruloplasmin levels are inadequate copper cannot be used by the body and copper builds up in the tissues.
If Zinc becomes deficient, then copper tends to accumulate. The earth’s soil is low in zinc.
Vegetarians tend to eat proteins that are high in copper and they usually do not eat enough foods high in zinc.
High copper diets are ones that usually include sesame seeds or nuts.
My Hair Tests
My first hair test SHOWED Copper level 186.44ppm / Normal Level is 25ppm
This is an extremely high reading. In fact this is over 7 times the normal level and it was off the chart.
Second hair test one year later 164.28ppm
At this stage I was not detoxing the copper as I was detoxing off the pharmaceutical medications and therefore unable to do both.
Six months after taking a supplemental diet for copper excess detox I had another hair test.
Third Hair Test: Copper level 19.32ppm
There was a large improvement in my health. However, my hair test was still showing that I had a hidden copper toxicity. This is extremely important, your copper levels may not show high on the test, but you still have a copper overload. This is where you need a professional hair analysis person to interpret the test. It is quite complex to be able to read and understand the hair test.
For migraine sufferers I cannot stress how important it is to find the underlying cause of your migraines. The hair analysis test shows so much about what is happening in the body at cellular level. It also shows other toxic heavy metals that may be causing a dysfunction in the body. Also it gives a clear indication of what is happening with the mineral balances in our body. The mineral balance in our body has a huge impact in our overall health.
Detoxing your body of copper is quite complex and I have information about this in “Learn to Free Yourself from Migraines”.