Empowering Education, Support, 

& Awareness for 

the Epidemic of Copper Toxicity which affects both Physical & Mental Health.

Our Health Mission

To provide the most comprehensive evidence-based resource and support guide on copper toxicity to help people get real answers to their symptoms and questions; provide much needed research and education to the medical community and general public on the topic; turn the tide of awareness so women may one day receive the fully informed consent they deserve before being put on birth control, and increase professional and social support and understanding for the benefit of all those affected.  .


"Many of the most prevalent metabolic dysfunctions of our time
are related in some way to a copper imbalance." ~ Dr. Paul Eck

What is Copper Toxicity? ...In Summary At a Glance:

  • Copper Toxicity is a build up of stored bio-unavailable copper in the body. The liver is the primary storage location. The brain, secondary.
  • Birth control pills, copper IUDs, vegetarian diets, copper piping, and estrogen are just some of the contributing factors that have made copper toxicity a growing epidemic.
  • Though copper is an essential mineral, not all copper is ‘safe’. Copper sulfate used on crops for example is a known toxin. Also, “Copper becomes toxic when it accumulates in the body's tissues in excessive amounts” (Pfeiffer, 1975; 1987)
  • Most of the health benefits commonly attributed to copper reverse when copper accumulates in excess. In essence, the higher the degree of copper accumulation, the higher the degree of bioavailable deficiency.
  • Common symptoms include increasing fatigue, racing mind, and brain fog. At higher levels, the risk increases for adrenal burnout, depression, paranoia, and deadening of emotions. Hypothyroid, panic attacks, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and even cancer can all also be linked to copper toxicity.
  • Copper toxicity is paradoxically the primary cause of copper ‘deficiency’ in the West, yet most articles promoting copper fail to make this connection.
  • Since excess copper is tightly stored in tissue, relying on a blood test to determine copper status can be highly misleading. This is a primary reason why copper toxicity remains poorly recognized and so often mis-treated.
  • The detox of excess copper must be done slowly and gently to avoid symptoms of copper dumping. For example, the mobilization of copper into the bloodstream after burnout will increase adrenalin, on top of an already increased adrenalin level stimulated by the body’s attempt to correct burnout-induced hypoglycemia. Adrenalin is an anxiety and panic hormone, and these psychological reactions can amplify when copper is mobilized into the bloodstream (ie: through detox). 
  • Studies that rely on blood results, practitioners who ignore tissue levels, articles that speak only about copper deficiency, and even outright denial of copper toxicity by some individuals and organizations - these factors all suppress the notion of copper toxicity and prevent people from getting real answers to their health challenges.
  • Copper toxicity is one of the most widespread yet misunderstood epidemics of our time, and is a major factor in many of today's most prevalent conditions. It should therefore be a key route of investigation for any of the above mentioned symptoms.


A Health Epidemic Ignored by the Medical World

"Virtually all MDs, including psychiatrists, still have not heard of this health problem. They practice medicine and psychiatry with an incredible lack of awareness that such a serious health problem even exists. They claim to be practicing “evidence based medicine”, yet they are practicing without the most basic evidence – real laboratory data showing the presence of excess (toxic) copper that has a profound effect on both the physical and mental health of the vast majority of their patients. Ever since Carl Pfeiffer, MD, PhD first wrote about the devastating health effects of copper toxicity in 1975, it has been a challenge for him and others among us to get the message out to the public and health professionals. Until medical doctors and other “health” care practitioners begin to study the mind/body’s mineral system especially as it is reflected in HTMAs, the medical / mineral disconnect will remain.  Without HTMA data, medical doctors will not recognize the epidemic nature of the copper toxicity problem. Today, the time is ripe for getting the copper toxicity message out to the public."    ~ Dr. Malter, Ph.D.


Copper toxicity may sometimes be referred to as hypercupremia, though it is a misleading term since hypercupremia literally translates to mean 'high copper concentration in the blood' even though blood levels are almost entirely irrelevant in assessing copper toxicity. Symptoms of copper toxicity can very much exist even when blood levels are normal or low. Another erroneously used term being used recently, copper dysregulation, while it eludes to the body's inability to regulate copper due to low ceruloplasmin, is a narrow-minded view that fails to address the bigger picture of why we have this epidemic in the first place, not to mention completely ignoring copper’s proven toxic attributes at high levels. Copper toxicity, as research has shown since the 1970s, is far more than just a dysregulation issue that can be ‘fixed’ by regulating ceruloplasmin.  Our modern epidemic of copper toxicity is largely the result of ever increasing exposure to copper with each new generation over the past half century, a concept of paramount importance that is trivialized by using the term ‘dysregulation’.​ Copper toxicity, in the context of this site, differs somewhat from Pyroluria (a genetic condition in which the individual produces excess kryptopyrrole which in turn causes B6 and zinc deficiency).  Copper toxicity, though sharing some similarities with Wilson's Disease, is different in that the latter is an inherited & rare genetic disorder which, like copper toxicity, causes copper to collect in the liver, brain and other body tissues, but has a more dire prognosis than copper toxicity, and for which a different treatment approach is required. As the majority of people have a copper imbalance, copper toxicity should not be seen as a black or white 'label' that defines a person, but rather is a progression to varying degrees of accumulation along a continuum. 

Overview Video of Copper Toxicity (6min)


The Copper Toxic Society - Dr Malter, PhD (35min)


Sections of This Site

Key Symptoms


List of key symptoms of copper toxicity and why often you'll have symptoms of both deficiency and toxicity

Estrogen / IUD / The Pill


The close connection between estrogen and copper, and how use of the Pill and IUD have contributed to rising copper levels. 

Food Exposure & Digestive Effect


A look at certain diets which exacerbate copper toxicity, and how excess copper in turn affects digestive health.

Effect on Emotions & Relationships


Though sometimes referred to as a 'love mineral', copper in excess can lead to the opposite - depression, negative emotions, and damaged relationships.

The Calcium Shell


An explanation of the emotional deadening effect of high tissue calcium ('shell') which forms as the body's ultimate defence against stress in the face of excess copper. 

Link to Alzheimer's


Despite all the "studies" out there trying to find the cause of Alzheimer's, it seems one link is fairly clear - copper!

Affect on Adrenal Health


Copper is both stimulating (initially) and exhausting (eventually) on the adrenals, leading to fatigue and possible burnout.



One reason copper toxicity is misunderstood is because of a reliance of blood testing, even though the blood level has almost no correlation to stored tissue copper. Learn here how to test.

Detox and Healing


Nutritional and detox considerations for copper toxicity treatment and safe healing - attempting to detox too quickly can have damaging consequences.



This PDF presents the basic cause and effect flow as copper accumulates in the body.

Cases and Stories


A collection of case studies, postings, and stories shared by women affected by the IUD and/or copper toxicity.



This full length educational documentary brings together several of today's leading experts in copper toxicity. 

Why Copper Toxicity Remains Unknown


A look at the existing environment that promotes false information on copper, suppresses awareness, and even blocks the public from receiving this information. 

References & Resources


Additional resources for further reading and study, along with the list of references used on this site.


To move into a healthier world where we can offer better help and support to women affected by copper toxicity, a great paradigm shift in our approach to health is needed.  We need to move away from the current model of relying on blood measurements as the key marker of copper status.  Nutritional authors, bloggers, and social media forums discussing copper need to begin educating their readership on the dichotomic relationship of copper whereby most copper ‘deficiency’ in the West is caused by excess.  Spinning a narrative on widespread copper deficiency is great for the marketing of products that contain copper, but leaves people in the dark behind the real reason of their 'deficiency'.  Copper toxicity is not magically solved by adding more copper into the body, or by often dangerous protocols that claim to be an answer for everyone yet address no one bio-individually. We need to acknowledge that copper toxicity is far more than just ‘dysregulation’, as by focusing merely on internal ‘dysregulation’ we’ll never come to address the broader external causes of copper toxicity. Doctors and sexual health websites discussing birth control should be warning of the possibility of copper toxicity and the associated physical and mental changes that can occur, a right to informed consent that every woman deserves to have.   Practitioners working with copper detox need to be educated on, and in turn educate their patients on, the potential psychological changes that may occur just as equally as they focus on the physical.  Lastly, the fields of both medicine and nutrition need to provide far greater education on the pivotal role minerals and mineral imbalances play in all aspects of health.  Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done, but we can all do our part.


About The Author
Rick Fischer is a Certified Health Coach, advanced HTMA practitioner, nutritional educator and founder of Mineral Mastery training, and author of The Healing Workbook, a 12 week guide to healing injury and illness by addressing diet, gut, and mindset. His life was profoundly impacted by copper toxicity - witnessing how it affected his beloved fiancee and subsequently losing her to the psychological effects of a post-adrenal burnout copper detox administered under the guidance of a physician who, like most, relied on blood status to monitor progress and failed to understand or educate on the powerful psychological effects of adrenal burnout and the mobilization of excess copper.  Vowing not to allow this heartbreaking loss not serve a greater purpose, Rick has since devoted his life to furthering the research in this field and helping others by bringing increased support, awareness and understanding to the copper toxicity epidemic. The more his research advanced and he began working on the front lines with hundreds (now thousands) of clients, the more he saw the devastation in people's lives, health, and/or relationships as a result of adrenal burnout, copper toxicity, and/or the subsequent detoxing process when incorrectly administered.  In the 5 years since Ricks mission began and this site was created, discussions around copper toxicity are becoming more mainstream, more practitioners are adopting HTMA for proper testing, and the support for women struggling with copper toxicity is greatly improving. Though it continues to be misdiagnosed and mistreated by many practitioners and suppressed / denied by a few powerful individuals and platforms, this information is getting out there and the tide is most certainly turning in favor of one day this information becoming common knowledge.  Rick is a passionate advocate for advancing awakened nutritional awareness, providing informed consent for women on birth control, helping those affected by copper toxicity, and improving education in the role mineral imbalances play in physical and mental health, energy, and relationships.


"This site is dedicated to a forever beautiful woman, inspired by her warmth, love,
and our shared dream of helping women and girls with nutritional knowledge, health and personal growth.
I hope through this research we as a community can offer greater support, guidance and understanding to those struggling through copper toxicity,
providing people in general and women in particular with vital nutritional knowledge that can unlock a door to the rediscovery of their highest and healthiest potential, while also reducing the risk of associated symptoms in our children and future generations."


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