Empowering Education, Support,
& Awareness for
the Epidemic of Copper Toxicity which affects both Physical & Mental Health.
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
Copper Toxicity is a build up of stored bio-unavailable copper in the body that at high levels affects many of the most common physical and mental conditions we're seeing today. Copper is an essential mineral in the human body and in bio-available form plays many important roles. However at high unbound levels, a simultaneous toxicity/deficiency condition is created. Copper becomes toxic when it accumulates in the body's tissues in excessive amounts (Pfeiffer, 1975; 1987), while also becoming more and more bio-unavailable which then impairs and in many cases reverses its beneficial attributes. A high level of unbound copper becomes a powerful reactive toxin to both the body and mind, leading to a number of symptoms including brain fog, chronic fatigue and adrenal burnout, hypothyroid, depression, panic attacks, and at later stages is linked to the numbing of emotions, paranoia, hallucinations, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, even cancer. Copper toxicity is a major factor in many of today's most prevalent conditions, and should at least be an essential route of investigation for any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Rates of copper toxicity have been steadily increasing over the past half century due to increasing exposure to various estrogens, certain birth control methods, high copper diets, stress, copper piping, and many other environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors. Copper toxicity goes vastly unrecognized however due to an over-reliance on using blood to measure copper status, along with the myriad of articles being written that blindly promote the idea of copper deficiency without making the key connection that most copper deficiency (and associated symptoms) is the result of excess copper exposure. In essence, the higher the degree of copper accumulation, the higher the degree of bioavailable deficiency. There is also a widespread denial of copper toxicity (perhaps the most far reaching yet misunderstood health epidemic of our time) which only further suppresses those affected from finding real answers.
"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.
List of key symptoms of copper toxicity and why often you'll have symptoms of both deficiency and toxicity
The close connection between estrogen and copper, and how use of the Pill and IUD have contributed to rising copper levels.
Though sometimes referred to as a 'love mineral', copper in excess can lead to the opposite - depression, negative emotions, and damaged relationships.
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.
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.
A collection of case studies, postings, and stories shared by women affected by the IUD and/or copper toxicity.
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 testing and failed to understand 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. It affects so many, yet continues to commonly be misdiagnosed and mistreated by most practitioners, suppressed and denied by a few powerful individuals and platforms, and (as a result) remains widely unheard of by most of the population. The more he researched and began working on the front lines with hundreds 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 the subsequent detoxing process when incorrectly administered. 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."