stories / cases

The cases on this page represent just a very small number of the thousands of women who have experienced physical, emotional, and psychological changes after becoming copper toxic from the copper IUD, vegetarianism, or other cause...or occasionally while beginning to detox. 

In the 1st section are stories contributed by a few women who hope their experiences with copper toxicity and/or birth control can offer support, clarity, and hope to others who's health and relationships are being affected.

In the 2nd section below are dozens of screenshots from various forums - women sharing their experiences with copper toxicity, and in many cases, effects from copper IUDs.  If you are struggling with copper toxicity, or experiencing changes in your mood while being on the IUD, know that you are not alone. 

In the 3rd section, a few case studies are included. These case summaries have been kept simple and names have been changed in order to preserve confidentiality. 

9 women share their stories

My Experience Using Birth Control

"I had severe menstrual cramps throughout my high school days (even collapsing from the pain on three occasions), and my family doctor suggested I should take birth control to help. I was 18, and I began the pill.

 For the next 15 years I was on a variety of birth control pills. The positive is that it did help with my menstrual cramps. They were more manageable and I loved the fact that my cycles were regular and predictable. 

 However, throughout this time, I struggled with anxiety and depression, and even had anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills prescribed a few times. On the anti-depressants my weight fluctuated and I didn't feel better or notice any change, except what I would describe as a state of numbness.  So, I decided to wean myself off of the anti-anxiety/anti-depressants. This was difficult to do though because the surges of negative emotions grew, and I experienced some really dark days. I had attempted suicide on many occasions, but each time I chickened out. I couldn't understand what was wrong with me. I felt weak and ashamed. 

 Throughout this period I NEVER once wondered whether what I was experiencing was somehow linked to the birth control I was on. Instead, some months I attributed it to hormones, and most of the time just wrote it off as bad PMS. I didn't talk about it to too many people; I was afraid of being judged, afraid of being accused of being weak-minded.

 In addition to the emotional ups and downs, a few curious symptoms persisted: I often felt restless to the point of nausea, I was ALWAYS fatigued, and I felt cold even in what was to everyone else a comfortable temperature. Additionally, after just one year on the pill, my hair started turning grey - I was only 19!  In the years that followed it began thinning out quite rapidly. I also developed IBS and had digestive issues. Again I simply assumed that this was how I was 'programmed', and never attributed any of this to the birth control I was on.

 I eventually decided to have my first child, and I vowed then that I'd never go back on birth control. It wasn't because I attributed the birth control to my experiences - I didn't.  It simply felt wrong to pump my body full of hormones - and I decided that it couldn't be healthy to have hormones mimic pregnancy. It took me 8 months to get pregnant once I decided to have a child in my early thirties and my doctor said that the delay was most likely due to having been on birth control for so long. 

Two months after I had my child I had a copper IUD inserted. It was presented as a safe and effective alternative to going back on the birth control pill. I subsequently had the Copper IUD in my body for the next 3 years. 

 After a few months being on the copper IUD, I noticed that I was becoming emotionally charged. The smallest thing could set me off, and I was crying almost every day - often hiding in the bathroom so my partner didn't find out. I naively attributed and rationalized this period to my increasing fatigue.  Under the surface though I felt like I was weak again, being a bad Mom for feeling so overwhelmed and emotional.  Looking back, it seems I was certainly experiencing some degree of post-partum. 

 Within the first 4-6 months of my daughter being born (after a few months on the copper IUD), I was consistently experiencing surges of negative emotions, increasing emotional numbness, restlessness, and anxiety. I recall mentioning to my partner that I felt different, like I wasn't myself. I was feeling irrationally emotional every day. We both agreed at the time it must have been due to the lack of sleep.

 Over the course of the next year, with the copper IUD still in place, I started to feel that my body chemistry was changing.  Things I had liked prior would now turn my stomach.  I continued to feel restless, anxious and my emotions were so irrationally charged.  My 'smell' and that of my partner's seemed to change, and I no longer felt any attraction toward him.  I often told myself that I felt 'psychotic' - one minute being fine, then suddenly exploding with tears or anger at something that was trivial. I was afraid to speak about this to too many people, afraid that indeed something really was wrong with me and that I may lose my daughter if people thought I was too unstable. I needed to be strong.  My partner of course noticed the change.  We had stopped connecting and had become more like room mates. I physically felt an aversion to him and I couldn't understand how this aversion had become so strong, so fast, or why.  I often felt confused, like my wires were getting crossed, and I had trouble recalling things, even finding simple vocabulary. I was frustrated and by now had convinced myself that I must have a brain tumor.  I had some tests done, of course they all came back fine. 

 By the time I decided to remove the IUD, in the off chance it was responsible for the physical and emotional symptoms I was experiencing, it was too late for our relationship. By this point, due to my withdrawal we had ceased communicating and connecting. There was nothing left, and it was irreparable by this stage. 

 It's been over a year since I had the IUD taken out, and I've not been on any form of birth control.  I don't feel 100% better yet or 100% myself yet but the cloud has lifted and the surges of emotions have decreased, just in the last few months. It feels like the tornado inside is subsiding. I feel more calm and more at peace emotionally, although, many symptoms continue: my hair continues to fall out, and my periods remain heavy.  

I have recently come to learn about copper toxicity, and the connection between birth control, hormones, and rising copper. I am amazed to learn how the symptoms I've been experiencing, from the fatigue, greying hair and hair loss, depression and anxiety, to the irrational emotions and numbness toward my partner at the time, are all very typical symptoms of copper toxicity which, in my case, can certainly be attributed to my years on the pill and copper IUD.  I have recently had an HTMA test done which indeed confirmed copper toxicity in my system. As of today I am on a mineral balancing program to try and repair the damage done and am under the guidance of a holistic health coach.  I hope to report back my progress and in another 4-6 months do another test to see if there has been improvement.   I attempted going back on the pill one month ago, but after the first couple of weeks the irrational emotions and uncontrollable crying spells returned. I now know that anything that raises copper (such as the estrogen in the pill) is like poison to my system and that my body and mind cannot tolerate it.  I refuse to let my life and relationships continue to be ruined by hormonal and mineral imbalance which my history of birth control has profoundly caused me." ~R.T.

Discovering Copper Toxicity Through hTMA

"My name is Joanie and I have Copper Toxicity.

My story begins about 7 months ago when I began my search for Birth Control. I was not very fond of birth control in the past; I never liked how it made me feel. I wanted to avoid hormones of any kind because of that. That is when I found the Paragard IUD. No hormones and 99% reliability! I thought I had found the perfect birth control. The IUD was in place by the end of September.

Flash forward one month. Things began to change. I began to have anxiety over the smallest things, a change of tone or a mistake would send me spiraling. My sensitivity levels rose to a new high. I could not handle being in any stressful situation. I cried over everything, even a seemingly normal commercial. By the end of October, I had two panic attacks. My stomach was in a constant knot and I felt so nauseous. Nausea and anxiety became a pair; whenever one would arrive, the other would follow. I went to doctor after doctor and all they provided were nausea pills. I began to be OCD about what street to take, where to set my cup, what to wear. It just kept getting worse. I would wake up in the morning and my mind would not stop turning. Thoughts running in circles. Everything felt wrong.

The more time went on, the worse things became. Fatigue and depression worked their way into my life. Followed by despair and problematic negative thoughts. By the middle of November, I had a massive panic attack and had to stay home for two days. I did not feel like myself. I did not sound like myself. I began to think, “I am going insane.”

My relationships suffered greatly. I did not want to talk to any of my friends. My roommate was breaking up with her boyfriend and yet I could not be there for her; the stress was too much. I had to avoid it. I no longer felt empathy. My job was unmanageable. I am an Early Childhood teacher in an inner city school. You can imagine the daily stress. I began to fail as a teacher. I could not connect with my students; I could not handle their emotions and needs. I felt like I was losing control.

The worst part of this experience is that I did not know why I was feeling these things. Naturally, I began to place blame. I blamed my roommate for her stress. I blamed my coworkers for their negativity. I blamed my relationship. This was the worst blame of all. Being in a new relationship is all about getting to know someone. At this point, my boyfriend and I had only been together for five months. We were still learning each other. I began to deteriorate before his eyes. My whole personality changed. My true self is relentlessly positive, empathetic, logical yet emotional. Who I became was a paranoid, anxious, negative storm cloud that could not make it through one night without getting upset. We began to fight. I began to distrust him. I began to constantly freak out as to why I was getting so upset, why I felt so lost. I kept fighting with my mind. I knew I loved him. I knew he was an amazing man. So why was I knit picking our relationship? Why was I feeling so much despair? Is he the one? That became my obsession. It got to the point where we could not go two days without a serious conversation or a fight.

I began to lose hope. I have never felt so low in my life. I sought out therapy.  I began to believe that this is just who I am now. This is what all the terrible deaths, stresses, tragedies in my past had lead up to.

That all changed on one fateful day at work. I began to do research for a special needs child in my classroom when I decided to type in mood swings + Paragard.  

BOOM. There it was. Copper Toxicity. The exact symptoms I had been experiencing. I began to read every page I could find about being copper toxic (there is not much out there). That is when I stumbled across I felt in my chest that this was the cause of my drastic life change. I decided to contact Rick Fischer to try to receive more guidance on the topic.

Since that day, Rick has been my go to. He has guided me through every question and concern. Rick has proven countless times that he is here to spread awareness and do what is best for those who are experiencing copper toxicity, no matter the cause. He has reached out to other practitioners to help me find a way to get better closer to home. He truly was a huge support for me since the beginning. After I heard about the hTMA hair test, I decided to get it done about two months after my IUD removal.

The hTMA test was the biggest sigh of relief. Not only did I now have proof that I had a copper overload, I had a way to get myself back to being my healthy true self. I was not going crazy. The test together with Rick’s report gave me guidance on how to eat, what supplements to take, and how to detox lightly to ensure my symptoms will not come back full force. More importantly, the hTMA test was a tool for sharing what I had been going through with my loved ones. The hTMA test showed the proof of how I had been suffering. That the copper is not who I am. This test has been a tool for strengthening my relationship. My boyfriend has become the most amazing, supportive partner. He ensures that I am eating right. He listens to every concern I have. He holds me on my bad days, and goofs around with me on my good. He has become my teammate in getting my health back. This experience was undeniably difficult and still has its struggles. I continue to feel the symptoms at certain times, such as in the morning or closer to my more hormonal times of the month. Yet I am finally starting to feel more and more like myself. I have learned so much about my body, about mental health and about relationships. Copper Toxicity was the most challenging yet transformative experience that has happened to me.

I am so lucky to have discovered only three months in to the IUD. I can only imagine how much I would have lost if I had kept it in longer. It kills me to know that our health care system does not validate Copper Toxicity. It hurts to know of so many others suffering because their practitioner was uninformed of the dangers of birth control and copper. I can only hope my story can begin to spread awareness. Copper Toxicity affects all aspects of your life, but with the proper diet, supplements & support system you will get your life back.

I encourage all of you to have an hTMA test and reach out to Rick Fischer for guidance. It saved my quality of life and for that, I am eternally grateful."  ~Joani

Physical & Emotional Detachment... and the Healing Journey

"Things took a turn for the worst five years ago when I had a copper IUD put in. For me while I was copper toxic my entire life when I had a copper IUD put in it pushed my body farther than it could handle and started to take over almost every function in my body. Within months of having the IUD placed I went from having normal periods to heavy, painful, and overly emotional episodes starting 10 days before I would bleed. Then the anger and fight or flight started. 

This is where I started to detach. Physically and emotionally from the world around me. Everything started to change as I become more and more numb. Take fighting, when I started my last relationship or even with my old career when I would have a fight with someone I would do what most women would do, find a place to cry to myself quietly and distance myself from the conflict until I could think about it and return to talk about it. Gradually, that healthy and calm response faded. When faced with conflict I would panic, yell, freak out, and just act crazy. I would just “go” so quickly and expect the opposing party to keep up with me or just get more angry with them threatening all of the worse things my mind could come up with to get my way. 

This was not me. Even months earlier I had never acted like this. What was happening was my body was slowly going into fight or flight reactions when I was stressed. My adrenals in response to the IUD started working in overdrive to get the copper out and tell me something wasn’t right. I had adrenaline and cortisol running through my body every minute of every day. I could no longer relax no matter how hard I tried. 

As I got worse and worse, I started to not even need an argument to be put into this frame of mind. I was in a constant state of anxiety and didn’t even know it as it came on so gradual as the copper levels rose. A world event would make me obsess, someone within ear shot doing something I didn’t like, hell not getting to set up my environment and belongings around me how I felt they best suited would receive these over the top responses. 

I became paranoid, anxious, and emotionally completely detached. I remember one time even crying to my husband how I couldn’t feel anymore and how life had lost it’s colour and how I felt I had no connection to the world or the people in it.   

Eventually, I started to blame everything around me. I blamed my family, I blamed the country I was in, I blamed my past, I blamed my work - any story I could come up with why I felt so stressed and detached I would latch onto because when you feel this way nothing is enough, no one is enough or can do enough for me because I could never get relief and relax. 

I would break out in crazy hives anytime I would go running, my periods and PMS were getting worse and worse with each cycle, I lost all sexual sensations/feelings and interest and I was more and more going through the actions of life rather than feeling them... Eventually my husband shut down on me. I mean can you blame him? He met this lovely, adventurous, loving, connected woman who fought fair and was reasonably stable, and slowly I evolved into someone we both didn’t know, or honestly didn’t want to know.

So after a particular large fight again falling 10 days before I bled I said enough was enough and went to the walk in clinic...  (the doctor) said she had seen over the last couple years a lot of women coming in with the same sorts of problems and a copper IUD. She couldn’t tell me why this was happening and knows that all the literature says the copper IUD is safe but could only tell me what she was seeing with her own patients and asked if she could take mine out. UH, yes! So I had the evil little thing removed that day. 

The detox and the recovery were one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. It was painful, lonely, and heartbreaking for nearly 6 months, I lost so much weight as the copper poured out I was less than 100lbs, but slowly things improved. My moods balanced, the weight returned, and a new vitality showed in my eyes and face I hadn't had for years.

I’m writing my story here because there’s so little information online right now about what it is like to live with copper toxicity and how it can literally rob you of your life. I’m hoping if I share my story I can help others not lose years of being connected with the world around them like I did. If me sharing this helps even one woman it’s worth it."

~Kirby Amour

(You can read more about Kirby's story and journey here).

Paranoia and Dark Thoughts


"I just wanted to let you know your website ( saved my life. I got the copper iud put in in Nov of 2016. The first thing that happened 2 months later was a pure paranoia/annoyance of people’s voices. Then it escillated and I had the darkest thoughts I’ve ever experienced in my life, racing in my head with near crippling paranioa, anxiety, and heart racing that was nearly murmurs. I went to therapy and got diagnosed with ocd. I confessed weird things that happened in my past to people. I kept seeing myself drinking bleach (tmi) and wrote down that I was extremely suicidal at urgent care. I couldn’t watch the news. I was paranoid. I would call it beyond paranoia. My therapist looked at my history and blamed my mom. They put me on extremely high doses of Prozac which did nothing. 

I was in therapy tensed up until my bones nearly broke for 7 months. I called my partner at the time crying every single day (he called me selfish and why was I acting this way). He then left.  I’m still trying to get over the fact that a guy would leave and not care when he found out. His breakup line was “your mental health is effecting my mental health.”   He told me to not contact him anymore. It’s been impossible to move on. I still want his concern because it was so bad, & I would have been there for him if I could.

Meanwhile I had the darkest thoughts imaginable and was cripplingly paranoid every day. I finally got the thought that it might be the IUD and my gynecologist rolled her eyes at me like she’s heard that before and she wasn’t going to believe it. Even though she knew the chill me before I got it in, she was just like “anxiety is not possible from the IUD it all stays in the uterus, stay in therapy!”  I left the copper IUD in for one more month thinking maybe it’s just me, becoming worse and worse. 

Your website was the thing I took into my therapists office saying “this has to be it”.  Without this information, I don't know what I would have done.

I got it out (even though my gyno rolled her eyes) and I ended up speaking to another doctor and 2 naturopathic doctors who set me on the right track. My therapist called me at night after a holistic doctor confirmed it ACTUALLY was copper toxicity and said “I am so sorry.” 

I’m back to myself after a year and I forced myself to post traumatic thrive.  It was so dark in my head that I will never view the world the same.  I posted about it on Instagram and immediately had a woman telling me that she was separated from her family and kids because of it.  I don't think women get much sympathy for it and it's heartbreaking how little doctors know and how they are quick to dismiss it. The story of your fiancé touched my heart. You have my highest respect for the work you’ve done and it has not been in vain." 


Remembering Who I Was Before the IUD


"Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how amazing I am feeling. 

This time last year I felt doomed, dark and a shell of a person. 

Since I had the IUD removed in November things were shifting but reading your workbook and being able to shift my mindset and believe in myself again - I am very grateful. 

The rage I used to feel has gone, I can deal with my emotions a lot more clearly and logically. I think when I emailed you I was really concerned about my mental state, in hindsight it was increasing in intensity and paranoia that I believed Michael was the cause and was trying to make me lose my mind because he hated me.  Those feelings are no longer there only ones of gratitude for the strength and commitment he had not only the last year but the 6 years that I wasn't "me".

He has helped me journal all the symptoms over the years and then also ones that intensified last year. It is scary as I don't remember. Once I realized I wasn't in that calcium shell and to be able to talk (which I would always fly off the handle) he told me things that I have no memory of. But I know just by the hurt and sadness in his eyes it's all genuine. 

My hair loss has stopped and fatigue has lifted. I no longer have hypersomnia 3 day sleeps... I can nap for 30 mins and get back up and continue. I have energy for my children. 

Michael purchased a sauna for me in December and I have been using that. I still do have days when I will have racing mind/thoughts but I feel I can control them better. 

I've also embarked on my food journey. I stopped my 3 double espresso a day habit in January and taken up green tea and apple cider vinegar.  I’ve also switched to charcoal toothpaste and started LCHF way of eating. I still take all the nutrients you recommended, they helped me immensely. 

I won't say I am back to normal, as I don't remember what it feels like to be me 6 years ago. I am getting stronger everyday but most of all I am happy and aware. 

I do at times need Michael to reassure me that I am "doing good" but that's just to ease my mind I guess as I am scared that this newfound energy/happiness- will leave and I will return to a dark place again. But I journal those thoughts and am able to move on and not have them occupy my mind as they would have. 

My major concern is my memory. It seems to be getting worse. At times I wonder if a memory I do have is real or something I made up? 

I know that my journey /detox may still be far from over but just the last 3 months has been like a light has been switched on."

Feel Like My Heart is Shut Down


"I’m so sad to say that copper has made relationships impossible for me.  I am with a man that loves me very much and does understand copper toxicity to a greater degree than most.  And for this I am more grateful than words can say.  It breaks my heart to feel the insane jealousy that I experience and have for a long time due to the suspicion and paranoia copper produces. I feel like my heart is shut down and I can’t feel love and passion.  A part of me feels ‘dead’ and has for a long time. I can feel the higher consciousness feelings of joy, love, passion, etc but I feel an abundance of the negative ones - doubt, fear, worry, jealousy, this awful ‘flat’ feeling. 

I hold on to the hope that I will recover from this because I am making measurable progress in my health, energy, ability to take supplements I never could before. I also strongly suspect copper toxicity is much more than something that just happens to us. I believe that my own personal karma has created an opportunity through copper toxicity and all the other things that go with it for accelerated ascension.  Learning to love and accept and forgive myself is essential in healing from copper toxicity. Now I am understanding the link between the two and would not have had I not ‘experienced’ it."   ~D.C.

"…In early 2015, I was seeing my hair come out in clumps, yet I had gotten my iron back up once again. Finally in March of 2015, I was noticing I had ruminating negative thoughts--not at all like me!! What the heck was this about?? So by April of 2015, I did serum testing of copper and zinc and there it was: high copper, relatively low zinc–they have a see-saw relationship!  Another important test is hair testing, also called the HTMA, since not everyone is lucky with blood testing as I was. Finally, a good indication is high calcium, which I had and is called the calcium shell, but didn’t now the connection to high copper! ... Right before I started to detox the first time in April 2015, and when my copper had to be sky high, I noticed I had ruminating fearful negative thoughts. My brain must have been loaded with copper by then, as copper is a known neurotoxin. The second time around in 2016, and as I was entering the third month of detoxing, I noticed depression was creeping in, irritability, impatience..."   

[You can read more about Janie's experience with copper toxicity, and Elaine's, here.]

"My partner and me broke up as well.  He didn’t give a shit, he couldn’t understand what was going on, geez I was struggling to work it out myself. It was like half my brain shut down and only kept the basics going.  I was numb to everything almost like emotions had been shut down and I just didn’t feel anything, so him leaving meant nothing at the time, it was actually a relief, one less person to think about. The thing is that’s not me and I knew that but I couldn’t do anything at all about it and that was scary. He left me and yes he was frustrated as he couldn’t understand what was happening to me.  

I now understand why zinc made me so sick, so I worked to support my adrenals through my naturopath but I found as my body got healthy my body wanted to dump the copper anyway which shut my mind even further.  I had an HTMA done which showed the copper off the charts and the calcium shell and I worked on balancing things from that point but that’s when all the dumping started."   ~P.L.

"My husband and my son both had break downs because they wanted their mom and wife back.  I am crying as I write this because I remember that pain of watching my son lay beside me in the bed and cry… I can’t even imagine the pain it caused my husband. I was a vibrant, funny, outgoing type of woman and then one day I literally went to sleep and woke up a fragile, weepy, scared, sickly little girl…. I had a lot of mental issues as I began detoxing. My mood swings were uncontrollable. I lost friends on the way.  There are still people today that don’t believe the IUD did all that to me, but I know the true story and my husband knows the truth.  Today, 2 years of detoxing later, I appreciate everything God has given me and I do not take anything for granted today."  ~ S.F.


Melanie (late 30s, Female, UK)
Childhood /  Background:  N/A
Copper IUD:  YES
Vegetarian:  NO
Major Post-IUD Symptoms:  brain fog, anxiety, panic, numbed feelings, irrational thinking, personality change
Effect of Relationships: Shut out family members for many months while detoxing
What has helped: nutritional balancing based on frequent HTMA monitoring
Summary: Had copper IUD for 4 months.  One week post insertion came feelings of intense rage.  Two months after insertion she was experiencing hair loss, anxiety, and dizziness, along with increasing brain fog and fatigue.  After removing IUD and starting detox (which initially focused on increasing zinc and vitamin C), the psychological symptoms worsened. She adopted a viewpoint at that time that 'nothing was wrong with her, only others'.  The detox made her copper levels rise. A calcium shell formed and for certain important people in her life she "didn't care or feel anything", and this was further corroborated through HTMA results which showed very high levels of calcium.  She has been detoxing for 2 years, during which time both physically and emotionally she has been riding the 'copper dumping roller coaster' - at times showing improvement but then falling worse again, repeating the cycle.   For the past year+ she has been monitoring her supplementation and progress through regular HTMA tests. Two years post IUD removal her levels are now coming back into balance, her calcium shell has dissolved, and for the first time in over 2 years she is truly feeling better. 

Arianne (early 30s, Female, USA)
Childhood / Background:  N/A
Copper IUD: Unknown
Vegetarian: YES
Major Symptoms: depression, anxiety, paranoid thoughts, leaky gut, food sensitivities, brain fog
Effect on Relationships:  Lost or compromised most relationships.
Summary: Has a long history of leaky gut, and has followed a long-term strict vegan diet since teen years, the latter she believes being the primary cause of her copper dysregulation.  Throughout her 20s symptoms of depression, anxiety, paranoia, and food sensitivities increased.  Suffered a heavy copper crash weeks after giving birth, along with PPD.  After her 2nd child, symptoms worsened.  She was starving nutritionally, and was found to have high copper with very low zinc, as well as low Mg, B-vitamins, and molybdenum.  She stopped being able to think and make decisions.  At this point was put on liquid ionic zinc, but would throw it up.  Symptoms worsened with the zinc, compromising or losing most relationships, and leading to isolation, withdrawal, lack of ability to feel love, and increasing judgment of others. Her memory has become quite affected.

Karen (late 20s, Female, USA)
Childhood / Background:  n/a
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: YES
Major Symptoms: brain fog, anxiety, paranoia, calcium shell, loss of emotion
Effect on Relationships:  Suddenly ended an otherwise happy 2 year relationship
Summary:Had been vegetarian for many years (a high copper diet). Two months after having a copper IUD put in however, she began experiencing negative symptoms, including really bad fatigue, and joint pain.  Six months after the IUD was inserted, she ended an 18 month relationship that otherwise was a happy one. With the increasing anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, and paranoia she felt, she was suddenly "just done with him" and left.  For the next 5 years she lived in what she believed later was the calcium shell - going through life numb, like a zombie, creating a whole life for herself with work and a new relationship (which turned out abusive) just to 'find' some happiness. Her calcium shell began dissolving after 5 years, at which point she became aware of what had happened.  During the calcium shell "I don't think anyone could have gotten through to me". After discovering the connection copper played in all this she then began supplementing with zinc. This opened the floodgates and brought out a lot of negative emotions.  Taking the zinc "I got to a point where I didn't want to care for anyone". Adding meat back into the diet has helped. Initially it increased the copper dumping symptoms, but month by month she is showing improvement.

Paige (late 30s, Female, Australia)
Childhood /  Background:  
Copper IUD:  N/A
Vegetarian:  YES
Major Post-IUD Symptoms:  
Effect of Relationships: broke up with partner
What has helped: adding meat back into diet, adding minerals based on HTMA monitoring
Summary:Has had a history of digestive issues and IBS. Long term vegetarian. Drinking (well) water upon being tested was found to contain copper.  Suffered from migraines, but doctors dismissed them as simply 'stress-related'.  Symptoms worsened with growing fatigue and depersonalization (difficulty relating to people).  Her adrenals crashed and thyroid slowed. She broke up with her partner because neither could understand her personality change, and yet she "didn't give a shit" at the time.  "I was numb to everything almost like emotions had been shut down and I just didn't feel anything." A death in the family created more stress.   An HTMA test showed very high copper and calcium (with the calcium shell), and zinc deficiency.   Upon adding zinc and detoxing her symptoms grew worse, with the worst dumping symptoms beginning as she began supporting her adrenals.  She experienced the typical roller coaster effect of copper dumping with peaks and drops for over a year.  Most important factor in healing has been repairing the digestive tract and adding meat back into the diet. Initially adding meat was difficult because her body had trouble digesting the protein, but after several months it became easy.  Noticeable overall improvement now 2 years in.

Bonnie (mid-50s, Female, USA)
Childhood / Background:  emotional issues stemming from father, abandonment
Copper IUD: Unknown
Vegetarian: No
Major Symptoms: insomnia, moody, fatigue, depression, borderline personality disorder
Effect on Relationships:  divorced husband and has destroyed friendships and relationships
Summary:As a child she suffered from a lot of emotional issues stemming from her father, including abandonment - an anemic, difficult to control child with adrenal issues even then. As a result she pushed herself harder than most to prove she could 'keep up'. Brain fog began appearing in teen years, and in 20s was diagnosed bi-polar, with an explosive temper. In late 20s symptoms worsened after first child (depression, multiple breakdowns, moodiness, loss of sex drive for most of each month, severe fatigue). A copper overload was subsequently discovered. This copper overload was passed on to her child who was then diagnosed with Tourettes, ADHD, and Bipolar II. Divorced husband in an extreme and non-level headed manner. She has been trying for many years to lower her copper levels. Vitamin B6 has been helpful, but anything more puts her over the edge.  Copper toxicity has "destroyed my physical and emotional life and relationships."

Sandy (late 30s, Female, USA)
Childhood / Background:  abandonment by father
Copper IUD: Unknown
Vegetarian: No
Major Symptoms: fatigue, depression, emotionless
Effect on Relationships:  n/a
Summary:  Has abandonment issues and trust issues with men, stemming with her father walking out of her life entirely as a child. Had allergies requiring medication from age 6 to 18.  At 18, she was diagnosed with depression and has been on anti-depressants ever since.  In 20s, she suffered from fatigue along with low zinc and elevated copper. Those conditions, combined with a stressful, traumatic event then led into a calcium shell from age 25-27. During this time she was "emotionless and went through life like a zombie".  Has been working on balancing minerals ever since. 

Lisa (mid-20s, Female, Canada)
Childhood / Background:  adopted at birth, unhealthy adolescence in teen years
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: YES
Major Symptoms: extreme fatigue, loss of passion for life, addictive behaviour, anxiety, irritable, withdrawn
Effect on Relationships:  withdrawn, challenging
Summary:Growing up she had an unhealthy adolescence, drank, and used recreational drugs moderately. Considered to have an addictive personality.  Used birth control pills from age 14 to 15, and subsequently the copper IUD for almost 4 years from age 15 to 18. Strict vegetarian diet from 18 to 19.  History of emotionally abusive partners in her teen years through to her early 20’s including the father of her child.  All major current symptoms began around age 22 while pregnant, these including:  extreme fatigue, loss of passion for life, lack of interest in anything, social anxiety, easily overwhelmed, hard to finish projects, addictive behaviour, extreme sugar cravings, withdrawn, impatience, quick to anger, mood swings, lack of self worth.  From age 24 she has been seeing a therapist to improve her habits, cognitive behaviour, emotional challenges and instability. HTMA testing reveals a Slow Metabolizer with a 4-low pattern and copper dysregulation. 

Maddy (late 30s, Female. UK)
Childhood / Background:  n/a
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: No
Major Symptoms: racing mind, brain fog, fatigue, auditory hallucinations, paranoia, personality change
Effect on Relationships:  Severe toll on husband
Summary: After having the copper IUD put in, Maddy began experiencing brain fog and increasing fatigue. After removal, she began detox, and this is when her most severe symptoms began, including insomnia, paranoia, auditory hallucinations, strange sensations, and distorted perception. She has become very mistrusting of her husband, though he stands by her. She has lost interest in recreational activities she used to very much enjoy before beginning detox.  She shut out many of her friends, cutting them off completely. At the time of this posting she has been detoxing for 3 years. Symptoms are still severe, yet she is aware of what is happening. She is now allowing those previously excluded friends back into her life, not because she feels anything for them or feels bad for them, but only because she feels it's the right thing to do by societal standards (ie: no emotion behind the decision).  Her 3 year struggle has been very hard.

Reese (late 30s, Female)
Childhood / Background:  n/a
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: YES
Major Symptoms: fatigue, loss of emotion, anxiety, fear, irritable, 
Effect on Relationships:  n/a
Summary:Became vegetarian at age 14, and was on the estrogen pill for the latter half of her teen years. From age 20 to 25 she had a copper IUD.  One year after insertion she became flat emotionally and fatigued. These symptoms have not subsided. In early 30s her life became very stressful, and her reactions to the stress would be characterized as 'abnormal' - reacting to things that normally would not bother her.  Racing thoughts,  horrible images, and a psychotic episode led to prescription anti-psychotics and anti-depressants. This only made things worse. After a couple of years she went off those medications and onto anti-seizure meds, and this seemed to help. However the racing mind, fatigue, irritability, and disconnected feeling still continued. At 35 her fatigue became extreme, and at that point she was finally diagnosed with copper toxicity. While still seeking solutions, zinc citrate, St. John's Wort, and wormwood seem to exacerbate symptoms. 

Barb (early 20s, Female, USA)
Childhood / Background:  N/A
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: NO
Major Symptoms: depression, anger, irritability,  sense of overwhelm, fatigue
Effect on Relationships:  almost divorced husband
Summary:Had copper IUD for 1 year. The first few months were fine, but 5 to 6 months in physical and mental symptoms began.  Everything became overwhelming and irritating to her.  Negative thoughts prevailed. No patience for her husband, couldn't stand being with him, he didn't understand the changes he was seeing, and this led to constant fighting.  Relationship almost ended in divorce. Four months post removal she became pregnant, with pregnancy ending in miscarriage which she feels was caused by the effects the copper IUD had physically on her body.  

Raegan (mid 30s, Female, Canada)
Childhood / Background: N/A
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: NO
Major Symptoms: fatigue, depression, psychosis, anxiety
Effect on Relationships: divorced husband
Summary:  Over 10 years on various birth control pills, all the while struggling with increasing anxiety, depression, sense of numbness, developed IBS, and even attempted suicide.  After having children, she had a copper IUD inserted. 4-6 months after insertion she became apparent of increased negative emotions, irrationality, anxiety, and numbing of emotion/ loss of attraction toward her husband which led at the time to her divorcing him.  She later had the IUD removed, and a year post-removal, though feeling calmer and more at peace, is still dealing with copper toxicity and various associated symptoms as she begins a re-balancing program. 

Susan (mid 30s, Female)
Childhood / Background:  n/a
Copper IUD: YES
Vegetarian: YES
Major Symptoms: mental issues, mood swings, fatigue 
Effect on Relationships:  Lost friends and hurt family
Summary:Has been on various firms of birth control since age 16. However at age 32 she had the copper IUD inserted. This began a horrible cascade of mental and emotional issues, including constant mind racing, fears, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable mood swings.  Post-IUD removal and beginning detox, she found that any supplements or heavy detox made the symptoms worse. It took a severe toll on her husband, children, and friends.  She began re-introducing meat back into her diet, and together with an overall balanced diet, has begun feeling herself again after 2 years post-removal.  

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