"High cellular copper levels, along with related sulfur deficiencies, can be considered to be one of the most prominent causes of many physical and mental health problems" [30]

"If there is excess copper in the body, then a wide array of psychological and physiological symptoms and conditions can also develop like Tourette’s, schizophrenia, bipolar, mania, autism, asperger’s, anemia, hair loss and much more. Extremely high copper levels can result in a psychotic break."[13]  ~ Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed

Copper Deficiency or Toxicity...

Before discussing excess copper symptoms, the relationship between excess copper and deficient available copper needs to be understood..  Many people who are copper toxic, after searching online, discover they have symptoms that resemble copper deficiency.  This confusion is common, as most copper deficiency cases in the West are the result of copper toxicity.  As copper levels build up, the adrenals eventually weaken from over activity. This leads to an eventual decline in the production of ceruloplasmin (a protein which binds to copper to make it bioavailable), and without adequate ceruloplasmin to bind to the copper, excess copper gets stored in a bio-unavailable form in soft tissue.  This bio-unavailable form of copper is not usable by the body. As a result, the body accumulates large amounts of copper (toxicity), yet very little of it can be properly used (creating a deficiency condition). Dr. Malter, Ph.D, one of the leading researchers in this field for over 40 years, uses the great analogy of copper toxicity being akin to being stranded in the middle of the ocean and dying of thirst.  There is lots of water all around, but none of it is in a form that can be used to drink. As a result, the copper toxic patient's symptoms may simultaneously reflect that of both copper deficiency and toxicity.  (Of course, in a small percentage of the population, a true copper deficiency does exist) 

Most Common Symptoms of Copper Toxicity

  • fatigue and exhaustion, adrenal depletion
  • hypothyroid
  • nausea
  • racing mind (feeling wired but tired)
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • hair loss and/or whitening of hair
  • brain fog / spaciness
  • concentration and memory problems
  • high anxiety
  • irritability
  • emotional numbing / apathy / despondence

  • ruminating negative thoughts
  • personality change
  • loss of sex drive
  • OCD and Relationship OCD (ROCD)
  • withdrawal / isolation
  • chocolate cravings
  • anemia
  • allergies and mold sensitivity
  • lowered immunity
  • insomnia
  • increased PMS
  • constipation
  • (manic) mood swings
  • despair, hopelessness

  • candida / yeast infections
  • joint aches and pains
  • depersonalization
  • infertility
  • hypoglycaemia
  • ​headaches
  • reduced metabolism
  • confusion, disorientation, paranoia
  • decreased self awareness
  • ADD
  • pseudo bi-polar disorder
  • schizophrenia / disperception of self or others

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