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The Douglass Report November 2010

November 2010 PDF

Find out how this one problem can cause insomnia,
arthritis, chronic infections, and more

You’ve probably never even heard of copper toxicity, but I’ll guarantee you have heard of insomnia, anxiety, depression, arthritis, anemia, chronic infections, migraines, nerve pain, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Every single condition in this list can be caused or aggravated by having too much copper in your blood. And just about every one of those conditions can be improved by getting your levels back to normal.

So my question to you is: Are you suffering from copper toxicity?

If you don’t know the answer, it’s high time you found out.

The No.1 culprit behind copper toxicity

In normal amounts, copper has plenty of important functions in your body, from energy production, to wound healing, to the proper functioning of your thyroid glands, to inhibiting bacterial growth, to functioning as a brain stimulant, and more. Its various functions explain why the list of problems you could suffer as a result of having too much copper is so long and so varied.

There can be all kinds of reasons why you’ve got too much copper in your blood——from too much copper in your food, to exposure to pesticides, to growth hormones in animals. But the major factor you need to know about is stress.

When you’re under physical, mental, or emotional stress, your body responds in order to give you the push you need to get through. You might know it as the “fight-or-flight” response. When that happens, a number of processes take place in your body.

First, your adrenal glands release aldosterone, adrenaline, and cortisol. Aldosterone tells your kidneys to hold on to sodium and copper (since they provide a quick burst of energy and mental alertness), and helps to eliminate zinc and magnesium (since these minerals help to calm your nervous system).

These responses are normal and healthy——when they come in small doses. But when you’re in a constant state of stress, that imbalance becomes chronic and begins a cycle that’s difficult to reverse.

You see, zinc is necessary for the removal of toxic heavy metals——including copper. When an overstressed system throws that balance out of whack, it makes it nearly impossible for zinc to do its job——which only makes a bad situation worse.

This lack of zinc also poses a problem since zinc is necessary for the production of all of your body’s proteins. If you’re deficient in zinc, you’ll be deficient Metallotionine and Ceruloplasmin, proteins that are responsible for making copper bio-available and non-toxic.

If you don’t have enough Metallotionine and Ceruloplasmin, your cells can’t use the copper for energy, and it ends up getting stored in your liver, your brain, skin, joints, nerves, and all other soft tissues——and causing all of the problems I mentioned earlier.

Because copper is so stimulating to your nervous system, too much of it can agitate your nerves, brain, and tissues. Too little zinc only exacerbates the issue, since it is necessary for the production of neurotransmitters in your brain that calm you down.

This can make you prone to mood swings and agitation, and can make it difficult to relax. Naturally, this in and of itself could make you stressed out——which only continues to increase your copper and decrease your zinc.

It’s a deadly cycle——but you can put a stop to it.

Here’s what to do:

First of all, get a hair analysis test to determine if you have too much copper stored up in your soft tissues. That way you can determine exactly what you need to do in order to bring your body back to a healthy balance of copper and zinc. Once you do that, the rest will take care of itself.

Second, focus on your diet.

If you’re trying to recover from copper toxicity, naturally you’ll want to avoid foods that contain high levels of this mineral——foods like shellfish, nuts and seeds, wheat, coffee, chocolate, and leafy greens.

Remember, copper isn’t bad in and of itself——and neither are these foods. So once your body is back in balance, and you can add them back into your diet.

Also be sure to increase foods that are high in zinc——foods like red meat, chicken, eggs, and pumpkin seeds.

To find a physician who will do a hair analysis test, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine by calling (800)532-3688, or by going online to www.acamnet.org.

And for a great way to reduce your stress levels, keep reading…

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