Organic Copper Balm
In the Ayurvedic medicinal tradition copper is a powerful element, recommended for joint inflammation and pain, skin ailments, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, bone and lung disorders. Known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is the trifecta of wound care. Copper has been utilized for health purposes since ancient times.
Only now does our research describe how copper and its alloys exhibit these impressive healing properties. When microbes come into contact with copper there is a release of copper ions (electrically charged particles). The ions prevent microbial cell respiration, punch holes in the bacterial cell membrane or disrupt the viral coat, and neutralize the DNA and RNA inside. This neutralization of the DNA and RNA is important as it means that no mutation can occur – preventing the microbe from developing resistance to copper.
Bill Keevil, Professor of Environmental Healthcare, University of Southampton has shown that copper alloys negate superbugs, including MRSA and those from the notorious ESKAPE group of pathogens group (six highly virulent and anti-biotic resistant pathogens) – the leading cause of hospital acquired infections.
A healthy adult’s body copper content is reported to be approximately eighty milligrams. The highest level of copper is found in the liver and brain, followed by the heart, kidney, pancreas, spleen, lungs, bone, and muscle. Copper is one of essential elements required for normal human metabolism including specific enzyme production and regulation. Copper is an excellent energy conductor and when you take it out of the human body, it really just falls apart.
What is often misunderstood about copper testing is that results can show an excess, when in fact the truth of the matter is, that copper is not being absorbed and utilized properly in the body. This is known as copper dysregulation.
Copper Dysregulation - Copper Toxicity & Copper Deficiency
Morley Robbins, a well known health researcher and coach, shares his knowledge regarding copper dysregulation, where we can have simultaneous copper deficiency as well as copper excess occurring at exactly the same time. According to Morley, magnesium deficiency and copper dysregulation issues are the root cause of all disease. He states that Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, thyroid issues, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, aneurism and more, all of these conditions have a common origin, copper dysregulation. He says, “It is staggering when you begin to realize that that one mineral has that kind of impact. When you begin to dig into why everyone is sick, about 99% of the reason is people don’t have enough magnesium or they don’t have the right bioavailability of copper.”
Is Your Copper Bioavailable?
Unless copper is attached to its transport protein ceruloplasmin, it simply does not work properly. Ceruloplasmin is a ferroxidase enzyme produced in the liver which is the major copper-carrying protein in the blood and helps move iron from the organs and tissues of the body into the blood. Ceruloplasmin binds and carries more than 95% of the total copper in healthy human plasma and is the key for both copper and iron bioavailability. Ceruloplasmin ensures that the copper and the iron are being properly transported, so that it does not cause oxidation. Without ceruloplasmin copper is unbound and cannot be utilized by the body. Unbound copper becomes destructive. Understanding this, it becomes evident that supporting our livers production of ceruloplasmin can be one of the most important things we can do for our health.
What Interferes With Ceruloplasmin Production
When ceruloplasmin stops being made, then we have high levels of unbound copper and we have low levels of bound copper at the very same time (simultaneous copper excess and deficiency). Unbound copper goes rogue and that is the foundation for a vast array of problems.
There are four things that disable the liver’s ability to produce ceruloplasmin.
When we are under a lot of stress, it triggers the production of a key stress hormone release from the pituitary called ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and it triggers the adrenal production of cortisol and aldosterone along with all sorts of stress responses. ACTH will stop the production of ceruloplasmin in the liver and in the brain.
Adrenal fatigue is one of the main causes of copper dysregulation in the body.
Now, what is interesting is that ACTH is closely linked with magnesium, so that when magnesium is high, ACTH is low. The reverse of that is also true.
Magnesium levels drop because of all sorts of stress and ACTH will build. So as we get more and more stressed out, it causes a breakdown in the production of ceruloplasmin, which is the very mechanism to create copper dysregulation.
As a side note, stress is a main factor in activating granulocytes, immune cells that cause inflammation, and are largely responsible for the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Copper salicylate complexes have been found to control the metabolic activation of granulocytes. This is great news for anyone contending with any autoimmune issues!
Finding ways to alleviate your stress is so incredibly important for your physical, mental and spiritual health that I would be remiss if I did not mention it. My background in Quantum Biofeedback fosters my opinion that stress reduction is the first task for health recovery from any condition.
2. Supplementing with Vitamin D
Calcitriol, otherwise known as vitamin D (in fact, it is not a vitamin but is actually a hormone) destroys vitamin A in the liver. People are swallowing vitamin D like it’s no big deal when they have no idea that vitamin A, in the form of retinol, is so important for the liver to producing ceruloplasmin. Vitamin D in supplement form is one element that creates copper dysregulation. If you don’t know both your storage and active hormone D levels, you should not be getting anywhere near that supplement.
3. Supplementing with Ascorbic Acid
We have been trained to believe that vitamin C and ascorbic acid is one and the same thing. They are not. The vitamin C molecule is like a car. It’s a shell with four wheels, a steering wheel and an engine. That’s pretty much the design of the car and that’s pretty much the design of the vitamin C molecule. Ascorbic acid on the other hand is the shell of a car without moving parts.
The important part about the vitamin C molecule is that that engine is actually an enzyme called tyrosinase and the spark plug that runs that engine is copper. It turns out that that very enzyme, tyrosinase is very important in helping the body to metabolize copper. Ascorbic acid on the other hand causes copper to separate from ceruloplasmin. Natural vitamin C – whole food vitamin C does not dysregulate copper. In fact, copper cannot be utilized by the body and connective tissue cannot be formed correctly without the whole food C molecule. This is why we strongly promote our certified organic Camu Camu Extract; it contains an extremely rich source of natural berry vitamin C.
It is important to understand that Albert Szent-Gyorgi received the Nobel Prize for discovering the whole vitamin C molecule - not ascorbic acid, which is only the outer shell. Ascorbic Acid is synthetic, produced in a lab and is not going to produce miraculous health in the body. Vitamin C is not ascorbic acid, although most vitamin C supplements sold on the market today are in fact ascorbic acid. It might produce a short-term health benefit but not an overall long-term health advantage. That is my opinion and this is why I refuse to use it in any of our Miracle Products.
Dr Robert Thompson states, “…physicians and nutrition leaders must recognize that ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, it depletes vitamin C from the body, and it has numerous harmful effects, unlike the real C molecule. This is The Vitamin C Lie.”
4. Consuming High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is shown to cause copper deficiency in the liver and at the same time, cause iron toxicity. It does it perfectly and flawlessly. This is a very bad combination because you need copper in order to make ceruloplasmin. That is one of the many catch 22’s in the body. So, the very mineral that you need to properly bind up is actually needed in order to make the enzyme/protein that allows that to happen.
The challenge is high fructose corn syrup is pervasive throughout the food industry. It’s everywhere. And most people don’t even stop to think about it. This sweetener is made in a very specific way, with a very specific biochemical mechanism impact that destroys the production of ceruloplasmin. High fructose corn syrup is very bad, very toxic to the liver. It is now revealed as being directly related to all non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
In order to avoid this nasty additive it becomes necessary to remove all processed, pre-packaged “foods” from the diet. My favourite fruit shop has a wonderful little sign that says, “Real food doesn’t have ingredients!”
Copper Toxicity Is Hiding Deficiencies
According to Morley Robbins, all copper toxicity is relational to three deficiencies, zinc, copper and iron. He states, “We are conditioned to believe that there is copper toxicity when in fact I think its hiding and masking some very important deficiencies, zinc, copper and iron in the body.”
Copper toxicity will by its very nature lead to a zinc deficiency because there is a correct balance between zinc and copper in the body. When there is too much copper, there will be a relative deficiency of zinc. This in turn affects digestion (excess copper overwhelms the zinc that is needed to make stomach acid) and immune response; which will affect a lot of skin issues that are from too little zinc relative to the amount of copper in the body. So that is the first deficiency.
The second deficiency occurs as the copper toxicity creates copper deficiency because of the lack of the protein, ceruloplasmin. As high levels of unusable copper and very low levels of usable copper occur (with a lack of this protein); the metabolic deficiency of copper then leads to number 3, iron deficiency.
Copper Dysregulation Symptoms
Morley Robbins believes that there are very few people who don’t have some kind of copper dysregulation. He says, “I would bet it’s probably in the 90% range.”
Some classic signs of copper dysregulation are the inability to lose weight, having low blood sugar, chronic UTI’s, craving carbohydrates, acne, high blood pressure or headaches, especially migraines.
Wired and Tired
A lot of people experience what’s called a ‘wired and tired’ state where their mind can’t shut down, but they’re exhausted in their body. That’s probably the most notable complaint that people have from copper dysregulation.
Dark Circles Under Eyes
Often the first thought when dark circles appear under the eyes is liver congestion. Consider that this is actually a result of a build-up of unbound copper and iron in the liver and it expresses itself as dark circles under the eyes. Again, this is from too much unbound copper which is preventing the liver from producing the protein that it needs - ceruloplasmin.
People have been conditioned to believe that their hormone imbalance is caused by hormones. In fact, hormonal imbalance is completely related to the imbalance of zinc and copper. Copper, along with other minerals like zinc, helps maintain optimal hormonal gland function. When blood copper levels are low hormone levels fall. It takes copper to make the enzyme that makes estrogen and it takes zinc to make progesterone.
Is MTHFR A Gene Mutation?
There seems to be a dramatic increase in the number of people being diagnosed with MTHFR (methyl transferase) and the whole dynamic of transcription errors. People are being conditioned to believe that this is a gene mutation.
In every case, copper is essential in the functioning of the methyl transferase enzyme. The whole creation of MTHFR requires copper.
It is important to understand that there is a lot of psychodrama out there about MTHFR but the foundation of it is missing minerals. Be very mindful of the fact that copper is missing, zinc is missing, magnesium is missing, B vitamins are missing, there are other essential minerals that might be missing as well, but do not suddenly think that you have a gene mutation when in fact you probably have a mineral deficiency and particularly a copper deficiency which is at the very root of all methyl transferase activity.
Wrinkles & Saggy Skin
Wrinkling and sagging skin is one of the signs of copper deficiency. Expensive copper peptides are now being sold for the improvement of aging skin. In addition there is also much interest in salicylic acid as a skin rejuvenator. CopperOn contains both ingredients and can be used as long-term treatment to prevent, reduce or manage aging skin and wrinkles.
Gadi Borkow’s paper in 2014, “Using Copper to Improve the Well-Being of the Skin”, referenced many studies connecting copper to great skin health. This includes wrinkle reduction, better elasticity, and healing wounds and skin issues, like athlete’s foot.
The review also referenced a 2009 study as still being valid for copper and skin. In this study, copper reduced the risks of bacterial and fungal infections in diabetics. It also helped chronic ulcers.
CopperOn - The Perfect Copper Salicylate Complex
Copper complexes are highly effective anti-inflammatory agents. Copper salicylate is remarkably stable and does not change the chemistry of the blood or liver as most other copper supplements do.
Dr John R.J. Sorenson at the University of Arkansas has done most of the pioneering research work on copper complexes. In one of his publications he states that with the exception of Wilson's disease, there are no chronic degenerative diseases in man known to result from non-industrial exposure to copper.
Copper salicylate has a stronger anti-inflammatory effect than cortisone but without the side effects.
Because copper salicylate cannot be patented it is not widely used. However, there exist several patents regarding the application of salicylates to the skin in combination with other ingredients.
The copper-zinc enzyme Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is one of the most important antioxidants and inflammation fighters produced in the body to protect cells from oxidation damage by free-radicals. Many copper complexes, and in particular copper salicylate, demonstrate SOD activity. For this reason they have sometimes been called ‘SOD-mimetics’ because they protect cells in a similar way as SOD.
Glutathione is another important cellular antioxidant. Copper salicylate has a positive effect on the glutathione status of the liver, and it has been found that this could be achieved with either oral or topical application.
Dr Werner Hangerter, head of medicine at the University of Kiel, successfully used copper salicylates for over 20 years with more than 1100 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. In his study, of 620 patients with rheumatoid arthritis 65% became free of pain and other symptoms, and another 23% improved significantly, only 12% remained unchanged. With acute rheumatic fever 100% became symptom free. Even short-term treatment of rheumatoid arthritis resulted in long-term remissions or improvements when using copper salicylate.
Enjoy Great Health - Put your CopperOn!