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*Year Two: Healing from Heavy Metals and Copper Toxicity.

September 26, 2011

Hello.  My name is Robin and I’ve decided to start writing about my healing process.  I am not a physician and do not dispense any advice here for the general public.  This is my story of healing.  I hope it is of some help or comfort to others who are struggling with health issues stemming from a metal toxicity.   Specifically copper toxicity.

I am not a writer and don’t expect this to be a perfect literary work.  I just want to tell my story so that others may know they are not alone in their very long and difficult recovery from metal toxicity.

About two years ago my body became toxic with copper.  I suffered from racing heart rate and metabolism to panic attacks, horrible memory problems and adrenal issues that rendered me physically unable to work or have any quality of life.  It’s a long story as to how I got there and this blog is a documentation of that story.

In June of 2009 I had decided to try an IUD for birth control.  Being the kind of person who prefers more natural ways of medicine etc.,  I opted for the copper IUD rather than the hormone emitting IUD.  In my mind I justified that copper was a natural mineral and synthetic hormones were not.  Therefore, copper must be better for me.

Even though I had a ton of anxiety about getting the copper IUD, I discounted it, telling myself  I was being  a “nervous nelly”.    I struggled with the decision to get it, but in the end, had it put in anyway.  Completely ignoring my intuition.

Four months later I was having full blown panic attacks, racing heart rate, obsessive compulsive behaviors, paranoia, memory issues, brain fog, insomnia, fear,  muscle pain, headaches, weight loss, diarrhea,  thyroid “storms”, excessive bleeding with my periods, extreme fatigue, inability to concentrate, feeling faint (one time while i was driving!), and a myriad of other horrible symptoms.

At first I didn’t know what was causing it.  It had occurred to me that this may be from the IUD but was assured by my female gynecologist that could not happen.  Whatever, it happened.  But before I figured that out I continued to see doctors and suffered greatly for months and months.   Many of the docs were less than empathetic and simply thought I needed a psycho-tropic drug to help level off my brain chemistry.  Which I was not interested in.  I knew it was something more complex than that.  I knew that brain chemistry doesn’t just GET imbalanced.  There had to be a bigger underlying issue as to why i was getting so sick.  I saw regular MDs as well as all the specialists (endocrinologist, hem0tologist, gasteroenterologist, liver specialist, cardiologist, etc.)  All of the visits resulting in no help to me.

Bloodwork was drawn and urine was tested over and over again to no avail.   Finally I had a  phone conversation with my mom one day.   I was asking her questions about my childhood  health thinking maybe there was something we had missed.  Somehow our conversation touched on that fact that we had copper in our drinking water for several years when I was younger. ( I remember our sinks had turned green but we didn’t really think anything of it.)    WAMMO!  It hit me that my IUD is copper and maybe there was a correlation!  I immediately got online and searched side effects from copper IUDs and sure enough, right there in black and white, were ALL of my symptoms! I couldn’t believe it,  every single one!  I called a close friend of mine and explained ” I figured it out!”  The very next day I had the IUD removed by a NEW gynecologist.  Leaving my old, inept, and uneducated  gynecologist in the dust.  But not without eventually giving her a piece of my mind.

After I got the IUD removed I somehow thought my symptoms would miraculously disappear.  I was severely mistaken.  My symptoms continued.  For quite some time.  I also continued to see docs looking for ways to recalibrate or bring balance back into my body.  Again to no avail.  I don’t  think the docs I met with even believed me about the IUD/copper problem.  My health was still failing and working was almost impossible.

I struggled deeply with my mental states from day to day.  I plunged in to deep despair often.  And then there were days were I was euphoric followed by deep depression.  Followed by complete fatigue and exhaustion.  This went on for days and weeks sometimes.  Eventually I would somehow start to feel a little bit better and would think ,oh, ok, i’m over the hump, I’m getting better, only to crash again after a few months of low grade normalcy.

I avoided foods high in copper and tried to be careful with myself.  But it was never enough.  Somehow I would always fall back into a panicked and weakened state of very poor health both mentally and physically.   It’s a given that I was an emotional wreck almost all the time for more than a year.

Through all of my days of sickness I was encouraged by my close friend to continue to research my own health and push for more and better health care from my practitioners.  Which i did slowly learn to do.  I became better at communicating my symptoms and telling my docs what I needed from them.  It was very difficult at first because of the panic attacks that would happen when I was trying to tell the docs about my symptoms, but eventually I was able to center myself enough to come across to them as a sane but very sick individual.

Even though I wasn’t getting any answers or direction from these docs I WAS learning a lot about my body and symptoms as time went on.  I became more willing to listen to my intuition.  More vocal and clear about what my body (and brain) was doing.  Eventually I started to see naturopaths and alternative practitioners (which is what I had always done when i was younger, but somehow had gotten out of the habit.)  This seemed like the right direction  but was very expensive.  (IS very expensive.)  And I had to be careful about how much testing and supplementing I could have done due to lack of finances.

I needed help. I needed and expert.  Someone who deals with copper toxicity all the time.  In Tucson, AZ there is no one.  Trust me.  I’ve seen them all and came up with nothing.  No one understands copper and how it works in the body.  At least no one in Tucson.  I was extremely frustrated and felt completely  defeated.  But friends continued to support me and give me hope that I just needed to keep persevering.  Keep researching, looking and learning.  That I could figure it out.

After more than two very long and difficult years, and much research, I discovered a doctor in Prescott, Az who happens to be an expert in the field of copper toxicity.  He and another fellow by the name of Dr. Paul Eck, (now deceased),  pretty much are the leading practitioners in this field. They specialize in Hair Mineral Analysis, which is the testing of human hair to see what minerals your body is processing/metabolizing out.   It is a little expensive but much more revealing than bloodwork.   (Metals tend to not show up in bloodwork because the body is such an efficient machine it doesn’t allow metals to be in the blood very long.  It gets it out of the blood by transporting it to organs where it could later be metabolized out.  Therefore, not showing up in the blood.)

I have recently had this hair test done and am currently embarking on a supplement and eating program that I am, for the first time in a very long time, hopeful will help me heal on a very deep level.  Purging my body of copper and other metals that are the underlying culprit of my health problems for quite some time.  The supplement program is a  recommendation by the practitioners I am dealing with currently.  I am happy to pass this information on to anyone who has struggled with the process of metal detoxing or  if they are in need of more information and are being ignored or discounted by the main stream medical community.   But buyer beware.  I am still experimenting with this program and do not know the outcome yet.  I can only go by my intuition at this point.  Which is getting stronger everyday.  Thank God.  I am grateful for that.

If you would like to share your experience with me  or if you have any questions about any part of this post please feel free to comment.  I wish you health, wellness and great joy in your life.

Ps:  I will continue to make posts on my journey back to health.

Sincerely,

Robin Eckert

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153 Comments
  1. Irene permalink

    I would like to know what supplements you are taking. I have similar experience with copper tocixity. Thanks!

    • Hello Irene,
      I am so sorry that i am only now responding to your email. I didnt realize that people were commenting on my blog. I’m not sure if WordPress was notifying me properly. In any case, I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with a copper toxicity problem. It is a hideous process to go through. If I can help in anyway I am happy to. The supplements that I am currently taking have really been the only ones that have been helpful. The supplements are called “Standard Process” supplements and I take several different ones. You can go to the Standard Process Supplement website to learn more about them. They are prescribed by my nutrition practitioner. She uses a process called Nutrition Response Testing which has been extremely helpful in discerning which foods and supplements are appropriate for me. It is a form of muscle testing which is a alternative diagnostic system. You may find someone near you that is a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner by researching your area’s alternative medicine (practitioners such as acupuncturist, naturopaths, chiropractors, etc) community for Nutrition Response Testing Practioners. I cannot stress how helpful this has been for me. I have been seeing my practitioner for about one year and have consistently been getting better and better. Although it is not a fast process, I am happy with my progress. I hope you find this helpful in some way. If there is anything else I can help with please do not hesitate. Wishing you well and health and healing.

      Sincerely,

      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

      Ps: you may also contact me at my personal email if you like: Therablonde@yahoo.com

      • Debby permalink

        Dear Robin,
        I just found that I have Copper Toxicity in November 2013. I have been depressed and have had anxiety 24/7 for many years. I wake up daily with anxiety. I have spent lots of money trying to get well. I am interested in all the things you are doing. Thank you, Debby

      • Elena permalink

        Dear Robin,

        I stumbled upon your blog! I just wanted to thanks you for sharing! I was a wrack for about 8 months, struggling with so many issues that you mentioned, mental, emotional, and physical. Oh, my goodness! And the gynecologist was so adamant saying that it just cannot be from the cooper IUD! About two days after the removal of the wicked device, I felt so much happier, my joint pain was gone, I actually, chemically could feel that I was more or less back to normal. No strange feeling of exhaustion or vertigo issues, no crazy unstable feelings, etc.! Doctors are not researchers! I know when something is really out of balance in my system and they try to persuade me that I’m simply paranoid and disregard my complaints! I wish women would be aware of this and not blame these horrible symptoms on anything else trying to fix them with yet more drugs! And it is very sad that a lot of women might disregard such symptoms, attributing them to their getting old. This is just wrong to do it to women when so little research has been done. Thank God, this thing is out! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

      • Dear Elena, I am so glad you are feeling better and I agree with all you had to say. Stay healthy!

        Take care,
        Robin

  2. Irene permalink

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  3. Carol M. permalink

    Robin, I pray you are continuing well in your detox. Today I am having my copper IUD removed too. I believe my 4 yr battle with chronic pain among other issues are due from copper toxicity. Like you, I have had to basically diagnose myself thru research. I have spent countless hours and money trying to fix my chronic pain, only now to discover the IUD issue. I wish you well. Please post again to let us know how you are doing :)
    Best Regards
    Carol

    • Hello Carol,

      I appreciate your email. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you will be feeling better soon also. I had a tremendous amount of pain as well with my copper problem. I understand. Trying To figure out what is right for ourselves can be an exhausting and frustrating process. If there is anything I can do to help your process please do not hesitate to ask. I have been feeling consistently better for the past year as I have found a nutrition practitioner and supplements that have made a huge difference in my detoxing and healing.

      In specific, “Nutrition Response Testing” has been an extremely integral part of my detoxing. I cannot stress this enough. If you would like more information on this please let me know.

      Wishing you health and wellness everyday.

      Sincerely,

      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

  4. Vix permalink

    I am sure that I have copper toxicity – all my symptoms. Match up and this whole year I’ve been drinking water that is loaded with copper( I didn’t know this before thought).
    So I went to the Dr. Today and he has never even heard of this condition!!!
    All I want to do is get my body back to normal again- but don’t have the finances for hair analysis or specialists- where do – begin and what should I expect?

    • Hello Vix,

      First of all I want to commend you on taking responsibility for your own health and researching until you figured it out. That is a huge accomplishment. Now you can begin the process of getting the copper/metal out. I would start by researching for someone in your area that performs Nutrition Response Testing (NRT). (please see my previous post for the explanation of NRT) This has been the most helpful treatment for me personally. They will help you get set up on a supplement and diet program to start the detox process GENTLY. I cannot stress enough that this needs to be a GENTLE process. Be aware that detoxing can be just as physically uncomfortable as being toxic. The body can only handle so much detoxing at one time and you don’t want to overwhelm it to the point where you can’t function. Detoxing is not a quick process and I recommend that you take it slow so as to not make yourself too sick to work. If you need help finding a NRT practitioner let me know and I will ask mine to look one up for you.

      Main stream medical physicians will likely be of little help in detoxing copper. In the event you find one that wants to help you they will probably suggest chelation. Chelation is a chemical way of getting the body to detox the metal. It’s usually given either in pill form or intravenously. It will cause the body to dump metal into the bloodstream so that it can be carried out of the body. However, I believe this to be too hard on the body and can actually cause more of a physical setback than necessary. Be very careful if you choose to go this route. I don’t recommend it.

      I am happy to help support you in any way I can. I realize trying to deal with copper toxicity can be overwhelming. Especially in the beginning. If you have more questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me again. I hope I have been of some help to you.

      Wishing you optimal health everyday.
      Sincerely,
      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician
      Therablonde@yahoo.com

      • Dear Friends,
        I have Copper Toxicity and I am on a detox program. The Doctors say to eat low copper foods. Does anyone know how many grams of copper is eating low Copper? When I asked them they say just eat from the lower copper list. I have seen on line many High Copper food lists and Low copper Food Lists and they don’t seem to agree with one another. No where have I seen you can have this much Copper for health and this much for reducing Copper. I admit I was eating very much like Dr. Joel Furman Nutritarian but I did eat meat. He is into Veges and some fruits and Nuts. I ate salads and Juiced using all of the high copper vegetables Kale, Swiss Chard etc and only to find out they were full of Copper. I ate avocado’s every day and ate 70% dark chocolate almost daily. All high in copper! But I didn’t eat that way for the last 10 years that I was depressed and anxious.
        All of this to say, does anyone know how much Copper is in a low Copper diet? I am using USDA site that has something called Supper Tracker to keep track of my calories and Copper, protein and zinc, it list many other vitamins and minerals. But as I said I don’t know the numbers that are safe range for low Copper. Blessings, Debby

    • Hello Again Vix,
      I just wanted you to know that I spent more money looking for a MD/specialist that would help me with my copper toxicity than I did with my NRT practitioner. I have been seeing my NRT practitioner for one year now and I have spent just under $2,000.00 It really is NOT that expensive when you compare it to Dr. office visits, bloodwork labs and other testing. In the one year that I have seen my NRT practitioner I have improved my health dramatically and for me it is well worth the minimal expense to have my health back. I wish you well.

      Robin Eckert

  5. Amy permalink

    I had that “aha” moment about copper this week. I had read somewhere about copper and migraines and decided to search online. I too have an IUD, I’m a vegetarian and have well water in a town famous for its copper mines. I’ve suffered from migraines since my youngest son was born (which is when I got the IUD) but they’ve gotten more frequent since we moved to my current town 4 yrs ago. Last year I went through thyroid testing for racing heart and panic symptoms, though I have an enlarged thyroid, my levels were normal. I often have insomnia and thought it was just from stress because it’s usually accompanied by a feeling that I can’t turn my mind “off”. I also fight with moderate depression and mood swings.
    The IUD is coming out today! I plan to tell my OB my concerns over copper toxicity but I’m all too familiar with mainstream dr’s who are quick to discount a patients thoughts and insight. I really was thankful to stumble upon your blog!! Any advice you have would be helpful. I don’t have the financial means to seek out nutritional balancing, hair analysis, etc and am unaware of anyone in my area who does this.

    • Hello Amy,

      Thank you so much for writing me. I am always so happy to find that some people are finding it helpful. I am sorry to hear that you are finding that you may be struggling with copper. And I am glad to hear that you are getting your IUD removed. Stick to listening to your intuition on this. I understand it is expensive to seek treatment and that can be frustrating. I would first recommend that you read my blog and all the posts I have there as there may be something that you find helpful that is not expensive. And then of course I would suggest that you get the book “Why am I Always so Tired” by Anne Louise Gittleman. It’s pretty cheap on Amazon.com. That will give you the basic understanding of copper and what it does and some ideas of how to treat yourself through foods you eat etc. Especially since you are vegetarian. I think it will be very helpful to you. See where you are after that. If I can be of more help please do email me again, :) I’m so glad you figured it out! In the meantime, I am very curious about where you live? I have recently done research on copper mines and copper toxicity in Arizona, especially around Tucson, which is where I live. If you don’t mind, can you give me the name of your small town that is near the copper mine? I would love to research that area a little bit. Tucson has a number of Superfund sites (areas that were designated toxic in some form) from various environmental hazards. Some are from chemicals, some from copper. Again thank you so much for writing me and keep in touch if I can answer any more questions. While you are going through all this, remember to treat yourself well and take great care. It can be very draining and it’s important to provide yourself comfort where ever you can. Wishing you health healing everyday.

      Sincerely,
      Robin Eckert
      Therablonde@yahoo.com

  6. merrill permalink

    Hi Robyn, Wonderful to hear you are well on the improve. it takes dedication and persistence to begin and stay on the journey to wellness :) I’m suffering from copper toxicity too and after much angst and trailing around form dr to dr ( your story echoes strongly with me ) I had a hair test done and found high copper amongst other things. You mentioned a doctor in Arizona. Did you have aprogram and supplements form him at all? It seems your current program is working well for you :)

    There must be so many people around who are ill but unaware as to the cause. its great to be able to share and provide some light at hte end of the tunnel. Hope you are having a great day. Merrill

    • thank you merrill for writing me! It’s nice to have support out there. Sorry to hear that you also struggle with copper toxicity. I wish you a gentle detox and that you are feeling better and better very soon.

      Robin Eckert

  7. Jennifer permalink

    Hello robin. Glad to hear you are doing well. I had mine removed oct 2012. I’m still having trouble with my mind racing and lingering on one thought for long periods of time. I also felt like I was going to pass out while driving! Maybe my blood sugar was low? I think I might try hair analysis. I just want to be my old self again.

    • Hello Jennifer,

      So glad to hear you have had your IUD removed. They are so dangerous. I found that my mind was racing and I has obsessive thoughts for quite some time. I had to detox the copper. As the copper is detoxing sometimes it would create those symptoms. I think I figured out that the feeling faint is the adrenaline/epinephrine that the brain produces from the copper. Copper stimulates the brain and nervous system drastically. I hope that you are are feeling better very soon and if I can be of help at all please feel free to contact me again.

      Sincerely,

      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

      • Joanna Alonso permalink

        Omg I feel exactly as you are explaining Please I need you to help me on what to do to get this damn copper out of me ;( is the worse feeling in the world or how to find a Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) near my area I live IN Fontana CA

      • Hi joanna,
        If you look on my blog….there are several posts. Check out the one that is titled “Resources for copper toxicity/detox.” It gives you a list of things to check out. Including the phone number for finding an NRT practitioner. I think you will find that post very helpful. I really hope you are feeling better soon. It is really difficult and I am sorry you are suffering. Hang in there. Be Well. And take care.

        Sincerely, Robin

  8. Marco DV permalink

    Hi Jen,

    Thanks for posting this blog, it good to see im not alone.
    I had the exact same thing in symptoms and people would think im crazy and say its all in my head, it wasnt to helpfull, i also had to take time off work because it was so bad i was bed ridden.
    I went to the er a few times and everything was fine on the tests, no doctor helped.
    I endured 3 months and was helpless and out of control, i switched my diet to an anti candida diet and then did some detoxes, still didnt help.
    I had a convetsation with my mum and she suggested a hair test, i found a natrupath that did it and my copper level was beyond the graph, bingo i found my problem and like you i checked symptoms and they were the same i had.
    I am now in recovery and have my life back again 3moths so far but im not out of the woods yet, i have been told its a long process sometimes days of chest and un explainable pains and just on the boarder of anxiety but its always getting better, im on a loose diet plan with supplements that i was deficient of in the hair test, once the body is balanced the copper will be eliminated on its own time.
    Thanks again for posting your story, it gives me the insoiration to keep my diet healthy and keep at it.

  9. Sarah permalink

    Hi Robin,

    I had my Paragard UD removed today after 5.5 years. It was difficult for the Dr. to get out, and when she pulled it out, the copper wire had come unwound from the IUD several inches. It was very upsetting for me. Who knows how long it has been like that?

    I havent had as many symptoms, but I have had bad PMS…irritability…and anxiety. I was wondering, would using something like ReNew Life Heavy Metal Cleanse help?

    http://www.renewlife.com/heavy-metal-cleanse.html

    Thank you so much for this blog!

    Sarah

    • Hello Sarah,

      Thank you so much for writing me. I am so sorry I just got your message. I don’t know anything about The New Life Metal Cleanse, sorry. I do however have other useful information on my blog. If you read ALL the posts I think you might find some helpful stuff. (books on copper, diet suggestions, and my current mode of detoxing). I hope you are feeling better soon. Please contact me again in you have other questions or just need some support as well. Take Care.

      Sincerely,
      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

  10. Laura permalink

    Hi Robin,
    I am so happy to have found your blog. I have been suffering numerous symptoms for over 10 years and recently I have been advised to look into the possibility of copper toxicity. I have taken different tests to check my hormones and thyroid. Over the past 10 years I have been to so many doctors who either prescribe medications that only treat symptoms and have been unhelpful altogether. I am so reluctant to continue to see doctors who don’t know what’s going on with me and give up on me. I am scared to take the hair analysis because I hear that sometimes when the copper in bio unavailable it won’t show up and I will be given up on again.
    I live also here in Tucson and wanted to ask you who your NRT practitioner is? I would like to start to figure out what’s going on with me, and work towards feeling normal (although I am not sure I know what normal feels like anymore). I would appreciate any feedback you may have. Thank you so much for this blog!

    • Hello Laura,

      I really appreciate you writing me with your story. It is so hard when no one in the medical community gets it. They don’t seem to hear what we are saying to them. Honestly I didn’t get anything but frustration from the medical community, and not much help. If you read ALL the posts on my blog you may find much more helpful information. I do post on there how to contact my NRT Practitioner as well as lots of other healing info (ie, books that i read (about copper), diets tips that help, sauna info, food info, rest info). However, the NRT practitioner I see in Tucson (actually Oro Valley) is Holly Burgess @ 520-241-7631 . I encourage you to call her soon as she will be leaving for two weeks in May. She is a Veteranarian (practices NRT on animals and humans.) Some of the best bodyworkers in Tucson referred her to me. And she has been the ONLY thing that has helped give me my life back. I hope you are feeling better very soon. I know how hard it can be to keep going when you have been sick as long as you have. And I am so sorry you are having to go through this. Please feel free to write again anytime with questions or if you just need support as well. (And READ the blog!:)))) The supplements will make a huge difference in detoxing the copper and supporting your body. Hang in there.

      Sincerely,
      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician
      Therablonde@yahoo.com

  11. Kristin permalink

    Do you feel better yet?! Did the doctors in Prescott help you?? I’m dealing with the same symptoms from my Paragard. Please get in touch with me asap, & let me know how things are going. I’m pretty sure I will be having this stupid iud removed this week… What a disaster & a costly mistake it has been!

    • Hello Kristin,
      Thank you for your email. I am doing better, compared with a few years ago. There are still ups and downs. But for the most part I am consistently getting better. Feel free to read ALL my blog posts. They give a more current update of things. And they have some helpful info in there. (See “List of Resources” page) It is unfortunate that healing can be very expensive. I ewish you the very best in your recovery. And I certainly hope you are feeling better soon. Feel free to contact me if you have questions anytime.

      Take care,
      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

  12. Brittany Mattingly permalink

    I had my IUD removed 3 days ago and feel tons better but still have moments. My doc to said it couldn’t cause my issues but I’m gonna give him a call and tell him how wonderful it feels to be me again. I just wonder if there are any juicing recipes to help detox. I may check into that. Juicing is a wonderful detox. I didn’t even keep mine for a year so hopefully the affects go away shortly. But yes this iud made me absolutely crazy. I couldn’t stand to be near my kids or husband and I was worried about us splitting up all the time , my memory still sucks, my energy is coming back slowly, but I enjoy life a lot erred now. The word needs to get out because I thought I was going to lose my mind over that lil piece of plastic wrapped in copper.

  13. warriormom permalink

    Hi! If you have a copper problem, very often you will need ongoing supplementation and not just a detox diet. Also, a panic problem is often caused my methylation disorders and can be corrected. We use who we consider are the best doctors for this in the US- Mensah Medical. They are in Chicago, but they have an online program where you can get tested near your own home (give blood at your local lab and send urine from home) and then have a phone consultation. They use a lab called Direct Health Care and you can read their info at pyroluriatesting.com They have saved my son’s life, given him a quality life and helped make sense of years of suffering. Several youtubes: mensah medical, dr bill walsh,

    • Hello, thank you for writing me. I appreciate your info. I recently did a methylation test and i indeed do have a mthfr mutation. I am currently looking for someone near arizona that is an expert with treating this. Preferably someone who is also interested in working with my naturopath. Having a methylation disorder certainly explains why it has taken me four years to detox from copper among other metals. I am grateful to have figured this piece out and will start treatment soon.

      Sincerely,
      Robin

    • Hi WM,
      Are you the one that wrote to me about Mensah Medical? I saw Dr. Walsh on TV and then called late that afternoon to catch Him on the phone, he said everyone had gone home for the day. I was so excited to talk to him. He told me to call Mensah Medical. I went in October. Do you live close by there or was it a long trip for you. I am so anxious… how old was your son? How long did it take and do you still have to watch his Copper intake? I appreciate anything you can encourage me with. Thank You for responding to my post. Blessings! Debby

  14. Shayla Iorio permalink

    Robin,

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I to have gone through hell the last two years from copper toxicity. I to had to figure it out on my own as my doctor told me the copper IUD has no side effects. Got the IUD out about a week ago and feel much better already. I suffered from anxiety, horrible insomnia, panic attacks my life was horrible. I have my life back finally and can enjoy my two year old son and family. I can’t believe that this IUD has not been taken off the market and the company sued. I hope you are continuing with your recovery and thanks again for sharing your story. It helps to no that we are not alone.

    Shayla Iorio
    Seattle, WA.

    • Shayla,

      I am so glad that you felt support from my blog! It’s hard to remember when we are struggling that we are not alone. I hope you are feeling much better. And continue ! :) Take care.

      Best wishes,

      Robin

  15. Thank you for posting your story. You’ve no doubt helped many people. I hope you’re feeling better & better every day!

  16. April permalink

    Hi Robin, It was recently suggested to me by a holistic/naturopath doctor that I may have copper toxicity from my copper IUD. I never even heard of it! After researching I came across your story. I wanted to know how they confirmed you had copper toxicity. Was is just hair analysis or did they check your serum copper. My doc is checking serum copper, vitamin levels, thyroid, and my adrenals. Did you find you had an adrenal problem as well? Any info you could provide I would appreciate greatly.

    April

    • Good Morning April,

      So sorry it’s taken me awhile to respond, I’ve been out of town. To answer your question, copper is very difficult to catch in blood tests. The body is so smart, it knows the copper shouldn’t be there and immediately shoves it into an organ (liver, brain, eyes, etc.) to get it out of the blood. However your docs can test for Ceruloplasmin, witch is a protein that binds to copper to take it out of the body. If this is high then that is your answer that you have a copper problem. I never got a blood serum back that said high copper. But I did get a high ceruloplasmin back. And honestly, after awhile I just KNEW it was copper by trusting my own instincts about how i felt. Yes, I also had major thyroid, adrenal and mental issues as a result of the toxicity. (Losing weight, ADD, memory issues, hormone fluctuations!, depression, sleep issues, etc.)

      Aslo, I did have a hair analysis done that also revealed high copper as well as other metals that were high.

      My adrenals were so taxed all the time. I couldn’t handle any stress whatsoever for years. I am only now feeling more resilient when it comes to stressful things like work and driving. I will burnout under stress very quickly. So I limit my exposure to stress as much as possible. Usually just to work and my basic necessities like shopping, chores, and driving. And then I must rest!! Copper is a nuero-stimulant. So your body is constantly being revved up and your nervous system is always under attack if you have too much copper. Rest is EXTREMELY important.

      I hope this is helpful to you. I am so glad to hear you are seeing a doc that suggested you get this checked out. Sounds like you are with a practitioner that is paying attention, which is great! :) Good luck with your process and feel free to contact me again if you have more questions. Take care.

      Wishing you optimal health everyday!

      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

  17. Jackie permalink

    Robin, thank you for sharing your story — it’s almost identical to mine! My IUD was in from 2008 to 2011 when I (finally) figured out my multitude of seemingly unrelated chronic infections, thyroid disorder and mental instability were because of copper toxicity, hinted by ONE of the many, many doctors I was seen by.

    Having a continually weakened immune system and having taken several rounds of broad-spectrum antibiotics for my various infections, has also left me with a candida albicans overgrowth, which poses a variety of problems, itself. I find that following a low sugar/starch/caffeine diet has really helped — I basically follow a “paleo” template. I’m curious to find out what diet is working for you.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story — even though I wish you had never gone through this, it’s so, so comforting to know that you comprehend the widely misunderstood experience we’ve had.

    • Hello Jackie,

      Thank you so much for writing! I love to share info and hear people’s stories. It is comforting to know there are others out there and that we are not alone. :)

      I am on a no sugar, caffeine, dairy, wheat,grains, alcohol diet. pretty much a paleo diet. I can tolerate some wheat/gluten, but not much.

      I am sorry to hear that you had to go through copper toxicity also. It really is a nightmare. But the good news is, it does get better if you are able to pay attention and take great care with yourself. I hope you are feeling better these days and wish you optimal health everyday!

      Take care,

      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

  18. Celina permalink

    I just happened to stumble upon this blog… I had my Copper IUD inserted only in January of this year, and congratulated myself on finding a hormone-free birth control method. I’ve been experiencing all of those symptoms but thought it was stress, since I work an overly-demanding job.

    I am so glad I have ready this page… I’m booking an appointment to have it removed ASAP.

    • Hello Celina,

      I am so glad you wrote to me. This is exactly why I started this blog in the first place. Women sometimes think they are doing themselves a favor by going with the copper IUD, because it is hormone free. Feeling they are choosing the healthy choice. I know I thought I was. I hope you are feeling better very soon. I am wishing you optimal health everyday!

      Robin

      • Brittany Mattingly permalink

        I would like to invite you ladies to the copperiuddetox group on yahoo.com! We all are going thru the same thing and they are very educated on removing copper from the body. Removal is only the first step. Good luck ladies!
        Britt

  19. Anthea permalink

    I came close to dying of copper toxicity. I was saved, with God’s help, by research doctors near Chicago. It has taken me a year and a half to get rid of copper, and i am now still trying to reverse other side effects. The doctors I go to are Alfred Mensah and Judith Bowman at Mensah Medical. They use a nutrient therapy that is incredible. I am doing great now. My digestion was one of the first things to go painful muscles, migraines, chronic fatigue, personality changes, losing time, severe memory loss, getting “lost”, and a myriad of other nasty ailments. I had started taking continuous birth control, Yasmin, with no breaks for period due to endometriosis that was acting up, threatening cancer. Yasmin, it seems, can triple the copper levels in the body. The Ob/gyn docs don’t believe this and still don’t get the fact that I was dying but now I am doing well. My digestion has been slow to return, but, I am getting better.
    Please feel free to email me with any questions.
    Prayers to all who suffer with this,
    Anthea
    antheay@charter.net

  20. Fadi permalink

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks for the excellent article. It is amazing how you connected the dots and came to the conclusion that copper was high and you were having all those symptoms. I have a question regarding the IUD alternatives. I had in the past a very negative experience with hormonal birth control to the point that MDs recommended to stop their usage. What do you recommend for birth control instead of copper IUD?

    Thanks in advance
    Fadi

  21. Alysha permalink

    I had my second baby back in December 2012 and had the copper iud placed in January 2013. I wish I had known about copper toxicity beforehand. I too thought going with the non hormonal birth control was the way to go. BIG mistake! I had it in for 11 months and have had many of the same symptoms you had/have. Horrible headaches, brain fog, weight gain (wish it was the opposite), arthritis, gallstones which turned into having my gallbladder removed, extreme fatigue, bad mood swings, anger etc. I had NONE of these symptoms before getting the copper iud placed. I researched my symptoms and found out about copper toxicity and finally had some answers about what and why I was feeling the way I do! I just had my iud removed last Thursday (November 7, 2013). I thought I’d go right back to normal or maybe take a few weeks or months to get back to normal. But I’m terrified that my body will never be the same again. Thankfully I have an amazing gyn who remove it and actually ordered a blood test to check my copper levels. But I’m worried it won’t show up through the blood test. I’m scared I’ll be like this forever. I’m hoping that even if it doesn’t show a higher level of copper through my blood, that my doctor will still take me seriously and try to help me figure this out! Thank you for writing this! It helped give me a little hope, but also made me aware that I might have to really fight for answers!

    • Hello Alysha,

      Thank you so much for writing me. Your story sounds very familiar. I am so glad you were able to research your own health and figured it out! That is huge! You are on the right track. Just keep in mind if you aren’t being “heard” by your Doc then it might be time to switch to someone that hears you. There are naturopaths that would be more than happy to help in this situation. they can help support the body while you are going through detox. Your body can heal itself when given the opportunity and the right environment. I wish you all the best and feel free to write again if you have questions. Take care. Hang in there, sincerely.

      Wishing you optimal health everyday,
      Robin Eckert
      Certified Personal Trainer
      Licensed Aesthetician

      • Alysha permalink

        Thank you Robin! It has been such a struggle with a 4 year old son and 11 month old daughter. I’m afraid my copper toxicity is robbing my kids of their mom…their happy mom. I feel like I’m always angry or irritated. I feel aweful because I don’t want my kids to remember me like this when they’re older. It’s just so frustrating because I was happy and healthy before my iud. On top of always being irritable/angry, I’m am always tired to the point where I don’t want to do anything. Just reading to my kids is exhausting. I just want to be my old self again for everyone’s sake! My poor husband works nights and stays up most mornings with the kids so I can sleep in. I just feel so guilty. I’m also worried about how much it’s going to cost for doctors/treatment. A lot is my mind right now.

      • My son has normal copper levels after being treated for by Mensah Medical. He suffered his entire life and now he is very well and never has to go back to living like that. The treatment is all vitamins and minerals and these doctors know exactly how to do it.

        There is much known now about women+copper toxicity: iuds, post-partum copper (see Dr. Bowman on youtube), and bc pills that increase copper. We were taught that the perfect diet will not beat this problem if the individual has a problem metabolizing copper. Perhaps for some, removing the iud and time will be enough. For others, proper supplementing will pull that copper out, gradually with minimal suffering. Too fast can be very harsh.

        Direct HealthCare Access has a metabolic panel that will test the copper level and other things that help a practitioner individualize the supplementation.

        I have watched my child heal, and I’m here to tell you that you will, too. Please be very selective about who you go to, both testing and treatment. The folks that I mentioned above are experts.

        Hang in there – you are not alone!!

        BTW, Robin, they travel to Arizona and other places.

      • Thank you for writing me. I appreciate any and all new information. Wishing you optimal health everyday!

        Robin Eckert

      • Brittany Mattingly permalink

        This is to Alisha not sure if I clicked te right one. Time is the best healer along with rest and water! I hope you have a doctor that will help you recover most of us get a blank stare like we’re insane. I’m not sure what a doctor could do for you though. You need to join the yahoo group copperiuddetox! It’s very helpful and were all suffering from this. A lot of women try antidepressants only to find things intensified, so I don’t recommend any prescription drugs. Healthy diet free from high copper foods will help. Caffeine and alcohol bring on copper dumps as we call them. But hang in there in 6 months you will feel tons better :)

  22. vining.rachel@gmail.com permalink

    Hello,

    I have had the Paraguard in for just under 3 months. I opted for it because I am sensitive to hormonal birth control and liked the idea of something long-lasting, reversible, and more natural. I an 27 and have never been pregnant, and the pain from the wand prior to insertion made me feel like passing out. I had taken two ibuprofen prior but they did not help. I began to have severe cramping and dizziness following the insertion and if I had expected that kind of pain I would have had someone pick me up. I have had two periods since with heavier than normal bleeding and excessive cramping. I am experiencing two kinds of cramps: strong, hot, radiating cramps around my pelvis, tailbone, and kidneys interspersed with horrific stabbing pains that last for a minute or less. While I am approaching my third period and I feel like the pain is getting slowly more manageable, I do feel it affects my day to day activities a great deal. I’m also experiencing diarrhea and I feel like it is happening more frequently. It comes suddenly and it is giving me a lot of anxiety. My mother was visiting this weekend and I had to go back to my apartment because I was hit with several bouts of diarrhea after we had lunch and did not trust myself to walk around. I hope this is not copper toxicity, which I have recently read about and can be developed with the copper iud.

    I am considering having the iud removed next Monday- I don’t know what I will do for birth control but I am having some real concerns about keep the iud.

    • I would strongly urge you to follow your intuition about this. Diarrhea is a key symptom of acute copper toxicity as well as anxiety. Wishing you optimal health everyday….

      Take care,
      Robin

  23. Jessica permalink

    Hi Robin,

    I’ve had a real struggle since having the copper IUD put in a couple years ago. Since having it removed I feel better psychologically, I have less headaches and fatigue. However, some of my symptoms related to digestion still remain…although the bloating has decreased. I’ve been experiencing a lot of diarrhea (sorry to get honest here)…just wondering if that’s a release or detox symptom any one else has experienced?

  24. rachel permalink

    i had my iud removed yesterday- it was in for 2 1/2 months and i couldn’t deal with the pain and other symptoms anymore. in terms of a birth control method, i was in so much pain and bleeding so heavily i barely had sex with my partner once it was put in. i was constantly worrying about what was going on in my body and why the pain and other symptoms were still happening, so it defeated the purpose of a stress-free non-hormonal birth control.

    i began worrying about copper sensitivity/toxicity with the increasing and sudden bouts of diarrhea i’ve experienced. my doctor was supportive about having it removed and luckily she was able to find the strings, and it was out in under 3 minutes with no more pain than a pap smear. amazingly, within about an hour of the removal the cramps stopped! i was still on my period and had been experiencing horrible cramps for days, including the morning of the removal. i’ve been abstaining from ibuprofen because of the tummy troubles (i have a friend who was taking too much ibuprofen for a different reason and she continued to have stomach problems for several months after stopping the ibuprofen). still, once that sucker was out my uterus seemed to be thanking me.

    i am still unsure if it was the big doses of ibuprofen or the cramping (i know the gastrointestinal track and uterus cramping are related) or the copper itself that has been causing my stomach issues but i feel incredibly relieved it is out of my body and i am hoping since i had it for under 3 months the issues will resolve themselves!

    i tried very hard to cope with the cramping and pain, taking loads of ibuprofen, becoming best friends with a heating pad, and even tried ”talking to” my uterus and explaining that everything would be okay and that the iud was just there for now to prevent pregnancy. the copper iud effected my day-to-day life so much i couldn’t take it anymore. i had trouble leaving the house with the pain and diarrhea, and i am a full-time student, work part-time, plus have an internship, so it was a major stress and inconvenience. i thought the cramping would let up a bit with time, but it didn’t almost 3 months in. i’ve decided the copper iud just isn’t for me.

    • hELLO Rachel,

      Thank you so much for writing me and telling me your story. And I am so glad you had the IUD removed. You followed your intuition and your body with thank you! Good luck in your healing process. Wishing you optimal health everyday!

      Robin

      • rachel permalink

        Dear Robin,

        Thanks for making this blog and updating about your personal experience. I am glad you did it because it was helpful to see other people writing about similar experiences to mine. It helped me get clear on what I needed to do for myself. I am feeling so much better since I had my IUD out- my stomach is not back to normal quite yet and I am still having anxiety, but all the pain and cramping has stopped. I wish I had found out about all the possible side effects before having an IUD put in- copper toxicity was not something I was warned about. Best of luck in your healing process!

        – Rachel

  25. rachel permalink

    Hello,

    I had posted a few times here about my experience with the copper iud. I had mine removed before this thanksgiving- mainly because of the extreme cramps and gastrointestinal issues. I only had it in for just under 3 months. The gastrointestinal issues increased during the time I had the iud. I began to wonder if I had damaged my gastrointestinal tract in some way taking the 800 milligrams of ibuprofen at a time my doctor advised for the strong pain. I have abnormal bowel movements, urgency, and frequent diarrhea now on a near daily basis almost a month after having the iud out. I have cut out caffeine, and am eating lots of yogurt and drinking kefir but to no avail. I am finding it embarrassing and limiting. I intend to go to the doctor once my school finals end this week.

    I spoke to a friend who had similar symptoms after taking high doses of advil. She was eventually tested for a parasite, but it turned out the advil had created a small ulcer in her stomach that took 3 months to heal after she stopped taking the advil.

    Regardless of where you stand with the iud, I strongly advise taking more than the minimum dose of NSAIDS- it’s not worth it.

  26. Joy permalink

    I have no idea when this was written but I am so happy to find it! I have been suffering from all of the symptoms you mentioned and more after IUD insertion! I spent lots of $ and a whole year searching for answers. The majority of the doctors told me I was just having anxiety attacks or migraines! I am not detoxing the copper slowly (too much release at once makes me feel awful). Wondering how your are now and what kind of detox you did.
    Thanks so much, Joy

    • hi! I used Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) mostly to help me detox the copper. This was very helpful until about a year ago. That’s when i discovered I am MTHFR positive, which causes problems with the body’s ability to detox in general, but especially metals. My blog has a page that discusses some of my helpful detox options. Hope you are feeling better soon. Wishing you optimal health everyday. Take care.

  27. Your blog has literally brought me to tears… I got my copper IUD put in about 9 months ago. I’m getting it removed tomorrow. My entire life, I have been healthy, happy, very anxiety free. I was go-with-the-flow fine and beyond. A few months ago I started getting all the symptoms you talk about, getting very faint, lots of headaches that come and go throughout the day, racing heart, anxiety. The anxiety actually starting getting worse within the last month, I have had a few full blown panic attacks which I had LITERALLY never had before in my life. I felt like I was losing my mind. All of a sudden I came across copper toxicity on google. A MASSIVE LIGHTBULB went off in my head and I connected the dots. I am still in shock. My intuition cannot be wrong, I KNOW this is what is happening to me. My life has spiralled out of control in the last 6 months and now I finally know why. I feel like I am living a different life, I want the old me back. I can only pray that after getting it removed my body works its magic to help detox efficiently. I can’t afford to seek naturopathic help so I’m going to have to do some research on my own in order to try and detox myself properly. I have faith in time, I will get better. I am going to closely read everything you post on here, and hopefully we can keep in touch and I can get some tips from you, and others online. I am located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and am going to try and find some local support here.

    • Thank you for writing me! I completely understand your shock and awe regarding the copper toxicity. I am so sorry to hear you are having to go through it. If I can be of any help please feel free to contact me anytime. I wish you optimal health everyday. Good luck in your research and take care.

      Robin

    • Please join our IUD detox support group! (Google “iud detox group” and you’ll find us. We are almost 400 members worldwide. Good luck with your healing! /M (7 months IUD free and much better now, but still healing!)

      • thank you for writing me. Can you tell me if you have ever worked with someone who IS MTHFR positive?

  28. Becca Wilkins permalink

    Hi Robin. It’s so good to see your story. I’ve had on and off for the past 20 years what I thought was chronic fatigue and/or hyper/hypothyroidism (yes, both). A recent hair analysis showed copper levels through the roof. I’m being treated by a homoeopath ( copper toxicity is reasonably well known among homoeopaths in Australia and there is a specific copper chelate remedy for it designed by Jon Gamble in Wollongong). I have also used Pranic Healing and Journey work (emotional therapy) to, I believe, great effect. The killer is the weakness and shaking as it leaves the system ( plus constant spasm of what feels like terror). It is great to find out that I’m noy alone in all these symptoms. I am avoiding my general practiser who wants to treat my active thyroid only.

    • thank you so much for writing me. I had heard of those healing works you mentioned. I will check them out. I hope you are feeling better very soon. It is very difficult surviving the symptoms of detox. I am so sorry you are going through it. Wishing you a gentle detox and positive thoughts while you are healing. Take care.

  29. Rasha Elkady permalink

    Hi Robin, thank you for sharing your experience. I can completely relate. After I had my second child I decided to give the Copper IUD a try. It was the wrong decision, I got some symptoms in the beginning that I didn’t connect to the IUD, and eventually with research I came across copper toxicity as the possible culprit. I decided to take it out and the day I took it out as I was leaving the the doctors office, one of my symptoms was a rash on my face, started to heal atomically. At that moment I knew I was on the right path. But then I read some more and started experimenting with more supplements. I am much better than I was which is a relief, my concern now is my son whom I had nursed while I was going through that and I was unaware of my condition, as soon as I found out I weaned him. But I am concerned that it may have harmed him in one way or the other. Especially that I do see some symptoms that could be related but I can’t find a pediatrician or a doctor who would understands. I live in Egypt and I haven’t had much medical support as I was going through copper toxicity, so I was wondering if you have any advice I can use with my little one, he is 2 now and I would hate to see him go through any of the stuff I had to go through.

    Thanks

    Rasha

    • Hello Rasha. Thank you for writing me. I am sorry to hear about your experience with copper. But glad to hear you followed your intuition and figured it out. As far as your little one goes, I do not have any experience with children. But I think a common sense suggestion would be to stay away from all processed foods. (breads, flour, sugar, chocolate, caffeine, and any other copper-rich foods). You can also be exposed to copper through your drinking water if you have copper pipes for your plumbing. FYI. Good luck and I wish you both well. Take care, Robin

    • Brittany Mattingly permalink

      I was concerned wit nursing my son as well but I’ve heard copper isn’t really passed thru breast milk or in small amounts. I believe if they got a lot we would already see symptoms and my son is perfectly healthy.

      • Rasha Elkady permalink

        Hi Brittany, I had assumed the same thing in the beginning. What is concerning me is that while I was nursing him a year and 2 months ago, both my son and I were yellow, our skin looked yellow not pale and a week or so after I took the IUD out my facial color started to become a bit normal. For my son his color was better after I weaned him.
        He also seems to be getting more anxious as he grows older and panicky out of the blue. For example, I have been changing his diapers on his changing table in his room since he has been born out of the blue one time he went hysterical and wouldn’t change there for fear of falling. No previous incidents had happened.
        Another symptom I used to get a lot is that I had a lot of mucus and I got loads of sinus infections with supplementation it subsided. My son on the other hand since he was 3 months old has been getting a pile up of mucus on his chest every month at least twice and I would need to give him medication to relieve the pain of not being able to breathe and to clear the mucus. I am not happy with all the medicine I need to give him on a constant basis. His pediatrician said its an allergy, but I am skeptical because of what I went through with copper toxicity and the common symptoms we experienced. My son is 2 now and it has been quite a while now and his symptoms don’t seem to be getting better
        I already have don’t give him any processed food or high sugar. I keep all our meals as healthy as possible. I thought that would help him and would be enough but now I am thinking I may need to look further into it.

      • Brittany Mattingly permalink

        Well I hate that. I hate the FDA! I hope your son gets better that breaks my heart. I know that feeling and for a kid to have to endure it is not fair. Why our country does these things to us I’ll never understand! I wish you the best.

  30. Debby permalink

    Dear Robin,
    I have tried to leave a message and not sure it is going to you as I haven’t got a reply. I have been depressed with anxiety 24/7 for many years. I had my Copper tested at Mensah Medical and it was high. Hope to hear from you. I have questions about diet. They said to eat low copper diet and I’m having problems with that. Eating causes anxiety as everything as you know has copper in it. Thank You, Debby

    • Thank you for writing debbie. I certainly wish you well and hope you get to the bottom of your anxiety issues. Many heavy metals cans cause anxiety, but copper is the one that seems to cause panic attacks the most. I hope you are feeling better very soon. take care
      Robin

      • Hello again debbie. It is crucial to eat a low copper diet as much as possible. And unfortunately it is very limiting. However I found that as my copper levels dropped I was able to add some copper foods back in slowly to my diet. Hang in there. give it some time. the diet is a hard part. but being ill is more difficult than the diet. feel better and i wish you well.

  31. Nicole Harris permalink

    Mensah Medical treats elevated copper levels and methylation imbalances… This is a very good video!!

    • thank you so much annie. It’s so nice to hear a success story for a change! I am glad to hear you are feeling better. I wish you continued health and healing everyday. Take care.

      Robin

  32. Thank you for this resourceful website, I only wish I had found it four years ago before severe panic attacks and chronic fatigue set in due to excess copper (also stress with 4 teenagers). I was extremely sick, could not think straight and on the verge of divorce all due to my inability to release copper. All very unexpected coming from a normally happy, upbeat energetic person.

    I had a hair analysis which showed my copper content to be 100X the normal amount in the body. Once I started balancing with low copper diet, taking zinc and molybdenum LOADS of copper started clearing from my body.

    Sadly another issue not mentioned here, is excess heavy metals invites a favorable environment for unwanted bacteria and parasites. This along with Candida is just another problem brought on by copper.

    Four years later, finally feel calm even during crisis. Now working on removing copper from the deeper tissues of the brain…which seems to be the most stubborn and uncomfortable to remove.

    Prayers and blessings to all those dealing with this chronic illness.
    Annie

    • Hi again annie,

      I was curious, what treatments are you doing to pull the copper from your deeper tissues (brain)????? I would love to know. I’m always trying to learn new ways of detox. Thank you!

      Robin

      • 5starstaging permalink

        Hi Robin,

        Well its been trial and error and mainly waiting until the body is ready (all of the detoxification pathways working properly). Here’s what has worked for me.

        ACZnano spray Zeolite

        N-Acetyl-Cysteine

        Chlorella

        Turmeric

        Lecithin or (Choline )

        Honestly, I can’t tell you why this works (like you I go largely by instinct) But I can tell you taking Choline immediately made a huge difference. I guess all cells need Lecithin. I have poor liver function and my grandma has dementia, so I was researching and found Choline to support both.

        Thanks again for all the time you invest for others….may your life be blessed and your body healed.

        Best wishes,

        Annie

        P.S. I’m and esthetician also J

      • Hello Annie,

        Great! Thanks for the info. I would love to keep in touch. If you come across anything new that makes a real change for you please pass it along to me. I would be very grateful! And of course if I do, I will do the same. I am currently working with a doc who specializes in MTHFR (methylation pathways). I will keep you posted on any new info that helps my detox process. Wishing you optimal health everyday!

        PS: what skincare products do you use in your business?

        Sincerely,
        Robin

    • Hi Annie,
      I went to Mensah Medical Clinic and got on the compounds in late November 2013. Is that where you are going? I would like to talk to you if possible. I am going on my 4th month and still feeling so depressed and sever anxiety. They said to eat low Copper and I see that there is Copper in everything. How are you eating? Did you find out what brought your Copper Overload on? Thank You, I am so new to this and would appreciate any advice you could give. thank you again, Debby Nicholson

      • Hi Debbie,
        It’s so great that we can all exchange info to help each other. I hope you are feeling better soon. It’s such a challenging process (detox) to figure out. Very complex. Keep me posted on anything that really helps you. Take care.
        Robin

      • Hi Debby, I just want to encourage you by saying that you are in good hands with Mensah. They know what they are doing. My child is now on the other side of things and it was a fight. He felt worse before feeling better. We had to go very slowly and sometimes take days off the supplements. That copper coming out is nasty – causing increased anxiety and a variety of other unpleasant symptoms. I hope that you are having some glimpses of better times. Plz check your drinking water from copper pipes in your home – it’s not just our food. IUDs, some birth control pills, chocolate, nuts, shellfish, pregnancies. Dr. Bowman has a women’s copper youtube on the website. mensahmedical.com My son is doing great now.

      • Hi Debby,

        Not sure about your symptoms, but first thing after zinc I had to take care of was colon cleansing. I had sever constipation since childhood (low oxidation issue); hence, lots of copper was being stored there and being recycled into my bloodstream. This was a long grueling process of herbal lower bowel support, colonics and probiotics. So I guess you could say that was the begining of my copper issues (which was really a gallblader/galstone issue)…very complicated this copper issue.

        Hugs!
        Annie

      • Hi Annie,
        Thank you for the on going communication. I don’t know how I got the Copper overload. My symptoms have been like I said earlier depression after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 20 years ago, following a car accident. Then came the antidepressants. Then maybe 7-8 years ago I began having sever anxiety. At times, short periods of my life I would feel ok for a few months, then something would happen I would be so down and anxious again. About two years ago I was suffering from low blood pressure later found out it was from a Rx I passed out and went to emergency had 10 stiches in my forehead and fractured my hand. When it didn’t heal in the proper time they did a bone density test and I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Both a stressor and problem to deal with. The first thing they wanted to do was put me on one of those Rx you hear about on TV. I have always taken supplements and ate right. I followed Dr. Joel Furman the best I could, but I do eat meat. Later to find out all of the Juicing of all the vegetables, greens and especially Kale and salads and Nuts and Nut butters and avocado’s are all high in Copper. I also ate small amounts of Dark 70% chocolate and that is one of the highest Copper.
        I track everything I eat on line and that is stressful but I feel I need to do this to make sure I get enough calories and not too much Copper. I know that you eat low Copper, how do you know what to eat? Have you found any thing to share about Low Copper Diet. I already did order the Book by Louise Gettelmen, hoping it will have some good information. If you are interested in the site I use I will get it to you.
        The Doctors I saw at Mensah Medical deal with Toxicity only, as far as I know. I still feel awful but would like to be retested to see the progress. They don’t want to test again until the 6 month mark. Any little stress is magnified in my mind. I wish its wasn’t this way but any thing I hear is devastating. Robin suggested that I take a nap and relax. They only time I relax is when I take a sleeping pill for the night, then I don’t get good sleep or for very long.
        Any tips you may have would be great. Just knowing you all are out there gives me some hope. I wish I could find someone close here to do things with and to encourage one another.
        Be Blessed Annie! Debby

    • Hi, just wondering: “100x the amount of normal copper…”; was that before or after starting the detox…? My Cu level was 3,9 before starting detox, while Calcium level was 181 (which is a sign of “hidden copper”). When I started detoxing, Ca levels dropped to 141 (which is still too high) and “hidden” Cu started coming out – level was then 7,2. This was 5 months after my initial hair analysis. I read that Calcium level is often a very good indicator of how much excess copper is still being stored, so hopefully my Cu levels will soon drop to normal. (If Ca continues to drop.) I got copper toxicity from a copper IUD (plus already weak adrenals due to copperrich food, pregnancy and stress.)
      Wishing you the best of success with healing!!

  33. Dear Robin,
    I’ve posted before about having Copper Toxicity. For many, many years I didn’t know why I felt so depressed and have sever anxiety. I was just tested Nov. 2013. I’m still fighting the good fight under Mensah Medical care. I haven’t felt any relief yet, they say it usually takes up to 6 months before you feel any different or that after 6 months they retest and see where you are. I saw a post from Annie saying that they are doing further detoxing to get the Copper from her brain. I hope to hear how they are doing that. Thank You Robin your blog is helping many people. Debby

    • Hi Debby,
      I wish I could be of some help, but I’m not sure I should share my protocol as it is one I have researched on my own and not one given to me by a health care practitioner. As you know, each of us may have a copper imbalance, but the reasons that occurred in the first place could have to do with many variables including:

      Poor liver, gallbladder & adrenal function
      Diet
      Slow Oxidation

      I can tell you the number one thing I have done is taken 100mg of chelated Zinc every single day (be careful if you are low in B6 you will experience nausea with added Zinc * see link to article)

      This article is super informative on Coppers effect on the brain and your emotions.

      http://www.westonaprice.org/mentalemotional-health/metals-and-the-mind

      Best of luck on your journey to wellness,
      Annie

      • Hi Annie,
        I am on a protocol with Mensah Medical Clinic I take 75 mg of zinc in my compounded capsules. It is in the one I take in the evening. Thank you for your reply its nice to be able to communicate with others, who have or are suffering from this same thing. I especially thank Robin for blogging, this has given me hope to hear how some of you have been able to get a grip on life. I’m still hopeful. Blessings, Debby

    • Hi Debby and others,
      Anxiety has been my major issue too, during copper detox. My pattern is, 2-3 weeks feeling pretty much Normal (yay!), but then comes a setback of 1-2 weeks. Then I suffee from severe anxiety/nervousness!! I guess this is the common “roller coaster” pattern I often read about… Do you experience these as well…?? Going from pretty fine to feeling absolutely awful?

      I took 2 hair tests and I AM eliminating copper. But I also had a complete hormone/neurotransmittor test done – showing super high levels of adrenalin and noradrenalin!! (And the test was taken during a “Good” week!!). No wonder we feel stressed and super anxious… I was advised to take L-Theanine for these high levels, started taking it yesterday.

      This is one of the best explaining articles I have found on copper elimination. That is SO me!! It also explains where our anxiety/high adtenalin comes from.
      Read it!!

      http://www.arltma.com/Articles/CopperElimDoc.htm

      Although, I didn’t use ARL for my hair test, I used Trace Elements. :)

      9 months IUD free – much better but still struggling!! (had my iud for 5 months).

      Good luck to you all!!

      • Hi. I just wanted to comment on your post above. I have a similar pattern. Feel decent (not great) for 2 weeks then really bad for 2 weeks. I have tracked this to my menstrual cycle. During my 2 weeks of pre-menstrual cycle and actual menstrual cycle I avoid any detoxing as my system is already overloaded with lots of hormones. This can make us feel toxic even with out a copper issue going on. So add copper problems to that and it creates a disaster. So for me I avoid stress and detoxing during this time to minimize my symptoms. This has been helpful for me to learn over the past few years. Keeping track of your symptoms daily on a calendar can help you figure out what is copper and what is hormonal. Now I know what times of the month are best for me to detox, so I dont over load my poor body.

        Good luck in your healing journey. I wish you optimal health everyday!

        Robin

      • Hi M,
        I have had depression and anxiety for many, many years. But was just diagnosed with Copper Toxicity Nov. 2013. I haven’t had any relief of either for two years, I don’t exactly know why, but I had a good 5 month period 2 years ago. I am interested in having my adrenals tested. What would I ask for in getting the tests? Is it a blood test? I am 60 years old so I don’t have a menstrual cycle. I was on Bio identical hormones until just recently my Mensah Doctor’s said that I couldn’t do them while detoxing. Let me know more about the tests for the Adrenals. I have flare ups when I think a negative thought or hear any bad news, the flare ups are my body shooting Red Hot especially my face. I was just diagnosed with Rosacea 2011. Stress and anxiety are tough on Rosacea. Since I am taking Rx for my issues I can’t take L-theanine. Thank you for any thing you can suggest. Debby

      • I’m in Sweden, but my tests were sent to the Labrix lab. in the U.S:

        http://www.labrix.com/Home

        A saliva test (4 tests in one day) measures your cortisol + DHEA (adrenal function) while a urine sample can determine your neurotransmitter status (serotonine, GABA, adrenaline, glutamate and others).

        Good luck to you!!

        /M

      • Hi Friends,
        I have no idea how I got my Copper Toxicity. I had the depression and anxiety before I started my detox. So my case is different that some of yours. I am feeling pretty anxious and depressed, maybe its a little worse right now. When you are depressed with anxiety its always bad. I am praying for fast and good results with the detox. As I mentioned I am being treated by the Doctors at Mensah Medical in Warrenville, Il near Chicago. So it was a plane flight and motel and food expense to get this information. They plan to test me after 6 months on the detox. I take supplements am and pm, with 75 mg of zinc in the pm. Thank You all for your encouragement and response. Blessings, Debby

      • Hi again Robin,
        Thanks for replying. I have tracked a similar pattern – I seem to be the most vulnerable while being close to, or on, my period. Both my estrogen and progesterone levels are low though, although I am estrogen dominant. Another thing I have noticed, is that very stressful events seem to trigger my copper dumps. Then I sort of get stuck in the constant adrenalin/fight-or-flight mode… for 8-10 days. Then my sensitivity to stress and sound just explodes… May I ask you Robin, for how long did you have your IUD (I assume it was a copper iud?) and have you taken a hair tissue test? If so, what were your levels…?
        Thank you so much!
        M

      • Hi M, I had my copper IUD for 6 mos. but I also had a previous history of exposure to copper through our drinking water as a child/teen, and through birth control pills. I did have two hair tests done. I dont really remember the ranges of copper levels. It just suggested that I had hidden copper toxicity. Its been many years since those tests. Now I mostly rely on my intuition to tell me if my copper is getting too high. But I still have regular blood work done to check all my other levels such as calcium, magnesium, vita D, hormones, etc. I got a doc to order me a monthly standing, order so I can have my blood checked each month. It’s nice because I can always ask her to tack on a ceruloplasmin check or progesterone check also. Helps alot. Hair analysis can be very helpful also. I used “Doctors Data” brand at my docs office.
        Stress can induce copper dumps. That’s why learning to manage it is crucial to your recovery. I meditate and walk when I am able. I stay away from anything intense. Stress is not just physical, but can be emotional, and mental as well. So I am very careful about what I expose myself to. (,like work, or certain people, movies, sounds etc.)I hope you feel better soon. So glad we can all exchange info on here.

        Robin

  34. Debby,

    Sorry to hear about your anxiety, the healing process takes time and can be really frustrating. To help me through the really tough days I would make/take a tincture of 1/2 lemon balm and 1/2 skullcap (1/2 dropper full in tea or straight if you can). This tincture is an absolute lifesaver when my mind and body would stress over every little thing….it just chills you out and helps so much. Mostly I would take it in the evening because it can make you sorta relaxed and sleepy.

    Hang in there, it does get much better with time

    *Hugs* Annie

    • Hi Annie,
      I have never heard of lemon balm and skullcap. Where can I get them? can I take them with antidepressants and sleeping Rx? I could really use some down time. I don’t work and don’t do much, but an so full of anxiety… I used to have a business and have raised two kids who are 27 and 28 now. I have been going down for the passed at least 10 years not know what was the root problem. I am praying that it is this Copper Toxicity, and that I can detox and live life. Blessings, Debby

      • Hi Debby,

        I get my tinctures and herbs from mountainroseherbs.com. Lemon balm is an herb that calms the central nervous system. I have not taken with medication, so might be good to discuss with your dr. Works wonders for me.

        Everyone talks about eating low copper foods, but I’m not sure that is the real issue (IMHO) LIke being in a sinking raft boat and bailing out buckets of water. I guess it does help to bail out the water, but I am more concerned about correcting the reason why my body stores copper. I would rather repair the hole in the boat.

        The only copper I avoid like the plague is tap water. I will not drink water from the tap, our water in Utah has high copper from the Bingham Copper mines. Other than that, I eat whatever I want as long as it is Paleo compliant.

        *Hugs* Annie

      • Hi Annie,
        I wish you lived in Texas. I don’t know anyone who is suffering with these problems in my area. I didn’t have the IUD, infact I’m not sure how I got the Copper toxicity. I heard that all homes have copper pipes until the last 5 years in Tyler, Texas. Our home now doesn’t have Copper pipes. I am praying that this copper gets removed quickly as I have been suffering for the passed 10 years with depression and anxiety. I am feeling more anxious thinking its the detox from what I am reading on this site. I am going a little nuts trying to count everything that goes into my body as the Doctors and Mensah Medical in Warrenville said to eat low copper diet. I had lost 8 pounds, leaving me at 112 and I am 5’3, since November 2013 trying to not eat copper foods. I have recently been adding dairy to get in more calories. Dairy doesn’t agree with me very well, but I am putting on a few pounds back up to 115 – 116 lbs. I should be about 120 as I also suffer with Osteoporosis. Any tip you have I would love to continue to get ideas from all of you. Thank You, Debby

      • Debby,
        Just make sure you don’t consume too much of dairy products, since high calcium intake often makes elimination of copper harder! (Google “calcium shell”.) I also think osteoporosis often goes hand in hand with Cu toxicity, could have to do with the among cu toxicated people commonly elevated calcium levels – which is often a sign of LOW calcium “in the right places”! (biounavailable).
        Read more about calcium shell and oseoporosis here:

        http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/CALCIUM%20SHELL.htm

        Hugs!!

      • Hi again,
        Thank you for the warning about not too much dairy. I wasn’t eating dairy until I began to loose weight trying not to eat Copper Foods. What do you eat? I have almond milk but almonds are pretty high in Copper and I haven’t been able to find what the amount of Copper is in Almond milk. Please give me all the advice you can on what I should eat. I have noticed that I am feeling like I may be coming down with a yeast infection, haven’t had one in probably 20 years. Bummer! Thank You for any tip you can share. Blessings, Debby

      • Apart from staying away from high copper food like liver, chocolate, avocado, nuts, grapes etc plus sugar and caffeine, I eat much of the following: bread with pumpkin seeds, meat, chicken, eggs and also a lot of cooked vedgetables. Fruit is a special issue… Good nutritions but a lot of sugar too. But I eat at least one fruit daily. But do you know what I recently found out: organic fruit (and vedgetables) which I have prefered to eat – are often sprayed with Copper!!! (kind of the only substance that is allowed (!) in organic agriculturing…)
        But chicken, meat and eggs are my main food these days. I agree, it is hard to know what to eat and not to eat… Protein with every meal is said to be good too. /M

      • Dear M and friends,
        How did you find out about organic fruits and vegetables sprayed with Copper? That is really over the top for us fighting this copper Toxicity. I really don’t know what to eat now, knowing that my fruit and vegetables may be sprayed with Copper. Could you tell me your source to the spraying. I think we all need to complain to someone about this. Is there any way to wash the Copper off of the vegetables or is it sprayed on them as they grow and is in the fruit and vegetables? More and more confusing. Blessings and thank you for the information. Debby

      • Dear M and Friends,
        I have just begun eating dairy. I usually don’t eat much dairy, due to the way it make my stomach feel. I am really trying to get my weight back up to at least 118. Do you have any suggestions to put on weight that would be low in Copper? Blessings, Debby

      • Dear Friends,
        Every time I walk away from my computer I think… dang I didn’t mention my eyesight. I have worn glass’s for reading for years. Now in the last few months things are looking blurry, I need stronger glasses does that sound familiar to anyone else out there? I can’t see the guide on my TV very well. Too many things going on at once. Blessings, Debby

  35. Dear Friends and WM,
    How long did it take for your sons levels to come down? I started the compound in late Nov. 2013. I see so many different things on this site, but no one has really mentioned how long it has taken sounds like most folks are still detoxing. What did your son eat during the detox? Did they ever tell him what amount of Copper foods is allowable? They just told me to eat low Copper. Thanks, Debby

    • Hi all,
      my son took about a year to bring his copper down. However, everyone detoxes at different rates, so it’s hard to compare. He also had other impt issues to correct, not just copper. They included his histamine/methylation, low zinc and pyroluria. We didn’t worry about foods except chocolate because he used to binge on it, but now that he is at a normal level, he just eats what he wants and takes his supplements daily. We don’t have copper pipes, but, we would have used filtered or bought bottled water. We’ve never been given a number of copper grams to stay below – there is little emphasis on that because the compound will take care of it.

      In his case, the problem was an inherited metal metabolism problem. He just can’t process the copper properly and never will. We rest in the fact that the compound that the Mensah drs create for him take care of all of it.

      Excess copper raises havoc in your body and it does the same when you draw it out. Expect this! It is no easy process for some. My mother has the copper problem, too. However, she hasn’t felt any distress regarding her detox, but after 7 months I can clearly see a difference in her. Her copper is almost at a normal level, but not yet. She has severe pyroluria + very low zinc, and that is getting better, as well, per her recent lab test.

      The issues that we have corrected were all found one one test –
      in case anyone is interested: pyroluriatesting.com metabolic panel + pyroluria test+ 1 dr. mensah consulation or better, go see them.

      Hang in there. The only way out is through and you can do this!

      • Hi Friends and WM,
        I have been so anxious about everything I put in my mouth. The Nurse that called and told me my results said eat a low Copper diet. So I have been wanting to do that. Thank you for your information. WM do you live in the Chicago area? I wish I could go there and talk with the Doctors. Have you gone back to the Mensah Clinic or do you phone? Did your son wait 6 months before they retested him? I feel so bad that I want to be tested again to see if there is any difference. As you know WM we have to take our compound twice a day and not miss if we can help it. Please forgive me for all of the questions I am real anxious and feel so isolated as no one I know has this problem except you all on this blog. Thank You, Debby

    • Dear WM,
      I have written to you before, I have Copper toxicity and went to Mensah also. Did your son have high zinc in his compound? I’m on 75 mg of zinc in the evening compound. I have been feeling nauseous I wondered maybe the zinc is high for me. I have called the nurse but she has said that amount was good for me. Does your son still have to watch his diet? I think you said he has to stay on supplements. Blessings, Debby

  36. Linda C permalink

    I have been poisoned by heavy metals, too, specifically, mercury. Conventional medical folks
    are not qualified to test or treat the issue(s) which are really affecting a substantial portion of
    the population according to integrative/functional/holistic medical doctors I hear on this TV –
    now quite a few years after I did my own research. scienceformulas.com has an oral chelator
    composed of many substances to help pull out toxic metals. As long as you’re not allergic to any
    of the natural powerful stuff in the tablets – it does work.
    Gluten, in all wheat products, is something to stay away from. It is a sticky molecular substance
    which does NOT help with detox. This too is a topic the TV docs talk about.
    Linda, survivor of mercury poisoning – So don’t get any amalgam (mercury) dental fillings

  37. Dear Robin and Friends,
    Has anyone noticed problems with their eye sight? I have used reading glass’s for years. But just recently things are blurry and I can’t see the guide on the TV. Has anyone noticed problems with eye sight and detoxing or maybe its just my eye sight. Please respond if you have any information. Blessings, Debby

    • Brittany permalink

      Blurry vision is a side effect of copper detox. I get it usually around ovulation or period which is when symptoms peak due to elevated progesterone your body can’t eliminate copper as well during that time.

      Brittany Mattingly

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    • I think some of my friends from the “copper iud detox forum” have complained about blurry vision. So I guess it could be copper related. Bearing in mind, copper does store in the eyes. (Wilsons desease patients in particular)

      • Hi M and Friends,
        Is your Copper due to IUD? I don’t really know how I got the Copper Toxicity. I know I ate a lot of the Copper rich foods. I juiced almost everyday, and ate Nuts and Seeds, Avocados, Dark Chocolate, salmon often etc… I am going to the Eye Doctor next month and hopefully I just need to get Rx Glasses. No one has mentioned Wilson’s Disease, but of course that’s the first thing you see when you google Copper diet. Thank You, Blessings, Debby

  38. Robyn Kenny permalink

    Hello Robin

    My name is also Robyn and I live in Australia. I am 58 and have had a lifetime of problems that I have researched. When I became an adult I started trying just about every naturopath, herbalist and therapy around. It was 8 years ago that I had my first hair analysis and was put on Molybdenum to reduce the copper overload. As I still didn’t really understand what was happening it took me another 4 years before I was lucky enough to come across a doctor in Perth who specialises in nutritional medicine, Dr Igor Tabrizian, who also uses hair analysis and has a wealth of knowledge. Through him I have come to understand some of the biochemistry of the body. Unfortunately for me I have a problem absorbing vitamins and minerals etc as well as inheriting depression so the struggle to balance my body goes on. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what supplements and foods you are on.

    Thanks for taking the time to write the blog.

    Regards
    Robyn

    • Hi Robyn, I am sorry to hear you are struggling with your health. Keeping balance in the body can be a full time job. I currently mostly eat veggies in chicken soup. Supplements I take are limited to magnesium, and vita D. I wish I had more to share with you but I am currently scaling back from supplements as I dont tolerate most of them. Good luck with your treatment program and I certainly wish you well very soon.
      Take Care,
      Robin

    • Dear Robin in Australia, I am seeing Doctor’s in Chicago, Dr. Albert Mensah of Mensah Medical. He and another Doctor Dr. Bowman MD are in Australia training Doctors right now. You can call the Mensah Medical and find out what doctors in your area have been trained. Mensah Medical 630-256-8308 website http://www.mensahmedical.com You could call the Nurse Julie or Kim. I hope you can get some relief

  39. Robyn Kenny permalink

    Hi Robin

    Me again. Sorry but the “confirm follow” is not working for me.

    • Hi Robin in Australia, I hope you saw the post I just did about Mensah Medical in Chicago. That’s where I went to get diagnosed and treated. They have been in Australia for two weeks training Doctors in your area. You can call Mensah Medical at 630-256-8308 to find out who the Doctors are in your area, or go to http://www.mensahmedical.com Good Luck hope they can help you, Debby

  40. Rahna permalink

    Hi!

    I am a 24 year old Australian woman who just got the copper iud out. I only had it in for 2 days before getting it out. I had a pretty bad experience with insertion as my blood pressure and pulse went really low and i had to go on a drip. I am just wondering if you know how much copper is secreted as i only had it in for two days. However I am really health conscious and am thinking of taking some supplements to do a detox and try to the copper out. As you had been experiencing side effects for sometime i thought you would be a good person to ask about this. Please get back to me asap! Thanx

  41. Lisa permalink

    Thank you for sharing!!! I too had a hair analysis test and found out that my copper levels are very high as well. My adrenals are super low, thyroid low, etc. I have very similar symptoms. Like you, I came across Dr Wilson’s site and have been eating better than ever before, taking supplements and am starting to slowly improve. One day at a time. Wishing you well

    • Hi Lisa, I too am detoxing from high Copper. What are you taking to help your adrenals? I am taking thyroid Rx. I feel exhausted and have nausea, depression and anxiety. Debby

  42. Hello ladies, I m so grateful I found this blog. I had mu copper IUD since october 2011 right after I had my daughter, few months after that I started having itchy fingers which spread partially onto my palms and wrists. I thought it was an allergy to soap or shampoo so since then I changed all I could think of, I was wearing gloves constantly and also there were days I didn’t touch chemicals but nothing helped,. Its not food either. I was at such a desperate place where I could barely do anything – my fingers would not bend, my hands are extremely dry and flaky and itchy and if I scratch they would crack and bleed. And its pretty impossible not to scratch!! it is that strong. I m ashamed of my hands – they look awful! I moved from place to place within those 3 years and I lived in different states, so it can not be water or weather. I’ve been to a doctor, she said its eczema and prescribed a lotion with cortisone, it does deal with itch but nothing more. no one cares what causes it! I tried all drugstore creams and moisturizers, I sleep with cream on my hands and in soft gloves all night every night – doesn’t help.
    My family and I had a conversation where we all put possible reasons for it on the table. My family mostly consists of doctors, we are originally from Ukraine so no US experience for them. Anyway, we all agreed it has to be copper. Thats the only thing that did not change in 3 years. We started researching it and yes, it can cause eczema if your body has too much copper or allergic to it. I also realized why I had so much stress all the time and I would have fears and anger attacks for no big reasons, just over little things. I removed my IUD in MArch 2014 and yes, the ob/gyn just wished me luck with my issue! She said I should leave the iud in & try to wear copper bracelet to see if I ll have an allergic reaction. No thanks! Its been 2 month since, I still have same thing going on with my hands ( even worse) with my hands and random headaches, but I do feel more happy. I do feel the tension in my head and body, I m still tired, my memory is not as good anymore and I know I still have in me. I was hoping it will stop as soon as IUD is gone but now I can see it will take some time..I m thinking to take that HTMA test to prove to myself it is copper (copper iuds also have nickel in them) but I don’t know where to start with detox and how to get the copper out. I have to research everything myself too and I’m not planning to waste $$$ on doctors since they know nothing about it. Any advise would be a great help! Thanks! Jane

    • Hi Jane,
      I had Copper Toxicity, but not from IUD. I went from Texas to Chicago to Mensah Medical who specialize in Heavy Metal Detox. Mensah Medical 4355 Weaver Parkway suite 110 Warrenville, IL 60555 phone 630-256-8308 website http://www.mensahmedical.com. You can call and see if this is something you would like to do. My levels have gone down since I started supplements in October. Good Luck hope you can get your copper levels under control asap. Blessings, Debby

  43. Melody permalink

    Thank you for writing here. Some of what you write sounds so much like me and my experience. I’ve had the IUD for 2 yrs only way I’ve kept it in so long was high dailey vitamin C. But in the last week I’ve had a seviere hive breakout that’s uncontrollable. Along with other mental disturbances and feelings. I had my IUD removed a week ago. And I’m just not ok at this point yet but moving in the right direction I hope.

  44. hello Robin,
    Wow.. I am really glad I came across this blog. I am 27 year 4th year med student who just got married 6 months ago, and thought the hormone free method of copper iud was the best way to go. I had tried orthotricyclen lo with mood swings and binge eating, and then junel ( loestrin generic) for a month which was a little better, but my face was just so bloated. I have now been on the copper iud for 6 weeks. Having gone through the stresses and anxiety of medical school gracefully for 3 years, it was a huge shock that I had a full blown panic attack during the last 20 questions of my 400 question test ( which is the time in the test you are the most relieved cuz its almost over!). My hands were weak, my heart was racing, was close to fainting, and extreme fatigue after it passed. Ever since then, my anxiety levels have been through the roof ( recurrent panic attacks anywhere, anytime, mental fog, dizziness, heaviness of entire body where I feel i might fall out of my chair, knots in my stomach that feel like terror, fear of losing control, FATIGUE- i just slept 16 hours and could go for more). Its amazing how a psychiatric disorder manifests identically to a toxicity of a heavy metal like copper. I think the reason why I got these symptoms only a few weeks after insertion ( rather than most of you who have had it for YEARS) is bc I know we have MTHFR mutation in the family. i have never been tested, but my sister ( who had recurrent miscarriages and blood clots- caused by mthfr) has both mutated copies from mom and dad. Which means that I have at least one copy if not both copies as well. I hope the road to recovery for me is as simple as just a removal, since it has only been 6 weeks. I wont have high expectations, but I will see how I feel in a few weeks after removal.

    • Hi Mimi,
      I am SO glad you wrote me. It is terrifying when the toxicity builds up and causes the panic attacks etc. I certainly wish you well and if I can be of any help please feel free to write me again. I just wanted to mention that I had a similar experience, in that, before I had the copper IUD put in I was also on birth control pills (which started making me a little crazy even then). The Pill can also cause high copper levels, just so you area aware. For me I got a double dose of the copper by having been on the pill AND also having the IUD. My copper levels were already high previous to the IUD I just didn’t know it. The IUD was the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. Alot of women don’t know that the Pill can cause high copper levels and I just wanted to share that with you and my blog followers. Take care and I hope you are well very soon.

      Wishing you optimal health everyday.
      Sincerely,
      Robin Eckert

      • Thanks for your reply Robin. I hadnt realized OCPs weere doing that as well. I am curious as to where I can find detox programs on the east coast, or closer to my home in VA. I know Mensah is in IL, but thats too far. Also, I know you said you are using condoms, but if you were to choose another birth control, would you do a progesterone- only one? My thoughts are that estrogen is what enhances storage of copper, so maybe a progesterone only is a better option? Please let me know your thoughts! Thanks.

      • tnm permalink

        Hi Mimi,
        Mensah also sees patients in Maryland and other states, in case that helps. They are excellent and worth the trip.
        Best wishes.

      • Hi robin, Woops, my mistake, i must have read that off a different poster. Yes, I found the information for maryland. I really appreciate all the work you have done to raise awareness of this issue. I think the lack of mainstream physician acceptance that this actually is an issue is bc it has not been studied thoroughly and published in the “mainstream” literature. I hope this changes soon, bc it causes real medical problems and great suffering to all those afflicted. Thanks again!

    • I did not say I used condoms. And after my experience with a copper IUD I would NEVER try another but different hormone emitting IUD. Nor will I EVER go back on Oral Contraceptive Pills. Because of the copper toxicity, ny body now has a hightened sensitivity to all chemicals and hormones. I am sorry to say I dont know anyone in Virginia. But if you check out my blog it will give you a 1-800 number to contact a Nutrition Response practitioner anywhere in the USA. I did Nutrition Response Testing for a few years and that really helped me detox my copper. Good Luck
      Robin

    • I did not say I used condoms. And after my experience with a copper IUD I would NEVER try another but different hormone emitting IUD. Nor will I EVER go back on Oral Contraceptive Pills. Because of the copper toxicity, my body now has a heightened sensitivity to all chemicals and hormones. I am sorry to say I dont know anyone in Virginia. But if you check out my blog it will give you a 1-800 number to contact a Nutrition Response practitioner anywhere in the USA. I did Nutrition Response Testing for a few years and that really helped me detox my copper. Good Luck

      if you would like to look for a NRT practitioner in your area you can call 1-866-418-4801.
      Robin

  45. thanks TNM! : )

  46. carol permalink

    Hi, Am Carolyn from Uganda (East Africa) So glad i got to find this blog. I have suffered from all symptoms shared because i had the I UD for 2years. I have hives and cough terribly. I believe this company needs to be sued and the IUD got off the market. It saddens me that the process of healing is such a long time. I am using the Sauna as my major detox and it has helped to stabilise me and have less effects I used to experience.

  47. leah kennedy permalink

    Wow. I had the copper iud implanted about 3 years ago. In the past year I have had problems such as severe blemishes, depression, manic depression, severe Adhd, confusion, tongue ulcers, thinning and decurling hair, fatigue, hopelessness, and so manythe list goes on and on. I had thought the mental were partially from previous carwreck and mental passed on from family and Iit just now is all hitting me though the wreck was 2 years ago. When my immunity is down the blemishes, and other problems get ten times worse. I started to realize im going more and more downhill and it must be related. I did the blood tests antibotics everything the doctors thought I was crazy and the more they did nothing the more I freaked. I am young and poor. I cant make it out of bed ever anymore and hate whats become. I finally just was convinced I must have become a whole other person somehow til I thought about the copper in the iud which led me to this page and now I have hope. I eat hardly anything anymore yet still am a lil overweight. I felt like there was something wrong inside of me like an allergy I thought maybe its bugs or scabbies or shingles start up or issues with my water. Theres not many things with such odd variety of symptoms but now i think I know. I have had circulation problems the pounding heart problems and severe gas or irritable bowel issues that were so bad I thought I must have accidentally got pregnant and was perhaps miscarriaging. Im glad u posted this im going to seek help right away and pls email me. I want to learn more.

  48. marie permalink

    I had my 3rd copper IUD put in end of Feb this year, I also take Diannette for my skin. First experience was an odd eye allergy that my optician could not figure out.my periods also changed to short but very heavy.Water retention.Nausea. Dizziness started which I put down to labrythinitis but worse of all was the PMDD I got nearly every month! The feelings of loneliness, lack of motivation and depression were awful. It started to affect my job and relationships so I knew I needed to do something about it. I was convinced it was the pill and never suspected the IUD as it was my 3rd one. I’m not sure how but I had a moment where I wondered if it was the IUD and I found a website that explained about copper toxicity and taking a hormone pill made it worse. I had the IUD removed yesterday and hoping it won’t be long before I’m back to myself again! I’ve never been told nor heard of this before and more women should be made aware!

    • Hi Marie,
      I am so glad you wrote me. And yes you are right. More women should be aware of copper toxicity! I am glad to hear that you figured out that both the pill and the IUD are a bad combination. I hope your detox process is a gentle one. Keep in touch and let us all know if you come across any therapies that work really well for you. Everyone is different and somethings work well and somethings don’t. so it’s nice to have options. Take care. Wishing you optimal health everyday.

      Be Well,
      Robin

    • Hi Marie. thank you so much for writing me. It sounds like you are really struggling. I am so sorry. It is an extremely diffcult thing to go through this copper toxicity. It is debilitating to say the least. And in your case you kind of got a double whammie with the other medication you were on. I certainly hope you are feeling better soon. Please feeel free to email me again with questions or any information that you come across that may be helpful tome as well. I would love to hear about how your progress goes. I have lots to learn about heavy metal toxicity, and copper in particular. Be well. take care and feel better.

      Robin

  49. Rebecca permalink

    I am so relieved to see people experiencing things like me. I have had a Paraguard in for 7 months now (did it as a hormone free option) and have had so much pain. My periods have lengthened, I often double over crying from pain that is just all consuming (even when I’m not on my period). My hair has thinned I would estimate by half, my curls have dwindled and I am emotional. I am normally pretty stable emotionally (never cried in movies, always pretty calm), now I bawl during songs, bawl from happiness, bawl for no reason.

    3.5 months ago I started developing joint pains—particularly knee problems out of nowhere. I am a very active, healthy 24 year old.

    I have given the IUD a real shot and tried to have it removed a month ago because I could not take it and my OB/GYN diswayed me somehow. My doctors have looked at me in disbelief when I explain my concerns, my boyfriend things I’m making things up and I am SO relieved to see people experiencing similar things. It makes me feel less crazy and like I am not making this all up.

    Tomorrow I am finally taking it out and planning once I have the funds to work with my acupuncturist to revive my thyroids and balance my hormones.

    I will definitely come back with an update. I am terribly concerned with how to find a means of birth control that is natural.

    • Hi Rebecca, So glad you are listening to your intuition about your IUD. I am sorry you are suffering so much. Hang in there. Working with someone that can help you detox that you trust is important. So find someone that you are really comfortable with. I wish you optimal health everyday. Take care and keep in touch with your progress. Hang in there.

      Robin

  50. rosstitute permalink

    What a great website and valuable resource. Thanks for taking the time to share your copper story.

    I suspect copper is implicated in my current health condition after examining some recent blood test results. Ill be following this up with a metal toxicologist soon. What I was interested to know is, what is the difference between Wilson’s disease and copper toxicity? a lot of the posts here mention that they received a DX of copper toxicity based on hair mineral analysis and proceeded to treat with supplements and diet etc. would this be an effective approach to both Wilson’s disease and copper toxicity or is Wilson’s disease a different ball game all together? I’m keen to hear thoughts on this from anyone who can offer insight. Many thanks!

    • Both cause copper toxicity.Copper toxicity can happen to anyone due to diet or environmental contributors. Wilson’s disease can be diagnosed by getting a Keiser-Fleischman Rings test. (An eye test that looks for yellow rings in the eye.) Also you can have a liver biopsy to diagnose Wilson’s disease. Wilson’s is the inability to properly detox/metabolize copper out of the body. There are also other genetic disorders that may cause copper build up in the body such as MTHFR. MTHFR is a genetic disorder that prevents proper methylation in the body. Methylation is needed to detox almost everything. It’s a complex subject but well worth investigating. You can get a blood test to determine if you have the genetic marker. (the test is MTHFR). Good luck with your research. I wish you well!
      Take care,
      Robin

      • rosstitute permalink

        Robin what a wonderfully detailed response. Your efforts here are invaluable – many thanks indeed!

        Ross

  51. Jessica permalink

    I am hoping that all of these problems caused by copper toxicity can be reversed once removed.

  52. Dear Jessica,

    Thank you for you comments. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with Copper issues. It is a hideous thing to work through. I am currently doing pretty well with my recovery from it. I would encourage you to read ALL my posts on this blog as I have some information you might find helpful in there. I have a page this is a “List of Resources” that might interest you.

    My copper toxicity is pretty much under control now. I don’t usually have panic attacks anymore. I am however pretty sensitive to stress. So I am careful to not over-do-it if possible. Also I meditate to help cope with the stress of daily life. My current issues are with Iron. After consistently detoxing the copper I discovered that I was high in other heavy metals as well. And the one I am working on right now is Iron. I see a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner (NRT) that helps me with this process. All of this information is in my blog if you have an interest in learning more.

    When I got my IUD out I thought that would be the end of my symptoms. I was sorely mistaken. It has taken several years to slowly detox the copper out and still be able to work. I didn’t want to make myself so sick from detox that I couldn’t support myself. So it has taken a while. It’s been a little over four years since I started working on detoxing.

    But I am sooooo much better than even just a year ago. I know it is hard and scary to go through all the symptoms of detox. But hang in there, it does get better. The key is balancing the detoxing with support for the body. I found doing this slowly worked best for me.

    I hope this is helpful. If you have other questions or just need a little support please feel free to contact me again Jessica.

    Sincerely,
    Robin Eckert
    Certified Personal Trainer
    Licensed Aesthetician
    Therablonde@yahoo.com

  53. I hope so too! I refuse to believe it can remain in the tissues and bones for up to 20 years!

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