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*List of Resources for Copper Detox

January 11, 2013

Hello again,

My name is Robin.  I am not a doctor and do not dispense any medical advice.  The following information is an account of what worked for me in regards to detoxing copper, etc.  I recently received a comment on my blog that made me  realize I need to create a “Resource” page with a thorough list of all the things that helped me along the way with my copper and heavy metal detox.   Thank you ABBY for that.   🙂  I haven’t quite got my well organized list together, but for now, I at least wanted to post the most basic list of things that were quite helpful for me.

First of all, thank you so much for your comments. It has helped me greatly to talk with others that are also dealing with copper toxicity. I still continue to work through detox symptoms and work towards optimal health everyday. There are several things that helped me with my detox process. I will try to list them in an order of priority.

1. I first had to figure out where the copper was coming from (ie. copper iud, copper in drinking water, birth control pills, food, etc.) and eliminate as much copper consumption as possible until my symptoms settled down. In my case, I had to have my copper IUD  (called Paragard, which incidentally, currently has several women working on getting a class action lawsuit against them)  removed. Then I had to work on not consuming foods that were high in copper. Which is hard because there is copper in ALOT of things. Especially nuts, chocolate, mushrooms and shellfish.

2. I discovered a book called “WHY AM I ALWAYS SO TIRED?” by ANN LOUISE GITTLEMAN . I learned a lot about foods, nutrition, and hair analysis testing through this book. Very helpful. Very inexpensive on Amazon.com  A must read if you are new to copper toxicity!

3. I did a TON of research online to learn as much as possible about copper and detox.

4. I discovered Dr. Larry Wilson online. I took a leap of faith and started Dr. Wilson’s program and continued for about six months. I saw an initial improvement for about two weeks but after that I consistently declined. I did some research and I discovered that the high doses of KELP that is recommended on that program is very stimulating to the thyroid. My thyroid was already over stimulated (as are most people’s who are detoxing copper because copper is a extremely stimulating metal) and I didn’t need to stimulate it more. By taking the KELP I was basically wearing out my thyroid and adrenals and was left feeling extreme fatigue every minute of the day. Also, I didn’t feel that the guidance of Dr. Wilson and his colleagues was very good since they never physically saw me.   I felt I needed support on a weekly basis and I wasn’t able to get that from Dr. Wilson’s people.

4.5  I discontinued Dr. Wilson’s program and started seeing a Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) practitioner.  She reported to me that I had a “Hidden Hyperactive Thyroid”. What was great about her was that she could test me every week for my body’s response to different foods and supplements that may or may not be working. I didn’t have to guess, I had her support and testing to help me figure it out. I have seen this practitioner for a little over a year now and am remarkably better. I have had some rough spots where I was extremely sensitive to certain supplements and had to back off of them for awhile. For example the detoxing supplements. I had to learn to detox very slowly and carefully.  If you need info on how to contact a NRT practitioner in your area please feel free to view my previous posts or contact me.

5. Getting with the right practitioner is key here. If you aren’t seeing some results on a consistent basis then you are with the wrong one. I went through many different doctors and naturopaths before I found the one that worked for me.

6. Learning to trust my intuition about things that just didn’t feel right (IUD, Dr. Wilson) was very important in my learning of how to help myself get the proper support I needed to get well again. It is so scary not knowing what to do sometimes. But I found the more I listened to my body and my feelings, the more the choices I made helped me. If something just didn’t seem right, I looked into it. I researched it (like the kelp) and found the answers I needed.

7. I have discovered that I am an extremely sensitive person both physically and emotionally. Most supplements effect me more so than most people. And I am also very sensitive to other people and their energy, as well as loud noises and smells. In general,  I am very sensitive. I am forced to remember that everyday and honor that by being careful with myself and what I expose myself to.

I hope this has been helpful. If I had to choose one thing that has helped the most it would have to be my NRT practitioner. Without the supplement program and her guidance I don’t think I would be this much better today. But even before that you have to figure out the source of the copper or other heavy metal. I am in the process of creating a page on my blog that is a list of RESOURCES for anyone working through copper detox. I will be posting that sometime in the near future. Please don’t hesitate to contact me again if you need to. And thank you again for your comment. I learn a great deal by hearing from others. Hang in there. It does get better. Give it time and trust yourself.

8.  I have found that detoxing and learning about how to care for my sensitive body is an ongoing process.  Some practitioners may help for awhile and then it may be time to move on.  The same goes for supplements and foods.  I have found that as the chemistry of my body changes so do my physical and emotional needs.  Dont be surprised if the healing process takes much longer that you wish for it to.  It’s all part of the process.

Take care.

Wishing you optimal health everyday.

Sincerely,
Robin Eckert
Certified Personal Trainer
Licensed Aesthetician

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6 Comments
  1. Robin Hill permalink

    Robin,

    I would love to hear about the supplements that have worked for you. I am extremely intolerant of synthetic supplements, especially B vitamins – the whole of Dr. Wilosn’s program is based on synthetics. I kind of felt his supplements were more like junk food. I too tried and gave up on Dr. Wilson’s program. But often I feel like I’m chasing my tail and right now I’m at a real real low. And thanks for the kelp warning maybe that explains a few things. I know the supplements did damage that I’m still trying to sort out.

    Thanx, Robin

    • Hello Robin,

      Thanks for your email. I am so sorry to hear that the supplements area causing some problems for you. The supplements that I use are called “Standard Process”. You can research them online. They are food derived supplements. And I have not had any problems. They have been the only thing that has really helped me, Thank God. You can only get them through a practitioner. I got mine through my NRT (Nutrition Response Therapy) Practitioner, which you can also learn about from my blog. I hope you find this helpful. Please keep me posted on how you do if you decide to try them. And I certainly hope that you are feeling better very soon. It is very hard going through the detox process. Wishing you well.

      Sincerely,
      Robin

  2. Dear Robin and Friends,
    I found a great resource on USDA website its called success Tracker. You log in and type what you are eating and when you type Chicken, then click on Nutrients and it will tell you how much Copper is in it and also how much Zinc plus everything else. This is the only place I have found anything like this. I don’t really know how much copper is allowed for us trying to reduce our Copper levels. My Doctor said to eat low Copper, avoid the things you have mentioned Robin, Chocolate, Avocado’s, Kale, Nuts and seeds, Omega 3’s use evening Primrose oil instead. To try to get my weight back up to a normal range I have added 1 tablespoon of olive oil to my vegetables, I don’t love it but it adds calories to my diet and it has no Copper!!! Chicken, Turkey and Beef are all proteins with zinc so that evens out some of the Copper. If anyone has any helpful hints please pass them on. Blessings to You, Debby

  3. Elizabeth permalink

    Hi Robin,
    Can you give me the name of the Dr . Who specializes in copper toxicity in Arizona? I live in CA and dont know where to turn. Thank You !

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