Depressed?

Are you getting too much copper?  Depression is one its many side effects.  Are we getting too much?   Perhaps we are.  It’s in our foods and depending on where you get your water, it may be in that too.

Why drinking water?   The switch from galvanized water pipes to copper water pipes could be the issue.

My initial instinct was to find the foods that were high in copper and eliminate them.  On further investigation however, I learned that zinc helps  remove copper very slowly.  It shouldn’t have been a surprise to me that when I looked up foods that were highest in copper, they were also highest in zinc. Apparently, it’s a delicate balance and the foods we eat understand that balance.  If food like clams have  that precise balance of copper and zinc, then wouldn’t it make sense that our bodies do too?  This is why I think, we probably are getting too much copper due to copper pipes, among other possibilities.  If it’s in the water, even if it’s not in our drinking water, then I would think we’re probably getting too much copper from other sources like restaurants foods, processed foods, etc.

What are the symptoms of too much copper? “Excessive intake of copper can cause abdominal pain and cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and liver damage. In addition, some experts believe that elevated copper levels, especially when zinc levels are also low, may be a contributing factor in many medical conditions including schizophrenia, hypertension, stuttering, autism, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches, childhood hyperactivity, depression, insomnia, senility, and premenstrual syndrome.

Postpartum depression has also been linked to high levels of copper. This is because copper concentrations increase throughout pregnancy to approximately twice the normal values, and it may take up to three months after delivery for copper concentrations to normalize. ”

The beginnings of Wilson’s Disease could also be a factor.  But don’t jump to conclusions without getting all the facts. There are benefits of an increased copper intake for some people.

“Short-term increases in the copper intake may help to reduce the fever, swelling and reduced joint mobility among rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. “ On the other hand, too much copper can lead to premature arthritis.

It makes me wonder, knowing that autoimmune diseases are on the rise.  Is copper partly to blame? Knowing as well that copper can lead to neurological issues, would people with neurological diseases benefit from taking zinc?

Parkinson’s is not my favorite disease.

Parkinson’s Disease is not my favorite disease. I’d rather have gotten measles or mumps or something light and temporary. Unfortunately, PD came in the night in the form of restless legs syndrome, and hours of insomnia. I began stumbling on occasion, usually my left foot catching on small bumps or shadows. It was not until I went through several doctors, eventually finding a neurologist who diagnosed PD. It was a relief to put a name on that feeling of something not being quite right. Of course, now I had something to worry about, something to keep me from doing all the things I wanted to do. With the medications Azilect and Mirapex my life improved but then I decided I wanted more. I’m still working at a full time job, still enjoying life, and I’m trying new exercises and new medications. My doctor is very conservative with prescriptions but then, he doesn’t have PD. I do. I’m in a fight with PD and I’m don’t want to just slow it down or even keep it at bay. I’m trying to reclaim some of my youthful abilities. I’ve just begun to fight.
Written by Dan Roberson

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