Too much copper in your body can become toxic. According to Dr William Walsh of the Walsh Research Institute, copper overload is also one of the most common biochemical imbalances found in brain related disorders.
Some people have an imbalance since birth (caused by genetics) while many women develop it from birth control, such as oral contraceptives containing estrogen and copper IUDs, which can create a copper imbalance in the body.
Experts say Copper Toxicity can cause major depression, anxiety, insomnia, skin sensitivity to cheap metals, brain fog, episodes of rage, emotional numbing, cold hands and feet, candida, grinding teeth while sleeping, paranoia, racing thoughts, ADHD, panic attacks, eating disorders and more.
This is something 19-year-old Allie Odette from the US has only recently found out after learning that her depression has been caused by Copper Toxicity (an imbalance of copper in the body).
When she was 3, Allie was taken by her parents to get her ears pierced. Shortly after, she developed a rash. Little did they know that was the start of her life with Copper Toxicity. Allie is now calling on other people to get checked for the illness, which is common but not well known.
“I have been to numerous doctors over the years for my depression and anxiety and none of the medications helped me,” says Allie.
“Now If someone would have told me to fix my awful, all consuming depression with vitamins, I would have probably put them on my hate you list, but after years of multiple different types of medications for depression, and counseling that did absolutely nothing for me, I was willing to try and at least look into this thing called Copper Toxicity.”
“In most persons, blood copper levels are kept in a narrow range through the action of metallothionein, ceruloplasmin, as well as other proteins,” explains Dr Walsh, PhD.
“Unfortunately, many persons have a genetic inability to regulate copper levels and a serious copper overload can result.”
After years of research of trying to find out what was wrong with her, Allie came across Dr Walsh’s book entitled Nutrient Power – Heal your Biochemistry and Heal your Brain.
The book explained that by correcting your mineral imbalances you can actually heal your brain, instead of just treating the symptoms as most medications do.
The first step was to get tested for copper. But, as Dr Walsh sets out in his book, it’s really important to undergo the right kind of testing. Sadly, the majority of doctors Allie visited did the typical test for copper and reported that her levels were fine.
Allie claims they didn’t do the right tests and that it’s important to find a doctor who specialises in copper overload and does the correct testing.
“I found and went to Mensah Medical Clinic in Illinois which specialises in Copper Toxicity. When I was first tested correctly my copper was found to be extremely high.”
After further specific testing, the doctors at Mensah Medical tailored a vitamin protocol that would help Allie with her specific aliments.
“Our physical and mental health needs the proper balance of critical brain chemicals. This is why correcting biochemical imbalances is key to optimal health and wellness,” says Dr. Mensah of the Mensah Medical Clinic.
Dry saunas, coffee enemas, and avoiding copper-rich foods and junk food are also said to help speed up the copper detox process.
And Allie found that drinking celery juice first thing in the morning 30 minutes before food helped alleviate some of her symptoms.
As she went through her copper detox, Allie says it actually made her symptoms worse before they got better and that a lot of people give up on the detox because of this. But, she says you will eventually start to see your copper levels decrease if you stick to the protocol. Experts such as Dr Walsh claim Copper Toxicity does not go away on its own, but gets worse as time goes on.
While Allie still has a long way to go before she is completely detoxed from copper, she hopes telling her story will help others who may feel helpless and giving them some new hope when it comes to curing their depression and anxiety.