Copper: Quick Start Guide

Why take copper? See Chapter 1, the list of copper’s effects.

About 1/3 of the book, “The Copper Revolution” is free, with video and text, click here.

About 70% or more people at “The Copper Revolution” forum report more energy, better sleep, and increased mental clarity and insights from taking copper within the first week. Also, people report more vivid dreams, curing anemia, and more power in the gym. Longer term, nerves heal, joints heal, diabetes, heart disease, and many other things.

The minimum effective starting dose of copper appears to be 5 mg total copper per day.

What to watch for:

–Above 10 mg/copper per day, nobody should be taking any medications. The whole point of detoxing and healing is to avoid toxins, and if you are well, you don’t need toxic medicine.

–Avoid margarine, trans fats, because copper helps transform fats in your diet into the myelin sheath in your nerves, and bad fats cause brain degeneration.

–Nausea! About half the people who take copper at 3 mg get nausea. Taking copper with milk greatly reduces nausea.

Oddly, those who have the hardest time taking copper, seem to need it the most. This might also indicate mercury poisoning: 5 mg/day appears to be the minimum effective dose for positive effects:

–Bleeding / Headaches! For about 3 in 700 people, you may need 500-1000 mg Vitamin C, and a 1:1 ratio of copper to zinc to prevent bleeding and or headaches. See the guide on How to stop and prevent bleeding.

–Kidney pain! For about 2 in 700 people, if you increase iodine, boron, and copper too quickly, all of which detox fluoride, you can overwhelm your kidneys with fluoride, causing kidney pain. You can help detox your kidneys with baking soda in lots of water, or with green smoothies. 1/4 tsp baking soda per glass of water, several per day, until kidney pain is gone.

–Neck/Hand Rash. After a month or two on high copper, if a neck rash develops, that might be a Niacin deficiency. Niacin blocks copper, and in theory, high copper without taking any Niacin could result in a Niacin deficiency, which leads to pellagra, a rash around the neck or hands.

What brand of copper?

Copper Sulfate is Safe! And safe at 20 mg.

Liver contains 64 mg of copper per pound. No other foods comes close, but liver is an unpopular choice.

Typical copper supplements cost about $60/month at 60 mg/day. They are perfectly fine to use, they all work. Just expensive.

Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate is far cheaper, at 4 cents a month.

I recommend Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate at 99% or 99.9% purity, which contains about 25% copper by weight. The rest is sulfur and water (penta= 5, hydrate = water).

Brands can change and can sell out, and not every product brand is available in every country. You want the pure elements: Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate (blue crystals); they dissolve easily in water. Buy 99% pure crystals. 99% is, by definition, pharmaceutical grade and food grade, but it will not say that. Look for 99% or 99.9% purity.

Where to buy it? Anywhere copper sulfate is sold. I buy mine at amazon. A one-pound bag of blue copper sulfate should last 20 years, and costs $5. A ten-pound bag is about $30 to $40.

How to make it: Add 5/8ths of a teaspoon (4.7 grams) of the blue copper sulfate crystals into a 2 oz. dropper bottle with boiled distilled water, which makes a one mg/copper per drop solution, containing 1182 mg of copper per container at a total cost of about 4 cents. If your water is not distilled, or cold, it may take longer to dissolve the copper, or sediment may appear.

We put the drops into our coffee, milk, juice, and apply to our skin.

Copper sulfate tastes horrible, super bitter. And is acidic and can corrode your teeth. Dilute it by putting it into drinks.

“How much do I take?” 5-10 mg appears to be a minimum effective dose. It is best taken in smaller doses throughout the day, and with milk.

Half of the time, people get sick at 3-4 mg in a single dose. This is why you want to make your own liquid supplement, so you can apply more to the skin to bypass digestive upset. Or take it with milk.

Nausea and vomiting is about the worst that can typically happen. So drink water. Or take with food. Don’t overdo it. Get used to it, to avoid vomiting. If you vomit, it’s likely a sign the copper is working to detox fluoride. If you feel like you are about to vomit, drinking water can help avoid it.

Here is more information:

I have worked up slowly over a year to get past 10 mg, and I still got an upset stomach repeatedly. By my fourth year, I got up to 70 mg. Another very healthy bodybuilder started applying 70 mg mostly topically, in his first month.

Why take so much copper? Why are we copper deficient? Fluoride, iron, cholesterol and sugar each block copper. Most good vitamins and minerals block copper. Most prescription drugs block copper. The soils, animals, and vegetables are copper deficient. People get a tenth of the copper they got about 100 years ago, only 0.6 mg rather than 5 mg or more. People no longer eat liver regularly. Rat studies show that after 3 generations of copper deficiency, rats have a reduced ability to utilize copper, so they need more to recover. Copper is poorly absorbed in the GI tract, as people only absorb 0.5 mg if they consume one mg, and only absorb one mg if they consume 10 mg. This is another reason to apply copper to the skin. People who are copper deficient, which is most of us, need to take far more than historical amounts to recover.

What else do I have to take to avoid inducing deficiencies by taking copper?

At 70 mg of copper, I believe it is prudent to take 500 to 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day. Otherwise, I get tiny bleeds on my skin. However, taking 1500 mg of Vitamin C, in people who normally get only 0.6 mg copper, lowers ceruloplasmin, an important copper transport protein.

At 70 mg of copper, I believe it is prudent to take at least 20 to 30 mg of zinc. Otherwise, I tend to get too low in zinc, and I get a bit of insomnia, allergies, low libido and other indications of low zinc. Be careful as too much zinc can lower copper. Severe copper deficiency can be induced by zinc supplements in just a few months at 50 mg zinc or lower if no copper is taken. If 2 mg of copper is taken, even 100 mg of zinc can induce copper deficiency. Copper deficiency is also reported at the 15-18 to 1 ratio of zinc to copper. Oysters cause copper deficiency. For more on how to tell if you are high or low in zinc:

At 70 mg of copper, it may be prudent to take up to 1 mg of molybdenum, which could be lowered by copper.

I take more vitamins and minerals than that brief list, but these are the most essential companions to copper: Vitamin C, Zinc, Niacin, Molybdenum.

A secondary list would be the nutrients needed to help absorb copper: calcium, potassium, meat, and citrus.

A third list is all the things that can block copper:

I keep an updated list of all the vitamins and minerals I’m actually taking, such as selenium, iodine, boron, MSM Sulfur, etc.

This is NOT an “advised protocol”, but might be something like it. You have to learn your own body’s needs. You might need more zinc if you are a vegan, less zinc if carnivore. You might need less if you weigh less, more if you weigh more. Less if you are less active, more if you are more active. Less or more, if your diet varies significantly from ours, etc. Less or more, or different foods or herbs to heal from your specific conditions, etc. We also experiment frequently, so this list is subject to frequent change. As we learn better, we try to do better.

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