The body intelligently turns copper-dependent genes off during copper deficiency to preserve copper, and turns them back on, with enough copper.
There are studies that say copper turns genes on again. Source, “Hommel, 2022”, “The Copper Revolution: Healing with Minerals”. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Q6D3R7B
Rather than repeat myself after every sentence, everything is sourced in my book. This is simply a new way of putting together all of this information, as my brain is continuously doing since publication.
There are many individual key data points I would like to present, that help to paint a more full picture of how and why and when the body would intelligently turn genes off during copper deficiency, and turn them back on again, with more copper.
- It takes about 1 month on copper for a body to begin making more copper-dependent enzymes, such as metallothionein, which greatly increases copper excretion, to the point where if rats are given this 1 month adjustment period, they can tolerate extremely high levels of copper, such as the human equivalent 5000 mg to 10,000 mg per day or 100 mg/kilo of bodyweight. But metallothioneins, a family of copper enzymes, do more than that; they also transport and store copper, and they also help bind and excrete toxins such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.
- It takes about 1 month for the human body on 10 mg of copper to begin the “unknown homeostatic change” (metallothioneins, etc.) to begin excreting 90% to 100% of the copper taken in. This homeostatic change is said to be evidence that the body “does not like” copper, and that copper is therefore toxic. But this is a conclusion not warranted by the data, it’s an opinion. A more valid opinion is that copper is a perfect cleansing and detox mineral that can even detox itself, but only works to detoxify the body starting at around 10 mg, and after this period of “one month”, as identified in these two different studies.
- In copper deficiency, toxins appear to be more toxic at lower levels. With more copper, the body can handle a much higher load of variously tested individual toxins.
- A. In copper deficiency, many copper-dependent enzymes, such as enzymes that contain copper, and enzymes that detox the body, are at similar levels in a body with apparent copper sufficiency, but are all “turned off” and “less active”. So measuring their levels, such as the level or amount of superoxide dismutase that contains both copper and zinc, and levels of metallothioneins made with copper, zinc and selenium, does not reveal copper deficiency.
- B. Copper deficiency might also be difficult to detect and “differentiate” when nobody in the population is regularly taking 10 mg of copper without simultaneously blocking copper with iron, as most do. Most people taking copper, get 3 mg or less, if they get any at all, because they are taking it in the form of a multi-mineral vitamin that also contains excessive iron that completely blocks the copper, plus zinc at levels that block the copper. In other words, there is no control group of “copper sufficient” people to test to compare.
- A. Enzymes are proteins manufactured in the DNA, or “on the genes”. Genes often appear “defective” or “inactive” or “turned off” or “mutated” in copper deficiency, especially the copper detox genes. Genes flat out cannot make enzymes that contain copper, without copper. So, of course, they won’t work, it’s obvious. I also can’t make chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips. It seems so simple, it should not have to be explained, but it does, because this information is so revolutionary.
- B. 50% of the population has the MTHFR mutation, which means they don’t methylate very well. This problem is easily solved both with methylated B Vitamins and copper. Methylation is actually very easy, simple exercise will do it. And copper helps people make ATP and exercise. Copper deficient people will find exercise far more difficult. We need both B vitamins and copper also to make ATP. We also need magnesium, but copper helps us retain magnesium. Methylation is the process of detoxing. Poor methylators do not detox very well. But it is not “the genes”, it’s “copper deficiency”. Copper, which increases methylation, is also required for the final step of the synthesis of norepinephrine to epinephrine, or adrenaline, needed both for energy and detoxing and acting as an antihistamine. This also explains why intense exercise is not wise during “adrenal fatigue” (low adrenaline). It’s all just copper deficiency.
- 80% to 100% of the population is copper deficient, at varying levels.
- There is no way to “become copper toxic” by taking more copper because as you take more copper, you excrete more copper.
- Copper is needed for ATP for energy. This is a requirement and is not optional. Without ATP needed for the heart muscle to contract and beat, we die. There must be some way to conserve copper from less vital uses, for more vital uses, so that people do not die during copper deficiency.
- Copper deficiency is indeed related to heart attacks, there are more than 80 biomarkers similar in heart disease patients and in copper deficiency induced in mice.
- In copper deficiency, some of the diverse diseases that manifest, besides poor ability to detox, are lack of pigments in the skin, such as vitiligo and gray hair and wrinkled skin from lack of collagen formation, and bulging veins such as aneurysms from lack of collagen, and other disorders of collagen formation including weak bones, arthritis and osteoporosis, and the associated anemia as red blood cells are made in the bone marrow, low white blood cell counts, increased infections and bleeding.
- Other diseases from copper deficiency include increased hypersensitivity and increased allergic reactions to more and more foods. Copper helps make two different antihistamines, adrenaline and histaminase, that likely will be shut down in copper deficiency, to preserve copper for more vital functions such as energy for the heart.
- Copper deficiency leads to neuropathy, nerve damage, weak and atrophied muscles, and low overall energy. It also leads to diabetes, and reduced sensitivity to insulin, another form of lack of ability to make energy, all of which would preserve energy for beating the heart, by shutting down nearly everything else.
- Just because things are “on the genes” and “inherited/hereditary”, does not mean that it is not copper deficiency and toxicity. Researchers have discovered that they can give low-level toxins to mice that do not kill the first generation of mice, but by the third generation, the mice are sterile and no longer reproduce. In other words, toxicity and copper deficiency can also be inherited. Copper deficient mice, by the third generation, also have a reduced ability to use copper, and will need even more copper than usual to recover. Toxins universally lower copper, because copper is one of our key detoxing minerals. Copper deficiency is also known to lead to birth defects, low birth weight, low growth, and sterility.
All of these things, taken together, helps to also explain the wrong-headed ideas of “copper toxicity at low levels” as described by other researchers. They are seeing copper “stuck” in “toxic tissues”. They are seeing decreased metabolism of copper. They are seeing a lack of copper excretion. They are seeing the toxicity of other toxins, especially mercury. Other toxins can overwhelm copper metabolism, especially fluoride. In copper deficiency, copper’s role as a detoxing agent must be shut down to preserve copper for more important vital functions such as keeping the heart beating. They are seeing “bio unavailable” copper. They are seeing “lack of transport” copper enzymes and “unbound” copper in the blood. These are all simply descriptions of copper deficiency. Look at the words “bio unavailable”. Right. Copper is not available. That’s a deficiency. The body is toxic, from real toxins. But copper itself is not a toxin.
Now you can see why the title of this article has two words in quotes: Copper “fixes” “broken” genes.
The genes are not broken. Copper is not fixing them.
Instead, the genes are working perfectly, as intelligently designed, to intelligently work correctly to keep the body alive by not wasting vital copper on activities that would otherwise lead to increased copper excretion, because copper needs to be preserved in copper deficiency.
This also explains why copper deficiency leads to so many diverse chronic and “incurable” diseases that cannot be cured. Toxic drugs that increasingly block copper’s ability to make energy and excrete toxins cannot work to fix the underlying cause of low copper, when toxic drugs are depleting copper. The medical establishment is not able to recognize copper deficiency and they don’t understand nor do they prescribe copper in reasonable amounts, as copper is not a high-priced prescription drug.
This also explains why copper is making the symptoms of so many diverse chronic diseases go away.
“The Copper Revolution: Healing with Minerals” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Q6D3R7B