—Nausea! About half the people who take copper at 3 mg get nausea. Taking copper with milk greatly reduces nausea. Vegan types of milk work. Or try with calcium, zinc, or food. We believe the nausea is from fluoride detox, or low stomach acid. (Or try more zinc, salt or potassium chloride, B vitamins, or vinegar.)
Oddly, those who have the hardest time taking copper, seem to need it the most, and benefit the most.
—Bleeding / Headaches! You may need 500-3000 mg Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, not whole food C), and zinc with copper to prevent bleeding and or headaches. See also the guide on How to stop and prevent bleeding. Vitamin C works for headaches in minutes. Iodine induces a bromine headache. For that, salt water works. Key factors to stop bleeding: take cayenne pepper which works in about 5 minutes. Eating greens works better than taking Vitamin K, but takes about 24 hours for it to work. Avoid iron, mints, mentholatum, pain killers and fluoride. Copper stops bleeding. But we need copper, zinc, and Vitamin C in balance to make collagen to prevent and stop bleeding. What is the Balance? The ratio of zinc to copper supplementation should be in a range from 1:1 to 3:1 zinc over copper, with 1000 mg Vitamin C. Example: If you take 10 mg of copper, you can take from 10-30 mg of zinc.
—Kidney pain, lower back pain and/or fluid build-up/swelling. 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, back pain, etc. You can help detox your kidneys with 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda in lots of water, and/or with green smoothies. Take 1/8th of a teaspoon of baking soda per glass of water, several per day, until kidney pain is gone. This should work in about 1-2 hours. Take no more than 1 full teaspoon of baking soda per day, short term.
—Hair loss. Copper is actually great for the hair. Copper is needed to make the hair shaft and hair color! But toxins are bad. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis does show that many detox methods lead to increased toxins coming out in the hair, which can then damage the hair. The trick is to encourage more toxins to come out in the feces. Green smoothies are very good for this. Greens bind to minerals, like mercury and fluoride, but can block copper. Just don’t overdo the greens. Two green smoothies a day can lead to demineralization and dehydration, especially if combined with diuretic drugs. About 1-3 green smoothies a week is a more balanced approach.
—Joint Pain, & Acne. Boron and Green Smoothies are also great for both arthritis and acne. Again, we want toxins coming out in the feces, rather than the skin. Boron and Greens bind fluoride, which is responsible for joint pain, bone pain, and acne. Iodine also detoxes fluoride. For joint pain, boron, greens, niacin, and copper, followed by stretching are especially good. For more on this subject, see my First book: “Beyond the Arthritis Fix: Protocols for Strong Joints” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TQ4KCNY
—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. We take 500 mg niacinamide every other day. The minimum for me right now is about 500 mg niacinamide once every 2 weeks. We also take B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, and B12. We are avoiding B6 and B9.
—Rashes, allergies, and histamine are from toxins, and/or low zinc and low copper. Zinc, like copper, also detoxes things. But which toxins? A common toxin is excess Vitamin A (retinol and beta carotene). Most people are unaware of this connection. Zinc also helps make retinol-binding protein, which is extra good for fixing Vitamin A toxicity. Try both low Vitamin A foods (such as beef, rice and beans), and zinc, copper & Vitamin C, to get rid of allergies, and rashes.
—Anxiety, Excess Energy, Panic Attacks, Racing Heart. Copper admittedly increases energy by way of increasing ATP production and increases norepinephrine and thus, epinephrine (adrenaline). One of the purposes of adrenaline is to act as an antihistamine. Think: “Epi Pens”. These can be short-term effects. Most people report being calmer on copper. The anxiety could be either from waking up the adrenal glands, from detox, or from a deficiency of the calming minerals and vitamins as follows: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Niacin (and other B vitamins), Iodine, Molybdenum, and yes, even Copper.
—Low Energy / Constipation. After about a month on copper, some people can run low on magnesium and B vitamins. Both magnesium and B Vitamins (and copper) are needed to make ATP, and all of these seem to help bowel movements and relieve constipation. Muscles need ATP for energy for contractions and bowel movements. Constipation can also be from a lack of water. Also, toxins build up and cause problems when not properly eliminated. Copper itself helps bowel movements and can be taken until “bowel tolerance” when it creates watery stools.
—Insomnia / High Estrogen / Low Testosterone / low libido / rashes / sneezing / runny nose / excess histamine. Take more zinc. We generally recommend low zinc, such as a 1:1 ratio to a 2:1 ratio. Some are more comfortable at 5:1 to 10:1. But at 15:1, zinc over copper, the zinc depletes copper. See Zinc/Copper ratios.
—General discomfort. Starting anything new is difficult. Detoxing can be rough. If things continue to get unbearable or worse, it’s good to back off the minerals, and cut the doses of everything in half, or even stop for a day or two. This is called “pulse dosing”. It can help the kidneys and liver and bowels catch up with elimination, and help everything work better. This is often reported. For example, a person rapidly increases copper to 20 mg in 2 weeks, and then the high energy stops. Then, they go back down to 8 mg, and feel great again.