HEALTH: Fibromyalgia and Copper Toxicity

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    Liss Note: I know several members on list have Fibro, and I found this article
    to be extremely interesting & thought I would pass it on....

    HEALTH: Fibromyalgia and Copper Toxicity

    WebMD provides a description and assessment of the condition termed
    fibromyalgia. They further suggest that the diagnosis of the syndrome is
    less than precise and suggest that the condition has only been isolated
    as a specific complaint entity since the 1980's. They speculate that it
    has likely existed for centuries. Evidence seen by this author suggests
    that the condition may have been around for some time, but due to
    circumstances later revealed, the syndrome is likely another result of
    civilization's modern diet and modern medicine itself!

    The description goes on to state that the syndrome involves "chronic and
    widespread muscle and soft tissue pain, tenderness and fatigue."
    Fibromyalgia patients experience pain when 18 specific trigger points or
    "tender points" are pressed upon.

    Additional symptoms include an insomnia or "unrestful sleep", headaches,
    depression and at least 50% of the patients suffering with irritable
    bowel syndrome. Cordano, et. al., suggests that diarrhea and
    malabsorption may be complicated by copper deficiency more frequently
    than is appreciated. (Cordano, A., Baertl, J.M., and Graham, G.G.
    (1964). Pediatrics 34, 324.)

    Raynaud's syndrome or other "auto-immune syndromes" are additionally common.

    The author's experience at a laboratory specializing in hair mineral
    assays, has long noted the connection with this syndrome and findings of
    copper toxicity. A major offending cause of unwanted copper buildup in
    the human body is the
    estrogen dominant birth control pill. Evidence suggests that use of the
    "pill" could very well have precipitated the rise in fibromyalgia
    syndromes, especially since the 1980s.

    To assess the copper connection with these patients, we collected 40
    patient case histories inclusive of fibromyalgia and compared the hair
    analysis results. These findings are indeed interesting. The reader
    should be aware that this "diagnosis" was the result of a patient
    symptom survey, many times completed by the doctor, but otherwise
    supplying no confirming information to establish the condition
    specifically as fibromyalgia. Such a diagnosis is elusive at best,
    although the patterns discovered have been reliable through hundreds of
    thousands of patient test results.

    WebMD states that women suffer from the condition much more often than
    men. Not surprisingly, out of our 40 submitted patients, 38 were women.
    The average age of these 40 patients was 53.2 years, the youngest being
    23 and the oldest was 72 years of age. In addition, the ancillary
    syndromes of headache, depression, "unrestful sleep," and auto-immune
    disease also have been implicated at this laboratory with copper toxicity.

    Copper is much more of a concomitant metal to the female physiology due
    to its use in utilizing estrogen. Thus the female who is already likely
    well supplied with copper, is certainly subject to earlier symptom
    manifestation, when excessive or non-usable copper becomes a factor. The
    female who is copper deficient pre-menstrually is likely to become a
    "choco-holic" due to chocolate's high quantity of copper. Accordingly,
    our findings suggested massive indication of copper toxicity.

    Prodigious work done by Dr. Paul Eck at Analytical Research
    Laboratories, Inc, and The Eck Institute of Bio-energetics and
    Nutrition, has established protocols for an ultimate suggestion of toxic
    levels of the mineral copper. These parameters and our study results are
    listed in order.

    ZINC DEFICIENCY

    Zinc is a known antagonist of copper. Adequate zinc levels in the body
    enhance balance between zinc and copper, and zinc deficiencies permit
    excessive accumulation of copper. The accepted normal level for zinc on
    a hair mineral analysis is 20mg% (200PPM) We chose zinc levels of 15mg%
    (150PPM) or less to be at least indicative of a minimal deficiency of zinc.

    Twenty-seven (27) of our test subjects had levels of hair zinc less than <15mg%

    ALL FOUR LOW PATTERN

    Eck had established this terminology to suggest a state of "give up" in
    oxidation capabilities (George Watson, Nutrition and Your Mind-1972),
    wherein the adrenal gland and the thyroid gland are both functioning at
    less than optimum energy production. Inadequate energy (oxidation rate)
    is being produced to maintain an effective immune response to any stressor.

    Oxidation-rate, mineral-indicators, according to Eck, include lower than
    normal sodium and potassium (adrenal glands) and lower than normal
    calcium and magnesium (thyroid gland).

    Five (5) of these patients demonstrated an All Four Low Pattern.

    HIGH HAIR COPPER

    The accepted normal level for hair copper is 2.5 mg% (25 PPM)

    Eleven (11) of our subject patients overtly demonstrated higher than
    normal levels of copper.


    ZINC:COPPER RATIO

    Disturbances of the normal zinc:copper ratio in a hair mineral analysis
    is 8:1 to 1(Zn:Cu). This ratio is calculated as 20 mg% of zinc, divided
    by 2.5 mg% of copper, or 8.0:1. Eck has established this ratio as
    indicating copper toxicity when deviant at <6.0:1 or >10:1.

    Thirty (30) of our test subjects demonstrated altered zinc:copper ratios
    in their hair assay.


    SODIUM TO POTASSIUM "INVERSIONS", OR "BURNOUT"

    Eck suggests that sodium and potassium are specific indicators for
    adrenal cortical function in the human body. Laboratory rats having had
    their adrenal glands removed, develop copper deposits in their liver.
    The adrenal glands mandate appropriate chelation of copper with the
    protein carrier ceruloplasmin in the liver.

    When the normal ratio of sodium to potassium (2.5:1) drops below this
    2.5 to 1, using hair minerals, Eck suggests that impaired adrenal gland
    functioning exists. This impairment results in less than optimum binding
    of copper by the liver into ceruloplasmin, and the unbound copper is a
    known irritant to normal neuro-transmitter function.

    Fifteen (15) of our test subjects demonstrated "inversions" of this
    sodium to potassium ratio.

    THE INFLAMMATORY SODIUM TO POTASSIUM RATIO.

    Dr. Eck's work correlated inflammatory processes, or excessive stress,
    with sodium to potassium ratios greater than >4.0:1. His reasoning
    included the knowledge that sodium is controlled by aldosterone, an
    adrenal cortical hormone with a proclivity to inflammation. Potassium,
    the cortisone hair-mineral-equivalent, is associated with the
    anti-inflammatory function of cortisone. Excessive aldosterone (sodium),
    compared to cortisone (potassium) suggests an inflammatory process.

    Twenty three (23) of our test subjects demonstrated this "inflammatory
    ratio." Inflammation is the classic finding in fibromyalgia.

    HIGH CALCIUM AS AN INDICATOR OF COPPER TOXICITY

    The Eck laboratory has established high calcium levels as indicative of
    bio-unavailable and thus toxic levels of copper. Usable copper is a
    requirement for calcium transport and utilization in the bone matrix.
    Inadequate levels of usable copper allow calcium to become
    bio-unavailable and accumulate in the soft tissue as calcium salts.

    Hair is one of those soft tissue repositories. Levels of hair calcium
    greater than 75mg% are said to be indicative of copper
    bio-unavailability, and thus a toxic factor.

    Twenty-two of our test subjects demonstrated calcium bio-unavailability
    and "build-up," suggesting copper toxicity.

    COPPER TOXICITY

    Using the parameters above, as suggested by Eck, all forty (40) or our
    subjects demonstrated copper toxic condition as a likely perquisite of
    the inflammatory syndrome know as fibromyalgia. This elevated copper
    burden has been implicated in migraine headaches, "unrestful sleep" or
    insomnia, auto-immune disease and depression. Gall bladder disease is a
    frequent result of this copper build-up, and the estrogen/copper
    relationship likely corroborates the high propensity for migraine
    headache sufferers and gall bladder surgeries to be largely a feminine
    affliction.

    The Eck Institute has suggested that copper toxicity some day, will be
    noted to rival the lead pollution of the past. Pfeiffer suggests that
    copper can now be added to mental illness along with lead. Copper water
    pipes, copper sulphate algaecides and pesticides, and the
    close-to-epidemic adrenal gland insufficiency and immune system
    suppression in this country suggest the time has arrived. The birth
    control pill, so long touted to be free of complications other than the
    possibility of thrombosis, may very well be the hidden major factor in
    fibromyalgia. Ascertaining these 40 women's history in use of the pill
    might be helpful.

    The two males in our 40 subject study displayed adrenal weakness or
    "burnout" (Na:K <2.5:1), impaired zinc to copper ratios, and zinc levels
    less than 15 mg%. They both also demonstrated copper toxicity based upon
    the above parameters.

    CONCLUSION:

    Based upon Eck's work, and analysis of hair mineral levels when the hair
    sample is NOT washed at the laboratory, fibromyalgia is a condition
    undeniably associated with copper toxicity. Leroy has shown that
    performing a laboratory "wash" leaches certain minerals out of the hair
    sample on a random basis, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.


    This copper toxicity is evident using all of the above parameters as
    proposed, and it presents a picture of adrenal gland impairment
    consistent through these 40 subjects. The uniform abnormalities seen on
    hair mineral assessment lends credence to the complaints of patients
    that have not been confirmed by blood or urine laboratory assessment.
    The forty subjects studied have remarkably similar mineral findings and
    equally remarkable symptoms reports. This is strong evidence for a
    definitive diagnostic entity.

    Additional insult to the copper burden could be a factor in those women
    using the birth control pill currently, or at some time in their past
    history. Alternative approaches to normalizing adrenal gland function
    and detoxifying the body of its copper burden seems appropriate and most
    likely slated for success. Eliminating the obvious copper sources,
    including the aggravating factor of the birth control pill, along with
    enhancement of the adrenal/immune response mechanism would seem appropriate.

    *

    Dr. William Risley is a 1961 graduate of the Palmer College-Midwest, and
    has chaired post-graduate faculty positions in Neurovascular Diagnosis
    and Hospital Protocol at Palmer. He is currently on the continuing
    education faculty at the Texas Chiropractic College, and is a consultant
    and educator for Analytical Research Laboratories in Phoenix. He was a
    former instructor in Plethysmography and Doppler for Diagnostics International.

    He is the author of 12 textbooks in general use by the chiropractic and
    medical professions, and was a developer and owner of First
    Chiropractic, a 175 franchise organization of chiropractic offices. His
    books are available at www.chirobooks.com.

    He is the co-inventor of the OWL (Optical Wallet Light), advertised
    nationally, and can be visited at www.walletlightbusinesscard.com.

    Comments may be addressed to Dr. Risley at Drrisley@a... or
    Mediserv@m....
    Ratio information at no cost, or information on copper can be requested
    at either E-mail address, requesting "ratios and "copper"" and supplying
    the sender's name and address.


    REFERENCES

    Eck, Paul C., Migraine Headaches, Articles published by The Eck
    Institute for Bio-energetics and Nutrition, Phoenix, Arizona, 1985.

    Pfeiffer, Carl C., Mental and Elemental Nutrients, Keats Publishing, New
    Canaan, Ct. 1975, p 439.

    Wilson, Lawrence, M.D., Nutritional balancing and hair mineral analysis.
    L.D. Wilson, Consultants, 1992.

    Leroy, Raymond. The effect of washing hair samples at the laboratory on
    various mineral levels. Accutrace Laboratories, Phoenix, Az. 1983

    Harrison, D.P. Copper as a factor in the dietary precipitation of
    migraine. Headache, 26(5):248-50, 1986.

    Eck, Paul C., Burnout, its cause and correction, Article published by
    The Eck Institute for Bio-energetics and Nutrition, Phoenix, Arizona, 1985.

    I.J.T. Davies, MB, MRCP (London), The Clinical Significance of the
    Biological Metals (Cordano, A., Baertl, J.M., and Graham, G.G. (1964).
    Pediatrics 34, 324.)


    William B. Risley, Sr., D.C.
    www.chirobooks.com
    www.walletlightbusinesscard.com



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    Default HEALTH: Fibromyalgia and Copper Toxicity

    Liss Note: I know several members on list have Fibro, and I found this article
    to be extremely interesting & thought I would pass it on....

    HEALTH: Fibromyalgia and Copper Toxicity

    WebMD provides a description and assessment of the condition termed
    fibromyalgia. They further suggest that the diagnosis of the syndrome is
    less than precise and suggest that the condition has only been isolated
    as a specific complaint entity since the 1980's. They speculate that it
    has likely existed for centuries. Evidence seen by this author suggests
    that the condition may have been around for some time, but due to
    circumstances later revealed, the syndrome is likely another result of
    civilization's modern diet and modern medicine itself!

    The description goes on to state that the syndrome involves "chronic and
    widespread muscle and soft tissue pain, tenderness and fatigue."
    Fibromyalgia patients experience pain when 18 specific trigger points or
    "tender points" are pressed upon.

    Additional symptoms include an insomnia or "unrestful sleep", headaches,
    depression and at least 50% of the patients suffering with irritable
    bowel syndrome. Cordano, et. al., suggests that diarrhea and
    malabsorption may be complicated by copper deficiency more frequently
    than is appreciated. (Cordano, A., Baertl, J.M., and Graham, G.G.
    (1964). Pediatrics 34, 324.)

    Raynaud's syndrome or other "auto-immune syndromes" are additionally common.

    The author's experience at a laboratory specializing in hair mineral
    assays, has long noted the connection with this syndrome and findings of
    copper toxicity. A major offending cause of unwanted copper buildup in
    the human body is the
    estrogen dominant birth control pill. Evidence suggests that use of the
    "pill" could very well have precipitated the rise in fibromyalgia
    syndromes, especially since the 1980s.

    To assess the copper connection with these patients, we collected 40
    patient case histories inclusive of fibromyalgia and compared the hair
    analysis results. These findings are indeed interesting. The reader
    should be aware that this "diagnosis" was the result of a patient
    symptom survey, many times completed by the doctor, but otherwise
    supplying no confirming information to establish the condition
    specifically as fibromyalgia. Such a diagnosis is elusive at best,
    although the patterns discovered have been reliable through hundreds of
    thousands of patient test results.

    WebMD states that women suffer from the condition much more often than
    men. Not surprisingly, out of our 40 submitted patients, 38 were women.
    The average age of these 40 patients was 53.2 years, the youngest being
    23 and the oldest was 72 years of age. In addition, the ancillary
    syndromes of headache, depression, "unrestful sleep," and auto-immune
    disease also have been implicated at this laboratory with copper toxicity.

    Copper is much more of a concomitant metal to the female physiology due
    to its use in utilizing estrogen. Thus the female who is already likely
    well supplied with copper, is certainly subject to earlier symptom
    manifestation, when excessive or non-usable copper becomes a factor. The
    female who is copper deficient pre-menstrually is likely to become a
    "choco-holic" due to chocolate's high quantity of copper. Accordingly,
    our findings suggested massive indication of copper toxicity.

    Prodigious work done by Dr. Paul Eck at Analytical Research
    Laboratories, Inc, and The Eck Institute of Bio-energetics and
    Nutrition, has established protocols for an ultimate suggestion of toxic
    levels of the mineral copper. These parameters and our study results are
    listed in order.

    ZINC DEFICIENCY

    Zinc is a known antagonist of copper. Adequate zinc levels in the body
    enhance balance between zinc and copper, and zinc deficiencies permit
    excessive accumulation of copper. The accepted normal level for zinc on
    a hair mineral analysis is 20mg% (200PPM) We chose zinc levels of 15mg%
    (150PPM) or less to be at least indicative of a minimal deficiency of zinc.

    Twenty-seven (27) of our test subjects had levels of hair zinc less than <15mg%

    ALL FOUR LOW PATTERN

    Eck had established this terminology to suggest a state of "give up" in
    oxidation capabilities (George Watson, Nutrition and Your Mind-1972),
    wherein the adrenal gland and the thyroid gland are both functioning at
    less than optimum energy production. Inadequate energy (oxidation rate)
    is being produced to maintain an effective immune response to any stressor.

    Oxidation-rate, mineral-indicators, according to Eck, include lower than
    normal sodium and potassium (adrenal glands) and lower than normal
    calcium and magnesium (thyroid gland).

    Five (5) of these patients demonstrated an All Four Low Pattern.

    HIGH HAIR COPPER

    The accepted normal level for hair copper is 2.5 mg% (25 PPM)

    Eleven (11) of our subject patients overtly demonstrated higher than
    normal levels of copper.


    ZINC:COPPER RATIO

    Disturbances of the normal zinc:copper ratio in a hair mineral analysis
    is 8:1 to 1(Zn:Cu). This ratio is calculated as 20 mg% of zinc, divided
    by 2.5 mg% of copper, or 8.0:1. Eck has established this ratio as
    indicating copper toxicity when deviant at <6.0:1 or >10:1.

    Thirty (30) of our test subjects demonstrated altered zinc:copper ratios
    in their hair assay.


    SODIUM TO POTASSIUM "INVERSIONS", OR "BURNOUT"

    Eck suggests that sodium and potassium are specific indicators for
    adrenal cortical function in the human body. Laboratory rats having had
    their adrenal glands removed, develop copper deposits in their liver.
    The adrenal glands mandate appropriate chelation of copper with the
    protein carrier ceruloplasmin in the liver.

    When the normal ratio of sodium to potassium (2.5:1) drops below this
    2.5 to 1, using hair minerals, Eck suggests that impaired adrenal gland
    functioning exists. This impairment results in less than optimum binding
    of copper by the liver into ceruloplasmin, and the unbound copper is a
    known irritant to normal neuro-transmitter function.

    Fifteen (15) of our test subjects demonstrated "inversions" of this
    sodium to potassium ratio.

    THE INFLAMMATORY SODIUM TO POTASSIUM RATIO.

    Dr. Eck's work correlated inflammatory processes, or excessive stress,
    with sodium to potassium ratios greater than >4.0:1. His reasoning
    included the knowledge that sodium is controlled by aldosterone, an
    adrenal cortical hormone with a proclivity to inflammation. Potassium,
    the cortisone hair-mineral-equivalent, is associated with the
    anti-inflammatory function of cortisone. Excessive aldosterone (sodium),
    compared to cortisone (potassium) suggests an inflammatory process.

    Twenty three (23) of our test subjects demonstrated this "inflammatory
    ratio." Inflammation is the classic finding in fibromyalgia.

    HIGH CALCIUM AS AN INDICATOR OF COPPER TOXICITY

    The Eck laboratory has established high calcium levels as indicative of
    bio-unavailable and thus toxic levels of copper. Usable copper is a
    requirement for calcium transport and utilization in the bone matrix.
    Inadequate levels of usable copper allow calcium to become
    bio-unavailable and accumulate in the soft tissue as calcium salts.

    Hair is one of those soft tissue repositories. Levels of hair calcium
    greater than 75mg% are said to be indicative of copper
    bio-unavailability, and thus a toxic factor.

    Twenty-two of our test subjects demonstrated calcium bio-unavailability
    and "build-up," suggesting copper toxicity.

    COPPER TOXICITY

    Using the parameters above, as suggested by Eck, all forty (40) or our
    subjects demonstrated copper toxic condition as a likely perquisite of
    the inflammatory syndrome know as fibromyalgia. This elevated copper
    burden has been implicated in migraine headaches, "unrestful sleep" or
    insomnia, auto-immune disease and depression. Gall bladder disease is a
    frequent result of this copper build-up, and the estrogen/copper
    relationship likely corroborates the high propensity for migraine
    headache sufferers and gall bladder surgeries to be largely a feminine
    affliction.

    The Eck Institute has suggested that copper toxicity some day, will be
    noted to rival the lead pollution of the past. Pfeiffer suggests that
    copper can now be added to mental illness along with lead. Copper water
    pipes, copper sulphate algaecides and pesticides, and the
    close-to-epidemic adrenal gland insufficiency and immune system
    suppression in this country suggest the time has arrived. The birth
    control pill, so long touted to be free of complications other than the
    possibility of thrombosis, may very well be the hidden major factor in
    fibromyalgia. Ascertaining these 40 women's history in use of the pill
    might be helpful.

    The two males in our 40 subject study displayed adrenal weakness or
    "burnout" (Na:K <2.5:1), impaired zinc to copper ratios, and zinc levels
    less than 15 mg%. They both also demonstrated copper toxicity based upon
    the above parameters.

    CONCLUSION:

    Based upon Eck's work, and analysis of hair mineral levels when the hair
    sample is NOT washed at the laboratory, fibromyalgia is a condition
    undeniably associated with copper toxicity. Leroy has shown that
    performing a laboratory "wash" leaches certain minerals out of the hair
    sample on a random basis, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

    This copper toxicity is evident using all of the above parameters as
    proposed, and it presents a picture of adrenal gland impairment
    consistent through these 40 subjects. The uniform abnormalities seen on
    hair mineral assessment lends credence to the complaints of patients
    that have not been confirmed by blood or urine laboratory assessment.
    The forty subjects studied have remarkably similar mineral findings and
    equally remarkable symptoms reports. This is strong evidence for a
    definitive diagnostic entity.

    Additional insult to the copper burden could be a factor in those women
    using the birth control pill currently, or at some time in their past
    history. Alternative approaches to normalizing adrenal gland function
    and detoxifying the body of its copper burden seems appropriate and most
    likely slated for success. Eliminating the obvious copper sources,
    including the aggravating factor of the birth control pill, along with
    enhancement of the adrenal/immune response mechanism would seem appropriate.

    *

    Dr. William Risley is a 1961 graduate of the Palmer College-Midwest, and
    has chaired post-graduate faculty positions in Neurovascular Diagnosis
    and Hospital Protocol at Palmer. He is currently on the continuing
    education faculty at the Texas Chiropractic College, and is a consultant
    and educator for Analytical Research Laboratories in Phoenix. He was a
    former instructor in Plethysmography and Doppler for Diagnostics International.

    He is the author of 12 textbooks in general use by the chiropractic and
    medical professions, and was a developer and owner of First
    Chiropractic, a 175 franchise organization of chiropractic offices. His
    books are available at http://www.chirobooks.com.

    He is the co-inventor of the OWL (Optical Wallet Light), advertised
    nationally, and can be visited at http://www.walletlightbusinesscard.com.

    Comments may be addressed to Dr. Risley at Drrisley@a... or
    Mediserv@m....
    Ratio information at no cost, or information on copper can be requested
    at either E-mail address, requesting "ratios and "copper"" and supplying
    the sender's name and address.


    REFERENCES

    Eck, Paul C., Migraine Headaches, Articles published by The Eck
    Institute for Bio-energetics and Nutrition, Phoenix, Arizona, 1985.

    Pfeiffer, Carl C., Mental and Elemental Nutrients, Keats Publishing, New
    Canaan, Ct. 1975, p 439.

    Wilson, Lawrence, M.D., Nutritional balancing and hair mineral analysis.
    L.D. Wilson, Consultants, 1992.

    Leroy, Raymond. The effect of washing hair samples at the laboratory on
    various mineral levels. Accutrace Laboratories, Phoenix, Az. 1983

    Harrison, D.P. Copper as a factor in the dietary precipitation of
    migraine. Headache, 26(5):248-50, 1986.

    Eck, Paul C., Burnout, its cause and correction, Article published by
    The Eck Institute for Bio-energetics and Nutrition, Phoenix, Arizona, 1985.

    I.J.T. Davies, MB, MRCP (London), The Clinical Significance of the
    Biological Metals (Cordano, A., Baertl, J.M., and Graham, G.G. (1964).
    Pediatrics 34, 324.)


    William B. Risley, Sr., D.C.
    http://www.chirobooks.com
    http://www.walletlightbusinesscard.com

 

 

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