Monday, March 19, 2012

The process of copper elimination and its symptoms

This article is describing some of the symptoms I'm currently experiencing or experienced this weekend after the removal of the iud:

http://drlwilson.com/articles/copper%20elimination.htm

Bloating and gas
Diarrhea
Insomnia
Fatigue

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A thought

To think that I quit smoking to reduce my chances at getting cancer and heart disease, and for the past ten years the IUD has been increasing my chances.

I think of how bad the symptoms have been in the past year...

exaggerated hair loss , dizziness, foggy head, fungal infection, chronic nasal congestion, allergies, heart palpitations, blurred and jumpy vision, shoulder and knee pains, sun spots, new moles, deep wrinkles on face and chest (collagen production), anxiety and panic attacks...

And so starts the journey to balance out my copper and zinc levels which should lower my estrogen and reduce all these symptoms.

A day after the removal, I am feeling good. I slept over ten hours straight last night. Today I have some tenderness and can't strain the bowels without discomfort. I was gassy yesterday but not today :)



Cancer and Copper Toxicity


Cancer is associated with all three copper imbalances – deficiency, excess and biounavailable copper, which is a combination of the other two.  This is one reason for the cancer epidemic we experience today.  The important topic of cancer and natural approaches to it, is discussed in other articles on this website.  Here are just a few ways cancer is linked to copper imbalance:
1. The levels of estrogen and copper have a direct relationships.  This means that as copper rises, often estrogen rises, too.  This is one reason many women and even men are so-called “estrogen dominant” today.  Really, they have too much copper and cannot detoxify estrogen well enough.  This imbalance is tied to cancer because estrogen is a potent carcinogen.  It is the reason we never recommend supplementing even natural estrogen unless it is done with extreme caution.  It is rarely needed if the body chemistry can be balanced using nutritional balancing science.
2. Copper causes liver toxicity when it is in excess or when it ibiounavailable.  The liver is important to protect to avoid and to control cancer in every case, according to Dr. Max Gerson, MD, a pioneer in non-toxic cancer therapies.
3. Copper alters thyroid gland activity in most cases.  This can also contribute to cancer and many other illnesses such as Grave’s disease, for example.
4. Copper imbalance is associated with fungal and other infections.  These can often be at the root of a cancer situation.  For example, it is known that root canal-filled teeth can give off bacterial toxins that help predispose the body to cancers of certain kinds.
5. Copper blocks anerobic metabolism when it is in balance.  This can help prevent cancer when copper is in balance, but not when it is too high or too low in the body.
6. Copper in excess often interferes with zinc metabolism. Zinc is required for the immune response and for over 100 enzymes in the body from  helping digestion to protecting the skin from invasion from infections and even some skin cancers.

Copper Toxicity Syndrome Article



Friday, March 16, 2012

The wait is over!

I was a nervous wreck when I got to my appointment after having read numerous posts about women needing surgery to have their IUDs removed. Since my string had disappeared, I thought I was going to be one of those and I was afraid. An ultrasound was done to make sure it was still in place, which it was. It was not fast and easy as many have said because the dr had to find the strings inside my cervix causing some discomfort. Once that happened, the actual removal was a slight bit painful but it lasted for a second or two. And then it was out! It's like all this pressure was released. I was ecstatic! I have experienced some spotting and mild cramping and just tenderness but I am happy it's out and hopeful that my body will slowly go back to normal.

Tomorrow is a new day :)


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Information on Copper Toxicity

This website provides a lot of information on Copper Toxicity and resources to have a hair analysis.

http://www.arltma.com/CopperToxDoc.htm

Symptoms of Copper Toxicity


SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A COPPER EXCESS  http://www.nutritional-solutions.com/asp/copper.asp
  • acne
  • adrenal insufficiency
  • allergies
  • alopecia
  • anemia
  • anorexia
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • autism
  • cholesterol, elevated
  • cancer
  • cystic fibrosis
  • depression, mental
  • diabetes
  • estrogen (imbalance)
  • fatigue
  • fears
  • fractures, bone
  • headaches (migraine)
  • hemorrhages
  • heart disease
  • hyperactivity
  • hypertension
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypochlorhydria
  • hypoglycernia
  • infections
  • inflammation
  • insomnia
  • mind racing
  • mood swings
  • multiple sclerosis
  • myocardial infarction
  • nausea
  • pancreatic dysfunction
  • premenstrual tension
  • schizophrenia
  • sexual inadequacy
  • spaciness
  • strokes
  • tooth decay
  • urinary tract infections
  • vitamin deficiencies

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Common Symptoms of Copper Toxicity

"Copper is a very stimulating mineral to the nerves and nervous system. Copper increases the production of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine while also implicated in a decrease of histamine. These effects on neurotransmitter levels can give rise to many psychological imbalances such as mood swings, depression, mental agitation, feeling over-stimulated, restlessness, anxiety, insomnia and a racing mind with too many thoughts are all hallmarks of elevated Copper toxicity."


http://www.holistic-back-relief.com/copper-toxicity.html 

Copper raises Estrogen- Dangers Associated with Estrogen: OSTEOPOROSIS

Dangers Associated with Estrogen

Copper raises estrogen and vice versa. Estrogen is touted as a therapy for numerous medical conditions such as Osteoporosis, but this mass media hype fails to identify that estrogen is stress-promoting on bones and is age-promoting. Numerous studies have shown that estrogen can produce prolactin and that prolactin can cause osteoporosis.
In short, high estrogen and low progesterone increases bone loss. Osteoarthritis is associated with excess estrogen. It is true that estrogen can cause retention of calcium. But it is now known that high levels of calcium does very little to prevent or improve symptoms of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is not bone loss, but rather the breakdown of the collagen matrix that holds bone together, a degenerative and catabolic condition which consists of deficiencies of minerals such as boron, magnesium and phosphorous. Only if the miracle estrogen or calcium was the answer to this and other degenerative diseases. They are promoted as such but all that calcium will just end up in the toilet, and all that estrogen will displace other hormones and nutrients, causing further complications.

Monday, March 12, 2012

More personal stories

This is a website with posts from both women who love their IUD and women who have had to remove theirs. I haven't tallied but there are more that have had symptoms than not.

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Birth-Control-Contraception-/Copper-IUD-side-effects/show/160039#post_comment

Panic Attacks can be devastating!

Here is a link to a post from a woman who suffered from severe panic attacks from her IUD. Those who have never had panic attacks may not understand how scary they are. I have suffered from severe panic attacks for the past six months and it has been difficult to get through daily chores. I share these stories as this is the only way we can be better informed!

http://multiplyandreplenish.blogspot.com/2010/02/iuds-may-cause-copper-toxicity.html

A story about needing a DNC to remove IUD...yikes!

Here's the link to a post written by a woman who had to have a DNC to remove her IUD.
http://iud-divas.livejournal.com/2000565.html

I hope this is not the case for me on Friday!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I thought I was going crazy and becoming a hypochondriac these past few days

So I started doing more reading and found some posts here http://www.mothering.com/community/t/916122/copper-iud-and-side-effects/120 that I could have just as easily written!

Dryness, joint pain, dizziness, jumping eyesight, heart palpitations, EAR AND HEAD PRESSURE (it's been severe these past few weeks!).

I'm hopeful that all this will ago after Friday. Especially the anxiety and panic attacks and the head and ear pressure. But it is such a relief to know I'm not alone!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Copper Detoxification Symptoms


One of the difficulties in reducing excess copper are symptoms that arise during the process of elimination. As the body begins to mobilize excess copper from tissue storage sites, it enters the bloodstream on its way to the liver and kidneys for elimination. While in the bloodstream, the copper can cause headaches, skin rashes, racing thoughts, strange odors, digestive upset, mood swings and energy fluctuations. In men, testicular pain is not uncommon. Women s periods may be affected. If one knows what is occurring, it is possible to take measures to minimize these temporary elimination symptoms. Enemas, sweating, and drinking more water can help promote copper elimination. Reducing the nutrition program for a few days may also help slow the reactions and reduce symptoms if they are severe. Supplements particularly molybdenum, bile acids, laxative herbs and vitamin B6 may also mitigate elimination symptoms.

Balancing Copper

Six methods are used to reduce copper in the tissues:
  1. Reduce exposure to sources of copper.
  2. Antagonists such as zinc, manganese and iron compete with copper for absorption and utilization. Vitamins B6 and folic acid may also be helpful. Selenium and cysteine may be helpful. Research indicates copper may be excreted by binding with glutathione and metallothionine which require these nutrients.
  3. Chelators of copper include vitamin C, molybdenum and sulfur-containing amino acids. These bind and remove copper. More powerful chelators may be used, but can have side effects.
  4. Enhance the eliminative organs, such as the liver, skin and colon.
  5. Balance body chemistry, enhance energy production and improve adrenal gland activity. To support the adrenal glands, avoid sweets, eat protein with each meal, and supplement your diet with vitamins A, C and E, manganese, zinc and B-complex vitamins. Animal protein is very helpful due to its higher content of zinc, B-vitamins and sulfur amino acids including cysteine and taurine. Adrenal glandular substance is also frequently helpful.
  6. Reduce fear and stress. Methods range from a change in location or work to meditation, therapy, more rest and other changes.

High Copper and Carbohydrate Cravings

"Some people with high copper dislike all protein. They crave high-carbohydrate diets. Protein feels heavy or causes other symptoms. Eating protein stimulates glandular activity. This releases stored copper which causes the symptoms. However, these individuals usually need to eat proteinhttp://www.healingedge.net/store/article_copper_toxicity.html

I crave veggies and pasta and it's mostly what I eat as I don't feel sick afterwards. Now I understand why!

OCD and copper

"Estrogen and copper are succinctly related. Copper tends to raise estrogen in the body, and estrogen tends to cause copper to rise. Both copper and estrogen tend to feed one another. 
There are long term consequences of both copper toxicity and excess estrogen. High levels of copper can cause numerous symptoms ranging from migraines, to PMS, chronic fatigue and allergic reactions. Copper is used in the body to produce ceruloplasmin, the major copper carrying protein, which is involved in iron utilization and the formation of hemoglobin.
Excess levels of ceruloplasmin is found among those with OCD, Schizophrenia, Angina, Alzheimer's, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lymphoma" (http://metabolichealing.com/key-integrated-functions-of-your-body/hormone-and-endocrine/birth-control-copper-toxicity-and-estrogen-excess/
Until a few months ago, I had no idea what OCD felt like!! Then I started telling my friends about some things I did that I thought were bizarre but had to be done that way otherwise I would panic and was told that was OCD. For example, not filling a container all the way as it would cause me to freak out because it was too full and made me feel claustrophobic. CRAZY, I know!!! Imagine having to deal with things like this!!! BUT now I know it's not me going crazy! I just need to get my body back in balance. And I know it's going to take months and months before I am back to normal. I have learned to deal with things as they come and try to not let the OCD or anxiety get the best of me. But I feel I am not normal at this point and fear that this may never go away... I hope I'm wrong!

10 years of poison

My son and daughter are 11 months apart. After my son was born in 2001, I thought the Copper T IUD was the way to go- no hormones, no surgery, hassle free long-term contraception! Yeah, it's frowned upon by many as one of the ways it works is by interrupting a pregnancy and causing an instant "abortion." But I made the choice and I would rather have an "unknown" "abortion" than have to get one as I was adamant about not having any more babies!

In March 2002, my ob/gyn inserted the copper IUD in place. It was pain free and caused no discomfort or dizziness. My periods stayed regular, although they were a bit heavier at first and there was a bit more cramping- but nothing unbearable.

I blamed the stress of life (and there was a lot!) and aging for my hair loss, and nicotine for my fatigue and wrinkles. I didn't pay too much attention to any symptoms as I was getting older and thought that's what happened naturally. In the meantime, there were no unwanted pregnancies and my reproductive system worked flawlessly. I did have a scare when one day I couldn't find the string that I used to check to make sure the IUD was in place, but an ultrasound showed it hadn't moved and I was reassured the string was probably in my cervix, no big deal.

Life had a lot of ups and downs and stress. I went back to school full time to finish my BA and worked part-time while raising two kids so the continuing hair loss was not unnoticed but blamed on stress. During this time I learned I was allergic to hair dye which wasn't shocking since my mom had the same problem. I also had a few bouts of anxiety with panic attacks which were not normal for me but that I had experienced before after my first c-section. I attributed these to cold medicine I took for a bad cold on two separate occasions.

Ten months ago, on May 10 2011, I finally quit smoking cold turkey. I'd tried numerous times but would start up again after 5 weeks, mostly because of my weight gain every time. This time I gained 12 pounds in the first few months but I was not going to let that deter me from my ultimate goal to be nicotine free once and for all. I was also not getting any exercise and had a very stressful few months as I had gone back to school and started taking pre-requisite classes to become a registered nurse. My diet was not awful but not the healthiest it'd been so I attributed my weight gain to all that plus the "expected" weight gain from quitting smoking. I thought I'd be able to work out and lose it.

In October 2011, I started doing my daily power walks which until then had always been my only real form of exercising and what had kept me at 115-118 lbs and a size 2. But the scale didn't budge. Then there was a sudden move cross-country that apparently made my stress level so high that I started having severe anxiety and panic attacks that forced me to quit school. After the move I focused solely on getting back to good health. I started cooking home-cooked healthy meals and working out daily. The panic attacks started subsiding and my anxiety level was lowered but my weight did not budge! Not even an ounce!

I started thinking that maybe I had inherited my mom's thyroid problems. But I did not want to have to take medication as the mere thought caused me great anxiety. In doing extensive research I thought maybe I was vitamin B12 deficient which would make sense as my diet was mostly vegetarian and I didn't eat fish or shellfish. And a vitamin B12 deficiency depresses the thyroid causing hypothyroidism. It all made perfect sense! I was waiting for the right time of the month to start testing my basal temperature (a simple home test to see if the thyroid is causing problems). In the meantime, I started researching natural cures for hypothyroidism,  vitamin B12 deficiency, and GERD (a friend's condition). It was then that I stumbled upon Copper Toxicity. And then I recalled having read about it a few years back but not paying too much attention as then I didn't have any symptoms other than hair loss. Much to my disbelief, this time, it was not the case!

NutritionalSolutions.com (http://www.nutritional-solutions.com/asp/copper.asp) lists many symptoms and of those these are the ones I have or think I have:  alopecia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, hypothyroidism, infections (I recently noticed I have toenail fungus), insomnia, mind racing, mood swings, nausea, sexual inadequacy (let's just say libido is down!!), spaciness, tooth decay (my gums started bleeding), vitamin deficiency. They sound very basic and could likely be linked to many other conditions, but I am and have always been a very healthy person. Until I got the IUD.

I read countless posts on different blogs and forums and websites of women with the same situation as me! We can't ALL be wrong! And we can't ALL have "OTHER" conditions!

Step 1: REMOVE IUD. Appointment is set for a week from today, March 16. Afterwards, I will find a place that does hair analysis to test for copper toxicity.

I had started taking a vitamin B12 supplement but I will hold off for a while to see what my body does when IT finally comes out. I want to do some lab work and don't want to mask anything. I will be starting my basal temperature test (it's a 5-day test) tomorrow morning.

I am saddened that what I thought was the best solution to avoid an unwanted pregnancy turned out to possibly be the cause of very bad health but I won't let that get me down as I am determined to beat this and get healthy again!

I thought smoking was causing my decaying health and signs of aging! Yet copper toxicity "inhibits an enzyme required for collagen synthesis — lysal oxidase" (http://www.arltma.com/CopperToxDoc.htm). It causes phobias which I have acquired and have been magnified, allergies which I seem to now have as well (although not tested), I'm probably anemic and have high cholesterol again (also symptoms of copper toxicity), and the panic attacks did not just mysteriously appear out of nowhere. It doesn't mean I am going to start smoking again as the thought makes me nauseous and I am scared of the silent killer that nicotine is. But my IUD has poisoned me as well.


Arlta.com along with many other sites which I will list on later posts have been wonderful at making me feel "normal" and not a hypochondriac like I thought I was becoming.


I WILL WIN THIS WAR! 7 days to FREEDOM!


NOTES: While my anxiety and panic attacks subsided, they are still occurring. Hypothyroidism is better explained here: http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/hypothyroidism-too-little-thyroid-hormone