A Few Frequently Asked Questions
The body is always working to regulate itself, and over time it's certainly possible to feel better and 'heal' without doing anything. However, most people aren't that lucky. It's important to understand that there are numerous reasons behind copper toxicity, and so even if you remove one obvious source of exposure, that by itself is unlikely to restore a healthy copper level in the body. Symptoms may disappear short-term, and yet an underlying imbalance (usually not detected in blood) might then manifest as symptoms years or decades later. Understanding the various causes behind copper toxicity and issues with copper metabolism, supporting your body's detoxification pathways, and targeted nutritional support as guided by HTMA monitoring, can all facilitate (and potentially speed up) the healing process.
By itself, absolutely not. First, the type of test matters. If it's blood, blood is homeostatic, always working to maintain a healthy range. Excess copper does not remain in, and is not stored, in blood! The HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) provides much better insight into copper toxicity (alongside other mineral and toxic imbalances). However, it is not unusual for the HTMA copper level to also appear low. This is common, even with copper toxicity, and it underscores why the HTMA should NEVER be read at face value, and why people should not attempt to self-analyze their chart. Copper toxicity is best understood through mineral "patterns", rather than the individual copper level itself. It's imperative to work with a practitioner well-trained in HTMA to guide you in understanding what your levels mean and help you gain the most from your test data.
Many people over the years have fallen victim to the message that HTMA is quackery or not a valid testing method, completely unaware of where that message originated. The background of that message is explained further on THIS PAGE under the heading "Why is HTMA Not More Commonly Used? Is it a Legitimate Test? Is it a Scam?" While there are certainly some "hair analysis" services that would not be considered reputable and could justify the label of being "illegitimate", properly assayed and interpreted HTMA is one of the most important screening tools for understanding mineral imbalances, especially copper toxicity. Those who contribute to suppressing HTMA are only holding others back from finding answers that in some cases could have saved lives. This article further explains the benefits of HTMA over standard blood testing.
With our work helping to increase copper toxicity awareness over this past decade, many more practitioners are now jumping into offering support. The pink button below links to a 1 page PDF file which provides important considerations that will help you choose a qualified practitioner, especially when it comes to supporting you with copper toxicity.
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