Copper is viewed in two ways. The first is a detrimental heavy metal accumulated in the system by drinking water from sources with copper plumbing. The second is that a lack of copper causes a form of anemia. Many doctors in the alternative field feel it is an important mineral. According to one doctor, copper levels are restored through the addition of chlorophyll.
Sources of Copper: Beer (if copper brewery equipment), brackets and jewelry, copper cooking utensils, copper piping, copper in dental prostheses, fungicides, Hemodialysis, hormone pills, industrial emissions, insecticides, instant hot water has copper heater, IUD’s, milk (if copper rollers in pasteurization), mineral supplements, oral contraceptives, oysters, liver, nuts, chocolate, pink gold, refrigerator ice makers, some city water systems, swimming pools (fungicide) &, well water.
Symptoms/Diseases associated with copper: Anemia, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, bitter taste, deposits in corneas of the eyes, Depression, Diarrhea, Digestive disorders, Eczema, excitability, hardening of the skin, High blood pressure, Hyperactivity, Insomnia, Kidney problems, Liver dysfunction, Mental disturbance, Nasal irritation, Nausea, Schizophrenia, Tuberculosis.
Lead may enter the body through ingestion, inhalation, or skin eruptions. Adults normally absorb 5-10% of ingested lead. Children can absorb up to 50%. Biochemically, lead appears to be an enzyme poison. Saturnine gout has been connected with lead at levels as little as 1 ppm.
Sources of Lead: Automobile exhaust, canned fruit juices, car batteries, certain wines (leaded caps), cigarette smoke, crayons, evaporated milk, hair coloring, improperly glazed mugs, industrial air pollution, lead based paint, mascara, Pesticides, smelting of lead, zinc, copper, solder, toothpaste (leaded tubes), vegetables grown by roadside, water from lead plumbing.
Symptoms/Diseases associated with lead: Abdominal Pain, aching muscles and bones, ADD-( Attention Deficit Disorder) Alcoholism, Anemia, Blue-black line near gums, clumsiness, confusion, constipation and/or diarrhea, emotional instability, Gout, headache, high blood pressure, Insomnia and/or drowsiness, loss of appetite, metallic taste, muscular weakness, nervousness, queasiness, nausea, weight loss.