The clinical significance of copper is plainly stated by Andrew Hall Cutler, Ph.D., in his book, Hair Test Interpretation. He explains that copper causes the growth of new blood vessels, aids in healing and growth, and helps the body recover from heart attacks and strokes. However, abnormal levels can cause negative effects such as blindness and kidney damage in diabetics and growth of cancer tumors.
Of the essential elements, copper is the one closest to toxic levels when present in normal physiological amounts. Any mild abnormality or impairment of liver function can lead to copper excretion building up to toxic levels because the physiologic and toxic ranges are so close together. Most copper is in the liver and the brain and these organs can become damaged and function improperly due to copper toxicity.
The behavioral effects of copper poisoning are similar to those of mercury poisoning. The derangement of mineral transport that is caused by mercury usually favors the accumulation of copper. Low copper can cause anemia, poor immune function, poor growth, reduced skin and hair pigmentation, and poor formation of the catecholamine neurotransmitters (116, 117).
All kits include:
The Doctor's Order required to access testing
The collection kit for a home collection or blood draw.
All shipping supplies required including a prepaid mailer to return your sample to the lab for testing.
Results by email
Consultation with health coach.
**Blood draw fee not included.
2 mL of serum drawn into a royal blue-topped no additive tube. The serum must be removed from the specimen within 4 hours of collection.
About the Manufacturer
The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. is the world leader in providing testing for nutritional factors in chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, autism and ADD.
They offer a variety of metabolic tests such as immune deficiency evaluation, amino acid tests, essential fatty acid tests, glutathione levels, metal toxicity and food allergies tests.
We provide the doctors order. You collect your specimens at home or at a lab near you then mail to the lab. You receive the test results.