lpjohnson asked: Do you have any expertise with Fe/Cu/Mn balance? I have been intrigued by the link between lack of copper/ excess in manganese in neurodegenerative conditions. Specifically interested in autism/ADHD and mad cow/ spongiform encephalopathies in all species. Any resource ideas?
I don’t have as much expertise on all these minerals, although I regularly work with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis which measures all of these minerals and 15 others. Copper is a tricky mineral as it “hides” in the body when individuals are not able to generate sufficient energy from their Adrenals to burn it off. Consequently, it collects in brain tissue, the Adrenals and the Liver. You might Google Larry Wilson, MD for his excellent paper on Copper Toxicity. As for the overall neurodegenerative disease, it all starts when the brain tissue is unable to generate proper energy levels. For every molecule of Glucose, it requires 28 molecules of Mg. The brain is supposed to be a very Mg-rich tissue. With the levels of unrelenting stress in society today (food, env. toxins, heavy metals, mental, emotional, lack of sleep, etc.) it is no wonder that Mg levels are so low — this coupled with the outrageous Mg-robbing qualities of 15+ classes of drugs. Mn is a delicate nutrient that should not be directly supplemented. And finally, Iron (Fe) also is not directly supplemented. It requires whole-food Vitamin-C to raise it in the tissue. The form that is regularly prescribed invariably causes constipation.
I feel like I’ve rambled here — my apologies. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out: Morley@MagnsiumMan.com or 847.922.8061 (M)