Anxiety Triggered by Copper/Zinc Imbalance
Heather who is in her early 30’s has always had some level of anxiety and fear. But as children came into the picture it progressively worsened. I had treated her with bio identical hormones, acupuncture and homeopathy with partial success.
She describes herself as “having a high level of anxiety. Almost every night around 2:00 or 3:00 I startle awake and my mind starts racing about things. In the morning I wake up fearful, worried and overwhelmed. Everything seems bigger than it really is. I just feel afraid. The fires in Santa Rosa and Paradise have shaken my safety. The world is not a safe place.”
This constant state of anxiety over the years resulted in fatigue, headaches, and weight gain.
After taking the Walsh Institute course for physicians I had a strong suspicion that Heather would be a candidate for this approach. On testing her copper and zinc I found that her Free Copper was 29% (10% optimal) and her Free Copper Index was 33 (5-15 normal).
After just 6 weeks of treating this imbalance Heather reported the following:
“I am feeling really good. I’ve lost 25 lbs. [due to less cortisol production triggered by stress]. I had been trying to lose weight ever since my last child was born 12 years ago. I have better energy. In fact I worked out 50 days straight. I will have pangs of anxiety but not constant like when things were super stressful. Once I am asleep I stay asleep whereas before I was constantly tossing and turning. My anger and impatience has also improved about 40%. Before I would go from 0 – 100 at a drop of a hat. The morning nausea that I always had is gone and my obsessive thoughts are 50% better. And my headaches are so much better.”
When using the Walsh approach in balancing the copper zinc levels most patients find that within 3 months their symptoms are 80-90% improved. Dr. Walsh with his tireless research has treated thousands of patients suffering from emotional disorders.
Terry Pfau DO, HMD