Why I’m Taking Copper Supplements!

The other day I was reading something that turned me onto the idea that copper was an important part of my diet that I was missing.  I heard someone saying that if they didn’t have enough copper in their system  then they might be unable to complete a stress test easily.  I couldn’t figure out why copper was so important.  I mean I always thought I tasted copper on my skin when I was sweating, or in my blood when I cut a finger and I automatically would pop it into my mouth.  But I never heard of anyone taking additional copper!

I checked out my multivitamin.  It had 45 percent of the RDA of copper in it.  That seemed so odd to me since there were some other vitamins and minerals that were at much higher levels.  Why was there so little copper?

When I read about copper toxicity I found out that it could make you sick, horribly sick, it could even make you DIE.  But I couldn’t find a lot of studies that showed folks dying from copper overloads.  It was another thing that seemed odd to me.

I found some studies that said that patients that had heart attacks or strokes, or serious illnesses had a lot of copper showing up in those organs.  But the science was leaning towards the fact that maybe bodies metabolize extra copper when there is an “incident”.  Rather than the concept that these folks had too much copper in their systems and that the copper caused the heart attack.

Then I found a study that talked about the French having fewer heart attacks.  It said that they drank a lot of red wine, which I had heard prevented heart attacks, but it told me more about why red wine as opposed to white wine helped.  This study said that the red wine was made with the skins that had been sprayed with copper fungicides while in the growing stages.

Hmmm.  So the french have fewer heart attacks because of ingesting copper fungicide????

I remember as a child I was a sickly sort of kid.  I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with anemia.  Therefore I took a daily dose of iron.  It tasted like drinking liquid metal.  I felt worse. And my teeth turned a dark yellowish color.

Strangely, now I find that a copper deficiency would also appear as anemia.  Taking extra iron would deplete the body further of copper!   Adding copper to your diet won’t turn your teeth yellow!

If only we had the internet then!

So what can you get copper from naturally so you don’t need to use a supplement?  Green leafy veggies, liver, almonds, soy, whole grains.

How can you lose copper?  Well, a high fructose corn syrup based diet isn’t going to help you retain it!  At least it didn’t with some friendly test rats.

Copper helps your body with melanin.  While I don’t know if it’s going to help me get color back into my hair, I do believe it’s possible that my greying hair has something to do with a copper deficiency!

Of course I’m not a nutritionist,  I’m just grabbing at straws to try to retain some youthful vigor as I get older, but damnit, I’m trying!

I’ll let you know what happens with the copper regimen.  I’ve taken 2 mg a day for the past week.  It seems like I can take up to 3mg a day without any danger.  I will not continue to take it as a daily supplement because it may tend to build up in my body over time and I don’t want to harm myself in any way.

Wish me luck!






I Voted!

I’m bragging because I voted.  Me and about 300 other people in my voting district have voted!  That is so sad!

I had my photo ID and it was a good thing because they checked.  I got my ballot and I filled in the little balloons and I was in and out in less than 15 minutes.

I’m a Democrat so I voted Democrat in the primary.  Go Trivedi! 🙂

I voted for a guy from the 82nd Airborne.

I voted for a bunch of people who will vote for Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

It wasn’t very hard and I hope it was helpful.  We’ll see.





Ultrasound Safe? Not With This Gel!

Whenever you hear that something is “completely safe” you have got to wonder!  I justn happened across this story about contaminated gel sickening patients who received ultrasounds.

You read it!

Federal law enforcement officials have seized several lots of ultrasound gel from a New Jerseycompany after the product tested positive for bacterial contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration says the gel tested positive for two strains of dangerous bacteria. The agency reports at least 16 patients at one hospital were infected with bacteria from the product. The gel is used to enhance ultrasound medical images.

U.S. marshals seized all lots of Other-Sonic generic ultrasound gel made between June 2011 and December 2011 by Newark, N.J.-based Pharmaceutical Innovations.

The FDA urges health care professionals not to use containers labeled with lot numbers: 060111, 090111 and 120111. Doctors should identify and assess the health of patients who may have been treated with contaminated gel.


Understanding Mitt’s Aversion to 7-11 Cookies :)

I wondered about the ridiculousness of a news story out of Pennsylvania about Mitt turning up his nose at cookies he thought might have come from a 7-11 bakery.

I found this that might explain why Mitt wasn’t all that stoked about cookies from that chain.  They were running their own campaign during the last election and they predicted that Obama was going to win against McCain!

Read this from the company’s website-

Most of the national polls had Sen. Barack Obama winning the presidential election by a fairly small margin.   But once again, the coffee-cup poll at 7-Eleven® stores predicted the overall presidential race winner and indicated a Democrat victory in 23 out of 33 states (including the District of Columbia) where it operates and franchises stores.

Since early October, hot beverage drinkers have been “voting” at7-Elevenstores in the company’s 7-Election campaign by choosing either a 20-oz. blue Obama cup or a red cup representing Sen. John McCain.

7-Eleven’s tally going into the final weeks of the campaign had Obama leading by as much as 20 percent. As the final real election results poured in,7-Eleven’sunscientific poll appears to have been a predictor of the final results.  Early election results show 52 percent of the popular vote for Obama vs. 46 percent McCain.

Rick Wilshe, brand manager for7-Eleven’shot beverages category, explains why he believes 7-Eleven’s polling so favored the Democrat candidate.  “The majority of stores operated and franchised by7-Eleven, Inc. are in urban and suburban areas, compared to those considered rural, areas reported to favor the Republican candidate.  In addition, we operate and franchise stores in 30 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia with representation in 20 of the 24 ‘Blue’ states (including D.C.).  We didn’t have participating stores in 16 of the 21 ‘Red’ states.

“7-Eleven’s core shopper is between the ages of 18 and 34,” Wilshe said.  “CNN’s polling results showed 66 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 years old and 52 percent of those 30 to 44 years of age voted for the Democratic presidential nominee.”

This makes the 3rd straight presidential election in which the company’s7-Electiongot it right nationally. In both 2000 and 2004, the7-Election-cup poll was within just a percent or two of being accurate.


Sugar High In Pottstown!

Yesterday I dropped by Very Best on High Street for breakfast.  I was surprised to see a new store where the ice cream store was right next door to Very Best at 250 High Street.  The new store is “Sugar High at McLicky’s”.

I didn’t get to go in there, but they are officially open to bring cupcakes and muffins and coffee and ice cream to everyone in the Pottstown area!

I wish Kristi and her new crew the best of luck in their new venture.




I Get Depression!

The title of this post is sort of ambiguous.  That means it can have a couple of meanings.  It can mean I have been depressed and it can mean I understand depression.  I mean it in both of those ways.

Depression is hard to identify especially in ourselves.  When I have been in severe funks I noticed in retrospect that during the fugue I lost my ability to think clearly.  I had this monkey on my shoulder and I had no idea where it came from, or how it got there and I had no idea how long it was planning to hang around.  I just felt an overwhelming sense of discomfort.  My only escape from the confused sense of dread was to shut down completely because I didn’t want to try to unravel the knot that I perceived that my life had become.  So for me, depression is/was a problem that can’t easily be addressed.

If someone had come to me during on of my previous depressive states and said ” Hey Mo, you are just feeling low, let’s just get out and do something fun!”  I’d have said  no thanks, I can’t think of anything I’d have fun doing.  And I’d have been completely honest in saying that.  Depression took my joy clean away.

So what happened to help me to break free of that dark and claustrophobic feeling?

Um, nothing.  What changed for me was I got older.  I matured.  I figured out that my moods weren’t illnesses they were related to feelings that were as unique to me as my fingerprints.  I got that feeling sad, or angry, or frustrated was absolutely normal. I got that I needed more quality downtime where I could vent, or rage, or be creative in dealing with my pent up emotions.  I learned that I’m multifaceted and that I didn’t have to identify myself as someone who suffered with depression as if it was a major illness that I was going to have to deal with for life.  I  got over worrying about why I was feeling a certain way and I started thinking about whether it was improving my life outcomes.

Things changed.  I don’t honestly know that my feelings of depression weren’t related to my hormones.  I can’t say that early childhood pangs weren’t contributing to my anxiety.  I can’t say I’m never again going to slip into a dark  mental pool of room temperature slime.  I actually can’t say too much about depression as it related to me!  What I can say though is that I’ve given up trying to figure myself out.  I am what I am.  I exist.  I have agency.  I have little to no clues about what the big picture of my life is, and let’s be frank, I’m not sure that there even is a big picture of my life!    The bottom line is I’m experiencing my existence  here and that is my truth!  Another truth is I do things wrong just as often as I do things right!  If you consider life as a random series of events then I’m batting a thousand! 🙂

I guess I just thought that I should be a little more forthcoming today.  I felt that I’d be a pompous ass otherwise, I mean I’m talking about supporting women and I’m being a little reserved in supporting LGBT rights.  I guess I didn’t think it was quite fair me making statements on these larger issues while avoiding statements about some other personal issues.

I don’t want a club of like-minded folks all agreeing with me!  What I’d like is a place where people could talk!





Tom Ridge Thinks We Should Support Gays!

Now a businessman, consultant and philanthropist, former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge tells the WSJ that the Republican party needs to stop discriminating against gays:

“I think, as a party, we sometimes come across as very judgmental and very self-righteous, and that doesn’t play well to a lot of people,” he said. “Not just on political grounds, but in terms of the culture. We accept diversity in many different ways, and we need to be more clear about that and careful to express that.”

In particular, Ridge urged a more expansive approach to what he termed “the gay community,” noting that increased familiarity with gay people tends to lead to less judgmental politics.

How do you like that?  Knowing a gay person makes you less judgmental politically!

How do you like Tom  Ridge saying that the Republican Party comes across as very judgmental and self-righteous!

Say it ain’t so Tom!