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ADHD Insights: Brain Copper Matters

Posted Oct 17 2012 12:00am
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    I’ll be keeping you posted in the coming days on more interesting studies and reports on the relevance of trace element awareness and testing for comprehensive review of cognitive challenges often associated with ADHD symptoms. This brief note introduces new complexity to ADHD target definition.

    Understanding copper can dramatically change ADHD treatment outcomes.

    Neurotransmitter imbalances, like dopamine in the prefrontal cortex, can live downstream from copper challenges. Too much or too little copper can create psychiatric challenges that evade traditional superficial, DSM 4, appearance-based assessments.

    Why Think About Copper?

    For comprehensive assessments target recognition is imperative. Tissue mineral analysis is the standard of care/assessments for drug and alcohol testing , why not consider it for even more precise measurement of trace elements and heavy metals?

    If you don’t know what you’re shooting at, you can hit symptoms only by chance. Like shooting geese at night: Honk, Bang! I cast my vote for improved scientifically-based predictability, especially if we’re shooting at correcting brain function.

    For Starters: Consider Copper and Immunity

    Excerpts from this interesting summary: Understanding Copper Deficiency in Celiac Disease July 28th, 2010 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN  [I strongly suggest reading this entire article.]

    We regularly witness copper imbalances tied to both gluten and casein sensitivity and to ADHD presentations, and plan more missives on these matters, so stay tuned.


    Dr Charles Parker: Author, Neuroscience Consultant, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. His book “New ADHD Medication Rules” – Preorder Discount at These Bookstores is the *only resource available to the public* that describes more precise medical diagnosis and measurable treatment strategies for ADHD. His CoreBrain Training platform provides a coaching system from high school students to medical professionals for transitions to these new realities of mind and practice. Join Parker on the radio weekly at ADHD Meds | Straight Talk for ADHD Med details that work. Follow @drcharlesparker on Twitter for more fresh details.

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