Healthy Decisions for the Love of Health

by Dr. Paul Eck, M.D. PH.D - Internal Medicine/Researcher
University of Natural Healing, University of North Carolina

People with digestive inflammation are copper-toxic and zinc deficient.  This inflammation of the colon produces diarrhea and or chronic constipation.   It's a stress condition that leads to a zinc deficiency.  But it is not a  simple condition to correct. Taking zinc by itself will in many cases will not produce a result.  When the zinc levels drop due to stress, you then get tissue break-down in the colon. Zinc is needed to produce the long amino acid chains that give proteins their strength.  When zinc is low, you also get inflammation.

Zinc reduces body sodium levels, and when zinc is deficient in any tissue,  sodium rises and there is inflammation.  This inflammation reduces absorption of nutrients from the diet, which further contributes to the starvation of the patient leading to colitis, Crohn's, and celiac disease.  This also causes  the chronic diarrhea or constipated  patient.   As zinc levels drop, copper levels rise, because the two minerals are antagonistic to each other. The zinc deficiency allows a copper build-up to occur. Typically these patients are what I call copper-toxic. A recent study involving mineral testing of the fingernails of 150,000 patients revealed that high copper levels are indeed associated with Crohn's disease - just as I have been saying for years.  Standard blood tests do not show high copper levels.  Only live tissue testing will show the copper toxicity.

The high copper levels cause nausea, just like the high copper  levels in the pregnant women. Naturally the nausea makes it difficult for these patients to eat. They tend to pick at their food. As the condition worsens, they often develop anorexia due to the high copper levels.

This, in combination with the colon inflammation and the tissue breakdown, makes Crohn's disease a deadly condition.  Patients can die from it.   The importance of hourly doses of nutrients to cure the colon is very important.  Most physicians in natural healing through nutrition will give doses two or three times a day.  This just won't cut it with colitis, Crohn's, celiac disease or chronic colon inflammation.  I recommend starting with zinc and vitamin B-6 and then the added nutrients until the condition is under control.  Vitamin B-6 was essential to the building up of  proteins. The horrible odors associate with these disorders of the colon is the result of this deficiency. I stress that it cannot corrected by using acidophilus bacteria. What was happens instead is excessive tissue catabolism or breakdown occurs.  Tissues will break down faster than they can regenerate.  Vitamin B-6 is directly involved in the synthesis of proteins. With the correct levels of protein in the colon linings, this will stop the tissue breakdown.  However, without the proper protein levels in the colon, you can't stop the diseases.  This also is what causes the nausea that patients always have with these diseases.

Initially, I recommend using doses of 50 milligrams of vitamin B-6 once an hour. However, in extreme cases,  200 milligram tablets plus manganese may have to be used to get the the disease under control.  Manganese fires up the adrenals.  A total of 1,200 milligrams of B-6 per day spread out hourly, ( 12 hours period ), up to 2,000 milligrams may be needed to get the disease and associated nausea under control.   The addition of  pantothenic acid, 500 milligrams per tablet,   every one to two hours, along with a tablet of zinc and the vitamin B-6 is then followed.  If the following can be found in liquid form, it is highly recommended to use the liquid form in place of the tablets.

Pantothenic acid is another name for vitamin B-5. It is a universal protector against stress. It also has a beneficial effect on copper metabolism.    Pantothenic acid helps copper to be eliminated through the skin.  The last nutrient that should be added is the mineral molybdenum. I have been a pioneer in using this mineral to overcome  copper toxicity.  Over the years, I have found that only about forty percent  of the copper-toxic cases can be helped by using the mineral zinc.

The problem with zinc is that it can depress the adrenal glands.  The adrenals are needed to enhance the production of a protein, named ceruloplasmin, that escorts copper from the body - thus preventing copper build-up.  But if you depress adrenal activity with too much zinc,  the person goes further into exhaustion, and more and more copper  accumulates. This is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.

What initially attracted me to the mineral molybdenum was  research relating it to copper deficiency in sheep. There is a condition in sheep in which they develop swayback or scoliosis. It is caused by a copper deficiency.   In one farm in Australia, they determined that excess  molybdenum in the soil was blocking the copper in the sheep's diet.  Molybdenum binds directly to copper in the bloodstream.   It will even bind to ionic copper, which is the most toxic form of copper in  the body.  With molybdenum, it is not necessary to produce proteins to transport the excess copper. Molybdenum binds directly and removes it  from the bloodstream. Molybdenum also acts with the mineral sulphur, which is known as a cleanser.  The reason sulphur is such a cleanser is because of its joint action  with molybdenum in removing copper. That's why I give another nutrient high in organic sulphur at the same time to my patients.  Molybdenum also acts as an adrenal stimulant, for without adrenal  strength, you cannot transport or remove copper effectively from the body.  I believe that copper toxic patients are also suffering  from copper deficiency and molybdenum helps make the stored copper available. The amazing paradox that confounds most health professionals is how a person who is copper-toxic can also be starving for copper. A person who is copper toxic,  can also be copper deficient.  They may sound like a contradiction.  I assure you it is not.  Patients may be loaded with stored copper but at the same time, he cannot get at that stored copper. To use a simple comparison.   It is like having  money in the bank, but it's Sunday and the banks are closed.   It is the same with copper. Copper toxicity may be killing the patient, but the patient can still be starving for copper that the patient can actually use for metabolic processes in the colon.  And here is where the  molybdenum can help by flushing out excess copper, and by making other  copper usable to the bodies' tissues.

Finally with molybdenum,  it drives the body's excess copper levels low enough so that tissue repair can begin to take place.  Without the zinc and available copper, the body cannot form the  polypeptide chains of proteins. That's why colitis, Crohn's, or celiac disease patients have such an extreme problem in digesting and forming protein, and why the disease can be fatal.

Proteins hold the body together and are the basis of  hormones. If proteins cannot be manufactured, you will not have the  enzymes you need to support life.   Most physicians use cortisone/predisone to suppress the inflammation, but without  the proper mineral balance, you cannot restore the breakdown in protein metabolism or prevent tissue death in the colon.  The physician is only treating the symptoms and not the source of the problem.   The use of antacids that contain any form of aluminum should be strictly avoided.  Aluminum only adds to tissue death and interferes with protein synthesis into cell tissues

In lab animals experiments where animals have ongoing tissue inflammation and necrosis, forms of aluminum such as in antacids only contradict and worsen tissue death.  These mediations will temporarily eliminate gas problems, reflux and some pain associated with these diseases, however the overall result is by adding this element that will only worsen the condition in the long run.   That is why I recommend the liquid  calcium/mangesium nutrient several times a day.  This will eliminate most of the reflux problem, gas and will sooth the colon linings and reduce pain.

In my opinion,  Molybdenum is an important breakthrough.  Without it, there would be many patients I simply could not have helped.   In addition, most patients are deficient in calcium.  I recommend dosages of calium with magnesium, with Molybdenum.   Liquid is the best form of this nutrient to submit to the body for assimilation properly.   Research has shown that correct amounts of calcium in the colon linings substantially prevent colon cancer, which in these patients are approximately 30 times more at risk of developing colon cancer.  Physicians must keep this in mind when treating these patients and must use the approach of balancing the colon lining with the proper nutrients to promote healthy colon tissue. 

The use of vitamin E and especially B complex vitamins should be avoided during the above recommended treatment. These nutrients will only increase the tissue inflammation.  The use of timed released vitamin C or pure grapeseed extract is highly recommended though. Grapeseed is fifty times for powerful as an antioxidant to rid the body of free radicals that are being produced at high levels in these diseases.   Lab results usually will show high Westerngreen ESR and C-Reactive Protein during the course of these diseases. 

If the colon is infected, the patients WBC will be high.  However, in patients that have a immune disorder or immunodeficiency disorder, the WBC will never be elevated when infection has infiltrated the colon. This is why many times Physicians fail to prescribe the drug Metronidazole, 250mg to 500mg two or three times a day for a period of 5-7 days.  Raw Pineapple maybe used in place of the Metronidazole in the patient can tolerate pineapple.  The patient must eat nothing but raw pineapple, as much as they like with plenty of water for three days.

The enyzmne bromelain is effective in destroying most parasites, even parasites that have a protective coating and form a little cyst. The enzyme destroys the cyst including the larvae.   This should be followed by a broad spectrum anti-biotic such as Zithromax or Levaquin for several days.

There is usually more than one type of bacteria present.  The patient should avoid all foods that could possibly harbor parasites.  In recent studies,  parasitic infestation has been been seen in many cases of colitis, CROHN's, and celiac disease.  Flora enzymes should also be followed to eliminate any yeast infection caused from these drugs.   The use of flora enzymes is highly recommended, but only after the treatment of zinc, B-6, B-5 and  Molybdenum has been in process for several days.   It is important to remember that the higher the ESR and C-Reactive Protein values, that continued and excessive tissue death will occur in the colon.

It is important for Physicians to remember that unless the source of the problem is gotten under control, these diseases cannot be cured.  The source of the problem is the tissue death that is occurring in the colon linings and the non-regeneration of healthy tissue and the proper balance of flora bacteria in the colon.

In addition, I suggest the use of the herb slippery elm.  It is an old Inca remedy to stop bleeding.   It is taken in powdered form. Mix a large tablespoon in a dish of purified water. It makes a jelly-like gruel that is not only soothing to the colon,  anti-infective as well. A woman became a patient of mine. She had been diagnosed with chronic inflamed colitis from tissue biopsies performed during a colonscopy.  She had serious bleeding from the colon wall.  Her other Physician tried several shots of cortisone over a month period to stop the bleeding.  This treatment did not stop the bleeding. Within one week on the slippery elm, once a day  the bleeding stopped and remarkably over the course of 4 weeks taking the slippery elm and by other recommendations, her colon healed completely and she was off drugs.  She had been fighting this disease for nearly two years.  If physicians have a hard time finding the recommended nutrients, they can be obtained through Endo-Met  Laboratories at (602) 995-1580,  8650 North 22nd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021


B-6 (50mg)  ( split into quarters, 12.5  each - take 1 every hour not to exceed 6 hours )
* not to exceed 1,200 millgrams over 12 hour period except for extreme cases)
* in extreme cases to stop nausea, gas, or pain, up to 200mg per hour, not to exceed 2,000mg 12 hr period
* be sure to drink lots of water when taking additional B6

B-5 (200mg) ( split into quarters, 50 mg each -  every hour for up to six hours do not take more than 600 MG over 24 hour period

ZINC 50mg   * not to exceed more than 100mg daily, and not for more than 3 days at this dosage)
* take 50mg tablet, split in quarters, 12.5mg each quarter.  Start with 1 (12.5mg) tablet every hour for 4 hours.  If nausea persists, take (1) additional tablet, every hour for two more hours.  Not to exceed (6) 12.5mg quarters over 12 hour period.  However, most liquid minerals as listed below contain ZINC in them.  Dosage levels will change according to ZINC levels in liquid minerals.
The above recommendations for B6, B5, Zinc are only to be taken for up to 6 hours in 24 hours period and not more than 3 days to alleviate symptoms.  Maintenance levels should then be (1/2) tablet daily of the recommended dosage levels.  An additional B-Complex must be taken to eliminate deficiencies of other B vitamins, especially B1 and B12.

Liquid Mineral Supplement containing the following: Begin with 1 tablespoon every hour for up to 6 hours for first 1st day. Then decrease to 4 times daily for three days, then three times daily for 5 days, then once daily as preventative maintenance.    May take up to (6) tablespoons daily to eliminate symptoms.  Innovative Naturals makes the following liquid mineral and can be found at most health foods stores.

Calcium 200mg  - 20% of RDA
Magnesium 80mg - 20% of RDA
Manganese 50 mcg - 25% of RDA
Zinc 5mg - 20% of RDA
Molybdenum 25mcg - 33% of RDA
Phosphorus 25mg 3% of RDA
Chromium 25mcg 20% of RDA
Boron 25mcg
Germanium 25mcg
Vadium 1.5 mcg
Selenium 15mcg
Copper 10mcg - 10.0% of RDA
* Innovative Naturals make a good liquid mineral above -found at health foods stores*
If the liquid supplement has Zinc as above 5mg,  take only (12) maximum 6.25mg quarters of Zinc daily.

Do not take more than 100mg of zinc daily and not for more than 5 days.  Although copper toxicity is a problem, however the copper above in the liquid mineral will be utilized by the tissues via the blood because of the zinc and magnenese, whereas the Zinc will eliminate toxic buildup of copper toxicity in tissues. Take B6, B5, Liquid Minerals together and extra Zinc if needed together every hour as explained.

Vitamin C - 500mg timed released (2) tablets daily, one every 6 hours  OR
Grapeseed Abstract - 100mg gel capsules (2) daily, one morning, one afternoon.

Avoid B-Complex Vitamins and Vitamin E during treatment course of the above.  May resume these supplements after colon has returned to normal functioning.  Taking of these supplements during tissue inflammation of colon will only worsen inflammation. Patients will need to alter their diet during this period according to their symptoms and or disease state.  HOWEVER, after symptoms have subsided, resume or start taking a LIQUID B complex.  Liquid not tablets!  



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Revised: January 28, 2006

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