People keep telling us of times they used CopperZap right away when they thought they were getting a cold and the cold stopped.
But quite a few people say at least one time they didn’t use it right away, for various reasons. They all say they still got a benefit, even if they waited quite a few hours. The colds were generally short and mild, but not completely stopped because of the delay.
One of the reasons for delay that we hear often is that it is hard to tell at first if the signs in your nose are cold or allergy. Some people tend to wait in case it is allergy.
A better strategy might be not to wait, in case it is not allergy. If it is just allergy it may keep going and you will know. CopperZap can’t stop allergies. But if it is a cold, solid copper can stop it if you get to it early enough.
A friend came up with the phrase “CopperZap ASAP”. I am a lousy poet, but sometimes I can’t stop myself, so here goes…
When a cold seems to be your fate, you better not procrastinate.
To stop a cold the same day, you must be bold and don’t delay.
For best results of CopperZap, get right to it – ASAP!
An educator tells us she really likes the feel of CopperZap in her nose. She and her 18-year-old daughter both say it relieves congestion. She just bought another to send to a friend who seems to get colds often, perhaps because of having young children who bring germs home from school.
This morning I ran into a friend who works in the same building. He is sick as a dog.
He said he sat next a woman with a bad cold on a flight home Friday, and today, Monday, he’s got the cold. He’s all stuffed up and red-eyed and feeling terrible. He is a very hard worker, so he came to work anyway and is miserable.
I have been telling him about CopperZap for months. He has been skeptical and has not taken the time to look at the research. I don’t blame him. Everybody is skeptical at first, except people who already know about the research on copper. But I just wish he had been willing to try it. I bet he could have easily prevented the cold.
You could say his skepticism made him sick. When he feels better I plan to try to get him to check out the research. There is no reason he should ever have to go through this again.
My attorney friend, for her work, had to spend last Friday in a cold building a long way from home. By noon that day she started to feel the first sign she might be getting a cold. She would have used her CopperZap immediately, but she had left it at home!
She didn’t get home until 7 that evening. She used it right away. Unfortunately, it was too late to stop the cold completely, but 2 days later she reported the symptoms are very mild and it has not reduced her energy level.
One of the most common reasons we hear of why people sometimes don’t use CopperZap as early as they should is that they don’t have it with them. It is easy to carry it in a purse or pocket, or in a car. Some people are keeping one at home and one at their workplace. Users are reporting no problems taking it on planes in a purse or carryon luggage, though I suspect if it is in a pocket and you have to put it in a tray it might worry the security people.
The main thing is, have it nearby so you can use it early when you think you might be coming down with something. Waiting just a few hours can make the difference between stopping a cold completly and just mitigating it or shortening it.
To quote the old American Express ad, “Don’t leave home without it.”
My barber, Craig, says he has used his CopperZap 3 times already in the few weeks he has had it.
One evening he started sneezing a little and wondered if it might be a cold or just allergies. Then he started feeling chills and goosebumps. He knew chills are typical of flu, so he immediately used his CopperZap. The next morning he felt fine and had no symptoms.
He could not be sure, of course, whether he would have gotten sick, but he pointed out it was no trouble to rub his CopperZap for 60 seconds in each nostril while he watched a game.
Another time he was coming home from a gathering where he had noticed several people coughing and sneezing, so he used his CopperZap as a preventive measure. That’s smart. Who knows if he would have caught something, but it is easy prevention. You never know if washing your hands prevents anything either, but it’s a smart thing to do.
The third time he used it was when a neighbor lady who takes care of her elderly mother came over and reported her mother has MRSA. MRSA is a dangerous antibiotic-resistant staph infection that has often been picked up in hospitals and spread by patients and visitors.
MRSA is one of the pathogens the EPA targeted in their research on copper as a way of cutting hospital-acquired infections. Researchers found copper surfaces are highly effective against MRSA. Craig used his CopperZap immediately after the lady left. Again, who knows what would have happened otherwise, but why take a chance?
Craig also told me about another lady who won’t use CopperZap because she has an aversion to putting anything in her nose. I have run into a couple of people who feel that way. It is understandable, especially since as children we were warned not to stick things in our noses. Craig said he bets if she gets a bad cold or flu “she might be willing to stick a watermelon up her nose if she thought it would help.” Fortunately, that won’t be necessary.
We just received the following report from healthcare worker Penny C:
“I used CopperZap as soon as I felt a scratching in my throat, like I was coming down with a cold. I used it for the next 2 days and my symptoms went away. It’s been 2 months and I haven’t been sick.
“I have allergies to Zinc and other metals. I have no bad reactions using CopperZap.
“Working in the healthcare field I carry CopperZap in my purse at all times.”
Penny C., PCA
Copper “kills bacteria in less than a minute,” according to Dr. Chris Rensing, formerly of the University of Arizona and recently at Research Triangle Institute International. “On stainless steel, those same bacteria are still alive after 24 hours or more.” Rensing termed copper “far superior in terms of hygiene.”
Evidence suggests two ways copper kills microbes, one fast way and one slower way. The fast way is by direct touch of the solid copper to the microbe, which immediately disrupts the electrical balance of the microbe and starts its dying.
The slow way happens as copper ions diffuse into the mucus and reach some of the microbes that were not actually touched by the solid copper but are nearby in the mucus. Researchers believe the ions have nearly as devastating an effect on the microbes as the direct touch of the solid copper.
That may explain why some users of CopperZap report an immediate reduction in congestion in the nose when they apply copper but a slower elimination of the tickle, over 10 minutes or longer. The tickle probably continues while there are still active living cold viruses that have not yet been touched by either the ions or the solid copper. If there are a lot of such viruses, perhaps because of a delay in applying copper, it may take additional applications of copper to get to them over the next hour or two.
If the delay has been too long, however, the viruses may have spread out so much that copper in the nose can no longer reach most of them and the cold can only be mitigated, not stopped. That’s why it is so important to apply copper right away at the first sign of cold or flu for the best chance to stop the illness completely.
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A customer says she bought CopperZap because she already knew a bit about the research on antimicrobial copper. She also said she often uses a copper brush on her horse. She said it almost seems to put the horse into a trance! She says the horse does not respond the same way to other brushes.
Perhaps the horse’s hide harbors some kind of microbes that cause itching. Copper has been shown in many scientific studies to kill a wide range of microbes, so maybe it helps the horse relax and feel better. If anyone knows more about this or has related experience, please share. Who knows, maybe we should come out with a line of CopperZap Horse Trance products. Just kidding, don’t send money.
We recently heard that installers of artificial turf have been switching to copper slag to weigh down the turf instead of silica sand, due to the antimicrobial effect of the copper. They say it reduces infection risk to children playing on the turf. Bacteria and viruses that can live easily in sand deep in the turf are killed by contact with copper.
An M.D. friend of many years told me the other day that family practitioners are often confronted with patients complaining of a stuffy nose, congestion, sneezing, and coughing. He said, we know there is nothing likely to completely stop a cold that far along, but we also know the patient will be upset if we don’t give them something. So we are pressured give them a drug that may help the symptoms a little but may make them drowsy or worse.
CopperZap is a great solution. The copper will probably help the symptoms, too, but without the side effects. And then the patient will have it and hopefully use it earlier next time and not get the cold in the first place.