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Copper Against Ebola? It’s Well Worth A Try

Post by Jennifer Rickard

I keep an eye out for articles and news on copper and its germ-fighting capabilities. I was pleased to come across an article featuring Bill Keevil in Science Daily dated October 30, 2014.

I’ve begun to think of him as a friend, the way I do when I see a local newscaster at the grocery store or bank. My face lights up in recognition and I say hi, only belatedly realizing that just because they’re in my living room at five o’clock, doesn’t mean I am in theirs.

Bill Keevil and I go back over a year – to when I first started researching copper’s antimicrobial properties. He is prominent in the research, even though there are well over 100 studies, many done by other researchers. He is Chair of Environmental Healthcare, professor and researcher at the University of Southampton in the UK . (His work can be seen on several Youtube videos.)

In this latest article, he touched on a subject that’s been on everyone’s mind since late last spring or early summer – Ebola. Probably most Americans had never heard of the hemorrhagic fevers until this one made world news. And now they know more than they ever wanted to.

This article is entitled “Could Copper Prevent Spread of Ebola?” Because Doug and I are so involved with learning about and teaching people about copper’s ability to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi, it was one of the first questions we asked. We tossed the idea around and decided that yes, of course it could. Copper kills over 170 different disease-causing germs.

Because of limited access to laboratories with the required safety clearances for Ebola, no testing has been done. But Professor Keevil says this, “Based on our research on viruses of similar genetic structure, we expect copper surfaces to inactivate Ebola, and to help control the spread of this virus if employed for publicly-used touch surfaces.”

We wonder if copper might help in this way, too: a healthcare worker rubs copper in the nose, on the face and hands before suiting up to attend to patients. He does the same thing afterwards, maybe several times for the next few hours. Other people living around this disease might also be protected by keeping their skin and nostrils “copperated”. (Doug coined the term). It’s thought that copper ions remaining on the skin may keep protecting for some period of time afterwards.

It just might save a life. Wouldn’t you say it’s well worth a try?

Jennifer

Early Adopters Wanted

I have been completely mystified that CopperZaps are not flying off the shelves. I couldn’t understand why something so cutting-edge and more importantly something that is easy and works so well meets with such skepticism.

Until I remembered a class I took in grad school that taught me about the Innovation Adoption Lifecycle. In medical fields, there’s another term for a similar phenomenon. It’s called the Normalization Process Theory, but I am not going to go there!

In the Innovation Adoption Lifecycle, there is a bell curve of users that illustrates the percentages of them along that curve, as they adopt a new product or technology.

So, according to this curve, only 2.5% of people are innovators. Early adopters make up another 13.5 percent of people. Early majority and late majority each comprise 34% and lastly, the laggards make up 16% of people.

There’s my answer. It isn’t mystifying after all – just frustrating, but completely understandable. The phenomenon of keeping up with the Joneses may not be about prestige after all. Perhaps it is just that 68% of people are adopting new products all around the same time. I am impatient for that day.

Jennifer

It Works Again!

Penny Crosby just sent us a second testimonial:

This product is amazing, once again it saved me from getting sick. Copper zap works far better than any product I have ever tried including the flu shot. I work as a Personal Care Giver. I can’t afford to get sick, and that was nearly impossible to avoid until I tried this product. I started feeling flu like symptoms head ache, body ache, sore throat. I used my Copper Zap. Twelve hours later I felt as good as new. I was so worried I was going to have to miss work, which I can’t afford to do, I have people that depend on me and thanks to Copper Zap they can. This is a must have product. Everyone must have one. IT WORKS.
Thank you
Sincerely Penny Crosby

She followed up with another email saying “it’s a great product we support it 100%. I’m so grateful to have one it has saved me from getting sick more than once.”

Thanks, Penny!

CopperZapped Water May Have Stopped The Flu

Yesterday morning I felt a headache, a tickle in my nose, and a tickle in my throat that made me cough. In the past, those have been signs I am getting the flu.

I immediately started using my CopperZap in my nose, which reduced the tickle there but did not affect the tickle in my throat. So I made some “copper water”.

It is easy to make copper water. I cleaned my CopperZap really well. I put it and about 1-2 ounces of distilled water in a cup. I used distilled water because it is known to dissolve metal faster than tap water. I tilted the cup so the water covered most of the CopperZap, swished it around a few times, and let it sit for about 20 minutes.

I knew the water then had a gretty good copper content, based on past tests I have done. So I tilted my head way back and gradually drank the water, letting it dribble very slowly over the place in my throat where I felt the tickle. It is hard to tell exactly, but it felt like I got a lot of copper water directly onto the tickle area.

I repeated this process twice more during the day and used my CopperZap in my nose three more times. By late afternoon the headache was gone, both tickles were gone, and the cough was gone. This morning I felt slight tickles again in my nose and throat, though no cough. I “zapped” my nose again and did the copper water thing in my throat again. Both tickles went away almost instantly.

Flu viruses cause a tickle as they multiply, but copper quickly inactivates most of them. (EPA tests confirm that copper inactivates flu viruses.) Flu viruses are more aggressive than cold viruses, so they rebound faster and you have to keep hitting them to give your immune system time to catch up and get ahead of them. People say they sometimes have to use copper repeatedly for 2-3 days to stop the flu, versus only once or twice for a cold.

This is the second time I have stopped a cough-causing tickle in my throat with copper water. In the past it would develop into a full-blown horrible flu.

CopperZap was designed as a way to touch copper to the inside of your nostrils. Now it looks like it can be used to touch copper to the inside of your throat as well. Those are the two main places cold and flu viruses gather and multiply when you are about to get sick.

If CopperZap can get copper to both places, it is even more useful than I thought.

Doug Cornell, PhD

This Cold Season, We CopperZap Users REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE!

Reminder to CopperZap owners:

Cold and Flu Season is here again, but we CopperZap users REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE!

I hope you had a great summer and didn’t need your CopperZap, but it might be time to dig it out again and keep it with you.

Reminder about COLDS:

At the very first sign of a cold, like a tickle in your nose or a scratchy throat, rub your CopperZap gently along the bottom and sides of each nostril for about 60 seconds. If the signs remain or return, do it again in an hour or so. If you wait until you have major symptoms, you may still be able to shorten or lessen the cold, so keep using it up to 4 times a day and up to 3 days in a row.

Almost 100% of users say the copper stopped a cold if used within 3-4 hours of the first sign, and lessened it if used within 48 hours. Also, in an estimated several thousand total uses so far, no side effects have been reported to us.

Reminder about FLU:

Flu can be hard to distinguish from a cold, but flu often includes headache, general achiness, chills, fever, and fatigue. Flu often comes on faster, with more severe symptoms.

If the flu starts in the nose, you may be able to stop it with immediate and frequent application of copper in the nostril over several days, starting right away at the first sign. If you don’t get to it right away, you may still be able to shorten the illness or reduce its severity.

If the flu starts in the throat, however, copper in the nose may not help. Try a chewable zinc tablet. Zinc is also antimicrobial, like copper, but with potential side effects, so use very little of it. Lean way back, chew the tablet slowly, and try to let tiny pieces drain over the spot in your throat where you feel the tickle or discomfort.

Alternatively, soak your CopperZap in distilled water for an hour and swish it around to get a lot of copper in the water. Then lean back and slowly sip the coppery water and let it dribble over the trouble spot in your throat. If you can get enough germ-killing copper onto the spot in time, you may be able to stop the flu before it knocks you out.

Reminder about MRSA etc:

Experts say 80% of infectious illnesses are transmitted by touch. Contact with an infected person or with something an infected person has touched can make you sick, and also make you a carrier. If you visit a hospital, share space with a sick person, handle money, or touch things touched by others, you may want to rub your hands on your CopperZap, before and after if possible. A University of Arizona study showed bacteria left on an office doorknob by one person got onto the hands of nearly every other person in the office within 4 hours, as well as on many commonly touched surfaces like coffee pot handles, copier buttons, etc.

Wash your hands when you can. If you use antibacterial soap or wipes, however, remember they do not kill viruses. They also help bacteria become antibiotic resistant. Copper kills viral and bacterial microbes both, including many antibiotic resistant ones like MRSA, VRE, etc. At last count, researchers had shown copper effective against about 172 different disease-causing microbes.

Directions for Use: We recommend reading the Directions again to be sure about use and safety. We made a change recently to warn against being near an airbag when using CopperZap in the nose. Sudden airbag deployment could cause it to turn hard or push back too far. Read the latest Directions here.

Other Uses and Feedback: We have heard anecdotal reports from some users about applying CopperZap against a sty in the eye by touch, or a pimple by repeated pressing, or sinus headaches by normal use in the nostril. There are too few reports to know if it was really the copper that helped or if the problems would have improved anyway. We hope to hear more reports. We are always eager to hear about any experience you have with CopperZap.

Healthier communities: Use of copper in a few hospitals has drastically reduced hospital-acquired illnesses. CopperZap seeks to extend the benefit to other settings for individuals and families. If we can reduce the spread of infectious illness, our communities can be healthier and happier.

Here’s hoping your season is cold-free and flu-free, from all of us at CopperZap LLC.

Ebola Virus In The News

July 30, 2014
By Jennifer
I have been fascinated by the strange world of viruses ever since I read “The Hot Zone” in 1995 by Richard Preston, “a terrifying true story” as he called it.

The story focuses on Ebola, Marburg (both filoviruses) and a mutated form of Ebola called Reston ebolavirus for the city in Virginia where it was first discovered. This is a variety of the virus that does NOT transmit to humans but is spread more easily than the other forms. It was spreading within a primate research facility which has since been torn down. The main message was that viruses adapt, change, kill quickly and move on. Luckily for us humans, if they kill too quickly, it is harder for them to spread. Haunting…

I am not trained in science or medicine – I am simply captivated by good storytelling and great subject matter. I have never forgotten that book.

Unfortunately West Africa is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola virus ever. Yes, ever. It is the most deadly strain – Zaire ebolavirus. And it IS spread from human to human, though NOT easily. Symptoms have to be present (they believe) for it to be contagious, and it is spread by contact with bodily fluids from a symptomatic person. It is likely, I read, that this outbreak has to do with a great many people eating soup made from infected bats.

Now a doctor in Sierra Leone and a doctor in Liberia have died from it and two American aid workers, a doctor and a hygienist are sick. They are friends of a missionary couple I know who work with them in Liberia. That couple has been in the states since before the outbreak, but are staying in touch with people there. They are due to return soon to Liberia.

Is It Starve A Cold, Feed A Fever, Or The Opposite?

May 8, 2014
Actually, it’s neither. That’s why there is so much confusion.

People posting answers to the question are about evenly split as to whether it’s “starve a cold, feed a fever” or “feed a cold, starve a fever”. The answers from medical sources, however, say don’t do either.

“Starving is never the correct answer,” says WebMD. Feed yourself a balanced diet of nutritious food whether you have a cold or fever or are perfectly healthy.

“What’s more critical, however, is consuming ample liquids,” according to Completely You.

But there another step that’s even better – apply the touch of antimicrobial metal to in the nose to prevent or stop both cold and fever. If you do, you don’t have to get sick in the first place.

Both cold and fever are caused by microbes. The microbes are viruses that usually get into your system through your nose. Antimicrobial metal can destroy viruses right in the nostril.

Preliminary research shows you can usually stop a cold or fever completely by rubbing antimicrobial metal in your nose at the first sign of a cold or flu. The metal’s ability to kill viruses is confirmed by scientific research.

EPA and university tests shows that antimicrobial metal, like silver, copper, and zinc, kill viruses by touch in minutes or less. Silver is toxic, not to mention extremely expensive, so it’s not a good choice to rub in the nose. Zinc nasal gels and sprays were taken off the market after causing apparent damage to the sense of smell, so zinc is not a good choice either.

That leaves copper. Copper is the choice of hospitals for touch-surfaces, like faucets, doorknobs, and bedrails. Tests show that changing these surfaces to copper reduces hospital-acquired infections by 50% or more.

If stationary copper surfaces kill microbes, a mobile copper surface should too. This ideal led to CopperZap™, a handheld copper nasal wand and touch-surface handle.

Preliminary results were encouraging. People used CopperZap to apply copper directly in their nostrils to kill viruses by touch at the first signs of cold or flu. It worked.

Colds were stopped completely if the copper was applied once or twice within 4 hours of the first sign. Flu with low fever was stopped with 3-4 applications daily for 2-3 days. Both colds and fever were shortened if copper was applied after four hours but still within the first 48 hours.

So you don’t need to starve or cold, feed a fever, or feed a cold or starve a fever. You just need good nutrition, plenty of fluids, and solid copper at the first sign of illness.

Julie’s “Little Magic Wand. No More Colds For Me!”

March 10, 2014
All our testimonials are real. We do not pay for them, make them up, or tell people what to say.

So we were delighted at the message we received today with a repeat order from a doctor’s office:

“…more Copper Zap’s please.

I have recently used one myself and it is amazing! I woke up feeling horrible and snuffly. Coughing and spluttering, the whole sick lot. The first time I used the Copper Zap my nasal passages cleared up! I thought to myself, OK that was a fluke. Used it 2 more times during the day and felt better and better each time. Woke up the next morning feeling fantastic!!!
What a wonderful thing that Copper Zap is. In the past, when I would get a cold, I would be down for days. Now I have this little magic wand. No more colds for me!!! 🙂“
Julie, Office Manager/Physicians Assistant (We asked her permission and how she wanted her name and occupation to appear, if at all, as we do with all our testimonials.)

“SPREAD THE WORD, NOT THE SNIFFLES”

March 1, 2014
Pat McAllister wrote me today:

“This past week, my husband has had a full blown cold (refused to use the copperzap), and all my co-workers at the warehouse have had colds and or coughs and sniffles and I haven’t had a sign yet. I used the copperzap once a day as a preventative measure. I have been speading the word, not the sniffles. Thank you. Pat”

Pat is the one who wrote the comment about CopperZap being a “jewel”. She is the floor manager at VT Hay Company, which I looked up and seems to be in Greensboro, Vermont.

She is right to be concerned about illness at work. A recent study at the University of Arizona shows, “When someone comes to work sick, about half of the commonly touched surfaces in the workplace will become infected with the virus by lunchtime.” Germ hotspots included doorknobs, copy machine buttons, refrigerator handles, phones, keyboards, coffeepot handles, desktops, and tabletops.

The study says you should wash your hands often and use sanitary tissues and wipes to reduce the chance of getting sick. But even if you do those things diligently, you know that most other people do not. So you are still at risk whenever you touch things other people touch. The risk goes up dramatically if you then touch your face. Most people touch their face many more times than they realize. Solid copper offers a high level of protection even if germs have already reached your nose.

The study highlights the importance of protecting yourself when others are sick. It also highlights the importance of protecting others when you are sick. If you get sick and spread illness to two other people, and each of them spreads it to two other people, and so on, that’s a lot of people getting sick.

But if you prevent yourself from getting sick and therefore don’t spread it to two other people, etc., that’s a lot of people not getting sick. Pat’s got the right idea.

So as Pat says, spread the word, not the sniffles.

It Was Bound To Happen – Someone Says It Didn’t Work For Her

February 25, 2014
Last night we got our first report that copper did not completely stop a cold even when used right after the first sign.

Up till now, every single report we got from the many users we asked said they believe solid copper stopped a cold completely if used within 4 hours of the first sign. If used within 48 hours, all reports so far say it mitigated the cold compared to what they have experienced in the past.

We knew it was just a matter of time, however, until we found an exception. Nothing works 100%.

Nevertheless, we wish it had worked completely for the woman we spoke with last night so she could have avoided the suffering. She used CopperZap strictly according to the directions. She even used it in advance because her husband had a cold, and again several times shortly after her first signs appeared. She got the cold anyway, so she is our first exception. She did say the cold was several days shorter than previous colds she has had, so it was not a total exception.

She said one reason it didn’t work as well as hoped may be that her nose is not normal. It seems to have an extra passageway to her throat. She has constant nasal drip even when she is otherwise healthy. She has other health abnormalities, too. She tried a cosmetic that was supposed to be non-allergenic for 99 out of 100 people. She says she must be in the unlucky 1 in 100, because she had a strong allergic reaction.

Every body is different. We know there are wide variations in the internal shape of the nose from one person to another, and sometimes even from one nostril to the other in the same person. We think in rare cases there may be a significant place in a nostril that CopperZap can’t reach. Such a place could be a safe haven for viruses.

Fortunately, most people do not seem to have that problem. In fact, this unfortunate woman’s experience is like the exception that proves the rule. She is the only one so far who got little benefit even with use of solid copper in the first few hours. We are sorry.

We offer a full cash refund for anyone who is not satisfied, regardless of the reason. In this case, however, it is shared with her husband, and he says it did work for him. He wants to keep it.

We wish it worked for everyone. In fact, we wish it cured cancer and every other other illness, too. It just doesn’t.

But we know that solid copper does benefit the great majority of those who use it. We look forward enthusiastically to helping millions of people. But we know realistically we can’t help everyone.