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Copper: Mineral Or Gem?

February 22, 2014
We recently showed CopperZap at the Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, AZ. We put up a banner:

“Copper is only a mineral, but when you stop getting colds you will think it’s a gem.”

As if to prove the point, a customer just called CopperZap a “jewel”. (Close enough.) Others also have expressed relief and joy at not getting colds any more. Copper really is just a mineral, of course, but it has such high electrical conductance it can do amazing things, like power a light bulb or zap a germ.

It was an amazing thing long ago when scientists discovered that copper wires can convey electricity and create light. Many people of the time considered electric lights a miracle. Today copper wires seem routine.

Now scientists have discovered that copper zaps viruses and bacteria. So, right on cue, another customer recently called CopperZap “a miracle”. But that’s just because the discovery is so new. Eventually it, too, will seem routine.

Meanwhile, however, we are delighted if people call CopperZap a jewel or a miracle. We share the feeling. When people realize they don’t have to suffer through a cold ever again, it lifts their spirits.

So if you want to think copper is a gem, go right ahead. We don’t mind.


The full comment from the person who called it a jewel was: “I received the CopperZap as a Christmas gift..since I’m 70 years old I think this is going to be one of the best presents I have ever received. I have not had a cold so far this year..I have used it at the first sign of a sniffle and as a preventative measure after being around co-workers that have colds. This little jewel really works and for those of you that don’t want to stick something up your nose, it absolutely does not hurt and is worth every second of use versus a week or more suffering from a cold/flu. Thank you for inventing this wonderful little preventative heath care tool.”


The full testimonial from the person who called it miraculous was: “Yesterday I woke up feeling a cold coming on. I did the CopperZap four times during the morning, once an hour. I felt completely fine, but that night I started feeling congestion. I had already done the CopperZap as many times as the directions say you can, so I didn’t use it again until today. This morning I was totally congested. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. So I did the CopperZap again. As soon as I used it the congestion went away and I feel fine. It is truly a miracle. I completely swear by CopperZap. It is the only thing I go by any more. I mean it.”

His New Routine: Brush Your Teeth, Zap Your Nose

Teachers and personal trainers are among the groups regularly exposed to cold viruses and other pathogens. They constantly touch things many other people have touched.

A man I know in New York City is both a teacher and a personal trainer. His wife is also a teacher. They probably bring germs home with them practically every day.

So he has a new routine. Every morning and every night it’s the same. He calls it “Brush your teeth, CopperZap your nose.” He says he has not been sick once in the months he has been following this routine.

Frequent preventive use like this raises the question of too much copper in your system. From all the evidence we can find, very few people are at risk. The amount of copper absorbed in the body from each use is much less than normal healthy intake from food and a tiny fraction of the amounts considered possibly toxic.

The only people we think would be at risk are those who already have too much, or almost too much, copper in their system. They might be fitted with a copper IUD, or they might work in a copper milling faciity with poor dust control, or they might be using copper cookware or drinking from the hot water tap.

For such people a little more copper might bring on symptoms of copper toxicity. Such symptoms, listed in the CopperZap Directions, include: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, metallic taste, hair loss, yellow skin and eyes, and unusual weakness.

Because of the risk, the Directions set limits on the use of CopperZap. For most people, we believe these limits are very conservative. If you don’t have any of the symptoms of copper toxicity, it is probably ok to use CopperZap daily in a preventive manner if you watch out for the symptoms.

We urge you to stop using CopperZap immediately and consult a doctor if you experience such symptoms.

Stopped The Cold In 2 Hours

An IT expert told me yesterday he finally had occasion to use his CopperZap that he got a couple of months ago. Last week he felt a cold coming on – a tickle in the nose, a “sneezy feeling”, and some congestion.

He rubbed CopperZap for 60 seconds in each nostril. This was about two and a half hours after he felt the first symptoms. Another one to two hours later the signs of a cold were completely gone, no more congestion, sneezy feeling, or tickle. He says he has felt fine ever since.

This is just one more of many reports we get of people stopping a cold completely if they get to it in the first few hours after they notice any signs. We also get reports of people who waited more than four hours and did not stop the cold but did reduce its severity and duration. The sooner they got to it, the milder the cold.

We are also hearing more reports of people using CopperZap preventively, meaning before they have any signs of a cold. These are people who have some reason to believe they have been exposed to cold germs or other pathogens and want to protect themselves.

The people telling us about preventive use believe it works, especially when others around them get sick and they don’t.

Perfect Occasion For Preventive Use Of Copper

A friend of mine recently told me he used CopperZap preventively. His family had a houseguest who had a cold. As soon as the guest arrived, my friend became concerned about getting the cold. He started using his CopperZap every morning and evening, even though he did not feel any signs of a cold.

It is impossible to know what would have happened otherwise, but his wife and daughter both caught colds and he didn’t. It seems he picked a perfect occasion to use copper preventively.

Copper Workers Seem To Avoid Illness

My assistant Jennifer was talking with a lady yesterday about CopperZap and the protective effect of copper against infectious illnesses. The lady said, “Oh, I never get sick.”

Jennifer asked her what she does. The lady said she makes copper jewelry, then suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, maybe that’s why I never get sick!”

It reminded us of the original discovery in 1832 that copper workers seem immune to Cholera. See the report from the University of Virginia by Dr. Rebecca Reddaway.

Research suggests that traces of copper on your fingers and in your nose offer some protection against a variety of illnesses. Copper workers probably have traces of copper on their hands and faces and in their noses practically all the time.

Given all the different bacteria and viruses (see the research) shown to be killed swiftly by direct contact with copper, maybe this lady’s experience and the evidence about cholera are no surprise.

We can’t all be copper workers, but we can all use CopperZap.

CopperZap ASAP! Stop A Cold From The Start

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!

Educator: “CopperZap Feels Good!”

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.

Skepticism Makes Him Sick

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.

“Don’t Leave Home Without It”

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.”

CopperZap, MRSA, And Watermelons: Tales From The Barbershop

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.