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.
John, an engineer friend of mine, said he stopped a cold with a single copper application a few days ago. He used CopperZap in his nose just a half hour after feeling the first tickle in his nose.
He was sure it was a cold because his daughter had had a cold the previous week. She had not used CopperZap. He knew to use it because he has used it successfully before. He knew it was important to use it as soon as possible at the first sign of cold or flu. He woke up with a “pre-cold” tickle in his nose and used his CopperZap as soon as he was up and starting his day. The tickle went away in minutes and the cold never took hold.
A quick draw paid off. I can picture a contest, like the “fastest gun” faceoffs in old cowboy movies,for the title of Fastest CopperZap in the West!