FAQ - CopperZap


What is CopperZap®?

CopperZap® is a solid copper nasal wand and personal touch surface. It is designed to apply the touch of solid copper to the nose and skin. Extensive research demonstrates that solid copper kills bacteria and viruses by touch in minutes. Hospitals using solid copper touch surfaces have greatly reduced the spread of infectious illness. CopperZap® is designed for people to easily apply copper to their own hands, faces, and nostrils, whenever they want. Application of copper is suggested in the nose at the first sign of cold or flu, and on the fingers, hands and face after visiting a hospital or doctor’s office, or a day care or elder care facility, or after being in public or handling money.

How can only 60-seconds have much effect?

By sliding the CopperZap® tip around in the inner nostril, the solid copper comes in contact with a large percentage of the microbes present. Evidence suggests the zapping effect starts in seconds and the microbes die within a few minutes. CopperZap® also leave ions (or atoms) of copper in the nostril, which may continue killing microbes for some minutes. The same is true about the fingers and thumbs when you rub them on the solid copper handle.

How does it work?

Hundreds of studies have shown that bacteria and viruses die rapidly when they come into direct physical contact with solid copper. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) supervised studies showing that solid copper “touch surfaces” kill germs that can make people sick. CopperZap® puts the touch of solid copper in your nose, where cold and flu viruses collect and multiply. Scientists believe the electrical conductance of the copper disrupts the delicate electrical balance between the inside and the outside of the cell membrane of a microbe. The copper causes a microscopic electrical “zap” and pops holes in the cell membrane. You can’t feel it, but it kills the microbe. People even say the copper feels good. Rub the tip of the wand gently in the inside cavity of each nostril for 60 seconds at the first sign of a cold. Over 99% of people who have tried it and reported back say the copper stopped the cold if used within the first 3 hours, or at least make it milder or shorter if used later than 3 hours. Research also suggests that rubbing your fingers and thumb on solid copper for 60 seconds can reduce the bacteria and viruses on your hands, which may reduce the spread of infectious illness to yourself and others. CopperZap® has a solid copper touch surface handle designed for maximum contact with fingertips and thumb tips.

Are there side effects?

CopperZap® has no known side effects when used as directed. Humans have been using copper for thousands of years for disinfecting water and for medical purposes. Water pipes are often made of copper. Copper IUDs have been in use for many years. Copper is a natural element in many foods. We all have copper in our bodies. Copper is vital for tissue health. Many nutritional supplements and medicines, such as antiseptic and antifungal creams, contain copper. When used on the skin and in the nose, copper leaves a slight residue of copper atoms which are gradually absorbed. People with a rare condition of hypersensitivity to copper, however, are directed not to use CopperZap®. See the Directions for symptoms which might indicate hypersensitivity to copper. People with a rare contact dermatitis allergy to copper, with redness, itching, swelling or skin lesions where the skin is touched by copper, should not use CopperZap®.

Does it need to be sterilized?

No. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says copper is “continuously self-sanitizing” because it inherently kills microbes, including bacteria and viruses, present on it. So it sterilizes itself. In tests supervised by the EPA, dangerous bacteria and viruses could not survive long on bare solid copper, as opposed to stainless steel where some survived for months.

If it is self-sterilizing, why does it need to be cleaned?

Because the copper surface must be free of oil and dirt for maximum effect. A thin layer of oil or dirt can prevent the copper from directly touching the germs. It takes direct physical contact with the copper itself to kill the germs.

What about tarnish?

The EPA research concluded that tarnish does not reduce the effectiveness of copper against germs. Tarnish is the natural change in color that copper undergoes when exposed to air and moisture. In some applications, the tarnish is considered beautiful and is called “patina”. It is easy to restore the original shine of copper, however, by rubbing metal polish on it for a few seconds. There are several brands of copper polish available in many grocery stores. It may be wise to wear rubber gloves and be sure to wash all the polish off, so you don’t absorb polish through your skin or nose.

Does copper kill beneficial bacteria at the same time as harmful ones?

A few, yes, but not like antibiotics, which can kill massive numbers of beneficial bacteria. Copper only kills bacteria it actually touches, like on the fingers and in the nose. There are billions of beneficial or neutral bacteria on our hands and in our bodies that are not affected.

Do bacteria and viruses develop immunity to copper?

Not according to the research. Some scientists have pointed out that micro-organisms die so fast when touched by copper that they cannot replicate or pass their DNA on to other micro-organisms, which is one of the ways bacteria and viruses often adapt and become resistant. Humans have been using copper for thousands of years, and yet in all that time, no strain of micro-organism has yet been found that can live very long on a clean copper surface, according to the CDA.

Can I use CopperZap instead of hand-washing?

Copper enhances hygiene and sanitary practices but is not a substitute for the basics, like hand-washing. CopperZap is especially useful for situations where you cannot immediately wash your hands. Touch your CopperZap frequently whenever you are out and about meeting with people, shopping, traveling, or at a party, a school, a hospital, etc.

Why isn't the benefit of touching solid copper more widely known?

Before scientists discovered bacteria and viruses, people did not know why copper worked so well as a disinfectant. For example, during cholera outbreaks that killed thousands of people, doctors noticed that copper workers did not get sick, but they didn’t know why because they did not know about microbes. Even when bacteria and viruses were discovered, it took a long time to figure out how copper affected them. The medical community started to figure it out, however, and by the 1930s copper was coming into wider use in hospitals and doctors’ offices. But then antibiotics came along and interest in copper died down. Copper was expensive and no longer seemed necessary. In the last 20 years or so the dawning recognition that antibiotics are losing effectiveness has sparked renewed interest in copper. The word is getting out about copper’s effects, but slowly. There is a natural tendency to pass it off at first as a fad or hype, partly because of copper bracelets, which are thought by many to be based on superstition.

What about copper bracelets, do they work?

Copper bracelets actually may provide a degree of health benefit. They probably kill bacteria on the skin of the wrist where they are worn and on the skin of the fingers of the other hand when touching the bracelet or putting it on or taking it off. And they may help boost the copper in the system of people who may be deficient in copper in their bodies. But their shape is not ideal for maximizing copper contact with the fingers and thumbs of both hands, and they cannot reach into the crucial area inside the nose. Some people say copper bracelets help with arthritis. It is possible, but scientific research has failed to confirm it.

Can I just rub my fingers on copper pennies?

Yes, even copper pennies might give some benefit, but they need to be thoroughly cleaned first since grit and grime and oil from hundreds of other people’s fingers might keep the copper from directly touching the microbes on your fingers. A penny also can’t reach very far into the nose to kill microbes there, unless you have a very big nose and are not worried about how to get it out.

Does CopperZap® turn the skin green like some copper jewelry does?

No, not unless worn on the skin for a long time. Copper jewelry held against the skin for a few days can cause a temporary greenish color to appear on the skin where it has been in contact with the copper. This goes away after the jewelry is taken off. CopperZap® is not designed to be held against the skin for more than a few minutes at a time.

If copper works so well, why can't I just take copper pills?

Because copper inside your body does not touch germs on your skin or in your nose. If disease germs are already inside your body, such as in your bloodstream, there is no safe way to take in enough copper to help. Too much copper can be toxic. A normal diet provides plenty of copper for tissue health and the other vital benefits of copper in the body. Copper pills might overwhelm the system without doing much good on the skin or in the nose.

What if I feel uncomfortable sticking something up my nose?

That’s understandable, but having a cold is pretty uncomfortable, too, and can spread to others and keep you from enjoying life for a while. Try it, very very gently. It is not supposed to hurt. Think about all those nasty viruses the copper is attacking. After trying it once or twice, it may not seem so uncomfortable after all.

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