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    Why Copper Deficiencies Should Be Considered In Neurological Cases

    Why Copper Deficiencies Should Be Considered In Neurological Cases

    We’ve mentioned many times before The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC provides services to manage and treat allergies, and can encounter nutritional deficiencies in patients while running comprehensive tests.

    Because of this, the team at The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC may suggest nutritional supplementation to address any nutrient deficiencies that are present. Doing so can help promote detoxification and enhance the body’s immune system. Many individuals may not know something as non-apparent as a copper deficiency can have detrimental affects on a person’s health, and if left untreated, severe neurological issues can ensue. Therefore, the team is addressing copper deficiencies and the impact they can have on a person’s neurological health.

    SpectraCell Laboratories, a specialized clinical testing laboratory company, recently released a study regarding copper deficiencies and myelopathy, neurologic deficits related to the spinal cord. According to the report, patients affected by copper deficiency myelopathy usually exhibit signs of sensory ataxia (loss of sensory coordination) and mild leg spasticity.

    Its important physicians are able to recognize and properly diagnose copper deficiency myelopathy because many of the condition’s symptoms resemble a vitamin B12 deficiency. Because the condition is often mistaken for other medical conditions (B12 deficiency), copper deficiency has become an increasingly under-recognized cause of neurologic dysfunction.

    Some of the main causes of copper deficiency myelopathy include: increased consumption of zinc, malabsorption of copper from foods like animal products, except cow’s milk, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and bariatric surgery. Symptoms of the condtion, in addition to the ones mentioned above, may also include: diminished mental alertness, irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath.

    According to the SpectraCell Laboratories report, two patients who were diagnosed with copper deficiency myelopathy showed a “significant clinical, neuroradiological, and neurophysiological improvement after proper supplementation.”

    The study concluded, “The patients herein described underline the importance to include serum copper and ceruloplasmin levels as part of the myelopathy diagnostic work-up, especially in the cases of otherwise unexplained subacute myelopathy involving the posterior columns.”

    Copper deficiency myelopathy is a progressive syndrome and can cause irreversible damage if the proper supplementation therapy isn’t promptly provided. Treatment usually comes in the form of oral or parenteral copper. It’s important to have a balanced diet and seek medical attention if copper deficiency myelopathy is a possible concern.

    Providing the most comprehensive testing, diagnosis, and treatment of allergy diseases, The Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center, LLC is the leading allergy clinic in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. If you suffer from environmental, food, or chemical allergies, don’t wait any longer and call us now at (480) 634-2985!

    The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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