Hi, I have a question regarding vegan and vegetarian diets and copper toxicity. Is it true that such diets that do not include red meat and other animal foods in significant amounts can lead to coper toxicity? There is one doctor in particular who seems to be the source of this belief. Here are a few quotes from him:
" COPPER AND VEGETARIAN DIETS Zinc is found mainly in meats.For this reason, vegetarian diets are higher in copper and lower in zinc.Those who follow vegetarian diets tend to accumulate too much copper in the body, which often shortens their lives, even if they feel very well during their entire lives.
Obligatory vegetarians.Dr. Eck discussed the idea that sometimes people become vegetarian due to the buildup of excess copper in the body.Excess copper interferes with zinc, a mineral needed to make digestive enzymes.Too much copper also impairs thyroid activity and the functioning of the liver.If severe enough, a person will become an obligatory vegetarian.This means they are no longer able to digest meat very well.The taste for meat often returns when copper is brought into better balance with a nutritional balancing program.Other reasons for following a vegetarian diet include one’s philosophy about eating animals, dislike for how animals are slaughtered, or other reasons.Some are born with a distaste for meat.No matter what the outward reason, however, at times a hidden buildup of copper – even at birth – is, in fact, part or all of the reason a person takes an interest in a vegetarian diet.
Symptoms.At times, the vegetarian orientation is health-producing, temporarily.Many people associate vegetarianism with eliminating refined flour and refined sugar, and this aspect is positive.However, in most people, however, meat-restricted diets do not work well.Fatigue, spaciness and other symptoms begin to appear.Many people, including the author, felt they were becoming more “spiritual” on a vegetarian diet, when in fact it was just copper poisoning!Some people with high copper dislike all protein.They crave high-carbohydrate diets.Protein feels heavy or causes other symptoms.Eating protein stimulates glandular activity.This releases stored copper, which causes the symptoms.However, these individuals usually need to eat protein, and their symptoms will eventually disappear as their health improves.For much more on vegetarian diets, please readVegetarianismon this website. " (http://drlwilson.com/articles/copper_toxicity_syndrome.htm#OTHSYMPTOMS) Do you believe there is any validity to what this doctor says? He also goes into other reasons on why being vegetarian, and even worse vegan, in his view, is harmful (http://drlwilson.com/articles/VEGETABLEDIETS.htm)