“Zinc deficiencies are more common than most pharmaceutical reliant doctors give credit. Zinc and B6 are the foundation to neurotransmitters like serotonin, melatonin, GABA, and aceylcholene,” says Greg Emerson, MD, a holistic Australian physician who specializes in Lyme, parasites and mold.

Serotonin is the hormone that makes us feel happiness. Melatonin assists hormonally with sleep and circadian rhythms. GABA is a hormone responsible for relaxation. Aceylcholene is a memory molecule.

Zinc deficiencies are always present in those with violent behavior, Dr. Greg says.

Dr. Emmerson says, “Zinc and copper are like a seesaw. When zinc levels go down copper goes up. As zinc goes up copper goes down. High copper is a disaster for the thyroid.”

He adds, “Copper is the emotional mineral.”

High copper and low zinc has been connected to tumor formation and post natal depression. To bring it down use vitamin C and zinc. Other symptoms are tiredness, an overactive mind, PMS, hormonal swings, migraine headaches, depression, craving chocolate, avocados and nuts.



Low zinc is evidenced through signs like knee pain, grinding of the teeth, patches of no hair or hair loss, brain fog, Pyroluria, acne, anemia, angina, body odor, anorexia, bulimia, cavities, depression, herpes, hypertension, susceptibility to viruses, obesity, paranoia, PMS, urinary track infections, tumors and alterations of the fingernails. White spots on the fingernails, ridges in the fingernails, splitting down the nail and misshapen fingernails are all signs of a zinc deficiency.

Natural detoxing can be done through juicing as a supplement. When juicing, it’s best to take it with a dollop of home brewed sour cream and an egg yolk to increase healing cholesterol impacts and prevent blood sugar swings, according to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Other good sources for detox are ginger, turmeric, glutathione, dandelion and dandelion extracts.



Beneficial aspects of detoxing are sweating, food sources of vitamin C from a local farmer who does not treat with pesticides, and medicinal clay like zeolite or bentanite clay as well as detox baths like sea salt, Epsom salts, sea weed, baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

Microtoxins have the ability to damage the myelin sheath affecting autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, depression, bipolar disease, and if you have a severe zinc deficiency on top of it the potential for an infection is higher.

A red blood cell zinc or a plasma zinc test will show levels appropriately. Click here for a zinc test, an assay (affiliate link). Set one teaspoon in your mouth, if it tastes like water or has no taste, you are zinc deficient. If it has a bitter taste so



bad that you need to spit it out this shows adequate zinc levels. If you are zinc deficient you are copper toxic. Taking zinc will bring up the zinc and bring down the copper.

Foods high in zinc are oysters, liver, pumpkin seeds, tahini, Alaskan king crab and lamb. Zinc levels can be tested more in depth by clicking here.

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5 Responses to No Zinc No Think

  1. Joie Fields says:

    I appreciate your blog so much! The photos you displayed to show us the nails as described in your article helped me really understand what kind off ridges you were talking about. Thank you. Really. Thank you.

  2. Iwona says:

    How much is low zinc? I have -23% zinc and -42% cooper. -23% percent is low or no?

    • Becky Plotner says:

      i am not a medical doctor and can not advise you on this, sorry. the zinc assay, test, linked in the post tells you, from what i understand.

  3. Heather says:

    My husbands has been zinc deficient for years (the liquid always tastes like water). His primary symptoms are a loss of taste/smell. Our ND has never really addressed this concern of ours except for recommending some different zincs to try. My husband has taken astronomical amounts of them to no avail (per doc’s orders), although Vitamin C was never recommended in conjunction with the zinc. I guess my question is if there could be something blocking his zinc absorption ability? We eat a traditional diet– although currently we are working our way through Lyn-Genet Recitas’ The Plan.

  4. gigi says:

    I think any article about zinc deficiency should REALLY have the counter side of copper deficiency (also extremely terrible if it happens, and can be caused by zinc megadosing). It’s about giving a balanced informed view, so people walk away with true knowledge, not just an idea that “all zinc is good” and “all copper is bad”, which can lead to problems in the other direction.

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