25 October, 2003
My earlier post on "Heart
Disease and Copper" raised some concern on the use of copper
and it's impact on zinc levels hence this post.
..."Zinc Talley." It's one of the easiest and most accurate
ways to determine a zinc deficiency."...
You can make your own Zinc Talley test solution by mixing 2 grams
of zinc sulfate 2 litres of distilled water and follow instruction
outlined below. Making 2 litres of solution may seem a bit excessive
but it makes a much more accurate solution when using kitchen weigh
scales. Of course if you have access to more precise tools than
by all means make a small quantity equivalent to 0.1% zinc sulfate
To find out if you're low in zinc, ask your local health food store
for a nutritional test called the "Zinc Talley." It's
one of the easiest and most accurate ways to determine a zinc deficiency.
Take the following zinc questionnaire. If you answer yes to any
of these questions, you may have some degree of zinc deficiency:
- Have you lost much of your sense of taste and smell?
- Do you have adult acne, even if you didn't have it as a teenager?
- Do you get frequent colds and flu, usually with an ear infection?
- Is your hair going prematurely gray? Does it grow slowly? Is
your hair texture dry with brittle ends?
- Do your nails have white flecks? Do they peel and fray easily?
Do they grow abnormally slowly?
- Do you have an enlarged prostate (BPH) or prostatitis?
- Is your skin dry and cracked? Do you get fungal skin infections?
Do cuts or rashes heal slowly? Do you sunburn easily?
- Have you been diagnosed with macular degeneration? Are your
eyes overly sensitive to sunlight?
- Does your body have trouble with sugar balance? Do you have
diabetes or hypoglycemia?
- Do you have a history of low sperm counts? Have you ever suffered
from impotence or erection problems?
- Do you get often get herpes-type mouth sores? Are your lips
regularly dry, cracked or chapped?
..."SIGNS OF ZINC DEFICIENCY: One easily recognized sign of
zinc deficiency is white spots, bands, and lines on finger nails.
An occasional white spot is usually evidence that the immune system
overcame a bacterial or some other systemic infection, and is a
positive, not negative sign. Some women will have multiple parallel
white bands or lines on their fingernails marking menstrual cycles
in marginal zinc deficiency. According to some biomedical researchers,
human zinc deficiency may be correctable only by a therapeutic intake
of 100 to 150 mg zinc per day taken orally for a few months. Significantly
exceeding 150 mg per day to correct serum zinc deficiency is rarely
warranted, and often causes nausea and vomiting, and may have other
deleterious effects on health, primarily through depletion of serum
copper. Some researchers suggest adding trace amounts of copper
and vitamin B-6 with supplemental therapeutic doses of zinc to help
reestablish proper zinc serum levels."...
DEFICIENCY -- AS CAUSE OF MODERN ILLNESSES