I did not do the zinc or Mag RBC test this time. I have a good idea where I am there. Normal but sub-optimal. The copper and ceruloplasmin? I really wanted to know.
Long term goal:
Cp: 25. Copper: 80-90. Unbound copper: 90-3(25)= 15.0
Cp: 20. Copper: 80. Unbound copper: 80-3(20)=20.0
Cp: 17.9. Copper: 82. Unbound copper: 82- 3(17.9)= 28.3
Cp: 18.3. Copper: 79. Unbound copper: 79-3(18.3)=24.1
A modest improvement. I was hoping for better but was reminded on Facebook to be pleased that my numbers are indeed heading in the right direction. It has only been 7 weeks since my last test. To create a parallel, let's say that I was 75 lbs. overweight and lost 7 lbs. in as many weeks. It's certainly better than a gain but not the number you are looking for.
The ceruloplasmin is up by only 0.4 (2.26%) which is not even a statistically significant. Same with the copper. Only a 3 point drop, which is not significant. What is somewhat encouraging is the amount of unbound copper. Healthy is 15 or below. Mine fell from 28.3 to 24.1 (14.8% drop). Of course, I've got quite a ways to go but that percentage of a drop IS significant. So, in a nutshell, I lost 3 units of copper but the amount of BOUND copper actually rose from 53.7 to 54.9.
I have received very good news and bad news this week. I am extremely pleased that I can tolerate the modulator (ADHS) and if I deviate a bit from the optimal dose, it doesn't seem to hurt me that much. My only gripe is some issues with diarrhea but I think there's a good chance that it will either pass or I'll find a solution. I am equally displeased about the continued EXTREME sensitivity to Cal/Mag. It is becoming increasing clear that I need EXACTLY 625 mg of each and small deviations will result in significant weakness. Until the Cp gets above 20, I don't expect to see much improvement there.
One interesting theory:
A low Cp level is often indicative of weak adrenals and I had been taking an adrenal suppressant. A big question is whether or not the Thym-Adren hindered the Cp production. It is possible that I will see quicker improvement now that I am on the modulator. Next test will be in late September.