Zinc and Copper Deficiency

Zinc and Copper Deficiency

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Miami, FL

#1 Apr 25, 2013
I have been wondering if there might be a connection between zinc and copper deficiency and scabies. I found the following abstract that states:

"In group III (sarcoptic mange group), zinc, copper and alpha-tocopherol concentrations were significantly (P<0.05) lower than group I. Decrease in antioxidant enzyme activities and trace mineral concentrations suggested that sarcoptic mange in buffaloes is associated with compromise in antioxidant defense and oxidative stress may play important role in pathogenesis."

While this research is not on humans, it might be inferred that people with scabies have a deficiency in copper, zinc, alpha tocopherols, and other essential substances.

Taking a copper/zinc supplement might not be advised until you have an analysis done of the trace mineral levels in your body, as some people have an overabundance of copper. But supplementing with alpha tocopherol or even using vitamin E oil topically, as well as including antioxidants such as green tea, vitamin C, CoQ10, etc., might be helpful in making the skin an uninhabitable environment for scabies.

Alterations in hepatic lipid peroxides and antioxidant profile in Indian water buffaloes suffering from sarcoptic mange:

Miami, FL

#2 Apr 25, 2013
Here is a previous post that seems to support this notion:

"My regime:
Two Bitter Melon pills 3x a day with meals
1-2 Cayenne Pills a day. I would also take one if I got woken up by the itchies.
1 Zinc pill a day to help boost my immune system.
Avoided dairy and meat and refined sugars and flours. Ate A LOT of sauteed onions and garlic (the critters hate the smell of it in your skin). "

Scabies Free Within TWO Weeks - Naturally

"Skin Eternal Plus" vitamins from Source Naturals seems to be a good product. Has TocoMax, CoQ10, MSM, NAC, and many other good supplements.

Since: Feb 13

United States

#3 Apr 26, 2013
Thanks for the interesting information. I am going to check this out. There's got to be some reason why some people are susceptible to this bug but others aren't.

Miami, FL

#4 Apr 26, 2013
Could also be intestinal permeability leading to an overgrowth of yeast/bacteria that get transported to the blood. I find it interesting he healed his problem by going vegan and avoiding gluten. Try a vegan and gluten-free diet for two weeks and see how you do... could be undiagnosed allergies to dairy or gluten.

Look up leaky gut; also, look up "Functional Medicine" on TED.com .

Since: Apr 13

United States

#5 Apr 27, 2013
This is awesome. I know someone who caught it from a hotel in Costa Rica; he was in excellent health (jogger,biker, eats healthy) and he recovered very quickly with permithrin, 1 treatment only . I started taking Vitamin Shoppe multi-vitamins and DE since I got this, hoping it would boost my immunity, and it "seems to be" helping. We will see... ;)

Miami, FL

#6 May 1, 2013
I think it's probably more complex than just taking a multivitamin, though some people have gotten over candida simply by taking zinc and copper, which strengthens the lining of the gut. If it is intestinal permeability, then ridding the system of candida would be the step. This means avoiding sugar, and perhaps dairy and wheat. Look up the candida diet for more info.

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