How Copper Deficiency And Excess both Affect Your Dopamine Levels
“Is it true that you see many people with high dopamine because it isn't being converted to norepinephrine?”
Yes, I see both high and low dopamine levels.
Autistic children will usually have high dopamine levels because the beta dopamine hydroxylase enzyme cannot convert dopamine to epinephrine.
The high yeast, clostridium, mold, and other toxins present in these patients will block the dopamine enzyme, as this enzyme is a copper and Vitamin C-dependent enzyme.
In a copper-deficient status, this will prevent the breakdown of dopamine, giving the status of excess dopamine that becomes very reactive in the brain.
On the other hand, in a copper excess, dopamine breaks down too quickly leading to a dopamine deficiency.
This results in excess epinephrine and throws the entire ANS into a tailspin.
So, yes, we will see both high and low levels.
And just like blood sugar: if it goes low, it will also go high.
Remember that copper has everything to do with yeast, candida, and bacterial infections.
When copper is unavailable, we will see these microorganisms wreaking havoc and impairing the dopamine hydroxylase enzyme.