Dear Stephen,
In your book “Healing Lyme” you write on page 104 that Japanese
knotweed “is a potential plant in phytoremediation work as it removes copper from copper-contaminated soil and concentrates it in its roots.” As I have been taking Japanese knotweed now for a number
of years, continue to do so and plan to continue on is it possible that I could be consuming excess copper? I buy in bulk from a reliable herb company and encapsulate. I have wondered about seaweeds and their ability to remove heavy metals and about mushrooms as they also are used in phytoremediation. Thanks immensely. I do not know what I would have done without your book “Healing Lyme.”
Stephen’s response:
Unless the herb is being harvested from contaminated industrial soils its copper content should be just fine. And thanks for the kind words.

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