Copper: (n) a metallic element having a characteristic reddish-brown color: used in large quantities as an electrical conductor
Truth tiptoes gingerly on a tightrope between science and mysticism.
The absence of mysticism makes us think we’re stuck dealing only with elements of the Earth without us possessing a connection to the rest of the Universe.
I was talking to a man who was completely convinced that copper was a magical element which, when infused into clothing, healed the joints, bones and tendons. I wanted to listen to him with an open mind, but the claims he made were so outlandish—especially when he insisted that even cancer could be eliminated by copper-infused wearables.
You see, that’s what mysticism does. It tries to turn copper—which is a very valuable conductor of electricity and important element—into something it is not—a heal-all.
Yet science, for fear of wading into mysticism, can miss a little piece of Earth’s wonder because the idea was first touted by charlatans.
Do I believe that copper has the ability to heal my achy joints?
Do I think that some herb found in the rain forest of Brazil will make me pee better?
I don’t know.
But I am not so pessimistic as to ignore the fact that a very special type of bread mold was discovered to have healing properties, which led to the creation of penicillin, which has saved tens of thousands of lives.
So would I wear an arm band infused with copper to help my joints or drink a cup of herbal tea to calm my nerves?
I might if the arm band was stylish and the tea was tasty,