About Rick Fischer,

C.H.H.C, h.T.M.A.P.

  • Internationally respected expert, researcher, and global leader in advancing copper toxicity education. Founder of www.coppertoxic.com

  • Advanced Nutritional Educator and founder of the Mineral Mastery nutrition training program.


  • Co-Founder of the HTMA Virtual Summit, 

    bringing excellence and leadership to upholding the integrity of authentic HTMA education

  • Certified Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Practitioner in clinical practice

  • Leading HTMA Instructor and Advisor. 

    Rick has trained many of today's professional 

    health, nutrition, & HTMA practitioners

  • Published Author of 'The Healing Workbook' - a 12 Week Holistic Healing Program for Body & Mind

  • Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute For Integrative Nutrition

  • Mastering the Science of Integrative Blood Chemistry  ~Instructor: Dr. Harry O. Eidenier, Ph.D

  • Though I work internationally, local Vancouver-area clients can book to see me in person at the Advanced Healing Arts clinic.

Since 2014, Rick has been at the global forefront of increasing copper toxicity awareness, advancing mineral-based health education, and preserving the integrity of authentic HTMA application.  His thousands of hours of research and years of volunteer time led to the creation of www.coppertoxic, which today serves as a key educational resource not only for patients, but also practitioners and health writers who are now addressing copper toxicity. 


In addition to providing HTMA consulting in clinical practice to thousands of clients worldwide, Rick is frequently hired to teach HTMA principals and mineral-based health concepts to various health practitioners, including a large number of Functional Diagnostic Nutritionists, Functional Medicine Doctors, Osteopaths, Naturopaths, and other HTMA Practitioners. 

"Rick Fischer is an outstanding teacher of HTMA concepts and principles.  He is also truly the expert on copper toxicity which has become more and more of an epidemic health issue with each passing decade. His work provides a solid foundation for

advancing a person's understanding of the vital importance of minerals related to good health. 

Rick Fischer has made outstanding contributions to advancing the field of HTMA, minerals, and our understanding of the profound adverse effects of

copper toxicity.

I don't know of any college, university, or medical research center that even comes close to the body of copper information that he has brought together."  ~Dr. Malter, PhD,  Malter Institute

Stemming from seeing the heartbreaking effects of copper toxicity in a loved one which tore apart my family, I've since dedicated my life and work over the years to being a voice for change and a global leader advancing education in the field of mineral-based health, including for the millions affected by the silent copper toxicity epidemic). Through my work, and furthering the decades of pioneering research by such brilliant doctors as Carl Pfeiffer Ph.D, Paul Eck, George Watson Ph.D, David Watts Ph.D, and Rick Malter Ph.D., I am passionately dedicated to creating a better world for our women, children and future generations where similar events as what happened to my family can be avoided, where people receive more fully informed health guidance in general, and where the bridge of understanding between nutrition and psychology is strengthened.


In a landscape where doctors still rely on the blood level to determine mineral status, where people fall victim to the 'HTMA is quackery" message without researching further, where copper IUDs are given to women as a 'safe' alternative without fully informed consent, where most doctors and counselors remain untrained to recognize the mental health effects of mineral imbalances, and where the Internet is flooded with articles that sell people on nutritional concepts which are factually dangerous to health, it is my mission to awaken nutritional consciousness through education to include the central role that mineral imbalances play in physical and mental health, energy, and relationships.


11 Reasons to Work with Me

1.  I have many years specializing in the complex interpretation of HTMA data.

2.  I am the 'go to' HTMA instructor and mentor for many health professionals. 

3.  I am at the global forefront of copper toxicity research, education, & support. 

4.  My own team of HTMA teachers comprises of the world's very best. 

5.  I am a nutritional educator and the founder of Mineral Mastery training.

6.  For lab testing I work exclusively with TEI Labs, one of only 2 recognized labs that specialize solely in HTMA.

7.  My client reports/assessments are one of the most comprehensive and personalized in the industry.

8.  I am passionate about what I do, volunteering much of my time to providing free support and education.

9.  I am available and accessible. 

10.  My fees are competitively priced.

11.  Since 2017, 2% of all online HTMA sales is donated to the charity TheirWorld.




Too many people are content turning a blind eye to this epidemic that affects millions.  It's time we elevate the conversation and raise awareness.  At stake is our health, our relationships, and the lives of those we love. 


Rick's international work in this field is dedicated to supporting those affected by copper toxicity, and increasing nutritional education and awareness.  The more the public becomes informed about the silent epidemic of copper toxicity and its long list of health consequences, the more those affected will be able to find support, and the more people will be empowered with knowledge to proactively take steps to limit their build-up of excess copper.


It's unconscionable that women still aren't receiving proper informed consent to certain birth control methods, including the copper IUD, and that many doctors still flat out deny the idea of copper toxicity and the effects that continue to destroy so many lives (some examples).  

Rick's work is behind much of the awareness today surrounding copper toxicity.  With Rick's launch of www.coppertoxic.com in 2014, today hundreds of thousands of people are receiving information that wasn't readily available prior, more practitioners are being trained to understand this epidemic and safe treatment approaches, discussion groups are increasing, HTMA is becoming more widely recognized, and support on a global scale has and continues to increase.

My Philosophy to Health

I believe in a bio-individual evidence-based approach to nutrition and detoxing as guided by... 

My "Why" For What I Do

Widely held misconceptions that as long as one eats healthy one doesn't have to worry about mineral deficiencies; that taking a...




I believe in treating the person as a whole - spirit, mind, and body.   The foundation to any work I do with clients begins with HTMA testing which shows exactly what nutrients YOUR body needs at the present time for optimal health and healing.  Too many people are taking supplements or consuming diets based on what they are blindly led to believe is healthy, without having any understanding of what the existing mineral levels are in their body. For example, taking too much Vitamin D when a person's potassium level is low can be harmful, just as taking calcium when magnesium is low in relation can make your bones even weaker.  Given how profoundly and directly mineral and nutrient levels affect both physical and psychological conditions, it's my opinion that dietary advice should never be given to anyone until first an accurate assessment is done, through HTMA, to determine which nutrients the body needs. 


So let's get started here and go a little deeper.  As our minerals regulate nearly every function of the body, and as mineral imbalances can be linked to nearly every dis-ease, we cannot ignore the importance of minerals when we talk about health or nutrition.  Yet, most of the health field turns a blind eye to minerals (let alone nutrition as a whole), happy to prescribe medication instead when a problem arises.  Meanwhile the field of nutrition loves to focus on generic diets (keto, paleo, vegan, Atkins, Weight Watchers, etc) which are easy for the public to understand but ignore the individual biochemical foundation (and thus unique needs) of each person.  This bio-individuality is not adequately understood in part because we've been led to believe that our mineral deficiencies and toxicities will show up in the blood tests that our doctors run for us, that our bodies are 'self-regulating', and sadly this is simply not the case. Blood, as a homeostatic transport system, is always working to return to a healthy range, and mechanisms in the body are always working to return the blood to that healthy range (otherwise, we would die).  What's ignored by focusing on blood is what's happening in our cells and tissues. Excesses in the blood that are not excreted out of the body get stored in our tissues (wreaking havoc long term).  Deficiencies in the blood get compensated for by robbing the cells of needed nutrients, again creating health issues down the road.  And so, while a blood test occasionally picks up on an imbalance, more often than not we are led to believe our levels are fine, and the toxicity or deficiency at the tissue and cellular level is ignored.

So can we not just eat a healthy whole-food diet?  It's far from being that simple!  Let's assume for a moment that one is truly consuming an optimally nutritious diet. We first then need to ask, optimally nutritious for who?  A fast oxidizer / metabolizer requires higher amounts of calcium, copper and fat in their diet, whereas a slow oxidizer / metabolizer will do worse on a diet high in those nutrients.  So step one is looking at the micro-nutrient needs of the individual, minerals being the core (even more important than the vitamins since vitamins are useless without minerals).  But while minerals are at the core, there is still so much more!

When we talk about mineral balancing, we have to keep in mind that just as minerals are all connected to and affect each other, so too are they connected to our physical, emotional, and spiritual body. Each affecting the other. When we see a high sodium to potassium ratio, we'll want to give the person more potassium to bring that ratio into better balance. And though that can help, we can't ignore the effect that stress also has on this ratio, or that excess copper can also heighten this fight or flight ratio and response.  Likewise, addressing high copper (something that silently affects so many women in particular these days) with antagonistic minerals may help to an extent, but we can't ignore the importance of liver health, bile production, continuous exposure to exogenous estrogens, digestive function, or stress here either. If any of those are ignored, copper is likely to continue accumulating in a bio-unavailable form, in turn affecting a cascade of changes across the broader mineral profile.  Without adequate liver functioning & bile production/flow, copper and other toxins simply end up being mobilized and then reabsorbed back into the body (akin to a street sweeper going by and stirring up a cloud of dust which then just resettles).  We need to be able to get rid of those toxins rather than just stirring them up and letting them resettle.  This is why I use my 'Integrative Health Coaching 4R Approach' which involves reducing or removing the source of toxic exposure, re-establishing healthy gut bacteria, restoring cellular energy, and rebalancing minerals and nutrients.  


A "healthy" diet is great, but that alone isn't going to cut it, not with nutrient depleted soils, nor to mention rampant low HCL production and gut issues and environmental toxins / metals that respectively impair nutrient absorption and block receptor sites preventing nutrients from effectively getting into the cell. With top level athletes and nutritionists among my clients, I've yet to see a single human come to me without nutrient deficiencies.  Everyone has them, regardless of how healthy one eats.  See it's not just about how much of something you consume, but how much is actually absorbed, and toxins impair this absorption.  Chelate those toxins? It's not that simple. We have to consider the antagonistic effect of stress on nutrients such as magnesium and zinc, depleted levels of which lend to the body holding on to toxic metals such as aluminum and mercury for which doctors then want to chelate, only further creating a vacuum in the body as the primary nutrients were lacking in the first place. We go about our diets, blissfully unaware that the "organic vegetables" we consume thinking we're making healthy choices are often sprayed with dangerous copper sulfates (a known toxin); or the non-organic crops being laced with glyphosates which deplete magnesium and further impair our stress responses.  Consider further that if thoughts can lead to actions and stress, with stress in turn affecting our minerals, then our very thoughts play a role in our accumulation of toxins, as well as the body's ability to release them. If we're not addressing our stressors (present day as well as buried traumas from the past), this can and will affect our mineral and metal levels.

Stress also raises soft tissue calcification - this calcification affecting at least 3/4 of the population and being an underlying factor in the common degenerative bone diseases we see so often in old age. Yet our media and doctors have conditioned us to believe we need more calcium when that just adds to the problem. Aiming instead to reduce high calcium with nutrients such as K2, Mg, Zn, and Io can help to an extent, but what if a deeply engrained trauma is working subconsciously and protectively to keep that calcium shell high?  We now move into the field of psychology, into an area most psychologists are not even remotely aware of.  While nutritionists study nutrition and psychologists study psychology, there is very little integration between the two fields. If a mental health counselor is able to understand the psychological ramifications of minerals patterns such as high Na/K, calcium shell, copper toxicity, etc we'd be able to address so many relationship and mental health issues without the needed for dangerous psychotropic drugs.  Calcification goes beyond the obvious - bones and tissue. What if a copper toxicity induced calcium shell calcifies the pineal gland - our third eye that connects our physical body to the astral plane. Logic, self awareness, and perception of the universe around us diminish.  We become closed, shut down, rigid, yet the numbing effect of the calcium shell (which is essentially a protective mechanism against overwhelming stress) buffers the awareness of what's happening.  Understanding these concepts means first accepting that our minerals affect far more than just our physical body, and the reverberations of this extend far beyond that which is taught in standard nutrition or psychology. This however is the transformational unlocking to understanding and achieving our highest potential, in physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

Relying just on eating healthy or adjusting a single mineral imbalance to 'heal' is over-simplifying things. While proper testing, eating 'healthy, and those mineral adjustments are essential first steps, we also have to do our own self nurturing and inner investigation to heal. Though, as just alluded to, mineral imbalances can block the mind from doing the work, just as traumas and stressors can block minerals from rebalancing, just as poor detoxification pathways and metals can impair nutrient absorption. This is why, ultimately, working all areas of the path when possible is so important.


When I work with clients, the personalized nutritional and detox guidance provided in the reports I write, combined with the numerous support and education tools I provide, aim to address all these areas. This is what makes our 'HTMA Report' night and different and superior (and far more comprehensive) from most others offered out there.

Any health practice or dogma, by way of rigid restriction or forced application, that takes not into consideration a person’s bio-individually unique nutrient or bio-mechanical structural status, risks eventual damage to one’s system. Taking into account a person’s physiological limitations and their nutritional deficiency and toxicity profile through evidence-based testing is essential for designing intelligent and safe movement and dietary protocols."

~ Rick Fischer

I believe it's imperative that each one of us takes responsibility for the health of our minds and bodies so that we may live life embracing our passions rather than battling disease; I believe the health of our body is influenced greatly by the health of our mind, while the health of our mind is affected by what we feed our body - we must work on both for true health to prevail;  I believe we owe it to our loved ones and especially our children to set an example for health so that they grow up in an environment that bestows upon them every possible opportunity for health, and healthy inspiration." ~Rick Fischer

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