Learn about Pyroluria disorder, a little known blood hemoglobin condition that depletes the body of vital nutrients. There are many symptoms of Pyroluria. You can have the condition even if you only have a handful of possible symptoms for Pyroluria. If you have more than a few symptoms you should get urinary testing done to see if this vitamin and mineral deficiency is your problem.
Pyrrole disorder is not a new discovery in medical science. It’s not commonly tested for, however. Study on this hemoglobin disorder has been ongoing since as early as 1958 when it was discovered by Canadian doctor, Abram Hoffer MD, PhD.
What are the Symptoms of Pyroluria?
If you easily agitated and a chronic insomniac, often waking up in the morning after what seems like a very short, dreamless night, you may suffer from Pyroluria. Perhaps you’re one of those people that never eats breakfast; instead you prefer to race off to work or school. Do you often forget where you just put something or what someone just told you? Maybe you also have a hankering for spicy foods and a huge gut to match. If you have a hard time handling stress, find most of these statements to be true about yourself and you are often unhappy or depressed it may be due to highly under-diagnosed vitamin/mineral imbalance with many names, but most commonly referred as: Kryptopyrroluria or KPU for short. Recent scientific research has more precisely renamed it: Hemopyrrollactamuria or HPL for short. The condition is also known as the Mauve Factor, Malvaria, Pyrrole Disorder, Kryptopyrrole Disorder, even High Mauve and Hemopyrrollactame.
The symptoms of Pyrrole disorder or Hemopyrrollactamuria vary but may include:
|Common Pyrrole Disorder Symptoms|
In severe cases other disorders may be present as well such as: OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, severe depression, Tourette Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Autism, etc…
Getting Diagnosed with Pyroluria is Easy: Just Get a Urine Test
Through a simple urinary test this hereditary chemical imbalance can be diagnosed. It is treatable by taking a specified amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5, Magnesium, and Zinc. Primrose oil or Borage oil is also sometimes included, as are various amino acids depending on the presence of associated disorders.
Pyroluria is a Genetic Condition, Chances are it’s in the Family
Pyroluria is another term for pyrrole disorder. A genetic condition, Pyroluria causes anxiety, depression and withdrawal. Sufferers can be any age, although most are not diagnosed until adulthood. Symptoms can be very severe or very mild and very much affected by levels of stress. It’s onset usually occurs with a traumatic incident and it may be accompanied by another condition: ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, alcoholism, severe depression, schizophrenia, Autism, Bipolar Disorder. All of these are different manifestations of Pyroluria.
Pyroluria is a Blood Disorder
When the body creates hemoglobin there is a byproduct called kryptopyrroles. The kryptopyrroles in Pyroluria sufferers multiply too fast and block receptor sites for B-6 and zinc. This creates a serious deficiency of these two nutrients.
According to Walsh, formerly of the Pfeiffer Treatment Center in Warrenville, IL: “Most persons with pyroluria respond very quickly to the B-6, Zn, C, E therapy… Major improvements are often seen by the 2nd day, and almost always by the end of the first week. The exceptions are:
- persons with severe mental illness (schizophrenia or bipolar)
- persons with other significant chemical imbalances
- patients with a major malabsorptive condition
When pyroluria is diagnosed along with another chemical imbalance, I like to track a patient during the first 6-8 weeks to determine which is the dominant imbalance. If major improvement occurs immediately, it’s because pyroluria has been corrected. Some patients report a nice early improvement followed by a plateau, and then another advance” [link].
What to Do if you Think you have Pyroluria:
If you believe you may suffer from Pyroluria, KPU, or HPL, it is best to speak with your doctor about it. It is always dangerous to treat yourself for any disease or disorder without the guidance of a medical professional. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used without proper testing and guidance from your medical doctor.
Hear a Healthy Family Radio Podcast about Pyrrole Disorder
On Friday February 22 I spoke with Dr. William J. Walsh PhD, of the Walsh Research Institute and Dr. Albert Mensah MD, of Mensa Medical about pyrrole disorder and depression. If you’d like to listen in to a 50 minute audio podcast on the subject, visit Pyrrole Disorder: Hear Dr. Mensah Talk about this Type of Depression. For updates on all future interviews please like our Facebook Page .
Learn More about Pyroluria:
If you would like to visit a forum to learn more check out:
Thread at dr-bob.org: Pyroluria supps…my experience…it’s WORKING !!!
Thread at hastypastry.net: PYROLURIA & SEIZURES & CELIAC DISEASE: Aracadonic Acid, B6, D, and Zinc Deficiencies
For additional information about Dr. Pfeiffer check out:
Nutrition and Mental Illness: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry (Paperback) by Carl C. Pfeiffer
To learn more about Dr. Woody McGinnis and his work on the Mauve factor visit:
Article at AlternativeMentalHealth.com: Pyroluria: Hidden Cause of Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, and Anxiety Symptoms
www.foodforthebrain.org/content.asp?id_Content=1693 to view the presentation, scroll down until you find Dr. Woody McGinnis and click.
To read about Dr. Klinghart and his work with Autism, Lyme Disease and HPU:
Download Forsgren’s article on Klinghardt’s work regarding Kryptopyroluria, available on the internet.
If you are a physician, please visit Dr. William Walsh at the Walsh Research Institute.
If you live in the Chicago area and are looking for a wholistic approach to treating depression, ADHD, mental illness or pyroluria visit Dr. Mensah and Bowman at Mensah Medical in Warrenville.