Let me go back a few steps though. As you recall, we were treating the family for parasites, because Gavin was diagnosed with Dientamoeba Fragilis. We have completed the Alinia and Gavin's progress since the treatment is nothing short of astounding. I have often said that you just don't know your own child until you have witnessed them in a place of wellness. Even I didn't realize the impact of my own words as it relates to Gavin, until now! He is a changed child. I didn't even know my own child, neither of us did. His real self has always peeked through the shadows occasionally, but never have we seen such consistency, ever. He is beaming with humor and happiness, he is calm and shows clarity and focus in all that he does and most amazingly, he has not shown even an ounce of defiance!! Time outs were becoming so bad that it felt like he was spending more time in time out than out of time out....did you catch that? lol It was so bad that we created "the calming space" in an effort to put a positive spin on time out, somewhere that HE could choose to go to relieve stress and recharge with some calm toys. Since creating it, we haven't even had to use it! We went off the Alinia and within a day, he emerged as this confident, well-spoken, and very well-behaved three year old. I knew parasites were nasty buggers and had read that they are capable of destroying good health. Never in my life did I think a parasite could cause so much disdain, but I will honestly never ever take health like this for granted again. Our mental stability relies heavily on our health. I can't stress this enough!! I have said over and over again, that I don't believe that kids are "being kids" when they are defiant and I have seen the changes in Grayson with the Clostridia overgrowth, but this....this is still astonishing me!
So back to the Pyroluria. Another huge wow for us, me included. On my constant quest for better health, I stumbled upon this under-diagnosed condition that not only appears to fit me, but our boys too. It's highly genetic and it's symptoms are profound by comparison to the ease by which it can be controlled. Pyroluria is basically a fancy way of saying a person is deficient in vitamins B6 (pyrodoxine) and zinc. Let me sum it up for you....better yet, Nora Gedgaudas will do a better job than I ever could.
"Pyroluria is a genetic metabolic condition long recognized by the field of orthomolecular medicine and orthomolecular psychiatry. As many as 50% of those with autism, 40% of alcoholics, 70% of schizophrenics, 70% of persons with depression and 30% of persons struggling with ADD may have pyroluria underlying these conditions and make them very difficult to reach with traditional and even holistic therapies. –But pyroluria isn’t limited to these populations. As much as 10% of the population may have this metabolic condition and not know it…but may have lifelong symptoms associated with it that tend to worsen with age…and stress."
And regarding how it effects children, I found this statement which is exactly what we are dealing with in our own two children.
"Although children tend to be more easily diagnosed than adults, the symptoms are consistent: poor tolerance of physical and emotional stress, mood swings, depression, noise and other tactile sensitivities. Later symptoms can range from severe depression to chronic schizophrenia. Accompanying physical symptoms can include pain, seizures, even complete physical debilitation."
All that from a simple B6 and zinc deficiency?? All that and more! You would never connect it's oversimplified treatment with the significant health challenges it is capable of causing. The reason a person is so deficient in these nutrients is because of a byproduct called kryptopyrroles created from the synthesis of hemoglobin. Kryptopyrroles bind very tightly with zinc and B6, making them unavailable to the body. Krypopyrroles tend to increase with stress and age, which means, this disorder will only snowball, if undetected. Do you know ANY mainstream doctors who will diagnose something so simple to rectify and without the use of prescriptions? Since they have about half a day of nutritional training in all their years of med school, my guess is that they won't even know what it is. But they should, because it has it's hand in many illnesses being misdiagnosed as mental disorders, and medicated unnecessarily. If you are a regular reader, you already know how much I DESPISE covering up symptoms with medication. Our body cries out to us for help, telling us there is an imbalance somewhere, and we shut it up with medication. If only we spent half the time discovering what CAUSES these imbalances, we could spend more time enjoying our lives!
So let's see, if you or someone you know can identify with Pyroluria, here is a list of the more common symptoms from Nora's website.
The following includes the most common symptoms associated with the condition Pyroluria. If you answer “yes” to 15 or more of these then further testing may be worthwhile:
Again, if you have answered yes to 15 or more of these then consider testing further using a urinary screening test for the presence of elevated kryptopyrroles via Bio Center Lab in Wichita, Kansas (Phone: 316-684-7784 or 1-800-494-7785). Here is their web site for more information.
Testing for this condition is simple, relatively inexpensive and readily accessible to anyone without a prescription.
I answered yes to 27 of these 36 questions. In fact, I had 15 of them before I even got to 20! Since supplementing (as well as treating my thyroid with the iodine protocol), I have had energy, I wake ready to go, I feel good most days and oddly enough, I have my dream recall back almost nightly now! We've taken a small break from chelation, so I am sure I will return to some dark days before I emerge as the beautiful butterfly, but boy am I learning a lot in the process of healing!!
If you want to learn more about Pyroluria, I highly recommend the following literature:
Journal of OrthomolecularMedicine: The Discovery of Kryptopyrrole and its Importance. Vol. 10,No. 1, 1995
Pyroluria A Blood Disorder Causing Hard-to-Treat Depression and other Mental Health Conditions